Having dinner atleast 2 hour prior to bed time is the ideal practice. This way, most of the food will be digested before sleep, leaving you to enjoy a restful night. It is better to avoid greasy and fatty foods, spicy gravies and side dishes for dinner. It means a lot of hard work for your stomach to digest and may even cause tummy ache and acidity during the night.
Drinking alcohol before bed:
It is a popular misconception that alcohol induces sleep quicker. Or you may also argue that you have only wine or take just one drink. Be that as it may, alcohol disrupts your sleep hygiene and prevents you from going into deep sleep. And it is during deep sleep that body carries out all its repair works so that you can start your day afresh the next day.
Coffee (or any caffeinated foods) at night:
Caffeine being a stimulant is the best friend of late night workers and nocturnal learners. Hence coffee is a sleep-foe. Caffeine can lead to sleep problems even after 10-12 hours of drinking it. Same is the case for caffeinated foods such as chocolate and fizz drinks. Hence try to eliminate your coffee habits post lunch. Think about cutting down gradually; as in if you drink 5 cups of coffee regularly, try to make it 3 this week.
Add disturbed sleep and associated problems to the long list of reasons to why you should quit smoking. Nicotine being a stimulant disrupts sleep. It causes trouble in breathing while sleeping. As the night progresses, the urge to take a puff (withdrawal symptom) may take over, which will make it difficult to fall and stay asleep.
Feeling hungry at bedtime:
Choose light and healthy snacks like a banana, apple, a bowl of grapes, a cheese sandwich or yoghurt. This won’t strain your digestive system and your hunger pangs too will subside.]]>
What you’re missing here is Portion Control. Just because you have started exercising, it doesn’t mean that you can indulge and overeat all the time. Overeating is often followed with slight tummy ache, lethargy etc. But over time you get used to it and overeating becomes a habit.
And since you are taking in more calories than you lose by exercising, your weight remains the same. This is where you need to master the art of portion control and ingrain it in your daily life.
Portion control is not eating less. Portion control is eating only the amount of food your body needs.
At home, it is easier to control portion as you can measure foods with the plates, cups and bowls you’re familiar with. But this may not be practical when you decide to eat out, go to a party or picnic. Well, there’s no need to worry your head as you have the perfect measuring tool with you- your hand.
The hand method presents you a simple way to gauge a sensible serving. Let us see how.
How about trying this out at your next meal and see if it works? Here’s a toast to healthy eating with healthy portion!]]>
Research says that sleeping too much (i.e. more than 9 hours) increases risks of getting diabetes by 50%, though the reasons for this is not clear.
You’re most likely familiar with the feeling of being tired and lazy from too much sleep (especially those who sleep till noon during weekends). This disturbance to the normal sleep pattern can cause ‘sleep drunkenness’ and makes you feel unable to stay active or concentrate.
Some people may get up with a headache when they over sleep. Lack of sleep discipline on weekends or any other days has adverse affects on certain neuro-transmitters (serotonin) in your brain. Since serotonin in brain is responsible for inducing feeling of wellness and happiness in you, any such disturbances in serotonin balance can lead to headache.
4. Mental health issues
Plenty of studies have confirmed that people with depression or anxiety tend to sleep more (perhaps to delay facing the real cause of depression). But sleeping in will only worsen your depression. Same holds true for people with continual back pain and migraine.
Sleeping in more means leaving your stomach in starvation mode for longer hours. This will slow down your metabolism i.e. fat burning rate. According to research, people who sleep for more than 9 hours are 20% more likely to become overweight in the coming years compared to people who sleep the normal hours.
If you sleep for more than 9 hours on an average basis, it is advisable to get expert help to bring your sleep schedule on track. Your doctor can help you to determine why you oversleep and how to reverse the situation.]]>
Did you know…? 10% of cancers are due to poor diet & low nutrition.
You need to know your own body well enough to identify any changes such as lumps or bleeding. These are the alarms that should get you to a doctor’s at the earliest. Of course most of such slight changes may not be precursors to cancer. Most cancers, if detected early enough, can be successfully treated. Even better, the four significant lifestyle changes that can largely prevent cancer are:
Your contribution in ‘Breaking the Silence’ matters however small…
Saliva is one factor of our body that’s most undervalued and overlooked. Lets explore the multidimensional role of saliva and give credit where credit is due:
As a digestion-aid:
Saliva has a significant role in digestion. It binds the food you eat into a single group and makes it easier to swallow. Saliva uses its enzyme called amylase to decompose the starch in your food to sugar (maltose). This is how saliva kick starts the digestive process as you begin to chew food. Its effectiveness is manifold with good & thorough chewing of food.
As a bad breath fighter
Saliva helps to get rid of food remains in your mouth, which can prevent or reduce risks of tooth decay, cavities and bad breath to a large extent. Tooth decay is prevented by cleansing the mouth of carbohydrates and thus neutralizing lactic acid. This process is possible thanks to the presence of sialin (an antibody) in the saliva.
As a healer:
Healing powers of saliva is known and used for centuries. Sudden burn when cooking (handling stove or touching hot vessels) can often be soothed by putting a bit of saliva on it. This natural reaction of many actually works to shorten the time it takes to heal the wound or stem the bleeding.
As a cleaning agent:
Food residues get stored in between the teeth which is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. It helps to neutralize acids that enter the body through the mouth when you eat foods with carbohydrates. It also kills certain types of harmful germs in the mouth before it enters your blood.
Don’t you agree that saliva is a great multi-tasker?]]>
Of course sleeping away from home never gets easier, but certain tips can definitely help these regular travelers to bring back the sleep hygiene.
“I need to get some smart track pants before I go jogging”
And finally you have purchased all jogging gear including a headband and an iPod. Lets quit with the excuses that sound lame to our own ears and start this very morning or evening. Most old-hand joggers seem to foster a love-hate relationship with running. They love the health benefits and the feel-great factor that come with running. They hate the tedious task of getting up early and start running. Yet the benefits effortlessly cancel out the hatred.
Your reasons to go for daily jogging can range from goal for toned legs, weight loss, good health, enjoying with friends and so on. But as a beginner you need to keep certain things in mind.
Hence instructions from your (eye doctor) oculist and the company you purchase the lenses from should be diligently followed.
If you use contact lenses, here are some essential tips to protect your eyes from the protector i.e. lenses.
In case of symptoms like eye pain or redness, swelling, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, sensation of something in the eye, or excessive tearing, consult your specialist at the earliest.]]>