European Lifestyle May Reduce Depression Risk

We have already heard from fitness experts and sources that Mediterranean diet (a.k.a veggies, fruits, whole-wheat pasta, chicken, fish diet) is known to bring great health benefits. But a study conducted in Spain takes its known advantages up a notch. The findings suggest that correspondents with the highest adherence to a Mediterranean diet and lifestyle, specifically obeying the way of living of people from countries like Italy, France, Greece and Spain lowered their risk of getting depression to 50% compared to those with lowest adherence. In short, Mediterranean lifestyle may also bring psychological benefits.

This Mediterranean lifestyle is composed of three (3) parts: Exposure to the well-known diet, physical activity and time spent with friends/family (socialization). Researchers ran and followed up the study for more than eight (8) years by the help of almost 12,000 university graduates. It turned out those participants who combined the three essential components had lower depression risks.

Although previous researches have shown the relationship of healthy diet and risk depressions, this recent study is the first to delve deeper on the association of overall, specifically Mediterranean lifestyle and depression itself. Researchers did not draw conclusion on the exact reasons why a balanced combination of physical activity, socializing and eating healthy diet is related to lower depression risk but according to Almudena Sanchez-Villegas, the lead study author and professor at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, certain ingredients in the Mediterranean diet such as fruit, olive oil and legumes have anti-inflammatory components which may be of use in inflammation prevention—which has been linked to depression in the past.

Exercising or physical activities have been previously linked by experts to help reduce anxiety and depression because during workout, our bodies release feel-good brain chemicals like endorphins, serotonin and dopamine. Lastly, social interactions according to the study researchers comes with better psychological health—suggested mechanisms such as having social support during hard times may backup this correlation.

For Asians, a Mediterranean diet may not be widely practiced but for beginners, a Mediterranean-Asian meal plan would be a good starting point. According to an article contributed by Brittany, a healthy living blogger on skinnyfitalicious.com, Mediterranean and Asian foods are rich in taste and normally provide nutrients the body needs. Ingredients from both cultures can be infused to one healthy and tasty recipe for example, combination of fish and rice, olive oil and veggies etc.

Recipe books featuring Mediterranean pyramid and 100 recipes from 25 European countries are available online like the ones found in Kinokuniya Singapore. Either diet can be unhealthy (for example, fusion of tempura fish or vodka) but what matters is the principle of these diets that drive the real benefits, one of which is to take a minute to savor and enjoy the tasteful flavors because the value it bring is not only within the confines of nutrition but also for the mind as well.


10 Swear Words You Probably Never Heard of

Humans have many talents but one that stayed all throughout the ages is the art of insult. It can’t be denied that swearing has been existent in the human civilization and developed by inventions of the human tongue. It has become complicated, upfront and funny that some retorts can only be relatable to a specific group. In a post from mothership.sg, when plain English words can’t express frustrations, Singlish expressions can be of use so as not to resort to vulgarity. Back to this millennial age, insults now a days are quite crude, limited and don’t give off a poetic vibe with a brush of subtleness as they once did in the good old days.

These medieval swearing, appearing with a charming sound may be an interesting thing to know in this modern age but probably would not work that well in a modern era:

1. Zounderkite
This is a Victorian era word that means “idiot.” An appropriate example spoken with some annoyance while arguing: “That zounderkite just ruined our report!”

2. Fopdoodle
A fopdoodle simply means someone of little importance or a simpleton. So if someone is making opinions to let you down, remember they are just a fopdoodle. Move on.

3. Gnashnab
This is a Northern English term used in the 18th century that’s meant to describe someone who complains all the time. It just goes to show that before and now, nobody wants a gnashnab.

4. Gobermouch
Gobermouch is an Irish term that describes someone who is fond of meddling with other people’s business or whereabouts. Some people just want to be low-key and that’s not something a gobermouch understands.

5. Snoutband
This means someone who never fails to interrupt a discussion or conversation aimed at contradicting the person talking. We all know a snoutband who believes they know everything and they probably don’t know the meaning of this word until now though.

6. Stampcrab
Stampcrab is used to describe someone’s clumsiness and heaviness of foot.

7. Fustilarian
This is one of Shakespear’s word inventions in Henry IV. Fustilarian means someone who is a time-waster or wastes valuable time on insignificant things. So, if you’re running a deadline, make sure you don’t act like a fustilarian!

8. Gillie-wet-foot
A Gillie-wet-foot is meant to describe a swindler or a person who is indebted and flees away. Be careful not to lend money to a gillie-wet-foot!

9. Klazomaniac
Klazomaniac is for someone who can only speak through shouting. I don’t think anyone wants to have a klazomaniac around.

10. Loiter-sack
This is a term coined in 17th century for an idle, lazy, slack person. Clearly, someone who spends all day in bed is a loiter-sack!


5 Things Men Should Quit Doing by 30

There’s quite a lot of immature stuff society will give you a pass on when you’re on your 20s, but most of these things get depressing and downright stupid as you march towards your 30s. We expect people to improve themselves as they get older, especially men since the possibility of having kids and a family comes to picture.

With that in mind, here’s a list of five habits every man needs to break once they reach 30.

1. Getting Into Online Arguments

By the time you’re 30, you should have better things to do with your time than get into fights in the comments section of a forum or a Facebook post. If you have that much time to waste in the internet, you must be unemployed.

2. Keeping All Your Money in One Place

Ideally, by the time you’re 30, you should be making more money than ever and you must not be keeping all your savings in a regular savings account. During this time you should know how to make your money work for you, such as by putting it in a retirement plan as well as broadening our investment portfolio.

3. Constantly Playing Video Games

Video and mobile games are spending so much and making every effort to branch out to different consumers. Although no one is going to look down on you for playing some game on your iPhone while sitting on a bus, slouching in front of your computer for 48 hours because you have to reach a specific EXP point to level up, something is wrong.

4. Binge Drinking

We don’t mean to stop drinking any and all kinds of liquor. It’s actually healthy to drink in moderation, and in fact, you may need to when you’re out with your bosses and colleagues. You’re a grown man now, there’s no need to show off how macho you are with booze. If you want to drink, just drink—no need to get drunk.

5. Living Paycheck to Paycheck

Rich men are rich because they are considerate enough to invest or save their money. Wealth is something we need to work hard at, even if it means living in poverty today for a better and brighter tomorrow. If being wealthy isn’t motivating you, just consider the emergencies that might need you to have some extra cash on hand. What if you get into an accident? Do you have enough cash to send yourself to the hospital or have your car repaired?

Being in your 30s does not mean you’re over the hill; in fact, your life has just begun. However, it’s expected from us to be more responsible with our actions and make better decisions in life.


Surprising Health and Beauty Benefits of Eating Kimchi

For years, Koreans clung to the belief that kimchi – a spicy, fermented cabbage – has mystical properties that aid in warding off diseases. But what was once considered as an old wives’ tale now became a subject of serious research for scientists not only in Singapore but all over the world. To help you get an idea about the “mystical properties” they’re talking about, we listed down some of the surprising beauty and health benefits that eating kimchi can bring.

1. Promotes Good Digestion

Since it’s fermented, kimchi is loaded with healthy bacteria known as lactobacilli, which helps in promoting good digestion. Another amazing result of the cabbage’s fermentation process is the development of probiotics, also helps in fighting off infections in your body.

2. Lowers Cholesterol Levels

If you’re suffering from high cholesterol or high blood pressure, then the more reason to eat this touted Korean side dish. The garlic found in kimchi contains selenium and allicin – both of which helps in reducing the cholesterol reverses of the body. These substances also help in preventing plaque build-up in the artery walls, thus lowering your chances of experiencing cardiovascular diseases.

3. Prevents Peptic Ulcer Recurrence

Peptic ulcer is often caused by Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria commonly found in the stomach – and there’s no better way to keep this illness from recurring than eating a good amount of kimchi. The fermented cabbage contains leuconostoc mensenteroides that produces dextrin, a substance that halts the growth of H. pylori in your body.

4. Improves Overall Appearance

Not only does it improve your health, eating kimchi also helps in enhancing your overall appearance. The selenium found in the fermented cabbage is what keeps your hair and skin healthy, and prevents wrinkles from showing early on. Aside from that, selenium is also considered as a relevant part of glutathione – a booster that reconstitutes and preserves vitamin C, a crucial element for boosting the body’s immune system.

5. Slows Down the Aging Process

Ever wondered why most Koreans look younger than their age? Well, the secret to that is eating kimchi. After being fermented for two weeks, kimchi becomes loaded with antioxidants that help decrease the rate of skin aging. It also prevents cell oxidation, making you appear more relaxed even if you’re going through a lot of stress.

Aside from being an excellent side dish to your favourite Korean barbecue, these benefits are another reason for you to try and enjoy this famous Korean household dish. So head out to your favourite Korean restaurants and specialty stores now, and get yourself some good kimchi.


How to Combat Laziness

Some days you just don’t feel motivated to do anything. And it’s not like you’re depressed even, but you just want to sit on your butt and do nothing.

There are things you can do to combat laziness, so read on… if you feel like it.

What’s causing it?

Think about what’s making you lethargic. You must have had a stressful day at the office or maybe there is a task you’re supposed to complete but you don’t know how to begin. Maybe you don’t see the point of taking action at all. Identify the root of the problem, then come up with a solution.

Where is your motivation?

Maybe you loved your job the first few months, but then your boss is demanding more from you everyday. If you feel that your job sucks, think about why you wanted it in the first place. Look at the things that make it enjoyable (besides the salary).

Is it something else?

Lack of motivation could be a sign of another condition. Maybe it’s time to get a check-up. If it’s stress, you shouldn’t ignore it either. Being mentally, emotionally and physically healthy will help you cope better with challenges in life.

Can’t take the pressure?

Sometimes we’re given a challenge that we don’t want. If a project at school seems too daunting, break it up into smaller, easier tasks. If you need to finish a report for work, don’t do everything in one sitting. A few short breaks will help keep you focused.

Maybe you need a push?

You can’t avoid everything unpleasant in life. If you don’t want to complete a task, then slog through it. Push yourself until you’re done and your burden will be lifted. Sometimes a who-cares attitude is better than tormenting yourself about your incompetence.

Perhaps you do need a break?

Take a vacation, try a new hobby or go out with friends. Do something other than what’s causing you to be lazy. But don’t stay on vacation for too long. You need to study or work too. And if you’re too lazy to have fun, start with something simple you can do at home.

Maybe you need to stop having fun?

So maybe you’re too happy with your hobbies and interests that it takes up most of your time. You’re no longer motivated to work, because you ask, what the heck is it for? Well, just think that you need that job to keep having fun. Limit your time watching TV shows for example because if you lose that job, who’s gonna pay the bills?

Why not create a strategy?

Think about your future if you’re always lazy. Keep a list of your goals in life. Then make another list of things you need to do daily. Alternate those tasks with short breaks. If you see that you have a lot of idle time, then list other tasks that will help you achieve your long-term goals.


Accessories for Your Gaming Console

To make the most out of your gaming console, invest in good quality accessories besides an extra console or a huge television screen. Here are items that will enhance your overall gaming experience.

Controller Charger

Recharging can be annoying while you play and sometimes it’s easy to forget when you’re preoccupied with a boss fight. You can’t also recharge more than two controllers at a time because of the limited USB port. Buying a controller charger will save you from the hassle of recharging while you play.

Mouse and Keypad

Sometimes first-person shooters and real-time strategy games are better played with a mouse. The reaction time is slightly faster than when you’re using a controller. And if you’re planning to use a mouse, then you might as well buy a keypad for a complete experience.

Wireless Headset or Speakers

When you don’t want to wake up your neighbors with the sound of explosions, there are tons of headsets available for gaming. Pick a wireless headset though because you don’t want to sit too close to the television. There are games however that support surround sound, so you might want to consider speakers to take advantage of it.

External HDD

There are new titles that require a lot of space in your system’s hard drive. Even if your console has a 500 GB hard drive, one day you’ll need more space. That doesn’t even include downloaded games and other files that you might want to save on your console like photos, music and videos. It’s not recommended that you tinker with your internal drive, so getting an external HDD is the best solution.

Racing Wheel

This is recommended for those who spend most of their time playing racing games. Not only does it make you feel like you’re actually driving, but you’ll look really cool too. You won’t need this if you don’t like racing games. Besides, you’d need to sell an arm to afford it. If you’re planning to buy one however, make sure it’s compatible for your console.

Media Remote

A media remote for console works the same way a controller does. If you love watching shows and movies, it’s easier to pause, stop, play, rewind, forward, change the channel, and turn up the volume with a remote. Some remotes can also be used for more than one device including the TV, audio receiver and cable box.

Camera

It’s not just for gaming but it can also be used to record videos like you would in a normal video camera. You can also use it as a voice-control remote and it has a facial recognition feature as an alternative to a password for your console.

Arcade Joystick

If you love arcade games, then your poor controller will most likely take a beating. It’s also a good option for those who are used to and are more comfortable at using the joystick instead of the pads.


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