Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
A person unlucky in love suffers from dejected and depressed feelings and we usually refer the term ‘broken heart’ to describe his feelings. But be known that there exists a medical condition which is known as broken heart syndrome.
This occurs during highly stressful and emotional times such as painful breakup, the death of a spouse, job loss or in cases of extreme anger. The other name for broken heart syndrome is stress cardiomyopathy.
OK, let us move on to the symptoms that we should be aware of which includes, chest pain, shortness of breath, an irregular heartbeat and general weakness. In case of such symptoms it is a must that you dial the emergency number.
How does this broken heart syndrome occur? In this condition a part of the heart enlarges and does not pump well and the other part of the heart functions normally and may even contract more forcefully. The good thing about this broken heart syndrome is that it is treatable and the person becomes normal within a week.
To spice up this post I am adding some interesting tidbits you would really like to know. In a recent study scientists have identified a female divorce gene. A woman possessing the gene cannot process the hormone oxytoxin properly because this hormone promotes the feeling of love and maternal affection.
Women identified with this gene cannot bond with others and may suffer a rocky marriage. Similarly in men, it depends on how the brain uses the chemical vasopressin which affects men’s ability to commit and remain faithful. In a research study it was found that happily married couples have lower blood pressure than singles with supportive social network.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
‘Pass me that salt shaker’ is one worst form of request at least in the dictionary of health. It is good that you reduce salt in your diet in case if you are one of the persons who often ask for a salt shaker.
Salt is a mineral which is comprised of sodium chloride. The amount of our intake of salt directly affects our health and blood pressure the higher the salt intake, the higher the blood pressure. High intake of salt causes water retention in the body which leads to swelling in ankles and weight gain. It also worsens osteoporosis, asthma and kidney disease. High salt intake is closely related with stomach and mouth cancer.
Nutritionists have recommended one teaspoon or less of salt per day for adults. For kids it should be lower than one tsp. Be warned that salt comes from prepared foods like breads, crackers, canned and frozen foods, ready to eat breakfast cereals, cheese and restaurant foods.
Eating unprocessed foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, wild fish, chicken, egg and milk increases your potassium content which is a good thing. It also adds vitamins, minerals, phyto-nutrients, fiber and healthy fats.
But for those who cannot live without crisps there is an interesting piece of information. Food scientists have found a way to reduce salt content in chips without compromising the taste. And I hope these will be available in the market very soon.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Sleep is a naturally recurring state of the body. It rejuvenates the immune, skeletal, muscular and nervous system. Lack of sleep or insomnia is the most common sleep disorder. If left untreated it increases depression, diabetes, hypertension and even death.
According to a new research middle age sleep problems could later lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from the Uppsala University Sweden have found that specific regions in the brain that contributes to a person’s appetite become more activated after loss of single night’s sleep. This means that in the long run there is a tendency for those affected with sleep problems to become overweight.
To ensure a good night’s sleep try following these steps. Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol before going to bed. Establish a pre-sleep routine, develop a consistent sleep schedule, exercise and never watch the clock while you are trying to sleep. If nothing of the above said works then read this post and automatically you will fall asleep.
This is the latest update about sleep, it was found in a study that taking sleeping pills results in premature death. Even a low amount of 18 pills per year increase the chances of premature death.
For more interesting information on sleep please follow this link
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Do you eat fish? If not then you better start to include it in your diet. Fish has a host of health benefits. It is rich in proteins, low in fats and also contains omega 3 fatty acids. Fish are excellent sources of vitamin B and D.
The omega 3 fatty acids present in fish helps in proper functioning of the immune system. The DHA present in omega 3 fatty acids increase good cholesterol and prevents heart attacks. The DHA is essential for the brain development of the fetus and increases cognitive development of kids.
Fish reduces PMS, memory loss, colon cancer and stroke. It helps to reduce wrinkles and protects the skin from the damage caused by ultraviolet rays. Fish is good for people suffering from psoriasis. It reduces the likelihood of Alzheimer’s disease.
Folks, there are more advantages of eating fish. It is good for the eyes the omega 3 fatty acids found in fish protects retinal cells against various degenerative diseases. Some fish may contain mercury contamination it will be wise if you know which fish to eat. Please click on the following link to find more about it. http://www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/oehas/fish/fishchart.htm
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012