10 Quick And Easy Exercises That Will Leave Your Eyes Feeling As Good As New

Do you spend all day staring at the computer screen? Does your head hurt at the end of the day because your eyes are tired?

If so, then these exercises are for you. Try to do them every day, when you take a break at work. Don’t worry, they’re easy and won’t take long.

1. Blink continuously for two minutes.

This helps improve the blood circulation to your eyes. Try to blink more often while you’re working as well.

Eye Exercises

 

2. Look from side to side without moving your head.

Keeping your head still, slowly move your eyes to the right, then to the left. Repeat 10 times.

3. Close your eyes and move your eyeballs upward and downward.

Without moving your head, and keeping your eyes closed, slowly move your eyeballs upward and then downward. Repeat 10 times.

4. Roll your eyes without moving your head.

Keeping your head still, slowly roll your eyes clockwise and then counter clockwise, 10 times in each direction.

5. Lightly press your temples with your fingers.

Place your fingers against your temple and maintain pressure there for a few seconds. This improves the circulation of intraocular fluid. Repeat 5 times.

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6. Draw shapes with your eyes without moving your head.

Keeping your head still, draw triangles, squares and other geometric shapes with your eyes.

7. Squeeze your eyes shut for a few minutes and then relax.

This relaxes your eye muscles and improves blood circulation to the eyes. You can even tense your whole body while squeezing your eyes shut and then relax. This will help release the tension in the rest of your body along with your eyes. Do this 5 – 7 times.

8. Rotate your head while staring straight ahead.

Fix your gaze at a point in front of you and keep staring at it while you rotate your head first clockwise and then counter clockwise, 10 times in each direction.

9. Focus on something close by and something far away.

Look at something close to you for a few seconds and then shift your gaze to a further object and focus on that for a few seconds. Repeat 5 times.

10. Close your eyes for a few minutes and just relax.

This helps dispel the strain in your eye muscles.

These Plants Are Being Grown In LED Lamps, So That They Don’t Need Sunlight!

Just because you live in the city, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have greenery around you! What are the two things plants need? Water, sunlight and some TLC. Well, a German design team known as We Love Eames has come up with the idea of growing plants in LED lamps, making all these three inputs unnecessary. The LED mimics sunlight, so that the plants can photosynthesize. They don’t need to be watered, because once they use the LED light to initiate photosynthesis, they are pretty much a self sufficient eco-system! The plants can literally go for years without any maintenance.

The design is known as the mygdal plant light.

Mygdal Plant Light

 

It can stand on a table…

Mygdal Plant Light

 

…Or hang from the ceiling.

Mygdal Plant Light

 

Here’s how it was made.

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Mygdal Plant Light

 

Mygdal Plant Light

 

7 Helpful Ways To Beat Emotional Eating

Are you an emotional eater? If being depressed, nervous or lonely makes you eat, even when your body is not asking for it, then you are definitely an emotional eater. Some people like to eat when they are happy or excited. In both the emotional conditions happy or sad, you need to stop doing it. Turning to food for comfort never helps! Here are few ways to overcome emotional eating.

1. Get the myth of “good food” and “ bad food” out of your system.

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Most of the diets talk about the foods you should and shouldn’t eat, but many researches say that most people turn to the forbidden foods when they are low, hoping they will feel good. That is why most people binge on desserts or other junk food. But if you think of all foods as equal then you are less likely to binge.

2. Keeping a journal might help.

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Jot down what you eat, when you eat and the feelings that made you eat and how you felt after eating. For example, you could write: at 10 pm I ate cake, I was feeling lonely and depressed, and I felt guilty after having the cake. If you continue to do this long enough then you might be able to see the pattern of your emotions and identify the foods to avoid when you are stressed.

3. Be aware of your emotions.

Emotions

 

Being mindful and in the present moment can actually curb your emotional hunger. We usually experience emotional hunger right away while physical hunger comes on slowly. It is advisable to focus on eating alone and not watch TV or listen to music because then you tend to eat more.

4. Exercise is a must.

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Any kind of rigorous physical activity is known to reduce anxiety and stress. Studies also reveal that people who exercise regularly have less cravings then people who don’t exercise at all. Exercise with a motive to improve your physical and mental health, if you only focus on burning calories then exercise might become boring for you.

5. Try having healthy snacks.

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It is advisable to keep healthy and low-calorie foods like apple, greek yogurt, humus dip and so on handy, so that when you feel like binging you will have some healthy options. But if you still want to eat the comfort food after eating the healthy food then go ahead. But chances are the healthy food will satisfy you.

6. Get good sleep.

Sleep

 

Lack of sleep is another reason for emotional eating. Lower energy levels because of less sleep can weaken your willpower to fight the cravings.

7. It is ok to ask for help.

Ask for help

 

Childhood has a big impact on our eating habits and to change them in a day is not easy. Don’t feel shy to ask for an expert’s help if none of the tips work for you.

Drinking 7 Glasses A Day Can Help You Cut 200 Calories

A new study by researchers from the University of Illinois, USA, found that increasing your water consumption by even 1% can cause you to eat less saturated fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol, and bring down your calorie intake. Drinking 7 glasses of water a day can help you cut out 200 calories from your diet!

Water Weight Loss

 

“The impact of plain water intake on diet was similar across race, ethnicity, education and income levels and body weight status,” said Dr. Ruopeng An, a kinesiology and community heath professor at the university.

The study involved over 18,300 participants. This is what the researchers found:

• One extra glass of water each day was tied to eating 68 fewer calories.

• Three extra cups of water each day was tied to eating 205 fewer calories.

• 205 fewer calories each day could lead to weight loss of around half a pound per week.

• Sodium intake decreased by 78 to 235 milligrams depending on how much water the participants drank.

• Sugar intake decreased by five to 18 grams.

• Cholesterol intake decreased by about 7 to 21 milligrams daily.

Water Weight Loss

 

Does water really help with weight loss?

Water isn’t a magic bullet for weight loss, as much as we wish it were. What it mainly does is fill you up, so that you eat less at mealtimes. It also keeps your system moving efficiently, and flushes out toxins from your body.

Researchers also recommend that you drink water when you’re hungry because studies have found that the body mistakes hunger for thirst. So by quenching your thirst, you can avoid eating a whole bunch of extra calories that you didn’t really want in the first place.

There is another school of scientists who believe that water doesn’t help with weight loss. They think that water can help burn a few more calories overall, but not much. They also believe that it’s not necessary to stick only to water – any other fluid will do.

Now Restaurant Chains In New York Have To Post Warnings For Excess Salt On The Menu!

The US Supreme Court ruled that chain restaurants in New York will have to post an icon next to items on the menu that contain high levels of sodium (salt). Any restaurant with more than 15 branches across the country qualifies as a chain restaurant, so popular eateries like McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Taco Bell will all have to comply with this rule.

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Dishes that have more salt than your entire daily recommended intake have to be labelled.

According to the rule, any item on the menu that has more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium has to have the salt-shaker icon next to it. 2,300 milligrams is the recommended daily intake of sodium for adults. The warning basically informs you that the dish you are eating has more salt than you’re supposed to be eating in the whole day. 2,300 milligrams is basically the equivalent of one teaspoon.

Excess sodium is linked with a number of health problems.

According to U.S. dietary guidelines, excess sodium consumption can lead to high blood pressure and greater risk of a heart attack or a stroke. New York has implemented these measures because according to a study by the Institute of Medicine, one out of every three deaths in New York is due to heart disease.

New York Restaurants Salt

 

It’s not a ban on salty food, but a warning.

Justice Eileen Rakower, the Supreme Court judge who passed the ruling said that the rule doesn’t ban restaurants from serving salty food, but merely informs people about what they are eating.

“Some people just love salty foods, and they’re going to go ahead and eat those foods regardless of whether they have a salt icon next to them,” Rakower said. “It’s not a ban. It’s information. It’s a warning.”

Once people are aware of how much salt there is in the food, it’s their choice whether they want to eat it or not. However, authorities are hoping the move will discourage people from eating those foods.

“If your meal has so much sodium that it merits a salt shaker on the menu, then – for the sake of your health – order something else,” said the mayor of New York.

New York Restaurants Salt

 

Restaurants that don’t post the label will be fined $600.

New York has become the first city in the US to implement this rule. A trade group known as The National Restaurant Association sued to try and overturn the rule, however the Supreme Court upheld it in a landmark judgment. Restaurants that don’t post the label will be fined $600 from March onwards.

In the past, the New York courts rejected a move to limit the size of sugary drinks, but implemented a requirement for chain restaurants to post the calorie counts of various dishes.

Here’s Everything You Need To Know About The Traditional Healing Technique

Reiki

 

It is believed that Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist monk, climbed a holy mountain in the late nineteenth century after an extensive research into ancient scriptures. He fasted, meditated on sacred symbols and mantras, and suddenly on the twenty-first day, had an epiphany, where he found himself surrounded by a beam of light in the forehead. At that moment, he was spiritually awakened and discovered the miraculous healing technique, which he called Rei Ki, with Rei meaning ‘Universal’ and Ki meaning ‘life force’. Since then, millions of people around the world swear by this 100-year-old healing technique.

Kamlesh Jain, a Reiki trainer and holistic healer based out of Bahrain, got introduced to Reiki in 2002, when she was suffering from severe spondylitis and nothing was working for her. She recovered in a week’s time with Reiki’s powerful healing energy and since then, she decided to commit herself to spread knowledge about this healing. She explains, “Reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, in order to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being.”

Here’s how it works.

Reiki is based on the pre-scientific belief that an unseen ‘life force energy (prana) animates the living. “When this energy is low, one is more likely to feel sick and unhappy and if it is high, one may feel healthy and happy,” says Kamlesh Jain. Another Reiki healer, Jai Madaan, who has been practicing this technique for almost 14 years now, says, “Reiki removes blocks to the flow of energy in our body and facilitates balance and support on all levels that can help to cure stress, discomforts and even chronic diseases.”

Reiki

 

The practitioner places her/his hands on or near a person’s body in a series of hand positions. These include positions around the head and shoulders, the stomach, and feet. Then, the transfer of Reiki energy from the practitioner to patient takes place to restore and balance natural life force energy within the body. When Reiki begins, a person tends to achieve a unique physical and emotional balance. However, it shouldn’t be confused with the manipulation of a person’s subconscious mind. “Reiki is not related to any type of black magic, hypnotism or necromancy. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki,” affirms Kamlesh Jain.

Willingness is necessary

Even though ‘belief’ has nothing to do with Reiki, it will work whether or not you believe in it; yet willingness to heal is necessary. When a person’s willingness to heal is strong, the results are hard to deny.

It’s simple – when a person is resistant to the Reiki energy, he will not let the Reiki in. Similarly, a partially receptive person will only receive whatever he is willing to receive. Such is the case with conventional medicine too; a patient’s recovery is often attributed to his attitude and his will to get better.

Reiki

 

The miracles

The website of the International Center For Reiki Training is loaded with testimonials by people, who are believed to have benefitted immensely by this healing technique. Jai Madaan says, “Reiki has shown miraculous results on all forms of illness and negative conditions. Through Reiki, the side effects of regular medical treatments have also been condensed or eliminated. This includes the negative effects of chemotherapy, postoperative pain and other ailments. Reiki is believed to have also improved the healing rate of patients.” She further adds that Reiki has the potential to cure headaches, stomach aches, bee stings, colds, flus, tension, anxiety as well as serious illness like heart disease, cancer, etc.

Likewise, Kamlesh Jain asserts that various first stage cancer patients have been treated; arthritis patients have shown more mobility; and patients diagnosed with diabetes have also shown marked improvement.

However, there’s a catch!

Reiki

 

Science is pretty hazy regarding the efficacy of Reiki and there are no substantial studies to back up this therapy. Perhaps this is the reason why Reiki has failed to garner mainstream attention in comparison to other alternate therapies such as acupuncture.

An article by The Guardian suggests that patients, those suffering from cancer especially, should not be deprived of the more effective treatments that conventional medical care offers. “Simply administering a placebo like Reiki would deprive patients of the specific treatment effect. The allegedly caring approach of some enthusiasts of alternative medicine would therefore rob patients of benefits that they need and deserve,” reports the website.

New Technology Allows You To Pump Food Out Of Your Stomach To Lose Weight!

We all dream of being able to eat whatever we want without putting on weight, and a new technology has found a way to do just that. It sounds like a dream come true, but the reality is a lot scarier than it sounds.

AspireAssist Weight Loss

 

The device drains 30% of your food out of your stomach before it is digested.

Known as AspireAssist, the device drains out 30% of the food you have just eaten, before your stomach digests it. It is being peddled as a simpler and cheaper alternative to bariatric surgery, and is less invasive and fully reversible. Only 30% of the meal is removed so that you still get enough calories and nutrition.

Beginners are supposed to use it after every meal, and then reduce the frequency of use once they start to eat healthier.

A tube inserted into the stomach drains out food into the toilet.

The contraption consists of a tube that is inserted into the stomach, with a small port on the outside of the abdomen. 20 minutes after eating, the user is supposed to attach the AspireAssist to the outside port, opening the lever and sucking out, or aspirating, food out of the stomach and into the toilet.

Dr. Shelby Sullivan, the director of bariatric endoscopy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, studied the device for a clinical trial. She says it helps people change their eating habits for the better. “In order to get good aspiration after a meal, patients have to change the way they eat. They have to chew their food really well and they have to drink a lot of water with their meal,” she says.

The company website says “Once you become proficient at aspirating and chewing well, it takes 5-10 minutes to aspirate a meal. In the beginning, however, it may take longer to aspirate each meal.”

The device is already being sold in Europe, but is still being tested in the US and Canada.

AspireAssist is already available in the European market. At the moment, it is undergoing testing to become available in the US and Canada.

“I need to know that having this procedure doesn’t have long-term risks — nutritional risks, infection risks and so forth. And until that data exists, I look at this as interesting and worthy of future study but not something I am going to be rushing people out the door to go get,” says Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, the founder of the Bariatric Medical Institute in Ottawa.

America Has Developed A Dengue Vaccine That Is 100% Effective So Far!

The American National Institutes of Health (NIH) has developed a dengue vaccine that proved to be 100% effective in a small trial. The scientists administered the vaccine, known as TV003, to 21 volunteers, and gave another 20 people a placebo vaccine. Six months later, they exposed all 41 volunteers to dengue-2, which is one of the four strains of dengue virus.

They found that all the 20 people who were given the placebo got dengue, but none of the vaccinated people got the disease!

Dengue Vaccine

 

A big step in the battle against dengue.

Dengue, found in the world’s tropical and subtropical regions, infects nearly 400 million people in more than 120 countries annually. Most survive with few or no symptoms, but more than 2 million people annually develop dengue hemorrhagic fever, which kills more than 25,000 people each year.

“Control of dengue has certainly been a public health priority for many years, but getting there hasn’t really been very easy,” said virologist Stephen Whitehead of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who spearheaded development of the vaccine.

The vaccine is a single-dose vaccine, which means people only need to get one injection, and not multiple. It was made from a mixture of four live, weakened viruses targeted to each of the four different strains.

Dengue Vaccine

 

If all goes well, the vaccine could be available to us by 2018!

Brazil’s Butantan Institute is going to launch a large clinical trial involving 17,000 people to confirm the effectiveness of the vaccine against naturally occurring dengue. Another trial in Bangladesh is scheduled to begin in the next couple of months. If the trial in Brazil goes well, Butantan Institute could have the vaccine widely available by 2018, vaccine researcher Dr. Anna Durbin of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore said.

One dengue vaccine is currently licensed, Sanofi SA’s Dengvaxia, with Mexico in December becoming the first country to give it approval. But the three-dose vaccine was approved only for use in a limited population, people ages 9 to 45 who live in areas where the disease is endemic, meaning younger children and tourists could not get it, and questions remain about its effectiveness.

Merck and Co has exclusive rights to the new vaccine in the United States, Canada, China, Japan and the EU and can export it to any country except Brazil, where the Butantan Institute has exclusive rights. Two Indian companies, Serum Institute of India and Panacea Biotec Ltd, will have non-exclusive rights to develop the vaccine for India and for export to a few other countries.

8 Hard-Hitting Facts That Prove Air Pollution Is Slowly Killing Us All!

We’re all talking about how bad the air quality is nowadays, but none of us are doing anything about it. Maybe these facts by the World Health Organisation (WHO) will help us better understand just how bad the problem is and why it’s important to get our acts together and do something about it!

1. Air pollution is the single largest environmental health risk, causing 1 out of every 8 deaths globally.

Air Pollution Health

 

2. Air pollution is responsible for 25% of all strokes and 19% of all cancers worldwide.

Air Pollution Health

 

3. Over 1600 cities worldwide have high air pollution levels.

Air Pollution Health

 

4. Environmental risks now contribute to more than 100 of the world’s most dangerous diseases and injuries.

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5. Indoor smoke is a serious health risk for over 3 billion people who cook and heat their homes with biomass fuels and coal.

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6. About 18% of the total heart disease cases are linked to indoor air pollution.

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7. Outdoor air pollution alone causes over 3.7 million premature deaths worldwide.

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8. Some 88% of those premature deaths are in developing countries.

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Here Are 6 Tips For The Accomplished Trumpeteer To Keep Snoring At Bay!

Snoring not only signals an increased risk of stroke and other health issues, but it can actually make your roommate go crazy. We have listed few tips that can help you get rid of those gentle purrs to sawing logs.

1. Lose some weight.

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Well some thin people also snore, so it doesn’t work for everyone. But if you were thin before and have recently gained then you can certainly blame your weight for that. If you gain weight around your neck, it squeezes the internal diameter of the throat and triggers snoring.

2. Try a nasal spray or strip.

Nasal strip

 

A jammed nose or clogged nasal route can make snoring really bad by forcing you to breathe through your mouth. A nasal strip on the bridge of your nose can help open your nasal passage.

3. Get a humidifier.

humidifier

 

Dryness in mouth and nasal passages can also trigger snoring. A humidifier can actually help you keep the room and your nasal passage moist.

4. Practice good sleep hygiene.

Sleep

 

It is important to monitor your sleep cycle. Working long hours and not getting enough sleep can also trigger snoring. When you are tired and have a sound sleep, your muscles become a little loose which leads to snoring.

5. Change your bed sheet and pillows every week.

Bedsheet

 

Allergens in your bedroom and in your pillow may contribute to snoring. When did you last dust the overhead ceiling fan and replace your pillows.

6. Avoid alcohol, especially at night.

Alcohol

 

Alcohol can create tension in the muscles, particularly in the back of your throat, which trigger snoring. And if you are drinking four to five hours before sleeping then your snoring can actually get worse. Also people who don’t snore at all normally tend to snore after drinking.