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Intermittent Fasting 101 Benefits: For Men vs Women

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Intermittent fasting has numerous health benefits, including weight loss, better digestion and improved heart health

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you don’t eat for a certain period and then eat during a specific set of hours. This can be done in a daily routine or even by fasting on alternate days.

Intermittent fasting has become popular due to its various benefits, such as prevention of heart diseases and weight loss.

Intermittent Fasting for Men:

There are several differences in intermittent fasting results for men vs women. E.g. in men, their metabolism increases by almost 14% during periods of fasting.

This comes in tandem with the fact that they also improve testosterone utilization, as well as growth hormone production.

Intermittent Fasting for Women:

For women, the result of intermittent fasting mainly puts the body in a state of fuel preservation mode, and according to many, provides fewer benefits.

This leads to a growing need to utilize a more modified approach.

Inversely it may cause changes in the female menstrual cycle, and may even affect the hypothalamus, during longer periods of fasting.

To better utilize the benefits of fasting, women should fast for shorter periods and have fewer fasting days in total.

Intermittent Fasting Benefits:

Here are 10 benefits of intermittent fasting backed by research;

1. Weight Loss Aid:

One benefit of intermittent fasting that most people want to avail of is weight loss. Intermittent fasting can lead to weight loss mainly by decreasing calorie intake, which happens due to consuming fewer meals.

Other ways intermittent fasting can help you lose weight is by lowering insulin levels and increasing the levels of norepinephrine, commonly known as noradrenaline.

By doing this, the body goes into a state of ketosis, and the subsequent fasting leads to a healthier metabolism as well as the breakdown of fats.

All in all, intermittent fasting is one of the most efficient ways to lose weight, backed by science.

2. Improved Insulin Metabolism:

Insulin is made by the pancreas, in response to increased blood sugar levels, and helps in bringing it down. In type 2 diabetes, patients’ cells can lose sensitivity to insulin, and abnormal blood sugar levels are noted.

Overall, intermittent fasting can help regulate blood sugar levels by reducing insulin resistance and by simply lowering calorie intake.

3. Prevents Chronic Inflammation:

Studies suggest that intermittent fasting can reduce inflammation in the body. For those unversed, inflammation is a natural defense mechanism of the body that allows white blood cells to be deployed to the injured site, for germ control.

But in cases when it goes array it leads to chronic inflammation which is the cause of many chronic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure heart disease, and inflammatory bowel disease.

4. Improves Cellular Health:

Intermittent fasting triggers cells to initiate repair processes, mainly autophagy. For those unversed, autophagy kills abnormal cells and recycles cellular materials in a highly efficient and programmed manner.

This can prevent diseases like cancer, which is a disease in which abnormal cells multiply unchecked.

One more benefit to cellular health is increased resistance to oxidative stress, which is when free radicals form in the body as a result of chemical reactions and bombard cellular organelles.

If this kind of damage occurs to important molecules like DNA, it can lead to several diseases including cancers and tumors.

5. Improves Heart Health:

When it comes to cardiovascular health, intermittent fasting can be a game changer. Intermittent fasting can improve various conditions that can become causes of heart disease.

These include abnormalities in blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and levels of high levels of LDL (bad cholesterol).

6. Prevents Neurodegenerative Diseases like Alzheimer’s:

Oxidative stress, high blood sugar, and inflammation can all lead to brain damage. By regulating all these factors, intermittent fasting benefits your brain’s health.

This leads to protection against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease.

7. Prevents Cancer:

While research in humans has led to inconclusive findings, intermittent fasting is thought to reduce the risk of cancer because it improves many health factors that are proven to be causes of cancer.

Overall, a reduction in inflammation, oxidative stress, and improvement in cellular health is known to lower the odds of cancer development.

8. Longevity:

Intermittent fasting has been found to improve the gut microbiome, which is the population of bacteria in your intestines.

A diverse population of good bacteria is considered important in maintaining overall health.

Intermittent fasting promotes the Christensenella species and is linked to longevity.

Note: Several researches have proven that intermittent fasting can delay disease, and improve metabolism.

9. Improved Digestion:

Intermittent fasting gives the digestive system a break, allowing it to rest and empty properly. This prevents the overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine, where they aren’t supposed to be.

Proper emptying of the small intestine prevents digestive disorders like SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).

10. Easy To Follow:

Intermittent fasting is a relatively simpler way of managing health. It avoids the over-complicated approach that many diets take and has numerous benefits for health.

All in all, for those looking for a more lifestyle-oriented shift, that can be maintained long-term, intermittent fasting is the best, noninvasive option available for weight loss.

1- Header image: Intermittent fasting has numerous health benefits, including weight loss, better digestion and improved heart health
Courtesy: Geo News Intermittent fasting has numerous health benefits, including weight loss, better digestion and improved heart health Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you don’t eat for a certain period and then eat during a specific set of hours. This can be done in a daily routine or even by fasting on alternate days. Intermittent fasting has become popular due to its various benefits, such as prevention of heart diseases and weight loss. Intermittent Fasting for Men: There are several differences in intermittent fasting results for men vs women. E.g. in men, their metabolism increases by almost 14% during periods of fasting. This comes in tandem with the fact that they also improve testosterone utilization, as well as growth hormone production. Intermittent
Top 5 nutritious foods to avert the winter blues and elevate mood

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Add these super foods to your groceries to keep the winter depression at bay

The short and dark days of winter bring an air of melancholy, leaving everyone with little to no motivation to get out of bed.

To counter these effects and uplift moods, add these nutrient-dense foods and enjoy winters to the fullest.

1. Fish:

Fish is an essential source of Omega-3 fatty acids, responsible for the production of dopamine and serotonin (mood-enhancing hormones), and a healthy intake of fish will improve the brain’s emotional regulation. Additionally, tuna has Vitamin D that comes in handy when people live in places with low sun exposure, especially during winters.

2. Leafy Green Vegetables:

Popeye wasn’t pretending when he said spinach gave him strength. Leafy greens are packed with magnesium, calcium, and potassium to regulate stress and the sleep cycle, not to mention folate works alongside to reduce depressive symptoms.

3. Nuts:

Replace munch time with healthy nuts, to get a burst of Omega-3 Fatty acids and magnesium. Whether that be walnuts, almonds, or pecans because these nuts can accelerate the production of mood-enhancing neurotransmitters and offer positive mood-altering effects.

4. Fresh fruits and Berries:

Citrus fruits like lime and oranges can be a personal ‘Sun’ in winter, just as bananas are the granola bars of the fruit world.

Bananas are filled with vitamins, potassium, fiber, iron, protein, and carbohydrates. The same is true for berries as well because they are loaded with anti-oxidants to keep the mind fresh and happy.

5. Dark Chocolate:

A superfood that is often regarded as unhealthy, dark chocolates shower people with a load of feel-good compounds such as endorphins to improve mood.

Adding these nutrients to one’s diet can help tackle winter blues and boost energy as well as moods, from the inside out.

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Courtesy: Geo News Add these super foods to your groceries to keep the winter depression at bay The short and dark days of winter bring an air of melancholy, leaving everyone with little to no motivation to get out of bed. To counter these effects and uplift moods, add these nutrient-dense foods and enjoy winters to the fullest. 1. Fish: Fish is an essential source of Omega-3 fatty acids, responsible for the production of dopamine and serotonin (mood-enhancing hormones), and a healthy intake of fish will improve the brain’s emotional regulation. Additionally, tuna has Vitamin D that comes in handy when people live in places with low sun exposure, especially during winters. 2. Leafy Green Vegetables: Popeye wasn’t pretending when he said spinach gave him strength.
The Power of Home Remedies Unearted: Top 4 Ultimate Potent Healing Solutions

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Unleash the natural healing power of four effective home remedies that have passed the test of time

There are several home remedies that serve as potent healing solutions, and many have been considered treasure troves, across the ages.

Check out some of them below:

1. Ginger and Honey

The Power of Home Remedies Unearted: Top 4 Ultimate Potent Healing Solutions

Be it morning sickness or nausea this potent concoction is well known for being an anti-inflammatory and the combination of honey and ginger, is a powerhouse in that regard.

It helps those dealing with common flu and colds and just dropping a squeeze of lemon into the mixture of ginger, honey, and warm water can turn into a traditional medicinal tea.

2. Turmeric

The Power of Home Remedies Unearted: Top 4 Ultimate Potent Healing Solutions

Turmeric in particular is a common household ingredient famous for soothing inflammation and alleviating pain.

3. Peppermint

The Power of Home Remedies Unearted: Top 4 Ultimate Potent Healing Solutions

Peppermint is a natural aid for digestion-related issues, and when applied topically, can provide a cooling sensation, for allergies and aches, as well as pains.

It also works as a natural alternative for alleviating headaches, joint pains as well as muscle aches.

In the form of a natural balm, it can be used to provide relief to people suffering from bowel syndrome.

4. Chilli Pepper

The Power of Home Remedies Unearted: Top 4 Ultimate Potent Healing Solutions

Chilli peppers are known for being rich in vitamins and minerals, so much so that many consider them therapeutic. Whether that be for culinary purposes or as a preventative medicine.

Some also suggest that it can be used to fight off cancer, as well as rheumatism or stiff joints, bronchitis, chest colds, headaches, arthritis, heart arrhythmias, and many other ailments.

1- Header image: The Miraculous Power of Home Remedies: 4 Potent Healing Solutions
Courtesy: Geo News Unleash the natural healing power of four effective home remedies that have passed the test of time There are several home remedies that serve as potent healing solutions, and many have been considered treasure troves, across the ages. Check out some of them below: 1. Ginger and Honey Be it morning sickness or nausea this potent concoction is well known for being an anti-inflammatory and the combination of honey and ginger, is a powerhouse in that regard. It helps those dealing with common flu and colds and just dropping a squeeze of lemon into the mixture of ginger, honey, and warm water can turn into a traditional medicinal tea. 2. Turmeric Turmeric in particular is a common household ingredient famous for
Risk factors, prevention, signs & symptoms of stroke in women

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Women are more prone to getting a stroke due to higher life expectancy than men

A woman is expected to nurture many roles in her life like a housewife, a career woman, a mother and so on which is why a female needs to keep an eye out for any signs of trouble. Why? Because women are more prone to health risks compared to men due to their longer life expectancy.

Out of all the illnesses, the symptoms of a stroke can be as simple and bothersome as a migraine.

What’s a stroke?

Also known as a “brain attack,” a stroke occurs when blood flow stops in an area of the brain, resulting in less oxygen supply being diverted. This can also be fatal.

According to riversideonline.com, women suffer 55,000 more strokes annually than men and is the third leading cause of death as per the National Center for Health Statistics.

Pregnancy, a longer life expectancy, and hormonal medication all play a role in raising women’s stroke risk.

What causes a Stroke & Risk Factors:

1. Age: 

As women live longer than men, the risk of stroke increases with age.

2. Atrial fibrillation: 

Simply known as irregular heartbeat, blood can pool inside the heart instead of getting pumped out which causes a clot, consequently causing a stroke.

3. High blood pressure: 

It is the leading cause of stroke as one in three women have stage 2 high blood pressure (greater than or equal to 140/90 mmHg).

4. Pregnancy:

High blood pressure during pregnancy can easily cause a stroke.

5. Hormonal medications:

Women tend to take hormone replacement therapy in women during menopause and this slightly increases their stroke risk because it can cause blood clots and increase blood pressure.

Symptoms of a stoke:

1. Confusion in speaking.

2. Sudden weakness & dizziness.

3. Trouble seeing from one or both eyes.

4. Loss of balance

5. Severe headaches with no known cause

What does a stroke feel like?

“FAST” test is the easiest and quickest way to determine if someone is having a stroke or not:

(Face): Ask the person to smile – if one side of their face droops, they’re having a stroke

A (Arms): Ask the person to raise both arms. Is one arm drifting downward?

(Speech): Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence as slurred speech is a sign of stroke.

T (Time): If you observe any of these signs, call an ambulance right away for early treatment.

How to Prevent a Stroke:

Here are a few prevention tips to incorporate in your daily life:

1. Maintain your diet/eat healthy

2. Become physically active and try exercising regularly

3. Quit smoking

4. Avoid getting obese and overweight which also includes focusing on your cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

1- Header image: Stroke in women: Risk factors & prevention
Courtesy: Geo News Women are more prone to getting a stroke due to higher life expectancy than men A woman is expected to nurture many roles in her life like a housewife, a career woman, a mother and so on which is why a female needs to keep an eye out for any signs of trouble. Why? Because women are more prone to health risks compared to men due to their longer life expectancy. Out of all the illnesses, the symptoms of a stroke can be as simple and bothersome as a migraine. What’s a stroke? Also known as a “brain attack,” a stroke occurs when blood flow stops in an area of the brain, resulting in less oxygen supply being diverted. This can
Music Therapy: Here’s your guide to peace of mind, clarity of thoughts, and faster recovery

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Music therapy stands out for its exceptional ability to reduce stress and manage anxiety

In a world where the relentless pace of life takes its toll on both mental and physical well-being, the spotlight is turning towards music therapy as a potent avenue for healing.

This practice harnesses the universal language of melodies to promote overall well-being and serve as a powerful antidote to the stresses of modern life.

Stress reduction and anxiety management

Music therapy stands out for its exceptional ability to reduce stress and manage anxiety, offering a unique pathway to tranquillity. Engaging with calming melodies triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural mood enhancers, inducing a sense of calm and relaxation. Whether through classical compositions, ambient tunes, or personally meaningful songs, the right music becomes a therapeutic balm for the challenges of daily life.

Emotional expression and communication

Beyond words, music serves as a universal language, providing a non-verbal outlet for emotional expression and communication. For those grappling with difficulties in conveying emotions, music therapy empowers individuals to articulate their feelings through instruments, vocals, or movement, fostering a unique form of therapeutic communication.

Enhanced cognitive function

Research indicates that engaging with music stimulates diverse brain regions, leading to enhanced cognitive function. The manifold cognitive benefits, including improved memory recall, heightened attention and enhanced problem-solving skills, position music therapy as a valuable tool for individuals dealing with neurodegenerative conditions or those seeking cognitive enhancement.

Pain management and physical rehabilitation

Proving its effectiveness, music therapy has emerged as a tool for pain management and physical rehabilitation. The rhythmic elements of music synchronise with bodily movements, facilitating coordination and motor skills. This not only aids in physical rehabilitation but also serves as a distraction from pain, offering a holistic approach to healing.

Improved sleep quality

Struggling with sleep-related challenges? Music therapy emerges as a key to unlocking restful nights. By promoting relaxation and reducing stress, soothing melodies create an environment conducive to quality sleep. Incorporating music therapy into bedtime routines presents a natural and enjoyable approach to addressing insomnia or irregular sleep patterns.

In conclusion, the therapeutic benefits of music are diverse, offering a harmonious path to holistic well-being. Whether seeking stress relief, emotional expression, cognitive enhancement, pain management, or improved sleep, music therapy provides a transformative journey towards a healthier and more harmonious life.

The healing power of music invites individuals to embrace its potential, guiding them through the challenges of the modern world.

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Courtesy: Geo News Music therapy stands out for its exceptional ability to reduce stress and manage anxiety In a world where the relentless pace of life takes its toll on both mental and physical well-being, the spotlight is turning towards music therapy as a potent avenue for healing. This practice harnesses the universal language of melodies to promote overall well-being and serve as a powerful antidote to the stresses of modern life. Stress reduction and anxiety management Music therapy stands out for its exceptional ability to reduce stress and manage anxiety, offering a unique pathway to tranquillity. Engaging with calming melodies triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural mood enhancers, inducing a sense of calm and relaxation. Whether through classical compositions, ambient tunes,
Why does hair turn grey? Journey of hair aging and potential solutions

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Historically, stress has been linked to premature greying, a connection now supported by research.

The enigma of why our hair turns grey has fascinated humanity for centuries, leading to various cultural beliefs and myths.

As science progresses, our understanding of this natural process expands, bringing us closer to potential solutions.

The colour of our hair is intricately tied to the pigment melanin, produced by melanocytes within hair follicles. Eumelanin and Pheomelanin dictate the diverse palette of hair colours.

Why does hair grey?

Historically, stress has been linked to premature greying, a connection now supported by research revealing the impact of stress on melanocytic stem cells.

During stress, the release of norepinephrine and increased oxidative stress can damage these cells, influencing the hair’s colour. While ageing remains inevitable, certain factors like vitamin deficiencies and medical conditions can accelerate greying.

How to stop greying?

Hair dyeing is a common method to conceal greying, albeit temporarily. Nutritional deficiencies, especially in vitamins D, B12, and E, coupled with minerals like iron and copper, may contribute to oxidative stress and expedite greying.

Lifestyle choices, including avoiding smoking and embracing stress-alleviating activities like exercise or meditation, are recommended for maintaining hair health.

Various products claim to slow greying, but their efficacy lacks rigorous scientific validation. Natural therapies proposing antioxidant-rich diets and essential oils remain uncertain in their impact.

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Courtesy: Geo News Historically, stress has been linked to premature greying, a connection now supported by research. The enigma of why our hair turns grey has fascinated humanity for centuries, leading to various cultural beliefs and myths. As science progresses, our understanding of this natural process expands, bringing us closer to potential solutions. The colour of our hair is intricately tied to the pigment melanin, produced by melanocytes within hair follicles. Eumelanin and Pheomelanin dictate the diverse palette of hair colours. Why does hair grey? Historically, stress has been linked to premature greying, a connection now supported by research revealing the impact of stress on melanocytic stem cells. During stress, the release of norepinephrine and increased oxidative stress can damage these cells, influencing the