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The Issue of Climate Change

The recent weather change has done a lot more damage than the news has discussed. These various hurricanes, flooding, and tropical storms are just a few elements of the weather changes. Homes have been destroyed and families have been torn apart due to the most recent hurricane, Hurricane Michael, but maybe there’s a reason hidden behind all of these anomalies.

 

Climate change has been a hot button issue for quite a long time; unfortunately, the President of the United States has been quick to deny any sliver of evidence presented to him. But what causes climate change? And why does it affect the world’s population?

 

To answer the first question, the Compassion in World Farming website says that factory farming “intensifies climate change, releasing vast volumes of greenhouse gases.” Greenhouse gases have the ability to trap heat in the earth’s atmosphere, which could end up increasing the earth’s temperature twofold by 2050 unless we take action to stop it. Additionally, carbon dioxide levels will have doubled by then, which will increase the temperature with effects that no scientist has been able to accurately predict. One major factor that contributes to carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is car emissions. The industry present in America is one that craves energy–one that has the need to manufacture and dig and take the natural resources straight from the earth and harm it at the same time. The NCA (National Climate Association) has stated that the national average of precipitation has skyrocketed 30 percent! And this is can be attributed to the heat–warmer air usually contains more water vapor than cooler air, therefore increasing the amount of heavy downpours and tropical storms.
Now, that it is clear that America should make a change to stop this from destroying the earth. How does this affect the world? Take a look at any hurricane in the last decade and realize how much power they get. Not only has the intensity of hurricanes risen in recent years, the carbon dioxide emissions and greenhouse gases have increased as well. Now look at the death toll, destruction, and injuries–thousands of homes and businesses have been destroyed along with families that lived and worked within them. The facts are there, the statistics are there, and the deaths certainly are too. For more information about this topic, these are the links used in the article.

 

Sources:
https://nca2014.globalchange.gov/highlights/report-findings/extreme-weather
https://www.ciwf.org.uk/factory-farming/environmental-damage

 

By: Abdiel Perez

The Ketogenic Diet–What Is It?

It is well known that food has the power to cure many things, and help improve other ailments, such as depression[1], gastro-intestinal problems, and more. Food also has the power to help you lose fat weight, and gain muscle mass. One of the most prominent diets in recent years is the Ketogenic diet.

The ketogenic diet has been on the radar in social media, news, and TV, but nobody really understands what it entails. There have been a number of success stories, tales of incredible weight loss over a relatively short period; it seems like a thing of fiction. However, the truth is, it IS real, but there are many misconceptions about what/how to engage in this life-changing diet.

The keto diet is a diet that focuses mainly on cutting out carbs and sugar, while increasing the intake of fats and proteins. From a scientific standpoint, cutting out carbs and sugar exponentially decreases glucose in your body, which is a sugar that turns into fat (AKA, what produces belly fat and fat on other problematic areas). When you decrease glucose, your body starts to produces cells called “Ketones”, hence the name “Ketogenic;” these ketones use the fat which you already have in your body as an energy source. This process is known as “ketosis.”

The golden ratio is 2:1, meaning 2 parts fat to 1 part protein. The actual amount, in grams, depends on your body weight, but a typical adult male usually should get 100g of fat, 60g of protein, and only 40g of carbs. Again, these sizes depend on you, and your body. But the most important thing, which most of those who try the diet fail at, is to not eat ANY sugar. If you eat high amount, even low amounts of sugar, you are at risk of ruining the diet, and making yourself unhealthier than you started. The fat that you take in, combined with the sugar, creates a crazy amount of fat (on problematic areas).

If you control your diet, you will see results. Higher energy, fat loss, and overall improvement of health are just some of the many benefits of doing the ketogenic diet.[2] The ketogenic diet can even help with diabetes[3]. In the end, it cannot hurt you to try it. Cut sugar out of your diet for a week, limit your carb intake, and just try it. You will be surprised with the results, guaranteed.

 

By: Jaron Bullington and Abdiel Perez

 

[1] Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBLq0lQmCvg and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MpeSudXyRs

[2] Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ketogenic-diet-101#weight-loss

[3] Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/diabetes/why-i-tried-keto-diet#2