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Monday, August 8, 2016


What Hiking Does To The Brain Is Pretty Amazing

Apr 11, 2016 By Michael W. Pirrone

 

The great outdoors might just be greater than you think. There are plenty of us who love to spend as many hours of the day outdoors as we can, and hiking is obviously quite healthy for the body, but few of us ever give a lot of thought to how hiking could benefit our mental health as well. It turns out that hiking might just be your ticket to a brand-new brain, whether you’re passionate about the outdoors, or just force yourself to take a stroll around your local park.

Recent studies about the effects of hiking and nature have been directed at understanding just how this recreational activity affects both the physiological and mental aspects of our brains. One of the main reasons for this glut of research is because we’re spending so much less time outdoors, overall. The average American child now spends half as much time outside as compared to only 20 years ago. HALF. Only 6% of children will play outside on their own in a typical week. Conversely, kids are now spending almost 8 hours per day watching television, playing video games, or using a computer, tablet, or phone for recreational purposes. That number actually jumps up to 10 hours if you count doing two things at once! Overall, Americans now spend 93% of their time inside a building or vehicle.

So, what does this mean for human beings? Well, unless we get a little more proactive about embracing fresh air and dirt under our feet, the prognosis is pretty grim. The bright side is, as with all great medicine, when it comes to the outdoors, a little goes a long way.

Nature really does clear your head.

According to a study published last July in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a 90-minute walk through a natural environment had a huge positive impact on participants. In a survey taken afterwards, those people who took the natural walk showed far lower levels of brooding, or obsessive worry. The control group who spent that 90 minutes walking through a city reported no such difference. Not only that, but the scientists went a step further and did brain scans of the subjects. They found that there was decreased blood flow to the subgenual prefrontal cortex. What in the world does that mean? Well, increased blood flow to this region of the brain is associated with bad moods. Everything from feeling sad about something, to worrying, to major depression seem to be tied to this brain region. Hiking deactivates it.

Unplugging makes you more creative.

Psychologists Ruth Ann Atchley and David L. Strayer found in their 2012 study that after a four-day-long hike in the wilderness, with no access to technology, participants scored a whopping 50% higher on a test known as RAT, or Remote Associates Test. It’s a simple way of measuring the creative potential in people. A series of three words are given, for instance, “same, tennis, and head.” The test-taker has to find a fourth word that connects the first three. In this case, the answer is “match.” A 50% increase is a huge leap up in performance by research standards. Problem-solving skills like this are thought to originate in the same area of the brain that we also use for selective attention and threat detection, meaning our ability to think creatively is being overwhelmed by the constant stimulus of digital, indoor living.

Hiking boosts your focus.

We mentioned selective attention in the previous section but this is bigger than that. Anyone who has ADHD or has raised a child who has been diagnosed with the disorder can tell you, it’s a daily struggle to maintain grades, work performance, even relationships with friends and family. Medication can help alleviate the symptoms, but often ADHD persists into adulthood and that daily habit of popping stimulants can take its toll on your health and your wallet. Well, what about a good hike? A 2004 study came to the pretty obvious conclusion that getting outdoors and doing something active can reduce the symptoms of ADHD. More than that, it can do so for anyone, regardless of age, health, or other characteristics that can change the effect of medication.

Charge your mind’s batteries with a hike.

Hiking is a pretty solid aerobic exercise that burns around 400-700 calories per hour. This is great on its own, but aerobic exercise also has a really positive effect on your brain: it improves your memory. It’s even being studied as a way to help seniors fight off dementia, because it doesn’t just increase your ability to store information, it also reduces memory loss. Outdoor activity has also been shown to improve grades, so it’s a pretty solid choice all around for juicing your grey matter.

Feel better about yourself, from your sweaty head down to your muddy boots.

According to a 2010 report in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, even getting out into nature for five minutes at a stretch is enough to give your self-esteem a substantial upgrade. Spending the entire day outdoors results in a second jump upwards! Walking near water seemed to have the biggest effect, so when planning your next hike, be sure to seek out a location with some great streams, rivers, or lakes.

 

Is hiking the solution to all of life’s woes? Probably not. But what science is showing is that it’s actually a pretty solid candidate for making everyone’s lives a lot better, with very little input. If you already hike, good for you! If you’d like to start, find yourself a sturdy, comfortable pair of shoes or boots and head to a website like EveryTrail, which can help you find your way to the nearest nature.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

GUAVA LEAVES
  1. Guava leaf tea can decrease bad LDL cholesterol without affecting good HDL cholesterol levels.
  2. Treat bronchitis and coughs with guava leaf tea
  3. Apply crushed guava leaves onto affected areas to relieve itching caused by allergies
  4. This method can also be used for relieving insect bites.
  5. Guava leaves offer an amazing aid against hair loss when boiled and allowed too cool on room temperature. Gently massage your scalp to stop any further hair loss
  6. Guava leaf tea stops carbohydrates from turning into sugar and thus suppresses appetite. This will also help you to reduce weight.
  7. Guava leaf tea is also great for upset stomach and provides a great help in cases of food poisoning.
  8. This tea is also effective in the treatment of diarrhea and dysentry since it provides strong antimicrobial properties.
  9. Guava leaf tea is considered to be effective in treating enlarged prostate and cancer.
  10. It is especially recommended for men who deal with fertility problems.
  11. Guava leaves are high in vitamin C, which helps to heal those trouble spots on your face, called acne and pimples.
  12. In order to prevent infections, aplly crushed guava leaves on minor cuts like scrapes or abrasion. You can also prepare a tea to relieve an outer ear infection. Leave the tea to cool and then drop some of it in on the affected area.
  13. Boil 9 guava leaves in 5 cups of water until the amount you have in your pot reduces by half. This is great in the treatment of dengue.
  14. Guava leaf tea is very beneficial for diabetics as it reduces blood sugar level and does not stimulate insulin secretion.
  15. Chew guava leaves in order to relieve toothache, inflamed gums and sores in the oral cavity.
  16. If you want to remove blackheads naturally, crush a few guava leaves and stir in a little bit of water. Use this instead of your regular face scrub.
  17. Use the same combination to prevent premature skin aging, and you will be amazed by the result.

Now when you know all these amazing benefits of guava leaves, you can use them whenever you need, and if you have guava tree in your backyard, you are very lucky.


Via: fhfn.org

 

Monday, May 16, 2016



We all know that the health organizations issued a warning about the cholesterol contained in eggs. But, the real truth is that eggs, just like many other foods, such as: coconut oil or avocados, eggs were mistakenly thought to be bad for your health. So, the medical experts claim that when you consume foods that contain cholesterol, your liver adjusts itself by decreasing its own production. This means that eating eggs doesn’t increase the existing amounts of cholesterol in your body, you’re simply replacing one type with another. Eating whole eggs is extremely important for all of us. The egg yolk is loaded with healthy nutrients. More than 90% of the egg’s calcium and iron are found in the egg yolk. And the egg white contains almost half of the egg’s protein. In this article we are going to show you 10 good reasons why you should consume eggs more often

1.   Eggs help to improve performance

First, you should know that eggs have a high satiety index, which means that eggs will make you feel fuller. One medium sized egg contains 6g of high-quality protein and other essential nutrients, with the exception of vitamin C. This is why you should combine a fruit or orange juice with an egg and whole-wheat/low GI bread for breakfast, because we all know – breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

2.   Eggs can help to iron out problems

Many people around the world, who suffer from mild iron deficiency, may experience these symptoms: tiredness, headaches and irritability. You should know that the Iron is the carrier of oxygen in the blood and it’s extremely important for our immune system, energy metabolism and other important functions in the body. The iron found in the egg yolk is in the form of heme iron, which is the most absorbable and usable form of iron found in food. Some experts claim that this type of iron is even more absorbable than most of the iron supplements.

3.   Eggs improve nutrient adequacy of the diet

Eggs are packed with healthy nutrients, which makes them a valuable contributor to a nutritious diet. A recent study has discovered that people who don’t consume eggs were more likely to fall short of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B12. Eggs contributed 10-20% of folate and 20-30% of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B12 for people who consumed eggs. This study shows that eggs are extremely important for all of us and you should eat them more often.

4.   Eggs do not increase blood cholesterol

We all know that back in the 1990s, the eggs received a lot of bad publicity due to their “high” cholesterol content (210mg per egg yolk). Many different studies have clearly demonstrated the lack of a relationship between egg intake and coronary heart disease. But, it’s extremely important for you to know that foods high in fat, especially saturated and trans fatty acids have a far greater impact on heart health – than the cholesterol found in egg yolks. You should know one thing – eggs are excellent, inexpensive and super-healthy source of high-quality protein.

5.   Eggs can help to promote weight loss

Did you know that eggs with toast have a 50% higher satiety index than regular breakfast cereals? Many different studies have found that if you start your day with eggs, it will increase the satiety in overweight people and may help with weight loss.

6.   Eggs help to promote brain health

Have you ever heard of choline? Well, choline is a nutrient that promotes and improves the brain development in the fetus and newborn. This nutrient also improves the brain and memory function even at old age. This is why you should eat eggs more often, because eggs are an excellent source of choline, and just one egg will provide 28% of a pregnant woman’s choline requirement. You should also know that choline is extremely important during pregnancy and lactation when the reserves can be depleted. At the same time, it is the critical period for fetal brain development and lifelong memory enhancement. So, make sure you consume eggs more often, especially if you are pregnant.

7.   Eggs help to prevent cataracts and to protect eye -sight

The medical experts claim that if you consume eggs, spinach, and broccoli regularly, then you will reduce the risk of cataracts (up to a 20% decrease) and age-related lens and retinal degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the elderly (up to a 40% decrease). Eggs are packed with antioxidants and other healthy nutrients. They are a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoid vitamins that are essential for your vision. Together, they reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration, which causes blindness in older age. The carotenoids protect the eyes from sunlight damage, improve night vision and reduce risk of developing cataracts by up to 50%.

8.   Eggs provide the best quality protein

We all know that protein is one of the most important elements of our diet. it’s because the human body uses the protein to build new and repair old muscle tissue. As we mentioned before, eggs are excellent source of high-quality protein. What are amino acids? Well, amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Nine of these amino acids cannot be manufactured by the body and must be derived from the diet. A complete protein food contains enough of these nine essential amino acids to promote growth and maintain body tissue.

Note: egg, milk, meat and fish proteins are all complete proteins, but egg protein is the best one. It has a rating of 100. Compared to eggs, milk is rated at 93 and fish and beef at 75. Did you know that 1 medium sized egg has approximately the same protein content as 30g cooked meat, fish or poultry? Besides the fact that egg protein is the best source of protein in our diet, it is also the least expensive.

9.   Eggs can help to protect our bones

Eggs are packed with Vitamin D, our sunshine vitamin. And we all know that Vitamin D is extremely important for calcium absorption and for maintaining optimum bone health. And this is why eggs play and important role in the prevention of osteoporosis together with dairy products, our main source of calcium.

10.               Eggs promote healthy hair and nails

Our hair and our nails can reflect many biochemical imbalances and shortages in our organism. You should consume more eggs, because eggs can help you improve the health of your hair and nails. It’s mostly due to its high content of Sulphur-containing amino acids and the wide array of vitamins and minerals. Many people report faster-growing hair after adding eggs to their diet, especially if they were previously deficient in foods containing zinc, Sulphur, vitamin B12 and vitamin A.

Well, this means that adding eggs to your healthy diet isn’t unhealthy. In many cases, eggs will benefit your body more than you think. While you shouldn’t try to eat 10 eggs every day, 2 to 3 eggs per day is perfectly fine in healthy individuals who are trying stay healthy. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank You.