This is why your cycle gets messed up when you travel

This is why your cycle gets messed up when you travel

If your period has ever come super early or not at all while traveling, you’re not imagining things. Whether you’re crossing several time zones or waking up at the crack of dawn to catch the first flight of the morning, heads up: Any kind of travel can affect the two primary hormones—melatonin and cortisol—that control your cycle. “Even subtle changes to your daily pattern — waking up early one day and then sleeping late the next — can have a small effect on your melatonin levels,” Dr. Anita Mitra, an NHS gynaecologist, told…

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Marathon training: The what, when and how much you must eat to prepare for a race

Marathon training: The what, when and how much you must eat to prepare for a race

Running a marathon is no small feat. Training for one is a process that requires time, dedication and proper nutrition. What you eat, in fact, plays the most important role in training for a race. Add to it when you eat — whether before or after the race. If you get it all right, breasting the tape on the finish line, in good time, would be one of your life’s most memorable feats. Simply put, watch out for what you eat in order to power through a long run. You…

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When it’s raining, ditch the gym: 4 DIY workouts you can do at home, in your bedroom

When it’s raining, ditch the gym: 4 DIY workouts you can do at home, in your bedroom

Imagine a day when it is pouring outside. Even getting to your car, to get to the gym risks getting drenched. And yet, you need your daily dose of sweating it out. We have the answer to your troubles. Here are 4 DIY workouts to do in the comfort of your home, as told by Shwetambari Shetty, a Zumba and fitness expert. 1) Movement: Plank Jack How to do it: Begin in plank position, with your shoulders over your wrists, your body in one straight line, and your feet together. Like the…

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Why You Feel Neck Pain When You Do Crunches

Why You Feel Neck Pain When You Do Crunches

Like most ever-evolving gym goers, I finally realized that to actually develop abs, I needed to start doing more core work (go figure!). But when I added a ton of crunch variations to my regular routine, I realized it wasn’t my abs that were tapping out from exhaustion—it was my neck. Every time I came up, the muscles holding my head were crying out louder than my soon-to-be six-pack. The pain went away like typical muscle soreness, so I assumed it just meant my neck was weak. Embarrassed, I never…

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When healing can be a headache

When healing can be a headache

It starts off as a light throb and gallops to an everlasting migraine. Whether it was something you drank or ate, many foods are held guilty for kicking off migraines. But while eliminating these foods can be the obvious solution, did you know that most migraines are triggered off by acidity? In other words, it’s not what you are eating and drinking but the propensity of certain foods that cause acidic reactions, leading to migraines. Here are some boxes to tick if you want the throbbing to stop. Don’t Start…

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Getting kids to eat veggies when there’s no time for family meals

Getting kids to eat veggies when there’s no time for family meals

Eating meals as a family is a proven way to get kids to follow healthier diets, but there are other tricks parents can try when there’s no way to get everyone around the same table, a recent study suggests. In homes where family meals were rare, children ate more fruits and vegetables when these items were readily available and they routinely saw parents consume them too, the survey of about 2,500 teens in Minnesota found. “Interestingly, we found that in the absence of regular family meals these other parenting practices…

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Recover stronger: The best post-game foods for athletes and when to eat them

Recover stronger: The best post-game foods for athletes and when to eat them

You just played the game of your life. After working out and training for weeks and weeks, you left it all on the field, exhausting every ounce of your energy to try and win the game. But your work doesn’t stop there. Post-game recovery and nutrition can be just as important as your pre-game preparation, especially if you want to have the energy to get back out on the field again. Your body needs the right nutrients to power you through the next practice, next game, next drill, or your…

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Heredity isn’t Always Destiny When it Comes to Heart Attacks: Study

Heredity isn’t Always Destiny When it Comes to Heart Attacks: Study

If heredity puts you at higher risk for a heart attack, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can bring that risk down dramatically, below the risk faced by some people whose genes would normally protect them from heart disease, according to a new analysis of more than 55,000 people. “We were a little surprised by how much you could offset your inherited risk by adhering to a healthy lifestyle,” said Dr. Sekar Kathiresan, chief author of the new study, presented at an American Heart Association meeting on Sunday and published online simultaneously…

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Discourse on Pollution Only When Delhi Got Affected

Discourse on Pollution Only When Delhi Got Affected

Though the problem of pollution in India has been endemic, it is only when the national capital has been affected that the problem has got media attention, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said on Tuesday. “Pollution has captured the media attention only when Delhi is affected. Otherwise, pollution has been an endemic problem in this country since decades,” Jairam Ramesh, a former Union Minister, said at an Indo-US workshop here on air pollution. The workshop, organised by US government’s National Institute of Environment and Health Sciences (NIEHS) and The Indo-US…

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Neurons Tell Brain When to Stop Drinking

Neurons Tell Brain When to Stop Drinking

PhotoCredit:istock It is possible to influence drinking behaviour by activating particular neurons in brain, suggests a new study. The researchers earlier showed that alcohol consumption alters the physical structure and function of neurons in the dorsomedial striatum — a part of the brain that is believed to contribute directly to decision-making, especially to action selection and initiation. Essentially, they found that activation of one type of neuron, called D1, determines whether one drink leads to two. Now, they have discovered the neurons that tell us to stop. These neurons can…

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