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Health Benefits Of

Calling Mom

You’re an adult. You can handle this. You don’t need to run to mommy over a bad day at work. Turns out there are health benefits of calling your mother.

A study published in Proceedings B by researchers from the University of Wisconsin Madison put a group of girls ages seven to 12 through a stressful task and then divided them into three groups: The first had 15 minutes in person with their mothers, the second called their moms and the last one watched a film. Researchers found that levels of oxytocin—the “happy hormone” linked to emotional bonding—were increased in both the groups that had physical contact with their moms and those that just talked to Mom on the phone.

The researchers also saw that the levels of the stress hormone cortisol decreased in both the groups that talked to mom. And we know that our connection with mom doesn’t change age we age.

Slowing down how fast you run

The goal of running for simple, right? Be faster, burn more calories, and be a better runner. But a study by University of Ottawa researchers Bradley Young and John Samela found that running fast actually doesn’t make you a better runner.

Instead, paying attention to pace is what separated the successful runners from the others. The goal is to get your body to recognise what pace you’re going so that you don’t burn all of your energy at the start of a run. Then when you need to use your energy reserves, you are not exhausted near the finish line. You run slower, and you can run for longer!

Eating more food

If you think the key to weight loss is eating less food, think again. Eating small, healthy snacks throughout the day—in addition to your regular balanced meals—will keep your stomach full.

Keep in mind that not just any snack will do. Keep them healthy and focus on nutrients. Delicious, protein-rich foods such as peanut butter, cheese and yogurt are tasty snacks that can help improve your metabolism and encourage muscle building.

Not getting eight hours of sleep

We are always told that a good night’s sleep helps you feel your best, protects you against diabetes, wards off heart disease and even burns calories. But how much sleep do you really need?

A study by researchers at the University of Birmingham School of Medicine found that those who slept more than eight hours a day—including naps—were 15 percent more likely to have metabolic syndrome than those who slept less. Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors, linked to obesity, which increase your chance of having heart disease and other health problems, including diabetes and stroke.

The authors of the study couldn’t say if the extra hours of sleep were the cause or the symptom of metabolic syndrome, but they suggested that “long sleepers” see health benefits from reducing the amount of sleep they get.

Water on your energy levels

It has no calories—so how could it affect energy? Ordinary, plain old water, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center found, raises alertness. The scientists discovered that water increases sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activity. SNS is responsible for activating the body’s responses under stress, raising blood pressure, energy use, and alertness. Next time you need an energy boost, skip the caffeine or sugary sports drink and go for a drink of water.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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