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Positive Impacts Of Playing Games On Your Mental Health

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More than one billion people worldwide spend at least one hour playing computer games, but is this a good or bad thing? Jane McGonigal, a successful game designer and passionate author thinks it is a good thing and she talked about it at the Nantucked Project Saturday.

Her talk gave us some insight into the world of playing games and the impacts it has on our mind and body. She also presented some interesting statistics like the fact that we spend almost 1.8 billion minutes playing the addictive facebook game Candy Crush in just one day! It may sound much and there are people who play it too much for sure, but if we play games in moderation we can actually benefit from the positive consequences which are the neurological opposite of depression.

Brain scans have shown that the most active parts of the brain during playing games are the rewards pathway system and the hippocampus. For instance, these parts of the brain are not active when we are in a bad mood, stressed and depressed. McGonigal also shared an interesting personal story. When she suffered a traumatic brain injury, she created her own game called "Jane the Concussion Slayer", to help her heal herself. That's why she has a different point of view on playing games.

A study from the East Carolina University's Psychophysiology lab measured the real effectivity of playing games for the reduction of depression and anxiety. They had 2 groups of people to different things for 30 minutes each day. One group had to read the website of the National Institute of Mental Health and the other group played the online flash games Happy Wheels, Bejeweled and Angry Birds. After that, they measured psychological and physiological responses in both groups. The results showed that the casual playing of video games decreased depression and anxiety for 57%.

Many other studies showed similar results and one thing is for sure, the casual playing of fun and relaxing games from time to time can us help relax and get in a better mood which will lead to positive effects on the overall health. Next time you feel stressed, try playing some of the famous online games like Happy Wheels, Bejeweled, Candy Crush and many others to relax a bit and get your mind of of things. This is definitely better than reaching out to alcohol, cigarettes or other unhealthy sources people use to temporary relax and deal with stress.  

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Benefits of Supplementary Foods on Infant's Health

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When a baby reaches six months, breast milk becomes insufficient to support the energy and nutrition needs. At this point, it proves necessary to introduce a new way of nourishing the infant. One such way is making use of supplementary foods. The term in this context refers to formulated food mixtures that have been modified to make them suitable for consumption by infants. The foods come with a vast array of health benefits to the infant as discussed below.

Supplementary foods are appropriate for a start because they help to meet the nutritional requirements of the infant for optimal development. In some parts of the world, some nutrients may not be sufficiently available in local foods. When making supplementary foods, cereals are used as the base and are then fortified with vitamins, minerals vegetable oils, milk, and sugar. The resulting mixture is sufficient to ensure that the baby is not missing out on important diet components.

Supplementary foods gradually prepare the infant for weaning. They help the baby to adapt progressively to ordinary foods. The baby’s experience with supplementary foods ensures a smooth transition in diet variations, for example, different tastes and textures of foods. With this, the child is more likely to avoid having digestive problems and developing eating problems during the weaning period. Eating problems are known to cause undernutrition, leading to less energy for growth.

The foods act as a substitute for breast milk. This mostly applies to infants whose mothers cannot produce enough milk for breastfeeding due to various reasons. The foods also act as a remedy for breast milk deficiency. This refers to a situation where a mother produces milk that lacks some micronutrients. In such a case, supplementary foods when taken by infants make up for the missing components, ensuring the child does not suffer from deficiency conditions.

Due to their nutritional composition, supplementary foods boost the immune system of the infant. As such, the child is in a better position to fight illnesses such as colds and pneumonia. Some of the vitamins incorporated into the supplementary foods (such as vitamin C) promote the healing power of the child’s body, so they recover quickly from infections.

Statistics from World Health Organization show that malnutrition affects approximately 160 million infants globally. The view is further supported by a study that they conducted on various parts of the world including Peru, India, and Ghana. The infants were put on a trial supplementation program, and measures were put in place to monitor their development. The study revealed that malnourished child is at a higher risk of being underweight, wasting, and eventually dying.

From the reports of the above study, but also from some researches conducted by clinics or food producers, like Mayo Clinic and Bebivita, it is clear that we cannot underestimate the importance of supplementary foods for infants. The foods eliminate the problem of malnutrition by providing the appropriate amounts of nutrients in correct proportions. With this, the foods promote all round development of the infant and reduce chances of stunted growth. Proper nutrition during childhood is essential for health and survival, and supplementary foods help to meet this goal.

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Are we forgetting the basics ? Part - II

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As a run-up to the previous article which covered the importance of sleep, this article covers another

basic yet important aspect of a hale & hearty life which our elders have always vouched for and

something which is becoming increasingly scarce thanks to the hectic timelines and fast lifestyle that

we lead today.

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The Wheatgrass Wonders

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Wheatgrass is such an amazing food it's really difficult to understand why it isn't a regular food item seen in shopping carts around the country. There has certainly been a lot of information being passed along about the benefits of this product, especially amongst juicers, but it has yet to become a major food item.

Fortunately you have decided to take the time to read about this wonder food that promotes health, helps to alkalize the body and provides so many other benefits that it's impossible to list them all. As an added bonus, wheatgrass can also help you lose weight!

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5 Ways To Get Better Sleep At Night

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on Thursday, 31 January 2013
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Sleep is one of the most critical things we will do every day. Without adequate sleep, we cannot perform at our best. We will experience things like dozing off, memory problems, difficulty completing tasks and our mental sharpness overall will become quite dull. Everyone has issues getting to sleep every once in a while and this is normal, but you do not have to have issues sleeping. There are a few quick tips that you can employ to help you sleep like a baby night after night.

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Is Vitamin D good for sex life ?

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Now that I have already increased your enthusiasm by informing you about affects of Vitamin D & sunlight on se-xual performance. Firstly please be understood that these information should not be used as a treatment before consulting your physicians.The question as to whether Vitamin D really increases your sexual performance and libido is quite difficult to answer with documented research and proof but  there are symptoms that natural light visibility or supplement D consumption do impact testosterone, virility and sex-related conduct.

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Sun Exposure In The Summer Months and The Dangers Involved

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If your ideal summer day is lying in the sun and working on your tan, you might want to think about some other summer activities. Too much exposure to the sun is not only painful, but can lead to damaged skin and even cancer.

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