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FENNEL AND ITS BENEFITS

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Used in several culinary and medicinal uses, fennel is an aromatic and flavourful herb that has a lot of benefits. After learning about it, you’ll want to put it on your grocery list and make it a household staple.

 

  • Bad breath issues? Worry no more! Just munching on a few fennel seeds will sweeten and refresh your breath after a meal and especially get rid of bad breath after an odorous meal. It has antimicrobial properties that fight the germs that cause bad breath and soothe sore gums. In addition to chewing on a fennel seeds, you can swish lukewarm fennel tea in your mouth and gargle with it to reduce bad breath.
  • In addition to its popular use as a breath freshener, you can enjoy the health benefits of this licorice-tasting herb by sprinkling it on breads or cakes before baking, adding it in fruit salads, adding fresh fennel roots in sautéed vegetables, or simply chewing fennel seeds after meals. How tasty is that!
  • If you have digestive problems such as indigestion, bloating, flatulence, constipation, colic, intestinal gas, heartburn, and even irritable bowel, fennel can relieve them! This herb also stimulates digestion and has carminative effects that soothe the digestive tract and prevent the formation of gas. Furthermore, it can help rebuild the digestive system after radiation or chemotherapy treatments.
  • If you are obese, fennel is excellent for combating it as this leafy veggie suppresses the appetite and creates a feeling of fullness. It works as a natural fat buster by boosting the metabolism and breaking down fats. Plus, being a diuretic, fennel helps reduce water retention, which is a common cause of temporary weight gain.
  • Fennel is also beneficial for cancer patients because it helps remove carcinogenic toxins from the colon. Moreover, the herb has an anti-inflammatory phytonutrient called anethole that has anti-cancer effects.

 

 

See the numerous benefits of fennel? These are just some! Find out more after chomping one!

 

 

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AGEING AND SKIN CARE

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As you age, your skin changes with you. Thinner, loses fat, and no longer looks as plump and smooth as it once did are just some of the visible changes thus, scratches, cuts, or bumps can take longer to heal . Furthermore, your veins and bones can be seen more easily and they are really obvious. Years of sun tanning or being out in the sunlight for a long time may lead to wrinkles, dryness, age spots, and even cancer. But, there are things you can do to protect your skin and to make it feel and look better without noticing that you're ageing. 

If you have dry skin, use moisturizers, like lotions, creams, or ointments, every day.

You should limit time in the sun. Try to avoid being in sun during peak times when the sun’s rays are strongest. You can also get sunburned if you are in water, so be careful when you are in a pool, lake, or the ocean.

Always use sunscreen. Look for the one with an SPF (sun protection factor) number of 30 or higher. It’s best to choose sunscreens with “broad spectrum” on the label. Put the sunscreen on 15 to 30 minutes before you go outside to achieve its effects. Sunscreen should be reapplied at least every 2 hours.

Please do wear protective clothing. A hat with a wide brim can shade your neck, ears, eyes, and head. Look for sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of the sun’s rays or if you have to be in the sun, wear loose, lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and long pants or long skirts.

At your age, avoid tanning. Don’t use sunlamps or tanning beds or tanning pills.

Your skin may undergo changes as it is a natural occurrence but it doesn't have to show. Do these tips and be as youthful as you can be!

 

 

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SEED OF LIFE: HEALTH BENEFITS OF SEEDS

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Tiny, yet healthy- this is a list of the seeds that can take part in nurturing our life and give us a healthy body. Trimmed down to give you the surprising facts, read the benefits each seed can give and the next time you thought of going to the supermarket, include them and start munching!

Ready for a healthy shocker? The seeds notably celebrated in the ‘ch-ch-chia’ pets TV commercial pack a huge dietetic punch. Chia seeds – particularly the Salba variety - are high in iron, folate, calcium, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and soluble fiber. “Iron and folate are both essential nutrients needed for health,” says Sarah Remmer, a Calgary-based registered dietitian and nutrition coach. The calcium and magnesium promote bone and dental health. While the omega-3s help your heart by lowering triglycerides which are the bad fats in your blood that can cause coronary artery disease. “The soluble fiber helps decrease cholesterol, stabilizes blood sugar levels and helps you feel fuller longer,” says Remmer.

Next is sesame seed. This rich seed contains linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid that may help control harmful cholesterol. Toasting, which most of us do to eat it, amplifies flavor and adds a nice crunch to salads. The nutrients that you can get are 103 calories per 2 tbsp, 9 g fat, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein. 

Pumpkin seed is the only seed that is alkaline-forming in this world of highly acidic diets. Add pumpkin seeds to your list of foods rich in protein because 100 grams of seeds on a daily basis provide 54 percent of the daily requirement in terms of protein. And did you know that pumpkin seeds can put a stop to kidney stones? Studies suggest that pumpkin seeds can help in the prevention of certain kidney stone formations like calcium oxalate kidney stone. Pumpkin seeds even hold the secret to fighting parasites, especially tapeworms so it's good for your kids.

Include these seeds in your basket now and start experimenting on them!

 

 

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EFFECTS OF SECONDHAND SMOKE

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Before you know the effects of secondhand smoke, you might be wondering what is this. Secondhand smoke is the smoke from a burning cigarette and is exhaled by a smoker. Side stream smoke comes directly from the burning tobacco product, and mainstream smoke is the smoke that the smoker inhales are its two types. The smoke that burns off the end of a cigarette or cigar actually contains more harmful substances than the smoke inhaled by the smoker, as there is no filter it must pass through but the effects are almost the same and more often than not, worse.

Second-hand smoke is detrimental to babies and children in the following ways:

• Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), also known as crib death is possible to babies who breathe second-hand smoke. 

• While children exposed to second-hand smoke have a greater risk of getting lung infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. Ear infections and suffer more from chronic coughing, wheezing, and breathing problems are also possible.

• Second-hand smoke can lead children with asthma and other chronic lung conditions to their worst nightmare. Children who do not have asthma are prone to get asthma when exposed to second-hand smoke.

Smoking during pregnancy, also considered as one, is especially dangerous to the developing baby. It's tied to premature delivery, low birth weight, SIDS, limited mental ability, trouble with learning, other mental issues and ADHD. The more cigarettes a mother-to-be smokes, the greater the danger to her baby and to their health.

To protect your family and loved ones from second-hand smoke, make your environment, home and car smoke-free. Do not let anyone smoke near your child and to any youngsters. Encourage your family and friends to create a smoke-free environment. Air purifiers and ventilation systems may remove some of the smoke, but these may not remove all the toxic chemicals so if you can't stop smoking, go to a place far from possible victims.

 

 

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MILLET AND ITS BENEFITS

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Millet is counted on all over the world to provide essential nourishment for many on-the-rise countries. Millet is so significant for the reason that its uniquely high content of nutrients, including notable starch levels, very high B-vitamin content, as well as calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, magnesium, not to mention being a healthy source of necessary fats in the body. Furthermore, there are noteworthy levels of protein and dietary fiber in millet as well, which add to even more health benefits of this vital grain.

Millet is alkaline and it digests without difficulty. The Hunzas – who live in a remote area of the Himalayan foothills and are recognized for their unbelievable health and longevity – enjoy millet as a staple in their diet. Millet will hydrate your colon to keep you from being constipated. It acts as a prebiotic feeding microflora in your inner ecosystem. The serotonin in millet is consoling to your moods. It is also a smart carb with lots of fiber and low simple sugars and because of this it has a relatively low glycemic index and has been shown to produce lower blood sugar levels than wheat or rice. (Kamari and Sumathi, 2002) The magnesium in it can help lessen the effects of migraines and heart attacks. The niacin (vitamin B3) can help lower cholesterol. The consumption of this wonder grain decreases triglycerides and C-reactive protein. Scientists in Seoul, South Korea concluded that millet may be useful in preventing cardiovascular disease.  Above all, millet is a great grain for sensitive individuals. Millet’s high protein content (15 percent) makes is a substantial addition to a vegetarian diet.

But millet may be damaging because of the modern stresses on our body, particularly to our glandular system, the excessive work needed to properly digest and process. Consider speaking to your doctor before making a major shift to a millet-heavy diet.

 

 

 

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WAYS TO REDUCE HOLIDAY STRESS

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For a lot of us, the holidays are as demanding as they are entertaining. Starting with Halloween in October and going all the way until New Year's Day, these months are full of extraordinary occasions, intake temptations and folks obligations. When you put in these things on top of time-consuming labors to consume better and obtain more work out, you can end up feeling upset and overpowered. Here are ways to reorganize how you supervise the holidays so you can still have time for yourself.

Schedule Regular ‘Breath-Stops’. One method to short-circuit the blow of holiday pressures and the hurricane of goings-on that environs it is to be deliberate about pressing ‘pause’ at whatever time you want that your way of life form is not embodying a will of peace, appreciation and ‘goodwill for all.’  Program points in your calendar to stop what you’re doing, obtain a few deep breaths and ‘recalibrate’ your emotional indicator. Do again as often as essential (it may be needed!)

Hike your mood with sunlight. It stimulates the creation of feel-good serotonin and also helps relieve seasonal affective disorder(SAD), which impacts millions of Americans every year, says Judith Orloff, MD, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. To relieve SAD symptoms, spend time in the open air or near a window on sunny days, or ask your doctor about phototherapy (a treatment using a box that emits full-spectrum light).

Think small. More than a few imaginative gifts are there in stores and the internet. You don't necessarily have to give abundant gifts to your loved ones. Being creative lessens your stress and rather, it brings out the positive vibe in you.

Go for real foods mostly. Unavoidably, at this time of year, you’ll be tempted with sweet, empty-calorie “treats” just about where on earth you depart But to be at your most lively, alert and joyful self, it’s best to eat foods that grow on trees or on the ground (vegetables and fruits) and to select hale and hearty fats (such as olive oil and flax seeds), lean protein (such as fish and organic chicken) and legumes, nuts and seeds. 

There you have it! So these coming Holidays, don't stress out yourself and remember these!

 

 

 

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FACTS ABOUT DOUBLE VISION

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Double vision is the perception of two images of a single object seen adjacent to each other (horizontally, vertically, or obliquely) or overlapping. Double vision is medically termed diplopia. Polyplopia is the perception of three or more images of a single object overlapping each other.

Opening your eyes and seeing a single, clear image is something you probably take for granted. But that seemingly automatic process depends on the orchestration of multiple areas of the vision system. They all need to work together seamlessly:

The cornea is the clear window into the eye. It does most of the focusing of incoming light.

The lens is behind the pupil. It also helps focus light onto the retina.

Muscles of the eye -- extraocular muscles -- rotate the eye.

Nerves carry visual information from the eyes to the brain.

The brain is where several areas process visual information from the eyes.

Double vision can certainly occur with no other symptoms, and you’ll know if you are experiencing it; but depending on the underlying cause of diplopia, other symptoms may be present, such as:

Misalignment of one or both eyes, such as a wandering eye or a cross-eyed appearance

Pain when moving one or both eyes

Discomfort or pain around the eyes, such as in the temples or eyebrows

Headache

Nausea

Weakness in the eyes 

Droopy eyelids

Prevention of double vision relies on prevention of the underlying causes of the vision issue. Here are a few tips to keep your eyes healthy:

Control your diabetes – Patients with diabetes who follow treatment plans have a lower risk of developing double vision. Also, since Diabetes Type II can develop as a result of lifestyle, people who eat a healthy and balanced diet, get plenty of exercise, and maintain a healthy bodyweight are much less likely to develop diabetes and subsequently double vision.

Prevent the development of cataracts – Keep your eyes healthy and avoid cataracts by wearing sunglasses, refraining from smoking, and eating a healthy diet.

Soothe dry eyes – Keeping your eyes well lubricated can help prevent double vision. Also, try to minimize eye strain from prolonged computer use which can lead to dry eyes.

Protect yourself from head injuries – Prevent head injuries by wearing a seatbelt in the car, a good helmet when riding a bike or motorcycle, and appropriate headgear and glasses when using large machinery and playing sports.

 

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IT'S GETTING HOT IN HERE: EEFECTS OF TOO MUCH HEAT EXPOSURE

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Heat stress occurs when the body cannot cool itself enough to maintain a healthy temperature. Heat-related illnesses include heat rash, heat cramps, dizziness or fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and a worsening of existing medical conditions. Overexertion in hot weather, sun or bushfire exposure, and exercising or working in hot, poorly ventilated or confined areas can increase your risk of heat stress. When the air temperature or humidity rises above the  range for comfort, problems can arise. The first effects relate to how you feel. Exposure to more heat can cause health problems and may affect performance.

Dehydration – to keep healthy, our body temperature needs to stay around 37°C. The body cools itself by sweating, which normally accounts for 70 to 80 per cent of the body’s heat loss. If a person becomes dehydrated, they don’t sweat as much and their body temperature keeps rising.

Lack of airflow – working in hot, poorly ventilated or confined areas.

Sun exposure – especially on hot days, between 11am and 3pm.

Hot and crowded conditions – people attending large events (concerts, dance parties or sporting events) in hot or crowded conditions may also experience heat stress that can result in illness.

Bushfires – exposure to radiant heat from bushfires can cause rapid dehydration and heat-related illness. Bushfires usually occur when the temperature is high, which adds to the risk.

If someone is experiencing heat cramps or heat exhaustion, they need to stop activities, get out of the sun and cool off right away. If steps are not taken to cool down, heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke. At this point, sweating may stop, but the body temperatures gets very high. There can also be vomiting, loss of consciousness, hyperventilation and seizures. Heat stroke requires immediate professional medical care.

During a heat wave, it's important to know and be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of a heat-related illness. There are different types of heat-related illnesses, ranging from those that cause temporary discomfort to the generally fatal condition known as heat stroke. In all heat-related illnesses, the symptoms appear when a person is exposed to extreme temperatures.

 

 

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STOP SHAKING: WAYS TO OVERCOME FEAR

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Even the most courageous people have fears to overcome. Are you afraid of something tangible, like spiders or heights? Maybe you fear failure, change or something else that's more difficult to pin down. No matter what it is that scares you, learn how to acknowledge, confront and take ownership of your fear to keep it from holding you back in life.

Start by acknowledging it. It's easy to ignore or deny our fears, even to ourselves, in a society that stresses the importance of being strong and brave. But courage can't come into play unless you have a fear to face down. By owning your feelings you've taken the first step toward gaining control over the situation.

Get control of your imagination. Fear and anxiety thrive when we imagine the worst. We developed imagination to be able to project into the future so we can plan ahead. However, a side effect of being able to imagine possible positive futures is being able to imagine things going wrong. A bit of this is useful; after all, there really might be muggers or loan sharks. But uncontrolled imagination is a nesting ground for anxiety and fear that can spoil otherwise happy lives. Some people misuse their imagination chronically and so suffer much more anxiety than those who either future-project their imaginations constructively or who don't tend to think about the future much at all. Anxious, chronic worriers tend to misuse their imaginations to the extent that upcoming events feel like catastrophes waiting to happen. No wonder whole lives can be blighted by fear and anxiety.

Welcome the worst. Each time fears are embraced, it makes them easier to cope with the next time they strike, until in the end they are no longer a problem. Try imagining the worst thing that can happen – perhaps it's panicking and having a heart attack. Then try to think yourself into having a heart attack. It's just not possible. The fear will run away the more you chase it.

Diet. Did you know that the food you eat can have a dramatic impact on how you feel? All the sugars, additives, sweeteners, and other chemicals in our foods have a surprisingly powerful effect in getting our body out of balance. Stick to a clean diet that suits you.

If you find yourself becoming overly anxious, use these steps to help you calm down and start to regain control.

 

 

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SMASH! BENEFITS OF PLAYING BADMINTON

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Badminton, tennis’s lesser-known cousin (which is still an olympic sport!), is easy to learn, a fun social activity and provides numerous physical benefits. So if you’re in need of a good workout, head to your backyard or your local gym for a recreational match against a friend or two. Badminton is a racket sport played on a rectangular court. Players score by hitting a shuttlecock, or birdie, with their racket over the net and in their opponents’ half of the court. Here are some reasons to play badminton.

Playing regular badminton conditions the body so that the basal heart rate drops a few beats per minute and blood pressure is reduced. Both these effects are helpful in hypertensive individuals. It may help them to ward off their hypertension without medicines and even if they are needed, only fewer amounts are required.

Psychological Benefits. Because badminton promotes physical fitness, it helps to reduce stress and anxiety. Exercise increases endorphins, which are the brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, and has also been found to improve mood and sleep. Badminton is also likely to put you in a good mood because it’s a social activity.

Playing badminton also carries loads of health benefits. “It’s a wonderful and fun way to get in shape,” notes Susan Agrios, a fitness trainer in Edmonton who coaches and plays competitive badminton. “You have a short burst of activity, and then a bit of a rest, and then a short burst again to blast that heart rate up. That kind of interval training is a great way to strengthen the heart.”

Be-bopping around the court also helps tone your muscles. “It’s fantastic for the legs: the quads, butt, calves and hamstrings. Your core muscles get worked, too. And of course the arm and back muscles on the side you hold your racquet are getting a workout,” says Agrios. The game also boosts your agility, balance and coordination, as well as strengthening your bones because it’s a weight-bearing activity. For a recreational badminton player, this all adds up to about 450 calories burned per hour (based on a 150-lb woman). An hour of walking burns just half that amount.

Coordination, flexibility, endurance, visual acuteness. Badminton improves coordination, flexibility and balance. It exercises the glutei (accelerations), abdominal and dorsal muscles (receptions and returns), reinforces the joints. Badminton develops spatial perception and visual acuteness. It also improves endurance, fights against obesity, stress or anxiety. 

So keep on smashing and be healthy after!

 

 

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