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Getting enough sleep?

Sleeeeep! who doesn’t love that? well honestly I don’t like it much but during long days in summer I do sleep a lot. But not getting enough sleep can harm you, here are some ways that it affects your life.

  • Feeling angry or depressed
  • Having trouble learning, remembering, and thinking clearly
  • Having more accidents
  • Getting sick more often
  • Feeling less motivated
  • Possibly gaining weight
  • Having lower self-esteem
How do you know you’re getting enough sleep? Ask yourself these questions:
  • Do you have trouble getting up in the morning?
  • Do you have trouble focusing?
  • Do you sometimes fall asleep during class?
If yes is your answer to all of the questions above then check the tips for a better sleep. If you answered no to all or most of the above questions then… GO SLEEP!
Tips for a better sleep? Here’s a list 🙂 and they really work!
  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day — even on the weekends!
  • Exercise regularly. Try to finish exercising at least five to six hours before bedtime.
  • Don’t eat a lot close to bedtime. Food can give you a burst of energy.
  • Avoid bright lights right before bed, including the ones that come from the TV or the computer. Sleep in a dark room. Darkness tells your body it’s time for sleep.
  • Sleep in a slightly cool room. If you can’t control the temperature, try using fewer blankets or dressing lightly.
  • Follow a bedtime routine. If you do the same things each night before bed, your body will know it’s time for sleep. Take a warm bath or shower. Or drink a glass of milk.
  • Wake up to bright light. Light tells your body it’s time to get up.
  • Listen to your body. If you’re feeling tired, go to sleep. If you can’t fall asleep within 20 minutes of going to bed, get up and do something else until you feel sleepy.
  • Avoid caffeine. That means cutting back on coffee, soda, chocolate, and energy drinks — or at least trying not to have any late in the day.
  • Don’t nap for longer than 30 minutes or take naps too close to bedtime.
  • Don’t stay up all night studying. Try doing a little each night instead. If you pull an all-nighter, you may be too tired to do well on your test.
  • Set aside time to relax for about an hour before bed. Turn off your cell phone and your computer! If your tasks have you worried, write them down to get them off your mind.
Sleep well tonight 😉
Cheers xoxo

August 28, 2011 at 8:55 pm Leave a comment

Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is the cancer that affects the ovaries, the female reproductive system. This is one of the deadliest cancers but it has a 94 % survival rate if caught early. Ovarian cancer is the 5th most common cancer among women. The cause of ovarian cancer is unknown but what they do know is that the earlier the woman has kids the lower her ovarian cancer risk is. Taking estrogen (not progesterone) replacements for 5years have a higher risk than other women.


The symptoms of ovarian cancer:

Take note that most of the ovarian cancer symptoms seem like other illnesses indicators. go see a doctor when any of these signs persists for a few weeks on a daily basis.

– Bloating

– Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly.

– Pelvic or abdominal pain

– Abnormal menstrual cycles

– Constipation

– Increased gas

– Indigestion

– Nausea or vomiting

– Sense of pelvic heaviness

– Swollen abdomen or belly

– Unexplained back pain that worsens over time

– Vaginal bleeding

– Vague lower abdominal discomfort

– Weight gain or loss


Since many of its symptoms collide with other illnesses symptoms, it’s often diagnosed in late stages where treatment can’t do much anymore. Its the “silent killer”. To be able to diagnose ovarian cancer earlier better screening tests are needed.These tests should be:

– Sensitive: meaning it’s got to be able to identify the cancer early, so there’s a low likelihood of false positives.

– Specific: It must find any existing cancer, minimizing false negatives.

– Affordable: so that women can take it often enough to catch these fast-growing tumors.

– Safe: And above all, it has to have incontrovertible clinical evidence that it saves lives–enough lives to be worth the time and money it will require from women, doctors, and insurers: Otherwise doctors won’t recommend it and insurers won’t cover it.

Here are some screening tests which could be efficient.

1- Transvaginal Ultrasound (TVU)

* How it works: Your doctor inserts a probe in your vagina to get a detailed image of your ovaries. If there’s a mass, TVU (also called transvaginal sonography, or TVS) will find it. That’s why it’s already used as a diagnostic tool to help rule out or confirm ovarian cancer in women who have symptoms or significant risk factors. But right now, it’s not used as a standard screening test for all women in the way that mammograms are, despite the fact that no other reliable method of finding an ovarian tumor early exists. And unless it is approved for routine use by all women, insurance companies won’t pay for it and many doctors won’t suggest it for screening purposes.

2- A Better Blood Test:

A blood test called CA-125 is already being used to see if women with ovarian cancer are responding to chemotherapy or if their cancers have come back. Researchers are exploring whether the test–which measures certain protein (biomarker) levels that become elevated when ovarian cancer is present–could be used for routine screening. But CA-125 can rise in women for many reasons other than ovarian cancer, including benign tumors, endometriosis, fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease, hepatitis, and breast cancer. And CA-125, like He-4 (another biomarker being studied), doesn’t always spike if a woman has Stage I or II ovarian cancer. Some researchers are investigating whether combining the two biomarker tests may give a more accurate result. If they’re successful, the end product may be affordable too: Each test currently costs somewhere between $29 and $138.


3-  TVU Plus a Better Blood Test

Researchers at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center recently showed that a careful combination of a yearly blood test with a TVU chaser if the biomarker levels rise could hold promise. For 8 years, Karen Lu, MD, a professor of gynecologic oncology, studied 3,238 women age 50 and older, using an approach called the Risk of Ovarian Cancer Algorithm (ROCA ), which has established normal, intermediate, and high-risk biomarker CA-125 levels. A woman with normal levels continues to receive an annual CA-125 test. If her biomarker climbs into the intermediate risk range, she gets a follow-up CA-125 test 3 months later; if it’s in the high-risk range, she’s given a TVU.

Dr. Lu’s study is a smaller version of a major United Kingdom project that may answer the question, once and for all, of whether ROCA can save women’s lives. Called the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening, the study is massive–researchers are following 202,638 postmenopausal women. If the results, due to be reported in 2014, show that ROCA is reliably accurate, this might be the answer we need.






August 26, 2011 at 12:45 pm Leave a comment

A must read article

I was going through stumbleupon bored when I found a very interesting article about Cancer called : Strategies to kill Cancer

it’ actually more of a website (but seemed like an article on stumbleupon :p). Being in looove with bio and wanting to specialise in pathology I read it all. It’s long but very enlightening. Read it it could be useful to you (God forbid) or to anyone close to you one day.


Cheers xoxo

August 22, 2011 at 9:24 pm Leave a comment

Check it out

I’ve created another blog check it out please. Don’t hesitate to leave comments! It’s 😉


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August 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm Leave a comment

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August 18, 2011 at 10:40 pm Leave a comment

Benefits of fasting.

Knowing that this the holy month for Islam- Ramadan, I thought I’d look up some fasting benefits and share them with you. You don’t have to be muslim to fast (as in no food and no drinks until the sun goes down) or to want to know more about it. I’ve heard many people say it’s bad for health and we shouldn’t do it. I’ve been fasting for a month since I was 12 and I can tell you I’m alive and it never hurts my health.

“Fasting is the greatest remedy —
the physician within.”


Here are the goods of fasting: 
Physical benefits:
1- Fasting frees up energy so healing can begin: We tend to over-indulge ourselves and eat more than we should. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying food but excess food does create a burden on the body. Imagine being given too many things to do at work, more than you can handle. You cope with it, you have to but you’re not comfortable. And you will put aside what you can do another day. This is exactly what the body will do when overworked. It will postpone many tasks. During fasting you rest this overworked body, give it a break. We usually think that food is our energy but the truth is it takes lots of energy. Digesting, assimilating and metabolizing–these activities require a great deal of energy. After a heavy meal 65% of the body’s energy is directed to the digestive system. When you free up this energy it can be used for healing and for accomplishing tasks that have been put away. Our body’s know how to heal themselves we just need to give out of their way. Fasting allows this.
2- Losing weight: losing weight is one of the great benefits of fasting. Using fasting to lose weight can create many opportunities to gain insights into your patterns with food and for making changes to your habits and lifestyle much easier to accomplish. I would recommend fasting with the goal of getting healthy and not losing weight because I believe that whenever we just think about losing weight it becomes a very hard task and we think about it as torture. Sometimes a short 3-day fast is used to “jump start” a new healthy diet plan, because fasting will change your tastes toward more natural and wholesome foods. It will also give you a new perspective on your relationship to food; why and when you eat what you do, what your mental and emotional attachments are.
3- Fasting can give you more energy: Surprise! Surprise! Contrary to what people seem to think fasting can give us more energy and not deprive us from it leaving us lazy and making us couch potatoes. When you’ve progressed past the stage of dealing with detox symptoms, a fast will have you feeling lighter, more energetic, more enthusiastic, and requiring less sleep.
Mental and emotional benefits of fasting:
Because fasting improves mental clarity and focus, it can become a tool in your life to give you greater freedom, flexibility, and energy to get done the things and projects that are important to you. Your awareness can focus in more accurately and determine the source of some unpleasantness, that then snowballed into a mess.
It’s easy to do I promise! As long as you do it my way :p Sleep at 4am and never wake up before 2pm :p
Comment let me know what you think of fasting and if you’ve ever experienced it.
Cheers. xox


August 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm 1 comment

Kissing benefits? Health benefits not only emotional! Woupie!

Who doesn’t love kissing? It makes our world dissolve, you forget everything and everyone around you and you just kiss! “Women say they can tell if a relationship is going to work after the first kiss, after the first night of kissing,” I agree with that! Let’s explore some health benefits of this amazing thing called kissing.

1- Give your partner a good wet kiss why? Extra saliva washes bacteria off your teeth, which can help break down oral plaque

2- Kissing can make you look younger for longer? A serious, tongue-tangling French kiss exercises all the underlying muscles of the face — which some say could keep you looking younger, and certainly looking happier. Wooohhooo! French kissing here I come!

3- Kissing burns calories, 2-3 calories a minute and can double your metabolic rate. Research claims that three passionate kisses a day (at least lasting 20 seconds each) will cause you to loose an entire extra pound! It’s time to start that kissing diet!

4- Kissing is a known stress-reliever. Passionate kissing relieves tension, reduces negative energy and produces a sense of well being, lowering your cortisol ‘stress’ hormone.

5- Kissing is good for the heart, as it creates an adrenaline which causes your heart to pump more blood around your body. Frequent kissing has scientifically been proven to stabilize cardiovascular activity, decrease blood pressure and cholesterol.

6-The endorphins produced by kissing are 200 times more powerful than morphine.

I love knowing this and I feel bad for my bf now! I’m definitely going to want more kissing, wether he wants it or not :p

Cheers xoxo

August 18, 2011 at 12:21 pm Leave a comment

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