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10 Things Only People Who Grew Up In The South Would Know

10 Things Only People Who Grew Up In The South Would Know

The American South is known for a lot of things, from the unbearable humidity in the summer to the classic Southern drawl that is instantly recognizable. There are also a lot of common stereotypes that are associated with the locals, labeling them as fat, lazy, extremists and racists. However, there are some things only people who grew up in the South would know. Being from the South, you know it is important not to clump this region into one definition, since it actually encompasses a diverse cultural landscape.

Here are a few points you know are true and will set the record straight.

1. You know that not everyone is fat

The South may be known as having some of the highest rates for obesity in the U.S. However, this does not mean that everyone living there is overweight. Healthy lifestyles are becoming the norm in big cities like New Orleans, Atlanta, and Nashville. Everything from yoga studios to juice bars are popping up everywhere. There was a study conducted by the University of Alabama which states that Southern people do not hold the highest rate of obesity in the country.

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2. You know there is variety in the climate

There is often a misconception that the South is hot and humid all year around, but this is only true for the summer months, which can seem rightfully unbearable. The winter months are ideal because they are mild, without the typical snowfall that the East Coast and Midwest have to deal with. However, sometimes it does snow, but it is quite rare in the lower elevations.

3. You know that not everyone is racist

Unfortunately, racism is commonly associated with the Southern states. This is not fair because there are also a lot of open-minded individuals in this region. Racist individuals in the media (like Paula Deen) give Southerners a bad rap. Their behavior should not be an excuse to generalize a whole population.

4. You known that not everyone is strictly religious

The Bible Belt may be a commonly used term used to describe the religious influence on the politics of the South; however, this is a gross generalization. There may be a higher percentage of individuals who identify as Christians, but there are also those who are atheists.

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5. You know there is plenty of diversity

People might think of the South in terms of Caucasian and African-American, but there are a lot of other minority communities as well. There is a good representation of Mexicans, Germans, Vietnamese, Cubans, and Puerto Ricans throughout the South.

6. You know not everyone is a Republican

It is a common belief that everyone is politically conservative in the South, but you know this is just not true. You know there are plenty of liberal-minded folk.

7. You know there is plenty of culture

It might be tempting to see the South as having one single culture that includes a lot of country music, fried foods, and whiskey. While all these things are part of Southern culture, there are also plenty of world-class art museums and music halls, like Atlanta’s High Museum of Art and Nashville’s Mercy Lounge. The Museum and Lounge have plenty of art and music from all different genres.

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8. You know that not all the food is fried

Contrary to popular belief, not everything is thrown into the deep-frier. That said, some of the most delicious items truly are. However, there are also plenty of restaurants and cafes catering towards a healthier lifestyle.

9. You know not everyone is dumb

With prestigious universities like Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Tulane, and Duke, there is no shortage of intelligence in the South. The Center for Disease Control (CDC), which plays a vital role in keeping the U.S. healthy, is located in Atlanta. There are also big accounting firms in Charlotte that help keep the American banking industry afloat.

10. You know there are major industrial hubs

The East Coast is known for its banking and economics, while the West Coast is known for Silicon Valley, but that does not mean the South is lacking in important industries. Big giants like Boeing, Delta, Coca Cola, and Home Depot are just a few corporations that have their headquarters in the South.

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Last Updated on November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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