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SKATE FOR MORE: BENEFITS OF SKATEBOARDING

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Skateboarding is a sport, an art form, a lifestyle, and a culture. Kids have been doing it for decades, and it has even become an extreme sport. We can all, however, benefit from skateboarding even if it just recreationally. Not only does skateboarding get us outside, but it can also help us cover large distances faster and more easily. Here are the health benefits of skateboarding.

Teaches Precision. To land a trick, many motions need to align perfectly, so when you fail, you try again, and again, and again. But each time, you make adjustments.  You place your feet differently on the board, you change your timing, you adjust your speed, you try and land differently.  Until you have the motions and timing down to a precise science, you keep trying!

Physical Endurance. Skate all day. Skate all night. You’ve probably heard that motto before. Skateboarding wears us out, beats us up, but we still do it as long as we can. And the more we do it, the more we’re able to do it. So why does this happen in skateboarding far more than in other sports? Why do we skate more in one day than people do other sports in a whole week? That one’s easy. It’s just more fun.

It can reliece stress. Most physical activities are good at alleviating anxiety, but skateboarding can be especially powerful. Some patients use skateboarding as a replacement for traditional therapy counseling to reduce stress. Part of the reason that skateboarding works as a stress reliever is because it allows you to free your mind, and doing tricks builds confidence.

Reflexes. One of the big reasons that reflexes are such an important benefit is because having good reflexes can prevent you from getting hurt doing things other than skateboarding. The pain associated with skateboarding has a lot to do with why reflexes are improved. Nobody likes to get hurt, so skateboarders often learn quickly to avoid it and in turn their reflexes become better and better over time. 

 

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GINSENG AND ITS BENEFITS

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A nutritious herb, Ginseng is a slow-growing perennial plant with fleshy roots that typically grows in Northern China, Korea, and eastern Siberia. While it also is believed to be a powerful natural aphrodisiac and tonic, here are the plant’s top health benefits.

Male sexual function. Consuming ginseng tea can help men lessen the symptoms of sex related conditions like erectile dysfunction.  Korean Red Ginseng has long been used to stimulate male sexual function. However, be sure to discuss this with your doctor before taking; ginseng may interact with other drugs or cause allergic reactions.

Physical/mental health stimulant. Ginseng is believed to be a good tonic that benefits one’s stamina and helps boost energy levels. It helps athletes use oxygen more effectively, and it is believed to regulate metabolism, which can increase energy levels. Consumption of ginseng can also help athletes lower their recovery time and reduce stress. In addition, ginseng tea can act as a stimulant for the brain cells and help improve concentration and thinking ability.

Memory. American ginseng was found to improve working memory and mood in both young individuals and middle-age adults. Another study revealed "robust working memory enhancement following administration of American ginseng. 

Cold and Flu. Older adults who took an extract of American ginseng had a 48 percent reduction in relative risk, and a 55 percent reduction in duration, of respiratory illness. This herb was also found to be "a safe and effective treatment for reducing the absolute risk of recurrent colds and the mean number of colds per person. 

Helps control weight. Ginseng tea is a natural appetite suppressant and helps in fighting obesity.

Blood sugar control. Studies show that ginseng may help diabetics to control blood sugar levels as it creates sugar-lowering effects in fasting and after-meal blood sugar levels.

Menstrual problems: American ginseng tea helps reduce the pain of menstrual cramps.

However, like all health supplements, it must be used under medical supervision as it can cause allergy, headaches, gastrointestinal and sleep problems. Pregnant and breastfeeding women and those who are under medication should avoid using ginseng.

 

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JUMP START YOUR DAY! BENEFITS OF DOING JUMPING ROPE

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While more and more people are starting to join gyms in an effort to lose weight and get in shape, this isn't always necessary--you can get a great workout just using your jump rope! This article discusses three ways that you jump rope can be used to improve both your health and the quality of your life. You'll be so happy with the results, you won't want to put the jump rope down!

Jumping is the best exercise for a healthy Lymphatic System. The lymphatic system is like your body’s sewer system. It removes all sorts of waste and toxins from your blood and moves them out to be eliminated. However, unlike your circulatory system, the lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump. It relies on the expansion and contraction of your muscles to move it around your body. A healthy, circulating lymphatic system is very important to healthy, beautiful skin. And it just so happens that the up and down motion of jumping rope ( jumping on a trampoline, also) is one of the absolute best exercises for moving the lymph system.

Improves Coordination. Jumping rope actually improves your coordination by making you focus on your feet. Whether or not you’re paying attention to them, your brain is aware of what your feet are doing. This practice, over and over again, makes you “lighter” on your feet. Training for one of those warrior-style obstacle course races? Jumping rope can help. According to expertboxing.com‘s Boxing Training Guide, “the more tricks you do with the jump rope, the more conscious and coordinated you have to be.”

Muscle Tone. Finally, exercising  with a jump rope is a great way to improve the muscle tone in your legs and lower body. After the first day of jumping rope, you may experience some soreness in your legs--this is because the muscles have been working hard enough to cause microtears. These microtears will eventually heal themselves in a few days--and because of this damage and repair, your muscles will be stronger, larger, and more toned than when you started the exercise.

So jump start your day (literally)!

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EAT AND RUN: FOOD FOR RUNNERS

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For runners, food does more than just squelch hunger. It also fuels your muscles and keeps you healthy. So here are some foods runners should be eating.

Eggs. One egg fulfills about 10 percent of your daily protein needs. Egg protein is the most complete food protein short of human breast milk, which means the protein in eggs contains all the crucial amino acids your hard-working muscles need to promote recovery. Eat just one of these nutritional powerhouses and you'll also get about 30 percent of the Daily Value (DV) for vitamin K, which is vital for healthy bones. And eggs contain choline, a brain nutrient that aids memory, and leutin, a pigment needed for healthy eyes. Choose omega-3 enhanced eggs and you can also increase your intake of healthy fats. Don't worry too much about the cholesterol: Studies have shown that egg eaters have a lower risk for heart disease than those who avoid eggs.

Wild salmon. Wild salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are sorely deficient in the average American’s diet. Omega-3 fats boost heart health by creating more elastic blood vessels and improve nervous system functioning. These benefits go beyond general health to affect exercise performance. A study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology showed that fish oil supplementation increased heart stroke volume (or the amount of blood the heart pumps with each contraction) and cardiac output (or the total amount of blood pumped by the heart) during low- to moderate-intensity exercise.

Small Bagel with Peanut Butter. If you're a morning runner, you know it can be tough to hit the road on an empty stomach. It's been several hours since your last meal the night before, and your energy stores are low. Eating a 100- to 300-calorie snack before your morning run can give you energy and staying power, says Clark. This quick-and-easy snack has carbs and protein, plus it's easy to digest.

Yogurt. Not only does it provide vegetarian protein, it's loaded with calcium. But yogurt's biggest benefit for runners is the live bacteria, which help keep your gut in top shape, says Applegate. Opt for low-fat plain, then add your own flavoring like fresh fruit and a little honey, she says. Eating some on the regular is essentially like training your digestive tract, she says; stocking up on the good bacteria can help keep bad bacteria out.

Add these to your meals and keep running!

 

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PERFECT ARCHS: HOW TO GROW YOUR EYEBROWS

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If you've accidentally over plucked your eyebrows, you're probably ready for them to grow back as soon as possible. While there's no magic trick to making your eyebrows grow back in, there are ways to make the transition a little easier. A well-utilized eyebrow pencil may keep anyone from noticing!

Castor Oil. Castor oil is one of the most effective remedies to boost the growth of your eyebrows. It contains protein, vitamins, fatty acids and antioxidants that nourish the hair follicles and promote hair growth. Plus, it is helpful in resisting any microorganisms that hamper eyebrow hair growth.

Use a brow serum. Brow serum is a product that is designed to stimulate growth at the follicle level with peptides. Some people have greater success with serums than others with these serums; they can be quite expensive, and they don't work quickly. If you'd like to give one a try, look for eyelash serums as well, which contain the same active ingredients and are more widely available at drugstores.

Nutritious Foods. Nutritious and healthy foods are an excellent solution to re-grow hair and eyebrows. Try to incorporate healthy proteins in your food along with all essential vitamins and minerals (like zinc, iron, copper and calcium). Some healthy nutritious foods that are helpful in increasing the growth of eyebrows are nuts or fruits containing Omega-3 fatty acids that include avocadoes, walnuts and olive oil, fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin A like sweet potatoes, carrots and mangos, iron containing foods like thin and lean cut of meat, salmon, and other types of fish, green leafy vegetables supply folate that helps in growth and rejuvenation of cells like spinach and kale.

Stop tweezing completely for 15 weeks. Yes. Completely. Just stop. If you really want your brows to grow and you've been overtweezing, you need to play the long game. This seems crazy, but think of it as an excuse to be very, very lazy. Brows grow in a roughly three- to four-month cycle. The first is the anagen phase, which determines the length of hair. The catagen phase is when the follicle starts to advance toward the skin, and in the telogen phase, hair falls out and new hair grows from it. Growing out your brows means not cutting short time spent in the telogen phase — which means you need to wait it out. 

In a span of time, you'll notice that your brows are growing. Aim for those perfect arches!

 

 

 

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WHEAT BREAD AND ITS BENEFITS

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Wheat grain has been a valuable food for thousands of years. Whole wheat bread packs the nutrition of all three components of the wheat kernel. The outer rough layer of the grain -- the bran -- is valuable for its fiber; the wheat germ of the seed is high in nutrients; and the majority of the grain, called the endosperm, is a good source of carbohydrates.

Healthy Bowels. Breads made with 100 percent whole grain wheat are a good source of bran fiber. The bran in wheat bread will improve your bowel movements by softening and increasing the bulk of your stools, making them easier to pass through your intestines. Fiber may provide relief from irritable bowel syndrome. MayoClinic.com recommends that you increase your fiber intake with whole foods instead of taking laxative medications. Adult males up to age 50 should have 38 grams of fiber daily, and women 25 grams daily. Too much fiber can cause gas and bloating; be careful and add whole wheat bread to your diet gradually. One slice of whole wheat bread contains about 2.8 grams of fiber.

They redistribute fat. Even if eating whole grains doesn't actually make you lose weight, studies have shown that it can help you cut down on the amount of body fat you have and lead to a healthier distribution of that fat. Specifically, eating whole grains can leave you with less belly fat -- what scientists kindly call "central adiposity" -- which increases your risk of diabetes and other health woes.

One type of phytonutrient especially abundant in whole grains including whole wheat are plant lignans, which are converted by friendly flora in our intestines into mammalian lignans, including one called enterolactone that is thought to protect against breast and other hormone-dependent cancers as well as heart disease. In addition to whole grains, nuts, seeds and berries are rich sources of plant lignans, and vegetables, fruits, and beverages such as coffee, tea and wine also contain some. When blood levels of enterolactone were measured in over 800 postmenopausal women in a Danish study published in the Journal of Nutrition, women eating the most whole grains were found to have significantly higher blood levels of this protective lignan. Women who ate more cabbage and leafy vegetables also had higher enterolactone levels.

Wherever you are, bring some of these healthy breads and be fit and healthy!

 

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PURP VEGGIE: HEALTH BENEFITS OF EGGPLANTS

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Long prized for its deeply purple, glossy beauty as well as its unique taste and texture, eggplants are now widely consumed by customers for their health benefits.

Brain Food. Research on eggplant has focused on an anthocyanin phytonutrient found in eggplant skin called nasunin. Nasunin is a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger that has been shown to protect cell membranes from damage. In animal studies, nasunin has been found to protect the lipids (fats) in brain cell membranes. Cell membranes are almost entirely composed of lipids and are responsible for protecting the cell from free radicals, letting nutrients in and wastes out, and receiving instructions from messenger molecules that tell the cell which activities it should perform.

Eggplants have a role in heart care, too. Research studies show they can lower ‘bad’ cholesterol. But you must cook them the right way to get these benefits. Fried eggplant soaks up a lot of fat, making it harmful and heavy. Instead, bake it at 400 degrees, which brings out glorious flavor and gives you all the goodness an eggplant holds!

High in Chlorogenic Acid. Eggplants are also high in chlorogenic acid, a plant compound known for its strong antioxidant properties. According to researchers from the US Department of Agriculture, chlorogenic acid is the dominant antioxidant in eggplant. Chlorogenic acid lowers LDL ("bad" cholesterol) and fights the free radicals that cause cancer. Chlorogenic acid also has antimutagenic properties which protect and prevent cells from mutating into cancerous cells. Furthermore, experts believe that chlorogenic acid has antiviral properties which can help treat and prevent diseases causes by viruses.

Anemia.  A deficiency in iron can be very dangerous to overall health, and it can manifest in anemia. Anemia is characterized by headaches and migraines, fatigue, weakness, depression, and cognitive malfunction. Therefore, eating food that is high in iron can combat anemia, and eggplants have a decent amount of iron in their meaty, edible fruit. Eggplants are also very rich in copper, another essential component of red blood cells, just like iron. Without these two minerals, the red blood cell count in the body will continue to decrease, since they are perpetually being used up. With healthier, red blood cells coursing through your veins, you will see a noticeable boost in energy and strength, and eliminate feelings of fatigue or stress.

Many health experts agree that one cup of eggplant per day will help keep diseases and health problems away!

 

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YELLOW BUDDY: BENEFITS OF MANGO IN THE BODY

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Mangos taste so good that people forget they are also healthy!  Discover how the “king of fruits” can help you, plus learn fascinating trivia facts and a few mango cautions and concerns.

Skin cleanser. Mangoes help you unclog your pores and add freshness to the face. Mangoes are applicable to any skin type. They help clear clogged pores that cause acne. Just slice a mango into thin pieces and keep them on your face for 10 to 15 minutes and then take bath or wash your face and see the results.

Prevents Cancer.  Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. These compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes.

Weight Gain. Mango consumption is one of the easiest ways to gain weight. 150g of mango has around 86 calories, which can be absorbed easily by the body. Moreover, mangoes contain starch, which transforms into sugar that aids in gaining weight. Some people work hard to put on weight for a variety of reasons, and mango should definitely be a part of their diet. Mango milkshakes will accelerate the process of gaining weight since they also contain milk, and are notoriously delicious!

Controls Diabetes. The juice from boiled mango leaves is used as a home remedy to help reduce insulin levels in the blood. Eating mango fruit does not cause spikes in blood sugar levels because it has a low glycemic index.

Eye care. Did you know that mango is rich in vitamin A. One cup of sliced mangoes equals 25% intake of your daily need of vitamin A. Mangoes help in promoting good eye sight, fights dry eyes and also prevent night blindness. 

Sweet, tummy-friendly, versatile and healthy- what more can we ask for? Have this yellow buddy in your table always and receive the nutrients that can help prevent diseases!

 

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LITTLE TREE: HEALTH BENEFITS OF BROCCOLLI

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We hate to have to break the news to you, but Mom was right: it turns out that broccoli is basically a food superstar. Still, while we give mom props for always looking out for us, that doesn’t mean her mushy, limp side dish did this nutrient-packed veggie justice. (Yeah. Sorry, mom.) So here’s why it’s worth it to give broccoli another go.

Cancer prevention. Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which the body processes into the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane. This compound rids the body of H. pylori, a bacterium found to highly increase the risk of gastric cancer. Furthermore, broccoli contains indole-3-carbinol, a powerful antioxidant compound and anti-carcinogen found to not only hinder the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, but also boosts liver function. Broccoli shares these cancer fighting, immune boosting properties with other cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage. 

Arthritis. Recent tests on cells, tissues and mice show that a sulfur-rich broccoli compound, sulforaphane, blocks a key destructive enzyme that damages cartilage. It's thought that increasing broccoli in your diet may help to slow down and even prevent osteoarthritis.

Reducing allergic reaction and inflammation. Research has shown the ability of kaempferol to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body. Broccoli even has significant amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, which are well known as an anti-inflammatory.

Broccoli is a fiber find. Not only is it a rich source, but half of its fiber is insoluble and half is soluble, helping to meet your needs for both types of fiber. But the story doesn't end with broccoli's rich array of nutrients. Broccoli provides a health bonus in the form of protective substances that may shield you from disease. Botanically, broccoli belongs to the cabbage family, collectively known as cruciferous vegetables. 

For years, parents have been right: Eating your broccoli is a good idea. This hearty, tasty vegetable is rich in dozens of nutrients. In fact, it packs the most nutritional punch of any vegetable. So give it a try!

 

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YOU DON’T WANT TO BUT I DO!

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Should you read this? No? Let’s fly to the moon, instead. What? No, I can’t! Yes, yes. I will. I mean, no! Are you feeling like this? Let’s have a sneak peak to the most probable cause of this- Schizophrenia.

As with other psychological disorders, it’s believed that schizophrenia is a complex interplay of genetics, biology (brain chemistry and structure) and environment.

Genetics: Schizophrenia typically runs in families, so it’s likely the disorder is inherited. If an identical twin has schizophrenia, the other twin is 50 percent more likely to have the disorder. That also points out the likelihood of other causes: If schizophrenia were purely genetic, both identical twins always would have the disorder.

 

Brain chemistry and structure: Neurotransmitters—chemicals in the brain, including dopamine and glutamate, that communicate between neurons—are believed to play a role. There also is evidence to suggest that the brains of individuals with schizophrenia are different from those of healthy individuals (for details, see Keshavan, Tandon, Boutros & Nasrallah, 2008).

 

 

Environment: Some research points to child abuse, early traumatic events, severe stress, negative life events and living in an urban environment as contributing factors. Additional causes include physical and psychological complications during pregnancy, such as viral infection, malnutrition and the mother’s stress.

 

 

How will you know if you have one? Perhaps the most familiar symptoms of schizophrenia are hallucinations and delusions. Three-quarters of all persons with schizophrenia have these symptoms, although not all people who exhibit these symptoms have schizophrenia. The most common forms of hallucinations are auditory experiences such as “voices.” Other forms of hallucinations include visions that cannot be externally validated, or certain perceptions of touch, smell or taste.

Are you not aware? Maybe because of some myths about it like people with schizophrenia are stupid. There have been studies that found people with schizophrenia have more trouble on tests of mental function, including attention, learning, and memory. Yet that doesn't mean they're not intelligent. Many creative and smart people throughout history have had schizophrenia, such as Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky and Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash. Scientists have even discovered a gene linking mental disorders like schizophrenia to creativity and intellect.

Schizophrenia typically appears when a person is in his or her teens to early 20s. No, no, no. Sshh… Schizophrenia can be hard to treat, but it's not impossible. With the right medicine and therapy, about 25% of people with schizophrenia will have a full recovery. Another 50% will see some improvement in their symptoms. Many people with schizophrenia can live full, productive lives. So get up and stop acting like you have one. Get moving and be productive. To avoid getting any disorders, please be mindful of your doings.