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The 3 Stages of Love & How Brain Chemicals Effect Our Relationships

When people start a new relationship, most of our attraction is thanks to an irresistible cocktail of chemicals. Unbeknown to us, our brain entices us to crave affection. But how?

Helen Fisher of Rutgers University in New Jersey has been conducting research on the brain chemistry of what she calls ‘the emotion systems associated with mating, reproduction,and parenting.’ Helen suggests that the three emotional systems (or ‘stages of love’) —lust, attraction, and attachment—“ are somewhat disconnected in human beings…” But the situation is not hopeless. Fisher argues; “the role of the prefrontal cortex in humans is to control and direct these emotions—if we so choose.”

As for love these days, let’s talk statistics. The divorce rate in the United States is expected to reach 67 percent before the end of the decade. Currently, some 80 percent of divorced men and 72 percent of divorced women remarry; but 54 percent and 61 percent, respectively, divorce again. High divorce and remarriage rates are seen in many other cultures, as well.

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When it comes to animosity in relationships, at least 25 percent of homicides in the United States involve spouses, sexual partners, or sexual rivals.

Each year, some one million American women are followed and harassed by rejected lovers; 370,000 men are stalked by former partners; and approximately 1.8 million wives in the United States are beaten by their husbands. In fact, male sexual jealousy is the foremost cause of wife battering in cultures worldwide.

Husbands, although to a lesser degree, are physically abused by wives. Men and women in societies everywhere can experience clinical depression when a love relationship fails; and psychologists say that a sign? I cant think of the percentage of those who commit suicide because they have been rejected by a beloved.

But WHY? Could our brain chemicals be driving some people to act in an extreme way? It’s highly possible!

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This is The Fruit to Eat Before Bed For A Better Sleep

Forget sleeping pills – the answer to a good nights sleep is in your fruit bowl! It might come as a surprise but bananas are the perfect bedtime food!

Most of us add bananas to our morning smoothies or eat them as a snack during the day, but the best time to have one is an hour or two before you go to bed. Bananas can help increase REM sleep and this is one of the most important sleep stages, helping to refresh your mind after a long day.

If you’d like to find more about how this awesome fruit can help you with your sleep, read on!

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Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, and potassium complements magnesium which helps keep digestive systems healthy and blood pressure regular, this, in turn, helps to improve sleep.

A sign of a healthy and happy heart is slightly lower blood pressure at night, so if you don’t have high enough potassium levels you could be experiencing heart issues and irregularities and muscle fatigue, both which will disrupt a good night’s rest.

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Why We Might Be Mining Asteroids Really Soon

How much would you pay for a space rock? If you’re anything like the Washington-based asteroid mining company known as Planetary Resources, you might be willing to shell out a lot of money for a bunch of rocks that can still be found on Earth anyway. And you wouldn’t be the only ones.

Why Asteroid Mining is Important

“The economic arguments for mining asteroids are overwhelming,” says Peter Marquez, the vice president of Planetary Resources. “On Earth, we sit at the bottom of a gravity well, and it takes enormous energy and expense to pull anything out into space. About 10,000 dollars per pound to break free of Earth’s gravity. That’s 10,000 dollars for a can of Coke.”

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Asteroids provide the perfect solution to this problem, providing us access to resources which are rare on Earth but abundant in space, such as platinum-group metals used in the manufacturing of high-tech electronics. Asteroids are also rich in metals like nickel, iron, and cobalt, which can be used to make steel for spacecraft, or just about anything else.

Another lucrative resource that is present on many asteroids is water, which is plentiful in a type of rock known as carbonaceous chondrites. In addition to drinking, water is used as radiation shielding, and its constituent elements can even be used as rocket fuel.

Although asteroid mining would drastically cut the cost of manned space exploration, the program’s biggest draw is creating a budding space economy, and potentially creating the framework to colonize outer space! Continue reading

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Canadian Paleontologists Find Hundreds of Buried Dinosaur Fossils

A team of paleontologists have uncovered a site in the Canadian province of Alberta that contains hundreds of dinosaur fossils, all from the same time period. The find is an essential collection as one of the most significant paleontological discoveries in recent years.

The team is led by Dr. Jordan Mallon, a world-leading paleobiologist who works for the Museum of Nature in Ottawa, and who believes there could be tens of thousands of individual dinosaurs on the site. Their aim is to uncover the full set of bones that are present in the ‘graveyard’ and to try to piece together what could have led to a mass death on this scale.

The Discovery

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Although a campsite on a grassy prairie, surrounded by old farm buildings doesn’t immediately strike you as the type of place that would be a hotspot for dinosaurs; the landscape and weather are significantly different than they would have been 65 million years ago.

The small town of Hilda, where the site is situated, would have been filled with lush vegetation, pterosaurs (flying dinosaurs) and crocodiles. The weather would have been hotter and much more volatile than it is today, with regular, violent storms hitting the region.

The fossils that found by Dr. Mallon and his team have largely been from one species, centrosaurines. The centrosaurus was a horned herbivore, with a rhino-like horn and a bony frill. These social dinosaurs, clearly moved in large herds, which explains why there is such a significant number of them in the same spot.

Discovering just one species of dinosaur at the site proves to Dr. Mallon’s team that the bones must have been left at the same time, rather than accumulated over a longer period. ‘It seems to have been from a single event,’ Dr. Mallon explains. ‘We’re talking about tens of thousands of individuals dying at once, it would have been an epic disaster.’ Although what exactly the disaster was is still open for debate.

This study is by no means the first at the site. It was originally discovered in 1950 by the celebrated paleontologist Wann Langston Jr. and has occasionally been researched ever since. However, Dr. Mallon’s decision to revisit the site in 2013 led to the discovery of the centrosaurus graveyard. Previously it had been believed that there were only a few fossils in the area.

Such an assumption is hard to explain because the area is a near-perfect place for preserving animal bones in fossil. The massive flow of sediment that was rolling off the Rockies into the lowland areas of Alberta, when they first formed around 80 million years ago ensured the near immaculate preservation of the bones.

‘You ended up with pretty much the perfect conditions for dinosaurs to be preserved,’ said Jon Noad, a geologist and consultant based in Calgary who has studied the region.

It was these perfect conditions that brought Dr. Mallon back, as he attempts to piece together the life stories of the long-dead animals that he studies. Such a huge number of dinosaurs of the same species is an essential collection for scientists who try to understand the life cycles and behavior of a species. ‘You can learn about how these animals changed as they grew up, about the differences between males and females. You can learn about the population structure of the herd,’ Mallon said.

For anyone interested in dinosaurs and the history of life on earth it is unlikely that this is the last you will hear about the town of Hilda.

This article was written by The Hearty Soul. The Hearty Soul is a rapidly growing community dedicated to helping you discover your most healthy, balanced, and natural life.

Sources:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/alberta-fossil-site-hints-to-epic-disaster-for-group-of-dinosaurs/article31219826/

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This Is What An Hour of TV Every Day Does to Your Spiritual Journey

You get home from work, you throw some food in the oven and turn on the TV. This scenario has become a standard feature of many homes across the world. Television has become part of our daily routine, a numb, unthinking part of our lives that we can’t live without. 49% of people in the United States admit to believing they watch too much, but every year the number of hours we spend in front of ‘the box’ increases.

Not all television is bad for you, but the over-consumption of aimless mind-numbing images and commercials is severely damaging to your spiritual journey. Being ‘plugged in’ shuts you off from the rest of the world.  The finite time you have on the planet is wasted and your understanding of life becomes warped. However, you’ve taken the time away from the TV to read this article, so there is still hope…

Death of concentration

Televisions and smartphones have led to a dangerous drop in our ability to concentrate for even short periods of time. Dr. Manfred Spitzer, a highly regarded neuroscientist, coined the term ‘digital dementia’ to describe the lack of focus that the general population now has. Our ‘normal’ concentration levels are now at such a low level that they are in line with what was once considered the standard for people who had suffered a head injury.

Our quest to understand our spirituality takes a great deal of concentration. Whether you are meditating or even trying to take in a greater awareness of ‘the moment,’ both these acts are impossible to do when you struggle to concentrate on one thing for longer than 30 seconds.

Even while we watch TV, we don’t often take the time to focus on what is in front of us. We eat or play on our phones. Even the act of disconnecting from reality can’t hold our attention. Take stock next time you sit in front of the TV and at the very least focus solely on that one task.

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The Amazing Health Benefits of Fennel: Why You Should Add It To Your Summer Herb List

This amazing, aromatic herb is native to areas around the Mediterranean and the Near East. Related to parsley, dill and carrots with a taste like licorice. The entire plant is edible including the bulb and seeds.

Fennel has been used for a wide range of issues such as low libido, backache, appetite loss and it’s even a nature treatment for colic in babies. Fennel is also well known for its ability to remedy gastrointestinal issues and even used topically to treat snake bites!

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Ancient Chinese medicine used Fennel for a many things, appetite stimulation, breast milk flow, congestion and conjunctivitis to name a few.

If you aren’t growing your own Fennel, just remember it loses flavor fast and is best eaten right away after purchase. Store your dried fennel seeds away from light and moisture in an airtight container and they can last up to six months.

Fennel can offer you many important nutrients like vitamin C which is very important for a happy and healthy immune system, it’s an excellent source of fiber, potassium and folate and its unique phytonutrients combination includes rutin and the flavonoids quercetin.

 3 Awesome ways to incorporate fennel into your diet

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