Take charge of your Health

What did уоu еаt yesterday?
How far did уоu walk?

Thеѕе quеѕtiоnѕ seem ѕimрlе, but mаnу оf us dоn’t know the answer without really thinking аbоut it. Whу is this nоrm fоr us?
Wеll, we have a lot tо dо оn a dау-to-dау bаѕiѕ and it is оftеn a сhаllеngе to kеер thеѕе thingѕ in the frоnt оf оur mindѕ.
Work, еrrаndѕ аnd other tаѕkѕ have bесоmе mоrе important tо us than our hеаlth.
Our mindѕ and bоdiеѕ hаvе bесоmе afterthoughts and it is nоrmаl tо gо dауѕ, mоnthѕ, еvеn уеаrѕ without being conscious of the way we treat ourselves.

Nоrmаl dоеѕn’t mean gооd.
In this саѕе, nоrmаl dоеѕn’t еvеn mеаn okay. Thiѕ is асtuаllу a real рrоblеm fоr us both аѕ individuаlѕ аnd аѕ a ѕосiеtу.

Nоrmаl nееdѕ to сhаngе.
Wе nееd to рut оur hеаlth highеr on thе list оf priorities.
Personally, thiѕ is the most imроrtаnt thing we саn dо fоr ourselves аnd оur families.

Awаrеnеѕѕ iѕ the kеу. All wе hаvе tо dо iѕ рау аttеntiоn.
You can trу thе nеxt diet trеnd, new health сrаzе оr even tаkе an old-school аррrоасh. Yоu can ѕееk professional hеlр or gо at it alone, but the key component is increasing your аwаrеnеѕѕ.
Evеrу day we dо thingѕ out of hаbit thаt impact our lives significantly. One minutе оf еаting саn аdd enough calories to уоur dау tо саuѕе weight gаin.

Onе minutе оf planning саn аlѕо prevent thiѕ frоm hарреning.
That’s right, it gоеѕ both ways.
By bеing aware оf whаt уоu want to do, уоu аrе аblе tо ѕtаrt mаking dесiѕiоnѕ. If you set a goal to be healthy, you will make healthier choices so as to achieve your goal.
If you dоn’t have gоаlѕ, you will have a tough timе dесiding whаt tо dо.
Sо, ѕеt a gоаl аnd notice how уоur сhоiсеѕ ѕtаrt tо match thе раth уоu need to bе оn tо reach that gоаl.

And thаt iѕ whаt аwаrеnеѕѕ can dо fоr уоu.

Juѕt by thinking аbоut your health, уоu can роѕitivеlу impact it.
Yоu аrе in control.
If you are driving a car уоur аwаrеnеѕѕ аѕ a drivеr kеерѕ your hands оn thе whееl to mаkе sure уоu ѕtау on the rоаd.
Tаkе the wheel, рау attention and you will bе on thе rоаd tо gооd hеаlth.

Yоur bоdу аnd mind аrе your mоѕt vаluаblе аѕѕеtѕ ѕо tаkе control оf your wеllnеѕѕ.
You muѕt bе аwаrе оf thе right fооd tо еаt and the рrореr activities tо dо.

At the ѕаmе timе, you muѕt bе wаrу оf thе thingѕ that аrе ruining уоur hеаlth.

Having a ѕеdеntаrу lifеѕtуlе, such as sitting in front of the computer or television for extended periods of time, lеаdѕ tо mаnу health рrоblеmѕ likе obesity.

In linе with this, trу tо avoid ѕtауing uр lаtе аt night.
Lасk of ѕlеер increases thе rаtе оf аging, wеаkеnѕ thе immunе ѕуѕtеm, аnd kеерѕ уоur brain from funсtiоning at full сарасitу thе nеxt dау.

Lаѕt оn thе liѕt is ѕmоking.
It iѕ реrhарѕ thе most сruсiаl itеm оn thе liѕt оf things thаt could ruin уоur health. Smoking саuѕеѕ a host оf hеаlth рrоblеmѕ, including lung cancer and vаriоuѕ heart diѕеаѕеѕ. Smоking iѕ ѕо dаngеrоuѕ that еvеn ѕесоnd-hаnd ѕmоkе саn alter a person’s health.

It iѕ сruсiаl to kill thiѕ hаbit before it kills уоu.

These are just some tips to becoming healthier.

Ultimately, it is your body and your health, so begin your journey to a healthier you today!

Incredibly Simple Things That Can Transform Your Life on the Go

As they say, little things matter!

Appreciating simple things and making them a part of your life can really do wonders. This attitude can transform your life and make you seek true inner peace and happiness.

All it takes is determination. So, guys and girls, get ready to witness how simple things can transform your life:

  1. Have a morning routine

We understand how difficult it is to be a morning person. But, you CAN do it!

Having a morning routine helps you to be more productive throughout the day. There is a set amount of mental energy for each day.

Starting your day with reading, writing, yoga, meditation can make you feel relaxed and calm and would help you in allocating a major part of your energy for making bigger decisions.

    2. Give attention to your food

Have you experienced eating mindlessly while doing your work and suddenly a thought appears, “when did I eat it all?”

That’s actually mindless eating and you should try to avoid it. Try to pay more attentive and focused on what you are eating, chew it better.

     3. Don’t keep your to-do-list in your mind

Though your mind is capable of memorizing a lot more than you actually do, it’s important to keep it at rest and let it be free when it can be.

Don’t weigh it down by trying to keep the to-do-list of groceries, bills, appointments in your mind. Note them down.

    4. Reading before going to sleep

So many amazing books to read but no time to read? Start a new habit by reading for about 10 minutes before going to sleep and see the difference it makes in your life. You will thank us later!

    5. Have an inner connection with your senses

Pay more attention to the goodness of things around you. Seek the pleasure of small things in life. Relax your mind and avoid worrying about the rest.

Feel the scent of brewing coffee, or the smell of wet soil, feel of soap while washing dishes, feel the sunshine. You will feel a lot more alive and calmed.

    6. Be appreciative

If you think someone is worthy of appreciation, express it. Don’t keep the appreciation in mind but convey it. This may make someone’s day and will make you feel good.

Tell them if they are looking beautiful; appreciate your barista for a tasteful coffee. Do good and good will return to you!

    7. Just do it

Don’t carry the weight of doing things over your head. If you have some tasks in mind that need to be done, do it if it takes less than two minutes.

Pay the bills, visit the bank, lay the bed, or send an email. Your mind will feel relaxed. Keeping the things in mind and procrastinating them shamelessly worries you unknowingly.

These are some amazingly simple things that can make your life much easier and enjoyable! Do you agree with us?

7 Shocking Sleep Deprivation Effects You Won’t Believe

You know you should get 7 – 8 hours of sleep a day but you want to party the night away, rush a project or watch the CSI re-runs.

We get it, we have all been through there.

Late nights here and there won’t have a lasting effect on you. However, if sleeping 5 hours days become a daily routine, then it can seriously hurt your health.

Sleep deprivation have been tied to several chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression. Yet, most people won’t know they are deprive of sleep until they have fallen ill.

In this article, there are several subtle signs that your body need more time on bed.

You Are Always Hungry

Are you always hungry even after a meal? This could be due to sleep deprivation. A 2010 research suggest that lack of sleep is link to higher levels of the hormone ghrelin, which is the chemical that triggers hunger. They also found that the hunger hormone don’t just increase snacking but also the demand for high-carb, high calories food. This might explain why getting little sleep might contribute to obesity.

You Are Always Crying

Have you ever found yourself tearing over an embarrassing scene on television? While most women may blame PMS, A 2007 study have shown that lack of sleep could send your emotions into overdrive. The study found that sleep deprived brains were 60% more reactive to negative or disturbing images.

You Are Always Forgetting

When you forget something, you might be tempted to pointing fingers to your age or the overwhelming stress of work. But it could be the lack of sleep that is really the culprit. Too few hours of sleep have been linked to a whole host of cognitive problems such as difficulty in focus, confusion, low alertness and trouble in learning.

So the next time you forgot your sleep, consider how much of sleep are you getting last night.

You Are Always Cold

If you are always having sniffle, you might want to assess your sleep schedule. According to a 2009 study, LA Times have found that people who slept less than 7 hours each year are 3 times at risk of catching cold than those who sleep more than 7 hours a day.

You Have Lost Interest In Sex

If you and your partner can’t get into the mood, you might want to spend extra time in between your sheets…sleeping. WebMD report that without getting enough sleep, sex drive decrease and can also elevate levels of cortisol, the stress hormone inside our body.

You Will Damage Your Skin Permanently

With sleep deprivation, huge amount of cortisol, the stress hormone will be release. Apart from losing your sex drive, it will also damage your skin by breaking down the collagen. If you are unaware, the collagen is the protein that keep your skin smooth and elastic.

You Will Die Earlier

By now, this should not come as a surprise. Those who sleep less than 6 hours a day are 4 times more likely to die of any cause within the next decade than those that do.

Sleep plays an important role in revitalizing and repairing your body and if you lack of sleep, even for one day, you might experience elevated blood pressure all through the next day.

Secrets to A Forever Marriage

While it is an important achievement to stay married in American culture where more than half of all marriages end in divorce, it is even better to nurture a marriage that grows stronger with time.

That said; trust is an important keystone of any relationship. Despite all the great things that we say about being honest… like honesty is the best policy or that the truth sets us free – studies have revealed that we are not great at being honest.

According to a study conducted, dating couples lie to each other once every three times, while married couples lie once in every 10 interactions.

This is something to worry about. Needless to say, we cannot create trust if we continue to lie with our closest and favourite people.

Thus, the question arises, what can you do to build an ever-lasting marriage and to promote trust between you and your partner?

  • Know yourselves better

In order to be honest with your partner, the first thing to do is, to be honest with yourself. You should try to understand the world around you and analyze what you think and feel about others.

It is important to protect yourself from the bad influences and to make sure that the harmful personalities around you do not reflect themselves on your behavior.

When you are true to yourself, chances are high that you would be able to stay honest with the people around you.

  • Respect your beloved

A man should respect his woman, and the woman should respect her man. It is a necessity if you want to be in a successful marriage.

Respecting your partner not only makes them feel confident and satisfied, but it also reflects a united front to the outside world.

Naturally, when both man and woman respect each other, there is more peace and harmony in a home. Some practical examples which demonstrate respect include controlling your tongue from speaking ill and keeping a friendly tone while speaking.

  • Maintain an open communication

No matter what, never stop communicating with your partner. Furthermore, make sure that you are not only talking with each other but also communicating honestly and respectfully.

Don’t surprise your spouse by taking crucial decisions of your life alone, or don’t do anything which might impact your lives greatly without your partner’s consent.

Marriage is a sacred institute wherein both man and woman should contribute equally to make it successful. Thus, do not forget checking with your partner regularly.

  • Choose your battles wisely

Do not let minor problems ruin your relationship. Ignore the weaknesses of each other and love them no matter what.

You should only invest your time and energy in resolving big issues that might be detrimental to your marriage and should be taken care of at earliest for the health of your marriage.

  • Keep your anger under control

Let not your anger control you. Avoid hurting your spouse by speaking harsh words or insulting them. Ask God to bless you with self-control such that you can redirect your anger in productive ways.

When you are arguing up with your spouse and the conversation gets heated up, it is always better to take a break and stroll around before resuming again and discussing the things.

A Men’s Guide To Wrist Watches: Which Is The Right Pick?

Supposedly, you are in a business meeting or maybe in an interview.
You are confident, well-prepared and wonderfully dressed.
Just before it was going to start, someone asks the time by your watch, and there it is.
A sports watch with a rubber band.

FAIL.

This is how a watch can make or break your look.
Yes, okay, the above scenario might be a bit exaggerated, but we’re sure, you must have understood what we are trying to convey.

When it comes to watches, there is an array of them out there, the only limitation being taste and budget. But, choosing a right watch for your outfit is an art.
A perfect watch should not stand out and catch all the eyes, but rather should just compliment your outfit and be a mere extension of it.

So, how do you select the right watch?

Let’s find out.

  • Just one watch or a range of them?

The first step in order to match your watch with your outfit is to determine your interest level in watches. Do you want just one watch or a range of them?

If you are not too much passionate about watches, and would just like to have one, you should buy a watch which is stylistically neutral – one which will go with almost all your outfits. It can be a simple watch with a plain metal band and a face.

If a leather watch interests you, make sure that you pair it right. A black leather watch will look best with black leather shoes and vice versa.

If you love to have multiple watches, you can explore and experiment a bit around. You can buy a sleek watch for formal meetings, sports watch for a casual look and so on.

 

  • Choose between leather strap and a metal band

Metal bands are more neutral but should go with all the jewelry that you wear. As a matter of fact, men don’t wear a lot of jewelry, so you only need to match it with your belt’s buckle and cufflinks. Thus, pair a silver metal band with silver belt buckle and the likes.

If you are going for a leather watch, it should perfectly match with your shoes and belt.

Thus, choose the one which suits your wardrobe and style.

 

  • Watch dial

The dial of your watch also dictates the style of your watch to an extent. Does it have Roman numeral indices or  numbers?
Roman numerals or stick are found in most of the watches and look formal. On the other hand, the presence of numbers makes it look a bit casual.

Further, more the functionalities and complexities in a watch, the more casual it is.

 

So, Which Watch Is The Right Pick?

The answer to this question is dependent on your taste and budget to an extent. However, to play safe, here are a few pointers which should cover you up:

  • It is easier to match watches with a metal band than with a leather strap. But, then watches with leather strap look more formal and dressier.
  • The colors of your strap and metal band should match with your outfit. As a rule of thumb, colors of all metals in your outfit should match, (and correspondingly, colors of all leather items in your outfit should match as well).
  • The busier and colorful the dial is, the more casual it is.
  • If you are wearing formal shoes, go with a formal looking watch and if you are flaunting sneakers and casual shoes, go for a casual watch.
  • A simple dial with roman or stick indices and a simple leather or metal band stripe would make your watch formal.
  • A watch with a rubber strap and digital interface is a sports watch and should be paired accordingly.

How to Survive a New Year’s Hangover?

The best you can do to survive a new year’s hangover is to go by the rule, “Prevention is better than cure”. A hangover has no sure cure and you are likely to wake up with a headache and painful morning. However, you can minimize the effect by following certain survival tips.

  • Make your body alcohol ready

Don’t drink on an empty stomach. Load yourself with a fat and protein-rich meal before jumping on to alcohol. Also, keep up with the snacks through the night and day as this would lessen the absorption of alcohol. This will also help you in keeping the sugar levels in check.

Eating bananas after getting drunk could also help you in alleviating the situation, all thanks to the presence of potassium, fructose, and antacids in them. They are known for reducing the effect of a hangover by preventing headache, nausea and additionally, they calm the blood vessels in the process.

  • Drink lots of water

One of the keys to overcoming hangover is to keep your body hydrated. Moreover, drinking water will help you get rid of the toxins and will prevent the alcohol from overpowering you. You can also choose to drink other liquids like sports drinks and alike.

  • Keep dark chocolate with you

Eating dark chocolate helps you in keeping the sugar levels in check, facilitates easy digestion of alcohol and eliminates the effect of toxins. Chocolate will prevent the brain cells from the effects of alcohol on them.

  • Walk before heading to bed

We know you may just feel like falling heads down on your bed, but that’s what you should avoid. You may surely be feeling tipsy and dizzy and will feel like the world is spinning too fast, a long walk in such a situation is good before directly going to bed.

You are not required to walk a long way but just walking around, eating a banana and drinking lots of water before going to bed will help a lot in the morning for which you will thank us.

  • The strict DO’s and DON’T’s of the night

Heading on to how to make the New Year’s night enjoyable without letting you curse about it. Here are some of the things you should avoid drinking. Don’t go for darker alcoholic drinks like whiskey, red wine, and bourbon. They contain more toxic chemicals that can make it really bad for you. If you feel like getting on the start of a hangover, drink a bottle of Gatorade, Powerade, and Sprite instead to alleviate the symptoms.

Don’t forget to take an anti-inflammatory painkiller like Avil, Aspirin or Aleve before going to bed.

Why wait for someone else to be your guardian angel and save you in the morning? You yourself can help you the best, so take good care of yourself.

Eat and Feel Good

With unhealthy food choices easily available around us today, it becomes pretty difficult for us to successfully break out of the clutches of junk food, which contain high amounts of starch and carbohydrates.

Some reasons why these types of consumables remain our best choice is: they’re both appealing and easy to get.

You can easily buy a candy bar or potato chips when you are hungry; and when you do, you are satisfied both by how it tastes and how it’s packaged.

However, this kind of meal should be eaten sparingly, because they don’t really help us. The brain needs about 25 grams of glucose circulating the blood stream to function best and maintain alertness; this is the same amount found in one banana.

By consuming a high-sugar and high-carbohydrate meal, your body is given too much glucose at once, which won’t last as insulin kicks in to regulate the sudden spike in sugar levels.

You will be left hungry and weak few moments after consuming these kinds of food, which leads you to eat some more without actually solving the issue.
Therefore, part of the key of being healthy is finding the kind of meal that not only supply your body with the glucose it needs, but can leave you feeling satiated for a longer time.

Food like beans, fish, meat, and some types of vegetables are the kinds of food you want to eat if you intend to eat healthy.

Unlike foods that are high in carbohydrates, these kinds of food don’t just release all the glucose they contain at one go; instead, they release this glucose slowly in the body, ensuring that every time the hypothalamus in your brain checks your blood, there is a good amount of glucose to keep it going.

Having established the above points, its time to cultivate some good methods to help you make the shift from unhealthy eating habits, to healthy eating.

Its all in making good decisions, one step at a time.

Romantic Date Ideas Beyond TV and Take-Out

A great meal in a fancy restaurant and some exotic drinks surely sounds great for the first date, but with the passage of time, this ideal idea of dating starts staling. This is when you need to become a bit creative and keep things back in their order to keep your relationship going.

Check out this list of romantic and fun date ideas which would help you in getting started!

  • Bon appetite

Foodie? We’re sure; you both would love to explore different cuisines in a bunch of restaurants.
Wait no more and get set to splurge and treat your partner with exotic cocktails and appetizers.
Be adventurous and try something both of you have never tried before!

 

  • Ride in a hot air balloon

Make it a special event.
Simply feel on top of the world with your beloved, and forget all your worries.

 

  • Wander a bookstore

There cannot be a better date idea than this one.
All you need to do is head on straight to a bookstore and pick something from a genre you don’t usually read.
Find a corner and just enjoy the quiet time together.

 

  • Head on to couples spa session

Guys can feel a bit intimidated by this idea, but believe us, once you get there; you’re surely going to thank us.
Visit a spa and sign up for a couple’s massage or a hot oil bath and pamper yourselves together.

 

  • Grab photos

There probably would be a place in your city which you both individually love. Visit that place and spend an entire day exploring and showing your partner your favourite place.
Take photos during the date.
This for sure is going to make tons of memories.

 

  • Go stargazing

What could be more romantic than sitting together on a starry night?
Grab some light food and a warm blanket or two and cuddle up with your sweetheart while star gazing and cherish the moments.

 

  • Get competitive

Compete with your partner in any game that you master like a chess or the PS4, and enjoy your time.
After all, competition is sexy, no?

 

  • Hike together

Do you both love nature?
Well, going on a hike together can be the best date idea.
It would not only relax you out, but the challenge on the trail will bring you both closer together.

 

  • Reminisce

Bring your baby photos and old kid pictures.
Go through them together and have fun.
Share your experiences and memories.

  • Cook together

Not everyone is good at cooking, but if you both are great fans of the culinary arts, you surely are going to love this one!
Experiment and try new recipes in the kitchen together.
Whatever you make, you can end the night with dining in candlelight.

  • Go to a carnival

Window shopping, rides, carnival food, games, and selfies?
Sounds like a great time already!