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The new Chinese Year of the Pig starts 5th February 2019. Each animal in the Chinese zodiac is divided into elements with slightly different characteristics – this new yin year is an Earth Pig. A joyous year of energy and fortune, bringing stability, flexibility, modesty and intuition.

If you are a Pig

Traditionally, characteristics of the year mirror that of its zodiac animal. Pigs are curious, mischievous, tolerant, generous and clever. They also have patience and understanding. Pigs' in their own year are usually unlucky, requiring hard work and discipline to avoid problems.

However, if you are a pig, stay calm, protect your wealth, and 2019 may be positive. Correct weaknesses and attract good luck by attending happy events. Likewise, avoid hospitals, graveyards, gluttony and loneliness.

Your perfect partner is a tiger, rabbit or goat – you are least harmonious with a pig, snake or monkey person. Best jobs are in charity, teaching, acting, health care or beauty.

Predictions for this Year of the Pig

The pig is the last animal in the 12-year Chinese zodiac, bringing festivity and time to reflex at the end of the cycle. This feeling of abundance and lightness generates positive energy, but also financial problems, so invest causally and keep all administration up to date.

Pig year usher in times of plenty – business in commerce and transport will thrive, as will intellectual trades. Everyone will be busier and more open-minded. International relationships, although delicate, will improve, especially in the Middle East. However, terrorism remains, and new political figures emerging bring rebellion.

There will be road, water and air accidents. Heavy rain could bring flooding, and mining disasters are common in pig years. Corruption and sexual scandal will increase, with more cunning crime, especially online.

Pig Years

If you were born during these dates, then you are a Pig: 16/02/23 to 02/02/24, 04/02/35 to 23/01/36, 01/22/47 to 09/02/36, 01/22/47 to 09/02/48, 08/02/59 to 27/01/60, 27/01/71 to 24/02/72, 13/02/83 to 01/02/84, 31 / 01/95 to 02/18/96, 18/02/07 to 06/02/08, 05/02/19 to 01/24/20, 23/01/32 to 10/02/32.

Famous Pig People

Alan Sugar, Alfred Hitchcock, Amy Winehouse, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carlos Santana, Chiang Kai-shek, Dudley Moore, Elton John, Ernest Hemingway, Henry Ford, Humphrey Bogart Jerry Lee Lewis, Julian Assange, King Henry VIII, Mick Fleetwood, Noel Coward , Ronald Reagan, Stephen King, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen

Pig Likes

Colors: red, white, yellow, gray, brown. Birthstone: agate & ruby. Western zodiac equivalent: Scorpio. Lucky numbers: 2, 5 & 8.

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Source by Nigel Hay Mckay

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Do you know of a teenager that is addicted to energy drinks? Energy drink consumption for teenagers and people in their twenties is the fastest growing group in the soft drink industry, with sales totaling a whopping nine billion dollars. In fact, they are quite popular on most college campuses, and among adults in the workplace. Many of these energy drink companies are finding ways to maneuver the FDA, and do not have to report how much caffeine or even disclose certain information to the FDA. Many people are becoming dependent upon these drinks, as they feel that they perform better during physical and mental activities, can stay up longer to study, fight fatigue, increase metabolism and athletic ability. The CDC reported that “one in three adults consumed an energy drink within the past week, 21% had drank them more than once in the last week, and 11% consumed more than three energy drinks per week”. The most alarming trend is that these drinks are commonly coupled with alcohol, and research shows that college students consume more alcohol when mixed with energy drinks.

Drinks such as Red Bull, Monster, Rock Star, AMP, 5-Hour energy, and others contain such ingredients as caffeine, Taurine, sugar, (even more sugar, such as sucralose and high fructose corn syrup), synthetic vitamins and chemicals, and other flavorings. Side effects can include:

Caffeine: According to the Mayo clinic, caffeine has been shown to cause anxiety, nervousness, tremors and shakes, dehydration, headaches, rapid hard rate, difficulty breathing, increased blood pressure, irritability, and lack of sleep. It stimulates your central nervous system, making it difficult for many people to sleep. Red Bull among many other energy drinks that contain a lot of caffeine, causes the body to leach calcium, resulting in weaker bone structure, which can then contribute to Osteoporosis when taken over a long period of time. Red Bull is banned in Norway, Uruguay, France, and Denmark because of its many adverse effects.

Taurine: An essential amino acid, Taurine helps regulate bodily levels of water and salt, and is an anti-oxidant. It also plays a role in helping cardiac patients with angina and respiratory issues. The University of Utah reports that consuming only one amino acid supplement like Taurine can alter nitrogen balance in the body, lower metabolism and put undue stress on kidney function. Increased Taurine supplementation in children can cause stunted growth.

Sugar: With an abundance of extra sugar such as glucose and sucrose, tooth decay and other dental problems can develop, not to mention adrenal and pancreatic problems. Rockstar contains 102 grams of sugar!

A healthy alternative: drink orange juice, and eat orange slices to help improve circulation and oxygenate tissues. Apples are great fruits to increase energy as well! So goes the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”.

Alarming statistics include:

  • A federal agency, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, reported energy drinks caused over 13,000 emergency room visits in 2009.
  • Children are drinking more caffeinated drinks, and are averaging 60-70mg per day, and sometimes as much as 700mg per day.
  • 33% of US teens, and 50% of college students consume energy drinks and caffeinated beverages on a consistent basis.

Do Energy Drinks help athletes perform better? Creighton University conducted a study on 17 college males, to research the effect of sugar-free Red Bull on weight lifting. The study determined no improvement in lifting after consumption. Another study was done by Utah State University with a low-calorie caffeine energy drink with Taurine on 20 NCAA Division I football players, and they did not run faster or perform better in various athletic tests.

When choosing a drink, water is your best bet. You can even consider adding lemon / lime drops to your water. Smoothies with added fruit and a quality protein powder also helps with energy. Do your research to determine which drink is right for you, and what positive and negative effects they may cause.

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Source by Dr. Chad Laurence

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It is a common perception among women that oral contraceptives are associated with weight gain. However, Norplant and Depo-Provera are the only hormonal contraceptives that include specific statements that the expected change in weight is an increase, while the other contraceptives describe that there may be an increase or decrease in weight as a result of this drug. Since more than one million women used Depo-Provera and greater than 500,000 used Norplant, it is important to determine whether the use of these drugs can be expected to promote weight in women.

A group of researchers from Pennsylvania State University studied whether the use of progestational contraceptives caused an imbalance in energy regulation that lead to weight gain. Specifically, Pelkman et al. examined whether depot medroxy-progesterone acetate was associated with an increase in food intake or a decrease in resting energy expenditure (REE) in young women.

Body weight, REE, and 3-day food intake were measured in 20 normal-weight women during the follicular and luteal phases of two menstrual cycles. These measurements were taken either before a single injection of Depo-Provera or saline solution (control). The subjects were in the testing laboratory for four days. They consumed only foods and beverages that were provided during the first three days and were weighed in the morning on the first and fourth days; REE was measured before breakfast on the first day of each test session by indirect calorimetry.

Subjects consumed 4.3% more energy and expended 4.3% more energy at rest during the luteal phase as compared to the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle. Treatment with Depo-Provera or depot medroxyprogesterone acetate had no significant effect on food intake, body weight, or REE over the three-month testing period.

This experiment showed that although this phase of the menstrual cycle affected both energy intake and REE, Depo-Provera did not cause any short-term weight gain in young healthy, normal-weight women. Further research is needed to determine whether similar effects occur with different contraceptive hormones, over longer periods of time, and in other populations, such as overweight or obese women.

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Source by Rajkumar Khatri

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