Sunday, May 29, 2016

7 Warning Signs That You’re Unhealthy

If you’re living a generally unhealthy lifestyle, you’re probably clued-in. Most of us are aware that we shouldn’t be shoveling garbage down our throats at every opportunity, reaching for sodas, completely ignoring our bodies’ primal urges for exercise — but we do it anyway. And we somehow are able to shut down the nagging voice in the back of our minds that tell us to knock it off and get ourselves into shape.
The message may come from our conscience, or even a doctor; we’ll still pretend that everything is OK. Even if those around us — friends, family, or co-workers — can clearly see that we’re hurting ourselves.
“Unhealthy” is an incredibly vague term, and can really refer to a lot of things. If you’re overweight, you may be considered unhealthy. The same may be true if you’re underweight or simply have a poor diet. But what the word “unhealthy” is truly striking at is that there are some serious concerns to our overall physical and mental integrity. Concerns that need to be addressed, otherwise we may see our lives end years before they should. Or, if we are able to survive, our quality of life could drop significantly.
So, the question becomes how to tell if you’re unhealthy. Again, you probably already know — and the people around you do as well. There are a number of ways that it manifests itself, too — ways that people can tell you’re unhealthy, just by looking or talking to you. Or, in the case that you’re somehow unaware that your choices are harming your health, these manifestations could be a clue — they may present an eye-opening revelation that it’s time for change. Big change.
Here are seven tell-tale signs that you’re unhealthy, and that it’s time to do something about it.

1. Bad skin 

The quality of your skin is a sure-fire way to get a reading on your overall level of health. Of course, some people struggle with skin issues like acne and are otherwise perfectly fine — but skin quality can clue you in to some bigger problems. A poor diet can really impact your skin quality, and if you’re noticing blemishes like stretch marks? That should tell you that something is wrong.

2. Sleep issues 

Can’t seem to fall asleep at night? That can be an indication that some aspects of your life need adjusting. Whether it be that you’re eating the wrong foods, ingesting too much caffeine late in the day, or not expelling enough energy during the day, not being able to sleep presents an issue — which cascades into further issues.

3. Bathroom problems 

Yep, we’re getting down and dirty. Take note of the color of your urine, and even how frequently you’re going No. 2 — those could both provide important insight into the state of your overall health. Since you’re going to ask, your urine should be a pale yellow color — and hopefully odorless. As for your bowel movement frequency, there’s a wide range. But if you’re going regularly, you’re probably fine. And don’t ignore the grimy details during your investigation.

4. Lip balm reliance 

If your lips are constantly chapped, and you find that you can’t live without lip balm, that’s your body’s way of telling you that something’s wrong. Specifically, your lip condition is an indicator of your vitamin levels. If your lips are chapped, you may be vitamin strapped — so diversify your diet, and get the nutrients you need.

5. Bad finger and toe nails  

If the condition of your lips wasn’t a solid enough indicator, your finger and toe nails can also give you a heads-up if you’re unhealthy. You’re going to want to be on the lookout for ridges, discoloration, and bumps — all of which should be red flags. Your nails can tell you a lot about your overall state of health, so if something is strange, don’t ignore it.

6. Body temperature fluctuation 

Icy feet and hands aren’t normal. Yes, there could be environmental factors at play, but if you’re consistently finding that your extremities are ice cold, it can be a sign of cardiovascular problems. Specifically, cold hands or feet might mean that you’re having circulation issues, and that your body isn’t getting blood where it needs to go. If this is a chronic issue, have it checked out.

7. A cloudy mind 

It’s becoming quite clear that our cognitive ability and brain health are closely tied to our physical condition. That means that obesity and elevated levels of body fat can have a significant impact on our ability to think and reason. It’s kind of scary, but also a very promising area of research. So, if you can’t formulate a potent thought, it may be a sign that it’s time to drop some weight.

The 5 Biggest Regrets People Have Before They Die

With all the distraction that life provides us, it can be easy to let the things that matter fade into the background. While never pleasant, death has the uncanny ability to peel back the layers and get to the heart of what matters. Being aware of death throughout your life can add some perspective to a day, month, or year that seems riddled with tasks and to-do lists. You may have to pick up the kids, make dinner, shop for groceries, and prepare a work presentation, but what really matters may be that you picked up the phone and called your parents or shared a nice bedtime routine with your kids.
Palliative care nurse Bronnie Ware recorded her dying patient’s biggest regrets in their final moments of life to determine what people most often regret before they die. She recorded the top five most common in her blog,Inspiration and Chai in the hopes of helping the living live their life to the fullest. Here’s what she discovered.

1. Not being true to yourself

The biggest regret that Ware’s patients expressed was that they had lacked the courage to live a life that felt true to themselves. By focusing too much on what your parents, co-workers, or peers expect of you, you may be keeping yourself from reaching your full potential, leaving dreams unfulfilled and unattainable. By the time most people realize the value of listening to your heart, it’s often too late.

 2. Working too hard 

Ware reports that every male patient she nursed mentioned this regret. They were sad to have missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. By constantly focusing on work, family often takes a backseat, and, as a result, notable moments are missed that can never be taken back. One study reports thatspending too much time at work is the biggest regret parents have about their children’s early years. The study found that more than three quarters of parents have at least one thing that they regret doing, or not doing, during the children’s early years.

3. The courage to express your feelings

How many times have you buried your feelings deep inside or kept your mouth shut when something upset you? Many people suppress their feelings as a way to keep peace with others, but by doing this you actually keep that resentment, anger, and bitterness inside you, poisoning your reactions toward others and yourself. It takes courage and self-assurance to express your feelings in an honest manner, but by dealing with difficult issues head-on you can live a fuller life devoid of regret. 

4. Distance between old friends 

It can be far too easy to let old friends slip away as you find yourself consumed by the busyness of life. Those on their deathbed were able to understand the significant value of old friends and special friendships, and often tried to reconnect with those they had let slip away. Make sure to carve out time to reconnect with those you love, as true friendships are rare and valuable.

5. Loss of happiness

With so many things to worry over and stress about, Ware discovered that many people allowed pure happiness to slip away. Most people don’t realize that happiness is a choice you make everyday. She found that people were fearful of change and found themselves pretending to others, and themselves, that they were content when they really wanted to let go and find true happiness.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Memorial to The Murdered Jews of Europe

One of the most impressive and controversial memorial to the Holocaust is located near Brandenburg Gate, in the Friedrichstadt neighborhood of Berlin. The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Holocaust Memorial, was designed by New York based architect Peter Eisenmann, and consist of a sea of 2,711 charcoal-colored concrete blocks called "stelae" laid out in a grid pattern over a 4.7 acre site of undulating ground. From a distance, the memorial site looks like a graveyard with the concrete steale resembling tombstones. The concrete blocks are not uniform in size and ranges in height from a mere eight inches to over fifteen feet tall. Visitors can enter from all four sides and lose themselves in the labyrinths of narrow paths between the concrete blocks. In the southeast corner of the site, located underground and accessible via two flights of stairs, is an Information Center that holds the names of approximately 3 million Jewish Holocaust victims.

Cuexcomate: A Dead Volcano You Can Climb Into

Located in the neighborhood of La Libertad, in the city of Puebla, Mexico, the sinter cone deposit of Cuexcomate has been mistakenly described as the “smallest volcano in the world” by the local population for centuries. It really is only an extinguished geyser, or perhaps a mud volcano (Cuexcomate is a Nahautl word for “mud pot”) believed to have formed by the bursts of magma and sulfuric water during the 1064 eruption of Popocatépetl, an active volcano and the second highest peak in Mexico. The volcanic eruption had likely activated geothermal spring circulation that burst through the Mesozoic limestone layers and deposited calcite and silicate compounds creating an enormous heap 43 feet tall and 75 feet across that looks very much like the cone of a small volcano.

The sinter cone is hollow and there is a 23-feet-wide opening at the top, through which a spiraling metal staircase was installed allowing tourists to descend into the excavated interior of the structure.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Skyscraper Without a Window

Standing at 33 Thomas Street in the Civic Center neighborhood of New York City is a 550-foot tall monolithic, granite-clad, concrete building. Even in a city like New York, where tall buildings are typical, people passing by would look up to gaze at this intimidating structure —their attention drawn not by the building’s height but by its fortress-like appearance. Aside from a couple of ventilation openings on the sides, the building’s bare concrete slab façade is without a single window.

The Long Lines Building is owned by the multinational telecom company AT&T, and is indeed an impenetrable fortress. When it was built in 1974, AT&T asked architect John Carl Warnecke to design a structure that could withstand a nuclear blast and protect its occupants from fallout for up to two weeks after the attack. Such concerns were not uncommon at that time, and AT&T wanted to be sure that their expensive equipment stayed undamaged.

The Crooked House of Himley

The Crooked House, so called because of its lean, is a curious little attraction and a local watering hole located close to the village of Himley, which is about 4 miles west of Dudley, in South Staffordshire, England. One end of the house is four feet shorter than the other. The lost height went into Himley’s sinking ground, a side effect of decades of coal and iron ore mining in the area.

When the house was built in 1765, originally as a farmhouse, it stood erect as any normal building would. But as mining progressed, the land became unstable causing sections of the ground to collapse. Many buildings sank into the ground or moved, but the Crooked House moved more than the others.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hidden Poems on Boston’s Sidewalk Reveal When it Rains

For the last few months, Boston’s local artists have been spray painting poetry onto concrete sidewalks using biodegradable, water-repellent paint. When sunny and dry, the letters remain invisible. But when it rains, the sidewalk darkens and words appear.

The project is a collaboration between Mass Poetry, a nonprofit organization that supports poetry across the state, and the city of Boston, and was started in April to commemorate the start of this year’s National Poetry Month. The poems selected for installation are connected to Boston as well as to the general themes of water and rain. Some of the poets whose works has been featured so far include Langston Hughes, Gary Duehr, Barbara Helfgott Hyett, and Elizabeth McKim.

A Dragon And A Cat Became Best Friends For Life (8 pics)

Baby the cat and Charles the female bearded dragon befriended each other and spend their whole time together. This unlikely couple also likes to cuddle a lot and play outside. Their owner thought that the cat would attack the bearded dragon when they first met
But all they do is cuddle!

Monday, May 23, 2016

A Secret Treasure Was Discovered In An Auschwitz Mug That Was There For 70 Years (7 pics)

The Auschwitz Museum staff  has discovered a gold ring and necklace in the false bottom of a mug that was on display. The employees were conducting conservation work on the mug when they stumbled upon it.