Wendy Williams Reveals New Incurable Diagnosis

The first half of 2019 has been difficult for talk show host Wendy Williams. Not only is she involved in a messy separation from her husband of 21 years, she has been dealing with a slew of health issues.

Williams suffers from Graves’ disease, an autoimmune condition she was diagnosed with over 19 years ago. Also known as toxic goiter, the condition affects the function of the thyroid. It is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism, which is described by the American Thyroid Association as “a generalized overactivity of the entire thyroid gland.”

The disease, which affects 1 in 200 people, is often characterized by the shape of a patient’s eyes, which usually appear to be bulging. “I often feel like birds are swimming around my head. Like constantly high, but not high,” Williams explained on her show in 2018.  

Back in January, the host’s team revealed she would taking a hiatus and spending a “significant time” hospitalized due to complications related to the disease, including hyperthyroidism. On top of it all, Williams, who has previously battled a drug addiction, also admitted to her fans that she checked herself into a sober house.

“For some time now, and even today and beyond, I have been living in a sober house,” she said. “When you see me come to work, glammed up, right after the show I go across the street and do my pilates – I told you, two hours a day, I like to take care of my body, and you know I’ve had a struggle with cocaine in the past.”

Williams finally returned to TV in March, and as usual, she isn’t keeping secrets from her viewers. On a recent episode of The Wendy Williams Show, the host revealed that she has been diagnosed with lymphedema. She shared the latest setback in her health while discussing paparazzi photos that showed her legs looking swollen.

According to the Mayo Clinic, lymphedema is a chronic condition that is usually caused by the damage or removal of the lymph nodes. The blockage of the lymphatic system that results “prevents lymph fluid from draining well, and the fluid buildup leads to swelling” of the limbs.

Williams reassured fans that despite the condition being incurable, she “got it under control,” thanks to a special machine.

“It’s not going to kill me, but I do have a machine — and how dare you talk about the swelling of it all,” she said on the show. “If [the swelling] in my feet never goes all the way down, at least I have this machine,” she explained. “I sit for 45 minutes a day. It’s the best party entertainer ever. Everybody [that] comes over wants to do it.”

Beside swelling, symptoms of lympedema include feeling of heaviness or tightness in the affected limbs, restricted range of motion, pain, discomfort, bacterial infections and hardening of the skin.

If you have any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor right away. Early diagnosis is key in managing the condition.

Kudos to Williams for opening up about her health issues and bringing awareness to a condition that affects many people.

11 Unusual Uses For Aspirin That You Never Knew About

Aspirin is one of the most common medications you will find in households across America. The popular drug is mainly used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and fever. However, there is a lot more than be done with the circular white pills.

Aspirin contains Salicylic acid, an ingredient found in a number of products, especially in beauty and skincare. The acidity of the medication also gives it similar powers to vinegar when it comes to getting rid of stains, rust and skin issues.

Now that your curiosity is piqued, here are 11 unusual uses for aspirin*:

1. Get rid of pimples

Why bother spending money on expensive skincare products when you can use aspirin and water? For a cheap and effective acne solution, just crush an aspirin and mix it with a few drops of water to create a paste. Apply the dermatologist-recommended mixture on the pimple and leave it for a few minutes or even overnight. The salicylic acid in the aspirin will unclog the pores by removing excess oil and dead cells. It also helps reduce inflammation, pain, and redness.

2. Eliminate stubborn stains

Next time you have to deal with a stubborn stain, including ones caused by oil and sweat, reach for aspirin instead of chemical-laden stain removers. Crush up three pills then add it into a half-cup of warm water. Soak the stain in the solution for two to three hours before adding it to the rest of the load. According to Huffpost, aspirin works well in fighting stains because the salicylic acid functions just like the acetic acid found in vinegar, which also effectively gets rid of stains.

3. Soften tough calluses

Don’t have hours to spare for a pedicure at the salon? You can do it at home in much less time and it won’t cost you a dime. All you need is 10 minutes, a couple of aspirin tablets and some lemon juice. Make a paste by crushing the tablets and adding in half a tablespoon of each water and lemon juice. Rub the mixture on the affected areas then wrap your feet in a warm towel and cover with a plastic bag. After at least 10 minutes, use a foot file or pumice stone to get rid of the softened callus.

4. Stop a heart attack

When it comes to a heart attack, knowing the symptoms to look out for and early intervention are key. One of the ways a heart attack can be managed while waiting for 911 to arrive is by popping an aspirin. According to Harvard Health, aspirin inhibits the platelets, which “are the tiny blood cells that trigger blood clotting.” Researchers have also found that chewing the tablet works faster than swallowing it with water.

5. Restore hair color

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Maintaining colored hair is not easy, especially if you’re someone who likes washing your hair multiple times a week or swims in chlorinated pools. To restore your hair back to its fresh-out-of-the-salon glory, dissolve six to eight aspirins in a cup of warm water the apply it to your locks. Let the mixture sit for 10 to 15 minutes before washing it off with shampoo.

6. Control dandruff

Dealing with dandruff can be frustrating, and let’s face it, it is embarrassing too. Nobody wants tiny white flakes on your shoulders, making it seem like your hair hasn’t been washed in days. To get rid of stubborn dandruff, add crushed aspirin––about two tablets––to amount of shampoo you need to wash your hair. Leave it on for a minute or two before rinsing it off with water. Wash your hair again with plain shampoo to make sure there isn’t any residue left behind.

According to Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital, aspirin can also “make psoriasis lesions thinner and can help reduce itch.”

7. Nurse a hangover

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Suffering from a hangover can make it feel like it is the end of the world. Contrary to popular belief, hair of the dog doesn’t cut it. What you really need to alleviate the pain, is some aspirin and coffee. According to researchers, this combination––best taken right when you wake up––will help soothe your sore head.

8. Soothe bug bites

The itchiness and pain that result from bug bites and stings can make you feel extremely uncomfortable. According to Dr. Zeichner, the anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties of aspirin makes it ideal for treating bites and stings. You can make a paste by crushing a tablet and mixing it with drops of water, or just dampen an uncoated tablet and apply it to the affected area.  

9. Grow your garden

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Just like it does for your skin, aspirin can work wonders for your indoor and outdoor plants. Dissolve an aspirin in a gallon of water and use it to water your plants. According to Judy Jernstedt, professor of plant sciences at UC Davis, the salicylic acid reduces ethylene production, which in turn delayed floral senescence, making flowers last longer. She added, “The anti-fungal properties of salicylic acid dissolved in the vase water may also slow growth of mold, which if it enters the cut stem, can damage or clog the vascular tissue.”

10.  Remove rust

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Rust doesn’t only make metal objects appear unsightly, it damages them. An easy solution to get rid or rust is to dampen the object then apply crushed aspirin on it. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes, then wipe it clean.

11. Treat ingrown hair

Ingrown hairs are a common issue for many people who shave or wax. It is extremely painful and happens when the hair grows back into the skin or if the follicle is blocked by dead skin. Crush an aspirin and mix it with water to make a paste. Apply the mixture on the ingrown hair and let it sit for a few minutes before washing it off. As it does for pimples, the salicylic acid will exfoliate the dead skin cells, making way for the ingrown hair to finally come out.

*Some people are severely allergic to aspirin. If you are one of them, do not ingest the medication or apply it topically. Always consult a doctor before using any medication, including aspirin.

Do you have an aspirin hack? Share it with us in the comments!

12 Medical Reasons You’re Always Tired

I lose count of how often I say “I’m tired” every day. It’s generally because I don’t get enough sleep, and I know this, but sometimes I wonder if there are things that impact my energy levels that aren’t related to going to bed late.

If you find yourself oversleeping, it could be a signifier of a larger issue.

“Oversleeping means that you are sleeping for more than 10 hours on a consistent basis,” says Conor Heneghan, PhD, director of research and algorithms at Fitbit. “Oversleeping has been correlated with certain health conditions, such as depression, but it is not a known cause of any health disorders. While irregularities in the body’s sleep clock may play a role in mood, returning to a consistent sleep cycle is a focus area to get the body back on track.”

There are a number of medical conditions that can lead to feeling tired all the time, and you should always consult your doctor if you notice abnormal energy levels are becoming more common.

1. Chronic Pain Condition

If you have a condition like fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, anemia and rheumatoid arthritis, you need more sleep than someone who does not have those conditions. But, if you don’t know you have this condition, you’re probably not getting adequate sleep to cope.

“People who suffer from conditions that result in fatigue and pain often require more sleep in order for their bodies to properly rest and recover,” says Matthew Ross, co-owner and COO of The Slumber Yard.

2. Depression

Depression can be a big culprit when it comes to being always tired. Depression can often present itself as being tired all the time, not wanting to get out of bed in the morning, or not sleeping well through the night so you’re tired during the day. Consult your doctor if you think you may be depressed.

Some people will try to “self-medicate” their depression through alcohol, but this can lead to further exhaustion.

“Depression, alcohol abuse, and fatigue are very tightly knit,” says Dr. Shah.

3. Anemia

Anemia is generally the most common culprit of someone being over tired. Doctors will generally test for anemia first if you tell them exhaustion is something you’re struggling with, because it can be confirmed or ruled out through a blood test. Anemia is when your blood doesn’t carry enough oxygen through your body, and is usually caused by an iron deficiency.

“When a patient says ‘I’m tired,’ it’s such a broad term and could be so many things, but if someone says ‘I’m tired and feeling a little more short of breath,’ or, ‘I’m having trouble exercising,’ that tends to be anemia,” says Dr. Shah.

4. Food Sensitivity

When you don’t eat well, your body reacts accordingly, and when your body has a sensitivity to certain foods, it can start to become fatigued.

“If you’re eating poorly, especially a lot of processed foods, the gut cells can become a looser, net-like structure instead of a tight structure, and proteins that aren’t supposed to be in our bloodstream leak into our bloodstream, which creates an inflammatory response,” says Dr. Shah.

The inflammatory response can cause moodiness, bloating, and fatigue, and can be caused by sensitivities to foods like dairy and wheat. You can’t really test for food sensitivities (they’re different than allergies,) but keeping a food diary can help pinpoint what is making you feel ill. Once you notice an eating pattern, you can follow an elimination diet to slowly take out potential triggers.

5. Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is when your throat starts to close when you’re sleeping, and is what causes people to snore.

“The brain notices you’re not getting rid of your CO2, and it wakes up really briefly in an alarmed state,” Lisa Shives, MD, director of the Sleep Medicine Center at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

Even though it sounds like you’d notice this happening, most people don’t remember the times they wake up at night because the moments are so brief. This means that when you’re exhausted the next day, you really have no clue what caused it.

6. Heart Failure

Your body is smart and will always do what it can to keep your vital organs fully functioning. If you have heart failure, your body can’t always keep up with its own demands, and will divert blood flow from your tissue to your organs. When your muscles aren’t getting the proper amount of blood, you’ll start to notice that normal activities feel like they take much more effort and leave you exhausted.

7. Adrenal Fatigue

Your kidneys struggling to produce certain hormones could be the cause of your constant fatigue. Though it’s difficult to show with lab testing, the hormone imbalance can be caused by stressful situations in your life, lack of sleep, over-exercising, poor diet habits, or alcohol or drug abuse. Your stress hormones can be high, and then your body is left depleted and tired.

“Adrenal fatigue isn’t a Western medicine term, it’s a functional medicine term, and a lot of Western doctors don’t recognize it as a medical [issue],” says Dr. Shah.

8. Hypersomnia

Everyone knows what insomnia is, but hypersomnia is a little less known. This condition is when you’re tired regardless of how much sleep you get. If you always find yourself tired all day despite having slept well the night before, it could be a sign of hypersomnia. Generally this condition appears in the late teen years or early adulthood.

9. Hemochromatosis

Completely opposite from anemia, hemochromatosis is a condition that affects almost 10% of the caucasian population. Hemochromatosis is causes the body to store too much iron, which leads to fatigue, weakness, joint pain, stomach pain, depression, liver disease, heart problems, and diabetes. Those who suffer from hemochromatosis are born with the condition, but the symptoms don’t present themselves until people reach theirs 50s and 60s.

10. Prediabetes or Diabetes

Diabetes causes a high blood glucose level, which can impair your blood circulation and decrease the amount of oxygen your cells need to give you energy. When you have low blood sugar levels, it can also result in feeling fatigued because your body doesn’t have enough fuel to function properly.

11. Infection

If you broach the subject of fatigue or exhaustion with your doctor, he or she will likely test for a chronic infection like Lyme disease or mononucleosis. These infections can present with extreme fatigue, and by getting a proper diagnosis you can begin treatment that will end up helping the symptoms.

12. Oversleeping On Weekend

Sleeping in on the weekends or taking an afternoon nap is so tempting, but the excess sleep could actually be causing you to be more tired during the week. We often see weekends as a time to “catch up” on any sleep we missed during the week, but that’s not really a great idea.

“While the recommended average sleep time for adults is seven to nine hours every night, often we may try to catch up on sleep during the weekends,” Dr. Heneghan says. “Your body will attempt to recover from the effects of sleep deprivation by having “rebound” sleep − typically associated with longer overall sleep time, increased deep and REM sleep, and reaching the REM sleep state more quickly. However, oversleeping can offset your cycle and has been linked to other health risks.”

Being fatigued or always tired can be a signal of something more serious happening in your body, and it’s important to consult your doctor if you notice any irregularities in your sleep patterns.

[H/T: Reader’s Digest]

Do you have issues with constant fatigue?

She Thought It Was A Pimple, Now She’s Battling Cancer

Everyone gets pimples now and then. It’s just a part of life. Generally they go away on their own, but sometimes they can be a little more finicky. For 21-year-old New Zealand teacher Emily Foreman, what she thought was a run-of-the-mill pimple ended up changing the course of her life forever.

After a few months of the pesky pimple-like bump behind her ear, Foreman went to the doctor to get it looked at. A series of scans gave her the tragic diagnosis of a cancer tumor, called a large cell undifferentiated carcinoma, in her main salivary gland. It had also spread to some of Foreman’s surrounding lymphnodes. The young woman underwent a six-hour surgery to try and remove the cancer.

“This was to remove the entirety of my parotid gland, as well as most of the lymph nodes and some of the surrounding tissue in my neck,” Foreman explained on her Give A Little donation page, which is similar to GoFundMe. “To ensure that they had removed all of the cancer they needed to take some of my main facial nerve, unfortunately this left the right side of my face paralysed.”

Foreman then underwent six weeks of radiation, and after a while she was finally able to get back to her regular life. She was working full time and trying to plan out her future, but a routine check up left her devastated once again.

“In the CT scan they had discovered multiple lesions across both my lungs; meaning the cancer had spread,” she recalled. “There was always that chance of the cancer coming back, but never in a million years did I expect this, or for it to happen so soon. This changed everything. I was then put under one of the best oncologist’s and we were thrown straight into coming up with our next plan of attack. Because the lesions were so small and spread across both my lungs surgery wasn’t an option, we were also unable to do radiation as this would damage my lungs too much.”

So what was her next option? Foreman’s doctor decided the best course of action was to monitor the lesions to see if there were any changes. If they began to change, then she would have to undergo chemotherapy. The lesions didn’t appear to be changing, which meant that Foreman’s immune system was fighting hard to keep the cancer at bay.

“After much consideration, [the doctor] decided to offer me immunotherapy, believing that this would have better results than the chemotherapy would,” Foreman shared. “Immunotherapy works in conjunction with and helps to support the immune system to find and target cancer cells. But for me to be able to have this immunotherapy and for it to work I needed to have a high enough level of a certain protein within my cancer cells. After some testing we were fortunate and so grateful to find out that this is going to be an option for me and probably my best option.”

The issue, though, is that this treatment is extremely expensive and not covered under New Zealand healthcare.

“Each treatment is done every three weeks down in Palmerston North at a cost of $6,000 and it is capped at 10 treatments,” wrote on her Give A Little page. “This means that we only have to pay for the first 10 treatments; that still leaves it costing around $60,000. Then every treatment after the 10th one we only have to pay the administration fee which is still around $700 every time. All in all this is going to be a rather costly experience.”

This treatment could last for years if it’s deemed effective, which means Foreman will be struggling with these costs for the foreseeable future. However, she notes that this isn’t a cure by any stretch.

“Now the immunotherapy is not a cure, and will not cure me; currently there is no cure,” Foreman pointed out. “But it should be able to prevent the lesions from growing and keep them at bay for as long as possible. Medicine is changing all the time and I am hopeful that one day there will be a cure but currently this is my best chance at keeping the cancer at bay until that cure is found.”

I can’t imagine thinking something is just a pimple, then receiving life-changing news like this. Foreman seems to have a good head on her shoulders, and she has already raised over $50,000 on her fundraising page.

Her story is an important reminder to be vigilant when it comes to growths, bumps, or anything else unusual you notice about your body.

9 Warning Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes, And How To Prevent It

Diabetes is a scary, yet manageable disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are an estimated 30.3 million adults in the United States living with diabetes. Another 84.1 million Americans are living with prediabetes.

Prediabetes means you do not technically have the disease yet, but you have a higher-than-normal blood sugar level and doctors are concerned about the possibility of you developing it. Symptoms for diabetes come on gradually, and often aren’t noticed until the condition is full-blown.

There are some symptoms you can keep an eye out for that tend to indicated diabetes, and always make sure to get in touch with your doctor if you feel there is a medical problem you’re dealing with.

1. Always Thirsty

Yes, it’s good to drink a lot of water, but if you find yourself constantly thirsty to the point where it’s almost insatiable, it could be a sign of type 2 diabetes. Your body loses water when it’s removing excess sugar, which can lead to dehydration if it keeps happening over a long period of time. If you notice that you’re feeling oddly thirsty, it’s something to keep track of.

2. Blurry Vision

When you have type 2 diabetes, your body can’t process sugar the same way it would in a healthy person. This excess of sugar can damage your blood vessels in your eyes, which over time can cause blurry vision in one or both eyes. The blurred vision may be persistent, or it could be sporadic. Without treatment, this blurry vision could lead to permanent vision loss.

3. Frequent Urination

Obviously if you’re taking in more water, you’ll have to pee more, but the urination is your body’s way of expelling the excess sugar that’s in the body. Your kidneys are trying to filter the sugar out of your blood, and will lead to frequent urination. You’ll especially notice that your urination has increased at night.

4. Numbness, Pain, or Tingling of the Extremities

If your blood contains too much sugar, it can affect the way it circulates and also damage the nerves in your body. Generally, people with type 2 diabetes will feel pain or a tingling sensation in their hands and feet. You could also feel complete numbness. The condition, known as neuropathy, will get worse if it’s not treated and can lead to more serious complications.

5. Patches of Dark Skin

It’s important to keep an eye out for dark patches of skin that could be forming on the creases of the neck, armpit, or groin. This condition is known as acanthosis nigricans, and can signify a higher risk of diabetes. Generally, these patches of skin will feel soft and velvety.

6. Always Hungry

People living with diabetes aren’t able to absorb enough glucose from the bloodstream into the body’s cells, which is how the body gets energy from food we eat. The digestive system breaks down the food, which is then used as fuel. If you have diabetes, this fuel is not being fed to the body and can lead to a feeling of constant hungry, no matter when the last time they ate was.

7. Yeast Infections

It’s an uncomfortable subject to broach, but yeast infections or frequent itching can signify type 2 diabetes. Yeast infections are caused by the excess sugar in blood and urine, which provides a breeding ground for the yeast. Generally, these infections occur in moist, warm areas of skin like the mouth, armpits, and genital areas. These infections are usually itchy, and may also burn, be sore, or appear red.

8. Cuts and Wounds Healing Slowly

As we know, increased blood sugar levels can damage the body’s nerves and blood vessels, impairing circulation. When this happens, even the smallest of cuts or wounds can take weeks to heal, and in some cases they can take months. Because of the slow healing, there is also an increased risk of infection.

9. Exhaustion

Sure, we’re all tired, but those with type 2 diabetes may display extreme tiredness due to the insufficient energy being absorbed from the food. Because the sugar can’t move from the bloodstream to the body’s cells, the body is not able to function at a normal alertness level.

Risk Factors

There are some predetermined risk factors for some people, which may lead to an increased chance of diabetes. These include:

  1. Being over the age of 45
  2. Not living an active lifestyle
  3. Having a family history of diabetes
  4. Eating an unhealthy diet
  5. Being overweight
  6. Having polycystic ovary syndrome

Preventing It

As with most diseases, there are ways you can prevent type 2 diabetes. However, genetics may predispose you to it, so these prevention tips are not guaranteed.

  1. Manage your weight: excess body fat stored around the abdomen can increase the body’s resistance to insulin, leading to a higher chance of diabetes
  2. Quit smoking: if you’re a smoker, you have twice the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
  3. Limit processed foods: a healthier diet can help reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, so limiting the amount of processed and takeout foods is advised.
  4. Exercise regularly: a routine of moderate physical activity can help lower your blood glucose levels, which in turn can help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  5. Limit alcohol intake: an increased intake of alcohol can lead to you gaining weight as well as increase your blood pressure, so limiting alcohol consumption is in your best interest.

Type 2 diabetes affects millions of Americans every year, but if you keep track of your health and check in with your doctor regularly, you can help prevent your chance of developing it.

[H/T: Medical News Today, Better Health]

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14 Scientific Explanations For Weird Body Reactions

Our bodies are pretty quirky. We can’t even being to fathom all the stuff that goes on inside it, but we like to think we have a pretty good grasp on what it does. However, there are a lot of strange bodily reactions that we don’t know the cause of, even though these things happen to us sometimes on a daily basis.

1. Nails Falling Off After Injury

Have you ever stubbed your toe really hard, or had something fall on your toe only for the nail to fall off later? It’s pretty gruesome when you think about it, but what exactly causes that entire nail to come off?

When you stub your toe or jam your finger, you could end up with what’s called a “subungual hematoma,” which mean blood collects under the nail. This is what causes it to look black or purple. If the blood collection gets to be too much, your nail may separate from the nail bed, which causes it to fall off.

2. Crying When You Yawn

We’ve all yawned so hard that our eyes start to water. In fact, it can be pretty awkward if you’re in a public space and it looks like you’re tearing up over something emotional. Although, pretnding to yawn when you’re starting to tear up over something real can be a pretty good cover.

So why the tears?

There are always tears that coat your eyes keeping them wet, and when the build fluid builds up, it gets drained into little openings in the corners of your eyes. But, when you yawn, these little openings can get blocked because of the way your muscles contract, and the fluid has nowhere else to go but down your cheeks!

3. Feet Falling Asleep

The sensation of your foot falling asleep can be both strange and painful. At first it feels numb, then it feels like pins and needles, and then it hurts when it starts to “wake up” again. When you sit on your foot (or even sleep on your arm in the wrong position,) you’re putting pressure on the nerves, which in turn can slow down the blood flow to your limb.

People who are thinner tend to experience this more frequently because they don’t carry as much fat, which can cushion the blood vessels and prevent them from losing blood flow while you sit or sleep on the limb.

4. Joints Cracking After Sitting

Every time my dad used to stand up, you could hear his knees crack. I thought it was so strange because it’s not like he had been doing anything to aggravate them. When I was a kid, I thought it was the sound of the bones breaking. Obviously, I was wrong.

When your joints snap or crack, it’s the release of gas from the space between your joints. The cracking sounds aren’t anything to be alarmed about, unless you also feel pain or experience swelling.

“We say motion is lotion: the more you move, the more your body lubricates itself,”  says Kim L. Stearns, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Lutheran Hospital in Ohio. “When you’ve been sitting or lying around, fluid in the joints doesn’t move. The more active you are, the more your joints lubricate themselves.”

5. Body Jerking Before You Fall Asleep

I don’t know about you, but I experience this every night! When I’m lying in bed and about to drift off, I suddenly jerk awake and feel like I’m falling. Research hasn’t really been able to find a true reason behind this sensation, but there are some scientific theories that make sense.

One theory is that when your body starts to relax and your heart rate and breathing start to slow down, your body’s method of transitioning is to twitch. Another theory is that your brain is using its fight or flight response. As your muscles relax, the brain thinks you’re actually falling, and sends a message to your muscles to tense up, causing a jerk.

6. Seeing Spots After Camera Flashes

We’ve all fallen victim to an unexpected bright camera flash that leaves you blinking like mad and seeing floating lights or spots. Your brain produces images through signals sent from the photoreceptors at the back of your eyes, and camera flashes can put these photoreceptors into high gear.

“When a camera flash goes off, it’s so bright that it’s overstimulating the photoreceptors,” says Elaine Icban, assistant professor of clinical optometry at the New England College of Optometry. “It takes awhile for those photoreceptors to get back to normal so the eyes see the afterimage of that flash.”

7. Feeling Butterflies In Your Stomach On A Rollercoaster

The drop on a rollercoaster provides an unmistakeable feeling of your stomach landing in your throat. Obviously, that’s not actually happening, but there is some movement going on. The sudden drop can cause some of the more loosely connected organs to shift and move, and one of those organs is your stomach. Your nerves sense this movement and overcompensate a bit. Even though it’s only moved a bit, it feels like your stomach has jumped into your throat.

8. Moles Growing Thick, Long Hair

These hairs may be unsightly, but they’re nothing to worry about. Moles are concentrated clusters of cells that produce pigment in the skin, and sometimes they can end up forming on top of a hair follicle. Because there is hyperpigmentation due to the extra cells, the hair that grows from that follicle can be darker and coarser.

9. Sneezing When Looking At The Sun

Sometimes when you feel a sneeze coming on, people will tell you to look at a bright light or look up at the sun. For some people, this can bring a sneeze on. But why is that, exactly?

“The theory is that the optic nerve, which senses a change in light, is very close to the trigeminal nerve, which controls a sneeze,” says Dr. Amy Rantala, a family medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Going from looking at something dark to something extremely light causes your pupils to rapidly constrict, which can make your body feel like there are irritants in the nose, making it want to sneeze. Not everyone can benefit from looking at the sun to get out a stubborn sneeze though, and there’s no reason as to why some people can and others can’t.

10. Fingers Wrinkling In Water

My mom complained about “dish fingers” all the time, and it wasn’t until I got older that I realized what she meant. When your fingers and toes have been in the water for a long period of time, they start to resemble raisins. When the water gets into your skin, the layers start to swell and your blood vessels constrict. This then causes the upper layers of skin to pull down, which causes those wrinkles.

So why do our bodies do this?

“Evolutionary experts are finding evidence that it may have actually helped humans to grip objects better when in water,” says Dr. Rantala. “People who have nerve damage to their fingers or toes will often not have this same wrinkling of fingers.”

11. Growling Stomach When You’re Hungry

Is there anything more embarrassing when you’re sitting in a meeting or at church and having your stomach growl so loud everyone can hear it? Sometimes I pretend that it was someone else, ignoring that it was very clearly my own stomach. Other times I use it as an excuse to get out of wherever I am if I really don’t want to be there.

My grandmother would tell me that the growling was coming from a tiny monster in my stomach that was getting hungry, and I guess I never really realized how strange that was. It’s clearly not a monster in there, so what’s causing that rumbling?

When your stomach growls, it’s just the stomach walls contracting. The receptors in your stomach will notice a lack of food, and send electrical waves through your stomach and small intestines. The walls squeeze and release, and you get to deal with that unpleasant sound.

12. Eyelids Randomly Twitching

Eye twitches always seem to come at the most awkward times. No, sir, I wasn’t winking at you, I just can’t get my eye to stop twitching! Sometimes the twitches are a one-off, and sometimes they can last a few days. The severity of the twitch can also vary from tiny to a full-on spasm.

Unfortunately, doctors can’t really pinpoint the exact cause.

“We don’t know why this happens exactly but fatigue, caffeine, and stress are common culprits,” says Dr. Rantala. “I often recommend trying to stretch the muscle that is twitching.”

13. Goosebumps When You’re Scared

There’s a reason those kids books were called Goosebumps. When you’re scared, your adrenaline starts pumping and gets released into your body. The influx of adrenaline signals the tiny muscles at the base of your hair follicles to contract, which then causes them to stand on end.

But…why?

It all goes back to evolution. Our animal ancestors needed goosebumps for survival. By standing the hair on their bodies on end, they could stay more insulated in colder weather, and even appear larger to predators when they were in danger.

To us? Useless. To them? Life-changing.

14. Getting Hiccups After Eating Quickly

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been so hungry you inhaled your food, barely chewing it. I’d be willing to guess that you also got a pretty bad case of the hiccups right after that, too. Hiccups are caused when the diaphragm, a sheet of muscle above the stomach, is irritated. Every time you breathe, your diaphragm contracts, and if you eat too fast, your stomach swells and can cause these contractions as well. This is why holding your breath is often a common remedy to hiccups. It allows your diaphragm to get back into its normal rhythm.

[h/t: Reader’s Digest]

How many of these explanations did you know?

Loretta Lynn’s Family Are Reportedly Preparing For Her Final Days

In early 2017, country legend Loretta Lynn suffered a stroke that left her fighting for her life. The 87-year-old singer, known for hits like “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” spent three months in the hospital and at a rehabilitation centre.

“Thank you so much for all of your prayers, love, and support,” Lynn wrote at the time. “I’m happy to say that I’m at home with my family and getting better by the day.”

Although Lynn was expected to make a full recovery, she never bounced back fully. She did regain her speech and motor skills, but another health setback a few months later took a toll on her well-being.

In January 2018, Lynn suffered a fall at home and the impact resulted in a fractured hip. This accident left with limited mobility. She started to rely on a walker and a wheelchair to get around.

The side effects of the stroke on her memory also manifest often.

“Every now and then, I’ll look around and think of my home and I’ll say, ‘Am I at the ranch?’ And [my daughter] Patsy will say, ‘No, Momma, you’re here in Kingston Springs.’ And it’ll kinda bring me back to reality,” Lynn told People in 2018.

The country singer gave her fans hope when she revealed that she wants to tour again, but a new report from RadarOnline indicates otherwise.

According to the celebrity news outlet, Lynn’s condition has taken a turn for the worse. Her family are reportedly preparing to relocate her to a nursing home where she will spend her final days.

“It’s so sad to see Loretta breaking down,” a source close to the singer told RadarOnline. In addition to requiring assistance with walking, Lynn also reportedly “suffers from glaucoma, so her vision is severely compromised.”

“Loretta already has in-house nursing care, and of course, her four kids are there with her most every day. But there’s still a fear that another fall is going to kill her, and she would be better off in a facility where she can be monitored at all times,” the source added.

The insider also revealed that Lynn’s close friends, including fellow country stars Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton, are making plans to visit her “before it’s too late.”

Despite her failing health, Lynn still believes that she will be back on stage to perform.

“She talks to them about booking some concert dates. But of course, with her health and how unsteady she is on her feet, it’s just an impossibility. It allows Loretta to still hope – even though it’s becoming clear the end is near.”

Lynn’s family have not released a statement addressing the recent reports about her declining health. The singer’s last appearance was in April at an all-star tribute concert in Nashville to celebrate her 87th birthday.

We’ll be keeping Lynn in our thoughts and prayers.

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8 Mistakes You Make When Brushing Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth is easy, right? We’ve been doing it since we were kids, and there’s really no trick to it. Or at least that’s what we thought. It turns out, there are some things we’re all doing that could be affecting the effectiveness of our brushing, and in the long run that could come back to bite us (pun only slightly intended).

Take a look at some of the most common brushing mistakes and see if you’re committing any of them!

1. Too Much Pressure

The harder you brush, the better it is, right? Wrong. According to Matt Messina, a dentist from Ohio, brushing your teeth too hard doesn’t really accomplish anything.

“I think one of the biggest issues that people have is that they try to scrub their teeth too hard. They feel like if they really don’t go at the teeth, like they’re trying to clean the grout in their bathroom tile, that they’re not doing the right job,” says Messina. “The best way to fix this is to take away the mental issue of ‘scrub’ and ‘scrub brush’ and replace it with the word ‘massage.’”

2. You Don’t Replace Your Brush

If the only time you’re replacing your toothbrush is when you go see the dentist, then you’re certainly not replacing it as frequently as you should be. Sure, you might love the way it works or how it feels, but after three months, you should be heading to the store to get a new toothbrush.

Of course, if your bristles are frayed, the color has changed, or the brush looks in any way dirty, you should be replacing it far before three months.

3. Wrong Tooth Brush

There are so many toothbrush options at the store, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and just pick whichever is cheaper. However, dentist Kimberly Harms says that you should be looking at a myriad of things, such as length of the bristles, size of the head, and how it reaches your gums. Whether it’s manual or electric, that’s really up to you, but Harms says there’s one thing you must have.

“The one thing that we really insist upon — it’s very important — is it has to have soft bristles,” she says. “The bristles need to be able to bend, to kind of get right under that gum.”

Dentist Maricelle Abayon agrees with this statement.

“Sometimes people think that the harder the bristles are, the more they’ll clean. But that’s not something that’s necessarily true,” says Abayon. “Soft bristles clean very effectively, more than the hard bristles. The hard bristles actually can wear down your tooth structure.”

4. You Go Side To Side

The motions of brushing your teeth seems pretty straightforward, but in fact, it’s the opposite. When you’re brushing, you should avoid going side to side, according to dentist Sangeeta Gajendra.

“In fact, you can do damage,” she says. “Start from the gum, and go up and down.”

5. You Rush

Brushing should last at least two minutes each time, and that should be happening twice a day. But we’re definitely all guilty of cutting that time short when we’re trying to rush out the door (or to bed).

“We used to suggest, back in the day, we’d talk about using an egg timer or something like that,” Messina says. “But everybody has this wonderful thing on their body all the time now called a cell phone. If you want to set a timer and set it for 2 minutes, that’s great.

Messina has another suggestion, too.

“I see a lot of young people walking around with headphones on,” she says. “If you can leave your headphones in and put on a song, your average pop song’s in the 2-3 minute range. So if you brush while you listen to one of your favorite songs, you’ve probably been in there long enough.”

6. You Hurry

When you eat something sickeningly sweet, your first instinct is generally to hurry and brush your teeth. While you may think you’re helping by getting that sugar out of your mouth quickly, you could actually be helping it harm your teeth.

“You have the acid sitting in your mouth and now you’re using abrasives,” says Seattle dentist Andy Marashi. “So you’re kind of helping the acid erode away your tooth.”

Marashi suggests waiting 15 to 20 minutes after a sugary snack to brush your teeth so your saliva can do its job before you start brushing.

“Or rinse out your mouth with some water, to get rid of some of that acid before you brush,” he says.

7. You Ignore The Gums & Tongue

It’s called a tooth brush, not a gum brush, so people often forget that the gums are just as important to care for, considering that’s where a lot of bacteria hangs out.

“You have about a millimeter of gum tissue where your tooth comes outside your gum, you want to kind of get under there, just about a millimeter, maybe 2 or 3 millimeters, right under the gum,” Harms says. “So the bristle needs to be able to bend.”

Hans Malstrom, a dentist from Rochester, New York, agrees with Harms, and has something recommendations on how to help.

“We spend more time on the chewing surface and we don’t really get down on the gum line,” says Malmstrom. “That’s one of the most common things — they don’t brush along the gum line. We normally recommend to angle the brush at a 45-degree angle against the gumline.”

Marashi also reminds people to brush their tongue, as weird as that may sound.

“Most people don’t brush the tongue side of the teeth,” says Marashi. “It’s very easy to tell. You get a line of inflammation. Not to mention the debris that sits there and becomes what we call calculus.”

8. You Slack

Yes, brushing your teeth is a lot of effort when done properly, but chances are you’d rather have a full set of clean teeth than a mouth full of raggedy rotten ones. You need to brush twice a day for at least two minutes, and at least one of those times needs to be “exceptional.” Brush, floss, use mouthwash, the whole shebang.

“As long as we go in and stir up the bacteria once every 24 hours, we can keep them less productive and less dangerous,” Messina says. “Once a day, a  good thorough brushing-flossing-rinsing does wonders.”

So there you have it. Eight things we’re probably all doing wrong when brushing our teeth. Who would have thought?

[H/T: WebMD]

How many of these things are you doing?

10 Mistakes You Make When Weighing Yourself

If you’re trying to lose weight, then you’ve most likely stepped on the scale in the last few weeks. It can be a discouraging if you don’t see the numbers move, but it can also be a great feeling once you see them go down. The thing is, the scale isn’t really the best way to gauge weight loss. Sure, you see the numbers, but you can gain muscle or have your body composition change, and that doesn’t show up on the scale.

Weighing yourself is an important part of most diet and exercise routines, but a lot of people are making mistakes when it comes to stepping on the scale. These are some common mistakes people are doing when weighing themselves.

1. You’re weighing yourself every day.

When you weigh yourself every day, you can make yourself anxious and develop an unhealthy relationship with the scale. Obsessively weighing yourself doesn’t give you the whole picture in terms of what’s going on in your body, and it can end up stressing you out. When you’re stressed, your body develops the hormone called cortisol. Unfortunately, cortisol leads to an increase in cravings of sugar and fat, so weighing yourself every day could actually harm your weight loss journey.

2. You’re using a digital scale.

Digital scales are the most common and arguably most convenient ones on the market. The issue with digital scales, however, is that their accuracy can be very skewed. Moving your digital scale even a little bit can cause it to become uncalibrated. Chances are, you’re not calibrating it every morning, so your scale will most likely be inaccurate. If you want an extremely accurate reading of your weight, it’s best to use the professional scales you see at a doctor’s office.

3. You’re not taking the weather into account.

Yes, the weather can affect your weight, or more specifically, your scale. Digital scales tend to read heavier in colder weather and when there are high levels of humidity. In fact, one study showed that there can be as much as a 3.4lb difference in weight readings depending solely on the temperature. So the next time there’s a cold spike or a heat wave and you step in the scale, just remember to keep that in mind.

4. You’re weighing yourself at night.

Perhaps you’re someone who likes to step on the scale after your evening shower and bed time routine. If this is the case, it might be time to switch things up. When you step on the scale at night, your weight is undoubtedly going to be higher. You’ve eaten at least 3 meals that day plus taken in fluids. You can gain between 6 and 8lbs in a day just based on natural variabilities, so it’s best to weigh yourself in the morning before you get on with your day.

5. You’re weighing yourself after you shower.

A lot of people have a morning routine which involves showering, and I’m sure there are also a lot of people who include weighing themselves in that routine. The issue is that some people weight themselves after the shower, and that’s not a good idea.

“Your skin is the largest organ in the body and absorbs fluid easily,” says Dr. Keith Kantor, a leading nutritionist and CEO of the Nutritional Addiction Mitigation Eating and Drinking (NAMED) program. “After a swim or a shower, your body can absorb 1 to 3 cups of water, increasing your true weight by a few pounds.”

Plus, if you have long hair like me, it’s going to be a lot heavier when it’s wet.

6. You’re weighing yourself after a workout.

Stepping on the scale after a workout makes sense, in theory. You’ve just burned off some calories, so clearly you’ve lost weight, right? Not quite. Yes, the number on your scale might have gone down, but that’s because you were sweating during your workout. For every 16oz of sweat your lose, you’ll lose 1lb. A better way to gauge the effectiveness of your workout in regards to weight loss is checking the next morning. That will give you a more accurate depiction.

7. You’re using different scales.

Maybe you’ve got a few different scales in the bathroom, or maybe you’re alternating between your scale at home and a scale at the gym. Either way, different scales will give you different readings, and it could start to mess with your head. Different scales can have a difference of between 5 and 10lbs, which if you’re trying to track weight loss, can be discouraging. Stick with one scale for consistency’s sake, so you’ll be able to see relative results based off one set of readings.

8. You’re weighing yourself around your period.

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Ladies, you probably already know this, but it’s worth mentioning. When you’re PMSing, you retain water and it can affect your weight.

“Women retain more fluid right before their menstrual cycle starts,” says Kantor. “There is a lot of fluid retention that can influence weight gain by up to 7 to 8 pounds.”

Plus, let’s not forget the extra snacks we tend to eat. Take a break from the scale during your time of the month.

9. Your scale is in the wrong place.

Unfortunately, even though they’re called bathroom scales, putting your scale on the bathroom floor can be causing it to read incorrectly.

“If a scale is on carpet, uneven tile, or wood it can also appear to be calibrated poorly,” says Kantor.

Your scale needs to be on a hard, flat surface for accurate read outs. If your bathroom tile is level, then keep doing what you’re doing, but if it’s not then it might be time to find a different place in the house to leave the scale!

10. You’re wearing clothes.

Some people don’t feel comfortable in the nude, and that’s totally fine, but it means that your scale readings will be higher than what you actually weigh. If you’re going to weigh yourself at the gym, make sure your shoes are off and that you’re wearing very lightweight clothes. If you’re weighing yourself at home, try and do it with as little clothing as possible, if any at all. Also, if you are going to wear clothes during a weigh-in, try and wear the same outfit every time so that you know you’re getting consistent results.

There are multiple reasons why the scale isn’t the most accurate way to indicate weight loss, and these are some of the mistakes to prove it.

How often do you weigh yourself?

The Weird Eating Habits That Helped Jimmy Kimmel Drop 25 Pounds

Lately, it seems like Jimmy Kimmel is everywhere.

When he’s not hosting the Oscars, he’s making us all tear up with updates about his son Billy’s heart condition.

And in between, he manages to find time to be an accidental viral video star, or to shoot the breeze with Ellen DeGeneres.

But with Kimmel constantly on our TVs and computer screens these days, it’s easy to forget just how different he used to look.

By his own account, Kimmel grew up as a binge eater, with a love for greasy food like pizza and chicken wings.

He blames his love for food on growing up with an Italian mother, and on living in Las Vegas – where the streets are lined with all-you-can-eat buffets.

But Kimmel says he never watched his waistline, or even owned a scale until he bought one on a whim in 2010.

When he stepped on, he was stunned to see he weighed 208 pounds.

Kimmel with guest Matt Damon in 2008.ABC

Around the same time, TV host Dr. Oz teased Kimmel for his size during an appearance on his show.

The next day, Oz called Kimmel back to tell him he was serious.

“I’m worried about you. You’re a young man. You have to take care of yourself,” the doctor told him.

“You know what?” Kimmel told Men’s Journal about the intervention, “Dr. Oz shouldn’t care more about my health more than I do.”

Kimmel’s first attempt to lose weight was dangerous and severe, but the TV host explains that “there’s no dipping my toe in the water” for him.

“I’m all the way in,” he explained.

That meant limiting himself to “two protein shakes and a very small dinner every day” for two months.

Afterwards, Kimmel “eased up,” moving to a strict 2,000-calorie-per-day limit.

The crash diet helped Kimmel shed weight quickly, but these days he has a more relaxed – but still bizarre – diet plan.

After Two Years In Hospital, Doctors Finally Share Good News For Conjoined Twins

When Jill Richards went in for a routine ultrasound in 2016, she had no idea what kind of long, stressful journey she was about to embark on.

The procedure revealed she was pregnant with a pair of twin girls. Normally that’s a cause for celebration, but her unborn children were conjoined twins.

Right away, Richards and her family – including her husband Michael and their two sons – relocated from their home in North Texas to Houston, to be close to her pediatric surgeon.

Already, a team of doctors at the Texas Children’s Hospital were preparing for the birth.

Not just to care for the twins, but also for the dangerous surgery to separate them.

Texas Children’s Hospital

Richard gave birth to Anna Grace and Hope Richards in December of 2016.

The birth was a success, but the doctors could tell that dividing the twins with surgery would not be easy.

The girls, who weighed a combined 9 pounds, 12 ounces, shared a chest wall, heart lining, diaphragm, and liver.

Their bodies also posed a unique challenge for the doctors: the twin’s hearts were connected by a blood vessel that would have to be severed.

As the twins and their family waited for the operation, a team of doctors spent more than a year rehearsing and preparing for the risky procedure.

12 Weird Sounds Your Body Makes, And What They’re Trying To Tell You

As we get older, we get used to hearing a lot of unusual sounds from our bodies.

They pop, click, and gurgle whenever we have to move around, which can be a little embarrassing and annoying.

But with so many noises, it can be hard to sort out the dangerous ones from the simply annoying.

Here are 12 of the most common noises, and what to do if you hear them.

If it sounds like you’re making popcorn when you stand up, there’s nothing to worry about – you’re just getting old. As long as your popping joint doesn’t hurt, it’s perfectly healthy.

Our joints are full of a cushioning liquid called Synovial fluid. When we move, air bubbles in the fluid pop.

The noise is especially common in the neck or shoulder, because of our bone structure.

The noise is also the same one you hear when you “crack” your knuckles. And yes, that habit is harmless too.

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We always say this means that you’re hungry, but that’s only half right.

The growling noise is caused when air and fluids are pushed out your digestive tract. The same movement just triggers when we’re feeling hungry.

If you notice the sound while experiencing constipation or cramps, it could be a sign of something more serious.

When you lay your head down on a pillow, you can probably hear a “whooshing” sound. This is the sound of blood pumping through the veins and arteries of your ear.

Now, if you notice the same sound when you’re sitting or standing, you may have a problem. It could be a sign of an ear infection, or allergies, so see a doctor.

Like snoring, these noisy outbursts could be caused by sleep apnea, or when your airway collapses as you’re lying down.

If you feel tired on days after your partner complains about the noise, it might be time to see a sleep specialist.

There’s A 1 in 10 Chance Your Stomach Pain Is Actually Endodemitriosis

Everyone’s biggest fear when stepping in a doctor’s office is coming out with an illness they never knew they had.

One of my friends had been complaining of intense stomach pain for months. She visited the doctor regularly to get blood work and was on stress pills for quite some time. She even got an endoscopy, where they inspected her stomach from the inside to see if there was anything wrong.

They discovered nothing.

After months of what she described as pure agony, my friend was referred to a gynecologist, who shed some light on what’s been going on.

Turns out it wasn’t her stomach that wreaking havoc on her health, it was her baby making parts.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, anyone who has their period is at risk of developing a condition known as endodemitriosis.

It’s estimated that 1 in 10 women have it, and they may not even know they do. Some women show obvious signs, like my friend, and others may not show any signs of the condition at all.

Some celebrities have been coming forward to speak about their personal struggle to raise awareness about this condition.

Dancing with the Stars dancer Julianne Hough recently opened up to E! News, revealing how she has been suffering “in silence.”

Singer-songwriter Halsey also has been suffering with the condition for years, saying she has had to go “backstage in the middle of my sets, or fighting back tears on an airplane, or even being in so much pain [that she] would vomit or faint.”

Scary stuff. Here’s all you need to know about this mystery illness:

If You Wake Up At The Same Time Every Night, Your Body Might Be Trying To Tell You Something

We all have our very own internal body clocks, and that can easily be disrupted if our mental or physical health is compromised.

While it’s not uncommon to wake up naturally in the middle of the night, oftentimes there’s an underlying reason that you’re not getting enough shut eye.

Bedtime is when your body recharges for the next day, but when we wake up, that energy cycle is interrupted, putting your overall health at risk.  

If you’re having trouble falling asleep between 9:00 p.m and 11:00 p.m, or wake up sometime between 11:00 p.m and 7:00 a.m, keep reading to see what you can do to get your best night’s sleep.

Do you have trouble sleeping before the clock strikes midnight? This is actually very common, and it doesn’t have to do with you being a night owl.

People who report having difficulty falling asleep between 9:00 p.m and 11:00 p.m tend to be overly stressed. It’s likely that your metabolism has slowed down and your brain’s amygdala is working overtime. This area of your brain is responsible for the fight or flight response.

Participate in some relaxation exercises before you sleep to calm your mind and increase oxygen flow in your body.

That what you need to do if you’re having trouble falling asleep. What if you’re waking up at a certain time during the night?

Here’s What’ll Happen To Your Body When You Drink Hot Water And Lemon Every Morning

After all the health problems my family and I have experienced the past few years, we decided to cut caffeine from our diet and change up our morning routine with a delicious age-old health drink.

While this concoction may not give you the desired kick you need in the morning, it will benefit your health in the long term.

To be honest, it was hard to make the switch from fresh-brewed coffee to hot water. Caffeine is more addicting than you think, and your body will start to feel like it’s going in withdrawal for a few days.

Trust me, bite the bullet on this one so that the next few decades of your life don’t involve regular doctor visits.

Here are five benefits you will reap by regularly drinking this mixture every morning:

If You Can Wiggle Your Ears, You Have An Ancient Super Power

Can you wiggle your ears without using your fingers?

It’s a strange question, but if you have to ask yourself the answer is probably “no.”

You either can wiggle your ears or you can’t, and there’s a special reason why only some of us have the gift.

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Why can some people move their ears in the first place?

Well, you probably share your home with at least one ear-wiggler, and it should be obvious if you think about them.

Your dog or cat can move their ears, just like horses or other mammals.

It helps them hear better, and to identify where noises are coming from. That’s very useful for an animal with natural predators that want to eat them.

So how come humans are left out of the wiggling club?

As humans evolved, some traits stopped being useful for us, including being able to move our ears.

Over thousands of years, the ability died out from one generation to the next. But it still lives on in some of us, because it’s useless but not dangerous or deadly.

Surveys say that 10-20% of the population can still wiggle their ears, and wiggling is usually common among family members.

But even if you don’t have wiggly ears, the muscles around your ears will still react to loud noises as if they can move.

But this cute feature isn’t the only leftover trait from our ancestors.

6 Reasons You Shouldn’t Fall Asleep On Your Couch

Sometimes sleeping on the couch just happens, the TV is on, you’ve had a long day, and you just start to drift off. It doesn’t seem like the end of the world, and you figure you’ll probably fall asleep easier on the couch anyways. You might want to rethink this habit.

Sleeping on the couch could actually make for a really bad sleep and potential future health problems. Next time you find yourself getting sleepy on the couch, it’s best to move it to your bed instead.  

Your couch is meant to be sat on, not slept on. To get comfortable on a couch, you’re probably sleeping in a bad position. Most of us sleep on our sides, to do this, we need enough support from what we’re sleeping on. This position is very hard to achieve properly on a couch.

Although it may seem very comfortable at the time, you’ll actually get less sleep throughout the night when your body is trying to find a comfortable position. The most commonly comfortable position on a couch will actually damage your back and harm your neck muscles. If you do this frequently, it could lead to serious medical conditions in the future.

We often feel back pain out of the blue with no clear idea of where it came from. Most back pain doesn’t stem from a specific injury or accident but actually from sleep. It feels out of the blue most of the time, because it often happens after repeatedly sleeping in the wrong position.

Sleeping on the couch can increase the pressure on your spine, making it a lot more likely for your body to have back pain in the long run.

Comfortable does not always mean supportive. Unlike mattresses, couches were not made to support your entire body while sleeping. Mattresses are designed to distribute your weight across the full surface of the bed, whereas couches lack that structure.

When you sleep on a couch, your whole body is supported differently, which means you will most likely wake up in pain. It is actually better for you to sleep on the floor than the couch, although it may not seem like it.

And from here, it only gets gross…

Everyone In This Tiny Village Has Dementia – The World’s Most Unusual Nursing Home

If you’ve cared for a loved one with dementia, you know how difficult it can be.

My own grandparents lived through the disease, and watching them transform before my eyes was very difficult.

But I’m not alone. More than 5 million people in the United States are living with dementia. And that number is only expected to go up as our population gets older.

While there are some habits that will help prevent the condition, one facility has its own surprising approach to treating patients with dementia.

Hogewey

Hogeweyk is a village of 150 people, within the town of Weesp, in the Netherlands.

Every day, the village’s elderly residents wake up, go to the cafe, meet their friends for a drink, do some grocery shopping, and enjoy Hogeweyk’s lovely gardens.

But all of the village’s residents have advanced stage dementia.

In fact, the “village” is just a very large care home, designed to look like a small town.

Hogeweyk has its own grocery store, a pub, a theater, and a post office.

The villagers are free to use real money (if they can) but usually pay with fake Hogeweyk money given to them at the start of every month.

While it may sound challenging, there’s a team of nursing home employees on hand to help the residents.

They’re just disguised as regular people – no white coats or smocks – to keep up the illusion.

Hogeweyk’s director says the inspiration for the unique nursing home was creating an independent, almost normal way of life, compatible with severe memory loss.

And life in Hogeweyk has some surprising perks.

Your Sleeping Position Says A Lot About Your Personality

Do you pay attention to the way you sleep at night? You’ve probably noticed the way your partner sleeps. My boyfriend likes to sprawl out on the bed and take as much room as possible, which is less than ideal for me.

I’m usually a fetal position sleeper, but I often find that when I go to bed at night, I wake up differently in the morning! The thing is, the way you sleep can actually give away a lot about your personality.

So what does yours say about you?

Did you know that about 41% of people sleep in the fetal position, and more than double the amount of women do than men?

If you sleep in the fetal position naturally, then you have a hard shell. However, the reality is you’re a big softy on the inside! It takes a while for you to feel comfortable around new people, but when you do open up they wonder how you were ever shy in the first place!

Sleeping on your side helps to relieve pressure on your spine and can prevent acid reflux.

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Personally, this sounds extremely uncomfortable, but apparently 15% of people find that sleeping on their side with their arms by their side is the best way to go. But even though the sleeping position is boring, doesn’t mean the person is!

People who sleep in the log position are social butterflies and love being friends with everyone! They’re very popular and trusting, but that also means they’re gullible. Maybe they’re so tired from being social they can fall asleep in any position!

If you fall asleep on your side with your arms stretched out in front of you, some people might think you’re trying to find your spouse (or an extra pillow.) The reality is, people who sleep in the yearner position are actually pretty complicated. They’re very cynical about things happening around them, but try to keep an open mind. Decisions are made slowly and suspiciously, but once one is made, that decision is stuck to!

But what about the other positions?