Health Benefits of Nuts

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Things Stressing You Out Right Now

While most stress triggers money or work are easily identifiable, many minor daily activities are unknowingly contributing to more stress in your life. Alas the daily grind of annoyances and mild anxieties will have a long term effect. The key to combating these sorts of stressors is recognizing them and not letting them bother you. Here are 9 things you can try to avoid.

1. Other stressed people
While you might actively be avoiding your own stress triggers, other people around you might unknowingly be increasing your stress levels. A 2014 German study found that participants observing others being stressed by tasks had rising levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. Stress can also be triggered by traumas of those around us, such as people experiencing illness. You’re reminded that these things can happen close to home and you fall into a thinking pattern filled with anxiety and negativity, which stresses you out unnecessarily.


2. Multitasking

It may seem you’re being efficient but this buzz word actually decreases productivity and increases stress. In 2012 a study at the University of Irvine looked at people who dealt with emails while working, as well as people who dealt with emails at a separate time. The former were less productive in their other daily skills. Physically their heart rate also showed more variability, which indicates mental stress. Doing one thing at a time is more fruitful, and better for your health. You can do a good job, and you might be surprised to find you’ll have more time.


3. Your significant other

Even if you’re happy and are in a healthy relationship, living with someone inevitably leads to annoyances. Stress can be caused by simple things, leaving the toilet seat up, or heavier issues money or co-parenting. So how do you avoid this kind of stress? The answer is striving for balance, in spending the right amount of time together, open and honest communication, compromise, and remembering why you love your partner and then acknowledging this daily. Let your partner be a stress-release factor in your life, and not the cause of it.

4. Taking a break
While taking a break from a stressful situation to watch a movie, or meet a friend can be helpful, sometimes you’re so anxious that you’re unable to truly let go and enjoy the present. It creeps back into your mind, making you bad company, and applying further stress to your mind and body. During such moments, it is important to work on being mindful and focusing on the present. Stress and anxiety do, temporarily, go away when you’re truly absorbed in your surroundings.


5. Everyday annoyances

Small daily encounters, rude customer service or waiting in long lines, have bigger affects on your mood than you realize. You want to present yourself as composed and on top of things. Your reaction, whether you adapt and conjure a new plan, or throw a pity party and get upset, makes the difference. If you are more the latter, this can contribute to a mindset steeped in pessimism and victimization, which will eventually eat you away. You have to be realistic, acknowledging that some things are beyond your control and remind yourself that you’re doing your best.


6. Easy fixes

A lot of our coping methods to combat stress are counterproductive. You work longer hours, stop exercising, or eat more junk food. These seem easy fixes, but the truth is foregoing healthy eating and physical activity actually stresses your body out, because these actions strengthen our bodies’ ability to fight stress effectively. 

7. Tea and chocolate
There are many reports mentioning how bad coffee is, but equally guilt culprits are chocolate and tea. This two treats are often relied on for relieving stress. However, what’s not often discussed is that they have as much caffeine as our friend coffee. Caffeine is known to make stress worse by irritating digestion, causing irritability and disturbing sleep patterns.

8. Digital devices
Whether for business or pleasure, technology can wreck your sleep patterns if you use your smartphone, tablet or computer too close to bedtime. Similarly, smart phones and laptops mean we are always in touch, contributing to the work creep phenomenon. By checking email outside office hours, your work stress enters your leisure time. Emails remind you of your responsibilities and it’s really hard to put those ideas to rest, especially if they are bombarding you at all hours of the day.

9. Watching your favorite sport
All sports fans know watching your favorite team play is not a passive activity. There’s a mix of tension, excitement, frustration and elation, whether your team wins or loses. The trouble is your body can’t distinguish between good or bad stress, and watching sports can set off your sympathetic nervous system. This means adrenaline is released, and the blood flow to your heart can be reduced. In the short term this has few consequences, but repeated exposure can lead to high blood pressure and increase heart disease risk.

10 Unexpected Benefits of Yogurt

Yogurt is a great food for us as it helps with digestion, gives us a good energetic feeling and tastes wonderful. But not many people know that it has many other benefits you may not know quite yet. After reading all of this I’m sure you’ll start acting like me, and do your best to eat one cup of yogurt every day or two.

Protects your teeth:
The lactic acid in yogurt has a positive and protecting effect on your gums and teeth. It can help keep your teeth healthy and pretty and overcome the damages done by other foods and drinks, most commonly – coffee. It’s important to note that although containing sugar, yogurt has no harmful effect on the enamel of your teeth.

Reduces allergy symptoms:
Those of us with seasonal allergies know how hard it can be to do anything when the symptoms start to appear, but a cup of yogurt might be an easy fix to this problem. The probiotics found in yogurt may decrease your body’s reaction to pollen and other allergens, minimizing your allergic reaction.

Great pre or post workout snack:
Yogurt is rich on carbohydrates that can either help re-fuel you through out your workout, or replace the energy lost after you are done. The potassium and sodium found in it can also help replace those electrolytes you sweat out and keeps you feeling fresh even after a hard workout.

Fights the common cold:
The common cold will always be there, not much you can do about it. But there’s still hope preventing it in time. Research proved that yogurt can strengthen your immune system, making your T-cells stronger and more active. They are more prone to beat the sickness out of you before it drags on too long.

Prevents yeast infections:
If you are given a prescription for antibiotics, you might want to consider yogurt to protect yourself. Using antibiotics usually raises the chances of yeast infections and the yogurt’s active cultures can help balance pH levels and prevent this uncomfortable problem.

Reduces the risk of high blood pressure:
A recent study, conducted over the course of 15 years, revealed that 30% of volunteers that took at least 2% of their daily calorie intake from yogurt, were less likely to develop high blood pressure. That’s only from 2%.

Helps prevent osteoporosis:
All milk and dairy products are in general a great source of calcium, and help build healthy bones. Look for yogurts with added vitamin D for an greater help in keeping your bones strong and healthy.

A great source of energy:
Aside from the energy provided by the carbohydrates in yogurt, it also contains B vitamins which are just what your body needs when you feel like you could use a little pick-me-up.

Builds muscle:
Yogurt contains all of the essential amino acids necessary to build muscle and other tissues in the body. It is a complete protein, which means it is also a welcome addition to our diet as they support all the necessary biological functions of the human body.

Helps you lose weight:
As stated in the last point, Yogurt helps build muscle and this means that it helps burn fat. The high amounts of protein will also help you stay fuller for longer periods of time while reducing your need for snacks and unhealthy foods

Health Benefits of Consuming Dates

1) Dates are free from cholesterol and contain very low fat. Dates are rich in vitamins and minerals.

2) They are rich source of protein, dietary fiber and rich in vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B5 along with vitamin A1 and C.

3) It helps improve the digestive system as it contains soluble and insoluble fibers and different kinds of amino acids.

4) Dates are great energy boosters as they contain natural sugars like glucose, sucrose and fructose. To get more advantage add dates to milk and make it a very nutritious snack.

5) Dates are very low in calories and are extremely suitable  for health conscious people.

6) Dates are rich in potassium and reduced in sodium. This helps regulate a healthy nervous system. Researchers have revealed the fact that potassium intake up to a certain extent can reduce risk of stroke.

7) Dates also help in lowering of the LDL cholesterol.

8) Dates have high iron content and are very useful in treating anemia. The patients can eat many dates for better advantages.

9) Dates also have fluorine that slows down the process of tooth decay.

10) It helps people suffering from constipation. Soak dates overnight and take it along with water to have added advantage.

11) Dates help in weight gain and are beneficial for those who suffer from over slimming problem.

12) Dates are excellent for alcoholic intoxication.  Cures abdominal cancer.

13) It also helps in improving eye sight and helps in curing night blindness as well.

“The best thing is that it does not have any side effect on the body and is completely natural as well as it works better than medicine.”

How To Cool Stomach Heat?

The reason behind stomach heat is excess consumption of spicy food. Foods like prawns, nuts, meats, hot drinks like coffee, wine and spirits have adverse effects on your stomach. Consumption of cigarettes, alcohol and hot foods leads to the problem of fire in your stomach. If this stomach problem is not taken seriously then it can burn stomach fluids and harm stomach substances.

Symptoms Of Stomach Heat:

  • Early Symptoms: Heat is known for it’s drying nature so it will burn the stomach fluids causing thirst, dry mouth and constipation. When the dryness becomes chronic then problems like dry mouth, throat stool and no desire to drink will occur.
  • The heat in the stomach reduces your appetite and you feel full even after eating very little. This is because there are not enough stomach juices to process the food. Stomach problems like these can get very chronic causing further problems like fever.
  • The stomach heat can cause gastric pain which will lead to burning sensation. This will lead to stomach acidity and gastritis. As the heat, of stomach burns up the energy and easily digest the consumed food you tend to feel hungry constantly. Stomach heat will in turn cause problems like regurgitation, nausea and vomiting. The fire in your belly leads to bad breadth, bleeding and painful gums.


Treatment of stomach problems

  • The best way to treat the fire in your stomach is, to stop consuming hot food and drinks. You need to cool down the stomach heat and nourish the stomach lining. Digestive foods ‘which are cool’ in nature like cucumber, avocado, spinach and lettuce must be consumed. Fruits like mango, bananas and pineapples must be added in your diet. Peppermint is also very beneficial to treat nausea caused by stomach heat. Prevention of stomach acidity by consuming raw cabbage juice is a good idea.
  • Stomach fire is caused by excess acidity in the stomach. Acidity problems leads to indigestion and that leads to acid regurgitation. In this case you must consume more of alkaline foods like oats and rice, drinks like green tea.
  • The way to distinguish whether you have acidity problem is to check if you have white spots on your fingernails. The best way to cure heat problems in your stomach is to increase the intake of fluids like fruit juices, soups made from green vegetables and green tea. These foods help in curing damaged fluids and stomach substances.
  • Another way of preventing stomach heat, is deep breathing exercise. Take deep breaths till your stomach. Then try breathing with your stomach than your lungs. Mentally imagine that your breath has become cool and rejuvenating. Feel the freshness, of cool breath in your stomach. This will reduce your heart burn and stomach problems.

Top 5 tips to combat computer eye strain

Thousands of young people put vision at risk by straining their eyes and forgetting to visit the opticians. Eyesight is our most valued sense, beating smell, touch taste and hearing in a recent poll. But despite this, 17 per cent of Brits admit they haven’t had an eye checkup in the past three years and on a daily basis, an increasing number of us flit from work computer screens, to mobiles, to TVs to tablets and back again, so it’s no surprise eye strain is on the up.

If your eyes are just tired from staring at screens and you’re experiencing tired eyes from day to day tasks, here are top five tips for beating eye strain:

1. Take five. Give yourself a few minutes, get comfortable, close your eyes, take off your glasses if you wear them, slow down, relax and take deep breaths. Just for a few minutes to really give your eyes a break.

2. When you get home, avoid near work for a period of time. You’ve been working on a screen all day so don’t jump right into checking your email, or looking at your phone or even read for about an hour.

3. Change your lighting. You want a gentle, soft light that’s not too bright or high intensity, but still illuminates properly. Try dimming a light, or turning on lamp rather than the main light. See how your eyes feel – you don’t want to put them under strain from too little or too much light.

4. Blink. We blink less when we’re doing intense work and some of the eye fatigue can be due to dry eye that we might not even notice. Taking five can help but also blink, get in tune with your eyes and see how they’re feeling. If they’re dry, close them or if that’s not enough use eye drops.

5. Massage. When we work in front of a computer screen our forehead muscles get very tense and just a few minutes to massage the head, brow and neck, if you have someone to do it for you, can help ease the pressure.