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…

Are you FIT enough for group classes??

Group classes are popular because of 2 things: they banish BOREDOM and promote BONDING! Also, it is supervised to a certain extent and can be motivating for clients who need to be pushed. However, a beginner joining group classes can have his share of risks. The problem with any group class is that anyone who…

Benefits of Magnesium

-Creation of ATP, the energy molecules of your body -Formation of bones and teeth, working synergistically with calcium -Cardiovascular function and lowering of blood pressure -Nerve impulse conduction -Muscle contraction -Co factor in several reactions in the body -Regulation of blood sugar levels Sources: Green leafy vegetables like spinach are excellent sources of magnesium, as…

Is moderate drinking healthy?

The obvious ill effects of binge drinking and heavy alcohol consumption are well known. However, for years, many have taken comfort in the notion that moderate drinking is benign. Research shows moderate drinking is also associated with pathologic findings in the brain, increased risk of atrial fibrillation, stage 1 and stage 2 hypertension and some…