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Shocking! Myth Of Chicken Injected With Growth Hormones That Affect Your Health Is Busted

Shocking! Myth Of Chicken Injected With Growth Hormones That Affect Your Health Is Busted

Why Injecting Chicken With Growth Hormones Is Impossible

The reason is simple, it is illegal.

In the United States, and many other countries, strict guidelines are placed on the use of hormones in animal feeds. The supplementation of hormones is illegal in poultry. There may be some that do add supplements to the chickens feed, however there is no logical reason to use them.

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But If It’s Illegal, Why Would So Many People Believe The Myth?

Have you ever seen the label “Hormone Free” on a package of chicken you bought? Yes me too.

These labels have created a level of confusion and, in some cases, fear among consumers. Poultry producers have actually used this in their marketing campaigns to emphasize that they do not use hormones to boost the growth of their chickens, while implying that other poultry companies do. This common misconception that hormones are injected directly into the chickens, or added to their feed is totally inaccurate. Some even link the formation of ovarian cysts in women to eating chicken injected with hormones.

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In fact, there is no such thing as a “hormone free” chicken. Chickens, like humans, produce growth hormones naturally. Progesterone, testosterone, and estrogen are naturally produced within chickens for normal development, growth, and reproduction. In the interest of debunking this myth, there are a few solid reasons why hormones are not used.

And…It Is Just Not Wise To Use Hormones…

It is not cost effective…

If the hormones were to be added to the chickens’ feed, they would be digested too quickly to have any effect. To have any effect at all, the hormones would have to be injected directly into the chickens on a frequent basis. Research shows that the release of the natural growth hormones in chickens is every 90 minutes. If the supplemental growth hormones were to be effective, the only feasible way to do this would be through intravenous administration. The logistics alone in injecting thousands of chickens intravenously every 90 minutes is impossible.

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Chicken have evolved to have a higher growth rate

Like humans, when a chicken enters puberty, they experience a “growth spurt.” Chickens grow at a rate so rapidly that feed restriction is occasionally recommended to limit the incidences of heart attacks, or in some regions, heat stress. It makes no sense to force a higher growth rate on chickens. Also, there have also been improvements in genetics, nutrition, and disease control. Hormones are just not needed.

Next Time You Buy A Chicken…

The next time you buy a chicken, rest assured they are not larger “due to growth hormones.” One brand is not better than the other because they are “hormone free.” Chickens are not injected with growth hormones, but they do produce them naturally. The hormones produced by chickens will not affect you or create health problems. You can feel confident that the chicken wings you’re eating during your Sunday football game are safe.

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Last Updated on January 11, 2021

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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2. Stress Relief

Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

3. Improved Sleep

Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

4. Appetite Control

Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

7. Mosquito Repellant

Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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8. Pain Relief

While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

9. The New Anti-Viral

Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

10. Improved Cognitive Function

Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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11. Money Saving

With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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