Surprising Ways Your Gut Could Affect Your Overall Health

You may have often heard people asking, “What’s your gut feeling?” Your gut, a 30-foot-long gastrointestinal tract, is connected with the brain by an extensive network of nerves. The gut and the brain are connected by an extensive network of nerves that send feedback in both directions, with this bidirectional pathway connecting the emotional and cognitive centers of the brain to intestinal functions. Your gut houses trillions of microbes that interact with other parts of the body. Years of research says your gut is extremely influential for determining your overall well-being as the state of your digestive system is responsible

Most common everyday causes of back pain

Back pain sends most patients to doctors worldwide than any other health condition. In fact, it is the third most common cause of surgery. The causes can be many and back pain isn’t one single catastrophic event but rather a result of many situations and everyday habits. Some seemingly insignificant habits can play the party pooper in your overall wellbeing and happiness, if you don’t pay heed. Glued to your desk? Sitting puts 40% more pressure on your spine than standing. We naturally don’t pay attention to our posture all the time when working on a tight deadline or managing

When should I exercise for best results?

The truth is that there’s no evidence to suggest that a particular time during the day burns more calories – it’s important though to understand what works for you and whether you can stick to that routine. You may be an early bird or a night owl – and that’s determined by your body clock, your circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is governed by the 24-hour pattern followed by the earth’s rotation, influencing functions such as blood pressure, hormone levels as well as heart rate. If you think about it, these factors play a major role in your body’s conduciveness

Build stronger grey matter by being outdoors

Do you ever wonder why you experience lethargy or feel like you aren’t able to progress as intended through the day? We often turn to our cellphones or the television to get out of the funk, but does that really allow your brain to take a break? Not really! Whenever, you would have taken the outdoors route to beat the blues, rather than curling up on the couch, you may have realized that there’s a significant difference. Is movement intrinsically linked with cognitive function and does environment matter? Neuroscientist and engineer Daniel Wolpert suggests that “to understand movement is to

6 ways to keep your blood sugar in check early on in the year

You may not be aware that imbalance in your blood sugar can trigger serious health conditions as diabetes but also unpleasant symptoms such as irritability, shakiness, fatigue and caffeine cravings. Luckily, there are many ways to boost your blood sugar balance, such as: (1) Bring some matcha to your diet: As per a 2010 study, EGCG, which is one of the most active compounds in green tea, has a significantly stabilizing effect on blood sugar. And matcha as you know is the whole green-tea leaf, so that’s a big deal. (2) Chromium, anyone: Chromium is a lesser-known supplement but has

What should I eat and what I shouldn’t to sleep well?

Eating and sleeping are both basic human needs for sustenance and functioning at our best. The food we eat before bed can give us the slight nudge we need to make a good sleep great – or for all you know, your food choices may be keeping you up at night. Here are a few foods that are best and worst for sleep. Best for sleep Melatonin-rich food (such as walnuts) Don’t rely on tablets but natural sources of melatonin such as walnuts and tart cherries every day to boost the levels of the sleep-inducing hormone.   A warm drink

Always tired? Here are four possible reasons!

Even if you are a morning person and wake up feeling ready to face the day, your energy levels seem to drain pretty quickly. Maybe that pushes you toward sugar and caffeine, just to score enough energy to get your daily tasks accomplished. Does that sound familiar? Don’t be alarmed as you’re not alone. From the past century, people work more hours, increasing stress, lowering the amount of “me time” and making vacations a long-lost dream. Remember the hamster wheel? If you are managing to still catch up on seven to nine hours of sleep, other factors may be at

Three easy ways to beat the oh-so-sneaky sugar cravings

The key to reducing the cravings is as simple as eating less of sweets. Though for most of us, it may not be as simple as it sounds. So instead of being unrealistic and aiming to stop sugar consumption completely and being unfair on ourselves, we can curb our sugar intake by making realistic, gradual changes, as these: Limit your stash: Remember not to cut back drastically as that may come as a shock to your body and honestly, it may lead to a binge later on. Resist temptation by slowly limiting your kitchen stash, especially your late-night snacks. Empty

Best ways to stay hydrated (apart from water!)

Are you drinking enough water? If you are one of those people who forget to gulp in the goodness of water or have a busy schedule that doesn’t allow them, or maybe it’s just not your thing, you may be experiencing signs of dehydration that you may be ignoring. Fatigue, headache or lightheadedness, and even irritability are all signs of lack of water. Our system literally runs on 70 percent water, so naturally we need it to regulate body temperature, lubricate our joints, digest food and even enable our organs to perform their best. Nothing can compare water, but there

Keep your heart fit with a healthy resting heart rate

Our heart’s resting rate determines how fit we are – if you have an athlete or, say, a runner in your family, you may have noticed that their heart rate is lower than the others. For those who aren’t that physically active or fit, the resting heart rate for them would be higher. On an average, a person’s healthy resting heart rate is 60 to 80 beats a minute. As per the American Heart Association, our healthy resting heart rate is excellent in the morning, after a good, peaceful sleep. Recent studies suggest that a high rate is an indicator