Should We Say ‘Bless You’?

Have you ever given some thought to why most of us say ‘Bless you’ right after a person sneezes? The custom in question is age-old, and abandoning it in a moment doesn’t make sense – and why should we abandon it anyway? While some bloggers suggest that everyone drops the habit of saying the expression, it might not be the best idea. And here is why. Image Credit: shutterstock.com / antpkr What about the origins? The expression usually follows when someone sneezes. The roots of the tradition can be traced as fa...

6 Things You Probably Forget to Clean

How often do you clean your house? Even if it happens once a week, it may be not enough to make your rooms shiny. Vacuuming and removing dust from your collection of the Game of Thrones DVDs is a nice thing to start with, but there are way more things that require regular cleaning. Read on to learn what you may have missed. Image Credit: shutterstock.com / sebra Some of the aspects of cleaning are evident: there is dust, and there is some debris on the floor, which call for hauling the vacuum cleaner into the r...

Talking to Pets and Inanimate Objects Absolutely Normal

Have you ever called your dog a good boy? We bet you have. While everyone around may be calling you nuts because of your talking to animals, it turns out such behavior is not a sign of stupidity, but a hallmark of intelligence characteristic of the human brain. The next time you are told talking to pets as if they were humans is pointless, refer to this article. Image Credit: shutterstock.com The human brain is constructed in such a way so that it would make an attempt to interact with anything that has eyes as...

How to Keep Your Bed Cool in the Heat of Summer

When it’s cold, having a warm bed with cozy linen and some plush toy beside the pillow can be a nice addition to most evenings. However, the summer is different: you are likely to fail to get a good night’s sleep if it’s hot and you are sweating. Some even say nightmares can be caused by sleeping in a hot room. Here is advice on how to keep it cool. Image Credit: shutterstock.com / Tetra Images When it’s cold, having a warm bed with cozy linen and some plush toy beside the pillow can be a nice addition to most ...

Breaking the Vicious Cycle: How Consumer Aspirations Can Make You Feel Bad

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. Image Credit: fr.depositphotos.com / kjekol How low are your standards? Do you refuse to buy things which are not the best ones available on the market? In our ...

Niksen: New Kind of Mindfulness or Art of Being Lazybones?

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? Image Credit: Getty Images Nordic lifestyle methods have recently been gaining in popularity, with more and more approaches to adjustment of life pace being introduced every yea...

In What Ways Is Sun Beneficial for Health?

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. Image Credit: Jordan Siemens / Getty Images The first thing that should be noted is that ultraviolet, which affects our skin when we ...

Physical State of a Person Depends on the Sun Rays

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. Image Credit: Melcor | Dreamstime.com Is there a relationsh...

Out of Touch: How Touching Affects Our Mood And Why We Gave It Up

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. Image Credit: istockphoto.com The outlook for tomorrow is as touchless as ever. Look at children – at an airport, playground, or your own room – and ...

Hand Dryers Cover Your Hands with Germs

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. Image Credit: videoblocks.com When we are in a public bathroom, most of us do our best not to touch any surfaces: the germs inhabiting them...

How Processed Food Helps Harmful Bacteria

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. Image Credit: go...

Why Is Vitamin D So Important to Thyroid Patients?

Photo by Stoica Ionela on Unsplash 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. Ther...

What is Resonance Frequency Breathing?

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. Image Credit: fizkes / pt.depositphotos.com The breathing technique in question is not the first one to be found able to...

Why Do We Need to Sleep?

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? Image Credit: Thinkstock LLC / Picture Quest Sleep is necessary for us. People can live without any food quite for a long time, but if we make ourselves awake for more than five days, we can get serious health problems and even die. So, why is it so important to sleep? Scientists from all over the world do not agree about the answer to this question. There are a lot of theories de...

Stem Cells in Hypothalamus Can Regulate Aging

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. Image Credit: Sciencemag.org Target: hypothalamus A portion of the brain with a variety of functions, hypothalamus is one of the most fascinat...

Sunlight: Do We Need It?

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. Image Credit: Julian Jagtenberg / pexels.com Reason #1: Vitamin D When human skin is exposed to sunlight, it converts the chemicals found in it i...

Kitchen Hygiene: Challenge Accepted

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. Image Credit: zstock / shutterstock.com The seeming cleanliness of our kitchens is misleading: behind these shiny tabletops and glowing teapots, there is an ar...

One Glass of Wine More Effective Than Exercising, Study Suggests

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. Image Credit: Rocketclips, Inc. / shutterstock.com Such things as regular exercising, eating healthy food and avoiding stress have long been associated with longevity. However, the way alcohol affects human health is regarded as a controversial is...

What Does It Mean For Your Body To Live in a Big City

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. Image Credit: wiadomosci.onet.pl Pollution levels can take your breath away Air pollution is one of the major concerns for those living in big cities, as it can cause a variety of...

5 Steps to Relax Your Muscles

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. Image Credit: AntonioGuillemF / Depositphotos The muscle tension is caused by stress and anxiety which is a n...