As summer winds down, some people who ditched their New Year’s weight-loss resolutions may re-dedicate themselves to looking good.

5 tips to detox before the end of summer

5 tips to detox before the end of summer

5 tips to detox before the end of summer

5 tips to detox before the end of summer

5 tips to detox before the end of summer
5 tips to detox before the end of summer
  • 2019-08-29 21:00:08 5 months ago
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As summer winds down, some people who ditched their New Year’s weight-loss resolutions may re-dedicate themselves to looking good.

Even more important, though, is what we put in our bodies. What we eat and drink not only impacts how we look, but also how we feel.

And to properly set the tone for the inner body and good overall health, it’s vital to get the bad stuff—toxins—out, and keep them out.

“People may want to look good, but being truly healthy on the inside is a year-round commitment,” says Dr. Suhyun An, an expert on regenerative medicine. “And you need to start by detoxifying the body. Toxins can severely affect every part of the body. They’re in tons of every-day products. Being aware of them and avoiding them are essential to good health.”

Dr. An provides five tips for cleaning out the toxins in your body:

Reduce the toxins you’re taking in. The first step to cleaning out toxins in your body is to cut back—or completely eliminate—things you put into your body that contain them. “When something is hard for the body to digest, it can slow down your metabolism and cause toxins to accumulate in your body,” Dr. An says. “Avoid these groups: red meat, gluten, refined sugar, processed food, alcohol and caffeine.”

Be careful with household products. Household cleaners, soaps, and beauty products can all contain harmful toxins that are absorbed through the skin. “Choose these products carefully,” Dr. An says, “and always make sure you know what’s in them. There are many great natural cleaners and products that can help reduce the toxins your skin and body are exposed to.”

Drink plenty of water. “Water has a multitude of benefits for your body, skin and organs,” she says. “Drinking enough water is extremely important in getting rid of toxins in the body. It helps boost metabolism and can literally flush out the harmful materials that have built up in your body.”

Add plenty of dietary fiber and antioxidants to your diet. Eating foods with plenty of fiber, such as organic fruits, vegetables and whole grains, will help your body move the toxins out. “Antioxidants help to fight free radicals and help to further remove harmful materials,” Dr. An says.

Sweat it out. Sweating is a very effective way for the body to get rid of toxins. “Achieving this through exercise also keeps your organs and systems working properly, which plays a key role in releasing toxins,” Dr. An says. “Aside from exercising, hopping into a sauna or hot bath can help, too.”

“Removing toxins is key to living a healthy life,” Dr. An says. “Just like many of us do in our homes by procrastinating and getting sloppy, our body stores junk. Get rid of it once and for all.”

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NYSUT, others say ‘pump the brakes’ on state test bragging

New York City’s mayor and the schools chancellor touted the latest gains on the state English and math exams, but the state teachers’ union wants them to slow down.

This month, Bill de Blasio and Richard Carranza praised the gains the city’s public school children made on the state exams. This year, 47.4 percent of students met proficiency standards in English, a 0.7-point increase from last year. New York City students outperformed their state peers on the state English exams for the fourth year in a row. In math, 45.6 percent of students met the standards, which is a 2.9-point increase from 2018. New York City students’ proficiency in both math and English improved across all ethnic groups.

Speaking at P.S. 69 in the Bronx, de Blasio said that the improvements made were vast and some didn’t show up in the records.

“The test scores that we’re talking about today do not even reflect pre-K at its fullest, because 2014 was a year we took a huge step forward—we got to 53,000 kids in pre-K, but it wasn’t until the next year that we were able to make it a universal right,” said de Blasio. “These test scores tell us there’s something to be very hopeful about, but they don’t reflect how much better pre-K instruction is today than even five years ago, because our kids are benefiting more and more from educators who’ve gotten so much more training year by year.”

But the state teachers’ union didn’t want to celebrate too loudly. New York State United Teachers said that even though test scores improved, they have a lot more to go.

“While it is better that test scores increased slightly, we must not paper over the fact that the state’s standardized testing system—and the way it determines student proficiency—remains badly broken,” read NYSUT’s statement. “Too many students are forced to take tests that are too long and include questions that are not developmentally appropriate. Invalid scoring benchmarks continue to mislabel children. And the rush to adopt computer-based testing has been a complete failure for the second year in a row.”

This year, NYSUT launched the “Correct The Tests” campaign to bring awareness to the issues students face when taking the grades 3-8 ELA and math state exams including widespread computer failures that hurt students. A report released by the union in April, detailed how the failures of last year’s state exams repeated itself this year despite the New York State education department saying that previous failures wouldn’t be repeated.

NYSUT delegates at the union’s annual Representative Assembly called on the New York State Board of Regents to direct the state education commissioner and education department to make changes to fix the testing system and the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test.

Back at P.S. 69, Carranza wanted to let the media know that while tests scores are great, it’s not the only thing the city’s uses to measure success.

“So, as you write your stories and you report on your stories, don’t just focus on the test scores, look at the community, look at the growth, look at what children are learning, look at what teachers are doing, look at how that community has grown,” said Carranza. “Don’t just report the test scores, because it’s one of many, but it is an exciting day nonetheless...”

First Black fighter pilot, Eugene Bullard

During a recent conversation with Ed Dwight, once among the most celebrated pilots in the nation, and my goddaughter who is in the process of becoming a commercial airline pilot, I thought of Eugene Bullard. Chances are, you’ve never heard of Bullard and his airborne exploits, but according to many historians of men and women in flight, he is the African American pioneer in the skyway, particularly as a fighter pilot.

Born Eugene Jacques Bullard on Oct. 9, 1895, the same year Frederick Douglass died, in Columbus, Georgia, Bullard was one of 10 children. Several biographies and profiles suggest that his parents were Native Americans, his father known as “Big Chief” and his mother, a Creek Indian.

It’s not easy checking the tall tales of his life, whether he actually witnessed his father’s narrow escape from a lynching or of his being stowed away on a ship to Scotland to get away from the racial discrimination in the South. One account has him running away from home after a lynch mob arrives at their home. His father was able to escape the mob and then went into hiding. Bullard was 11 and he too fled the scene and then roamed around Georgia for five years.

For a while he lived with a band of gypsies before stowing away on a ship to Scotland when he was 16. In Scotland he was treated like a human being, he related in several accounts. But his stay there was only temporary and England beckoned. He was in England long enough to work at a number of jobs—as a street performer, fish peddler, a target at an amusement park, and a boxer.

France gave Bullard a fresh outlook on life and he thrived in this new wave of democracy where racism wasn’t as limiting. In his autobiography “All Blood Runs Red,” he reinvented himself, including the tale that his father was of French ancestry. He was so enamored with his adopted homeland that he joined the French Foreign Legion in its fight against Germany. After a brief stint in the Legion, he became a member of the French army and was with a unit at the Battle of Verdun. During this conflict he was seriously wounded, which ended his combat but earned him France’s highest military honor, a Croix de Guerre.

He was convalescing in a hospital in Lyon when he met a French officer who promised to help him to become an aircraft gunner. That promise was kept and in 1916, Bullard began training at a military station in Bordeaux. It was during this training phase that he learned of the Lafayette Escadrille, a squad of American fighter pilots flying under the French flag.

Learning of how the pilots were well paid and of their renowned reputation, Bullard immediately began inquiring on how he could become a pilot, rather than a gunner. It took him only seven months to earn his wings and getting them was a moment of wild celebration in Paris, and the word of his success spread fast and around the globe. That is everywhere but in the U.S. Other than a small notice in 1918 in the NAACP’s CRISIS magazine, Bullard’s accomplishment was neglected by the mainstream press in accordance with the general practice of shunning Blacks in the military.