GETTING FIT UNDER WATER

Swimming pool offers relief from summer heat, and makes for an excellent exercising ground. Picture underwater squats and lunges. Exercising in the pool is a good alternative to unload the body when it fatigues from intense land-based exercises. Aqua-jogging, flutter-kicking, leg-lifts, standing water push-ups and arm-curls are some easy to do water exercises. Many pools and gyms are offering regular batches in water-boxing, aqua-step as well as introducing specialised equipment that can be used for different exercises underwater. Underwater strength training is the newest to join the water workouts bandwagon.…

Stress: Your brain and body

      What is stress and can it be good for you? Does it kill off your brain cells and can it cause depression? How does your brain perceive a terrifying situation and prepare your body for survival?   Your body’s stress response kicks in when you perceive you are under threat. Mammals have evolved this superb mechanism to ensure we have the best possible chance of survival when faced with a life-threatening situation.   Imagine you are in the jungle and you hear movement behind you. You stop…

Flu increases the risk of heart attack

(Reuters Health) – Influenza is already known to be deadly, but a new study suggests that the risk of heart attack is six times greater than normal while people are ill with the flu. “I was a little bit surprised by the strength of the association. It’s not every day you see a six-fold increase in the risk during the first seven days of lab-confirmed influenza,” chief author Dr. Jeffrey Kwong told Reuters Health in a telephone interview. “We were also surprised the risk dropped off to nothing by day…

DASH Diet May Cure Depression

You could stay away from depression by a mere change in diet! Dietary modification emphasizing consumption of more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains may be helpful in preventing the late onset of depression, according to a study. Researchers from Rush University Medical Center have found that Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, is also linked to reducing the risk of depression. The DASH diet limits foods that are high in saturated fats and sugars and emphasizes eating vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, beans, and seeds. The DASH diet was originally developed to…

Nutrition- Ultra-processed foods may be linked to cancer,

rise in cancers, but scientists say more research is needed Findings suggest increased consumption of ultra-processed foods tied to Ultra-processed foods can include noodles, ready meals, cakes and confectionery which contain additives, preservatives, flavourings and colourings – and often high levels of sugar, fat and salt. Photograph: Premier Foods/PA “Ultra-processed” foods, made in factories with ingredients unknown to the domestic kitchen, may be linked to cancer, according to a large and groundbreaking study. Ultra-processed foods include pot noodles, shelf-stable ready meals, cakes and confectionery which contain long lists of additives,…