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Reasons Why Eating Cheese Is Bad for You

Reasons Why Eating Cheese Is Bad for You

Americans eat a lot of cheese. In 2011, more than 10 billion pounds of cheese were produced. The federal government recommends that people eat milk and dairy products for health. The question is whether eating cheese is the right thing to do. Although cheese offers some healthy properties, the kind of cheese and the amount matters.

Why is cheese bad?

1. High Fat Content

Cheese, especially processed American cheese, has a lot of saturated fats. These fats are not healthy. By eating one slice of Domino’s Pizza, Americans get two-thirds the daily fat intake just from the cheese.

2. High Salt Content

Much of the cheese available in stores has a lot of sodium, which is bad for your heart. Some cheeses are low in sodium, but many are not.

3. Too Many Calories

Cheese has too many calories that are difficult to eliminate when you exercise. To combat the cheese, you would have to exercise double the amount of time. Calories from fat also aren’t the calories you want in your body.

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4. Animal Enzymes

Manufacturers like to use rennet in their cheeses. This is an enzyme that comes from calves’ stomachs. To get this enzyme, manufacturers have to kill newborn calves. If you are an animal lover, you might not want to eat this. If you prefer vegetarian cheese, it’s made from bacteria, which is not healthy to ingest.

5. Unhealthy Processes

Often, manufacturers process the cheese using unhealthy practices. The cows are given hormones to produce more milk. These hormones are passed to humans when they consume dairy. The machines also could put infections into the cheese.

6. Leads to Diseases

When you eat the fat, salt and calories, you pack on the pounds. When you become overweight, you have a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes.

7. Mold

Brie-makers spray on mold to make the white rind. Others have mold included in the cheese. This is not very healthy to consume.

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8. High Cholesterol

Cheese has a large amount of the bad cholesterol. This also can lead to diseases.

Why is cheese good?

There is conflicting research when it comes to whether or not cheese is good for you. Some studies have pointed out reasons for cheese being considered unhealthy. However, many have shown just the opposite.

1. Bone-Building Properties

Cheese has a lot of naturally occurring calcium and is fortified with vitamin D. Eating one ounce of cheese can give you one-fourth of your recommended calcium intake. Go for the low-fat or nonfat cheeses to get the same benefits as those filled with saturated fats.

2. Cavity Prevention

Besides the calcium that is good for bones, cheese has properties that eliminate acid on your teeth enamel. Without the acid, bacteria can’t attack your teeth’s enamel. Therefore, eating cheese can prevent cavities. The protein in cheese also helps to prevent cavities.

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3. Weight Loss

While this property is being debated, several studies have found a link to eating cheese and losing weight. Other studies have shown that eating too much cheese has led to weight gain. Eating cheese as a complement instead of a meal, such as with apples or salad, can help you lose weight.

4. Not Addictive

Some people believe that cheese is like alcohol or cigarettes—addictive unhealthy habit. However, research has found that cheese is not addictive. People just eat too much because they like it.

5. High in Proteins

Besides helping bones, cheese can help the muscles too. Cheese has a lot of protein, which is good for your muscles. The proteins help the teeth and circulation system. But, like the bone-building properties, you don’t want to eat too much or the ones with fats.

6. The French eat tons of cheese, and they’re really healthy!

The French eat more saturated fat than any other country in the world. They also eat a lot of cheese, which is high in saturated fat. Usually, saturated fat intake is linked to deaths by heart disease. You would think the French have a high coronary death rate. However, in reality, France lists the lowest rates of coronary deaths. This is called the French paradox. It suggests that eating unhealthy cheese, fats and salt have no effect on them.

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Although many scientists believe the wine intake offsets the harmful effects, a recent study found that eating the cheese has led to the paradox. According to the study, people who ate saturated fats from milk and cheese did not have high blood cholesterol as the group that got the fats from butter. The people in the study who ate cheese had lower levels of the compound that is linked to cardiovascular disease. They also had molecule called butyrate, which might stop bad cholesterol from forming and showing a lower cholesterol.

As you can see cheese is both good for you and bad for you. Here is more info about why cheese is bad.

Featured photo credit: Eating Cheese via huffingtonpost.com

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The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

Why you can’t sleep through the night

The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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Stress

If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

Exposure to blue light before sleep time

We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

Eating close to bedtime

Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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Medical conditions

In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

The vicious sleep cycle

The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

You get a bad night’s sleep
–> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
–> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
–> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

    You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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    How to sleep better (throughout the night)

    To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

    1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

    What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

    Here are a few suggestions:

    • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
    • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
    • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
    • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
    • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

    2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

    What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

    • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
    • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
    • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
    • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

    3. Adjust your sleep temperature

    Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

    Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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    Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

    Sleep better form now on

    Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

    I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

    As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

    Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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