Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts

14 October 2017

[SCIENCE] Magic Mushrooms Can RESET Brain to Depressed People

Depression (Major Depressive Disorder or Clinical Depression) is common but is considered being a serious medical mood illness. Depression causes severe symptoms: a feeling of sadness, loss of energy, worthless, guilty, irritable, angry, trouble sleeping, and loss of interests in many activities. Indeed, Depression is a silent killer!


Just recently, a small study, a so-called Magic Mushrooms can REBOOT the brains of those people who are diagnosed with DEPRESSION (esp. untreatable depression).

14 August 2017

11 Tips to Use Your Summer Holiday Wisely

There’s no student on this planet that doesn’t eagerly wait for the summer break to come. You walk out of school and you’re free! No more taking notes, attending exams, writing papers, you’re free to relax and enjoy the entire summer without a care in the world.

Although lounging in the sun and getting a great tan sounds appealing, it might not be the wisest decision you can make. Everyone deserves a holiday, but you could use those three months to improve your life, and improve yourself! It’s never too early to start working on making your dreams come true, and a break from college is just the time you need to better yourself. 

Maybe you want to take a short language course, or you want to be an apprentice or learn new skills. Whatever it is, summer is no excuse not to do it. In fact, when you’re studying, you don’t have time for it, which is why summer is the ideal time to work on your dreams. 

Here’s how you can follow up on your passion and make this summer count. 

1. Experience the Intern Life

Once you leave college, you’ll find yourself on a job hunt, and you’ll constantly hear ‘’We are looking for someone with experience.’’ All students go through this tough time after college when they feel disadvantage because they haven’t had any experiences in the field yet. But if you can do something to avoid that, why not? Use the summer break to sign up for an internship and work on your skills. Not only are you going to add a valuable point to your resume, you’re going to pick up priceless job experience that nobody can take away from you. 

Depending on the internship, it can come with other perks too. Some interns get paid, some get great references, while some network and make connections with people that will last a lifetime and will do them great good, especially in their career. 

2. Go to Camps

Camps aren’t just for fun. There are niche camps that you can join and connect with people that think just like you and come from the same field. Camps are equally fun and useful because you get to sharpen your skills, broaden your mind and learn about life at the same time. 

For example, you might be studying languages. There are camps that gather experts from a particular field, and you get to attend their lectures and learn about things you can never learn in a classroom.

3. Start Learning a New Language

Knowing more than one language can’t be a disadvantage, especially when you’re a student and still haven’t started your career. That means you get a head start, to start learning a new language, and by the time you finish college, you’ll already be at an advanced level. Use your summer to start learning a new language. Not only will you learn the language, but also you will learn about a new culture which can be quite useful when you’re on a job hunt or are traveling. It looks great on your resume no matter what field you’re interested in. 

You can take a language course, but you can also download an app or learn a language online. All it takes some willpower, and later on, you will thank yourself for remaining productive during your summer break. 

4. Become a Computer Wizz

The summer is ideal for sharpening your skills and acquiring new ones, as we’ve mentioned before. If you are not exactly tech savvy, you’re going to want to work on that, because in today’s day and age, every job position requires you to know how to work on the computer and so much more than that.



Use this time to take an online course; whether it’s typing, PowerPoint, Photoshop or programming, it makes for a valuable asset to add to your resume. 

5. Soak in the Culture

Learning doesn’t have to involve a book or a course. It can be simple as visiting local museums and historical sites and learning more about history, culture and broadening your mind.


Push yourself to experience new things and learn about the past, even if it’s by visiting a local landmark and going more in-depth about its history. 

6. Take a Trip

Grab a couple of friends and hit the road! While you’re enjoying yourselves, make sure to visit places that you can learn from, such as galleries, museums, architecture etc. Road trips make for an unforgettable life experience, and even more so when you spice it up with content that can benefit your knowledge.


Don’t put your brain on hold just because it’s the summer break – keep it sharp by always seeing an opportunity to learn no matter what you’re doing and where you’re going. 

7. Watch Documentaries

Needless to say, there are so many documentaries online that you can watch to learn more about what you’re passionate about. Instead of binge watching Game of Thrones the entire summer, throw in a TED talk here and there. You’ll be surprised how fun and educational it can be, and how much it can change your state of mind.

It’s simple things like watching a documentary before you go to sleep, or while you’re having lunch, that can make a huge difference in your life, even if it doesn’t seem like it. Remember, nobody can take knowledge away from you, and luckily, you don’t have to leave your home to learn. 

8. Work on Your Writing

Writing skills are so important, whether you’re a student or looking for a job, you need to be able to express yourself through words, just as efficiently as you would through conversation. Learn from the best, such as Bestessays, and take some time to get tips from experts who write for a living. Thomas Kellie, a writer with a Masters Degree in English language and literature claims: ‘There’s nothing quite as powerful as knowing how to write. Every individual, especially students should invest extra time working on their writing skills, since it’s going to be a crucial aspect at every point of their life, not just in college.


Take a look at samples, read online articles and study the principles of good writing, or even take a course!

9. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Although we would always recommend working on your skills to further improve your future chances of getting the job of your dreams, we also encourage all students to go out in the world and challenge themselves. Do something different. Take a painting course or a dancing course. Try out a sport you have never tried before.

Try playing a computer game or take a knitting class! Different experiences can’t take anything away from you, as you’ll learn more about yourself and the world. 

10. Travel to a Different Country

Traveling is undeniably one of the best ways to expand your horizons and learn more about life and the world we live in. If your budget allows you, go to a country that isn’t similar to the one you live in now and spend some time learning about a new culture, traditions, language.

Meet new people and connect with individuals to learn more about how they think and how they live their life. It might not seem useful at that particular time, but later on, you’ll have memories and knowledge that you’ve soaked in, that will give you an advantage over all those who have never experienced anything outside of the box.

11. Listen to Podcasts

Put your headphones on and find a podcast that’s going to make your brain cells tingle with interesting information. You can listen to a podcast while you’re in the car, bus, taking a walk or jogging. Go to the gym, work on your body and work on your mind as well! There are plenty of niche podcasts that you can learn from and still have the time to enjoy with your friends and family. 

There’s no better way to learn than by combining the joy of summer and new experiences that come along with it. Use every opportunity that you get to work on yourself, as summers come and go, but your mind is always with you, and you want to keep it as sharp as possible. 

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Brenda Savoie is a private English tutor and desperate dreamer. Writing her first romantic novel. Seeking contentment through mindfulness. Check her blog BestWritingClues Find her on Twitter and Facebook

16 July 2017

23 January 2017

Does Fast Food Make You Happy?

What happens to your body if you eat fast food for just a month?

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Fast food is convenient; all you have to do is to order a meal from your favorite place or go there and eat out. Even better, junk food isn’t too pricey so you won’t spend too much money. That said, the affordable prices and conveniences don’t come without various consequences affecting your health and overall quality of life. 

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While most people are familiar with the fact that fast food is unhealthy, they usually aren’t aware of the full spectrum of its effects. This post aims to change that as you’ll get to see what exactly happens to the human organism when a person eats fast food for at least a month.

Weight gain

Okay, you already know this but it’s impossible not to mention the impact of fast food on your waistline. Junk food has little to no nutritional value, while it’s loaded with unhealthy fats and sodium, your body doesn’t get the daily dose of proteins, minerals, and vitamins necessary for good overall health and a healthy weight. 

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Instead, these foods deliver way too many calories so if you aren’t an active person who exercises on a daily basis; the weight gain is imminent[1]. Since extra weight poses a threat to your health and increases the odds of various diseases, it is necessary to adhere to a well-balanced diet and increase activity levels. For most people, new
fitness trackers are extremely helpful for staying active throughout the day.

You’re constantly hungry

How many times have you eaten French fries or pizza because you were hungry, only to end up feeling hungry again just a few minutes later? While meals like these are popular, they’re not the healthiest choices for your body, not to mention the appetite. Fast food is high in calories, but as mentioned above, they’re low in nutritional content. 

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Why is this important? As a result, your body is deprived of much-needed nutrients, and hunger intensifies soon after you eat. On the other hand, healthier meals are high in fiber and healthy nutrients that suppress your appetite and make you feel full for longer. So, when eating junk food constantly, you’ll notice you’re always hungry and eat more frequently than you usually would.

Higher cancer risk
 
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One study found that frequent intake of junk food increases breast cancer risk[2]. That’s just one of many scientific discoveries that confirmed the relationship between fast food and cancers. It is needless to mention that due to the lack of fiber content, these unhealthy diet choices also enhance the odds of developing cancers of the digestive system[3].

Problems with digestive system

People who consume fast food regularly usually suffer from digestive problems such as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) or IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Why does this happen? The answer is easy; junk food is deep fried, and all that oil gets deposited on the stomach lining walls, thus stimulating acid production.
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Plus, spices from fast food irritate your stomach and aggravate digestion, causing constipation, and so on.

You’re bloated and have skin problems

You might find junk food delicious, but it is difficult on your body. These foods are high in sodium content that, besides affecting kidneys and blood pressure, make you feel bloated and puffy[4]. Therefore, if you’ve ever wondered why you are bloated quite frequently, here’s your answer – it’s because you eat way too much junk food.

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Besides bloating, you may also notice that your skin has become greasier and some people develop acne too. This happens due to high carb content. Just like the rest of your body, well-balanced diet is vital for healthy skin as well.

Higher Type 2 diabetes risk

Diabetes rates are constantly on the rise, and fast food plays a big role here. How? Eating junk food enhances the stress on your metabolism and affects the organism’s ability to use insulin properly. Plus, lack of fiber causes a spike in blood sugar levels and contributes to insulin resistance, not to mention that diabetes and weight gain are connected. On the other hand, when eating a well-balanced diet, the body receives a steady supply of glucose and can maintain insulin sensitivity.

Heart health suffers, too

Fast foods are laden with saturated and trans fats known for their negative impact on cardiovascular health. These fats increase levels of triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol, contribute to plaque formation and thereby enhance the risk of heart diseases.

The spike in blood sugar levels damages the lining of blood vessels and causes the chronic inflammation. Due to the inflammation, bad cholesterol sticks to the artery walls and block blood flow to the heart. What’s the consequence of this blockage? High blood pressure, heart attack, and so on.

It affects your brain too

Negative effects of fast food go beyond weight gain and higher odds of diabetes or heart diseases, they affect your brain as well. Junk food has a tremendous potential to affect brain’s synapses responsible for memory and learning. Moreover, it impacts one’s emotional health, too. People who eat fast food are more likely to experience mood problems and depression than those who don’t[5].

Conclusion


Although affordable and convenient, fast food is a major culprit for a number of negative effects on your body and overall health and wellbeing. To avoid these unfortunate scenarios, you should start making healthier diet choices. You can also work it out in the morning daily routine! :)

References:


[2] Intake of energy-dense foods, fast foods, sugary drinks, and breast cancer risk in African American and European American women., https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25265504
[4] THE EFFECTS OF FAST FOOD ON THE BODY, http://www.healthline.com/health/fast-food-effects-on-body
[5] Link between fast food and depression confirmed, https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120330081352.htm

30 May 2015

A Gene Turns Female to Male Mosquito Decreases Disease

Did you know that only female mosquitoes feed on human blood thus transmitting diseases? In fact, the female of these species is more deadly than its male.

That's certainly true, well, according to ScienceMag report, for Aedes aegypti, a.k.a Yellow Fever Mosquito.

If only female mosquito transmits particular disease, then what if scientists can turn all women into male mosquitoes? Probably, quite an excellent news indeed.

10 May 2015

06 February 2015

Smartphone Can Diagnose HIV For Just 15 Minutes

This is a great news! For the first time in the history of science and mankind, a team of researchers at Columbia Engineering in the US replicates all the mechanical, optical, and electronic functions of a lab-based blood test to specifically diagnose HIV and Syphilis in just 15 minutes using low-cost smartphone accessory. Yes, all you need is this smartphone and a some blood!

Led researcher Samuel K. Sia and his team of biomedical engineers has developed a low-cost smartphone that can perform point-of-care test that can detects HIV and Syphilis (Both infectious diseases) from a singel finger prick of blood in just way 15 minutes.

04 February 2015

Hate To Work Out But Love To Drink Wine?

If you hate jogging in the morning or work out in gym, but love to drink glass of wine, this is a good vibes for you.

According to study conducted by University of Alberta in Canada, a natural compound found in red wine, nuts, and some fruits — resveratrol — can improve physical performance, the same benefits we will get from exercise.

13 November 2014

23 July 2013

21 July 2013

Why Candy Crush Game Is Good For The Brain?

Candy Crush Saga is a popular Facebook matched-three game. Each level has different candies too. It surpassed Farmville. It is the variation of the yet popular Bejeweled.  And was developed by King(website).

To play Candy Crush Saga, you simply need to match 3 colors candies by swapping positions of 2 adjacent candies to match the same color either horizontally or vertically.

While it became a big hit in 2012 and mass downloaded(Candy Crush Saga had over ten million downloads in December 2012 alone) at a breath-taking pace, it is now considered to be an addictive game. 

So is it bad for the player?

13 February 2013

Improve Your Day at Work: Establish a Morning Routine

Do you often forget to bring important things at the office? Are you irritable and impatient when dealing with subordinates or coworkers? Does the first hour of your working days begin with anticipating how awful your day might become? These might be a sign of unhealthy working routine.

What people don’t often realize is that an unproductive work day usually starts from the unorganized morning routine at home.