The Benefits of Coffee

Everything in life comes with good and bad points-and that includes the much beloved coffee. Coffee is something that many people love and can’t live without. This is pretty much why so many cafes have sprouted up all over the world. This is also one of the primary reasons why Starbucks is so popular the world over. The resulting caffeine addiction from coffee consumption then becomes pretty much the driving reason why Starbucks continues to thrive.

So what exactly is so good about coffee that so many people require a cup in the morning?

The Advantages of Coffee

First of all, there’s no denying the fact that coffee makes you alert. It wakes you up. Everyone already knows that. But there are so many other benefits of coffee that you may or may not know about.

  • Increases Concentration. Drinking coffee increases the focus and concentration which thus allows someone to be more productive at work or with any other activity they do. As a matter of fact there was a study done that proves that proof reading becomes more efficient and effective with coffee consumption.
  • Antioxidants. There are many benefits to antioxidants, but the most commonly cited benefit from this is anti-aging and cancer prevention. This is because anti-oxidants fight damage from free radicals. 
  • Losing Weight. As long as you keep your coffee consumption under control, you may find that you can actually lose weight because of the boost in metabolism that coffee can give you. Be careful, however, because too much coffee may cause you to crave for high fat, high calorie foods. 
  • Fend of Alzheimer’s Disease. Coffee is said to increase the functions of the brain. As such, those who consume as much as two to three cups of coffee per day may find themselves becoming more productive, effective, and efficient all in all. In the short term, coffee may increase memory and help people to remember better. In the long run, coffee can reduce the risk of people developing Alzheimer’s as they grow older.
  • Detox. As a diuretic, coffee can help you to flush out toxins from your body by causing your kidneys to go into overdrive when it comes to urine production. Of course, if you hate going to the bathroom repeatedly, this becomes problematic. If you’re not much of a water drinker, this can also cause a problem. Excessive urine production paired with not enough water pretty much means dehydration. Thus, if you want to benefit more from the detoxifying features of coffee, you should increase your water intake at the same time.

Don’t Get Addicted!

While coffee has many advantages and benefits, getting way too addicted to coffee can prove to be harmful to you afterwards. If you decided at some point to decrease your coffee intake or to stop taking it all together, you might actually experience severe withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, migraines, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, sluggishness and inability to concentrate or focus. In the end, it’s all about finding the right balance.

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How to Be Stress Free This Winter

The winter months are often cold, rainy and snowy. Miserable weather makes us want to stay inside and hibernate. But many of us continue to fret about upcoming events, life demands and chores that we never really turn off our brains. Which makes proper rest an impossible task in the winter.

Spend some time balancing yourself this winter. Which means taking downtime and enjoying it. Let your body and mind relax in one of these easy to implement stress-reducing methods

 

Yoga

Yoga is a great way to calm the mind, body and soul. When you feel tense or stressed out yoga can help recalibrate the system. Stretching and holding isometric poses is a powerful way to gain strength, flexibility and core balance. If the winter has you feeling blue, try out a yoga class to help wipe away stress.

 

Mediation

Taking mini moments throughout the day to pause and breathe can really help you feel calmer and balanced. Setting aside time every morning or evening to calm the mind will help push away winter stress. When we still ourselves, our body can relax and be calm. The mind tends to mellow out as well.

 

Sleep

Curl up with your favorite snuggly blanket and catch some zzzzzz. Sleeping is one of the best ways to fight off cold, infections and stress. Most people sleep less then the recommended 8 hours a night. To ensure you have optimal health, make sure you are sleeping well. Which means turning off the lights completely, using a sleep mask if necessary and keeping pets and children off of the bed.

 

Take Care of Yourself

Make sure you take care of yourself in the winter. This means properly hydrating your body, and taking care of your personal hygiene. Including your oral hygiene. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. By practicing good health habits you will feel better and stress will most often stay away.

 

Eat Your Greens

During the winter we forget to eat fresh fruits and vegetables because they are not readably available in some supper markets. But getting enough nutrients is very important for balance and over all stress management. Get enough vitamins and minerals from your food by juicing it. Juicing is a popular craze that has extended to the masses because it really works. It is an excellent way to get your vegetables and energy that you otherwise wouldn’t have. Take your favorite vegetables and put them in the juicer for instant health in a glass.

 

 

 

Shannon Kaiser is a tip and wellness health writer for many online and print publications. For more advice on how to take care of yourself visit TenderCare, a Dentist in Milwaukie, OR.

 

How to Meditate Effectively – The Best Meditation Techniques

In the modern world, there is a growing need of feel for peace. Many of us are strained to achieve perfection and happiness in life through fulfillment of our materialistic needs. Our desire leads to various tensions and stress in life. To set free these tensions and stress, meditation is most recommended. Along with other needs, we should also know what our brain wants. It gets tired and worked in the run for success and accomplishment. Meditation helps our mind to relax and rejuvenate. There is huge variety of meditation techniques, but important is which one makes you feel most comfortable, calm and relaxed. Well, the choice remains with you.

Let us learn few fundamentals of how to meditate effectively. To relax your mind you need to know the effective way of meditating. Meditation requires commitment from your side. You need to practice meditation on regular basis and should set aside fix time daily. Preferably try to meditate in the place away from any distractions. While meditating you are able to bring all your worries and sorrows to still by quieting your mind.

The best meditation techniques are mentioned here.

  • Breathing meditation is most popular technique. In this type of meditation you concentrate on the process of breathing. It teaches you the art to get involve in breathing process in such a way that all other thoughts are kept away and mind is only able to feel you inhale and exhale.
  • Mindfulness meditation is a technique which allows feeling the current moment. Your mind only concentrates on what is happening now. It creates awareness and makes you alert by making you witness of your own mind.
  • Mantra meditation is a meditative state which is achieved by constantly repeating a particular mantra. Mantra is sounds that create vibration within by their continuous repetition physically or mentally. While doing so, your mind becomes focused on sound vibration causing all other thoughts to cease and mind enters a serene tranquil state.
  • Meditation can be done by focusing on certain object or constant process. If object is music example waves, then you have to carefully listen to music and avoid all other thoughts from coming to your mind. If the object is candle then you have continuously look at the flame and bring all your thoughts to standstill. Constant process can be exemplified through breathing meditation.
  • There are many guided meditation types. They are widely available through CDs or certified teachers. Yoga meditation or third eye meditation need learning and therefore should be learnt from certified teachers or yoga gurus.

Choice for meditation techniques is wide, though benefits are similar. All help to increase brain activity and concentration power. It enhances our ability to work efficiently. It keeps you healthy and avoids anxiety, stress and depression. It rejuvenates your spiritual power. It connects your body and soul. It kills all the sufferings, negative feelings and discomfort. It promotes positive feeling within. Remember, all these benefits can be enjoyed only by meditating effectively and regularly.

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Memorizing a Deck of Cards Under 4 Minutes

I have spent some time lately trying out different memory techniques to remember a deck of cards (52 cards) and this week was the first time I managed to go under 5 minutes (4.57 to be exact). The following day I managed to memorize a deck in under 4 minutes (3.59) 🙂 Don’t really know how I managed to cut a whole minute in one day.

Guess my next goal is to be under 3 minutes. Let you guys know when/if I manage to break that.

The Mind Sport of Memory

There’s a competition where you can compete against other people to see who has the best memory. This competition was invented by Tony Buzan and Raymond Keene. They have 10 different disciplines where they test to see who has the best memory. It seems like this competition is growing and they have participants from more than 30 countries.

We will try to go through all these disciplines during this year and try out some techniques to see how well we would manage in the real competition. If one of us seems to be successful enough we might try to participate in the coming memory competition this year.

Don’t tell me “You are so smart!”

Praising children with good performance is more difficult than most would believe. It’s very common for proud parents to say to their kids “You are so smart” after they do well on a test in school. This method is known as fixed mindset praise. So what’s wrong with that?

The problem arise next time the kid don’t do well on a test. They will think that they aren’t that smart, and it becomes a personal failure. With a limited depth of understanding and wanting to please the parents, this could lead to a downward spiral in their performance. Generally, children raised with fixed mindset praise don’t perform their optimal capacity in school, and won’t get good grades.

Breastfeed now, smarter kid later

In the many reasons why breastfed children are healthier than formulafed, there is one in particular that caught our attention – smarter kids if they were breastfed as infants. Now, there is no guaranties that they will turnout to be the next Einstein because of it, but we have research data that shows children having up to ten IQ-points more than their counterparts. The studies even show that these kids have better grades in schools.

Go Nuts!

According to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology says that a good intake of vitamin E might help to prevent poor memory.
Nuts are a great source of vitamin E along with leafy green vegetables, seeds, eggs, brown rice and wholegrains.

So let go for nuts as snacks.

Brain Book: The Male Brain

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This is a a follow-up book of the earlier book from the author of  The Female Brain.

Dr. Louann Brizendine’s has researched and written a guide to understand the male brain from infancy to adulthood. It unlocks many secrets and interesting insights to understand the male. This is a good guide to understand the male for both women and every man why they act as they do.

Here is a link to an interview with the author in ABC New: Going Inside The Male Brain.

Did you know that the male brain…

  • has an area for sexual pursuit that is 2.5 times larger than that of the female brain, consuming him with sexual fantasies about female body parts. Not only that, but beginning in their teens, they produce 20 to 25-fold more testosterone than they did during pre-adolescence. If testosterone were beer, a 9-year-old boy would be getting the equivalent of a cup a day. But a 15-year-old would be getting the equivalent of nearly two gallons a day. This fuels their sexual engines and makes it impossible for them to stop thinking about female body parts and sex.
  • visual brain circuits are always on the lookout for fertile mates. Whether or not they intend to pursue a visual enticement, they have to check out the women.
  • thrives under competition, instinctively plays rough, and is obsessed with rank and hierarchy
  • is a lean, mean problem-solving machine that uses analytical brain structures, not emotional ones, to find solutions.