Impact of Marijuana on Physical Health

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Many marijuana users and activists believe that cigarette smoking is more dangerous to your physical health than marijuana. While it is thought to be true that cigarette smoking is more harmful for your body than pot, it is completely false to assume that pot has no negative impact on your physical health.

There are many physical problems associated with pot smoking, and therefore it is important to avoid marijuana. Inhaling any smoke into your lungs on a regular basis can never be good for you, no matter how hard pot activists and users try to convince you otherwise.

Let’s take a look at some of the short-term and long-term physical side-effects of marijuana use in order to understand that it is a habit that. Like cigarette smoking, pot is harmful for your body.

Short-term physical consequences of marijuana use

Smoking marijuana causes the following short-term physical changes to your body:

· Increased heartbeat

· Change in blood pressure

· Dilated, bloodshot eyes

· Dry mouth

· Hunger

While these short-term side effects are not life threatening, they can cause an incredible amount of discomfort and it is not healthy for your blood pressure to rapidly spiral up and down-this can lead to heart problems and heart attacks later down the road. Your body is more sensitive than you think and even short-term changes caused by marijuana can play a role in affecting your mood and your long-term health.

Long-term Physical Consequences of Marijuana Use

There are many negative long-term physical effects associated with marijuana use:

· Increased production of phlegm and dry coughing

· Increased lung infections

· Increased acute chest infections

· Impaired memory

· Disorientation

· Impaired immune system

· Heart attacks and heart problems

Smoking pot can damage your heart, brain, lungs, and immune system. These are vital parts of your physical make-up and if they do not function properly your quality of life will suffer dramatically. While there hasn’t been a definitive link established between cancer and pot smoking, the other risks listed above should be enough to deter you.  Many people aren’t aware that there are other, sometimes far more damaging health risks associated with inhaling any kind of smoke.

Marijuana use does have a negative impact on your physical body, both in the short and long-term. While cigarette smoking gets the bad reputation, particularly relative to cancer, pot smoking shouldn’t be given a free pass. It is dangerous too. Both pot and cigarette smoking are habits that should be avoided at all costs especially if you want to maintain optimal physical health and lead an enjoyable life.

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What Is Metabolism And How Does It Affect Your Body?

You have probably heard a lot of people in good or bad shape saying stuff like “oh my metabolism is just slow” or “oh I just have a really good metabolism.”  Most people refer to their metabolism when talking about physical health and fitness, but do you really know what metabolism is and what it does? Does it really affect your weight as much as most people claim?

Metabolism is the umbrella term for all the physical and chemical processes that occur in the body in order to convert or use energy.  Breathing, digesting food, muscle exercise, brain functioning etc., all undergo metabolic processes that use or convert energy. In terms of weight gain and loss, your metabolism is what controls how fast you both gain and lose weight—it controls how fast or slow we burn calories. In that sense, a fast metabolism means you will have an easier time losing weight that you put on and a slow metabolism means it will take a longer time to burn your calories. The speed of your metabolism is dependent upon several factors:

  • Age: Your metabolism is fastest in your teens and then slows over time, decreasing by about 5% each decade after you reach the age of 40.
  • Sex: Men, in general, burn calories at a much faster rate than women. This is why they are recommended to have a higher daily caloric intake than women.
  • Lean Body Mass Proportion: The more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism will burn calories.
  • Genetics: some people inherit a physical make-up that just burns calories slower than others. Thyroid problems can also lead to a slower or faster metabolism rate.

It is pretty straight forward: you metabolism controls how fast your body burns calories. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that your metabolism actually controls your weight. A slower or faster metabolism rate shouldn’t matter all too much if you are consistently engaging in healthy eating habits and exercise. Maintaining a weight that is healthy for your body cancels out whether you have a fast or slow metabolism (excepting when there is a severe problem or genetic issue). So when you hear people talking about their weight can be boiled down to their metabolism alone, unfortunately that just isn’t true. The truth is, you and your habits control your level of physical fitness, and your metabolism plays a supporting role in helping you with the process. It is important to understand what your metabolism is and how it works, but ultimately healthy food and activity choices will make a big difference in your ability to enjoy life and maintain the physical fitness level you want.

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Why Is It Such a Struggle to Lose Weight?

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In a world where people are obsessed with being skinny, yet strangely seem to trend towards packing on the pounds, weight loss is a hot topic. Obesity levels are skyrocketing among children and adults alike, and everyone wants to find the super diet that will help them trim down to a super model figure. However, what everyone has found out is that weight loss is hard-not something you can achieve with the snap of your fingers.

Gaining weight is easy-it doesn’t take much effort to over indulge your eating or remain sedentary. But before you get judgmental and assume everyone who doesn’t look like Heidi Klum is a lazy slob, remember that genetics play a major role in body shape and size, and everyone’s genetic code is different. The main reason why losing weight is difficult is biological, so let’s take a closer look at some of the biological factors behind weight gain and loss:

Age: As you age your metabolism decreases. This means that your body is not able to process the caloric intake at the rate that it used to; how often do you hear people talk about how they can’t what they want like they used to? Aging also leads to a decrease in physical activity, so people gain weight easier and have a harder time shedding it.

Genes: Your genetic code determines your body’s size, shape and weight. If you have a larger bone structure and a naturally muscular frame, no matter how hard you try, you will not be able to achieve the same rail-thin look as a runway model. Each body is built differently, and many body types carry weight easier and lose is slower.

You genetics play a fundamental role in determining your physical body’s weight and shape, and aging slows down your body’s built-in weight control mechanism. It is a fact of nature that there is no magic method for losing weight, no lightning fast way to shed kilos. A healthy, balanced diet and exercise are the only way to maintain a healthy weight for your body. And that is the keyword: healthy. As mentioned above, your body type is the body type that you are stuck with and you can’t turn it into something it is not. Weight loss should not be about achieving some perfect physical ideal, but about keeping your body healthy. Being healthy does not mean you have to be skin and bones skinny and it does not mean that you have the figure of an Olympic athlete. Maintaining a healthy weight means that your body is functioning the way it should and that you feel good about yourself.

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Do Almonds Really Help Lower Your Cholesterol?

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Nuts are high in fat, so it seems counter intuitive that eating a handful of roasted almonds could lead to lower cholesterol levels, but according to a study authored by Dr. David J.A. Jenkins at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada, eating almonds daily positively affects the lipid levels in your blood and can reduce your cholesterol levels by up to 10%. Dr. Jenkins’ study isn’t the only one to show the heart healthy benefits of almonds; studies conducted by medical communities across the globe, from the WHO to the Physicians Health Study recommend eating more almonds to maintain safe cholesterol levels. This is welcome news for those who are either at risk for heart disease or just want to keep heart healthy and relish the opportunity to indulge in nutty treats.

Almonds are a seed from the almond tree and they are native to the Middle East. They are one of the healthiest nuts to eat and are high in good mono-saturated fats; they are also rich in potassium and magnesium, both of which promote cardiovascular functioning. The health benefits of almonds have been lauded since ancient times, and they have been used in both traditional and modern homeopathic medicine to treat eczema, reduce inflammation, and aid colon and digestive health. They are also, conveniently, a great snack that can be salty or sweet, so as a medicine, almonds are not hard to swallow.

Researchers who proclaim the health benefits of almonds recommend that eating anywhere from 1 to 6 handfuls of almonds a day will help you maintain safe cholesterol levels and lower your risk for heart disease. In addition to lowering cholesterol, almonds can also help protect against diabetes because they can help keep after-meal blood sugar levels regulated since they are such an easy snack. Blood sugar levels that fluctuate rapidly as a result of long distances between meals or snacks can contribute to diabetes, so take the time to pop a few almonds in your mouth between meals. However, just because something has almonds in it, does not make it automatically healthy.

Indulging in an ice cream sundae topped with almonds is not going to get you on the fast track to cardiovascular health-it is setting you up for an increased heart attack risk. It is like smoking a pack of cigarettes a day but then feeling safe because you eat foods that promote lung functioning. In the world of physical health, negative substances always cancel out the positive. If you are going to eat almonds for health purposes, eat them lightly salted, honey roasted, or in a low-fat salad, just don’t just sprinkle them on top of a dessert buffet.

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