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How Can Exercise Boost Your Mental Fitness

Exercise is as important to you as your very breath, to put it simple your breath of life. I hope I have talked 1003 times about exercise, but scientists are finding more benefits on a day to day basis. So here we go again.
Exercise protects from stress-induced depression
It is a known fact that exercise is good for depression. You feel refreshed after a nice long walk. The process was unknown until scientists came out with astonishing findings.
Research done on mice shows that, exercise training induces changes in skeletal muscle, which can purify or gets rid of the blood of a substance that accumulates during stress and is harmful to the brain. Wow!
According to WHO an estimated 350 million people are affected by depression. That’s a scary statistic. Physical exercise induces protective biochemical changes in the brain that protects the brain from being damaged during stress, says scientists.
Exercise increases the powerhouses of the cell
Exercise on a regular basis increases the number o…

Alert! Low Iron Intake During Pregnancy Can Increase Autism Risk in Infants

My balcony garden was so frail and dry while my neighbor’s garden was full of life and bursting with color. So I prayed God, what’s the problem with my garden? I heard God say Swarnam, add some nutrients to your plants. I bought some nice organic manure and added. The result- my garden was bursting with colors.
In the same way nutrient intake during pregnancy is a must for the healthy development of the fetus. Researchers found that moms of kids with autism were less likely to remember taking iron supplements before and during pregnancy. Though more research is needed, it is better to be careful.
Iron supplements
Folic acid and iron are involved in fetal brain development. The body needs iron to make hemoglobin and for a healthy immune system. But during pregnancy extra iron is needed for the growing baby.
Health advisers say that Iron prevents preterm delivery, low birth weight and infant mortality.  Pregnant women need approx. 27 mg of iron per day, whereas non pregnant women need 18 m…

Amazing Health Benefits of Turmeric

Many South Indian women apply turmeric paste onto their face, neck and hands. They believe that it makes their skin beautiful. They look as if they have just stepped out from some yellow planet. Scientists are throwing light on the fact that turmeric has hidden health benefits which are waiting to be unearthed.
Curcumin
Turmeric, the highly favored Asian spice contains the anti-inflammatory molecule curcumin. It slows down mesothelioma- cancer of the lining of the lungs, which is linked to asbestos, a recent research study has found.
Dr. William Lavalley writes curcumin is a safe and natural herb, which could work for nearly every type of cancer. Renowned medical professionals like Dr. Mercola says that
1. Curcumin inhibits spreading of tumor cells. 2. Prevents normal cells from turning into tumor cells 3. Helps in the destruction of mutated cancer cells 4. Prevents spreading of cancer cells 5. Decreases inflammation 6. Fights against additional blood supply necessary for cancer cell growth. 7.…

The Goodness of Dairy Products

My granny used to tell me this story. Once 4 blind men went near an elephant and touched it. One person touched its tail and said the elephant looks like a snake. Another one touched its leg and exclaimed the elephant resembled a pillar. And each one had their own version.
Likewise, we have our own ideas about whole foods. Health advisers say that it is important to look at the net effect of whole foods and dietary patterns and not only isolated nutrients.
A new research says that dairy products may have beneficial effects on metabolic health. The good news is that they can reduce the risk of metabolic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. How good is that?
Trans-palmitoleic acid
This nutrient is naturally present in milk, cheese, yogurt, butter and meat fat. Harvard scientists have earlier found that higher circulating levels of trans-palmitoleic acid were associated with healthier levels of blood cholesterol, insulin markers and insulin sensitivity.
In this new study, scientists …

Secret to Peaceful Life- Keep The Wife Happy

Want to live a peaceful and happy life? Then keep your wife happy. So says one study, it’s as simple as that. I think marriage plays an important role in our happiness and well-being.
Happy Wife, happy life
It may seem funny but this has been scientifically proven, what more do you want? A study found that the more content the wife is with the long term union the happier the husband is with his life.
The researchers say that when a wife is satisfied with the marriage, she tends to do a lot more for her husband which has a positive effect on his life.
The study zeroes in on the personal feelings of both the spouses to determine how those marital appraisals influence the psychological well-being of older adults.
Be careful with the feelings of your spouse. It would be great if you appreciate them, understand their feelings and does not get on their nerves. Activities such as shopping, household chores and watching television can also be made fun and enjoyable with the right kind of attitude…

Dangers of Prolonged Sitting

If you are a person who is prone to sit for a long time, then it would be in your best interest to read this post. Sitting for long periods of time can lead to many scary diseases.
Short walks
A recent study has pointed that even a nice slow 5 minute walking break can reverse the harm caused to leg arteries after 3 hours of prolonged sitting.
Scientists say that when people sit for long periods of time, the slack muscles do not contract effectively to pump blood to the head. Simply put, the muscles, find it hard to pump blood in upward motion.
The end result; blood gets pooled in the legs and affects the ability of arteries to expand from the increased flow of blood. The function of arteries was affected by 50% because of prolonged sitting.
The key to healthy arteries, according to the researchers is short walks. The participants who walked for 5 minutes after an hour of sitting maintained good arterial function. The increased muscle activity and blood flow may likely be the reason for t…

Try Spinach For a Slimmer Waistline

The secret to a slimmer waistline may be the simple spinach that grows in your garden. And yes, it has been scientifically proven that spinach extract decreases hedonic hunger to 95% and increased weight loss up to 43%.
Hedonic hunger
Now, what is this? The craving for unhealthy foods such as sweets or fast foods that leads to obesity is called as hedonic hunger. The spinach extract contains green leaf membranes called thylakoids.
The research study points out that taking thylakoids suppresses hedonic hunger and boosts the production of satiety hormones. A nice drink containing thylakoids before breakfast reduces food cravings and keeps you satisfied all day.
Spinach
The vibrant looking spinach is rich in nutrient goodness. It is rich in vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, iron, copper and B vitamins. Now, as the study goes spinach extract was given to 38 overweight women for 3 months. Every morning before breakfast the participants had the green drink.
The group that drank the spinach extract …

Be Warned! Cell phones can lower your Kids' Grades

Classes resume at Nalanda University -after 800 years, boomed the newspaper headlines. Wow! To give you a backup, it was an ancient institution of higher learning in Bihar, India. It even had students as far from Tibet, Greece, China and Iran.
Sadly, it was destroyed by an army of the Mamluk dynasty. The Nalanda possessed a great library which was so vast, that it burned for 3 months after the invaders set it on fire. Springing back to life, it has regained its lost glory.
A recent research worried me a lot, it says Women College students spend 10 hours per day and Men College students spend 8 hours on their cell phones. Scientists warn that this trend might pose a potential risk for academic performance.
This cell phone addiction has become so bad that the students say that they get agitated when the cell phone is not in sight. Researchers warn that this addiction may become an escape mechanism from their classrooms. They may provide a way for the students to cheat.
More scary stories t…