Things You Should Not Do After Eating

Effects of walking after eating
Habits form our lifestyle, and the lifestyle determines our living — healthy or unhealthy. Habits are plenty in number, and they vary from one individual to another with respect to time and manner. While bad habits are bad at all times, some good ones may also become harmful in particular situations. The intention here is not to scare you about your habits, but to make you aware about certain things that never go well with certain situations. This brings us to our main point, i.e., what should not be done after eating. Our digestive system is strong enough to take in whatever we eat and digest it properly, absorbing all the essential nutrients, but at the same time, it is also pretty sensitive and cannot perform its function if obstructed by anything. Hence, here are a few things that should be avoided when you finish your meal.
Things to Avoid Immediately After Eating
*Please Note: People with a sensitive stomach are more susceptible to the things mentioned in the following sections than others.
Brushing Your Teeth
I agree to the fact that brushing your teeth before bedtime is a must in a healthy routine. However, brushing your teeth right after dinner, or after every meal for that matter, is extremely harmful for your teeth. Brushing after eating will scrub away the layers of enamel on the teeth. Furthermore, when you eat or drink acidic foodstuff, or those with a lot of sugar, it’s even more dangerous. To protect the teeth enamel, wait for at least 30 minutes, and allow the mouth to produce sufficient saliva to neutralize the acidity of the food that soften the tooth enamel.
Drinking Too Much Water
It is true that a person should drink 8 glasses of water every day to stay healthy. However, gulping it down right after eating something, or even during meals may disrupt digestion. Too much water after or during the meal might interfere with the natural levels of acid and bile that are essential for proper digestion. Furthermore, drinking cold water might slow down digestion and cause cramping in sensitive people. Try to resist drinking water for at least an hour after a meal, and avoid drinking it while eating.
Driving
Digestion requires a large amount of blood and more blood is concentrated in the digestive tract. Consequently, the brain is temporarily deprived of sufficient blood, resulting in lack of concentration. Also, because of satiation you tend to feel sleepy, and driving with sleepy eyes is never safe. Hence, don’t force yourself to drive soon after you’ve had a meal. Take a break, let the body perform its natural functions, and after an hour or two, think of driving.
Going for a Walk
Although walking a hundred steps after eating is healthy, doing it immediately after a meal is not. Doing so will make it difficult for the digestive system to absorb the nutrients from the food. Furthermore, the blood will flow towards other organs, like legs, hands, etc., which will leave the digestive tract with an insufficient amount of blood flow that is needed for proper digestion. Also, some people might feel dizzy or nauseated if they walk soon after consuming food.
Sleeping
Going to bed right after taking a meal will lead to improper digestion and several other gastrointestinal problems. The sphincter that is above the stomach will open up and allow the acid to run back into the esophagus and damage it. Furthermore, such a habit will also make you gain more weight. Hence, wait for an hour or two, and then take a nap.
Smoking
Smoking is bad for health at all times and so is it after a meal. The blood circulation in the digestive tract after eating is on the rise and several harmful cigarette ingredients are absorbed during this period, which cause damage to the important organs, like the liver, brain, and blood vessels.
Drinking Tea
Many of us have this habit of taking a sip of tea just after lunch or dinner. However, ensure that you get rid of this habit as early as possible because it’s really unhealthy. The tea leaves contain a very high amount of acid that obstructs the protein content in the food from getting digested. The best time to consume tea is at least one hour after eating.

Taking a Bath
If you take a bath after eating, the blood flow towards hands, legs, and body increases. Thus, the amount of blood will decrease around the stomach area, thereby weakening the digestive system and causing slow digestion. Therefore, either take a shower before your meal, or wait for at least 1-2 hours till the consumed food is digested.

Exercising
After we eat, all the blood flow and the organs involved in the process are concentrated for the process of digestion. If you exercise after eating, it will affect the body’s metabolism by decreasing the blood flow and causing difficulty in digesting the nutrients from the food. Wait for at least 2-3 hours after eating, and then begin with your workout.
Loosening the Waist Belt
Although there is lack of scientific evidence, it is believed that loosening the waist belt immediately after eating might cause the intestines to get tangled and blocked, hampering the process of digestion. To prevent this, remember to loosen the belt prior to every meal.
Eating Fruits
Consuming fruits at any time during the day is good except consuming them immediately after a meal. Eating fruits right after your meal may fill the stomach with air and cause bloating. They will also take time to reach the digestive tract, disturbing the entire process of digestion. To prevent your stomach from indigestion and other digestive problems, plan your consumption of fruits before or after 1-2 hours of a meal.
If you avoid doing all the above-said things after eating, it will definitely make your digestion easy, and you will probably be at a lower risk of any digestive problems. Give ample time to your body to adjust to the changes that you are making in the daily routine, and see the difference.

Why You Should Never Share Your Makeup

Side effects of sharing makeup products
Sharing makeup tips amongst each other can help you know beauty secrets for a flawless skin, but when it comes to sharing makeup products it is a strict no-no. Health experts are unanimous about the need to stop the habit of lending or borrowing makeup. Although the habit of sharing anything from games to food has been inculcated since childhood, it is of utmost importance that you purchase your own makeup products and avoid sharing them with anyone.

From a health standpoint, sharing makeup products can be risky. This bad habit can make you susceptible to a wide range of infections, the most common being pink eye. The frequent handling of cosmetic products makes it a potent source of bacterial growth and contamination. The bacteria residing on these products can easily get transferred onto your skin while doing your makeup. So, borrowing a makeup brush or lipstick from your friend is like asking for skin infections. Also, if your friend is least bothered about cleaning her makeup kit, then there is no reason why you shouldn’t get an infection from sharing her cosmetics.

Infections That You May Get from Sharing Makeup Products
Pink Eye
Sharing eye makeups such as eyeliner increases the risk of getting eye infections like conjunctivitis that causes reddening of the eye, thick white discharge, and swelling. You can also get a sty, a painful bacterial infection of the eyelash, from sharing mascara and eyeliner.
Oral Herpes
If you lend or borrow lipstick from your friend who is affected with oral herpes or cold sores, you may get these infections, that are marked by formation of blisters on the lips. Thus, any infection that occurs on the lips can easily get transmitted via lip pencil, lip gloss, and lipstick. Dermatologists warn that a small cut in the lip can pave way for infections via cosmetic products that are used by people infected with cold sores. Also, with the lips being extremely sensitive, you need desist from sharing your cosmetics.

Ringworm
Foundation and blush that are often used to conceal skin flaws can actually cause skin infections like ringworm, if they are shared amongst each other. Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin that can be easily transferred through these makeup products.

Acne
A makeup brush that is used often, acts as a breeding ground for bacteria. It is run over an oily face many times, which can spread bacteria. So, in case you decide to share makeup brush without cleaning it regularly, expect frequent breakouts of acne. In other words, it is believed that one may get acne from sharing makeup brushes if proper hygiene is not followed.

Scientific Evidence

A 2-year study was done to analyze the contamination of makeup items that are kept for testing at cosmetic counters in various departmental stores. The study, conducted under the guidance of Dr Elizabeth Brooks, a biological sciences professor at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, showed that all makeup products, including the moisturizer, were heavily colonized by strep, staph, and E. coli strains of bacteria.
The presence of E. Coli bacteria indicated that scant attention is given to washing hands after using the toilet. All in all, the study pointed out that people are predisposed to infections through sharing cosmetic products. So, the next time, if you feel like trying a makeup product at the cosmetics counter that has already been used by a large number of people, think twice.

On the whole, borrowing each others’ makeup can wreak havoc on your skin. To put it simply, our skin is unable to adapt to this habit of sharing makeup. Hence, it is best to keep the makeup to yourself as far as its usage is concerned.

Five Refreshing Ways to Start your Day

No matter how early we crash in bed or get only a few hours of sleep, waking up in the morning is never an easy task. Many of us try unique methods to revive ourselves like, drinking warm water, meditating, splashing cold water on the face, or even engaging in deep breathing exercises. These methods may work for some, but it may not be enough. Of course, there is no special formula or a magical technique that will help you start the day off right. However, there are a few things you can do to boost your mood in the morning and have a smooth day.
Making a Fresh Start
There can be many reasons behind not being able to wake up feeling fresh; perhaps you were burdened with deadlines at work, chores around the house, or you couldn’t stop thinking about the next day’s responsibilities. It’s quite common to feel exhausted and tired all the time. However, there are certain things you can do to begin each day feeling revitalized and focused.
Sunshine is the Key
As soon as your alarm clock goes off, don’t hit the ‘snooze’ button. Get out of bed, even if you cannot open your eyes completely and walk towards the windows. Regardless of the weather outside, open your windows to let fresh air and sunlight in. Stretch as much as you feel like and take plenty of deep breaths. It really doesn’t take much to wake up and start the day with a bang.
Listen to Music
After you wake up, take merely 10 minutes out of your busy schedule to listen to your favorite music. Put some energetic or inspiring music on your iPod (or turn on the radio) and let the beats charge you from inside. Music can manipulate your body into thinking that it’s energetic.
30-minute Workout
Easier said than done, a little bit of exercise in the morning is all it takes. There’s no need for you to jog 10 miles or hit the gym. What we are trying to say here is that physical activity can help increase your body’s temperature and kick-start your metabolism. You can choose to do yoga, jog at the same spot, walk or cycle around the block, or do some aerobics at home; all these activities will instantly warm you up.
A Relaxing Shower
It is believed that taking a cold shower not only provides you energy, but also improves blood circulation, relieves depression, keeps your skin and hair healthy, and strengthens your immunity. Now not everyone likes the idea of a cold shower, you can splash some cold water on your face initially and then bathe with not-very-cold-slightly-tepid water. Also, the beautiful fragrance of your shower gel will brighten your mood.
A Healthy Breakfast
Eating a super-healthy breakfast each morning is something every nutritionist and doctor will approve of. After all, breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. What you need to be careful about is what you have for breakfast. When we say ‘super-healthy’, this means combining protein and carbohydrates to keep you alert. Also, it’s a great way to interact with your family before you head out for the day.
The Night Before
It’s not uncommon to have hectic work schedule, responsibilities and chores around the house, and take care of a whole lot of other things. So what you do the night before makes a huge difference on how your next morning and the rest of the day will be. Hence, it’s necessary to follow a particular routine each night before you go to bed.
Dos
1. Set the alarm clock and make a ‘to-do’ list.
2. Keep your outfit for the next day ready.
3. Remove all clutter from the bedroom.
4. Close the blinds before going to bed.
Don’ts
1. Go to bed hungry or eat just before bedtime.
2. Drink coffee or alcohol late at night.
3. Exercise before you go to bed.
4. Keep the alarm clock next to you.
Note: If you cannot fall asleep at night because your mind is preoccupied or you’re too stressed out, read something for a while, walk around the house to tire yourself, or have a glass of warm milk.

For a few days, following this routine can be unmanageable and you may feel like going back to the way things were. But try to hold on and keep pushing through. When you motivate yourself to do something positive in your life, things will work out the way you want them to. These are five simple tricks that will help elevate your mood after you wake up in the morning. You will feel more energized and sail through the day effortlessly.

8 Everyday Habits That Can Damage Your Brain

Brain damaging activities
Sleeping with a head cover
Sleeping with your head covered can also damage brain! Covering your head with a scarf or winter cap while sleeping deprives your brain of the requisite oxygen content as well as spikes the carbon dioxide levels, which is detrimental to the brain.
It goes without saying how cardinal your brain is to you and your body. It is what that separates us from animals and makes us ‘superior’ of all, only if we knew how we, through some of our activities and habits, are tarnishing it. As creatures of some of not-so-healthy and wise habits, we sabotage the efficacy and strength of our brain, which then reverberate on the overall processes of our body. The following mentioned are everyday habits that we engage in that can harm our brain.
Forgoing breakfast
Many of us don’t know the significance of breakfast. Not only does breakfast make an important meal of the day, it also has a significant impact on the activities that you undertake in a day. After hours of sleep, our brain is in need of essential nutrients to kick start its functioning. However, by skipping breakfast, we don’t just deny our brain of its essential fix of energy but also compel it to seek for high calorie and unhealthy food options.
Excess consumption of sugar
Our body takes liking to sugar like a duck to water. From its first taste, sugar hooks into our brain and makes it want to consume it in unduly amounts as it activates its reward centers. In addition to creating excessive addiction cycles, high sugar consumption is responsible for cognitive ailments, depression, memory impairment, etc.
Overeating
Those who hog out on unhealthy food expose themselves to the risk of heart failure, obesity, metabolism malfunctioning, mood swings, diabetes, and a host of other grave problems. Overeating, too has a similar effect on the brain as that of high sugar consumption. It releases dopamine, a feel-good hormone that gives a high to the brain. Overeating alters the biochemical constitution of the brain as well as creates craving cycles that wreak havoc on the brain and thus our body.
Smoking
The deleterious effects of smoking don’t just manifest on our lungs and heart but also our brain. Nicotine, in addition to causing the release of dopamine, also causes the cortex to thin. Thinning of the cortex is associated with memory impairment, anxiety, depression, and also increases the risk of Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia.
Working despite not feeling well
What most of us don’t realize when we work despite feeling unwell is that we are encumbering our already feeble brain. Even during sickness, our brain is actually working to throw the bacteria out of our body and regulating our immune system. So, by saddling it with extra work, not only are you damaging its efficiency but also changing its focus from restoring your health.
Depriving yourself of sleep
Sleep is cardinal to the functioning of our brain. It is during our deep sleep cycles that our brain initiates processes that help our body to purge toxins. Sleep deprivation also disrupts cellular regeneration as well as kills the brain cells, which can cause severe cognitive impairment as well as neurode generation in those who already suffer from disorders.
Not engaging in brain-stimulating activities
Our brain needs to be engaged in stimulating activities like thinking, writing, and talking, because that’s what it is MEANT FOR! Those of us who are not training their brains enough, it might just shrink, and that’s definitely what you would not want to happen to you.
Air pollution
The air we breathe is a toxic amalgam of gases and has little oxygen in it. However, oxygen is like a life-saving drug for our brain and so when we inhale the vitiated air, not only does it robs it from its imperative supply of oxygen but also damages it.

Bad Family Habits and How to Change them

Habits are repeated actions performed by an individual when faced with a particular situation. Whenever the situation occurs, the behavioral activity or action occurs. But, yes, situations cannot be avoided every time, instead they can be replaced with something else.
Bad habits are easy to pick up and follow, but the effects start showing on one’s health and lifestyle. The sooner one realizes this, the better it is for one to change. You cannot all of a sudden put an end to bad habits, but you can change them with time. So, put in a little effort and with good habits, you can experience a transformation.

A Grubby House
Bad Habit: The entire house has things in disorder, kitchen sinks stained, dusty rugs, sooty kitchen shutters, and the worst part is that you don’t even have a place to eat or sleep, because it’s either covered with toys or clothes. A home is a place where you feel relaxed and at ease. But when you are not putting any effort to clean your messy house, then the kids are getting a wrong message.
Changed Habit: Put on some loud music and hand over gloves and scrubbers to your family members and start cleaning. Gather your husband and kids and make cleaning fun and interesting, like who cleans more gets more points, and the member with highest points will be allowed an extra hour of sleep.

Workout
Bad Habit: Busy routines leave no time for workouts. But even when there is opportunity, we don’t exercise. We engage that extra hour in sleeping or watching our favorite series. As parents if you don’t exercise, it sets a bad example for the kids. Leading an unhealthy lifestyle can lead to serious problems like obesity and high blood pressure.
Changed Habit: Start listening to some motivating workout songs and make it a rule in the house that on weekends or mornings, the entire family goes for a walk or jog. Initially, start with a workout that can be done by all the members, then move on to individual preferences.

Eating Habits

Bad Habit: Nowadays, it is rare to see the entire family having dinner together. The aroma of home-cooked food is now mostly replaced with the aroma of fast food and ready to cook food. Dinning table conversations rarely occur because someone is busy messaging on the phone or someone is watching television. The essence of family warmth is losing its charm.
Changed Habit: Be in charge and be stern about it. Even if everyday as a family you cannot have dinner together, make it a point to have dinner together at least once or twice a week. Collect everyone’s mobiles and keep them away from the dining area. Make the place cozy and comfortable by dimming lights and lighting up candles. Voila! You have a perfect family dinner.

Being Busy

Bad Habit: In a family everyone has their individual jobs or routines but as work pressure increases, your family time decreases. Parents become busy in their own work shifts, and kids remain busy in their extracurricular activities. Nobody really knows what is going on in each other’s lives.
Changed Habit: As a family, you people need to balance your work and personal life. Take time out of your busy schedule and plan for family get-togethers. Make a schedule and spare time where all the family members have to be present and abide by the schedule religiously. Go out for a brunch or play some family games, talk, and share your experiences and resolve issues. These activities make family bonding stronger.

Budget Planning

Bad Habit: Every family has a member who is a shopaholic or spendthrift. Kids get spoiled when no one pays attention to how much they spend. Then, finally on a rainy day or an emergency, you don’t have enough savings to solve your difficulty.
Changed Habit: Keep tabs on the allowance you give your kids and if they need more, go through their requirements and ensure that their demand is genuine, only then hand them the extra amount. Keep a record of monthly expenses and savings, then accordingly plan for the upcoming month and from savings always keep aside a fair amount for a rainy day.

Special Days

Bad Habit: Many a time, it happens that anniversaries and birthdays just pass like normal days. And even if there is a plan to celebrate, someone definitely misses it. Work excuses need to stop for not celebrating anniversaries or special days.
Changed Habit: Plan special things for special days. Show commitment and don’t let work come in between special moments. Keep the party small but do celebrate, because such occasions are the only moments that one can treasure.

Prefer Driving To Nearby Places

Bad Habit: For every small reason the car is taken out, whether it is walking to a nearby friend’s house or nearby school.
Changed Habit: Make a habit to walk and inculcate the same in your kids. Walking not only provides health benefits, it can also save you fuel.

Tips to Break the Habit of Skin Picking

Breaking the habit of skin picking
Love it, hate it, but you can’t ignore it. No matter if you feel happy, sad, anxious, or just plain indifferent, you can’t resist yourself from picking your skin. Doesn’t it sound like an addiction? An alarming state of a maniac who’s lost it all!

There are many of us who are addicted to skin picking. A habit dear to you right from your childhood. The pleasure you gained in picking on your skin around the nails and lips was enough to keep you busy throughout your childhood. And now, it has grown into an impulsive control “disorder”. Can it really be cured? Well, cure isn’t the correct word. Let’s say, we can help you stop or break the habit of skin picking by the following ways.

Know what causes it
If you accept that it is a disease and you need to come out of it, do a thorough research on it. Skin picking disorder or dermatillomania is caused due to external as well as internal factors. Tanning, dust, smog, and exposure to harmful microbes – bacteria and virus – can be the external factors.
Your diet, water, or other supplements that you have can play a role as well. It can also be passed on to you as a hereditary syndrome. But the most common cause is deep inside your head; as the coping mechanism to deal with high levels of turmoil, anxiety, or stress.
List down things that relax you
Note down the things and activities that help you relax. Do some painting. Play your guitar. Do yoga. Go for a sauna. Read magazines, novels, or books. Watch a movie. Listen to music. Or perhaps take a nap. It will help you curb the anxiety that compels you to start skin picking.

The Hate Approach
It may sound funny, but try this. Many in the world have found great relief in doing so. Take a large picture/poster of your favorite celebrity and paste it in your room. Take a red marker and draw zits and scars all over their face. Now sit and watch it. Then, using the marker draw a bold and dark cross all over the picture. This will remind you what “NOT” to become.

Idle hands are the devil’s workshop
Quite self-explanatory in this case. Keep your hands occupied. Take a squeeze ball or those popular Chinese Caomaru balls. To prevent biting around your nails, apply a bandage in that area or apply some fancy nail paint (for girls). That way, you will be less tempted to dig on your skin. Another reliable practice is to wear gloves. That way your hand remains covered, and your grip on any other object to pick skin completely wears away.

Inspirations on the go
Stick inspirational quotes and sayings everywhere you go. The kitchen (refrigerator) door, toilet door (preferably the inner side), car’s dashboard, or cupboards of your room. In this digital age, you rather set the quotes as wallpapers of your laptop and cell phones. This way, wherever you go, you will be reminded “NOT” to do it.

Keep loneliness at bay
When do you pick ideally? Whenever you are alone doing nothing! So, better we take this “loneliness” out of the scene. Try to remain engaged in something or the other. If you live alone, try to hang out – go to some departmental store, visit your friends, go partying, or go to some fine restaurant and treat yourself with whatever you like.

Healthy lifestyle
It all boils down to the same fact again and again – “A healthy lifestyle is the key to happy well-being”. Do regular exercises – yoga, morning walks, jogs, simple stress-relieving exercises like aerobics, etc. This will refresh you and lower your anxiety level.
Avoid eating too much fried junk food and instead go for nutritious food like salads, sprouts, juices, soups, raw vegetables, and fruits. Water is a great detoxifier, hence drink plenty of water. This will prevent the growth of acne and other scars on your skin. No acne, no picking!

Aromatherapy
Who doesn’t like the sweet fragrance of flowers? So does your skin. Aromatherapy has emerged as a great way to revitalize your skin and open the blocked pores, thus cleansing your skin.
▶ Take a vessel filled with hot, boiling water and add 2-3 tablespoons of aromatic herbs or oil in it.
▶ Place a wide towel over your head, covering the bowl and create a steam tent.
▶ Inhale the fragrant steam for about 5-10 minutes.
▶ Finish the process by washing your face with cold water.

Tip: Use lavender oil, lemon oil, or apricot oil. For herbs, you may choose chamomile, basil, mint, lavender, or rose petals.

Peer Counseling
One is always motivated to attain more when the inspiration comes from an alter ego. Try to be friends with fellow chronic skin pickers, and both of you can take it as a challenge to get rid of the disease. Competition, this way, is a healthy practice. Or you can use the social network to join forums where you can interact with people who have overcome a similar condition. Direct motivation from a veteran would do wonders.

Keep a track of your progress
Make a habit to log and register every bit of your growth as an anti-skin picker/peeler. Starting from day one, note down the frequency of your picking, the most susceptible areas where your pick on, and what ways are you trying to cope up with the urge. After every week, take stock. You will really feel happy and motivated by your progress. Plus, this documentation might come handy for others when you turn a ‘Once-a-Picker’.