A Walk to Remember: Enjoying Soothing Sights and Sceneries

Nature has its own way of relieving us of the stress that tends to build up due to our hectic schedules and demanding lifestyles. The soothing sights and sceneries that can be seen if one goes for a nice walk have the effect of lifting the spirits and calming the soul.

Being accompanied by someone special is an added joy. Meaningful conversation makes it a walk to remember. Lucky are those who get to go on at least one such ramble in their entire lifetime. After all, a very nice mix of the right company, perfect weather and scenic view is required in order for the experience to be memorable.

I believe I have been exceptionally blessed as I have experienced countless of such unforgettable walks. Over the course of my life, my father has always been the most pleasant partner to take a stroll with. Additionally, the locality in which I reside is a very beautiful one, with ample trees and beautifully maintained gardens.

Conversations flow naturally, but may also sometimes be argumentative depending on circumstances. However, by the time we are nearing the end of the walk, we always tend to draw the discussion to an amiable close after which we enter our home feeling light and refreshed.

Taking a stroll is also one of the best medicines for stress, anxiety and depression. Doctors suggest that a light morning stroll or fifteen to twenty minutes of a brisk walk on a daily basis helps to enhance blood circulation to the brain. This leaves one feeling more invigorated and alive over the course of the day.


Analyzing The Effectiveness Of Current Healthcare Policies

The domain of child nutrition remains a sufficiently ignored area in the current times. Despite the stringent focus on regulatory policies and newer programmes introduced by the government, too many children suffer due to improper nutrition. A sad reality of our times is that the government now promises greater access to free doctor visits than nutritional education and educating the parents regarding this important subject. Survey suggests that way too many children suffer from basic nutrient deficiency including iron and folic acid. At the school level, we are seeing a number of students fall victim to viral illnesses and flu, diseases that are often the byproduct of nutritional deficiencies.

Ofcourse the most logical and also the most commonly observed factor responsible for this declining health of our young is their growing fondness of fast food and sugary substances. We belong to a generation where a majority of children have not seen their parents and particularly mothers prepare food at home. This is coupled with major lifestyle changes such as increased inclination towards frozen and junk food items and the absence of habitual grocery shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables. The combination of all this has resulted in poor nutritional habits particularly among pre-adolescents and pres-school children.

As a remedy the government has now promised that children who are under the age of six will be given free healthcare visits to the doctors’ office. This initiative however fails to address the core issue at hand. A number of health experts advocate that children who are fed a healthy diet based on fresh fruits and vegetables tend to be at a greater risk for various diseases. This trend is highly disturbing and in the absence of adequate educational programmes designed exclusively for the parents, there is little hope.

Anger Management Tips: Maintaining Composure At All Times

Anger is a natural feeling. There is nothing wrong with feeling angry, what is wrong is the way in which one expresses or releases their anger. For example, by no means is it reasonable or acceptable that a person who is angry goes ahead and throws cutlery on the floor, or screams at others in a derogatory tone.

If something has upset an individual, it is best to wait for the anger to subside and then express one’s concern in a calm, composed and calculated way. What is important is that a person takes care of themselves too. “Suppressing” anger is not the solution. Anger should be released in an acceptable way.

Here are a few tips which will help an individual manage their anger better:

  1. Instead of breaking something or screaming try to indulge yourself in a less harmful way of releasing your anger, for example ripping a piece of paper to bits or punching a punching bag.
  2. Find constructive ways to utilize the energy that you have as a result of being angry; for example, instead of throwing a tantrum, maybe spend time in the kitchen furiously beating eggs in order to make pancakes.
  3. Consciously avoid the source of your anger until it has subsided. Instead of confronting the person you are angry at while you are feeling enraged, wait till your anger has subsided and then talk to him/her calmly.
  4. Before sitting down to talk to the person that upset you, always try to figure out exactly why you are upset. It is important to communicate effectively. That in itself will release a lot of the anger that you felt before talking it out.

5 Top Healthcare Issues Today

How a government provides healthcare to its citizens varies from country to country and system to system. Healthcare provision is a challenging task due to the associated costs as well as the environmental, economic, political and social factors.  The World Health Organization (WHO) is ultimately responsible for looking into healthcare issues around the globe and providing solutions. Experts found out some common contradictions that occurred when examining healthcare patterns around the world. These include:

  1. Inverse care: Most countries face the issue of inverse care, meaning that the rich have access to the best while the poor have access to little healthcare. Principally people with the most resources often face less health issues and need little care, while the financially weak people face more health issues and need greater support. Government spending on healthcare more than often benefits the rich more than the poor, in most countries today.
  2. Impoverishing care: Healthcare has been made so expensive in most countries that middle and lower income people face difficulties in meeting these expenses. Especially when the payments have to be made in cash, on delivery of a service, people find themselves bearing huge expenses and having little resources to meet them.
  3. Fragmented Care: Health care professionals specialize excessively nowadays. These specialized professionals carry high fees and thus are easily accessible by the rich or the affluent. For the lower income group of people, healthcare becomes a least preferable option because they cannot afford to go to the specialized healthcare providers or participate in disease control programs that have a narrow focus. These factors are fragmenting the healthcare system in countries with a wide gap between the upper and the lower income class.
  4. Unsafe care: Not following safety and hygiene standards at hospitals, clinics and other health related places, leads to acquiring unneeded health issues. People incur high rates of hospital acquired infections and medical errors that further contribute to ill health.
  5. Misdirected Care: Disease prevention programs and primary healthcare can help prevent up to 70% of the burden. However healthcare systems in most countries focus more on curative measures rather than on primary healthcare. Thus care is misdirected towards the more avoidable issues rather than focusing on prevention measures in the first place.

Although the right to healthcare is a basic right of every individual, the complex systems around the world have deprived the needy of his right. Nations spend massive amounts of resources trying to provide healthcare but still inequalities and loopholes exist that should be tackled in order to provide maximum support to those who need it.

Wine Might Help You Reduce Weight

If you have been fighting obesity and are an alcoholic addict at the same time, then you must be having some tough time. People usually advised to cut down their intake of alcohol when they are trying to reduce some pounds.

There is good news for you, if that is the case.

A new study has revealed that wine can actually help you in reducing weight.  The study was conducted by America’s top researchers from three most renowned American universities. The research concluded that drinking red wine or red grape juice in adequate quantity can help you in burning fat.

The study emphasized the effectiveness of these substances for managing obesity, fatty liver and other metabolic disorders. Experiment was conducted on lab grown human liver and fat cells which were exposed to chemical substances of dark red grapes, used in red wine and grape juice.

The results were quite astonishing as the growth of fat cells was drastically decreased along with reproduction of fat cells. Another interesting finding of the research was that a boost was noticed in metabolism related to fatty acid present in the liver.

Scientists believe that the miracle “chemical” is ellagic acid which is abundant in most of the fruits and vegetables and is a natural antioxidant.

The researchers however still urge that the wine and the juice must be consumed in moderation and too much of it can also be damaging. People must not consider it as a weight loss mechanism, especially if they chose to drink alcohol.

“We didn’t find, and we didn’t expect to, that these compounds would improve body weight,” said Neil Shay, a biochemist and molecular biologist from University of Oregon and author of the study.

“But by boosting the burning of fat, especially in the liver, they may improve liver function in overweight people. If we could develop a dietary strategy for reducing the harmful accumulation of fat in the liver, using common foods like grapes would be good news.” Added Shay.

6 Steps To Recover From Back Injuries

This blog focuses on how to prevent and recover from back injury. You might have noticed lately, the count of lower back problems are increasing day by day and mostly amongst the youth. Many athletes have to let go of their careers and many other individuals live a compromised life due to lower back issues. So here I have gathered some important tips for the masses to get rid of this not so pleasant physical condition.

Firstly, let’s discuss how you actually have such injuries. It’s not a rocket science that you will not understand, trust me, it is as simple as sitting upright and bending your knees before you pick any thing up.

If you are not an athlete and you do not endure much physical stress in terms of exercise or extensive practice sessions, you probably have a wrong life style. By life style, here, I refer to the way you sit and the way you approach picking up things.  Well these might sound to you like minor details but trust me, this is what counts the most, especially if you have those extra 20-30 pounds on your belly. If you have fortunately not endured a back injury yet, start working out, but make sure it’s done the right way.

Athletes usually are so competition driven that they never stop crossing limits. Their mind at time over rides their body’s potential. Their desire to go an extra mile, usually takes them to the hospital.

In either case, the most common injuries are disc-bone and muscle related. Such issues are really painful and usually hard to get rid of, once you are a victim. This is a 6 step process will help you recover and even prevent any possible lower back and lumbar injury.

  1. Whenever you feel stressed out or you start feeling cramps in your lower back, consider it as a clear indication that you need to rest. Take a time out. If the situation persists you might even face difficulty walking. If you think the situation may get out of hand, you may skip a season of sports even, you might not like the idea, but trust me; it’s better than retirement at an early age. You are advised to stay at home and relax until you find no pain while running and bending in any direction.
  2. While you rest, you might as well pay a visit to a good massage parlor, an acupuncturist or a good chiropractor perhaps. They know the lumber region well, and trust me I find they more effective than most of the medications.
  3. Now this one here is a very unconventional way of treatment, but try, cupping. It is a great way to decrease muscular spasm around your lumber area. Cupping allows freshly oxygenated blood to through the area. This ensures that the waste from the trauma is getting washed out.
  4. Once you start feeling better, you move to the foam roller. It is very easy to apply technique and a very effective back exercise as well. All you have to do is put the roller under you back and start moving back and forth. Do this for ten minutes or till the time you start feeling better, usually it does not take more than 12 minutes.
  5. Now you are on the right track. But you still need few changes in your life style, which would basically pertain to the way you sit, that would be with a straight back, upright rather. Secondly you need to adjust your diet. You need to pursue an anti-inflammatory diet. Avoid grain and add fish oil to your diet. This will help reduce the inflammation which helps your body to speed up recovery.
  6. Lastly, you must ice your lower back consistently. Apply cold to your back might be uncomfortable, if you want to control the inflammation, you need to ignore the discomfort.

As they all say, prevention is better than cure. Be proactive, these easy to manage tips are better than sitting at home and being sidelined for weeks.

Smoking Pot Causes Irreversible Side Effects To The Decision Making Power Of The Brain

Marijuana refers to the dried plant materials from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa (including the stems, seeds, flowers and dried leaves). The plant contains mind altering, psychoactive compounds and is one of the most commonly used drugs in the United States. Statistics reveal a startling increase in pot consumption since the year 2007 among young adults of the population. Given the recent hue and cry to legalize Marijuana in a number of states including Washington, D.C., Oregon and Alaska, it is important to keep in mind the drawbacks associated with marijuana consumption.

According to latest research, smoking pot has irreversible side effects on the brain. The study which was published by the University of Texas studied the brains of marijuana smokers and found unintended abnormalities in the brains of chronic smokers, particularly those who smoked pot at least three times a day. The abnormality, it seems was related to the “reward system”, namely the   orbitofrontal cortex of the brain which appeared to be significantly smaller. According to the lead author of the study Francesca Filbey, this is region that is responsible for helping us make sound decisions.

A startling observation further noted the higher functional connectivity of this region in order to compensate for the reduction in size.

The detrimental impacts associated with marijuana consumption have repeatedly been highlighted by a number of studies including an earlier Harvard study published in the Journal of Neuroscience which suggested that parts of the brain linked to motivation, namely the nucleus accumbens and the amygdale also showed visible impacts in people who smoked as little as four times in a week.

According to health experts, these are the most fundamental parts of the brain that are responsible for allowing individuals to ascertain their pleasure points in the world and identify things that are bad for them. In short, these parts help individuals maintain a sustainable lifestyle and to assess their decisions. The impact of marijuana consumption on these brain parts raises significant alarm for individuals and for health experts regarding its usage and more importantly its vast popularity and legalization.