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Modalert 200
Modafinil is also used to promote wakefulness and treat sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea, and shift work sleep disorder. It contains the R-enantiomer of modafinil, which is considered to be the more active form. **[Modalert 200](** refers to a specific dosage strength of 200 mg, which is the usual standard dosage for this smart pill.

Researchers found that five of the 60 beverages tested contained levels of a toxic metal above federal drinking water standards. Two mixed juices had levels of arsenic above the 10 microgram/liter standard. Meanwhile, a cranberry juice, a mixed carrot and fruit juice, and an oat milk each had levels of cadmium exceeding the three parts per billion standard.

People love to debate the relative merits of different dietary philosophies (high carb, low carb, no carb, keto, carnivore, vegan, pescatarian, Mediterranean) and the health benefits of so-called “superfoods” (e.g., blueberries, chia seeds, kale, almonds, salmon), but suggesting that people should curb their caffeine intake might be the most contentious fight in all of food discourse—especially because it seems like every other week, a new study is published claiming that coffee is either the fountain of youth or certain to send you to an early grave.

"Rucking": Exercise by Walking With Weight in a Backpack
I've heard of this idea before, but it popped up on the radar again, it's a "common military exercise" since ancient times, and a good form of exercise for lots of people: Walking is thought to be a good cardio exercise for just about anybody; all this does it add a backpack with some weight to the equation, which turns it in to a lifting exercise and increases the amount of exercise you get per step versus walking with no backpack. Any thoughts on rucking, or backpacking, or such related exercises?

I am trying to not eat any junk food today
Today I am trying not to eat any junk food but it is pretty hard 😅. It is 3:30PM and I still have not many hours left but I really want to take just one candy. I am thinking of swapping it for a spoon of honey.

Cold Showers For Health
Anyone like cold showers? Some possible benefits of cold showers: increased alertness, stronger immune system, boosted mood, reduced pain, and so on

Aromatherapy: Therapeutic Scents?
What's people's opinion on "aromatherapy"? Are certain scents supposed to be good for disease or to promote health? I guess my view is in favor of a mild support of the theory that certain scents may create health, but perhaps more than this that I think smells may be good for an aethetic value and promote a "quality of life". I have noticed a few times for example, while I might have audio-visual stimulation on a computer inside, that when I go outside I might additionally encounter such fresh air "smells" that seem to yield feelings of health, well-being, and which also stimulate the recall of certain memories associated with the smells. I think I remember expecting that "smell-o-vision" would become a part of computers at some point, or of some automated way for computers to let off certain smells. I thought movie theaters might incorporate the sense of smell more at some point. I'm sure some obscure gadgets like this exist or could be a DIY project, and some places exist that do this in a theater, but it doesn't seem to have had the widespread adoption that I might have thought would have happened. But anyway, any opinions on utilizing the sense of smell for health and wellness?

Exploding Head Syndrome
The danger of browsing this Lemmy instance!

Any Thoughts On Best Water Filters?
Do you filter your water, or don't think you need to, or what's your take on water filters? Here's one list of possible "sustainable" filters:

"Niksen": Dutch Art of "Doing Nothing"
This came up in research on observing silence mentally and physically. Niksen I think of as a kind of "mindless" rest while being awake. I've noticed sleep doesn't accomplish the same thing, as I can carry tension with myself during sleep and wake up still agitated. I've noticed light mental activity like reading, browsing social media, or watching a film, may not accomplish the same thing, as they can keep the mind in an active state which can also keep the body "on edge" (while the body may be resting in comparison with greater physical exertion like exercise). Some people are promoting concentration and focus exercises from the eastern religions, like mindfulness and meditation for relaxation - I was trying to avoid that for religious reasons, but noticed niksen seems to be even different than some kind of concentration exercise as it is not really concentrating on anything. When I was younger I think moments of niksen or "zoning out" were more common, but then at some point you start to want to make use of more moments when awake, and think that sleep can rest you - this is where things got off track for me personally, I used "rest time" as some kind of time that would keep my mind active, and thought sleep should be sufficient rest, so it would just carry over tension. Even while taking a break in the sun or on a walk, I might think I should be mentally praying or thinking about something, which would agitate the restfulness of the activity, but I thought if I didn't think that I was then "wasting time" since I could rest during sleep. What I've found through "niksen" is a seeming need to not be thinking of anything, to not focus on anything, possibly to not be making much use of the body (or lightly exercising?), to get a kind of rest that's "niksen". I've seen niksen described as: "mindless relaxation", staring off into space, "doing nothing with a purpose", not being lazy but resting and recharging, allowing the mind to wander but not engaging the thoughts, "putting your brain on low power mode", taking a time out, a kind of decompression, and an imitation of animals who often take a lot of time doing nothing. Does anyone get a feel for this concept or have any thoughts on clarifying it or tips on observing it?

"Kaylea Titford’s father found guilty of killing her by letting her become obese"
not going to do a MSM link but found this story headline interesting

Cancer cells can multiply and grow indefinitely because the apoptosis mechanism has failed. Apoptosis requires ATP; if the energy supply does not meet the cell’s needs, it cannot carry out the process.

Still not a fan. Too often it turns poisonous and spreads like cancer

There are two types of plant cellulose: Soluble and insoluble. Insoluble means it is not able to be broken down by the water and is excreted directly by the body. Eating an excess of insoluble cellulose can cause diarrhea. Water-soluble cellulose plays an important role in our digestive tract and has a lot to do with our health and weight. The first role of soluble plant fiber is to help the body lose excess weight by absorbing water in our digestive tract and then expanding it. As a result, we experience a feeling of satiety and reduce the tendency to overeat. Another benefit of soluble fiber is to enhance blood sugar balance. Although it is a carbohydrate, soluble fiber does not generate calories and can adjust the body’s sensitivity to insulin and blood sugar balance. Which foods contain this viscous soluble cellulose? All kinds of beans, flaxseed, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, and oats.

What makes a good life? The five secrets to happiness, according to an 80-year study by Harvard
The authors say that happiness is not a destination but a process and that happiness is unlocked through working through tough times with people. The study is filled with people who have struggles in their lives but who remain happy through their strong relationships. And it never strictly happens; instead, the good life unfolds through time. It is a process. ‘It includes turmoil, calm, lightness, burdens, struggles, achievements, setbacks, leaps forward, and terrible falls. And of course, the good life always ends in death.’

Study: Eating More Fruits and Vegetables May Extend Life Expectancy
The research discovered that not all vegetables and fruits can reduce the risk of mortality. Starchy vegetables such as peas, corn and potatoes, and some fruit juices are not associated with lowering the risk of death from all-cause or certain chronic diseases. Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, and kale, citrus fruits, berries, and carrots, which are rich in beta-carotene and vitamin C, have all shown benefits in reducing the risk of all-cause and cause-specific mortality.

40 'Healthy' Foods That Nutritionists Never Eat
It's no secret that many of the "healthy" foods lining supermarket shelves are actually junk foods in disguise (ahem, OJ), but there are some so deep undercover that they've probably infiltrated your pantry without a second thought. They flaunt their misleading health halos like it ain't no thing—meanwhile, they're loaded with added sugars and other naughty ingredients that are a total buzzkill for the body. I hate to break it to you but...nutritionists think these 40 staple foods are terrible.

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