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Alarming Facts About Sleep Loss

Being modern or living in a city with life on the fast lane means, you just don’t sleep properly on weekdays but, snooze some extra hours during the weekends to catch back some lost sleep. Am I prophesying your life? But sleep deprivation can be detrimental to your overall health. Let us see how it works.
Sleep deprivation may cause diseases
Recent studies have shown thatinsufficient sleep may increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes. Now how exactly did this happen? Sleep deprivation affects the biological processes related to the immune system and activates an inflammatory reaction. Earlier studies have pointed out that insufficient sleep may cause heart attacks, diabetes, obesity, and stroke.

If you sacrifice your sleep you tend to suffer from fatigue and low energy levels. I read an interesting life incident where a person who was sleep deprived actually slept during an important roundtable conference even to the extent of snoring. Oh! My God imagine the cons…

Top Tips To Boost Immunity Naturally

Do you know a secret? Being hale and healthy is the biggest gift of all. One of my friends is a social butterfly. She is just fun to be with. But one day she tripped and fell and my! She got fractures in both her arms and this is what she told me. Swarnam, the greatest gift you can have in the world is good health. To be in the pink of health means you should have good immunity.
How can you boost your immunity? ·Eating a healthy diet ·Exercise ·Maintain a healthy weight range ·Maintain a proper sleeping schedule ·Quit smoking and ·Controlling the blood pressure
Apart from these healthy living strategies, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E and Zinc help to increase the immunity quotient. These nutrients are obtained by eating whole grain foods, fruits, vegetables and fish.
Do Antibiotics affect the immune system?
Yeah! Quite naturally, 80% ofthe body’s immunity is built in the intestinal tract by a group of friendlybacteria. When a baby is given a course of antib…

Massage Therapy For Babies Promotes Sleep, Emotional Security And Reduces Stress

A Reiki healer once told me that massage for babies is essential for their optimal growth. Now, thepractice of infant massage was a school of thought introduced by the ancient specialists of Ayurveda. Later it was encouraged by the Qing dynasty of China. That’s a little intro about the body massage for babies. Now let us discuss the benefits of infant massage. There are many modern research studies to prove that infant massage does a world of good for the tiny tots.
Massage for preterm infants reduces stress; The intensive care unit may be a scary and stressful place for preterm infants. The mechanical ventilation, medical procedures, and separation from mom create a lot of stress in these little bundles of joy. These babies autonomic nervous system may be immature. Now here is where the massage therapy comes to play. A study published in early human development says that massage therapy may reduce stress and promotes ANS development in the preterm infants.
Massage therapy promotes rest…

Amazing Nutritious Health Benefits Of Pumpkin Seeds

Hope your kids are getting ready for Halloween?  Wouldn’t it be great if you keep some roasted pumpkin seeds ready amidst all this hustle and bustle of Halloween preparation? They are a nutritious and a welcome addition to the Halloween party.
The pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc and it would be advisable you eat the unshelled version of it. If you are roasting it at home do not roast it for more than 15-20 minutes. The longertime it is being roasted the more unwanted changes occurs to its nutrient content.

Pumpkin seeds are rich in protein, phosphorous, magnesium and manganese. It is also a good source of zinc and iron. Though not a good source of vitamin E, it has diverse forms of the vitamin E and so brings in more health benefits.
Pumpkin seed extract and pumpkin seed oil works wonders for those suffering from diabetes and they improve insulin regulation. In animal experiments they prevent the undesirable effects of diabetes on kidney function.
Pumpkin seeds have a unique content of …

6 Steps To Prevent Breast Cancer

October is my favorite month of the year. And guess what? It is also the breast cancer awareness month. To beaware is the most important thing to prevent any potential danger. If we are aware about a certain thing we naturally take steps concerned with that issue. And so here I am to make you aware about 6 steps that help to prevent breast cancer.

Walk- walking is just dandy! I am a big fan of this walking. When you walk you just feel so refreshing with the whispers of the gentle breeze. A new study says walking can greatly reduce breast cancer risk. Post menopausal women who walk for an hour a day lowered their chances of getting breast cancer. This is the first study which says that walking can greatly reduce breast cancer risk.
Exercise- there is a type of breast cancer called estrogen receptor positive breast cancer, which is due to result of obesity and not having kids or having fewer kids. Now scientists say that aerobic exercise influences the way our bodies break down estrogen t…

Little or More Sleep Can Cause Heart Problems, Diabetes, Obesity and Much More

We just get so busy with our lives that we borrow our nature credited sleep time. The sleep forms the basic meshwork on which our health, happiness, and quality of life are woven together, to form the beautiful fabric that is called life.
Sleep Cycles Now, why am I talking such a big dialogue about sleep? Because a new study by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says that too little sleep and too much sleep are not good for health. 

What does too little and too much mean? It means that you should maintain proper sleep cycles. Sleeping for six hours or less and sleeping 10 hours or more can cause diseases such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and anxiety. Improper sleeping habits can lead to stroke and heart attacks say an earlier research study.

If a person tends to suffer from sleep apnea or insomnia then he may suffer from poor quality of sleep. And the case becomes more twisted if a person suffers from any chronic condition. Improper sleep practices may aggrava…

Can Smoking Cause Bipolar Disorder in Children

Yet another warning against smoking! Smoking is a serious addiction which causes potential health problems from head to toe. Now a study shows that it can penetrate beyond us and can affect the offspring as well.
The American Journal of Psychiatry in a recently published study warns that smoking during pregnancy increases the chances of bipolar disorder in children. The symptoms are noted when the child enters his teens or early adulthood.
Bipolar disorder exhibits itself in the form of mood swings that range from lows of depression to highs of mania. The study authors say that prenatal tobacco exposure may cause attention deficit, hyperactivity, conduct disorders, oppositional defiant disorder and substance abuse disorders which together can be called as externalizing spectrum.

Now all these sounds terrible don’tthem? To make matters worse scientists now say that smoking can cause bipolar disorder in kids. An earlier study found that maternal smoking can cause wheezing and asthma in p…