Don’t Like Traditional Meditation? Try Colouring Instead!

In a welcome throwback to our collective childhoods, neuroscience is unveiling the potential of colouring-in to reduce stress, foster creativity and enhance the brain’s performance. But before we rush to the stationery aisle to splurge on pastel crayons, we had to ask ourselves (and the experts) — does it really work? According to neuroscientist and…

Manuka Honey – Health Food or Just a Fad?

Long before superfoods were considered health-and-beauty must-haves, there reigned a queen of natural elixirs touted widely for its wound healing and skin-softening properties – and, of course, its taste. But now, as the latest in food fads come and go, manuka honey continues its steady rise in popularity. What is Manuka Honey? Manuka, a medicinal-grade…

This Is Why A Late Breakfast Is A Bad Idea

Most of us are now aware that skipping breakfast spells bad news for our overall health. It makes us too hungry by the afternoon and encourages mindless snacking, and it also slows down metabolism. But did you know that eating a late breakfast is also a bad idea? It’s not just important to eat your…

This Is Why You Gain Weight In The Summer

Most people lament that they gain 3-5 kilos in the winter. And they blame it on wanting to indulge in fatty comfort food, decreased activity levels because it’s too cold to go out for a walk, and the desire to stay tucked into their warm blanket for a few extra hours on cold, foggy mornings….

5 Easy Ways To Beat Stress

Are you always stressed out? Stress has become the bane of the modern lifestyle. Not only can stress cause weight gain and sleep related problems, it also increases your risk towards chronic diseases like Hypertension and Diabetes Type 2. So is it possible to beat stress? Yes, it is; and all it really requires is…

The Perils of Oxidative Stress

Given how demanding modern life is, it isn’t a surprise that stress is one of the leading causes of psychological disorders and premature aging. When you experience too much stress, it can lead to oxidative stress, which often causes the body to produce too many free radicals. Free radicals are some of the major causes…

Ulner Nerve Entrapment: Are You At Risk?

Sometime last year, I was diagnosed with Ulner Nerve Entrapment. The ulner nerve runs down the neck, through the arm, past a tunnel created by bones in the elbow, and connects to the last two fingers of the palm – the ring finger and the pinky finger. If this nerve gets ‘pinched’, the arm starts…

The Best Ways To Improve Your Flexibility

Can you run for 45 minutes but cannot touch your toes? Do you often sprain and strain your muscles and ligaments? You aren’t the only one. Many of us can go through our complete workout where we push our muscles to their limit without stretching. Stretching increases flexibility and lengthens out the muscles. Some of…

Do It Right: Learn How to Calorie Count

It’s that time of the year when we all want to start losing some weight. Whether your weight gain can be attributed to consistent overeating during the holiday season, or is a direct result of inactivity brought on by the cold harsh weather outside, it’s time to drop a few pounds and get back in…

Banish Winter Hair Woes!

The winter months may bring the year’s most festive parties and family vacations, but with all the good tidings comes some not-so-jolly news for your hair. Thanks to that annual chill, hair can easily become dry, brittle and just plain lifeless. With winter weather well on its way, it doesn’t take long for the icy…

5 Reasons I Love To Walk (Besides For Fitness)

We know that walking can burn calories, ward off obesity and reduce the risk of heart disease — but your evening stroll comes with a ton of more benefits. Studies have proven that walking might also have significant stress-relieving benefits. And I do know that first hand! I walk for 60-90 minutes, 6 days a week. While I agree…

The Best Cure For Migraine – Prevention

When you are in the throes of a migraine headache, all you can think of is a quiet, dark room. Everything hurts when the debilitating pain of a migraine takes over your life. And if you are a chronic migraine sufferer, you’ll literally try anything and everything to get some relief. I know how that…

Is Workplace Stress Taking Over Your Life?

You have a critical presentation to give in about 15 minutes, and you find your heart racing and your blood pressure increasing along with it, as you break in to a nervous sweat. Whether you are a car salesman, a board member at an MNC, or part of an advertising team pitching for a new…

Sleep and Stress: Are They Connected?

If you often wonder why falling off to sleep is so hard for you, despite the fact that you are bone tired, the culprit could be your high stress lifestyle. Yes, stress and sleep have a very deep connection, one that we are going to explore today.     Stress can cause sleep problems It’s…

Meditation: Is It Worth Trying Out?

These days the world is turning to alternative therapies as the ideal solution to a number of mental and physical problems, and meditation is one leading therapy that has won the trust of many as an excellent fitness promoter, both for the mind and body. Whether your mind is riddled with soaring levels of stress…

Fun Facts About Your Body!

The human body is a complex thing. It’s no wonder that some people find the ‘old person smell’ offensive, while others love to snuggle with their dogs because they smell so great! And then there are some of us who love their coffee piping hot, while others can only drink their cup of tea once…

Add Flavour, Not Calories, To Your Food

Originally posted on Food For The Happy Soul:
Heavy cream, Ghee, Sugar and excess Salt – these are the things you depend on to enrich the flavours of your daily foods.  While the added fats and sugar will make your food taste better, they also add unnecessary calories to your meal. If you are trying…

5 Things You MUST Know About Your Teeth

We all know that the key to good oral health lies in keeping your teeth healthy and clean. But how well do you really know your pearly whites? Our teeth aid us in talking, chewing and making our smile dazzle. So here are 5 teeth facts that can help you keep your teeth healthier than…

Don’t Make Your Asthma Worse…

As every year passes by, I see Asthma becoming a lot more common. In fact, my husband suffers from it too and this is the time of the year his allergies flare up and his breathing gets the worst because of a mix of culprits – pollen in the air and heat/humidity to name just…

Can Meditation Actually Be Bad For You?!

Enough has been said about meditation and the wondrous change it can bring in an individual. People have some completely life changing deep meditation experiences and there is tons and tons written about How to meditate, Why to meditate and When to mediate. We get it…..meditation comes with innumerous benefits. But did you know of…

What’s Lurking In Your Toothbrush?

We all think that oral care begins with a good toothbrush. But do you know what is lurking in your toothbrush? Unlike popular belief, your toothbrush could be the reason you have so many oral or other health problems! Find out the ugly truth about your toothbrush! At University of Manchester in England, researchers have…

Stop With The Negative Body Image!

‘Negative Body Image’ – What does it mean? Simply put, it means to have a negatory image of your own body, wherein you find many flaws with the way you look. However, the repercussions of a negative body image are far from simple. Women have TONS of negative things to say about themselves each day,…

Don’t Let Gynecomastia Ruin Your Self Confidence

Have you noticed how some men have over-developed breasts which tend to look rather odd sticking out from under their shirts? Gynecomastia is a condition wherein a man’s breasts are abnormally enlarged. And while you would think this condition is rare, about 30% of the male population suffers from Gynecomastia. As is obvious, the condition…