Green coffee bean extract for Weight loss

Green coffee bean extract for Weight loss


Green coffee bean extract has gained popularity as a weight loss supplement.

It's key content is chlorogenic acid, a polyphenol which aids in weight loss by lessening the absorption of carbohydrate and impeding the formation of new fat cells.

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Green coffee beans is simply coffee beans that is not roasted, hence, it retained it's green color. Like regular coffee beans, green coffee bean extract also contains caffeine that boosts the body's metabolism which enables the body to burn more calories


Depending on the variety of a coffee bean, roasting it can either decrease or increase it's amount of polyphenol content.

Green coffee bean extract is a rich source of antioxidants in the form of polyphenols which prevents DNA damage and gene mutations.


Studies in mice revealed that even decaffeinated green coffee bean extract exerts weight loss, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic property. Taking green bean extract reduces visceral fat thickness, reduces lipid in the blood, and enhances insulin sensitivity.


Resources:

Priftis, Alexandros et al. “Comparison of antioxidant activity between green and roasted coffee beans using molecular methods” Molecular medicine reports vol. 12,5 (2015): 7293-302.

Song, Su Jin et al. “Decaffeinated green coffee bean extract attenuates diet-induced obesity and insulin resistance in mice” Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM vol. 2014 (2014): 718379.

Intelligent people Daydream More - Healthbiztips

Intelligent people Daydream More


At first glance, daydreaming may sound like a useless distraction, but research debunks this common notion and actually associates mind wandering with intelligence. Curious isn't it?  Daydreaming may be the last thing in your mind when you think about an intelligent person. I mean, how can you accomplish a goal if your mind keeps on wandering?

Remember Bruce Lee's famous line "The successful warrior is the average man, with laser focus."

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Intelligent people Daydream More
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Studies shows that daydreaming points to intelligence and creativity.

Daydreaming may look like a no-brainer, but it actually involves complex parts of the brain.

Even when you are not doing anything, certain areas in your brain becomes active. This area of your brain is called the default mode network (DMN) which includes the medial prefrontal cortex, medial temporal lobe, and posterior cingulate cortex. The default mode network deactivates during tasks that require concentration.

I have to point out that people with high intelligence are not stuck in their daydream, but instead, can easily get back to reality when needed. The brain do not stop working even when the person is on standby, another part of the brain enables daydreaming, but when it's time to get real, they can quickly get back to reality.

MRI scan reveals that intelligent people are very good at juggling between their daydream and real life tasks.

Research shows that people with higher intelligence tend to daydream more compared to average people. They also show more creativity. But, daydreaming is not a rare phenomenon.

In fact, daydreaming engages our mind, so much, that it consumes about 30% to 50% of our waking hours. In a sense, daydreaming keeps our mind healthy.

Daydreaming have positive mental health benefits like enabling problem solving, lifting the mood, and planning future actions.


Resources:

CA, Goodwin, et al. "Functional connectivity within and between intrinsic brain networks correlates with trait mind wandering." Neuropsychologia. Aug;103:140-153. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2017.07.006. Epub 2017 Jul 10.

McMillan, Rebecca L et al. “Ode to positive constructive daydreaming” Frontiers in psychology vol. 4 626. 23 Sep. 2013, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00626

12 Home Remedies for Warts

12 Home Remedies for Warts


Most warts disappear without any intervention, but it can take a lot of time. But, if you'd like to take care of those warts at a faster, cheaper, and economical way, then there are alternative home remedies that you can give a try.

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Warts are skin growth that appear when the top layer of the skin gets infected by human papilloma virus (HPV). It's a common dermatological problem that can resolve on it's own or not at all. Warts are contagious so you can spread it to other parts of your body. How about we get rid of this nasty viral skin growth with these amazing home remedies:


1. Apple cider vinegar


Apple cider vinegar has antimicrobial property. It's safe and effective against warts. To use it, simply dip a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar then use a band-aid to hold it in place over the wart. Let it soak into the warts for about 1 to 2 hours per day. Do this everyday for over 1 to 2 week until the wart falls off. If you'd like a faster result, leave the apple cider vinegar soaked cotton ball overnight over the wart.


2. Aloe vera


Aloe vera is soothing and healing. Apply aloe vera gel into the warts several times a day for 1 to 2 weeks.


3. Castor oil


Apply castor oil into the warts several times a day, everyday for over 2 weeks until you get rid of the wart.


4. Tea tree oil


Apply tea tree oil directly into the warts several times a day for 1 to 2 weeks to shrink or completely destroy the warts.


5. Garlic


We'll need fresh crushed garlic for those hideous warts. Put it over your warts and let it stay for about 15 to 30 minutes everyday. Do this for the next 2 to 3 weeks.


6. Potato


Who says potato is only for making fries? It's a good home remedy for warts as well. Cut off a thin fresh raw potato slice then gently massage it into the wart. Repeat this everyday for over 2 weeks.


7. Banana peel


Gently rub the inside of the banana peel into the wart. Banana peel contains enzyme which is effective in removing warts. Do this everyday for about 2 weeks to shed off your warts.



8. Honey


Soak a cotton ball in honey, then place it over the wart and secure it with band-aid. Leave it overnight. Do this every night for 1 to 2 weeks or until the wart disappears.


9. Baking soda


To use baking soda as a home remedy for warts, you'll first have to activate it by combining it with a acid like vinegar or lemon juice. Combine equal parts baking soda and vinegar to make a paste, then apply the paste over your warts everyday for 1 to 2 weeks.


10. Pineapple juice


Pineapple's natural acidity is key to eradicate warts. Apply pineapple juice into your warts 2 to 3 times a day. Do this for 1 to 2 weeks.


11. Lemon juice


Apply freshly squeezed lemon juice on the wart 2 times a day for 1 to 2 weeks.


12. Duct tape


Cut out a small portion of duct tape enough to cover the entire wart. Now, place this over the wart and only remove it when you have to replace it with another duct tape. Do this for over 2 weeks. At time, it can take up to 2 months for this method to work.


Can Anger in Negotiation Make you Victorious?

Negotiation. At some point in our life, we have to talk with another to come up with a compromise.

Showing anger while negotiating seems like a childish and unprofessional behavior, but according to research, if you're gonna be arguing with the other party to get what you want, then there's a chance that you'll yield victorious by being disagreeable.

Be warned, depending on the situation and the person you're dealing with, the use of anger can backfire -- you can end up loosing dearly. Showing anger during a negotiation can also lead to loosing future deals as the incident is seen as maltreatment and inappropriate. In the end of the negotiation, you can loose your credibility and trustworthiness.

The key is to use anger in a subtle way. Don't do it over the top. Do not shout, Direct your anger towards the argument and not directly to the other person.

Be mindful of the who you're dealing with. Appearing angry gives you the benefit of appearing tough, but if you're speaking to a person with the rightful authority (let's say your boss), then speaking in an angry tone may actually make the matter worse for you.


Resources:

Kung, Franki Y H and Melody M Chao. “The Impact of Mixed Emotions on Creativity in Negotiation: An Interpersonal Perspective” Frontiers in psychology vol. 9 2660. 11 Jan. 2019, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02660

Cause of High Eosinophil Count

Cause of High Eosinophil Count


An increase in the number of eosinophil, a type of white blood cell, is commonly associated with an allergy or infection. Eosinophil count can be seen in a routine complete blood count.

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High eosinophil count can signify a number of reasons:

  • infection caused by parasitic worm (such as ascaris and hookworm)
  • allergy
  • asthma
  • allergic rhinitis
  • atopic dermatitis
  • automimmune disease
  • hay fever
  • drug allergy
  • eczema
  • cancer
  • fungal infection
  • cushing syndrome
  • lymphoma
  • leukemia
  • lupus
  • organ transplant rejection
  • adrenal insufficiency
  • addison's disease
  • mastocytosis

Eosinophilia is a condition in which eosinophil count is more than 500 µl.

Hypereosinophilic syndromes (HES) is a rare condition in which eosinophil count is high (more than 1500/µl) and persists for 6 months or more. It is associated with damage to organ.

Eosinophil composes about 1-3% of white blood cells. Eosinophils are produced in the bone marrow which later migrates to tissues where they can last for 8 to 12 days.


Facebook addiction can point to Social insecurity

Facebook Addiction is linked to Social insecurity. 


Many of us can be guilty of this -- we tend to compare our lives with others. It seems there are people whose standard is to exceed other's accomplishment. Do you doubt yourself and question your accomplishments to the extent that you have to look at the success of others? This is where social insecurity comes in.

In spite of their inferiority complex, people with social insecurity have a defense mechanism to ease their feeling of self-doubt. They brag about their accomplishment, and try to make others feel insecure.

Now, if you think about it, Facebook, the social media giant, sounds like a very good platform for people with social insecurities.

In fact, a study has revealed that Facebook addiction is linked to social insecurity.

Facebook addiction can point to Social insecurity
Facebook addiction can point to Social insecurity

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Let me clear our what Facebook addiction is. Millions to billions of people check their Facebook account every single day. But, merely browsing Facebook is not yet an addiction. A person who has Facebook addiction spends the majority of his/her time on Facebook to the extent that it harms his/her personal, social, work, or school responsibilities.


Is FAD, which stands for Facebook Addiction Disorder" a real thing?


Although Facebook Addiction Disorder (FAD) is not a valid diagnosis, it's coinage makes us realize the extent at which Facebook influence the lives of a huge number of people across the world.

Social media sites is a place for people to interact with one another, yet even in this virtual environment of people interaction, their are people who get addicted. Facebook, a popular worldwide social media site, has gained  an enormous craze and mania, so much that it has become an obsession.

We see the emergence of a generation in which people spends so much time engaged in social media sites. Facebook addiction is a strong word that points to those people who spend tremendous amount of time on Facebook, to the extent that it interferes with their normal life. Facebook addiction can lead them to neglect their family, friends, school activity, work, and even themselves.


Social media sites like Facebook offers a convenient and fast way to express yourself and to connect with people, however, a trends can easily turn into an obsession for a number of reasons which can include social insecurity.


Resources:

Shensa, Ariel et al. “Problematic social media use and depressive symptoms among U.S. young adults: A nationally-representative study” Social science & medicine (1982) vol. 182 (2017): 150-157.

What is Emotional Intelligence

What does your emotional intelligence tell about yourself? 


Most humans have the innate ability to read emotions.

Happiness, anger, sadness, fear, disgust...they're all emotions. We discern these feelings through cues such as facial expression, body language, gesture, and intonation of voice.

The recognition of these emotions affects our thinking, behavior, and actions.

By being aware of one's own feeling and that of others, it is possible to empathize, think better, control these emotions, and react appropriately in a given situation.

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Emotional intelligence


This is where emotional intelligence or emotional quotient comes in.

According to Peter Salovey and John Mayer, emotional intelligence is the:

"the ability to monitor one's own and other people's emotions, to discriminate between different emotions and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior"  

Emotional intelligence is a controversial topic. It is widely debated that people with higher emotional intelligence fare better in personal and work life compare to those with lower emotional intelligence. There are skepticism about this notion considering emotional intelligence is not a measure of what a person knows, academically speaking.


Measure of emotional intelligence


The popularity of emotional intelligence can be seen among companies and schools that choose to use this concept as a valid measure of one's success, which they critically assess among job applicants and students.

There are various tools used to measure emotional intelligence, although not a single one is universally recognized:

  • Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i 2.0) 
  • Situational test of emotion management (STEM)
  • Situational test of emotional understanding (STEU)
  • Malovey-Salovey-Caruso-Emotional Intelligence test (MSCEIT)


Progress in HIV vaccine

Is there an HIV vaccine?

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Creating HIV vaccine is a challenging task. While attempts are underway, currently, there is no approved vaccine to prevent HIV / AIDS.

Human immunodeficiency virus has several characteristics which makes the creation of HIV vaccine difficult:

  • HIV is encased in a protein coat that  can evade antibodies.
  • A person can be infected with several strains of HIV.
  • HIV can hide in reservoirs throughout the body.

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) destroys the body's immune system, which particularly targets and destroys CD4 cells.

When the body's immune system is no longer effective, the last stage of HIV infection, called AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) emerges, in which the body develops opportunistic disease like tuberculosis.


The creation of HIV vaccine doesn't stop


At the time of writing this blog post, there is an ongoing clinical trial for a potential vaccine for HIV prevention.


HIV statistics


According to the World Health Organization, 36.9 million people are infected with HIV across the globe in 2017. That's a staggering large number of people.


Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)


At the most, what we have is pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and  post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) for HIV is a pill taken by people who, with the nature of their lifestyle or work, have a high risk of contracting HIV infection. PrEP's medication of choice is called Truvala (a combination of tenofovir and emtricitabine). When the medication is taken daily, it offers 70% to 90% protection against HIV.

On the other hand, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is an antiretroviral therapy by people who were accidentally exposed to HIV virus like in cases of needle stick injury of healthcare workers. PEP should be taken within 72 hours from exposure in order to be effective. Treatment usually lasts for 28 days.


Why do we continue to create an HIV vaccine?


Throughout history, the use of vaccine is the cheapest and most effective way to prevent an infection. Diseases like chickenpox and measles, which can be prevented with a simple vaccine nowadays, were terrifying killers back in the olden days.


Antiretroviral therapy


Currently, while a safe and approved HIV vaccine is not yet available, there is an antiretroviral therapy that HIV infected individuals can take to keep HIV at bay and prevent the disease from progressing into AIDS.

However, HIV antiretroviral therapy does come with risks like kidney toxicity.


Why you shouldn't share your earphone - Healthbiztips

Why you shouldn't share your earphone. 


I'll tell you what you'll get when you're fond of sharing your earphone -- an ear infection.

Why you shouldn't share your earphone - Healthbiztips
Why you shouldn't share your earphone - Healthbiztips

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

A lot of people are not aware that sharing earphone is something that shouldn't be done. It's unhygienic.

Sure, it may seem such a harmless goodwill, but, let's take a look at this "semi-barbaric act" in a new light: How would you like to continue sharing the bacterial inhabitants of your ear to other people, and those people sharing back their ear's germs  to you.

A lot of people doesn't realize that each of us has a unique bacterial flora residing in our ears. Normally, these little germs doesn't cause us harm, but if they are altered like when a new bacteria colony  is introduced, then, their is a potential risk of acquiring an ear infection. Shockingly, even family member and close friends have unique bacterial flora in their ears.

How would you like ear pain, muffled hearing, and ear drainage?

Compounding this problem is the fact that earphones can get in contact with a lot of surfaces that can add up bacterial diversity in the earphone itself like desks, bags, wallet, and the floor. Who cleans their earphones anyways? I have to admit that the thought of cleaning my earpiece didn't really hit me until now.

The earpiece should be cleaned with a alcohol or hydrogen peroxide using a cloth or a cotton ball. Just make sure your don't soak the drivers or you'll destroy it.


Earphone is a personal thing!

How would you like sharing your underwear? Sounds gross? That's exactly what I'm trying to point out in this blog post. You see, you really have to start treating your earphone like a private stuff because it really is. It's filled with bacteria and ear wax which you don't see with your naked eyes.



Take Slow Deep Breaths to Calm your Nerves

Take Slow Deep Breaths to Calm your Nerves


Take Slow Deep Breaths to Calm your Nerves
Take Slow Deep Breaths to Calm your Nerves
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When you feel shaky and your mind starts to go blank, wouldn't you hope that their's something you can do to prevent yourself from going downhill.

How about this tip to calm your nerves: Take slow deep breaths.

A lot of stuffs in life can cause a person to feel nervous and anxious, like speaking in public, taking an examination, and talking to an interviewer. If you're wondering that in spite of all these serious stuffs, you're only getting a simple advice that tells you to breath slowly, then don't take this lightly...

There's an actual science behind this. You see, when you take slow deep breaths, you activate your brain's parasympathetic system which creates a sense of calmness and relaxation. Your heart rate and blood pressure decreases. Meanwhile, your blood oxygenation is enhanced. You regain control.

You may notice that when you're anxious, your blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing increases. This is because stress activates your brain's sympathetic center. The opposite happens when your parasympathetic nervous system is activated.


How to take slow deep breaths?
  • 1. Breath in slowly through your nose for about 4 seconds.
  • 2. Hold your breath for about 2 to 3 seconds.
  • 3. Exhale slowly through your mouth for about 4 seconds.
  • 4. Hold your breath for about 2 to 3 seconds before inhaling.
  • 5. Repeat step 1.
Continue doing slow breathing for about 10 to 15 minutes to ease your mind.


Did you know that controlled breathing techniques to calm the nerve and reduce stress is actually an ancient practice that often goes along side with meditative practices in the eastern world.


Resources:

Zaccaro, Andrea et al. “How Breath-Control Can Change Your Life: A Systematic Review on Psycho-Physiological Correlates of Slow Breathing” Frontiers in human neuroscience vol. 12 353. 7 Sep. 2018, doi:10.3389/fnhum.2018.00353

Russo, Marc A et al. “The physiological effects of slow breathing in the healthy human” Breathe (Sheffield, England) vol. 13,4 (2017): 298-309.

Green coffee bean extract for Weight loss

Green coffee bean extract for Weight loss Green coffee bean extract has gained popularity as a weight loss supplement. It's key con...

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