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Isn’t there something fascinating about dreams?

Ever felt strange happenings while dreaming? Or whatever you dream about just came true? Or maybe whatever you dream about was your childhood wish?

Dreams have fascinated people from the beginning of time. People believe dreams foretell the future; that they have psychological meanings; we commune with spirits and the dead; that there are visitations from ancestors; dreams make prophesies and are filled with omens and auguries. They are steeped in mystery, as if written in some kind of secret code, decipherable to a special few.

Isn’t it enthralling how different meaning dreams can have? Let’s find out some interesting things about dreams!

Macrobius” a Roman, described 5 types of dreams:

  1. Somnium: an enigmatic mysterious dream requiring interpretation; think Freud and psychoanalysis.
  2. Visio: a prophetic vision that predicts a future that comes true; think Jacob’s Dream in the Bible
  3. Oraculum: prophetic dream in which an authority figure plays a role; think of the visions of Joan of Arc in which three saints instruct her to recover France from the English.
  4. Insomnium: a nightmare or false or disturbing dream caused by a pathological condition; think the repetitive nightmares of PTSD
  5. Visum: a nightmare that include apparitions and contact with supernatural beings; think Scrooge’s journeys into the past and future in Dickens’ Christmas Carol.

Dreams:

Dreaming is another form of consciousness and it is defined as, “A hallucinatory experience during sleep consisting of visual images related in a story-like structure, which are accepted as reality at the time.”

The average person spends about 6 years of their life dreaming. Most dreams serve as a review of the day and are related to the day’s activities. Interestingly, our brains register more stimuli during the day than we realize and our brains will then take this unnoticed information and incorporate it into our dreams.

While there is no scientific evidence for dreams having any symbolic meaning there are many theories about dreams and their purposes.

Some of these theories include:

  • “The information processing theory proposers that our dreams help us sort our tan process the day’s events and fix them into our memory”
  • “The Physiological Function Theory suggests that dreaming may promote neural development and preserve neural pathways by providing the brain with stimulation”
  • “Dreams are part of our cognitive development, they draw on our knowledge and understanding of the world, mimicking reality”
  • “REM sleep triggers neural activity, and dreams are an accidental side-effect”

Explication of dream:

How is it that Eddie went to bed that night and was awakened eight hours later by killing a monster in a dream?

The meaning of the dream is as follows: The anxiety that generated the dream derived from the argument with the professor. The way a dream operates is that the surface conflict is like the crust of a piece of pie. The deeper meaning of the dream cuts all the way to the center of the pie, to his core. Eddie re-enacts a form of the already established internal play to digest the surface conflict. The feeling relatedness in Eddie’s dream is one of sadomasochism. The ogre, a monomaniacal bully, hates Eddie. He is stalking Eddie in order to kill him. Eddie is in the masochistic position of this relationship. He is threatened, terrified, humiliated, and impotent. By his actions later in the dream, it is clear that the masochist in this relationship is also filled with hatred and murderous rage. The limbic system clearly creates the feeling relationship between dream characters.

The inner context for the dream, then, was a story that already existed inside Eddie. This story and inner world derived from Eddie’s formative emotional experience with his mother and father. The emotional conflict with the professor resonated with this inner story. The surface of his inner story was the problematic relationship with his father, who was an arrogant, self-involved, and cruel man. Eddie spent his childhood hopelessly seeking his father’s approval but to no avail. When Eddie sought approval from his professor, sure enough, his hopes were dashed once again. He was forced to submit to unresponsive disapproval from male authority.

More profoundly, the inner story of Eddie and his father telescoped to the more disturbing relationship with his mother. Hers was a secret world of physical and emotional sadism and violence. In fact, his father’s humiliations were an extension of the core violations by his mother. Eddie’s experience of his father was already filtered by what had come before. The relationship between Eddie and his mother was one of unadulterated sadomasochism. Mother related to Eddie by her sadistic and violent rage. As the masochistic object of this rage, Eddie was on the receiving end of unrelenting physical and emotional abuse, cruelty, humiliation, and threat. He was helpless, impotent, and intimidated.

Therefore:

This dream is a model as to how dreams operate. For the most part we have to digest emotional conflicts which happen on a daily basis. The issues that may occupy the dream stage are combats, quests, challenges, boredoms, wishes, hopes, curiosities, pain, disappointments, sexual interests and stimulations, fantasies, competitions, fears, anxieties, cruelty, sadism, humiliations, sufferings, abuse, deprivations, traumas, envies, jealousies, sadness’s, and otherwise the full panoply of life’s dramas, engagements, and relationship adventures. The conflicts to be digested aren’t always emotional ones. Sometimes when a person is cognitively trying to solve a problem, and this is the context that is on his plate when he goes to sleep. The dream may through its dream work digest the problem and come up with a solution. On awakening if one remembers the dream he will see the solution. If one doesn’t remember the dream he’ll come to the solution refreshed in the morning.

Do you want to know about some interesting facts about dreams?

  • Not everybody can dream in color: Approximately 12% of people dream only in black-and-white and the rest can dream in full color. That’s a fascinating fact. And, this can be linked to technology and invention of color media/television. So is there something called dream colors meaning? I’m pretty sure, there is.
  • We forget at least 90% of the dreams: Hasn’t it happened to you that as soon as you wake up, you can’t seem to remember what you were dreaming about? This is true that within 5 minutes of us waking up from a dream, half the dream is already forgotten. And within 10 minutes, 90% of the dream is lost. This is why we have such a hard time remembering dreams.
  • Emotions experienced in our dreams are real: People tend to experience anxiety the most in their dreams. Such negative emotions appear more in our dreams than positive ones.
  • Blind people can dream too: People who’ve lost their eye-sight after birth can see some images while asleep. Now those who are blind since birth don’t see any images, however, they experience vivid dreams that involve their sense of smell, touch, emotions and sound. All physical situations help make dreams, which in short provides blind people ability to dream.
  • Animals dream as well, it’s not just a human thing: Do dogs dream? Or how about cats? Any other animals? Studies have actually proven that many different animals show similar brain waves during “dream sleep” as we do. If you have a dog or cat, watch when he/she is sleeping. Any kind of paw movements that indicate that they are running (while making a yapping sound) will mean that they are chasing someone/something.
  • External stimuli tend to invade our dreams: Also called “dream incorporation”, our mind starts to interpret the external stimuli that storm our senses while we sleep and they become a part of our dreams. For example, we hear a sound in reality and then incorporate it in our dreams in some way or another.
  • We can only dream of what we know:There may be strange faces and/or places in our dreams, but your mind is not making any of this up. You may not remember the places and faces during your life, but your mind does. And hence, when you feel you don’t know someone, in fact, you have seen him/her sometime in your life.

Looking forward to what will you dream next? 😉

Women feel more guilt – 8 unchaining ways to stop feeling guilty!

How can you unchain yourself from unnecessary guilt?

You might have heard women often saying “Whatever I do it’s never enough!” or “I wish I had worked harder” or “I forgot to buy the bread… what wrong with me?” or “ It was so selfish of me to go for the party alone” etc.

Like other emotions, guilt is also one of them that we all experience in various tendencies. But according to confirmation though many types of research it has been proved that women are prone to feel more guilt than men.

There was a research conducted in three different age groups, and the highest gap of women feeling more guilt than men was 40-50 year old range.

Through a research, it was also found out that what reasons caused them to feel more guilt. The main factors were “(a) when they were taking calls from work while it was family time and (b) while responding to work emails when at home”.

Other than that, this was also proven that millennial women felt more guilt for taking a vacation.

So, it has been proven many times that women feel more guilt than men, want to know why is that?

Why do women feel more guilt?

The answer lies in the manner of socialization and male dominance as well. It’s not a new thing that women and girls are expected to be social, make good connections, compromise for family’s sake and conform according to the environment offered. As well as are expected to take care of everybody’s feeling no matter how much they are hurt inside.

Talking about the other factor, in many cultures even now male dominance is considered the higher power and accepted without a second thought, hence increasing the possibility of self-doubt and guilt in women.

 Is it healthy to feel guilty?

Like other emotions are healthy to experience, so is guilt. By feeling guilt you correct your wrong doings. Recognize your core values and try to meet those standards that you have fixed for yourself. You can improve your relationships with your loved ones too.

But what about those who feel unnecessary guilt? It’s a psychological burden that hinders the normal functionality of a healthy life.

As a fact, excessive guilt is also a symptom of depression. Excessive guilt has also been associated with a history of childhood trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (stress after a traumatic event in life). Excessive guilt is also a symptom of other disorders which people don’t recognize.

What can you do on your end?

For sure this feeling and repetitive thoughts can be very disturbing. And this psychological burden of excessive stress can drain your mental energy leaving you unable to function healthily.

However,ladies, I have got some tips for you that will help you eliminate this unwanted feeling. But you have to be patient with yourself!

  • Look for proof:

Cloudy things might keep you worried all the time. The solution is to present yourself with proof and stick to it. forexample, if you think you are not performing your daily duties well, then make a list of all those things you usually do and tally your tasks with it. Same is the case if you are a family person. Make a list of all the chores and errands to run, and follow them up.

  • Open up and ensure:

Rather than wondering and assuming things all the time, directly communicate with people and use your sources to ensure the proper information. As well as think and consider things from the outside prism. Ask your loved ones/people who are close to you that what they feel about your actions. If you lack to fulfil their needs, find solutions and strike a balance while considering your needs as well.

  • Self-gratitude,please!

You deserve to be valued and that should be your own self who does that. Make a gratitude journal, and write any 2-3 things you did that you liked about yourself or any likeable action that made people happy. This will drift your mind away from self-guilt and negative thoughts and enhance self-esteem.

  • Swap your place with the other person:

How does that help? We often wonder why others do the things they do. We question their actions and doubt our own worth and abilities.

By swapping yourself with their place you can have a more objective view of the matter. To survive, it’s important to understand people’s perspective too.

  • The addition of gray:

Thinking and dealing with matters in the light of “black and white” (a metaphor for 2 extremes) can be really harmful to you. Try adding a bit gray element, look at the situation through multiple prisms, consider all the possibilities and go with the best one. This will help you to be flexible in your decisions.

  • Is guilt a cloak upon other emotions, figure that out!

If you are in a toxic relationship, the other partner might consider you selfish for taking care of your own emotional needs or setting certain boundaries. You might be angry, hurt or scared but this confusing conflict within yourself might be masking guilt.

In such a case, disconnect yourself form the toxic relation for a while and organize and recognize the problematic factors, keep them on a table and look for solutions.

  • Judge your limits, act accordingly:

It’s better to let the curtain down and be as much honest as you can be. It’s not necessary to push yourself to the dead point and then stop. Be the boss of your actions, make those commitments which you know you can fulfil and not beyond that.

  • Take care of yourself:

It’s time to give yourself all the care that you gave others while ignoring yourself. Take an hour or a few off from work and other duties and do things that you love to. Dine out with a friend, go fishing or do anything that is a source of inner peace for you.

By following the given tips above, you will gradually feel light-weighted from all the excessive burden that you have been carrying that actually doesn’t belong to you.

Free yourself from the chains, its time to shine ladies!

Look out for the following signs in your teen child, they might be suffering from Teen Depression!

Teenage is a period of extreme highs and lows when it comes to emotions, realization of individuality, hormonal and bodily changes. It’s like a rollercoaster ride that is exciting as well as seems scary to them at the same time.

But have you ever wondered whether your irritable or unhappy adolescent might actually be experiencing teen depression? Of course, most teens feel unhappy at times. And when you add hormone havoc to the many other changes happening in a teen’s life, it’s easy to see why their moods swing like a pendulum. Yet findings show that one out of every eight adolescents has teen depression.

But why teens get depression?

Not one, there are multiple reasons why a teenager might become depressed. For example, teens can develop feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy over their grades. School performance, social status with peers, sexual orientation, or family life can each have a major effect on how a teen feels. Sometimes, teen depression may result from environmental stress that is inevitable.

Symptoms of teen depression:

You will experience a noticeable change in their behavior and thinking patterns, the following are the most prominent ones:

  • Apathy
  • Complaints of pains, including headaches, stomachaches, low back pain, or fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Excessive or inappropriate guilt
  • Irresponsible behavior-for example, forgetting obligations, being late for classes, skipping school
  • Loss of interest in food or compulsive overeating that results in rapid weight loss or gain
  • Memory loss
  • Preoccupation with death and dying
  • Rebellious behavior
  • Sadness, anxiety, or a feeling of hopelessness
  • Staying awake at night and sleeping during the day
  • The sudden drop in grades
  • Use of alcohol or drugs and promiscuous sexual activity
  • Withdrawal from friends

Diagnosis of teen depression:

There aren’t any specific medical tests that can detect depression. But usually, the persistency and consistency of the symptoms are considered to diagnose depression. Health care professionals determine if a teen has depression by conducting interviews and psychological tests with the teen and his or her family members, teachers, and peers.

The severity of the teen depression and the risk of suicide are determined based on the assessment of these interviews. Treatment recommendations are also made based on the data collected from the interviews.

The physician/psychologist will also look for signs of potentially co-existing psychiatric disorders such as anxiety or substance abuse or screen for complex forms of depression such as bipolar disorder (manic depressive illness) or psychosis. The physician/psychologist will also assess the teen for risks of suicidal or homicidal features. Incidences of attempted suicide and self-mutilation are higher in females than males while completed suicide is higher in males. One of the most vulnerable groups for completed suicide is the 18-24 age group.

Treatment:

There are a variety of methods used to treat depression, including medications and psychotherapy. Family therapy may be helpful if family conflict is contributing to a teen’s depression. The teen will also need support from family or teachers to help with any school or peer problems. Occasionally, hospitalization in a psychiatric unit may be required for teenagers with severe depression.

Your mental health care provider will determine the best course of treatment for your teen.

According to research, it has been determined that antidepressant medications can, rarely, increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children and adolescents with depression and other psychiatric disorders. Use of antidepressants in younger patients,therefore, requires especially close monitoring and follow-up by the treating doctor.

  • Warning signs to spot before things get worse!
  • Expressing hopelessness for the future
  • Giving up on one’s self, talking as if no one else cares
  • Preparing for death, giving away favorite possessions, writing goodbye letters, or making a will
  • Starting to use or abuse drugs or alcohol to aid sleep or for relief from their mental anguish
  • Threatening to kill one’s self.

Parental strategies to help teens cope up with depression:

Parenting is not an easy cheesy job. It requires a balance of everything as well as good communication techniques that can be helpful for your teen to reduce stress and alleviate depression.

  • When disciplining your teen, replace shame and punishment with positive reinforcement for good behavior. Shame and punishment can make an adolescent feel worthless and insufficient.
  • Allow your teenager to make mistakes. Overprotecting or making decisions for teens can be perceived as a lack of faith in their capabilities and mistrust. This can make them feel less confident as well as lower self-esteem.
  • Give your teen breathing room (personal space). Don’t expect teens to do exactly as you say all of the time.
  • Do not force your teen down a road you wanted to follow. Avoid trying to relive your youth through your teen’s activities and experiences. Keep in mind that you as a teen was raised in a different era and as they are living a different one.
  • If you suspect that your teen is depressed, take the time to listen to his or her concerns. Even if you don’t think the problem is of real concern, remember that it may feel very real to someone who is growing up.The communication gap between child and parent can be a really big cause behind teen depression.
  • Keep the lines of communication open, even if your teen seems to want to withdraw.
  • Try to avoid telling your teen what to do. Instead, listen closely and you may discover more about the issues causing the problems.
  • If there is a close friend or family member your teen is close to and comfortable with, you might suggest your teen talk with this person about his or her concerns.
  • Last but not the least, make sure you are emotionally present for them!

If you feel that your strategies and efforts are not helping enough, do not hesitate to consult a counselor who can provide you with the required help. Depression carries a high risk of suicide. If your child expresses suicidal thoughts or intentions should be taken very seriously!

What makes yoga a smart investment of time?

It is a world full of fitness freaks and the advancement of knowledge has led to increase in techniques as well as tools to make workout worthwhile. Out of so many options of physical exercises to choose from, people are still inclined towards the conventional yoga (with a twist of new yoga techniques as well) but why is that so? Does yoga really provide the benefits that it promises? Years and years of yoga practice has provided an answer to these questions. But first, you ought to know what yoga actually is.

What in the world is yoga?!

Yoga is a group of disciplines or practices that focus on physical, mental and spiritual indulgence. It’s a mind and body practice with a combination of various techniques. It was originated in ancient India during the golden age and the proof of it can be found in ancient scriptures. The Sanskrit word ‘yoga’ when broken down interprets as ‘yoke’ or ‘to unite’. It refers to the union between spirit and self which can be achieved through yoga.

So why waste time on yoga?

Oh well! Time is not wasted if it provides gains or is spent in a productive activity which yoga surely is! The proof of it is not in mere words but also in an experienced series of health benefits, the trail of which doesn’t seem to end, some of them are listed below:

Health benefits that yogis enjoy:

Increase in flexibility

One of the benefits that yoga is especially famous for is the boost in flexibility. When you first start practicing yoga you will notice how stiff your body is, that even touching your toes might seem hard but eventually, with regular sessions of yoga practice, you will feel the natural loosening of the body. Muscular stiffness will swiftly disappear and you will be able to sit in positions that you thought were impossible for you.

Boosted muscular strength

Yoga requires the use of muscles and balance while accomplishing certain position you gain strengthened muscles. You might workout at a gym like lifting weights to build strength but through yoga, you can be successful in maintaining a perfect balance of both the flexibility and strength without straining your muscles.

Inversion therapy

Certain flexes in yoga require you to hang upside down (such as the use of yoga trapeze) or even stand in an inverted position such as shoulder stand, headstand and hand stand. It provides numerous therapeutic benefits. It’s a natural kind of inversion therapy that provides relief to the pressure on the spinal cord which can be caused by sitting for long hours, running or standing. As a result, the vertebra is more widely spaced and is prevented from any sort of a backache due to pressure.

Increase in blood flow

Yoga exercises relax your muscles and ensure a better blood flow throughout the body. There are twisting positions in yoga that bring out venous blood from internal organs and allow oxygenated blood to flow on the release of the twist. Moreover, an inverted position better the blood circulation as the flow is directed towards the heart and brain.

Drop in blood pressure

As yoga relaxes your muscles and regulates your blood flow, the hyper-tension patients have undergone a great change in their condition and this has been proved by research that the patients observe a gradual decrease in their blood pressure levels by practicing yoga on regular basis.

Higher focus

Many coordinative benefits have been associated with Transcendental Meditation. People who practice yoga have been found to demonstrate higher memory retention and problem solving abilities; this is the outcome of lesser distraction from looping thoughts.

Conclusion:

There is no point in questioning the badass abilities of yoga to kick off your bodily abnormalities. Undoubtedly the time taken off from your schedule and invested in yoga practice is worth every second!

Cooking hacks for the laid backs

In today’s world where everyone seems to be busy with just about anything, hours seem to be squeezing and it has become hard to find time for oneself even though technology has taken over so many of our tasks. Cooking is one of the chores that always keep pricking us because of their ‘must do’ nature. The increase in restaurants and ease of accessibility to ready-made food can’t steal us away from this un-avoidable task because no matter what, there’s nothing like home-made food!

Here are a few hacks that can make this chore easy for the busy bees as well as for the sloths.

Weekly menu

One of the most difficult tasks is always the decision making! Deciding on what to cook for the day isn’t always spontaneous because as all chefs at home encounter the trouble of lack of availability of items during the cook. Making a schedule for the week ensures that:

  • You plan under the available resources
  • You make ingredients available before the last minute horror of realization
  • You make a healthy plan that balances your diet the whole week
  • You get time to re-assure yourself with a little research on recipes
  • You get to prepare yourself for a little cookery experimentation

Effective shopping

Unplanned decisions call for rushing off to stores for every last minute requirement. And no! It doesn’t mean you have to go shopping at the beginning of everyday, this will drive you insane! An effective shopping can be weekly or monthly hoarding of required items. You will be better able to manage your budget this way as well. Ad-hoc purchases take off a big portion of your income with more mis-management which is carried along towards the end of the month. So after you have planned your menu for the week, shop for the ingredients accordingly.

Right tools for a smart cook

An efficient and smart cooking requires the use of smart appliances. There are many nifty kitchen appliances available now that can help you with various cooking steps. Why waste time over slicing and dicing when you can do in one stroke? What good will blunt knives and blades would do to your cooking? They will only take up your time and make your task last longer. Keep your kitchen upgraded with smart appliances and cooking tools, they will help you cut down on your cooking time.

Frozen and pre-cooked meals

This is one of the best cooking tips that can come in handy! All you have to do is cook your meals in batches and double the amount than required, you can then divide a full prepared meal into portions for consuming in future. This will not only lessen the burden for upcoming days but can give you a complete cook-free day as well. Frozen items can be easily defrosted within a matter of minutes thanks to microwave ovens you won’t even need to turn on the flame and you’re good to chop up!

Left-overs are your buddies

Left overs are a busy person’s best friends. You can always add an ingredient or two to make them more scrumptious. Don’t sneer at old food (unless it has gone bad of course!). The best thing about left overs is that they allow you to try your creativity and re-condition them. Left over roasted chicken? Make club sandwiches! Grilled fish? Toss it up into a dietary salad! Vegetable soup? Add rice and see how yummy veggie rice turns out to be! None the less casseroles and curries always taste good the next day too.

Conclusion:

Cooking can either be made tedious and messy, or it can be turned into an organized and fun experience. It all depends on how well you can manage this task and save time for your own self!

Top healthy foods for hair, skin, and nails

Just a single click and you may find countless hair and skin products on the internet that promise remarkable results. You can find such numerous products in stores as well. But they all are mostly temporary and might come with various side effects as well. On the other hand, you are always conscious that if it will suit you or not. To be on the safer and healthier side you should go for organic foods (including fruits, herbs, vegetables and protein supplements) that are easily available and highly beneficial.

Let’s have a look on few natural foods that are best for your hair, nails, and skin.

Aloe Vera

Yup, you might have heard that it is widely used in cosmetic and food industries. You might use these products every day as well.
But to gain maximum benefit from Aloe Vera gel is to use it as it is, raw and unprocessed. This plant is rich in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. It also has antibacterial properties that help to strengthen the immune system and fight various infections. Either you drink a glass of water mixed with 1 tablespoon Aloe-Vera gel, or apply the gel on skin and hair. For best results use it for 2-3 weeks.

Proteins

The basic element of hair, skin, and nail is protein. It not only builds essential parts of our body such as muscles but also keeps skin wrinkle free and fresh, thickens and strengthens hair as well as takes good care of nails. We usually take protein in our daily diet in the form of egg, fish, beef, pork, beans, fish and dairy products. If in case you are vegetarian, lentils, dairy products, and beans are great sources of protein.

Pineapple:

This delicious and mouthwatering fruit is not only a refreshing treat but also a storeroom of nutrients such as potassium, copper, manganese, vitamin C, folate, beta-carotene and much more. It has powerful antioxidants which help to get rid of scars, acne, gives a fine tone, and makes your skin look younger and fresher. You can blend it for a glass of flavorsome punch or throw a few slices in your salad bowl, it will taste yummy both ways!

Walnuts:

It’s time to bid farewell to dark circles, just warm few drops of walnut oil and massage with your fingers for a minute or 2. This energetic nut is packed with essential oils. Those with dry skin can apply walnut every night before sleeping as it helps keep skin moisturized. It enhances skin tone, clarifies the dead cells within the skin. You can also use walnut oil for thick, long and shiny hair. It also is known for keeping baldness at bay. If you consume walnuts in your diet it has even more surprising results.
Tip: 1.If in case you have an allergic reaction by using walnut oil, see a doctor immediately. 2. Excess use of walnut oil can cause health damages as well, so keep a balance.

Garlic:

An aromatic vegetable loaded with countless nutritional benefits, has amazing skin and nail aids. It mainly comprises of vitamin B6, vitamin C, fiber, selenium, iron, and phosphorus. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties. It can soothe psoriasis (a skin condition that causes a rapid build-up of cells on the surface of the skin) and cures acne. You can consume garlic by chewing one clove of raw garlic followed by a glass of cold water. For strong and shiny nails, rub a piece of garlic onto nails and rinse after 15 minutes. You will see remarkable results within a week.

By consuming the foods mentioned above, you will not only find your skin, hair, and nails stronger. But also acknowledge other miraculous health benefits. So it’s time unravel your beauty in a natural and healthy manner!

How to take care of your mental health

Your psychological well-being is very important, -the way you feel about yourself and deal with life stressors. Seeking help also means maintaining good mental health, but it also involves taking measures on your own.

While you are busy on just focusing how you look or how handsome you earn, your mental health might be ruined costing you a fortune in the long run. One moment you might be laughing with your friends and on the other, doubting your self-worth. It happens in the blink of an eye when you don’t keep a check on what’s actually going on in your life than what’s tangible hence ignoring intangible (mind and thoughts).

Mental health is often underrated over physical health. Though both of these factors have a direct influence on each other. But there are many other aspects you need to take care of for a healthy and happy survival.
And for that… today I will be giving you few tips that will turn tables a bit, but in a very healthy manner and you be surely glad that they did!

Below are those tips mentioned:

Compliment yourself with something positive, everyday:

Yes, when someone compliments you with something positive it makes you feel so good and boosts your self-esteem. But here is a thing, what if they stop doing it? Well doesn’t matter if they do or not “Your life should be your voice” that reminds you each and every day that you are enough and more. But yes, media and society have the tendency to tear you down. And the only way to be happiness and tranquility is that you respect and accept yourself the way you are. Focus on the good aspects and embrace them, and work on the ones that are not so good or require improvement. Stand in front of the mirror and say that you are beautiful inside out… say that OUT LOUD!

Follow up with your gratitude journal:

Researchers have proved that people who wrote things they are grateful for everyday experienced a remarkable improvement in their mental health and betterment in self-esteem as well happiness.

Generally, we only focus on went wrong, the goals we didn’t achieve and the way things didn’t happen the way we wanted them too. But what about those blessing that gives you hope amidst the chaos? What about those moments of happiness that make you forget about aching bones? Actually, those moments make your survival possible. So every day, find something to be grateful for, fill your heart and soul with it and embrace that feeling like it’s born for you!

Exercise:

Hushh, I know it already that it’s the least thing you want to do. But the facts I am gonna tell you will make you exercise happily. Your body releases endorphins (mood boosting and stress relieving chemical) after you work out. It also regulates the flow of serotonin (the chemical responsible for long term contentment and happiness) in the brain that is also responsible for kicking of anxiety, stress, and depression. Your workout doesn’t have to be much, 30 minutes daily are perfect. Exercise in the sunlight would be even better as it is good for the body and known to be a natural healer. If in case you are occupied with a busy schedule, just find ways for physical activity… like you can climb stairs instead of jumping on the elevator.

Do something for someone else:

Being self-centered has become trendier. Instead of investing time and energy for the sake of helping others one would certainly focus on him/herself more.

Surprisingly, researchers have proven that helping others has a valuable effect on how you feel about yourself. It builds up your self-esteem and you are a better person in your own view. The meaning that you find in helping others eventually results beneficial for you.

Take some “Me time”:

In the world of hustle and bustle, it seems impossible to sit back and relax. There’s always an extra thing to do, an extra chore, procrastinated assignment, or a movie that you promised your friend. But sometimes you really need a full stop. You really need to sit back and relax. It doesn’t mean that you have to leave everything and vanish. Just sit for a moment and let your mind and body relax. Listen to your body and give it what it needs. It could be a power nap, a nice mug of hot chocolate, or just sitting and doing nothing. Your “me time” is really important because you matter. Sometimes the world can wait.

Talk to someone:

Sometimes all you need a friend or a trustworthy fellow to talk to. We humans cannot survive if we don’t have an emotional ventilation. So once in while just talking to a close friend whom you trust or the person you fancy the most. Just share your thoughts, emotions, and knowledge. Share the burden of the world that you carry all alone. It is not only healthy to have a good social connection but also it’s good to have a second opinion, a friendly suggestion or a shoulder to cry on.

Eat healthily:

Our body needs important nutrients to function properly. Different types of foods are responsible for regulating diverse functions in our body. Certain foods are direct nutrition to brain chemicals that are responsible for numerous functions and moods. Have a balanced diet that contains proteins, carbohydrates, enzymes, minerals and other essential nutrients. Some foods act as a relaxant for our body, hence saving us from negative stress and anxiety that hinder our life.

I hope after reading the above article you will surely bring some positive change in your life and render unhealthy habits. If in case after applying all the facts above you still find trouble to cope up with the symptoms of anxiety and depression (that are common now a days but unhealthy), you should seek the help of a therapist to whom you can talk to dig out the core reasons behind the troubles you are facing. Give your mental health priority to have a happy and contented survival.

Healthiest foods for muscle strength and weight lose

The “skinny” figure is trendy now a days, but good health is something which is not. If you use weight lose supplements and lose weight through it, then it will definitely give you a figure that you dream of. But what are you keeping at stake? Your internal health and poor immune system. Which results in some chronic illnesses that you would never prefer over anything.
CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome), and muscular dystrophy are among those disorders.

It’s healthy to have a shipshape body with less fat, as obesity is the root cause of lethal sicknesses. But when you lose weight make sure you do it in a healthy manner that does not cause life threatening conditions in future.

A healthy functioning body is very important if you intend to enjoy your life at every step. The healthiest way to lose weight is a regular intake of anti-oxidants, important nutrients, and protein.
To assist you with that, today I will tell you of certain foods that will maintain strong muscles but at the same time help you to lose weight as well. Awesome! Right?

the So let’s get started, all you have to do is read the article below:

Egg

Something we all grab for breakfast. It is normal to eat an egg every day in the morning, but if you are thinking to eliminate egg from your diet to lose weight then you are surely unaware of its benefits. The egg is enriched with protein, more than half the protein of an egg is found in the egg white along with vitamin B2 and lower amounts of fat and cholesterol than the yolk. The whites are rich sources of selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron, and copper. A large egg normally contains 70 calories. Being a rich source of Vitamin D it prevents osteoporosis. Eggs can reduce hunger and facilitate weight loss. Along with amazing health benefits, adding the egg in your diet plan with the aid a lot to lose weight as well as will keep you energetic all day long.
Tip: best to use boiled eggs for weight loss as it doesn’t contain extra calories.

Wild salmon and chicken

If you are sick of eating vegetables and fruits that bore your palette, then here is a great news for you! Wild salmon and chicken (both white meat) are great sources of protein. It also plays an important part in sustaining our muscles.

Basically chicken is a lean meat that means it is low in fats. If you have an average intake of chicken it can help you significantly in losing weight (too much intake of chicken can cause hormonal imbalance). It also cuts the risk of arthritis. Chicken is also a good source of calcium and phosphorus (builds strong bones).

On the other hand, talking about wild salmon is rich in vitamin D, vitamin B12, tryptophan, selenium, protein, omega 3’s, vitamin B3, phosphorus, vitamin B6, choline, potassium. It is a great source of protein as well as nutrients that ensure the safe health and strong immune system.

Grilled, bar b q, boiled however you like it! You have open choice to eat them the way you want.

Apples

This sweet treat of nature has total 7,500 varieties. Apples are high in fiber, vitamin C, as well as contain natural sugars such as fructose, glucose, and sucrose. High level potassium, which is highly beneficial for muscles and heart. It even contains minerals such as quercetin, catechins and chlorogenic acid which have anti-oxidant properties as well responsible for flexibility in muscles. Over all apples are helpful in the process of weight loss. A great snack during diet when you crave to munch something on. You can make healthy smoothies out of apples, eat them raw (most beneficial), or add them to your salad bowl.

Tip: best time of eating an apple: in the morning, worst time of eating an apple at night.

Popcorn

Your most favorite snacks for movies is actually INCREDIBLY low in calories! It makes an excellent snack for weight-loss. A 1-ounce serving of air-popped corn (about 3½ cups) has 4 grams of fiber, almost 4 grams of protein and clocks in at 110 calories. This combination makes it a snack with staying power. Popcorn is filled with air, so you get a pretty large portion without a lot of calories. You can eat 3 whole cups of popcorn for only 100 calories.

Fact: you can throw some boiled corns in your salad bowl. As acorn as a whole is highly energetic, a great source of fiber yet low in calories.

Almonds

Roasted, salted or drenched in honey-almonds are among the most delicious nuts. Enriched with protein, fiber, manganese, magnesium, copper, riboflavin, iron, zinc, and phytic acid. They are also loaded with anti-oxidants. This rich nut is significant for every part of your body. A hand full of almonds first thing in the morning boosts your metabolism and fastens the process of weight loss while keeping you energetic hand in hand. It is also among healthy snacks that you can use during diet control.

Fact: some people prefer to remove the skin of almonds and then consume, they are unaware of anti-oxidant properties of the brownish skin that is great for boosting the immune system.

Grapefruit:

Among all the fruits, grapefruit must be the most highlighted one due to its miraculous properties. According to a study of 91 obese individuals, eating half fresh grapefruit before every meal resulted in the loss of 3.5 kgs over 12 weeks of time. Grapefruit is a popular diet staple among those looking to lose weight. A high metabolism can continue to burn fat in the body even when it is resting. It also has a high water content which can help you feel full and stay hydrated. It is highly recommended for the ones with high cholesterol.

You might have noticed that all the foods mentioned above include meat, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. Because a healthy weight loss strategy should all these nutrients. So now it’s time to alter your diet plan!
With this diet, the workout is really important to burn extra fats and let out toxins from your body. you don’t need long hours, 30-45 minutes will go perfectly fine.

Benefits of Yoga

Why You Should Start Doing Yoga!

Need some motivation to try out Yoga? Not just one, but we have 38 benefits served on a plate right in front of you.
If you have been already practicing yoga then you have surely noticed positive effects on your health as well as beauty. But you have come across beginner practitioner, they would claim that they feel even more energized and active. It depends on about how long you have been practicing it.

Proven by researchers:

Yoga has caught researcher’s attention majorly. It has been proven that yoga helps to strengthen the immune system, treats joints, muscular pain and energizes mind , and body. So if someone asks for scientifically proven evidence, you won’t be tongue-tied to answer.

The inspiring story of a guy who changed his life through Yoga:

Once upon a time, comedian Russell Brand grabbed headlines for all the wrong reasons (booze, drugs, and sex addiction). Now, he stands out for his honest and inspiring relationship with yoga.

Brand says, “he realized his destructive use of acid, heroin, sex, and alcohol was actually a spiritual problem.” He claims, he is an instinctually devotional person, but it took yoga to show him he was devoting his heart and soul in the wrong direction.

“I recognize an authenticity through yogic practice,” reports Brand. “A moment-to-moment union with God, I feel genuineness that I really don’t feel it anywhere else in my life.”

Over time, Brand focused more on yoga and meditating than on women and drugs. Today, he practices yoga to connect with himself and a higher power, staying sober and clean in the process.

38 surprising benefits of Yoga on health

Here are some amazing facts and figures about “yoga can help to recover from sickness as well as to stay at bay from it.”

Improves your flexibility:

Flexibility is one of the most remarkable things you will notice once you start practicing yoga. It will tight loosen muscles and make them strong enough to withstand muscular injury and recover faster than usual. Initially, you might not be able to touch your toes, but day by day impossible poses will be practiced easily.

Fact: Lactic acid build up causes muscular fatigue. But yogic stretching helps lactic acid release from the muscles cells and get into the bloodstream, thus it does not hinder muscle contraction.

Strengthens muscles:

Some of us might be more concerned about how our muscles look rather than how they affect our body and functioning. It strengthens muscles in such a way that protects us from muscular pain due to tiredness, arthritis as well. As you build flexibility through yoga, strong muscles will help you balance it well. On the other hand, if you build muscles by lifting weight in the gym, you might build strength on the cost of flexibility.

Perfects your posture:

You might ruin your posture in many ways. Due to that spine and back muscles has to do more than its normal job to support your head which is like a heavy ball. You hold up that head forward and leaning for 12-14 hours a day then it’s no wonder your back muscles will hurt. This constant pain can cause degenerative arthritis. Various techniques in yoga will fix your posture and keep it balanced over the erect spine.

Stretching and yoga always hand in hand. As you stretch your body during yoga, joints go through full range of motion. Cartilage of different joints is like a sponge if you squeeze and stretch them enough then only it will receive and excrete fresh nutrients that will be soaked up. Without proper nourishment and exercise, these joints worn out after a certain period. Yoga is best for joints from this aspect.

Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown:

Stretching and yoga always hand in hand. As you stretch your body during yoga, joints go through full range of motion. Cartilage of different joints is like a sponge if you squeeze and stretch them enough then only it will receive and excrete fresh nutrients that will be soaked up. Without proper nourishment and exercise, these joints worn out after a certain period. Yoga is best for joints from this aspect.

Protects your spine:

“Spinal disks that are the shock absorbers between the vertebrae that can herniate and compress nerves—crave movement” if you get well-balanced asana practice (yoga technique) that will help your spine to get proper nutrients. Twists, backbends and forward bends will keep your spine and disk lithe.

Improve over-all bone health:

It’s already proven that weight-bearing exercises make bones stronger and prevents osteoporosis fractures. The 1st thing comes to your mind would be weightlifting gym. Well, that’s not the case in yoga. There are many yogic practices in which you have to lift your own body weight. Like downward and upward facing dog. So it’s not just muscles but also bones that are strengthened through yoga.

Increases your blood flow:

Yoga helps to improve blood circulation throughout the body. More specifically through relaxation exercises. It helps to get more oxygen to your cells, which further smoothens blood circulation throughout the body. Twisting poses are known to wring out venous blood from internal organs which allows it to flow through efficiently. Certain inverted poses such as headstand, handstand and shoulder stand allow generous blood to flow through legs and pelvic area which then returns to heart and lungs oxygenating blood repeatedly.

This can help if you have swelling in legs, cures heart and kidney problems. Yoga also prevents blood from clotting anywhere in the body, which is responsible for heart strokes and brain hemorrhage.

Drain your lymph and boosts the immune system:

If your body does not produce sufficient amount of white blood cells (lymph) then it can be troublesome as the body becomes more prone to sickness and slow recovery. Wounds and infections can get worse etc. But yoga has the power to prevent this all.

When you stretch and contract your muscles, twist your bones and move your organs, your lymph drainage increases. This helps the lymphatic system to fight cancerous cells, cure bacterial and viral sickness and heal wounds faster.

Lifts your heart rate:

Though all yoga practices are not aerobic, if you do it vigorously or take the proper flow of Ashtanga classes, it can boost your heart rate into aerobic range. Even if it doesn’t increase your heart rate, it improves cardiovascular conditioning, strengthens the heart, and increases endurance etc.

Drops blood pressure:

This is highly beneficial for the ones suffering from high blood pressure. Two studies of people suffering from hypertension were published in British medical journal, “The Lancet”

In which the effects of Savasana, yogic technique compared with simply lying on the couch. Results were concluded after three months, Savasana was associated with a 26-point drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number) and a 15-point drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number, and the higher the initial blood pressure, the bigger the drop). Amazing, isn’t it?

Regulates your adrenal glands:

Regularly performing yoga helps to lower your cortisol level (cortisol can help control blood sugar levels, regulate metabolism, help reduce inflammation and assist with memory formulation. It has a controlling effect on salt and water balance and helps control blood pressure). But if cortisol level is higher majorly due to stress and depressive events in life; it can cause a permanent negative change in the brain, depression, bad immunity, osteoporosis, menstrual problems in females etc. To keep cortisol level balanced, yoga is best for you.

Makes you happier

Feeling low? Try some these yogic techniques: sit in lotus, rise up into a backbend or soar royally into King Dancer Pose. A study found that yoga helps fight depression and increases the level of serotonin (a chemical responsible for regulating appetite, sleep, memory, lifting mood, sexual desire etc.). According to a study, heightened activity in prefrontal lobe was observed due to yoga, hence resulting into a greater level of happiness and better immune system.

Improves your lifestyle:

Let’s talk about things a bit ahead, as regular yoga practice can boost the immune system as well efficiency in other bodily functions. It’s a food for soul, emotions and body. Hence, increasing chances of a better and contented life.

Lowers sugar level:

The high sugar level in blood makes your body prone to improper functioning of many organs and systems. Yoga lowers LDL and improves HDL, lowers cortisol and adrenal levels, encourages weight loss, improves vulnerability to the effects of insulin. It decreases the risk of kidney failure, heart attack, diabetes, and blindness.

Helps you focus:

An important chunk of yoga is focusing on the present. Certain studies have proven that practicing yoga on regular basis improves coordination, memory, reaction time and even high IQ scores.

As meditation helps to focus better on problem-solving, keep brain relax even in edgy situation thus resulting in better management skills and less distraction of overwhelming thoughts

Relaxes your system:

Yoga will not help to improve the functioning of the certain bodily system but also slow your breath, creates balance from the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response) to parasympathetic nervous system. It calms you in a manner that it decreases breathing, heart rate, blood pressure. Increases blood flow to the intestines and other reproductive organs etc.

Maintains balance:

When you practice yoga regularly, it increases proprioception (acknowledgment of what your body is doing and where is it currently, heightens consciousness of present). Usually, people with bad posture have dysfunction movement patterns resulting in poor proprioception. Yogic postures such as tree pose can make us less wobbly and have more firm posture.

Improves your nervous system:

Those who have been practicing yoga for a long time, they can master to control their body and nervous system in extraordinary ways. This might sound surprising that scientists and researchers have witnessed unusual heart rhythms that generate specific brain wave patterns that can increase the temperature of your hands up to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. If yoga can be that controlling, you can improve blood flow towards your pelvic area if you are trying to get pregnant.

Releases tension in your limbs:

We all have certain unhealthy habits that we perform when we are in tension or under great pressure, such as scrunching your face while looking at the computer screen, biting nails etc. these habits that are performed by us unconsciously can lead to muscle fatigue, chronic tension in the limbs, soreness in neck, wrists, legs, shoulders, face.. Thus increasing stress and worsening mood and health. Through practicing yoga you will notice immense relaxation in whichever part of your body you use to practice it.

Helps you sleep better:

Stimulation of your mind and body is mandatory, but too much of it will take a toll on your health and sleep. Yoga can provide you with the relaxation you long for after hustle bustle of all day long.

Restorative asana, yoga nidra, Savasana, pranayama, and meditation boosts pratyahara, a technique that helps the tiring inward of the senses which gives time for the nervous system to relax. Studies suggest through these practices you will less tired, have a better good night sleep and less likely to have stress outbursts.

Boosts functionality of immune system:

Meditation has strong scientific support in this area. Yoga has a remarkably responsible for boosting the immune system. Such as increasing and decreasing flow and secretion of certain bodily fluids and chemicals when needed. For example, increasing antibacterial (antibodies) level as the reaction of the vaccine.

Gives your lungs room to breathe:

There are various techniques in yoga that improves breathing.

A study was published in 1998, in which The Lancet taught a breathing yogic technique known as “complete breathing” to the people suffering from lungs problem.

After one month it resulted in significant improvement, their average respiratory rate decreased from 13.4 breaths per minute to 7.6. Yoga has proved to improve other function of lungs as well other than breathing. It is also very beneficial for asthma patients.

Prevents IBS and other digestive problems:

Many problems related to digestion take birth from stress. Such as bowel syndrome, ulcers, constipation and heart burning. But it won’t be fair to say that “don’t stress”, certain stress events in life and daily routine are inevitable. But what we can do is we can control the after-effects of stress through yoga. Physical movement and twisting poses during yoga can help waste to move faster out of the body.

Gives you peace of mind:

In modern life, who doesn’t long for peace of mind? We all crave for it! Yoga controls the fluctuations of the mind. It decreases the mental loops of anger, fear, frustration that majorly is responsible for causing negative stress. Stress gives birth to many health problems such as insomnia, high blood pressure, eczema, lupus, and migraines etc. The less stress would be the healthier life you will live.

Increases your self-esteem:

The majority is a victim of low self-esteem, but they cover it well through unhealthy habits, such as drug addiction, over-eating, work more than required, and sleep around repeatedly etc. that’s what we have been exposed to and that is easy to adopt as well. It may cost you in poor physical, mental and emotional health. But Yoga can turn the tables around by giving a positive approach. You will acknowledge initially brief pointers and then later persistent views. Yogic philosophy teaches that “You are the manifestation of the Divine”

If you practice yoga specifically for the sake of self-examination and betterment, you can have access to a healthier and positive side of yourself that you didn’t know actually existed. You’ll experience feelings of gratitude, empathy, and forgiveness, as well as a sense that you’re part of something significant.

Eases pain:

It helps you majorly to ease your pain. May that be physical pain such as back pain, joints pain, muscular pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia etc. or mental agony such as stress, depression, anxiety etc. You will experience that the lesser the pain the more efficient and happier you would be. It will automatically lead you towards a better life.

Gives you inner strength:

Physical strength is not all that we seek for. We need the mental and spiritual strength that keeps us going even in the worst period of our lives. “Tapas” the Sanskrit word for “heat” is the fire. The discipline that fuels yoga practice and that regular practice build. The tapas you develop can be extended to the rest of your life to overcome inertia and change dysfunctional habits. You will it life-changing. Below is the link to learn create Tapas:
https://www.awakeningself.com/writing/igniting-tapas-discipline/

Connect you with guidance:

Good yoga practice and exceptional yoga teachers can do wonders to your over-all that will leave you shocked.

They can help you adjust your postures, guide when you into practicing deeper poses or back off, deliver hard truths with compassion, help you to gain tranquility, and enrich and personalize your practice.

Keeps you drug-free:

Taking drugs does give you pleasure, and keeps you off the reality for a while. But deep inside you are always on the edge. Some of them we take out our own choice while the others become a mandatory part of our life.

If you eat more medicines than your meal then it’s time to try out yoga. Studies have proven that illness like OCD, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular issues, stress, anxiety have been more effectively treated through yoga. And dosage of medicine has been reduced after practicing yoga.

Builds awareness for transformation:

Self-awareness is the road to positive transformation. The more you are self-aware, the more you are prone handle situations positive or negative in a better manner. Yoga calms your nervous system, lowers chances of reaction towards anger and destruction. Encourages serenity and interconnection within one’s self. You will know better when to react or respond to situations and use a thoughtful approach rather than reactive.

Benefits your relationship:

The next step is spreading love, contentment, and compassion with your loved ones and family that you hold within yourself. This will not only strengthen your relationship but build a lifelong unbreakable bond. It will save you from many quarrels and bitterness caused by misunderstanding created due to instant and unthoughtful reactions.

Uses sounds to soothe your sinuses:

Though yogic practices can have a miraculous effect on health, there is more to it. Try chanting, humming sounds like “Omm”- it will open sinuses and facilitate drainage system.

This will prolong exhalation and which shifts the balance towards the parasympathetic nervous system. If it’s done within a group it can be an amazing emotional connection experience.

Guides your body’s healing in your mind’s eye:

If you envision an image in your mind’s eye for a long period during yoga practice, such as that is done in yoga “nidra” you can change various painful or negative effects in your body. it can decrease the symptoms of headaches, backache, as well as the quality of life for the people of HIV and cancer.

Keep allergies and viruses at bay:

Your body is more to catch viral infections and allergies if you have a weak immune system. As yoga is a great tool for strengthening the over-all health boost immune system, you will less vulnerable towards sickness.

“Kriyas” and other cleaning practices are another dimension of yoga. From rapid breathing exercises to internal cleansing of the intestines. “Jala neti” which consists of tender lavage of the nasal passages with salt water- removes pollen and viruses from the nose. Also prevents mucus building and sinuses.

Help you serve others:

You might not intend to help others, but the positive effect on your health might allow you to do so. “Karma yoga” which means serving others is vital to yogic philosophy. Some people may find helping other as a purpose of their life. But if not that, your own problems might seem much smaller than what others are dealing with.

Encourages self-care:

As you will notice the wonders yoga des to your health, you will be more involved towards self-care. Yoga not only helps you to change your life but also create “Hope” of the betterment of things you once thought cannot be dealt with. Majorly tree things happen; you get involved in self-care, you see that it gives you the positive power to change own self, that positive power gives you hope. And that is the actual purpose behind all the self-care.

Supports your connective tissue:

The key fact of yoga is “connection”. Everything is interconnected, your muscles to your bones, you to your community and your community to the world. The way you change your posture, affecting your whole body. This universal system simultaneously pats into many mechanisms that have additive and even multiplicative effects. This synergy may be the most important way of all that yoga heals.

Uses placebo effect, to affect change:

Positive psychology says, that if u want to get better just pretend that is getting better and eventually you will be. Though some scientists believe that it doesn’t count but actually, it does.

Like during yoga you can do chanting at the beginning, end or throughout the meditation can help you facilitate healing. So even if its placebo effect, why not give it a shot?

Leaving no room for doubt or demotivation, I hope you will be joining yoga classes soon to turn your world upside down!

Benefits of Honey

Since thousands of years, honey has been used vastly all around the world because of its miraculous health and beauty benefits. Honey was found almost 8,000 years back. It is an organic natural sugar and has no additives if used in the raw (honey that has not been heated, pasteurized or processed) form. It has proved to be the best substitute of sugar, especially for the ones who have a sweet tooth. Do you?

If yes, then I have a good news that will make you start replacing honey with sugar and even if not, you will be convinced to add honey in your diet due to its undeniable health benefits.

Below I have stated few benefits of honey that you will be surprised to know.

Helps to fasten the process of weight loss:

This is surely the main issue for majority f us. It’s easy to gain weight but hard to lose, and the endless effort is tiring to lose motivation. Don’t worry- I am one of them too! But honey turned it upside down. A study has proved that honey activates certain hormones that suppresses diet. If honey is utilized before meal it will surprisingly won’t allow you to over-eat.  Drinking honey in warm water helps to dissolve extra fat. All you have to do is mix 1 tablespoon of raw honey in a warm glass of water, add half lemon juice and drink on empty stomach. You will see positive results in 7-10 days.

Rich in healthy nutrients:

Some common nutrients found in honey are iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, vitamin B6, zinc, phosphorus, sodium, niacin, thiamine, riboflavin, it contains certain amino and organic acids as well like proline and gluconic. This unique combination of natural nutrients makes honey highly energetic.

Acts as Anti-allergic and boosts immune system:

Being a natural healer- honey is known to be very beneficial to cure allergies that are seasonal, pollen allergies, cures symptoms of allergic rhinitis, itchiness, sneezing, watery eyes etc.

Surprisingly, honey is also famous for “immunotherapy”. It boosts energy, improves metabolism and activates immune system keeping you active, and vitalized all day long.

Promotes sleep:

Trouble in sleeping? Say bye bye to sleeping pills and use honey instead.

Eating raw honey helps release melatonin (a chemical in body responsible for regulating sleep and wake cycles). Melatonin is also responsible for rebuilding tissues in body, thus preparing you for a better and healthy tomorrow while you sleep like a baby. By using honey before going to bed gives you a feeling of fulfillment that prevents late night cravings. All you have to do is take a glass of warm milk and add a tablespoon of raw honey. Drink this before going to bed and you will sleep peacefully.

Heals wounds and infections:

Containing anti-bacterial properties, honey was used by romans for healing wounds after battles. Kings and queens used to provide honey to the warriors after they won a battle.

After applying raw honey on wounds, it combines with other fluids of body and produces hydrogen peroxide (best antiseptic for wounds and ulcers) and kills bacteria as well as heal infections- no matter how severe they are.

It is also known to decrease the severity of skin ulcers. In early 1900’s , raw honey was used in many hospitals to treat wounds and infections.

Now that you know the magical effects of honey, add at least a tablespoon in your daily diet and you will surely love yourself day by day a bit more!