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Exercising has more than just one benefit. According to a study published in the journal Acta Psychologica, resistance training of any intensity can boost your long-term memory. Researchers attribute this to norepinephrine, a hormone released during exercise, which plays a major role in recollection.

CAN SPICY FOODS IMPROVE METABOLISM AND HELP IN WEIGHT LOSS?

Yes, but temporarily, and only slightly. Your metabolic rate is determined by your gender, act height, age, body weight and composition. Eating fiery foods can lead to a slight uptick in metabolism as the body temperature goes up and heart beats faster. However, as soon as your body's reaction is over, your metabolism will function as before. But spicy foods may help in weight loss by inducing satiety. Capsaicin, the pungent ingredient that gives chillies their fiery kick, seem to trigger the release of neurotransmitters in your brain that control hunger and feelings of fullness.

FEED A HEADACHE!!

Researchers found that some women with higher levels of dietary folate were less likely to get migraines. Try a bowlful of cooked lentils. Or dig into a slice of watermelon the juicy fruit can help quench the dehydration that may cause your noggin to throb.

BEET DOWN BLOOD PRESSURE 

The naturally occurring nitrates in beetroot may help fight high blood pressure, say British researchers. People with hypertension who drank about a cup of beet juice with nitrates daily for a month saw their BP drop noticeably compared to that of people who did not drink. Plus, their endothelial function-the ability of blood vessels to expand and
contract improved about 20 per cent. Nitrates convert into nitric oxide when digested, lowering blood pressure within a few hours, the scientists say. Eat one or two beets a day to produce similar benefits.

TO KEEP YOUR MIND SHARP - GREEN TEA & RED GRAPES

Like grapes, green tea defends against the memory-robbing beta- amyloid, and it's also brimming with anti- oxidant polyphenols. Red grapes are a top source of resveratrol, a plant chemical that sweeps Alzheimer's-inducing beta-amyloid plaques from the brain.

A FLATTER BELLY IN JUST 15 MINUTES!!

Forget crunches! New research has found that hula hooping can do wonders for your waist. In a small 6-week study, published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, women who hooped with a 1.7 kg weighted ring for 15 minutes a day five times a week-lost an average of 3.4 cm from their waist and 1.2 cm from their hips. Even better? Their middle muscles toned up too as each time you swing, its tones your entire core, also gets your heart rate up. So, embrace your inner child for less stress and a slimmer body, minus the gym visits.

DOES VITAMIN DEFICIENCY CAUSING YOU WEIGHT GAIN?

They aren't just for preventing colds - vitamins may also fight fat. A study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that obese people consumed up to 12% fewer vitamins and minerals, compared to adults of a healthy weight. Vitamins like A and D are essential for weight control, since they help regulate hunger hormones and fat cells.

GO NUTS!!

People who eat a handful of nuts daily are 20 per cent less likely to die over a 30-year period, compared to those bypassing them, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found. Another bonus? Regular nut consumers were slimmer than those shunning them.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF FENNEL SEEDS (SAUNF)

The active ingredient in fennel seeds is anethole a highly effective anti-inflammatory and anti-flatulent essential oil. Fennel is also a rich source of dietary fibre that helps prevent and relieve constipation and flatulence by increasing intestinal motility. This herb’s diuretic nature also helps heal kidney disorders.

THERAPEUTIC FOR WOMEN Fennel is a good source of iron, folic acid potassium and Vitamin C, and reduces the risk of anaemia and associated immunity issues in women. Having fennel-based tea twice daily can improve breast milk production in nursing mothers. It is also effective in cleansing accumulated toxins from the body. Try this recipe to bust fat: make a decoction with 1 tsp ginger powder, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp dry fennel seeds with 1 litre of water. Take it daily.

BLOCK CHOLESTEROL WITH CHICKPEAS!

While all legumes are nutritious, the tiny chickpea is a class-leading bean. A cup of chickpeas gives 18 g protein, including amino acids necessary for muscle growth, says Rebecca Scritchfield, a Washington DC-based Dietician. Researchers in Canada have found that people who regularly eat chickpeas have healthier cholesterol levels than those who don't. Credit to a high dose of soluble fibre, the kind that sucks up water, forming a gel in your intestines that blocks cholesterol from being absorbed. Soluble fibre also fuels gut probiotics-the healthy bacteria that promotes digestion, protects and gives your immunity a boost. Chickpeas are easy to eat: steam or pressure cook lightly and toss them into any salad, soup or stew. Or just enjoy your traditional chole (go easy on the oil) with wholegrain rotis or brown rice.

BLAST AWAY FAT WITH THIS ROOT!

All you need is 1 tsp ginger a day. Research shows that ginger can help you shed an average of 4.1 kg of body fat over 10 weeks when combined with strength training. What's more: when you add it to protein, that's your meats and legumes, it's absorbed faster by the muscles. Isn't that an instant hack for a sculpted body?

WALK WISELY!

During a recent study, 302 calories were burned when participants took the stairs one step at a time while climbing 5 floors, 5 times a week when compared to only 260 calories were burned when participants took two steps at a time. So, you can lose upto half a kilo a month when you slow down i.e. one step at a time.   

SORE MUSCLES? HERE'S A FISHY FIX!

If workouts tend to leave you achy, consider refuelling with fish. In a recent study, participants taking a daily supplement containing 102 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids- about the amount in a 500gms serving of salmon - reported less muscle soreness and tenderness. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil have anti- inflammatory properties. Just as those properties keeps your heart healthy they can keep your muscles in good shape, too."

EARLY BIRDS ARE HEALTHIER

Benjamin Franklin believed that sleeping and waking up early does make a man healthy. And he was right. A study from Northwestern Fast food University, US found that late risers take in 250 more calories than those who wake up at 8am. Researchers also found that late risers ate twice as much junk food but just half the amount of fruits and vegetables.

HOW CURIOSITY IMPROVES YOUR MEMORY?

Curiosity increases activity in brain circuits that use dopamine, which helps solidify new cell connections that happen during learning. So guys, never leave your curiosity behind!! Stick on to it!

 

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