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Sitting at work as hazardous as smoking?

We are all sitting more than ever before.  Many prefer to sit and watch sport versus play and the majority of our day is sitting at work, school or in the car.  This is clearly a dangerous behavior that will play a significant role in the development of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and many cancers.
Mayo Clinic obesity expert Dr. James Levine describes sitting to be as hazardous as smoking to our health.  “Sitting all day is literally killing us,” claims Levine. 
The breaking news is providing new insight into an ever-growing concern of non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  The results of the study indicate that we may be fighting an uphill battle if we continue to sit. 
The research looked at the effects of conventional exercise on reversing the potential damage associated with sitting.  The results were not encouraging. 
“Being sedentary for nine hours a day at the office is bad for your health whether you go home and watch television afterwards or …

Diet & exercise could cure depression for some

Depression is estimated to affect 350 million people worldwide. It can cause an individual to suffer greatly, function poorly at work, at school and affect one’s family life. However, the worst side effect of depression is an increased risk of suicide. Sadly, an estimated 1 million people die annually.
“Antidepressants can be an effective form of treatment for moderate-severe depression but are not the first line of treatment for cases of mild depression. They should not be used for treating depression in children and are not the first line of treatment in adolescents, among whom they should be used with caution,” according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
C-Reactive Protein linked to depression
Two large Danish studies have found high blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) to be associated with an increased risk of psychological stress and depression.  A strong correlation was found between individuals with this common biomarker of inflammation and the occurrence of depression.

Save Lives: Clean Your Hands

Exercise increases life expectancy for normal-weight persons, says study

A new study with 431,479 study participants has reinforced that an individual having relatively no weight troubles can be at risk of developing the same conditions as an obese individual without the proper amount of exercise. Researchers call the study a wake-up call for couch potatoes of all sizes.
Researchers found that 30 minutes of exercise can add an average of 3.5 extra ‘good’ years to one’s life. Higher intensity exercise was found to boast even greater results – an additional 4.2 years.
There is a stigma that overweight people are always sick and skinny people are generally healthy. The research highlights that one’s weight and body type do not always matter. Choosing a healthy lifestyle and implementing proactive, preventative techniques like diet and exercise work for people of all waist sizes. 
Obesity, BMI and longevity
Obesity is infamous for causing diabetes and heart disease. BMI is a ratio of an individual’s height to weight. A similar study has found waist size to be more…

Does tap water make you sick?

Drinking chemical rich tap water has been linked to an increase in the occurrence of various food allergies in children and adults. The use of environmental pesticides and purifying chemicals is an all-time high and a growing health concern.
Tap water is often treated with chemicals called dichlorophenols. These chemicals are used to purify ground water so it can be consumed ‘safely’.  However, short-term safety may not be the same as long-term safety. 
According to a report in TIME Magazine, 10,348 study participants who were found to have the highest levels of dichlorophenols in the body were "80 percent more likely to have food sensitivities than those with lower levels.
"The authors believe the exposure to the chemicals may be contributing to a hyper-sensitive immune system that recognizes even common food proteins as foreign."
Although the ultimate causes of the allergic reactions are unknown, the hypersensitivity is likely to over-stimulate different systems of the bo…