Life Style 

Fidget Your Way to a Healthier Heart

Remember all those times you were told to sit still as a kid? Well, a new study questions that advice. Tapping your feet or other types of fidgeting while sitting for long periods of time may reduce your risk of health problems, researchers say. Sitting for extended lengths of time reduces blood flow to the legs, which may contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease. “Many of us sit for hours at a time, whether it’s binge watching our favorite TV show or working at a computer,” said study lead…

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How Gratitude Can Improve Your Health and Wellbeing

Can feeling gratitude influence your health? According to a number of studies, the answer is yes.  According to Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, an expert in brain and mind health: “If [thankfulness] were a drug, it would be the world’s best-selling product with a health maintenance indication for every major organ system.” While the American once-a-year gratitude ritual of Thanksgiving is better than nothing, if you’re serious about your wellbeing, you’d be wise to increase the frequency at which you feel and express gratitude. People who are thankful for what they…

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Diet 

Coconut Oil vs. Coconut Butter: What’s the Difference?

Most people are familiar with coconut oil. It’s frequently in the health and wellness spotlight. Coconut butter isn’t as well-known. The two products look and smell similar, but each has different characteristics. Here’s a look at the benefits of each. What’s the difference between coconut oil and coconut butter? Coconut oil is made by cold-pressing oil from coconut meat. It’s solid at room temperature, and becomes liquid when heated. It has an oily, mild to medium intensity coconut flavor and odor. Coconut butter is arguably the peanut butter of the…

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Diet 

Quinoa vs. Rice: The Health Benefits of Each Grain

There was a time rice was the only grain in town. Not anymore. Quinoa has emerged as a healthy alternative. It has already taken rice’s place in many recipes. But if you love rice, the news isn’t all bad. Both grains have health benefits. What is quinoa? You could argue that comparing quinoa with rice isn’t fair, because quinoa isn’t actually a grain. It’s the seed of the goosefoot plant and a relative of beets and spinach. But quinoa is known as a pseudocereal because it’s cooked and eaten like…

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Are your sunglasses safe? An interview with Omar Hassan

  Insights from industryOmar HassanHead of Professional Services for Vision Express NHS Optometry Advisor, Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Area Team Are all sunglasses made to an equal standard in terms of blocking all harmful UV rays? All sunglasses that carry the CE mark block all UV rays, particularly if they’re marked with the UV 400 label. People need to be careful that they buy sunglasses from reputable retailers, because sunglasses bought at street markets or on the beach may not carry those CE marks and may not provide the full protection…

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Diet 

Choline: Why You Should Eat Your Egg Yolks and Take Krill

Nearly two decades ago, scientists unveiled the potential of a nutrient that had been all but forgotten: choline, first discovered in 1862.1 In 1998, the Institute of Medicine revealed that choline is actually essential for optimal health, meaning it can’t be produced by your body but must come from an outside source. Although a small amount of choline is produced by your liver, the rest must come through what you eat. Unfortunately, an estimated 90 percent of the U.S. population is deficient in choline. According to Netherlands-based health information authority…

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Diet 

Top Tips to Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh Longer

It’s happened before. You brought home too many fresh carrots, cucumbers and fancy mesclun lettuce, didn’t get to them as quickly as you thought you would and they spoiled. Rubbery carrots, slimy cucumbers and rusty lettuce can definitely make you lose your sense of humor. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) says Americans dispose of 19 percent of the vegetables and around 14 percent of the fruits they buy due to spoilage.1 What can you do to keep this from happening? There are a few tricks, some of them…

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Remedies To Stop Itching Down There

A lot of things could cause you to feel itchy and discomfort around your vag. Some things that could cause this have been highlighted below. DON’T SCRATCH. The first urge you will have is t0 scratch, but try not to. You could aggravate feeling of itching or your skin could become irritated when you do this. So avoid scratching. SLEEP WITHOUT YOUR UNDERWEAR; Avoid going to bed with your underwear because, natural air would help provide relief and cleansing. So, avoid wearing tight clothes and only wear organic cotton lingerie…

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Myth or Fact: Eating before bed can make you gain weight faster than if you eat the same foods during the day.

Answer: Myth. Most experts agree that we gain weight when we take in more calories than we burn up. And while it seems logical that foods we eat during an active day will burn more quickly and more efficiently than foods we eat right before going to sleep, Moyad says weight gain is not based on a 24-hour clock. “It’s the total amount you take in over a period of time compared to how much you burn that determines if you will gain weight,” says Moyad. Recent animal studies suggest…

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Myths About Your Hangover

MYTH: Hangovers Are No Big Deal FACT: Heavy drinking rocks the central nervous system. It tinkers with brain chemicals — leading to headache, dizziness, and nausea — and sends you running to the bathroom so often you become dehydrated. The morning-after price can include a pounding headache, fatigue, cotton mouth, queasy stomach — and a weakened immune system. MYTH: Hangovers Are Gender-Blind FACT: Don’t go crazy with free drinks on Ladies’ Night. If a man and woman drink the same amount, the woman is more likely to feel the effects….

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