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Archive for July, 2012

Getting Your Sleep Back

Monday, July 16th, 2012

There are some things that most people take for granted and only when they lose it do they get that rude awakening. Take sleep for instance. I am a sleep-person but lately I’ve been having trouble getting some shut-eye. Whether its my new diet or work stress, these nights’ I just cannot get a good few hours of sleep. I started looking for a solution online and I realised something-its not a rare problem. In fact, most adults at some point or other experience lack of sleep. If you are having trouble sleeping, here is a list of things that can help you get better sleep.

Your body has a cycle and if you stay up late watching movies or playing games for a few days, your body clock goes haywire and you won’t get sleep when you want to. First thing you have to do is to try to go to bed at a regular time. This way, your body knows its time to sleep when you get into your bed. Next, don’t overeat before going to sleep. Some people think that its better to sleep with a full stomach as they get drowsy but according to experts when you eat too much, your stomach requires more time to digest the food and this will make you stay awake longer.

If you lose out on sleep during the night, try to make up for lost sleep with the help of power naps. But be careful not to nap too much (ideally not more than 20 minutes) as it would lead to loss of sleep at night. In case your sleeplessness came about recently, take a look at any drastic changes that you have made to your lifestyle. Certain junk foods tend to cause sleeplessness so eat right and drink plenty of water.

Last, make sure your sleep environment is relaxing. Avoid using your laptop or any other devices in bed and keep temperature in your bedroom cool. Always switch off your lights and keep your bedroom dark. This would help the eyes relax and will get you sleeping in no time. If you still cannot get enough sleep after all these tips, you might want to consider paying your doctor a visit-could be insomnia and that requires special medical treatment.

Drink More, Stay Healthy

Friday, July 13th, 2012

They say some of the best things in life are for free and even in this post-modern greedy day and age, it still holds true. I am talking about something that sustains life, something that we all take for granted, our very own plain drinking water. UK is blessed with plenty of water for all but very few really understand the importance of using this magic liquid.

Did you know that up to 60% of the human body and 90% of the brain is made of water? So just imagine what would happen if your body does not get enough water! You all would have heard from someone that it is advisable to take in 8 glasses of water in a day. However according to medical experts, this is not enough. Ideally the human body should have about 13 glasses of water in a day.

Taking in enough water has a number of advantages. To start off, water regulates your body temperature and keeps you cool. Since blood contains about 83 % water, increasing the water content in your blood will help circulation. Water will also detoxify your body and even moisturizes different bone joints. More water content in your blood will carry more oxygen to different parts of your body and keeps the internal organs working at optimal efficiency. With more water, food will also get digested quickly and nutrients will be better absorbed.

Just because water is good for you doesn’t mean you drink whatever water you find. Always boil water you are taking in and also ensure that the source is clean. Rain water is said to be the purest form of water so if you can install a rain water harvester in your home, do it. This is the only drink which will get you healthier with each glass.

Overeating Causes Weight Gain in Three Minutes

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

If you are guzzling down junk food thinking that you can burn off calories in the gym next morning, I got news for you-it doesn’t work that way!

A new research on the functioning of human body has revealed that foods with fat take as little as three hours to get to your waistline. From an average UK meal, about 10ml of fat would be depositing in your waistline within that specified time. Over time as you don’t exercise, this fat accumulates and that’s what forces you to search for cloths in the extra large aisle.

The research was carried out with the help of volunteers who ate fat that could be traced. Contrary to previous notion that it took about four hours for food to digest, fat was found in the waist area in about three hours flat. But don’t frown at your favourite fries just yet, research also showed that this fat deposited is also the first taken out to feed the muscles. This of course depends on whether your muscles need the energy or not.

If you are overeating then this fat tends to accumulate pretty quickly, in fact more quickly than what the body requires. If you have been eating a lot over a period of time and you cannot suddenly reduce your consumption, the best thing you can do is switch to a healthier fruit-vegetable diet which has less fat. Snacking on fruits will be always better as it contains more fibre and less fat.

 This combined with a couple of mild exercises, will help keep your waist size the same. Also after you have your meals, drink plenty of water. Water helps digest the food quickly and prevents the accumulation of fat. Eat right, get exercise and stay in shape!

UK Kitchen Appliances Wasting Over £43 Million

Monday, July 9th, 2012

For some people, holding on to things from the past comes naturally. It could be memories or cars or cloths or may be even kitchen appliances. Are you one of them? If you are, may be its time to let go off the past. According to recent research, more than £43 million is wasted on electricity bills because Brits hold on to their old kitchen appliances.

Research shows that people wait as much as 15 years before buying a replacement fridge but what they do not understand is that they money it costs to keep the fridge running for such a long time runs up to quite a number. On the contrary, a new fridge that operates at 46% more efficiency can pay itself in as little as four years.

Old appliances such as fridges also produce over 135kg of carbon dioxide while still costing more to operate. The research which took into account more than just fridges revealed that 21% of adults in UK thought dishwasher was the only appliance causing increase in water and electricity bills. And most of these adults would rather wash dishes by hand to prevent loss of water in the dishwasher. However the fact remains that a dishwasher uses far less water than washing the traditional way.

Enough with the survey, if you want to reduce your energy usage you’ll have to take things into your own hands. Here are a few tips. First don’t place your refrigerator next to radiator or cooker where the fridge would have to consume more energy to keep itself cool. Next, cleaning the back of the refrigerator.

Cleaning the back of your refrigerator and making sure there are no obstructions will keep the air flowing better and increase efficiency. Carry out small repairs for equipments such as the locking mechanism of refrigerator doors and it can help save energy reducing electricity bills too. If your fridge is aging, put a torch inside and check for leaks. Fixing such small issues with your appliance can help you save considerable amount in the long run.