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A Brief History of Fat, and Why We Hate It

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Fat is a complex organ that is essential to our body, as it has many functions to help keep us alive. Fat is a source of essential fatty acids, which the body cannot make itself. That's why we store it so our body can use it. Fat can help protect our internal organs, as well as providing our body with energy when needed and help keep cholesterol and blood pressure under control. A healthy amount of fat is needed to keep these functions running, but throughout history, the opinions of fat has been hotly debated. Visually, fat can be desired...

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Why do we itch? | Pruritus is important

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The average person experiences dozens of individual itches each day. Have you ever wondered why we itch? What causes the itch? An itch, also known as pruritus, is a general sensation arising from the irritation of skin cells or nerve cells associated with the skin. While it can be annoying or inconvenient sometimes, pruritus serves as an important sensory and self-protective mechanism, as do other skin sensations such as touch, pain, vibration, cold, and heat. To stop the constant need to scratch, you need to know why you get itchy in the first place. Itches can be triggered by a...

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What happens inside your body when you exercise?

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We all know that exercise is good for your body but do you know what happens inside your body when you exercise? When you exercise, you can definitely feel some physical changes like an increase in heart rate and you may even start sweating, for example. However, there are more ways that your body responds to when exercising, such as: releasing certain hormones, increasing oxygen intake, and more. Watch the video below to learn more about the benefits of exercise and how it can help with your healthy lifestyle. Getting active regularly will encourage other healthy habits and keep a...

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How do your hormones work?

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Our hormones come from glands that make up the endocrine system which helps our body regulate our sleep patterns, our heart rate, and our cells. But how do they work? In our lifetimes, our bodies undergo a series of extraordinary metamorphoses such as growing up, going through puberty, and reproducing. Hormones are chemical messengers that travel throughout the body that regulates growth, metabolism, and fertility. We have several hormone-producing glands in the body, and the hormones produced each play a role in our body. Hormones are the reason why your arms are the same length, why you can turn food...

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What does the liver do?

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The liver weighs about 1.4 kilograms – the heaviest organ in your body. What does the liver do? It acts as a storehouse, a manufacturing hub, and a processing plant. It filters your blood, stores nutrients, detoxifies chemicals, and more. The liver is extremely important in helping us stay alive. So, make sure you treat your liver well by maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet, and exercising regularly. As well, make sure you don’t overload your liver with additional toxins – your liver has a lot to deal with already! Watch the video below to see what the...

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