Chikoo Health Benefits

Chikoo Health Benefits
Chikoo is one of the best delicious and healthy tropical fruit cultivated in huge quantities in India, Pakistan and Mexico. This chiku fruit is commonly popular as sapodilla or sapota or sapote. This tropical fruit contains many healthy vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Chikoo is one of the best delicious...

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI): Causes, Symptoms, Tests and Diagnosis and Treatment

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI): Causes, Symptoms, Tests and Diagnosis and Treatment
Urinary Tract Infection: Definition: The urinary tract includes the kidneys, bladder, ureters, and urethra. A urinary tract infection, or UTI, is an infection that can happen anywhere along the urinary tract. (UTIs) are far more common in women than men. Urinary tract infections have different names, depending on what...

Anger: Right or Wrong

Anger: Right or Wrong

Anger is “an emotional state that varies in intensity from mild irritation to intense fury and rage,” according to Charles Spielberger, PhD, a psychologist who specializes in the study of anger. Like other emotions, it is accompanied by physiological and biological changes; when you get angry, your heart rate and blood pressure go up, as do the levels of your energy hormones, adrenaline, and noradrenaline.

Anger can be caused by both external and internal events. You could be angry at a specific person (Such as a coworker or supervisor) or event (a traffic jam, a canceled flight), or your anger could be caused by worrying or brooding about your personal problems. Memories of traumatic or enraging events can also trigger angry feelings.

Anger is a completely normal, usually healthy, human emotion. But when it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems—problems at work, in your personal relationships, and in the overall quality of your life. And it can make you feel as though you’re at the mercy of an unpredictable and powerful emotion.

If you’re prone to losing your temper, beware: being angry can make your lungs weaker.

A recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health measured the lung capacity and rated the hostility of 670 men, three times over eight years. At the end of the study, the lung power of those who exhibited high levels of hostility had become significantly worse compared to those with a low rating.

“When you’re angry, you produce hormones to help your body prepare for a fight,” says Dr John Moore-Gillon, president of the British Lung Foundation. “These release chemicals that can cause cells in your bronchial tubes to inflame. The tubes then narrow and you’ll feel breathless.”

Dr Moore-Gillon says this type of lung damage is tiny compared to the effects of smoking. But long-term, irreversible damage can be caused.

However you can manage that anger by taking certain measures:

taking a deep breath, stepping away from the situation and asking yourself “Why am I really mad?”, often people misdirect anger caused by a valid yet bigger issue on to everyday annoyances and inconveniences.

 

know your triggers, if there are certain things that you know bother you or that you can’t accept know what they are, take steps to avoid them, and play out an appropriate reaction in your head when you’re feeling calm to train your mind to react that way when the problem arises in real life.

 

plan your time wisely, one of the most common anger stressors is poor time management, when you’re in a rush and something slows you down even more you are very likely to react in anger, the simplest way to avoid this is to exercise effective time management.

 

exercising regularly, it’s true that exercise is an excellent way to de-stress body and mind, people who exercise regularly are less likely to overreact to annoyances and inconveniences.

 

talk it out, reacting in anger often causes the reasoning center of the brain to shut off for a time and the way you can turn it back on is to talk rather than act out when anger takes hold, it may sound crazy but taking a few minutes to gather your thoughts and speaking them out loud can do wonders to diffuse an angry situation.

“If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.” – Chinese Proverb

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6 Myths and 6 Marvels

6 Myths and 6 Marvels

1)  Myth:

Swimming after eating can lead to cramps and drowning.

1)  Marvel:

Neither true nor completely wrong. After eating, blood circulation increases in the digestive tract (blood gets shunted to the stomach region) and pressure lowers from the exercising muscles. That can lead to a build-up of lactic acid in your muscles, so swimming soon after a meal could cause a sudden (though not fatal) cramp.

 

2)  Myth:

Honey speeds healing.

2)  Marvel:

Yes honey does help healing but only for mild to moderate burns. Perhaps because it creates a moist, antibacterial environment that promotes tissue growth.

 

3)  Myth:

Sleeping in an environment where air-conditioner is on can give you a chill.

3)  Marvel:  

Indeed there is a scientific reason behind giving you a chill. Air conditioners dry out the protective layer of mucus along nasal passages, which makes it easier for a virus to infect you.

 

4)  Myth:

If you go out with wet hair, you will catch a cold.

4)  Marvel:

Maybe. Some research indicates (but does not prove ) that a wet head helps cold viruses take hold by tightening blood vessels in the nose and making it harder for white blood cells to reach the viruses and fight them off.

 

5 )  Myth:

Eating chocolates causes acne.

5)  Marvel:

Good news for all you chocoholics: Eating chocolate does not cause pimples. Skin care experts agree that acne is not caused by any specific food, including French fries, candy, soda, or potato chips.

The real acne causes are a buildup of dead skin cells within the pore, an excess of skin oil (called sebum), and a proliferation of acne causing bacteria. None of these factors are triggered by the foods we eat.

Probably the biggest myth of all is that eating greasy foods causes your skin to produce more oil. Greasy foods, while not really good for your health, will not cause oily skin or produce pimples. In fact, hormonal changes within the body have the greatest impact on sebum production. The predisposition toward oily skin can also be hereditary. So if your parents have oily skin, you probably will too.

A lot of attention has been given to one study, which seems to suggest a correlation between diet and acne development. Proponents of this study say a more natural diet consisting of fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins create a healthy body, in turn creating healthy, clear skin. Even this study did not link any one food to acne breakouts, but rather suggests that a nutritious diet can help the skin stay healthy too. More research needs to be done to prove a definitive link between diet and acne development.

 

If a particular food seems to cause more breakouts for you, avoid eating it. But remember, there is no direct link between any specific food to the development of pimples. So go ahead and enjoy that piece of chocolate or order of fries (in moderation, of course). Your skin will be no worse for it the next day.

 

6)  Myth:

Eating an egg raises your cholesterol levels.

6)  Marvel:                              

Not true. Dietary cholesterol found in eggs has little to do with the amount of cholesterol in your body.

The confusion can be boiled down to semantics: The same word, “cholesterol,” is used to describe two different things. Dietary cholesterol—the fat-like molecules in animal-based foods like eggs—doesn’t greatly affect the amount of cholesterol circulating in your bloodstream. Your body makes its own cholesterol, so it doesn’t need much of the kind you eat. Instead, what fuels your body’s cholesterol-making machine is certain saturated and trans fats. Eggs contain relatively small amounts of saturated fat. One large egg contains about 1.5 grams saturated fat, a fraction of the amount in the tablespoon of butter many cooks use to cook that egg in. So, cutting eggs out of your diet is a bad idea; they’re a rich source of 13 vitamins and minerals. Read More

The Diet Saboteurs

The Diet Saboteurs
    It’s easy to let celebrations ruin an eating plan-unless you are smart to these hidden traps. Eating to the beat: An American study found that people who dined while listening to fast music ate about five forkfuls of food per minute, compared to only three forkfuls during...

Medicine on time !!!

Medicine on time !!!
Could it matter when you take your pills? Yes. Nowadays doctors are increasingly using a method know as Chronotherapy, where treating conditions requires coordination of the medication and the biological rhythms. The following research shows that some illnesses are worse at different times of the day: Hypertension: Blood pressure ...

Hangover: How to cure it

Hangover: How to cure it
The alarm goes off, and it feels as if someone is hitting you with a hammer. It is the next

morning after a night of drinking, and your head is pounding and your body is aching. Your mouth is dried,you are thirsty. You try to move to a more comfortable position, and it only hurts more. To make matters worse, when you, moveyou discover that you are dizzy and nauseated. The room seems as if it is spinning. You put one foot on the floor to make it stop. It doesn’t work. You have a hangover.

 

The term hangover refers to a constellation of unpleasant and painful symptoms that can develop after drinking too much alcohol. Those symptoms can range from mild discomfort to the more severe symptoms described above.

There is no set amount of alcohol that will cause a hangover, since each individual reacts to alcohol differently, but generally, the more you had to drink, the more severe the hangover symptoms. But don’t despair, here are ten wild and wonderful hangover cures that just might do the trick and get you back on your feet.

 

Top Ten Hangover cures:

 

Lots of Water

Your body might have been 90% water before you went out but it feels like 9% now. Get your dried out husk of a body over to the sink and drink                plenty of water. Read More

Don’t like Fish?

Don’t like Fish?
It’s a top source of Omega -3 fatty acids, which studies show can reduce blood pressure and the risk of heart attack- but what if you don’t like the flavour of fish? A study from England suggests that you may get nearly as much benefit from plant foods that...