You may think:
"C'mon, ANOTHER mineral I need to care about?"
"You've been bugging me about how important magnesium and zinc are as well. Surely iron cannot be important ALSO?"
"You're fear mongering (yet again). If I JUST eat a high-quality diet, there's NO need to worry about getting iron deficient."
"Balanced diets automatically contain the right iron-rich foods."
"People on the carnivore diet consume lots of iron and they're very healthy. So no need to worry about excess iron either!"
Well, I'm telling you anyway (yes, I'm stubborn): iron can be a silent killer that you barely notice.
Smoking cigarettes and air pollution are similar in their effect: they damage you imperceptibly over an hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, and especially yearly basis.
Imperceptible damage is the worst damage, because you never correct for that kind of damage like you do when you cut your finger..
To get back to my point:
Tanning beds for health?!
You may think:
"You must be freakin' insane..."
"Everyone knows tanning beds are unhealthy"
"Tanning beds are only used for superficial cosmetic reasons"
"You'll age your skin and get cancer"
Sure, I get your sentiment...
Governments and health institutions have been cracking down on tanning beds for years. So answering the question "are tanning beds safe?" is kind of easy:
"The proof is that tanning beds are unsafe is devastating."
"No need to question recommendations on tanning beds: governments surely do their research".
"Over. Done. Next topic"
But wait a sec...
There's a bit of a problem...
Should you always trust governments?
Should authority not be questioned?
Should you reject the notion that governments always knows best?
I think you do...
Government act upon incomplete data all the time - sometimes even in the absence of any data.
Governments are allowing 5G networks to be...
Imagine you came across a deal that's too good to be true: a top-notch 2015 Mercedes car for just $5,000.
Your response is probably going to be: "impossible, that car has hidden defects". Or: "I'm not stupid, a good car of that year costs at least $25,000"
I get it...
I would be very skeptical as well.
You buy the car and...
The thing drives great, and you're very happy with your purchase for 10 years!
I know you're surprised.
I would be too.
Carnivore diet proponents make many radical claims: improved skin, sex drive, muscle mass, hormonal health, and sleep quality.
No more cravings - ever.
Autoimmune conditions that vanish. A brain that works much better than on a plant-based diet.
15 years of pain that becomes manageable after two weeks on the carnivore diet.
Throw reductions in body fat, anxiety and depressive...
You may think:
"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger", right?
And: "If the health effects would be so bad, surely everyone would complain or do something?"
Not so fast...
In fact, air pollution's effects are so bad that millions of people die because of being exposed.
You may assume... "millions of people die every century"
"or ever decade?"
Yes, that's right.
Every single year...
But even in the developed world the effects are frightening.
More bad news?
These circumstances are not about to change. Air pollution levels are projected to only half in 2030 (if you're lucky).
So what's the solution?
This guide is thus ...
Let me introduce you to a very vicious killer on this planet: particulate matter. If you've never heard about particulate matter you should - let me tell you why.
In 2016, just over 100,000 people died because of armed conflicts.
Mortality because of particulate matter?
Those statistics should tell you why particulate matter is not a side-issue.
If the numbers displayed above make you pissed, that's great...
I got the exact same response.
Contrary to what you've been told, it's not drinking alcohol that's killing you sooner, or not moving enough. Of course, drinking lots of alcohol and sitting on the couch all day does contribute to poor health, but particulate matter just as big if not a bigger problem.
Yes, I know you won't believe that particulate matter exposure is more damaging than...
Let me guess.
You might be thinking:
"Self-esteem, isn't that something you're born with?"
Yes and no.
You probably know of some people who have it all: they give a mind-blowing presentation on the fly, derive pleasure from the fact that difficult questions come up afterward, and then ask a co-worker out for dinner in front of the whole group.
I'm exaggerating a bit.
But still: you know people who have very high self-esteem right? And you know some people with low(er) self-esteem as well...
In fact, having very low self-esteem can be devastating for your life.
Think about all the opportunities you've missed because you hesitated, think about all the times you've sabotaged yourself because you thought you were "not good enough", and think about how often you're plagued about thinking back of these moments.
I'm not preaching gloom and doom though.
My message is positive.
"Don't put too much salt on those eggs honey"
"Grandpa's heart is damaged because he used salt every day. Eating salt will also destroy your kidneys".
O.K., I'll stop mommy...
Sorry for the theatrics.
Fortunately, that conversation never happened.
My point is, however, that the conversation might have happened. Lots of people assume they should not add to their food. You might be too...
You must be thinking:
"Tough choice. I either choose to eat bland food that tastes like crap, or I'm eating mouth-watering salted food that destroys my health."
Not so quick...
Almost everyone is aware that there's a debate around salt. That debate focuses on whether you should add salt to your food and how much.
The salt debate has become more "violent" in the last decade.
So what's my take?
I'll tell you right now:
In this blog post I'll give you...
I know what you're probably thinking: mindfulness meditation?
You may assume:
"Mindfulness, that's just not for me."
"I cannot silence my mind".
Or you're assuming that mindfulness "is something spiritual people do"
Don't get me wrong.
You may learn to silence your mind with lots of meditation practice. And for some people, mindfulness is a spiritual practice.
Of course, you can be spiritual but you don't have to be.
Even as a beginner mindfulness meditation can have immense pay off.
Mindfulness is like learning to ride your bike.
You might fail at first - and that's O.K.
And you'll learn eventually - which is the entire point of practice. And yes, learning to ride your bike may even be strange and scary at first...
Until you see how biking works, and then you're all pumped up. Finally you realize that everybody can do it......
Zinc is another mineral, just like magnesium. I've written an extensive blog post on magnesium before.
"Why should I worry about that complicated stuff, such as a mineral as zinc?"
I'll tell you why:
Fixing that mistake deficiency can have huge benefits for your health (I'll tell you soon.)
Having mineral deficiencies is like having a problem with the software in your computer.
If you don't know how to fix that software problem, you'll spend hours upon hours fixing stuff.
And yet, an expert can simply tell give you a quick fix, even over the phone.
I'm like that for zinc - a "technician" who can give you easy-to-follow steps. Why? Well, treating (possible) mineral problems is the same as a software problem.
You just need to know the right steps.
So I'll tell you ...
You know about noise (pollution) right?
If not, you would probably not be reading here...
Screaming neighbors. Fighting cats. Traffic. Overflying airplanes.
Or maybe there's just a specific sound that's really irritating for you. Maybe you don't like listening to Britney Spears - even at a low volume. Or perhaps you hate listening to Mozart or the Beatles.
Everyone hates certain sounds.
I'll tell all about you my "favorite" noise sources later on in this blog post.
And I'm also (too) acquainted what's happening with most noise pollution problems. The more you focus on the noise, the more irritating it gets.
I completely understand.
So what's the solution?
The first step in understanding any problem is being aware that there's something wrong in the first place.
With noise, most people assume that it's simply an annoying side issue--not a problem. And yet, noise is a...
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