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drinking, drunk, alcohol, smart

It’s time to start having a drink or two with that daily lunch break. Just as many of us need coffee in the morning to wake up and sharpen our minds, it turns out that perhaps our grandparents were on to something with those boozy lunches they seemed to favor in the 50s and 60s – you see, Don Draper wasn’t an alcoholic, he was just giving his mind a little pick me up.

Studies by Jennifer Wiley, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois Chicago, show that a few drinks actually relax our brains and allow us to think more clearly. In her experiments, Wiley showed 24 sober people and 24 people with a blood alcohol level of .07 – which is under the legal limit – two photographs and asked both groups to find the differences between them. While both groups found the differences in equal numbers, those with a bit of booze in their bloodstream found them faster. The basic reason is because the booze helped them not overthink the solutions, thereby allowing their brains to operate more quickly.

In a separate study Wiley also found that the same amount of alcohol aids in creative problem solving – which is why brainstorming sessions with the team at a happy hour often provide such fantastic results. In this test, Wiley asked her subjects to come up with a fourth word that would make a phrase out of each of the other three words they were already given. For example, the subjects would be given the words “hand,” “split” and “city” and they might determine that the word “second” solved the puzzle, creating the phrases “second hand,” split second” and “second city.” In this test, those teams who’d had a drink or two first not only solved the puzzle faster, but came up with more solutions.

So when you start to feel a little fuzzy in the afternoon or you need to solve an end of the day puzzle, instead of grabbing an espresso or a 5-hour energy, grab a drink instead. Your brain will thank you.

By Vine Pair
constant complain

Could you give up complaining for a whole month? That's the crux of this interesting piece by Jessica Hullinger over at Fast Company. Hullinger explores the reasons why humans are so predisposed to griping and why, despite these predispositions, we should all try to complain less. As for no complaining for a month, that was the goal for people enrolled in the Complaint Restraint project.

Participants sought to go the entirety of February without so much as a moan, groan, or bellyache.

The most obvious reason for striving to complain less is that griping is bad for you: "When we complain, our brains release stress hormones that harm neural connections in areas used for problem solving and other cognitive functions. This also happens when we listen to someone else moan and groan."

Hullinger quotes Jon Gordon, author of the 2008 book The No Complaining Rule, as saying the harms of complaining are comparable to secondhand smoke. Being a Negative Nancy in the office is not unlike chain smoking at your desk. For Gordon, both are unacceptable. He doesn't want the other members of his office to have to breathe in the offensive fumes of an employee's gripes.

At the end of Hullinger's piece are several tips for moving away from constant complaining and rethinking the impulses that lead to such discontent. The best advice is to separate yourself from chronic complainers who can only make themselves happy by bringing down other people with their dissatisfaction.

By Big Think
travel, happiness

Why do many people go shopping the minute they have money in their wallets? Material wealth brings you happiness, albeit temporarily. Only a few days after a new purchase, the thrill, pleasure, and enjoyment you felt begins to fade.

It turns out that as soon as you get used to your new purchase, your level of satisfaction decreases and you feel compelled to go shopping again for the next exciting thing. This vicious cycle repeats itself over and over again.

The problem with this kind of addiction is that you are trying to buy happiness. Unfortunately, money can only make life easier and less stressful, it can’t give you long-term contentment.

gadgets, happiness

Buying Stuff Isn’t Going to Work…

According to a research conducted at Cornell University, there is a way to break that damaging cycle. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at the university, has revealed that people experience the same amount of happiness when making a purchase they want and when they travel. And here’s the important bit, while the happiness you derive from a purchase reduces over time, the memories of your traveling experience still supply you with happiness hormones for a long time.

But why?

Gilovich explains that adaptation is “one of the enemies of happiness.” You buy things to make you happy, and you succeed for only a short while. Soon, you adapt to the things that used to bring you happiness.  

So, What’s The Secret Sauce to Sustained Happiness?


Although making new purchases may give you novelty, it still lacks the key ingredient for maintaining happiness.

As Dr. Gilovich says, your experience is a bigger part of yourself than your material goods. You may actually like your purchases and you may even go to the extent of thinking that a part of you is connected to that stuff; however, they are separate from your identity. On the other hand, your travel experiences are part of who you are.

Your richest and most cherished memories aren’t from the material goods you’ve bought. Rather, they’re a total sum of the life experiences you’ve had.

Travel, happiness

Happiness Stems From Connections

Traveling brings you to new cultures and places. In such an environment, everything around you feels more enriching. Your brain and body alike lose track of time as you’re so keen on absorbing new information. 

That disconnection from the normal surroundings that you’re already adapted to offers an excellent environment for creating happy and lasting memories that are hard to forget or replace.   

Robert Waldinger, head of a 80-year old research at Harvard University knows much about happiness. The results from one study revealed that individuals who most connected to their family, friends, community, and other people were the healthiest and happiest.

In light of that, Waldinger says that you need to deepen your relationships by doing new things together with the people in your life. He goes on to explain that experiences connect you to others in a way that material things can’t. To Waldinger, some of the most important experiences in his life are travel. Traveling, he reveals, brought him closer to his family.

Other Things You Can Do For Long-Lasting Happiness

Participating in extreme sports, learning new skills, or going to unusual events will bring you joy. A new car or gadget will eventually become ordinary, old, and outdated. On the other hand, the memories you create will become a real source of happiness that will stay with you your whole life. 

So, invest your hard-earned cash in experiences, and you’ll be investing in your long-term happiness and satisfaction.

Dishes, dishwashing, stress

Before reading this article further, I have one question for you: Do you have loads of dirty plates and pans on the sink right now? Be honest. We won’t judge. If you answered yes, well, don’t worry because you’re not alone. I have some, too! In fact, washing dishes is totally my least favorite chore to do.

That said, a recent study is telling us that washing dishes can actually decrease a person’s stress level. As long as they do the chore “mindfully,” that is!

This is according to a group of reseachers from Florida State University who observed 51 students wash dishes.

Before they began, half of the students were asked to read “a short mindfulness dishwashing passage” while the remaining ones read “a short descriptive dishwashing passage,” reported a SouthernLiving article.

Dishes, dishwashing, stress

The mindful passage partly read:

“While washing the dishes one should only be washing the dishes. This means that while washing the dishes one should be completely aware of the fact that one is washing the dishes. At first glance, that might seem a little silly. Why put so much stress on a simple thing? But that’s precisely the point. The fact that I am standing there and washing is a wondrous reality. I’m being completely myself, following my breath, conscious of my presence, and conscious of my thoughts and actions. There’s no way I can be tossed around mindlessly like a bottle slapped here and there on the waves.”

Adam Hanley, author of the study and a doctoral candidate in FSU College of Education’s Counseling/School Psychology program, commented:

“I was particularly interested in how the mundane activities in life could be used to promote a mindful state and, thus, increase overall sense of well-being.”

Dishes, dishwashing

So yes, the researchers are telling us that people who ‘mindfully’ washed their dishes (meaning those who focused on smelling the soap, feeling the water temperature, etc) increased their feelings of inspiration by 25% and decreased their nervousness levels by 27%.

“It appears that an everyday activity approached with intentionality and awareness may enhance the state of mindfulness,” wrote the authors of the study.

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sleep deprivation, lack of sleep

Sleep deprivation can be the underlying cause of numerous health issues, including weight gain, heart disease, high blood pressure, and mood swings. The lack of sleep makes us prone to sickness and increases our risk of serious health problems, including premature death.

Most people need between 7 or 8 hours of sleep each night, and chronic sleep deprivation leads to a bad mood, irritability, grogginess, as numerous other side effects, such as stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.

According to NHS, about 1 in 3 adults suffers from the consequences of sleep deprivation. Even though daytime napping can alleviate the symptoms of the lack of sleep, it cannot substitute a good night sleep.

In most cases, sleep deprivation is a result of stress, poor lifestyle choices, anxiety, medications, alcohol, caffeinated drinks, smoking, and sleep disorders.

Let us take a closer look at the negative effects of sleep deprivation:

-- Type 2 Diabetes is one of the many adverse effects of sleep deprivation. Little sleep impacts nighttime glucose regulation and predisposes a person to diabetes.

-- Sleep deficiency can also cause heart disease, as short sleep or disrupted sleep patterns increase the risk of cardiovascular problems.

-- Sleep deprivation increases the risk of early death since it leads to numerous serious health conditions that can shorten life expectancy, such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease

-- It also causes chronic inflammation, since the body does not have enough time to repair the damage done during the day and recharge. Long- term inflammation can raise the risk of developing chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

-- Sleep deprivation also makes the body susceptible to infections, as it changes cellular immune responses in the body and increases biomarkers of inflammation

-- Sleep deprivation can cause weight gain, since it affects hormones, and increases the levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin while inhibiting leptin levels, the hormone that makes us feel full. It also affects glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity and raises the risk of obesity

-- Insufficient sleep can also cause cancer, as it weakens the immune system and makes one prone to various diseases. Insomnia and sleep apnea have even scientifically shown to increase the risk of breast cancer, oral cancer, or prostate cancer

-- Insufficient sleep has negative effects on the brain function and impedes the mental abilities, leaving you tired, frustrated, forgetful, and with difficulty to concentrate. It reduces attention and impedes the problem-solving skills

-- Disrupted sleep pattern impact the production of hormones, such as thyroid hormones, melatonin, cortisol, growth hormones, and hunger hormones.

-- Poor sleep increases blood pressure, as well as heart rate, and studies have confirmed that sleep deprivation can cause hypertension and cardiovascular events, especially in elderly persons

-- Severe sleep deprivation can also elevate the risk of stroke, as it can cause obesity, diabetes, irregular heartbeat, and high blood pressure, which are all risk factors

-- Sleep deprivation causes depression and mood swings, as it affects hormone levels and causes depressive thoughts and behavioral changes. During REM sleep, our body secretes serotonin, and its lack is linked to depression.

-- Poor sleep or sleep deprivation lower sex drive, as they affect testosterone levels and the sexual desire

-- Sleep deprivation and chronic exhaustion can make one make fatal mistakes that can even cost someone’s life. For instance, a loss of sleep can make drowsy drivers cause serious car accidents since it impairs judgment and reaction time.

sleep deprivation, lack of sleep
Therefore it should be your priority to improve your sleep quality and thus lower the risks linked to sleep deprivation. The following tips can help you: 

  • Have a strict bedtime and wake-up time that you will follow even on weekends
  • An hour before going to bed, avoid bright artificial lights and noise
  • Avoid strenuous workout before going to bed
  • Don’t eat heavy meals or have caffeinated or alcoholic drinks before going to bed
  • Try some relaxation techniques to help you fall asleep easily, such as deep breathing exercises
Deep, slow, self-aware breathing is an ancient and powerful way to relieve stress and tension, and relax in order to prepare your body and mind for a nightly transition to sleep. It stimulates a series of physiological changes that help relaxation, including lowering muscle tension, metabolism, and blood pressure, and slowing breathing rate and heart rate.

It can be done in a simple way, by taking a series of even, slowly inhale and exhale breaths as a regular routine during the day or when

You can also try some structured breathing exercises, such as the popular “4-7-8” breathing.

Lie in a comfortable position, with the eyes open or closed, as you prefer. Then, inhale for four seconds, and hold the breath for seven seconds. Again, exhale slowly for eight seconds, and repeat the entire procedure several times.

You will increase the oxygen levels in the body by inhaling deeply and holding your breath, so you will allow it to work less hard. On the other hand, the long and slow exhale has a meditative property that is inherently relaxing. It is also very similar to the pace of breathing the body adopts while you’re falling asleep.

Therefore, deep breathing before bedtime actually imitates the breathing patterns of sleep onset and makes the body and mind ready to enter an all-important period of rest.

You will also benefit a lot from guided imagery, biofeedback, autogenic training, and progressive relaxation.


As the X-ray images of the brains of two 3-year old children showed, the brain of the loved child was twice as big as the brain of the neglected one.

The child whose brain is on the left of the picture had a caregiver who developed a positive relationship with it, full of love, care, and respect. On the other hand, the child whose brain appears on the right was ignored, neglected, and abused.

The Telegraph published an article in 2012, saying that the kid on the right will become a less intelligent adult, less able to empathize with others, more likely to become addicted to drugs and involved in violent crime, and might even develop mental and other serious health problems.

At this time, neurologists were starting to understand the way in which the interaction between the baby and the mother affected the growth of its brain.

Allan Schore, UCLA psychiatry professor, and one of the leading neurologists in this field claims that the growth of the brain of the baby literally requires positive interaction between mother and infant, as it affects the development of cerebral circuits depends.

He claims that the first two years of life as essential in the process of brain development, since 80 percent of the brain cells a person will ever have are manufactured during that period.

Schore says that from the beginning of the third trimester of pregnancy to the 24th month of life, if it gets the proper positive experiences, the human brain more than doubles in size.


During the first two years of life, the cells of the brain and their wiring are established, and the connections that are often used are reinforced, while the ones that are rarely used are closed down.

He explains that the unused connections die off. Cells that fire together wire together and do not die together. The brain does not go on growing, but it organizes, then disorganizes, then reorganizes, and the massive death of billions of neurons and disconnection of synapses is a part of the growth process of the brain.

The way our genes are encoded is affected by the hormones generated by the relationship between the infant and mother (or the primary caregiver). Schore adds that since endorphins regulate genes positively, just like cortisol, a stress hormone, emotionally enriched (positive) environments are key for infants.

This means that positive emotions during the first two years of a child set the tone for the rest of his life.

Furthermore, a study that followed 127 children from when they were just about to start school, to early adolescence, scanning their brains throughout, confirm these claims, discovering that motherly love can help children’s brains grow at twice the rate as neglected youngsters.

According to the first author Dr. Joan Luby, Washington University child psychiatrist at St Louis Children’s Hospital, says that the findings of the study show that there’s a sensitive period when the brain responds more to maternal support.

The parent-child relationship during the preschool period is essential, even more important than when the child gets older. This is believed to be caused by the greater plasticity in the brain when children are younger, as the brain is affected more by experiences very early in life. Therefore, it is essential for children to receive support and nurturing during those early years.

Early maternal support affects the brain development of the child, so they encourage policies that help parents become more supportive.

feet, foot

Elson M. Haas, MD, a San Rafael, Calif., physician with a natural-medicine approach and author of Staying Healthy with Nutrition (Celestial Arts, 2006) says that the body gives physical signs and symptoms as a way to alert to deeper imbalances.

However, before you take a pill and hope that they will disappear, it is better to take the time to decipher the body’s codes, as we actually want to get to the causes of problems, not just suppress the end result of ill health.

Vivian Goldschmidt, MA, explains that at such times, the body is actually talking to you, since it responds to everything you encounter, day in and day out. For instance, when we suffer from a headache, we immediately turn to some sort of over-the-counter pain killer in order not to have to stop our daily activities, and we do not even consider the cause of the headache.

However, a headache is not normal, and it is actually the time when the body is telling us that something isn’t right. A headache can mean our muscles are tense, we are dehydrated, or we lack sleep, and the pain-killer approach never takes care of the problem that caused the headache to begin with.

She advises to take a moment to focus on your body, and you may be surprised by what you discover. Spare a minute to listen to your body’s needs and it will reveal a lot about the way you react to the environment, diet, and other factors.

finger, fingernails

Here are 21 things our body is trying to tell about our health:

1. Abnormal sweat smell- If it smells like acetone, you might experience issues with the blood sugar, and ammonia odor might indicate kidney or liver issues

2. Pungent urine or stools- Smelly stools might indicate a lactose intolerance, while the chemical smell of the urine can indicate a urinary tract infection, usually due to the E. coli bacteria

3. Dry skin- Chronic dry skin can be a symptom of diabetes, nutrient deficiencies, and hypothyroidism

4. Puffy eyes- This is a symptom of excess stress or a lack of sleep, as well as hormonal changes and salt intake

5. BMI- the chance of developing dementia in people in their 40s, whose abdomen is on the large side, is up to 3.6 times more likely than their smaller waisted peers

6. Swollen feet- This is usual in pregnant women and people who spend many hours on their feet, but if these are not the causes, this might indicate fluid retention

7. Pale tongue- This could a symptom of an iron deficiency

8. Longer ring fingers in women- Women whose ring fingers are longer than the index fingers have an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis in the knees

9. Abnormal hair growth- The growth of hair on areas where it typically does not in women is a sign of issues like polycystic ovarian syndrome, due to the increased production of male hormones

10. Cracked, dry lips- they are a sign of dehydration or an allergic reaction caused by lip cosmetics, medications, dental hygiene products, metals, and foods

11. Dark velvety skin patches- This can signal a medication reaction or pre-diabetes

12. Smaller calves in women- This might be a sign of a higher risk of stroke, due to the development of carotid plaques

13. Loss of eyebrow hair- This is a sign of a thyroid disease

14. Stinky feet- You might suffer from Athlete’s foot if your feet smell even though you keep proper hygiene and constantly keep your shoes and socks clean

15. Blood type: People with type O blood, either negative or positive, have a lower risk of pancreatic cancer

16. Stunted or uneven teeth- This might be a result of the habit of grinding the teeth while sleeping, usually associated with increased stress.

17. Height- Short people tend to live longer, which is believed to be due to the fact that one of the genes responsible for short stature is also partly responsible for longevity

Premature facial wrinkles- If you notice wrinkles while in early menopause, you might experience issues with the bone mineral density

19. Breast size-Women whose breasts are a D cup or larger when they were age 20 have an elevated risk of type 2 diabetes, which is believed to be due to the hormonally sensitive fat in the breasts

20. Shorter arms- Women with shorter arms, 60inches or less, are up to 1.5 times more prone to Alzheimer’s disease

21. Nail issues- Side-to-side lines on the nails indicate stress, white spots or streaks, and ridged nails might be a sign of kidney disease, and small cysts around the cuticles might signal arthritis

You should never ignore the signals your body sends since they directly reflect your state of health. If you experience problematic changes, always schedule an appointment with your doctor.

kidney, kidney disease

The role of the kidneys is to filter blood, absorb minerals from the food we consume, release hormones, and detoxify the body through the urine.

Kidney damage is, therefore, a serious health issue, but it might not cause early symptoms right away, so it is important to avoid the following 10 habits that might cause it:

It is important that the body is properly hydrated for the kidneys to be able to function normally. Therefore, it is important that inadequate water intake can seriously harm the kidneys. The regular consumption of water detoxifies the body and lowers the risk of UTI and kidney stones.

2. The consumption of high sodium foods increases the risk of kidney damage, high blood pressure, and swellings in the ankles, feet, and hands. Limit the intake of processed, packed, and canned foods, since they are rich in sodium.

3. The regular consumption of red meat makes the kidneys prone to damage, due to the toxins such as nitrogen and ammonia in animal meat and protein.

4. The habit to hold in the urine for a long time can seriously damage the kidneys, since it increases the risk of urinary tract infections, damage to the pelvic color muscles and incontinence, and allows the accumulation of toxins on the body.

5. Studies have linked hypertension to kidney damage since the kidneys filter the toxins through the blood and blood vessels. Therefore, you should frequently monitor your blood pressure, and prevent blockages and hardening of the arteries.

6. The excess intake of sugary foods and drinks can lead to the development of type 2 diabetes, which eventually leads to blood vessels and kidney damage.

7. Smoking and excessive alcohol intake support the ingestion of toxic ingredients on the body, elevate blood pressure, and dehydrate the body, leading to damage and decline of the kidneys.

8. Sleep deficiency is dangerous for the entire body, including the kidneys. It elevates blood pressure, affects kidney function, causes stress, fatigue, and numerous other health issues.

9. When one does not follow the exact prescription of medication given by their doctors, they can experience kidney damage.

10. Physical inactivity has been linked to various chronic diseases, heart attacks, diabetes, and cancer, and has been found to elevate the risk of kidney disease by 30%.

kidney, kidney disease

Despite avoiding these 10 habits, you should also incorporate other beneficial ones, that will support the function of the kidneys and ensure their health.
  • Reduce the intake of phosphorous. When kidneys do not function normally, phosphorus buildups in the body, leading to serious conditions, such as bone and heart disorders, as well as calcification (hardening) of tissues.
  • Eat kidney-supportive foods, such as cilantro, parsley, watermelon, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, apples, cabbage, cauliflower, peppers, garlic, onions, olive oil.
  • Take daily probiotics, as probiotics (good bacteria) help your kidneys process waste materials and improve digestive health.
  • Avoid pain relievers, especially non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin), naproxen (Aleve), and acetaminophen (Tylenol).
  • Take Epsom salts baths. Such a bath detoxifies the body, removes waste, and boosts the kidneys while improving overall health.
  • Drink green juice. Green foods detoxify the body.
  • Lose weight. Obesity increases the risk of developing kidney cancer.
hiking, hike, mountain

If you have tried hiking for at least once before, you know that it cleanses the body, mind, and soul, but recently, researchers have found that it can actually change our brain!

Physical inactivity has been associated with numerous health issues, but studies have shown that by starting any type of physical exercise, one can prevent chronic disease, premature death, and improve health as well as the quality of life.

Hiking is apparently one of the best ways to boost overall health and lower the risk of developing health concerns. Namely, by spending some time hiking in the woods with your family and friends, you can:
  • Lower stress levels, improved mood, and enhanced mental wellbeing
  • Lower the risk for heart disease
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Decrease cholesterol levels
  • Improved control over healthy weight
  • Lower body fat
  • Boost bone density
  • Improve osteoarthritis outcomes
  • Increase your flexibility and coordination
  • Improve the quality of life
  • Enhance your relationships with friends and family

Being a powerful cardio exercise, hiking will also:
  • Improve balance
  • Build strength in your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, and the muscles in the hips and lower legs
  • Strengthen your core
  • Help you control your body weight

hiking, mountain

The time spent outdoors instantly improves our mood and calms us, but hiking in nature can reduce rumination, neutralizes the negative energy, and prevents anxiety.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published a study which found that spending time in nature drastically reduces these obsessive, negative thoughts.

Namely, researchers compared the reported rumination of participants who hiked through either an urban or a natural environment and discovered that those who walked for 90 minutes in a natural environment reported reduced levels of rumination and has reduced neural activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex, the brain area related to mental illness.

On the other hand, participants who walked through the urban environment did not report reduced rumination. Additionally, they noticed that increased urbanization closely correlates with increased instances of depression and other mental illness.

Also, psychologists Ruth Ann Atchley and David L. Strayer conducted another study which showed that creative problem solving can be significantly improved by both disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with nature.

They agreed that both technology and urban noise are incredibly disruptive to our cognitive thinking since they are constantly demanding our attention and preventing us from focusing.

Therefore, the time spent hiking in nature, away from technology, will improve creative thinking, soothe the mind, and treat mental fatigue.

Hiking also improves ADHD in children, and their symptoms including difficulties with impulse control and staying focused, distractions, and excessive hyperactivity. The study conducted by Frances E Kup, Ph.D., and Andrea Faber Taylor, Ph.D., confirmed that exposing them to “green outdoor activities” drastically reduces symptoms.

Hiking is a great exercise that burns between 400 – 700 calories per hour and is easier on the joints than other activities like running.

Moreover, researchers from the University of British Columbia found that aerobic exercise increases hippocampal volume — the brain part associated with spatial and episodic memory — in women over the age of 70, improves memory loss, lowers stress and anxiety, boosts self-esteem, and releases endorphins.

What’s more, it is easy to start hiking and reap all its benefits. Just start out small and test your abilities, see what works for you. You will need good hiking shoes, a hat, light clothing, and a water bottle.

You can also buy trekking poles, that will boost your speed and take some pressure off your knees. You can find maps of trails online, download some smartphone app to help you as well, and then just turn off the signal of your phone, and enjoy the tour!


Watermelon is a cleansing, alkalizing and mineralizing fruit that improves health in numerous ways.

It belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family, along with cantaloupe, pumpkin and similar plants that grow on vines on the ground. Watermelons are round, oblong or spherical in shape, light to dark green in color, with lighter mottling stripes, and usually, their flesh is brightly red.

They are full of water, 92% to be more precise, as well as beta-carotene, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B5 and smaller amounts of B1, B2, B3, and B6. Watermelons are also high in essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and smaller amounts of copper, iron, and zinc.

Watermelons contain the red carotenoids pigment lycopene, which is a potent antioxidant, as well as citrulline, another important and beneficial compound.

Watermelon juice is incredibly healthy, and here are some of its health benefits:

-- It is alkalizing, meaning that it neutralizes acidity in the system, and prevents chronic diseases, like cancer, and protects against parasites, harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeasts

-- The high lycopene content fights inflammation and relieves and heals inflammatory conditions, like arthritis

-- Watermelon can lower C-reactive Protein (CRP)—a measure of body-wide inflammation linked to arthritis flares and heart disease, and it is also abundant in the carotenoid beta-cryptoxanthin, which alleviates the symptom of rheumatoid arthritis, and treats painful inflammatory joint conditions

-- This juice has laxative effects that improve regularity, calms the gastrointestinal tract, regulates pH levels, treats acid reflux, and fights inflammation and acidity. It is also excellent in the treatment of constipation

-- Being abundant in various minerals, watermelon juice replenishes electrolytes lost after a good workout and treats symptoms like muscle aches, spasms, twitches, and weakness; restlessness, frequent headaches, insomnia, heart palpitations, fatigue, numbness and pain in joints, and dizziness.

-- It improves eye health since it is rich in beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A) which is converted into vitamin A (retinol) in the body. It prevents eye problems like age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, retinal degeneration, and night blindness

-- Watermelons are low in calories, but rich in water and fiber, so their consumption creates a feeling of satiety, cleanses the body of toxins and helps weight loss

-- Being rich in antioxidants, lycopene and other essential vitamins and minerals, watermelon juice lowers the risk of stroke and heart disease. Lycopene reduces the thickness of the internal layer of blood vessels, lowering the risk of myocardial infarction, while the prevention of LDL oxidation protects against heart attacks, ischemic strokes, and atherosclerosis

-- It is an effective detox drink that accelerates metabolism and eliminates all kinds of toxins from the body

-- Lycopene reduces oxidative stress and inflammation in the case of allergies and asthma, and the consumption of watermelon juice raises the immune responses in preventing attacks

-- The amino acid citrulline in watermelons, which is in the highest concentration in the white rind, together with vitamin C, breaks down kidney stones, detoxifies the kidneys and bladder, and fights inflammation caused by free radicals. Watermelon juice also acts as a diuretic, treating water retention, preventing bloating in PMS, and fighting urinary tract infections

-- Drinking watermelon juice relaxes and dilates the blood vessels and boosts energy levels and stamina, so it can act as a natural Viagra, and treats mild erectile dysfunction.

Additionally, watermelon seeds are also rich in nutrients, healthy fats, and minerals like magnesium, iron, and zinc. Therefore, they suppress appetite, energize the body, strengthen the hair, skin, and nails, accelerate metabolism, and prevent anemia, fatigue, depression.

Yet, despite the countless benefits of this fruit, its excessive consumption can have adverse effects, so make sure you follow these consumption tips:

  • To avoid sleep disturbances during the night, make sure you eat these fruits or drink watermelon juice in the morning on an empty stomach or earlier in the day
  • Watermelon rind contains 95% of the nutritional benefits, so you can juice it along the flesh and seeds
  • Wash the watermelons well before consumption
  • To preserve the freshness of the remaining watermelon, wrap it up with a cling wrap and keep refrigerated
  • You can consume watermelons on their own, juices, or in fruit salads

We suggest you try the following delicious watermelon recipes as well:

Three Melon Smoothie

Three Melon Smoothie

  • 2 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 1 cup cantaloupe melon, cubed
  • 1/2 cup lemon-lime soda pop
  • 1 cup honeydew melon, cubed
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes


In the blender, mix the watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, and ice. Then, add the lemon-lime soda and puree until smooth.

Spicy Watermelon Tomato Salad

Spicy Watermelon Tomato Salad

  • 2 cups cubed, seeded watermelon
  • 1 large red tomato, cut into cubes
  • 1 large yellow tomato, cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chile-garlic sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh lemon basil
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


To drain some of the moisture, spread watermelon, yellow tomato, and red tomato onto paper towels. Then, transfer them to a large bowl.

In a smaller bowl, whisk vinegar, olive oil, chile-garlic sauce, and honey together, and then pour the mixture over the first one. Season with lemon basil, salt, and black pepper.

Watermelon Sherbet

Watermelon Sherbet

  • 4 cups diced seedless watermelon
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 (.25 ounce) envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup chilled heavy cream
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1/4 cup cold water


In a large bowl, mix the watermelon, sugar, lemon juice, and salt, and stir well. Cover with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for half an hour.

Then, blend it in a blender until smooth, and return it to the bowl.

In a saucepan, pour the cold water, sprinkle the gelatin, and let it stand for a minute.

Then, cook over low heat for 2 minutes.

Add the gelatin mixture to the blended watermelon mixture, add the heavy cream, and beat with an electric hand mixer at medium speed until you get a fluffy mixture.

Next, transfer it to an ice cream maker, and freeze it until it reaches “soft-serve” consistency.

Transfer the ice cream to a suitable plastic container, cover with plastic wrap, and seal.

Leave it in the freezer for at least 2 hours, or overnight.

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Is it even a night out if one of your friends isn't trying to converse with a stranger in another language?

Learning a new language is never easy but the problem might be more about what you're drinking rather than what you're saying.

Drinking a glass of wine or beer can lower your inhibitions when it comes to learning a language, according to a study. The study, published in the Journal Of Psychopharmocology, involved 50 German speakers in Maastricht University. Each of the participants were occasional drinkers who had undertaken classes in speaking Dutch and had recently passed an exam demonstrating proficiency in the language.

A study was the conducted whereby all 50 engaged in a casual two-minute conversation with an interviewer in Dutch. Before the chat, half the candidates were given water and the other half alcohol. The amount of alcohol given to each candidate was based on their weight.

Each person’s conversation was recorded and then scored by two native Dutch speakers – who weren’t aware which people had drunk the alcohol. Surprisingly, as the candidates were asked to mark their performance, the alcohol did not impact the persons own self-score and people who drank water and alcohol scored themselves the same.

The results of the test also found that the participants who drank alcohol were said to have better fluency and specifically, better pronunciation. It's worth noting that the participants in this challenge consumed a low amount of alcohol and an excessive amount can lead to slurred speech.

With oral exams being a struggle for the majority of us, it might be a case of having one to calm the nerves.

By Garret Farrell, College Times

Wondering where that random muscle pain is coming from? Take a look at your stress levels. According to experts, stress is much more than a mental issue—it can manifest and get stored in your body, causing serious physical problems.

What is stress?

Stress can be caused by all types of situations, whether it be work-related problems, family issues, social situations, or ongoing mental health battles.

“We lead fast lives nowadays, and the faster, newer, better technology is just exacerbating the problem,”said Dr. Lily Freidman, a family chiropractor based in Fort Lauderdale. “I hear about stress complaints from my patients more than ever, and I have been in practice for 18 years.”

With our new culture and rapidly changing lifestyles, getting stressed out is easier than ever. Do you compulsively check your email? Are you always in a rush, possibly without good reason? You can thank our new fast-paced tech-oriented mentality for that.

Dr. Elizabeth Trattner, national board certified doctor specializing in integrative medicine, explained the physiological cause of stress, and what it can do to our bodies. “When we are stressed, we make a hormone called cortisol. This has been part of our wiring for the thousands of years we have been on the planet. It was designed for when we had to fight or flight. Unfortunately, our bodies do not know the difference between running away from a bear and walking into a courtroom.”


Where does it manifest?

The effects of our production of high levels of cortisol can be felt all over the body. Dr. Trattner tends to see it manifest in the form of weight gain around the trunk of the body, while other practitioners see stress stored in various areas, like the neck, head, and shoulders.

“Stress in the body is real,” said Dr. Friedman. “I see it on a daily basis. It doesn’t discriminate between gender, profession, age etc, however, the location of the stress does in fact have a preference.”

She revealed that men often feel stress in the form of lower back pain, whereas women usually store it in their upper back, trapezius muscles, and neck. This often causes occipital headaches.

Even children are susceptible to storing stress in their bodies. “Children (yes, children!) have it mostly in their neck and mid back. Blame it on the cell phones and our constant connection to social media,” said Dr. Friedman.

More common physical manifestations of stress include headaches, digestive issues, muscle aches and pains throughout the body, and more.

Dr. David Clarke, President of the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association, says: “Headaches, low back pain, muscle aches, and gastrointestinal symptoms are the most common, but many more are possible—often several at once.”


How can we restore our bodies?

Aside from medical help, like regular chiropractic adjustments or mild painkillers, just talking about what’s currently stressing you out can alleviate your physical stress symptoms.

Many specialists say that disclosing the root of your stress in an open and safe setting, like therapy, can actually help remedy the physical manifestations of stress. (Check out our signs that your therapy is working!)

“A lot of my patients who come into my office with back or neck pain spend 45 minutes to an hour laying on my table and talking to me while receiving treatment. They state as they walk out the door that they ‘feel as if a huge weight has been lifted,’ not realizing that they have vented all their daily frustrations and left it on the table before leaving my office like a ‘new person,'” said Dr. Friedman.

This combination of physical relief and psychological relief is your best bet at calming your symptoms and releasing the stored stress. However, chronic pain might be caused by a deeper psychological issue, like trauma or anxiety.

“The key to relief is to recognize the source(s) of stress, though this is not always as straightforward as many might assume. Stresses that can cause symptoms that are often not considered include poor self-care skills, prolonged effects of childhood adversity, and undiagnosed cases of depression, PTSD, and anxiety,” said Dr. Clarke.

What are best practices?

Aside from professional neurophysiological help, there are things you can do today to ease your pain and reduce your stress levels fast. Dr. Friedman recommends some stress-reducing activities like light exercise such as yoga or jogging, walking in nature, and meditation. Even planning a vacation can help you feel better. We also have some herbal remedies for reducing stress.

Dr. Trattner recommends other cortisol-reducing tactics. “I teach patients to tend to and befriend their bodies with ritual, ceremony, cooking, and exercise. All of this lowers cortisol and helps increase the hormone oxytocin, the feel-good hormone. Normally it takes about a month to see the difference, but taking time out for oneself can really help battle cortisol.”

Taking these steps toward restoring your body and lowering your stress levels is an important investment in yourself. Feeling better, physically and mentally, will open up a brand new world for you.

Originally Published on Reader's Digest
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Unexpected Signs of an Unhealthy Heart
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in America, responsible for one out of every three deaths that occur. Preventing heart disease has been at the forefront of researchers’ agendas for years, and prominent investigations have revealed ties to physical activity, diet, and (unfortunately) genetics.

The risk of heart disease and other heart problems can be minimized by making lifestyle changes. Your diet, for instance, has an incredible effect on the health of your heart. Physical activity can keep your heart muscles in tip-top shape, just like it could any other muscle of your body. And not to get sappy on you, but even happiness can help — it actually decreases your heart disease risk as you age.

Even if you do everything in your power to prevent heart problems, they could still happen. Everyone is at risk — though some more than others — so knowing the signs and symptoms of an oncoming problem is crucial.

While most people know that heart palpitations, chest pain, and high blood pressure are signs that your heart is in trouble, there are other more subtle signs that could signal a risk.


This kind of coughing is more than just a nasty cold. If you experience violent coughing fits that don’t disappear within a few weeks, you should consult your doctor. Congestive heart failure can cause fluid buildup in the lungs, causing wheezing and coughing that doesn’t wane with time.


A staggering 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. There are ways to stave off depression, or at least help manage it, but no real cure has been determined. That being said, being depressed doesn’t doom you to heart disease. But possibly due to correlations involving other lifestyle factors, depression and heart conditions have been linked.


Arrhythmia, an abnormal heart rhythm, can cause an odd and irregular flow of blood to the brain. Just like if you’d stood up too fast, this rush of blood to the head can cause disorienting dizziness that could even cause you to faint.

Erectile Dysfunction

There are dozens of health conditions that could affect a guy’s ability to perform in the bedroom. But since blood flow is crucial for things to work properly, an ineffective heart muscle could be the cause. In fact, erectile dysfunction is often the first noticeable sign of a heart problem, preceding the onset of other symptoms by approximately two years. If you’re concerned about your sexual health, you might want to read up on what bad habits could be lowering your sperm count.


In the days leading up to a heart attack, patients often feel exhausted and weak, despite having had enough rest. The feeling is much different than the slight fatigue you might feel at the end of a long workday — it’s chronic and it’s severe.

Lack of Appetite
Nausea or a lack of appetite is a telltale sign that something’s wrong. One of these underlying health problems could be a heart condition. If the aversion to food persists, ask your doctor to evaluate what’s going on. The sooner you catch the condition, the better chance you have of avoiding a heart attack.

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Lack of Hair on Your Legs

Hair needs a consistent source of nutrients from blood flow to grow. Without those nutrients, the body simply stops growing hair. Your leg hair is likely to go first, since it’s furthest from the heart. But your head could be next.


Migraines are really quite common — and a mere headache is nothing to lose your head over. Twelve percent of the population experiences migraines, but a whopping 40 percent of patients with heart disease experience them. The research is still unclear as to why the correlation exists.

Muscle Cramping

Getting one too many Charlie horses? Don’t just attribute it to old age or weakness — excessive cramping could be a sign that something is really wrong. Muscle cramping has been shown to be a significant sign of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a buildup of plaque in the legs’ arteries. PAD is treatable, so catching the symptoms early is important for your lasting health.

Neck or Jaw Pain

You might think that chest pain was the first sign of heart problems, but that’s not always true. Unexplained pain in the neck or jaw is a potential sign of angina, a heart problem that occurs when the organ lacks oxygen-rich blood. Women are more likely to exhibit these atypical symptoms than men; but if you experience constricting pain on more than one occasion, it’s time to consult your doctor.

Shortness of Breath

Ever get winded after walking up a few flights of stairs? If so, don’t panic — that’s totally normal. But if you’re gasping for air after standing up too fast, walking a few blocks, or doing other minimally exhausting activity, you might want to check with your doctor. Your body’s ability to exercise without getting winded relies on pumping blood. Sudden shortness of breath could be a sign that something’s wrong.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition that causes patients to wake up in the middle of the night, gasping for air. These breathing irregularities have been linked to a higher risk of heart attacks and heart arrhythmia. When people with sleep apnea experience an interruption in natural breathing, their bodies detect a lack of oxygen and force blood vessels to quickly tighten, causing a knee-jerk gasp for air. The stress on blood vessels could cause problems over time.

Swollen Feet

We’re not talking about a slight swelling you experience if it’s hot outside or you got hurt. The kind of swelling that signals heart failure is extreme and often results in visible lines from where shoes and socks have dug into the skin. The swelling is caused by a buildup of blood in your veins when they aren’t flowing properly.

Unexplained Sweating

If you suddenly sprint to catch a bus or are in a humid room, sweating is nothing to sweat over. But odd, unexplained bouts of extreme perspiration are a really bad sign. Say you’re sitting in your chair and suddenly become drenched — the sweating could be an early sign of an incoming heart attack. Call 911 or head to your nearest hospital right away.

If you’ve experienced a heart attack recently, keep an eye out for signs that another might be on its way. And in the meantime, experts recommend you avoid these foods if you’ve recently experienced heart failure.

By The Daily Meal
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There's a saying that says, "iPhones don't come cheap". Yeah, purchasing an iPhone will cost you.... but the craze for it shouldn't make you trade your kidney for it!!

A young man in China has been bedridden for life 7 years after selling his kidney in order for him to buy an iPhone.

According Chinese media Oriental Daily, Xiao Wang, now 24, sold one of his kidney when he was 17-year-old to enable him purchase iPhone 4 which had become a status symbol in his school at that time.

iPhone at Wang's school was seen as a must have item among students. Infact, whichever student that owned that piece of Apple's gadget was considered more "atas" than other students.

The report says Wang sold his kidney for 22,000 Yuan ($3,200) which was more than enough for him to purchase the iPhone 4.

The operation was performed by an underground hospital who told Wang that after a week of recovery, he would be able to live a normal life with the single kidney.

"Unfortunately, the operating environment wasn't sanitized properly, which led to an infection on his wound," the report said.

To make it worst, his parents never knew of his operation and only became aware when the teen had become terribly ill from the infection. By the time Wang sought for proper treatment at a standard hospital, the situation of his kidney had already gotten worse.

Xiao's family soon become plunged in financial crises due to the expenses of Xiao's dialysis treatment. The expenses here isn't the problem... the bad news is that no matter the money spend on Xiao, his health will never improve. He will remain that way for the rest of his days.

The report says both the arbitrator and the illegal hospital who performed the surgery have been brought to book, and Xiao's family have been well compensated in monetary form.

By Pappi Hex , Tech Foe

Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious, but unable to move. It occurs when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. – WebMD

Undoubtedly, there is nothing stranger that to wake up and not being able to move any part of the body, even though you are completely aware of everything around you. This condition is known as sleep paralysis, and is an extremely frightening phenomenon.

sleep paralysis

In this case, the individual is entirely conscious, but his/her body is absolutely paralysed. Since the person cannot control the body, he becomes really terrified and disturbed.

However, you should know that this phenomenon is common and does not lead to any physical damage to the body. Namely, it occurs during one of two stages -“hypnagogic” and “hypnopompic.”

The first one happens before falling asleep, while hypnopompic sleep paralysis occurs as soon as the person wakes from REM(rapid eye movement) sleep.

As soon as we fall asleep, our body gets relaxed and the mind becomes less aware. Yet, in the case of hypnagogic sleep paralysis, our mind remains aware while our body is in an involuntary relaxation state. Therefore, the individual realizes that although he tries hard, he cannot move, and this may often be extremely terrifying and may cause a panic attack.

On the other hand, during REM sleep, the muscles are paralyzed, but as soon as the individual experiences hypnopompic sleep paralysis, some part of his brain wakes. Yet, this does not mean that the part of the brain that controls the REM paralysis wakes as well. Therefore, one may be in an awaken state, but he cannot voluntary control his muscles.

Some people never experience this phenomenon, or some have gone through it once or twice in their life. However, there are others who experience it often, even several times during the week.

According to a study conducted at Penn State University, around 8 percent of the population frequently experiences sleep paralysis.

Moreover, people with mental disorders, like depression and anxiety, are more susceptible to frequent episodes of these issues, as well as people with an underlying sleep condition, those with sleep apnea, and individuals which take some specific medications.

WebMD revealed a list of the risk factors, as follows:
  • Sleep problems like nighttime leg cramps or narcolepsy
  • Lack of sleep
  • Mental conditions, like bipolar disorder or stress
  • Substance abuse
  • Frequent changes in sleep schedule
  • Certain medications, like the ones with ADHD
  • Sleeping on the back


In the case of a sleep paralysis, people cannot speak or move for several seconds or minutes, most often shortly after they have fallen asleep, or immediately after waking up.

In most cases, this issue is not medically treated, but at times, the doctor may inquire into other aspects of the sleep health, and if the sleep conditions get worse, he may even ask the help of a sleep specialist.

There is usually not a prescribed treatment, as this paralysis happens naturally. Yet, if an expert finds another underlying condition in the process of diagnosis, he may prescribe a treatment, such as:
  • Treatment of any underlying sleep disorders
  • Prescription for sleeping aids
  • Referral to a mental health professional
  • Implementation of a sleeping schedule
  • Prescription for an anti-depressant
  • Referral to a sleep specialist
Sometimes, you may prevent sleep paralysis episodes if you successfully reduce the stress before going to sleep and make the healthy sleep your priority.

Moreover, if you experience this once, you should not immediately seek a professional help. If these issues are rare, doctors advise that you pay more attention to your sleeping habits, and sleep well for 8 hours, as lack of sleep often contributes to the occurrence of these issues.

Furthermore, you should reduce or completely eliminate the intake of caffeine, nicotine, alcohol/drugs, nicotine and caffeine, and do not keep your electronic devices close to your bed while sleeping.

However, if you have experiences a sleep paralysis, it is likely to happen again, so remember that it is nothing terrifying and it will pass soon, so you should try to stay calm.

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Okra water is made of the flowering plant named okra or otherwise known as woman’s fingers or gumbo. This plant contains edible green pods which can offer numerous health beneficial properties.

These pods can be used in soups and stews as they are great thickening agent, but aside this ability they are extremely nutritious due to the high content of minerals and vitamins. In addition to this it is an amazing natural treatment with wide range of uses as a result of its ability to treat various illnesses starting from kidney disease to diabetes.

Okra is packed with fiber, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals that can improve your overall health in many ways. These pods are highly beneficial for your blood circulation and as well as for decreasing the high levels cholesterol. Likewise, they have the ability to reduce the risk of different kinds of cancer.

Furthermore, the green pods of okra can increase the levels of energy and at the same time treat depression and anxiety. Plus they successfully treat lung inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome, and relieve the aching throat.

The good part about the consumption of okra is that can be taken in any form like fried, boiled, roasted, pickled or stewed, and all the beneficial properties will not be lost in the cooking process. However, you need to learn how to open the pods before you use them.

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The procedure goes like this:

take a knife and then pierce the both sides of the pods. After opening them, place them in a mason jar and pour enough amount of water to cover them. Leave them to soak overnight, and after that squeeze them in the water so that to get all the excess sap and then consume the mix.

Conclusively, we can state for sure that this vegetable provides our body with a number of various health beneficial properties and because of that make sure to immediately include it in your daily diet.

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Amazing information was discovered that can help with migraines. Apparently there is a natural way that can help stop them in their tracks within minutes.

Make This Magic Migraine Potion

You need three things: water, lemon juice from a lemon, and two teaspoons of salt. Combine the ingredients and drink. Wait a few minutes.

Things that you should keep in mind when choosing ingredients include that the salt should be of good quality. Pink Himalayan sea salt is a good one due to the 80 different trace minerals that it contains (including magnesium.) Eating salt quickly is proven to raise levels of serotonin. That helps to quell pain and inflammation.

Signs That This Is For You

Migraines affect almost 1 out of every 10 people. That is 36 million Americans. Interestingly enough migraines are in the top twenty complaints that cause people to call in sick for work.

Here are the symptoms to assess if you are having a migraine and will benefit from the Lemon Salt Water:
  • Head throbbing
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitive to Light, Noise, and Smell (or all at once)
  • Pain that lasts from 2 to 72 hours
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Why Do We Get Migraines to Begin With

For the unlucky 10 percent of people that get migraines, I’m sure the question often is “Why Me?” as they think about ramming their head repeatedly against a wall. I obviously can’t tell you specifically, but I do have a list of causes. See if any seem to relate to your situation and if so, maybe you can head some things off before they start.

Stress can be a cause. Migraines can start as a stress headache and then once the wheels get moving it goes to full blown migraine in no time.

Alcohol consumption can cause some people to develop migraines.

Allergies can set off a chain reaction that develops into a migraine.

Deficiencies in vitamins and minerals can also cause a migraine to start.

The most common cause seems to be dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. That is a sure way to feel sluggish (best case scenario) and if you are already prone to migraines, you could be leading your body to a huge headache (worst case scenario.)

The Big D(ehydration)

Apparently you can become dehydrated even if you drink a lot of water. This is because when the electrolytes in your body are low, your body works to remove the excess water to get it even with the electrolytes. They call this balance a state of homeostasis.

Additionally it is theorized that migraines themselves can cause dehydration. That is sure to start a vicious cycle if that is the case. Dehydration causes migraines, which further deplete the body of hydration and in turn more migraines occur. No wonder they can last for days as your body struggles to find a balance that is providing the proper hydration.

The Big E(lectrolytes)

Previous to my research for this article I knew very little about electrolytes except that they are something contained in Gatorade. Now I know that electrolytes are actually minerals in your body that have a positive electrical charge. The functions that these electrolytes are responsible for helping carry out are some of the biggest processes in the body. Including supporting nerve function, regulating cardiovascular system, and regulating muscle function.

Another mineral that has an important part in all of this is magnesium. Magnesium is a natural anti-inflammatory. It is thought that migraines are an inflammatory response. This explains the good quality salt required for the Magic Potion above to stop your headache. the magnesium from the salt will help combat the inflammatory ruckus in your head.

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A teenager in India who ate undercooked pork died after parasitic tapeworms in the meat infected his brain.

The 18-year-old, whose identity hasn’t been made public, had been experiencing seizures, groin pain and swelling over the right eye when he arrived at an emergency room of a hospital in Faridabad, The New York Post reports.

The case was recently reported in the New England Journal of Medicine by doctors Nishanth Dev and S Zafar Abbas of the ESIC Medical College and Hospital outside New Delhi.

An MRI brain scan revealed the patient had cysts throughout his brain, typically found in the life-threatening condition neurocysticercosis, the Daily Mail reports

The World Health Organisation defines neurocysticercosis as a "tapeworm infection of the central nervous system".

Despite doctors' best efforts to save him, the teenager died two weeks later, reports.

People become infected with neurocysticercosis from consuming food that isn't properly cooked (usually pork), drinking water contaminated by tapeworm eggs, or poor hygiene practices.

It is common in Latin America and Asia, and there have been outbreaks in Sub-Saharan Africa.

By Judy Philander, News24