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Defects Of TV that we Don’t even Notice!

 

In this article i am going to discuss about the defects of Television that we don’t even notice. Television is harmful for us in many ways, there are many defects that we know but there are some big defects that are because of television and we don’t notice them. So let’s get started!

CONFIDENCE

Biggest defect is that Television reduces our confidence as I have discussed before in my article “BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE“. Watching television effects our confidence in many different ways.

Dramas and films

The first way of television effecting our brain is by dramas and films. So, what really happens that in a film we are shown many different situations which happens to the characters in the film or drama and those characters solve that problem in a unique way or in a dramatic way or sometimes we are shown a debating conversation between characters which are ofcourse scripted but if we talk like that in real life, we would have to memorize those line and in real life your opponent’s reply can not be predicted. So, when your see those dramas our brain see those solutions and answers and saves them unconsciously for later and when any situation happens to us which is similar to the situation we saw in T.V, we act how the characters were acting and because the things in real life are not always scripted as you think they are you loose your confidence. When you see that nothing happens according to you, then you start avoiding those things.

Reality shows

Have you ever felt like when you enter a place and you think that everyone is seeing you, judging you, or observing you? That is because of the reality shows news channels and game shows. When you are seeing the person on stage and the whole audience is seeing him and observing what he is doing, then then your brain catches that situation and whenever you are in a crowded place your brain brings the expected experience of being on the eyes of the whole crowd which makes you nervous. News channels and game shows effects confidence because in news channels and game shows we are judging people which makes us think that everyone is judging us.

Television kills your self-esteem

When you watch an hour of TV, you’re exposed to about 15 minutes of commercials, whose sole purpose is to persuade you to buy stuff.

How exactly do they achieve that? Firstly, by making you feel bad about yourself. Once they do so, they sell you products and services with the promise that they’ll improve your self-esteem.

In other words, commercials are emotionally manipulating you, and most of the time you aren’t even aware of it. The result? Spending your hard-earned money purchasing products you actually don’t need and which will sooner or later leave you disappointed and sad. In addition, by constantly consuming things, you’re creating immense material waste that is messing up with our planet’s ecology.

Television makes you dumb

Another dangerously bad effect of excessively watching television is the fact it can hinder our ability to think.

Having talking heads continuously giving us quick information, opinion, analysis and criticism for just about everything, slowly leads us to stop using our own critical thinking skills. As a consequence, we can be easily misinformed and manipulated.

That’s why it’s especially important for parents and school teachers to help children and students understand the ill effects of spending too much time in front of a TV screen.

Of course, there are a few programs on TV that are educational and thought-provoking (in other words, that have a good, positive impact on our intelligence), but let’s admit it: The majority of television programs are just trash.

Indeed, we rarely find a program on TV that requires us to think. In fact, television programming is designed in such a way to match our attention spam. This perfectly explains why almost all programs are 30 to 60 minutes long. It also explains why television programs rarely dedicate the entire program to a single topic.

Therefore, not only can’t television programs provide us with any decent thought to stimulate discussion, but they present information in such a way that we can’t digest it properly. As a result, we can easily form opinions without allowing the information to first be filtered through our minds, and while we might think that we become more knowledgeable, in reality we become dumb.

5 Horrible effects of mobile phones

1.Teen Tendonitis (TTT):

What is the impact of mobile phones on young people’s social life? Teenagers are totally addicted to texting. Excess messaging can lead to Teen Tendonitis (TTT). It can cause pain in the hands, back and neck due to poor posture. It can also lead to impaired vision and even arthritis down the line.

2. Sleep Loss:

Most of the teens keep their cell phones nearby while sleeping to respond to texts and calls. They feel pressurized to remain reachable around the clock. It leads to sleep interruption and disruption. Teens also become irritable when they are sleep deprived. It drains your mental abilities and puts your physical health at real risk. Science has linked poor slumber with all kinds of health problems, from weight gain to a weakened immune system.

3. Accidents

Using your mobile phones while driving is very common these days but it causes much accidents and deaths. The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. Nearly 390,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving. 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving. So be careful !

4. Causes Cancer

  1. Cell phones emit radiofrequency energy (radio waves), a form of non-ionizing radiation, from their antennas. Tissues nearest to the antenna can absorb this energy.
  2. The number of cell phone users has increased rapidly. As of December 2014, there were more than 327.5 million cell phone subscribers in the United States, according to the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association. This is a nearly threefold increase from the 110 million users in 2000. Globally, the number of subscriptions is estimated by the International Telecommunications Union to be 5 billion.
  3. Over time, the number of cell phone calls per day, the length of each call, and the amount of time people use cell phones have increased. However, improvements in cell phone technology have resulted in devices that have lower power outputs than earlier models.

5. Causes Anxiety

Spending too much time on your phone may be causing you to feel stress and anxiety, experts are warning.

“The more people use their phone,” Dr. Nancy Cheever, who spearheaded research on the relationship between cellphone use and anxiety at California State University, Dominguez Hills, told ABC News, “the more anxious they are about using their phone.”

Cheever’s research suggests that phone-induced anxiety operates on a positive feedback loop, saying that phones keep us in a persistent state of anxiety and the only relief from this anxiety is to look at our phones.

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5 Foods for weight loss

1. Whole Eggs

Once feared for being high in cholesterol, whole eggs have been making a comeback.

New studies show that they don’t adversely affect blood cholesterol and don’t cause heart attacks.

What’s more… they are among the best foods you can eat if you need to lose weight.

They’re high in protein, healthy fats, and can make you feel full with a very low amount of calories.

One study of 30 overweight women showed that eating eggs for breakfast, instead of bagels, increased satiety and made them eat less for the next 36 hours.

Another 8 week study found that eggs for breakfast increased weight loss on a calorie restricted diet compared to bagels.

Eggs are also incredibly nutrient dense and can help you get all the nutrients you need on a calorie restricted diet. Almost all the nutrients are found in the yolks.

2. Leafy Greens

Leafy greens include kale, spinach, collards, swiss chards and a few others.

They have several properties that make them perfect for a weight loss diet.

They are low in both calories and carbohydrates, but loaded with fiber.

Eating leafy greens is a great way to increase the volume of your meals, without increasing the calories. Numerous studies show that meals and diets with a low energy density make people eat fewer calories overall.

Leafy greens are also incredibly nutritious and very high in all sorts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. This includes calcium, which has been shown to aid fat burning in some studies.

3. Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussels sprouts.

Like other vegetables, they are high in fiber and tend to be incredibly fulfilling.

What’s more… these types of veggies also tend to contain decent amounts of protein.

They’re not as high in protein as animal foods or legumes, but they’re high compared to most vegetables.

A combination of protein, fiber and low energy density makes cruciferous vegetables the perfect foods to include in your meals if you need to lose weight.

They are also highly nutritious, and contain cancer fighting substances.

4. Lean Beef and Chicken Breast

Meat has been unfairly demonized.

It has been blamed for all sorts of health problems, despite no good evidence to back it up.

Although processed meat is unhealthy, studies show that unprocessed red meat does NOT raise the risk of heart disease or diabetes.



According to two big review studies, red meat has only a very weak correlation with cancer in men, and no correlation at all in women.

The truth is… meat is a weight loss-friendly food, because it’s high in protein.

Protein is the most fulfilling nutrient, by far, and eating a high protein diet can make you burn up to 80 to 100 more calories per day.

Studies have shown that increasing your protein intake to 25-30% of calories can cut cravings by 60%, reduce desire for late-night snacking by half, and cause weight loss of almost a pound per week… just by adding protein to the diet.

If you’re on a low-carb diet, then feel free to eat fatty meats. But if you’re on a moderate- to high carbohydrate diet, then choosing lean meats may be more appropriate.

5. Boiled Potatoes

White potatoes seem to have fallen out of favour for some reason.

However… they have several properties that make them a perfect food, both for weight loss and optimal health.

They contain an incredibly diverse range of nutrients, a little bit of almost everything we need.




There have even been accounts of people living on nothing but potatoes alone for extended periods of time.

They are particularly high in potassium, a nutrient that most people don’t get enough of and plays an important role in blood pressure control.

On a scale called the Satiety Index, that measures how fulfilling different foods are, white, boiled potatoes scored the highest of all the foods tested.

What this means is that by eating white, boiled potatoes, you will naturally feel full and eat less of other foods instead.

If you boil the potatoes, then allow them to cool for a while, then they will form large amounts of resistant starch, a fiber-like substance that has been shown to have all sorts of health benefits… including weight loss.

Sweet potatoes, turnips and other root vegetables are also excellent.

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5 people who got terrible after surgery

Here are 5 people who got terrible after surgeries.

1. Donatella Versace

Vice president of the high-fashion brand Versace, Donatella, 54, has gone through a series of surgeries since the 1990s. Among other adjustments, her most noticeable changes have been to her nose and lips, and her trademark swollen smackers have scored her a spot on nearly every list of plastic surgery faux pas over the past few years—though there’s no real published evidence that Versace herself is unhappy with the changes.

2. Jocelyn Wildenstein



The still-active New York socialite married into a wealthy art-dealing family and began experimenting with plastic surgery in 1997, shortly before the demise of her 20-year marriage. Having spent a reported $4 million on various procedures, which are speculated to include cheek implants and numerous facelifts, her dramatic changes have earned her the nickname “Bride of Wildenstein,” along with “cat woman,” due to her taut, feline-like appearance.




3. La Toya Jackson

Michael and La Toya Jackson had an openly tumultuous relationship (she withdrew her family support during Michael’s child molestation case), but it seems they had one thing in common: a love for plastic surgery—and perhaps one particular surgeon. In-common procedures include chin and cheek implants, along with the now signature Jackson family pointy nose.




4. Mickey Rourke

Hey Mickey, you’re not so fine…anymore. After his resurgence in the movie The Wrestler, fans were puzzled at the former boxer and screenwriter’s plastic surgery–riddled appearance. Suspected surgeries, according to Dr. Youn, include a facelift (signified by the scars in front of his ears), upper eye lift and a hair transplant (signified by his reappearing sideburns and wispy, continuously forward-moving hairline).

5. Sahar Tabar

ranian Instagram star Sahar Tabar did not like the taste of fame she got last week. After rumors swirled that she had 50 plastic surgery procedures to look like actress Angelina Jolie, Tabar doubled her amount of Instagram followers. While she basked in the attention for a few days, Tabar ultimately deleted here photos, changed her name and claimed her page was hacked. She didn’t want anyone to follow her who wasn’t Iranian. Her page is now private.







“Hi friends of friends who are not from Iran,” she wrote in a now-deleted message that was posted Saturday in three different languages. “I’m upset and I just want the Iranians to follow my page. People of the foreign countries don’t follow me please. I only accept Iranian requests.”

The 22-year-old further claimed her page wasn’t authentic anymore: “This page has ben hacked. Unfollow as soon as you can because this page has too [many] viruses.”

She also deleted her profile image and changed her name to Parisa Amiri

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8 way to get rid of any fear

If you aren’t ready to face your fears, you probably won’t transcend them.

And there’s nothing wrong in that. Everything happens in its own time.

If you’re reading this article though, I’m pretty sure that you’re ready to take another step forward

1. Awareness

Before you can begin overcoming fear, you have to be aware that your fears are causing havoc in your life. It’s easy to get so attached to your thoughts and feelings that you think they are all that exist, which couldn’t be further from the truth. You are not your fears. You are the awareness that experiences it.



2. The Now

What are you lacking right now? When you center yourself in the now, you realize that everything is how it is. You naturally accept what is. Tapping into the now can be as simple as feeling your body and breath. My favorite book on the subject is Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.

3.  Sedona Method

Another simple system to conquer fear is the Sedona method. It consists of asking a few simple questions while focusing on your fear. It’s so simple that I dismissed it several times before taking it seriously. Bad move!

4. The Work

The Work is very similar to the Sedona method in that it asks questions. The Work is one of my favorite ways of dealing with fears, anxieties, and worries. There are many methods available, so pick the one that you resonate with.

5. Hypnosis

With hypnosis, you can program the right thoughts into your mind and eliminate negative thoughts and beliefs. This doesn’t work for everyone, but it might for you. My brother uses it to consistently evoke positive change in his life. But remember, this isn’t necessarily about getting rid of your fears, but learning to relate to them in a different way.



6.  Journaling

Getting your fears down on paper is important, because trying to think them through doesn’t work. You get caught in endless loops of negativity that only lead you further down the rabbit hole, and make your life miserable.

7. Talk

No-brainer advice, but how often do we hold the negative in because we are afraid of how others might react, or because of some other reason? Talking helps, but don’t throw a pity party for yourself.

8. Life Coach

Do you have a fear of success, or a fear of failure? A good life coach can help you examine what you truly want from life, and where your fears come from. I’ve spoken to a few in my life and while it can be scary, it’s very helpful in getting clear about what you want and what’s stopping you.

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Get rid of mosquitoes forever

1. Wear chemical mosquito repellent

Keeping mosquitoes away from your body is the best way to avoid getting bitten. Use insect repellent on uncovered skin surfaces and on your clothing when you’re outdoors, especially during the day. When using sunscreen, apply it before insect repellent.

  • Repellents containing 30% to 50% DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are the most popular type of repellents, and are recommended for adults and children over 2 months of age and are effective for several hours. Repellents with lower amounts of DEET offer shorter-term protection and must be applied more often.
  • Repellents containing up to 15% picaridin, which must be applied often, are available in the US. Picaridin is odorless, has a pleasant feel, and doesn’t plasticize like DEET. Studies have shown it to be as fully repellent to mosquitoes as DEET and can also be applied on infants as young as 2 months.
  • Protect infants less than 2 months of age by using a carrier draped with mosquito netting with an elastic edge for a tight fit rather using a repellent.

2. Wear loose, full coverage clothing

Long-sleeved shirts and long pants will help to protect you from mosquitoes when you’re outdoors. Covering your skin is a key approach to repelling mosquitoes.

  • Clothing may also be sprayed with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent for greater protection. Do not use permethrin directly on your skin.
  • Avoid wearing heavy, dark clothing in warm weather. Mosquitoes are attracted to warm bodies, so staying cool is an effective way to avoid bites. They also appear to like black, blue and red the most.
  • Don’t wear scent when outdoors during mosquito season. Mosquitoes are attracted to sweat, but the act of sweating can mask more effective attractors of mosquitoes, such as perfumes.

3. Put out a dish of soapy water

If you’re having an outdoor meal, you can keep mosquitoes away by placing a dish of water with some dish soap in a discreet place nearby. The mosquitoes will be attracted to the water source, and they’ll get trapped in the soap bubbles and drown.

4. Grow some garlic in your yard

Eating garlic daily to repel mosquitoes has not been proven effective in scientific studies, but, some people believe it has an impact when used as a barrier. Since garlic is delicious, it can’t hurt to grow it, but don’t rely on it as the only source of repelling the pests.

  • Plant garlic around your house to repel mosquitoes. It can be integrated around your house, on a balcony, etc.
  • Garlic powder from your local grocer sprinkled all through your yard may create a mosquito repellent. Sprinkle a little extra thickly around the patio and porch areas. This may protect pets from being bitten if they sleep in that area.

5. Dump or flush out any stagnant 

Mosquitoes are often attracted to water, especially standing water. Examples of mosquito breeding grounds include old tires, driveway puddles, clogged gutters, unfiltered fish ponds, empty flowerpots, and any item that can hold water for more than a few days at a time.

  • Use a push broom to distribute the water for small puddles on hard surfaces. Use a siphon pump for larger puddles.
  • If you’re inundated by mosquitoes due to standing water from street curbs, drainage ditches or other pools you cannot control, call the responsible public authority to explain that you believe the water has become a mosquito breeding source.
  • If it is not possible to remove particular water source, place some Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (BTI) dunks/granules into the water. BTI is a species of bacteria that functions as a larvicide and will kill mosquito larvae for as long as a month, in addition to being safe and non-toxic to children/pets.

Maintain water features and swimming pools

If you have a koi pond or swimming pool that doesn’t see much use, it may become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Do yourself and your neighbors a favor by doing regular maintenance to keep the water fresh and flowing.

  • Cut back vegetation from around your pond or other water features.
  • If you have a birdbath or another small source of water, change the water frequently or agitate it so mosquitoes won’t lay eggs there.
  • Treat your pool with the proper chemicals to make it uninhabitable for mosquitoes.

Superpowes that we actually have

There is one thing that almost everyone wishes they had. Yes, a billion dollars would qualify, but that isn’t what we’re talking about. No, we’re talking about something that can make us feel invincible…

Superpowers

Wouldn’t you love to be able to fly? So fast that you could travel from New York to Washington in less than 10 minutes, enjoying the wind blowing through your hair? Don’t you want to disappear somewhere and appear somewhere else whenever you want? In Harry Potter, this is known as “disapparition”, but would it ever be possible in the real world? Don’t you want to be as agile and powerful as Captain America? Who wouldn’t?

However, what if I told you that you already have plenty of superpowers?

Yes, I know that it may sound crazy, but it’s true. Although you don’t have any of the superpowers mentioned above (sadly), you do have some other rather impressive abilities.

What is a superpower? A superpower is when someone does something that is far beyond the natural capacity of one’s body and mind. All humans, under certain extreme conditions, can do things that they could never do under normal circumstances. Let’s take a quick look at some of the superpowers that we all have, so we can finally stop being so jealous of all those superheroes in the blockbuster movies every summer!

1. The ability to lift extremely heavy weights:

Normally, you wouldn’t be able to able to lift a car, but when a desperate situation calls for action, some people have been known to lift very heavy things, thanks toAdrenaline is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands in high-stress or exciting situations. Therefore, when the situation calls for it, such as when you need to save a loved one from certain death, one can heave a weight as heavy as a car, which would be impossible in any other situation.




2. The super-bite

A human’s ability to bite can be more powerful than a gorilla’s, for a given size of object. This is due to the way in which our jaw muscles are designed.




 

3. Self-healing of the liver

The ability of the liver to regenerate a damaged section of itself is quite remarkable. It takes roughly 2 months for the liver to do this important regenerative work on itself and grow back to its normal size. It is the only organ in the human body that has such an impressive regenerative power.

 

5 ways to release stress and depression

If you are having the problem of stress or depression then it is not a big deal to get out of it. Here are some tips and tricks to get out of stress easily.

1.Breath deeply

Take a little break from your work and focus on your breathing. Sit up straight in a room with pleasant temprature, keep your eyes closed, place your one hand on the belly and breathe deeply and feel the oxygen in your body and than exhale it. Repeat it four to five times and there would be improvement in your stress.

2. Slow down

Sometimes after working fast your brain and your body needs to relax for some time, but sleep doesn’t always work. So take 5 minutes and focus on your behavior. Notice how aisr feels on your face and how your feet feel when they hit the ground, enjoy every single bite of your food and be slowed down for some time.

3. Be Social

Not being social is also a cause of stess. So be social go out and meet people. Meeting people face to face is recommended, or at least talk to them on phone, discuss what’s going on with your life and you might get some positive results. Talk to your positive friends or meet new positive people and make them your friends, because having positive friends is very important in order to get rid of depression and stress.

4. Lauph out loud

A good belly laugh doesn’t only lighten the load only. It lowers the cortisol, your body’s stress hormone and boosts brain. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

5. Be Grateful

Always be grateful for what have you done in your life till now. Feel that you are the best. Think about all the accomplishments of your life and feel good about it and always be proud on yourself because you are always the best in your own. It would help you in getting rid of depression and stress.

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How to cheer up when feeling low

Feeling low? We’ve all been there!

There are times when everything seems so difficult to achieve. You are going to face a lot of hardships in your life. You’ll be met by criticism and people will try their very best to break you and bring you down. It is usually at such points in life when you are most likely to degrade yourself to such an extent that in the end, you’ll consider yourself nothing but a loser, someone who doesn’t deserve anything and is a complete failure.

You’ll believe whatever people tell you about yourself and will start criticizing your own self as well. However, what you need to realize is that everyone faces hardships in their lives but that does not mean that you continue to beat yourself. Don’t let people’s words affect you because people will always talk no matter what you do.

Unfortunately for a lot of us, we listen to the judgments of other people. This in turn leads us to only focus on our negatives. We ignore all of the positives that we possess. No individual will be able to achieve anything in life if he or she thinks that they are a failure or keeps on experiencing a low mood.

Here are some of the best tips that you can use in order to feel better about yourself.

1. Call Someone Who Loves You

The first thing that you should do when feeling low about yourself is to call your mother. Everyone has a special relationship with their parents but with your mother, there is a special bond. Talk to her about the conflicting feelings that you have been feeling about yourself. She’ll help you realize your self-worth. Having a nice chat with your mother is literally the best remedy for anyone who feels low. If you can’t call your mother then call someone who’s really close to you. It’ll have the same effect. The people who love you are the ones who appreciate you for who you are.

2. Be Grateful

A lot of us take what other people think about how we look to our heart. Stand in front of the mirror and look at yourself. Appreciate what you see. Own all of your flaws and be grateful to what nature has given you.

3.Enjoy your Accomplishments

Another great tip that will help when you’re feeling low is writing down every single thing or task that you have accomplished. Write even the smallest thing whether it is winning a local race or passing a test. Even making dinner for the first time or doing your own laundry is an accomplishment you should be happy about. Pin the sheet of paper on your fridge or any other place you can see it easily. Read the list every single day, make additions, and feel happy about what you’ve accomplished in your life.

4.Treat Yourself

Pamper yourself. Whenever you feel low about yourself just go to a nearby spa and get a massage. Even changing your hairstyle or going for a complete makeover can help you feel better about yourself. If you don’t like the way your face looks, then there’s no reason why you can’t have it changed a bit if it is something that you’re doing for yourself. Think you need a facelift or want to do away with some wrinkles? See a cosmetician that has been properly trained. There is some stigma attached to people getting little procedures done. However, research proves that taking care of your skin in such a manner can help people feel better about themselves.

5.Find a Hobby

Find yourself a hobby! It could be anything you’re interested in or it can be something completely new. Even if people haven’t complimented your singing it doesn’t mean that you should never sing again. Stand in front of a mirror and sing your heart out. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not good at something you’re passionate about. Spending time doing something you enjoy will help you relax and bring a positive change in your life.

6. Workout

Go for a run, hit the gym or start doing yoga. Staying active will help your mind and body to stop feeling low.

Because you worth it!

Just because someone thinks that you don’t deserve happiness doesn’t really mean that you don’t actually deserve to be happy in life. Gossiping and passing judgmental comments are habits that a lot of people possess. They also understand the power their words can have on someone else and that’s what makes them so dangerous.

How to stop hunger while dieting

Have a problem of hungriness everytime? then you are at the right place. here are top 5 solutions through which you could decrease your food intake without being hungry.




1. EAT BREAKFAST

Skipping breakfast can generate stomach hunger pangs, also leading to snacking and binging later in the day. Hunger pangs begin 12 to 24 hours after the last ingestion of food, and are usually more intense in young people because they have more muscle tone than older people.

2. STAY HYDRATED

Eight glasses of water a day are recommended. According to Dr. Melina Jampolis, a nutrition specialist, it can be easy to confuse hunger pangs with thirst.





3. SPICE UP YOUR MEALS AND SNACKS

Control hunger pangs by sending “full” messages to the brain with spicy aromas like ginger, turmeric, curry, chili powder, and cayenne, advises Dr. Alan Hirsch of the Chicago Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation. These plant extracts also increase metabolism.

4. EAT PROTEIN EVERY FOUR HOURS

Protein acts as an appetite suppressant to help control hunger pangs. Eating two to three ounces of protein triggered a 25 percent spike in energy, increasing fat metabolism 32 percent, and lasting up to four hours, in research conducted by the University of Wollongong in Australia.

5. WATCH YOUR SUGAR INTAKE

Sugar’s aliases are corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, brown sugar, honey, maltose, corn sweeteners and dextrose. Don’t eat simple sugar foods alone — ensure they are mixed with a meal to help control your hunger. Richards J. Johnson, M.D., of the University of Florida showed in his research that communication between the digestive tract and the brain’s fullness center was disrupted by high-fructose corn syrup, making appetite control difficult.

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5 ways to relieve stress

1.  Exercise

Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to combat stress.

It might seem contradictory, but putting physical stress on your body through exercise can help relieve mental stress.

And the benefits are strongest when you exercise regularly. People who exercise regularly are less likely to experience anxiety than those who don’t exercise.

There are a few reasons behind this:

  • Stress hormones: Exercise lowers your body’s stress hormones in the long run, such as cortisol. It also helps release endorphins, which are chemicals that improve your mood and act as natural painkillers.
  • Sleep: Exercise can also improve your sleep quality, which can be negatively affected by stress and anxiety.
  • Confidence: When you exercise regularly, you may feel more competent and confident in your body, which in turn promotes mental well-being.




 

Try to find an activity you enjoy, such as walking, dancing, rock climbing or yoga.

Activities that use repetitive movements of large muscle groups, such as walking or jogging, can be particularly stress relieving.

2. Reduce Your Caffeine Intake

Caffeine is a stimulant found in coffee, tea, chocolate and energy drinks. High doses can increase anxiety.

People have different thresholds for how much caffeine they can tolerate.

If you notice that caffeine makes you jittery or anxious, consider cutting back.

Although many studies show that coffee can be healthy in moderation, it’s not for everyone. In general, five or fewer cups per day is considered a moderate amount.

3. Write It Down

One way to handle stress is to write things down.

While writing down what you’re stressed about is one approach, another is writing down what you’re grateful for.

Gratitude may help relieve stress and anxiety by focusing your thoughts on what’s positive in your life.

4. Chew Gum

For a super easy and quick stress reliever, try chewing a stick of gum.

One study showed that people who chewed gum had a greater sense of well-being and lower stress.

There are a couple possible reasons for this.

One theory is that chewing gum causes brain waves similar to those of relaxed people. Another is that chewing gum promotes blood flow to the brain.

Additionally, one recent study found that stress relief was greatest when people chewed more strongly.

For a super easy and quick stress reliever, try chewing a stick of gum.

One study showed that people who chewed gum had a greater sense of well-being and lower stress.

There are a couple possible reasons for this.

One theory is that chewing gum causes brain waves similar to those of relaxed people. Another is that chewing gum promotes blood flow to the brain.

5. spend time with friends and family

Social support from friends and family can help you get through stressful times.

Being part of a friend network gives you a sense of belonging and self-worth, which can help you in tough times.

One study found that for women, in particular, spending time with friends and children helps release oxytocin, a natural stress reliever. This effect is called “tend and befriend,” and is the opposite of the fight-or-flight response.

Furthermore, both men and women benefit from friendship.

Another study found that men and women with the fewest social connections were more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.

GET RID OF MORNING LAZINESS!






Almost everyone feel tiredness and laziness in mornings of winter. But that’s not a big problem because here’s how to get rid of it.

1. Get some sunlight

As the days become shorter, your sleep and waking cycles may become disrupted. The lack of sunlight means your brain produces more of a hormone called melatonin, which makes you sleepy.

Open your blinds or curtains as soon as you get up to let more sunlight into your home, and get outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible. Try to take even just a brief lunchtime walk, and make sure your work and home environments are as light and airy as possible.

2. Get a good sleep

Getting enough undisturbed sleep is vital for fighting off winter tiredness.

It’s tempting to go into hibernation mode when winter hits, but that sleepy feeling you get doesn’t mean you should snooze for longer.

In fact, if you sleep too much, chances are you’ll feel even more sluggish during the day. We don’t actually require any more sleep in winter than we do in summer – aim for about eight hours of shut-eye a night, and try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day.

3. Get regular exercise

Exercise may be the last thing you want to do when you’re feeling tired on dark winter evenings. But you might be surprised by how energetic you feel after getting involved in some kind of physical activity every day.

Exercise in the late afternoon may help to reduce early-evening fatigue and also improve your sleep. Try to reach the recommended goal of 150 minutes of exercise a week.

Winter is a great time to experiment with new and different kinds of activity.

For instance, if you’re not used to doing exercise, book a session at one of the many open-air skating rinks that open during the winter. Skating is good all-round exercise for beginners and aficionados alike. There are also many dry ski slopes and indoor snow centres in the UK, which will offer courses for beginners.

If you’re feeling like being more active, go for a game of badminton at your local sports centre, or a game of tennis or five-a-side football under the floodlights.

If you find it hard to get motivated to exercise in the colder, darker months, focus on the positives – you not only will feel more energetic but might also stave off winter weight gain

4. Eat the right food

Being overweight or underweight can affect your energy levels and leave you feeling sleepy. So it’s important to make sure you eat a healthy, balanced diet.

Once the summer ends, there’s a temptation to ditch the salads and fill up on starchy foods such as pasta, potatoes and bread. However, you’ll have more energy if you include plenty of fruit and vegetables in your comfort meals.

Winter vegetables – such as carrots, parsnips, swede and turnips – can be roasted, mashed or made into soup to provide a warming winter meal for the whole family. And classic stews and casseroles are great options if they’re made with lean meat or pulses, and plenty of veg.

Here are 8 tips on healthy eating to inspire you.

You may find your sweet tooth going into overdrive in the winter months, but try to avoid foods containing lots of sugar. They may give you a rush of energy, but it’s one that wears off quickly.

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5 THINGS YOU SHOULD NOT DO WHEN YOU ARE ANGRY

5 THINGS YOU SHOULD NOT DO WHEN YOU ARE ANGRY

1. HIDE IT.





Hiding our anger is often encouraged and is certainly easier than dealing with it. The evidence, however, says that hiding anger can affect our health. Studies show that holding on to anger can increase the risk of heart disease and impact our overall health. Just because hiding it is bad, doesn’t mean you should put your anger on display. Instead of reacting in the moment, find a way to work through your anger respectfully and thoughtfully.

2. GO TO SLEEP WHILE YOU’RE STILL ANGRY.

To be thoughtful in our response to a heated situation, we may think “sleeping on it” is a good strategy. Well, it seems the age-old advice of “never going to be angry” is what’s best. Going to sleep with the feelings of anger burning strong will only reinforce those feelings making them even more pronounced in the morning.

3. SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS.

We all need to vent from time to time, but it might not be having a positive effect. “Venting may make you feel different at the moment, but the change in an emotional state doesn’t necessarily feel better; it may just feel less bad,” says University of Arkansas psychology professor, Jeffrey Lohr. Venting may make us feel better, but it isn’t addressing the problem.

4. KEEP ARGUING.

When we are angry, it’s hard to present our side of the story with rational and thoughtful points. We often result in saying things we’ll regret down the road. Listen and then allow yourself to take leave of the argument to process the event. Leaving the argument doesn’t mean it’s over. It’s important that we prepare ourselves to revisit it with the right intentions and in a better frame of mind.

5. REACH FOR FOOD.

Emotional eating is never good. When we are in the midst of a crisis, we aren’t usually reaching for carrot sticks. Instead, we find ourselves reaching for foods that bring us comfort. Eating poorly during an emotional state can lead to a compromised immune system. Eating mindfully is never more important than when we are dealing with anger.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AN ANT BITES




What is an ant bite?

An ant bite occurs when an ant bites using their mandibles and mouth to pinch human skin. Bite differs from sting: ants sting with their stinger, the caudal-most part of their bodies. Fire ants grasp the skin (bite) then inject venom with their stinger (which is immediately painful). Other species of ants neither bite nor sting, but instead spray formic acid.

Who gets an ant bite?

Anyone in contact with ants is at risk of ant bites or stings, particularly if they are in an area where ants build their nests. Ant nests are in form of several mounds with varied diameter, sometimes reaching more than 0.5 metre and several centimetres high.

Ants tend to be more numerous in areas with:

  • Compact soil
  • Bare ground
  • Little ground cover
  • Few large trees

More about ants

Ants belong to Hymenoptera insect order, under the family of Formicidae. The order of Hymenoptera includes bees and wasps.

There are more than 12,000 species of ants. Although they can nearly all bite or sting, few cause significant local and/or systemic reaction in humans. Most ants are too small to effectively bite humans, and their sting is mild. However, the sting from harvester ants and fire ants can cause unpleasant symptoms and may lead to allergic reactions.

 

Allergic reactions to ant bite

Generally, allergic reactions to Hymenoptera bites are milder than to stings. Allergic reactions to Hymenoptera are classified into 4 categories:

  • local reaction
  • large local reaction
  • mild systemic reaction
  • severe systemic reaction

local reaction

Local reaction is the most common reaction to the venom injected by ants. It consists of localised pain, itch, redness, swelling and induration. The swelling usually less than 5 cm in diameter, and is sometimes urticarial (whealing). Local reaction lasts for less than 24 hours.

large local reaction

A large local reaction (pain, erythema, blisters, swelling and itch) involves larger areas of skin (5 to 10 cm) in proximity with the bite/sting. In most cases, the severity peaks in 1 to 2 days, and it takes 7 to 10 days to resolve.

Mild systemic reaction

Mild systemic reaction involves skin and/or gastrointestinal system and affects less than 1% of ant bites/stings (0,4 – 0,8%). Skin manifestations include itch and redness in areas distant from the bite/sting in more generalised distribution. Gastrointestinal system symptoms may consist of mild nausea, diarrhoea, and/or cramping.

Severe systemic reaction

A severe systemic response to ant venom is marked by clinical manifestations in 2 organ systems distant from the bite/sting, such as angioedema (especially of larynx), flushing, hoarseness, wheezing/bronchospasm, chest pain, hypotension, dizziness, severe abdominal pain, profuse vomiting, or uterine cramping.

 

WHAT DOES A FLY DO WHEN IT SITS ON YOU





Flies are everywhere, and they land on everything. We have become used to their bothersomeness and pass them off as a minor annoyance. However, they are much more dangerous than we give them credit for.

Following are the things that flies do when they sit on you:

Flies commonly carry over 200 different forms of hazardous bacteria on their bodies.

Many restaurant patrons may not be aware that houseflies are twice as filthy as cockroaches,” Orkin entomologist and Technical Services Director Ron Harrison, Ph.D., said in an e-mailed statement announcing the results of the survey. “It is important that everyone understands the magnitude of the health threats flies pose so that he or she can help prevent the transmission of dangerous diseases and bacteria.

But how exactly do flies carry this bacteria?

Most of us have the general idea that flies throw up on our food. This is true to a point. Flies cannot chew food, so they eject digestive enzymes onto what they want to eat. When everything is nice and soft, they then slurp it up.

The legs and body of the fly are covered with tiny little hairs. It is these hairs that transport the diseases.

“They only need to touch your food for a second for their legs or the tiny hairs all over their bodies to transfer germs from all those nasty things they eat onto what you are eating. And since flies can transfer serious, contagious diseases like cholera, dysentery, and typhoid, it is probably best if you avoid eating things that a fly lands on.”

Once one thinks about it, this totally makes sense. Take a second to think about what flies like to land on. Dead things, poop, rotting food, dumpsters.

So next time you see a fly about the house, kill it quick. You might be preventing your family from getting sick