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10 of the World’s Strangest Healthy Foods You Probably Haven’t Tried

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Beef Brains

You don’t have to be a zombie to appreciate the nutritional value of brains. Stick to the bovine variety of grey matter and you’ll take in healthy nutrients like iron and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an Omega-3 fatty acid.
Four ounces of beef brain provide about one-fifth of the daily-recommended amount of protein for an average 150-pound person
DHA can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Blowfish Sperm 



Fox News sent Dr. Manny Alvarez and Chris Kilham, also known as the Medicine Hunter, on a quest to find bizarre but healthy foods. Blowfish sperm was among their discoveries. According to the chefs at a Japanese restaurant, blowfish sperm contains zinc and DHA, which is considered a brain booster. 

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Marmite



Beer lovers may be excited to learn that a byproduct of the brewing process offers some surprising health benefits. Yeast extract is mixed with sodium chloride to create Marmite.
Although the quality of the taste is debatable, there’s no doubt that it offers health benefits. Marmite contains high levels of the B3 vitamin, which produces a white blood cell that boosts the immune system. 

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Raw Catfish Nuggets 



Many Americans prefer their catfish battered and fried. Instead of frying up a whole filet, go for the catfish nuggets instead. Catfish nuggets are cut from the filet and often found in the seafood section. They’re high in protein, low in calories, and provide healthy Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12. 

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Millet



If you’ve ever told someone that they eat like a bird, you’re paying them a compliment. Millet is a type of grain that is used as a main ingredient in packaged bird food. 

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Dandelion Greens



The next time you’re pulling weeds out of your garden, throw the dandelions in the good pile with your harvested vegetables.Dandelion greens are surprisingly healthy thanks to the high levels of folate, magnesium, copper, and phosphorus. Dandelion greens also contain vitamins like A, C, E, K, and B6. 

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Enoki Mushrooms



Enoki mushrooms may look like a weird plant found in a video game but they’re very real and very healthy. Some studies have linked them to a reduced risk for cancer. They are high in antioxidants and contain little to no cholesterol. Enoki mushrooms have also been used for development of cancer immunotherapy and vaccines. 

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Romanesco



Romanesco is a close relative of cauliflower but resembles some kind of fractal pattern that you might see under a microscope. In spite of its unusual appearance, romanesco provides numerous health benefits. This bizarre vegetable is rich in vitamins C and K and carotenoids. It’s also a great source of dietary fiber.  

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Blood Pudding



Blood pudding, a type of blood sausage, is a common dish served in England and Ireland and the name is an accurate description of its contents. Also known as black pudding, blood pudding is made from oatmeal and pork blood. It is high in iron, which can reduce anemia and help treat chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes and arthritis. 

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Hemp Milk

The hemp plant has numerous uses, one of which is hemp milk made from the seeds of the hemp plant. The seeds are ground and soaked in water. The beverage contains high levels of essential fatty acids as well as nutrients such as potassium, calcium, fiber, iron, and magnesium. Its high protein content makes it a popular choice for vegans.

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How can you spot a Crossfitter? Just look at their hands – Tips on treating Calluses on your hands

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CrossFitters often revel in the fact that our workouts have bloodied our hands. “We’re such badasses! We’re SO hardcore!” But let’s call a spade a spade:  IT IS NOT “COOL” TO HAVE CHUNKS OF OUR SKIN RIPPED FROM OUR HANDS.

Flayed skin is not a badge of bad-assery. It does not mean that you are tougher or better at working out. And it most definitely does not mean that CrossFit, lifting and/or gymnastics should be avoided because of the possibility that the skin on your hands might get torn.

All it means is that:

  • You’re a soft-handed newbie who hasn’t yet had the chance to build up thicker skin on your fingers and palms to protect them from tearing, or 
  1. You’re not giving your hands the T.L.C. they need to keep from getting shredded. 

Torn skin is painful and annoying, and may put you out of commission for a spell. And THAT is unequivocally un-hardcore.

My first encounter with shredded hands occurred shortly after starting CrossFit, back when the roughest activity my hands saw was an occasional difficult-to-open jar of spaghetti sauce. And my latest (and greatest) rip was during yesterday’s Mary WOD, after neglecting proper hand care for weeks. Over the past year, I’ve experienced minor tears and major ones. In this post, I’m going to discuss what I could (and should) have done to prevent bloody hand, and what treatment options are available to those of us unfortunate enough to gash open our hands doing high-rep pull-ups, kettlebell snatches and the like.

Hand Grooming 

Those who are new to gymnastics, weightlifting or CrossFit in general often start with soft, callus-free hands. Ideally, to reduce the likelihood of hand tears, beginners should try to gradually build up calluses (through — what else? — handling bars) to the point where the skin on their palms and fingers are tough and thick — but smooth. Once some skin-thickening is achieved, the goal is to keep any calluses filed down. The goal is have a consistent, smooth palm surface, without noticeable ridges or fluctuating thicknesses of skin. A raised, rough callus will eventually blister and tear away from the surrounding skin, ripping open your hands and making a bloody mess. A general rule of thumb: If you can pinch a raised edge of the callus, it needs to be filed down. Constant vigilance and regular hand care is key to preventing tears.

You can use a number of different tools to keep your calluses in check, including:

  • A nail file; 
  • A callus/corn shaver;
  • Cuticle scissors; 
  • A pumice stone; 
  • A dull razor blade; 
  • Sandpaper; 
  • A butter knife; or A Dremel tool(!)

Grip & Technique  

A lot of CrossFitters rip open their hands doing high-rep bar movements: kipping pull-ups, clean-and-jerks, snatches. But there are ways to tweak your technique to reduce the chances of a nasty tear.

First, use the right grip.

When working with a barbell, some folks are inclined to grip the bar across the middle of their palms. This, unfortunately, squishes the fleshy pad below the base of your fingers against the bar, causing discomfort, added friction, blisters, and worse. A better way to go is to grip the barbell across the base of your fingers — where the metacarpals meet the proximal phalanges.

Treatment

I’m using Neosporin, but there are, of course, lots of other remedies that people swear by, including:

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Music gives a soul to the Universe – Seven Ways That Music Benefits Your Health

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“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain .” - Bob Marley

Lets see the effect music can have on a physical/ mental and psychological level :

1-   Improves your visual and verbal skills

Early music education stimulates a child’s brain, leading to improved performance in verbal intelligence. This was suggested in a study among 4-to 6-year-olds who received only one month of musical training. It included training in rhythm, pitch, melody, voice and basic musical concepts, and this proved to have a “transfer effect,” enhancing their ability to understand words and explain their meaning.

Another study among 8 to 11-year-olds found that those who had extra-curricular music classes, developed higher verbal IQ, and visual abilities, in comparison to those with no musical training.

2) Affects the heartbeat, pulse rate and blood pressure

As Nietzsche, said, ‘We listen to music with our muscles.’ Studies have proved that music can not only strengthen the heart but also improve the recovery of patients suffering from heart disease.

No matter the genre of music, listening to one’s favorite music releases endorphins in the brain that improves the vascular health. (Opera, classical and other types of ‘joyful’ music were more likely to stimulate endorphins as opposed to heavy metal)

At Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, men and women who listened to music soon after undergoing cardiac surgery were less anxious andreported having less pain than those who just rested quietly.

At Massachusetts General Hospital, a nurse-led team found that heart patients confined to bed who listened to music for 30 minutes had lower blood pressure, slower heart rates, and less distress than those who didn’t listen to music.

The rhythm, the melody and harmony, all play a role in the emotional and cardiovascular response.

3) Improves sleep quality in students

Young or old, we all face sleep problems, in some cases, regularly, in other cases, when we’ve had an overactive day. Listening to soft music is indeed relaxing, hence improving the quality of your sleep.

Research shows that music can help reduce several factors known to interfere with sleep (including stress and anxiety), promote physical changes that support more restful sleep (such as lowered heart and respiratory rates), and aid in treatment of Insomnia.

4) Makes you Happier

Music affects our emotional state, making you feel happy, ecstatic or even sad. According to a study, your brain releases dopamine, a feel-good chemical, when you listen to tunes that move you. Sometimes you also experience feeling of shivers or chills while listening to a particular track, this shows that brain releases large amount of dopamine, that gives you happiness and pleasure. So listening to music gives us the same hit of happiness that we would get from a piece of chocolate, sex or drugs.

While another study shows that Music with a quick tempo in a major key, brought about all the physical changes associated with happiness in listeners. In contrast, a slow tempo and minor key led to sadness.

Even when we listen to happy music with the intention to feel happy, it always works as opposed to simply listening to music without attempting to alter our mood.

5) Boosts your immune system and reduce Pain

Music has been found to reduce the levels of stress hormone, cortisol, which can weaken the immune system and is responsible for many illnesses. If you like to dance to uplifting music, then you are definitely on a path to better health. Scientists found that after listening to just 50 minutes of uplifting dance music, the levels of antibodies in participants’ bodies increased.

Different types of music might have different effect, but it also depends on your personal preference and what tunes resonate with your soul. What resonates with the spirit, does have a healing effect.

6) Reduces Depression and Anxiety

Listening to music has much more effect on the human mind and psyche. Researchers say that it can helpease anxiety among cancer patients, have positive effects on their mood, pain and improve quality of life. Researchers from Drexel University found that cancer patients who either listened to music or worked with a music therapist experienced a reduction in anxiety, had better blood pressure levels and improved moods.

7) Keeps an aging brain healthy

Having musical training could help keep the brain healthy as people grow older. Any kind of musical activity in life serves as a challenging cognitive exercise, making your brain sharper and more capable of dealing with challenges of aging.

Even someone with brain damage or dementia can recover memories through listening to music. It is ingrained in our deepest core of being, no matter the language, the sound and the rhythm resonates deep within. Like Kahlil Gibran puts it, “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.”

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If you’re still not convinced just listen below to Radiohead‘s Codex

Happy Motivation Monday!!! – Beast Mode

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Train, Eat, Rest, Repeat – Pre-Workout Meal

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Do you feel that you must eat carbs in your pre-workout meal?!

The optimal pre-workout meal should be to fuel your brain for best gym performance, not feeding your muscles “for performance”. Carbs are therefore secondary to protein, for optimal nitrogen balance whilst training, and fats, and if carbs calm you down, as they do many people, do you really think they should be in your pre-workout meal?!

Check out this video from Ultimate Performance on their thoughts about Pre-Workout Meals

Animals are Better than Humans – They love to do Yoga

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The Leftovers – B.J. & A.C. (Sweet Baby Jesus)

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Written By Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

Personally, I thought tonight’s episode of The Leftovers wasn’t that great compared to last week’s episode but I feel it’s leading us into some explosive situations. The big difference with tonight’s episode was it dealt with multiple characters instead of one single character study with the Reverend. Tonight’s episode dealt with Kevin’s relationship with his estranged wife, which is now affecting their children. We also find out the extent of how far the Guilty Remnant are willing to go to push their nihilistic views with the world. The GRs believe nothing matters, especially possessions. So, when the baby Jesus doll went missing, I automatically thought it was those sick bastards.

It was a great opening scene with the baby Jesus being created in factory with the Black Keys playing in the background, which is finally placed in manger as part of the Nativity scene but then goes missing. Chief Garvey is placed into action to find the missing baby Jesus but he already has his suspicion that his daughter took it, which she did but tells his dad what kind of person would do that? Clearly, lying to her dad she parties with her friends and the stolen baby Jesus, thinking about destroying it but she decides not to maybe because she still not fully lost yet. Unlike her brother, Tom, he is clearly on a path of destruction.

Tom Garvey, Kevin’s step son, has decided to follow the new prophet Wayne Gilchrest, following his orders and protecting Christine because Wayne thinks she is very important to their plans. Tom is committed to see this through even though this might not end in a happy ending. I believe Tom is just looking for answers but in all the wrong places. Meanwhile, Justin Theroux character is trying to figure out why his wife wants to leave him.

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Laurie Garvey, a Guilty Remnant, showed up to her old house with Meg Abbott played by Liv Tyler trying to tell her husband why she has done the things she has done. Telling her husband that she is “broken,” which there might not be a possibility to fix her and he should be alright with it. She wants him to sign the divorce papers and let her go but Kevin is still fighting for her telling her if she wants it to end it then she should say it but their argument gets interrupted by their daughter. She calmly goes to their Christmas tree giving her estranged mother her Christmas present then walks away. Kevin politely tells them to leave because they’ve done enough damage today.

As Laurie and Meg walk back to the compound, Laurie decides to open her daughter’s gift, which was a lighter with the inscription, “Don’t Forget Me.” Meg tells her she should keep it and she won’t tell anyone but this goes against the values of a Guilty Remnant, so Laurie throws in a sewer gate showing Meg what is takes to be in the GRs. To be a Guilty Remnant, you have to let go of the things that mattered to you the most because it is meaningless now.

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This is GRs plan from start to show people there is no meaning in life and “there is no family.” In last the episode, we see the GRs cruelly buying the Reverend’s church, closing the place of refugee for people and tonight they take it a step further by breaking into people’s home, stealing their family photos which I think is totally fucked up. The GRs are trying to destroy the memory of what was and trying to replace it to what is or what they believe what reality is now. At first, I thought the GRs were just peacefully bunch, but now they’re just bunch of assholes trying to push they’re fucked up beliefs by any means necessary.

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But there was a Silver Lining in this really fucked up episode of the Leftovers in which after the memory thieves stole all those family photos, Laurie decided to walk back to the compound but her real intentions was to find her daughter’s lighter in that drain sewer. I guess some memories are too hard to let go because they mean so much and they should. To take away a person’s memory is like taking a piece of that person, so I really hoping the GRs get what they deserve in the following episodes. I also hope that Laurie has the strength to come to her senses and get back with her “hot” husband before her daughter’s BFF gets her claws or the other crazy woman with the gun in her purse gets a piece of the Chief.

Fu’s Observations:

-       The Black Key’s “I’m not the One” was a perfect song for Laurie in this episode.

-       Is Christine carrying the Anti-Christ?

-       The Loved Ones company was really creepy this episode, when an overturned truck that had a cargo container filled with body replicas – created for Loved Ones customers to look like their departed family members so they could have someone to bury and memorialize.

-       Does Justin Theroux’s character wearing eyeliner? Is he trying to be Gothic?

-       I think Nora was trying to get on board the Chief’s crazy train, if you know what I mean. Also, if I was Kevin, I would have totally cheated on my crazy wife.

-       The GR pamphlet was fucking funny. I’m thinking it’s going to be a popular Anti-Valentine’s Day card in February.

-       Poor, poor baby Jesus couldn’t get a break this episode. He got abducted, abused, almost burned and drowned then just to be thrown in the woods for the dogs “who aren’t our dogs anymore” to be torn apart. I bet the baby Devil is a hot Christmas item in this universe.

-       R.I.P James Garner

CHECK OUT OUR LEFTOVERS:

The Pilot “The Rapture”

Penguin One, Us Zero (Where did the Bagels go?) 

Two Boats and Helicopter (Life is Roulette Table)

Age is just a Number – The Deadlifting (Great, Great) Grandma

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Three years ago, Jean Stewart began to feel old. A proud woman, she realized she needed to make a change in her life to improve her long-term health.

“I see people who are stooped over and old, in their 60s and 70s,” Stewart says. “I don’t want to be that way. I was losing function for everyday living, stooped over and lifting things improperly. I just wanted to live my life (and be) healthy.”

As a retired physical education teacher, she’s always had a passion for fitness, but became bored in physical therapy-type exercise classes. Worst of all, she was tired of being treated like an old person who was incapable of physical activity. So, at the age of 83, Stewart decided to reinvent herself.

“She came walking into the gym with our newspaper ad folded under her arm and handed it to us,” remembers Cheryl Cohen, founder, owner and head trainer of Desert CrossFit in Palm Desert, Calif. “I asked her what she wanted from CrossFit and she said, ‘Well, I would like an easier time in the garden, getting down and getting back up again. I’d like to be able to move the 20-lb. bag of potting soil.’”

Unsure of the environment she’d entered, Stewart figured she had nothing to lose. Cohen assured her she could thrive at Desert CrossFit.

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Smokers or Past Smokers : Six Ways to Cleanse and Revitalize your Lungs

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It’s been observed that even former smokers who quit years ago have traces of lung damage.

Even if one has never smoked, second hand cigarette smoke, industrial pollution, vehicular exhaust fumes and now chemtrails with downward drifting heavy metal nano-particles all contribute to some level of lung damage for almost everyone.

So whether you once smoked or never puffed on chemical-laden, radioactive (from the fertilizer) tobacco, detoxing and regenerating lung tissue may still be appropriate for you.

By the way, the notion that lung damage is irreparable is not true. With proper nourishment and nurturing, your lungs can repair damaged tissues eventually.

Right now is a great time to quit smoking. Why? In as little as 20 minutes you’ll start to feel the benefits of not smoking.

There are over 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke and at least 69 of those chemicals are known to cause cancer.

The best way to avoid most chemicals, GMOs, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), excess sugar and bad salt is to eliminate junk and processed foods and sodas. Minimize meat, dairy and wheat to reduce excess mucus. Adding ginger, onions, garlic and cayenne helps eliminate excess mucus as well.

1 - Exercise more outdoors, away from traffic if possible. Breathing exercises can be used to help strengthen lung tissue. Yoga offers some, and there are others as well.

2- Eliminate household toxins that are part of detergents, cleansers, bleaches and chemically scented “air fresheners”.

There are many chemical free substitutes available at health food stores, even Target has a few on hand. Ditto for cosmetics and bodycare products. Buy only aluminum free deodorants for starters.

Pesticides must go as well, and there are alternatives that aren’t toxic for humans.

All toxic commercial pesticides emit caustic gases or vapors (off-gassing) that irritate the lungs.

3 – Improve your indoor air, which can be even worse than outdoor air.

Try to replace carpeting with other flooring or at least vacuum and steam clean often. Beware of furniture or clothing that’s been fire proofed. Flame retardants off-gas carcinogenic compounds.

You may want to look into commercial air cleaners. Or simply get some nice indoor plants that add life to your dwelling while removing toxins.

4 – Herbal remedies for lung issues are abundant. You’ll need to determine which type of herb is appropriate for your situation.

Antitussive herbs reduce respiratory spasms; expectorant herbs loosen mucus; demulcent herbs sooth irritated tissue; and antimicrobial herbs resolve infections.

Here’s a good overall guide for respiratory healing herbs.

Licorice root is one that pretty much covers all those attributes. It can create side effects for some because of its glycyrrhizin content. But licorice extract products are available with the glycyrrhizin removed. This is known as deglycyrrhizinated licorice or DGL licorice.

Lobelia, ironically known as Indian tobacco, helps clear the airways for easier breathing. It even works for asthma attacks.

5 – Detoxing is necessary for any regeneration or rebuilding.

Eliminating or reducing your toxic load relieves your immune system and allows the process of growing new tissue to occur.

Item (1) of this article is an absolute prerequisite to detoxifying. Then, foods such as chlorella and cilantro consumed often can help detoxify heavy metals, especially from the liver. Zeolite in its raw powder form (not liquid) is very useful.

Make sure you drink plenty of purified fluoride free water and find ways to sweat more. If you can, use a far infrared sauna somewhere; you’ll have the best level of sauna. But conventional sauna’s still do the job.

6 – Serrapeptase enzymes are very powerful enzymes capable of eating up scar tissue, heavily calcified tissue or hardened mucus deposits.

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