The Close Connection Between Good Relationships And Health

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In the busy bee schedule that most of us have these days, there is little space for familial ties and close relationships. We’d rather remain sucked in our smartphones than connect in the real world. For instance, 57% of women in the US would gladly pick their phone over intimacy with their partner.

However, this is where we are sadly mistaken. While phones and daily hustle add to the burden on our plates, close connections take it off.

Reading BrainTest reviews might punch an information crater in your knowledge bank. However, healthy relationships are more critical due to their close connectivity to health. All good relations work as a buffer for stress and are tied to longevity. They also boost mental well-being and reduce health concerns including a cut in the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Slashes the risk of premature death

A lack of healthy relationships runs parallel with an increased risk of depression and early death. A study confirmed that the odds of early death due to a lack of strong associations inclined by 50%. Such an impact can be roughly understood as the risk carried by puffing 15 cigarettes a day.

The importance of a healthy relationship is also a piece of the dementia puzzle. In fact, socially active life is an essential marker to prevent dementia. A passive social life chips in 2.3% risk of developing this mental condition. Social isolation adds to the psychiatric glitch by lining up anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts.

Declines loneliness

Forging close ties that keep you company is as important as the other activities marked on your to-do list. Solitude can increase the likelihood of functional deterioration, as well as, premature death. From a pool of 1,604 participants, a study showed that loneliness swelled the likelihood of early death in people by 45%. It is in comparison with those individuals who enjoy good company and companionship in their close ties.

Dr. Carla M. Perissinotto, a geriatrician who headed the study further clarified, “Lonely people aren’t taking the extra step of talking to their doctor or their kids. If you don’t talk about it, nobody’s going to know.” Research also connects loneliness with coronary heart disease, dementia, restlessness, depression, weakened immunity, and a decline in cognitive functioning.

Reduces stress

Healthy relationships also cushion the impact of stress. Not only do these ties help to deal with stress, but also bring down stress levels. Good relations prevent adverse reactions to stressors that usually include disturbed gut function, coronary arteries, immune system, and insulin regulation.

In this regard, a happy marriage is applauded for curbing stress along with other long-term health benefits like a healthy heart. Research indicates that committed relationships encourage a drop in the production of the stress hormone, cortisol. It also signifies that unpaired people are more sensitive to psychological stress relative to coupled individuals.

Stress, however, is a natural by-product for caregiving daughters who account for 16% of the US population. Caregivers cannot afford the luxury of good health including emotional, physical, and mental well-being. Over time, vigor deteriorates with poor health jumping from 14% to 20% from the first year to five years of caregiving.

Better heart health

Evidence favours close familial ties due to their health benefit of improved cardiovascular health too. A study highlighted that women with satisfying marriages show a waning risk of cardiovascular diseases compared with less satisfied married women.

It was found that healthy married relationships diminish the odds of a heart attack. In fact, one study considers the impact of the quality of marital life on health and immunity. A clear indication of this was found with poor healing of wounds in couples that have a dust-up. A professor of psychiatry and psychology, Jan Kiecolt-Glaser, elaborated this, “Wounds on the hostile couples healed at only 60 percent of the rate of couples considered to have low levels of hostility.

Trims depressive symptoms

Blooming bonds also provide an antidote to depression. A growing body of evidence suggests that friends can help in coping with stress and fighting diseases. Intense love is viewed as a token of improved health.

A study found that its participants recorded a 40% sink in moderate pain by looking at a loved one’s picture. The same research also showed that severe pain slumped by 15% by doing the same.

Another research work verifies that emotional affinity between grandparents and adult grandchildren lowers depressive symptoms in both. These inter-generational relations also widen the knowledge spectrum of youngsters, as grandparents boast a wealth of wisdom and experience. At the same time, the older generation gets a window into the younger generation. A study linked thriving grandparent-grandchildren relation to diminished behavioural and emotional problems too.

Healthful behaviours

Healthy relations also set the foundation for a healthy lifestyle by promoting a proper diet, discouraging smoking, and encouraging exercise. Strong ties also instill a sense of purpose that further extend life expectancy. People with an active social life tend to push each other toward healthful eating options and motivate physical activity.

As such strong relationships serve as a social support system that keeps you on a track to physical and mental health well-being. Marriage, in particular, is applauded as a good alliance in this context. George Ploubidis, the reader in population health and statistics at University College London, adds to this. He says, “Married people tend to smoke less, drink less alcohol, and eat more healthily. Having a joint income also helps, and relationships can provide a buffer against the stresses of major life events.”

Final words

All in all, there is a very close connection between good relationships and health. Conflicted bonds can take a toll on one’s immune system and mental peace. An anxiety-ridden relationship can ante up the vulnerability of heart diseases with marital strain enhancing the risk of heart surgery by 2.9 times.

On the other hand, strong, sturdy bonds can add years to your life, improve mental health, and save you from several diseases. In fact, social isolation falls among poor health contributors, in tow with high blood pressure, no exercise, and smoking.

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A Few Questions To Help You Care For Your Mind

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Our human elements need maintenance. Meditation theory understands that we, as human beings, are composed of body and mind that relate to each other as the hardware and software do in the computer.  And we know that if we don´t pay much attention to any of those elements, illnesses arise and our decaying process speeds up. Our body needs care – water, clothe, shelter, exercise, and nourishment. And our mind, our inner world, our consciousness, needs proper care too. This type of care can be called Mental Health, or, Psychological Care.

In order to sensibilize ourselves about our own health, we require experiencing ailment. There is no other way. Experiencing both sides of the coin gives us knowledge, and by getting sick we understand that we need to take care of a certain aspect of our health to which we didn´t pay attention before. In our body this is easy to see, few days with flu are uncomfortable enough to pay more attention to its causes and take some actions to prevent the same experience in the future. For our minds, when we are burnt out, when we are stressed out and collapsing, creating chaos in any aspect of our lives, is when we realize that we need to learn how to take care of it.

Meditation is one of the most effective ways, a good medicine, to heal our mind from stress and related illnesses (this Harvard Health post talks nicely about it). Relaxation is a key part of the process, it´s actually the foundation of our meditation practice because it is by relaxing that we learn to unload our mind from worries, problems, heavy emotions. Those things are a part of our daily life. Left unsupervised, they cause stress, anxiety, emotional problems, insomnia, digestive problems etc. The list is long.

Medicine is as important as prevention. The cycle of knowledge is not complete, the lesson remains unlearnt until we not only heal but also learn to manage and prevent the same unfortunate experience. We examine the causes and act upon them. If we know that A creates B, and B is not something that we want to experience too often, we develop strategies to prevent A. If I discover that I´m allergic to lactose, I check the sources of it and avoid them, or, if I can´t help it, I take a pill to decrease and manage the symptoms. As simple as that.

What we can do for our psychological health is to ask a couple of important questions in order to check how everything is going. These questions are not exhaustive (there are more that you can try), but these are a good starting point:

  • What gives you mental clarity and inner peace?
  • What stresses you out?
  • How do you relax after a long day?
  • How do you take care of your mind?

The answers to these questions are key to your psychological wellness and can help you a big deal to clarify where to act on to take proper care of your own mind. After all, the things that weigh on our minds have a great impact on the way we deal with our job/studies, relationships, duties and life in general. They can create chaos or peace, it´s up to us.

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky” Rabindranath Tagore

4 Ways Spending Time With Your Immediate Family Benefits You

The contemporary lifestyle is very demanding and has several facets which need to be catered to simultaneously. According to modern standards, a person must remain vigilant and conscious about several things which include social status, health, beauty, a promising career, a happening social life, and so on and so forth. Attempting to satisfactorily achieve all of this can sometimes be very aggravating and can lead to a person becoming agitated and even downright depressed when things are not going well. In this whole ordeal, one aspect of life that is likely to suffer immensely is the time you spend with your immediate family.

With increasing pressures and technological distractions, communication between immediate family members is often hindered and they seldom spend quality time with one another. While some may consider themselves to be too busy, others may simply lack the empathy to make plans or give their immediate family the required attention.

However, if you knew how much spending time with your immediate family is likely to benefit you and them, surely everyone would make it their first priority. Spending time with your immediate family does not only provide something to do on a weekend but also has several health and well-being benefits.

Here are 4 ways that spending time with your immediate family will benefit you.

  1. You will relieve stress

There is no place like home and no better friend than your own family. Spending time with your immediate family gives you a cushion to everyday stress and allows you to release stress levels by having an engaging and heart-connecting conversation. When a person feels close to his/her immediate family, he/she realizes that they have a proper support system and this can substantially decrease their risk of stress-related diseases.

For example, spending time with a parent reduces a key stress hormone and also injects oxytocin into the brain, which is a chemical that makes you feel good. Hence, whether you are spending time with your kids for their benefit or spending time with your own parents to give yourself an uplift, it is a win-win situation.

2. You are likely to live longer

Having meaningful relationships with your loved ones is associated with longevity as explained by a study from Brigham Young University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers. Hence, if you take out time every day or at least every week to spend time with your immediate family, this is likely to give your lifeline a boost and you will potentially live a longer and happier life.

Having a family is a blessing as parenting is also a proven aspect of living a more fulfilling, meaningful and thus a potentially longer life, void of major health issues. Therefore, those who cherish their families and make it a point to spend more time with them, definitely add to their years.

3.  You are less likely to have mental health issues

Mental health is a very important aspect of a fulfilling life and as life becomes more pressurising, many people are likely to suffer from several mental health issues including dementia, ADHD, depression, anxiety, and others. However, spending time with your immediate family helps you develop a bond that gives you the required strength to deal with everyday pressures and allows you to keep your brain balanced. A Swedish study that examined adults aged 75 and over stated that those who had satisfying and meaningful relationships with their family were less likely to suffer from dementia.

Spending time with your family helps you reduce stress, connect with people who can help, and reassure you that you have an active support system to assist you in matters that are important to you.  Spending quality time with your immediate family is more beneficial than speaking to a therapist as regular family time provides the same stress-relieving therapy that you pay for. According to a study that surveyed 309,000 people, it was found that strong relationships are a cause for longevity and decrease the risk for premature death by 50%. Another study stated that caring behavior is beneficial for both the giver and the recipient and releases stress-reducing hormones, decreasing the chances of brain diseases.

4.  You are likely to have a sharper memory

We usually remember things that matter most to us, don’t we? When our minds are filled with meaningful information that also hold emotional relevance to us, this leads to a sharper and more accurate memory. As mentioned above, adults over the age of 75 who had meaningful relationships with their family and friends were less likely to be diagnosed with dementia. Studies have proven that emotionally charged events are more likely to be remembered and pleasant emotions are remembered more than unpleasant ones. Hence, creating happy memories with your family is definitely a plus point for your memory as it leads to brain exercises increasing your accuracy in details and allowing more retention.

These results are usually highly visible and signs of better cognitive abilities and memory can easily be measured. Your sharper memory will be a highly beneficial asset to your career, sociability, and other aspects of life.

Hence, spending time with family does not only benefit them but is also highly beneficial to you. As proven by several scientific studies, caring behavior is beneficial to both the giver and the recipient and does wonders for your stress and anxiety levels, significantly reducing them and leading you to a happier and healthier existence.

There are numerous other benefits to spending time with your immediate family which involve your emotional wellbeing, the way your children are raised, and benefits that can aid in elevating your career. Research suggests that professionals with a stable family life are likely to achieve more than those who do not have a very comfortable or fulfilling relationship with their immediate families.  Likewise, research also states that children who are raised in an environment which supports family time are likely to make better decisions in life.

Do not ignore your family, as they will lead you to a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life!

Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Indigestion

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Whether you’re experiencing severe symptoms that disrupt your daily life or you just have a lingering discomfort, indigestion can completely pull you out of the present moment. And though these conditions are common topics, many people suffer from heartburn and other forms of indigestion for years without finding a solution that works for them.

In a society where medications seem to be a cure-all, it’s easy to believe that taking the right pill could be a one-size-fits-all solution. However, this is not true as individual cases of indigestion are caused by a number of factors, including food choices, physical conditions, unrelated medications, and even certain postures and forms of exercise. This brief guide will look at some of the major causes of indigestion along with a variety of solutions so you can find a way past digestive problems and appreciate each moment.

Make Healthy Food Choices 

Of course, your diet is one of the most impactful forces on healthy digestion and conditions like GERD, a common form of acid reflux. You may already have a solid understanding of which foods are more likely to give you an upset stomach, and it’s a good idea to trust your body’s reaction to certain foods, even if avoiding them is a difficult choice to make. Because we often try to identify our symptoms within common overlying conditions such as lactose intolerance, it can be easy to dismiss your particular intolerances.

When planning your meals, it may be helpful to keep a list of foods that cause a bad reaction. You can also track this by keeping an indigestion journal where you record entries about what and when you eat, the types of exercise you’re getting, the medicines you take, when the pain starts, and anything that makes it feel better.

Though these will not apply to everyone, here are some foods that commonly cause indigestion:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Onions and garlic
  • Black pepper and excess salt
  • Tomatoes
  • Chocolate and other candy
  • Peppermint
  • Coffee and caffeinated products
  • Alcohol
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Spicy foods
  • Fatty, oily, or fried foods

Here are several foods that have been known to relieve symptoms:

  • Vegetables, such as broccoli, asparagus, green beans, cauliflower, leafy greens, cucumbers, and potatoes
  • Non-citrus fruits, such as bananas, apples, pears, and melons
  • Chicken, turkey, fish and seafood (not fried)
  • Ginger
  • Aloe vera
  • Oatmeal
  • Couscous and rice
  • Egg whites
  • Healthy fats found in avocados, walnuts, flaxseed, olive oil, sunflower oil, and sesame oil
  • Fermented foods like kimchi, kvass, sauerkraut, and kombucha can help to restore your body’s natural bacteria levels.

Any time you change your diet, be careful not to cut out essential nutrients. Even if you’re avoiding certain foods to relieve indigestion, it’s important to maintain a balanced diet.

Aside from the food choices, our eating schedule and other food-related habits also play a major role in causing indigestion. For example, overeating in a single sitting can increase your chances of experiencing heartburn. When your stomach is too full, the muscles that normally prevent stomach acid from rising up cannot close properly. Eating a meal too quickly or too close to sleeping can also cause an upset stomach. Some people find that eating smaller meals more often throughout the day helps to relieve their symptoms.

Find Ways to Relieve Stress

Making healthy food choices isn’t the only thing you can do to reduce your chances of indigestion. An upset stomach is one of the most common physical effects of stress, and if you’re already tracking your food choices and still experience regular digestive problems, dedicating more time to calming down may help relieve your physical discomfort. This could include guided meditations, yoga, listening to relaxing music, reading a book, or even talking to your family or friends about the things that cause the most stress in your life.

Consider Your Medications

Some medications can cause indigestion and abdominal pain, including drugs for asthma, antihistamines, sedatives, antidepressants, antibiotics, and iron supplements. This could include many more, depending on your individual reaction to a medication. Even common painkillers like aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and naproxen can cause your symptoms to worsen.

Though some medications are meant to reduce the amount of stomach acid you produce, these aren’t foolproof and don’t work the same way on everyone. Over a long period, these can even contribute to gastric bacterial overgrowth, which will cause more discomfort. If you think you’re experiencing digestive problems due to a medication prescribed to you by a medical professional, you should let them know. It’s possible that there is an available alternative that won’t make you feel sick.

Adjust Your Posture

You may be surprised to learn that the way you hold your body when you’re standing, sitting, and lying down can contribute to stomach problems. For example, when you are hunched forward in a chair, your internal organs have less space than they normally do, disrupting the digestive process. An upright seated posture is especially important during and after a meal in order to prevent slow-downs and blockages in your digestion.

If you have indigestion when sleeping, many people have found relief by elevating the head of their bed an additional 6 to 8 inches. Be sure to support your torso as well so your body can rest in a naturally aligned position.

Choose the Right Exercises

While regular exercise can help combat obesity and maintain healthy digestion, certain exercises can place added stress on your abdomen causing stomach pain. This is especially true with sit-ups and weightlifting. Running and cycling seem to have less of an effect, though the jarring motions of these exercises can still cause a flare up. Even certain yoga positions, like downward dog, can reverse the normal flow of your digestive system and should be avoided if you’re already experiencing indigestion. As a general rule, try to wait about two hours after eating before you work out in order to give your stomach time to digest and avoid excessive motion when your stomach is distended.

Stop Smoking

Smoking can limit your ability to produce saliva which slows your digestion. Smoking also weakens the muscle that prevents gas and acid from rising out of your stomach. Over time, smoking can even cause stomach ulcers, and because smoking decreases blood flow to the lining of your stomach, your body will have a harder time healing itself.

It’s worth noting, if you are experiencing severe digestive issues, especially over a long period of time you should reach out to a medical professional about other causes and possible solutions. Though no combination of diet, medication, or exercise has been proven to completely eliminate indigestion, being aware of common triggers and tracking how indigestion functions in your daily life will give you the best chance at spending less time struggling with digestive issues.

Best Organic Foods That Prevent Cancer

Cancer is one of the greatest health concerns of modern times. Not only does this terrible disease have a high morbidity rate, but even the most easily treatable cancers can be very expensive and time-consuming to remove from the body. For these reasons, much research has been done into the possibility of preventing cancer through healthier lifestyle choices, particularly with regards to diet. Here are some of the top all-natural foods that have been shown to lower your risk of developing certain cancers.

Pomegranate Juice

Long known as a Mediterranean delicacy, the pomegranate fruit and the juice from it contain powerful antioxidants that can help to reduce the risk of cancer in those who consume it on daily basis. Most of the research into the anti-cancer effects of pomegranate juice have revolved around prostate cancer in men, one of the most common types of cancer. More recently, however, evidence has emerged to suggest that the compounds that make pomegranate juice effective in fighting prostate cancer could have similar effects on breast cancer as well.


Most people are familiar with the health benefits of yogurt in terms of it being a healthy snack for weight loss and a great source of protein. However, this unassuming dairy product has also been shown to combat the growth of cancer cells. Yogurt is made with beneficial bacteria cultures, which are the reason for its digestive benefits. One of the principal bacteria used in yogurt production, lactobacillus, has powerful immune-bolstering properties. When eaten regularly, lactobacillus in yogurt actually makes the human immune system better at attacking cancerous cells. When combined with its many other benefits, this ability to fight cancer makes yogurt one of the most remarkable health foods available anywhere.

Olive Oil

Over the years, extra-virgin olive oil has been shown to have many health benefits. Among the most important of these is its ability to lower the risk of cancer in those who consume it regularly. In particular, cancers of breast and digestive tract tissue occur less frequently in those who eat a diet rich in olive oil. Fatty acids and antioxidants that occur naturally in olive oil are believed to be the main mechanisms that reduce cancer risks. In addition to its cancer-reducing properties, olive oil also has cardiovascular and immune system benefits. For those who are trying to incorporate more healthy fats into their diets, using olive oil instead of butter is a great way to add flavor to lean meals without including unhealthy fats.


As odd as it may sound, one of the world’s best anti-cancer vegetables may be sitting in your crisper drawer or growing in your garden at this very moment. Common broccoli contains compounds that provide systemic protection against the growth of cancer cells. Most major organs in the human body will have a lower risk of developing cancerous tumors if broccoli is eaten frequently. The same compounds are also contained in cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, turnips, and kale.

Even though you can never eliminate the risk of cancer entirely, a healthy diet containing cancer-preventing foods can have a substantial impact on how at risk you are. Remember, the key to getting the maximum benefit out of these and other anti-cancer foods is to eat them regularly. By doing so, you will give your body regular access to the chemical compounds that it needs to fight off cancer effectively. You should also be aware that even the best diet is not a replacement for regular medical checkups. Even if you eat every anti-cancer food on a regular basis, you should still be checked from time to time.

Did you know that you can practice Yoga online for free?

Have you been thinking about regular yoga exercise but did not know where to start? We always recommend to start with the teacher first, but if in some case live classes are absolutely out of your reach (you live in on top of a hill or you work 12 hours a day), then we encourage you to try online. Starting a yoga practice of just 10-20 minutes a day can bring about a lot of beautiful changes to your life, so get ready. Continue reading “Did you know that you can practice Yoga online for free?”

5 Tips For Mindful Eating


Mindfulness is a state of mind that helps you focus on the present without being judgmental. You do not necessarily have to cut down on your food intake to lose those pounds as you can adjust your mindset by training your mind to be consciously aware of every bite that you take. Often we are not aware of what we munch and nibble on throughout the day casually in office, or while dropping your child to school. Your body continuously gives you cues as to when you are hungry and you need to decode your body’s feedback accurately so that you do not misinterpret them and indulge in impulsive eating. Just like a good night’s sleep is important for your child similarly eating mindfully can help you take care of your health. Continue reading “5 Tips For Mindful Eating”