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Is coconut oil is just a health gimmick?

Health experts now say coconut oil is as unhealthy as beef fat and butter. It is full of saturated fat, which can raise "bad" cholesterol, the AHA says in updated advice. Health nuts have made coconut oil their magic elixir, using it for cooking and baking, as a skin moisturizers, to heal cuts and scrapes. No good studies to support claims that it is better than other saturated fats exist yet. The disconnect between the views of nutritionists and the public about the oil could be entirely attributed to marketing.

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Walking Corpse Syndrome

No, this isn’t a disorder for those of us who have woken up feeling “dead tired.” Walking Corpse Syndrome is a belief held by a person that they are dead, or that parts of their body no longer exist, and some die from starvation because they feel they no longer have to eat. It has been linked to depression as well as to those who are chronically deprived of sleep or suffer drug psychosis. This distorted reality is caused by a malfunction in an area of the brain called the fusiform gyrus.

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Excessive usage of phones up neck and upper back pain

Disk hernias and alignment problems of the neck are the most common diseases that are growing rapidly in today’s world and the major cause of this is the use of mobile phones. The constant use of mobile phones, tablets, laptops and computers are increasing the stress on the spine by almost 60 degrees. In several x-ray reports of patients, it has been found that the neck curves backward. This has been termed as “text neck” because it has been found that texting causes this more than watching videos or browsing the internet. So, it is advisable to restrict the use of cell phones as far as possible.

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Bone Health comes from Healthy Food, not multi-vitamins!
In this fast moving world where human are nothing less than a machine, doctors have revealed that one of the most common problems faced by people is problem in bone health. There are numerous medicines that can cure this problem; however, nothing can take place of balanced nutrition diet. People who are accustomed to eating non-veg must take in fish and chicken and avoid red meat. For the vegetarians’ lot, they are advised to eat sprouts, tofu, soybean and sprouted chana. Also, make fruits an active part of your diet. They are way better than popping in multi-vitamins. Reference ​ ​..
Group meditation may cure depression, anxiety and stress-related disorders: Study

There has been a huge rise of mental health illness like stress and depression including other serious problems due to the unmatched level of work pressure and personal problems that we go through. Research has shown that such illness can be avoided by practicing group meditation, a therapy which has shown remarkable improvement in a group of people with some or the other mental illness. Results revealed that the average rate for 15 different indexes in multiple questionnaires decreased to a large extent in both the scales.

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Drinking Iced Tea Can Up Risk of Cholera in Endemic Countries

With Sun getting stronger with each passing day and summer hitting hard on our body, we quite get tempted to indulge ourselves into some tantalizing chilled out fresh summer drinks to soothe our body from within. The season calls for fresh fruit juices, fruit punches, and some ice tea to treat our taste buds. However, expert figures from Vietnam say that iced tea can cause cholera which was proved through a survey. Almost 22% people were victims of cholera after drinking ice tea within a week.

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More the exercise, better the heart attack survival

We love hitting the gym or working out at home to keep our body fit and in shape. Some of us are just obsessed about the gym and cannot even think of missing out on it. Good news for them as exercising reduces the chances of suffering from a heart attack. Studies have shown that working out develops collateral blood vessels in the heart which helps in a healthy amount of blood flow even after the blockage. This stimulates heart attack survival, thereby giving you a longer life.

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Hahaha…hic! Laughter-induced hiccups. What causes them?

Ever experienced a sudden case of hiccups when you were having a hearty laughter session? So what causes those involuntary fits that interrupt your laughter and conversation when they attack you in their full power? Sometimes, when you laugh for an extended period of time, air rushes into your diaphragm because of improper breaths, which forces your body to expel the excessive air in a different way – hiccups. Laughter can also disturb the phrenic nerves, which connect the brain to the diaphragm, by abnormal breathing, which in turn leads to contraction of the diaphragm and eventual hiccups.

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Kids get their intelligence from their moms

Here’s a reason for mothers to rejoice because all your doubts have been confirmed and sealed with science! Research says that the mother’s genes are responsible for how smart her child will turn out to be. Mommies everywhere, this is your cue to yell, “I knew it!” The research confirms that most of a person’s intelligence is attached to Chromosome X – which is carried by women in a pair. While female children get one of the X Chromosomes from the father, intelligence genes aren't activated when they're passed down by a male. So the next time your child is behaving all goofy, you'll know exactly whom to blame. At least until they find out who passes on the tantrum genes.

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Addicted to eating non-food items?

Everyone likes food that tastes good. But what about colors, smells or textures? Ever felt like thrusting your mouth in a barrel of paint or found yourself wanting to take a crunchy bite of a vibrantly spherical piece of chalk? Then you might just be suffering from an eating disorder called ‘pica’, which makes people addicted to eating substances that aren’t food. Reasons for having symptoms of pica include a chemical disorder, a nutritional deficiency or even obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)! Health complications that may arise out of this disorder could include gastric pain and bleeding, constipation, lead poisoning or even bowel perforation.

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Sweet tooth = Sweeter you?

Can eat certain types of foods really have an impact on our dispositions? Researchers have found that people who prefer to eat sweet foods are more likely to volunteer for someone in need and are more agreeable and helpful generally – literally making them “sweet as sugar”. The study also pointed out how different tastes can evidently be associated as metaphors for personalities of people (eg.: She’s a ‘sweet’heart!), when in fact, the taste would seem to have so little in common with a person’s behavior or temperament! So apparently, you are very much what you eat. Like we needed another reason to love chocolate anyway.

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Lung cancer in non-smokers

It is surprising that people can develop this life-threatening disease even if they have never smoked a tobacco product throughout their lives. Three major factors play a role– the environment, lifestyle, and genetics. Radon gas, a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that forms naturally as a result of the decay of radioactive elements can be an important environmental constituent. Spending a large amount of time in areas where one is exposed to secondhand smoke could increase the risk of falling prey to the disease. Individuals with a family history of lung cancer are also more likely to develop lung cancer themselves.

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Movement can make you feel good

A study has shown that any level of physical activity can have a positive effect on the emotional wellbeing of a human being. Periodically engaging in slight physical activities can lead to a more positive emotional side and can be a contributing factor to your overall mood and happiness. When we make a gesture the movements of which are related to a specific emotion, it can elicit or create that emotion in us. Rhythmic movements like jumping or hopping or even dancing to random music can make you happy and instantly boost your mood. So go on and move it, move it!

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Would a Superhero eat that?

Tired of your children throwing a fit every time you ask them to eat healthy veggies? Harness the superpowers of their superheroes to convince them! Researchers have found that invoking names of superhero role models encouraged children to eat healthier food over junk items and illustrated that when superhero cues were given, 36% more children opted for the healthier alternative! So the next time your children are going ballistic about leaving out broccoli or radishes, ask them if their favorite superhero would do that. Will you, however, have the energy to match their extra energy once they get into their “superhero” modes? Sigh! If only YOU were Batman too.

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Larger plates = larger appetites?

To control our calorie intake, we need to control the portion sizes we serve. But can something like the size of our plates cause us to eat more than we think? A study has explained how larger plates make food servings appear smaller and unconsciously push us into serving more food, while smaller plates can lead us to misjudge that very same quantity of food as being significantly larger. Since some people feel compelled to finish whatever they have served, they invariably end up eating more off larger plates. In order to avoid the glorious act of gluttony, we must manipulate the size of the dinnerware we use!

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The waiter's weight

Do you have a favorite person who waits on you in specific restaurants who might be on the healthier side? He might be the reason for you to order more while dining there – and not because he recommends the best food items to you. A study shows that diners who ordered their dinner from heavier wait staff were four times more likely to order dessert, and ordered 17% more alcohol. Yes, lighting, music and where you sit have also been shown to influence your eating preferences but a heavy waiter or waitress seemed to have a bigger influence on what we ordered, especially on skinniest diners!

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Are you a mosquito magnet?

Ever feel like the handsome hunk or someone with the most oozing appeal around town that the ladies just love to dig? Errr… we meant the “mosquito” ladies since only the females bite. Research has shown that mosquitos exhibit blood-sucking preferences which can be narrowed down to two categories – sight and smell. People dressed in darker colors attract plenty of mosquito ‘vision’ attention. ‘Smell’ attractors include the carbon dioxide you emit, or smells from your skin or breath like lactic acid or acetone. Another factor is your body temperature or warmth, as people with higher body temperatures indicate that blood – their most favourite treat – is closer to the skin surface.

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Wanna eat less junk food? Serve it to yourself!

Sometimes we feel like junk food has us all gripped into its superficial deliciousness and convenient availability. Everyone is hopelessly addicted and yet struggling to find ways to control their junk intake. Help is not far, as a recent study has illustrated that simply serving your food to yourself, then accepting a portion from someone else, will help in curbing your junk food cravings. The study found that people eat less unhealthy food when they're in control of how big their portion is. Well, if it keeps us away from junk food, we will definitely have all hands on deck (and off the unhealthy plates)!

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Expensive food = Healthy food?

A study in the Journal of Consumer Research illustrates how consumers are drawn towards expensive food items, assuming them to be healthier and how affordable items are left behind as junky food – even if neither of the cases is true. Yes, generally, the healthy option is often the costlier one, but that holds true only on a comprehensive basis – like fresh fruits or veggies will be costlier than processed or junk food. But when you’re talking about individual items, that rule isn’t a universal one. Thus, people are less inclined to believe that a product can be healthy unless they’re shelling out more for it.

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Why do we have milk teeth?

Remember the time when your milk teeth fell off and you looked like a cute little toothless bunny? Humans are diphyodonts, meaning that they grow two separate sets of teeth throughout their lives and milk teeth are naturally required by children for proper chewing and for speech development. However, baby teeth also preserve space for our adult teeth until they can grow up underneath our gums. By distributing chewing forces into our jaws, our baby teeth keep space available so that adult teeth can erupt normally into our mouths. And you thought they were only for the tooth fairy! Ha!

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Do video games count as exercise?

Some studies have found that “active” video games -- the kind that involves standing up and moving around, are more effective at conjuring intense physical activity in young children. Data from the tests suggested that participants experienced greater physical intensity when playing active video games (games that required full body participation) compared to outdoor physical activities. The study does not promote the idea of ONLY playing video games but means to provide people with options to make informed decisions while buying video games for their kids. Outdoor games should, however, always be encouraged as those would never be available on the Play Store!

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Nutella can cause CANCER?!

Nutella-lovers might have probably heard this by now, but yes, the latest scoop is that our very own beloved Nutella might have the disadvantageous potential to cause Cancer. A report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has declared that palm oil – one of the key ingredients used in the Nutella for its smooth texture and considerably long shelf life – to be more carcinogenic than any other oil. Even though Ferrero, Nutella’s manufacturer is fighting back the claim slammed on it, this news has had an adverse effect as profits have already taken a 3% hit. We just hope that the issue is resolved after giving highest priority to consumers’ food safety.

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Ice-creams during winter? Yes, sir!

Ice-cream sellers will agree with this one, obviously. A research conducted by Mr. Poortvliet, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Neuroscience, has stated that humans are endothermic animals, meaning that we can control our body temperatures, irrespective of the weather outside. Poortvliet’s research shows that Ice Cream ends up warming the human body when eaten due to its caloric content. The initial cooling effect is rapidly replaced by heat generated by digestive processes needed to break down the calories and that leads to an increase in body temperature. The bonus? It won’t melt like it does in summers! The cold never bothered us anyway.

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How often should I change my toothbrush?

According to research found in the Journal of Advanced Medical and Dental Science, ten million is a number of bacteria crawling on the average toothbrush right this second! Using your old toothbrush for an unreasonable period or not swapping it regularly (every 3 to 4 months) with a new one might lead to unfavorable outcomes – old brushes with frayed bristles can damage the gum tissue, they are also a host of harmful pathogens, especially if stored in bathrooms. Simply put, a dirty brush will leave your mouth dirtier with each use. We’d prefer changing our brushes over the dreaded dentist visits any day!

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Side-effects of over-wearing contact lenses

Sure, contact lenses are a great boon to millions – especially to those with high vision power who end up looking like nerds in their thick glasses, no matter how stylish the frame. However, using contacts comes with an equal set of responsibilities and even any minute negligence, like that related to wearing contacts for too long, would imply sight-threatening disasters. ‘Overwear’ of contact lenses might lead to eye pain, blurred vision, red eye, excessive tearing, eye ulcers or overgrowth of surrounding vessels. The proper way to handle contacts is by using them according to the time period prescribed, handling them with hygiene and disinfecting them regularly.

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Wanna get healthy? Get a dog!

As dog lovers or owners, we are aware of the levels of happiness and energy that dogs bring into our lives. Apart from enriching our lives in big and little ways, being a parent to a fur baby also translates to incredible health! Several studies have shown that dog owners have lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and fewer heart attacks as they tend to get more exercise. The calming effect that dogs have on humans also assists in handling stress, anxiety or loneliness. So go on, be responsible and adopt a furry companion or give your existing one a big, sloppy kiss today!

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Cotton buds to clean your ears? Pay heed!

Even though it is very convenient to use ear-buds to ‘clean’ your ears in a jiffy, they are actually quite harmful to delicate areas inside the ears. Did you know that statistically, children are more likely to harm themselves with cotton buds than with a sharp razor? The irony is that while using cotton swabs, we push earwax – which is, in fact, good for the ears, deeper into our ears – leading to hearing loss, blockages, and infections. Ears have the ability to clean themselves and earwax protects the ears by keeping dust and debris away from the eardrums and ear canals.

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Smile your way to the top!

Do you want that top job that you’ve been working endlessly hard for? Smile, and you just might get it! A study from Penn University has found that when you smile, you appear more courteous, likable and even more competent! It suggests that a well-placed and well-timed smile doesn’t go amiss in any situation – be it with your local vegetable vendor or your CEO. Whether awkward or natural – a smile will be welcomed heartily – especially in a business environment where everyone would anyway be bored with their monotonous schedules. So just let your smile work its magic!

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Severe PMS? Blame it on your genes!

A new study from the National Institutes of Health has discovered a complex of genes that may make certain women susceptible to PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) – one of the most severe forms of PMS. The women in the study who suffered from PMDD had a gene that reacted differently when exposed to hormones like estrogen and progesterone and was thus defenseless against the typical PMS syndromes of depression, anxiety, irritability and mood swings. Overall, the study connected PMDD with the biological functioning of the body and established an intrinsic difference in the molecular and genetic apparatus of women suffering from the same.

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Habits that will make you happy: Science

If you are feeling stressed or depressed for any kind of circumstances in your life, following are the things you can do that will instantly cheer up you up and make you happy, according to science. Listen to music from the happiest time in your life, to which a beautiful memory is associated. Think about your goals, it releases happy chemicals in your noggin and changes the way you look at the world. Get proper sleep. Beat procrastination by doing simple things first. Smile and wear glasses.

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Long Fingernails: Healthy Or Not?

Long nails, especially in women, are often symbolic of beauty and grace. However, if not well-maintained, they can be an open invitation to diseases, pathogens or health problems. A study states that nails longer than 3 millimeters carry more bacteria and yeast under them which may cause pneumonia, urinary tract infections or blood stream infections. It recommends one to be extra-attentive while washing hands or to simply keep nails short. That someone desirous of keeping long nails however, must keep them clean at all times, isn’t a nail-biter (though that is NOT how we recommend you to trim them)!

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Brace your sweet tooth! Literally!

Dentists in the UK are criticizing the presence of the “workplace cake culture”. They consider the sharing of sweet treats in offices to be unhealthy and detrimental to basic dental ideologies of safeguarding oral health and hygiene. The Faculty at UK believes that eating cakes and sweets at work discouraged healthy eating habits and instead acted like an irony in the oral care industry. While many people defend this proposal by citing practical reasons for bringing in sweets to work – occasions like birthdays or gatherings, we are just glad not to be working in a dental workplace in the UK right now.

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Eat your radishes!

We sometimes wonder if “radishes” could be the equivalent of the broccoli in India – crunchy red and white discs that adults leave behind in salads or those nasty, stick-like veggies with bony long hands and bare fingers- avoided and feared by little children since times immemorial. This much-disliked vegetable however, is extraordinarily healthy - it lowers cancer risk, regulates blood pressure, blood sugar, aids digestion, weight-loss and keeps kidneys healthy! Rich in anti-oxidants, radishes keep skin looking younger! Now you know why we were being so dramatic. Do not fear the humble mooli – dig into one right now!

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Bringing latent memories back

We all have both short-term and long-term memories. A recent study by a group of investigators at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, shows how synapses may be the answer to strengthening latent memories. The work isn't just useful for understanding not memory but can also benefit other cognitive functions like perception, attention and goal maintenance.

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Seasonal winter fruits and veggies

Greens and purples, berries and fruits, winter is full of fresh colors and even fresher fruits and veggies! As the winter season sets in and spreads its chilly hands all over the city, we thought that we’d embrace winter with equal zest by gorging on the best and healthiest food items of the season. So go on and take a bite of those deep-purple, bulb-shaped sweet beetroots or feast on those deliciously fleshy and mouth-watering pink strawberries! Pick out a few bunches of the long spinach or methi leaves and use the fiber to beat all your stomach blues away. Have you tried the gajar ka halwa (a carrot dessert) this winter yet?

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HIV Testing in the privacy of your home

A lot of cases of HIV go undetected because of the stigma attached to the testing. WHO has recommended a home self-testing kit for improving access to diagnosis. This testing can be done via oral fluids or finger pricks and the results can be seen in less than 20 minutes. India is considering the adoption of this HIV self-testing kit.

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Is coffee the best source of anti-oxidants?

It is true that coffee is the biggest source of anti-oxidants. However, whether it is truly beneficial or addictive and unhealthy has been a much debated issue. While you may get most of your antioxidants from coffee, those found in fruits and vegetables are of a different kind. These are also required by your body. Hence, don’t rely fully on coffee for your daily dose of anti-oxidants.

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Oils to beat dry skin this winter

The best way to combat dryness is an oil massage. The right kind of oil will relieve the itchiness caused by dryness and help retain natural moisture of your skin. Oils that can be very effective and helpful in this process include olive oil, mustard oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil and tea tree oil. Smooth and soft skin is just a massage away.

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Does Juicing help in losing weight?

While there is no formal research that validates that a juice diet is an effective way of losing weight, the calorie content is very low. Initially, it does help with rapid weight loss but may have harmful effects in the long run such as inadequate fiber, fatigue and weakness, deficiencies and reduced muscle mass. A juice diet is also not capable of inducing the feeling of fullness like solid foods.

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Blunders to stay away from when pregnant

There are a lot of myths attached to what you must and mustn’t do when you’re pregnant. Things you should definitely avoid are, eating more than your daily requirement, taking medication without seeking medical advice, not succumbing to your cravings, not getting the right exercise and not sleeping regularly and adequately. Stay away from these for a perfectly healthy baby.

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Happiness in the winter
Lack of nutrition and weak physical health can adversely affect your mental health and cause depression. Though, this can be easily battled with the right kinds of food. This winter consume foods rich in Vitamin D and folic acids such as mushrooms and seafood. Moreover, fermented food and iron rich food can also help in improving your mental health this season. Reference ​   ..
How to reduce food waste?

A lot of food is wasted in the holiday season. To avoid this, plan your meals before you shop. Use up leftovers the next day instead of throwing them out. Let your guests take only as much as they want so that not a lot is wasted. Get creative and mix up the leftovers for a nice new dish. In addition, it's always wiser to buy frozen foods if you think you won't finish it before it goes stale.

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Why does your neck ache?

When your neck aches, it can cause a lot of discomfort in everyday movements. While it may not be too serious, it's not wise to ignore it. The possible causes for a throbbing pain in the neck are a compressed nerve, meningitis, injuries, osteoarthritis of the neck and straining of muscles by reading in bed, stooping over a computer for too long or sleeping in an unusual position.

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Is lemon juice acidic or alkaline?

It does matter if what you consume is acidic or alkaline in nature. When consumed, lemon juice is acidic in nature. Though, once digested the byproducts of lemon juice are alkaline. While these byproducts can make your urine alkaline, they cause very few changes in your blood stream. Hence, consuming it regularly boosts your immune system, prevents kidney stones and makes mineral absorption better.

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How do you get a sprained ankle?

When a joint moves from its usual position, it stretches the ligaments around, causing a sprain. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, activities that can cause ankle sprains include a workout, walking/running on an uneven surface, falling down, playing sports that involve twisted foot movements like football or basketball and having your foot stepped on.

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Sleep loss can cause heart ailments

According to a recent research, short-term sleep can cause serious harm to your heart's function. The study warns that people in medical, fire and emergency jobs, who are forced to work longer shifts are at a higher risk of heart ailments. It states that 24-hour shifts cause a significant increase in cardiac contractility, blood pressure, and heart rate.

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Read mind through eyes!

Eye reading can be done using a number of techniques but there are some basics that everyone should be aware of. Generally, you can observe that the pupils of two people contract when the person is interested in other person or in the topic being discussed. During thoughts, movement of pupils to the left suggest reminiscence whereas to the right suggest looking for creativity. It can also mean that people are lying when pupils turn right. Then there are signs of winking and blinking which can be interpreted depending on the situation.

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An unusual disease is being found among teens

A little-known disease called “Textaphrenia” is affecting numerous teens across the globe. It is a modern day disease. The term describes the act of constantly checking your smartphone after just sending a message, in an anticipation of a prompt reply. Shocking statistics indicate that god proportion of young people are experiencing the feeling of rejections in case their text messages are not replied to.

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Indians deprive themselves of vacation, here’s why!

India ranked 4th in the survey of the list of countries which are deprived of vacation for some or the other reasons. Apparently, the co-ordination of time with friends and family and other similar issues hold them back from taking a vacation. Work schedules never match of some people while others think that not taking a leave will give a positive impression on their employers. In order to maintain a balance between work life and personal life, this scenario must change.

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Fashion choices are leading to balding in men

In a recent interview with Business Insider with Dr. William Yates, he mentioned about all the fashion choices that are leading to balding in men. Tight hats like those skullcaps put pressure on the hair and over time can cause ‘traction alopecia’ which leads to gradual hair loss. Similarly, a man-bun, styling can increase the rate at which at hair is thinning from the front and the sides. Hence, chose the right kind of cap for your hair.

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The only supplement you need to tackle cold

There are several recent studies which indicate that Vitamin C has a very little effect on tackling cold and flu. It is zinc that you need. Zinc is an element which enables our immune system to function at the optimum level. Researchers suggest that we need to consume 15 to 25 mg of zinc daily. Foods that are rich in zinc include spinach, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, oysters, watermelon seeds etc.

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How does our imagination work?

Imagination is really a complex process and requires a lot of sophisticated coordination inside the brain. There is a video which shows the discussion on mental synthesis theory which suggests how neurons come together and combine to form images inside our brain. It further also entails the role of brain’s prefrontal cortex. It shows how numerous electrical signals help to induce imagination. Click on reference below to watch the video.

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Peripheral vision is partly brain generated illusion, a study claims.

According to an Amsterdam-based study, what humans see from the outer corner of their eyes is partly an optical illusion which is generated by the brain. The study shows that in certain circumstances the brain automatically “fills in the blanks” in the visual field which is outside the area of direct focus. This conjures the illusion of having as much visual information about the periphery as in the center.

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OMG! You can get paralysis by eating this

According to a study, there is a possibility that undercooked chicken can prove harmful to your health. There is a bacterium found in the under-cooked chicken which is known to cause Guillain-Barre syndrome. GBS is an autoimmune disorder and is world’s leading cause of acute neuromuscular paralysis in humans. If chicken is not properly cooked to the minimal temperature, the bacteria called Campylobacter Jejuni which is still present in the food can trigger GBS.

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Science says it is okay to keep complaining! Not Unhealthy!

Most of the people have been reprimanded for being too “whiny” or they have been tagged as people who are complaining all the time. Generally, it is believed that this constant cribbing is unhealthy for all of us. However, a recent study suggests otherwise. It says it can be healthy for a person to keep complaining about stuff if he is willing to concentrate on reflecting what went wrong and figuring the solutions. Yes, it can be healthy if a lesson is derived from it.

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Reason why the smell of holidays reminds us of our childhood

According to psychology today, the smell is processed by the olfactory bulb, which is directly connected to the amygdala and hippocampus of the brain which is responsible for storing emotions and memories. The Olfactory-bulb is a neural-strand which starts from the nose and ends at the bottom of our brain. This is why certain smells can induce memories like cinnamon and pine reminds people of their childhood days.

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Airplane lights affect how you feel

It is observed that the more intense the lights are, the more intense the emotions of humans will be. The small amount of light which penetrates through the airplane windows is incredibly soft. This is the reason why airplanes are looking for establishing corporate LED lights which are highly durable and can change the vibe of the entire cabin. All aircraft companies are looking for such lighting options to only calm but refresh the passengers.

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This is what homework is doing to kids

Yes definitely there are very common excuses and complaints by kids regarding doing their homework but there some unfortunate consequences that can really cause harm. Apparently, too much homework can not only cause stress but also can result in serious physical health problems. There are several case studies showing too much homework has cause children a lack of balance in their lives and they are getting away from the society.

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The reason why modern parents are not strict enough

Modern parents, unlike the older generations, are deeply aware that nowadays children are cognizant, conscious humans and should not be treated like punching bags. However, this kind of awareness has interfered with the need to be strict when it is actually required. Now professional stress also mingles with personal lives, which makes the parents more conscious on their behavior with kids. But anyways, unchecked behavior can lead to bigger problems in later life.

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Which milk is best for you?

There exist several types of milk delivering different nutritional benefits, hence, it is necessary you chose a perfect one as per your health requirements. For example, if you are lactose intolerant, you might probably want to switch to soya milk. Nut milk are also available for lactose intolerant people in the market but they are quite expensive. But then, some people are also nut allergic. Children in their growth phase should consume full cream milk to reap all the benefits. For those looking for weight loss, tones, and double toned milk is an option.

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Include these in your winter diet immediately!

Most of all, get oranges and carrots back in your regular diet as both of these boost immunity to a large extent during the winter season. Carrot also helps to improve eyesight, prevents cancer, regulates blood sugar etc. Apple should also be kept constant as it protects us against several serious conditions. Peas regulate weight, prevents Alzheimer’s, blood sugar etc. eating spinach is also healthy for your skin and hair during winter.

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VapoRub Uses #101

VapoRub contains ingredients like eucalyptus oil, cedar leaf oil, menthol, and nutmeg oil which are actually very healthy for you. Many people rub it on their foreheads to fight migraines. People even rub it on their feet and cover it with socks to fight cold. You can try healing your stretch marks by rubbing vapor rub on them. Keeping open Vapor-Rub jars or applying on your body at specific places and keep you from insects like mosquitoes. There are several other benefits of the balm!

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Black clothes and Sunny day?

It is a common tradition, especially in tropical regions to wear white or bright colored clothes as black and dark colored clothes absorb more heat. It is also well known black colored object radiate more, thus canceling out the absorption bias to some extent. Thus, a black colored shirt will give your body the maximum heat and a white colored one will give you the least. So, do your shopping based on the temperatures in your region.

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Short term sleep can take a toll on your heart

As per research it has been proven that short-term sleep deprivation as happens in 24-hour shifts can cause a major increase in cardiac contractility, blood pressure, and heart rate. For this study, Daniel Kuetting from the university of Bonn in Germany recruited 20 healthy radiologists, which included 19 men and one woman, with an average age of 31.6 years. These participants underwent cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging before and after a 24-hour shift, they showed a significant increase in blood pressure and heart rate after short-term sleep deprivation.

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What is intermittent fasting 101?

Fasting is more natural to us than constantly eating 3-4 meals per day because our ancestors were hunters and did not have food all the time. At the same time, fasting is a part of many religions like Islam, Christianity, and Buddhism. It has been proved that intermittent fasting with a regular eating pattern can actually help you lose weight and simply stay fit. The idea is to fast for 16 hours daily or for 24 hours twice a week.

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Important nutrients for breakfast!

Breakfast is obviously the most important meal of the day as it helps to refuel your body, giving energy and an opportunity to start your routine with a boost of nutrients. Most of the breakfasts are full of carbs, so this is the perfect time for making whole-grain choices. You must also consume protein in the morning to help keep you full. Fiber from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is important for digestion. You must also have an intake of calcium to give you strength for the entire day.

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Benefits of Dal Chaawal

Sauce or a soupy stew are made from those legumes and both are commonly served with rice which is delicious combination offering several health benefits. Protein is made up 20 different amino acids, most of which are provided to the body by consuming dal rice together. Rice, in its own self, has a good amount of fiber to offer, hence it is a good food for people on diet. Of course, there are several other benefits associated with these grains but the best thing is, they taste best together!

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Benefits of boiled potatoes

Boiled potatoes are naturally rich in minerals and vitamins, particularly phosphorus, potassium, B-complex vitamins and vitamin C. They have high fiber content which makes you feel full and they are also low in calories. Cooking potatoes deplete it of some nutrients but a boiled potato is anyway nutrient dense. They can be regularly included in the diet as contrary to the popular belief, they are not inherently fattening.

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Indian head massage can be dangerous

After a good session of Indian massage, some clients are known observed to feel light-headed, dizzy, tired and sometimes they even feel an urgent need to urinate. Aching and muscles pain in face and neck is also known to affect some. But if these symptoms are observed for quite a long time, it is recommended to seek medical help. Indian massage can also cause bruises, tissue damage, high blood pressure and epilepsy.

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The asana to help lose weight from hip and thighs

Anantasana is really good to shape your thighs and hips. Follow the below instructions to perform it. You may begin by lying flat on the ground. Then turn to your left and lift your head supporting it with the left hand. Lift up the right leg and arm, then hold the big toe of your leg with fingers of your right hand. Now maintain the balance and take a deep breath. Then repeat with the other side.

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Air travel can harm your skin

Air travel causes the skin to tan as the UV radiation is stronger when the flight is closer to the sun. According to the facts presented by World Health Organization, there is about 10% increase in UV levels with every 1000 mt increase in the altitude. The windows of the flight cabin reportedly do not protect against the UVA rays, which penetrate quite deep into the skin.

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Science backed health benefits of music

It has been scientifically proven that music not only helps us cope with pain, but also provides a lot of benefits to our physical and mental health. The several benefits of music are that it motivates people to bike harder, improves running performance and motivation, increases workout endurance, speeds up post-workout recovery, improves the quality of sleep, helps people eat less, enhances functioning of blood vessels, reduces stress, induces a meditative state, relieves symptoms of depression and much more.

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Benefits of buttermilk that you probably didn’t know

Buttermilk has been defined as ‘sattvik’ food in Ayurveda because of its various health benefits. This drink is made from yogurt and is both delicious and healthy and is a great accompaniment to your meals. The different benefits of buttermilk or chaas include reducing acidity, soothes the stomach after a spicy meal, improves digestion, boosts the intake of calcium, washes down fats, contains many nutrients apart from calcium, lowers cholesterol blood pressure and prevents cancer along with other benefits.

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The best ways to get rid of gas and bloating quickly

Gas and bloating can be quite painful and uncomfortable and this is a chronic problem with many people. It can also lead to burping and belching which can be embarrassing. In order to avoid gas, you should avoid foods grown from the ground, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and peas. Even carbonated drinks, pop, and lager cause gas. Some of the things that can help get rid of gas you can drink peppermint tea, ginger tea, take a short walk or/and eat coriander.

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How to clean dirt from your nose

Cleaning your nose which is also known as nasal lavage is useful in many allergies, sinus, and cold infections. Although the process is simple you should know the right technique. If you use less pressure then the spray will not reach high enough to really clean out the sinuses, while if you use too much pressure it will cause pain and discomfort. First of all, you should spray saline into your nose and allow it to drip back down. Then gently blow your nose to remove loosened dirt and mucus.

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Can you brush your teeth too much?

Almost 80% people are over brushing their teeth, although the damage caused to the teeth depends more on your toothbrush and your technique of brushing rather than how often you brush. Toothbrush bristles are rounded when they are manufactured, but when the bristles wear away, the tooth brush can cause a lot of damage to the teeth with its jagged bristles. This is the reason that it is necessary to replace your toothbrush often. Also, learn the proper technique with a little research online or from a dentist.

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Different ways to stay focused all day

Most of us face problems in focusing from time to time and this can adversely affect our productivity and hence our chances of success. It would be ideal if we could stay focused all the time, but usually, we require some help and self-training in order to do so. Some of the things that can help in staying focused are minimize multi-tasking, meditation, regular exercise, establishing a to-do list, indulge in caffeine, take breaks, train your brain to focus, find a quiet place, get enough sleep.

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Seven body parts you should never scratch

Plucking nails or biting them can leave the skin around it very irritated and can cause rapid nail growth. Picking at nail paint will leave them brittle and dry. If you play with the blackheads and acne on your face, they will leave permanent blemishes. Scratching gray hair can lead to scarring and infection. Scratching mosquito bites will only increase the irritation and inflammation. Picking on your body scabs can cause infection, bleeding, and scars.

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The Number 1 Myth about Yoga!

Okay, so you must be flexible. Maybe you can even touch your toes now. But honestly, when it comes to yoga, it is not important at all that you are physically flexible. That is really a myth. What matters is that you show up to your yoga mat and breathe which shows discipline. Rest of the perks to your body will be naturally applied over time.

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Can three day weekends help us save the environment?

Three day weekends means a reduction in the number of working days which is directly related to the reduction in the overall consumption of energy. With four working days a week, imagine the amount of energy that can be saved especially from the huge running workplaces. Since we are at a point where global warming is an utmost issue and where we need to significantly cut on our carbon outputs, instituting a 3 day weekend might actually work.

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The benefits of camping in nature

Camping is becoming increasingly popular nowadays and this is good because there are a lot of health benefits associated with it. Being in the lap of nature can do a lot of good to your physical, mental and emotional health. Being with plants is a great stress buster and walking while camping can be a low impact exercise that is good for your overall well-being. However, you need to understand the nitty gritty of camping before you take your tent and pitch it in some place.

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Relation between make-up of the brain and pain threshold

According to research it has been proven that the make-up of the gray matter in the brain can determine how sensitive a person is to pain. It has generally been found that people who tend to daydream have a lower pain threshold compared to people who are more focused. People with lower pain threshold have less gray matter in brain regions that contribute to internal thoughts and control of attention. These regions include the posterior cingulate cortex, precuneus, and areas of the posterior parietal cortex.

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Why people remember tragic events more

According to research people are more likely to remember tragic and sad events than happy events like anniversaries and birthdays. Functional magnetic resonance imaging has shown that negative events stimulate activity in the emotion-processing regions of the brain like the orbitofrontal cortex and amygdala. This is the reason that people witnessing an assassination are more likely to remember the gun, but may not remember their surroundings. This tendency to remember bad memories is considered to be an evolutionary tactic which protects humans against future life-threatening or negative events.

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Connection between healthy lifestyle and enhanced executive function

According to research, there is a definite connection between a healthy lifestyle and enhanced executive function. It has been found that people who start exercising, eating healthy food or start eating more fruits and vegetables will experience an improvement in their brain function over a period of time. It is more likely that such people will remain healthy as they age and will be able to retain high levels of executive function over a period of time.

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India’s food security programme to cost Rs. 1.4 Lakh Crore a year!

Recently, India has launched a national food security welfare program which will cost the government a sum of 1.4 Lakh Crore per year. This ultra-cheap food welfare program was introduced by Congress Govt. It is supposed to cover 50% of urban and 75% of rural areas in India. Some highlights of the new law are, wheat at 2-rupee/kg and rice and 3-rupee/kg.

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Before growing your beard, read this!

Before you start growing your beard, you need to have the knowledge of hot to avoid it from getting unkempt or getting those bald patches on face and when to get a neckline trim. There is really no need to give your beard a perfect outline as long as it is k=maintained neat and everything beyond the face is shaved off.

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Why added sugar is extremely bad for you?

This will come as a surprise to you, the fat we consume and we’re scared of is not as bad as we thought it is and on the other hand, sugar is much, much worse than we thought. Research has suggested that diets which are high in sugar lead to diabetes, obesity, heart diseases and cancer. Hence, it is mandatory for all food manufacturers to put a label of “Added Sugar” on their products and consumers must beware of the consequences.

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You should not touch these body parts with your fingers

There are some really sacred spots in your body where your fingers should not be lingering. According to a study, your grubby hands should not be put in your ear canal, your face, your butt, your eyes, mouth. It is extremely unhealthy to put them in the inside of your nose or in the skin under your nails. Although, none of these are followed by any one of us, it is considered unhealthy.

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Secret behind longer age life of Ikaria People

Ikaria is an isolated isle in Greece which is known for longer lives of its citizens, which in some cases is even more than 100 years. Research suggests that diet is one of the primary reason behind their longevity. The most frequently consumed food on this island are fresh veggies which are harvested by themselves in their own legumes and gardens. They hardly consume meat and use abundant of olive oil. They also forage for herbs and greens seasonally.

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Chilli is a way of life in this city!

While you are having the lifestyle and nutrition of your choice, there are people in this world who mostly survive on fried, pickled or curried chilies throughout the year. In an isolated village in Pakistan, vegetables are rarely available and chilies are grown in abundance. This lives people of the village with no choice but to consume more of it. This little village called Madave Solanki is situated in Sindh’s Umerkot district.

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This is like Heroin for your brain!

A published research suggests that the higher the fat content in your food, more addictive it becomes for you. Thus, the most addictive of all was found to be cheese. People who are really addicted to cheese have shown similar symptoms to that of a person suffering from substance abuse. The blame goes to protein content which creates casomorphins that calm our brain just like heroin does.

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Chewing gum can help you solve Maths

Real funny, but if you are just those lot of people who have been crazily looking for easy hacks and cheats to solve maths problems or for better understanding of the subject, chewing gum might be an appropriate solution. According to a genuine study, students were found to be better scoring at maths who chew gums than students who didn’t. Apparently, chewing gum enhances alertness, eases anxiety and lessens stress.

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Ladies, have your last baby after 35 for sharper brain in future

Women who have their last baby after the age of 35, tend to enjoy a better brainpower post menopause since there is kind of a positive association between later age at last pregnancy and late-life cognition. Postmenopausal women who have had their last baby after the age of 35 tend to have a better verbal memory than others. An outpouring of progesterone and estrogen, especially in the later stage of life, appears to be beneficial.

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Joke Addiction - Brain Damage?

It is now a popularly known condition called “joke addiction” when a person suffers a damage to the right brain hemisphere. People suffering from this condition develop a compulsive need to constantly make and tell jokes on almost each and everything. Generally, in such cases, people start laughing out-of-the-blue without any emotional trigger. If you come across such a person, do not mock or make fun of them and try to understand them.

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You​ ​can​ ​“Grow”​ ​your​ ​beauty​ ​secrets

Since India is known as the land of rich Ayurvedic knowledge, it is literally possible to have your skin glowing by growing some plants in your house using them as recommended. Gilroy or Guduchi is extremely rich in antioxidants and its stem is great for people affected with diabetes. Wheatgrass can be consumed for immunity and muscle strength. Moringa and drumsticks can also be grown which help to fight anemia.

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Just 240 seconds a day to stay fit?

A 240-second exercise called Tabata from Japan has taken the fitness industry by storm. It is conceptualized by a former researcher of National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya named Izumi Tabata. Tabata is a high-intensity interval training program. It is a combination of maximum intensity workout of 20-seconds followed by a 10-second rest. This is repeated eight times.

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Vegans might actually be killing a lot of animals!

The mentality of most the vegans is to cause no harm to the animals and their choices define their acts. But according to few of them, they might be causing them harm. Vegans are technically promoting a culture where grains and vegetables are protected at cost of animals, according to a naturalist. This happens due to deforestation to have more area for growing crops. Animals are sometimes even shot or poisoned to keep them away.

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Stop procrastinating if you want to sleep better

A recent study suggests that people who love to procrastinate stuff are more likely to get affected by insomnia which is a sleep disorder. Usually, these people face troubles in falling asleep or staying asleep. This is because people who delay things unnecessarily, think about the things they could have done but did not, before going to bed. According to that study, evening people procrastinate more than morning people.

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This is why sleepy people drink more soda!

It has been observed that people who do not get enough sleep drink more energy drinks or soda than those who get a proper amount of sleep every night. People who claim that they generally sleep less than 5 hours every night drank 21% more aerated beverages (sugar-sweetened) on an average than those who slept more than 7 hours every night. Apparently, sugar-sweetened beverages cause improper sleep.

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Fit and Fat at the same time? Possible?

Yes, it is possible to be fit and fat at the same time whether you believe it or not. If you have too much of abdominal fat, it does not imply that you are not fit. Sometimes, even if you do have plenty of fat, it is highly likely that it could be harmless fat. Moreover, it is even possible to be fat and have a better and a healthier metabolic rate than a thin person.

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