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Hahaha…hic! Laughter-induced hiccups. What causes them?

Ever experienced a sudden case of hiccups when you were having a hearty laughter session? So what causes those involuntary fits that interrupt your laughter and conversation when they attack you in their full power? Sometimes, when you laugh for an extended period of time, air rushes into your diaphragm because of improper breaths, which forces your body to expel the excessive air in a different way – hiccups. Laughter can also disturb the phrenic nerves, which connect the brain to the diaphragm, by abnormal breathing, which in turn leads to contraction of the diaphragm and eventual hiccups.

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Kids get their intelligence from their moms

Here’s a reason for mothers to rejoice because all your doubts have been confirmed and sealed with science! Research says that the mother’s genes are responsible for how smart her child will turn out to be. Mommies everywhere, this is your cue to yell, “I knew it!” The research confirms that most of a person’s intelligence is attached to Chromosome X – which is carried by women in a pair. While female children get one of the X Chromosomes from the father, intelligence genes aren't activated when they're passed down by a male. So the next time your child is behaving all goofy, you'll know exactly whom to blame. At least until they find out who passes on the tantrum genes.

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Addicted to eating non-food items?

Everyone likes food that tastes good. But what about colors, smells or textures? Ever felt like thrusting your mouth in a barrel of paint or found yourself wanting to take a crunchy bite of a vibrantly spherical piece of chalk? Then you might just be suffering from an eating disorder called ‘pica’, which makes people addicted to eating substances that aren’t food. Reasons for having symptoms of pica include a chemical disorder, a nutritional deficiency or even obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)! Health complications that may arise out of this disorder could include gastric pain and bleeding, constipation, lead poisoning or even bowel perforation.

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Sweet tooth = Sweeter you?

Can eat certain types of foods really have an impact on our dispositions? Researchers have found that people who prefer to eat sweet foods are more likely to volunteer for someone in need and are more agreeable and helpful generally – literally making them “sweet as sugar”. The study also pointed out how different tastes can evidently be associated as metaphors for personalities of people (eg.: She’s a ‘sweet’heart!), when in fact, the taste would seem to have so little in common with a person’s behavior or temperament! So apparently, you are very much what you eat. Like we needed another reason to love chocolate anyway.

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Lung cancer in non-smokers

It is surprising that people can develop this life-threatening disease even if they have never smoked a tobacco product throughout their lives. Three major factors play a role– the environment, lifestyle, and genetics. Radon gas, a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that forms naturally as a result of the decay of radioactive elements can be an important environmental constituent. Spending a large amount of time in areas where one is exposed to secondhand smoke could increase the risk of falling prey to the disease. Individuals with a family history of lung cancer are also more likely to develop lung cancer themselves.

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Movement can make you feel good

A study has shown that any level of physical activity can have a positive effect on the emotional wellbeing of a human being. Periodically engaging in slight physical activities can lead to a more positive emotional side and can be a contributing factor to your overall mood and happiness. When we make a gesture the movements of which are related to a specific emotion, it can elicit or create that emotion in us. Rhythmic movements like jumping or hopping or even dancing to random music can make you happy and instantly boost your mood. So go on and move it, move it!

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Would a Superhero eat that?

Tired of your children throwing a fit every time you ask them to eat healthy veggies? Harness the superpowers of their superheroes to convince them! Researchers have found that invoking names of superhero role models encouraged children to eat healthier food over junk items and illustrated that when superhero cues were given, 36% more children opted for the healthier alternative! So the next time your children are going ballistic about leaving out broccoli or radishes, ask them if their favorite superhero would do that. Will you, however, have the energy to match their extra energy once they get into their “superhero” modes? Sigh! If only YOU were Batman too.

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Larger plates = larger appetites?

To control our calorie intake, we need to control the portion sizes we serve. But can something like the size of our plates cause us to eat more than we think? A study has explained how larger plates make food servings appear smaller and unconsciously push us into serving more food, while smaller plates can lead us to misjudge that very same quantity of food as being significantly larger. Since some people feel compelled to finish whatever they have served, they invariably end up eating more off larger plates. In order to avoid the glorious act of gluttony, we must manipulate the size of the dinnerware we use!

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The waiter's weight

Do you have a favorite person who waits on you in specific restaurants who might be on the healthier side? He might be the reason for you to order more while dining there – and not because he recommends the best food items to you. A study shows that diners who ordered their dinner from heavier wait staff were four times more likely to order dessert, and ordered 17% more alcohol. Yes, lighting, music and where you sit have also been shown to influence your eating preferences but a heavy waiter or waitress seemed to have a bigger influence on what we ordered, especially on skinniest diners!

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Are you a mosquito magnet?

Ever feel like the handsome hunk or someone with the most oozing appeal around town that the ladies just love to dig? Errr… we meant the “mosquito” ladies since only the females bite. Research has shown that mosquitos exhibit blood-sucking preferences which can be narrowed down to two categories – sight and smell. People dressed in darker colors attract plenty of mosquito ‘vision’ attention. ‘Smell’ attractors include the carbon dioxide you emit, or smells from your skin or breath like lactic acid or acetone. Another factor is your body temperature or warmth, as people with higher body temperatures indicate that blood – their most favourite treat – is closer to the skin surface.

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Wanna eat less junk food? Serve it to yourself!

Sometimes we feel like junk food has us all gripped into its superficial deliciousness and convenient availability. Everyone is hopelessly addicted and yet struggling to find ways to control their junk intake. Help is not far, as a recent study has illustrated that simply serving your food to yourself, then accepting a portion from someone else, will help in curbing your junk food cravings. The study found that people eat less unhealthy food when they're in control of how big their portion is. Well, if it keeps us away from junk food, we will definitely have all hands on deck (and off the unhealthy plates)!

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Expensive food = Healthy food?  Inbox x

A study in the Journal of Consumer Research illustrates how consumers are drawn towards expensive food items, assuming them to be healthier and how affordable items are left behind as junky food – even if neither of the cases is true. Yes, generally, the healthy option is often the costlier one, but that holds true only on a comprehensive basis – like fresh fruits or veggies will be costlier than processed or junk food. But when you’re talking about individual items, that rule isn’t a universal one. Thus, people are less inclined to believe that a product can be healthy unless they’re shelling out more for it.

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Why do we have milk teeth?

Remember the time when your milk teeth fell off and you looked like a cute little toothless bunny? Humans are diphyodonts, meaning that they grow two separate sets of teeth throughout their lives and milk teeth are naturally required by children for proper chewing and for speech development. However, baby teeth also preserve space for our adult teeth until they can grow up underneath our gums. By distributing chewing forces into our jaws, our baby teeth keep space available so that adult teeth can erupt normally into our mouths. And you thought they were only for the tooth fairy! Ha!

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Do video games count as exercise?

Some studies have found that “active” video games -- the kind that involves standing up and moving around, are more effective at conjuring intense physical activity in young children. Data from the tests suggested that participants experienced greater physical intensity when playing active video games (games that required full body participation) compared to outdoor physical activities. The study does not promote the idea of ONLY playing video games but means to provide people with options to make informed decisions while buying video games for their kids. Outdoor games should, however, always be encouraged as those would never be available on the Play Store!

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Nutella can cause CANCER?!

Nutella-lovers might have probably heard this by now, but yes, the latest scoop is that our very own beloved Nutella might have the disadvantageous potential to cause Cancer. A report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has declared that palm oil – one of the key ingredients used in the Nutella for its smooth texture and considerably long shelf life – to be more carcinogenic than any other oil. Even though Ferrero, Nutella’s manufacturer is fighting back the claim slammed on it, this news has had an adverse effect as profits have already taken a 3% hit. We just hope that the issue is resolved after giving highest priority to consumers’ food safety.

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Ice-creams during winter? Yes, sir!

Ice-cream sellers will agree with this one, obviously. A research conducted by Mr. Poortvliet, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Neuroscience, has stated that humans are endothermic animals, meaning that we can control our body temperatures, irrespective of the weather outside. Poortvliet’s research shows that Ice Cream ends up warming the human body when eaten due to its caloric content. The initial cooling effect is rapidly replaced by heat generated by digestive processes needed to break down the calories and that leads to an increase in body temperature. The bonus? It won’t melt like it does in summers! The cold never bothered us anyway.

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How often should I change my toothbrush?

According to research found in the Journal of Advanced Medical and Dental Science, ten million is a number of bacteria crawling on the average toothbrush right this second! Using your old toothbrush for an unreasonable period or not swapping it regularly (every 3 to 4 months) with a new one might lead to unfavorable outcomes – old brushes with frayed bristles can damage the gum tissue, they are also a host of harmful pathogens, especially if stored in bathrooms. Simply put, a dirty brush will leave your mouth dirtier with each use. We’d prefer changing our brushes over the dreaded dentist visits any day!

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Side-effects of over-wearing contact lenses

Sure, contact lenses are a great boon to millions – especially to those with high vision power who end up looking like nerds in their thick glasses, no matter how stylish the frame. However, using contacts comes with an equal set of responsibilities and even any minute negligence, like that related to wearing contacts for too long, would imply sight-threatening disasters. ‘Overwear’ of contact lenses might lead to eye pain, blurred vision, red eye, excessive tearing, eye ulcers or overgrowth of surrounding vessels. The proper way to handle contacts is by using them according to the time period prescribed, handling them with hygiene and disinfecting them regularly.

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Wanna get healthy? Get a dog!

As dog lovers or owners, we are aware of the levels of happiness and energy that dogs bring into our lives. Apart from enriching our lives in big and little ways, being a parent to a fur baby also translates to incredible health! Several studies have shown that dog owners have lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and fewer heart attacks as they tend to get more exercise. The calming effect that dogs have on humans also assists in handling stress, anxiety or loneliness. So go on, be responsible and adopt a furry companion or give your existing one a big, sloppy kiss today!

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Cotton buds to clean your ears? Pay heed!

Even though it is very convenient to use ear-buds to ‘clean’ your ears in a jiffy, they are actually quite harmful to delicate areas inside the ears. Did you know that statistically, children are more likely to harm themselves with cotton buds than with a sharp razor? The irony is that while using cotton swabs, we push earwax – which is, in fact, good for the ears, deeper into our ears – leading to hearing loss, blockages, and infections. Ears have the ability to clean themselves and earwax protects the ears by keeping dust and debris away from the eardrums and ear canals.

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Smile your way to the top!

Do you want that top job that you’ve been working endlessly hard for? Smile, and you just might get it! A study from Penn University has found that when you smile, you appear more courteous, likable and even more competent! It suggests that a well-placed and well-timed smile doesn’t go amiss in any situation – be it with your local vegetable vendor or your CEO. Whether awkward or natural – a smile will be welcomed heartily – especially in a business environment where everyone would anyway be bored with their monotonous schedules. So just let your smile work its magic!

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Severe PMS? Blame it on your genes!

A new study from the National Institutes of Health has discovered a complex of genes that may make certain women susceptible to PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) – one of the most severe forms of PMS. The women in the study who suffered from PMDD had a gene that reacted differently when exposed to hormones like estrogen and progesterone and was thus defenseless against the typical PMS syndromes of depression, anxiety, irritability and mood swings. Overall, the study connected PMDD with the biological functioning of the body and established an intrinsic difference in the molecular and genetic apparatus of women suffering from the same.

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Habits that will make you happy: Science

If you are feeling stressed or depressed for any kind of circumstances in your life, following are the things you can do that will instantly cheer up you up and make you happy, according to science. Listen to music from the happiest time in your life, to which a beautiful memory is associated. Think about your goals, it releases happy chemicals in your noggin and changes the way you look at the world. Get proper sleep. Beat procrastination by doing simple things first. Smile and wear glasses.

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Long Fingernails: Healthy Or Not?

Long nails, especially in women, are often symbolic of beauty and grace. However, if not well-maintained, they can be an open invitation to diseases, pathogens or health problems. A study states that nails longer than 3 millimeters carry more bacteria and yeast under them which may cause pneumonia, urinary tract infections or blood stream infections. It recommends one to be extra-attentive while washing hands or to simply keep nails short. That someone desirous of keeping long nails however, must keep them clean at all times, isn’t a nail-biter (though that is NOT how we recommend you to trim them)!

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Brace your sweet tooth! Literally!

Dentists in the UK are criticizing the presence of the “workplace cake culture”. They consider the sharing of sweet treats in offices to be unhealthy and detrimental to basic dental ideologies of safeguarding oral health and hygiene. The Faculty at UK believes that eating cakes and sweets at work discouraged healthy eating habits and instead acted like an irony in the oral care industry. While many people defend this proposal by citing practical reasons for bringing in sweets to work – occasions like birthdays or gatherings, we are just glad not to be working in a dental workplace in the UK right now.

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Eat your radishes!

We sometimes wonder if “radishes” could be the equivalent of the broccoli in India – crunchy red and white discs that adults leave behind in salads or those nasty, stick-like veggies with bony long hands and bare fingers- avoided and feared by little children since times immemorial. This much-disliked vegetable however, is extraordinarily healthy - it lowers cancer risk, regulates blood pressure, blood sugar, aids digestion, weight-loss and keeps kidneys healthy! Rich in anti-oxidants, radishes keep skin looking younger! Now you know why we were being so dramatic. Do not fear the humble mooli – dig into one right now!

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Bringing latent memories back

We all have both short-term and long-term memories. A recent study by a group of investigators at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, shows how synapses may be the answer to strengthening latent memories. The work isn't just useful for understanding not memory but can also benefit other cognitive functions like perception, attention and goal maintenance.

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Seasonal winter fruits and veggies

Greens and purples, berries and fruits, winter is full of fresh colors and even fresher fruits and veggies! As the winter season sets in and spreads its chilly hands all over the city, we thought that we’d embrace winter with equal zest by gorging on the best and healthiest food items of the season. So go on and take a bite of those deep-purple, bulb-shaped sweet beetroots or feast on those deliciously fleshy and mouth-watering pink strawberries! Pick out a few bunches of the long spinach or methi leaves and use the fiber to beat all your stomach blues away. Have you tried the gajar ka halwa (a carrot dessert) this winter yet?

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HIV Testing in the privacy of your home

A lot of cases of HIV go undetected because of the stigma attached to the testing. WHO has recommended a home self-testing kit for improving access to diagnosis. This testing can be done via oral fluids or finger pricks and the results can be seen in less than 20 minutes. India is considering the adoption of this HIV self-testing kit.

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Is coffee the best source of anti-oxidants?

It is true that coffee is the biggest source of anti-oxidants. However, whether it is truly beneficial or addictive and unhealthy has been a much debated issue. While you may get most of your antioxidants from coffee, those found in fruits and vegetables are of a different kind. These are also required by your body. Hence, don’t rely fully on coffee for your daily dose of anti-oxidants.

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Oils to beat dry skin this winter

The best way to combat dryness is an oil massage. The right kind of oil will relieve the itchiness caused by dryness and help retain natural moisture of your skin. Oils that can be very effective and helpful in this process include olive oil, mustard oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil and tea tree oil. Smooth and soft skin is just a massage away.

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Does Juicing help in losing weight?

While there is no formal research that validates that a juice diet is an effective way of losing weight, the calorie content is very low. Initially, it does help with rapid weight loss but may have harmful effects in the long run such as inadequate fiber, fatigue and weakness, deficiencies and reduced muscle mass. A juice diet is also not capable of inducing the feeling of fullness like solid foods.

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Blunders to stay away from when pregnant

There are a lot of myths attached to what you must and mustn’t do when you’re pregnant. Things you should definitely avoid are, eating more than your daily requirement, taking medication without seeking medical advice, not succumbing to your cravings, not getting the right exercise and not sleeping regularly and adequately. Stay away from these for a perfectly healthy baby.

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Happiness in the winter
Lack of nutrition and weak physical health can adversely affect your mental health and cause depression. Though, this can be easily battled with the right kinds of food. This winter consume foods rich in Vitamin D and folic acids such as mushrooms and seafood. Moreover, fermented food and iron rich food can also help in improving your mental health this season. Reference ​   ..
How to reduce food waste?

A lot of food is wasted in the holiday season. To avoid this, plan your meals before you shop. Use up leftovers the next day instead of throwing them out. Let your guests take only as much as they want so that not a lot is wasted. Get creative and mix up the leftovers for a nice new dish. In addition, it's always wiser to buy frozen foods if you think you won't finish it before it goes stale.

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Why does your neck ache?

When your neck aches, it can cause a lot of discomfort in everyday movements. While it may not be too serious, it's not wise to ignore it. The possible causes for a throbbing pain in the neck are a compressed nerve, meningitis, injuries, osteoarthritis of the neck and straining of muscles by reading in bed, stooping over a computer for too long or sleeping in an unusual position.

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Is lemon juice acidic or alkaline?

It does matter if what you consume is acidic or alkaline in nature. When consumed, lemon juice is acidic in nature. Though, once digested the byproducts of lemon juice are alkaline. While these byproducts can make your urine alkaline, they cause very few changes in your blood stream. Hence, consuming it regularly boosts your immune system, prevents kidney stones and makes mineral absorption better.

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How do you get a sprained ankle?

When a joint moves from its usual position, it stretches the ligaments around, causing a sprain. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, activities that can cause ankle sprains include a workout, walking/running on an uneven surface, falling down, playing sports that involve twisted foot movements like football or basketball and having your foot stepped on.

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Sleep loss can cause heart ailments

According to a recent research, short-term sleep can cause serious harm to your heart's function. The study warns that people in medical, fire and emergency jobs, who are forced to work longer shifts are at a higher risk of heart ailments. It states that 24-hour shifts cause a significant increase in cardiac contractility, blood pressure, and heart rate.

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Read mind through eyes!

Eye reading can be done using a number of techniques but there are some basics that everyone should be aware of. Generally, you can observe that the pupils of two people contract when the person is interested in other person or in the topic being discussed. During thoughts, movement of pupils to the left suggest reminiscence whereas to the right suggest looking for creativity. It can also mean that people are lying when pupils turn right. Then there are signs of winking and blinking which can be interpreted depending on the situation.

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An unusual disease is being found among teens

A little-known disease called “Textaphrenia” is affecting numerous teens across the globe. It is a modern day disease. The term describes the act of constantly checking your smartphone after just sending a message, in an anticipation of a prompt reply. Shocking statistics indicate that god proportion of young people are experiencing the feeling of rejections in case their text messages are not replied to.

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Indians deprive themselves of vacation, here’s why!

India ranked 4th in the survey of the list of countries which are deprived of vacation for some or the other reasons. Apparently, the co-ordination of time with friends and family and other similar issues hold them back from taking a vacation. Work schedules never match of some people while others think that not taking a leave will give a positive impression on their employers. In order to maintain a balance between work life and personal life, this scenario must change.

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Fashion choices are leading to balding in men

In a recent interview with Business Insider with Dr. William Yates, he mentioned about all the fashion choices that are leading to balding in men. Tight hats like those skullcaps put pressure on the hair and over time can cause ‘traction alopecia’ which leads to gradual hair loss. Similarly, a man-bun, styling can increase the rate at which at hair is thinning from the front and the sides. Hence, chose the right kind of cap for your hair.

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The only supplement you need to tackle cold

There are several recent studies which indicate that Vitamin C has a very little effect on tackling cold and flu. It is zinc that you need. Zinc is an element which enables our immune system to function at the optimum level. Researchers suggest that we need to consume 15 to 25 mg of zinc daily. Foods that are rich in zinc include spinach, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, oysters, watermelon seeds etc.

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How does our imagination work?

Imagination is really a complex process and requires a lot of sophisticated coordination inside the brain. There is a video which shows the discussion on mental synthesis theory which suggests how neurons come together and combine to form images inside our brain. It further also entails the role of brain’s prefrontal cortex. It shows how numerous electrical signals help to induce imagination. Click on reference below to watch the video.

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Peripheral vision is partly brain generated illusion, a study claims.

According to an Amsterdam-based study, what humans see from the outer corner of their eyes is partly an optical illusion which is generated by the brain. The study shows that in certain circumstances the brain automatically “fills in the blanks” in the visual field which is outside the area of direct focus. This conjures the illusion of having as much visual information about the periphery as in the center.

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OMG! You can get paralysis by eating this

According to a study, there is a possibility that undercooked chicken can prove harmful to your health. There is a bacterium found in the under-cooked chicken which is known to cause Guillain-Barre syndrome. GBS is an autoimmune disorder and is world’s leading cause of acute neuromuscular paralysis in humans. If chicken is not properly cooked to the minimal temperature, the bacteria called Campylobacter Jejuni which is still present in the food can trigger GBS.

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Science says it is okay to keep complaining! Not Unhealthy!

Most of the people have been reprimanded for being too “whiny” or they have been tagged as people who are complaining all the time. Generally, it is believed that this constant cribbing is unhealthy for all of us. However, a recent study suggests otherwise. It says it can be healthy for a person to keep complaining about stuff if he is willing to concentrate on reflecting what went wrong and figuring the solutions. Yes, it can be healthy if a lesson is derived from it.

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Reason why the smell of holidays reminds us of our childhood

According to psychology today, the smell is processed by the olfactory bulb, which is directly connected to the amygdala and hippocampus of the brain which is responsible for storing emotions and memories. The Olfactory-bulb is a neural-strand which starts from the nose and ends at the bottom of our brain. This is why certain smells can induce memories like cinnamon and pine reminds people of their childhood days.

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Airplane lights affect how you feel

It is observed that the more intense the lights are, the more intense the emotions of humans will be. The small amount of light which penetrates through the airplane windows is incredibly soft. This is the reason why airplanes are looking for establishing corporate LED lights which are highly durable and can change the vibe of the entire cabin. All aircraft companies are looking for such lighting options to only calm but refresh the passengers.

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This is what homework is doing to kids

Yes definitely there are very common excuses and complaints by kids regarding doing their homework but there some unfortunate consequences that can really cause harm. Apparently, too much homework can not only cause stress but also can result in serious physical health problems. There are several case studies showing too much homework has cause children a lack of balance in their lives and they are getting away from the society.

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The reason why modern parents are not strict enough

Modern parents, unlike the older generations, are deeply aware that nowadays children are cognizant, conscious humans and should not be treated like punching bags. However, this kind of awareness has interfered with the need to be strict when it is actually required. Now professional stress also mingles with personal lives, which makes the parents more conscious on their behavior with kids. But anyways, unchecked behavior can lead to bigger problems in later life.

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Which milk is best for you?

There exist several types of milk delivering different nutritional benefits, hence, it is necessary you chose a perfect one as per your health requirements. For example, if you are lactose intolerant, you might probably want to switch to soya milk. Nut milk are also available for lactose intolerant people in the market but they are quite expensive. But then, some people are also nut allergic. Children in their growth phase should consume full cream milk to reap all the benefits. For those looking for weight loss, tones, and double toned milk is an option.

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Include these in your winter diet immediately!

Most of all, get oranges and carrots back in your regular diet as both of these boost immunity to a large extent during the winter season. Carrot also helps to improve eyesight, prevents cancer, regulates blood sugar etc. Apple should also be kept constant as it protects us against several serious conditions. Peas regulate weight, prevents Alzheimer’s, blood sugar etc. eating spinach is also healthy for your skin and hair during winter.

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VapoRub Uses #101

VapoRub contains ingredients like eucalyptus oil, cedar leaf oil, menthol, and nutmeg oil which are actually very healthy for you. Many people rub it on their foreheads to fight migraines. People even rub it on their feet and cover it with socks to fight cold. You can try healing your stretch marks by rubbing vapor rub on them. Keeping open Vapor-Rub jars or applying on your body at specific places and keep you from insects like mosquitoes. There are several other benefits of the balm!

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Black clothes and Sunny day?

It is a common tradition, especially in tropical regions to wear white or bright colored clothes as black and dark colored clothes absorb more heat. It is also well known black colored object radiate more, thus canceling out the absorption bias to some extent. Thus, a black colored shirt will give your body the maximum heat and a white colored one will give you the least. So, do your shopping based on the temperatures in your region.

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Short term sleep can take a toll on your heart

As per research it has been proven that short-term sleep deprivation as happens in 24-hour shifts can cause a major increase in cardiac contractility, blood pressure, and heart rate. For this study, Daniel Kuetting from the university of Bonn in Germany recruited 20 healthy radiologists, which included 19 men and one woman, with an average age of 31.6 years. These participants underwent cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging before and after a 24-hour shift, they showed a significant increase in blood pressure and heart rate after short-term sleep deprivation.

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What is intermittent fasting 101?

Fasting is more natural to us than constantly eating 3-4 meals per day because our ancestors were hunters and did not have food all the time. At the same time, fasting is a part of many religions like Islam, Christianity, and Buddhism. It has been proved that intermittent fasting with a regular eating pattern can actually help you lose weight and simply stay fit. The idea is to fast for 16 hours daily or for 24 hours twice a week.

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Important nutrients for breakfast!

Breakfast is obviously the most important meal of the day as it helps to refuel your body, giving energy and an opportunity to start your routine with a boost of nutrients. Most of the breakfasts are full of carbs, so this is the perfect time for making whole-grain choices. You must also consume protein in the morning to help keep you full. Fiber from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is important for digestion. You must also have an intake of calcium to give you strength for the entire day.

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Benefits of Dal Chaawal

Sauce or a soupy stew are made from those legumes and both are commonly served with rice which is delicious combination offering several health benefits. Protein is made up 20 different amino acids, most of which are provided to the body by consuming dal rice together. Rice, in its own self, has a good amount of fiber to offer, hence it is a good food for people on diet. Of course, there are several other benefits associated with these grains but the best thing is, they taste best together!

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Benefits of boiled potatoes

Boiled potatoes are naturally rich in minerals and vitamins, particularly phosphorus, potassium, B-complex vitamins and vitamin C. They have high fiber content which makes you feel full and they are also low in calories. Cooking potatoes deplete it of some nutrients but a boiled potato is anyway nutrient dense. They can be regularly included in the diet as contrary to the popular belief, they are not inherently fattening.

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Indian head massage can be dangerous

After a good session of Indian massage, some clients are known observed to feel light-headed, dizzy, tired and sometimes they even feel an urgent need to urinate. Aching and muscles pain in face and neck is also known to affect some. But if these symptoms are observed for quite a long time, it is recommended to seek medical help. Indian massage can also cause bruises, tissue damage, high blood pressure and epilepsy.

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The asana to help lose weight from hip and thighs

Anantasana is really good to shape your thighs and hips. Follow the below instructions to perform it. You may begin by lying flat on the ground. Then turn to your left and lift your head supporting it with the left hand. Lift up the right leg and arm, then hold the big toe of your leg with fingers of your right hand. Now maintain the balance and take a deep breath. Then repeat with the other side.

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Air travel can harm your skin

Air travel causes the skin to tan as the UV radiation is stronger when the flight is closer to the sun. According to the facts presented by World Health Organization, there is about 10% increase in UV levels with every 1000 mt increase in the altitude. The windows of the flight cabin reportedly do not protect against the UVA rays, which penetrate quite deep into the skin.

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Science backed health benefits of music

It has been scientifically proven that music not only helps us cope with pain, but also provides a lot of benefits to our physical and mental health. The several benefits of music are that it motivates people to bike harder, improves running performance and motivation, increases workout endurance, speeds up post-workout recovery, improves the quality of sleep, helps people eat less, enhances functioning of blood vessels, reduces stress, induces a meditative state, relieves symptoms of depression and much more.

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Benefits of buttermilk that you probably didn’t know

Buttermilk has been defined as ‘sattvik’ food in Ayurveda because of its various health benefits. This drink is made from yogurt and is both delicious and healthy and is a great accompaniment to your meals. The different benefits of buttermilk or chaas include reducing acidity, soothes the stomach after a spicy meal, improves digestion, boosts the intake of calcium, washes down fats, contains many nutrients apart from calcium, lowers cholesterol blood pressure and prevents cancer along with other benefits.

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The best ways to get rid of gas and bloating quickly

Gas and bloating can be quite painful and uncomfortable and this is a chronic problem with many people. It can also lead to burping and belching which can be embarrassing. In order to avoid gas, you should avoid foods grown from the ground, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and peas. Even carbonated drinks, pop, and lager cause gas. Some of the things that can help get rid of gas you can drink peppermint tea, ginger tea, take a short walk or/and eat coriander.

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How to clean dirt from your nose

Cleaning your nose which is also known as nasal lavage is useful in many allergies, sinus, and cold infections. Although the process is simple you should know the right technique. If you use less pressure then the spray will not reach high enough to really clean out the sinuses, while if you use too much pressure it will cause pain and discomfort. First of all, you should spray saline into your nose and allow it to drip back down. Then gently blow your nose to remove loosened dirt and mucus.

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Can you brush your teeth too much?

Almost 80% people are over brushing their teeth, although the damage caused to the teeth depends more on your toothbrush and your technique of brushing rather than how often you brush. Toothbrush bristles are rounded when they are manufactured, but when the bristles wear away, the tooth brush can cause a lot of damage to the teeth with its jagged bristles. This is the reason that it is necessary to replace your toothbrush often. Also, learn the proper technique with a little research online or from a dentist.

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Different ways to stay focused all day

Most of us face problems in focusing from time to time and this can adversely affect our productivity and hence our chances of success. It would be ideal if we could stay focused all the time, but usually, we require some help and self-training in order to do so. Some of the things that can help in staying focused are minimize multi-tasking, meditation, regular exercise, establishing a to-do list, indulge in caffeine, take breaks, train your brain to focus, find a quiet place, get enough sleep.

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Seven body parts you should never scratch

Plucking nails or biting them can leave the skin around it very irritated and can cause rapid nail growth. Picking at nail paint will leave them brittle and dry. If you play with the blackheads and acne on your face, they will leave permanent blemishes. Scratching gray hair can lead to scarring and infection. Scratching mosquito bites will only increase the irritation and inflammation. Picking on your body scabs can cause infection, bleeding, and scars.

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The Number 1 Myth about Yoga!

Okay, so you must be flexible. Maybe you can even touch your toes now. But honestly, when it comes to yoga, it is not important at all that you are physically flexible. That is really a myth. What matters is that you show up to your yoga mat and breathe which shows discipline. Rest of the perks to your body will be naturally applied over time.

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Can three day weekends help us save the environment?

Three day weekends means a reduction in the number of working days which is directly related to the reduction in the overall consumption of energy. With four working days a week, imagine the amount of energy that can be saved especially from the huge running workplaces. Since we are at a point where global warming is an utmost issue and where we need to significantly cut on our carbon outputs, instituting a 3 day weekend might actually work.

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The benefits of camping in nature

Camping is becoming increasingly popular nowadays and this is good because there are a lot of health benefits associated with it. Being in the lap of nature can do a lot of good to your physical, mental and emotional health. Being with plants is a great stress buster and walking while camping can be a low impact exercise that is good for your overall well-being. However, you need to understand the nitty gritty of camping before you take your tent and pitch it in some place.

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Relation between make-up of the brain and pain threshold

According to research it has been proven that the make-up of the gray matter in the brain can determine how sensitive a person is to pain. It has generally been found that people who tend to daydream have a lower pain threshold compared to people who are more focused. People with lower pain threshold have less gray matter in brain regions that contribute to internal thoughts and control of attention. These regions include the posterior cingulate cortex, precuneus, and areas of the posterior parietal cortex.

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Why people remember tragic events more

According to research people are more likely to remember tragic and sad events than happy events like anniversaries and birthdays. Functional magnetic resonance imaging has shown that negative events stimulate activity in the emotion-processing regions of the brain like the orbitofrontal cortex and amygdala. This is the reason that people witnessing an assassination are more likely to remember the gun, but may not remember their surroundings. This tendency to remember bad memories is considered to be an evolutionary tactic which protects humans against future life-threatening or negative events.

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Connection between healthy lifestyle and enhanced executive function

According to research, there is a definite connection between a healthy lifestyle and enhanced executive function. It has been found that people who start exercising, eating healthy food or start eating more fruits and vegetables will experience an improvement in their brain function over a period of time. It is more likely that such people will remain healthy as they age and will be able to retain high levels of executive function over a period of time.

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India’s food security programme to cost Rs. 1.4 Lakh Crore a year!

Recently, India has launched a national food security welfare program which will cost the government a sum of 1.4 Lakh Crore per year. This ultra-cheap food welfare program was introduced by Congress Govt. It is supposed to cover 50% of urban and 75% of rural areas in India. Some highlights of the new law are, wheat at 2-rupee/kg and rice and 3-rupee/kg.

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Before growing your beard, read this!

Before you start growing your beard, you need to have the knowledge of hot to avoid it from getting unkempt or getting those bald patches on face and when to get a neckline trim. There is really no need to give your beard a perfect outline as long as it is k=maintained neat and everything beyond the face is shaved off.

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Why added sugar is extremely bad for you?

This will come as a surprise to you, the fat we consume and we’re scared of is not as bad as we thought it is and on the other hand, sugar is much, much worse than we thought. Research has suggested that diets which are high in sugar lead to diabetes, obesity, heart diseases and cancer. Hence, it is mandatory for all food manufacturers to put a label of “Added Sugar” on their products and consumers must beware of the consequences.

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You should not touch these body parts with your fingers

There are some really sacred spots in your body where your fingers should not be lingering. According to a study, your grubby hands should not be put in your ear canal, your face, your butt, your eyes, mouth. It is extremely unhealthy to put them in the inside of your nose or in the skin under your nails. Although, none of these are followed by any one of us, it is considered unhealthy.

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Secret behind longer age life of Ikaria People

Ikaria is an isolated isle in Greece which is known for longer lives of its citizens, which in some cases is even more than 100 years. Research suggests that diet is one of the primary reason behind their longevity. The most frequently consumed food on this island are fresh veggies which are harvested by themselves in their own legumes and gardens. They hardly consume meat and use abundant of olive oil. They also forage for herbs and greens seasonally.

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Chilli is a way of life in this city!

While you are having the lifestyle and nutrition of your choice, there are people in this world who mostly survive on fried, pickled or curried chilies throughout the year. In an isolated village in Pakistan, vegetables are rarely available and chilies are grown in abundance. This lives people of the village with no choice but to consume more of it. This little village called Madave Solanki is situated in Sindh’s Umerkot district.

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This is like Heroin for your brain!

A published research suggests that the higher the fat content in your food, more addictive it becomes for you. Thus, the most addictive of all was found to be cheese. People who are really addicted to cheese have shown similar symptoms to that of a person suffering from substance abuse. The blame goes to protein content which creates casomorphins that calm our brain just like heroin does.

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Chewing gum can help you solve Maths

Real funny, but if you are just those lot of people who have been crazily looking for easy hacks and cheats to solve maths problems or for better understanding of the subject, chewing gum might be an appropriate solution. According to a genuine study, students were found to be better scoring at maths who chew gums than students who didn’t. Apparently, chewing gum enhances alertness, eases anxiety and lessens stress.

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Ladies, have your last baby after 35 for sharper brain in future

Women who have their last baby after the age of 35, tend to enjoy a better brainpower post menopause since there is kind of a positive association between later age at last pregnancy and late-life cognition. Postmenopausal women who have had their last baby after the age of 35 tend to have a better verbal memory than others. An outpouring of progesterone and estrogen, especially in the later stage of life, appears to be beneficial.

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Joke Addiction - Brain Damage?

It is now a popularly known condition called “joke addiction” when a person suffers a damage to the right brain hemisphere. People suffering from this condition develop a compulsive need to constantly make and tell jokes on almost each and everything. Generally, in such cases, people start laughing out-of-the-blue without any emotional trigger. If you come across such a person, do not mock or make fun of them and try to understand them.

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You​ ​can​ ​“Grow”​ ​your​ ​beauty​ ​secrets

Since India is known as the land of rich Ayurvedic knowledge, it is literally possible to have your skin glowing by growing some plants in your house using them as recommended. Gilroy or Guduchi is extremely rich in antioxidants and its stem is great for people affected with diabetes. Wheatgrass can be consumed for immunity and muscle strength. Moringa and drumsticks can also be grown which help to fight anemia.

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Just 240 seconds a day to stay fit?

A 240-second exercise called Tabata from Japan has taken the fitness industry by storm. It is conceptualized by a former researcher of National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya named Izumi Tabata. Tabata is a high-intensity interval training program. It is a combination of maximum intensity workout of 20-seconds followed by a 10-second rest. This is repeated eight times.

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Vegans might actually be killing a lot of animals!

The mentality of most the vegans is to cause no harm to the animals and their choices define their acts. But according to few of them, they might be causing them harm. Vegans are technically promoting a culture where grains and vegetables are protected at cost of animals, according to a naturalist. This happens due to deforestation to have more area for growing crops. Animals are sometimes even shot or poisoned to keep them away.

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Stop procrastinating if you want to sleep better

A recent study suggests that people who love to procrastinate stuff are more likely to get affected by insomnia which is a sleep disorder. Usually, these people face troubles in falling asleep or staying asleep. This is because people who delay things unnecessarily, think about the things they could have done but did not, before going to bed. According to that study, evening people procrastinate more than morning people.

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This is why sleepy people drink more soda!

It has been observed that people who do not get enough sleep drink more energy drinks or soda than those who get a proper amount of sleep every night. People who claim that they generally sleep less than 5 hours every night drank 21% more aerated beverages (sugar-sweetened) on an average than those who slept more than 7 hours every night. Apparently, sugar-sweetened beverages cause improper sleep.

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Fit and Fat at the same time? Possible?

Yes, it is possible to be fit and fat at the same time whether you believe it or not. If you have too much of abdominal fat, it does not imply that you are not fit. Sometimes, even if you do have plenty of fat, it is highly likely that it could be harmless fat. Moreover, it is even possible to be fat and have a better and a healthier metabolic rate than a thin person.

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Plants which effectively boost health and beauty
Guduchi is a plant which is used in the treatment of several infections, UTI, fevers, digestive disorders as well as water-borne diseases. Wheatgrass is popularly known to increase the production of hemoglobin in your body. You can enhance your health with moringa, drumsticks. Lodhra is really good for treating diarrhea, eye infections, and ulcers. Asparagus provides energy and strengthens the female reproductive system. Reference ​ ​   ..
These birth control facts are not talked about often!

All the women need to be aware of the following pointers before opting to use birth control. The birth control pills will replace your natural hormones with chemically altered ones. It is possible that you get pregnant if you skip birth control even for a day. It is quite safe to skip the sugar pills every month. The pills are known to reduce the risk of ovarian cysts drastically. All these points also indicate that there are different varieties of pills available.

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Is it OKAY to NOT have Six Pack Abs?

Yes, agreed that a six-pack is highly noticeable but the problem is, it is often mistaken for being in an optimum physical shape which is not true. Several studies suggest that the six-pack abs indicate nothing about your stamina, strength, flexibility, your speed or your overall health which is highly contradictory to the popular belief. In fact, sometimes, it is not even considered as pros of fitness dedication.

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Your blood type and nutrition is linked

Several studies have suggested that the blood type of the people and their nutrition is linked. For instance, people who are with O blood type, they should opt for protein-rich diet and those with A blood type must consume more fruits & vegetables, and avoid meat. Blood type B people should consume lesser white meat and opt for more healthy and varied diet. If you have AB blood-type, consume fat-rich foods like fish which are a good source of omega-3s.

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Have trouble waking up? Try these foods!

A lot of us face difficulties waking up from the sleep as the morning time makes us more sleepy than ever. Eating right foods in the morning as you start your day can ensure a healthy day. For example, apples will get rid of your sleepiness and boost-start the day. Eggs have all the required nutrients to keep you charged up for the day. Chocolate milk can help you a great deal as chocolate is powerful and milk contains good proteins which create important enzymes that send signals to the brain for getting energetic.

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Simple way to check if your egg is healthy!

Scientists have discovered that it is possible to determine whether your egg is healthy or not on the basis of the color of the yolk. Egg are usually orange in color since they have carotenoids present in them. The color of the yolk tends to be darker if more carotenoids are present which indicates that egg should be vitamin rich. Hence, pale yolks determine low-quality eggs in some parts of the world.

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How long do you need to undo the damage by unhealthy food?

This article will tell you about how much will you need to workout if you are consuming a relatively unhealthy food item such as a Big Mac or a Double Whopper. If you wish to nullify the damage done by Big Mac, you literally need to run for about 50-mins at the speed of 6 miles/hour. And if you ate a Double Whopper, you need to use cardio for straight two hours. All these food that we love to hog on are nothing, just empty calories.

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Why are we so afraid of the dark?

The irrational fear of darkness or night, Nyctophobia is largely attributed to our dormant instincts. It all started thousands of years ago when the dark was meant as the time when the predators, enemies, and other hidden dangers planned to come out to harm humans who were staying in the jungle. There was a need to stay warm during the night and it the night also took out the ability to see. It seems our minds have carried on these fears.

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These fibre rich foods are actually not so good!

Food companies are becoming smarter in terms of consumer approach and trapping people with their “added fiber” labels. For example, instant-cook oats are half cooked and are full of sugars and preservatives which almost nullify their goodness. Similarly, fruit juices which are labeled as “high-fiber” are also all big marketing gimmicks. Apart from these, creamed soup mixes, granola bars with loaded sugar and microwave popcorn too aren’t good.

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Why do women get mood swings during periods?

It is a fact that in the case of a woman, hormones have an extremely powerful effect on the behavior of the woman throughout the month. The mood swings that are linked to the hormones of women have become a source of cheap jokes but it takes patience to understand their pain. Scientists have revealed that women tend to become smarter just before they fall in time because a part of their brain grows. A lot of women are rational and in control after ovulation but it’s still difficult for them.

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Do this to the person who is sleepwalking!

The major cause of sleepwalking is fitful sleep and several ways have been suggested to effectively aid the person. If you ever find someone sleepwalking, then the very first thing you should ensure is that the person is in a safe place. Secondly, guide them, gently, back to their bed. Sometimes, when you are putting them to bed, wake them up to avoid sleepwalking in future.

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You can simply stroke the painful scars to soothe them!

Scarwork is a quietly popular therapy which aims at improving the appearance and feel of scars by simply stroking them. This therapy gives patients multiple flows of massages over the period of months. It aims to build pressure on the tissue and soften the scar. This treatment is widely accepted as you need an expert probably to treat yourself regularly for effective results which can be costly.

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Smoking can alter your DNA!

As we all know smoking is one of the biggest cause of hazardous diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. But to the surprise of a lot of us, smoking also possesses the tendency to alter our genes. Researchers and several studies suggest that this occurs because of Methylation. It is a process of DNA alteration which is known to deactivate a gene or interfere with its functioning that eventually leads to cancer.

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Dinner with TV may not be a very healthy option: Study

It is true and you all know it. If you are having the family dinner while watching TV, you might not get in the right shape. Families that have dinner while watching TV do not enjoy the dinner much and also eat less healthy food than the families who have the dinner together without TV. Believe it or not, this was also true for those families who were not even paying attention to the TV but just had it on as background noise. Hence, you must eat your family dinner together with everyone’s involvement and interaction.

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Changing Meal Times May Have a Beneficial Effect

The first human test of eTRF (early Time-Restricted Feeding) shows that meal-timing strategy might reduce swings in hunger and can alter fat and carbs burning patterns. In eTRF, individuals are supposed to eat their last meal in mid-afternoon and then nothing until breakfast next morning. In a new study which was presented at Obesity Week 2016, researchers suggested that eating during a smaller window of time than people are habituated to may aid in weight loss.

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Difference between hard water and soft water?

There is a short video on YouTube which clearly explains the difference between hard water and soft water based on their mineral content. In the video, it has been stated that concentration of minerals such as magnesium, calcium is higher than normal in “hard” water. Furthermore, it states that insoluble compounds are formed when soap reacts with the minerals in the hard water and a lather is formed when studied with soft water. Click on Reference below to watch the video.

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Latest anti-breakout ingredient

Recently, prickly pear seed has been trending in beauty products market all over which apparently hails from the cactus family. It is popularly known as a wonder oil which enables us to fight against acne, brighten, deeply moisture, restore elasticity, eradicate fine lines and much more. Nowadays, it is found in lotions, serums and other skincare/haircare products.

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Daily Habits of Naturally Thin People!

Even the people who are actually naturally thin would be unaware of their regular habits which are keeping them the way are. These people tend to frequently munch on snacks but in very fewer quantities. They tend to stand or walk around a lot even while talking on the phone. They take short breaks between work. Moreover, naturally thin people carry their own bags while shopping or exploring.

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Are your cold remedies any useful?

Winter is here and surely a lot of us are affected by common illness such as cold and cough. According to experts, remedies like soups, teas and herbs do not really help to cure a common cold. They are considered useful as supporting therapies which only help your journey easier. For instance, tea helps to keep the voice box lubricated and soup helps to keep your body hydrated if your body needs any extra fluids. The actual healing power is possessed by raw ginger and garlic.

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People even have the phobia of having the Phobia!

Sounds funny but of all the phobias we have come across over the past years, phobophobia has to be the worst of the worst. As the term speaks for itself, phobophobia is the fear of having fears. Several instances have been reported of being diagnosed with phobophobia which involves someone hearing or discovering about a phobia, or maybe just an overriding feeling of fright.

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Reduce belly fat with this oil!

If you consume canola oil regularly in your daily diet, you will be able to reduce abdominal fat in not more than four weeks. Belly fat is the most difficult fat to remove and hence canola oil can be very useful. There are several ways to incorporate canola oil into your diet. Researchers and many chefs suggest to use it when sauteing foods and in baking. You can add it to a salad or a smoothie.

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Coconut Milk Health Benefits and Uses

Coconut milk has become very popular as a healthier and tastier alternative to cow’s milk. Coconut milk is high calories, nutrients and is made by grating flesh from a brown coconut. The MCTs in coconut milk are able to reduce the appetite of a person, increase metabolism and also help to shed some belly fat. It is also helpful in reducing inflammation, fight against viruses and bacteria that cause infections.

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Slow your ageing process with these food!

Did you know that if you consume green veggies every day, you wouldn’t be needing botox and anti-wrinkle treatments anymore? If your regular diet includes the good amount of cabbage, cucumbers, broccoli, and edamame, you would get a good dose of a compound known as nicotinamide mononucleotide which tricks the aging cells and makes them behave like younger cells.

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Nailpaint makes you gain weight: Study!

A common ingredient found in nail polish known as Triphenyl phosphate or TPHP, in short, might prove dangerous for people who usually color their nails, according to the researchers at an abroad university. TPHP is an endocrine disruptor which interferes with your hormones and can probably make you put on some weight. Further studies suggest that transparent nail polish possesses more TPHP than the colorful ones.

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Foodies! Try these bizarre Dishes at least once.

If you are a foodie, you must and must try these super amazing dishes from around the world. Matoke from Uganda is almost dry preparation of the ugandan fruit which is served with fresh juice and stuff. Barbosa from Sudan is a middle eastern dessert in coconut flavor. Papanasi from Romania are amazing cheese and jam balls. Pollo A La Brasa from Peru is a juicy version of chicken marinated in salt with other fresh stuff and french fries.

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Drink for Sportsmen!

Many sportsmen rely on a variety of energy and healthy drinks for their sports life according to their preferences. But there is no single drink that can be proved beneficial for all their requirements. Apparently, chocolate milk is more beneficial than any other sports drink because of its specific health benefits that match the requirements of the sportsman. So go ahead, try it out especially for your children who are very much into sports.

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You are born with only two fears!

You will be really surprised to know this since there is no hiding the fact that everyone is afraid of something. Though you will not believe this, it does not matter how do you justify that fear of yours but truly that is just all in your mind. It is quite known that humans are born just with two congenital fears which is the fear of falling and of the loud sounds. Apart from these, all other fears are learned by them.

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Why do we get thirsty?

It is a fact that humans are made up of around 60% of water and that is used to explain here how the human mind responds to thirst and hunger. There is a video on youtube which states these facts and explains the same. It is believed that thirst is the response of the body to unbalanced fluid levels in the bloodstream. Moreover, a third response is also generated when the human brain detects high salt level in the blood. Click on Reference below to watch the video.

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White lies: Not as innocent as you think!

It has been observed that white lies may actually prove dangerous to your health. A new research claims that those small lies desensitize our brains to negative emotions. The experiment was carried on amygdala which is the part of the brain associated with emotion and the results showed that the response gradually declined with every lie. On the other hand, the magnitude of the lies escalated. Thus, larger drops in amygdala activity lead to bigger lies in future.

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Apparently, beer is healthier than milk!

According to People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), beer is healthier than milk. The organization has researched for quite a while now and has started testing it. It claims than beer strengthens the bones and aids in longevity whereas milk is known to cause diabetes, obesity, and cancer. A billboard sponsored by PETA has been put up in the US, encouraging youth to have more beer than milk. However, it has not been proved universal yet.

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This should be your priority as you age

The white tissues tend to get stiff and short as people get older and do nothing about it. Older people are more prone to injuries such as tearing of those tissues, strains, and sprains. If you want to avoid having such issues in your life, mobility is your only shot at it. There should be regular movement and stretching of certain muscles in our daily life. Keep moving and have a healthy physical life.

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Ever heard of these delicious pumpkin recipes!

If you feel that pumpkin is a boring produce and has a very limited scope in cooking, you are wrong! Pumpkin has been quite trending for now and there is a whole recipe book which can be made solely out of pumpkin dishes beyond soups and pies. A few trending pumpkin recipes include pumpkin cheddar biscuits, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin and sage risotto, and pumpkin muffins.

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Eat These Foods To Recover Quickly After A Surgery

We need a proper amount of nutrients in our body to jump back to normal and be fully functional again. It is utmost essential to consume healthy food to boost the healing process and reduce any swelling or discomfort which may occur post surgery. Right kind of nutrients, minerals, and vitamins can help our body to recuperate faster. Protein rich foods such as nuts and dairy products can enable the body to replenish all the nutrients and bounce back to normal selves.

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Are Mushrooms Healthy Foods?

Even though a lot of have doubts about consuming mushrooms, a research has proven that they are considered as one of the healthy food choices. They are known to protect people from a lot of diseases as they are a rich source of nutrients. White button mushrooms contain various vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, zinc, vitamin B2, B6, B9, B5, copper, phosphorous and potassium along with fiber. Hence, they can be incorporated into the daily diet.

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Are You Into Sports? Then You Should Include These Foods In Your Daily Diet!

Every sports person’s diet needs to be a healthy balanced one which comprises of all essential nutrients including calcium, vitamins, minerals, good fats, carbs, and iron. Here is a list of few foods that should primarily be included in the sports diet. Wholegrains, ghee, vegetable salads, banana, papaya, carrots and green leafy vegetables. But the top of all, every sports person should have a good amount of water at regular intervals.

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Unusual Ways to Burn Calories

It has been seen that exposure to cold temperatures stimulates brown fat activity increasing the number of calories you burn. Various people have shown effective results on calorie burning by just drinking cold water. Apparently, if you chew gum after or during meals, it helps to increase metabolism. Blood donation is also one of the ways to reduce calories along with having other health benefits. In addition, fidgeting and laughing also help a great deal in burning calories.

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Bad Eating Habits Might Start At Daycare

A lot of research proposes that when children encounter constraining feeding practices, their potential to take after their particular appetite signals might be lost and quit eating when they're full. After some time, kids compelled to clean their plates at each meal may incline toward sugary nourishments and snacks and risk getting to be overweight or hefty. The "clean plate club" policies are difficult to resist but may backfire.

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Boost Health With Red Wine And Organic Food

Consuming wine moderately every day has turned out to be helpful for our wellbeing. Different vitamins and vital minerals display in both white and red wine are all the more effectively retained into the circulation system on account of the presence of liquor. Red wine adds to the tannins, an antioxidant valuable to the cardiovascular system.

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Tips For Great Health

An ideal approach to keep up a healthy wellbeing over the bustling happy season is to eat an eating regimen loaded with regular delivery and supporting wholefoods. Keep your body healthy, revived and hydrated by guaranteeing you drink enough water each day. Strengthen the liver and tone your digestive capacity by eating astringent sustenances. Appreciate and relish little nibbles of the liberal nourishments. Eat with some restraint.

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Tips For Parents To Guide Teens

With regards to youngsters and psychological well-being, Dr. John Walker, a psychologist says guardians need to set up open lines of correspondence at an early age, with the goal that children are better ready to express concerns when they achieve their high schoolers. It's great not to surge in with arrangements. Parents need to listen to their children and have family time. Set aside time for your children.

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Benefits of Lime Water

Lime water is likewise a cooling specialist, an ideal approach to beat the Indian warmth. It purges the blood, lessens your odds of acid reflux, stoppage, wipes out poisons from the body, includes absorption and diminishes mucus. It lessens awful breath and quits draining gums. It can likewise prepare up your state of mind and calm you from sadness and push. It is without calorie and a cancer prevention agent.

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Effective Ways to Lose Weight

Some of the ways to watch your weights are:
Limit your calories, go easy on the sauce, drink less sugary drinks, go sugarless, cook your food, no junk food. Use small plates, eat more vegetables, choose low-calorie foods and drink water 30 minutes before a meal. Load up on protein put a limit on bread, skip cheese when eating out, decide to grill, to boil or steam fry as your cooking options.

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Study claims Kolkata hearts are weaker

An across the nation study on heart wellbeing uncovered that Kolkata rested for a shorter time, ate less healthy sustenance and was sadder than other urban cities. While numerous Kolkatans with hypertension, cholesterol, and glucose were higher than the national normal, skipping suppers was more regular among then than the inhabitants of different metros. The city's cardiovascular future is considerably bleak with a greater number of smokers and liquor consumers than other significant urban areas.

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Clean Your Ears Properly Without Q-tips

Inordinate ear cleaning utilizing cotton swabs can prompt infections and issues in the ear. Restrict ear cleaning to three times each month. Clean your ears after a shower as warmth causes the wax to liquefy. For utilizing cotton swabs, at the point where the cotton finishes on the stick, line up a fingernail. It will abstain from diving too deep while cleaning. Above all, tenderly wipe inside the ear.

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Tips To Maintain Health With Hectic Lifestyle

Eat every 2 hours for better assimilation of nutrients and maintaining an aggregation of fat. Drink green tea in cleaning the toxins from your body. It helps in lessening weight and wiping out your stretch levels. Peanuts are a decent wellspring of protein and magnesium. Chaas (buttermilk) keeps up an abnormal state of vitality. Cheese supplies you enough calcium, proteins, and Vitamin B12. Drinking water is basic as it offers various advantages for the human body.

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Get Popeye's Muscles With Spinach

Consuming nitrate-rich vegetables like spinach can improve sports execution, especially in low oxygen conditions, for example, high elevations, another study has guaranteed. It was found that after just five weeks, the muscle fiber structure changed with the upgraded nitrate consumption when preparing in low oxygen conditions. Nitrate is regularly found in eating methodologies rich in green nourishments like spinach and is essential for the functioning of the human body, particularly amid working out.

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Tips To Deal With The October Sun

Supply your skin more hydration and eat a healthy and wholesome selection for good skin. Your skin will glow and seems more advantageous when your body is sufficiently hydrated. Search for organic fruit products that are rich in Vitamin C to keep up moisture in your skin and construct a shield against skin wrinkling. Experiment with a tan peel off masks like an orange-based one and honey can likewise go about as it is anti-bacterial.

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Organic Food Facts

Not just are naturally organic foods free from manufactured plant added substances, yet these are likewise developed steadily. This produce doesn't utilize pesticides, artificial composts, sewer sludge, genetically modified organisms or radiation. On account of non-veg, cattle are not given growth hormones or antibiotics but given organic feeds. They are in this way cultivated and bred in an eco-friendly way.

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Check Your Toothpaste

There are some detrimental components in our toothpaste, and the truth of the matter is that we are unaware of it. Check the toothpaste fixing list for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Triclosan, Sodium Fluoride, and hydrated silica. On the off chance that these ingredients are available in your toothpaste, discard it as these are dangerous and can bring about some genuine troubles over the long haul.

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Healthy Tips For Busy People

With your busy lifestyle, here are tips to heed: Breakfast is a must: It enhances metabolism, focus, and productivity. Skipping meal is a no-no: Eating regularly assists stabling blood sugar levels. Cook in batches: Cook food in batches and freeze them. Drink water: Hydration increases productivity. Pick food wisely: When eating out, choose healthier decisions. Improve Sleep Quality: Switch phone off an hour before bed and avoid carbs at night to improve sleep.

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Here's How To Look Younger

Get supple skin with Eating Healthy: Including more nutrients in your diet will increase the glow on your face. Skin Lightening: Get a quality bleach or opt for natural ingredients. Handle Skin With Care: Keep a soft towel for cleaning and wiping your face gently. Protecting Skin: Use sunscreen with minimum SPF 30 which protects you from UVA and UVB rays. Get Vitamin D: Catch the early morning sun for healthy exposure.

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Ease Your Sore Feet With These Pointers

You can ease your sore feet with natural remedies like: Vinegar with hot water and let your feet soak in to treat sprain, Cayenne Pepper can be sprinkled on feet to reduce inflammation, Massage your feet with olive or sesame oil to promote blood flow, Mustard seeds can be grounded before adding to water for soaking feet to remove toxins and, Sage with Apple Cider Vinegar boiled mixture could be placed on affected area with a soaked cloth.

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7 Tips To Develop A Healthy Stomach

Are stomach problems wearing you down? Take care of your stomach by incorporating these tips. Drink water 40 minutes before tea in the morning. Drink warm liquids at regular intervals. Guarantee to devour healthy fats. Eat vegetables and fruits by consolidating all colors. Comprehend what constitution of food suits you best. High protein eating routine is key. Avoid PPIs in digestive products.

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Tips To Subdue Stress At Workplace

To curb stress and pressure at work try to: Use your yearly leave every year to get a break from work. Escape the work environment amid lunch even for 10 minutes. Have a go at planning meetings amid work hours, not personal time. Constrain your overtime hours if you can. An attempt on leaving on time from work once in a while. Abstain from checking your email or work-related at off hours.

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Insomnia could hinder ability to identify faces

Analysts have found that absence of reasonable rest can affect the precision of face identification. The research likewise found that poor sleepers were pretty much as sure about their choices, highlighting conceivable ramifications for security and policing. The scientists said that poor rest was connected with poorer execution, as well as with more elevated amounts of trust in mistakes. Poor rest and work in shifts are combined with a scope of unfavorable wellbeing, psychological and enthusiastic impacts.

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Never scratch these body parts!

If you are playing with the following parts of your body, you may be at a health risk. Nail-biting can leave the skin surrounding the nails irritated and can cause stun nail growth. If you pick nail paint leaves, it will make them brittle and dry. Scratching your face at blackheads and acne leaves permanent blemishes. Playing with grey hair can lead to scarring and infection. Body mosquito bites can lead to inflammation and irritation if you keep scratching.

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Binge thinker? Wrecking your health!

If experts are to be believed, a lot of people especially females are not able to stop binge thinking. Binge thinking is when you think continuously and deeply over certain/random events and details, replaying things in your mind. Such a behaviour can make you ill and can lead to insomnia, fertility issues, adult acne, anxiety, depression and hair loss. Talking out about your issues can really create a “feel good” factor.

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Your feet produces this much sweat in a single day!

We all know that our body is basically just cooling off by sweating but you cannot deny the fact that the entire way of sweating is undesirable. Anyways, do you know how much do you really sweat? If the research and data are to be believed, both of our feet produce about one pint of sweat every day. It is highly surprising, but it is healthy for your body. It shows that is functioning normally.

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No one really knows why we sleep!

We all agree to the fact that sleep is a crucial part of our daily lives and it’s not healthy to cut down on your sleep. Every living thing is aware of this fact and is enamoured of it, but you would not believe that the Scientists still do not have a definite answer to the question: Why do we Sleep? However, there are several theories that have taken place such as our brain needs rest and sleep plays a significant role in creating memories and helps to learn.

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Report: Toxins found inside these soft drinks!

A government study has found about 5 different toxins, lead, heavy metals antimony, cadmium, chromium and the compound DEHP or Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, in the cold drinks manufactured by two MNCs namely, PepsiCo and Coca-cola. The study was carried out on Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Coca-cola, 7up and Sprite from PET bottles they were in. Hence, beware of the health consequences!

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Why Believing in Miracles Could be Hazardous to Your Health!

Placing too much control in divine hands may lessen efforts to seek treatment or take preventive measures such as quitting smoking or following a healthy diet, according to a new study. Men and women who said they believed in divine healing were more likely to let God decide how to solve their health problems. People who were more likely to place responsibility for their health care in divine hands reported worse health outcomes. In the lifetime journey of faith, research suggests, there is a time to take charge of your health, and a time to let go.

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Why Jumping Rope is a good workout?

Here is why jumping rope is one of the best workout exercises. As the jumping rope is aerobic in nature, it definitely is good for your heart. It is believed that your coordination skills tend to improve once you rope regularly. Several studies have shown that jumping boosts your brain power and enhances bone density. Since jumping challenges the lungs of your body, it can help you increase your breathing capacity.

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Earth’s largest fruit is?

The Coco de Mer palm tree is the one which gives us the earth’s largest fruit that weighs 42kg and the seeds of which weigh about 17kg. This fruit, the sea coconut, is known to require around six/seven years to culminate and additional two years to pullulate. A fully grown fruit has a diameter of about 50cm and carries the largest seeds in the kingdom of plants.

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Why you should never give bone to a dog!

It is said and believed that dogs should be kept away from their favorite treat as it might be killing them to a certain extent. Various vet doctors have revealed they have seen several dogs coming for the surgery commonly because of blockage and damage caused by the tiny particles of bone. They said that the bone is dangerous for their body, especially the cooked one as it is liable to splinter. Even raw bone can be potentially harmful.

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Snuggling and kissing the kittens can even kill you!

Doctors have researched and have found a new cat-borne bacterial disease known as cat scratch fever. Apparently, this disease has some very serious complications. You can be affected by this by kissing cats or by touching their fur and then with the same hands, touching your face. This disease, Cat-scratch can be prevented if the population which is at risk and the pattern of the disease is identified.

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If Peaches make your lips itch, read this!

You may be having Oral Allergy Syndrome if you feel itchy and tingling sensations on your lips after you eat peaches. People who are diagnosed with OAS find their mouths and throats to be itchy after they consume certain raw fruits and vegetables. However, the reactions of OAS are pretty mild. In Oral Allergy Syndrome, the pollen-like proteins which are present in those raw foods lead to a mouth specific reaction.

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Health Supplements’ turning men impotent!

According to the experts, consumption of fitness supplements is enough to make men impotent. A recent survey has reported that about sixty to seventy percent of the health supplements that are sold in the market are non-registered and fake. Supplements consisting of anabolic steroids have been known to decrease fertility in men which lead to impotency. Moreover, supplements can also lead to severe heart diseases.

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The Healthiest Fruits on the Planet!

Not all the fruits are equally healthy. Some of them are really unique with respect to their health benefits. Following are the healthiest fruits in order of their nutritional and functional benefits. Grapefruit, Pineapple, Avocado, Blueberries, Apple, Pomegranate, Mango, Strawberries, Cranberries, Lemons, Durian, Watermelon, Blackberries, Oranges, Bananas, Red & Purple Grapes, Guava, Papaya and Cherries.

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How many meals you eat per day?

Some experts claim that it is a fact that there is actually no physiological need for breakfast. It does not boost metabolism and it is not very special compared to other meals. There is a phenomenon is known as the thermic effect of food which means digesting a meal slightly raises metabolism. However, frequent meals may increase the risk of colon cancer and skipping meals has quite a lot health benefits to offer. Hence, eat if you are hungry and don’t you are not but eat healthily.

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Six tips to help your brain learn anything faster

Do you ever wish you had a better memory? It’s time to hack your mind. Here are few tips to help learn faster and train your mind. Like an old adage physically write down things to improve your memory. Other tips are to act like you are teaching for learning easily, eat smart foods, take breaks in between, tell a story about the things you want to remember or simply use an app to keep a track of your activities.

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Useless Weight-Loss Tips

There is no shortage of weight loss tips, although some are downright harmful and totally useless. The most common weight loss misconception is to be happy, you need to weigh less. Another common misconception is about fat-free foods and sugar. Such misconceptions are creating serious problems especially for the body shamed teenage girls.Stop following these tips before they sabotage your health.

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Foods that a food poisoning expert has sworn not to eat!

You probably should take a hint from the fact that a food poisoning expert has sworn himself off from these foods. Firstly raw oysters as they contain microbial growth that attacks your system. Unwashed vegetables as they have higher chances of contamination. They have also sworn not to eat raw sprouts and raw meat. Moreover, uncooked eggs are also harmful to the body along with unpasteurized milk and juices.

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98% Indians not trained in basic Life-Saving techniques!

Around 98% of Indians are not provided with basic life-saving techniques of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the time of sudden cardiac arrest, a study released on World Heart Day revealed. The study also revealed that about 6% of the population of our capital knew about CPR. Basically, CPR is performed in the state of emergency when our heart stops bleeding. It helps to save the brain from a permanent damage.

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Invisible foe in air kills 600,000 in a year

A study conducted by WHO which was recently made public said that in 2012, air pollution in India could have killed at least 6 lakh people. India ranks second in the world with regards to the absolute number of deaths due to air pollution. It comes just after China which has already witnessed 8 lakhs deaths due to the same. The report also noted that 80% of the people living in urban areas are exposed to dangerous air quality levels which exceed the limits stated by World Health Organisation.

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Still Nobody Knows What Healthy Food Means!

If you think you precisely know what does “healthy” food stand for, the FDA would really want to hear from you. The current definition of “healthy” as per the FDA is described as “an implied nutrient content claim” which suggests that the food is consistent with the current dietary recommendations, particularly for cholesterol and fat. The problem with this definition is, it leaves a wide open space for interpretation of this term, as we have seen similar cases in the case of term “natural”. FDA is inclined to modify the definition of the term “healthy” food.

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The Most Common Signs of Gluten Intolerance

If you are experiencing any of these signs, it is recommended that you consult a physician. Bloating is the most common symptom of gluten intolerance which involves your belly feeling swollen after you eat. People who are gluten intolerant frequently experience constipation or diarrhea. Another most common symptom observed is the abdominal pain and they are usually more prone to migraines and depression. Several cases of joint and muscle pain have also been reported in gluten intolerant people.

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On health, India ranks 143 out of 188, below Ghana

An International study on a wide range of health indicators has been released on Thursday. It has ranked India 143rd among the 188 countries, citing a number of challenges, including mortality rates, hygiene, malaria and air pollution. For under-five mortality, India scored 39 points while for Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR), it scored 28 points. On that note, we need to get our health and hygiene in control.

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Mumbaikars low on healthy eating, highest on happiness!

It’s not a surprise that Mumbai is the most happening city of the country. According to a study, Mumbaikars consume unhealthy food and are leading a sedentary lifestyle but they are very much happy. This was a pan-India based survey which found that 4 people out of 10 in the city are having high cholesterol issues, which is a big risk for heart disease yet it is the happiest place compared to other big cities. It is believed that survey is an effective way to make people health conscious.

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Immunodeficiency in kids is an alarming study!

Due to air pollution, sedentary lifestyle, and unhygienic conditions, immunodeficiency has raised an alarming situation. According to the experts, at present, there is no authentic data to conclude this but it is no hidden fact that many numbers of urban kids are falling prey to common diseases every month. To check on this disease, India has been suggested to be careful and emphasize on newborn screening.

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How this one ingredient could be sabotaging your health goals!

It is in almost everything and is nearly impossible this one tiny ingredient which could easily ruin your hard fitness efforts. Sugar is very easy to overeat. It causes additional cravings. It increases insulin resistance and feeds the bad gut bacteria. Sugar when consumed in excess, makes you acidic. Limit yourself to sugary foods or include alkaline foods too in your diet. Consult your GP in you are much concerned.

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Green Bananas: Good or Bad?

Many people consume bananas only when are yellow and ripe but even the green bananas, which have different taste and texture, are also healthy to consume. Green bananas are quite higher in starches which are converted into sugar when ripe. They help to keep the gut bacteria healthy and also increase the production of fatty acids which are essential for digestive health. People who are suffering from latex allergy should avoid consuming them.

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Just 15 minutes of TV may kill creativity in kids!

It can negatively impact the development in children if over the time they are getting less creative in their play. A study has warned, children who spend more than 15 minutes a day are less creative than those who solve puzzles or read books. Researchers have said that watching television for shorter span does not impact the creativity of the child. This new research is of extreme relevance to the producers’ of children’s television.

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How to Choose The Best Yogurt for Your Health!

Nowadays, the flavorings and sugar added to the variety of yogurts are slowly pushing them into the junk food category. Hence, when you are buying one, make sure you read the nutrition and ingredients list on the label. Always go for a sugar-free yogurt. The difference between greek yogurt and dairy-free yogurt is that the former comes with more proteins and fewer carbs whereas the latter has lesser fat and no lactose. Organic yogurt is not necessary the best buy as it may be rich in few nutrients but low in many others.

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Is Sitting for Too Long Actually Deflating Your Butt?

There is a misconception about calling it as office butt and here is the truth about it. While there are serious health concerns weight gain, blood pressure etc of working an all-day sitting job, experts say there is also a risk of deflating your butt. There is a new report which claims that your desk job is ruining all your squats, exercises and can get you a pancake butt. Hence, it is suggested to keep moving.

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Health Tip: Keeping Foods Separate During Grilling

The academy of nutrition and dietetics provides the following advice for preventing cross-contamination of food while grilling it. Firstly, it goes without saying that the grill should be clean and free of any leftovers. Do not use the same plate for raw food and the grilled food, wash it first or use a different one. Same goes for grilling utensils. Lastly, never use marinade that contained raw meat for basting cooked meat. Happy Cooking!

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New antibiotic gel may cure ear infections in children

As high doses are required of oral antibiotics to get to the ear, common side effects like diarrhea, oral thrush and rashes are observed. For a common childhood ear infection, a single dose of this bioengineered gel which is developed by US researchers may deliver a full-fledged antibiotic therapy. Some of the common ear conditions include ear pain, fever and even hearing loss. However, only some of them cases require antibiotic treatment.

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Diet diary: Why you must avoid heavy meals in the night

It is not a hidden fact that having meals at the wrong time of the day have negative impacts on learning, cognitive brain functions and memory. No wonder night shift workers gain 10-15 kgs every year. According to the studies, hunger pangs in the late evening lead to a tendency of eating heavy meals at night and this tendency could add the rise of obesity. Hence, it suggested that every individual should have fixed meal schedule according to the routine.

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Walks may determine one's aggression

A study has found that the level of aggression in a person is measurable by their style or pattern of walking. It is observed that significant insights are derived from the walking style. It reveals that the exaggerated movement of the upper and lower body is a sign of aggression. Thus, the style of walking wherein the rotation is exaggerated will measure the aggression of a person. So if you are into flaunting or glamour, make sure you know how your acts are perceived to live a healthy life.

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Post-Workout Nutrition: What to Eat After a Workout

Post-workout meal is as much important as a pre-workout meal as getting proper nutrition after the workout can help in rebuilding muscle proteins and glycogen stores and boost new muscle growth. The Post-workout meal should include carbs and protein in 3:1 ratio to enhance glycogen storage and muscle protein synthesis. It should be consumed at least 45-min after the workout. It is essential to consume water and electrolytes too, to regain what body lost during the workout.

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Memory of a heart attack gets stored in genes

A study has found that the memory of CVD such as a heart attack is stored in the genes through epigenetic changes which are chemical modifications of DNA responsible for turning our genes on/off. Our body gives signals by activating certain genes during a heart attack. This mechanism eventually restores the body back to normal after a heart attack. Thus, it is likely that epigenetic changes are associated with a heart attack.

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Can You Make Yourself Poop? 4 Poop Hacks For When You Really, Really Want To Go Now!

Everyone has advised you to consume fibre-rich foods and drink a lot of water to avoid getting constipated but then if that was enough, you wouldn’t be reading this right now. A team of researchers went deep into studying the poop hacks and instant tricks and came up with the four hacks such as drinking coffee, massaging your taint, exercising and doing squats. It is believed that these tricks will enable your body to boost the said process.

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Sweets for your sweet

The kids have become more social than ever with more and events and parties coming up which eventually increases their consumption of sweets and sugary products. Sugar, in excess, is bad for children’s teeth, concentration, metabolism, energy and fitness growth. So how should parents tackle this and regulate sweets for their sweet? Try teaching and not just telling, prepare them and dn’t expect, savour it do not sweeten, pack but never attack! Click on ‘reference’ below to know in details.

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How Can A Healthy Diet Improve Your Kids’ Reading Skills?

A published study states that children whose diet involves a good amount of vegetables, berries, fruits and whole grains perform much better in reading and communication skills. The researchers have specifically recommended a Finnish diet. This kind of diets include higher amounts of fruits, vegetables, fish, berries, whole grains and have less quantity of sugary products and saturated fat.

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Scientific reason behind fasting!

Fasting is a popular traditional concept in many cultures and religions of India. It is believed that it is one of the effective ways of achieving spiritual gains, but it has been reasoned by science too. As per the Ayurveda, fasting helps an individual in to maintain a balance between Ama (body toxins) and Agni (digestive fire). It relieves the digestive system of the body and flushes out the accumulated toxins. Hence, it is not an unhealthy practice.

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Foods you should never eat in Breakfast!

There exist a lot of misconceptions in the world about what-to-have and what-not-to-have in the breakfast every morning but sugary cereals top the unhealthy breakfast list. Before you buy a cereal for your healthy breakfast, make sure you properly read the ingredients list. Foods like jam are completely unhealthy for a morning meal and must be replaced with foods like butter. Cereal bars, jam on toast, cereal drinks, and sweetened porridge are some of the popular breakfast options you should avoid.

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Why you can’t digest grass?

Humans cannot digest raw leaves and grass easily but cows can do you know why? Because our body does not have what it takes to break down the cellulose found in the plant. Apart from the digestion issue, the another problem is of mastication. Grass contains a lot of silica which is an abrasive that quickly wears down the teeth. Grazing animals are adapted to continuous growth which replaces the worn tooth quickly.

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Why avoid Q-Tip to clean your Ear?

Most of you fellow readers would not agree to this after reading the title itself but, if the doctors are to be believed, Q-Tip should not be used for cleaning your ear. It is said that it causes you more harm than it does well. According to the doctors, Q-Tip is not cleaning your ear and instead pushes the wax further inside the ear canal. This can be a really dangerous issue if done on a regular basis.

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Moringa: Poor man's produce, rich man's food

Drumstick tree or the leafy Moringa is popularly known as poor man’s crop and rich man’s food. It has been termed as a bio-fortified crop which occurs naturally and is well-suited to India’s climatic conditions. Moringa as a food is an effective tool to fight nutritional deficiency in the wake of climate change. When we talk about nutrient-enriched farm produces such as oranges, minor millets, sweet potatoes, amla etc. Moringa is also included in the list which plays a significant role in fighting against micronutrient deficiency in climate changing scenario.

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Avoid fish because of this element?

Fish is a rich source of protein, micronutrients, healthy fats and is considered as one of the healthiest foods you can eat. But the flip side is, larger and long-lived fish also come with a high level of mercury which is toxic. High levels of mercury is known to affect the neurological function and heart health of humans. There are various ways listed on how to eat fish safely which lower the risk of health issues. However, the health benefits outweigh the negative impact on consuming fish.

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Got an open kitchen? You are likely to eat more

It is quite interesting to see how the size of your kitchen affects the size of your portion, a recent study has found out. Eating in an open kitchen where the food is properly visible and convenient to access might make you eat more. It enables to set-off a chain reaction. In this case, the possibility and frequency of you getting up and heading towards the food is higher. You will probably serve yourself with more food and eventually consume more.

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Eating food off the floor is not safe at all

Once the food is dropped on the floor, it does not matter how quickly you pick it up, it is not safe and healthy for your consumption at all. This contradicts the widespread notion of picking up the food and eating within a 5-second window. Researchers carried experiments on various types of surfaces have concluded that moisture, contact time, and type of surface, all add to cross-contamination and in some cases, even within a second. They have warned that bacteria contaminates instantly.

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Things You Must Never Order In Restaurants If You Want To Stay Healthy!

Due to unhygienic conditions of the kitchen where the food is cooked and due to lack of knowledge of the quality of ingredients used in cooking, restaurant food can be very unhealthy. Sometimes the fish is not cleaned, salads & fruits may not be washed well, fruit juices may not be made using fresh fruits etc are some unhealthy scenarios. Top of all, fried foods cause a lot of harm to the body if they are fried using unhealthy, cheap and low-quality cooking oils. Be safe!

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Body Brushing

Teeth brushing, Nail brushing, but have you heard of body brushing? Yes, that’s right. Dry Body brushing is also a trend these days for people who are health and beauty conscious. It helps to eradicate dead skin cells and encourages new cell development which results in brighter and smoother skin. It is also known to help in pesky ingrown hairs. Body brushing also improves vascular blood circulation and lymphatic drainage.

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A Glass of Donkey Milk!

No Kidding! Donkey milk is coming into trend lately because of the following reasons. It is believed to be the kind of animal milk which is closely similar to human breast milk. The National Library of Medicine conducted a few studies which state that donkey milk is able to prevent hardening of arteries and is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Further research shows that it is also beneficial in preventing asthma and psoriasis.

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After soaps and shower gels, it’s time for Jellies!

Lush shower jellies are all set to capture the market as a new bathroom range. They are perfectly suited between hard bar soaps and soft shower gels. The most highlighting factor of them becoming a trend is that they are vegan-friendly. They are also versatile and multi-functional. Besides, they are literally fun to look at as they can be made to dance, wiggle, be squished and play. It is said that they create a rich lather on shower poufs.

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Why should you dump those plastic straws right now?

These straws are as indestructible as all other plastic materials and not only causing harm to our immediate environment but also to the environment of the ocean. They are literally killing whales in the ocean. According to the data, about 500 million straws are dumped in the oceans every day which is eventually consumed by whales, shutting their bodies down. When the dead whales are cut open, they spill out the plastic!

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Psychotic problems of India are rarely treated!

According to the latest data of India, around 15 million people are suffering from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and more than 50 million are suffering from common mental disorders such as anxiety and depression. Despite this breath-taking numbers, India has only three psychiatrists per million people. This means, the patients with any mental problems get little or no help. The country needs to look into these matters as a lot of these individuals can be treated back to normal and contribute to the development of the country.

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Boiled Ginger Water: Does It Help Lose Weight?

The powerful spice is capable of a lot more than just adding a flavor to your food. It is said to relieve cold and reduce inflammation in the body. But have you ever tried ginger water for weight loss? All you have to do is boil 2 cups of water, add crushed paste of ginger and mix it well. Let it boil for at least 20 minutes and then drink it. It is proved highly beneficial in weight loss. It is also known to boost metabolism and flush out toxins from the body.

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Damn! These Body parts never stop growing!

Many of us believe that after a particular age our body does not grow but in reality, it is entirely true. You may not believe but some of your body parts keep growing throughout your life. You know which ones? It’s your nose and ears. They actually never stop growing. Now you know why they start looking weird. Go ahead, spread the knowledge. Surprise people!

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Are left-handed people actually more creative?

It is a common passed around statement that all the left-handed people are more creative than the right-handed ones. Well honestly, there is yet no definite answer to this but researchers are of the opinion that they are no smarter than the righties. However, there are a few of them who say that lefties come with an intellectual advantage. Moreover, several studies have revealed that it does not matter which hand is dominant, what matters is the degree of dominance.

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Applying Urine gives you beautiful Skin, say Doctors!

Damn right, you definitely would be surprised to find out that your luxurious and perfumed skincare product might contain a little bit of pee in it. Doctors say, a component of urine called urea, is used in a lot of skincare products. Urine is mostly water and only a small percentage of it is urea. It is a fact that urine provides minerals, enzymes, antibodies and hormones which are beneficial to clear acne breakouts.

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Number of Trees required to provide Oxygen for One Person!

Trees use the energy from the sunlight to produce glucose from water and carbon dioxide and in this process, they tend to release oxygen. Suppose a tree is growing by 5 percent every year, it will be producing 100 kg of oxygen each year. A normal healthy human being breathes about 9 and a half tonnes (740 kg) of oxygen in a year which contributes only up to 23% of that air. So roughly, 8 to 9 trees are needed for one person! Currently, India has 28 trees per person and China has 108 trees per person even though their population is slightly higher.

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Long workouts are a waste of time: Science

A lot of us spend a lot of time into intense workout schedule to achieve the so desired impossible targets of weight. On the contrary, there is a new study which says that the additional time spent working out over 45-mins is completely irrelevant. The researchers have found that few mins of intense exercise will bring you the same outcome as a long time workout. The study has found that people who did not spend much time working out had the same results as compared to people who spent more than 45-mins working out.

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Apparently, Fast food helps Weight-Loss!

Recently, after a long wait, a study has finally proved that consuming fast food helps in weight loss. The study shows that after two weeks of strict dieting, fitness freaks who were allowed to have one “cheat day” for eating whatever they desire were the people who stuck to their diet plan in the long run. According to the results, the researchers observed that having occasional indulgence makes the dieting more sustainable.

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Logic behind avoiding bar soaps!

Nowadays, the market is flowing with fancy and innovative shower gels which are gaining popularity and the bar soaps are getting avoided. The reason why is it not a bad thing is because even though the bar soaps are equally effective, they allow the bacteria to sit idle on the surface. Thus, liquid soaps and gels are more hygienic considering they are free from manufacturing deposits. Choose wisely!

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How to reduce soreness after a big workout!

DOMS or delayed onset muscle soreness starts coming after 24-72hrs of a heavy gym workout. It is a common condition and needs to be taken care of. Some experts believe that warming yourself up is the key to reducing DOMS. Also, warming yourself up will also help you to improve your blood flow and supply more nutrients to the muscles enabling them to recover faster. Ask a gym instructor to guide you in warm-up activities.

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Foods that are ruining your Sex Life!

A Healthy diet and Healthy lifestyle are what the current generation needs for the health of future generations. Some unhealthy foods that can harm your sex life are: Microwave Popcorn - A chemical found in the lining of the bag of popcorn can kill libido and lower sperm counts. Soy - It slashes sperm levels in men and messes with the ovarian function in women. Cheese - made from Cow’s milk contains synthetic hormones which are harmful to oestrogen and testosterone levels.

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Secret to living healthy is eating less meat

There is no denying to the fact that meat is an important part of a balanced diet but one needs to be highly cautious about overeating. The very first reason is that meat provides zero fibre which is not good for health. Secondly, they are loaded with proteins, which is also bad as you may put in more than your body requires and mess your kidneys. So, many nutritionists have made a ground rule that one must eat non-veg but incorporate it in a plant-based diet not vice-a-versa.

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Nutrigenetics: Why your food should sync with your genes

Many Physicians, sports coaches, nutritionists and fitness trainers across the country are using nutrigenomic or nutrigenetics tests. This test enables them to study and examine the relationship between various foods and genes of their clients to help them achieve their nutritional target. Presently, there are 5 labs throughout the country who offer these tests. The knowledge derived from the results can be used to prevent or treat diseases and to stay healthy.

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Marijuana compound may improve night vision

Turning the conventional wisdom upside down, researchers have found that the active agent in marijuana, cannabinoids, may be useful in increasing low-light vision of vertebrates by sensitising the retinal cells whereas previous studies have proved that it typically works to reduce neurotransmission and not increase it. However, it only used by scientists in special cases as the known side-effects are dangerous.

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Cycle or walk for 150 minutes every week, save yourself from psychosis

Low physical activity is highly dangerous as a new research suggests it might make you vulnerable to psychosis. In order to stay healthy, WHO has recommended that people aged between 18 to 64 must engage in at least 3hrs of moderate-intensity physical activity throughout the week including household chores, walking and cycling. Regular cycling has proven to be useful in maintaining a healthy heart to fit muscles.

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Signs Of Food Addiction That You Must Not Ignore!

If you cannot stop eating when it comes to your favourite food, maybe you should look out for the symptoms of food addiction. Food addiction is a serious psychological condition that affects people irrespective of gender and age. It can cause several health issues. The symptoms of food addiction include fatigue, nausea, indigestion, lack of control over shopping and wanting to eat alone. Food addiction is highly related to overeating.

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Common Things You Must Never Do After Eating!

If you want to avoid suffering from a number of lifestyle related disorders and stay healthy then you must follow these basic day-to-day food and health care tips which restrict you from doing certain things after you have just had your meal. These things include smoking, taking a shower, doing heavy exercises, sitting for a long time, eating fruits or drinking tea, and lying down. These things will interfere with your diet process.

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Want to remember something? Draw it!

A research has found that drawing pictures of information which need to be remembered is relatively reliable and strong trick to enhance memory. The study shows that drawing helped to create a better cohesive trace of memory that integrates visual, motor and semantic information. Results show that drawing works better than listing physical features, creating mental pictures or viewing actual pictures of the objects depicted by words. Moreover, the quality of drawing did not seem to matter.

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You are special if you have these two holes in your back!

Venus holes and Apollo holes are two small circles formed in the back of women and men respectively. Since venus holes are located in that part of the body where there is no muscle, it is not possible to create them by doing exercises. If you are working on a fitness diet to lose excess fat, these holes will be visible to you after a time. These holes are a sign of good circulation and a healthy body.

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Health Benefits Of Fish Pose

Matsyasana pose was tagged as Fish pose because of its posture which is believed to purify the blood and keep you healthy. It is known that this pose stimulates spine and the muscles in the back and can enhance your body posture. It is also useful in treating headache, respiratory issues and stress. There are various other benefits listed of practising yoga and fish pose.

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Here is what really causes dandruff

Micro-organisms like fungi on the scalp have been considered as the main reason of development of dandruff. This was suspected to be wrong and a team was established to study how a large number of variables in the ecosystem of human scalp interact. After the experiments were conducted, it was found that relation between the bacteria and dandruff was comparatively much stronger than fungi.

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Treat Tonsillitis With The Help Of Onion Juice

Tonsillitis is a tonsil infection which is highly discomforting and can be chronic or acute in nature. One of the best natural remedies to treat tonsillitis is the onion juice which provides a great deal of relief from this infection. All you need is an onion and a cup of lukewarm water. Extract fresh onion juice and mix it with lukewarm water. Gargle properly with this mix and repeat 2-3 times a day for best results.

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Foods That Hamper Memory And Cognitive Functioning

Loss of memory is a very common condition nowadays due to improper diet and significant lifestyle changes. Increased consumption of food rich in saturated fats has led to fat accumulation resulting in impaired memory power. Eating fruits like grapes and oranges which are rich in phosphorous help in recovering memory. Also, having carbs rich diet will boost the cognitive functions of the brain. Have a healthier lifestyle as you age.

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Tips to make your farts less foul-smelling!

You will be surprised to know that 99% of gas produced in your gut is odorless and only about 1% is responsible for making farts smell terrible. That 1% is comprised of sulfurous gases which are usually unpleasant to the nose. According to experts holding in farts is not harmful to health but causes discomfort in the abdomen. Some tips to make your farts less foul-smelling: Have your vegetables cooked, avoid fizzy drinks, reduce dairy consumption and fatty foods and chew your food well.

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Amazing Ingredients To Clean Your White Tongue

Sometimes we feel that the same food we eat tastes different, or our tongue has become thicker we have caught a bad breath. This can be due to having a white tongue which is a result of the collection of dead cells, food residue and bacteria on your tongue. Following products are useful in treatment: Aloe Vera, Turmeric, Salt Water, Baking Soda, Yoghurt, Lemon Juice, Garlic, Glycerin, and Neem.

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Overcome your jetlag with these tips

Nowadays, travelling across time zone is irresistible and so is the problem of facing jetlag. Here are some tips to prevent yourself from facing one. 1- Reset your body clock at least 5 days prior to the day you have to travel. 2- Try to book an overnight flight. 3- Drink plenty of water and avoid tea/coffee/alcohol. 5- Stay active and step outdoor. 6- Consider taking prescribed melatonin but try to avoid sleeping pills.

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How Guys Can Build Muscles as They Age

When guys get a little older, it becomes little intimidating to think about building muscles especially when they have spent most of their time at their desk behind a computer in their recent life. If you want to build muscles and shape up no matter what your age is, here are some tips to follow: Go light on weight lifting and don’t try to push it. Stretch yourself pre and post workout a little. Top of all, focus on what you eat.

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Women have emotionally more intense nightmares than men!

A study has found out that women not only have more number of nightmares but also that their nightmares are more emotionally intense than men. It is found that most of the men majorly dream of exciting, thrilling and joyful things whereas in the case of females, the most common ones are about their spouse, feared insects and chasing or being chased by someone/something. Men, this article is a piece of advice for you - take care of women in your life.

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Soluble corn fibre can help women build stronger bones

According to two studies conducted, If women start consuming soluble corn fibre as a supplement during two critical period in their life which is adolescence and post-menopause, it might enable their body to retain calcium in the bones. What happens is when a prebiotic fibre passes through the gut so that the microbes in the lower gut can digest, it was found that soluble corn fibre breaks down into short chain fatty acids which promote stronger bones.

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The myths about visceral fat busted and tips to help you slim down!

How can get rid of killer facts when you can’t even see it? Health experts have the following tips to give. Eat less refined carbs and keep munching on healthy proteins throughout the day. Have a proper diet with good fats. Get moving and get regular. Adding a soluble fibre supplement to your diet can work like a charm. At last, get a mind-blowing sleep. For good results, keep a track of your activity performance and weight loss.

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Prenatal exposure to plastic chemicals may develop depression in boys

A new study has found that baby boys who are exposed to a chemical which is commonly used in plastics, before delivery, might have the chance of developing problems of anxiety and depression at the age of 10-12. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a component of few plastics found in water bottles, dental sealants, food containers and thermal receipt paper. After filtering results with gender, they found this was affecting boys more than girls.

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Working in open offices are bad for productivity!

A recent study has found out that people who work in open offices face diminishing morale and low productivity. The output of the employees is reduced. For this particular study, researchers surveyed over 1500 workplaces including executive and non-executive employees. More than 50% of employees reported lesser levels of satisfaction in the open environment. This was mainly because they did not feel they are in their comfort zones.

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These skills will pay off forever!

If you possess the following skills, they will be fruitful for you throughout your life. They define a sharp, smart and elegant personality. Mastering your sleep, managing time, having empathy, consistency, asking for help, positive self-talking, resisting gossip, listening, minding your own business, mastering your thoughts, staying present in the moment, knowing when to remain quiet and when to speak up.

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Why Humans have Big Brains?

According to a universal research, the tendency of humans of constantly comparing themselves with other has significantly shaped our evolution. Evaluating everyone’s social standing including ours’ has enabled our brains to grow larger and increase the size of a cerebral cortex which apparently is one of the things that make us humans. This can also enable machines to make decisions like humans, especially in one-off situations.

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Nails grow faster on the frequently use hand!

Several scientific studies have proved with in-depth details about the growth of hairs, nails etc. Fingernails grow faster on your most used hand, which depends on whether you are left-handed or right-handed. Also, they grow faster on larger fingers such as second and third starting from the thumb/toe. It is also a fact that a fingernail takes about six months to grow again if you lose it in an injury. In the case of a toenail, it takes about a year and a half.

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Supplements You Need on a Vegan Diet

All the vegans are concerned about one thing that whether their diet is providing themselves with enough nutrition. Hence, these are the supplements you need to check in with your diet. Vitamin B12: By consumed fortified foods or taking a supplement. Vitamin D: Vegans who are not able to get enough sun exposure should take a supplement. Omega-3s: Because Vegans have low blood and tissue levels. Iodine: Those who are not getting enough from seaweed or iodized salt. Similarly, vegans who are not getting enough iron and calcium from their diet should consider a supplement

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A perfect substitute for ‘Painkiller’ discovered?

Scientists, apparently have found an alternative to painkiller Morphine which is equally effective and with lesser side-effects. It is not even addictive. Morphine is derived from the opium poppy which acts on the receptor in the brain that reduces pain but it is also known to affect a different receptor that leads to breathing problems in case of overdose. The drug is yet tested on mice but it is believed that it could be an answer to the problem that dates back decades ago - how to reduce pain without side effects?

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Obesity makes your brain 10 years older!

Obesity makes you age 10 times faster than your lean counterparts can. It is not unknown that fat has considerable effects on liver, heart, other organs but the fact that it impairs memory, cognition and intelligence are startling. Scientists have studied that shrinkage of the brain is observed much more in obese people who are above 40 and not much in their 20s. Hence, it is suggested that you should maintain your weight overall.

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“Murph” - Most feared CrossFit workout!

CrossFitters follow a workout schedule which is deadly heavy to an ordinary person. Starting with a mile long run, Murph does 200 push-ups and 300 air squats and again runs a mile. To make you understand the feel of it, it is safe to consider that this workout is 10 times more brutal on the ground as it sounds on paper. Murphy wears a 25-pound flak jacket while doing it, whereas most of the CrossFitters go for a 20-pound vest.

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Even Air-condition is making you fat!

Your body tends to burn more calories when your ambient temperature is constantly fluctuating as compared to when it is stable. This is because your body requires adapting to the internal temperature for matching it with the temperature surrounding the body. The body burns calories to maintain a stable body temperature and since now it requires lesser calories to do so, the additional energy is stored in your body as fat.

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Cure burping naturally?

Following are the natural home remedies you can try for its cure. Having ginger in your diet will help to prevent burping and reduce bloating as it has carminative properties that relax the gastrointestinal muscles. Having yoghurt also helps to reduce burping by increasing the amount of good bacteria in your stomach. Peppermint and cardamom enable your body in the digestive process and prevent gas formation.

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Lady loses 5 Kilos because of this herb!

The herb Parsley, apparently, works as a miracle. There is this old lady from Bosnia who reportedly invented a dish in preparation of parsley tea. She claims that she lost 5kgs in two days as the fat was excreted from her body in the form of drainage. Apparently, excess water exited the body and not the fat. Apart from that, she also experienced a refreshing and delightful mood. Now, it is observed that she feels amazing.

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Khichdi Facts

Khichdi is a popular food/dish in various parts of India. People have been consuming it for various health benefits. Mostly people who are suffering from a celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, add khichdi in their meals as a part of the gluten-free diet as it is highly nutritional and is light on the stomach. It is perfectly balanced in carbs and proteins. It also helps to strengthen the memory and detoxification of the body. Khichdi is good for digestion too.

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When you lose weight, where the hell does it go?

Sometimes our fat just disappears without us realizing it. It is a science fact that a human body can actually fluctuate about 5.5 pounds per day. But do you know where does it go? Body sweat takes away some mass. Poop and Pee lead to weight loss. It is strange but some weight evaporates from the skin. You will not believe but even breathing can take away some extra pounds. Never realized you’re losing naturally, did you?

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Scientists have developed a Healthy Ice-cream!

Nutrice ice-cream is a new variety of ice-cream which is supposedly a dietary supplementation of Omega-3 fats. These are actually classified by PUFA (Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids). The are beneficial for maintaining good health in elderly people and for brain development in children. This Ice-cream will provide you with your daily dose of nutrition in a very soft and of course, tasty manner.

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Why People who stay up late are usually smarter!

According to a study, people with creative thinking ability enjoy the night time do perform their work. It is said that night has a special energy attached to it and it takes a lot of stamina to stay up awake and enjoy. For such people, as the environment gets quieter the thoughts become more interesting and productive. Although it is said to be very subjective, many studies have proved this theory.

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This Light is harmful to your Health!

For a stable health, a person should have a balanced light-dark cycle, failure to do so can have a negative impact on the health. Even too much exposure to artificial light should be avoided. Being in natural light is the best thing a person can have for better health as artificial light reduces strength and deteriorates bone health. Many experiments are being conducted to reduce the harmful effects of artificial light.

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Secret super vegetables you should be eating!

Watercress is fully loaded with nutrients and healing properties but unfortunately, it has been forgotten over the generations. A recent study has found that it has been considered as the healthiest vegetable on this planet. Watercress has an abundance of antioxidants and helps to reduce oxidative stress. It stimulates, refreshes and purifies the entire body. You should definitely bring it back to your diet.

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Best Exercise Ever to Lose Weight

Stomach vacuum, a trending exercise these days is the easiest way to get yourself thinner abs and waist. In this exercise, you simply have to make an abdominal move which targets the transversus abdominis. This muscle group acts like a corset and helps to keep the waistline tight. The best time to perform this exercise is while your stomach is empty which is probably during the morning.

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Flip Flops are dangerous!

Flip-flops are considered to be most comfortable footwear but are actually harmful to your health. They expose your feet to a good amount of stress. Flip flops are usually straight, hard and keep your foot entirely flat. If your foot is over flattened, it leads to a number of health conditions such inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of your feet. Hence, chose an appropriate footwear.

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Why do bottled water have expiry date?

All the bottles of drinking water have an expiration date on their label but it does not really mean you cannot drink it. They are sold with an expiry date but the truth is that water never expires. As required by the law, all consumable food products should have an expiry date on their packaging/label and water too, falls under this category. Thus, even bologna and lemonade will contain expiry on their labeling.

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What makes your bones weak?

A skeleton is nothing but a set of bones which supports your entire body when you sit, stand or move. Weaker bones will disable you to lead a safe life which is caused by a number of reasons such as deficiency of calcium, lack of physical activity, genetic problem, accidents or any medication, or simply because of some bad habits like smoking and drinking. Eat calcium and protein rich foods to keep them strong.

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Soap and Toothpaste can mess with your Microbiome!

An antibacterial compound called triclosan is used in soaps, toothpaste, detergents as well as toys and plastics which is not really good for your health and body. Originally it was only used in hospitals but has somehow entered households as people became more germophobic. These antimicrobial chemicals are now common in every household and are interfering with the lifestyles of people.

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Vodka can be used as a Shampoo!

When you just add a shot of vodka to your deep hair conditioner and apply it, it will lower your hair’s pH which helps the cuticles to close and reduce the frizz. Apart from that, just a tablespoon of vodka can be mixed with a cup of water for using it to rinse your hair after shampooing and conditioning. This eliminates product build-up from the strands and scalp, making your hair shiny and lustrous!

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Is Indian Roti healthier than Bread?

Though the Indian Roti is one of the variants of bread itself, they have endless differences. Indian Roti is made from unleavened flour from which the roughage has not been removed. But the current bread producers remove the roughage from the flour. Hence, Roti is said to be the healthier option. Besides, bread also contains yeast and roti are free of yeast. Hence, your consumption should see more of Roti than bread.

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Your favorite chocolates are killing you!

A health watchdog group has reportedly claimed that substantial amounts of metals were found in the products from Hershey’s, Cadbury etc. The group has tested about 50 kinds of chocolate this year and around 35 of them turned out to be positive for illegal levels of cadmium and lead. It is a fact that excess amount of both these metals can cause severe damage to kidney, bones, liver and also neurological damage.

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Headphones can destroy your hair!

If you are using over-the-ear headphones while keeping your hair down, it might damage and break your hair without you realizing it. A celebrity stylist named Castillo has stated this condition. This is because while you normally walk, your movement repeatedly pushes the tight headphones against your head which roughs up and breaks your strands. Hence, to maintain a healthy long hair, either use this headphone only for a short while or use in-ear headphones.

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Sattu - The Poor Man’s Protein!

Sattu is packed with an abundance of health benefits and is considered as a poor man’s protein. The prepping process it goes through helps to retain the maximum nutritional value. It has been proved beneficial for people suffering from diabetes and is good for intestines. It provides you with good amounts of manganese, iron, and magnesium. It has a low sodium content. The commonly made dishes using sattu are parathas, sharbat, litti, upma or even porridge.

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Unique Vitamin can be an alternative Cancer Treatment

Studies are being conducted to prove that Vitamin B17 can help in the treatment of cancer. It is believed presently that amygdalin content in the Vitamin is a cancer-fighting agent. It is not widely available in the market as it is not much attractive to the pharma industries from the commercial point of view. From this, it is safe to assume that the life of cancer suffering patients is not much important compared to the earnings of the doctors and high-priced chemotherapies.

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Thigh bones work as Stilts to bear maximum strain!

The thigh bones of humans are actually even stronger than a concrete block. Now that we think about it, it actually makes sense because it is the thigh bones who bear maximum strength in our body. Several studies have been carried out to prove this theory and it has been anticipated that they can even support weight upto 1 ton before eventually snapping. To keep them as healthy and powerful, your body must meet daily requirements of calcium, proteins and physical exercise.

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100% Pure water can cause Death!

Drinking water, which we believe to be pure is actually a little hypertonic as it contains a lot of salts and sugars. The water we normally drink from common sources says taps, bottles etc contain enough impurities which affect tonicity of the water. Tonicity is the ability of a solution to draw or repel water from adjacent solutions when it is separated by a membrane. Hence, it is said that a 100% pure water can kill you.

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A Hypnagogic Jerk!

A hypnagogic jerk is that sudden twitch that you feel sometimes as you are trying to fall asleep. Normally, people fall asleep when all the muscles in your mind are in a state of relaxing, basically your mind. That particular feeling might trick your brain into thinking that you are about to fall which causes you to suddenly jump awake! Don’t be alarmed, it only signifies that you require good sleep.

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Home remedies that can get rid of drinking habit naturally!

Following are the healthy foods you can include in your diet to get rid of your habit. Dates are packed with tannins that helps you in detoxifying the liver. Besides, they are also rich in antioxidants. Carrot juice is rich in calcium, potassium and other essential minerals that help greatly in curbing the urge of drinking alcohol. Bitter gourd is known to relieve the symptoms of alcoholism. Even apples play an important role in eliminating harmful toxins from your body.

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This will Kill 10 Million people a year by 2050!

It is believed that drug-resistant infections are increasing due to excessive use of medicines such as antibiotics and anti fungus for treating not-so-harmful conditions like common cold. If this continues and no immediate action is taken, it will kill about 10 million people per annum by 2050. With such an excessive use, the immune systems of the human body build up resistance due to which the conditions become incurable.

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Easily get rid of spiders and mice!

Are you irritated with spiders and mice invading your house? Do you really have a family of four or more! Do not worry, there is an easy home remedy available to make your family a family of four again. Spiders and mice both are known to hate peppermint oil. All you need to do is put few tablespoons of oil in a squirt bottle with water and mix it well. Use it to spray in all your invaded regions at home including door frames.

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You cannot help but walk in circles if you are actually lost!

It has been frequently observed that people naturally start walking in circles when they lose their sense of direction. Apparently, it is unlikely that once all the reference points are removed, we do not have a choice but to aimlessly wander in circles. Researchers have proved that people are unable to walk in a straight line if all the external guidance has been got rid off. Has it ever occurred to you yet?

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Sleeping besides a Chicken can you help from this Disease!

Seriously, it’s not funny. According to a new research, sleeping beside a chicken on your bed can protect yourself against malaria. Scientists have found out malaria-transmitting mosquitoes avoid feeding on few certain animals such as chickens with the help of their sense of smell. They believe that the odor which is given out by bird and other species can protect humans from the risk of mosquito diseases.

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Toothpaste can cause a bad breath?

Yes, you read it right. Toothpaste also has a tendency to be a cause of bad breath. It is usually observed because the particular toothpaste is composed of various chemicals in improper combinations. The two most common type of compound found in toothpaste, which stimulates or encourages the bacterial growth are fluoride and sodium lauryl sulfate. Currently, most of the toothpaste are found containing fluoride.

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Nail Biting can be dangerous!

Onychophagia, or nail biting, is one of the common dangerous habits which is known to affect people of all ages. It is not only ridiculed and embarrassing, but can also severely affect your health. The bacteria residing in the nails are almost toxic. It can affect your oral hygiene. Nail biting, in some cases, also symbolizes stress and it is also a mental disorder. The best way to get rid of this habit is to keep short nails.

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The Science behind Power Naps: Why are they Good!

Humans are known to sleep just once a day unlike 85% of all other mammals. But factually, power naps improve verbal memory, creative problem solving, perceptual learning, statistical learning and object learning. It also helps a person with maths, logical reasoning, reaction times, symbol recognition and with stress levels. Power naps are also good for blood pressure, heart and even weight management.

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Why Lip-Balm is So Addictive?

People never give even a small glance towards the ingredients of any Lip-Balm. It so happens that your lips must be sensitive to some of the following ingredients which make you apply it more frequently. For example Menthol, Phenol and Camphor help in providing a soothing effect to your lips but are potential enough to dry them over time. Salicylic acid helps to exfoliate the dead skin of your lips but might cause irritation. Other ingredients like Lanolin, Benzocaine, paraben and Beeswax can cause allergic reactions.

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There’s A Rain Forest In Your Body!

As it turns out, our belly buttons are a lot like rain forests as studied by the researchers. A team of professional navel gazers studied the microbial contents in details of about 60 volunteers’ belly buttons! From all those 60 buttons, they found about 2.3k bacterial species of which about 1.4k were completely new to science. Conclusively, they have suggested proper cleaning of that region!

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Habits of Successful Start-up Employees!

A research was carried out particularly for this and the following qualities were found in common. They have an assertive attitude. Assertiveness is all about recognizing the significance of constructive tension. They always get to the roots of the issue by asking insightful questions. They manage time and follow strategic execution. They are proactive in taking initiatives, participating and controlling the events instead of reacting to them.

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Hair trouble might be a sign of these problems!

Hair is not just a style feature of your body or personality, they can also tell whether how healthy a person is. Losing hair from the very top of your head indicates that the testosterone content in your body is little high. Diabetes also observes severe hair fall. If you have thin and rough hair, it might be because you are having thyroid problems. The best way to prevent all of these is to get your daily dose of nutrition!

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Exotic Fruits You Never Knew Existed!

Durian: This fruits has been known for an extremely bad smell and is even banned in some parts of Singapore. Ackee: It has a shape of a human brain and hence is referred to as a vegetable brain. Physalis: This fruit belongs to the nightshade family. It is orange, tomato kind of fruit on the inside and is covered by the husk outside. Jabuticaba: They look likes grapes in purple! All these are used in different parts of te world for different purposes.

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How Google Affects Memory!

The Google Effect, which is also known as Digital Amnesia, is the tendency of the human mind to forget the information or a piece of knowledge that can be readily available online using the popular search engines such as bing and google. Considering the fact that people are able to connect to the Internet wherever they go, they tend to forget the details which they believe can be easily accessed in a minute. However, the study also confirmed that the ability of people to learn information has not changed and in fact, improved.

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Desperate To Lose Weight? This trick will help!

This is for all the people who order eatables online and want to cut calories from their diet. Just by simply ordering your food one hour in advance. Researchers have observed that ordering your food one hour in advance of consumption can help you cut down on calories. The study showed that people who order in advance are compelled to go for healthy options and avoid immediate unhealthy decisions.

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Why can’t you resist cake in the afternoon?

It is all the game of your mind and psychology. Usually, people associate unhealthy eating habits in the morning with negative consequences such as sickness and pain. But as the afternoon passes, our mind perceives all the junk food as similar to a holiday or a rainbow. Thus, people might start the day with good intentions of staying healthy, but the willpower to resist eating unhealthy items or cake weakens as the day goes on. This was found from a research by scientists.

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Easy trick to clear a Stuffed Nose!

This is the worst season for all the easy cold-catchers as they have to extremely careful with they eat and drink as it can quickly trigger a cold and a stuffed nose. As of now, there are tons of home remedies and products available for treating a stuffed nose but what if it catches you while you are travelling somewhere? For such times, here is an instant trick - Push your tongue against the top of your mouth and simultaneously, push a finger between your eyebrows. Hold it for about 20 to 30 seconds and your nose will be clear.

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Delhi Government to give Food Hygiene training to street vendors!

Delhi Government has aimed to achieve clean, unadulterated and wholesome foods for public. As part of their plan, around 23,000 street food vendors in the city are going to receive food safety and hygiene training. They will also be issued a certificate on the basis of their performance in the test. In the first phase of this initiative, 18000 vendors will receive education and training.

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Caffeine-free habits to energize in the morning!

Replace your early morning coffee with a healthy beverage or plain water. Let there be enough light around you. Boost yourself, create a workout routine and have an energizing breakfast. Engage yourself in brainy activities like solving crossword puzzles, writing a journal or simply meditate. Apart from that, watching cute animal videos or playing with your own pet have proved to be useful to a great extent.

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Weekend fitness tips from Deepika Padukone’s trainer!

Don’t worry, you do not need any kind of equipment to follow this fitness plan, just a good dedication would do. The fitness exercises involve 40 Jumping Jacks, 20 Box Jumps, 40 High Knees, 20 Triceps Dips, Wall Slit for 40 seconds, 20 Low Squat Jumps, 40 Sprinters and 20 Mountain Climbers. Beginners, Intermediates and Advanced level people need to do 3, 5 and 8 sets respectively. The person should rest for a minute between these sets.

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Too hot to sleep? Freeze your sheets, ditch the booze and DON'T go commando!

Sometimes it just gets too hot in the room to fall asleep. It could be due to a number of reasons which gives you disturbed sleep and restless nights. To beat it, make your late night a little entertaining and always keep a cool head. Wear light cotton or pyjamas and keep a frozen bedsheet. Make your own breeze, lose a layer and maintain the temperature. These might just help you fall asleep faster.

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Why Are There Empty Spaces In Medical Tablets?

There are several reasons as to why the empty spaces are kept by some of the medicine manufacturers. It can be to increase the inertness of the tablet or to keep a standard packaging, the company maintains these spaces to avoid additional costs. Another logical reason could be to print the entire content on the back of the strip which is not possible in case of a one-tablet strip. A major reason could be to avoid damage during transportation. It could also be to fool consumers as a big packet makes people believe that it is worth the prize.

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New test can predict if coma patient will wake up in a year

A new way has been discovered by the scientists for measuring the level of awareness in a person who has suffered a brain injury and estimate whether the person will regain consciousness within a year or not. This is possible because the amount of sugar (glucose) consumed by the brain can be used to predict the current level awareness of a person. These measures can be obtained easily and can be used to predict the likelihood of state of consciousness within a year.

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How to get your kid excited about school!

After a long summer holiday and the arrival of dirty monsoon, it is such a pain for all the parents to make their kids regular to school. Here are some tips that will help you do it. Get them involved in the stationary and uniform purchases, labelling books etc. Buy them at least one new item for school, may it be a bag, bottle, lunch box etc especially of favorite cartoon characters. Talk to them about various exciting things they should look forward to in the coming year.

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Home videos a big help in epilepsy treatment: AIIMS docs

A recent research by neurologists from AIIMS has suggested that epilepsy can be treated better with home videos as compared with caregivers. The research was carried out in treating more than 300 epilepsy patients and promising results were achieved. According to experts, about 10 million people in India are suffering from epilepsy and many do not receive the proper treatment. Therefore, home videos are a better alternative for treating epilepsy.

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Pulses policy in the works to curb inflation, boost nutrition!

Pulses are widely consumed across India and implications are economy-wide but their supply is quite scarce. Therefore, the government is coming up with a new policy to control the inflation and stabilize the supply of pulses. The agriculture, food and finance ministries are working on formulating a plan which will observe govt intervention in the importers market. The ultimate goal of the government is to attain self-sufficiency in pulses.

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Why do we say good luck when we sneeze?

Sneezing can occur due to a number of reasons. Generally, sneezing is observed in a person who is suffering from a cold but people around the world have associated different meanings to random sneezing. Some consider it as bad luck before they have something good coming, whereas, on the other hand, some people believe it as good luck or a good sign. Click on “Reference” below to read the detailed article.

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How To Get Rid Of Freckles On Face

The flat, brown spots which appear in groups on your skin are called freckles. They are usually found on the face and according to dermatologists, they signify skin damage. Some precautionary measures include applying sunscreen every time you face long exposure to the sun. There are various blends available which make a great face pack like honey and water, buttermilk etc. Rubbing onion slices or applying sour cream also are proved to be useful. Papaya juice and lemon juice application can also be considered.

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Easy Ways To Lighten Skin Tone

Lemon juice is highly used for this purpose as lemon naturally has bleaching properties and lightens the skin. It can also be mixed with honey for more benefits. Similarly, orange juice can also serve the same purpose because of its critic acid content. A mixture of sandalwood and rosewater is used for brighter and fairer skin. A blend of yoghurt and honey are brilliant for healing the skin and giving it a fresh new look. Not to mention, wash your face regularly to maintain the effects.

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Lose Weight Without Any Exercise With 'Pokemon Go'!

For all the weight-watchers, here comes a brilliant tech which can help you achieve your weight loss goals without exercising. Pokemon Go is mobile application game, a virtual reality concept, in which Pokemon are placed on virtual land like locations on google maps. It requires intense walking around parks, bushes, grasses, roads and buildings as well. It is an ideal game for all lazy bums who lack physical activity every day.

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Food nudging can improve our eating habits

An experiment conducted showed that the proximity or order in which the food is arranged or presented can manipulate people into making healthy food choices. This shows that food nudging is promising. A review suggests that the tactics of the marketers to place products where the consumers are highly likely to buy can be used to make people improve their diet. Nudging is a trending and innovative way to make this world a healthier place.

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Lose Up To 10 Kilos In A Month!

As per the study, you just have to follow these simple steps which will help you lose 10 Kilos in just a month! Cold showers help to lower the body temperature making our body use the fat cells for providing warmth which ultimately aids in weight loss. Make sure you indulge in a filling and high-protein breakfast along with green tea, both of which are directly proportional to weight loss. Apart from that, aggressive exercise and soaking in some sun will help to a great extent. Go ahead, be active and lose weight!

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Deficiency of iron, zinc taking toll on kids' memory!

A recent study has revealed that one of the biggest reason behind the weak memory of children is the deficiency of essential minerals like zinc and iron. It claims that children aged between 6 to 11 years of age have lower levels of iron and zinc mainly because of the lack of healthy food. Further studies showed that when these children were given these essential nutrients through healthy food continuously for 3 months, they showed significant improvement in the memory.

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This Juice Can Prevent Urinary Infection

Urinary tract infections are those which occur within the urinary system in the bladder, urethra or even kidneys. A new study has revealed that drinking about 250ml of fresh cranberry juice regularly reduces the risk of such infections by almost 40%. This juice can also reduce the intake of your antibiotics. Since cranberries have certain powerful compounds which keep the bacteria from spreading the infection, it’s better to consume the juice than gulping those antibiotics.

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Are Whole Eggs and Egg Yolks Bad For You, or Good?

The argument has risen because on one hand eggs are an excellent source of proteins and on another hand, it is believed that they increase the risk of heart diseases because of their high cholesterol content. Our liver produces cholesterol when to eat cholesterol-rich foods like eggs. However, studies have proved that consuming eggs has very fewer effects on heart diseases and is far more beneficial than harmful. However, keep monitoring your health.

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Caffeine has a negative impact on hearing recovery!

People who love coffee and like attend music concerts or are frequent air travelers should be conscious of their coffee intake as a new study has revealed that caffeine has an adverse impact on hearing. Caffeine can severely damage hearing recovery ability of the person as research suggests that such a loud exposure, when coupled with 25mg of caffeine, has a negative impact on hearing recovery. Hence, be conscious of your caffeine intake.

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Let grandpa walk the family dog for a healthier life!

Everyone is concerned about older parents and their health. A recent study has come up with one more thing you can do for their health which is let them create a special bond with pets and take them for walking. This helps in lowei their BMI (body mass index) and also lesser doctor visits. Additional perks of letting them go for a walk is it increases their social circle which also proves healthy.

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Habits You Must Completely Avoid To Prevent Tooth Decay!

You are at a risk of developing tooth decay if they are very sensitive to hot/cold foods and if not treated at the right time, it can lead to severe issues. To avoid these problems, you must control your regular habits such as consuming sugary drinks, chewing vitamin pills, biting nails, using toothpicks, drinking alcohol and taking painkillers. Brush teeth slowly and steadily and visit dentist if there are cavities.

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What is Jaggery and What Benefits Does it Have?

Jaggery is a sweetener, unrefined sugar extracted from sugar cane or palm, becoming popular as a healthy alternative to sugar. It has a better nutritional profile that ordinary sugar but is high in calories. It is said to improve the immune system, digestion, and liver health but there is no substantial evidence to support the same. However, eating any source of sugar leads to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart diseases.

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Children brought up by single mothers are well-adjusted!

It is said that for a child to grow, equal effort is required by both the parents. But a recent study has shown that children who are brought up by single mothers are equally well-adjusted and healthy. The study showed that there was no substantial difference between children brought up in both the scenarios. It is important to receive proper nutritional and health care to ensure a healthy growth of the child.

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Talk to your kids every day, advise psychologists!

The home environment can have a serious impact on the growth of the children, especially in their formative years and adolescence. A parenting skill involves an ability to hear and an ability to talk which considerably reduces the chances of losing a child which means, if the child does have anyone to open up to at home, the damage can be severe. A study has proved that the biggest reason behind children’s failed emotional existence is a lack of communication with parents.

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How To Gain Weight In A Healthy Way

For gaining weight in a healthy way you need to consume in larger quantities and get bigger, but at the same time, you must also avoid unhealthy weight gain leading to fat accumulation. The first step is to intake at least 500 extra calories daily to gain weight in a week. Keep exercising and lifting weights but also ensure that you get a proper 8-hour sleep because that is the time when muscles grow faster. Start eating more fruits and veggies and have a protein rich diet. Maintain your intake of carbs and monitor your progress weekly.

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Weight loss tips: Pasta does not actually fatten you!

Contradicting the popular belief, a news in the market which will make everyone happy is that Pasta does not really contribute much to weight gain. Those who avoid this awesome Italian dish with a fear of becoming obese can free themselves from the fear and start consuming it again. Moreover, it is also observed that Pasta is associated with a decrease in BMI. It is concluded that Mediterranean diet, when consumed in moderate quantity respecting the variety of elements, is good for your health.

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Cartoon characters as super veggies help kids eat healthy!

Influencing the kids to make healthy food choices has become a lot easier for parents as researchers have observed that children who are exposed to animated cartoon characters taking the shapes of healthy vegetables such as cucumber or carrots, prefer to eat salads on their own. The findings show that such a marketing of vegetables in lunchrooms of school tripled the number of students preferring items from salads bar. Moreover, such interventions also showed improvements in the nutrition and performance of students in school.

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This Mixture Is Better Than Penicillin!

The best way to handle a cough, sore throat, asthma, infections or breathing issues is with the help of a powerful natural antibiotic. A healthy mixture of 6 garlic cloves, 4 teaspoons of ACV, half a cup of honey and water can be a powerful natural remedy to boost immunity. Crush the garlic first, then mix all the ingredients and store it for the entire night. Strain the liquid in the morning then store it in another container. Consume 5 drops daily to boost immunity and if you are infected, take a teaspoon every 2 hours.

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Another Skin Care Formula!

Want to improve your skin using natural ingredients? Try the mixture of milk and saffron which can be easily prepared and helps you look younger. Saffron has been known to reduce the dry skin and slowly remove tan. The mixture of milk and saffron lightens the skin and makes it little softer. It has a healing effect on the skin which sort of helps to reduce acne. This mixture also helps to tone your skin and make you look fresh.

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Why do we hear the same sounds differently?

No, you are not crazy and this is not unbelievable. It does happen that the same sounds are heard in an entirely different manner by different people. This is because of the differences in our individual skull structure or our bone density. Even the smallest differences can lead to a change in the ways those sounds are received by our brain. This changes the frequency at which our bones vibrate as we hear those sounds.

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Coffee makes you Poop?

Does drinking coffee make you rush to the commode after a while? Don’t worry, there is a scientific study which says it might have something to do with acidity. Coffee has been known to make digestion smoother and stimulate large intestine within four minutes of indigestion. This has been verified with the scientists but however, they are not sure about which compound in the coffee is responsible for that.

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The Distasteful Scent of Sweat!

It might come as a surprise to a lot of you but sweat is odourless! The process of sweating is natural which helps in regulating the body’s internal temperature. As the sweat evaporates from the surface of your skin, it helps to cool the body by removing the excess heat. The bacteria on the hair and the skin metabolise the proteins and fatty acids present in the sweat which produces an unpleasant scent. Hence, the fact remains, the sweat is odourless.

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Health Benefits of Yerba Mate!

A traditional South American drink, Yerba Mate, having the strength of coffee, health benefits of tea and providing the joy of chocolate is gaining worldwide popularity. It is a powerhouse of antioxidants containing beneficial plant nutrients. It also contains good amount of caffeine which increases energy level and boosts mental focus. It may protect against infections and boost the immune system. It aids in weight loss and may improve physical performance.

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Are you a Junk-Food Junkie!

Are you a junk foodie and looking for ways to stop the cravings and reduce appetite? A new research has suggested that a powdered food supplement can be of great help in reducing the craving of junk food, based on the molecule produced by bacteria in our gut. The results have earlier shown that the compound produced signals the brain to reduce appetite.

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Why can’t people keep secrets?

According to a study, it requires a constant effort and patience to keep a secret. Keeping a secret is actually quite bad for your health as it increases your stress. The stress hormone levels of the people holding secrets are bound to go up. It is also observed that when people release any secrets, their health improves notably. However, this depends on how deep and serious the secret is.

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The fruit that destroys cancer within minutes!

The discovery of this amazing rainforest berry containing powerful anti-cancer properties has given a new hope to the world. It might even turn out as a permanent cure for cancer. The rainforest plant is called Brushwood tree, seeds of which grow exclusively in north Queensland. The seeds contain an extremely high amount of cancer-fighting properties. It is said that cancer gets destroyed within minutes just after consuming them.

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This 5-Day diet can transform your body!

Most people adopt a healthier or a specific food diet with a hope to reduce their belly fat or size of waistlines. But recently scientists have come up with a super diet which reportedly will be able to transform your health permanently. This diet is called “Fasting Mimicking Diet” (FMD). It is strictly made up of a variety of essential nutrients in a precise ratio. It is said that following this only for five days will change everything. Go give it a try!

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Not getting enough of this Vitamin can make you 77% weaker!

Vitamin D is highly responsible for strength and athletic performance of your body. A new research has claimed that athletes with higher Vitamin D levels were able to perform 77% better than those with lower D levels. Vitamin D enables the muscle cells in our body to efficiently release calcium during the muscle contraction process leading to powerful contractions. This means you lift heavier, jump higher and sprint faster.

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How to wake up without alarms!

It is all psychological. You have to believe and remind yourself that waking up naturally before an alarm is so beautiful and healthy. The activities you do before your bedtime are of extreme relevance here. Question yourself whether watching tv before bed, versus getting enough sound sleep and waking up in peace, what is healthier? With a little effort and foresight every night, you will be able to develop a habit.

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The Shower mistakes you make!

A lot of people still use shower daily unaware of the problems it brings upon. Hot showers may lead to problems such as eczema and itching. Excessive use of shower gel and body washes may take away the natural oils of your skin. Generally while showering people do not completely rinse off the soap from their skin which can lead to dryness and irritation. Hence, it is advised not to shower regularly.

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Health Benefits of saying “Om”

“Om” has gained mythological importance in Hindus, Health and Art of Living. It has several benefits such as it aids in digestion, improves blood circulation thereby maintaining a healthy heart, relieves tension, helps with insomnia, increases the capacity of lungs, helps to attain peace of mind, etc. The vibrations it produces are beneficial in strengthening our spinal cords. It is also extremely beneficial for thyroid patients.

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Banana-Kiwi is unReal!

There is a lot of confusion over hybrid foods. If you think that taking a part of Kiwi and Banana, putting their flesh together and burying them in a pot will give you a Baniwi, you are crazy. It is not impossible to mix two different fruits or vegetables together and creating new ones. However, hybrid foods have to come from the same genus or species but bananas and kiwis do not. So it is not real.

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Love can can improve your overall health!

Love is divine, love is eternal. There is no beat to the feeling of being truly loved. Even science has agreed to certain factors regarding such feelings humans go through. A research team has observed that people who are involved in high-quality relationships have a better health both, mental and physical. Factors taken into consideration for drawing such conclusions were partner hospitality, satisfaction, support, questions about criticism, affection, kindness and commitment.

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Eating curd daily may help lower the risk of breast cancer!

Curd is a great dairy product with natural health benefits but did you know that it can also aid in preventing the risk of breast cancer? It is studied that intake of probiotics might actually increase the proportion of beneficial bacteria in the breast and thereby prevent the risk of cancer. The two beneficial bacteria produce antioxidants that neutralise reactive oxygen species which can potentially cause DNA damage leading to cancer.

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Surprising Reasons That Can Reduce Your Concentration!

Lack of concentration can largely affect your performance level for a particular task or activity which further leads to discouragement, anxiety or depression. It can interfere with your personal life as well. Things that affect your concentration levels are excess use of social media, hunger, and depression which cause disinterest in a certain form and make you lazy and dull to perform. Avoid such things and do things which boost productivity.

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Everyday Things That Can Affect Your Hormones!

A lot of environmental factors also have a positive as well as negative impact on hormones. Hence, if you want to consider overall perfect health, try avoiding certain everyday things as much as possible. These things include plastic, GMO foods, exposure to light, make-up, meat-based foods, stress, drinking coffee in excess, travelling and poor sleep. One thing you must do regularly is exercise for some time during the morning. This will help maintain the hormonal health.

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This makes you sneeze uncontrollably!

You must have observed whenever you come out in sudden sunlight from a cool or dark place, you sneezed uncontrollably? A lot of us would say yes! This is known as photic sneeze reflex. It is a condition of sneezing after being exposed to a bright light. It is a quite known genetic quirk which is still not explained by science. Hence, take care.

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Seriously? This Stops a Heart Attack in One-Minute?

Cayenne Pepper is popularly known for its various health benefits but its potential to fight chronic diseases yet amazes everyone. A heart attack is a condition which is a result of plaque building up in arteries making it extremely difficult for the blood to flow. Capsaicin is an active compound present in the cayenne pepper which widens the blood vessels by providing heat. It regulates blood circulation and thereby prevents heart failure, sometimes even in a minute.

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Ayurveda - How to drink water?

People do not care how the water goes down the throat to quench their thirst, it just needs to go down somehow. But to our surprise, there is an art of drinking water for healthy living. According to Ayurveda, it is better to drink water while you are sitting and not standing. You must drink slowly and not in bulk in a single breath. Ayurveda advises to drink water only when you are little thirst and avoid ice cold water. You should not consume more after you feel satiated.

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What happens if your back gets sunburned?

Sunburn is a common trend these days but there are several things to be taken care of. For example, it is observed that people with extreme sunburn on their back are fifty-percent more likely to develop a skin cancer known as melanoma which is highly dangerous. This is possible because our back is comparatively less exposed to the sun than other body parts. Thus, when the top wear comes off, the sunblock goes on!

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Grass Kills 98% Cancer Cells In 24 Hrs!

For over 2000 years, a type of grass called sweet wormwood has been used in traditional Chinese medicine effectively. Researchers have now discovered that this grass contains a particular compound called artemisinin which, when compared to traditional chemotherapy drugs, is 1200 times more efficient in killing malignant cells. This compound is already used in the treatment of several insect-borne diseases such as malaria.

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2 Crore Saplings to be planted by Maha Govt.

According to the Maharashtra Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, the state is all set to plant 2 crore saplings across the state on 1st of July. Only twenty percent of the state land is covered by forest which is majorly affecting the adverse environment. Furthermore, a mobile application and a website shall be launched to track the plantations, he said. We would request everyone to participate and contribute to the same cause.

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Why do people faint?

There are several issues which make people faint. Older people, particularly aged over 65-years of age usually faint due to low blood pressure levels. Dehydration is another health issue which makes people faint. In this, the amount of fluid in your blood is significantly reduced and blood pressure decreases. Diabetic people urinate frequently which eventually leads to dehydration. Fainting also occurs due to heart diseases which interfere with the brain’s blood supply.

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How to Stop Eating Late at Night

There are several factors which make you eat at night. The first step is to identify those factor, what triggers them and how to control them. Planning your meals and sticking to your routine time can help you get rid of unnecessary hunger pangs. Instead of eating, try some stress relieving or anti-boredom activities. Include protein in most of the meals which will keep you full for longer time. Get rid of all the unhealthy junk food from the house. If the habit is too severe, seek professional help.

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Avoid risk of type-2 diabetes through a plant-based diet!

Recently a study has found that to avoid the risk of type-2 diabetes, a plant-based diet can be highly beneficial. Diabetics are restricted with various food choices and still need to meet their daily dose of nutrition. A plant-based diet is claimed to provide high fibre, unsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants and micronutrients such as magnesium which together helps to prevent type-2 diabetes.

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Ayurveda to solve health issues!

Oil pulling is a traditional Indian remedy. It has been practiced since ages for maintaining wellness. In this process, oil is swished around the mouth which is believed to help eradicate toxins from the body. This makes you revitalized and healthier. The best time to do oil pulling is before breakfast. If you want to heal effectively, repeat three times a day.

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Best Foods to Eat When You’re Sick

It is always said that “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”. It is true that if you eat the right food, it can help you lead a healthy life. Certain food items have powerful sickness-fighting properties. They help to relieve some symptoms and heal quickly. Best items to have when you’re sick include chicken soup, broths, garlic, coconut water, hot tea, honey, ginger, spicy foods, bananas, oatmeal, yogurt, avocados, leafy green veggies and certain fruits.

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Health Benefits and Myths of Detox Water

Detox water is prepared by infusion of vegetables, fruits and herbs in the water. It can be made at home in different flavors. Detox water does not help in flushing out toxins from your body nor to make it alkaline. There is no evidence that it helps to improve complexion. However, it does help in weight loss but so does regular water if you constantly stay hydrated. Detox water can boost your immune system and is tastier.

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Foods That Kill if Eaten Raw!

These everyday items are actually killing you slowly if eaten raw. A poison called glycoalkaloid is produced by the potatoes and is contained in the leaves of tomatoes. Uncooked eggs and raw meat contain bacteria which leads to gastroenteritis in humans. Traces of cyanide are found in the seeds of apple and in bitter almonds. Even cremini mushrooms are poisonous. Hence, it is suggested to properly cook these food items before consuming.

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Trick to Ripen a Banana!

Here’s an easy trick to quickly ripen the bananas. First of all, without peeling, put the unripe banana in an oven and bake them for an hour at 360 degrees. The time taken to bake depends on the level of ripeness. Bake them till the peels of the banana turn shiny black. This indicates that they have ripened. Now place them in a refrigerator for up to 15 minutes and you will have fully ripened bananas all ready!

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False Awakening: You Dream About Waking Up From Sleep!

A False awakening is that phenomenon where a person dreams about waking and doing the chores or an activity while he is still in a deep sleep. The dream is so convincing that the person actually starts believing that those things have happened. After a false awakening, people usually dream about completing the daily chores. Sometimes the condition is so worse that people double dream which mean there occurs a dream within the dream.

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World’s most expensive Tea!
Da Hong Pao is a Wuyi Rock Tea grown in China which is considered as the most expensive tea in the world. It is dark and heavily oxidized oolong tea and the reason it is so expensive is because it is rare and exclusively grown. Da Hong Pao costs INR 6,72,00 per pot. The Wuyi mountains in China’s Fujian Province are the original and natural place to grow the tea and hence it is very rare. Reference ​ ​ ​   ..
Want to improve decision making? Spend half an hour in blue light!

Recently a study has claimed that exposure to blue light can significantly improve the functioning of your brain. They observed that by getting a short exposure to blue light, a person is able to make critical decisions faster. Results show that a short single exposure can improve reaction time and produce efficient responses during heavy brainwork activities even after the exposure has ended.

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Calcium-Rich Foods!

Your body has more calcium than any other mineral and is extremely important for health. It plays a major role in bones and teeth development. It helps to maintain cardiovascular health, nerve signaling, and muscle function. The common calcium providers are milk, yoghurt, and cheese but there exist several non-dairy sources too namely seeds, leafy greens, legumes, beans, lentils, seafood, dried fruits, tofu, whey protein, rhubarb, amaranth and several other fortified foods and drinks.

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Seaweed - Ahoy! There's a sea of nutrition down under

Seaweed is one of a major source of nutrition which is largely untapped while having a 1,076-km coastline with us. Most of the seaweeds found are edible and some of them contain proteins which are essential for human consumption. Besides, a 100gm of seaweed provides more vitamin C than an orange. It is also a rich source of iron, iodine, calcium and magnesium. It is not yet a popular food in India but has gained a lot of popularity abroad.

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Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds!

Pumpkin seeds are packed with powerful antioxidants and are rich sources of iron magnesium, zinc, and several other nutrients. They are known to reduce inflammation and also prevent certain types of cancers. They are good for heart, bones and maintain blood sugar levels. They promote good cholesterol. They are a rich source of fiber and hence can be easily inculcated your regular diet. They promote overall health and well-being.

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Hitting the snooze button will screw your entire day!

If you are trying to get up early in the morning, whether you have to rush to work or plan for studies, hitting the snooze button is scientifically bad for your health. People set multiple alarms much in advance to the time they actually want to wake up and use the snooze button to finally get up at the desired time. It is advised that you must set an alarm for only when you need to wake up and set that habit of waking up. Hitting the snooze button cuts down on your sleep and even makes you tired and slow for the rest of the day.

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Eating Celery Makes You Super Sexy!

Healthy Food just turned sexy. It is a fact that men who eat celery regularly stand a higher chance of attracting women. Celery contains the male hormone androsterone which causes the release of pheromones which attracts women effectively. Androsterone works effectively to lift up your mood and is an anti-depressant. Foods like almonds, avocado and garlic have similar properties.

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Reasons why you should eat more Hummus!

Hummus is a dip made of olive oil, chickpeas. Sesame seeds, lemon juice and salt. It is highly popular in the Middle East. It is a rich source of protein, controls your hunger pangs and can help you in weight management. It is also known to help people with cholesterol levels. They contain folate and can help to reduce the risk of certain type of cancer. The healthiest way to consume hummus is to use it as a spread on the bread instead of cheese or mayonnaise.

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Mumbaikars, think twice before you eat that ice gola!

The BMC has revealed that 92% of all the Ice samples across the city tested positive for a dreaded E.coli bacteria just prior to the monsoon. This indicates that an unhealthy quality of water was used to make this ice. If consumed, it can lead to several diseases such as diarrhea, food poisoning, gastroenteritis, vomiting etc. These included samples collected from hotels, bars, ice sellers, juice stalls, ice-gola vendors, fast food outlets etc. and several other places. Hence, it is strictly advised to avoid the consumption of Ice or Ice Golas outside.

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Six Ways To Nurture Your Intuition For A Better Life!

There are many ways for honing your intuition. The very first step is to create a fresh state of awareness within and boosting the belief in yourself. A good level of self-confidence is required to follow your intuition. Socialize and connect with other similar spirits for good experiences. Step out of your comfort zone and try to get yourself indulged in different things which shake up your routine. This makes you explore your creativity. Last but not the least, allow yourself some relaxing time and savor some healthy food.

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Shift Work Could Lead To More Severe Strokes!

If you are constantly changing your work schedule or working or rotating shifts, the risk of getting severe ischemic strokes increases. This occurs when blood supply is cut off to certain parts of the brain. The irregular work schedules produce a ‘social jet lag’ which have the same health effects on the body as rotating work shifts that interfere with the regular schedule. Hence, it is important to maintain a healthy work schedule to maintain your productivity and secure a healthy future.

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