Category Archives: Well-being

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 Perspiration—How I Am Regulating My Temperature

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It is no secret that water is a vital component for life on Earth. For instance, us humans need water for more than one physiological process. Water is used by our kidneys to help filter out waste products, by our blood to help transport products to different parts of our body and by our sweat to help our body regulate our internal temperature. Sweat might be regarded as a nuisance, but in the grand scheme of things, it is so beneficial to our health. Sweat or perspiration doesn’t actually smell like anything. What makes for the bad smells are the bacteria that feed off the sweat. Still, we have to remember that without sweat, our body will struggle to keep us from burning up. On hot days, this might be especially deadly considering the increased risk of developing heatstrokes. Without sweat, our internal heat would reach levels that could be lethal. So, instead of curbing off sweat, we might look at options aimed to eliminate bacteria and odours.

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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 Fat—Why I Am Getting Chubbier

Although there is nowadays a lot of pressure on the fashion industry to stop picturing curvy girls as unhealthy, there is still a long way to go. Indeed, this systematic portrayal of tiny figures as the most attractive has led many children over the years to develop a faulty perception about how desirable fat tissue actually is. This perception has triggered some children, teens and young adults to develop an altered perception of their bodies or made them form unhealthy relationships with food. And even though being overweight, or obese, should be avoided to reduce health-related issues, we should still abstain from perceiving any fat as an enemy. A certain level of fat is required for our bodies to support us. Also, the type of fat cells contained in our fat tissue determines how healthy we are. White fat cells that adults tend to develop in excess are much more detrimental than beige or brown fat cells. Fortunately, there are strategies you can adopt to help morph those undesirable white fat cells into beneficial beige and brown cells.

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Bring Up Smell- How We Perceive Odours

The nose may be one of the most prominent features of our face, but its role goes way beyond providing extra distinguishing features for facial recognition. Our nose allows us to detect volatile compounds that can be interpreted as odours or malodours. Even though we might seriously wish to never distinguish any nasty odours, like farts, ever again, it’s part of our survival tool kit. So thinking that people affected by anosmia might be better off without it is probably inconsiderate at best and heartless at worst. Yes, it is true that they can’t smell farts, but what else can’t they smell… gas leaks, spoiled food and rotten flesh. This blind spot might not only potentially lead the person to go through unnecessary danger, but it could also be fatal. As for pleasant smells, they are also unnoticed. This implication can be disastrous considering that our smell is very tightly linked to emotions and rewards.

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Bring Up Sleep – How can I increase my overall well-being

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My second most favourite moment of the day is whenever I’m sleeping (the first is, without any doubt, whenever I’m eating). After a good night’s sleep, I can always benefit from an energy recovery and a less obstructed mindset. Many pieces of evidence are starting to pile up supporting the necessity of sleep. However, despite these indications, heaps of people keep omitting it as a valid health component. Sleep is not only essential to recuperate from tiredness, but it also fundamentally impacts many aspects of your lives that you may not be fully comprehending. As a recent undergraduate and graduate student, I got the opportunity to notice first-hand a trend toward neglecting sleep as a necessary measure to succeed. Not only is this strategy not really helping in getting better grades, but it also may affect your memory and learning performances in the long run.

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Bring Up Pain – Where all of this hurt comes from

It’s hard to imagine a life without feeling, but we can all imagine a life without pain. People would all agree that it does sound dreamy. Without pain there is no suffering, and without suffering there is only happiness and joy, right? Pain experts would absolutely not agree with that statement. They have realized the importance of pain in our life, and especially its importance in our survival. Without pain our life expectancy would significantly drop, making even the success rate of reaching adulthood drastically low. This is because when we injure ourselves, the only thing stopping us from injuring ourselves further is pain. Without pain, we just wouldn’t know what to avoid. Thus, getting to know the mechanistic and origin of pain is a must. This is why I created this article so that anyone could understand. Relying on experiences, we can all understand this complex machine. Now the only thing missing is for you to read this article and enjoy.

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