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Not drinking enough water? This is how it can harm your body

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Summer might bring along its own set of health problems, but dehydration poses a major risk. While most of us are familiar with dehydration headaches, it might surprise (or shock) you to know the gross effects of not drinking sufficient water can have on the body.
Bad breath
The saliva that your mouth produces contains enzymes that help digest the food and also aid in cleaning the bacteria from the tongue and mouth tissues. However, the more dehydrated you are, the less saliva will be there in your mouth and it will lead to bad breath.
Sinking and dry eyes
Dehydration can adversely affect the eye health too. Those people, who suffer from dry-eye condition in which their eyes don’t produce enough tears to moisturise the surface of their eyes can experience worsened effects with less intake of water. Studies have also shown that not drinking enough water can make the eyes sink back into the head and make it swollen.
Dry tongue
Not drinking enough water can dry out the tongue due to less production of saliva in the mouth. This can cause a ‘woolly’ and uncomfortable sensation in the mouth, making the tongue movements difficult.
Orangish hue of urine
The colour of urine can give one of the clearest signs of your dehydration and if instead of the pale yellow hue, it is darkish orange in colour, alarm bells should ring in the head. Urochrome gives urine its pale yellow colour and the darker the colour, more dehydrated a person is.


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Are You Dealing With Slipped Disc? Here Are Top 4 Ways To Heal A Slipped Disc

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Patients with back pain, leg pain, or weakness of the lower extremity muscles are often diagnosed with a slipped disc also called herniated disc. In some cases the pain is mild while in some cases the pain can be severe. A slipped disc generally occurs when the outer ring becomes weak or torn and allows the inner portion to slip out. This can happen with age, overweight individuals are at a higher risk of slipped disc, weak muscles or a sedentary lifestyle may also lead to the development of slipped disc, lifting a huge or heavy object can place a great strain on the lower back, resulting in a slipped disk. Slip disk is more common in men than women.
Some effective ways to treat a slipped disc:
1. Regular physical exercise: It is extremely important to stay active and maintain a healthy body weight if you have a slipped disc. Low-impact aerobic activities such as swimming, brisk walk( try walking on a flat road for twenty minutes), biking, or yoga are physical activities that can keep you moving while avoiding high impact, contact or re-injury. In fact, these exercises will strengthen your muscles and bones.
2. Healthy diet: . Try eating an anti-inflammatory diet which includes foods such as dark leafy green vegetables, eggs, fish, healthy nuts and seeds and fermented foods. When we say maintaining a healthy diet it also means avoiding unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking.
3. Rest: You should ensure that you get enough rest and sleep. You should also work on correcting your posture. It is essential to allow your body the time that it needs to heal. But do not rest or remain inactive for extended periods of time as this can be all the more harmful. You should avoid activities that aggravate your symptoms.
4. Heat and ice therapy: The hot and cold water bags available in the market can ease your pain. A combination of heat and ice therapy can be beneficial to help relieve pain and aid in healing. Heat therapy increases circulation and will soothe your sore muscles. On the other hand, ice therapy helps to reduce swelling and inflammation as well as pain. But when you do this, remember to keep some gap between both the therapies.

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5 Vegetables Have High Content Of Protein Than Eggs

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It is important to include healthy sources of protein in your diet every day. Protein is the building block of the body and helps your body function smoothly and maintain muscle mass. When we think of protein, eggs, fish and chicken might strike us immediately. Not to forget, they are protein rich foods. But if you are not a big meat lover, you have other options as well to get the recommended amount of protein that your body needs. There are plenty of protein-rich vegetables that are available throughout the year. Vegetables can be eaten in main course, salads or even as a side dish.
Try out these vegetables that are high in protein:
1. Spinach: You might be aware of the fact that spinach is a popular “super food”. Include this vegetable in your diet as within that deep dark green colour is plenty of protein. Apart from this, spinach is loaded with iron, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
2. Mushrooms: With immune boosting properties and a firm texture, mushrooms are flavoursome, extremely nutritious and make a filling meal. You can cook under a hot grill with some olive oil. Once they are done, you can simply top them with little fresh chopped garlic. You can even boil them and include them in your salads or soups.
3. Peas: The tiny green peas contain about 9 grams of protein per cup. They are a good source of vitamin A, B and C, phosphorous, and iron. Additionally, the generous amounts of vitamins B and folate found in peas can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
4. Cauliflower: Like broccoli, cauliflower provides a high amount of protein for the number of calories it delivers. It is also a great source of vitamins C and K and minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus. Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable which can be prepared in a number of ways.
5. Asparagus: A popular green vegetable with high nutrient content, asparagus is a rich source of protein along with nutrients and minerals like copper, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin B. Asparagus can be grilled, boiled, steamed or even pan-fried. You can include them in your salads or even have as a side dish.

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Sleep Problems Might Lead To Hypertension In Women

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Women, please take note. Even if you are having mild sleep problems, such as having trouble falling asleep, it can raise your blood pressure, a new study suggests.
The study found that women who had mild sleep problems — including those who slept for seven to nine hours a night, as measured by a wristwatch-like device — were significantly more likely to have elevated blood pressure.
The researchers also found an association between endothelial inflammation and mild sleep disturbances.
“Our findings suggest that mild sleep problems could possibly initiate the vascular endothelial inflammation that’s a significant contributor to cardiovascular disease,” said lead author Brooke Aggarwal from the Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
According to the researchers, nearly one-third of adults don’t get enough sleep and for women, the problem may be even bigger.
“That’s concerning, since studies have shown that sleep deprivation and milder sleep problems may have a disproportionate effect on cardiovascular health in women,” Aggarwal added.
For the study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the researchers examined blood pressure and sleep habits in 323 healthy women.
Mild sleep disturbances — poor-quality sleep, taking longer to fall asleep, and insomnia — were nearly three times more common than severe sleep disturbances, such as obstructive sleep apnea.
Some of the women allowed the researchers to extract a few endothelial cells from inside an arm vein to look for a pro-inflammatory protein that is implicated in the development of cardiovascular disease

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