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Harmful Effects of Soft Drinks on Your Body - 23 August 2011

As the food culture changes in India with more junk foods such as pizza and burger, the consumption of soft drinks is also increasing. Bollywood and cricket stars appearances in soft drinks commercials such as Coke and Pepsi are making them look like drinking soft drinks are cool. However, if you care about your long-term health and well-being, you should understand soft drinks harmful effects on your body. So, you can drink them wisely.

Below is the infomercial graphic developed by an American insurance company explaining how soft drinks effects your body. 

Harmful Soda
Via: Term Life Insurance

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10 Things You Should Know About Stretching - 22 August 2011

 Stretching exercise

Before fitness training, one must give importance to doing warm-up or stretching exercises to prevent accidents or to enhance the output during the training. There are also a number of precautionary measures and tips to serve as guidelines when doing fitness exercises. Here are some of them.

1. To increase your flexibility and to avoid injuries, stretch before and after workout. Almost everyone knows that stretching before workout prevents injuries during the exercises, but only few people know that stretching after workout, when muscles are still warm, can increase flexibility.

2. Hold your stretching position for more than 60 seconds to increase flexibility. While holding your position for 20 seconds is enough for warm ups, holding each position for at least 60 seconds will develop the body's flexibility.

3. Do not go into a stretching position then immediately return to the relaxed position, and do it repeatedly. This is more appropriately termed as bouncing while in a position. When stretching, hold that position for several seconds, and then slowly relax. You may do this exercise repeatedly this way. Bouncing or forcing yourself into a position during stretching can strain or damage some joints or muscles.

4. Work slowly in increments instead of immediately proceeding to doing the hardest exercise or position.

5. Make sure that you have stretched or warmed up all muscle groups. For some people, even if they have strong bodies, they tend to neglect the neck when working out of stretching. Stretching the neck muscles can be as simple as placing the palm of one's hand against the front of the head and pushing it. Then, do the same to the sides and the back of the head.

6. Stretch regularly to continually increase your range of movements and your level of flexibility and strength.

7. Workout considering only your capabilities and not of others. Do not force yourself to do exercises that you are not yet capable of just because there are people who can do it. Increase your limits slowly. Listen to your body. There are days when your body may be too tired that you may have to consider reducing your range of motion.

8. Learn to rest. Rest in between sets and stations to make sure that the body has enough time to recover its energy. Also, it is advisable that you don't work the same muscle groups consecutively for two days. The muscles grow during the period when you rest and not when you are working out.

9. Do aerobic exercises to strengthen your heart. Aerobic exercises are those physical activities that much oxygen for fuel. This includes cardiovascular exercises such as skipping rope, running or swimming.

10. Music may help you when you want to train for longer periods or to increase your intensity. You can use mp3 players, CD players or lightweight am radio receivers for this. Just make sure that you brought your headset with you so you wouldn't disturb people who don't prefer music while exercising.

Apart from preventing injuries and increasing one's limit, it is also said that stretching is good for a tired body and also for a stressed mind and spirit.

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This Week in Health - 15th August, 2011 - 21st August, 2011 - 21 August 2011

Another exciting week has passed as many development occurred in the field of natural health. The Assam government officially promoting AYUSH medicines, Wall street trying to find answers about recent financial meltdown in Bikram Yoga, Using Yoga to improve health of liver, Chinese herbal medicine showing positive signs in treating of H1N1 Influenza, study finding women who take vitamins have fewer preemies, and Hypnotherapy helps major league ballplayers quit tobacco are some of the major news around the world that caught our attention.

Please click on the title link to read the full story.

Dispur thrust for AYUSH
The Assam government has given a special thrust to popularise alternative medicine and treatment and pushed for prescribing AYUSH (ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha and homoeopathy) medicines in government hospitals.

Wall Street Sweats Stress in Bikram Yoga
The night before the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index took its biggest drop in two years, futures trader Corina Cotenescu said she sensed something coming. So she spent 1 1/2 hours in a muggy, 106-degree room, stretching and contorting her body.

Yoga for Healthy Liver
The liver has many functions; stores certain vitamins, minerals and sugars for use as fuel, cleanses/filters the toxins out of your blood and controls the production/excretion of cholesterol. Your overall health and vitality, to a great extent, depends upon the health of your liver. The thousands of enzyme systems that control virtually every body activity are created there. If your liver fails to create even one of these enzymes, overall body function is impaired, creating greater metabolic stress on your body.

Chinese herbal medicine effective in treatment of H1N1 Influenza
A controlled trial has found that Chinese herbal medicine decoction maxingshigan-yinqiaosan has a similar efficacy to oseltamivir in reducing time to fever resolution in people suffering mild H1N1 influenza virus infections.

Women who take vitamins have fewer preemies: study
Women who take multivitamins regularly around the time they get pregnant appear to have a lower risk of going into labour prematurely or having a smaller-than-normal baby.

Hypnotherapy helps major league ballplayers quit tobacco
When San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy decided it was time to quit using chewing tobacco, he turned to a solution that worked for fellow members of the Major League Baseball team: hypnotherapy.

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