Have you ever given some thought to the way you purchase things? Do you always want the best? Is it the cheapest option that appeals to you? What drives your consumer compass? While all these things may seem to be far from health issues, it appears that striving to buy only the best–especially if it only seems to be so–can affect your mind and body.
In psychology, just like in any other field, new trends are constantly emerging. One of such trends, which is going to be liked by many an American, is called niksen. It is a Dutch way of doing nothing – just letting your mind flow with no particular purpose. What is it? A new way of relaxation or an elaborate excuse for lazy employees?
Sunlight is something most of us crave in the winter and love bathing in in the summer. While overexposure is associated with a wide range of skin diseases, moderate sunbathing can be beneficial, especially if you take measures to avoid extra UV. In this article, we are going to discuss what health benefits sunlight can bring and how you can calculate optimal sun exposure time.
The positive influence of the sun on human body was noticed already in antiquity. Patients and weakened people were prescribed outdoor walks and sunbathing. This helped improve their health. The sun is the source of light and heat, giving us life, and the source of ultraviolet radiation. It can both hurt and cure. Scientists believe that mood and condition of people is strongly associated with activity of the sun. Let's get some more info about that.
What was the last time you placed your hand on your friend’s shoulder? Or a shoulder of a stranger? Do you ever touch anyone besides yourself? Our modern world is surprisingly touch-deprived: most western people are afraid of touching and being touched, and myriads of cases of legal action, which followed a handshake that had nothing evil behind it, spark debates.
It is difficult to find a person who likes visiting public bathrooms. Not only do they fall short of being squeaky-clean – they also make you stand in line! Actually, there is one more danger that you are probably not aware of: hand dryers contaminate your hands with bacteria. Perhaps, next time you go to a public bathroom you will prefer to let your hands dry on their own.
We all know that processed food – including soda, chips, sauces, and lots of other tempting yet unhealthy fruits of the chemical industry – is not beneficial for health. With more and more researches being undertaken, it is becoming more evident that it’s harmful in many ways. It has recently been reported that artificial sweeteners and several other substances contained in processed foods can contribute to inflammatory bowel disease, and the implications of consuming such food are multifaceted.
The thyroid gland is a very important part of the human body. If it does not work well, it can cause many health problems. To maintain its condition within the normal range, doctors recommend using vitamins for the thyroid that plays a big role in the renewal of hormones, regulating their impact on the human body and ensuring the proper work of the body. Lack of vitamin D Everyone needs to know about the importance of vitamin D, especially the autoimmune and thyroid patients. There are many articles and researches on ...
The breathing technique in question is not the first one to be found able to affect health. However, it is different from others in that it seems to improve blood pressure and increase heart rate variability – a curious parameter that is sometimes regarded as an indicator of nervous system and heart health. The growing body of scientific evidence suggests the technique may have medical uses.
Sleep is an integral part of our life. Even if we try to deprive our body from sleeping, it will protest. But why do we need to sleep?
Aging-inducing effects have been attributed to many organs and substances, but the sophisticated system, which our body and especially brain are, remains mysterious, as many puzzles are unsolved (if they ever will be so). According to researchers, one more mechanism behind aging has been recently revealed: stem cells in the hypothalamus seem to regulate aging processes.
If winter seems to be endless, and it makes you depressed when the day is way shorter than the night, you already know the answer: yes, we do need sunlight. However, it’s not just a matter of preference: scientific evidence suggests sunlight is what can affect us both directly and indirectly: we benefit not only from the rays, but also from knowing the daytime is long.
So you think you are a hygiene expert who keeps all tabletops sterile? Chances are your kitchen harbors myriads of germs despite your efforts to keep it clean. It’s not that you are a bad housekeeper – it’s just that microbes are everywhere. Just imagine: the sponge you use to wash the dishes is home to much more germs than there are on your toilet seat.
In their pursuit of living as long as they can, people seem to have tried everything they can find: from exotic yoga practices to following weird diets. Now researchers say that drinking a glass of wine daily seems to contribute to longevity even more than exercising.
Now that the majority of the world population lives in urban areas, it’s time to admit: people trade their health for the opportunities big cities offer. Air, noise and water pollution affect our health and lead to thousands of cases of serious diseases every year. Now we are going to discuss what dangers lurk in the concrete jungle.
The realities of today's world make most people experience stress, consequently, the body's response to this stress and anxiety is muscle tension which can lead to chronic muscle pain and exhaustion. The solution to the problem of everyday tension — progressive muscle relaxation exercises (PMR). This is a technique of relaxation the muscles used for calming your mind and body after having stress.
Our house is a place where we spend a great part of our life, and because of that we have to take care of this place. We have to be sure that the conditions we live in do not affect our health. And the main thing that we should be concerned about is the air in our house.
New Age spiritual movements often try to appear scientific, claiming that some "research" proves their concepts and luring in those people who look for a system that would explain all their life problems. Human Design is a great example.
Energy healing is one of the fastest-growing alternative medicine markets, and one of the popular new additions is the Access Consciousness system. It promises to enhance your life dramatically - but what is it based on?
It is not a secret that all people can be divided in two groups according to their sleeping habits: night owls and early birds. Night owls are considered to be lazy and unproductive; on the other hand early birds are treated as clever, creative, and active creatures. But are night owls so bad?