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Do You Know The Meaning Of Fruit Stickers? They Can Hugely Affect Your Health

Do You Know The Meaning Of Fruit Stickers? They Can Hugely Affect Your Health

Have you ever noticed the little stickers attached to fruits? Maybe you even ate one. On oranges, there’s always a little cartoon orange smiling up at you. But before you throw your stickers away, look a little closer at it. See those numbers? They’re called a PLU code (also known as price lookup code). The stickers aren’t just meant for inventory, but also for providing us with some very important information.

4-digit codes

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    If you buy something with a 4-digit code (that starts with a 3 or a 4), it means that the fruit (or vegetable) was grown with an abundant amount of fertilizer and pesticides. It was produced with the modern day agronomic techniques. Everyone knows that pesticides are bad for your body. Check that code twice!

    5-digit codes beginning with the number 8

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      If you purchase something that has a 5-digit code starting with the number 8, it’s telling you that the product was genetically modified. While the science isn’t 100% for or against GMOs, many people believe they’re bad for you. Bananas, papayas, and melons are known to be genetically modified the most.

      5-digit codes beginning with the number 9

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        Another 5-digit code to look out for is one that starts with the number 9. When you see this, it’s safe to say that these fruits and vegetables were grown without pesticides and GMO. These were grown and harvested using the old farming methods we picked up from our ancestors. A lot of foods are labeled organic for this reason.

        No code

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          Many fruits and vegetables come without any PLU code at all. Why is this? To make a long story short, it’s probably best that there aren’t any codes on these fruits. These products were grown with harmful chemicals that no one wants you to see. After all, they could lose business if we knew what they were doing to our produce. It’s also not against the law to not put PLU codes on produce.

          What will you do after you learn the meaning of these PLU codes? I personally buy organic, but I’m looking into growing my own produce now. Be sure to warn your friends and family about this, too!

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          Last Updated on December 9, 2019

          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

          Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

          Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

          Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

          1. Get Rationally Optimistic

          Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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          This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

          In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

          The result: no more mental stress.

          2. Unplug

          Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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          How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

          It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

          Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

          3. Easy on the Caffeine

          Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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          Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

          4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

          That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

          How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

          • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
          • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
          • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

          While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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          5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

          This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

          The result: mental stress will be gone!

          So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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