What’s it Mean to Follow Jesus?, Part 1

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You’ve probably heard people say that they are a follower of Jesus. Well, what does that really mean? How do you know if you are truly following Jesus? Chip explains that genuinely following Jesus is the most important decision you’ll ever make because it will literally set the course for your entire life.

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Life hacks you need to know

Sometimes life can be incredibly frustrating. Here to help, we tell you a few life hacks to try and make everyday issues much simpler. Hate it when you make a phone call and keep getting an automated person? Go to gethuman.com and learn what to press to speak directly to a real person at that company. Spill something on your carpet? Immediately pour salt into it, rub it in and wait a few hours, then vacuum it out. QUICK CLICKS Parenting on wheels Lessons learned on the hardwood: 50+ basketball Hypersomnia: Sleeping Beauty Syndrome Girls and overuse injuries in sports Speaking emoji Forgot where you parked? Simply place your key under your chin, which amplifies the signal’s range and you will be able to hear the beep from farther away. Zipper stuck? Rub graphite from the lead of a pencil onto the zipper and it loosens up. Toilet clogged and no plunger? Add liquid soap; let it soak for five minutes and flush. If it still doesn’t work, try again with hot water. Marks and scratches on your wood floors or furniture? Just rub a walnut on the wood to be restored. If you get ink stains on your clothes, simply put hand sanitizer on your clothes to dissolve the ink then throw them into the wash. And if you are watching a DVD but sick of the commercials, press stop twice then play to go straight to the movie.

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Health Beat: Laughing away depression?

No energy, living in darkness, thoughts of suicide. This is how people suffering from depression describe their lives. For many of the 17.5 million Americans diagnosed with it, therapy and medication will help, but as many as six million of these people are resistant to drugs. Now, there may be a simple way to improve their mood.

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Warning: Avoid Heinz Ketchup Like The Plague, Here’s 3 Research Backed Reasons Why – Healthy Wild and Free

The general public is becoming more aware that processed food is toxic and full of chemicals. We’re understanding that organic is a better option and it’s better to make something at home with fresh, organic ingredients than to buy it from the store. There are certain store bought little things though that we may not think much about making ourselves because they seem simple, i’m talking about condiments like mustard, sauces, dressings and ketchup. Whether you’re a meat eater or a vegan you may still love that ketchup taste and use it on a variety of foods or to dip foods into. Recently I was doing some research on high fructose corn syrup and what I found shocked me. I’ll get to that more in a minute, but first I want to share with you why you should read and understand the heinz ketchup ingredient label. At first glance you may think that there are a few questionable ingredients but by digging deeper you’ll actually find it’s not only not healthy but extremely toxic and in my personal opinion quite dangerous to consume over time.

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Drinking Too Much Water Can Be Deadly

Drinking Too Much Water Can Be Deadly: Study

Drinking enough water is essential for the human body to function, but drinking too much can be just as dangerous as drinking too little. A panel of 17 experts from around the world collaboratively wrote guidelines outlining the safest way to drink water without going overboard. The new guidelines were accompanied by warnings, published in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, and announced at the International Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia Consensus Development Conference.

“Our major goal was to re-educate the public on the hazards of drinking beyond thirst during exercise,” the guideline’s lead author Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler, an exercise science professor at Oakland University, said in a statement. “Every single EAH death is tragic and preventable, if we just listen to our bodies and let go of the pervasive advice that if a little is good, than more must be better.”

Athletes are particularly at risk. According to the experts, 14 deaths of marathon runners, football players, and other athletes have already been attributed to drinking too much water or sports drinks during a physical activity. The condition is known as exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH), in which the kidneys become overwhelmed by the large quantity of liquid it’s forced to process. The body’s naturally occuring sodium can’t keep up with the amount of water, leading to swelling in the cells and in severe cases, death. The panel recommends preventing hyponatremia by being in tune with your body and drinking when you’re thirsty — no more, no less.

“Using the innate thirst mechanism to guide fluid consumption is a strategy that should limit drinking in excess and developing hyponatremia while providing sufficient fluid to prevent excessive dehydration,” according to the guidelines, published in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine.

Watch for signs of EAH by knowing common symptoms, which include lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, puffiness, and weight gain during a physical activity. In severe cases, vomiting, headaches, confusion, agitation, delirium, seizures, and comas may occur, which can be life-threatening. EAH has been known to strike people who are in physically challenging athletic events, such as marathons, triathlons, military exercises, hiking, football, calisthenics during fraternity hazing, and even yoga.

Water is a key chemical of the body, which is why it needs to remain within a healthy range in order to balance the body. The human body loses water every day through breathing, sweating, urinating, and having a bowel movement, according to the Mayo Clinic. In order to replenish the body with enough water without overwhelming the cells, the Institute of Medicine determined the ideal amount is approximately 16 8-ounce cups (3.7 liters) for men and 11 8-ounce cups (2.7 liters) for women.

For athletes or anyone about to engage in a physical activity that will make you sweat, drink 1.5 to 2.5 extra cups of water to compensate for the fluid loss. Because sodium is lost through sweat perspiration, drinking a sports drink that contains sodium will help replace and balance out the increased water intake while reducing the chances of developing hyponatremia.

Source: Winger J and Hew-Butler T. Statement of the Third International Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia Consensus Development Conference, Carlsbad, California, Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. 2015.

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