Do you or someone you know experience constant chronic pain? If your answer is “yes”, your best bet to help yourself (and them!) is to have a piece of dark chocolate.
Yes, really! Chocolate helps reduce pain and improve overall health. In fact, the health benefits of dark chocolate are so extensive that it is considered by many to be a superfood.
The benefits of chocolate come from the cacao bean. The higher the concentration of cacao in your chocolate, the more health benefits you get.
While there are many different types of chocolate, dark chocolate with a cacao content of 65 percent or more is best for reducing chronic pain.
Dark chocolate is superior to milk chocolate because it has more healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, fewer carbohydrates, less sugar, more fiber, higher levels of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.
Dark chocolate also has more flavonoids, which are nutrients found in plants that reduce inflammation and boost immunity.
Here are 4 unexpected health benefits of dark chocolate — aka healthy reasons to eat more of it
1. Your hormones increase
Chocolate increases the production of endorphins, the body’s natural opiates. As a result, it decreases pain and lifts your mood.
It’s also the only known food source of ananamide, a natural cannabinoid that attaches to the body’s cannabis receptors, just like marijuana. This is another source of chocolate’s pain-relieving effects.
Chocolate also boosts the release of the body’s natural amphetamines, phenylethylamine, which increases energy.
Serotonin, a neurotransmitter that acts as an antidepressant, is also boosed by eating chocolate. This may be why so many people reach for chocolate when they need a mood boost.
2. It’s good for the heart
The heart benefits of chocolate are considerable. It helps restore the flexibility of the arteries as well as preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels.
Eating chocolate has also been shown to reduce levels of ‘bad’ cholestrol and raise levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL).
As a result, it reduces atherosclerosis, a disease of plaque buildup inside arteries. Probably because of these effects, daily chocolate consumption has been linked to a lower risk of stroke.
3. Your brain also benefits
Chocolate is also good for the brain. A study at Harvard Medical School found that two cups of hot chocolate a day helped improve blood flow to essential parts of the brain.
This indicates that chocolate could help in fighting diseases of progressive cognitive decline, such as Alzheimer’s.
4. It has benefits during pregnancy
If someone you love is expecting, there are health benefits to eating chocolate for both mom and baby.
A Finnish study found that pregnant women who ate chocolate had less stress and their babies smiled more than the babies of moms who didn’t eat chocolate.
So, with all these dark chocolate health benefits, what’s not to like?
Well, chocolate does have a lot of calories, about 150 per ounce, so moderation is key. The trick is to substitute it for less healthy treats.
So the next time you’re looking for a dessert for yourself or a gift for someone you love, choose a nice box of dark chocolates.
You’ll get a tasty treat, plus some great health benefits and chronic pain relief, too!
When it comes to an action as involuntarily as sneezing, there is little we can do about it. When we feel the urge to cough or sneeze, our reflex reaction is to cover our mouth with our hands.
But what if we told you that you have been sneezing the wrong way all along and no, we are NOT kidding?
As a society, we have been taught since childhood to say “excuse me” and “I am sorry”, whenever we cough or sneeze.
But what we are NOT told (or we have conveniently forgotten) is that when your body is clearing out the airways with a sudden expulsion of air out of the nose and mouth, you are not supposed to use your hands as a cover. You need to change the way you sneeze
Yes, we know that nobody is carrying tissues or handkerchiefs all the time and sneezes do come unannounced. But if you sneeze on your hands, it actually becomes really easy to transfer those germs to someone else, from doorknobs, taps to handrails.
“If somebody sneezes into their hands, that creates an opportunity for those germs to be passed on to other people, or contaminate other objects that people touch,” Dr Vincent Hill, chief of the waterborne disease prevention branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What should you do instead?
Thankfully, the solution is not that difficult. If you do not have a tissue or napkin handy, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve (not on your palms) or in the bend of your arm. The important thing to remember is that you will still need to WASH your hands after sneezing.
Did you know that this hygiene etiquette, issued by CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), has been around for more than a decade? Yeah, no kidding. So the next time you have the urge to expel a million bacteria out of your airways, we suggest that you steer clear of using your hands.
Orange is the best color for eye health! The color is produced by beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body
These nutrients help increase vision at night and prevent eye dryness
Helps reduce the risk of eye infections
Lutein and zeaxanthin are related to vitamin A and beta-carotene
Will protect your eye tissues from sunlight damage
Reduces risk of cataracts and macular degeneration
Eat dark, leafy greens with a fat, such as olive oil, to maximize absorption of lutein and zeaxanthin.
Super high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds
Catechins may help lower the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration
You can also find catechins in chocolate and red wine
Quinoa, brown rice, and whole grain oats are high in vitamin E, zinc, and niacin which are eye-boosting nutrients
Niacin is important for overall eye health
Many grains are fortified with niacin
Try swapping white carbohydrates for brown one
Another orange vegetable that is a great source of vitamin A and beta-carotene
The extra vitamin A will fuel rhodopsin, the protein necessary to help the retina absorb light
Carotenoids are found in fruits and vegetables that are yellow and orange. They help decrease the risk of many eye diseases and infections.
Chia, flax, and hemp seeds are high in omega-3, a fatty acid our eyes need to thrive
Nuts and legumes are high in vitamin E which has shown to improve vision and slow age-related issues
Water is essential to everything, but if you’re experiencing dry eyes or blurry vision you may be at risk for dehydration
Water also helps flush out toxins from the body
Keeping hydrated with water will also help in focus and concentration with your eyesight
Just 15 minutes of jogging every day could reduce the risk of depression, a doctor has said.
Speaking on the back of a recent study that found physically active people are less at risk of the mental health condition, a medic from Massachusetts General Hospital urges the public to ‘just move’.
Whenever patients come to him complaining they are feeling down, the doctor tells them to ‘get outside and do something’ before he will prescribe an antidepressant. Dr David Agus, from the hospital’s department of psychiatry, told CBS News: ‘My patients now, when they say, “I’m starting to feel a little depressed and not do as much,” my first thing is not prescribe a pill, but get outside and do something.’
‘Fifteen minutes of jogging, an hour of gardening.’
Depression is the leading cause of disability in the US for people aged 15-to-44, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
The condition affects more than 16.1million Americans (6.7 per cent) every year.
And in the UK, 19.7 per cent of people over 16 showed symptoms of depression or anxiety in 2014, Mental Health Foundation statistics show.
President Akufo-Addo says his government is working to complete abandoned infrastructure in the health sector.
He said although there are difficulties in working on abandoned infrastructure as new ones are being put up, the government remains committed to completing them to improve the quality of health service delivery in the country.
Addressing parliament during his third state of the nation address on Thursday, Akufo-Addo noted that the incident of having many uncompleted and abandoned health facility projects is a sign of “underdevelopment” that has plagued the country for many years.
“We have problems of numerous structures at various stages of completion that cannot be finished and brought to use because new structures are being started and there is no money to finish the ones started earlier. Again, this is a long standing problem that is a mark of our underdevelopment. We will not ignore or sweep the problem under the carpet and we are dealing with it and we will complete them,” he said.
The government in August 2018 said it was actively pursuing the completion of some abandoned hospitals aimed at tackling the health crisis the country faced.
The assurance was premised on Citi FM and OccupyGhana petition to the Presidency demanding the operationalization of all completed but non-functioning health facilities and timelines for the competition of abandoned ones.
The government through the Ministry of Health in an extensive response to that petition gave specific timelines for the competition of the key health facilities it had identified and had direct oversight responsibility for.
The facilities were the Wa Regional Hospital, Madina district hospital, Nsawkaw district hospital and the Tepa district hospital.
The others were the Twifo Praso hospital, Kumasi Regional hospital, Salaga district hospital and Konongo district hospital.
But Citi FM’s latest checks revealed that the government had missed some of its deadlines, and it was unlikely to complete abandoned projects on time.
But the government insists that it is working to ensure that the abandoned and uncompleted infrastructure are completed and put to use.
President Akufo-Addo further added that the government is expecting some 275 ambulances in June 2019 to improve the delivering of emergency healthcare services in the country.
“We are expecting the arrival of 275 ambulances ie. 1 per constituency, to make treatment of emergency cases more effective. Drone technology has also been introduced into that system to help deliver essential medicines, blood and blood products to remote communities. We still face problems of inadequate infrastructure in our health establishments,” he said.
The German designer, who was the creative director for Chanel and Fendi, was one of the industry’s most prolific figures, and worked up until his death.
Lagerfeld also designed collections for his own brand and collaborated with high street brand H&M.
The designer had been unwell for several weeks, and had missed a number of fashion shows.
Many fashion industry heavyweights have paid tribute to Lagerfeld, including Italian designer Donatella Versace.
Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, said: “We are deeply saddened to learn the news of Karl Lagerfeld’s passing today. His unrivalled contribution to the fashion industry changed the way women dress and perceive fashion. He inspired generations of young designers and will continue to do so.”
He was born Karl Otto Lagerfeldt in 1933 in pre-war Germany. Lagerfeld changed his original surname from Lagerfeldt, because he believed it sounded “more commercial”.
He emigrated to Paris as a young teenager, and became a design assistant for Pierre Balmain, before working at Fendi and Chloe in the 1960s.
But the designer was best known for his association with the French label Chanel.
He began his long career with the fashion house in 1983, a decade after Coco Chanel died. Lagerfeld’s designs brought new life to the label, adding glitz to the prim tweed suits the couture house was known for.
Lagerfeld worked tirelessly, simultaneously churning out collections for LVMH’s Fendi and his own label, up until his death.
He also encouraged new designers, like Victoria Beckham, who praised him for his kindness.
Considering the brand’s storied history producing uber luxurious leather goods that travel well, Nicolas Ghesquière’s latest design for Louis Vuitton is a serious no brainer. For those who prize their red lipstick or glossy pout above almost all else, Vuitton has created a portable, fashion-month-ready lipstick case that’s branded, of course, with the house’s iconic monogram.
Inspired by delicate makeup and jewelry cases from the 1920s, the mini cylinder can be worn as an eye-catching statement necklace, cross body accessory, or even as an add-on draped over the handles of a brown Speedy carryall. Launching today in silver or gold, the cases are brilliantly crafted with a handy mirror tucked inside for on-the-go touchups. And with Valentine’s Day coming fast, there’s no better time to gift yourself with a well-deserved token of appreciation. Losing a matte bullet in your bag, or having it crowd a pocket? Officially a thing of the past.
As the Fall 2019 runways come to an end at New York Fashion Week, it’s time to take a look at the top trends that emerged along the way. With an eclectic mix of runway collections, there was a little something for everyone this season. For those who bask in the art of being extra, there were glamorous feathers in every form—from colorful coats to sexy looks for a night out. And for those who prefer something a bit more subtle, there were fleece jackets and new takes on classic winter essentials. Consider the below your first sneak-peek at the trends that are sure to take over in Fall 2019.
It’s all about the waist come fall. The return of waist belts took various forms on the runways—from belted suits and coats to contrasting belts worn over several layers at Prabal Gurung. Polished? Yes, but the idea is more about breaking up a cold weather look in a way that accentuates the waist.
2.The color purple
Jewel-tone colors reigned supreme, but one in particular stood out amongst the pack: purple. From shades of lavender to deep eggplant hues, the color purple was a source of inspiration for a long list of designers. Done in sweater, suit, and dress form, the hue makes for a fresh contender to spice up your mostly black fall wardrobe.
Having acne trouble? A balanced diet along with a healthy lifestyle can help you curb it, say experts.
Preeti Seth, Cosmetologist, Pachouli Wellness Clinic, Delhi, and Prabhu Mishra, Senior Cosmetologist, SCI International Hospital, Delhi, tell what all one should eat to keep acne at bay.
* Brown rice: Brown rice is a rich source of vitamin B, protein, magnesium, and several antioxidants. For acne, vitamin B acts as our skin’s stress fighter, which will help regulate hormones levels and prevent the likelihood of breakouts.
* Garlic: Garlic is another super food that helps fight inflammation. Garlic is full of a naturally occurring chemical called allicin, which kills off many harmful bacteria and viruses your body might be fighting, so its proven to be good for reducing inflammation in acnes.
* Broccoli: It is the perfect skin clearing food. It contains health building properties like vitamins A, B complex, C, E, and K. These antioxidants fight radical damage which will assist with the luminosity of your skin.
* Fish: Known to be a very good source of omega-3 and 6-fatty acids, fish is excellent for an acne prone skin. These acids reduce inflammation in the skin. Sardine and salmon are very good for skin.
* Nuts: Deficiencies in minerals such as zinc and selenium have been linked to acne. Most nuts contain selenium, vitamin E, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium and iron, which are all essential for healthy skin.
* Fennel: If you are looking for the perfect natural skin cleanser, eat fennel. This licorice-tasting root vegetable can improve digestion, reduce swelling and help to flush out excess fluids and toxins in your skin.
* Green tea: Many studies show that green tea helps fight acne. Drink more green tea throughout the day, and try applying cooled tea bags or a cloth dipped in cooled green tea to acne-prone areas of your face for 10-15 minutes.
* Red grapes: The fruit and seed contain powerful natural chemicals and antioxidants that have been shown to treat inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. On top of this, grapes can also help to control the side effects of allergic reactions on skin.
* Alfalfa sprouts: It looks like grass, but these sprouts are packed with valuable, skin-clearing nutrients. Alfalfa sprouts contain live enzymes which help fight inflammation.
* Foods rich in vitamin A and carotenoids: Carotenoids are used in anti inflammatory drugs for treatment for acne. Rich sources of carotenoids include carrot juice, carrots, spinach, kale, cantaloupe, vegetable soup, mangos, papaya, instant fortified oatmeal, frozen peas and tomato juice. Fresh and canned peaches and red bell peppers provide modest amounts of carotenoid.
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