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How To Get Rid Of Your Stubborn Belly Fat

Concerned about the size of your stomach? The perpetrator might be saturated fat. A new research sheds light on the fact that saturated fat builds more fat and less muscle when compared with polyunsaturated fats. This is what the researchers have to say about......
A lively comparison between the two fats
Polyunsaturated fats Saturated fats
Gaining weight from these fats results in more muscular tissue mass and less body fat These fats increase the fat content in the liver and abdomen, mainly the fat surrounding internal organs. It causes lower muscle mass. These fats turn on genes that are linked to reduced storage of fat and improved sugar metabolism. It turns certain genes which increases storage of fat in tummy regions and hamper insulin regulation

Wise to know the foods belonging to each of these fats

Polyunsaturated fats Examples of foods Saturated fats Examples of foods
Vegetable oils, soybean, corn oil, safflower oil, fish such as salmon, herring, trout, mackerel and walnuts and …

Be Warned! Iron Deficiency Can Cause Stroke

Scientists have found that iron deficiency can increase the danger of stroke. But how does this happen? Iron deficiency can make the blood stickier. It seems that 15 million people worldwide suffer from a stroke. It is not the end of this grim statistic, nearly 6 million die due to stroke and 5 million are left permanently disabled.

How does iron deficiency lead to stroke?
Stroke occurs because the blood supply to the brain is interrupted by small clots. When the blood is deficient in iron, the platelets stick together more, which initiates clotting. The platelets can collect in the blood vessels and major arteries like a little dam. This blocks the flow of blood to the brain and heart and results in strokes. Oh my stars! That sounds somewhat scary!
How can you prevent a stroke?
 It would be good to follow a healthy diet, get some good sleep and maintain an exercise schedule to avoid suffering from stroke.
Watch your dieting habits……..
Foods that are high in saturated fat are a big no-no. So…

Can Stress Be The Cause For All Your Headache Problems

Do you often suffer from headache? If your answer is yes, then you could be having more stress in your life. Because a new study has found that the more stress leads to more headaches. And the researchers think that stress could be a contributing factor to the onset of headache disorders and accelerates chronic headaches.
So, how to deal with stress?
The root cause of all your headache problems, according to the study may be stress. So the scientists believe that stress management techniques would play to your advantage.
What are some good stress management techniques? Great minds in the health care world advise the following, of which it is your duty to follow it up.
1.Always learn to say no when you don’t like something in order to avoid unnecessary stress.
2.It is likewise beneficial to avoid people and topics who stress you out, taking control of your situation and reducing your to- do lists.
3.Expressing your feelings, compromising and being assertive is all good stress management techn…

7 Amazing Health Benefits of the Super Herb Oregano

Oregano the super herb belongs to the mint family. It holds its ancestry from the Mediterranean region and some regions of Eurasia. The ancient Greeks called it the “joy of the mountains”. They believed that if you anoint yourself with oregano you will dream about your future mate.
Ever wondered why these herbs got such a beautiful name? The flowers of oregano are pretty pink or purple in color. They might have blossomed all over the mountains and would have overlaid it with a pink and purple hue. And a small shepherd boy might have been moved by its beauty and would have called it the joy of the mountains. Who really knows?

What are the health benefits of oregano?
1.Falling back to reality with a thud, oregano is a beneficial source of fiber. It helps to lower cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of colon cancer. 2.Oregano is rich in vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese, iron and calcium.
3.It can be used to treat respiratory tract disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, menstrual cramps,…

Heart Friendly Foods For This Valentine's Day

I hope you would have delicious recipes under your sleeve to make this Valentine’s Day a remarkable one. If you are not quite sure, here is a line up of foods that are both heart and pocket friendly. I believe you would work out your culinary magic using these foods as your base.

Red wine It contains Resveratrol, which fights cancer cells and is so good for your heart. Non alcoholic red wine may reduce high blood pressure. Now, you can enjoy an occasional drink depending upon your doctor’s advice.
Dark chocolate- It helps to ease emotional stress. It is good for your heart and brain. Dark chocolate helps to control blood sugar. It contains Theo bromine, which hardens tooth enamel. It is rich in vitamins and minerals.
Nuts A handful of nuts a day boost your immune system. Almonds are rich in calcium and vitamin E. Brazil nuts are a great source of selenium. Cashew nuts are a rich source of protein and give you iron and zinc. Raw chestnuts are rich in vitamin C. Hazel nuts are good for the he…

New Stress Buster; Being Creative

Life is a journey and anyway, everyone is going to arrive at the final destination. But the point is that do we really enjoy our journey or just get caught up in day to day activities, and live a mundane life. To love life means to do something new, experience the thrill and the joy of building something remarkable out of the ordinary. This naturally boosts our self esteem and self confidence. Now, there are a lot of health benefits associated with learning crafts or just being creative.

1.Learning crafts help us gain positive emotional responses.
2.It helps to get life satisfaction.
3.We are wired to be life long learners and so learning crafts helps you to believe in yourself.
4.It is a great feeling to create something remarkable out of nothing and in someway boosts our health quotient.
5.Learning crafts take our minds off stressful situations and helps one to be near to a meditative state. It offers the many benefits of meditation.
6.Hobbies do make you feel more balanced in life.


Science Backed Tips To Get A Safe Sun Tanned Look

You know what I am a South Asian and my skin is olive toned. Though I am 100% sure I can never ever turn my skin on the fair side, I still use fairness creams. And I was really, really amazed to hear that people who are fair skinned undergo tanning procedures to make their skin sun kissed, even at the expense of knowing that it may drastically increase their risk of having skin cancers.
A dig deep into the history and you find that in 1920’s fashion designer Coco Channel accidentally got sunburnt when she visited French Riveria. When she got back with a sun tan her fans liked the tan and started to adopt darker skin tones.
Why do young women use tanning beds?
A recent survey has found that young women use tanning beds even though they are well aware of the health risks associated with indoor tanning. It seems that 28 million people use tanning beds. People who are 35 years old and less are at a greater risk of developing skin cancer. The young women liked tanning beds because it reduced …

How Can High Media Use, Low Activity And Sleep Affect Your Kids

Adolescence is a really precarious time when these hormones play havoc and kids find it hard to cope with all these bodily changes. A recent study has found an alarming fact about an invisible group of adolescents who suffer from high prevalence of psychiatric symptoms.
So what does the research study say? Researchers have found adolescents with high media use, lower physical activity and reduced sleep form an invisible group who had suicidal thoughts, anxiety, sub-threshold depression and some even had high levels of psychopathological symptoms. And these children were not taken seriously by their parents and teachers.
The research study….. 12,000 students about 14-16 years of age, belonging to 11 European countries answered questionnaires. Researchers found a high risk group and a low risk group. But this invisible intermediate group causes concern. All these psychological problems are due to high media use, low physical activity and less sleep.
As parents, what can we do about this?  It…

Healthy and Thoughtful Gift Ideas for This Valentine's Day

Happy marriages do affect your health in a positive manner. When you are in a happy relationship you reap plenty of health benefits. The positive feeling boosts your immune system, helps you to live longer, adds a glow to your skin, improves your heart health, reduces stress and improves mental wellbeing.

And so for this Valentine’s Day, here are some pretty good gift ideas for you to choose from. If you want to order these just click on the pictures........

1)Why can’t you surprise your loved ones with this amazing Organic and healthy gift baskets? Broadway Basketeers has some amazing collection of gift baskets. These baskets contain organic, natural and healthy gift items such as organic sweets, dried fruit medley, organic tea and some really lovely goodies

2)Spa gifts- It would be a thoughtful gift for your loved ones. This Be well spa haven pomegranate product contains bath and massage oil, body cream, cleansing body wash, lotion and so much more. You name it and you got it.