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HERE IS THE SAMPLE DISCUSSION POST MMY PROFESSOR POSTED THAT RECEIVED AN A PLEASE TRY TO EDIT IT TO MAKE IT LONGER AND ADD 4 REFERENCES PLEASE It is a commonly know fact that staying hydrated and that fluid intake, especially that of water, are integral to good health. We have learned in Anatomy and Physiology that water is important for many systems. According to Harvard Medical School, water carries nutrients and oxygen to your cells, normalizes blood pressure, stabilizes the heartbeat, regulates body temperature, maintains electrolyte balance, aids in digestion, protects organ and tissues and cushions joints. (1) Water also helps get rid of wastes through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements.

The Center for disease Control says (CDC), “Healthy people meet their fluid needs by drinking when thirsty and drinking with meals. Most of your fluid needs are met through the water and beverages you drink. However, you can get some fluids through the foods that you eat. For example, broth soups and foods with high water content such as celery, tomatoes, or melons can contribute to fluid intake.” (2) I love to cook and when I use tomato in a fresh application, I make sure to remove the seeds and the membrane that attaches them to the ribs because they have a large water content. I don’t want that extra moisture when making a salad or sandwich.

For as long as I can remember, my father has always lovingly referred to chicken soup as “ the Puerto Rican penicillin”, and it is a popular myth that chicken soup has curative properties, especially when dealing with a cold. Or is it such a myth? A handful of scientific studies show that chicken soup really could have medicinal value. According to the New York Times, “the most widely cited of these studies, published in the medical journal Chest in 2000, is by Dr. Stephen Rennard of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He conducted laboratory tests to determine why chicken soup might help colds. Using blood samples from volunteers, he showed that the soup inhibited the movement of neutrophils, Dr. Rennard theorizes that by inhibiting the migration of these infection-fighting cells in the body, chicken soup essentially helps reduce upper respiratory cold symptoms.”(3) The researchers also compared commercial soups and found many of them also had a similar inhibitory effect. According to a 1998 Coping With Allergies and Asthma report, chicken soup also improves the function of protective cilia in the nose that prevent contagions from entering the body. (4)

None of the research is conclusive, and it’s not known whether the changes measured in the laboratory really have a meaningful effect on people with cold symptoms. Whether it’s a legitimate “cure for the common cold” or just comforting and tasty, there is definitely merit to consuming chicken soup and bone broths in general. These types of soup especially with vegetables contain lots of healthy nutrients and increase hydration. There’s nothing wrong with that!

(1) How much water should you drink? Harvard Health Publications, September 2016, www.health.harvard.edu

(2) Water and Nutrition, www.cdc.gov, accessed May 2, 2017

(3) The Science of Chicken Soup, By Tara Parker-Pope, The New York Times, October 12, 2007

(4) Chicken Soup for Allergies and Asthma, Coping with Asthma and Allergies, by Dr. Murray Grossan, November 1998





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For an object which moves and reacts to external stimuli to be considered alive on Mars, the other characteristics is that it should be able to breathe air and take in energy. The ability of the object to undertake respiration process to break down sugars and also exhale gases would be a clear sign of life. The object should also have the ability to reproduce and later pass on the traits to their offspring. (Tytler et al., 2011).

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