Native to Asia, reishi mushrooms are on the list of the top cancer-fighting foods around the world. They can be consumed in the form of a tea, powder, or extract to help reduce inflammation, improve energy levels, balance hormones, and more. Reishi mushroom benefits also include the ability to improve liver health, boost heart health, reduce the risk of infection, and even protect the body from tumor growth.
Reishi Mushroom Benefits
1. Helps Protect the Body From Cancer
Reishi mushroom benefits include the ability to protect the body from cancer and prevent tumor growth. They contain plenty of anti-cancer nutrients that work to strengthen the immune system and fight inflammation, including antioxidants, amino acids, beta-glucans and polysaccharides. Polysaccharides are known for their anti-tumor abilities. They help stop cell mutations and to protect DNA from damage. Studies have shown that reishi mushroom benefits include the ability to help fight breast, prostate, liver and lung cancer. (1)
2. Improves Liver Function and Supports Detoxification
Reishi mushroom benefits include the ability to improve liver function and support the body’s detox process. Reishi mushrooms help strengthen the digestive system and reduce the risk of liver disease, by promoting the detoxification of waste and other toxins from the body. A 2013 study found that reishi mushrooms have hepatoprotective effects on acute liver injury, thanks to their powerful antioxidant properties and their ability to fight harmful immune responses. (2)
3. Promotes Heart Health
Reishi mushroom benefits include the ability to promote heart health by reducing blood pressure levels. The mushrooms contain triterpenes, which help prevent blood clotting, lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation in the blood vessels and arteries. Reishi mushroom benefits also include the ability to balance hormones. By improving circulation, restoring hormonal balance and naturally reducing blood pressure levels, reishi mushrooms help improve overall heart health.
4. Helps Balance Hormones and Fight Diabetes
Research has shown that reishi mushroom benefits include the ability to naturally balance hormone levels. The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds they contain work to improve the endocrine system and the central nervous system. Studies have shown that supplementing with reishi mushrooms can help reduce fatigue, fight hormonal imbalance, improve reproductive health and reduce symptoms of diabetes. Reishi mushroom benefits also include increased energy levels, improved concentration and better sleep quality.
5. Fights Allergies and Asthma
Thanks to the triterpenes they contain, reishi mushroom benefits include the ability to fight allergies and asthma. Triterpenes are linked to a reduction in allergies and histamine reactions associated with asthma. By strengthening the immune system and lowering inflammation levels, reishi mushrooms work as an asthma natural remedy. (3)
6. Reduces the Risk of Infections
Reishi mushroom benefits include a reduced risk of infections and viruses. The mushrooms have natural antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. They help protect the body from infection by lowering inflammation levels and improving immune system response. Studies have shown that triterpenes are able to fight off harmful bacteria, help replenish good bacteria and protect the cells from mutation.

Turmeric is regarded as miraculous spice whose positive effects on the body are backed up by more than 600 health benefits.  This is mostly due to its active compound called curcumin, which has a wide plethora of health benefits and healing properties.  But, did you know that whole turmeric can help with brain regeneration? What`s more, this ability doesn’t attribute to curcumin!

Benefits of Turmeric

It offers strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Curcumin inhibits the molecules known to play a role in inflammation and it neutralizes free radicals
It increases the levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which in turn stimulates the growth of new neurons and combats degenerative processes in the brain
It lowers the risk of heart disease by improving a few risk factors for heart disease
It helps prevent and treat cancer
It boosts the levels of neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, fighting off depression
It delays aging and combats age-related conditions

An Overlooked Benefit

Aromatic-turmerone is a fat-soluble compound found in turmeric, which is often overlooked. German researchers have thoroughly studied its effects on neural stem cells and what they found was that the number of neutral stem cells increased by 80 percent when exposed to aromatic-turmerone. In other words, a healing effect was happening. When used on rats, they created healthy new brain cells and noticed a size growth in both subventricular zone and the hippocampus.
Ar-turmerone is a potent regenerative which can aid NSCs in brain regeneration and it is believed to help in cases of degenerative diseases like Alzheimer`s or stroke. Apart from promoting stem cell proliferation, it also distinguishes between stems cells and neurons, which is the main goal of regenerative medicine. On the other hand, curcumin has been found to boost the overall memory of Alzheimer`s patients.

So What does this mean?

While many people believe that using a curcumin extract is enough to gain is benefits, using the whole turmeric offers many healing properties which may be missing out on. For example, in the case of polyps or colonic inflammation, using the whole plant instead of an extract is much better since the extract can be absorbed by the small intestine before reaching the large intestine.
Although the effects of ar-turmerone are still not fully understood, this recent study shows that there is a regenerative factor within.  Healing plants are consist of many beneficial compounds, so assuming which one contributes the most to the healing power of the plant is inaccurate. Both curcumin and ar-turmerone are found to have health benefits to the body, to get the most of this plant make sure you use turmeric as a whole.

Every relationship is different and ends for different reasons. If you often find yourself asking why your heart keeps getting broken, your zodiac sign can give you the answer.  
ARIES – Selfish & Too Independent
You have a kindness in you, Aries, but you are too self-absorbed to let that kindness shine through you. That’s why others often see you as arrogant. You are also very independent, and you love your freedom, which makes your partner feel like they can never keep up with your busy and fiery nature. They see you as someone who is not serious about a long-term commitment.
TAURUS – Stubborn & Unforgiving
You are very loyal, Taurus, but you are stubborn as heck. You have high (and often unrealistic) expectations from your partner, and when they make a mistake, you have a hard time letting it go and forgive your partner. Even if they apologize, you can’t fully forgive them and so, you let the anger keep boiling inside you. That negativity pushes away any lover from you.
GEMINI – Inconsistent & Lighthearted
You are a free spirit, Gemini. You are lighthearted, and you have a short attention span. You are easily bored and like to try new different things. Your inconsistent nature makes your partner wondering whether you are serious about your relationship or not. Eventually, they decide to break up with you before you have the chance to leave them.
CANCER – A Crybaby
Your sensitivity can be too much for your partner at times. You take everything with your heart and you hurt yourself in the process. Your emotional nature can be overwhelming for your potential partners, especially if they are not as emotional as you, so they may decide that it is better to leave you alone than hurt you with their (insensible) behavior.
LEO – Egoistical & Needy
You are known for your loyalty, Leo. However, your egotistical nature and your need to be always at the center of attention can put off potential suitors. Also, you can be a little too needy when you are in a relationship. This can be too much for your partner because you always expect them to shower you with attention and love.
VIRGO – A Nagging Perfectionist
Virgo, it is your perfectionist nature and your desire for impeccability that drives partners away from you. Also, you are not a romantic type. For you, love is practical. You also love to give orders to your partner about the way you want things to be. The perfectionist in you might nag your partner and they may decide to leave you because they couldn’t fit into your ‘perfect’ world.
LIBRA – Neglecting & Unfocused
Your curious and hopeful nature makes you devoted to many different things. Your devotion to many aspects of your life makes you unfocused and forgetful at times. This can make your partner feel neglected because there are times when you have other priorities than your relationship.
SCORPIO – Extremely Jealous & Clingy
You are very passionate, Scorpio. And sometimes, your passionate nature turns into extreme jealousy, especially when you feel that you can’t control your partner. You have no middle ground when you are in a relationship. Either you love too much, and you become clingy and you are suffocating your partner, or you don’t love them at all and never start a relationship in the first place.
SAGITTARIUS – Wandering Eyes & Cheating Nature
Sagittarius, you are a type of person who is most likely to go hiking one day and scuba diving the next. Your adventurous nature might push away potential partners because they are afraid that they can’t keep up with your fierce nature. You are always on the go, and you constantly meet new people which makes you prone to cheat on your partner or even leave them for someone new. This makes your partners unsure of you, and they may decide to leave you first.
CAPRICORN – Cold-Hearted & Materialistic Robot
You rarely show your emotions, Capricorn. You act too robotic at times, and your main focus in life is your career. You are obsessed with wealth and success. That’s why your partner can feel left out and unloved. Your partner will leave you when they start feeling unloved and unappreciated.
AQUARIUS – Mr./Ms Smarty Pants
You are incredibly smart, Aquarius, there is no doubt there. However, your nature to always wanting to be right might annoy other people. Your need to always show off your wittiness and outsmart others can be a turn off for your partner. Also, you could get involved in many arguments because of this.
PISCES – The Unstoppable Dreamer
You are a giver, Pisces. You would give your heart and soul to the person you love. You live in an ideal world of fantasies and movie-like romance. This may lead you to have unrealistic expectations from your partner, and it may them feel like they are not good for you. Because nothing that they do is ever good enough for you. You always want more.

Have you ever heard of the term ‘capsule wardrobe’? It refers to a concept that envisions owning and wearing a limited number of versatile and interchangeable pieces of clothes as opposed to clogging and overflowing the closet with clothes that you’ll hardly ever wear.
The concept is rapidly gaining following from people of all walks of life, including some of the world’s most important politicians and businessmen.
But what makes the capsule wardrobe movement so appealing to people, especially to those that can afford to buy just about every fashion piece no matter the cost?
In an effort to explain this phenomenon, we offer these 6 logical explanations as to why more and more celebrities are warming up to this concept.
1- Fewer selection headaches
Important people are faced with the challenge of making a number of vital decisions that could potentially have huge implications every day.
This can lead to a condition known as ‘decision fatigue’, which could influence the quality of their decision making.
Former US President Barack Obama, a dedicated follower of the capsule movement, says limiting his fashion options left him with more time and energy to spend of things that matter.
“You’ll see I wear only grey or blue suits. I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make,” Mr. Obama explained.
2- The gift of time
Up until recently, my closet was packed full with clothes that were either too old or too passé to wear.]
The hoarder in me finally gave in a few months ago when I decided to try the so called ‘Project 333’, which involves discarding all but 33 clothing articles for a three month period.
I successfully completed the challenge and have not looked back since. The result?
Much fewer selection headaches and a lot more time to spend on more important matters.
3- Stress therapy
When asked the reasons behind her wearing the same clothes every day, New York art director Matilda Kahl cited ‘decision fatigue’ and the lack of time.
She also said that wearing the same outfit every day was a lot less stressful than having to choose different pieces, wandering if she got it right or wrong all the time.
“Is this too formal? Is that too out there?Is this dress too short?
Almost always, I’d choose something to wear I regretted as soon as I hit the subway platform,” she was quoted as saying.
Having reduced her wardrobe to her ‘trademark’ white shirt and black trousers, Ms Kahl certainly has one less thing to worry about.
4- Limited wardrobe saves energy
Hollywood director Christopher Nolan is one of the more distinguished ‘followers’ of the capsule wardrobe movement.
Mr. Nolan, who can nowadays typically be seen wearing black trousers and a blue dress shirt under a dark jacket, recently told the New York Time Magazine that ‘choosing anew what to wear each day’ was a ‘waste of energy’ which could better be used elsewhere.
The man has a point. Having a large wardrobe will certainly take up a lot more time and energy to organize.
5- It saves money too
It is a well known fact that the average woman in the 1930’s owned nine outfits compared to today when each woman is estimated to own 30 pieces of clothing.
It is also estimated that the average American family forks out $1.700 on clothes each year. This might not seem like too much, but it could be argued that many of these purchases were not borne out of necessity.
Adopting the capsule wardrobe approach will certainly save you some money in the future.
6- It puts life into perspective
We think we can all agree on the notion that holding on to our clothes from ‘the good old’ times when we were younger and maybe a bit slimmer is both pointless and unnecessary.
This is perhaps best summed up in Drew Barrymore’s article for Refinery 29, where she writes about her rationale for severing all sentimental ties with clothes from her youth.
“For starters, I’m almost 40, and the twenties clothes don’t make sense anymore. And, after two babies, the thirties clothes don’t fit anymore. I am at a clothing crossroads, and it’s a painful one at times,” reads her article.
In a world obsessed with appearance and glamour, it is certainly refreshing to see the growing popularity of the capsule wardrobe movement.
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U.S. President Donald Trump caused another global controversy last week by allegedly referring to countries such as Haiti and El Salvador, as well as unspecified African nations, as 'shitholes.' The comments, made in a meeting with lawmakers at the White House, were dismissive of potential immigrants from these countries, and have been widely condemned as racist and divisive by the global media. [ads-post]
Now people from these so-called 'shithole countries' have spoken up, highlighting their acheivements and individual worth in a series of tweets that have since gone viral, thanks to their inspirational and often hilariously biting comebacks.
Because come on, no matter what your opinion may be on a country, its culture, religion, government or whatever, dismissing millions of human beings as having somehow less worth than others because of where they are from is just not cool. Not from a regular guy on the street, and certainly not from the President of the United States.
These tweets show that every individual person is different, has their own qualities, and are capable of overcoming adversity to rise from the 'shithole' and make themselves into incredibly inspiring and successful people. Exactly the kind of people that made America great in the first place!
Scroll down to check out people's reactions below, and let us know what you think in the comments!
U.S. President Donald Trump caused controversy last week by allegedly referring to some countries as 'shitholes'

Woody Harrelson has revealed he "fired up a joint" in order to get through a dinner with Donald Trump.
The Academy Award-nominated actor said he and his friend Jesse Ventura, who was then the governor of Minnesota, met the US President as New York's Trump Tower ahead of the 2004 US election.
In an interview with The Observer, Harrelson, 56, said: "Talk about a tough dinner to get through. All he could talk about was money.

"After about 45 minutes, I was like 'excuse me', and walked outside and fired up a joint.
"I was like: 'Whoa, how am I going to get through the rest of this meal?' I wouldn't even have dinner with that mother and here he is the f***ing President."
Harrelson, who will appear in the upcoming Star Wars spin off film Solo: A Star Wars Story, said he has now quit smoking cannabis "to get my head together".
"After about 45 minutes, I was like 'excuse me', and walked outside and fired up a joint.
"I was like: 'Whoa, how am I going to get through the rest of this meal?' I wouldn't even have dinner with that mother and here he is the f***ing President."
Harrelson, who will appear in the upcoming Star Wars spin off film Solo: A Star Wars Story, said he has now quit smoking cannabis "to get my head together".

Here are 7 hobbies that science says will make you smarter
Most people believe that your intelligence is inherent—if you were born a smart person, then you will forever be a smart person..
But this kind of thinking holds people back, as it serves as an excuse for people not to improve themselves intellectually.
In the nature versus nurture debate, the dangerous thing with the nature side of the argument is that it makes us believe that we can’t change who we are.
But recent studies continue to confirm that the opposite is true: you can increase your potential and general intelligence.
Through certain hobbies and techniques, we can spark our brain into building new neural pathways, allowing it to work at a faster and higher level.
Here are 7 hobbies scientifically proven to make you smarter:

1) Meditate

Meditation is well-known for its calming effects. When you take the time out of your day to actually just sit down, think, and breathe, you unbind yourself from the stresses of the world and give your mind and body the opportunity to stretch out and relax.
But meditation has also been found to help people have control over their own brain waves. Not convinced? In 1992, scientists were invited to study the Dalai Lama’s brain waves while he was in a state of meditation.
The researchers found that, when focusing on a certain emotion such as compassion, the Dalai Lama and the other monks could enter into a state of emotional being that was at a higher and deeper level than what most people feel.
Through meditation, they had attained full mastery of their thoughts and emotions. Since then, people have practiced meditation to help control their mind. Imagine having the ability to stop feeling fear or sadness in a tough situation, replacing them instead with confidence?

2) Pick Up Another Language

One simple way to raise your brain game that can directly add value to you through real-world application is learning a new language. Studies have found that bilingual people are significantly better at puzzle-solving than their monolingual counterparts. When you adopt a new language, your brain performs better with mentally strenuous problems and activities, even if those activities have nothing to do with language itself.
It has also been found that having at least two languages under your belt gives you better spatial awareness, and equips you with a stronger and fuller concentration. Why, exactly? Every language has its own structure and way of thinking, and exposing your brain to this different thinking naturally expands its capabilities. Languages can influence us so directly that speaking in a new language can even change your personality.

3) Read Anything and Everything

Whether you are reading Leo Tolstoy’s epic masterpiece War and Peace or the latest young adult series to follow The Hunger Games hype trail, the overall positive effects that come from reading are generally the same: stress reduction, better self-happiness, and a significant increase in emotional intelligence, fluid intelligence, and crystallised intelligence.
These are the parts of your intelligence that enable you to understand the world around you—understanding and responding to people’s emotional needs at a higher level, and piecing together puzzles and finding solutions in everyday life.

4) Exercise

A healthy way to keep your mind as fit as your body is through regular exercise. The problem some people have with exercise is that they try to do too much too fast, which results in having a few sporadic intense work-outs which does little good for the mind and body.
The key is consistency. With regular exercise, your cells are regularly exposed to BDNF, a protein released by the body during exercise that strengthens concentration, learning, memory, and focus.

5) Exercise Your Brain

There are so many ways to work out or exercise your brain—with any smartphone, you have instant access to millions of puzzles, video games, Sudoku, riddles, and other activities that force your brain to actually think.
And while it may seem to be just fun and games, forcing your brain to overcome the mental obstacles offered by these activities increases your neuroplasticity. In simple terms, neuroplasticity is your brain’s ability to reorganize and rearrange itself. When your brain is introduced to new and unfamiliar concepts, it forces it to find different and innovative ways to find solutions to these problems. This opens up new avenues and pathways in the brain, and strengthens your general cognitive ability.

6) Stretch Your Musical Talent

Whether you used to play a musical instrument as a kid or never picked up an instrument in your life, regularly learning and playing a musical instrument is one of the best ways to strengthen your brain. Multiple studies have found that musicians have better cognitive functions, from creativity to motor skills and many more.
When we play musical instruments, the brain is stimulated in the corpus callosum, which is the part which links both hemispheres of the brain and creates new connections. No matter how old you may be, you can still experience mental improvements from strumming a few keys.

7) Cumulative Learning

he problem with most traditional education today is that much the basis on which we are graded comes from final exams and tests which have little to do with anything other than mass memorization.
Students in high school and college have become accustomed to cramming for tests, learning an entire semester’s worth on the night before the exam. This leads to us forgetting everything as soon as it is no longer needed, resulting in zero growth in knowledge and intelligence.
Cumulative learning is the proper learning technique that ensures that you not only learn what you are studying, but you remember it long-term as well. This is done through short but frequent acts of repetition—which is exactly the way we learn languages.
If you are truly looking to learn a new skill or topic, cumulative learning has been proven to be much more effective than traditional learning.

Becoming Smarter: A Lifelong Journey

Increasing your intelligence and learning shouldn’t be something you do with any end-goal in mind. Rather, you should think of it as a lifelong journey of continued learning. Slowly and gradually over the years, you will find yourself mentally growing with these exercises and others like them.
When you begin to notice these changes in your mental toughness and thoroughness, these habits will have long ago become a natural part of your life.
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