Your feet are home to around 7,000 nerve endings. They have to be this sensitive to keep you balanced and not flip over. All those nerves constantly send information to your brain. It uses more power to process it than on the data from your entire torso. So, when anything happens to your feet, like extra pressure, change of temperature or stepping on something sharp like Legos — it really hurts a lot!
If you’re one of those people who love to start their day with coffee — well, first of all, welcome to the club. And secondly, today we’re going to discuss a question you’ve probably asked yourself at least once — is it better to avoid drinking coffee on an empty stomach? Your cup of joe can help you feel more alert and less tired. Plus, caffeine may boost your brain function, mood, and exercise performance if you like working out in the morning. But also, the bitterness of this drink can make your stomach produce more acid.
Okay, the next time you feel like complaining that your bed isn’t comfortable enough and the room is way too small, just think of those people who had to sleep in boxes. Until the early 19th century, that was a common thing in Europe. And no, it wasn’t just the way the poorest people lived — even the nobility had to resort to this unusual sleep situation. The houses back then used to be much smaller, with one or two rooms. The bigger room would serve as both a bedroom and a living room, and everyone living or visiting the house would sleep there. Even in larger houses and palaces, servants would often share the rooms with their bosses. So, people were happy to get any privacy they could. One possible option was a curtain around the bed, but that wasn’t enough in some cases. And that’s how the box-bed tradition was born.
Rice is a staple food for more than half of the world’s population, and it is consumed regularly by people all over the globe. Even though brown rice is considered healthier than white rice because it is richer in vitamins and minerals, people still prefer to munch on white rice. However, this food is still a good source of magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, and other minerals, but we at Bright Side got curious about finding out what might happen if we eat rice on a regular basis.
Scientists say that play is as important for old people as it is for kids. It slows down the aging process by improving brain function and memory. And besides that, having fun plays a role in keeping seniors active and happy.
Italian artist Giulia Rosa reflects on intimacy, love, and friendship in soft strokes and rainbow colors. The shapes of contemporary relationships are some of her favorite topics. Very conceptual, her work depicts beautiful human figures in moments that we can perceive are private, but that we can also relate to. Maybe this is why her work is so nice to look at.
Some scientists recommend eating 3 meals and 3 snacks per day, and others recommend eating none. Before panicking, hear us out: this is not a starvation mission. In fact, fasting is one of the most ancient practices in human history. For example, the therapeutic use of fasting dates back to at least the fifth century BCE, when Greek physician Hippocrates recommended it for patients exhibiting certain symptoms of illnesses.
We’re getting closer to Christmas and nearly every bakery is offering a delicious seasonal treat — crunchy, mouth-watering gingerbread cookies. If you waited the whole year to finally try them, we have good news for you. Gingerbread cookies contain lots of healthy spices, such as cloves, cinnamon, and ginger, and if you enjoy them in moderation, they can actually benefit your health in many surprising ways.
If you see a massive change in your mood every year when autumn arrives and summer is long gone, you probably have the seasonal affective disorder (SAD). While it can get pretty serious in some cases, for other people, it’s just a matter of adjusting their lifestyle. Your diet, exposure to the sun, and activity levels are only a few things that you should look to change in order to feel better.
Our bodies are comprised of over 60% water, and all the organs are made of water as well. The lungs are about 85% water, the muscles and kidneys are 79% water, the brain and heart are 73%, and the bones contain 32% water. Drinking the right amount of water can aid in improving bowel movement regularity, migraines, and can even prevent the occurrence of other diseases.
You may feel like hanging upside down is intimidating at first, however, inversion therapy can provide several benefits to your health. The theory behind it is, by inverting your body in a way that your feet are above your head, it may be possible to reverse the effect gravity has on the body.
Kindness doesn’t only make the world a better place but also helps the people that do good things. Scientists found out that a good attitude to people can improve brain function and lower stress levels. It’s all about cortisol, the stress hormone. When you have too much of it, the brain and memory don’t work as well. Anger increases the level of this hormone and kindness with patience lower it.
Breakfast is commonly referred to as “the most important meal of the day.” But that raises the question of whether or not this statement is true or just a myth. Approximately 25% of Americans skip this meal every day and it has even become a trend to do so.
It’s better to shave the baby’s head to make their hair grow thicker. Kids learn best by the age of 3. These are just a couple of beliefs that parents face when raising a child. Unwanted advice and superstitions come from everywhere, and at some point, you may want to know which of them are true and which are just old wives’ tales.
Nutritious drinks like yerba mate tea are great for pushing you through the day, while chicory coffee can be a pleasant relaxant. In fact, there are different drinks that promise to give you a boost for both your good days and your bad ones. The natural world can offer us many (delicious) treats that are simply health in a cup in places you’d least expect.
We as humans need to be good — good to ourselves, good to each other, and good to animals. We also need to be reminded that no matter the hardships we face or the problems and struggles we go through every other day, things can always get better. This is exactly what this article is all about as we aim to show you the kindness people have toward one another.
Every mother decides, for herself and her baby, how long she should breastfeed and when to start weaning. The World Health Organization recommends that mothers breastfeed for up to 6 months, and then continue doing it for up to 2 years or more, along with introducing other foods. And there are certainly many health benefits that come along with this process, both for the children and their mothers!
Having children at a later age is becoming more common. The reasons for this may be different: career, the unreliability of a partner, the desire to live for yourself, or simply a lack of readiness for this responsibility. The most important thing here is that it’s your life and your choice. And if you decide that you want to become a mom after 40, then you should know about some advantages and possible drawbacks of a late pregnancy.
According to the World Health Organization, about 1/3 of all deaths are connected with cardiovascular diseases. There is a product that helps to prevent them — fish oil. Fish oil contains irreplaceable fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6 that help keep our heart and vessels healthy.
Our brain is a mysterious thing. We know more about outer space than we do about what's inside our own head. But what we do know is that various puzzles, riddles, and brain teasers can help our brain function better and stay sharp!
We all want to have a flat stomach, but do you know that abdominal fat is the most difficult to deal with? You work out, you try to adopt healthy diet habits, but you don’t see visible results in the mirror. Stubborn belly fat is still there, and it seems that it doesn’t plan to go anywhere. If this sounds familiar to you, we at Bright Side want you to know more about the foods that stand in the way of the perfect belly you’ve always wanted.