Anyone who uses Instagram knows that you don’t have to try hard to find photos of tasty foods; millions of people post them every single day!
Are you looking at all of the photos? If so, you may be ruining your appetite, according to research out of Brigham Young University. Apparently, frequent feasting of your eyes on attractive foods could result in reduced enjoyment of your actual meals. Study author Ryan Elder, Ph.D. says this occurs because the regions of your brain that process taste are having you imagine what the food shown on Instagram would taste like… and you may not even realize you are doing this.
If you want to thoroughly enjoy your next meal, keep off Instagram beforehand.
One of the simplest, yet most powerful forms of self-expression is the smile. It is recognized by everyone on the planet, regardless of culture, race or religion. With all of the struggles life brings with it, the smile brings a moment of happiness that can quickly spread to others that observe it.
Unfortunately, millions of people in developing countries have difficulty smiling due to deformities they’re born with, the most common being cleft lip and cleft palate. Clefts not only make smiling more of a challenge, but make it difficult to eat or speak. Some people are shamed by their communities, considered “cursed by God” and shut out from great opportunities in both their personal and professional lives. A number of newborns are even abandoned or killed immediately after birth. These people suffering with cleft usually do so for their entire lives because they cannot afford the common, simple $250 surgery that eliminates the problem.
“I thought it was just a cosmetic issue… it’s so much more than that.” – Dean Cain (actor and Smile Train supporter)
Some with cleft may see the world as dark; however, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Sitch News is happy to introduce you to Smile Train, a charity organization that provides free cleft surgery to hundreds of thousands of poor children in developing countries, trains doctors and medical professionals and ensures that children receive comprehensive, total rehabilitative care involving speech therapy, general dentistry and orthodontics. Stories from people like Angieleca Hayahay and Sule and Lami Alhassan have inspired Smile Train to continue helping people change their lives and move forward feeling healthier and more confident than ever before.
On October 4th, you can celebrate and join the hundreds of students in NYC who are striding for smiles this World Smile Day®. To join the celebration retweet or post to Facebook the below infographic with #smileygraph and/or #WorldSmileDay. Each share triggers a $25 donation for Smile Train.
Sunglasses do more than just add style to your face and protect your eyes from sunlight. They actually help block allergens from entering your body, according to a recent Turkish study. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner.
Study participants — all suffer from seasonal allergies — were given both Claritin and nasal spray. Half of those individuals wore sunglasses during the day. Those with shades on every day had fewer allergy-related problems.
Sunglasses do a decent job of preventing pollen from entering your eyes and nasal area.
“This doesn’t surprise me,” says Leonard Bielory, M.D., of Rutgers University. “We tell people that contact lenses improve ocular allergy, and when an ocular allergy is improved, nasal allergy improves.” Dr. Bielory says that the eyes and nose are directly connected in what he calls a “reflex arc.”
Not all shades provide the same amount of protection. Shades with large, wraparound-style lenses are best for blocking allergens.
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Luckily, there are organizations dedicated to bringing awareness to and helping people fight drug and alcohol addiction. Recovery Advocates of America, Inc. is a non-profit organization that effectively “bridges the gap between addiction and recovery,” showing those struggling with addiction and their families that there is light at the end of the tunnel and that they can positively contribute to society.
If you’re going to be in or around New Jersey on Saturday, September 28, you can join the fight against addiction by participating in Jersey’s Walk for Recovery 2013, a Recovery Advocates of America event. It will be the first annual 5K run/walk of the organization, taking place rain or shine at the Mercer County Park. This is an opportunity to do something healthy for the mind and body while supporting a great cause.
~ Together we can do what cannot be done alone ~
We sleep about a third of our lives, and how well we sleep has a major impact on how we live while awake. Guess what… the things we do while awake (especially just before bedtime) impact how well we sleep.
Many people watch TV or use their cellphones within an hour before bedtime, staring at screens that emit bright light.
“The bright light of TV stimulates the brain, which can affect the secretion of melatonin, a hormone necessary for quality sleep,” says Men’s Health sleep expert W. Christopher Winter, M.D.
The best way to prevent this from happening is to stop doing these activities, but if you insist on doing them, keep the screen brightness as low as possible.
Our very own Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino took to various news media outlets Tuesday to not only share a personal struggle of his, but to inspire those in a similar situation to “reset” their lives for the better.
Mike suffered a severe neck injury during his participation on Dancing With The Stars and began taking opioid prescription painkillers. After a period of time, he became dependent on the medication, but did not initially realize it… until he hit a point in his life that he felt was his rock bottom.
“When I was overseas in Australia and I really couldn’t get my hands on my medication. And I was laying in my bed, and I had to do an appearance for about one hour,” Mike said.
“The shower was on. All I had to do was just get up and walk in the shower and go to the event. I really couldn’t get up, I didn’t feel well. Right then and there I knew.”
Mike and the Sorrentino family acted without hesitation, and he was on a flight to Utah within 24 hours for rehab.
Within the last year, Mike has managed to “be Mike again” with a focus on family, fitness and various exciting business endeavors. He is grateful to share his positive energy with others who are struggling with addiction through the Reset Reality campaign, a public health initiative created to raise awareness about prescription painkiller addiction.
Visit ResetReality.com for more information on the epidemic, as well as guidance for either yourself or a loved one.
Our very own Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino says it all the time- a positive mindset is a key ingredient in achieving life goals and making great things happen.
This is especially true when it comes to fitness goals. Making positive mental changes will help you improve physically as well. Research out of the University of Zurich shows this is the case.
Amateur male marathoners were analyzed in terms of mindset and running performance. The more the runners doubted themselves, the worse they did. Some guys ran a full 15 minutes slower with a negative mindset compared to their times with a positive one.
Men’s Health points out two major conclusions from the study: stronger hesitations increase stress levels and decrease performance, and negative thinking can throw off the entire thought process and make it even more difficult to reach goals.
One thing I always do to help me reach my fitness goals is write them down, along with my workouts. The notes serve as a great reminder of the goals and allow me to track my progress more easily. Some studies show that simply writing down goals increases your chances of hitting them significantly.
Keep your head up and go get ‘em!