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When one door closes and another opens, it can bring a lot of promise along. Sure, you might be nervous about whatever is to come, but it's time to take stock of what you're leaving behind and then look ahead. Tally the lessons learned and think about how you can apply them to the new and exciting things to come.

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May 20, 2022

Maintaining Intimacy While Raising Kids- 5 Tricks That Work

Maintaining Intimacy While Raising Kids- 5 Tricks That Work

Having kids can affect your relationship intimacy due to evident reasons. Romance takes a backseat when childcare becomes a priority. Sleepless nights and fatigue hardly leave the energy to keep your bedroom life on track. The woes continue as your kids grow older because the workload increases and tantrums stress you out. Even the most romantic couples tend to drift apart after stepping into the parental role. But a little work on regaining and maintaining intimacy can make you a stronger pair and better parents. Here are some surefire tricks to keep the spark alive while raising kids.

May 19, 2022

How to withdraw from Alcohol?

Withdrawal from Alcohol


Alcohol withdrawal refers to the physiological changes that occur when a person abruptly quits consuming alcohol after a period of continuous and excessive use. Trembling (shaking), sleeplessness, anxiety, and other physical and mental symptoms are common.

Alcohol has a sedative or depressing effect on the brain. The brain of a heavy, long-term drinker is nearly always exposed to alcohol's repressive influence. Over time, the brain's chemistry changes to compensate for the alcohol's influence. It accomplishes this by releasing naturally stimulating substances in greater quantities than normal (such as serotonin or norepinephrine, a relative of adrenaline).



When alcohol is abruptly discontinued, the brain behaves similarly to an accelerating vehicle that has lost its brakes. Not surprisingly, the majority of withdrawal symptoms occur as a result of the brain being overstimulated.

The most deadly type of alcohol withdrawal happens in around one out of every twenty people experiencing withdrawal symptoms. This is referred to as delirium tremens (also called DTs).

In delirium tremens, the brain is unable to smoothly rebalance its chemistry following the cessation of alcohol. This induces a temporary state of bewilderment and results in potentially harmful alterations in the way your brain regulates your blood circulation and breathing. Vital indicators such as heart rate or blood pressure can fluctuate significantly or unexpectedly, increasing the risk of heart attack, stroke, or death.

Symptoms


If your brain has been accustomed to your heavy drinking habits, it will take time for it to re-adjust. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms manifest themselves in a predictable sequence following your final alcoholic beverage. Not all symptoms manifest in every patient:

Tremors (shakes) – These often begin within five to ten hours of the last alcoholic beverage and peak between 24 and 48 hours. Along with tremors (trembling), you may experience a racing pulse, a rise in blood pressure, fast breathing, sweating, nausea and vomiting, anxiety or hypervigilance, irritability, nightmares or vivid dreams, and insomnia.

Alcohol hallucinosis – This symptom often occurs between 12 and 24 hours after your last drink and may linger for up to two days. If this occurs, you will have hallucinations (see or feel things that are not real). Individuals who are abstaining from alcohol frequently perceive many little, similar, moving things. Occasionally, the image is interpreted as crawling insects or falling money. Alcohol withdrawal hallucinations can be extremely detailed and imaginative visions.

Seizures associated with alcohol withdrawal can occur between 6 and 48 hours after the last drink, and it is normal for numerous seizures to occur over several hours. At 24 hours, the risk is greatest.

Delirium tremens — Delirium tremens often occur two to three days after the last alcoholic beverage, but it can occur up to a week afterward. It reaches its peak severity four to five days after the previous drink. This disorder results in dangerous changes in your breathing, circulation, and temperature regulation. It can cause your heart to race dangerously fast, your blood pressure to skyrocket, and you may have serious dehydration. Delirium tremens can also cause a temporary decrease in blood flow to the brain. Confusion, disorientation, stupor, or loss of consciousness, anxious or aggressive behavior, irrational beliefs, drenching perspiration, sleep difficulties, and hallucinations are all possible symptoms.


Diagnosis


Alcohol withdrawal is simple to detect if you exhibit typical withdrawal symptoms following a period of excessive, persistent drinking. If you have already had withdrawal symptoms, they are likely to recur if you begin and stop drinking heavily again. There are no specialized diagnostics for alcohol withdrawal.

If you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms as a result of drinking, you have taken enough alcohol to cause damage to other organs. Your doctor should conduct a thorough examination and blood tests to look for alcohol-related damage to your liver, heart, nerves in your foot, blood cell count, and gastrointestinal tract. Your doctor will assess your regular diet and check for vitamin deficiencies, as malnutrition is frequent in people who are alcohol dependent.

Generally, it's difficult for people who drink to be entirely candid about how much they've consumed. You should be candid with your doctor about your drinking past so that withdrawal symptoms may be managed properly.

Duration Estimated


Alcohol withdrawal symptoms normally subside after five days, while a tiny percentage of patients may experience persistent effects lasting weeks.

May 18, 2022

Adding olive oil to your diet may help prevent an early death.

We are keeping an eye on this research.

Including olive oil in your diet may help you live longer, according to a new study by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers.

The study, published online on Jan. 10, 2022, in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, discovered that persons who consumed more olive oil had a decreased risk of death during a 28-year period compared to those who consumed olive oil infrequently or never.


The researchers analyzed data from two big trials that included over 90,000 men and women. At the start of the study, all subjects were free of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Every four years, they were asked to complete dietary questionnaires. In total, 36,856 of them perished during their studies. Those who ingested the most olive oil on a daily basis — an average of more than a tablespoon — had the lowest risk of death during the study period. They possessed:

May 16, 2022

What is a successful mindset for maintaining weight loss?

In today's calorie-dense, ultra-processed, movement-restrictive, chronic stress-inducing, so-called "toxic" environment, weight loss is a difficult task. However, it is even more difficult to execute a healthy, long-term approach to weight loss.

Long-term weight maintenance can be more difficult than short-term weight loss.


The majority of people can successfully lose weight in the short term. Those who switch from one fad diet to another, however, frequently experience the metabolic roller coaster known as yo-yo dieting, which increases our hunger hormones, decreases our metabolic rates, and produces a vicious cycle of weight loss and regain. Even the majority of medical treatments for obesity result in the traditional pattern of early weight loss, followed by a plateau, and then increasing weight regain. In a meta-analysis of 29 long-term weight loss studies, more than half of the weight lost was recovered within two years, and more than 80% of the weight lost was regained by five years. This indicates that, according to our best estimates, only one in five obese persons achieves long-term weight loss success.

May 14, 2022

French fries versus almonds: Which is superior in terms of calories?


In a perfect world, substituting French fries for almonds on a daily basis would be a simple decision, and selecting the salty, fried option would have no negative consequences. However, according
 
to a Harvard expert, the findings of a new study supporting this scenario should be taken with a grain of salt. This study, which was paid for by the potato industry, shows that eating a 300-calorie portion of French fries or a 300-calorie portion of almonds every day for a month doesn't make a big difference in terms of weight gain or other risk factors for diabetes.
 

Dr. Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, notes that snacking on fried potato slivers instead of protein-packed almonds may not affect the scale in the short term, but this does not make the decision equally healthy. Almonds provide health benefits, including a reduction in "bad" LDL cholesterol. In the long term, they are the superior method for preventing or delaying the onset of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, or their complications.
 
"We've learned from numerous studies over the past two decades that weight loss studies lasting less than a year are likely to produce misleading results, so a 30-day study is less than useless," explains Dr Willett. "For example, studies that last for six months or less show that low-fat diets help people lose weight, but studies that last for a year or more show the opposite."
 

May 12, 2022

12 fresh birthday cake ideas 2022

There are a lot of birthday cake designs to pick from. If you are celebrating your birthday and need a unique cake design in 2022 then you can pick one of these bright and colourful cake designs by cakeadoodle.qa.



May 11, 2022

Light meals linked to overeating



Maintaining a healthy body weight requires sticking to moderate meal proportions. It's easy, however, to deceive oneself into thinking it's okay to eat a few more bites. Research published online in the journal Appetite on January 15, 2022, provides an example. On two separate occasions, scientists served 37 people the same pasta salad. The dinner was described as "light" on one occasion and as "full" on another. People who ate the "light" lunch ate slightly more than those who ate the "filling" meal (and reported feeling less full). The findings suggest that assumptions about how full you'll feel after eating can influence your actual food consumption and that buying meals promoted as "light" to reduce weight should be approached with caution, according to the study's authors.

Having fun and staying safe in Summer camp 2022

It's time to start thinking about summer plans, and for many families, that means summer camp. After the past few years, the prospect of getting out of the house, being active, and socializing with other kids sounds intriguing.

While COVID-19 remains a threat, vaccinations and the fact that so many individuals have become ill and established some natural immunity have made summer camp less dangerous. Unfortunately, this does not mean that families do not need to consider COVID-19 while making arrangements, because they do.

Turkey's most beautiful islands

Turkey is home to some of the world's most divine islands, from a car-free archipelago just a short ferry ride from Istanbul, to the likes of Gökçeada, where olive groves are lapped by the clear waters of the Aegean Sea. Here are a few of the best Turkish islands.

The Princes’ Islands

The Princes' Islands, Turkey

The Princes' Islands, Turkey

Despite being just a short ferry ride from Istanbul, the Princes' Islands feel a world away from the Turkish capital. It’s an archipelago of nine that floats in the Sea of Marmara and quietly enthrals visitors with its slow pace of life. The islands are all car-free and known for their romantic horse-drawn carriages (phaetons), which enhance the feeling that you’ve been transported back in time. Explore streets scented with magnolias, mimosas, tangerines, and lemon trees, and lined with wooden country mansions dripping with wisteria. Büyükada, meaning “big island,” is the largest and farthest from Istanbul, making it great for a day trip. Here you can visit one of the superb local fish restaurants, stock up on supplies from the main bazaar, or rent bikes and head off to a shady picnic spot beneath the pines lining the coast. The islands of Heybeliada, Burgazada, and Kınalıada or the smaller Sedef Adası, Yassıada, Sivriada, Kaşık Adası, and Tavşan Adası are all equally enchanting. Regular ferries depart from Istanbul – more specifically from Eminonu, Kabatas, Kadıköy, or Bostanci. After a day trip to the islands, head back to Loka Suites in Kadıköy for the night.

May 10, 2022

Visit places that showcase the natural beauty of the earth.

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The best of the earth's natural beauty

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For many of us, the earth’s awe-inspiring natural beauty is what makes us want to travel far and catch a glimpse of mother nature’s wonders. From colossal glaciers meandering down mountainsides to caves sculpted by lava, here are five places to see nature’s most captivating sights, plus convenient, sustainability-minded places to stay.

The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

The Giant’s Causeway is the stuff of myth and legend

The Giant’s Causeway is the stuff of myth and legend

The legend goes that Northern Ireland was once home to a giant named Finn McCool. Across the Irish Sea in Scotland lived another giant named Benandonner, who threatened Finn and Northern Ireland. Finn tore up chunks of the Antrim coastline and hurled them into the sea, creating the path known as the Giant’s Causeway.

While the folklore is interesting, the science behind the Causeway’s creation is even more so. Formed 60 million years ago during a period of high volcanic activity, these 40,000 interlocking basalt columns are the result of lava cooling into near-perfect hexagons. It is a lasting reminder of the earth’s power. To complement your folklore-rich trip, stay at Dromore House Historic Country House, a Georgian family home just a 20-minute drive from the Giant’s Causeway.

This Summer Style-Up Your Lifestyle


This Summer Style-Up Your Lifestyle

When we think of summer we imagine beaches, cool fruity drinks, flowy dresses, and blooming flowers. The summer style has the liberty of being more creative and colourful than other seasons. This is why you should upgrade your wardrobe and lifestyle with a few newer but timeless summer styles. Unlike trends, the styles mentioned here don’t come and go and can be sustained for a long time. So, wave your coats and jackets goodbye and try summer lifestyle styles such as floral prints, braided hairstyles, and supple makeup.


White Clothes

White is the color of summer. Being a light color keeps you cool. Fashion-wise it can be styled to fit a minimalistic statement or a bold one based on the clothes that you choose. The classic tone in its simplicity creates the most elegant looks. The summer season of turmoil is complimented well by the peaceful white color.


It can be worn for formal and casual events. White monochromatic outfits are a very timeless look that can be worn during the season. The key to wearing a monochromatic outfit that doesn't look too bland is to mix and match the textures of the outfit.

A white airy summer dress can fit almost all occasions and should be a must-have in your closet. Linen and cotton white outfits can be chosen during the day for comfort.

Loose And Comfortable Garments 

The hot weather of summer calls for dresses, skirts, rompers, tops, and shorts that are loose and free-flowing instead of tight clothes that feel uncomfortable. Lighter fabrics that float in the wind are exactly the vibe of summer clothing. Cotton, silk, lace, crochet, or chiffon are the perfect light materials for loose clothing.


Airy silhouettes allow the body to breathe while also being fun to style. You can wear bright colors, loose sleeves, or printed apparels that are loose and flowing to add an extra oomph to everyday summer style.

May 9, 2022

Night workers might benefit from daytime eating

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If you work the night shift, eating during the day may be beneficial to your health. A small trial discovered that persons who worked night shifts for 14 days and also ate some meals at night saw an increase in blood sugar levels, potentially increasing their chance of developing diabetes, obesity, or heart disease.


May 7, 2022

5 Things to Consider When Planning a Hawaii Cruise

What You Should Know Before Booking A Hawaii Cruise

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The Hawaiian archipelago, perched in the North Pacific and surrounded by sparkling blue waters, appears to be designed for cruising. However, organizing a Hawaii cruise is more difficult than it appears. Due to its remote location and strict regulations, only a few cruises to this Polynesian paradise are available.

One of the numerous advantages of a Hawaii cruise is the possibility to see four islands in a week—a logistical achievement that would require several flights for land travellers. Cruising is also a cost-effective method to experience Hawaii, which is known for being an expensive tourist destination.

Last but not least, the natural beauty of the islands themselves is what attracts almost nine million people each year. Each of Hawaii's islands offers travellers unique and memorable experiences, such as cascading waterfalls, famed volcanoes, teeming marine life, and postcard-perfect beaches.

The following are the five most often asked questions about organizing a Hawaii cruise.

1. How long is a cruise to Hawaii?


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Depending on the itinerary, Hawaii cruises might last anywhere from seven to 18 nights. Due to the islands' distant position, a cruise exclusively within the Hawaiian Islands sailing round trip to Honolulu is the quickest (and only) seven-night option, but any voyage from California to Hawaii will take at least 15 nights. There are round-trip sailings from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego, but expect to spend at least eight days at sea travelling to and from Hawaii. You'll be spending a lot of time on your ship, so choose wisely!

Because many ships alternate between Hawaii or Polynesia in the winter and Alaska in the summer, repositioning cruises to and from Hawaii is common in May and September when ships cross the Pacific. A frequent repositioning itinerary is a 10-night cruise from Vancouver, BC to Hawaii.

May 6, 2022

How to prevent exercise-related injuries

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Numerous frequent injuries can be avoided by implementing these seven basic tactics into your practice.

Exercise-related injuries are frequent in people of all ages, whether it's knee pain, a painful elbow, or a torn muscle. They have the potential to sabotage your fitness efforts, throwing you back weeks or even months.

Dr Beth Frates, clinical assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School, adds that many of these injuries are preventable. She gives some recommendations below to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and progress toward your fitness objectives.

1. Choosing a low-impact exercise is the first step. While no activity totally eliminates the danger of injury, doing a low-impact exercise that puts less strain on your joints makes it less likely that you'll be hurt. Dr Frates recommends walking, swimming, or indoor cycling as low-impact exercises. Contact sports such as football, ice hockey, basketball, or soccer pose the greatest risk of injury. However, injuries in high-impact, non-contact sports such as running are also common.

May 5, 2022

The best 2022 met gala fashion looks

The Met Gala is arguably one of the most frantic red carpet occasions for celebrities, stylists, and tastemakers (the event is held on the first Monday of May). On this night, the fashion standard is set high as Hollywood's biggest stars arrive in lavish costumes while attempting to keep on-trend. And between standing for the pit of photographers and descending the numerous steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in their dramatic appearance, the setting might feel intense. Celebrities like Blake Lively delved into the Gilded Age dress code at the 2022 Met Gala, however, and the top fashion outfits complemented this fascinating atmosphere.



Gigi Hadid

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In Versace and Chopard jewelry.
Bella Hadid
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In custom Burberry and Briony Raymond anklet.

Hot summer wedding guest dresses

As the wedding season approaches, it's time to start planning your outfit. But instead of sticking to the tried-and-true outfits, it's time to think outside the box. It's time to shine bright like a diamond this wedding season, with spectacular earrings, killer outfits, and glittering dance shoes. We've put together a list of wedding guest outfits trending this season.




Fancy nails for fashionable boss women


I always feel renewed after getting my nails done. Something about having nice nails and investing the time and money in myself gives me a sense of self-satisfaction that quickly lifts my spirits, even on the worst of days. 
If you are a girl boss check out our latest nail inspirations by Karolina Orzechowska.


New numbers about statin drug intolerance

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It is estimated that half of all persons who attempt to decrease their cholesterol with a statin prescription eventually discontinue the treatment due to real or perceived adverse effects (muscle aches being the top complaint). However, do not abandon the treatment prematurely if you feel you cannot tolerate it, as the true prevalence of statin intolerance is far less than 50%, according to a study published online on Feb. 16, 2022, in the European Heart Journal. The researchers pooled the results of 176 trials involving over 4.1 million statin users worldwide (followed for 12 to 19 months). The overall frequency of real statin intolerance was between 6% and 10%. Being Black, Asian, female, or older raised one's likelihood of being statin-intolerant; having diabetes, liver or kidney disease, or an underactive thyroid; taking specific heart drugs, or drinking alcohol enhanced one's likelihood of being statin intolerant. The study's authors recommend that if you believe you are suffering statin side effects, you work with your doctor to ease symptoms before discontinuing the medication. If your symptoms are truly caused by your statin, changing the kind of dose of your statin may resolve them. Exercise or supplementation with coenzyme Q10 may also be beneficial. Don't give up statins too soon: they've saved many lives.

May 4, 2022

10 Amazing Hotels For A Romantic Getaway

When we think of romantic destinations, we often think of the streets of Paris, or perhaps the canals of Venice, or maybe the beaches of Maui. Whether you’re looking for a more traditional Valentine’s Day destination or would love to surprise your partner with something a bit more off the beaten path, Expedia has handpicked a list of the most romantic Valentine’s Day hotels around the world (all of which are VIP Access hotels to boot). Are you ready for romance? Read on!

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

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There’s a reason The Maldives is such a dream spot to a honeymoon or have a romantic getaway: think turquoise water, soft white sand, your choice of luxury accommodation, and all the relaxing beach time in the world. If you’re looking for somewhere to really unwind and spend quality time with your significant other, the Maldives may be just the ticket. Our pick for the most romantic hotel in the Maldives is Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas; with choices such as beach villas, sunset villas, and overwater villas, you’re sure to have unbelievable views no matter where you stay. There’s also a full-service spa for the ultimate in pampering. Imagine cuddling up with your loved one after a blissful spa day and watching the sun dip below the horizon… is there anything more romantic?

VOI Donna Camilla Savelli Hotel

We don’t know about you, but when we hear “Italy”, we think of romance. Head to Rome, the Eternal City, for a magical vacation with your significant other. Dine at cosy restaurants, gawk at the ancient historical sites, and enjoy exploring the Italian capital arm in arm as you create yet another amazing memory together. Our pick for the most romantic hotel in Rome has to be VOI Donna Camilla Savelli Hotel. With elegant details, a beautiful rooftop terrace, and a fantastic location – some of Rome’s most famous sightseeing spots are within short walking distance – you’ll fall deeply in love with Rome… and even deeper in love with each other.

5 New York City Hotels With Musical Pasts

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Music and travel go together like Hall and Oates, Sonny and Cher, or Simon and Garfunkel. 

There’s real power when it comes to music and travel that helps people further escape mentally, emotionally, or physically to a new destination. In fact, according to Expedia customer research conducted in 2021, 62% of people who book travel online list “music” and specifically “festivals” as a key passion point. This musical connection could get even stronger as travellers start to seek out transformational, meaningful experiences from their post-pandemic trips. 

When we think of musical destinations, New York City comes top of mind. Here are five hotels to book a stay in for anyone looking to get out and explore this magical city’s musical past.



New York Hilton Midtown: 1335 Sixth Avenue 

The New York Hilton Midtown has a bit of a home-field advantage when it comes to musical histories, thanks to its location just two blocks from Radio City Music Hall. However, the hotel itself has plenty of noteworthy musical moments as well. Elvis Presley was a favored longtime guest of the hotel and often held press conferences from the lobby. The Beatles also booked a few rooms in the hotel when they made their famed appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. In later years, John Lennon returned to the hotel and wrote “Imagine” on the Hilton’s stationery.

The health benefits of red peppers

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The taste of red pepper, also known as bell pepper, red bell pepper, capsicum, or sweet pepper, is somewhat sweet and earthy. These peppers are fully matured green bell peppers, which are more bitter.

The red pepper belongs to the Capsicum annuum family, which contains cultivars such as jalapeno, cayenne pepper, chilli pepper, and a few more spicy peppers. While there are other red peppers, the red bell pepper is the only one that is commonly referred to as "red pepper."

Capsicum annuum is native to Central and South America, and it was likely domesticated some 7,500 years ago in central Mexico. Several variants emerged over time and are being used as cultivars today. Bell peppers were one of those kinds, and they were widely grown before the arrival of the Spanish in the 1400s.

Red peppers, which are now grown all over the world, are still popular because of their sweet flavours, which brighten up a variety of cuisines.

Fairy-Tale Places You Can Visit In Real Life

Magical illuminating caves, beautiful tiny towns, and enchanting hilltop castles may sound like images from a children's book, yet the globe is full of real-life fairy-tale locations. Start making plans for your perfect fairy-tale holiday to one of these 10 lovely destinations around the world.



1. The Isle of Skye, Scotland

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The wing-shaped island in Scotland is very much real, and its fairy-tale landscapes are brimming with folklore. You'd think somewhere called the "Isle of Skye" would be an enchanted fictional place, but the wing-shaped island in Scotland is very much real, and its fairy-tale landscapes are brimming with folklore. Spend some time in the Fairy Glen, which is a small version of Scotland's mountainous highlands and the kind of environment where you might come across some fae beings. Then, at the foot of the Black Cuillins Mountains, stroll to the lovely Fairy Pools. You'll reach a succession of cascading waterfalls and stunningly clean pools where you may reward yourself with a swim by hopping between stepping stones along the route. However, be aware that the water is rather cold.

Visit The Old Man of Storr, a protruding rock feature purported to be the thumb of a long-dead giant buried there, to round out your journey. Make the most of your trip by joining a guided tour around the Isle of Skye to see all the hidden gems and hear all the local legends.

Check your dosage of melatonin supplements for sleep.

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Melatonin supplementation for sleep improvement has increased 425 per cent over the last two decades, with the number of persons taking big doses (more than 5 milligrams per day) reaching an all-time high, according to a study published in the journal JAMA on Feb. 1, 2022.

These findings raise concerns about potential safety hazards. As with other supplements, melatonin products are not regulated or held to the same quality standards as prescription medications. The authors noted that the real amount of melatonin contained in a pill may be much larger than the amount indicated on the label. This can result in people taking too much, especially because many people use melatonin on a regular basis.

Is there any truth to the placebo effect?

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Because everyone's reaction to a new drug or treatment is so different, it's nearly impossible to know whether your drug had an instant effect or if it was a placebo effect (an improvement in symptoms from the act of taking a drug independent of its biological effects).
 
This is why placebos are frequently employed in clinical trials to assess the efficacy of a particular medication, particularly when assessing how effectively a drug works. For example, one group receives the tested drug, while the other receives a "fake" drug, or placebo, that they mistake for the actual thing. By analyzing how both groups react, the researchers can determine if the medicine is effective. If they both have the same reaction, whether it's an improvement or not, the medicine is said to be ineffective.

 
Experts have decided, however, that a positive reaction to a placebo does not necessarily mean that a treatment is ineffective, but rather that another, non-pharmacological process is at work. The exact mechanism through which placebos work is yet unknown. It's likely that the placebo effect is more than just the power of positive thought. It's a complicated neurobiological reaction that encompasses anything from increased levels of feel-good neurotransmitters like endorphins and dopamine to increased activity in brain regions associated with mood, emotional reactions, and self-awareness.
 
When people respond to a placebo, their brain activity changes. In one study, researchers employed functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to assess the brains of people suffering from persistent knee osteoarthritis. After that, everyone was given a placebo and had their brains scanned again. The researchers discovered that those who experienced pain relief had more activity in the frontal lobe's middle frontal gyrus.

May 3, 2022

The 10 Best Yoga Retreats In Costa Rica

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From the rainforest to the reef, you can find bliss through these yoga retreats in Costa Rica that will change your body and your mind for the better.

Costa Rica is one of the most popular places to visit in Central America because it has a lot of amazing wildlife and beautiful scenery. More than 25% of the country's land is protected, so visitors can explore the beautiful rainforests, visit pristine beaches for surfing and diving, trek volcanoes, or just relax and enjoy the peace and quiet.

  

Over the last decade, more and more people have been coming to Costa Rica to go on yoga retreats that will make them feel better. What's better than finding Zen in the depths of a rainforest or at the base of a volcano, after all?

Find out about 10 of the best yoga retreats in Costa Rica, which are great for everyone from beginners to full-fledged yoga practitioners.


Samasati Yoga & Wellness Retreat









The best way to get rid of a bad habit

How to get rid of a bad habit




We all have bad habits that we'd like to break, and each night we tell ourselves the same thing: I'm going to bed early. I'm not going to eat the cookie. I'm going to quit biting my nails. And when tomorrow arrives, we cave, and we feel even worse. We feel discouraged and guilty because we are aware of the dangers but powerless to resist them.

The cycle is comprehensible, given that the brain is notoriously resistant to change. However, it is possible to break a harmful habit. It requires determination, some white-knuckling, and some effective behaviour change strategies. However, even before that, it's beneficial to comprehend what's going on in our minds, our motivations, and our self-talk.

  

Certain behaviours make us feel rewarded.

Whether they are good or harmful habits, they are routines, and routines, such as showering or driving to work, are automatic and simplify our lives. The brain does not have to think as much.

While harmful habits differ, when we attempt to break one, we produce dissonance, which the brain does not enjoy. A part of the brain called the limbic system makes us feel like we're in danger, so we try to flee or freeze and go back to our old ways, even though we know it's bad for us.

Often, even bad habits make us feel good, as the brain releases dopamine. This is true of anything that aids our species' survival, such as food or sex. Avoiding change is a way to stay alive, and we keep retreating because we get rewarded (even if it's only for a short time). That is why it is so difficult.

May 2, 2022

Making sense of current trends in dementia

Dementia medical data can be perplexing. Here's how to make sense of the latest findings.



It's sometimes hard to determine if we're winning or losing the dementia battle. Some headlines proclaim that dementia rates are on the decline, while others warn that the number of dementia cases is rapidly increasing. Here are two new study findings and what they mean in terms of danger.




Rates are falling.


According to a study headed by Harvard researchers and published online by Neurology on July 1, 2020, dementia incidence rates have been continuously dropping since the 1980s.

What is the cause of the decline? It could be linked to improved treatments for atherosclerosis (the development of harmful plaques in the arteries) over the last 40 years, as well as healthier lives. Treatment of high cholesterol and blood pressure at a younger age than in the past is encouraged, and we encourage people to adopt healthier lifestyles. And anything we do to lower atherosclerosis in the heart is likely to lower atherosclerosis in the brain as well.

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