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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Rain

To most people, a smell isn’t just a fragrance — it’s a memory.( When a warm breeze blows the smell of fresh flowers, you’re instantly rocketed back to your first dance and the corsage your date brought.

And these nostalgic ties aren’t just a coincidence — there’s science behind why we cherish these aromas. Our olfactory response is directly linked to the emotional center of our brain, causing a flood of warm and fuzzy feelings with a simple sniff. Unlike touch or taste, scents are directly correlated with past experiences. It’s no wonder the smell of rain or the scent of a swimming pool makes us so reminiscent.

But aside from their memory-inducing powers, certain scents can also do amazing things for our mind and body. From stress relief to headache relief, certain aromas have a way of making an impact.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Improve Your life by sleeping in the Buff

A study has been released stating that less than 10% of Americans sleep naked. How in the world is this number so low? I sleep naked whenever I can get away with it (ie. not expecting company, not camping, etc) and experts actually say that sleeping in the all-together is good for you. Below are just some of the health benefits, physically and psychologically, you can reap when you ditch the jammies and embrace those sheets!

1 – Statistically-speaking, people sleep better when they’re naked. Your body temperature naturally declines as you sleep and, when you sleep wearing thick pajamas or heavy blankets that keep you warm, keeping too warm will disrupt that cycle. This can cause you to toss and turn, reducing your quality of sleep and decreasing the amount of REM sleep you achieve.

2 – It airs you out, both upstairs and downstairs. This is good for men, but even better for women. This also helps those who have folds of fat. Sleeping in the nude helps prevent the growth of yeast and bacteria while drying out spots of perspiration and keeping the body comfortable.

3 – Speaking of which, chances are you’ll lose weight faster.When you sleep solidly through the night, it lowers cortisol levels. Waking up with too much of this hormone makes you hungrier and more likely to consume high-calorie, non-nutritional foods.

4 – Being too warm during the night also affects how the body releases some of its anti-aging hormones. When the temperature drops, the body releases more hormones that keep hair looking healthy and skin taut.

5 – You’ll be more likely to be frisky. Skin-to-skin contact increases bonding hormones such as oxytocin as well as making you more sensitized to your partner’s touch. It will increase feelings of trust, connectivity, and lower your heart rate… at least until the lovemaking begins.

6 – You’ll feel more confident during the day, as well as have more energy. Both of these are side effects of sleeping well, but they deserve their own mention because most people lack these feelings in their everyday lives.

7 – Wearing less clothes means more blood flow, which means less pain. This help eliminate discomfort from the abdominal region and even waist pain as well as tension. Tight elastic bands don’t do you any favors and should be either loosened or disregarded entirely for a more comfortable rest. There’s even research that shows sleeping naked benefits those who have difficulty sleeping, like insomniacs, as it feels comforting.

8 – There are some reports that bare skin absorbs nutrients more effectively than when clothes are on. Going naked accelerates the skin’s repair processes and uninterrupted airflow will help. Sleeping naked allows sebaceous glands to work at full capacity, which improves the body’s metabolic rate.

If you can’t shimmy out of those pajamas at the bedroom door for whatever reason, reducing your linens will be a big help. Don’t pile on the comforters and quilts, try for just a sheet for a while. Lose those pajama sets and skimp down to a nightshirt, foregoing underthings, at least right before you hit the hay.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Benefits of Skin Icing

Glowing Skin

The ice cubes, when applied to skin help in the blood circulation of the skin, which gives the skin a healthy natural glow. To give the skin a more radiant glow, apply on your face an ice fruit cubes.

Dark Circle Treatment

A combination of rose water and cucumber juice when frozen can be used under the eye circles.  This combination will reduce the puffiness as a result of some previous activities.

Reduces Blemishes

Ice cubes can help reduce the redness and inflammation of blemishes and pimples. You can apply the ice cubes directly on the acne just for a few seconds until it becomes numb. You can do this every other day at night.

Skin Toner

Ice cubes are a cheap toner or skin smoother. You can use this method before applying the makeup, because the pores underneath the makeup are minimized, and that leaves your foundation flawless and smooth.

Prevents Wrinkles

Icing reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and also ease the signs of aging.

Makeup Substitute

If you don’t have time to put on makeup, apply the ice cubes with a cloth wrap, in order to get the fresh and radiant look without the traces of makeup. You will get a natural look.

Few Tips About Skin Icing

Skin icing can be done without the use of cloth wrap, but remember to wear the gloves in order to hold the ice properly.Use cloth wrap or wash cloth to apply the ice on the skin. That will have the same effect like when you apply the ice directly on the face.The extreme cold can easily break the capillaries under the skin, so don’t use the ice cubes directly from the freezer if you want to use a bare ice cube.If the cold from the ice cube becomes too uncomfortable, stop the process. Avoid icing one place for more than 15 min.Don’t use bare ice cubes on the skin that has already broken capillaries or don’t use the ice for a long time.Fill the water for the ice cubes with cucumber, lemon, rose water, green tea, chamomile tea and other safe ingredients depending on your type of skin.



Benefits of drinking hot and cold water

Drinking enough water to keep ourselves hydrated is more important for health than its temperature when consumed. So, it does not matter whether water is cold or warm. Under normal circumstances, the energy our body expends to bring the temperature of water or food we eat closer to inner core temperature is negligibly low.

A lot of people like the taste and feel of drinking cold/beverage water in hot weather or hot water in cold weather. It's just personal preference. Interestingly, cold water is absorbed faster than warm water through your intestine, so drinking cold water after an intense workout can hydrate you and bring the core temperature back to normal "slightly, but not significantly" faster than warm water. Also, in rare cases, swallowing/gulping down cold water/beverages can cause bradycardia (abnormally slow hearbeat), headache, or syncope (temporary loss of consciousness caused by a fall in blood pressure) in few individuals. 

Thursday, 14 July 2016

The Avocado fruit,more than just a dip

The closest most of us get to eating avocado is the guacamole dip at a Super Bowl party, and that's a shame.

It's true that avocados are relatively high in fat and calories (138 calories and 14.1g fat in half a medium-sized avocado), and maybe that's why you've steered clear from them. But they are also high in both the soluble and insoluble fiber that your body needs to keep the digestive system running smoothly – it's a natural detox. And that soluble fiber will slow the breakdown of carbs in your body and so help you feel fuller, longer. What's more, the oleic acid which abounds in avocados triggers a feeling of satiety in your brain.

The unsaturated fats from avocados slow your digestion and will help keep your blood sugar from spiking after a meal. They will also help lower your cholesterol levels.

Avocados are also loaded with carotenoids, and you should care because these Vitamin A-esque compounds are champs in the fight against eye disease and certain forms of cancer.

The high levels of folate in avocados will decrease your risk of depression. The folate helps to prevent the build-up of homocysteine, a substance that can impair circulation and delivery of nutrients to the brain.

Your unborn baby will appreciate all that folate, as well. The compound reduces the risk of miscarriage and neural tube defects. Research shows that the folate level of both mom and dad has an effect upon the risk of birth defects.

Avocados can even help you fend off osteoporosis. Half of an avocado provides approximately 25 percent of the daily-recommended intake forvitamin K which is essential for bone health. Vitamin K can support bone health by increasing calcium absorption and reducing urinary excretion of calcium.

Avocados contain a natural plant sterol called beta-sitosterol. Regular consumption of beta-sitosterol and other plant sterols has been seen to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Not only that, but beta-sitosterol is also used to reverse hair loss and treat prostate enlargement

So re-acquaint yourself with the avocado, even though it's a long way from bowl game season. But be mindful of the guacamole – all the chips that accompany it can erase much of the avocado's benefits.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Dilluted Apple for Gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis, more commonly known as “stomach flu” is an intestinal inflammation caused by viral, bacterial or parasitic infection resulting in diarrhea, cramps, nausea, vomiting, and fever. Usually the illness clears up in a few days but sometimes it may take longer.

The main health risk of gastroenteritis is lack of fluid in the body resulting in dehydration  depending on the frequency and duration of vomiting and diarrhea. 

To avoid this potentially life-threatening situation, the infected person requires frequent fluid hydration.  When it involves a child with gastroenteritis, getting them to consume sufficient fluid is often not easy.  In addition many parents question what fluid is best for children and anyone else to prevent dehydration?

June 2016 study released in the Journal of the American Medical Association tested a hypothesis to determine if oral hydration with diluted apple juice was superior to using an electrolyte maintenance solution. 

Researchers studied around 600 children admitted to the emergency room with stomach flu and minimal dehydration.  Half of the children were given dilute apple juice and the other half were given an oral rehydration electrolyte solution like Pedialyte.

Parents of the children given dilute apple juice were given instructions to offer their child whatever fluids they would take once they got home.  The parents of children given the oral rehydration electrolyte solution were instructed to continue giving the solution at home.

What was found was that the children given dilute apple juice were less likely to need intravenous fluids or end up back in the emergency room.

Typically solutions like Pedialyte are recommended by doctors to rehydrate children when sick with the stomach flu.  The reason for this is other fluids may have a lot of sugar in them such as juice that could worsen diarrhea.  Also vomiting and diarrhea can cause a loss of electrolytes such as sodium and potassium necessary for body functions.  Pedialyte contains those electrolytes to help replace what is lost.

If the symptoms of gastroenteritis are mild however, any fluid will suffice such as apple juice.  When a child is able to drink a fluid they are familiar with and that tastes good to them, they will more likely drink enough to prevent dehydration.  If they have to consume an unfamiliar drink, they may end up not consuming enough and run the risk of dehydration and possible hospitalization.

During gastroenteritis, offer children small amounts of fluid (an ounce or two at a time) to be sure it stays down.  Continue with small amounts until they are keeping fluids down and the diarrhea and vomiting have stopped. 

Diluting a beverage such as apple juice can be an important way to prevent dehydration in children but adults with gastroenteritis can benefit from this also.  The extra water and less sugar is easier on the stomach and they will be more likely to want to drink it. Once they are able to hold down diluted apple juice, other beverages such as milk or another juice can be tried in small amounts to see if they tolerate it. 

Any child or infant who is unable to keep anything down, is extremely tired, is running a high fever (102 degrees F or higher), is having repeated diarrhea or vomiting or has not urinated in 6 hours, needs to be seen by a doctor or taken to an emergency room right away. 

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Laughter the best Medicine

7 Health Benefits of Laughter

One of the best feelings in the world is the deep-rooted belly laugh. It can bring people together and establish amazing connections. Everything from a slight giggle to a side-splitting guffaw can change the temperature of a room from chilly unfamiliarity to a warm family-like atmosphere.

There is so much to love about laughter that it seems greedy to look for more, but that’s exactly what researchers Dr. Lee Berk and Dr. Stanley Tan at the Loma Linda University in California have done. These two doctors have researched the benefits of laughter and found amazing results. Get ready to get your giggle on!

1. Laughing lowers blood pressure

People who lower their blood pressure, even those who start at normal levels, will reduce their risk of strokes and heart attacks. So grab the Sunday paper, flip to the funny pages and enjoy your laughter medicine.

2. Reduces stress hormone levels

You benefit from reducing the level of stress hormones your body produces because hormone-level reduction simultaneously cuts the anxiety and stress impacting your body. Additionally, the reduction of stress hormones in your body may result in higher immune system performance. Just think: Laughing along as a co-worker tells a funny joke can relieve some of the day's stress and help you reap the health benefits of laughter.

3. Fun ab workout

One of the benefits of laughter is that it can help you tone your abs. When you are laughing, the muscles in your stomach expand and contract, similar to when you intentionally exercise your abs. Meanwhile, the muscles you are not using to laugh are getting an opportunity to relax. Add laughter to your ab routine and make getting a toned tummy more enjoyable.

4. Improves cardiac health

Laughter is a great cardio workout, especially for those who are incapable of doing other physical activity due to injury or illness. It gets your heart pumping and burns a similar amount of calories per hour as walking at a slow to moderate pace. So, laugh your heart into health.

5. Boosts T cells

T cells are specialized immune system cells just waiting in your body for activation. When you laugh, you activate T cells that immediately begin to help you fight off sickness. Next time you feel a cold coming on, add chuckling to your illness prevention plan.

6. Triggers the release of endorphins

Endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers. By laughing, you can release endorphins, which can help ease chronic pain and make you feel good all over.

7. Produces a general sense of well-being

Laughter can increase your overall sense of well-being. Doctors have found that people who have a positive outlook on life tend to fight diseases better than people who tend to be more negative. So smile, laugh and live 

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Reasons why Walking is Great for Health


1. Walking strengthens your heart

Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by walking regularly. It’s great cardio exercise, lowering levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. The Stroke Association says that a brisk 30-minute walk every day helps to prevent and control the high blood pressure that causes strokes, reducing the risk by up to 27 percent.

2. Walking lowers disease risk

A regular walking habit slashes the risk of type 2 diabetes by around 60 percent, and you’re 20 percent less likely to develop cancer of the colon, breast or womb with an active hobby such as walking.

3. Walking helps you lose weight

You’ll burn around 75 calories simply by walking at 2mph for 30 minutes. Up your speed to 3mph and it’s 99 calories, while 4mph is 150 calories (equivalent to three Jaffa cakes and a jam doughnut!). Work that short walk into your daily routine and you’ll shed the pounds in no time.

4. Walking prevents dementia

Older people who walk six miles or more per week are more likely to avoid brain shrinkage and preserve memory as the years pass. Since dementia affects one in 14 people over 65 and one in six over 80, we reckon that’s a pretty great idea.

5. Walking tones up legs, bums and tums

Give definition to calves, quads and hamstrings while lifting your glutes (bum muscles) with a good, regular walk. Add hill walking into the mix and it’s even more effective. Pay attention to your posture and you’ll also tone your abs and waist.

6. Walking boosts vitamin D

We all need to get outside more. Many people in the UK are vitamin D deficient, affecting important things like bone health and our immune systems. Walking is the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors while getting your vitamin D fix.

7. Walking gives you energy

You’ll get more done with more energy, and a brisk walk is one of the best natural energisers around. It boosts circulation and increases oxygen supply to every cell in your body, helping you to feel more alert and alive. Try walking on your lunch break to achieve more in the afternoon.

8. Walking makes you happy

It’s true – exercise boosts your mood. Studies show that a brisk walk is just as effective as antidepressants in mild to moderate cases of depression, releasing feel-good endorphins while reducing stress and anxiety. So for positive mental health, walking’s an absolute must.