Category Archives: Lifestyle

Bring Up Biophilia—What makes us particularly attracted to nature

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No one can dismiss the amazing feeling we get after spending some time in nature. We instantly feel relaxed and reinvigorated. Some might attribute this effect to time spent far away from work, and even though they could be correct, it is not the whole picture. Biophilia is a relatively new concept that brought the public more awareness to the role nature plays. The term refers to our innate propensity to be in nature or to connect with it. Our love for nature is so strong that the mere presence of reminders can be sufficient to initiate a cascade of positive effects. All the reactions produced can lead to a lightened mood, better cognitive processes, including concentration and focus, and a sudden burst in motivation. Nature’s reminders, also called biophilic elements, can be either alive or inanimate, but living elements can instigate the most impressive outcomes. To embrace the spirit of biophilia, we can begin introducing plants at home or add nature soundtracks as background noise. The possibilities are endless.

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Bring Up Working Out—How It Can Benefit Our Entire Body

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Staying active is hard, and we may very well feel tempted to give it up entirely. However, there are some good reasons why health professionals advocate adopting a more active lifestyle. Beyond the most apparent argument, weight loss, there are other advantages to moving out of your couch and grabbing those neglected sneakers for a walk. These benefits may range anywhere from improved cardiac health to decelerated ageing. However, we all know that establishing a new workout routine can be extremely strenuous and challenging. Hopefully, learning more about its positive effects may help. In case it does not, learning about the potential pitfalls might, without any doubts, do the trick. Being more active doesn’t necessarily mean moving 24/7, but we should always strive to do more than before. Yet, we still need to be aware of our limits and respect them.

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Bring Up Coffee—What Is In Besides Caffeine

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The most enduring morning staple is probably coffee. Most people may even swear that their ritual cup of coffee is the only thing that keeps them going. Without coffee, some people might feel lost or incomplete. And even though we can all agree that heaps of people drink coffee, they do not all drink it the same way. Some may prefer filtered coffee, and others instant coffee. Yet, the differences are not so disparate. In a sense, instant coffee begins as a brewed cup of coffee. Only its transformation doesn’t stop there. To make instant coffee, we need to extract all water molecules from the brewed mixture. The drying will leave only dried coffee crystals that are quickly soluble in water. And if you don’t mind the slight change in flavour palette, switching to instant coffee might be an incredible eco-friendly move. If you can’t seem to tolerate caffeine, instant coffee might also be your best ally as it offers a great variety of decaffeinated options.

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Bring Up Water—What is Behind Hydration

Most people don’t drink enough. We don’t drink because water doesn’t taste like much, we don’t drink because we forget, we don’t drink because we overeat. Whatever the reason is, we must change our habits, if only for the wellbeing of our brain cells, our kidney cells and any other living cells in our body. Still, we must introduce water wisely. Bottled water might be convenient, but it can be very detrimental to your health. As a substitute for bottled water, you may consider getting yourself a sturdy and beautiful reusable bottle. That might be especially useful for the next heatwaves to come. If you’re in the sun, drink a lot and drink often to avoid dehydration. But beware that there exist things like overhydration. Our cells definitely don’t like either one. Dehydration may cause some unnecessary stress to them. On the other hand, overhydration may cause the cells, in very extreme cases, to die.

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Bring Up Breathing—How We Get This Precious Oxygen in Our Blood

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Fortunately for us, when we stop breathing consciously, our autonomous respiratory system kicks in. This alternative system allows us to entirely refocus our attention on other tasks, which can be truly beneficial. However, when left unchecked for too long, our breathing can change so much that our gas exchange can be impaired. It may be possible that there is no longer enough oxygen entering and enough carbon dioxide leaving our organism. This can cause a series of side effects that could be really detrimental. By refocusing some of our attention on our breathing regularly, we can notice when our breathing gets too shallow or too rapid. Once we notice these changes, we are then able to address them and bring back our breathing to normal. One suggested technique is diaphragmatic breathing which involves breathing deeply. But if this one is not for you, there are always more techniques that you can do.

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Bring Up Ageing—What We Can Expect With Growing Older

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It’s hard to accept, but every year we are getting older. There seems to be no way around this. Well, that was until very recently. More and more age-related researchers are coming up with new observations suggesting that it could actually be possible. Still, I wouldn’t get too excited as those studies are still in their infancy. Yet, it brings us hope. Until futuristic technologies get developed to revert signs of ageing, we will have to rely on current strategies which aim to slow down the process. If you desire to extend your youth, there are cheap and accessible ways to do it. The principles are quite straightforward, we must remember to take care of our physical health as well as our mental health. From doing more physical activities to learning a new language, we all have the capacity to extend our youth, even if it’s just by a little. I, for one, will attempt these techniques. Who’s with me?

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Bring Up Sight—How Do You See

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We rely on our eyes so much to see the world and interpret it that just briefly closing our eyes can make us feel overwhelmed. Yet, what if I tell you now that colours don’t really exist. Would you believe me? Maybe not, but you should. Colours are a product of our brain’s interpretation of the different wavelengths. There exist only a narrow range of those wavelengths that we can actually perceive. However, the rest is still routinely used. Beyond the visible light spectrum resides two types of light: Ultraviolet and Infrared. Ultraviolet is most commonly known for its impacts on our skin health. As for infrared light, there is one application that is not as widespread, which is its part taken in the greenhouse effect. The more there are greenhouse gases that accumulate in the atmosphere, the more trapped infrared light gets. This entrapment causes the important warming associated with the greenhouse effect. Read this article to know more about our eyes and light.

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Bring Up Traffic – Where does all that congestion come from

For me, and perhaps for you too, driving always brings its load of anxiety. This happens not only because I have limited experience, but also because other drivers are not consistently careful. Even worst, sometimes their carelessness can occasionally lead them to adopt dangerous behaviours. Which raises questions about the origin of all this impatience and risk-taking demeanour. We cannot be certain about its source, but we can still emit some hypotheses to answer it. From what I understand, traffic is a catalyst for road rage. This may be induced by a series of interactions with less reactive drivers, which induces impatience and a desire to react impulsively. That being said there are ways that we can all contribute to a more pleasant driving experience. However, this requires many components often quite difficult to assemble.

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Bring Up Intermittent Fasting – What should my eating schedule look like

Finding a middle ground between losing weight and staying healthy is not easy. Some fad diets have tried multiple times to make us believe that they were the one. Still they all seemed to fall short somehow. Recently intermittent fasting has been gaining a lot of traction which begs to wonder if this whole trend is worth investing time doing. I, being no different than most, wanted to find a healthy way to lose weight, or at the very least manage it. Given the multiple claims and praises this fasting method has accumulated, it really grabbed my attention. I had to figure out what the fuss was all about and if it holds its ground when dissecting science studies. Turns out that it really is a wonderful method, it has definitely surpassed my expectations. However, it definitely isn’t suited for everyone. Read this article to find out what I discovered, from both the science studies and my own experience.

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