A Quick Guide on How to Be a Healthier Person Every Day

Being healthy isn’t just eating a salad and calling it a day, or just attending a yoga session and rolling up your mat after a few minutes – it’s a process that you need to work on every day. While it means different things to different people, being healthy and living a healthy lifestyle starts with taking small steps and making simple changes one at a time. Here are different ways you can do that:

Body – Find little ways to stay active every day

It’s no surprise that to stay healthy, you need to keep a healthy lifestyle, but when you have a busy day and a really hectic schedule ahead of you, it can be hard to keep up that said lifestyle. But it’s not impossible. Even taking as little as ten minutes to do jumping jacks, a quick jog, or rope jumping can do a lot to get your day started right.

Mind– Get enough sleep

No matter how badly you get swamped with work, it’s important that you get seven to eight hours of sleep every night as an important part of self-care. Anything less could not only leave you irritable and sleepy throughout the day, but also leave you stressed and throw off your hormones. Conversely, getting plenty of sleep makes you feel energized and lets you make better decisions throughout the day.

To ensure that you get a good night’s sleep, taking a shower and taking up a bedtime routine is essential. You also want to make sure to turn off all screens to prevent the blue light from tricking your brain into feeling awake, and sleeping early also means you can wake up early.

Diet – Eat more vegetables

With healthy people, there’s no such thing as a diet since they eat organic, whole foods for nourishment. When making changes to the things you eat on a daily basis, be sure to check your balance of nutrient-dense foods and try to add more whole grains, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables into your meals.

You also want to make sure you drink more water. Staying hydrated is not only important in keeping your body healthy, but also make you feel full when you think you’re hungry – you’re most likely just thirsty.

Heart – Hug a loved one

A warm hug, whether it’s from your spouse, kids, or family members at home, is good for releasing endorphins that trigger positive feelings that will last throughout the day and significantly improve your mood. Spending some time with your loved ones after work also helps a lot to not just boost your mood, but also better your interpersonal relationships.


8 Best Slasher Films to Binge-Watch on a Weekend

Slasher films aren’t as popular today as they used to in the 1980s because nothing surprises audience anymore. However, the 2018 Halloween film reminded us of the potential of the genre and why it has fascinated horror fans in the first place.

If you’re looking for movies to binge-watch on a weekend, here are the best in the genre.

Psycho (1960)

Based on the novel of the same title by Robert Bloch, the story starts with a secretary who stole money from her employer running away and forced to stay at a motel after the weather turned bad. In it, she met the charismatic owner who invites her to share dinner.

The Burning (1981)

The story is based on an urban legend of Cropsey told at summer camps and is the basis for the name of a man burnt because of a prank. Cropsey survived the burning but because of the trauma and disfigurement, he wants to find those responsible for his condition.

Alone in the Dark (1982)

After the death of the psychiatrist of the facility, the replacement Dr. Dan Potter moves into the area with his wife and his daughter. He later learned that some notorious patients were responsible for the death of the doctor. It wasn’t long before his family’s life was placed in danger after a blackout failed to keep the patients inside the facility.

Tenebrae (1982)

This is a good introduction to giallo horror films. The story centers on the search of a mystery novelist who is searching for a serial killer he may have inspired by one of his novels. The killing began even before he arrived to promote his work.

Peeping Tom (1960)

From the title itself, you can guess that the murderer enjoys watching other people. In this case, he enjoys recording and watching the expressions of his victims on his camera as they die. Now that might not be impressive today if you compare it to the murders on the news, but at the time it was shown, the film was quite controversial.

Opera (1987)

Alternatively called Terror at the Opera, the setting for the strings or murder this time is in an opera house. It all started when the role of Lady Macbeth of the Macbeth production was injured and replaced by another actress. The murder took place on the opening night.

Black Christmas (1974)

As you might have already guessed, the murders in this movie took place during the Christmas season after a group of girls received a phone call from a stalker. The story was inspired by the urban legend of the babysitter and the man upstairs.

Blood and Black Lace (1964)

Another giallo film, the victims of this slasher films are mostly women, too. This time the killer is targeting fashion models while looking for a diary that details the bad things happening in the fashion house. If found, this could ruin the name of the people involved.


The 20 Best Foods for Men

Knowing what you put in your mouth is vital to maintaining health and well-being. As an active employee, sports enthusiast, and father men need to be aware that they must meet the daily dietary requirements. Below are the best foods for men.

Almonds

If you need more energy to get through the day, snack on almonds which is high protein and healthy fats.

Berries

Most berries contain vitamin C which help produce collagen to promote hair growth and strengthen hair.

Cabbage

Even if you do not like leafy greens, you should at least try cabbages because it is low in cholesterol but high in vitamins such as vitamin K.

Cashews

If you need stronger muscles, eat more cashews because they contain magnesium, which will complement your diet of protein.

Chickpeas

If you need a substitute for white rice, you can prepare meals with chickpeas. It is high in fiber and vitamin B6.

Coconut

Contrary to the belief that coconut oil is high in bad cholesterol, it actually contains lauric acid which boosts good cholesterol. Do not feel guilty using coconut oil and other coconut products.

Eggs

Need to address hair loss? Eggs contain biotin and protein which stimulate hair growth.

Kiwi

Most fruits are high in vitamin C. Kiwi is a nutritious snack that can be consumed fresh or dried.

Lentils

Need a source of good carbohydrates? Add more lentils to your diet to get enough protein and carbohydrates.

Mustard products

Mustard seeds in particular contain folates and nutrients that are good for the heart.

Oranges

These are a good source of vitamin B. You can eat oranges on the go or pick products that are low in sugar content. As much as possible, stick to natural juice drinks if you want to refresh.

Sunflower seeds

Grab a pack of sunflower seeds next time you are on a movie marathon. It contains antioxidants and vitamin E.

Pasta

You will need carbohydrates to get through a busy day. Whole wheat pasta can be a substitute for white rice.

Pistachios

For other snack alternatives, a small pack of pistachios contain protein and good cholesterol.

Pumpkin

This can be used for a lot of dishes and contains zinc to strengthen bones.

Salmon

For men who want to build muscles, salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids and protein.

Sweet Potatoes

They have a high vitamin A content. Instead of potato chips, you should snack on sweet potatoes to avoid high sodium content and bad cholesterol.

Soybeans

Food products made from soybeans are good for your body, especially if you are lactose intolerant. It is high in calcium and iron, necessary nutrients you need to maintain strong bones.

Tomatoes

These are high in fiber, potassium, and vitamin C—all good nutrients for your heart.

Watermelon

Need to refresh during a hot afternoon? A fresh watermelon contains lycopene and potassium. Both play a role in maintaining normal blood pressure and prostate health.


Things You Should Know About Keeping Hanging Plants

Most hanging plants are quite hardy and are less demanding for care than other ornamental plants, but you can make them even healthier with these easy tricks.

There are varieties of hanging baskets used for hanging plants, but the sturdiest is made from wire and filled with a growing medium. Clay pots are also fine, but they are slightly heavier than the wire baskets.

Any type of material for a hanging basket is fine but you should pick the biggest baskets that you can find to allow the plant to grow. Bigger baskets also minimize pruning, but you will also have to take into consideration its water retention characteristics.

Water retention can be addressed by picking the right liner for the hanging basket. There are plenty that you can choose from in garden supplies shops, but the most common are the following: cocoa liners which are thick but not suited for planting on the sides; sphagnum moss which is thick, mostly dry, but can be difficult to maintain; burlap liners which are environmentally-friendly and will not retain water, but it has to be treated with copper; and the supamoss which has excellent drainage but has an artificial look.

When transferring the plant to the hanging basket, make sure that the first layer of soil is at least 5 inches thick. If you are going to place a drainage, there has to be at least 3 inches of soil between the pipe and the base of the basket. Make tiny incisions on the liner and place the plant just below the soil.

Some varieties of hanging plants require full sunlight and survive warm temperatures but be sure to check for specific requirements for each plant before buying. Some plants also require only minimal sunlight and cool temperature. You can place these in shaded areas or indoors but take them out occasionally.

During hot days, you will need to water the plants every 2 or 3 days. When watering, do so only at the coolest time of the day. The size of the hanging baskets should also be considered; smaller baskets dry out faster than the larger once. To determine if the plant is getting enough water, wait until the water streams down through the holes and the basket feels heavy with water.

However, avoid watering the plants too much. At least one inch of the top of the soil should be free from moisture before you water. The roots can rot if the soil or planter is soaked in too much water.

Remove dead flowers and leaves by pinching off the part where it meets the stem. However, there are varieties that will not need pruning, so be sure to check first.

You can use a fertilizer for hanging plants if they are not getting enough nutrients from the soil. Apply the fertilizer only while the soil is moist, but again check for the specific requirements for each plant.

Don’t forget to rotate the baskets occasionally so that every side gets the sunlight it needs. Indoor plants should also be taken out occasionally into the sunshine.


Reasons to Get Your Eyes Checked Regularly

Among all our senses, our sight is probably the one we rely on the most. Our eyes allow us to see and enjoy life as it is. That’s why it is important to know the conditions of our eyes.  The great thing is, you don’t even have to make trips to the eye doctor every month. You can have check-ups annually or every two years. That’s what “regularly” is in terms of your eyes. Anyway, here are some other reasons to have your eyes checked!

Vision correction

First of all, if you don’t wear glasses or contact lenses and notice that your eyesight is already blurry, of course, you’d want to get your eyes checked. If you have astigmatism, nearsightedness or farsightedness, or other eye problems, you’ll have to go to your doctor regularly. This is so that he/she can keep monitoring your condition and get your vision corrected accordingly. Because our condition can change as we age, your doctor will need to update your prescription through the years so that you can still maintain good eyesight.

To avoid straining our eyes too much

Wherever you are in Singapore, you will see screens almost everywhere. From computers to our phones, too much exposure to screens can have a significant effect on our eyesight. Sometimes we also get tempted to use our phones in the dark before we sleep. That simple act can have a lot of negative implications for our vision. If you’re able to get your eyes checked, your doctor might recommend glasses that can help alleviate digital eye strain.

Identify eye diseases

Another important reason to get your eyes checked is so that you can detect eye diseases in their early stages. There are eye problems that aren’t really detrimental, while there are also others that can lead to vision loss. There are times when you don’t notice that your vision is deteriorating and one day you’ve suddenly lost vision in one eye.  If you can identify the symptoms of serious eye diseases early, you might still be able to take the proper measures to prevent them.

You might also detect other health problems

It may come as a surprise, but a lot of people have already learned that they have a health condition because they had an eye exam. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes are among the serious health conditions that have been detected through an eye examination. If you’re wondering why this is possible, the answer is pretty simple. When you go for a check-up, eye doctors evaluate the blood vessels around your retina. The blood vessels in the retina is actually a good gauge to know the condition of the blood vessels that circulate throughout your body as a whole.


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