Impact of Social Media Use

Greater social media use is associated with depression among #teenagers due to greater online harassment, poor self-esteem, greater body dissatisfaction and poor sleep quality, with #girls disproportionately affected compared to boys, UK researchers have discovered. This important new research confirms that we need to increase awareness amongst parents, schools and policy makers about the role…

#ChildhoodObesity

Summer vacations means more time being spent eating and watching TV! #Children who spend more than 3 hours a day glued to a screen are more likely to be fatter and have early risk factors for type 2 diabetes, especially insulin resistance, than those who spend an hour a day or less. Levels of leptin,…

#RecipeOfTheWeek: Walnut and zucchini salad

#Summertime is #salad time! Ingredients-1 serve Dressing: • ½ tbsp olive oil • 3 tbsp mayonnaise • ½ tsp lemon juice • ¼ garlic clove • 1⁄8 tsp salt • 1⁄10 tsp chili powder • ¼ tbsp olive oil • salt and pepper Salad: • ½ zucchini • ¼ head of  lettuce • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh spring onions • 3 tbsp chopped walnuts or pecans Instructions…

The King Of Fruits: To Eat or Not to Eat?

With #mango season around, it becomes hard to resist a slice. We recommend a low carb lifestyle and if you still are largely on a carbohydrate dominant diet, then let’s understand the pros and cons of doing so! Mango maybe high on the micronutrient quotient eg., fibre, betacarotene, vitamin C, iron to name a few. Not…

Analgesic effects of meditation

Research shows that #mindfulness #meditation is not a pseudo-type of cognitive intervention. It is a useful tool for pain management. When compared to the placebo conditions, mindfulness meditation–based #pain relief engages multiple mechanisms that are associated with cognitive control and pain relief. A 20 minute session per day was the minimum used in the experiment.…

Choline-Facts

A naturally existing pseudovitamin that takes part in many physiological reactions in the body. Benefits -Heart health: reduces homocysteine -Nervous system: neurotransmitter acetylcholine, memory and cognitive function -Lipid metabolism: cholesterol regulation -Biochemical reactions: methylation, works with B12 and B6, DNA synthesis -Cell membrane structure and signalling Humans can produce choline endogenously in the liver, mostly…

Does pollution adversely affects our physical health?

We know that #pollution adversely affects our physical health, and now evidence shows that air pollution exposure is associated with an increased risk of #mental health issues, particularly in #adolescents. Investigators found psychotic experiences were significantly more common among adolescents with the highest exposure to nitrogen dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and very small particulate matter, even…