Get Enough Sleep!

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In our 24/7 culture, only 15 percent of people get adequate sleep every night. Everyone needs to sleep because it keeps your mind and body healthy. Sleep can help you do better in school, stress less. Sound good? Now consider some possible effects as below if you do not get enough sleep.

Learning and memory

Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory. In studies shows that students who sleep after learning a task tend to remember better. Short-term memory is one of the important parts of learning. Lack of sleep significantly impaired the ability of adult to remember what they learned the day before.

Metabolism and weight

People gain weight because inadequate sleep may affect the way our bodies process. This causes hormone imbalances among individuals who do not sleep at least eight hours a day. They tend to have better appetite and have more cravings for high-calorie foods. You may think that you burn more calories when you are awake but the extra calories consumed cannot be cover.

Safety

When you sleep, your brain is preparing for the next day. Inadequate sleep increases the risk of falling asleep during the daytime. In addition, it makes your brain work improperly. This may cause falls and mistakes such as errors, mistakes, and road accidents. For example, falling asleep when you are driving may cause accident.

Disease

Sleep disorder alters immune function. Getting sufficient sleep may also help fight cancer. Recent research indicated that people who don’t get enough sleep are at increased risk for developing certain kinds of cancer. For example, the risk of developing colon and breast cancers is higher.

Remember that good sleep is not about the number of hours you’re in bed. If you wake up a lot in the night or snore, you may not be getting quality sleep to keep you fresh and healthy.

Heart Healthy Foods

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Certain foods can decrease your heart disease risk significantly. Mix and match a handful of these foods below every week to eat your way toward a healthier you. Find out how these top four foods may help lower your risk of heart disease.

First, fibre is the necessity for every human being. Diets that are high in soluble fibre can decrease bad cholesterol. People who eat adequate amount of whole grains tend to be leaner and have a lower risk of heart disease than those who don’t. Start eating for a healthy heart by filling your plate with fruits and vegetables. For example, food such as oatmeal, barley, beans, and citrus fruit are high in soluble fibre.

Besides that, nuts are filled with vitamins, minerals, heart-healthy fats and low levels of saturated fats. Research has shown that people who eat nuts have a lower rate of heart disease compared to people who do not eat them. Nuts include walnuts, peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios and many more.

Dark chocolate has been well known to benefit cardiovascular health. It may also boost the immune system by reducing inflammation. Maintaining a healthy blood vessel lowers risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease and dementia. Cocoa may help lower blood pressure as it contains Epicatechin to boost nitric oxide. The nitric oxide helps to keep blood pressure lower. Be sure to choose dark chocolate that contains 70 percent cocoa solids.

Sardines are another food that provides nutrient for our heart. These tiny fishes are also loaded with omega-3 in the form of fish oil. Research shows that eating sardines could protect increase “good” cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of heart attacks among people, You may want to stick to fresh ones to avoid the canned variety’s which is high in salt content.

Moreover, research shows yogurt is able to protect against gum illness. Left untreated, gum disease could lead a person’s to a greater risk for cardio related diseases. Experts believe that probiotics could help to counter the growth of the harmful bacterium within the mouth. Probiotics are live active cultures used to ferment foods, such as yogurt. Professional also suggests that they may improve digestion and boost immunity too.

In addition, vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium and fibre can be found in tomatoes and with the excellent quantity of carotenoid, combining with alternative vitamins and minerals to assist in the prevention of diseases. Analysis suggests that the mixture of nutrients in tomatoes could help stop cardiovascular disease.

Lastly, as we know that ‘an apple a day keep the doctor away’, apple is another agent that act as a heart protector. Experts said that the strong antioxidant flavonoid elements consists in the apples play the important role in preventing harmful cholesterol from oxidizing that result in the build-up of plaque in the arteries, as well as inhibiting inflammation.

With heart disease the No.1 killer in this world, a cure that could dramatically reduce these deaths would be great. If you start with a healthy diet in childhood, heart attacks can be significantly reduced.

 

The Best Bed Frames

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You may be suffering a headache for choosing a bed frame for your new home and have no idea which one is the best among all the colours, designs and shapes. Choosing the right bed frame is important, not only for a good night’s sleep, but also to enhance your bedroom’s décor.

Firstly, you will need to consider about the size of the bed. Two main factors that influence the size are the number of people sleeping in the bed and the size of the room. A single person might be fine in a single bed while two people will require a queen or king size bed. If there are more in the room, you may want to consider about a Double Decker which occupied less space. Even the size of the room is big enough for a big bed, but don’t forget to draft out the other furniture that will be in the room.

The material of the bed has been always the main problem when choosing a bed frame. There are various materials of bedframe but mainly they are made from three materials which are metal, wood and leather. A metal bed frame is the most affordable option among while a wooden bedroom gives a classic feel. Leather bed frames usually costly, but brings the modern bedroom style.

Lastly, the design and style of the bed frames that everyone wants it to be best fit in their bedroom. Always consider about the colour of the room when choosing a bed frame. If you have a dark colour wall, you probably don’t want to have a reddish or yellowish bed frame that looks weird in your room. Of course, this part will leave it to you or the owner of the room as everyone has different taste and favourite about the design and colour

Laughter is the Best Medicine

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Laughing is not just a simple action that we do every day. It has many benefits, whether physical, physiological or psychological.

When we laugh, it helps our bodies to strengthen our immune system. Health experts proclaim that laughter increases the activity in our immune system which indirectly rises in the levels of infection fighting T-cells. This increase will help attack viral infected cells and certain cancer or tumour cells. Furthermore, doctors and specialists, even suggest that patients should lighten up and laugh more as laughter can aid them in the healing process. When these patients laugh, endorphins will be released in their bodies. These endorphins act as a natural painkiller that may replace morphine, and they indirectly distract and relieve the patients from their pain and suffering. Besides that, laughter also lowers our blood pressure and reduces stress hormones. While negative emotions such as anger or depression may constrict our blood vessels and produce harmful effects on our bodies, laughter relaxes our blood vessels and reduces our anxiety level. Therefore, watching comedies or funny shows, listening to jokes, anecdotes or humorous stories, thinking about funny and embarrassing moments and doing other fun things that can make us laugh will make us appear more optimistic and healthier than those who do not. We all need to laugh as much as we can as it can also help our relationships with family members, relatives, friends and even strangers and improve the quality of our social interactions.

In brief, it can be said that ‘a laugh a day keeps the doctor away’. Whenever we are having a bad or stressful day, simply think of some funny moments and laugh with our heart. Laughter, indeed, is the best medicine.

Japanese Green Tea

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While many people in Asia are picking up on the trend of drinking coffee from our Western counterparts, people in other parts of the world are into Japanese’s green tea, which is also popularly known as ‘o-cha’ in Japan. Green tea was once served to guests as a hospitality drink, but it has been proven by recent scientific research to have many health benefits.

The Japanese have already been enjoying the healing quantities of green tea for more than a century. The bitter ingredient in green tea called catechin is a strong anti-oxidant that can not only stall the growth of cancer cells, but also kills cancer cells without harming the healthy tissues in our body. There are also numerous multi-vitamins found in this tea such as Vitamin B2, D, E and K. however, it has been found that the content of Vitamin C in green tea is 10 times more than in ordinary black tea. Consuming green tea helps to prevent the increase of cholesterol and maintain weight and blood pressure. It also effectively controls the blood sugar level in our body which indirectly decreases the risk of diabetes. Furthermore, green tea may also reduce the risk of some forms of malignant cancer, such as an oesophagus cancer and skin cancer. The powerful anti-oxidising agent in green tea also helps to suppress aging, so they can make us look younger. Drinking green tea also kills the bacteria that cause bad breath.

Green tea is not just a refreshing beverage for tea lovers, but it is also provides much remarkable hidden potential for human’s health. Therefore, green tea should be everyone’s cup of tea for a healthier lifestyle.

Say No to Soft Drink

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More and more people are consuming more soft drinks than water nowadays. Despite knowing the many harmful effects of consuming too many soft drinks, many still cannot resist consuming them regularly. Drinking soft drinks are so common that most people prefer drinking these drinks for breakfast than drinking milk.

Soft drinks, which have existed since the 17th century, are also known as carbonated drinks, soda, fizzy drinks or gas drinks in different parts of the world. Soft drinks are a type of carbonated beverages that does not contain liquor. Since they are non-alcoholic, most people think that it is safe to consume them. However, drinking them may bring harm to our bodies as they do not contain any vitamin and minerals or have nutritional value. Instead, they are high in sugar and contain additives such as colourings, flavouring and preservatives. Therefore, soft drinks do not only affect our health, but they may also cause fatal illness.

An experiment conducted found that every eight ounce soft drink contains over 10 teaspoons of sugar. As soft drinks have high sugar content, they increase the blood sugar level in our bodies which result in diabetes. Furthermore, the excessive amount of sugar and calories in soft drinks also increase the risk of developing obesity, kidney stones and heart diseases. Besides sugar, soft drinks also contain preservatives which may promote attention deficit hyperactivity in children and cause asthma and allergic reaction in some people.

In realising the many harmful effects of the excessive consumption of soft drinks, we should reduce our intake of it and drink healthier beverages such as milk and fruit juices.

The Proper Diet

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Around the world, many people have resorted to all sorts of ways to keep a healthy body, yet they are threatened by weight gain and all kinds of illness. It is often said that the key to maintaining good health is to have an appropriate diet.

One way to have a proper diet is to fast occasionally. Fasting assists intestinal detoxification and the rejuvenation of the body’s mechanisms. Is a person fasts or 5 skips a meal or two each week, it will aid in reducing not only the stomach’s burden of digesting food but also cuts down on the production of toxic substances. Taking into account an individual’s needs, a person can choose from various types of fasts, such as only drinking water or juice, only eating raw food or abstaining from solid food. Fasting should not be equated with dieting as commonly misunderstood by many people. Dieting decreases bodily metabolism because long-haul hunger pangs slow down intestinal mechanisms whereas fasting increase metabolism by reducing the stomach’s load.

Besides fasting, reducing one’s overall calorie intake is another instrumental step to having an appropriate diet. One way to do so is through eating more complex carbohydrates such as those found in brown rice, oatmeal, whole-grain bread and biscuits. Complex carbohydrates supply us with essential fibre and vitamins, create a feeling of fullness and reduce the consumption of snacks, which ultimately controls excessive consumption of calories.

A person who wants to maintain a proper diet should also increase their fruits and vegetable intake. Fruits and vegetables not only provide a feeling of fullness and all kinds of vitamins and fibre but also help the body to detoxify. A plant-based diet has been proven more suitable for human being’s digestive system as compared to a diet of red meat and poultry. Dieticians recommend that we consume two fruits and three vegetable serving as a day to increase the body’s immunity. The rule of thumb is that everyone needs a variety of fruits and vegetables of different colours because they contain different vitamins that are pivotal to increasing our bodies’ immunity. Fruits and vegetables also double up as agents that ward off cancer and other diseases.

In line with eating more vegetables and fruits, people should also consume Aloe Vera, a natural food healer. Aloe Vera has been proven to maintain good health and heal many negative bodily symptoms. It contains 18 amino acids, enzymes, minerals, anti-microbial, fibre, sugars and all the vitamins, except vitamin D. it is said that regular consumption of Aloe Vera can ease constipation, reduce weight and replenish essential minerals in the body.

On the other hand, fast food, also known as the silent killer, does not go hand in hand with a proper diet. Fast food loaded with calories from refined sugar and fats, and possesses high sodium content from common salt and other additives. On the top of all these, fast food is deficient in dietary fibre and essential micro-nutrients like vitamins and minerals. In other words, fast food is addictive and can lead to many health hazards, including hypertension, diabetes high cholesterol and heart disease.

In conclusion, bringing about changes in eating habits is not easy. However, a person should never procrastinate when it comes to changing eating habits. Simple changes a person can make today are to reduce the intake of unhealthy food and eat more fruits and vegetables.

 

Walk of Life

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For the average busy city dwellers, there is an easy way to keep in shape which is also accessible, affordable and can accommodate even the busiest schedules – it is walking. It is also the No.1 fitness activity for adults. However, many people don’t realise that the walking that they already do each day is a positive step to help them get fit. Medical studies at Stanford Scholl of Medicine have found that walking helps to reduce body fat, lower cholesterol and blood pressure besides increasing flexibility and mental well – being.

It is widely recommended that adults take 10,000 steps a day, the equivalent of about 8km which can be achieved by walking 30 to 60 minutes at one time or in multiple 10 minute increments over the course of the day. Walking is also a key component of many fitness plans, which is supported by many fitness experts, including the trainer – to – the – stars Ramona Braganza, who helped shape some of the hottest bodies in Hollywood, from Jessica Alba to Halle Berry. “For me, being fit is a lifestyle. I would be bored if I just go to the gym every day. That is why I always recommend walking to my client as a great form of exercise. Adding a few easy things to your daily routine can help you make sure that every step counts,” Braganza said.

In theory, losing weight is easy to achieve. All we need to do is to burn more calories than we take in and the result is we will lose weight. However, in practice, losing weight is difficult. For many people, the cycle of dieting, losing weight and eventually gaining it back is all too familiar. The problem with diets is that they are contradicting common sense and centuries of human history besides being rarely effective in the long run. Good diet must be combined with exercise such as walking to be really effective. Walking one mile (1.6 km) will burn up at least 100kcal of energy. Walking 2 miles (3.2 km) a day, three times a week, will help reduce weight by approximately one pound (0.5 kg) every three weeks. Another benefit of walking is that walking alters your body’s fat metabolism so that fat is burned up instead of sugars. This will help you lose weight.

A question often asked is “How fast should I walk?” The answer appears to be “As fast as you can without losing the ability to hold a conversation”. In other words, walk at a pace that is brisk but does not prevent you from talking to a friend in a normal manner. This is sometimes called the “talk test”. Walking should be an aerobic exercise. Aerobic means that exercise is carried out at a comfortable pace to ensure the muscle that have sufficient oxygen available. If you’re gasping for breath, you are doing an aerobic exercise. Regular aerobic exercise done three times a week for 30 minutes or more will result in increased levels of fitness and aerobic capacity. The bottom line if you want to lose weight is: start walking today and walk every day and you will lose weight!