The Healthy Archive

Natural Health - Fitness - Remedies

Whether it’s curing a throat tickle, resolving your headache in minutes or experiencing supersonic hearing, these 21 tricks are proven methods of fooling your body to achieve a desired result, whether that’s relieving pain or just having fun.

21 Health Tricks To Teach Your Body

1. Cure a Tickling Throat

When you were 9, playing your armpit was a cool trick. Now, as an adult, you can still appreciate a good body-based feat, especially if it serves as a health remedy. Take that tickle in your throat: It’s not worth gagging over. Here’s a better way to scratch your itch: Scratch your ear. “When the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm,” says Scott Schaffer, M.D., president of an ear, nose, and throat specialty center in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. “This spasm relieves the tickle.”


2. Experience Supersonic Hearing


If you’re stuck chatting up a mumbler at a cocktail party, lean in with your right ear. It’s better than your left at following the rapid rhythms of speech, according to researchers at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. If, on the other hand, you’re trying to identify that song playing softly in the elevator, turn your left ear toward the sound. The left ear is better at picking up music tones.


3. Calm Yourself With Cold Water

Nerves getting the best of you. Take a deep breath and spash cold water on your face. This triggers the mammalian diving reflex that is genetically in all animals including humans. The lower temperature of the water and you holding your breath also causes your body to think it’s diving into cold water. This reflex allows you to use oxygen more efficiently.


4. Overcome Your Most Primal Urge To Pee

Need to pee? No bathroom nearby? Fantasize about what ever turns you on. Thinking about sex and arousing fantasies preoccupies your brain, so you won’t feel as much discomfort, says Larry Lipshultz, M.D., chief of male reproductive medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine.


5. Feel No Pain While Giving Blood

Love donating blood but hate the needle prick? German researchers have discovered that coughing during a needle stick can lessen the pain. According to Taras Usichenko, author of a study on the phenomenon, the trick causes a sudden, temporary rise in pressure in the chest and spinal canal, inhibiting the pain-conducting structures of the spinal cord.


6. Swallow Your Horse-Sized Supplements

Those huge health supplements are sometimes a pain to swallow. Want to swallow more than one at a time without gagging? Try this trick to get them down: take a drink of water, and tilt your head forward instead of backward. The capsule should float, and will be at the back of your throat, ready to swallow.


7. Clear Your Stuffed Nose

Forget Sudafed. Here’s an easier, quicker, and cheaper remedy to relieve sinus pressure: Alternate thrusting your tongue against the roof of your mouth, then pressing between your eyebrows with one finger. This causes the vomer bone, which runs through the nasal passages to the mouth, to rock back and forth, says Lisa DeStefano, D.O., an assistant professor at the Michigan State University college of osteopathic medicine. The motion loosens congestion; after 20 seconds, you’ll feel your sinuses start to drain.


8. Fight Acid Reflux By Sleeping Position

Worried that chilli will repeat on you tonight? Try this preventive remedy: “Sleep on your left side,” says Anthony A. Starpoli, M.D., a New York City gastroenterologist and assistant professor of medicine at New York Medical College. Studies have shown that patients who sleep on their left sides are less likely to suffer from acid reflux. The esophagus and stomach connect at an angle. When you sleep on your right, the stomach is higher than the esophagus, allowing food and stomach acid to slide up your throat. When you’re on your left, the stomach is lower than the esophagus, so gravity’s in your favor.


9. Cure Your Toothache

Just rub ice on the back of your hand, on the V-shaped webbed area between your thumb and index finger. A Canadian study found that this technique reduces toothache pain by as much as 50 percent compared with using no ice. The nerve pathways at the base of that V stimulate an area of the brain that blocks pain signals from the face and hands.


10. Make Burns Disappear

When you accidentally singe your finger on the stove, clean the skin and apply light pressure with the finger pads of your unmarred hand. Ice will relieve your pain more quickly, Dr. DeStefano says, but since the natual method brings the burned skin back to a normal temperature, the skin is less likely to blister.


11. Stop the World from Spinning

Feeling dizzy? Put your hand on something stable. The part of your ear responsible for balance–the cupula– floats in a fluid of the same density as blood. “As alcohol dilutes blood in the cupula, the cupula becomes less dense and rises,” says Dr. Schaffer. This confuses your brain. The tactile input from a stable object gives the brain a second opinion, and you feel more in balance. Because the nerves in the hand are so sensitive, this works better than the conventional foot-on-the-floor wisdom.


12. Unstitch Your Side

If you’re like most people, when you run, you exhale as your right foot hits the ground. This puts downward pressure on your liver (which lives on your right side), which then tugs at the diaphragm and creates a side stitch, according to The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Men. The fix: Exhale as your left foot strikes the ground.


13. Stop A Nose Bleed

Put some cotton on your upper gums–just behind that small dent below your nose–and press against it, hard. “Most bleeds come from the front of the septum, the cartilage wall that divides the nose,” says Peter Desmarais, M.D., an ear, nose, and throat specialist at Entabeni Hospital, in Durban, South Africa. “Pressing here helps stop them.”


14. Make Your Heart Stand Still


Trying to quell first-date jitters? Blow on your thumb. The vagus nerve, which governs heart rate, can be controlled through breathing, says Ben Abo, an emergency medical-services specialist at the University of Pittsburgh. It’ll get your heart rate back to normal.


15. Thaw Your Brain Freeze

Press your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth, covering as much as you can. “Since the nerves in the roof of your mouth get extremely cold, your body thinks your brain is freezing, too,” says Abo. “In compensating, it overheats, causing an ice-cream headache.” The more pressure you apply to the roof of your mouth, the faster your headache will subside.


16. Prevent Near-Sightedness

Poor distance vision is rarely caused by genetics, says Anne Barber, O.D., an optometrist in Tacoma, Washington. “It’s usually caused by near-point stress.” In other words, staring at your computer screen for too long. So flex your way to 20/20 vision. Every few hours during the day, close your eyes, tense your body, take a deep breath, and, after a few seconds, release your breath and muscles at the same time. Tightening and releasing muscles such as the biceps and glutes can trick involuntary muscles–like the eyes–into relaxing as well.


17. Wake Up a Limb That Feel Asleep

If your hand falls asleep while you’re driving or sitting in an odd position, rock your head from side to side. It’ll painlessly banish your pins and needles in less than a minute, says Dr. DeStefano. A tingly hand or arm is often the result of compression in the bundle of nerves in your neck; loosening your neck muscles releases the pressure. Compressed nerves lower in the body govern the feet, so stand up and walk around if they fail you.


18. Impress Your Friends

Next time you’re at a party, try this trick: Have a person hold one arm straight out to the side, palm down, and instruct him to maintain this position. Then place two fingers on his wrist and push down. He’ll resist. Now have him put one foot on a surface that’s a half inch higher (a few magazines) and repeat. This time his arm will cave in. By misaligning his hips, you’ve offset his spine, says Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., co-owner of Results Fitness, in Santa Clarita, California. Your brain senses that the spine is vulnerable, so it shuts down the body’s ability to resist.


19. Breathe Underwater

If you’re dying to retrieve that quarter from the bottom of the pool, take several short breaths first–essentially, hyperventilate. When you’re underwater, it’s not a lack of oxygen that makes you desperate for a breath; it’s the buildup of carbon dioxide, which makes your blood acidic, which signals your brain that somethin’ ain’t right. “When you hyperventilate, the influx of oxygen lowers blood acidity,” says Jonathan Armbruster, Ph.D., an associate professor of biology at Auburn University. “This tricks your brain into thinking it has more oxygen.” It’ll buy you up to 10 seconds.


20. Encode Long-Term Memory

Your own! “If you’re giving a speech the next day, review it before falling asleep,” says Candi Heimgartner, an instructor of biological sciences at the University of Idaho. Since most memory consolidation happens during sleep, anything you read right before bed is more likely to be encoded as long-term memory.


21. Relieve a Migraine Instantly

The next time you are about to reach for some pills to get rid of your headache, use your thumb and forefinger and pinch down on the muscle on the web of your hand (thumb on the back of your hand and forefinger underneath) and press for 2 minutes. Repeat. Most headaches and migraines will ease after just 4 minutes. This shiatsu point addresses headaches by dispersing stagnant Ki (i.e. blocked energy) and moving blood in the head, neck, and other parts of the body.


Healthy eating and an active lifestyle are usually recommended from a young age to set the foundation for a healthy adult life and steering clear of type 2 diabetes, among other things.

Now, new research published in the journal Diabetes Care (online version not available at time of publication), shows that, besides following a healthy lifestyle, there are more ways you can try to avoid type 2 diabetes later in life. There were indications of the condition in children as young as eight years old, decades before diabetes is normally diagnosed.

Diabetes, child diabetes

Genetic risk score considered

According to a news release, the research looked at the effect of a genetic risk score for developing type 2 diabetes as an adult. This score is based on metabolism measured through blood samples taken from study participants at the ages eight, 16, 18 and 25 years.

There were over 4 000 participants who were tracked since the early 1990s in a health study called "Children of the 90s" at the University of Bristol.

The genetic information from the various participants was combined with metabolomics, a process that involves measuring many small molecules in a blood sample to try and determine patterns that can predict the development of type 2 diabetes.

All participants were generally free of type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases at the start of the study. But as the years went on, cholesterol levels in some participants started to rise and some inflammation and amino acids also started to increase in those 16 and 18 years of age. The differences started to widen as the years went by.

Diabetes, child diabetes

Why could this study be vital?

While type 2 diabetes is a metabolic condition that can be managed by making healthy lifestyle changes, sticking to a healthy weight and monitoring your blood glucose level carefully, it is still important to try to prevent it if you might be at risk, especially as diabetes is one of the most common comorbidities in those South Africans who got severe Covid-19.

Professor Joshua Bell, one of the leading investigators, stated that they knew diabetes is something that doesn’t simply develop overnight, and can be acquired as a result of lifestyle choices during your early life.

But what they didn’t know is that the first signs of the disease can appear at a very early age. According to Professor Bell, this discovery wouldn’t have been possible without the study that took place in the 1990s.

"Diabetes is most common at an older age, but we see signs of disease susceptibility very early on – about 50 years before it's usually diagnosed. Knowing what these early signs look like widens our window of opportunity to intervene much earlier and stop diabetes before it becomes harmful," he said in a news release.



We can’t see these markers – but how can we spot the risk early enough?

While it’s not possible to see into the future, there are some visible risk factors in children that can be an indication that type 2 diabetes may be part of their future. These include:
  • Their weight
  • A family history of diabetes
  • High blood pressure

Lower your child’s risk for type 2 diabetes

Making the healthiest possible lifestyle choices and being aware of your overall family health may help. Here are some tips:

Encourage regular physical activity in children, especially now that team sports at schools are not taking place yet. Let them play outside, dance around in the house or go for long family walks.
  • Help your child maintain a healthy weight. If you're unsure about your child’s diet, consult with your paediatrician or a registered dietitian.
  • Establish healthy eating patterns from an early age. Eating excess calories over time can lead to obesity, which increases your child’s risk for type 2 diabetes.
[ By Health24 ]
Your kidneys are the silent heroes of your body. Every day, they filter and remove waste products from around 120–150 quarts of blood. But that’s not all. They also help make red blood cells, control blood pressure, keep your bones healthy, and regulate the level of electrolytes in your blood. They are all critical functions, you’ll notice. Which is why you need to keep these hardworking organs healthy. 

healthy kidney

Here are a few ideas that should help:


1. Stay Hydrated

Water dilutes the concentration of waste material in urine and helps your kidneys work properly. So you need to make sure that you get enough. On an average, adult women need around 2.1 liters of water a day while adult men need around 2.6 liters. But sometimes you may need more when factors like hot weather or vigorous exercise cause you to lose extra fluid as sweat. The color of your urine can work as an indicator of dehydration – if it’s darker than a straw color, you may not be getting enough water.


2. Manage Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, And Blood Sugar

High blood pressure, cholesterol, or blood sugar levels can damage your kidneys. High blood pressure is particularly harmful. And since an increase in blood pressure doesn’t have obvious symptoms, it makes sense to check your blood pressure levels routinely. Don’t worry, it’s an easy and painless test that’s widely available at pharmacies and can even be carried out at home. If you do have problems with your blood pressure, cholesterol, or blood sugar levels lifestyle, measures like a healthy diet and regular exercise can help you. Also make sure you follow your doctor’s orders and take your medications according to prescription.


3. Cut Down On Sodium
Our food is loaded with salt or sodium. Some estimates suggest that our consumption exceeds recommended amounts by about 50%. If that’s the case, here’s why you should be cutting down. Excess sodium can increase your blood pressure, which hampers blood flow to your kidneys and damages them. In fact, high blood pressure is the second highest cause of kidney damage.

Try to have less than 2,300 mg of sodium or about 1 teaspoon of salt in a day. But do keep in mind that putting your salt shaker away may not be enough to make a significant dent in your sodium consumption. Up to 75% of our sodium intake comes from processed foods like soups, tomato sauce, prepared mixes, canned food, and condiments. So make sure you check the label for sodium content when you buy food. The words “sodium” and “soda” as well as the symbol “Na” can be indicative of sodium.

4. Don’t Overdo Protein

High protein diets are all the rage nowadays. But did you know that excess protein can harm your kidneys? Ammonia, a byproduct of protein metabolism that can be dangerous in high amounts, is converted to urea and excreted as urine by your kidneys. If you partake of excess protein, your kidneys need to work harder.

On an average, having .75 g of protein per kg of your body weight if you’re an adult woman and .84 g of protein per kg of body weight if you’re an adult man should suffice to meet your protein needs. Try to meet this quota by eating small amounts of proteins with every meal. Lean meat, fish, eggs, tofu, legumes, seeds and nuts make good sources of protein.


5. Skip Processed Foods

Crackers, deli meats, potato chips, and cheese spreads – what do all of these have in common? Sure, they taste good. But they’re likely to be high in sodium and phosphorus as well. Both of these may harm your kidneys. Colas are another common food that may be high in phosphorus. Skip these in favor of fresh healthy foods and your kidneys will thank you for it.

healthy kidney

6. Limit Alcohol Consumption

Excess alcohol can harm your kidneys. After all, it is a toxin which needs to be filtered out from the blood. Alcohol also dehydrates you, affecting the normal functioning of kidneys. Excessive drinking can also increase your risk for high blood pressure and liver disease, both of which negatively impact your kidneys.

Drink in moderation to keep your kidneys happy. Limit yourself to a drink a day if you’re a woman and 2 drinks if you’re a man. One drink is defined as 12 ounces if you’re having beer, 5 ounces if it’s wine, and 1.5 ounces if it’s liquor.


7. Don’t Smoke

You already know that smoking can harm your heart and lungs and cause cancer. The kidneys don’t like it either. Smoking can raise your blood pressure and slow down blood flow to your kidneys. If you’re trying to quit smoking, counseling may be able to help. Nicotine replacement therapies, which help you deal with withdrawal by giving you small amounts of nicotine in controlled doses, have been found to be effective – they can even double your chances of quitting the cancer stick for good.


8. Keep To A Healthy Weight

Being too heavy, that is, having a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or more can be bad for your kidneys. It is a risk factor for high blood pressure, which can then lead to kidney disease. A healthy weight loss plan that combines a balanced diet and exercise can help you achieve your weight goals. Have whole grains, fruits and vegetables, fat-free or low-fat dairy products and pick foods that are not high in added sugars, saturated fat, or trans fats. Also, each week, try to get in about 150 minutes of exercise that is moderately intense like cycling, swimming, or walking.


9. Have Soybeans, Blueberries, And Green Leafy Vegetables

We saw earlier that too much protein can stress out your kidneys. But not all proteins are equal. Animal studies have found that having soy protein instead of animal protein can reduce kidney disease. Here too, just be sure not to exceed your protein limit.

Delicious blueberries are another kidney-friendly food. They are rich in antioxidants that can protect your kidneys from damage caused by inflammation. Meanwhile, calcium-rich green leafy vegetables can ward off kidney stones. So factor these into your meals to keep your kidneys functioning optimally.


10. Chinese Rhubarb And Goldenrod May Help Improve Kidney Function

Chinese rhubarb and goldenrod may be able to help boost your kidney health. Herbalists consider goldenrod a renal tonic that improves the kidneys’ functioning and tone while Chinese rhubarb may protect your kidneys from damage. Weigh your options with the help of an experienced naturopath. And do keep your doctor informed so they don’t interfere with any medicines you’re on. These herbs can also have harmful side effects if you already have kidney disease, so self-medicating with these are a no-no.
One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself. – Shannon L. Alder

How does it feel to live an illusion of yourself and later realize you could be better off being just yourself? Let’s be honest, the realization is never sweet.

Being True To Yourself

Some people end up half of their lives living in the skin of someone they were supposed to be rather than someone they always were. And why not?

Ever since most of our childhood, we are taught to be the best version of ourselves – to talk the way others expect us to, to behave the way others want us to. All of these for the social approval that we need to maintain a safe and appreciable image in society.

But do we stop to think where our inner desires vaporize once we silence our screaming self with the hissing conventions of the society? We do not.

And, that is when we happily bury our real self under layers of pretense and farce.

The saddest part is that sometimes we don’t even realize why we are doing this. Our intuition points at something seeming off, at the dissonance between what we really believe and what we follow, but we shrug it off and keep going on the path carved by our previous generations.

We seldom get the opportunity to follow our internal need for curiosity. To make things even worse, we learn to compare our accomplishments and achievements to those of others, even regarding things we don’t really care about. This is how we learn to be happy in other people’s happiness and compromise our genuine desires.

If you also value authenticity and freedom over conformity and approval, perhaps this will be useful to you.

Being True To Yourself

These are the 10 signs that you are killing conventions and being true to yourself:


1. You stand up for yourself.

Standing up for yourself is going to be difficult if you are habituated to trim yourself down to suit others. When people give control of their life in the hands of others, they leave themselves to high chances of being manipulated and negatively influenced by others.

Self-awareness entails that you know how to respect yourself and put a strong personal boundary for yourself.

If under any circumstances, people cross your boundary, you know how to stand up for yourself without being rude or mean to others. At any cost, you are not willing to compromise your value system or opinions but also leave space for positive modifications.


2. You undauntedly follow your passion.

If you find yourself dragging to work every morning, wishing to quit, ask yourself, Am I being authentic to myself about my dreams?

Obstacles are inevitable. If you really desire something from the core of your heart, you will invest your time, willpower, dedication to never give up on it, unless and until you acquire it. It is understandable that not everyone has the comfort and security to pursue their dreams and materialize it into a success story. But if you are trying, you are halfway there.

People who are true to themselves, do not sacrifice their dreams and passion for anything in this world. Rather they challenge their comfort zone just to achieve what they are passionate about. 


3. You take mistakes sportingly.

While most of your fellow men wail and cry over their ‘mistakes’, you believe it’s a ‘step closer to wisdom’.

If this is your thought process, you are being truly generous to yourself.

Everyone has to grow through mistakes. No life experience is ever wasted as it teaches you something or the other, however small it is. There are people who engage in self-sabotaging dialogues with themselves when they make a mistake.

Take the opportunity to learn something unique from every mistake you make. It will help you evolve as an individual. 


4. You focus on your own value system instead of conforming to society.

If you value yourself, you will ask yourself, how happy you are with every decision you take in life? How dependent are they on what other people expect of you?

You graduate, get a job, earn money, get married, have kids, and settle down, only to realize one fine morning that this is not the life you wanted for yourself.

It is not an easy task to walk a road less traveled. But if that path takes you to your core value system, you rather would.


5. You freely express your thoughts and feelings.

Every time you want to speak out about something you feel, does your inner self silence you?

You know that your values, ideas, opinions, and principles might clash with others but you are not tempted to lie just to maintain peace. You respectfully express your thoughts and feelings because you are not a sucker for approval.

You are willing to risk being vulnerable before others just to authentically embrace your valid feelings and thoughts. 


6. You are not influenced by people’s evaluation of who you are.
You might at times wish you could please everyone as being appreciated feels better than being disapproved. But you are also aware of the fact that disapproval is a natural consequence of being authentic.

Everyone has their own mental schema to form a judgment about you. Some will absolutely love you while others will always find fault in you. But wait, does all this matter?

At the end of the day, you know who you are – a genuine soul, not trying to fit in. And that is all that matters.


7. You trust your intuition.

Before taking every major decision in your life, you ask yourself, “Is this good for me?” and you wait for the little voice inside you to answer you.

Over years of experience, you have learned to differentiate between the ‘voice of fear’ and ‘the voice of intuition’, you have learned the difference between holding yourself back and waiting for the right feel. 


8. You don’t waste your time.

You know the importance of a bygone time – this includes the fact that everyone has timing for things to happen in their life.

Technology is definitely an important part of your life, but if you find yourself indulging too much in social media, you might be killing time and opportunity.

Ask yourself if you are being true to the life you are living or not; if you find yourself wasting useful time by doing nothing productive.


9. You accept change and allow yourself to evolve.

Uncertainty scares us. We feel uncomfortable when we have to embrace change. Sticking to a predictable life makes us less prone to risks but it also takes away our chances to discover who else we can be.

Letting go of what you have outgrown takes courage as you might not really like the discomfort of what you are becoming. On the good side, it makes space for the expansion of a new horizon – of prosperity, fulfillment, excitement, and joy. 


10. You know little things also matter:
You might be dreaming big, working for your dreams, getting rich, and living a life you always idealized. These do not stop you from recognizing the true essence of little moments of love and connection.

You are true to yourself if you do not deny yourself the chance to appreciate and experience the most precious things in life – love, health, mental peace, joy, contentment, and vitality.

Being true to oneself comes with the ability to look within oneself without being scared of what you would find out.

Lonely

Even if you do, there’s no need to worry or get alarmed. Truth is you are not alone in feeling lonely. Loneliness is a Universal Problem and it’s perfectly natural and normal to feel this way from time to time.

In this article, we will talk about Why We feel empty and lonely and the ways we can overcome our loneliness.

All humans are naturally designed with an emotional hole, a void that we try to fill all our lives but rarely succeed in.

Although you desperately try to fill this void with superficial things like buying a new car, the latest smartphone, new clothes, alcohol, smoking, and sex, you always wake up the next day with the same empty feeling. Nothing seems to work for long.

It doesn’t matter if you are very successful or popular or loved by your family. Feelings of loneliness and emptiness can creep in at any time, crush all other positive feelings, leaving you feeling emotionally crippled, miserable, and lost.

Regardless of what you do in life, you are always stuck with this indescribable feeling that you are missing something in life.

But why?

Why do you feel so empty and lonely?

We often think having less or no friends makes us lonely, but it might not really be the case.

Loneliness comes from a lack of connection rather than a lack of friends.

Life is riddled with the brightest days and the darkest nights. And sometimes these dark nights seem to last longer than they should. Certain unfortunate events and experiences like losing a loved one, breakup, toxic relationships, unemployment, and financial losses can make you feel empty and lonely.

However, there can often be more profound reasons for why you feel lonely and empty.


4 core reasons why you feel lonely and empty

1. You lack self-understanding.

When you don’t have a clear idea of who you are or what makes you happy, you will feel a deep void inside of you.

2. You don’t have close connections.

When your relationships lack intimacy you tend to feel more isolated and lonely.

3. You haven’t made peace with your past.

There are certain unresolved emotions from your past that are still lingering in your present.

4. You lack a purpose in life.

When you are not passionate about achieving something you might feel lethargic and unmotivated all the time.

Whatever the reason be for your loneliness, you can take some positive steps to feel less empty and lonely.

11 ways to feel less lonely

Whether you are going through a breakup, alone in a new city, or just going through a rough patch, there are always things you can do to feel less lonely and isolated.

Here are 11 ways you can start overcoming your loneliness:


1. Acknowledge your emotions

For most of us, accepting and embracing our true emotions can be difficult and scary. It is not something we are familiar with or taught to do well.
Instead of denying your pain, tell yourself that things are not okay right now. But they can be.

An excellent way to overcome loneliness and process our emotions is to start Journaling
Writing down our thoughts and emotions on a piece of paper often helps us get more clarity and reach conclusions that might not have been realized otherwise.


2. Get comfortable with Yourself

Can you expect anyone to like you if you don’t enjoy your own company? Unless you learn how to be alone with yourself, you will always struggle with feelings of emptiness and loneliness.

Accept yourself for who you are with all your imperfections and flaws. Embrace your uniqueness and love yourself unconditionally.

When you’re comfortable with yourself, you stop comparing yourself to others, and this in a way builds your self-esteem.


3. Make space for some ‘Me Time’ in your daily routine

Spending time with others is fun. But when you allot a major chunk of your time to your job, housework, kids and family, you hardly find any time for yourself.

‘Me time’ is perhaps the most essential part of your day. Spending time alone doing what you like, or maybe just having a cup of coffee by yourself, helps you introspect your day and brings clarity to your life. You feel less confused and don’t look for diversions to occupy your mind.


4. Keep Your Body Fit

A healthy body leads to a healthy mind. In our race to fill our minds with people, substances, activities, or things we end up neglecting our body and mind.

Workouts not only transform your body but also boosts your self-esteem and builds self-confidence. You feel more confident in interacting with people, less stressed, and empty.

You can do Yoga, Exercise, Lift Weights, Walk, Run, Jog, Zumba, or any other physical activity you prefer. Just keep your body fit in your own style.

Drink lots of water, get good sleep, and have a balanced diet.

Remember, when you take care of your body, your mindset transforms by eradicating all negative feelings.

Work on yourself and experience the joy of being your authentic self.


5. Be Open, say ‘Yes’ to Opportunities

When we are trapped in the clutches of loneliness, we often refuse opportunities to socialize or spend time with our loved ones.

Force yourself to step out and meet the people who matter to you at least once a month.

Visit your parents or meet up with your siblings, cousins, and friends. You can also plan and organize social activities on a weekly basis.

Connect with your loved ones in an honest and open way. It might be difficult initially depending on your dynamics with your friends and family, but communicating honestly and regularly with your near and dear ones can help strengthen and improve the quality of your relationships.


6. Do what you enjoy

Do you love cooking? Or do you love eating good food? Do you enjoy watching movies or reading books? Or do you enjoy lifting weights? Or perhaps gardening? All of us have something we enjoy doing. And one of the best ways to stop feeling lonely is to get rid of boredom by doing what you enjoy the most. It can be absolutely anything in the world, as long as it makes you feel better.


7. Create Something

You can choose to get creative and start working on a new project that you’ve been planning for ages. You can choose to paint, illustrate, write fiction, try a new recipe, create music, sing, dance, do embroidery, create a LEGO masterpiece or whatever that allows you to express yourself and use your creative skills.


8. Own a pet

Humans and animals share a unique connection. Dogs, cats, and other pets can make us feel loved and cared for. They can even help us cope with stress, anxiety, and depression. If you own a pet, then make sure to spend more time with them. In case you don’t, you can always adopt one from your local animal shelter.

If you don’t wish to take the responsibility of a pet just yet, you can volunteer at your nearby animal shelter or ask your friends and neighbors to walk their dogs.


9. Volunteer

If you are feeling empty and isolated, then volunteering can help you find a new purpose in life. By stepping out and connecting with others who are less fortunate, you will gain a new perspective in life.

It will help you gain a newfound respect for yourself, the people around you, and your community. You can offer your volunteering services at your local charities, childcare centers, nursing homes, and soup kitchens.


10. Practice gratitude

Make a list of everything that you are thankful for in life. It can be the smallest of things or your greatest achievements. Simply note down the things you are grateful for before going to bed and keep adding to your list every night.

This will help to remind you of all the good things in your life and get you into a positive mindset before you sleep.


11. Be mindful

Bring your awareness into the present moment. Give your full attention to what you’re doing at any given moment.

Whether you’re creating a presentation or having your dinner, be aware of all the sensations, thoughts, and emotions surrounding that experience. Be intentional about how you live your life. When you live your life in auto-pilot mode or if you are always distracted, you will miss out on the best parts about life and end up feeling empty.

Mindfulness takes practice and patience. Practice mindfulness meditation for 10 minutes every day and be more present in your life. Soon you will realize that what you mistakenly believed to be loneliness, was solitude all along. Mindfulness will allow you to reflect on your thoughts and perceptions and realize how you are evolving every single day.

All of us feel lonely at times. But it doesn’t have to pull you down and make you feel lost and empty.

Being aware of your emotions, embracing them, accepting yourself unconditionally, and taking a few positive steps can help you overcome loneliness and reduce feelings of isolation and emptiness.

[ SOURCE ]
A white, furry coating on the tongue is something we’ve all woken up to at some point or other. And usually, it’s nothing to worry about – just a slightly off-putting mix of dead cells and bacteria or fungi that a tongue scraper and some water can sort out! But in some cases, a white tongue may point to an underlying problem – for instance, when it’s accompanied by pain or when it lasts longer than a couple of weeks. Read on to find out about some conditions which could cause your tongue to look white.

White Tongue

1. Ama And Excess Kapha

According to Ayurveda, a white build-up on your tongue is a toxic matter known as “ama.” When food is not digested properly, it tends to accumulate and clog the intestinal tract. Some remnants of this toxic buildup can be seen on the tongue as a thick, white residue.

Formation of some ama is a normal body process and Ayurveda recommends clearing it on a regular basis with a tongue scraper. Using a tongue scraper first thing in the morning should also to be a part of your daily oral hygiene. Ancient texts describe the benefits of using gold, silver, or copper tongue scrapers but you may have to be content with one made from stainless steel or plastic!

Keep in mind that though it’s easily visible on your tongue, ama doesn’t just affect your tongue. This toxin circulates throughout your body. If there is excess build-up, fasting or going on a mono-diet of vegetable soups or khichari (a rice and lentil soup) for a couple of days is thought to help cleanse the body. It does this by giving your digestive fire or “agni” the opportunity to process these toxins. You’ll find that your tongue looks cleaner after you fast.

Another factor that contributes to a white tongue is an imbalance of kapha, the bodily humor that’s associated with the elements of earth and water. This imbalance may result in conditions like indigestion, congestion, blocked sinus, and digestive problems. An Ayurvedic practitioner will examine your tongue (jivha pariksha) in tandem with other signs and arrive at a diagnosis specific to your case.3

Aside from this Ayurvedic perspective on the white coating on your tongue, certain specific medical conditions could also be to blame. Some of them include:


2. Leukoplakia
Leukoplakia is a condition in which you get raised, white or gray patches on your tongue and other parts of your mouth. The patches aren’t usually painful though you may experience pain when you have spicy or acidic food. These patches can’t be removed by scraping or brushing and may be the result of excess cells being produced from your mouth’s lining. Irritation of the tongue due to smoking, alcohol, dentures, or rough teeth may lead to this condition.

Leukoplakia is usually not harmful. However, in some cases it can turn cancerous – often years, and sometimes decades, after it first occurs.

What to do: If something is irritating your tongue, eliminating that may clear up this condition. Quitting smoking, cutting off alcohol, and dealing with rough teeth or dentures may help tackle leukoplakia. If that doesn’t work, your doctor may suggest medication or surgery to remove the patch. Also, do get any patches checked regularly to make sure that they’re not turning cancerous.


White Tongue

3. Oral Lichen Planus

Oral lichen planus causes white patches and lacy streaks on your tongue and other parts of your mouth. Mild cases don’t typically cause discomfort or pain. But some people tend to have red painful gums, a burning sensation in the mouth, and sore patches. Although the exact causes of this condition aren’t known, it may be due to an immune or allergic reaction. Exposure to certain chemicals, dyes, or medicines as well as medical conditions like hepatitis C can increase your risk for lichen planus.

What to do: This is typically not a harmful condition and mild cases may not require any treatment. Antiseptic mouthwashes, steroid sprays and mouth rinses made by dissolving steroid tablets in water are recommended in severe cases. Home remedies such as turmeric, aloe vera, and ginger juice can also help.



4. Geographic Tongue

Geographic tongue is a condition in which you get irregular red patches with a light colored or white border on your tongue. This makes your tongue look a bit like a map – hence, the name! The patches may change their appearance quickly from one day to the other. This changing pattern is due to the loss of small projections known as papillae present on your tongue. You may also experience a burning sensation and soreness when you have this condition. We don’t yet know what exactly causes geographic tongue but experts think that a vitamin B deficiency or irritation caused by spicy foods or alcohol may be to blame.

What to do: Geographic tongue is not harmful and doesn’t really require treatment. It can cause some discomfort, however, which may be eased with steroid rinses or antihistamine gels. You can also try a salt water rinse. Also, avoid foods which irritate your tongue if you have this condition.


5. Oral Thrush

Oral thrush is a fungal infection that develops in the mouth, causing white or red sore plaques. Unlike the plaque seen in leukoplakia, these patches can be scraped off. You may also experience a burning sensation on your tongue if you have this condition. Oral thrush is caused by a fungus known as candida which lives harmlessly in the mouth of many people. However, changes in the chemical environment of your mouth can wipe out good bacteria which control the growth of this fungus. The overgrowth of candida can then cause an infection. Your chances of getting oral thrush are higher if you take antibiotics frequently, have diabetes, have a weak immune system, use dentures, or have a vitamin B or iron deficiency.

What to do: Antifungal lozenges and medications are used to clear oral thrush. Natural remedies like yogurt and garlic can also help fight the candida fungus.


6. Syphilis

Syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease caused by Treponema pallidum bacteria, can result in white patches in the mouth. It is transmitted by coming directly in contact with a syphilitic sore found in the vagina, genitals, rectum, anus, mouth, and lips. It can cause a single, small, and painless ulcer in your mouth or a sore on your tongue somewhere between 10 days and 3 months after you’re exposed to the bacteria. You may then go on to develop white plaques known as syphilitic leukoplakia on your tongue. Other symptoms of this condition include a red blotchy rash usually found on your palms or soles, small genital wart-like growths on the vulva or near the anus, joint pains, headaches, fever, tiredness, and swollen glands in the groin, armpits, or neck. If the infection is not treated, it can spread to other parts of your body like the brain and cause serious medical problems.

What to do: Antibiotics are used to treat syphilis. Always use a latex condom during sex to reduce your chances of catching syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases.


7. Oral Cancer

Oral cancer can cause white or reddish patches on your tongue or other parts of your mouth. Other symptoms include bleeding, pain or difficulty while swallowing, loose teeth, earache, lump in the neck, or a sore in the mouth that doesn’t heal. Using tobacco and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol increase your risk of oral cancer. So can having an HPV (human papillomavirus) infection, a sexually transmitted disease, and a history of neck or head cancer.

What to do: Get any white patches in your mouth checked to rule out oral cancer. Radiation therapy, surgery, or chemotherapy may be needed depending on the diagnosis.

 Kid Narcissist

Be aware.

When talking about a narcissistic person, we most likely think of adults. Narcissists have an inflated sense of their self-importance and need admiration from others.

But to truly understand where narcissistic personality disorder comes from, we have to look at childhood development.

Children are most susceptible to influences on their personality because they are just developing a personality. And who are we surrounded by the most when we are kids? Our parents! Good or bad, the way our parents treat their children affects that child's personality in adulthood. Our parents! Good or bad, the way our parents treat their children affects that child's personality in adulthood.

So how do people become narcissists in childhood?

Elinor Greenberg, Psychologist, Author, Lecturer, and Consultant on Narcissistic Disorders explains that certain parent-child relationships in early childhood can cause narcissistic personality disorder in adulthood. She shared three scenarios that dive deep into why someone could have the disorder and explain how they translate into adulthood.

Read on to find out what goes wrong in early childhood development that could cause narcissistic personality disorder.

 Kid Narcissist

There are three common childhood scenarios that I hear about frequently from my narcissistic clients:

Scenario 1: Parental Values

In this situation the child is raised in a family that is very competitive and only rewards high achievement. The family motto was: if you can’t be the best, why bother?

Love was conditional: when you came in first in the race, won the science fair, or starred in the school show, you were showered with praise and attention. When you didn’t, you were a disappointment.

Children in these families do not feel stably loved. It is hard for them to enjoy anything for its own sake, if it does not confer status. They only feel secure and worthwhile when they are successful and recognized as the “best.” This sets in motion a lifelong pattern of chasing success and confusing it with happiness.

Scenario 2: Devaluing Narcissistic Parent
In this scenario there is a very domineering and devaluing parent who is always putting down the child. The parent is generally irritable, easily angered, and has unrealistically high expectations.

If there are two or more children, the parent will praise one and devalue the others. The “good one” can quickly become the “bad one” and suddenly a different sibling is elevated. Nobody in the family feels secure and everyone spends their time trying to pacify the explosive narcissistic parent.

The other parent is often treated exactly like the children and belittled as well. When he or she disagrees with the narcissistic parent, they too are devalued.

Children who grow up in these households feel humiliated and inadequate. In later life, they often try to prove to themselves, the world, and the devaluing parent that they are special and their parent was wrong. Proving they are special becomes a lifelong mission, while underneath there is always a harsh inner voice criticizing their every mistake—no matter how minor.

Scenario 3: ”The Golden Child”

These parents are usually closet narcissists who are uncomfortable in the spotlight. Instead, they brag about their extremely talented child. Often the child is talented and deserves praise, but these parents sometimes take it to ridiculous lengths.

Occasionally the child becomes embarrassed by the excessive praise and feels burdened by this role. As one such mother told me: “my son is the flagship of the family who will lead us all to greatness.”

Punchline: The commonest childhood routes to developing narcissistic personality traits involve a focus on winning at all costs, the continual threat of devaluation, or parents who put you on a pedestal and insist you stay there.

At the point when your pressure ball is no place around and you don’t have a lot of time to save, there are different approaches to assist you with keeping your cool. In all honesty, sucking your thumb can be a viable method to deal with your pressure and you can even drink squeezed orange to bring down your feelings of anxiety.

Thumb Biting


1. Utilize your fingers as a “reset” button.

Placing your thumb in your mouth and blowing on it can push you to de-stress. By obstructing your air entry with your thumb, at that point breathing out you’ll initiate your vagus nerve. This thusly will diminish your pulse and circulatory strain, making you feel increasingly loose.

In the event that it is too humiliating to even consider doing this openly, you can generally have a go at applying strain to a point between your second and third knuckles. This can function as a kind of a reset catch, to make you feel less worried.


2. Bite gum.

Biting gum can lessen pressure both at work and outside work, as indicated by an investigation. The aftereffects of the investigation further indicated that it can likewise lessen weakness, tension, and despondency and can prompt a progressively positive state of mind.


3. Look at ceaseless examples.

Known as fractals, endless examples can be found in the nature around you. They can be seen in geometric shapes like shells, ice designs on your window, spiderwebs, and blossom petals. Numerous investigations have demonstrated that seeing them can diminish feelings of anxiety by up to 60%.


4. Keep a plant with you.

Not exclusively can a plant be a beautifying thing on your work area, it can fill in as a pressure reliever also. The nearness of plants in an office space right away brings down pulse, and even expands profitability, as indicated by an examination.


5. Counterfeit giggling.

Endorphins are synthetic compounds that help you to ease pressure and when you snicker, you discharge these synthetic substances. Regardless of whether you’re faking chuckling, it will make an impact within that triggers the arrival of endorphins. At the point when you laugh uncontrollably, expanded oxygen experiences your organs and builds your blood stream. Simply pondering having a snicker, can bring down you feeling of anxiety.


6. Deal with it.

We live in a culture where grown-ups crying may be viewed as being powerless. However, a great passionate cry is exactly what you have to decrease your pressure. Stress “fixes muscles and elevates pressure, so when you cry, you discharge a portion of that,” says Stephen Sideroff, a clinical clinician.


7. Pause dramatically.
At the point when you need speedy alleviation from stress, you don’t need to do a full yoga class. You don’t require a tangle, simply drop everything for a second and pause dramatically. You will feel somewhat more quiet and prepared to continue with your assignments.


8. State a mantra.
Mantras are a type of reflection, which have been connected to the decrease of interminable worry, just as an abatement in pulse and circulatory strain. It doesn’t need to take long, and it doesn’t require any apparatuses. You should simply close your eyes and rehash the quieting words until you feel much improved.


9. Get your head beneath your heart.

You can get into position by just bowing and contacting your feet while standing or jumping on every one of the fours. With your head beneath your heart, the blood races to your head instead of your feet. This will have the impact of quieting your brain, and accordingly lessening pressure.


10. Drink more OJ.

Oranges are known for being plentiful in nutrient C and this may assist individuals with dealing with their pressure all the more adequately. Nutrient C does this, to a limited extent, by bringing down the degrees of stress hormones like cortisol. So if drinking squeezed orange is as of now a piece of your morning schedule, you’re headed toward an incredible beginning.


11. Explode an inflatable.

At the point when you’re focused on, you will in general take short, shallow breaths. Be that as it may, you need oxygen to enable you to unwind. By exploding an inflatable, you’ll utilize your stomach to inhale all the more gradually and profoundly. Your pulse will likewise decrease and your muscles will unwind.


12. Wash the dishes.

At the point when you center around the smell of the cleanser, the glow of the water, the vibe of the dishes, an investigation has indicated that it could diminish your apprehension by 27%. So in case you’re getting a handle on focused on, it’s a great opportunity to discard the dishwasher and wash the dishes yourself.


13. Back rub your ears.

Much the same as your fingers, your ears resemble “reset” fastens that can mitigate you when you’re in distressing circumstances. An investigation has demonstrated that treatment, done on the ears, can diminish your nervousness levels.


14. Spend time with your pet.
Petting your hairy companions can help discharge feel-great mind synthetic compounds in your body and your harming pressure hormones will be diminished. Your pet can help bring down your circulatory strain, make you feel less on edge, and even lift your resistance.


15. Press yourself.

Physical touch discharges oxytocin, which is a hormone that is connected to cherish and the development of bonds. In any event, embracing yourself can really discharge oxytocin and help calm you when things are upsetting. It gives a feeling that all is well with the world and quiets down troubling feelings.


Thick, shiny, and long hair — oh my! It’s something most people strive for in terms of healthy hair. We try so many different products that promise to improve the condition of our hair. While hair products certainly help the process when it comes to hair loss, there are other important factors to consider, like what you eat. 

thick hair

Having a balanced diet and getting all the nutrients you need can help grow luscious locks. Not only will certain foods have a significant impact on your hair but your skin and nails as well. If your hair is thinning or you are experiencing balding patterns, try some of these foods to help regrow your hair. Eat these foods and say goodbye to hair loss.


You Are What You Eat

What you eat can also lead to hair loss and not hair growth. You need to consider very carefully what you are putting into your body. If you are not consuming enough nutrients or are engaging in bad habits, this could prevent your hair from flourishing.

Are you already dealing with hair loss? Consult with your doctor and then start to look at aspects of your lifestyle that you can change – namely, your diet. Carry on reading to find out what food your hair needs to look amazing. 

Salmon

Add Salmon To Your Grocery List

One of the first things you should be adding to your grocery list is salmon. This fish is such an incredible source of omega-3 fatty acids as well as protein. Salmon will go a long way for making your hair a lot stronger than it is.

The omega-3 in salmon is also an anti-inflammatory. It could be that inflammation is causing you to lose your hair. Including this in your diet will help to give you the nutrients you are lacking and to combat any possible inflammation you may have, not only in your hair. 

Omega-3

Eat Omega-3s

Omega-3s are crucial for your overall health. They help you to stay fit and healthy. They also contribute to your hair growth, and it’s shine. If you struggle with insulin resistance, salmon helps your body to process insulin better.

Salmon also has vitamin D, which helps to stimulate the follicles. Some of your hair follicles might have fallen asleep at the wheel, and this vitamin can help to wake them up or prevent them from going dormant in the first place. 

Oatmeal

Breakfast Could Give You Great Hair

Oatmeal is one of the easiest breakfasts, and it is also fantastic for your hair. The reason for this is that the oats are so rich in all the good stuff. These beneficial minerals include fiber, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, as well as polyunsaturated fatty acids. 

All of these are a terrific combination that will help to stimulate hair growth. Little did you know that your breakfast could be something that helps your hair grow thick and healthy. You can even include oats in other recipes and not just in oatmeal form. 

Peanuts

Snack On Peanuts For Healthy Hair

Everyone loves peanuts for their taste, but they also are great for your health and hair. They are a source of biotin. Biotin is something that is proven to stimulate hair growth and also helps to prevent hair loss that you may experience.

Just a ¼ cup of proteins will give you protein, fiber, and antioxidants. Peanuts are ideal for snacking on during the day because they are filling. You could also enjoy some peanut butter instead of the actual nut, as this has the same source of nutrients for healthy hair. 

Eggs

Your Hair Will Look Eggs-ellent

This food is something you already have in your kitchen, which means you can start your journey to great hair. We’re talking about eggs. Eggs have much protein and amazing nutrients to help you on your hair health journey.

These include choline, vitamins A, D, and B12. Some people eliminate the egg yolk from their diet, but this is the part of the egg that will give you the highest vitamin D dose. Eggs will help your hair to grow and stay shiny. 

Vitamin D, egg

Get Your Dose Of Vitamin D

In an egg, you have two carotenoids: lutein and zeaxanthin. These play a role in cellular health and are especially suitable for the health of your eyes, skin, and of course, your hair. But, vitamin D in eggs is, without a doubt, the best.

Vitamin D in eggs is because it has been proven by a study that vitamin D helps create new hair follicles. These follicles allow new hair to grow. This action then translates into thicker hair and also reduces the amount of hair you lose with aging. 


Oysters

How Can Oysters Help?
Oysters are known to help inspire many things, but you might not know that this tasty appetizer can help stop your hair from thinning or falling out. Oysters have an incredible amount of zinc in them, and when you have a lack of zinc, it can cause hair loss.

The great news is that a zinc deficiency can be rectified by eating more of this critical nutrient. You will need 5mg per kg of body weight to induce hair growth. You can do these by snacking on all the oysters the next time you go out to eat. 


Give Your Body The Zinc It Needs

If you have six oysters, you will have 30mg of zinc! It’s a fabulous amount that your body and hair will thank you for. This amount is double the DV of the nutrient. If oysters aren’t your thing, there are other foods to give you zinc.

Instead of oysters, try meat and beans. You can also buy vitamins that you can take as daily supplements as it is understandable that not everyone can slick down six oysters every day so that their hair looks terrific. 

 Spinach

Eat Spinach For Healthy Hair
Spinach is another excellent food to include more of in your diet if you want healthy hair. Spinach has magnesium, iron, and folate. It offers many benefits for your skin and your hair. It also has vitamin C, which helps to protect the cell membranes of hair follicles.

It is essential to have a balanced diet, and you can get this checked by your doctor or nutritionist. They will check for protein levels, iron, iron storage, and vitamin D. This will show them if you have any deficiencies. 


Buy A Jar Of Almond Butter

Just like peanut butter, almond butter is great for your hair health. The reason for this is because of all the nutrients it contains. Peanut butter includes protein, vitamins, and healthy fats, which are known to promote hair health. 

An essential vitamin found in nuts is vitamin E. This is known to keep your hair looking amazing and can aid in your hair growth. So, how much almond butter should you have each day to help this process? 

 Almonds

Replace Almond Butter With Normal Almonds

It’s impressive because just one tablespoon of almond butter will nourish your body with 3.87mg of vitamin E. The recommended daily allowance of this vitamin is 15mg so that you can have quite a few tablespoons, and you’re on your way to better hair health.

Not everyone is the biggest fan of almond butter, so trying to eat a few tablespoons a day might not be high on your to-do list. Instead, you could eat regular almonds. Just one ounce of dry roasted almonds will give you ⅓ of your daily value for fat-soluble vitamin E.

 Sardines

If Salmon Isn’t Within Budget

Just like salmon, this fish is a wonderful source of vitamins to help with your hair health. Sardines have omega-3 and vitamin D. The great thing about sardines is that they are very cheap and you can find them easily at your supermarket.

Salmon can get quite expensive, so this is a great alternative. You need to make sure that you purchase the sardines that are packaged in water instead of oil. You could put sardines in salads or even use them in a spread. 

Carrots

Try More Carrots

Everyone believes that carrots do wonders for your eyesight, but they can also help your hair! This fact is because they have a lot of vitamin A in them. Carrots help to protect against dry and dull hair because it stimulates glands in your scalp.

When it does this, it produces an oily fluid, which is known as sebum. Carrots are easily included in your diet, in both their raw and cooked form. Add them to salads or roast some extra carrots when making a vegetable mix with your dinner.

[ SOURCE ]
Japan, pronounced in Japanese as “Nippon” or “Nihon”, is a Pacific Ocean island nation off the coast of mainland Asia, comprised of about 6,900 islands.

The most prominent and populous islands among them are Honshu, Hokkaido, Shikoku, and Kyushu, making up 97% of the country. There are 47 prefectures with a total population of 127 million (11th in the world) within these islands.

Japanese Women

Even though 73% of the country is mountainous, a majority of people live on the coastlines, so it is one of the most densely populated countries in the world.

Early Japanese culture was largely influenced by China. During the Edo era, it exercised a strict isolationist policy, so it closed its doors to all relationships with the outside world and managed to cultivate a distinct Japanese culture.

However, it reversed this practice after the fall of that era in 1868 and adopted cultural practices from all over the world. There are two main religions in Japan: Shinto, a Japanese religion, and Buddhism, which was imported in the 6th century from China.

Japanese culture has been an inspiration to other cultures for centuries, as their lifestyle choices make them the people with the highest life expectancy on Earth. Japanese women are incredibly youthful, slim, healthy, and delicate.

Japanese people tend to make their country a better and more efficient place, and they are all committed to improvement, health, and efficiency.

Manners are essential amongst the Japanese. In Japan, people greet each other by bowing, and a bow can range from a small nod of the head (casual and informal) to a deep bend at the waist (indicating respect). On the other hand, shaking hands in Japan is uncommon.

When dining out, numerous restaurants have a mixture of both Western-style tables and chairs as well as low traditional tables, where it’s usual to sit on a pillow. Most kinds of Japanese meals are eaten with chopsticks, and these should be held towards their end, not in the middle or front third.

Additionally, it is not customary to tip in Japan, but you should say “gochisosama deshita” (“thank you for the meal”) when leaving instead.

Gift-giving is a common part of this culture and various types of gifts are given on different occasions. One interesting curiosity is that they avoid gifts in sets of 4 are usually avoided since the word for “four” is pronounced the same as the word for “death”.

Being ancient, diverse, and divine, Japanese culture has fascinated other peoples throughout history. From diet to festivals, sports to fashion, the culture is ever-present both in the country and afar.

It has hundreds of widely observed traditions associated with ceremonies, rituals, holidays, celebrations, business, religion, politeness, etiquette, and life in general.

Japanese Women

Therefore, we decided to bring this amazing culture a bit closer, so take a look at the following 20 crucial life components:

1. Eating on the go is a big no-no

The Japanese people avoid eating on the go and consider it impolite. Eating is a sacred time in Japan, used to refuel and energize the body, so they always sit down and focus on food.

2. Healthy Cooking Methods

Generally, there are four main cooking methods in Japanese cuisine: agemono, similar to deep-frying but uses healthier batter like tempura, mushimono, which is steaming; nimono, boiling; and yakimono, which is a form of broiling.

3. Home cooking

By cooking at home, Japanese people lower the amount of unhealthy, unsaturated fats, and carbs, and thus prevent various health issues. Their diets are high in whole, unprocessed foods, rich in vitamins and minerals.

4. Green Tea

This is the healthiest drink on the planet, with numerous medicinal properties, since it is rich in nutrients and antioxidants.

Its consumption fights inflammation in the body, helps weight loss, aids digestion, regulates body temperature, lowers cholesterol and high blood pressure, and improves mental and heart health.

5. Seafood

Japanese cuisine is rich in seafood and different types of squid, fish, octopus, eel, and shellfish, added to sushi, salad, curry, and tempura.

Seafood is abundant in nutrients, protein, vitamins, and minerals like B and D vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, but low in saturated fats.

Therefore, it lowers the risk of cardiovascular events like arrhythmia, stroke, and heart attack, relieves pain due to arthritis, decreases the risk of age-related macular degeneration, treats depression, and supports proper brain growth in babies and children.

6. Wasabi

This plant is commonly added to meals and traditional recipes and is popular as a condiment for sashimi and sushi.

Wasabi is low in calories and saturated fats, but high in fiber and protein, as well as zinc, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and sodium, and vitamins A, C, and B. It can prevent certain cancer types, improves digestion and gut health, and controls body weight.

7. Smaller Portions

At mealtimes, the Japanese apply the phrase “ichiju-sansai” or “one soup, three sides”. A typical meal contains a staple food like rice or noodles, a main dish such as fish, chicken, pork or beef, and a side dish like pickled vegetables and miso soup.

The protein portion is in the size of the palm. For vegetables, one fist-sized portion is adequate and for salads, two fist-sized.

8. Fermented Foods

These foods, such as sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, tempeh, pickles, and miso soup, as well as fermented drinks like kefir and kombucha, are high in beneficial enzymes, B-vitamins, Vitamins C, and A, omega-3 fatty acids, and probiotics, and support health in various ways.

They treat various conditions and diseases, including ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, diabetes, obesity, cognitive function, and even mental illnesses.

9. Walking

Japanese people prefer to walk in overcrowded cities to reduce traffic congestion, and it is also considered to be a Buddhist ritual.

This easy exercise can increase heart and lung fitness, lower the risk of heart disease and stroke, treat high blood pressure, lower cholesterol, relieve muscle and joint pain, and treat diabetes.

10. Happiness

The Japanese have an important concept, called ikigai, divided into two words, iki which means life and gai which means worth. It is about a feeling of self-fulfillment and happiness that comes from within, about what brings joy in life.

Japanese culture also considers the ability to be hopeful in the face of obstacles as being part of a state of happiness. The Japanese learn to be conscious of what makes them happy and satisfied in life, and this keeps them looking and feeling younger.

11. Physical activity

Japanese people tend to age slower as they are constantly active, walk, or ride the bike to school and work, avoid prolonged sitting, walk a lot, jog go to the gym, and even run marathons.

12. Martial Arts

Martial arts are a way of life and spiritual practice in Japan. Dating back to 23 B.C., they were traditionally performed by samurai warriors due to the restriction on weapons by other members of society.

They can be of various styles, Aikido, Laido, Sumo, and Karate. They are total body workout that uses every muscle in the body and boosts stamina, flexibility, endurance, and strength. Moreover, martial arts teach morals, values, and focus, and improve mood.

13. Hot Spring Baths

Also known as onsen, these baths are very popular in Japan. There are various hot springs, distinguishable by the minerals dissolved in the water.

They provide relaxation and healing, relieve pain, treat skin issues, reduce stress, boost blood circulation, promote sleep, and more.

14. Healthy Desserts

Japanese people eat desserts to cleanse and freshen the palate after a meal, so they are low in sugar, and rich in fruits, rice, and sweet beans. Popular dessert choices include mocha, fruit sandwiches, green tea meringue cookies, and squash or pumpkin pie.

15. Stress management

Stress can lead to various debilitating physical conditions, especially heart diseases and issues, obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

Therefore, Japanese women cope with stress by making the most of their free time, get involved in community events, go on excursions and shopping, and thus lower stress.

16. Nature

There are thousands of acres of untouched nature wherever you look in the country, and the entire nation nurtures a friendly outlook on nature.

Children learn to live in harmony with nature and build a respectful relationship with it. People often take relaxing nature trips to relieve stress and soothe the mind.

17. A universal healthcare system

In Japan, the government treats health as a priority, so every single person in Japan has their healthcare completely covered by the state. Since healthcare is free, they go to regular checkups and control their health condition.

18. Regular social gatherings

People in Japan spend a lot of time with their friends and often go out, despite their busy schedules. Regular social gatherings keep mental dexterity high, so almost no one suffers from dementia or age-related mental illnesses.

19. Skincare routines

Japanese women are known for their beautiful, flawless, youthful skin, which is mostly a result of their unique skincare routines.

Hygiene is crucial in Japanese culture, so keeping the skin pores clean is important. They also perform facial massages and use natural oils to treat the skin.

20. Productivity at work
Hard work is something to be proud of in Japan. A productive employee is rewarded and praised for his contributions. The salaries are high, so people feel like they’re investing effort and it pays off, and this, in turn, boosts their entire economy and industry.