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Fun Fact Friday

  • Lonely is not a feeling when you are alone. Lonely is a feeling when no one cares…
  • Singing helps to reduce depression and anxiety, increases the oxygen flow to your lungs and helps you have better posture.
  • Women speak about 7,000 words a day – Men average just over 2,000.  
  • White noise is the mixture of every frequency detectable by the human ear,
    just like white light is the sum of every color in the rainbow.
  • Only humans cry because of feelings
  • Strawberries can whiten teeth
  • Ironically, the word “verb” is a noun.
  • Having a large amount of hair on your body is linked to having higher intelligence 
  • Because the English language is so complex, every day the average person will create a sentence that has never been said before.
  • Drinking alcohol is 100 times more dangerous than using marijuana, according to a study.
  • Studies show that the walking through a doorway causes memory lapses,
    which is why we walk into another room, only to forget why we did.
  • The most powerful way to win an argument is by asking questions.
    It can make people see the flaws in their logic.
  • Women reach full emotional maturity around age 32,
    while men finish maturing around age 43.
  • Research shows that reminding yourself that a good moment will end
    and that you need to enjoy it while it lasts actually makes you happier.

Happy Friday  🙂

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Fun Fact Friday

Winnie-The-Pooh characters all represent some type of mental disorder
(Eeyore – Depression, Pooh – Addiction, Tigger – ADHD, Owl – OCD)
You can “rewire” your brain to be happy
by simply recalling 3 things you’re grateful for every day for 21 days
The key to confidence is walking into a room and assuming everyone likes you
Broccoli, cabbage, and brussel sprouts all contain a little bit of cyanide
Eating them primes your liver to deal better with other poisons


A person generally hates you for 3 reasons: 
1) They want to be you. 2) They hate themselves. 3) They see you as a threat
The plural term for “nieces and nephews” is “niblings”
Apples are more efficient at waking you up in the morning than caffeine
Did you know your body is actually designed to get 
4 hours of sleep twice per day instead of 8 hours once?
Happy Friday  🙂
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Fun Fact Friday

Humans have a strong relationship with music

because of the way that music affects our feelings, our thinking, and our emotional state.

Kissing is healthier than shaking hands.

A study found that people born in May

have the lowest risk of illness and disease, while those born in October have the highest.

In Russia, it is illegal to tell kids that gay people exist.

The inability to pronounce the letter “r” is called rhotacism,

making it impossible for the sufferers to pronounce their own affliction.

Pluto is smaller than Russia.

President Lyndon B. Johnson owned an amphibious car

and would scare his guests by driving into a lake, screaming about brake failure.

When two people kiss, they exchange between 10 million and 1 billion bacteria.

Happy Friday  🙂
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Fun Fact Friday

Dreamt is the only English word 
that ends in the letters “mt.”

Human muscles are limited by our brain – 
we actually have the strength 
to move cars and boulders.

At least once a day 
your immune system 
destroys a cell that 
would have become cancer if it lived.

Distance doesn’t necessarily 
ruin a relationship. 
You don’t have to see someone
 everyday to be in love.



Bees are directly responsible 
for the production of 70% of 
fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts 
that we consume on a daily basis.

is actually the fear of long words.

Your taste in music represents 
what your mood would sound like 
if you could hear it.

Happy Friday  🙂
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Fun Fact Friday

Cats are afraid of water because their ancestors lived in an area 
with very few large bodies of water 
and never had to learn how to swim
If it takes less than five minutes to do, do it immediately …
your life will instantly become much more 
organized and productive
Music can repair brain damage and returns lost memories
Over thinking can cause hair loss

overthinking bald


4.8 billion people own mobile phones 
whereas only 4.2 billion own a toothbrush
Angry people produce more unique ideas faster
 than people in any other type of emotional state, 
according to a study
Mosquitoes have killed more humans 
than all the wars in history
Lonely people take longer, hotter showers or baths
 to replace the warmth they’re lacking socially or emotionally
Everyone has a song in their playlist 
which they always skip, but never delete
Happy Friday  🙂
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Fun Fact friday


Billions of souls have inhabited Earth, 
but there have only been about 500 original human templates
to choose from throughout human history. 

A sleeping human brain can still understand
 the words being spoken around it.

Lack of sleep can cause weight gain of 2 pounds 
(0.9 kg) in under a week. 

Beauty sleep is real – 
scientists found that faces of well-rested people 
look younger and are more attractive 
than sleep-deprived people.


Cats only meow to communicate with humans 
not other cats.

People see you as 20% more attractive 
than you think you are, according to one study.

Fast food restaurants use yellow, red, and orange 
because those are the colors that stimulate hunger.

When a man see their infant in distress, 
their testosterone levels drop, 
making them more nurturing.

Research has found that everyone is able to sing well 
— it is a learned skill that gets better with practice 
and worse with disuse.

Depression can cause you to dream 
up to 3 to 4 times more than you normally would. 

Socially anxious people can lessen their anxiety 
by performing small acts of kindness, a study found.

Happy Friday  🙂

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What is Colloidal silver? Is It Safe?

Colloidal silver is a mineral. Despite promoters’ claims, silver has no known function in the body and is not an essential mineral supplement. Colloidal silver products were once available as over-the-counter drug products, but in 1999, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that these colloidal silver products were not considered safe or effective. Colloidal silver products marketed for medical purposes or promoted for unproven uses are now considered “misbranded” under the law without appropriate FDA approval as a new drug. There are currently no FDA-approved over-the-counter or prescription drugs containing silver that are taken by mouth. However, there are still colloidal silver products being sold as homeopathic remedies and dietary supplements.

There are many Internet ads for the parts of a generator that produces colloidal silver at home. People who produce colloidal silver at home will likely not be able to evaluate their product for purity or strength. There are many products that are far safer and more effective than colloidal silver.

Despite these concerns about safety and effectiveness, people still buy colloidal silver as a dietary supplement and use it for a wide range of ailments. Colloidal silver is used to treat infections due to yeast; bacteria (tuberculosis, Lyme disease, bubonic plague, pneumonia, leprosy, gonorrhea, syphilis, scarlet fever, stomach ulcers, cholera); parasites (ringworm, malaria); and viruses (HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, herpes, shingles, warts).

Colloidal silver is also used for lung conditions including emphysema and bronchitis; skin conditions including rosacea, cradle cap (atopic dermatitis), eczema, impetigo, and psoriasis; and inflammation (sometimes due to infection) of the bladder (cystitis), prostate (prostatitis), colon (colitis), nose (rhinitis), stomach (gastritis), tonsils (tonsillitis), appendix (appendicitis), and sinuses (sinusitis).

Other uses include treatment of cancer, diabetes, arthritis, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, leukemia, hay fever and other allergies, trench foot, and gum disease.

Colloidal silver is also used to prevent flu, H1N1 (swine) flu, and the common cold.

Some women take colloidal silver during pregnancy to aid the baby’s growth and health as well as the mother’s delivery and recovery.

source: www.webmd.com

My dad takes colloidal silver for his health, but is it safe?

Colloidal silver isn’t considered safe or effective for any of the health claims manufacturers make. Silver has no known purpose in the body. Nor is it an essential mineral, as some sellers of silver products claim.

Colloidal silver products are made of tiny silver particles suspended in a liquid — the same type of precious metal used in jewelry, dental fillings, silverware and other consumer goods.

Colloidal silver products are usually marketed as dietary supplements that are taken by mouth. Colloidal silver products also come in forms to be injected or applied to the skin.

Manufacturers of colloidal silver products often claim that they are cure–alls, boosting your immune system, fighting bacteria and viruses, and treating cancer, HIV/AIDS, shingles, herpes, eye ailments and prostatitis.

However, no sound scientific studies to evaluate these health claims have been published in reputable medical journals. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration has taken action against some manufacturers of colloidal silver products for making unproven health claims.

It’s not clear how much colloidal silver may be harmful, but it can build up in your body’s tissues over months or years. Most commonly, this results in argyria (ahr–JIR–e–uh), a blue-gray discoloration of your skin, eyes, internal organs, nails and gums. While argyria doesn’t pose a serious health problem, it can be a cosmetic concern because it doesn’t go away when you stop taking silver products.

Rarely, excessive doses of colloidal silver can cause possibly irreversible serious health problems, including kidney damage and neurological problems such as seizures. Colloidal silver products may also interact with medications, including penicillamine (Cuprimine, Depen), quinolone antibiotics, tetracycline and thyroxine (Levothroid, Levoxyl, Synthroid) medications.

Brent A. Bauer, M.D.      Aug. 05, 2014
Colloidal silver can cause irreversible side effects.  
Read more about it here. From the National Institutes of Health

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9 Reasons to Love Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut—fermented cabbage—isn’t just for hot dogs anymore. In addition to its deliciously tart taste, exciting research showcases the many health benefits of eating sauerkraut (with live cultures) on a regular basis. Here are some of the best reasons to love sauerkraut:

1. Anti-Fungal Properties: What if I told you that sauerkraut contains beneficial bacteria that are miniature anti-fungal manufacturing facilities? It sounds more like science fiction than science fact but it is true. Some of the probiotics in sauerkraut produce compounds to kill some species of Candida fungi, which are frequently involved in vaginal or intestinal infections. Published in the Journal de Mycologie Medicale, scientists found that the probiotics actually produced anti-fungal compounds to kill Candida—a common cause of vaginal or intestinal infections.

2. Boosts Athletic Performance: According to research published in Current Sports Medicine Reports, scientists found numerous sports-performance benefits of eating probiotic-rich foods, including reducing allergic conditions and enhancing recovery from fatigue, as well as improving immune function.

3. Helps Heal the Heart: Naturally-fermented foods like sauerkraut have been shown to boost levels of superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase, which are powerful antioxidants that protect the heart against cellular damage from free radicals.

4. Anti-Cancer Benefits: Scientists at the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, found that regularly eating fermented cabbage can help to regulate estrogen levels. Excess levels of estrogen have been linked with the development of estrogen-dependent breast cancers.


5. Regulates Hormones: Because sauerkraut can help reduce excessive levels of estrogen, it may be helpful with the treatment of many other hormonally-linked health concerns, including: menstrual difficulties and mood imbalances.

6. Prevents of Food Poisoning: Research shows that probiotics found in sauerkraut demonstrate antibacterial activity against harmful bacteria, including Salmonella and Shigella. Salmonella can cause food poisoning. Shigella are similar bacteria that also cause diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps.

7. Anti-Viral Properties: Sauerkraut frequently contains the beneficial bacteria L. plantarum which has been found to have anti-viral effects. This makes sauerkraut a potential functional food in the treatment of colds, flu and chronic fatigue syndrome.

8. Gives Your Gut a Boost: With so many beneficial bacteria found in sauerkraut, enjoying it on a regular basis is a great way to boost the health of your gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

9. Great Taste and Versatility: Sauerkraut is delicious on its own, on top of your favorite vegan or turkey hot dog, on a black bean burger, or as a side dish to accompany just about any type of meal.

Unfortunately, most commercially-sold sauerkraut doesn’t contain any beneficial probiotics. Many commercial sauerkraut manufacturers have taken shortcuts in the making of sauerkraut to increase their profits. Instead of waiting for natural fermentation to occur, many instead employ an artificial pickling-type process using white vinegar which doesn’t contain any probiotics.

Those companies that stay true to natural processes still frequently pasteurize their sauerkraut so it can remain on grocery store shelves for longer periods. This pasteurization or heating process during bottling kills any live cultures that are needed for the health benefits of sauerkraut. Choose only sauerkraut with live cultures found in the refrigerator section of your health food or grocery store. Better yet, it is easy to make your own at home.

By: Michelle Schoffro Cook     February 24, 2016     Follow Michelle at @mschoffrocook

Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is a registered nutritionist and international best-selling and 19-time published book author whose works include: The Probiotic Promise: Simple Steps to Heal Your Body from the Inside Out.


5 Foods To Boost Your Happiness

by Zelana Montminy for Thrive Market      March 12, 2015 

The pursuit of happiness has been a constant one through the ages, and rightly so! It feels great, and research shows happiness is actually good for us too.

While there are many behavioral things we can do to support happiness, food is often forgotten as one of the keys. Yes, you can eat your way to happiness — here’s how!

1. Eat plenty of fiber.

To prevent dips in mood, maintain a steady, balanced diet full of a variety of whole foods that aren’t processed.  Eating more produce will increase your intake of soluble fiber which slows down blood’s absorption of sugar, as well as providing other benefits.  The slower sugar gets absorbed, the less sugar highs and lows, and less mood swings. Oats like Bob’s Red Mill Organic Thick Rolled Oats are a great source of soluble fiber.

2. Get plenty of B vitamins.

Two B vitamins have been found important in regulating mood – B12 and folate. Folate deficiency has been linked to depression in recent studies. Since folate plays a role in the creation of happy hormones such as serotonin and tryptophan, it makes sense that it might help alleviate symptoms of depression and improve mood.  Lentils are one of the best sources of folate. Finding ones that are sprouted boosts vitamins and minerals even more!

pumpkin seeds

3. Watch your tryptophan. 

There are certain amino acids that our bodies need to feel relaxed and happy. Tryptophan is one of them, and because our body can’t make it on its own, we need to get it from food. Those who don’t get enough of it are at risk for depression and other mood disorders, according to a Leiden University study. One of the richest sources is pumpkin seeds, which makes it easy to get enough. A handful makes for a great mood boosting snack, or you can add them to smoothies, salads, and cereal.

4. Eat your greens.

Dark leafy greens are a nutritional powerhouse. They’re especially high in potassium, magnesium and calcium which are important to regulate stress hormones, ward off PMS-related blues, and promote sleep — all of which are so important to maintaining happiness.   Collard greens, kale, chard, and spinach are all great choices and don’t forget grasses, too. Sometimes it’s hard to eat enough greens every day so organic, high quality powders can be a nice supplement.

5. Don’t forget the chocolate.

My favorite mood booster of all is chocolate. Just the taste obviously makes me really happy, but chemically it also contains a variety of compounds that boost your mood. Some of the most notable ones, aside from the caffeine that gives us more energy, are serotonin (a happiness inducing hormone) and tryptophan (see above). Dark chocolate has the most condensed benefits, and I like mine to also be non-GMO, fair-trade certified (that’s a whole other conversation), and organic.