The quality of relationship with your spouse has a great effect on your emotional stability. Men and women enter into a marital agreement promising to stand by each other in times of happiness, sadness, health and sickness. Once the ceremonies are over and they start living, marital bliss seems to fade away slowly, expectations from each other rise, the feeling of contentment minimizes and frustrations starts to set. Some way or the other, its mostly women who are unhappy with their partner. Men too feel deceived in quite many aspects but don’t vent it out on their wife but quietly succumb to smoking or drinking. Marriage can lengthen lifespan but it does depend on how successful it is. A failed marriage might only increase stress levels. Read more about marriage and its effect on health by visiting www.firsteatright.com.
Women long for attention and love being pampered. Men can never understand a woman’s wishes howsoever they try to please the lady of the house. Otherwise too, men are completely involved with their office work, board meetings and friends that many of them don’t pay any attention to the so-called love of their life. Working or unemployed, every woman wishes to spend quality time with her husband, maybe go for a dinner, communicate with each other, share their day’s experiences and fall asleep with contentment. Many women are not blessed enough for such pleasures in life which makes them unhappy. During such situations women too look out for other ways to keep themselves engaged which would help them stop thinking about their ruined marriage. Working women focus more on their career, some start becoming shopaholics, some others try spending as much time as possible with their friends and for those women with kids, their child becomes the most important person in their life. It is not a rarity to see married women speak incessantly with their child treating him/her as a grown up.
It is a well-known fact that the quality of a couple’s relationship has a strong impact on the child’s development with respect to behaviour, education and character. Also, the arrival of a child can strain a couple’s relationship as they have lesser time to spend with each other, lesser dinner dates and heart-to-heart conversations as both parents are busy spending time with their little bundle of joy. What remains a mystery is the impact of a couple’s relationship on parent-infant talk.
How a Couple’s Relationship Affects Parent-Infant Talks
Researchers from the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge studied 93 parents and their interaction with their infants. Each of the parents were asked to rate their quality of relationship with their better half and each of the infants were fitted with a ‘talk pedometer’ that recorded all the parent-infant talks that happened over the course of day when both parents were at home. They used a software to analyse the number of words spoken by each parent to the child. Results showed that higher dissatisfied mothers spoke more to their infant. When the mom states the quality of relationship as ‘low’ she used 35% more words than those mothers who stated their relationship to be ‘average’ (they initiated 20% more conversations). But such changes or increased conversation was present only when the infant was a male child. What we don’t know here is the content of the conversation-whether the mom was complaining about her spouse or was carrying on with regular talks that could cheer up the baby.
The surprise element in the study is the fact that moms considered their infant sons to be smaller versions of their spouse which led to more conversation with them while they considered infant girls to be smaller versions of themselves. Dads spent lesser time interacting with kids compared to moms irrespective of the child’s gender or quality of their relationship with spouse despite the fact that fathers these days are becoming increasingly interested in parenting. While dads might spend more time hanging around the child decreased interaction could be because of the basic fact that its women who mostly handle the child’s basic care needs such as changing the nappy, feeding or putting the child to sleep.
Speaking with children is mandatory-it forms the basis for their language development skills. Rather than occupying them with a smartphone gadget spend more quality time talking with your kids sharing your childhood experiences. Use mealtimes and bedtimes to talk to them, laugh together and make them feel happy and comfortable in your presence.
As students, we were introduced to the term ‘chlorophyll’ in our primary years at school and it was the first time when we realized what actually gave plants their green color! Kids love doing role play-based activities and most of them act as teachers, doctors and chefs during the game. Plants too love to be the chef! Just like we use different ingredients to cook up a yummy dish plants too use ingredients to make food. While we go to the market to buy them plants don’t have this option but are smart enough to use the ingredients available in the environment to make food. Plants turn energy into food by a process called photosynthesis which uses chlorophyll along with sunlight to capture and convert energy. Guess all of you are transformed to your primary school days where we used to draw a sun, a green plant, make some arrows and mark the photosynthesis process that uses chlorophyll. We forgot all about this chlorophyll until recently when our health industry came up with yet another sensational news that chlorophyll water is good for health!
Willing to Bet on the Chlorophyll Pill?
Health drinks, energy shakes and nutrient-rich water line supermarket aisles and now you can even find chlorophyll water neatly stacked across many grocery shops. There are numerous theories surrounding the advantages of this water right from helping to detoxify the body to enabling weight loss. Besides water, there are companies fighting against each other with their own miracle chlorophyll supplements available in the form of pills, drops and capsules that they claim to help with odor control, blood detoxification, wound healing, gut health, energy and cancer prevention. Most of these supplements contain chlorophyllin, a water-soluble derivative of natural chlorophyll that’s best absorbed by the body. Though we have raw results showing that chlorophyll can help build red blood cells there are no authentic evidence proving this. The same is with odor control too but we do have better results when it comes to wound healing. Chlorophyll is said to contain antimicrobial activity and animal studies show that it can help in getting rid of the harmful bacteria and maintain healthy bacteria in the gut. With cancer again we do not have authentic evidence showing that the phytochemicals found in fruits and vegetables are beneficial for treating against cancer.
Chlorophyll water is nothing but purified water that’s fortified with nutrients and vitamins including chlorophyll. Available at juice bars and health outlets this water mainly contains chlorophyllin that’s rich in micronutrients and antioxidants. There are several claims attached to this chlorophyll water. It is believed to help in weight loss, good for the skin, reduce inflammation, has anti-bacterial property to fight against skin infections, is said to be a great detoxification drink, an aid to control tumors (a study shows that liquid chlorophyll binds to carcinogenic molecules in the body and helps to remove them). All these are theories that don’t have definite proofs to back their claims.
All said and done, we do have sure insights that chlorophyll has beneficial effects on the body but the only disadvantage is that we don’t have evidences. With such benefits its always suggested to take chlorophyll-rich foods along with the diet rather than choosing to eat pills, water and supplement that don’t have the FDA approval nor have a clean chit about their list of ingredients. Some of the natural foods that are great sources of chlorophyll include dark green veggies such as broccoli, spinach, beans, peas, cabbage, spirulina and asparagus. Apart from being rich in chlorophyll these veggies are also full of nutrients that can keep you healthy! Get in touch with registered dietitian nutritionists at www.firsteatright.com who can help you plan a healthy and well-balanced diet plan suiting your requirements and body conditions.
The smartphone hangs every time my child downloads a game and I can’t stand the scene when my in-laws help my child play the game or teach a new one! This irritates me strongly and I do believe there are many others like me who wish their lives weren’t complicated by these electronic gadgets. Mobile games have robbed us of our precious time and it’s not only kids and young adults who are addicted to these game formats but even those above middle-age and the elderly population who spend a major portion of their leisure time playing different online games. Gaming has become a multi-billion industry and companies are reaping bigger benefits out of this as staying mentally sharp is the biggest concern for everyone, especially the ageing population. While it might be confusing as how games can promote cognitive skills there are ‘Brain Health’ companies that come up with interesting gaming concepts to trigger your grey matter in terms of memory, attention, processing speed, mental flexibility and problem solving.
Gaming as a Two-Way Switch
Games have been promoted not only for improving cognitive skills but also as a tool for identifying cognitive decline. If you take time and think for a second, gaming in fact needs your overall attention, demands the individual to be shrewd enough to overcome the hurdles that crop up and requires eye-hand coordination to succeed. Now, a new research by a group of researchers at the University of Kent shows that popular mobile games can now help physicians to serve as a means to detect cognitive decline which can even help in diagnosing conditions such as dementia.
The research team included 21 healthy participants who were asked to take up a paper-based cognitive assessment test and 10-minute gaming session that included playing Fruit Ninja, Candy Crush Saga and Tetris (the researchers consciously selected these games as they are simple, easy to learn and also involve intensive interactions using a series of gestures) over two separate periods separated by a fortnight. The researchers used certain aspects to study cognitive performance and this included pattern of tap, swipe and rotational gestures. The information on cognitive performance using these parameters was collected using sensors installed in the mobile phones. These sensors provided a detailed information on the participants’ ability to perform visuo-spatial and visual search tasks besides checking for their memory, mental flexibility and attention span.
The researchers were able to conclude that mobile games were indeed a great way to measure cognitive abilities or rather disabilities in an individual, especially those who are affected by conditions such as Alzheimer’s, stroke, traumatic brain injury, schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive-disorder. Learn more about dementia and how it impacts the quality of life of the patient and those attending the patient by visiting the website www.firsteatright.com. The same study also shows that these games serve as a means to identify athletes affected by traumatic brain injuries such as boxers, rugby and football players. But in any case, it is crucial that the condition is detected at an early stage to offer effective treatment and prevention strategies. The main advantage of this strategy is that the individual is engaged in the assessment procedure, cooperates for regular tests and the test can also be customized to test for specific cognitive abilities. The researchers now are looking forward to design an algorithm that can carry out automatic monitoring of individuals’ cognitive performance while playing these games. So, maybe cognitive performance can also be added as a part of the annual routine healthy check-up package to understand your brain health.
“Marriages are made in heaven” but they indeed happen in Earth only after the girl and the boy agree to get married which could be in their late 20s, early 30s or even late 30s. Kids these days are impossible-they want to get a taste of everything in life before they submit to enter a nuptial agreement. While education and graduation were followed by marriage proposals for young women with men agreeing to marry once they settle down with a decent salary post family commitment such scenarios have disappeared from today’s world forever. Both men and women resist their parents urge for marriage, try to postpone it as much as possible and even doubt whether such lifelong commitments and responsibilities are their cup of tea. This puts the parents in gloom as they have not yet found a suitable bride/groom for their kid and there are even questions on fertility issues and pregnancy is at stake in many cases. On the other side, even married couples these days wish to enjoy their days together, travel around the world, party hard and work harder building a stable financial foundation for their family before planning for a baby. This makes them procrastinate their plans to go the family way. It’s no surprise that chances of pregnancy slim down as the woman’s age increases which is a reason why couples are advised against postponing their pregnancy plans indefinitely. But now, we have a shocking news that surely makes every young adult revisit his/her marriage and family plans immediately!
Young and beautiful, my close friend’s daughter finally agreed to a marriage proposal at the ripe age of 29. Planning for the wedding happened in full swing, her mom was delighted with her daughter’s choice of man and all things were happening perfectly. Some few months before the marriage date Divya started experiencing night sweats, hot flushes, mood swings and weight gain all of which were dismissed as effects of the marriage fear. She also started getting irregular menstrual cycles which made her worried mother take her to the gynae who bluntly told her that she was entering menopause. Both, the mom and daughter were shell-shocked upon hearing this as the poor daughter had not even been married yet! Unable to believe this they took the reports to another gynaecologist who reconfirmed the diagnosis.
Divya is not the only rare candidate to suffer from an early menopause but there are many other Divya’s in this world suffering from premature menopause. While women around the world enter menopause around 48-54 years of age such sudden menopause some 20 years in advance puts the woman’s life in a turmoil. Doctors report that urbanization and inappropriate lifestyle practices have made women contract menopause as early as 35 years (this is 10 years early compared to mean age of contracting menopause than it was a decade ago) and now there are cases of it in late 20s as well. Physicians have presumptions that only 1% of women suffer from unexplained premature ovarian failure (POF) caused by entering menopause before the age of 40 (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2017022/Why-ARE-young-women-hitting-menopause-New-research-reveals-fertile-years-shorter-feared--women-discovered-.html) but new research suggests that as many as six percent of women (or one in 16) experience premature menopause. And mind you, this was the largest study of this kind that looked into almost 5,000 50-year-old women. Another study in India found that 432 of the 980 women (42% were working women) in the study entered menopause around 30-35 years of age and 216 of them entered around 35-40 years of age. Doctors primarily blame cancers and its treatment procedures that include radiotherapy and chemotherapy for such high rates of premature menopause whose another important cause remains as smoking. Other causes include thyroid problems, mumps, hyperparathyroidism and Addison’s disease. Women who hit menopause at an early age are likelier to suffer from heart conditions and die younger compared to other women. These women also suffer from increased risk of osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, stroke, colon and ovarian cancer.
Its been agreed upon that heredity does play a role in affecting premature menopause and certain genes puts the woman at a higher risk to it. For instance, when your sister suffers from this problem it puts you at a nine-times higher risk to it. Physicians suggest that those women with early menopause should opt for hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to control side effects and protect bone and vascular health.
All of this boils down to the very fact that we are in an era that’s dominated by processed foods, sedentary lifestyle and inappropriate eating practices that puts each of us in critical situations such as this. While a girl attained puberty around 14-16 years of age decades ago now children in their fourth or fifth standard start menstruating primarily due to overweight, obesity and a passive lifestyle. They start menstruating sooner than expected and stop menstruating too sooner than expected! All this is sure to change only if we take care to eat a well-balanced diet and perform regular physical activity.
New Scare for Urban Women: Menopause in 20s: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/New-scare-for-urban-women-Menopause-in-20s/articleshow/19312613.cms
Premature Menopause on the Rise: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/health-news/Premature-menopause-on-the-rise/articleshow/36665763.cms
Early Menopause Tied to Heart Risk & Early Death: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-menopause-heart-death-idUSKCN11L2K2
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