Cities To See In 2016

2016 can be a year of travel and adventure if you make it so. Here are few locales to consider adding to your itinerary when traversing the globe this year:

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Kotor, Montenegro

Surrounded on all sides by picturesque mountains and breathtaking scenery, Kotor is an ideal location for those looking for a getaway in a Mediterranean village full of character, history, and striking visuals. Beyond its historical walls is the Bay of Kotor, which surrounded by mountain scapes, looks as close to a Scandinavian fjord as you will get in the southern European countries.

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Quito, Ecuador

This city has not garnered much acclaim as of late, but with its rich history and climbing economic growth, Quito has had the opportunity to develop as a country while maintaining much of its historical appeal, dating back to the 1600s. Some may think that the prime years of Quito are behind us. However, with an influx of oil money being funneled into the country, it’s very possible that the best years of Quito are yet to come.

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Dublin, Ireland

Disregarding its past, sorted history, Dublin has become a truly cosmopolitan city with a current increase in culture, people, and sights to see and experienced like nothing you’ve ever seen from Dublin before. Interestingly, over 40% of the population is under 30, making it a great destination to see new and fun art, music, and youth culture in a vivacious, richly historical setting.

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George Town, Malaysia

There are no other cities that incorporate the old and the new like George Town does. The increasingly growing and prospering youth and art scenes and interestingly juxtaposed with the city’s historical Unesco World Heritage-listed streetscape. Art, film, and streetstyle have merged with the local culture and history of George Town, making it one of the most sought-after vacation spots o 2016.

Salt: We Can’t Decide If It’s Bad For Us

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Many scientific and medical studies have researched and observed the effect salt has on the human body. However, the jury is still out on this one when it comes to public opinion on the matter.

While the majority of medical officials will advise against too much salt intake, the analysis of scientific data and comments reveal the debate is polarizing.

Opinions vary, but the majority either falls under the belief that salt should be dramatically decreased or that salt isn’t all that bad for you!

Overall, in analysing a number of studies and data on the subject and public opinion, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health reports that about 54% are in support of the ideas that overall reduction of salt intake reduces health risks. Conversely, about 33% are not in support of this hypothesis, and about 13% are neutral on the subject.

The researchers of the study at Columbia Medical methodically reviewed over 269 academic reports that were published between 1979 and 2014. These reports varied and included primary studies, meta-analysis, clinical guidelines, consensus statements, comments, letters, and narrative reviews.

Each instance of collected data was organized and separated by varied opinion on whether or not salt intake is related to reduced heart disease, stroke, and death. Over half of these reports investigated were gathered after 2011, suggesting increased interest in the subject in later years.

So, what conclusions can we draw from this information? Overall, it is clear that reduced salt intake does result in healthier living. However, for some, salt is not a worrying factor in their diet, and can live completely healthy lives without reducing salt consumption.

If you have a history of heart disease and stroke in your family, a diet of reduced salt might be a smart preventative decision. If not and you do not believe your salt consumption is of concern, you may have little to be concerned abo