Tag Archives: Health

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 Blood—How our oxygen gets carried throughout our body

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Good evening my dearest followers,

Please, take a moment to enjoy this excerpt for my newest post (Bring Up Blood).

We could most certainly not live without blood. It is absolutely essential for the survival of our most distant limbs and organs. Even though almost all of our respiration is thanks to our respiratory organs, blood is critical to carry oxygen further. Yet, the blood is not only responsible for some part of respiration, but it is also in charge of transporting many nutrients and immune cells. We, imperatively, need to learn more about the different elements of blood to understand its importance and necessity. Four main elements are particularly important: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. All of these components play a large part in our life. Red blood cells notably carry oxygen, and white blood cells are our primary immune defence against potential chemicals and pathogens. Platelets help the blood coagulate, and plasma is the liquid transporting most nutrients, hormones and cells our body needs.

If you like the excerpt, please click the link below to access the whole article.

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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 Puberty—When a Transition to Adulthood Becomes Unavoidable

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If you’re an adult now, you are lucky enough to have survived the awkward years of teenagehood. These years are filled with changes that are hard to navigate around. From the periods (for girls) and the wet dreams (for boys) to the physical changes, it becomes difficult to find our bearings. It becomes quite easy to feel out of place or even misunderstood. We may even feel like there is no one there to help us. As a girl, speaking about menstruation needed to be whispered as to not be heard. All decisions about our sexual health seemed to be controlled by our parents. Conversely, our parents realized that we were then able to take on more responsibilities which sometimes might have seemed very contradictory. Our puberty is truly a strange moment in our lives when our bodies become partly strangers. We all need time and support to develop and get acquainted once again with ourselves. More than ever, we need to break down any residual taboos regarding puberty and be there for all teens.

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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 Alcohol—What We Can Expect From Drinking

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Some people would believe that there is no Summer without alcohol and others would prefer to abstain from consuming it entirely. However, it really doesn’t matter what your relationship is with alcohol. In the end, we all came in contact with alcohol in one form or another. That’s right! I am not talking here about the different kinds of drinking alcohol like wine, beer, liquor, cider, etc. I’m referring to the more general sorts of alcohol we get to encounter during the course of our lives. Of course, we all know our ethanol which is most commonly referred to as drinking alcohol, but there are also methanol and isopropyl alcohol (or rubbing alcohol) – just to name a few. What’s interesting about alcohol -other than its inebriating properties- are its disinfectant and antiseptic properties. So whenever we clean or injure ourselves, we most likely come in contact with these forms of alcohol. But not all alcohol is safe to drink, so please stick with your ethanol of choice.

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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 Inflammation – How does it help

It doesn’t matter if it’s from an insect bite, an injury, a headache, a twisted ankle or anything else, once inflammation settles in, we know it’s going to be unpleasant. We might think that inflammation is a sign of infection, and although it may be, it’s not necessarily the case. Inflammation is there as an adaptive response to help with the healing process once damage or external elements are detected. However this is not its only range of action. Through various approaches, inflammation will help protect the injured site, provide the adequate chemicals to begin repairs and ensure sterility of the surrounding environment. One thing is almost certain, you know, at the very least, some strategies to use when dealing with inflammation, like elevating the affected limbs, putting ice over it, or even taking some anti-inflammatory medication. However you probably don’t know exactly how they work. If not, you certainly will after reading this nicely crafted article.

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Bring Up Hair – What you have to know about your mane

Yet, more recently, boys have also begun adopting the same attitude towards it. Often the first and the last thing on our mind, we spend a great deal of time caring for it. Our hair goes through a series of rigorous manipulation like brushing, cleaning, treating and styling. IT is the willpower to obtain that perfect head of hair that is the chief driver of our continuous dedication to achieve that flawless head of hair that makes us look both beautiful and put together. Through all of the troubles we go through to make it look shiny and lustrous, we often forget or ignore what composes them in the first place. This disinterest to learn more about them makes it so easy for commercial products to claim unproven benefits and so what. Once we have learnt what constitutes them, on a fundamental level, we can simultaneously learn to better care for them and avoid falling into the trap left by scammers. To adequately care for them, it turns out you don’t need to empty your pocket. Read this article to find out how.

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