How to Stay Young?

At some point, every person notices that they begin to look in a different way than before - they become to look older. In pursue of their youth many people run to a plastic surgeon and beg to make them look younger. But there are many other ways that can make you look better and you do not need a scalpel and a great deal of money for that. Image Credit: drandrewlofman.com The scientists have found out that 7% of people have a so-called “Peter Pen gene”. This gene is responsible for the process of ageing. It turn...

Humans as Plants: the Slow Medicine Movement

You have probably heard of the slow food movement, which encourages careful cooking and proper enjoyment of food. Slow medicine is similar: a holistic alternative to the overly mechanic Western medical system, a way for the body to heal itself. Image Credit: Wavebreakmedia / istockphoto.com There can be no doubt that medicine has progressed more in the last 100 years than in all preceding centuries. Antibiotics, modern surgery, and vaccines now allow people live twice longer than in the past. However, there is a...

Why You Should Learn How to Surf

People living at the coast are the lucky ones to have an opportunity to do surfing. While it is widely known that surfing is quite an entertaining activity that gives a person a lot of good feelings, is it possible that this activity can be used to bring health benefits, both physical and psychological ones? The answer is yes! Here are the reasons why you should definitely consider surfing as a part of your life, even if you are not that close to the coast. Image Credit: Old Tripod / unsplash.com Mental health iss...

Five Rules of Safe Cycling

A bicycle is perhaps the most versatile and popular means of keeping one’s body fit. Today many people use a bike to get to the job or just to move from one part of the city to another. Cycling gives us positive emotions, fills with the energy and, what is even more important, it is environmentally friendly. Cycling has a lot of benefits, but you should not forget about your safety and before taking your bike out learn 5 rules of safe cycling. Image Credit: Levanlaw.com The statistics say that around 20% of road a...

5 Ways Meditation Can Help Us

Meditation is a trance state of rest and relaxation for the body. This is the cessation of mental work and mental movements producing negative thoughts and tension. As many people are in constant dialogue with their negative thoughts, meditation is often considered to be a way of stopping the thoughts. Image Credit: racorn / tr.123rf.com People have been practicing meditation for thousands of years. Why has it happened? What does meditation give us? Meditation gives us a lot of benefits, which are proved by many ...

The Surprising Psychological Benefits of Music

Nowadays, as we live in the era of modern technology, almost everybody has their own device with headphones, and when they need to listen to music, they just turn it on and listen. But what is the reason why we listen to music? Why do we need it? Image Credit: Ollyy / Shutterstock.com The reason is in our psychology. Music can help us overcome difficulties; it cheers us up, stimulates us to work or even makes us relax. We listen to music because it helps us to understand our emotions and do not feel lonely. It ca...

Some Facts about Questionable Medical Recommendations

Each day we face frightening information. Doctors, nutritionists, journalists, and manufacturers keep saying how harmful our food or water is, this list really can be endless. After all, even air is unsafe, they say. Image Credit: healthline.com Taking into account the situation, we can assume that it is an industry comprising of businessmen and medical community, that makes up myths about health threats. Numerous books about healthy lifestyle are published each year. They definitely bring fortune to their owne...

Cute Puppies and Their Amazing Powers of Manipulation

It’s not a mystery that humans are far from unique in their social reasoning capabilities, but studies suggest that dogs deserve a place on the list of animals that share these talents. We knew that they are smart, but this smart? Are they really manipulating us? Image Credit: freddie marriage / unsplash.com It’s not a mystery that humans are far from unique in their social reasoning capabilities, but studies suggest that dogs deserve a place on the list of animals that share these talents. We knew that they are s...

Wind Turbines and Human Health

People are in search of alternative electricity sources. Wind energy has been widely used in recent years. However, is it safe for people to live nearby these modern plants? Wind Power Potential Image Credit: General Electric / visual.ly Wind Power Potential To make it clear, let’s dwell upon the general outline of the energy source. Wind power is not widely used yet, though it has some indisputable advantages, for example, it is an inexhaustible resource with zero emission. So, according to scientists’ predi...

Longevity And Ageing: Struggling To Violate The Rules

Many ages have passed since God declared that a human life has a limit determined by Him, and these humans have ever since been struggling to break the rule in a defiant attempt to become immortal. Recent years have seen the appearance of dozens of new researches dedicated to the issue of longevity and ageing. Image Credit: Cmjjack / Dreamstime.com And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. (Genesis 6:3) Advan...

Paper Books or eBooks: Which One Is Preferable?

Nowadays you can hardly imagine your life without a modern and sophisticated gadget in a pocket. It can certainly facilitate the learning process for students. Is this growing influence of technology as effective and useful as it seems to be at first sight? Image Credit: kidscreen.com Digital Reading: How Effective Is It? Modern schools, colleges, and universities are equipped with up-to-date screens, tablets and computers. Students have unlimited access to e-textbooks in the Internet libraries. They admit that d...

How to Deal with Age-Related Weight Gain

A lot of people experience age-based weight gain. It seems almost inevitable. Let’s find out what mechanisms in our body cause these changes and how to control them. Image Credit: pexels.com A lot of people experience age-based weight gain. It seems almost inevitable. Let’s find out what mechanisms in our body cause these changes and how to control them. What Processes are to Blame The first thing that might have come to your mind is that eating habits play the crucial role in the weight gain process. However, i...

Tap or Bottle: Which Water Should You Drink?

Doctors often advise to drink at least 1.5 liters of water per day, and it is a wise advice: dehydration can be a serious health issue. Advertising pushes us to buy bottled water, insisting that tap water is not safe. It it worth spending money on those bottles? Image Credit: pexels.com Over 60% of our body mass its water, but throughout the day we lose over 1.5 liters of water through breath, kidneys, and sweat (more on water balance here). This can be replenished through food and drinks; however, pure water has ...

Can Sleeping with Dogs Harm Human Health?

Where does your favorite dog sleep? According to statistics in the UK, in Italy and in many other developed countries, very often domestic dogs sleep next to their masters in one bedroom or even share one bed. But it would be smarter to abandon this common habit, because "a man's best friend" can give us new infectious diseases, transmitted namely from animals to humans. It is dangerous or at least very "unhygienic" to keep dogs in the kitchen, in the bedroom or in your own bed. Image Cred...

Health Benefits of Skipping Late Meals

We are sure that everyone has heard the folk wisdom: "Breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen and dine like a pauper." But in the modern world not all but just a few respect this rule. Any bad consequences for health? Yes, especially in case of late and hearty dinners! Image Credit: gratisography.com Bad influence of late meals Obesity is one of the main reasons for almost all known modern diseases. To lose weight many people limit or skip their meals during the day. But the difference between night a...

Simply Tired or Chronically Ill?

Do you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning? Feel the lack of energy? Can barely stay awake? It may be symptoms of chronic fatigue. Image Credit: Xavier Sotomayor / unsplash.com Ignored Danger Chronic fatigue syndrome is not something simple, and it cannot be cured with caffeine or sleep. Unfortunately, society and even doctors do not take it seriously. For some reason, the medical community has long been ignoring the dangers of chronic fatigue syndrome and diminishing the importance of its further inve...

From the Himalayas with Love: Tibetan Medicine

Is the Western world losing faith in its own scientific progress? With all our antibiotics and MRI machines, why are so many people turning to Chinese medicine, Ayurvedha, and acupuncture? Traditional healing is a booming market, and TIbetan medicine is taking it by storm. Let us take a look at this ancient tradition. Image Credit: alamy.com The ancient theory of energies Our modern medicine is just a bit over 100 years old. In fact, it was born when Louis Pasteur discovered that most diseases are caused by ger...

Keeping Body Clocks in Sync as the Basis of a Balanced Life

Circadian rhythms govern our behaviour, hormone levels, sleep-wake cycles, temperature, digestion, blood pressure, and metabolism. They have developed as an adaptive reaction to natural environmental cycles. Let’s find out more about mechanisms that govern almost all body systems. Image Credit: nomao saeki / unsplash.com Biological rhythms Life is synchronized to the rotation of the Earth. It stands to reason that our body experiences different phases during the day. Those changes are called circadian rhythms. Mo...

Plastic in Tap Water: Should You Be Concerned?

Plastics are ubiquitous in our kitchens, clothes, cars, toys... As it turns out, they can also get where you don't want to find them - in tap water, for example. Recent headlines warn that we may be drinking plastic; is the situation as serious as it sounds? Image Credit: Portugalresident.com Contaminated water Though plastic does not biodegrade, it does break down into ever smaller pieces - first a few microns across (microplastics), then just a few nanometers (nanoplastics). Microplastic in fish and seaf...

New Study Reveals Cat Parasite Link to Neurological Disorders

You may hang around cats all your life and never realize that you might be at certain risk of developing a pretty wide range of unpleasant ailments. But there is more to it. Here is what most recent study reveals about the link between parasite Toxoplasma gondii and neurological disorders. Image Credit: Tookapic / pexels.com Breaking News Scientific Reports has recently published most interesting and, undoubtedly, significant research showing the link between Toxoplasma gondii, a brain parasite (that is often ref...