Parched? 6 not-so-obvious signs of dehydration you should know about!

Dehydration is a result of a serious decline in the level of water in your body, which doesn’t allow it to function to the best of its ability. Mild dehydration can cause discomfort, while severe dehydration can lead to a serious health condition, anything ranging from blood clots to seizures. That doesn’t mean we can take the signs of dehydration, right at the onset, lightly. It’s important to catch any degree of dehydration early on. Did you know the signs aren’t always as obvious as thirst and fatigue? Here are six surprising signs and symptoms of dehydration, which you should

6 facts about dizziness and vertigo

Whenever most of us feel dizzy, we have found ourselves thinking it’s because, say, we are suffering from flu, any other illness or are recovering from one. We, however, need to realize that occasional dizziness is very common in adults. If you are suffering from vertigo, that may be a serious condition. So let’s get down to facts to comprehend how the two are different. Dizziness is a common condition in adults and vertigo is surely a related but more serious condition affecting nearly 40 percent of people over age 40 at least once in their lifetime. The main difference

Sleep apnea: 6 things you need to know

If you had to scuba dive without any equipment, consider sleep apnea to be such a distressing ailment – where you can breathe only intermittently, but have to keep coming up for air. In this case, you have to keep waking up from sleep for breathing! In medical terms, sleep apnea is a chronic disorder that causes difficulty in breathing while you sleep. Your breathing may stop as many as hundreds of times a night, jolting you out of your sleep, sapping your energy and spirit for the day to come. Over time, it can increase the risk of heart

10 habits that may be stressing you out

Sometimes you feel there’s no rhyme, reason or season for you to stress out, so here’s a quick rundown of little things that may be the culprit. Let’s take a deep breath and cut to the chase, as we know you aren’t purposely trying to sabotage yourself but aren’t sure what has been getting on your nerves. Did you laugh today? If you can’t remember the last time you laughed till you cried, you need to step back and think what has changed over the years that you’ve allowed melancholy to set in. Spend time with yourself to reflect or

Do you know what your cellphone is doing to your brain?

While we know smartphones can make us lazy, with the easy availability of every possible source of information in our hand with a click, research shows that this is encouraging less and less usage of our brain, making our brains lazy, too. There’s more than this state of lethargy that smartphones have brought to our lives. Phones may be hurting our wellbeing in more ways than one, from posture, cognition and sense of hearing to sleep and hygiene – yes a phone may carry even more germs than a toilet seat. Over the past decade, there has been a staggering

Why healthy habits are more important than weight loss!

It’s easy to believe that weight loss is the key to happiness and self-esteem – from the advertisements that tell you so to sell their products to the “groups” at school, college and even at the workplace. Being slim doesn’t and shouldn’t define happiness. Healthy thoughts and a healthy body are the ways to go about one’s wellbeing. While losing body fat is a desirable factor, there’s so much more that we absolutely need to focus on. In this era where work life is intense, it’s easy to lose balance, which makes holistic wellness that much more important than just

Five offbeat ways to build immunity

Bored of hearing and reading about the same ways to boost immunity, whether it is eating healthy, exercising, getting enough vitamin D or catching some more sleep? As important as they may be for our wellbeing, we need variety to break the monotony once in a while, right! Read on for an alternative approach. Massage for immunity: As per a 2006 study by the Group Health Research Institute, getting a massage can boost your immune system. When we are stressed, our bodies tend to release cortisol, a hormone which makes the body crave carbohydrates and fats when released in excess.

Why vaccinations aren’t just for kids!

Vaccines are aimed at preventing dangerous diseases that can spread easily from one person to the other. We need to take them as seriously as annual health check-ups to keep healthy. Else, we may risk serious illness and spreading diseases to our family and colleagues, when we get sick. Which vaccines we need depends on different factors such as age, lifestyle, any existing health conditions, locations of travel and any medication or vaccines we may have earlier received. Basis the new lifestyle and environmental conditions as well, new bacteria and viruses are being discovered. As a result, many new vaccines

Healthy gums, healthy heart?

The importance of keeping our teeth clean is something our parents and teachers always seem to have stressed on. And they, of course, talk from experience. Brushing after every meal, rinsing our mouth and flossing properly form the basics of dental hygiene and the earlier we adopt them, the lesser dental checkups we invite. If dental health isn’t motivational enough, we’d like to share some more health benefits that come with keeping the canines and gums in good shape. Having clean teeth and gums lowers the risk of heart related illness. Researchers from the Taiwan Veterans General Hospital found that

Beat health woes and enjoy the rain this monsoon

While few squirm at the thought of wading through slush on the streets, most of us await the rainy season as a welcome relief. Summer’s heat combined with increased humidity can affect our body. To ensure you are able to enjoy the rains, you must stay wary of the health woes the season can bring and be aware of ways to prevent any ailments. Here are a few tips to stay safe this monsoon: Drink filtered or boiled water as most diseases we catch during the rains are water-borne. Scrub all fruit and vegetables, preferably in a solution of 1: