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Voor de allerlaatste keer

Het is vandaag weer 6 maart en inmiddels zijn we alweer vijf jaar verder. Vijf jaar zonder papa, en eerlijk… er is zo ontzettend veel gebeurd in deze afgelopen vijf jaar.

Hoe begin je eigenlijk een blog als deze? Eerlijk gezegd heb ik geen idee. En dus laat ik maar weer, zoals vanouds, mijn gedachten de vrije loop. Het is alweer vier jaar geleden dat mijn eigen website is geworden, en vier en een half jaar geleden dat ik begon met het schrijven van artikelen voor mijn eigen blog. Zoals iedereen heeft kunnen merken, was het de laatste tijd heel erg stil rondom mijn blog. Het was tijd voor iets nieuws. Tijd om nog meer van de kleine dingen te genieten, zonder er bij stil te staan dat ik er een foto van ‘moet’ maken of er ‘leuk’ uit moet zien voor een foto. Tijd om alle uren die ik wekelijks in mijn blog stak, te spenderen aan andere dingen. Want een ding heb ik wel geleerd, een blog hebben kost tijd. Heel erg veel tijd. En dat is helemaal niet erg, zolang je er maar meer energie uit haalt, dan dat het je kost :)
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Lief dagboek #86 – De laatste loodjes?

Goedemorgen! Inmiddels is het alweer negen uur wanneer ik dit typ. Ik had allang bezig kunnen zijn met het tentamen van morgen, maar stiekem zit ik nog aan mijn ontbijt. Tijd om nog even snel een blogje te typen voordat ik weer verder ga, want dit zijn de laatste loodjes! (als het goed is!) Continue reading

Things that made me happy in mei!

Zo, we zitten gewoon alweer in juni! Ik kan echt amper geloven hoe snel de afgelopen tijd voorbij is gevlogen. Nog maar drie weken én dan staat de zomervakantie op het punt van beginnen, tenminste… als ik alle tentamens in één keer haal. En dat kan nog wel eens moeilijk worden.  Continue reading

Pap, proost op jouw verjaardag!

When it comes to looking and feeling great through the seasons of life, the closest thing to a one-size-fits-all solution may be the most obvious: exercise. Learn more about exipure.

When we think of healthcare, we often focus on doctor visits, preventive care, lab tests and immunizations. But there are other factors that are in our personal control, like improving our diets, reducing stress and adding fun to our lives. Exercise is one of these controllable factors, and it’s highly effective at improving health.

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, regular exercise provides a great array of health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, reducing cholesterol and cardiovascular disease, preventing diabetes, improving mood and cognitive function, and reducing mortality. For women, those benefits expand, thanks to their combination of hormones and health risks. Here’s four ways exercise specifically benefits women.

Helps Counteract Mood Swings

From the first menstrual cycle until menopause, women live with a shifting level of estrogen and progesterone that impacts their fertility patterns as well as also their brain chemistry and moods. When estrogen levels drop, such as before and during a woman’s period or leading up to menopause, women lose a natural source of the “feel good” brain chemical called serotonin. This makes them more susceptible to moodiness, depression and anxiety attacks, such as the symptoms found in severe premenstrual syndrome or post-partum depression. This is how ikaria lean belly juice works.

Exercise counters these hormonally-triggered mood swings by releasing endorphins, another mood regulator. Sometimes called the “runner’s high,” endorphins leave you feeling happy and relaxed after a workout.

“It’s our body’s way of substituting one natural chemical for one that is waning,” Dr. Horowitz says. “For some women, this may reduce or eliminate the need for serotonin raising medications known as anti-depressants.”

Even after menopause, when estrogen levels have permanently diminished, exercise can improve mood. One study of 60 women experiencing postmenopausal anxiety and depression found that the group of participants who exercised showed an 18 to 22%improvement in symptoms, while those who did not exercise showed no improvement.

Prevents Bone Loss and Osteoporosis

Women are far more vulnerable than men to develop osteoporosis and related bone fracture and loss of height as they age. According to the Office on Women’s Health, 8 million out of 10 million of Americans with osteoporosis are women, and half of women over age 50 who have osteoporosis will break a bone. This is largely because women have thinner bones than men and lose bone strength more rapidly as they age due to the loss of estrogen. Hip fracture, a consequence of osteoporosis, can lead to immobility and premature death. Visit

One of the best ways to build strong bones is through exercise, preferably starting in the younger years. During the teen and young adult years is when women build most of the bone mass that can protect them from osteoporosis later in life.

Weight-bearing and muscle strengthening exercises promote bone health, no matter what your age. Tennis, hiking, aerobics or jogging build bones and keep them strong. Lifting weights, using exercise bands or simply standing up and rising to your toes, builds strength, balance and flexibility that can prevent falls. Be sure to talk to your doctor, physical therapist or exercise professional to help you determine the best and safest exercises for your age and condition.

Vaping and Electronic Cigarette

The electronic cigarette (e-cigarette), for many considered as a safe alternative to conventional cigarettes, has revolutionised the tobacco industry in the last decades. In e-cigarettes, tobacco combustion is replaced by e-liquid heating, leading some manufacturers to propose that e-cigarettes have less harmful respiratory effects than tobacco consumption. Other innovative features such as the adjustment of nicotine content and the choice of pleasant flavours have won over many users. Nevertheless, the safety of e-cigarette consumption and its potential as a smoking cessation method remain controversial due to limited evidence. Moreover, it has been reported that the heating process itself can lead to the formation of new decomposition compounds of questionable toxicity. Numerous in vivo and in vitro studies have been performed to better understand the impact of these new inhalable compounds on human health. Results of toxicological analyses suggest that e-cigarettes can be safer than conventional cigarettes, although harmful effects from short-term e-cigarette use have been described. Worryingly, the potential long-term effects of e-cigarette consumption have been scarcely investigated. In this review, we take stock of the main findings in this field and their consequences for human health including coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), have you tried this brand.


Electronic nicotine dispensing systems (ENDS), commonly known as electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes, have been popularly considered a less harmful alternative to conventional cigarette smoking since they first appeared on the market more than a decade ago. E-cigarettes are electronic devices, essentially consisting of a cartridge, filled with an e-liquid, a heating element/atomiser necessary to heat the e-liquid to create a vapour that can be inhaled through a mouthpiece, and a rechargeable battery (Fig. 1) [1, 2]. Both the electronic devices and the different e-liquids are easily available in shops or online stores.

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Effect of the heating process on aerosol composition. Main harmful effects documented. Several compounds detected in e-cigarette aerosols are not present in e-liquids and the device material also seems to contribute to the presence of metal and silicate particles in the aerosols. The heating conditions especially on humectants, flavourings and the low-quality material used have been identified as the generator of the new compounds in aerosols. Some compounds generated from humectants (propylene glycol and glycerol) and flavourings, have been associated with clear airways impact, inflammation, impairment of cardiovascular function and toxicity. In addition, some of them are carcinogens or potential carcinogens

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The e-liquid typically contains humectants and flavourings, with or without nicotine; once vapourised by the atomiser, the aerosol (vapour) provides a sensation similar to tobacco smoking, but purportedly without harmful effects [3]. However, it has been reported that the heating process can lead to the generation of new decomposition compounds that may be hazardous [4, 5]. The levels of nicotine, which is the key addictive component of tobacco, can also vary between the commercially available e-liquids, and even nicotine-free options are available. For this particular reason, e-cigarettes are often viewed as a smoking cessation tool, given that those with nicotine can prevent smoking craving, yet this idea has not been fully demonstrated [2, 6, 7].

Because e-cigarettes are combustion-free, and because most of the damaging and well-known effects of tobacco are derived from this reaction, there is a common and widely spread assumption that e-cigarette consumption or “vaping” is safer than conventional cigarette smoking. However, are they risk-free? Is there sufficient toxicological data on all the components employed in e-liquids? Do we really know the composition of the inhaled vapour during the heating process and its impact on health? Can e-cigarettes be used to curb tobacco use? Do their consumption impact on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)? In the present review, we have attempted to clarify these questions based on the existing scientific literature, and we have compiled new insights related with the toxicity derived from the use of these devices.

Mijn nieuwe aanwinst: een wereldkaart

Het voordeel van op kamers zitten, is dat je ineens een extra ruimte hebt om spullen kwijt te kunnen die voorheen geen plekje hadden in je slaapkamer. Zo hangen er inmiddels al heel wat foto’s van leuke momenten en ben ik trots op de plantjes die (nog steeds!) in leven zijn. En nu, nu kreeg ik de kans om onder andere mijn geliefde IJsland een plekje te geven op mijn kamer. Continue reading

Lief dagboek #85 – Nog meer zon!?

Joehoe! Het is dinsdagavond en hoewel het onweer nu ook Nijmegen heeft bereikt, ben ik helemaal happy! Oké, ik had nu graag een rondje hardgelopen en was zelfs alle traptreden met liefde op en af gerent, die zich bevinden op de route die ik altijd ren in Nijmegen. Maar, het is ook wel fijn dat er momenten zijn waardoor je even wat dingen kan doen. Tijd om jullie dus even een kleine update te geven!  Continue reading

Lief dagboek #84 – Is het al zomer!?

Ik moet er even aan wennen, de periode met de vele vakantiedagen is weer aangebroken. Helemaal niet erg natuurlijk, vooral niet met dat heerlijke zonnetje wat de afgelopen dagen heeft gezorgd voor het zomerse gevoel. De laatste periode van de pre-master is inmiddels gestart, maar zo voelt het eigenlijk helemaal niet!  Continue reading

VIDEO | Naar IJsland in februari, een groot avontuur!

Het heeft even geduurd, maar nu kan ik jullie dan eindelijk meenemen op mijn reis terug naar IJsland. In februari ben ik vijf dagen terug naar IJsland geweest samen met een vriendin. Tijdens deze reis heb ik weer veel beelden vastgelegd. Ben je nieuwsgierig naar IJsland in Februari, kijk dan verder! Continue reading