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Posts Tagged ‘UK’

Depressed? Could Be Those Late Night Sit-ins

Monday, August 27th, 2012

I’m not much of an early to bed, early to rise kind of person and I like to stay awake late into the night and watch a good movie with a bag of chips and some cola.

Today I ran into a little article suggesting that people who stay up late watching movies or peering into their computer screens are at a higher chance of developing depression. I’m not depressed right now and I hope I don’t in the future too but I think this is a warning that I need to stop this seemingly harmless habit.

The study was conducted by a team of neuroscientists at Ohio State University Medical Centre in the US. Researchers used hamsters for this study and exposed them to dim light at night and studied their behaviour which showed great resemblance to symptoms that are evident in depressed people.

Scientists believe that the increased exposure to dim light at night is one of the main reasons as to why depression has reached such epidemic promotions. Shockingly, women exposed to such light at night are twice as likely to fall into depression as compared to men.

The hamsters involved in the experiment were studied for about four weeks with them exposed daily to dim light similar to that of produced by Television in a dark room. After the four weeks, hamsters seemed less interested in drinking sugar water and showed lack of interest in food.

But the study doesn’t mean that you  can’t stay up for your favouritre movie at all. Scientists were able to figure out that people who stayed up late were able to minimuise the effects of depression by going back to normal light cycle.So there you have it, if you are one of those people like me who loves to just lie in bed and watch movies, make sure you turn on your lights and get proper sleep the next day.

Mirror Mirror On The Wall

Friday, August 24th, 2012

In case you haven’t heard, there is a new trend that is catching on called as “mirror fasting”. Any guesses on what this is? No? I’ll tell you, it is the recent trend among women avoiding the number of times they stare into a mirror. This new movement is reportedly from a group of US bloggers and the trend has gone viral.

These female bloggers recommend women to cut down on the number of hours they spent in front of the mirror and its not just real mirrors, even reflections in monitors, glass panes or anything which reflect your image back.

According “experts” who are promoting this new trend, looking into the mirror too much can make a girl become obsessed about the way she presents herself and it can even lead to depression. As crazy as it might sound, it actually does make sense.

A recent study had revealed that British women look in the mirror as many as 38 times in a day and men did the same about 18 times. In another unrelated survey, one fifth of every teen girl in UK admitted that they could not even bring themselves to barely look in the mirror. So I guess this mirror fasting thing is actually good for improving the self confidence in these girls.

Figures for this survey from above were collected from about 1000 girls aged between 12 and 18. Two thirds of these girls wanted to lose weight really bad and 63% of the lot admitted they were under pressure to change the way they look. Even if this new trend goes viral, I don’t think mirrors and girls will part their ways any time soon. It’s a relationship that has stood the test of time and will probably stay strong for many centuries to come.

Now You Can Cross Tanning Off Your Worry List

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

With the summer out in all its glory, a trip to the beach is inevitable. If your skin is sensitive and you don’t take proper precautions, you could very well get over-tanned ruining your looks and not to mention grins from friends. Here are some natural remedies that can help you get rid of excess tan and bring back that healthy glow to your skin.

Exfoliate. As you exfoliate your skin, you lose dead cells which make way for newer healthier skin. However when exfoliating your skin, you should make sure that you use a gentle scrub as rough handling of skin in sensitive parts can cause rashes. Also when you use exfoliating scrubs, use only those that have natural salts and don’t try to remove all the tan in one go.

Next, limejuice. Limejuice is the best natural remedy for tanned skin you can lay your hands on. You need to take a big slice of lemon and slide it along the area that got over tanned for about two minutes and rub it in. After that, just leave the juice on the affected area for about ten minutes and then wash away. In case you are wondering, the citric acid in the limejuice is what will cause the breakdown of dead cells and help your skin recover faster.

Just like limejuice, you can also use potato juice for getting your skin back to normal. You can combine one tablespoon of limejuice and adequate potato juice for better results. Just spread the mix of both these wonder juices on the affected area and leave it on for 15 minutes. After that, wash off and your skin will look and feel better than ever before.

You can even use honey, papaya skin and over ripe banana to rub over the affected area and get your skin repaired. Until your skin is fully recovered make sure that you wear adequate sun protection when you step outside as new skin would be more vulnerable to the sun at the initial stages. Also drink lots of water and keep your body hydrated during the recovery phase; the sooner you get better, the sooner you can head back to the beach!

Kiss Your Headaches Goodbye

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Frequent headaches can be a big ‘headache’ in itself and more often than not, you’ll be reaching out for the Aspirin box for quick relief. Unknown to most, headaches come about because of many reasons which include the fluids that you take in all through the day or even at night. Here is the list of common reasons that cause headaches without even you knowing it.

Alcohol. Yes, you know it is damaging to the liver but did you know they can also cause regular headaches even if you take only a few shots at a time? This is because alcohol contains tyramine that causes dehydration. Other petrochemicals contained in alcohol also cause heightened migraines which you might be considering as headaches. If you have the habit of consuming alcohol before bed, may be the headaches are a warning sign that you need to stop.

Next, chocolate. Experts often swear that chocolate is all good and that they can melt away stress but facts speak otherwise. Chocolates also contain tyramine and fats which when consumed together with other fatty foods block the absorption of serotonin which causes headache.

If you have been drinking coffee all for a long time and suddenly stopped it, the break in caffine can cause headaches. In case you want to quit the habit of taking in coffee, it is best advised that you cut down on the consumption of coffee and stop the habit over a period of time.

Almost all pasteries and sweets you get at the bakery contain loads of artificial sweeteners. Most people buy pasteries with artificial sweetners so that they wont put on weight with extra calories contained in regaulr sugar. However aspartame contained in artificial sweetners can cause severe migraines and also reduces the serotonin production of the body.

Next, cheese and ice cream. Both unavoidable during celebrations whether it be on top of your favourite pizza or your favourite milk shake but these foods also cause migraines. You might be familiar with the ‘brain-freeze’ associated with ice-cream but there is more to it than that. If your headache is regular and even after cutting down on these foods, they keep coming back, you should pay your doctor a visit.