Category: Health

The Best Foods And Exercises To Help You Grow Taller

h20Even though a lot of factors such as genetic and the environment determine your height, there are certain things you can do to grow taller. Some of the most effective things for height enhancement are special foods and exercises. Taking the right foods and doing the right exercises can help you add inches to your height. If you want to learn more, then keep on reading.

In this article, we are taking a look at some of the best foods and exercises for height enhancement. First of all, let’s look at some of the things that you can add to your diet to improve your height. Instead of eating junk food or drinking energy drinks that are full of empty calories, concentrate on eating healthy. A few additions to your daily diet can make a lot of difference.

Calcium is one of the most important nutrients that aid bone growth and later increase in height. You can find high amounts of calcium in dairy products such as yogurt, milk, cheese etc. If you are looking for non-dairy options, then chia seeds, salmon, collard, kale and almonds all contain good amounts of calcium.

Protein is another essential nutrient that will help to increase your meat. Popular sources of protein include eggs, meat, poultry, fish, beans, lentils, nuts etc. Add a few servings of protein to your diet can yield significant results in a short time. Apart from the above, bananas and oatmeal are two other super foods that can help you grow taller fast.

Now, lets move on to the exercises. Physical activities that need you to move your limbs are some of the best. Special exercises to grow taller include swimming, skipping, hanging from a bar and stretching. Aim for regular workouts at least four to five times a day.

If you can manage, then do stretching exercised daily. They are not time-consuming but they have so many health benefits apart from height enhancement. Therefore, your overall health will improve a s a result of these exercises. Just remember to stay consistent and you will notice good results soon.

All these activities help to stretch the ligaments as well as strengthen the frame. When your body is strong and well tones, your posture automatically improves. A good posture helps to align the bones properly and makes you look taller.

How To Have More Energy EveryDay

h19Do you ever find yourself in a place where you’re sluggish and fatigued each day? Do you find yourself going to bed late, fuelling the fatigue? Are you finding that breaking the late-to-bed habit is an ongoing process? If so, have faith.

This was me for a long time. I then came to realise there were aspects of my life that were contributing to this low energy. In turn the reduced energy levels affected my confidence.

I began to recognize this as an opportunity for me to develop a way of taking myself from having virtually no energy to feeling motivated to move and do!

The personal development research I have completed over the years, and that I still continue on a daily basis, is revealing that certain aspects need to be in place for my energy levels – and hence my mood and confidence – to increase:

Energy Strategy – Raising Your Moods Consistently Every Morning

1. A good night’s sleep, or if not, having time in the day to rest and catch up on your lost sleep. Being able to take control and do this when you are able to helps in you keeping control of your mental and physical energy throughout the day

2. Some kind of movement to get the energy flowing: ie exercise, doing [a] physical task/s etc

3. Some kind of technique to release baggage and help you feel more of a sense of connectedness to yourself, others, the world, the universe eg Emotional Freedom (‘Tapping’) Therapy

4. Fuel (good food): so that your brain works at the optimum level

5. Water: a good amount throughout the day to increase the electrical activity in the brain. The ideal is said to be 2-6 litres per day.

6. Clean, ordered, de-cluttered environment, which helps with feeling you have more energy and that you’re in control

7. Some sort of prioritized and positive set of targets you know you can achieve in the day, even if it’s at a stretch: eg a to-do list

8. Some sort of positive, achievable and realistic set of timeframes: so that your mind knows there is an end point you can actually achieve

9. A healthy balance of sameness (eg routine) and difference (eg variety, different activities, different ways of doing things). This helps to satisfy (according to personal growth specialist Anthony Robbins), two of our key human needs

10. Some sort of reward system for a job well done, even if it’s just basking for a few moments, or giving yourself a pat on the back

An important element of this is for you to engage in the above at the level that’s right for you on that particular day.

If you’ve had little or no sleep, you may have to do more tapping or more movement to get the same amount of energy flowing as when you’ve had more sleep. If you’re feeling out of kilter, you may have to watch what you eat that day much more than when you’re feeling a little better.

Sitting in the Office All Day The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

h18The good: working eight hours-or even more-a day at the office can certainly fatten your wallet. Unfortunately, your waist can pack on some fat too. And that’s just the start of it. Sitting in the office all day can go from bad to ugly. Because let’s face it, the work isn’t that physical, right? Shooting a crumpled paper into a trash bin across the room doesn’t count as exercise. However, if you do make that shot-cool! Nice Steph Curry impersonation.

Seriously though, here’s what being sedentary in the office can do to you in the long run. First, the bad:

· Makes enzymes lazy. The body has fat breaking enzymes. When you sit around all day, the enzymes become couch potatoes and their fat-breaking efficiency drops by a whopping 90 percent.

· Calorie-burning goes slow-mo. It’s not just the enzymes which become sluggish. When your body senses you have limited activity, it goes into what can be described in the computer sense as ‘sleep mode.’ That’s great when you’re stuck at sea and have nothing to eat. Your body will oh so slowly burn fat to save energy, to the point where calorie-burning drops off to a per minute basis. But in the office setting, you become fat because the calories you ate from that heavy breakfast or lunch buffet won’t get burned effectively.

You’re pretty confident, you can counteract the bad. And what’s a few extra pounds, right? Just loosen up your belt. But things do get ugly:

· Increases diabetes risk. Your body’s ability for insulin effectiveness also takes a plunge. It drops by 24 percent, which increases your chances of diabetes.

· Electrical activity slacks. Ever feel like your leg fell asleep when you haven’t moved it for so long? Then you feel all prickly when you move it again? It’s called paresthesia. Your nerves are temporarily restricted, causing trouble in the electrical activity of certain body parts. However, sitting too much and too long can make this chronic.

· Leads to back problems. For many athletes, back problems are common, because, well, they’re active. But it’s also common among office people. Why? Sitting in front of a desktop all day causes many to slump, slouch or generally ruin their posture. When this happens, flexibility, joint and spine health is compromised. And that’s how you get back pains even though you don’t play like your LeBron James on your spare time.

Okay, enough about the bad and the ugly. The good news is you can counteract the nasty effects of a sedentary office life by making simple adjustments. Just follow these tips:

· Five for 30. Even the slightest physical movement can help you, so remember this advice: five for 30. Stand for five minutes for every half an hour you spent sitting. If you can walk around, that’s better. Stretch your legs too.

· Office exercises. Obviously, you can’t do jumping jacks at the office. But you can do some stealthy exercises. Try the following: Put your palms together in front of you as if you’re praying. Push them together as hard as you can. This exercises your shoulders, upper back and forearms. Another is lifting your heels and pointing your toes. Hold that pose for 10 seconds. That’s one rep. Do as many as you like. Also, remember to engage your core all throughout the day. It’s like doing a plank while sitting.

· Cardio office-style. At the office, take a few flight of stairs in the morning. At the day’s end, go crazy and take more flights since you’ll be going home anyway.

· Walk it all off. Even the simplest of physical activities can help you shrug off the office blues and keep you more fit. Walking for 30 minutes a day, for instance, can quickly be beneficial to your health. Done regularly, it can help you normalize your blood pressure, lose weight, prevent certain diseases and improve your stamina.

· Exercise at home even for 15 minutes. Lace up your running shoes-Reebok, known for its workout shoes is a good choice-and exercise at home. If you have an elliptical trainer or treadmill hop on even for just 15 minutes. Fifteen minutes too much for a busy you? How about a total body workout for seven or ten minutes? I’m pretty sure you can easily find the seven-minute workout in the Internet.

· Don’t. Always. Sit. At. Home. What’s the point in counteracting the bad effects when you’ll be sitting at your couch at home again? Stand when you’re doing stuff. Walk around. Jog in place.

Some Useful Tips For Avoiding Shoulder Injuries And Pain

h17If you work out habitually or reach items from heights regularly, you are at risk of developing a shoulder injury. People who are active in sports are also at higher risk of hurting or injuring their shoulders.

You may not know it but your shoulder joint has the greatest range of motion, especially when compared to the other joints in your body. And because of its mobility, the shoulder has high tendencies of being injured.

The good news is that there certain tips you can keep in mind to avoid injuring or hurting your shoulders. These tips include the following:

Observe good posture. Maintaining proper posture is crucial to long-term shoulder health. When you maintain good posture, your shoulders are in the most stable position they can be in and the more stable they are, the lower the risk of any injury. Maintaining good posture is also important when exercising, especially when doing shoulder workouts.

Stretch after working out. A lot of fitness experts say that active stretching is an exceptionally useful tool to maintain mobility. When you exercise, your muscles contracts and shortens. To maintain your body’s flexibility and ideal alignment, you have to stretch after working out. Your body will be at risk of losing mobility if stretching is not performed in combination with the exercise.

Strengthen your shoulder’s external rotators. Subacromial impingement is one of the most common injuries that occur within the shoulder. This injury causes pain during internal rotation (the same motion that enables you to throw a ball). You can reduce the tendency of shoulder impingement and pain when you strengthen the external rotators. You can achieve this goal by adding some band or cable resisted external rotations to your warm-up exercises to properly stimulate your shoulders.

As much as possible, avoid lateral raises beyond 90 degrees. Another usual cause of subacromial impingement is doing lateral raises too high. In general, some trainers instruct raising the arms to ear-level, which is above 90 degrees. However, physical therapists say that when you abduct your arms or raise them out to the side too high, your shoulders will have to externally rotate to prevent impingement. If this is not done properly, you are at risk of hurting or injuring your shoulders.

Improve your upright row. Lastly, upright row pertains to a safe and effective shoulder building exercise. However, this has to be performed with good form and at a safe range. If done incorrectly, it can also lead to an impingement condition. To do an upright row properly, make sure your elbows never go above shoulder height.

Healthiest Loser 21 Day Challenge

h16I only dieted (I mean seriously dieted to lose weight) once in my life, and it was such a negative experience. I was starving all the time! I felt deprived and miserable and to make things worse, I lost maybe a pound. I look back on it now and think, “What was I thinking?” That was the problem; I wasn’t thinking. I felt stressed, overwhelmed, and unhappy with the way I looked. I mindlessly reacted to my feelings and put myself on a diet.

This happened right after my first baby was born 26 years ago. I was trying to adjust to my new life situation. I was learning how to nurse my newborn which didn’t come easy for me, dealing with the fact that I had a C-section, functioning on very little sleep, and I had to say good bye to my old life (and body).

When I finally got a few hours (in a row) of sleep, I came to my senses and realized that I wasn’t helping myself by dieting. So I stopped the calorie-counting and restriction, and stepped back to re-assess. I figured out that I was overeating in general as a way to comfort myself and I was consuming way too much sugar and half-n-half in my (many) cups of decaf tea.

I decided to make a few mindful changes. I cut back on the tea and drank more water; I tried to eat when I was hungry and stop when I was full; and I started getting outside more for long walks as a way to comfort myself rather than eating. Eventually, my baby and I settled into a new routine and I was able to get back to my usual healthy way of eating. I began to feel better and gradually lost most of the baby weight. It took more time than I wanted and required a strong commitment to my health. There were bumps in the road along the way, but I stayed with it.

Even though I lost weight, my body had changed the way most women’s bodies change after child birth. I had stretch marks, scars, saggy skin, and more wrinkles than before. It was hard for me to come to terms with this, but once I made peace with my “new” look, I felt even better.

I learned these three important lessons back then and they continue to hold true today…

First lesson – diets don’t work!

Second lesson – achieving and staying at my personal best weight requires commitment and dedication.

Third (and most important) lesson – my health and well-being are so much more important than the number on the scale.

Being healthy in our fast-paced world – with all its unhealthy temptations – is quite challenging. Rather than dieting, you need to develop a skill set of healthy habits. Think of this as SKILL POWER rather than will power.

If you want to achieve your personal best weight and stay there for good, focus on eating for optimal health. Use these five skills to eat better and feel awesome. Be a HEALTHY LOSER!

1. AVOID FOODS WITH ADDED SUGAR OR ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS

The easiest and most basic way to immediately reduce the amount of sugar you’re consuming is to stop adding it to your foods and beverages. If you’re hooked on sweetening your cereal, coffee or tea, it’s okay to give yourself time to ease out of the habit. For example, if you typically start your day with three spoons of sugar or honey in your tea or coffee, cut back to two spoons for a week, then one spoon, and eventually sweeten your beverage with a slice of orange or a little milk. Gradually reducing the amount can make it easier to tolerate and you may be less likely to experience withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, anxiety, and mood swings. However, if prefer the cold-turkey approach, go for it! The sooner you slash sugar from your diet, the quicker you’ll stop craving it.

To distinguish added sugars from naturally-occurring sugars in the food you eat, start by reading the ingredient lists. You’ll need to be a clever food detective since there are more than 60 different names for the sugars used in processed foods and beverages. And they’re all pretty much the same thing as far as your body is concerned – not healthy. Once you become familiar with all the different names for added sugars, go through your pantry and fridge. Get rid of everything that has any form of sugar listed as one of the first three ingredients, or if sugar is listed more than once on the ingredient list. Throw it away and don’t buy it ever again!

2. EAT MOSTLY HOME COOKED MEALS

Preparing your own food is a healthier option. Simple, wholesome, home-cooked dinners take only about ten minutes longer to prepare, on average, than serving heavily processed food, ready-made dinners, take-out, or restaurant meals. Make enough for leftovers and you’ll end up saving time.

3. EAT VEGGIES OR FRUIT WITH EVERY MEAL

Vegetables and fruit provide you with important vitamins, minerals and fiber. They have very few calories and will help fill you up at meals which supports permanent weight loss. Here are a few simple ways to do this.

For breakfast, have a veggie omelet, plain yogurt or oatmeal with sliced fruit, or an apple with nut butter. At lunch, have a big salad topped with beans or eat a half sandwich with a salad and a piece of fruit. At dinner, make sure your plate is at least 50 percent salad, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, or whatever veggie you choose. This ensures that you get enough nutrients and automatically reduces the amount of fat and calories you consume (provided you don’t go crazy with fatty dressings and toppings).

4. HYDRATE WITH WATER

Humans need water to survive and be healthy. That’s a fact. Water plays an important role in weight control as well. Drinking an adequate amount of water has been shown to cause a mild increase in metabolism so you burn more calories throughout the day. And if you drink water about a half hour before meals, you’ll automatically eat fewer calories. In addition, staying well hydrated will keep your hunger cues in check.

Water requirements vary depending on age, gender, body size, health status, and physical activity levels. Numerous environmental factors, such as the temperature, also influence water needs. As a general recommendation, aim for 8 – 10 cups/day. However, let your thirst be your guide. Quenching your thirst by sipping throughout the day is the best way to stay well hydrated.

Without a doubt, drinking water is the best way to hydrate your body. Making your own flavor-infused water is an easy and tasty way to liven up plain water. Start with water or seltzer and flavor it by adding fresh herbs (e.g., mint, lavender, ginger, basil), pieces of fruit (e.g., lemon, lime, orange, watermelon, berries) or even slices of cucumber.

5. DON’T SKIP MEALS

Skipping meals can slow down your metabolism and cause you to be starving later on, which can ultimately lead to overeating and making poorer choices than you would have otherwise. When you graze throughout the day instead of eating three meals, you can easily lose track of what you’ve eaten and end up consuming too many calories.

In addition, skipping meals can make it hard to get the variety of foods and nutrients you need for good health. When you eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, you are likely to choose different foods at each meal, providing overall variety.

How To Implement A Manageable Workout Program After Years Of Limited Activity

h15The recipe for getting fit is actually an easy one. Eat well, workout and take good care of your body. If you have spent the last several months or years leading a sedentary lifestyle, however, getting a new diet and exercise plan off the ground can be challenging. Following are a few, simple strategies that will help you get off to a proper start.

Don’t throw yourself headlong into a workout routine that is far too advanced for your current level of fitness. Although it’s important to continually challenge yourself in order to build up your strength and endurance, pushing yourself too hard can lead to extreme post-workout soreness. It can also increase your risk of injury.

Avoid high-impact activities until you have a good feel for how your body will stand up to them. This is especially important for people who are significantly overweight. These can be very jarring on the joints and bones, particularly if the joints and bones are already bearing excess weight. Start with low-impact and non-impact activities and then gradually move on to more high-energy exercises as your body feels ready.

Always talk to your physician about adding new workouts to your exercise plan before actually engaging in them. He or she can advise you on building a workout plan that is in line with your current fitness needs and your current level of health. Your doctor can also recommend specific exercise types for helping you meet your health and weight loss goals.

Start by working out just two to three days per week and then gradually build your way up to a more robust and active plan. Structured workouts should last between 20 minutes and 45 minutes. They should also include a warm-up and a cool-down segment for preventing physical injuries.

Enlist a few friends to take part in your workout routine with you. This is a great way to keep your motivation levels high and stay on track with your new fitness routine. Working out in the gym provides a social component so that you can make new friends who are like-minded and share similar fitness goals.

Take advantage of the many opportunities that you get to engage in light exercise throughout the day. If you work in an office, find a nice park or trail nearby and take a quick stroll each day during your lunch break. Consider walking to work rather than driving or start commuting on your bike. Remember, exercise does not always have to come as part of a structured class. Anything that you do to put your body in motion will have benefits for your health and your overall fitness levels.

Improve Your Health by Avoiding These Favorite American Foods and Drinks

h14I have noticed such an improvement in my health by following an individualized diet, that I began to share health and cooking tips with others. “Eat Right for Your Type,” by Dr. Peter D’Adamo, has helped me achieve a natural health rhythm in my body by eating food that agrees with my blood type. Eating the wrong food can cause harmful chemical reactions and I wondered what foods were wrong for everyone regardless of blood type. Dr. D’Adamo ranked food items into three categories according to blood type compatible:

  1. Highly beneficial – a food that acts like a medicine
  2. Neutral – a food that acts like a food
  3. Avoid – a food that acts like a poison

Food ranked as highly beneficial should be the highlight of your diet. Food in the neutral category can be enjoyed as part of a nutritious diet and do not contain proteins that are harmful for your blood type. Food in the avoid category act like a poison causing harmful reactions with your body’s chemistry. Here is a list of common American foods and drinks everyone should avoid:

Pork, Bacon, Ham, and Goose

  • Pork, bacon, and ham are processed and contain nitrates which cause stomach cancer in people with low stomach acid. Type A’s typically have low stomach acid.
  • Most of today’s meats are shot up with fat, antibodies, and hormones.
  • It is important to consume only lean, chemical-free meat protein.

American Cheese

  • “American Cheese” refers to processed cheese slices and small and large blocks of orange, yellow, or white color. Taste and texture depend on the traditional cheese source and amount of additives.
  • Dairy products were not a staple of the human diet until much later in evolution and only Type B’s can fully enjoy a variety of dairy food.
  • Type O should completely eliminate dairy products and eggs from their diet.
  • Dairy increases mucus secretion in Type A’s and Type AB’s.

Corn, Cottonseed, Peanut, and Safflower Oils

  • Vegetable oils, corn oil and safflower oil, contain dangerous polyunsaturated fats. The food proteins in these oils cause problems in the digestive tract.
  • Olive oil and flaxseed (linseed oil) contain healthy mono-saturated fats that are good sources of nutrition and aid in digestion and elimination.
  • Olive oil and flaxseed oil are highly recommended for everyone, help reduce blood cholesterol and have positive affects on the heart and arteries.

Black Olives

  • Olives in their natural state require soaking and curing to remove bitter-tasting compounds.
  • Modern-day “processed” olives are cured with lye to remove the bitterness, then packed in salt and canned.
  • In traditional fermentation, olives are cured in oil, brine, water or salt. This variety contains healthy compounds and active cultures.

Coconuts

  • Coconuts are high in saturated fat and provide little nutritional value.
  • Type O’s are extremely sensitivity to coconut and coconut-containing products and should read food labels carefully in order to avoid them.

Black Pepper and White Pepper

  • Black pepper and white pepper cause stomach irritation in everyone.
  • History fact: In ancient times black pepper was used as a currency and offered as a gift to the gods.

Ketchup

  • Ketchup contains vinegar (acetic acid), which causes stomach lining irritation in every blood type.
  • Vinegar and tomatoes can’t be digested by Type A’s.
  • Tomatoes contain proteins lectins dangerous-B.

Distilled Liquor and Soda (Cola)

  • Some people may benefit from the positive cardiovascular effects of a daily glass of red wine, which lowers the risk of heart disease in women and men.
  • The high fructose corn syrup in sodas and colas leads to weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and an increased risk of heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
  • Pure, fresh water and green tea suit your digestive system and support your immune system.

This list of foods that everyone should avoid are common, American favorites. They are also highly marketed and widely available. Avoid these foods and follow an individualized diet plan. You will be able to reverse the progression of disease and improve your overall health. You will feel better and have more energy to do the things you enjoy.

5 Tips to Maintain Your Health for Long

h13Health is something that will be with you for long only if you take care of it. Never neglect your health because it can determine your productivity and efficiency. With improvements in medicine, it is important to pay enough attention to health as well. Otherwise there will not be any use of this technological improvement. Below are 5 tips that can help you to safeguard your health for a long period of time.

1. Get plenty of restful and quality sleep

A minimum of 7 to 8 hours of sleep is required for every adult. While some might require 6 hours, for others even 9 hours of sleep might not suffice. It is recommended to sleep before 12 midnight for sufficient rest as it is better than sleeping after 12.

2. Drink clean water in plenty

Water is extremely critical for your healthy functioning as it is involved with all your organs. Without sufficient water, our bodies will become a bit sluggish and also slow both on the outside as well as inside. Thus you must aim for at least 10 full glasses of water.

3. Engage in movement activity and exercise

Exercise is extremely important for the proper up keeping of your body. It keeps your heart pumping and can also help you to avoid other cardiovascular diseases. It can also increase your strength and can keep your body flexible and fit. A minimum of 30 minutes of exercise is required on a daily basis.

4. Eat vegetables and fruits

You need to be creative and consume a variety of fruits and vegetables. You need to try your best to include these nutritional powerhouses in your diet and in every meal. These are full of flavor and fiber. They improve your digestion and have plenty of energy containing substances.

5. Protein content

Your diet must have a sufficient amount of protein as well. This means that there must be enough protein to fit in your physical needs as well as your lifestyle goals. You also need to decide whether you require a non- animal source or an animal source of protein or both. A minimum of 45 to 60 grams of protein is required in one day.

Are You Bow Legged

h12Bowed legs also referred to as Genu Varum or Bandiness, is a deformity of the legs in which they are abnormally bent outward. This condition can sometimes be a sign of an underlying disease, such as Blount’s disease or Rickets.
Have you noticed how your knees look like?

Bow Legged Symptoms

The symptoms may include:

– Bowlegs continue beyond age 4.
– Bowing of legs is same on both sides of the body.

It is easy to know if you have it, Your knees will not touch when you stand with your feet and ankles together.

Bow Legged Causes

This condition may be seen in both knees or in only one knee. If it is seen only in one knee, the cause could be:

– Infections like osteomylitis, etc.
– Due to growth abnormalities of upper tibial epiphysis.
– Trauma near the growth epiphysis of femur.
– Tumors affecting the lower end of femur and upper end of tibia.

If it is seen in the both knees, the cause could be physiological or pathological.

Physiological:

In a new bow child and children up to 4 years, the knees are normally bent and tend to touch each other. Physiological bowlegs are a naturally occurring condition in babies, which improves as a child grows. If this deformity persists after 4 years of age then you need to show to a doctor.

Pathological:

Pathological bowing of legs requires treatment, and if untreated, tends to get worse as a child grows. Some diseases of the knee can lead to a serious bow knee deformity:

– Rickets.
– Occupational disorders.
– Developmental defects.
– Birth defects.
– Postural abnormalities.
– Hormonal disorders…

Bow Legged Treatment

Treatment is usually not recommended for toddlers unless an underlying condition has been identified. Physical therapy helps strengthen leg muscles so that the bowing does not progress quickly. Treatment may be recommended if your case is extreme or getting worse. Treatment options include:

– Casts.
– Special shoes.
– Treatment of diseases or conditions that cause bow legged.
– Braces.
– Special exercise techniques.

This deformity of legs is easy to spot, but your doctor can tell you how severe the condition is or whether it is caused by an underlying disease. Being bow legged is a normal occurrence. Pay attention to its progression and be cognizant of whether or not things are getting worse or if they are not improving.

Human Health Its Importance and Contributing Factors

h11A close look at news headlines around the world throw up some very interesting observations.

“For some U.K. teens, sun doesn’t provide enough vitamin D.”

“Air pollution tied to high blood pressure risk.”

The underlying theme that connects these headlines is the impact they have on human health.

In the first instance, a bacterial outbreak of the E. coli strain has severely affected 38 people in 20 US states between December 2015 and May 2016. The deadly E. coli can cause dehydration and bloody diarrhea and the most affected are the elderly, infants and those with weak immune systems.

The second headline causes great concern among scientists and researchers because the study showed that nearly 80 percent of UK teens had insufficient Vitamin D levels even at the peak of summer. What is even more alarming is that the surveyed children were mostly white-skinned; as we know white skin is most sensitive to the sun’s ultraviolet B rays and need minimum sunlight exposure to produce required amounts of Vitamin D. The participants were exposed to sufficient amounts of sunlight every day and their diet included supplements and Vitamin-D fortified foods like butter, cheese, eggs, red meat and oily fish. Vitamin D is naturally synthesized in the body when it is exposed to sunlight and very little can be obtained from the foods we eat; it reinforces the fact that outdoor activity is increasingly becoming less and less important even among teenagers.

The third headline is something we read about almost on a daily basis. Researchers have been analyzing and minutely studying various reports on the relationship between ‘air pollution and hypertension’. Since the 1990s, air pollution levels have been rising all over the world. It has now been found that exposure to sulfur dioxide from fossil-fuels and particulate dust matter in the air even in the short-term besides the long-term exposure to nitrogen dioxide associated with vehicular exhaust fumes and discharges from power plants etc. can cause severe risks of hypertension and inflammation of the arteries leading to cardio-vascular diseases.

“Health” is defined as the level of metabolic and functional efficiency of a living organism. In the human context, it reflects the ability of individuals and societies to adapt and cope with situations when faced with physical, social and mental challenges. The World Health Organization (WHO) charter in its definition of health describes it as a state of complete wellbeing in all aspects, not merely an absence of disease or illness. However, there are a wide range of factors that influence human health which are known as ‘determinants of health’. These determinants, as laid out by WHO, include the economic, physical and social environment of an individual as well as his or her behavior and characteristics.

Some of the specific factors known to impact human health from a broad perspective are:

• Biological and genetic influences
• Early child development
• Gender
• Physical and social environments
• Culture
• Personal healthcare practices
• Education and literacy
• Working environment
• Income and social standing

In the modern world, the leading causes that affect human health are daily stress in physical, emotional and mental contexts. Good health is the central factor around which our happiness and wellbeing revolve. In the context of nations, it is also an important factor that determines economic progress as healthy populations are more productive and live longer. In simple words, good health is directly achieved by us when we follow healthy living and eating habits, are physically active and emotionally stable.