What’s your reason to wake up every morning?

It’s Sunday. You can wake up just to go back to bed today. But tomorrow is quite another matter. ‘I love Mondays’, said nobody ever. Though if you ask the Japanese, they’ll seem less worried. Monday, Tuesday, Friday or any day, they have their ikigai in place. What’s that? In simple terms, it’s your reason for being or the reason to wake up every morning. Now you may ask, why do we need one on an everyday basis? Because as per the Japanese — and they are known to be wise and grounded…

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What’s Your Child’s IQ? Higher the Score, Longer May Be Their Life

IQ or Intelligent Quotient is a test of series which usually determines what’s an individual’s thinking capacity, or how smart he or she is. In standard IQ tests, the system of scoring is such that the raw median score is defined as 100. Most people score between IQ 75 to IQ 125. About 5 per cent people score above IQ 125, who are considered to be very intelligent, and 5 per cent score below IQ 75, who are less than average. Einstein is said to have had an IQ score of 160-190.…

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What’s wrong? CBSE Class 12 Board marks revised from 42 to 90 and 68 to 95

Is the Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) marking system going horribly wrong? Recent media reports say Class 12 students, shocked to receive 68 and 42 in math in the board exams, reapplied for verification of marks – which were then increased to 95 and 90, respectively. Such a huge difference in marking definitely means the board has bungled in a big way. The Times of India, which reported the change in marks has also claimed access to documents of a Mumbai student with 50, whose marks after verification, were…

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What’s Your Daily Salt Intake? Even 5 Gram Can Put You at Risk of Heart Attack

No other ingredient is as basic but as important as salt in the culinary world. Without it, it is almost impossible to hit the right flavour note and make all the ingredients come together into a gastronomic joyride. A little sprinkling of the white crystals into a bowl of salad, steaks, omelette, stir-fries, soups, etc is customary. Now, coming to Indians, the love affair with salt goes another level. It is almost like a compulsory side that has to accompany every meal. Even our snacks and small bites come smeared…

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Poverty Versus Obesity and Alcohol: What’s More Deadly for Your Life?

We know that lifestyle diseases are on the rise. There are several reports published daily, bringing to light various causes, symptoms, preventive measures and other facts to spread more awareness about the consequences of our lifestyle choices, and how major diseases like diabetes, obesity, cancer, etc are killing thousands every year. We also read how in our chase for making money we are neglecting are health, which then contributes to stress and other ailments. All that money you earn can’t really buy you life, but it perhaps helps in more…

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Prebiotic Foods Versus Probiotics: What’s Best For Our Diet?

For quite a long while, probiotic bacteria and yeast were considered the hero of the stomach, fighting to swell the amount of ‘friendly’ bacteria in the gut i.e. bacteria that may have been depleted by stress, illness, certain medicines, or an improperly-balanced diet that is low on fiber. Probiotics were said to battle with IBS, diarrhoea and stomach-related ailments and subsequently even improve skin conditions, clear up allergies, and generally reduce nagging health conditions. However, later studies showed that most of the probiotics being ingested were actually not completely effective.…

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What’s the Best Fitness Routine for you? Consider Your Personality

Are you super social? Which motivates you more – internal or external validation? Maybe you’re laid-back? Or keen on getting the biggest bang for your buck? (In fitness, this often translates to burning the most calories.) As 2017 rolls in and resolutions are being hammered out, fitness and health usually take center stage. But what exactly is the best fitness routine for you? Many instructors and trainers will say – irritatingly perhaps – that “the best fitness routine is the one you will do consistently.” Okay, if you say so.…

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What’s so special about manuka honey?

Honey’s been used as a medicine for centuries, due to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties—all of which are related to the nectar the bees gather, which can vary plant by plant. As for manuka honey specifically: According to Sharon Palmer, RDN, author of Plant-Power for Life, manuka comes from New Zealand, where it’s made by bees that pollinate the flowers of the local, native manuka bush. “Manuka honey has high concetrations of compounds with antibacterial activity,” says Palmer. “There’s even a grading system for manuka, called UMF, which scores quality.”…

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Cardio versus Weightlifting: What’s The Best Way to Get Rid of Fat?

The world of fitness is shrouded in myths and misconceptions. One of them would certainly be the association of cardio exercises with weight loss and linking weight training with alpha-human, muscular bodies. Cardio and weight training, both work in tandem to drop kilos and help you get toned. While cardio helps in burning fat, resistance training builds muscles in place of the lost fat. Some recent studies suggest that our metabolism stays high from 24 to 36 hours post a high-intensity workout. In order to lose weight, one should get…

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What’s your walking personality?

(Pic: Thinkstock) It’s time to change the adage from ‘what you wear says a lot about you’ to ‘how you walk says a lot about you’. That’s right. Researchers from the UK have found that people make judgments about an individual’s personality based on his walk. Remember James Bond’s suave stride or John Wayne’s iconic swagger? Theories say that Wayne’s walk may not have been so much about confidence and being macho, but his need to control his lanky body better. If you use the Monday slouch on most days,…

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