Pick 5: NASA-Approved Houseplants, Salt, Telemedicine, Better Planning, and The Truth About Apple Cider Vinegar
Every week we pick five things worth sharing--this week we cover everything from obscure kitchen ingredients to the doctor visits of the future.
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Back in 1989, NASA partnered with the Associated Landscape Contractors of America to find nifty ways to keep the air in space stations clean and healthy for human lungs.
Thanks to this study, they found a number of indoor plants that appear to cut back on toxins like benzene (linked to harmful effects on bone marrow) and formaldehyde (high concentrations can negatively impact lungs and the lining of the nose and throat).
With at least one plant suggested per 100 square feet of space, you too can breathe like an astronaut. Check out some of our favorites below:
Take It With A Grain of Salt: Sodium Chloride Is Not As Bad For You As You Think
According to official Parillo-certified trainer Scott Canatsey, an excessively salty diet is only a major problem if you already have high blood pressure or if you’re considered obese.
There’s a reason you see huge salt-blocks out on the farm: we can’t absorb sodium from our environment like we can absorb, say, Vitamin D from the sun. It's not only essential for farm critters, but for human beings as well. Salt, or sodium chloride, is one of the human body’s most regulated minerals. It’s therefore important to keep a reasonable amount in our system. Too little iodine, a prime ingredient in salt, can impede the production of the thyroid hormone.
Canatsey only recommends using one type of salt in any liberal capacity however:
“Table salt is something I could only recommend being used non-liberally,” he says, “But sea salt, which naturally packs more of a mineral punch, I use liberally in my own diet,”
He'd also like to note that the benefits get even better if you’re washing everything down with ¾ to one full gallon of water.
In addition, salt can actually help you sleep better, regulate the thyroid hormone, and maintain good brain development! So consider gargling a little saltwater before you go to bed--it’ll help soothe your throat and cleanse your tastebuds.
Or, a bowl of chicken noodle soup never hurt anything but a cold.
Telemedicine: Doctor Checkups on the Go
Telemedicine is on the rise.
The ability to check in with your doctor from your phone or tablet saves everyone involved a chunk of change and a nice slice of time. How does this work?
You basically have a conference call with your doctor. Using a computer or phone, your doctor can diagnose common medical complaints (headaches, colds, back pain, etc.), perform post-visit check-ups, and speed up the refill process.
This is also great for those patients who are unable to leave their houses easily or at all, or who may be experiencing a medical concern at an otherwise irregular time, such as the holidays or on the weekends.
Many of the health insurance packages we sell provide access to a telemedicine network--inquire today!
Better Planning: Clip Your Tickets
Sometimes it’s tough planning events out way in advance. Other life events throw us for a loop, we lose our tickets, addresses and phone numbers get mixed up, plans change.
So forgive us if this particular tip seems obvious: clip your tickets! If you’ve got an event to attend, make sure you get a copy of your tickets/invitation/address and stick it where you have easy access. For guys, you might stick it in your wallet. For gals, you might tape it near the appropriate date in your planner.
No matter how much we love our tech, physical reminders always trump digital ones. So write down your appointments by hand, collect your tickets, and never think twice about your monthly schedule again.
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The Truth About Apple Cider Vinegar
Just like salt, you never know if apple cider vinegar is coming or going. One year the fad says it’ll take away belly fat--the next year it says it’s the reason it’s sticking around.
Like with every story, there are two sides.
The good news is, a little apple cider vinegar never hurt anybody.
But there is a proper way to consume it.
The solution? Dilution.
If there’s anything you take away from this week’s Pick 5, it’s that water covers a multitude of sins. In this case, water can help circulate the benefits of sodium and apple cider vinegar while protecting us against possible negatives. In the case of apple cider vinegar, chugging the stuff raw can actually harm the enamel on our teeth.
Consider mixing a tablespoon or two in water or lemonade and calling it good.
The benefits of even a small amount of apple cider vinegar include decreased risk of heart disease, more control over one’s appetite, and improved insulin sensitivity.
As with anything involving your diet or overall health, consult your doctor and pay attention to your body and your family history as you implement changes in your routines.