The 20 Worst Drinks in America

Over the past 50 years or so, we Americans have developed a severe drinking problem.

We stopped making our own iced teas and lemonades (recipe: water, lemon, sugar) and started buying them in bottles or mixes, with ingredients like “high-fructose corn syrup” and “ascorbic acid” on the labels. We stopped thinking of a soda as a treat – akin to an ice cream or a candy bar—and started seeing it as the equivalent of a glass of water, drinking two, three, four, or more a day. Then we stopped drinking water out of the tap and started demanding that it be artificially flavored and put into bottled with the words “vitamin” or “energy” stamped on their labels. And, in just the last decade or so, many of us stopped brewing our own coffee and started buying things with vaguely European names, like “mocha latte.” And the result of all this beverage evolution is that, today, walking into a convenience store or a beverage distributorship has become dangerous to our health.

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All registered dietitians are nutritionists, 
but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians

Posted on March 13, 2013 by Stone Hearth News

Newswise — CHICAGO – All registered dietitians are nutritionists – but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. It’s an important distinction that can matter a great deal to your health.

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Want to Perform Better at Your Job? Try This

 By Laurie Tarkan

Published September 29, 2011

If you work and have kids, you may find it hard to squeeze in time to exercise. But a new study from Sweden makes the case (one you might want to bring to your boss) for carving some time out of your 9 to 5 to work out.

The study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that taking time out of the work week to exercise led to increased productivity, despite the lost hours at work. Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm assigned one group of employees at a public dental health organization to a mandatory exercise program. They had to take 2 ½ hours out of their regular 40-hour work week to exercise. Another group received the same reduction in work hours, but were not required to exercise during that time. A third group worked regular hours.

Employees assigned to the exercise program rated several measures of productivity significantly higher than employees in the other groups. They felt more productive while on the job and felt their work was of better quality. Plus they had a reduced rate of work absences due to illness. In contrast, those in the control group had decreases in self-rated productivity during the study.

Most managers believe if you cut back on your hours, you’ll be less productive.

“Our results paint another picture, suggesting that you can’t automatically assume that time off work equals productivity loss,” said the study’s lead author, Ulrica von Thiele Schwarz, Ph.D.

Here’s how exercising helps:

Exercise fortifies you. Previous studies have shown that exercise may increase your resistance to stress and generally improve your mental wellbeing, von Thiele Schwarz said. Regular exercise can reduce depression and fatigue, making you feel more energetic and motivated.

Exercise prevents illness. Regular exercise has been shown to bolster your immune system, reducing sick days or having to work while you’re not feeling great, which we all know can make us unproductive.

Allowing employees to take time out of work to exercise may also reduce the stress of juggling work and home activities, and in turn decrease absences and lateness, as well as increase their commitment to their company.

Exercise boosts memory. Studies have shown that regular moderate exercise can help enhance your cognitive skills like memory and mental processing, making you smarter while you work.

While you may not feel comfortable asking your boss for time off to exercise, this study may convince you that skipping your workouts because you’re working late may make you less productive, not more. If you do want to broach the subject with your boss, ask if you can come in one hour late twice a week (or leave an hour early) to exercise. But make sure you can justify the time off with higher quality work.

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