Here’s Why You Should Read More Books

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When was the last time you read a book? If you’re one of countless people who don’t make a habit of reading on a regular basis, you might be missing out: reading has a significant number of benefits, and just a few benefits of reading are listed below.

  1. Reading increases mental stimulation.

Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of (or possibly even put off) Alzheimer’s and Dementia, since keeping your brain active and engaged prevents it from losing power. Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy.

  1. Reading promotes stress reduction.

No matter how much stress you have at work, in your personal relationships, or countless other issues faced in daily life, it all just slips away when you lose yourself in a great story. A well-written novel can move you to other realms, while an engaging article will distract you and keep you in the present moment, letting tensions drain away and allowing you to relax.

  1. Reading, undoubtedly, gives knowledge.

Everything you read fills your head with new bits of information, and you never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face.

  1. Reading boosts your vocabulary.

The more you read, the more words you gain exposure to, and they’ll inevitably make their way into your everyday vocabulary. Being eloquent and well-spoken is of great help in any profession, and knowing that you can speak to higher-ups with self-confidence can be an enormous boost to your self-esteem.

  1. Reading improves empathy.

Stories provide life-changing perspective. Getting wrapped up in the lives of characters strengthens your capability to understand others’ feelings. Seeing the world through the eyes of your favorite character may make it easier for you to relate to your (for example) friend’s viewpoint.

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Although more and more people own e-books, it seems safe to say that real books aren’t going anywhere yet. There’s nothing like the smell of old books or the crack of a new one’s spine. Read a variety of books to suit your personal preferences including fiction books, educational, mysteries and suspense thrillers, science fiction, history, novels, self help books and health related articles, because reading is a great way to feed your mind and spirit.

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Eat Smarter At A Buffet

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If there were such a thing as a calorie-counting nightmare, it would probably involve a buffet. While any diet expert will tell you to avoid a buffet, there are times when that is just not possible. Anyone who’s been to an all-you-can-eat buffet knows: the never-ending choices right in front of you, the mentality of “getting your money’s worth,” and unlimited portions can make for never-ending bad dinner decisions.

Does this mean we’re all bound to binge?

Check out these smart ways to eat at a buffet:

  1. Pick a smart seat.

You’d want to stay an average of about 16 feet farther away from the buffet table. It becomes less tempting when the food isn’t the first thing you see when you look up. Create more of a comfortable, sit-down restaurant atmosphere for you to relax in.

  1. Use small plates and go slow.

Always, always use the salad plate instead of the biggest main plate available. With this, you get more exercise as you might go to the buffet 5 or 6 times. You are less likely to overfill your plate with an item of food you do not like. Also, taking your time during a meal makes you feel fuller, faster.

  1. Fill up on liquids.

Take advantage of the unlimited beverages, and sip on sparkling water, unsweetened iced tea, coffee, and hot tea. Most liquids contain more calories than solid food.

  1. Be mindful with what you eat.

Keep an eye on your plate to track how much you’ve taken in. Visual cues make more of an impact on our hunger/fullness levels than, well, actual fullness. The more food we see we’ve eaten, the sooner we’ll realize we’ve had enough.

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Buffets, cafeterias, and lunchrooms of all sorts set us up for nutritional shame walks. But pay close enough attention to the progress of your meal and the people around you, and you just might find yourself stopping before going overboard on the plates. Next time you face an irresistible all-you-can-eat opportunity, follow these tips to help avoid the binge.

Tattoos: Know The Risks

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A tattoo is a permanent mark or design made on your skin with pigments inserted through pricks into the skin’s top layer. The process — which is done without anesthetics — causes a small amount of bleeding and slight to potentially significant pain. People describe the sensation of getting a tattoo as similar to bee stings, sunburn or being pinched.   As the popularity of tattoos continues to grow, so does the concern about potential risks.

Before deciding to get a tattoo, you must first know the risks that come with it.

  1. Allergic reactions. Tattoo dyes — especially red, green, yellow and blue dyes — can cause allergic skin reactions, such as an itchy rash at the tattoo site. This can happen even years after you get the tattoo.
  1. Infection. Unsterile tattooing equipment and needles can put out infectious diseases, such as hepatitis. It is very significant to make sure that all tattooing equipment is clean and sterilized before use. In addition, the person who receives a tattoo must be sure to care for the tattooed area properly during the first week or so after the pigments are injected.
  1. Keloid Formation. If you are prone to developing keloids, which are scars that grow beyond normal boundaries, you are at risk of keloid formation from a tattoo. Keloids may form any time you injure or traumatize your skin.
  1. Other Skin Problems. Sometimes bumps called granulomas form around tattoo ink, moreover, there may be difficulty having a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan performed, as some tattoo inks and all piercing jewelry contain metals.

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Before you get a tattoo, think carefully about it. If you’re unsure or worried that you might regret it, give it more time. Don’t allow yourself to be pressured into getting a tattoo. Furthermore, the long-term effects of tattoo ink and colorings remain unknown.

Emotional Moments That Affect Our Physical Health

If you’ve ever felt butterflies after hearing “I love you” or become sick to your stomach during a breakup, you know that emotions have a connection with our physical health. Science is backing up that idea, as study after study confirms that the feelings generated by social and romantic relationships directly connect with both your short- and long-term health.

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Here are some feelings that make us feel different kinds of ways and how it affects our physical healthy.

  1. Hearing someone say “I love you.”

It’s the “rush” everyone feels. You become focused, energized, and exhilarated, while your blood pressure rises. “Thinking about love and talking about love kindles the feelings of love.”  Those three little words releases dopamine , the “reward” chemical in your brain responsible for pleasure.

  1. Laughing your heart out at a great joke.

It contracts your muscles. It decreases your blood pressure, pulse rate and stress levels. Anyone will tell you, genuine laughter is a fabulous way to boost your health. Multiple chemicals are involved in laughter, such as GABA, endorphins, serotonin, and insulin-like growth factor chemicals that act as an antidepressant and anxiety-reducer.

  1. Losing a loved one.

Heart breaks are terrible. With grief and sorrow often comes depression, anxiety, higher blood pressure, an increased pulse rate, a compromised immune system, and even advanced aging. This is because sorrow releases hormones like cortisol and adrenaline (epinephrine), which can damage the body.

  1. Making love.

How can it not make you feel anything? Making love stimulates your pleasure center while increasing feelings of trust and intimacy, while actual orgasm relaxes the mind, dropping anxiety and fear. With so many emotions involved, sex can’t be dismissed as a purely physical occurrence It’s also said to boost your immune system while easing depression, heart disease, and chronic pain. Studies show that orgasm bonds us to our partners on a neurological level, thanks to the burst of dopamine, oxytocin, and endorphins released by our brains.

  1. Meeting someone new.

That spark of interest that suddenly  arises, your brain will become refreshed and focused. In years to come, meeting new people and exposing yourself to novel situations improve your memory and help keep dementia at bay. Experts say that meeting someone new opens up a sea of possibilities and uncertainties. If that person is someone whom we find attractive, there is a burst of dopamine!

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These moments, whether good or bad, affects our health in amazing ways. It’s important for us to recognize and identify our thoughts and emotions, and to be aware of the impact they have—not only on each other, but also on our bodies, behavior, and relationships.

How Bad Is It To Hold Your Pee?

Bathroom procrastination? When you gotta go, you gotta go. You know that feeling, when you put off peeing until your legs are crossed and you can hardly limp to finally park yourself on the throne. Our bladder function is an automatic process in the body, it is our brains that decide when to visit the bathroom. Sometimes, peeing just lands at the bottom of your to-do list, but how does that influence our health?

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The physical capacity of how long someone can hold their pee varies on a few things. There’s currently no official record set for the longest someone has gone without peeing, but holding it in is not advised. Most of the time women can hold urine for three to six hours. It may also depend on the amount of urine that someone makes, which is determined by hydration status and fluid intake.

The risks of this is that the longer you hold your urine, the bladder can become a breeding ground for bacteria to grow. This bacteria can lead to infections, which can spread to kidneys and cause greater damage to the body. Also, holding your bladder in  might put you at risk of developing frequent urinary tract infections or a chronic inflammation of the bladder known as interstitial cystitis. In men, holding the bladder may lead to prostatitis, which is an inflammation of the prostate gland.

Furthermore, if you’re able to get through the day without urinating, that means you’re most likely not drinking enough water, which results in dehydration, a physical state that’s hardly helpful to a work productivity.

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To conclude, holding it in won’t kill you, it just might make you more prone to urinary tract infections, according to Business Insider.

So, when you’ve got to go, try and make your way to the toilet before you become uncomfortable. But if you have to hold it, you can sit tight knowing your inconvenience is unlikely to lead to an infection.

Should I Pop This Pimple Or Not?

You have a date tonight. You want to look nice, fresh and radiant. You look in the mirror and a pimpleis staring right back at you. Not even your best concealer can cover it up. Now, you have the urge. You want to squeeze it. You really want to. Especially since pimples show up at the worst times. You search for the simplest, fastest way to get rid of it, and that’s to pop it.

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It’s tempting — we’ve all felt that, but not of all us know the consequences of popping or squeezing a pimple. It won’t necessarily get rid of the problem. Unfortunately, skin doesn’t always react well to thetwo-finger acne treatment. Of course, it’s not the actual popping that’s going to cause damage; it’s that the popping might be done in a way that is unsafe or unhygienic.

Why and how? Squeezing can push bacteria and pus even deeper into the skin, which might cause more swelling and redness. With that, scarring and scabbing may happen, and that’s far worse and much more permanent than a tiny little pimple. In some cases, it can also lead to an infection. Even if your pimple doesn’t scab over, make new pimples, or scar when you pop it, it will still take longer to heal. But that’s what we all want — for our pimple to heal faster, not longer!

So, hands off the zit. As enticing and tempting as it may be to pop it yourself, you may regret it if it scars. There are many over-the-counter acne treatments — such as those containing salicylic acid — that you can use to attack a spot.Left alone, a blemish will heal itself in 3 to 7 days. Popped improperly, it can linger for weeks or even lead to scarring.

It’s best to let a pimple run through its life span. 

If you’re concerned about acne, talk to your doctor or a dermatologist.

Moisturize With Stonewall Kitchen’s Grapefruit Thyme Hand Lotion

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All you girls out there who savvy nautral body products, listen up!

I got this Grapefruit Thyme Hand Lotion from Amazon. I’d like to share my experience with one of Stonewall Kitchen’s products.  I like to moisturize my skin not only during winter, but also when I’m at the office, and after bathing from a sweaty workout.  This one right here claims not to have any chemicals in it.

Ingredients (based on the bottle): Purified Water, Butter Cream Complex (Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and Shea Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Green Tea Extract, Aloe Vera, Vitamins A, E & I), Fragrance, Essential Oils of Grapefruit and Thyme.

I love how it doesn’t have parabenAs much as possible, I like natural ingredients, although this one has fragrance (a heavenly bright grapefruit fragrance with a hint of thyme), I still purchased it.  They come in many scents too, but since I’ve never tried anything grapefruit yet, curiosity led me to this. 🙂

It’s thick… Just a little dab of it on my hands can go a long way. One thing I hate so much is using lotions that are sticky right after I shower from the gym — and I’m so happy I didn’t get that from this one! I swear, I smelled pretty good and it made my skin soft. It’s lovely! The packaging, the feels, the smell! Very lovely. Trust me, I adore anything that smells great. I’m just not sure if this’ll do good for those with allergies or sensitivities… I’m about to finish my first bottle of it, and I’m planning to repurchase. I wanna make sure I’ll have some stocks for the winter, since we’d all like to moisturize on the colder months.

If you think it’s pricey, don’t worry, because it lasts long. It’s been a month or two already with just 17 ounce!