Stress Management

The Telltale Signs You’re About To Have A Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is a serious and life-threatening problem, so it pays to understand the basic signs of what having a heat stroke feels like. Since we are in the middle of a scorching summer heat, it becomes very important to be aware of the heat stroke signs. Knowing these signs ahead of time could save your life or the life of someone around you.

One of the first and most easily detected signs is an incredibly high body temperature. Unlike heat exhaustion, where you temperature may hit around 102 degrees F, a heat stroke would send your temperature up to a dangerously high 105 degrees F. While your temperature rises you may begin to feel your face flush and your heart may begin to race as your body tries to cool you down.

The next serious sign is that you’ll begin to feel very confused and delirious. You may not be able to hold a conversation or even know where you are. After the confusion sets in, your organs may begin to shut off. A high temperature will cause the organs to start burning up as well, leading to organ failure. One of the first organs that will be affected is the kidneys, liver, the brain, and the heart. All of your most vital organs will be at risk if you are suffering from a heat stroke.

Finally, the last sign is nauseous. You may begin to feel incredibly fatigued and you may even begin vomiting. Heat stroke is a serious and life threatening problem, so if you feel a heat stroke coming on call 911 immediately.

 

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Exercise

A Workout Move That Will Tone You From Your Head To Your Toes

The summer weather is here and if you haven’t been working on shaping that body then why not start now? It’s never too late to get started on working on the best version of yourself. Whether your goal is to get the body that you’ve always wanted or just to feel more in shape, working out is your best bet for not only this summer, but for every other season. This week, we thought we would focus in on a workout move that will have you getting toned from your head all the way down to your toes. This dumbbell Romanian deadlift will workout your shoulders all the way down to your bottom half.

To start the move off, grab a pair of dumbbells with a weight that you feel comfortable with and hold the weights with an overhand grip in front of your thighs. Then, bend your knees slightly. Bend your body down at your hips until your torso becomes parallel with the ground. Hold the position for a second and then lift your body back up to start. That entire movement counts as one repetition. In order to gain the most results from this workout move you’re going to want to repeat the move for about 15 to 20 reps of 2 to 3 sets. As you continue doing the workout throughout the weeks, gradually increase the weight of your dumbbells in order to challenge your body more and more.

You’ll love the results you’ll see with this easy full body move.

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Food

Grace Your Dinner Table With This Delicious Zucchini Coconut Bread Recipe

If there were one vegetable that can be used in a variety of ways it would definitely be the zucchini. Zucchini can take any bland dish and turn it into something tasty and exciting. One of our personal favorite zucchini dishes is the coconut flour zucchini bread. This zucchini bread recipe is perfect as a side dish for your dinner meal or as a quick and easy breakfast treat. The entire prep times takes around 15 minutes and the cooking time takes 45 minutes.

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 cups raw unpeeled grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degree F.
  2. Grease 2 loaf pans.
  3. Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl.
  4. Mixture will be very thick.
  5. Pour equal amounts of batter into 2 loaf pans.
  6. Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes or until done.

Recipe courtesy of: food.com

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Lifestyle

The Reason Behind Heavy Running Feet Finally Explained

How many of you have gone out for a run, only to feel as though your feet weight you down like a ton of bricks? You’d be surprised to find out that you’re not the only one. Many runners have found that they feel this inexplicable weight on their feet while they run. So have you ever wondered why you get this feeling?

Well, there are a number of different reasons why your feet could be weighing you down. One of the most obvious reasons is that you’ve put on some weight. Weight gain could have you feeling much more stress in your feet and legs. Even a small weight gain could easily place stress on your feet. A quick fix solution for this problem is to try starting off with power walking or trying to shed some pounds before starting your running routine.

The next possible reason for the stress on your feet is a lack of circulation. If you have a job that forces you to sit at a desk all day long, the sudden change in movement could really impact your body. Other circulatory issues like varicose veins and diabetes could all contribute to this. For those with circulatory related issues, starting off slow with some warm-ups could be the best bet for you. Another option is for you to get up and take a few laps around your office throughout the day.

So if you start to notice those heavy feet again, take these reasons into consideration and figure out the best option for you.

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The Perfectly Healthy Version Of Our Favorite Childhood Treat

With the summer heat in full effect, there is nothing more important than being able to cool down and relax. For many of us, our fondest childhood memories from the summer happen to revolve around cold and sweet treats that really hit the spot when the sun was burning down on us all. While many of our favorite popsicles form childhood are filled with way too much sugar for us to even comprehend, we can still enjoy an ice pop treat for this summer. This coconut pineapple ice pops recipe is a perfect and healthy version of our favorite childhood treat.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 and ½ cups chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup Almond Breeze Almondmilk Coconutmilk Vanilla Unsweetened
  • 1 tablespoon honey (can use another liquid sweetener, adjust to taste)
  • ¼ cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • ¼ teaspoon coconut extract

Directions:

  1. Add all of the ingredients to the canister of a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture evenly between the ice pop molds and insert wooden sticks. Freeze for at least 4 hours or until completely solid.
  3. To easily remove the ice pops, run under warm water to help loosen them from the mold.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of: livewellbakeoften.com

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Lifestyle

The Odd New Finding Surrounding The Ever So Popular Paleo Diet

As far as dieting goes, none have gotten quite as much attention as the Paleo diet. If by some miracle you haven’t heard of the diet, let us divulge the main parts of it for you. Basically, the diet encompasses a rule that you must eat like a caveman. That’s right folks, if your ancient ancestors couldn’t hunt down or grow the food you’re eating then according to the Paleo diet you shouldn’t be eating it. The types of foods that this includes are processed ones, refined sugar, and dairy products. However, a new study from the University of Tübingen in Germany has found that our ancient Neanderthals may have been eating something a bit too wild for our tastes.

The study states that, “Our results show that the Neanderthals from the Troisième caverne of Goyet were butchered, with the hypothesis of their exploitation as food sources the most parsimonious explanation for the observed bone surface modifications.”

It seems that the evidence that the study found was that “the first unambiguous evidence of Neandertal cannibalism in Northern Europe.”

So there you have it folks, our ancient Neanderthal ancestors probably engaged in some forms of cannibalism. So if the Paleo diet were to go based off of this new evidence, we’d be pretty hesitant to join in to say the least. Not to mention that the diet has been shown to lack important nutrients such as riboflavin, calcium, and thiamine.

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Food

This Peach, Basil, and Mozzarella Flatbread Dish Will Become Your Next Favorite Meal

Have you been on the lookout for an out of this world recipe to fill you up during the middle of the day? We may not realize it, but our lunchtime meal is incredibly important to maintaining a healthy diet and functioning metabolism. However, packing the same old boring sandwich day in and day out can become quite tiresome and boring. In fact, you may not even look forward to lunchtime at all anymore. So, instead of boring yourself into a food coma, why not ? This flatbread dish will surely become your next favorite lunchtime dish!

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 large flatbreads
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 fresh, ripe peaches
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • 1/3 cup fresh chopped basil (about 6-8 leaves)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp honey

Directions:

  1. Grabbing a deep skillet, pour in the balsamic vinegar and honey and then place the skillet over a medium heat.
  2. Cook and allow the ingredients to simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
  4. Brush the flatbreads with olive oil and then layer on thinly sliced mozzarella cheese and peaches.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 4-8 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  6. Remove the flatbreads from the oven and then sprinkle the chopped basil over. Take what is left of the balsamic mixture and drizzle it over the flatbreads as well.

Recipe courtesy of: tastesbetterfromscratch.com

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Lifestyle

Clearing Up The Biggest Myths Surrounding The Gluten Hysteria

Over the past couple of years, gluten has gotten a pretty bad rep. Everyone has been obsessing over the gluten free diet, trying to eliminate gluten from their diets altogether. With so much hysteria surrounding gluten, we thought it was time we cleared up some of the biggest myths that have been circulating. Below you’ll find the most acknowledge ‘truths’ about gluten that aren’t really all that factual after all.

One of the biggest myths that have been circulating is the fact that all gluten is bad for you. The fact of the matter is that unless you have celiac disease or a gluten allergy, consuming large amounts of gluten won’t do anything to harm your body at all.

Peter H.R. Green, MD, director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University states that, “There’s no evidence that a gluten-free diet is beneficial for people without celiac disease, and a small portion of people with other issues.”

The next big misunderstanding stems from the fact that we don’t have the enzymes necessary to breakdown the proteins in gluten. While this may be true, all this does is up our immune system up by 1%. So, unless you have celiac disease this small increase in our immune system defense shouldn’t pose a problem.

While steering clear of gluten if you have an actual sensitivity to it is the smartest move you could make, the rest of us should be more than fine with consuming gluten in moderation.

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Food

Try These Healthy Apple Cookies To Put An End To Your Sweet Tooth Cravings

Dessert time should be a fun time, not a time when you feel guilty about even having a sweet tooth. If you’ve been trying to stick with your healthy eating diet, then any sort of dessert can so easily throw you off and divert you from your diet. If you’ve been having the craziest sweet tooth cravings but don’t want to give up on your diet goals, then you need a healthy dessert alternative that will put an end to your cravings. One of our most favorite healthy dessert recipes happens to be the apple cookies dish. This delicious dish will fill you up and won’t make you feel incredibly guilty afterwards. The recipe only takes minutes to complete and all of the ingredients can be easily found in your kitchen cabinets.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 apple
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup almonds, sliced
  • ¼ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Slice apple into thing rings and remove core.
  2. Spread peanut butter over one side of ring. Top with almonds, walnuts, coconut, and chocolate chips.

Recipe courtesy of: rachelschultz.com

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Exercise

Get Your Plank On With These Intense Plank Jacks

When it comes to really getting your body into shape, there is no move more dreaded and yet more effective than the plank. However, as soon as many of us here the word plank we immediately get overwhelmed by thoughts of our body struggling to push through. We’re here to show you guys that the plank is actually a hugely effective workout move that will make you wonder why you ever avoided it in the first place. To start you guys off, we decided to show you how to perform this amazing plank jack move. This move will strengthen your abs and finally help you get rid of that annoying belly pouch that we all get frustrated with.

To start this move out, you’re going to want to get yourself into the plank position. In order to get into a plank position, place your arms directly under your shoulders, slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Keep your toes planted on the ground while squeezing your glutes to keep yourself in place. Next, jump your feet out to the sides. Make sure to keep your upper body still and in place. Now, jump your feet back together to the starting position. That entire move counts as one rep. In order to really feel the full effects of the workout you’ll want to perform the move for a number of 15 to 20 reps.

You’ll feel incredibly fit and in shape after participating in this fantastic workout move that will give you the abs you’ve always dreamed of.

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