Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world. The International Coffee Organization estimates that in 2016 over 151.3 million 60 kg bags of coffee were consumed globally. That’s well over 9 billion pounds of coffee beans!
We Americans super love our coffee ranking as one of the top coffee consumers in the world. Annually we import $4 billion in coffee beans and that’s the cost before it’s turned into coffee, espresso or some other variation of coffee. On any given day over 150 million Americans drink coffee and the average American coffee consumer has 3.1 cups of Joe a day. That’s over 465 million cups of coffee consumed, on average, every day in America. But with the math and onto the real question - is all that coffee good for us?
Valentine’s Day has come and gone and you’re still not in the mood. It’s easy not to feel frisky on Valentine’s Day when there seems to be a ton of pressure to be super sexy and have an expensive, passion filled night. The truth is no one feels sexy on cue, let alone when trying to make an intimate experience that matches up to society’s standards. It’s not only massively defeating, it’s bizarre, and yet we subject ourselves to that on some level.
Sex starts in your head. Stress, depression, anxiety and even a lousy day can kill the mood. If you’re not feeling sexy in your mind, you’re not going to get sexy vibes in your loins. It’s as simple as that. If you’re consumed with worry about the price of the lingerie - which makes you feel self-conscious anyway, not to mention is physically uncomfortable to wear - you’re not going to genuinely enjoy sex. If you can, set aside the things in your world that are stressing you out. That will do more to get you into "the mood" than any piece of lingerie.
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Detoxing is all the rage. Everywhere you turn there is a new and improved detox diet, supplement, recipe or hack. What’s missing from all that, beside often legitimacy and safety, is the part where you reduce your exposure to toxins in the first place. Why is that? Probably because it’s not good for business. Also because the task of reducing toxins seems daunting when they are bombarding us from every direction.
As my favorite quarterback says, R-E-L-A-X.
Honestly you can’t completely eliminate all the toxins that you’re exposed to in this world, but you can significantly reduce them. It’s that whole adulting thing where we change what we can and accept the things we cannot change.
Other good news, reducing toxic exposure can save you money and also you have a fabulous liver whose primary job is detoxing our body. Drinking plenty of water, choosing organic foods, spending time in the great outdoors and getting plenty of sleep are other ways to reduce toxins in the body.
Some overlooked toxic culprits include beauty products, chemically scented candles, scented laundry detergents, fabric softener and, gasp, household cleaners. The very products we purchase to rid our homes of grit and grime can have seriously awful effects on our body.
When it comes to the beauty products and laundry detergent, we’re predominantly worried about toxins coming in through our largest organ, our skin. But our eyes and lips as other pathways for the toxins to enter. When it comes to scented products and cleaners, toxins can enter through our respiratory tract every time we breathe.
Stepping into the kitchen, the very cleaners we use to wipe down our counter tops, wash our dishes and wash our hands before we eat can end up in our food. Once a toxin is ingested, it’s going to be in your system for a long time until the body can get it out through your skin, urine or feces. In the meantime, it’s going to take a ride through your blood.
When have you checked a kitchen cleaning product to see if it’s food safe? No one does. We assume that if it’s meant to be used in the kitchen that it must be safe.
Set worry aside and save some money at the same time by making your own kitchen cleaners with the recipes below. Each of these recipes come in around $1 or less per solution. That’s crazy cheap for non-toxic soaps and cleaners that actually work. No store brand can beat the price, quality and safety of that!
Today, February 12th, is Abe Lincoln's birthday. In honor of one of America's greatest Presidents... and perhaps a reminder of great Presidency by a qualified, confident and admirable man, I unearthed an article I wrote for Fiterazzi Magazine in 2015. Fiterazzi was bought out shortly there after and this gem has been waiting to resurface. Here's to you Abe. Happy Birthday!
If you strive to find health and wellness, you will find it in all that you do, even the most unexpected places, like the famous words of President Abraham Lincoln. As Abe once said, “If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.” Flip the script to positivity and know you will always find what you seek. Live a healthy, well-nourished life by seeking the best for yourself like a boss; like a Presidential Boss. Here are eight inspiring mic drops by the great 16th President himself.
Do you worry about getting enough calcium in your diet? While worrying isn’t the best use of your time, your concerns aren’t entirely unfounded, especially if you eat little to no dairy. Dairy products are some of the richest sources of calcium, but it’s possible to meet your calcium needs without consuming dairy. If dairy isn’t your thing you can still get the calcium your body needs.
Vegans, those with dairy allergies or lactose intolerance can have a beautiful, strong, healthy skeleton too, but it does take a conscious effort and consistent work. No worries, once it’s a habit to eat calcium rich foods and all the nutrients need for proper calcium absorption, it doesn’t seem like work at all, but rather delicious food to look forward to.
What’s the Big Deal about Calcium?
The primary concern behind calcium consumption is getting enough calcium to support a strong, healthy skeleton and thus avoid fragile bones/osteoporosis. The International Osteoporosis Foundation states current estimates place the number of individuals with osteoporosis at over 200 million people worldwide! In the U.S. over 30% of postmenopausal women have osteoporosis and resulting in 40% of those women have had a fragility related fracture.
Regardless of your age, it’s important to get enough calcium. Your calcium consumption habits today will dictate your skeletal health the rest of your life and keep your heart pumping.
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