Friday, October 13, 2017

Do You Know The Benefits of Drinking Hot Water?

People have consumed hot drinks for thousands of years. Folk medical literature is filled with stories of how hot water can improve health, but researchers have only just begun to look into the benefits of drinking hot water.
This article looks at eight of the potential benefits and the theories behind them.
1. Healthier digestion
When a person does not drink enough water, the small intestine absorbs most of the water consumed through food and drinking. This causes dehydration and can make it more difficult to have a bowel movement.
Chronic dehydration can cause corresponding chronic constipation. This constipation can make bowel movements painful and may cause other problems, including hemorrhoids and bloating.
Drinking water reduces the risk of constipation.
2. Body detoxification
Natural health advocates argue that hot water might help the body detoxify. When water is hot enough to raise a person's body temperature, it can cause sweating. Sweating expels toxins and can help clean the pores. 
3. Improved circulation
Hot water is a vasodilator, meaning it expands the blood vessels, improving circulation. This can help muscles relax and reduce pain.
Although no studies have directly linked hot water to sustained improvements in circulation, even brief improvements in circulation can support better blood flow to muscles and organs.

4. Weight loss

Research has long supported the idea that drinking more water can help a person lose weight. This may partially be because drinking water increases feelings of fullness. Water also helps the body absorb nutrients, and it flushes out waste.
A study published in 2003 found that switching from drinking cold water to hot water could increase weight loss. Researchers found that drinking 500 ml of water before a meal increased metabolism by 30 percent.
Raising water temperature to 98.6 degrees accounted for 40 percent of the increase in metabolism. This metabolic step-up lasted for 30-40 minutes, following water consumption.

5. Reduced pain

Hot water improves circulation and may also improve blood flow, particularly to injured muscles. No research has directly linked hot water consumption to pain relief.
However, people routinely use heat packs and hot water bottles to reduce pain. Consuming hot water may offer some internal pain relief, but it is important to note that heat can also exacerbate swelling.
See complete article, from here  https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319673.php


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Health Benefits of Gelatin

1. Improving skin health

Collagen is what gives skin its healthy and youthful appearance. As people age, they naturally lose collagen, which causes the skin to become less firm. The result is skin that has wrinkles and lines. As gelatin is a great source of collagen, it may be a natural way to improve the skin's appearance.

2. Providing protein

One benefit of gelatin is that it provides nearly 2 grams (g) of protein per ½ cup. Protein is considered a macronutrient, which means the body needs a large amount.

Some animal sources of protein also contain significant amounts of unhealthy fat. Gelatin is a protein source that does not contain fat.

3. Aiding digestive function


Gelatin digestive health

Gelatin may help preserve digestive health

Gelatin may aid digestion in several different ways. For instance, the glycine in gelatin may promote a healthy mucosal lining in the stomach.

It also stimulates the production of gastric juices, which facilitates proper digestion. Without adequate digestive enzymes, gastrointestinal problems, such as acid reflux, can develop.

Also, gelatin binds to water and may help food move through the digestive system efficiently.

4. Easing joint pain

The collagen in gelatin may decrease joint pain associated with inflammation.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, some clinical studies indicate gelatin may reduce pain and improve joint function in people with osteoarthritis.

To know more other health benefits, check http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319124.php

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Steps on Baking a Cake

STEPS:
Step 1: Grease the Pan
Prepare the pan by generously greasing the inside using a pastry brush or paper towel and solid vegetable shortening. For best results, do not use butter, margarine or liquid vegetable shortening. Spread the shortening so that all indentations are covered.
Step 2: Flour the Pan
Sprinkle about 2 Tablespoons of flour inside the pan and shake so that the flour covers all greased surfaces. Turn pan upside down and tap lightly to remove excess flour. If any uncovered spots remain, touch up with shortening and flour, or use Bake Easy™ Non-Stick Spray or Cake Release to coat the pan instead of grease and flour.
Step 3: Pour Batter & Bake
Pour batter into pan and place in pre-heated oven.
Step 4: Cool Cake
After cake has baked the specified time, remove it from the oven and let it cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
Step 5: Unmold Cake
Run a thin knife between the cake and side of the pan. Unmold from pan by placing on wire rack against cake and turning both cooling rack and pan over. Lift pan off carefully.
Step 6: Ice Cake
Cool at least one hour and brush off loose crumbs prior to icing.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Science says gratitude is good for your health

If you need one more reason to be thankful, here it is. More and more researchers are finding that gratitude doesn’t just make you feel like a better person, it’s actually good for your health.

“Clinical trials indicate that the practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person’s life,” said Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis. “It can lower blood pressure, improve immune function and facilitate more efficient sleep.”

One recent study from the University of California San Diego’s School of Medicine found that people who were more grateful actually had better heart health, specifically less inflammation and healthier heart rhythms.

“They showed a better well-being, a less depressed mood, less fatigue and they slept better,” said the study’s author, Paul J. Mills. “When I am more grateful, I feel more connected with myself and with my environment. That’s the opposite of what stress does.”

Another study found that gratitude can boost your immune system. Researchers at the universities of Utah and Kentucky observed that stressed-out law students who characterized themselves as optimistic actually had more disease-fighting cells in their bodies.

But Emmons said there’s even more evidence.

People who keep a gratitude journal have a reduced dietary fat intake — as much as 25 percent lower. Stress hormones like cortisol are 23 percent lower in grateful people. And having a daily gratitude practice could actually reduce the effects of aging to the brain.

Being thankful has such a profound effect because of the feelings that go along with it, Emmons said.

“Gratitude works because, as a way of perceiving and interpreting life, it recruits other positive emotions that have direct physical benefits, most likely through the immune system or endocrine system.”

Research shows that when we think about what we appreciate, the parasympathetic or calming part of the nervous system is triggered and that can have protective benefits on the body, including decreasing cortisol levels and perhaps increasing oxytocin, the bonding hormone involved in relationships that make us feel so good.

But if you’re still not feeling the love, experts say gratitude is something you can learn.

“Some people may not be grateful by nature but it is a habit you can get accustomed to,” said Dr. Norman Rosenthal, a psychiatrist and author of “Winter Blues.”

“One very good way is being aware of comparing up. It’s a formula for unhappiness because you can always find a person who is more advantaged than you are.”

Mills says all you have to do is think about being grateful and you’ll become more grateful.

A good way to do that is by journaling.

“Some people say they don’t have anything to be grateful for,” Mills said. “If you take such a person to find one little thing to be grateful for and focus on that, you find over time that the feeling of gratitude can transform the way they see their lives.”


Monday, April 24, 2017

How Playground Swing Benefit Your Child?


Exposing your little one to the world of art and culture has always been deemed beneficial. Extra curricular and group activities always help in developing children's personality as well as social skills. Experts from the University of Washington have found that using playground swings for play activity can teach children how to get along with each other. The measured synchronous movement of children on the swings was found to encourage preschoolers to cooperate in subsequent activities, experts suggested.

"Synchrony enhances cooperation, because your attention is directed at engaging with another person, at the same time. We think that being 'in time' together enhances social interaction in positive ways" said Tal-Chen Rabinowitch, University of Washington.

Researchers paired four-year old kids in three groups - those who swung in sync, out of sync and the ones who didn't swing at all. The kids were assigned to take part in various activities to assess the level of cooperation. It was found that the children who swung in synchronization completed the tasks faster and indicated better cooperation when compared with their counterparts. For kids moving in sync can create a feeling of "being like" another child that may encourage them to communicate more and try to work together, experts said.


"We didn't know before we started the study that cooperation between four-year-olds could be enhanced through the simple experience of moving together," said Meltzoff.

Some of the previously conducted studies analysed the association between music other pro-social behaviours. Similar results were noted suggesting that such activities, when done in sync with other children, can heighten the sense of helping, sharing and empathising among young children. In this study, researchers sought to focus on movement alone, without music, and examined how children cooperated with one another afterward. The study was published in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I believe if you keep your faith, you keep your trust, you keep the right attitude, if you're grateful, you'll see God open up new doors.                                 

Joel Osteen