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Do Americans Have a Habit of Craving Salt?




If only people who were obese knew how detrimental it is to their health, in their later years. It’s not just about their looks but so much more than that.

It’s an article along the same lines that influenced me almost 3 years ago when I started writing for this blog. It’s also the reason why I eat a healthy breakfast, workout regularly, have quit smoking and drinking regularly for good.

For all practical purposes, I have dropped that “I’m fat and jolly; let’s party” excuse that a number of people I have know keep using.

Yes, if you understand the impact the obesity on causing a number of diseases, you’d be heading to the gym too, considering that some of these diseases are (but not limited to!) cancer, high blood pressure and even heart disease.

Speaking of heart disease, which is the leading cause of deaths in the United States, another factor that contributes to this, according to experts for over a century now, is the amount of sodium intake as well.

Table salt, as we know it.

Salt – Is There A Daily Recommended Limit?

Even if there is a daily recommended limit which ranges between 1500 mg to 2300 mg per day, there still is controversy over whether reducing the amount of salt consumed really helps.

Conventional opinion states that because the consumption of excess salt leads to an increase in blood pressure levels, this can, in turn, lead to heart disease as a result. Here’s an article that elicits the efforts made by health officials in New York to curb the use of salt in foods.

While this is true, there are recent studies that have revealed that the body knows how to control the salt levels in the body regardless of whether control our salt intake or not. That must be a relief because sodium chloride is the most easily found nonmetallic element. It’s quite literally in every food that we can find in the supermarket or in a restaurant, and avoiding which, can be a real headache, won’t it?

People in these studies that kept their consumption below 2300 mg showed little benefit in doing so but on the contrary, an increase in triglyceride levels. But it’s important to understand that if you have high-blood pressure, it’s still not a good idea to go on a high-sodium diet.

In particular, a study in 2011 which analyzed 28,800 subjects at the age of 55 and above for five years, found that those who consumed more than 7000 mg or less than 3000 mg per were at risk of strokes, heart attacks, congestive heart failure or even death from heart disease.

These findings, according to experts, have changed the debate about the health effects of salt, which up until now, has been all about blood pressure, until they have begun to accept that its more complicated than that.

Does America Have a Habit of Craving Salt?

But this raises yet another question: Is craving salt a habit that Americans have developed?

It’s hard to say but one thing’s for sure: the amount of salt consumption in the country has risen over the past few decades. This fact alone answers the question in the affirmative.

This is in large part due to the amount of salt found in fast food which is, according to a recent Canadian study, the saltiest foods you can find in the world.

To support this fact, another study revealed that people in the United States ate almost 3400-3500 mg of salt every day, and which far exceeds the recommended minimum and maximum levels of salt.

In another study, nine out of ten Americans eat almost twice the amount of salt that is recommended, and the restaurants and supermarkets are to blame.

In the end, eating foods with high levels of sodium can cause your body to get used to such high levels, and in some cases, can turn out to be a craving when you eat foods that are low in sodium.

Mind you, this craving is not created by adding salt to food at home but what you find in the supermarket or on menus at restaurants.

It’s fair to compare this salt craving, if you will, to a drug or nicotine addiction, where the brain needs more of the same to get that high that is achieved when you first started.

In Closing

So, are Americans guilty of craving salt? If so, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Also, here is an article on sweets cravings.


5 Types Of Mobile Games That Can Actually Help Your Mind




featMobile gaming is often viewed as a way to pass the time, or simply as entertainment. More often than not, these are perfectly fair descriptions. On other occasions, mobile apps and games can help optimize both body and mind!

Mobile Games & Puzzles for Brain Health

However, the mobile gaming market is vast, and among the offerings there are also some games that can help to train your mind in various ways, or in some cases improve wellness. Here, we wanted to give some examples of types of mobile games that can serve these purposes.

1. Escape Puzzles

In the real world, “escape room” attractions have become wildly popular in just the last few years. They’re generally seen as weekend recreation options for groups of friends or colleagues, but there are also those who believe they benefit your brain health. To our knowledge there aren’t in-depth studies into this phenomenon’s mental benefits just yet, but there’s certainly something to be said for the idea. Escape rooms lead to everything from positive moods to improved memory and heightened social skills. Escape puzzle games don’t carry all of the same benefits, but they are in many cases the mobile versions of the rooms, and they can certainly exercise your brain where concentration, patience, and problem-solving are concerned, at the very least.

2. Conquest Games

This isn’t quite as big a category as that of puzzle games, though there are actually different genres within the idea of a conquest-themed mobile game. What we’re referring to here though are games like the mobile versions of Sid Meier’s Civilization installments, which famously delve into real human history in quite a lot of detail. Simply put, games like these that teach real history can exercise the brain and help to improve memory, association, attention to detail, and specific knowledge.

3. Poker Games

Poker games are actually among the oldest ones available on mobile phones, though they’re steadily getting more sophisticated these days. Poker apps are included among the games spreading gradually into the U.S. through expanding gambling legislation, and even some free-to-play poker games are now employing advanced graphics and features that make them feel like the real thing. Whichever specific app you opt for though, you could actually stand to enjoy real mental benefits. Various medical studies have actually hinted at poker’s benefits in everything from improving focus and attention to detail to combating Alzheimer’s Disease!

4. Quiz Apps

Some might consider quiz apps to comprise their own category aside from gaming, but the distinction isn’t particularly important. Either way there are dozens if not hundreds of accessible quiz apps, and each and every one of them can teach specific knowledge and keep the mind sharp in general. It’s virtually never a bad idea to test your knowledge, and these kinds of games help people do it on a daily basis.

5. Brain-Trainers

Lastly, and most overtly, there are also apps specifically designed to train the brain. These are in some cases actually designed with medical input and consideration, but they’re still game-like in nature, or at least include games more often than not. The specific training varies from one app to the next, but this is definitely a category you’ll want to look to if you’re curious about using mobile games to improve your mind.

Final Thoughts

Mobile apps, games, and real-world puzzles such as escape rooms are sometimes purely for entertainment. Other cases, such as those discussed here, can be leveraged to help with brain training for better cognitive performance and perception. The best part is, these brain games can often be leveraged during times you’d otherwise be doing nothing else!

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Getting Your Health Under Control In 2019




For many, having control over their health is a constant battle with a number of vitamin deficiencies as well as illnesses that are sometimes unavoidable it is crucial to ensure that your health is under control. Whether this is a visit to Finchley dentist to prioritise your oral health or a visit to the doctors for a checkup there are a number of ways that you can prioritise your health within a busy lifestyle.

Moving More And Sitting Less

During the course of the day, it is important to keep moving, with a lot of people sitting down throughout the day it is important to remember to move around. By adding a 10-minute walk to your daily routine this can help to improve mental health as well as your physical health. This small addition to your daily routine can help you to lose weight and maintain a suitable cholesterol level. This could help your health in the long term as this helps you to maintain a healthy weight.

The Power Of A Smile

Have you ever thought about how a smile can help you and those around you to feel better? The simple act of smiling releases chemicals into the brain helping you to channel positive emotions as a result. This act of smiling can also make you appear endearing and approachable to others allowing you to spread joy to those around you. This is something that can take practice to do but can have major health benefits. By making time to laugh and smile during the course of the day you can reduce stress and anxiety whilst helping to improve overall happiness.


Having enough sleep is something that can be very difficult with a busy lifestyle. However, it is important to make the time. With the recommended sleep time aimed between 7-9 hours per day, it is important to look at how much sleep you are getting and how much this can affect your overall health.

If you are feeling like you cannot concentrate or are having trouble being able to focus on simple tasks, this may be a consequence of lack of sleep. In order to sleep accordingly make sure that your day is filled with exercise and activities. By filling your day with exercises and activities you will wear yourself out. This will allow you to stick to a simple sleeping schedule throughout the week.

If you struggle to fall asleep at night try relaxing before bed, whether this is through having a bath or shower or even reading a book to help you unwind, this can help you to fall asleep almost instantly.


Another important aspect of your health is relaxation. It is not good for your heart or your mind to be stressed 24/7 therefore, it is important to practice self-care wherever possible. With a number of meditation apps available to you both free and paid you can have a completely customisable experience based around your specific needs.

By adding ten minutes of meditation into your daily routine you can help to reduce stress and anxiety whilst helping to lower blood pressure. So with all this in mind, there are a number of considerations when thinking about your health in 2019 that are well worth considering.

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Intermittent Fasting – Introduction and How-To



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Intermittent fasting is becoming increasingly popular. It appears that apart from marketing, losing weight is the most popular topic to be discussed online. People want to get rid of all those pounds, whether extra or seemingly extra to attain the ideal body shape. A multitude of diet plans have been devised; from cabbage soups to high protein diet to eight losing herbs and supplements, everyone is trying everything that might have the slightest notion of producing likable results. But in most of these diet plans, one has to give up eating their favorite foods. No more pizzas and pastas, some happily adopt an herbivorous lifestyle, just to lose weight.

But what if you do not have to give up eating your favorite dishes? What if you don’t have to try any experiments with artificial supplements on your body? What if weight loss could happen with you eating what you generally eat, and in the quantity you eat but still losing weight? Sounds elusive, right?

The truth is that it is possible. And this is not a new found theory, but it has been around for quite a while. Surprised?? Wondering what exactly is this magic diet plan? It is called, “Intermittent Fasting”.

Intermittent fasting is the trick to adopt. It requires a person to go on a fast for 24 hours, once or twice every week depending on the individual capability, and having a large intake of water/green tea during this time span. With the lifestyle we all lead, packed with work, food, more work and a truckload of responsibilities, it is not only difficult to take out time for gym and aerobic classes but truly impossible. Similarly, even following a diet plan can become monotonous, and everyone is aware of how diet plans quit working after some time since the body becomes immune to them. So you might just lose weight during the first month of your diet plan routine, it is assured that the results will start to wear off once the body becomes accustomed to the routine. On the opposite end, Intermittent Fasting will help you consistently lose weight and also maintain it. The routine is not difficult to adopt.

Steele Williams a leading celebrity PT and personal training course expert from TRAIN says that studies dating back to 1945 proved that Intermittent Fasting (IF) extended the life of mice. More recent studies on humans show that alternate day fasting increases SIRT3 proteins, which scientists believe are responsible for longer lifespans.

Also, IF has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity, therefore reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. It’s also been shown to reduce inflammation, blood pressure, and “bad” cholesterol.

All you have to do is pick a day or two in the time frame of a week when all you are going to be consuming is water, or better still, green tea. That one day where the intake of liquids is going to be on the rise; it will allow the metabolism to flush up and work off all those stored fats in the body. Take it more like a body cleansing day. Just like a shower is vital to rid the exterior of all the germs, a day on water is pivotal to rid the body of the harmful fats that are stored up.

In the remaining days of the week, keep on going with your normal diet. You do not have to give up food at all during that time. Sounds great? Well you will feel great once you try out this truly genius form of putting off those extra pounds!

Have you tried intermittent fasting? What are your thoughts?


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