Top ten health tips from around the world

first_img Share Tweet Ten global health habits we can learn from other culturesFrom spices to siestas, every culture has their own solutions to staying healthy and managing their weight. To help inspire your healthy living, check out the top 10 global health secrets that could help you stay fit and trim.Cook with fresh, quality ingredientsMany of us are guilty of turning to pre-prepared, processed foods when we’re in a hurry, but these are often packed with salt, sugar and additives which are damaging to our health. Instead, we should take our lead from countries such as Italy and Japan who rely on fresh, seasonal produce for their healthy cuisines. Try frequenting local markets to pick up fresh goods, or you could even take inspiration from Russia where it is common for families to grow their own food.Choose fish over meatRed meat is a staple of many of our diets, which is perhaps one of the reasons for the high levels of heart disease across the world. For a healthier protein option, take inspiration from the Japanese and Icelandic diets and stock up on seafood. Not only is fish good for heart health, but a study has suggested that the Icelandic diet – high in Omega-3-rich fish – may be responsible for their unexpectedly low rate of seasonal affective disorder, or the “winter blues”.Don’t cut out food groupsMany of us drift from one food fad to another, cutting out carbs one week and fats the next. However, we should take note of the Mediterranean diet, which is widely renowned to be one of the world’s healthiest diets and which embraces the idea of all things in moderation. Not only does the Mediterranean diet feature carbs, dairy and wine, but one of its particular characteristics is its abundant use of olive oil. Rather than cutting out food groups entirely, take inspiration from this diet and try to choose healthier options, such as monounsaturated fats, and eat them in moderation.Enjoy your foodIf you’re prone to eating on the run or in front of the TV, take a lesson from European cultures such as France and Italy where food is savoured and enjoyed in a more leisurely fashion. Taking longer meals and focusing on what you are eating – rather than what’s happening on the TV – will help you to enjoy your food more and cut the risk of overeating. As it takes 20 minutes for your body to register the feeling of being full, this will also help you to eat less. Try also eating with others, which will make you more aware of how much – and how quickly – you are eating.Stop eating before you’re completely fullTaking note of when you start to feel full is one of the most important steps to maintaining a healthy weight. Not only will eating more slowly help you to recognize this feeling, but by stopping eating at the very first signs of fullness you can help to avoid overeating and reduce your appetite. The Okinawans – who are reputed to have the world’s longest life expectancy – traditionally adhere to the practice of eating until they are 80 per cent full; a habit known as hara hachi bu.Ditch the carWhile lots of us hit the gym a couple of times a week, research shows that regular daily activity could be more effective than sporadic workouts – and this is an area where many of us are lacking. While we’re not suggesting you ditch your workout entirely, to boost your health and fitness try taking inspiration from the Netherlands, where it is said there are more bikes than people and where cycling is a popular method of transport. Try squeezing in more everyday activity like walking or cycling to the shops or work, or simply taking the stairs rather than using the lift.Drink with mealsWe all know the dangers alcohol poses to our health, but drinking wine (particularly red) actually has health benefits when drunk in moderation. Rather than binge drinking to get drunk, try adopting Mediterranean habits of drinking wine in moderation and with meals, and try to savor each glass. Not only will this help to cut the health risks associated with alcohol (not to mention the calories) but drinking wine can also help to increase good cholesterol and cut heart disease risk.Eat more spicesWhether you love Indian dishes or are more partial to Mexican cuisine, eating spicy foods could help you lose weight and boost your health. According to a study conducted by the University of California at Los Angeles, turmeric – a spice found in many curries – could help slow Alzheimer’s, which may explain the low instance of the disease among the ageing population of India. Chilli peppers meanwhile can help you lose weight by speeding up your metabolism and making you eat slowly; thereby giving your brain more time to register fullness.Take a napThe Spanish have a long-held tradition of taking an afternoon siesta, and many Japanese have also embraced the idea of power naps to get them through long working days. So, are we missing out by powering through? According to abundant research, the answer could be yes. Sleep can help you live longer, increase weight loss, boost memory and reduce stress. A six-year Greek study has also discovered that those who took a half hour nap at least three times a week had 37% less risk of dying of heart disease, proving that this may well be a health trend we should take note of.Have some family timeResearch findings published in the journal Plos Medicine have indicated that having strong ties to family and friends can help you live longer, which may be one reason for the renowned good health of Italians, who are known for their close-knit families. A survey of people in 11 different countries – including the US, UK and Australia – also revealed that Brazilians spent the most time with their families (an average of 74 hours per week) and had one of the lowest stress levels. So, take a leaf out of their book and schedule in some family time to give your health a boost.Real Buzz HealthLifestyle Top ten health tips from around the world by: – August 20, 2012 23 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Red River repeat as Wojtek tops IMCA Modifieds at Waco

first_imgFred Wojtek raced to a second $1,000 IMCA Modified Red River Tour South victory in as many nights, leading all 25 laps of the Friday feature at Heart O’ Texas Speedway. (Photo by Stacy Kolar, Southern Sass Photography) Modifieds – 1. Fred Wojtek; 2. Cody Leonard; 3. Josh McGaha; 4. Ken Schrader; 5. Larry Adams; 6. Dillon Tindall; 7. Eric Tomlinson; 8. Chris Morris; 9. Chaz Baca; 10. Brent Gilliam; 11. Chris Elliott; 12. Chuck Sander; 13. Justin Radcliff; 14. Cody Tidwell; 15. William Gould; 16. David Goode Jr.; 17. Chad Melton; 18. Adam James; 19. Jeffrey Abbey; 20. Kevin Green; 21. Raymond McSpadden; 22. Chris Bragg; 23. Ryan Williams; 24. Matt Guillaume; 25. Beau Begnaud. G.W. Egbert IV got to the front following a late restart, then prevailed in the $1,500 to win Baby Blue Harcrow Memorial feature for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. The 25-lapper saw a green, white, checkered finish, with Egbert just outrunning business partner Jeffrey Abbey and Benji Kirkpatrick. William Gould started 21st and finished fourth. Joe O’Bryan was fifth. After nearly getting collected by a lapped car halfway through, Wojtek stuck to the bottom line and held off a late challenge from Cody Leonard, then focused on hitting his marks the last two times around the track.  “It’s crazy that I drew the one again,” said Wojtek, the Thursday winner at Grayson County Speedway. “I didn’t believe I could do that.” Winner of the Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod feature was Jake Upchurch, ahead of 17th starting Jeff Shepperd, 12th starting Egbert and 14th starting Dillon Smith.  Leonard, Josh McGaha, Ken Schrader and Larry Adams completed the top five. Dillon Tindall started last in the field of 25 and finished sixth. center_img “We’ve raced that place (Heart O’ Texas) maybe a dozen times before. We finished second once and we finished third once, but good gosh it’s been a place that’s been rough for us,” said Wojtek, who’d put his name on the Fast Shafts All-Star ballot with his win at Bells. “We finally got the monkey off our back.” WACO, Texas (July 3) – Same story, different track.  “It was awesome,” said Egbert, who had squeezed between Abbey and Kirkpatrick to take over the front spot. Feature Results  Stock Cars – 1. G.W. Egbert IV; 2. Jeffrey Abbey; 3. Benji Kirkpatrick; 4. William Gould; 5. Joe O’Bryan; 6. Charles Brewer; 7. Jason Batt; 8. Darryl Campbell; 9. Erik Miles; 10. Anthony Otken; 11. George Egbert; 12. Justin Bruce; 13. Gary Williams; 14. Chris Birmingham; 15. Andy Roller; 16. Shelby Williams; 17. Colton Obregon; 18. Dustin Mooney; 19. Westin Abbey; 20. Travis Norman; 21. Markiss Harcrow; 22. Ryan Powers; 23. Aaron Benedict; 24. Lewis Blackwood; 25. A.J. Dancer. For the second time in as many nights, Fred Wojtek started on the pole and led all 25 laps in winning a Red River South Tour feature for IMCA Modifieds, earning $1,000 for his Friday green to checkered run at Heart O’ Texas Speedway. last_img read more

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Handbags for Hope auction goes virtual Saturday

first_imgBatesville, IN — Though most events have had to cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several organizations are becoming creative and going virtual. So is the case for the fundraising event “Handbags for Hope” to benefit Safe Passage.The purse and “murse” action event will start this Saturday on Facebook Live and will run through August 15. The Facebook Live event will have emcee John Vadeboncoeur returning, and a guest speaker to share about how she found help. You don’t have to have a Facebook account to view this. It will be recorded too. There will be over 70 handbags to bid on and more than half are new and/or designer. The purses can be viewed on Facebook, on the Safe Passage website, or in-person at the Batesville Memorial Public Library starting Saturday.To make a purchase, click here to register for the auction. You will also be able to make a donation if you choose.There is also a raffle that is open now. Tickets are 3 for $10 and it closes on August 14 at noon. Click here to purchase raffle tickets and to make a donation.last_img read more

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EPL: 10-man Saints hold Red Devils

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Saints tackle Mourinho’s Spurs EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Jannik Vestergaard cancelled out a first-half attempt from Daniel James as Southampton came from behind to draw 1-1 with Manchester United in Saturday’s Premier League clash at St Mary’s. James had sent United ahead in the 10th minute with his third Premier League goal of the campaign, but the Saints levelled through Vestergaard just before the hour as the points were shared on the south coast. The result means that the Red Devils have won just one of their four league fixtures this season to sit fourth on five points, while Southampton remain 13th with four points from the same number of games. Southampton adopted a high-press from the onset, forcing United to either look long or take the chance of playing through midfield, which created an entertaining start to the contest. The home side came close to taking the lead in the eighth minute when Sofiane Boufal found space outside the box before looking to pick out the bottom corner, only to just miss the far post. Instead, it was United that made the breakthrough in the 10th minute when James worked his way into the penalty box before thumping an unstoppable strike into the top corner. It was James’s third Premier League goal of the campaign, and the Wales international almost netted another from a powerful strike in the 22nd minute, only for Saints stopper Angus Gunn to make a smart stop. Southampton were having their moments in the final third, although they were guilty of conceding possession too easily on a number of occasions, which saw United’s confidence continue to grow. For all of the pressure from the hosts in the latter stages of the first half, David de Gea did not have to make a save, with Che Adams also missing the target shortly before the whistle. Rashford had two half-chances in the early stages of the second half, although neither came to anything as Southampton managed to survive shipping a second during a key period of the game. Southampton did equalise in the 58th minute, however, when Vestergaard climbed highest inside the United box to head a Kevin Danso cross into the back of the net. De Gea had managed to keep out a header from Ings moments before but could do nothing from the next attempt as Vestergaard towered over Victor Lindelof inside the area. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg then struck over the United crossbar from distance in the period that followed, which prompted a double change for the visitors – both Jesse Lingard and Nemanja Matic entering the field. Southampton were reduced to 10 men shortly after when Danso picked up a second yellow card for bringing Scott McTominay to the ground with a rash challenge. Gunn had to keep out a strike from James 15 minutes from time with United looking to win for the first time since the opening weekend of the 2019-20 campaign. Mason Greenwood was introduced as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s third substitute in the 82nd minute as the 20-time English champions prepared for one big push to secure all three points. Rashford brought a decent save from Gunn in the 83rd minute before Lingard curled wide during a spell where United were forcing the issue. Greenwood was next to come close as he forced Gunn into a save from a curling strike, moments before Ashley Young just missed the post from distance. It was not to be for Solskjaer’s side, though, as the points were shared on the south coast.Tags: Daniel JamesJannik VestergaardManchester UnitedSouthamptonlast_img read more

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Tim Sherwood stresses importance of game with Swansea

first_img He said: “I would always say that. Whenever I’m not happy with the situation, and I’m not happy in my job of work, then I would, 100 per cent. Not now. “If I can take what I’ve taken over the last few months and still be happy, that tells you a lot. “I’ve taken the brunt of this football club over the last few months, everything that everyone wants to throw at it – negatives – it’s been on my head. “That’s my job as a manager to take that responsibility. I’m not in the background, am I? I’m the manager, I get paid to stand at the front and take it on the chin and that’s what I’m doing.” Tim Sherwood has told Aston Villa’s struggling stars they must prepare for one of the biggest games of their lives. The under-fire boss has underlined the importance of Saturday’s visit of Swansea as he fights for his job. Villa have not won in the Barclays Premier League since the opening day of the season and are four points from the safety line. Speculation has continued to surround Sherwood’s position with Villa winning just one point from their last eight games and the manager knows it is becoming make or break. He said: “I am telling the players it’s a must-win because we need to win a game sooner or later. “This is a cup final. Forget Wembley last season, this is a cup final. “It isn’t a bigger game in my mind, it’s the next one, but it is a massive game, not only for me but for them as well. “They all want to be Premier League footballers and this club needs to be in the Premier League. I know we will be and they need to know we will be. “They will only do that by winning games and getting that confidence.” Sherwood has insisted he does not need any public backing from the board at Villa despite David Moyes being linked to his job. And when asked whether he would ever quit Sherwood said he would only consider leaving if he was unhappy. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Electronics Media to face Media Management in Topcem Inter media Cricket final

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Electronics Media will take on Media Management in the final of the Topcem ASJA T20 Inter media Cricket at the Judges ground on Thursday. Electronics Media in the first semi final defeated Prasar Bharati by 6 wickets while in the second semi final BUKSS lost to Media management by 3 runs. The highlight of the first semi final was magnificent spell from Binoy Kalita who bagged seven wickets including a hat-trick.Brief scores: 1st semi final: Prasar Bharati 97-8 (17 overs), Gauranga Gogoi 24, Sanjoy Basfor 22, Binoy Kalita (7 wickets, MOM), Electronics Media 98-4 (15.1 overs), 2nd semi final Media Management 107-8 (17 overs), Jatin Talukdar 39, Dcom Das 26, Biman Sinha (3 wickets), BUKSS 104 (16.3 overs), Anupam Roy 50, Jatin Talukdar (5 wickets, MOM).Also Read: Semifinals of Topcem ASJA T20 Inter Media Cricket tournament today in GuwahatiAlso Watch: Slug: Watch | Protest against CAA-2019 by Senior Citizens supported by AASU across Assamlast_img read more

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Ranji Trophy tie: Rishav Das misses ton, Assam in command

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: It could be a sleepless night for Assam’s middle-order batsman Rishav Das who missed a well deserved century today against Chattishgarh in the Ranji Trophy tie.The batsman was well set to score his second first-class century at the ACA stadium, Barsapara here and even his teammates were ready to give him standing ovation. But the unfortunate incident happened right at that moment. Chattishgarh’s spinner Sumit Ruikar kept the ball just outside the off stamp and there was faint edge from the bat of Rishav before it went to the hand of Lavin Ian Coster. The batsman was just one run away to reach the three-figure score.However, the innings put Assam in a commendable position in the game. Chasing visitors first innings total 318 Assam were 209 for 3 in their first innings at stumps on day II. Captain Gokul Sharma remained not out on 50 and Riyan Parag is giving him accompany (24). The host needs 110 runs to take the crucial first-innings lead with seven wickets at hand.The start of Assam’s innings was not good as opener Rahul Hazarika (1) lost his wicket very early of the innings. But Subham Mondal, who made a debut in the game, showed good temperament and helped Rishav to repair the early damage. The duo added 68 runs on the second wicket before Subham (23 from 58 balls) got out.Thereafter Rishav took full control on the game and captain Gokul Sharma gave him nice support. Rishav played 179 balls to score 99 and there were 14 hits to the fence. The third wicket partnership between Rishav and Gokul produced exactly 100 runs.Gokul playing a captain’s knock and remained not out on 50 from 151 balls. It is the 20th first class fifty for the right handed batsman.Earlier Chattishgarh, started their overnight score 276-7 were bowled out 318 in their first innings. Ranjeet Mali picked up four wickets while Arup Das and Riyan Parag bagged three wickets each.Also Read: Amandeep Khare’s ton gives Chattishgarh promising start in Ranji TrophyAlso Watch: Protesters, who walked all the way from Tinsukia-Guwahati to protest against CAA 2019, Detained!last_img read more

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2017 Mark D’ Ball to Hold in World-class Arena

first_imgAt a press briefing, co-addressed with Coach Adeka Daudu, Obande Ogbole and Mrs Ada Mark Ogbole, Igoche said the facilities at the new centre can only be matched by the Indoor Hall of the National Stadium, Abuja.He said Mark D’ Ball will hold this year with finesse from December 26 through December 31 with the venue open to the public.The tournament is solely promoted by Senator David Mark, through the Mark Sports Foundation, to unify the rural community of Otukpo, by incorporating some of the country’s most exciting basketball players and musical acts.“We are law abiding citizens and the tournament had to be regrettably put off to avoid needless faceoff and breach of the law. This year we shall be at a new venue, a bigger space and exciting environment,” Igoche Mark said.The invitational tournament will attract male and female teams nation wide. The teams will play group round robin matches up to the knock-out stages.An exciting addition to the event is the children clinic.Mrs Ogbole said that 1,000 children, up from 400 that attended the last edition in 2015, will attend the programme to focus on the family.She also said there will be infusion of new activities including education into the clinic that begins on December 27.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe annual Mark D Basketball tournament will return next month in Akpegede, Otukpo in a state of the art basketball arena, the Coordinator Mark Sports Foundation, Igoche Mark announced tuesday.The tournament, usually held in the last month of December, was put off last year following a court injunction by one Edwin Owoicho, a purported trustee of the Idoma Private Trust, that prevented the organisers from gaining assess to the traditional Otukpo Club.last_img read more

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Freshman adds spark off bench

first_imgIt’s rare to see a two-sport athlete be heavily recruited in the college spotlight. But freshman forward Sandy Jorgensen is not your average freshman.In her senior year of high school, Jorgensen led her team to the Minnesota state soccer championships, where her team won the state title. Jorgensen led her team in scoring and was named to the all-state and all-conference teams. Not only was she a natural at soccer, but was an all-state selection in track and field. When it came time for her to choose a school, she looked no farther than across the border. “A large part of it was for academics and the location of the school,” Jorgensen said about why she chose Wisconsin. “With soccer and track, I could do both and the soccer team seemed like a place where I could fit in. … I came here to play great soccer and that is exactly what I have seen. Everyone on this team is amazing and it’s really amazing to be able to watch them play and to try and play with them and to watch everyone’s skill level. I’m just constantly impressed by all of it.”Jorgensen is one of 12 freshmen that have helped the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team to a 4-1-1 record and a No. 15 national ranking. Although not a starter, Jorgensen has seen significant action in all six of the Badgers’ games this season. Helping Jorgensen find her way onto the field this season is her increased emphasis on defense. In high school, Jorgensen led her team in scoring for three consecutive years, but this year the freshman has tried to give her defense a boost, in an attempt to make her a more complete player. “I kind of played forward differently this year,” Jorgensen said. “So I guess I’m learning how to play defense for the first time and that is a real change. It feels like I’m growing as a player because I never concentrated on defense in high school and now I am starting to … At first it was really difficult, but now I’m starting to get a hang of it. I feel more complete.”Not only is Jorgensen improving the quality of her position, she also is trying to keep up with Wisconsin’s finest. “A big goal would be to increase my skill level up to even close to the level of the other forwards,” she said. “They are amazing and I’d like to get near that.”Head coach Dean Durst agrees, stating that, although the changes have not been easy, Jorgensen is beginning to develop into a better soccer player, which will translate to more time on the field.”It is always good when a young player can get time on the field,” Duerst said. “That is a quick education and [Jorgenson] has been learning a lot with that time. She has made some good adjustments to the speed of play at this level.”Along with her prolific scoring edge, Jorgensen adds an element of speed to the team. As one of the faster players on the team, Jorgensen is bringing a quicker pace to the Wisconsin scoring juggernaut, as her and her teammates are able to attack the opposition more often than they did in the past. “When you look at Sandy, she can get behind teams,” Duerst said. “It is really important for any individual and freshman for them to use their strengths and when they come out you will find success. So we as a team want Sandy to continue to use her strengths, speed and her range of speed over a distance, too.”Although a newcomer to the women’s soccer team, Jorgensen is one of those special players who cares more about helping her teammates improve than developing her personal stats. Being friendly and modest, her love of soccer has already brought her love and respect from her teammates.”It is really fun to play with her. Amy Vermeulen and I like the play to our feet a lot and Sandy is one of those players you could kick the ball behind and she could run onto it and always get the ball,” freshman forward Taylor Walsh said. “Sandy is all around a really nice girl [who] works hard and is a really dangerous player up top because of her speed.”last_img read more

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