Potato Juice

Lifestyle Coach Says Potato Juice Is Key To Healthy Life

Famous lifestyle coach Luke Coutinho recently took to his Instagram to discuss the health benefits of an unlikely produce item that many of us overlook as a heavy carb that’s bad for us. The vegetable in question is a potato, however, Coutinho specifically went on to discuss the major health benefits that potato juice has on the body, and why we all should be drinking it everyday. 

Potatoes in general are packed with vitamins, however, many of us often associate potatoes with their more unhealthy byproducts such as french fries, tater tots, or hashbrowns. In its raw form, potato juice is packed with all the nutrients that normally get lost when a potato gets fried and turned into a tasty fry. While it may taste rather bland and natural, it can have amazing health benefits, and can be mixed with other tastier juices that are just as healthy! 

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Potatoes in general are high in alkaline, according to Coutinho, which is important if you’re someone who suffers from acid reflux or have an overly-acidic stomach in general that can make digesting certain foods difficult. Having potato juice can help “neutralize excess acids in the stomach,” and make eating more enjoyable. 

On the more cosmetic end, potato juice can also help improve dark circles under your eyes. Studies have suggested that part of the reason we get dark circles under our eyes is due to toxicity in our kidneys and liver. 

The word “toxic” sounds scary but simply having a few alcoholic beverages is considered to be “toxic” for our liver and kidney functions due to the fact that our bodies aren’t used to processing alcohol as it’s not a basic need for survival. Potato juice has been shown to cleanse the kidneys and liver and improve their function overall. As their function improves, the dark circles under your eyes should also begin to disappear as well. 

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Some of the vitamins that potatoes are saturated with is Vitamin B1, B2, and B3. Vitamin B in general works to assist our bodies in converting carbohydrates into glucose to produce energy, it also supports brain function and motor abilities. So if you’re feeling particularly foggy or exhausted during the day, Coutinho suggests reaching for a glass of potato juice instead of another cup of coffee. 

If you’re someone who suffers from eczema or psoriasis flare ups, potato juice can help with that. Applying the juice to your skin during a flare up can help ease the irritation and itchiness during a flare up and while it may not get rid of the flare up, it can provide some temporary relief. It’s also been proven that potato juice can help reduce dandruff when applied to the scalp as well. 

Besides vitamin B, potatoes are also full of potassium, iron, zinc, vitamin C, calcium, and vitamin K. Each of these things have countless health benefits; vitamin C helps absorb excess iron in the blood while also aiding in the production of collagen. Collagen is essential for skin, bone, and joint functions. 

The easiest way to juice a potato is to peel it and cut it into small chunks. Put the peeled chunks into a blender with some water and mix. Coutinho suggests adding some beet juice, carrot, mint, or lemon to the juice to improve the flavor while further benefiting your body as well. 

Coutinho also emphasized that everyone should talk to their doctors for any medical conditions they may have, and not to rely on potato juice exclusively for improving your health. He also noted that individuals on certain medications or who have medical conditions regarding their kidneys should likely stay away from potatoes and, again, discuss it with your doctor over anything.

Unemployment Claim

1.3 Million Americans Applied For First-Time Unemployment Last Week

Another 1.3 million people have filed for first-time unemployment this week, according to the US Department of Labor. These filings come nearly four months after the coronavirus pandemic began. While that number is 10,000 less when compared to the prior weeks data, the fact that millions of Americans are filing for unemployment continuously in the middle of a global health crisis is staggering. 

Rubella Farooqi is the chief US economist for High Frequency Economics, and recently spoke with the media about the high risk of permanent job losses that will extend beyond the pandemic. 

“Overall, filings remain high and are declining at a stubbornly slow pace. The pace could slow even further or reverse in coming weeks in response to a surge in virus cases and related closures of businesses.” 

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Continued claims, or unemployment claims from workers who have filed for at least two weeks in a row, has remained at around 17 million each week. On an unadjusted claim basis, the claims rose by more than 838,000 within the last week alone. This was the first major increase in both unadjusted initial and continued claims for unemployment in several weeks. 

This consistent rise in claims is further proving that Covid-19 recovery in terms of health and the economy is stalling and continuing to dwindle. The reports have made it clear that every state that’s decided to prematurely reopen is now seeing massive spikes in cases and deaths. For example, Florida is now being referred to as the new epicenter for Covid-19 because of how poorly health and safety procedures are being enforced. Beyond the catastrophic health implications that this increase in case numbers implies, the economic toll it’s having on citizens is just as severe. 

Glassdoor Senior Economist Daniel Zhao recently spoke with the media about the unemployment benefits in this country and the lack of effort from Congress to extend the packages and increase the financial compensation, despite being in one of the worst health/economic conditions America has ever seen. 

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“The risk of a surprise drop in employment in July is rising, pointing to a roller coaster recovery as the labor market starts to turn down again.”

Almost 14.3 million Americans have claimed continued pandemic benefits across 48 states during the month of June; nearly 406,000 a week. That number of first-time filers for pandemic unemployment assistance has increased to almost 1 million this past week alone. 

The pandemic program specifically provides temporary benefits to workers who typically aren’t eligible for unemployment. This includes freelancers, independent contractors, the self-employed, and patients who are currently suffering from Covid-19. 

Each state in America has collectively delivered more than $35 billion in benefits to its residents last month; for comparison, they only shelled out about $4 billion in March before the virus became a major issue. The reality is, however, more states are likely to look to the federal government for loans within the coming months, as a majority of them have already spent their budgets trying to assist their unemployed residents. 

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The Benefits Of Doing Yoga While You’re Social Distancing

During this coronavirus pandemic, many of us are trying to find ways to spend our indefinite amount of free time without stressing too much about the aspects of this situation that we can’t control; which is most of it. Apart from working remotely, it’s important that we all try to find ways to occupy our time and remain productive. If we get caught in the trap of gluing ourselves to the couch and watching season after season of reality TV, it’ll be much easier to get caught up in negative thoughts and stresses, so we need to think of better ways to stimulate our mind, body, and soul. 

Doing yoga is one of the best things you can do for yourself during this pandemic. Yoga is a “super-workout” in the sense that it benefits your physical and mental health through its practices. It improves your physical health by promoting flexibility and proper blood flow throughout the entire body, while also focusing on the importance of breathing exercises and mindfulness as well. 

Thanks to services like Zoom and YogaDownload, there are a ton of digital yoga class options that put you in front of a live instructor to guide you as you move from position-to-position. If you aren’t trying to spend a lot of money, YouTube and other free video streaming platforms offer a wide variety of instructional videos on yoga from any level of fitness. 

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As previously stated, one of the greatest physical benefits of yoga is how much it builds flexibility and balance. These are two essential qualities to any other form of working out as well, so when you are finally able to go back to the gym, you’ll have a greater grasp on proper techniques and stances that will best benefit you in your other workouts. 

Beyond just flexibility and balance, yoga has been proven to improve heart health as well. Stress is one of the biggest contributors to any sort of heart health ailments that one could face, and yoga is one of the greatest cures to stress out there. It forces you to focus exclusively on your body and breathing. The breathing techniques that you’ll learn through yoga practices are important to take into your everyday life. 

The breathing techniques in yoga are quite literally designed to center you both physically and mentally so that when you find yourself in times of stress or feeling  overwhelmed, you can use the same breathing exercises you would in a yoga class to calm yourself back down. 

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Speaking of stress, our bodies release the hormone cortisol whenever we’re feeling overwhelmed. It’s known as the “stress hormone” because that’s the exact reaction we have whenever this hormone is released in our brains. Yoga has been scientifically proven to lower your levels of cortisol while you’re engaging in it, but also in the long run if you begin to practice yoga regularly. 

The same way that yoga is able to reduce cortisol, it’s also been proven to reduce the hormonal reaction in our brains that we feel when we’re depressed or anxious. Again, it all goes back to the breathing techniques that yoga instills in you while you’re stretching your body into a multitude of positions. It’s one of those athletic techniques that you’ll always find useful and want to bring into your everyday life. 

Now that we all are socially distancing and quarantining ourselves, there’s literally never been a better time to begin practicing yoga to reap it’s amazing long-term health benefits. Improve on your flexibility, balance, blood flow, stress levels and overall sense of feeling overwhelmed. We all could use some mindfulness at a time like this, so take some time to be with yourself and just breathe, we’ll make it through this.

Spring Forward

The Benefits Of “Springing Forward” With Daylight Savings

During this round of daylight saving time (DST), many Americans find themselves struggling with the loss of one hour. However, others enjoy the fact that it’s not completely dark outside by the time they leave the office. Regardless of your stance, studies have proven that the “spring forward” round of DST saves lives, energy, and prevents crime due to the extended hours of daylight. There’s such a difference that some scientists believe that Congress should move the entire country to year-round DST; in other words keep the clocks permanently forward. 

When there’s extended hours of daylight, less lives are put at risk, as studies show that evening rush hours are twice as fatal as morning ones for a variety of DST related reasons. Besides more people being on the road, it’s also more likely that intoxicated individuals are getting behind the wheel when it’s darker out. There’s also more of a rush for people to get home to take advantage of the little amount of daylight they would have left after a full day at work. This is especially true for those with children.  When there’s extended daylight into the evenings, there’s less of a chance of an accident occurring because people are able to pay more attention to their surroundings. 

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A 2013 study found that improved lighting in the evenings also reduces crime rates by up to 20%. Oddly enough, this holds true the most with juvenile crimes, as kids under the age of 18 are more likely to commit a crime after school hours and in the early evening, especially considering at the beginning of the spring-to-fall DST it got dark by 4:30 in some areas of the country. Criminals tend to wait for it to be darker out to commit their crimes as there’s less of a chance of them being spotted by innocent bystanders. Crime rates in general are 30% less likely to happen during the morning/afternoon hours when it’s still light out. 

Another major benefit to DST, and one of the original reasons we decided to start moving our clocks back and forth every year, is the amount of energy it saves annually. When the sun is out later in the day, natural energy sources have an extended period of time in which they can continue to create said energy. 

More sun in the evening means less electric power is used for lighting, as well as a reduction in the amount of oil and gas needed to heat certain buildings and homes. For example, officials working at the California Energy Commission estimated that about 4% of the state’s winter energy usage could be saved if the clocks were permanently kept forward. 

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The biannual clock switching has also been proven to negatively affect individuals health and welfare. Heart attacks increase by 24% the week after we “spring our clocks forward” every March, the same type of increase occurs in the fall as well. When individuals don’t plan the switch in times accordingly with their night time routines it can lead to overall feelings of physical and mental fatigue, which can also lead to a series of other types of accidents. 

Finally, there’s a major increase in recreational activities and consumer spending when the sun remains out later in the evening. Studies show that Americans are much more likely to go out and shop after work when the sun remains out during the spring months. This is extremely beneficial to the likes of local businesses and the economy in general. 

In addition, Americans are more likely to get out and get some sort of physical activity when it’s light out in the evenings, as there’s less of a rush to race the sun as it sets. Extended hours of sunlight benefits our health, energy-use, and overall safety, and it’s why so many have made the argument that we should always have the clocks pushed forward. Only time will tell if our federal government will make the switch and reap the rewards of “marching forward” permanently.