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Yoga Provides Better Quality Sleep For Menopausal Women

You know what? These hormones create so many problems in each and every stage of a person’s lifespan. No wonder they strut their stuff even during menopause. Insomnia and hot flushes are all part and parcel of this menopausal stage.
Now scientists tried to see whether there are more natural approaches to ease the menopausal symptoms rather than to depend on Hormone Replacement Therapy. Mayo clinic says that use of this therapy abruptly changed, when a large clinical trial found that treatment actually carried more health risks for one type of hormone therapy, particularly for older menopausal women.

Scientists tried yoga,exercise and fish oil tohelp reduce the symptoms of menopause. They found that practicing yoga led to better quality of sleep and reduced depression. Attending yoga classes for 12-weeks and practicing at home greatly improvedsleep quality. Exercise slightly improved sleep and reduced depression and insomnia to some extent. Eating omega 3 did not improve the above three…

Caffeine Can Delay Brain Development In Young People

To be totally honest I cannot live without my morning cup of coffee. Could you? The caffeine present in yourcup of coffee when in small amounts increases the speed and accuracy of your recognizing power with positive associations. So you feel entirely positive and geared up to face the challenges with a fearless heart.

But all is not well with caffeine and scientists are singing a different tune about its effects. So what is caffeine, anyway? It is a bitter stimulant found in varying amounts inseeds, leaves and fruits. It acts on the central nervous system in humans and wards off drowsiness and restores alertness.
Now scientists say that humans as well as other mammals sleep intensively during the puberty period. At the same time the brain too matures at a faster rate. When scientists gave caffeineto young pubescent rats the maturation process of the brain was delayed. Shouldn’t we be more cautious about this fact?
Caffeine laden energy drinks are selling like hot cakes in the market. K…

Can Red Grapes And Blue Berries Boost Immunity

Fruits are rich in antioxidants, fiber, water and vitamin C. The recommended fruit intake to match your everyday calorie need is 2 cups of fruits per day, the more the better. Fruits not only add sparkle to your diet but it adds zest to your life, so much so that you are in top form to perform your best.

Health scientists say that red grapes and blue berries contain special compounds that increase your immunity. They analyzed 446 compounds for their ability to boost the immune system. Out of which Resveratrol found in red grapes and pterostilbene found in blueberries were declared winners. These special compounds worked along with vitamin D and increased the performance of a gene that was involved in the immune function of the body. 

This study was done in a lab setting and follow up research is needed to say whether these compounds could boost immunity directly through the diet. Take heart! Anyway it is a wonderful discovery which further needs some assurance that's it!
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How Does Worrying Constantly Affect Your Health

The other day my little girl was so worried that a boy in her kindergarten class brought a pink colored Barbie pouch to school. Her main cause of worry seemed to be how on earth do boys like pink? So you see, worries come in different hues, sizes and packages.
Scientists say that worry may have evolved along with intelligence as a beneficial trait. It may make people take no chances which result in a higher survival rate. Now if a person is constantly worried about something which hampers his day to day functions then it should be considered seriously. Health professionals call this as general anxiety disorder.


Those who suffer from this disorder worry about every day matter. They worry that something bad will happen to them. A study found that women are more likely to feel worried, nervous or anxious than men. A friend of mine was so worried about her 7th grade son that she will talk only about his studies to whoever she sees on this planet. She just rings you up and mourns about her s…

Can Orange Juice Prevent Cancer

Fruits are much healthier than fruit juice. Say this dialogue to a man who has been walking in the desert sun all day. Just kidding! I believe fruit juices the ones with the pulp also form a part of the healthy eating habits. Fruit juices increase the antioxidant levels in the serum and ward off stress and inflammation caused by high fat and high sugar meals.

I was really astonished to hear that you can even make juice from prickly pear cactus fruit. If you want to know more just watch it here. Now we shall discuss about the much famed orangejuice, The high pulp fresh orange juice is a popular beverage the world over. It is rich in antioxidants and is effective against cancer. Earlier studies say that it reduces the risk of leukemia in kids. Orange juice has high amounts of vitamin C and it boosts immunity.
An Italian study says that vitamin C supplements do not provide the same protective benefits as drinking a glass of orange juice. Keep in mind that one orange supply 116.2% of the d…

The Awesome eButton Health Monitor That Combats Obesity

Have you ever heard about the Arabian Sushi? It is a handiwork of an American chef. The Nippon- Arabian fusion looks and taste like sushi at the first glimpse, then explodes in the mouth in a delightful burst of Arabian flavors. Now you are reading about this and you feel like tasting it. So goes the story and one day you are shocked tosee the weighing scales tip the higher values.
I try hard to forget what I ate a couple of days before. But how much ever I try to forget I cannot hide my extra pounds. And for people like me scientists have come up with a radical solution the eButton health monitor. Curious to know more about it, Let me tell you all about it.

For those of you who are waging a war against obesity and want to track down what you ate- this device is a Godsend. This eButton is a picture taking device that can be worn on the chest. It carries a small camera, GPS and other sensors. Once you wear it you need not self report about your dietary practices.
This eButton health monit…

The Goodness of Saffron

The South Indians have an uncanny belief that if a pregnant woman adds saffron to her daily allowance ofmilk, the baby will be of fair complexion. Forget about the genes, heredity and what ever comes to your mind. Now talking about saffron, it had a rich cultural past and has a bright future ahead.
Saffron is a famous historical spice that had its origins in Greece. It was a favorite of Alexander the Great who used it in his infusions, rice and bath. Indians, Persians, Europeans, Arabs and Turkish love to add saffron to their cuisines.
Talking about the healthbenefits of saffron it not only spices up your food but also your life. It is effective for treating depression, menstrual discomfort, premenstrual syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease. Several modern researchers say that saffron may have cancer suppressing, mutation preventing and antioxidant properties.

This deep auburn colored spice protects your eye health and plays a chemo-preventive fight against liver cancer. Saffron improves di…

Why is Mediterranean Diet So Healthy

Mediterranean diet is good for the mind so concludes a research study. So what does it mean anyway? Old ways health through heritage.com says that it is a style of eating based on the traditional foods of the countries such as Greece, Southern Italy and Spain. The Mediterranean diet is a lifestyle which includes foods, get together with family and friends with a wee bit of wine.
This diet includes large amounts of olive oil, legumes, unrefined cereals, fruits and vegetables. Fish and dairy products are eaten in moderate amounts, while meat and meat products are included in least amounts.
Back to our research study, a team of scientists studied various pieces of research study. They found out if you are going to religiously stick to Mediterranean diet you enjoy better cognitive function, lower rates of cognitive decline and reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
If you stick to this diet you naturally include lots of fruit, vegetables and fish in your diet, which boosts your immunity and in…