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Trick Your Body – Relieve Your Pain

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This a list of health tricks to teach your body. It was taken from the Men’s Health website. The original list had 18 tricks, but I have chosen to share with you the most interesting ones.

Cure a Tickling Throat

Here’s a way to scratch your throat itch: Scratch your ear. “When the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm,” says Scott Schaffer, M.D., president of an ear, nose, and throat specialty center in New Jersey. “This spasm relieves the tickle.”

Experience Supersonic Hearing

If you’re stuck chatting up a mumbler at a cocktail party, lean in with your right ear. It’s better than your left at following the rapid rhythms of speech, according to researchers at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. If, on the other hand, you’re trying to identify that song playing softly in the elevator, turn your left ear toward the sound. The left ear is better at picking up music tones.

Feel No Pain

German researchers have discovered that coughing during an injection can lessen the pain of the needle stick. According to Taras Usichenko, author of a study on the phenomenon, the trick causes a sudden, temporary rise in pressure in the chest and spinal canal, inhibiting the pain-conducting structures of the spinal cord.

Clear Your Stuffed Nose

Forget Sudafed. Here’s an easier, quicker, and cheaper remedy to relieve sinus pressure: Alternate thrusting your tongue against the roof of your mouth, then pressing between your eyebrows with one finger. This causes the vomer bone, which runs through the nasal passages to the mouth, to rock back and forth, says Lisa DeStefano, D.O., an assistant professor at the Michigan State University college of osteopathic medicine. The motion loosens congestion; after 20 seconds, you’ll feel your sinuses start to drain.

Cure Your Toothache

Just rub ice on the back of your hand, on the V-shaped webbed area between your thumb and index finger. A Canadian study found that this technique reduces toothache pain by as much as 50 percent compared with using no ice. The nerve pathways at the base of that V stimulate an area of the brain that blocks pain signals from the face and hands.

Unstitch Your Side

If you’re like most people, when you run, you exhale as your right foot hits the ground. This puts downward pressure on your liver (which lives on your right side), which then tugs at the diaphragm and creates a side stitch, according to The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Men. The fix: Exhale as your left foot strikes the ground.

Wake the Dead

If your hand falls asleep while you’re driving or sitting in an odd position, rock your head from side to side. It’ll painlessly banish your pins and needles in less than a minute, says Dr. DeStefano. A tingly hand or arm is often the result of compression in the bundle of nerves in your neck; loosening your neck muscles releases the pressure. Compressed nerves lower in the body govern the feet, so don’t let your sleeping dogs lie. Stand up and walk around.

Breathe Underwater

If you’re dying to retrieve that quarter from the bottom of the pool, take several short breaths first—essentially, hyperventilate. When you’re underwater, it’s not a lack of oxygen that makes you desperate for a breath; it’s the buildup of carbon dioxide, which makes your blood acidic, which signals your brain that somethin’ ain’t right. “When you hyperventilate, the influx of oxygen lowers blood acidity,” says Jonathan Armbruster, Ph.D., an associate professor of biology at Auburn University. “This tricks your brain into thinking it has more oxygen.” It’ll buy you up to 10 seconds.

Read Minds

Your own! “If you’re giving a speech the next day, review it before falling asleep,” says Candi Heimgartner, an instructor of biological sciences at the University of Idaho. Since most memory consolidation happens during sleep, anything you read right before bed is more likely to be encoded as long-term memory.

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Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

My cooking in Ramadan is usually at its peak. I would be so hungry and since I can’t taste the food, its harder for me to know if things are going the way they’re supposed to be. But, surprisingly, my sense of smell is stronger when I’m hungry (not sure if this is normal or not). So, I rely on smelling the food rather than tasting it and I usually end up with something really good.

So the past couple of days I have been experimenting with sweet potatoes.

I love them so much because they can be cooked in so many different ways. They can be roasted, puréed, steamed, baked, or grilled. You can add them to soups and stews, or grilled and placed on top of leafy greens for a delicious salad. I stir-fried them the other day to make a vegetable fajita wrap. The other thing I did was mashed sweet potato with cinnamon. And  my latest endeavor, is baked sweet potato french fries with garlic mayo. It is to die for. Probably the best I have done with sweet potatoes so far. And the picture below was taken from the merry thought (she has a really good recipe of the french fries)! Didn’t have time to take pictures of the fries, finished them off without thinking.

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I found on Care To Make a Difference, the nutritional benefits of eating sweet potatoes.

1. They are high in vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 helps reduce the chemical homocysteine in our bodies.  Homocysteine has been linked with degenerative diseases, including the prevention of heart attacks.

2. They are a good source of vitamin C. While most people know that vitamin C is important to help ward off cold and flu viruses, few people are aware that this crucial vitamin plays an important role in bone and tooth formation, digestion, and blood cell formation. It helps accelerate wound healing, produces collagen which helps maintain skin’s youthful elasticity, and is essen­tial to helping us cope with stress.

3. They contain Vitamin D which is critical for immune system and overall health at this time of year.  Both a vitamin and a hormone, vitamin D is primarily made in our bodies as a result of getting adequate sunlight. You may have heard about seasonal affective disorder (or SAD, as it is also called), which is linked to inadequate sunlight and therefore a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D plays an important role in our energy levels, moods, and helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth, and it supports the thyroid gland.

4. Sweet potatoes contain iron. Most people are aware that we need the mineral iron to have adequate energy, but iron plays other important roles in our body, including red and white blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper im­mune functioning, and the metabolizing of protein, among other things.

5. Sweet potatoes are a good source of mag­nesium, which is the relaxation and anti-stress mineral. Magnesium is necessary for healthy artery, blood, bone, heart, muscle, and nerve function, yet experts estimate that approximately 80 percent of the popula­tion in North America may be deficient in this important mineral.

6. They are a source of potassium, one of the important electrolytes that help regulate heartbeat and nerve signals. Like the other electrolytes, potassium performs many essential functions, some of which include relaxing muscle contractions, reducing swelling, and protecting and controlling the activity of the kidneys.

7. Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet-tasting but their natural sugars are slowly released into the bloodstream, helping to ensure a balanced and regular source of energy, without the blood sugar spikes linked to fatigue and weight gain.

8. Their rich orange color indicates that they are high in carotenoids like beta carotene and other carotenoids, which is the precursor to vitamin A in your body.  Carotenoids help strengthen our eyesight and boost our immunity to disease, they are powerful antioxidants that help ward off cancer and protect against the effects of aging.

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London = Hay Fever Allergies

I love London. I love everything about it, the shopping, the shows, the food, heck I even don’t mind the gloomy weather, but what I don’t like is their excessive amount of pollen in the air. Anyone who has hay fever allergies and has been to London knows what I’m talking about. I go there nearly every year and every time it gets worse. Basically, I have to take medicine every single day or else I’m a mess. I’m actually a mess with the medicine in my system, so without it God knows what would happen.

This year in particular it got really bad. I was talking 3 different pills a day, when I’m only supposed to take one and still no use. It’s as if I’m taking no medication at all. Anyways, what happens to me is that I end up sneezing all day and having a red nose and red, itchy, and puffy eyes. It’s not a picture anyone wants to see in their head. Oh and it gets worse at night, and I end up waking up 3-4 times while sleeping, just to sneeze. During the day, it’s not as bad, but I would be so drowsy because of all the pills I’ve taken.

I found an article from The Guardian really helpful to trying to prevent your allergies from taking over. I hope this helps!

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Does a Food Coma Really Exist?

After eating a heavy meal, many suffer from drowsiness and fatigue. The reason one wants to take a nap after a meal is because there’s such a thing called food coma. With Ramadan starting in a little over a week, I just wanted to warn you about this. It’s nothing serious, but avoiding a food coma is much better for your health. Just avoid it by eating food low in sugar and simply not overeating.

Despite the seemingly comical name, food coma is actually a medically recognized condition known as post-prandial somnolence. Unlink a real coma, food coma is the completely natural feeling of fatigue you get when you’ve finished eating a meal. As a general rule of thumb, the bigger the meal, the harder you’ll fall asleep.

What causes it?
Swallowing your food is only the first step to developing a food coma. After being partially digested by the powerful acids of the stomach, it’s on to the intestines, where the food-induced sleepiness really begins. Nutrients in the food trigger a chain reaction that starts with blood and energy being diverted to aid in digestion and away from the “non-essential” functions of the body like exercise and muscle exertion. The more “essential” function at hand is getting nutrients into the bloodstream. This and the hormonal changes caused by glucose — AKA energy — uptake by your body to make you feel very, very sleepy. Sweet dreams!

Possible Side Effects
Friends, loved ones or co-workers may take advantage of your comatose state to stick things up your nostrils or draw mustaches on you with permanent markers.

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How to Soothe a Burnt Toungue

Getting a burnt tongue is one of the most annoying feelings ever. It’s like, you just woke up, made yourself a cup of coffee and because you were rushing to get to work, you take a big gulp and end up burning your tongue. That has happened to many of us, either by drinking a hot beverage or eating a hot dish.

I remember as a kid, my grandmother used to tell me to put sugar on my tongue so it can heal the burn. Ever since then, I would always do that whenever I burned my tongue. Then it occurred to me that it might just be some sort of old tradition and not really scientifically accurate. Turns out, I’m right. Sugar helps soothe the pain, but there is no scientific fact that it actually heals the burn.

There are over home remedies to soothe the pain including the following:

  1. Putting ice on the burnt area.
  2. Drinking warm tea with honey.
  3. Use an anesthetic mouthwash to numb your tongue.
  4. Eating a popsicle.

 

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Stop Using Steroids

Diet Center Kuwait is out there to warn people about the side effects of using steroids. Here is a video and some information that explains the reasons why not to use them.

Summer! The time to hit the beach and go tan, but before that; everyone wants to have that perfect beach body, and they want it QUICK! Sadly, all you see isn’t 100% natural. Many of the buffed up body builders are on hormones and steroids that artificially enhance their muscle mass and give an illusion of strength, health and physique.

Steroids can be very dangerous! When used excessively, steroids can cause the body to break down and more pressure is placed on the heart as well as on other organs not to mention the reproductive system.

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Don’t Forget to Drink Water

This shows how important it is to drink water at the right time.

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Filler Foods

Eating low-calorie foods that fill you up can help cut your calories and control your hunger at the same time. This combination can help you reach and keep a healthy body weight.

Water-rich vegetables are a great filler foods. Good examples include celery, cucumbers, lettuce, hearts of palm (palmito), radishes, carrots and alfalfa sprouts. Fruits are another good choice for the same reason. For example, grapefruit is almost 90 percent water. As an added bonus, fruits and vegetables provides you with necessary nutrients such as vitamins and minerals.

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High-fiber soups also work well as low-calorie filler foods. Legumes, such as beans and lentils, are rich in fiber and protein; add legumes to your soups and stews to satisfy your hunger with fewer calories.
Other filler foods include whole grains that would fill you up for a long time because they contain fiber and complex carbohydrates. Boiled whole grains like oatmeal and brown rice can give you energy and lasting power. Low fat whole grain pretzels and crackers are good healthy snacks.

Choose from a variety of low-calorie filler foods to keep your diet interesting.

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My Latest Addiction – ZUMBA

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The Zumba trend went viral in Kuwait a few years ago, but only now have I realized what the fuss is about. It’s FUN. I have joined gyms and took up walking in order to exercise, but nothing defines a good workout better than Zumba. I’m taking the classes at Rana Fitness Studio in Al Khaldiyah (MAP). The first time I went there, it was free because it was just a trial. The next time I went there I paid KD40 for 10 classes. It’s very convenient. There are night and morning classes with different certified trainers. The classes offered include the following: Zumba, Yoga, HipHop/Dubstep, Warrior Fitness, Masala Bhangra, Drums Alive, BOSU and Zumba Toning. Follow their account on Instagram (Ranafitness) to know the timings of the classes. Not all classes are offered all the time, but Zumba is always available.

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Food that can Improve Your Eyesight

Various foods are important for good eye health..

  • Carrots are a critical source of vitamin A and beta carotene as are all orange-yellow vegetables. Beta carotene converts to Vitamin A in the body and is a potent antioxidant.
  • Spinach and other green vegetables are a great source of lutein and zeaxathin, both being vital for eye protection from the sun.
  • Garlic and onions are rich in sulfur and aid the eyes by producing glutathione; this is a really great antioxidant for the eyes.
  • Cod, tuna, sardines and mackerel are loaded with DHA which supports cell membranes and help to reduce the likelihood of macular degeneration. It is highly recommended for dry eyes.
  • All fruits and vegetables contain nutrients that are vital for eye health, with those being vitamin A, C, E and will help to improve daytime vision.
  • Blueberries and grapes improve night vision with an increase in anthocyanins. They are able to quickly create a noticeable improvement in critical night vision.
  • Eggs are rich in sulfur which helps to protect the lens of the eye and prevent cataract development.

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