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Can diet soda cause weight gain?

Most of us are actually addicted to this popular beverage. But soda itself is not good for your health, particularly if you are trying to lose weight. Diet soda is touted to give the best of both worlds amazing taste and no weight gain. But is that the whole truth? Do they actually do what they claim to do?  The market for diet sodas is huge involving several big companies. The tag, labels or highlighted texts of ‘sugar free’, ‘zero carbohydrate’ or ‘no calories’ attract buyers, but when you pick up that can of diet soda, are you falling for a marketing gimmick?

What is diet soda

As the name suggests, is a non-alcoholic, sugar-free, zero-carbohydrate and zero-calories carbonated drink. Some well known diet soda brands are Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi, Sprite Zero, Diet Mountain Dew which are popular across the globe.

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Seven ways to appear more intelligent than other people

You don’t have to know the entire works of Shakespeare or the square root of Pi to seem highly intelligent 

There is no fast-track route to wisdom but intelligence, defined as the way that we comprehend, analyse and respond to the world, is a far more malleable concept. 

Scientists once claimed that intelligence quotient (IQ) levels were hereditary. This meant that human beings had no control over their brain power; it was decided by their genes. 

However, recent studies have shown that IQ scores are barely linked to genes at all. They can also be extremely volatile, changing significantly - by up to 20 points - over time. 

We have scoured the writings of neuroscience experts, business leaders, technologists, and psychiatrists to find out how ordinary people can instantly boost their IQ levels by making small tweaks to the way that they comprehend the world. 

The idea is to increase mental agility. These techniques cannot make anyone appear well-read, or replace life experience. 

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Daily habits that can halt heartburn

Over-the-counter antacids and prescription medications are the most common treatments for heart burn. In severe cases, surgery may even be required. But regardless of how bad your symptoms are, successfully fighting heartburn and acid reflux also requires some changes in lifestyle, ranging from the food you eat to the clothes you wear. If you stick to these habits every day, they may help minimize its symptoms.

Small, frequent meals

Meals are often a trigger for GERD symptoms. In fact, all-you-can-eat buffets are always a recipe for heartburn. A very full stomach can cause the valve between your stomach and esophagus (known as the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES) to relax, pushing stomach acids back up into the esophagus.

Eat several small meals throughout the day rather than the standard breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Don’t make that last meal too late, though. Eating close to bedtime can trigger GERD symptoms as well.)

Cut the cake

Be it chocolate or caffeine, certain foods and drinks are notorious for exacerbating heartburn symptoms. The list includes spicy foods, fatty red meat, French fries (and other fried foods), citrus fruit, raw onion, tomatoes, butter, oil, peppermint, chocolate, and caffeine.

However, you don’t have to condemn yourself to a diet of bananas and boiled chicken. 

Don’t drink alcohol

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How bad is it to hold your pee?

You might have heard about bedtime procrastination, but what about bathroom procrastination? You know, when you put off peeing until your legs are crossed and you can barely hobble to the porcelain throne. Whether it is because you are going through work emails at your desk or you would rather avoid the horrors of a public restroom, sometimes peeing just lands at the bottom of your to-do list. But can that actually be dangerous? 

How long is it okay to hold it?

Your body’s physical capacity to keep in urine is based on a few things: “Most of the time women can hold urine for three to six hours, but this will vary. It really depends on the amount of urine that someone makes, which is determined by hydration status and fluid intake and also functional bladder capacity, which is a combination of the actual size of the bladder and bladder sensitivity. But ultimately, there is not a ton of research on the subject. The truth of the matter is normal urination in women across the lifespan is not as well understood as it should be,” Benjamin Brucker, MD, Assistant Professor of Urology at NYU Langone Medical Center, said.

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An avocado a day keeps the cardiologist away

Adding an avocado pear to your daily diet may help lower bad cholesterol and reduce the risk for heart diseases, according to health researchers.

Avocados are known to be a nutrient-dense food, high in mono-unsaturated fatty acids. Previous studies have suggested that they are a cholesterol-lowering food, but this is one of the first studies to look at the health implications of avocados beyond mono-unsaturated fatty acids.

“Including one avocado each day as part of a moderate-fat, cholesterol-lowering diet compared to a comparable moderate-fat diet without an avocado provides additional LDL (low-density lipoproteins) lowering affects, which benefit CVD risk,” Penny M. Kris-Etherton, a Professor of Nutrition, said.

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