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

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

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

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,

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

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

List of Fermented Foods That are Good for Your Health

Fermented food example - kimchi
Fermented foods are literally packed with good bacteria. It is important to include them in our diet. Including a single probiotic food will immensely benefit the body.

In case you are wondering what are fermented foods, the answer is very simple; fermented foods are those foods in which the sugars are converted into alcohol using bacteria or yeast. Fermentation is a very popular food preservation technique. But today, foods are fermented to reap their various health benefits.

There are some probiotic foods which are a must in your daily diet. These are not bland or boring, and you will actually enjoy eating them. So let’s take a look at some healthy fermented foods, in the following sections.

List of Healthy Fermented Foods and Their Benefits

1. Kimchi

If you like spicy food, then the Korean side-dish kimchi should definitely be on your list. It is packed with both, nutrition and strength. Kimchi is usually made with cabbage, but radish, scallion or cucumber is used as well. The vegetables may vary according to the season and availability. They are seasoned with brine, spices, ginger, and shrimp or fish sauce. Kimchi has featured in the list of World’s Healthiest Foods by Health magazine.

Benefits
Kimchi packs 50% of your daily recommended vitamin C; plus, it has vitamin A, B1, B2, calcium, and iron. Most importantly, it contains lactic acid, and all the good bacteria.

Serving Tip
You can eat kimchi as is, or with rice. By combining it with other dishes, you can get tastier options, like kimchi burger, kimchi fried rice, or kimchi soup.

2. Kefir

It is a fermented milk drink, packed with calcium and probiotics. The drink is made by adding kefir grains to milk. These grains are made of lactic acid bacteria, and resemble cauliflowers. Cow, goat,

Why Does Unhealthy Food Taste So Good?

Reason you crave for unhealthy food
Broccoli, spinach, kale, and Brussels sprouts are all considered healthy. Loaded with minerals, vitamins, and fiber, they are a dietitian’s dream – a dietitian that hates you and wants you to be miserable by taking away all the sweet pleasures of life.

On the other hand, stuff that you love, – fries, burgers, desserts, and even red meat – are right at the bottom of the food pyramid. Called junk food, these, the health experts say, should not be consumed more than once a week, that too in moderation. I guess, like me, you are wondering why only the food that is so flavorful is always considered bad!

The reason is that, most ‘tasty’ foods are high either in fats, sugar, or salt; or some combination of them. And the reason our taste buds prefer them, is that we have evolved to love them. Our ancestors didn’t live in the prosperous times that we live in, and back then, these three things weren’t so abundant. So, prehistoric man and his body learned to value and preserve them.

Fatty Foods
There is a huge list of foods that are rich in fats, and we love to eat them all. But, a few popular ones are mentioned here. Also, add anything to this list that is fried, and things that you would describe as ‘greasy’ or ‘creamy’.

Fries, Fish and Chips, Donuts, Pizzas, Cheesecake, Pastries, Bacon, Salami, Burgers, Milkshake, Ice cream

The reason we love to eat fatty food –
They store energy. Fats are very high in calories – they contain twice the calorie content of carbohydrates. But since they take longer to digest, the body likes to store them for use when we don’t have enough food.
Our ancestors’ food supply was very irregular.

Foods Easy to Digest

People having digestion problems are often on the look out of foods that do not burden the stomach. When the body loses its ability to digest food, it is time for dietary modifications. For instance, medical conditions like gastroenteritis, demand that the person should be extremely careful when it comes to choosing foods. In such cases, having easily digestible foods can contribute immensely to mitigate digestive issues effectively.
Easily Digestible Foods
Foods that are good sources of soluble and insoluble fiber are easy to digest. Both soluble and insoluble fiber play an important role to maintain normal digestion. They facilitate movement of ingested food through the gastrointestinal tract and ensure smooth bowel movement.
Leafy Vegetables
Green leafy vegetables are high in insoluble fiber, therefore easier to digest. These foods are rich in vitamins and minerals, and unlike high fat foods do not slow down the digestion process. These vegetables also increase the production of enzymes that help to detoxify the digestive system. So, if your digestive system has become sluggish, eating green leafy vegetables like spinach, alfalfa sprouts, zucchini and squash is recommended.
White Boiled Rice
Doctors often recommend including more rice in the diet for better digestion. The contents of rice often help to stimulate the digestion process. The digestive system has to do minimal amount of work to promote breakdown of carbohydrates present in rice. Although brown rice is a healthier option, white rice is digested more quickly than brown rice. The carbohydrates present in white rice are converted to sugar at a faster rate, hence white rice is digested pretty quickly.
Fruits
Fruits such as watermelon, cantaloupe, papaya, and oranges require very less time to get digested due to their high water content. Watermelon is considered to be the most quickly digestible food, with a digestion time of around 20 minutes. Whereas,

High Energy Foods

The role of high energy foods is to provide our body with the much-needed energy required to perform daily activities. Foods rich in complex carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and which are low in sugar, cholesterol and fats act as energy boosters for the body. Complex carbohydrates provide long-lasting energy to the body. Protein not only helps to release energy, but also acts as a back-up energy providers when carbohydrates are not available. Bananas, eggs, and nuts are top energy-boosting foods that can be easily included in the diet. Most of the foods mentioned below provide energy and are also rich sources of vitamins and minerals.
Healthy Energy-boosting Foods
Whole Grains
Being complex carbohydrates, whole grains are the best energy foods for athletes. Moreover, whole grain foods contain high amounts of fiber and antioxidants, and thus, prevent various health problems. Whole grains digest slowly, and therefore, provide you with long-lasting energy levels. E.g.Cereals, whole grain bread, brown rice, quinoa, oats, and pasta.
Legumes
One of the important features of legumes is, they are low in glycemic index and hence are ideal for diabetic patients. They are excellent sources of complex carbohydrates. They absorb the bad cholesterol in the body and help to maintain a healthy cholesterol level. Legumes are rich sources of important minerals required by the body, which include, potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron. E.g. Baked beans, lentils, chickpeas, and kidney beans.
Vegetables and Fruits
When cooking vegetables, try steaming or microwaving them to retain their nutrients. Vegetables like beet, carrot, cabbage can be consumed in their raw state for maximum health benefits. If you are trying to lose weight, leafy vegetables are useful. Vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, and spinach are high in nutrients and energy. Fruits like oranges are high in vitamin C, which helps to relieve fatigue. E.g. Apple, banana, pear, citrus

Diets for Teenagers

Today’s youngsters, especially teenagers are ignorant about long-term benefits of a healthy diet. Fast foods are very popular among teenagers and often a routine diet for them. But these ‘junk’ foods will affect overall health and aggravate nutrient deficiency. Making healthy food choices is the key to have a well-built physique and this habit of having a nutritious diet needs to be inculcated in teenagers for better health.

Diets for Teenagers

Following are the foods that cover the nutritional requirements of a teen body.

High Fiber Foods
Diet for teenagers must include foods high in fiber. These foods have a high nutrition value and are low in fats. Most importantly, high fiber diet promotes overall health as it is loaded with essential vitamins and minerals. Wondering which foods come under the list of foods high in fiber? Good diet includes foods such as vegetables (Brussels sprouts, carrot, boiled broccoli), fruits (raisins, bananas and apple) and whole wheat bread. Moreover vegetables like tomatoes are rich in antioxidants and provide anti-aging effects.

Dairy Products
Teenagers without fail should drink at least a glass of milk everyday. In fact, milk is regarded as a complete food and an elixir for good health. So as a parent you should ensure that your child takes a glass of milk everyday in the morning and evening. Milk is rich in nutrients like vitamins, proteins and minerals. Most importantly, it is high in calcium and as we all know adequate intake of calcium is crucial to build strong bones. Teenagers taking a glass of milk daily will definitely have good bones that will remain healthy for years to come. For optimal health of teeth and bones, having milk in sufficient amounts is necessary. Milk is rich in vitamin A and vitamin B12 that are essential to maintain normal eyesight. Diet

13 Wonderful Health Benefits of Bone Broth

Continuing the above thought, maybe this is the reason we don’t “drink” a soup, we always “eat” it. We consume it with a spoon just like we eat other solid foods. We don’t sip it from a bowl or glass as we drink liquids. So, according to etiquette experts, we “eat” bone broth, the delicious superfood. As mentioned earlier, bone broth is made from animal bones such as fish heads, fish carcasses, parts of lamb, pig, turkey, chicken, venison, or any other animal. You can add vegetables and herbs to increase its nutritional value. Roasted bones can improve the flavor of the broth. Although they say that “too many cooks spoil the broth”, nothing in fact can spoil the broth. It is easy to prepare and is always tasty.

The bones and other ingredients are placed in water and are simmered for a very long time or even for a couple of days. The longer the cooking time, the more nutritious is the broth. The long cooking time ensures removal of all nutrients from the bones. It promotes extraction of flavor too.

Health Benefits

Supplies Nutrients
Bone broth is rich in protein and various minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, etc. It also contains various B vitamins. Thus, it is a good source of powerful nutrients that are essential for the metabolic processes that take place in the body. Many of these health-boosting nutrients are absent in ready-to-cook food.

Keeps You Fit
Most doctors ask their patients to consume bone broth as it helps enhance the function of the bodily systems. It can be a soothing, satiating, and an energy-boosting drink during illness. As it boosts the immune system, it promotes fast recovery.
Ensures Healthy Joints
The stock is packed with glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) like glucosamine and chondroitin, which help strengthen bones, ligaments, tendons, and