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    Climate change has reduced Utah's Great Salt Lake to 'a puddle of its former self' and is now nearly half the size it was 35 years ago, a shocking new report charting the lake's languishing water levels has revealed.  A growing demand for water, drought, and the impacts of climate change has taken its toll on the lake in recent years, causing roughly half its surface area to up and vanish - a change that cartographers and map-makers across the globe have yet to address, or even realize, according to a report conducted by the Salt Lake Tribune. Currently, the lake, once thought to stretch for approximately 1,700 square miles, only encompasses a fraction of that number, and is rimmed by vast reaches of exposed lake bed along its shorelines. Moreover, the lake's sinking water levels hit historic lows over the summer, during a record-breaking drought and heatwave in the Beehive State - and have since only gotten worse. ‹ Slide me › A recent report found that climate change coupled with drought and a growing demand for water...
    (CNN)I never add salt to my food at home or in restaurants. Nor do I add salt to any recipe while I'm cooking. I'm well aware of the link between salt, high blood pressure and heart disease, which is the leading killer of American men and women.Yet I am still getting over the recommended daily limit of 2300 milligrams of sodium by eating out or by adding processed or prepared ingredients to the meals I make. Take salad dressing, for example. How to eat less meat and more plants"I've found salad dressings where a single serving (2 tablespoons) had over 23% of one's daily value in sodium," said Dr. Stephen Juraschek, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School who researches sodium and hypertension."Most of my patients do not add salt at the dinner table, but don't realize that bread rolls, canned vegetables and chicken breasts are among the worst culprits in the US," he said.Read MoreChicken breasts? Yes, because salt is added in the manufacturing process to plump up the breasts so they look bigger and more appetizing. In fact,...
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday issued final guidance to the food industry for voluntarily reducing sodium in processed, packaged and prepared foods.  The agency aims to cut the average sodium intake by 12% – from 3,400 to 3,000 milligrams a day – over the next two and a half years.  BEHAVIORS THAT COULD CAUSE A HEART ATTACK "Although the average intake would still be above the Dietary Guidelines for Americans’ recommended limit of 2,300 mg per day for those 14 and older, we know that even these modest reductions made slowly over the next few years will substantially decrease diet-related diseases," the agency said in a news release.  The guidance is aimed at reducing sodium levels in 163 subcategories of foods. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Director Susan T. Mayne and FDA Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock said in a Wednesday media call that the agency would incrementally make more reductions in the future. The FDA said it hoped the initiative would become "one of the most significant public health nutrition interventions in a generation,"...
    Check out our must-buy plant-based cookbooks! Learn more There’s nothing like a trip to the lake. It’s a favorite pastime for many that’s filled with happy memories of lounging on the beach, going for a swim with your friends, or paddling a canoe along the shoreline. It’s a place to relax and enjoy everything nature has to offer, whether it’s in the middle of a bustling urban area surrounded by condos or a quiet town dotted with quaint cabins. But lakes aren’t here just to provide humans a place for fun and relaxation — they serve an important role in the planet’s ecosystems by providing a home to aquatic species, and by serving as a water and food source for wildlife. Sadly, our actions are causing mass pollution of our lakes, threatening vegetation and aquatic life, and the animals who rely on freshwater sources for survival. Pollution from plastic and other solid waste is part of the problem, but chemicals from household products, fertilizer, and even road salt are also contaminating our lakes, causing high levels of bacteria...
    Water levels in the Great Salt Lake are down more than they have been in half a century and, as a result, have started to release arsenic into the air. Scientists are studying these changes and warning people of the dangerous repercussions.  A megadrought in the US is affecting many areas, dangerously throwing off the balance of nature and wildlife as lakes and oceans are reaching lower levels. Kevin Perry, chairman of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Utah, said, “One of the concerns we have is the particles that are coming off the lake getting into people’s lungs. Fifteen to 20 years ago, when the lake was higher, most of these dust spots were covered up, and if you cover them up with water. They don’t produce dust. And so, as the lake has receded, it’s exposed more and more of that lake bed. As we get to the larger area, we have more frequent dust storms.” The effect of this drought long-term could mean high levels of arsenic being released into the air...
    More On: salt lake city Inside the Kardashians’ $6,000-per-night Lake Tahoe finale rental home Mountain lion stalks hiker begging for his life Shootout in Utah leaves 2 deputies wounded; suspect dead Former ‘officer of the year’ arrested for role in Capitol riot: feds SALT LAKE CITY — The water levels at the Great Salt Lake have hit a historic low, a grim milestone for the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River that comes as a megadrought grips the region. On Saturday, the US Geological Survey announced average daily water levels had dropped about an inch below the previous record of 4,191.4 feet, which was set in 1963. The new record comes months earlier than when the lake typically hits its lowest level of the year, indicating water levels could continue to drop even further, said Candice Hasenyager, the deputy director of Utah’s Division of Water Resources. Receding waters are already affecting a nesting spot for pelicans, which are among the millions of birds dependent on the lake. Sailboats have been hoisted out of the water to keep...
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The water levels at the Great Salt Lake have hit a historic low, a grim milestone for the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River that comes as a megadrought grips the region. The average daily water levels dropped about an inch below the previous record of 4,191.4 feet (1,278 meters), which was set in 1963. The new record comes months earlier than when the lake typically hits its lowest level of the year, indicating water levels could continue to drop even further, said Candice Hasenyager, the deputy director of Utah’s Division of Water Resources. Receding waters are already affecting a nesting spot for pelicans, which are among the millions of birds dependent on the lake. Sailboats have been hoisted out of the water to keep them from getting stuck in the mud. More dry lakebed getting exposed could send arsenic-laced dust into the air that millions breathe. People for years have been diverting water from rivers that flow into the lake to water crops and supply homes. Because the lake is shallow...
    Sleep, exercise and minimising stress are vital for a healthy immune system. So, too, is diet, explains Dr James DiNicolantonio, a leading U.S. cardiovascular research scientist, in his new book, The Immunity Fix.  Here he sets out ten of the key immune-boosting nutrients we need to stay healthy — with some surprising suggestions. Our immune system runs on nutrients that can often have a critical, albeit unseen, role — even our body’s ability to produce immune cells (from bone marrow) requires certain vitamins and minerals. As a result, our nutrient status plays a key role in how healthy our immune system is and how well we fight off infections. Sleep, exercise and minimising stress are vital for a healthy immune system. So, too, is diet, explains Dr James DiNicolantonio, a leading U.S. cardiovascular research scientist, in his new book, The Immunity Fix My research on the power of these so-called nutraceuticals — that is, supplements with additional medicine-like properties — has identified numerous substances shown to reduce the incidence or severity of respiratory infections, common colds and the flu....
    This article was medically reviewed by Samantha Cassetty, MS, RD, a nutrition and wellness expert with a private practice based in New York City. Medically Reviewed Reviewed By Check Mark Icon A check mark. It indicates that the relevant content has been reviewed and verified by an expert Our stories are reviewed by medical professionals to ensure you get the most accurate and useful information about your health and wellness. For more information, visit our medical review board. Salt is a great source of iodine. Shutterstock One of the earliest symptoms of iodine deficiency is goiter, which is the abnormal enlargement of your thyroid.  You may be at a greater risk of iodine deficiency if you are pregnant, vegan, or avoid salt. To treat iodine deficiency, you should increase your intake of iodine-rich foods like seafood, or take a supplement.  Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. Iodine is a crucial mineral for forming hormones that help us use oxygen and produce heat in the body. Iodine can be found in high amounts in salt and seafood. But, when a...
    Stomach acid doesn’t sound too appealing, but surprisingly, without it, digestion can greatly suffer. Many things contribute to digestion, such as everything from when and how relaxed you are when you eat, how much sleep you get, possible food reactions, along with the efficiency of your small intestine, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and large intestine. Boy, that’s a lot of work! But each part of digestion is needed for nourishing all your organs, along with your endocrine and nervous system health (which also affect digestion on their own). The Deal With Stomach Acid Stomach acid is naturally found in the body on purpose, and in the right amounts, it can help break down your food efficiently, due to the body naturally containing hydrochloric acid (HCL). Digestive enzymes also help improve stomach acid utilization and overall digestion, which is one reason they have become so popular today. Both HCL and enzymes decrease with age since we produce less, and when we abuse our digestive system by making poor food choices, along with taking in chemicals, and not managing our stress, these natural...
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