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Your Personality Can Be a Deciding Factor To Your Grave

Are you a happy person? Or a pessimistic one, are you a careful, industrious and dedicated person? Or a careless or indifferent person, you may wonder why this Swarnam is asking all kinds of stupid questions? Everything is for a reason.
Personality can decide your nearness to grave
This sounds ridiculous, does it not? But it is true say scientists. A research study found that, personality trait has an impact on health.  Anger and depression can cause various diseases and can lead to early death.
Researchers say that your best friends can be the best judges of your personality, because they are the ones who know you inside and out. The study points out that your personality at an early age of 20s can predict whether you are near or far in your grave.
Personality traits that lead to a longer lifespan Male Traits Female Traits Conscientious personality Emotional stability  Being more Open Agreeableness
Let us take an example, a group of friends at a wedding ceremony may judge the lifespan of th…

Watch Out For The Severity of Hot Flushes During Menopause- They Spell Danger

This research study caught my attention. After all, if you are in your late 30’s like me, then it would be better to get mentally prepared for the future. Scientists have found a link between moderate to severe hot flushes during menopause and higher rate of hip fractures.
The link
A study followed thousands of women for eight years. Scientists found that, those people suffering from moderate to severe hot flushes during menopause, suffered higher rate of hip fractures than their peers, who had no menopausal syndrome.
The authors warn that, women who experience such vasomotor menopausal symptoms ,will lose bone density at a faster rate, and nearly double their risk of hip fracture.
Dr. Lisa Kaya an orthopedic expert says that, as you age the amount of bone turnover is greater than, the amount of new bone cell production. As a result, the bone strength decreases putting you at greater risk of fractures. 

Menopause accelerates the loss of bone cell breakdown. How? As you approach menopause…

Easy to Prepare Exotic Salads

Just tried my hand at exotic salads! They turned out perfectly fine and was a huge hit with my family, especially the husband. I have shared this along with some amazing photos; hope you will give it a shot! 
Tamarillo salad
This exotic fruit looked so attractive on the supermarket shelf that I decided to buy it. Really did not know anything about it, googled it and found that it is native to Andes of Peru. It is high in potassium, extremely low in sodium, source of fiber. It is rich in vitamin A, B6, C and E.





Boil the water, add Tamarillo for a minute and immerse it in cold water. Remove the skin, cut into pieces and add a dash of lime, chili flakes, salt and brown sugar according to your taste. It tastes bittersweet the brown sugar increases its sweetness. Yes, it tastes good!

Persimmon and chestnut salad

I made this first of its kind persimmon fruit and chestnut salad. The chestnuts were on sale and were very cheap. The persimmon fruit was very expensive and so I bought just one to try…

20 Minutes Walking Prevents Early Death + Free Apps For Walking

Sometimes the kids make me so crazy, that I just go out for a long walk to regain my sanity. And I thank God for the kids driving me crazy, after reading this study. The study points out that a brisk 20 minute walk each day can reduce the risk of early death.
Brisk walk
A study of over 334,000 European men and women found that twice as many deaths may be because of lack of physical activity compared with that attributed to obesity. Earlier studies have linked physical inactivity to a greater risk of heart disease and cancer.
Previous research studies have informed us that walking 6000 steps or more per day may protect those with the risk of osteoarthritis from developing issues such as finding it difficult to get up from a chair or climbing stairs.
People who walk to work are 40% less likely to have diabetes and 17% less likely to have high blood pressure than their physically inactive counterparts. If your office is very far and by all means if you can’t walk such long distances, it wou…

Waging a War On Pimples? Try Out These Expert Tips

Pimples- I think most of us would have suffered this problem at some point in our lives. And I am no stranger to pimples, I grew up in a small town and for my higher studies I went to a women’s city college. You know what? I felt as a fish out of the pond there. Some girls were mean and I repeat really mean. Added to this, one fine day I got a big pimple on my cheek. My God! My future looked dark. To set things straight I pricked it and got an acne breakout. Sandpaper situations in life make you a stronger person. Having been there and done that, here I am with some wise counsel for you.
Why should you not pop a pimple?
Zakiya Rice a reputed professor in skin care says in webmed, that a pustule is actually keeping the bacteria nice and contained. When you puncture the pimple, the gunk oozes out and the bacteria splatters and lands inside other pores. This leads to more pimples. Moreover, you may introduce new kinds of bacteria from your finger into the zit, and the pimples become more r…

Taylor Swift Music Can Reduce Pain After Surgery

Music is the sound of the soul and the rhythm of the heart. Don’t think Swarnam has gone nuts, just trying my hand at poetry.  But it is true music boosts your brain health.
Music
Researchers have found that paediatric patients who listened to the songs had a significant reduction in pain after a major surgery. Guess what, they listened to? Songs by Rihanna and Taylor Swift, this research is very useful because certain medications that relieve pain can cause breathing problems in children. And caregivers may limit the amount of the prescribed pain medication. At this juncture, audio therapy proves beneficial.
The good news about audio therapy is that, it does not have any side effects and quite literally inexpensive. The researchers say that if you don’t think about pain you will not feel the pain. This is kind of cheating the brain and trying to refocus mental channels onto something soothing and positive.
The scientists say that this audio therapy works extremely well, irrespective of t…

Fast Foods Can Make Your Kids Dumb

Being a parent as well as a health writer is a tough task. Just days before my little daughter came up with a request that she wants nuggets for school. She asks in such a sweet, polite manner, that even if you want to say no you say yes. And so I gave her my promise. But yesterday I spotted this research study. I really do not know what to do? But a promise is always a promise.
Junk food
A recent study found that the amount of fast food children eat may be linked to their performance in school. Earlier studies have found that fast food lacks iron, which helps in cognitive development. Diets which are rich in sugar and fat may affect memory and learning processes.
Researchers found that the more the kids consumed fast foods in fifth grade, the lower their reading, maths and science test scores by the time they reached eighth grade. Their test scores were up to 20% lower when compared to the kids who did not eat any fast food
Foods such as wild salmon, mackerel, sardines, milk, cheese, sou…

A Warm Hug Can Reduce Stress And Increase Immunity (Gymboree's New Born Gifts)

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It may sound quite funny, that a warm hug could bring down your stress levels and increase the immunity of your body. A cuddly teddy gives comfort to a crying child. A mother’s voice soothes the crying baby. It seems that we humans are naturally wired to spread tenderness around us.
Stress
Stress, as you know, may play a part in headaches, heart problems, high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, skin conditions, anxiety, depression, and arthritis. You step into any doctor’s cabin and the first thing you hear is reduce your stress levels and relax.
Researchers found that greater social support and frequent hugs  protected people from the increased susceptibility to infection associated with being stressed and resulted in less severe illness symptoms.
The study results suggest that by receiving a hug from a trusted person is an effective means of conveying support and it reduces the harmful…