‘We face pressure from friends wearing Sh80,000 wigs’, confesses woman

Unbeweavable right?

Fact is Kenyan women have a complicated relationships with their hair, and other beauty regimens.

Let’s have a chat about wigs and the lengths women are going to, to own this item.

Wigs and weaves have become the most coveted item for Kenyan women.

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Be it Indian, Peruvian, Brazilian, and even Malaysian hair the wig business is booming.

And now literally every Kenya woman is willing to do anything to wear these exotic tresses.

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A woman on Classic 105 confessed that seeing a friend with a wig is enough pressure to make women take money risks to also wear a wig.

Let me tell you something about us women. We are copy cats. competition is real Like I see somebody is wearing a wig worth 80k I want to run there and borrow and we will lose our money and kill friendships and we don’t really care. 

I look good, so what. Personally I have ran into a debt. 

The pressure to look stunning isn’t helped when we log onto social media and see our favorite beauty personalities rocking these expensive wigs.

The beauty endorsements apparently pile pressure on women to take financial risks that they hope their husbands won’t find out about.

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So fella’s do you suspect your women could be borrowing to buy that wig?

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9 ways to spot a lie in a text message

Highlights

  • Dating expert Louanne Ward has shared how to spot a lie in a text message  
  • They include vague language, compliments and changing the subject  
  • ‘When they have to qualify their words that’s something to look out for,’ she said

Australian dating expert Louanne Ward has listed the nine top clues to look out for.

NON-COMMITTAL AND VAGUE ANSWERS 

‘These are answers like “I am not quite sure”, “it was probably”, “it might have been”, “maybe” and “some time around”,’ Louanne said.

‘If you asked someone “How is your day, do you want to catch up?” someone who is lying might say something like “I have a busy day ahead, not sure what time I will finish up I will probably just have an early night”.’ 

CHANGING THE SUBJECT AND CREATING A DIVERSION 

‘People do this because it’s very hard to tell one lie on top of another lie,’ Louanne said.

‘By creating a diversion they are moving away from the lie they have just told.’

TAKING A LONG TIME TO ANSWER A SHORT QUESTION 

‘You can see when somebody is replying, you can see the bubbles, so if you see if somebody is taking a long time it might be that they are distracted half way through but it could be that they are telling you a lie,’ Louanne said.

REMOVING PERSONAL PRONOUNS FROM MESSAGES 

‘These are things like I “my”, “we” and “our”. They remove them because they don’t want to personalise the message too much,’ Louanne said.

ABRUPTLY LEAVING THE CONVERSATION AFTER A QUESTION IS ASKED

‘If they do that and don’t answer the question, when they message next time that question will usually be avoided,’ Louanne said.

USING COMPLIMENTS AND EMPATHY 

‘A liar might say something like “I’m not sure what time I am finishing up. My last client is a real talker but much rather be spending my day with you as you always make me happy”,’ Louanne said.

‘Don’t jump to conclusions but if it seems vague be wary.’

OVER-SHARING OF DETAILS THAT ARE NOT RELEVANT 

‘They do this to throw you off track,’ Louanne said.

‘A lie will sound something like this: “Tony and I decided to go for dinner and we were quite hungry so we found this place that had a $15 parmigiana. The parmigiana was good but they were really busy and it took a long time”.’

OVER-SHARING OF INFORMATION TO MAKE THE STORY SOUND MORE BELIEVABLE

‘It is quite similar to the previous point but this time the answer is more relevant to the question asked,’ Louanne said.

‘When somebody over exaggerates and it’s a very short question that you ask and they are telling a really long story sometimes it is to cover up a lie.’

BEING DEFENSIVE AND USING QUALIFYING WORDS 

‘Qualifying statements include “if you must know”, “to be honest with you”, “it was actually” and “all I am saying is”,’ Louanne said.

‘When somebody has to qualify their words that’s something to look out for.’

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5 Important reasons why you need to start your yoga classes today

Yoga’s gentle yet refreshing moves are some of the reasons why it is so popular and why you need to start you classes as soon as possible.

Here are reasons why you need to  start your classes today.

1. It is a fitness activity

Fitness from yoga starts from both internal and external fitness.

Through breathing techniques, yoga is able to work on your lungs and your cardio-respiratory organs which may include the heart as well.

In addition, physical excises from stretching and moving your body to different techniques that yoga has.

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2. Yoga boosts productivity and creativity

We live in a world where a lot of things may hinder us both mentally and physically from being creative ad for giving our best.

No matter how busy you might feel, remember that a state of overwhelm could be a signal that you are over-committed or impatient.

Practicing yoga can help you focus on getting stuff done.

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3. Allow yourself to relax

This is very important. At times we might be very hard on ourselves and at times that goes to our bodies as well.

Stiffening of the nerves may lead to injuries caused from practices that have to do with yoga.

This being both mentally and physical, it is important to relax both your mind and your body to have a good circulation from the activities that come with Yoga.

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4. Do not forget to breathe

If you do not have healthy breathing habits, however, you might find yourself holding your breath at the end of inhalation.

Therefore breathe and let go of excess baggage to relax your body, mind and soul.

This helps you not to have a hard time while practicing and enjoying your yoga routines.

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5. Yoga is for everyone

Though it may seem like a physical activity, yoga can be done by anyone and everyone.

It is a time of reflection and self love and everyone needs this in their lives.

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14 slang words every mum in her 40’s/50’s needs to know

 

Do you ever sit near teens and listen to their stories and not have an idea what they are talking about? I mean they could be planning a take over and have fun knowing you have no clue.

 Most teens are able to hold secret conversations because parents have no idea what they’re talking about.

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It’s important to educate yourself about common teen slang so you can be aware of the conversations your teen is having both online and in-person.

So dead mum’s in your 40’s and 50’s, here are slang words used by your teens and others that you need to know.

Shawwry: This means young girl. Perhaps you have heard your teen son use the word shawty/shawrry and have been wondering why he sounds like he is slurrying? He is referring to his main girl or potential interest.

Snatched – Looks good

Lit – Amazing

GOAT – Greatest of all time

Salty – Bitter

TBH – To be honest

Thirsty – Trying to get attention

Bruh – Same as “bro”

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Curve – Romantic rejection

Hater or h8er – Someone who hates everything, even their friends

Chillaxin – Chillin’ and relaxing.

Throw Shade – Give someone a dirty look

Smash – Casual s3x

Turnt Up – To be high or drunk

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Prostate cancer breakthrough: New treatment to destroy tumor cells

A radical ‘seek and destroy’ treatment could extend the lives of thousands of men with advanced prostate cancer, a study shows.

The approach described by experts as ‘game changing’ – uses high-tech molecules to track down tumors anywhere in the body and blast them with a radioactive payload.

The breakthrough ‘PSMA’ radiotherapy treatment became available privately in Britain for the first time last week with two men already treated.

Thousands more are expected to benefit if global trials currently under way come back with positive results, providing the key to NHS approval.

Experts at the American Society of Clinical Oncology congress in Chicago said the treatment provided hope for men for whom all other options had run out.

Without it they are simply referred for palliative end-of-life care.

Australian oncologist Arun Azad, who is testing the treatment on 200 men in one of ten trials taking place around the world, said: ‘It is potentially game changing.

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‘If the results are positive, it really will change the landscape of how we treat prostate cancer.’

The new treatment targets a protein on the surface of prostate cancer cells called PSMA, or ‘prostate-specific membrane antigen’.

The treatment contains a molecule, known as PSMA-617, which seeks out and binds to PSMA.

The molecule also carries a ‘payload’ a nuclear isotope called Lutetium-177 which delivers a powerful blast of radiotherapy.

Crucially, the radiotherapy travels only 1mm ensuring only prostate cells are damaged and healthy tissue is spared.

A pilot study of 50 men in Australia has shown the treatment extends the life expectancy of men with advanced prostate cancer from nine months to an average of 13.3 months.

But a fifth of patients responded extremely well – and were still alive after 33 months.

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Baby News: Kambua shows off blossoming bump weeks after big reveal

Kambua’s baby bump will give you serious baby fever.

On her social media posts, Gospel musician Kambua has been taking photos to show her beautiful baby belly that has us all wowed by how beautiful she looks.

Here are photos of Kambua in her baby cute baby bump.

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Kambua, who announced her pregnancy last month, got married to the love of her life but hasn’t sired children since, leading to numerous questions.

The Gospel musician had admitted in a TV interview to have been bullied on social media for not having children.

One of the comments that she received in 2018 questioned why she could not have children and though she ended up deleting the comment, she had a response saying,

People will have an opinion over everything, over children.

Today I saw a comment and deleted it because this guy commented on my Instagram and he says

‘When are you going to get pregnant, you’re getting old

I remember thinking, the reason why it angers me is because people don’t even know what your journey is like.

They don’t know what you’re struggling with. They don’t know if you even what to have children. 

Well blessings are on her side and she is heavily pregnant with her first child.

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 Mukami Wambora makes sports journalism a career choice for women

 

As a woman in sports one has to push harder to make it through, and even more as a journalist competing against industry favorites.

There has been considerable progress regarding women in broadcast sports journalism,

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But Governor Wambora’s daughter Mukami is proving the odds wrong, and the beauty who was in Baku to watch the Arsenal-Chelsea clash in the Europa League final has us impressed.

She was in the capital of Azerbaijan and shared moments with fans and followers.

She has had many milestones and accomplishments. She currently hosts Monday Football on Citizen TV, and her fans are always impressed.

She wrote about her journey in 2018

2018 has undoubtedly been the best year of my career. So many dreams of mine have come true. Bringing the World Cup Trophy to Nairobi, Covering the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Watching Eliud Kipchoge break the Marathon World Record, Interviewing the Greatest Footballer and Experiencing a Formula One Grand Prix Live 🤯. It’s been an incredible year and I simply cannot wait for what 2019 has in store 

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Here are pictures to show that Mukami is among the top Kenyan female sports journalists who are making a mark.

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Sports Journalist Mukami Wambora
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Drinking two large energy drinks can be dangerous for the heart

Guzzling two large energy drinks within an hour is dangerous for the heart, scientists have warned.

Researchers say consuming 32ounces (946ml) in such little time raises blood pressure and temporarily affects heart rhythm.

However, scientists have warned caffeine is not blame – and other ingredients used in the flavoured drinks is the problem.

Monster and Relentless – two popular energy drink brands – sell 500ml cans. The former says its cans ‘pack a vicious punch’.

Caffeine at doses under 400mg is not expected to induce any electrocardiographic changes, the study authors claimed.

Researchers measured the electrical activity of the volunteers’ hearts by electrocardiogram, which records the way a heart is beating.

They also recorded participant’s blood pressure. All measurements were taken at the study’s start and every 30 minutes for four hours after consumption.

Results showed volunteers who downed the energy drinks had a blood pressure spike of 5mmHg, on average, compared to those given the placebo.

They also had a QT interval – the time it takes ventricles in the heart to generate a beat again – that was up to 7.7milliseconds longer.

A ‘normal’ QT interval is considered to be between 350 and 440 milliseconds, meaning the energy drinks increase the delay by around two per cent.

Doctors warn if the QT interval is too short or long, it can cause the heart to beat abnormally, which can cause a life-threatening arrhythmia.

Professor Sachin Shah, study author, said the risk ‘could not be attributed to caffeine’ as he called for urgent trials to investigate what ingredient is to blame.

This is despite caffeine being known to cause vessels to contract and release adrenaline, a hormone that can temporarily increase blood pressure.

Other common ingredients in the energy drinks analysed in this study included taurine, glucuronolactone and B-vitamins.

Professor Shah added: ‘The public should be aware of the impact of energy drinks on their body especially if they have other underlying health conditions.’

He warned energy drinks may be especially dangerous to patients with long QT syndrome – where the muscle takes longer than it should to recharge between beats.

And Professor Shah said adults battling hypertension – high blood pressure – should also cut down on their intake to avoid spikes that can prove deadly.

Professor Kate O’Dell, study co-author, warned understanding how the drinks affect the heart ‘is extremely important’.

She said: ‘Energy drinks are readily accessible and commonly consumed by a large number of teens and young adults.’

The findings, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, are not the first to prove energy drinks can be dangerous.

Energy drink consumption has been associated with cardiac arrest and heart attacks, the team of academics wrote in the journal.

Researchers from the University of Texas at Houston last year said the drinks narrow blood vessels, which restricts blood flow to vital organs.

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Put a bar: 8 simple tricks to pimp your balcony

More and more Kenyans are living in urban settings and with that has come the need for more highrises to accommodate the growing numbers.

This has meant that like the reggae singers constant lament; our suburbs, towns, and cities are becoming concrete jungles. This has meant that space is more constrained and thus the need to use efficiently.

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Balcony with lounging chairs

One area that is constantly overlooked in most apartments and flats is how people use their balconies. There are several ways one can maximise and smartly use their balcony.

They are below;

Add a small table

One can enjoy a morning coffee, brunch or work on your laptop using the table.

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Balcony with a small table

Bring in Greenery

One can plant fruits and veggies in their balcony and no it isn’t as hard as you imagine.

Put up a Hammock or a rocking chair

The hammock or the chair is a nice way for one to enjoy the breeze or read a book as you lounge at home.

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Laying back as someone chills

Add Pattern with an Outdoor Rug

This will give your balcony character and make it more inviting to relax.

Opt for Floor Pillows

This is a wonderful idea for those who want to just chill and while away the day. One can have a nice conversation, read a book, play a board game or just meditate.

Surround Yourself with Flowers

Buy potted flowers and surround yourself with these beautiful reminders of nature’s best.

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Install Built-In Seating

Put in some bench seating and use them while hosting your guests. Opt for Floor Pillows.

Design a Spot For Cocktails

Put up a temporary bar that you can use to prepare cocktails and drinks for yourself and guests.

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How to create an enchanting garden with these 5 easy ideas

Are you tired of that boring old garden space? Did you know that your garden is one of the places where you can show off your creative creativity?

Well we will tell you why.

You don’t have to go all out to make your garden look beautiful, you can use home made decors to make it look enchanting! A real head turner for that matter.

Here are 5 ways to turn that boring space into a master piece.

1. Use of ornaments

Ornaments consisting of lights, glow balls, flickers and so have you always bring a different glow to a space.

Use those old decorations that you have been keeping in the store to bring that extra ambiance to your garden.

 

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2. Have a Gazebo

This is the real deal.

Having a relaxation area where people can just come and relax, dine and have conversations admiring the beautiful view of your garden is just the kind of vibe anyone would want.

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Gazebo at the garden
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Relaxation area in your garden

3. Glow up with the lighting

Let there be light they said!

This is one of the best decorations to make that garden look like fairy-tale movies.

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4. Use plants as ornaments

It isn’t a garden if it doesn’t have plants period!

Having that greenery with a touch of bling makes all the difference.

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The crazy and bizarre traditions associated with Kenyans

5. Flourish your fence

Fences are not only to surround the compound, the could also bring an extra demeanor to your compound

Therefore make that fence look like a holiday!

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Decorated fence

 

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The crazy and bizarre traditions associated with Kenyans

The moment you realize how many of these bizarre traditions Kenya has, you will realize why Kenya is not only unique, its also full of weird traditions .

Having 42 tribes in Kenya, it also means that cultures between the tribes are different and we will tell you why.

Here are some of the bizarre cultures Kenya has.

1. Communities that kill twins

In the past, some communities would dump twins or triplets in the forest or immediately kill them .

This was because bearing of twins was considered evil and the mother would then be made to attend a cleansing ritual to put out the evil.

In some communities in Kenya still practice this away from the hawk eye whereby they still believe that first born twins or more children for that matter are an omen.

In addition to this, children whoa re also born already having teeth, those  born with their feet first, children born with both the female and male private parts and boys born with one testicle are also  considered as bad omen.

2. Wife Inheritance

This is a tradition that has been there among some communities in Kenya.

Women are usually forced to remarry to the family of the deceased. In many cases it is the brother of the deceased who inherits the widow and provides for her.

This is a tradition that is not common to the rest of the world.

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 3. Sleeping with dead bodies before funeral

Have you ever heard that in the past, customs required widows in the community to sleep in the same room with their dead husbands before burial?

Well, reportedly, this was part of a cleansing ritual to purify such women in readiness for inheritance.

These are some of the old customs that may have been put aside but old habits die hard as you might find some of these habits continue to happen in the rural most remote areas in some of these communities.

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 4. Night running

The nocturnal practice of running around communities is carried out across Kenya’s Western region.

The main purpose of night running or what the night runners do is , run naked and terrify people.

Night runners in Kenya term it as a sport.

5. Death in the forest

In nomadic communities, the sick or aged were not allowed to die in the home.

Instead, they were removed and taken into the forest, hillside or lay abandoned by the river.

A certain belief in a future life is indicated by burial of a calabash of milk beside the corpse and by the fact that the name of the departed is never mentioned lest the spirit should regard it as a call and come back.

This may be a tradition that still continues to happen with these communities.

 

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Health: Being over weight as an adolescent could lead to heart problems

Being mildly overweight as a teenager raises the risk of heart failure in adulthood, scientists have found.

Scientists tracked 1.6million men for nearly five decades to examine the dangers of carrying extra weight in adolescence.

They found those who were even mildly overweight when they were 18 were more likely to develop cardiomyopathy in later life.

The findings come amid a worldwide childhood obesity crisis, with figures showing there are 340 million youngsters who are overweight or obese.

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Obesity is known to be a risk factor for a multitude of health problems including heart disease.

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg were looking mainly to see if teenage obesity raised the risk of cardiomyopathy.

It is the general term for diseases of the heart muscle, which can make it harder for the organ to pump blood around the body.

Men who enlisted in compulsory military service between 1969 and 2005, when they were 18 or 19 years old, were analysed.

Researchers recorded figures on their height, weight and overall fitness.

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Among the men in the study, 4,477 were diagnosed with cardiomyopathy at an average age of 45.5.

The men who at age 18 had a body mass index (BMI) below 20 had a low risk of going on to develop cardiomyopathy.

But the risk steadily increased as weight increased, according to the findings that were published in the journal Circulation.

Men who had a BMI of 35 and over – considered obese – were eight times more likely to develop dilated cardiomyopathy as adults.

Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975, according to the World Health Organization.

Health chiefs have long been trying to crack down on childhood obesity rates, considering children who are obese are put at a higher risk of heart conditions and diabetes at a younger age than normal.

Obese youngsters are likely to stay obese into adulthood, where long-term health problems include cancer

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The four advantages of eating cucumbers

If you are in the veggie section in the supermarket, don’t ignore cucumbers.

This is according to several health and fitness experts who say there is an added benefit in including cucumbers in our diet.

Experts say they are low in calories and help the body with lots of nutrients. Other advantages are as follows;

Helps in weigh lose

The cucumber is one of the fruits taken that can help one in weight loss because it has few calories and antioxidants that prevent the accumulation of harmful radicals hence even when taken in plenty, one cannot add weight. It can be taken in form of a salad or blended with other fruits to make smoothies.

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Helps in lowering of blood sugars

This is a natural fruit with low sugar content, hence helps in blood sugar regulation in ones body. For people with diabetes, it is one of the best to take because it reduces the blood sugars in the body to the needed blood sugar level.

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It also helps in hydration

Water is a basic need to the body. We are all encouraged to eat fruits and veggies.

Water helps in digestion, metabolism and the regulation of the body temperatures. Let’s also not forget how important glowing skin is when we consume water. Enough water helps in the digestion and metabolism hence prevents the storage of excessive fats in the body.

It is easier to be added to the diet

It can be added to any type of food eaten, salads and smoothies which also aids in weight lose as in detoxification of the body.

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Tips: Check out 5 healthy ways to lose weight

When losing weight one needs to follow some steps in order to attain their targeted body goals. The following are ways to lose weight in a healthy way;

Drinking lemon water every morning

Its healthier for one to drink lemon water first thing after waking up on an empty stomach. This helps with digestion and metabolism of the body.

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Observing diet

The human body is more active in the morning hence it’s healthier to have a heavy meal in the morning in readiness for the day activities.

The body is less active at night hence one is required to have a lighter meal in the evening. Eat like a king in the morning, a queen at noon and beggar in the evening.

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Take plenty of water

Water is very essential in the body. It helps in digestion and also keeps the skin glowing. One should take 8 glasses of water in a day. Taking water in the morning on an empty stomach is very important to the body.

Avoid taking much wheat products

In order to cut weight one should avoid taking wheat products such as bread, cakes, cookies and all wheat products. The wheat products contain more carbohydrates which when taken in plenty can lead to one adding weight easily.

Exercise

Exercise is very important to the body. It makes the body to be active and function well. This includes morning run when the body is still active, sit ups are also important especially when working out for the belly and the core.

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Feeling a sense of ‘purpose’ may add years to your life – study

People who feel a sense of purpose in their life are more likely to live long, healthy lives, according to new research.

The study, based on a large cohort of 6,985 people, was led by University of Michigan School of Public Health epidemiologist Dr Leigh Pearce, who specializes in cancer survival, and how to improve quality of life.

After a conversation with a colleague who researches life purpose, Dr Pearce decided to pivot her work to dig into this question.

She wanted to confirm if meaningfulness lowers mortality risk – an idea which has gained steam and solid evidence in recent years – would hold true in such a large group.

Her findings, which compile to form a remarkably uniform graph reflecting just that, suggested to Dr Pearce that it is worth trying to develop tools to capture a sense of meaning in the face of bleak diagnoses – whether it’s apps or therapy techniques.

Humans have been soul-searching, existential beings at least since we were painting on cave walls and creating the structures of worship – some hundreds of thousands of years ago.

It’s not exactly clear why we developed a need for meaning, when other species didn’t, but it is clear that our pursuit of meaning is as deeply-rooted a human instinct as hunting is for wolves.

What’s more, it’s becoming increasingly clear that those who do not feel they have a purpose, beyond surviving day to day, are more likely to die early.

Dr Pearce’s study, published today in the journal JAMA Network Open, adds to that.

Her team looked at data from a seven-item questionnaire filled out by around 8,000 over-50s in 2006.

Many of their answers touched on ‘life purpose’ and ‘life satisfaction’, and they were categorized on a scale of 0-6.

Life purpose, in this study, was defined as ‘a self-organizing life aim that stimulates goals, promotes healthy behaviors, and gives meaning to life.’

They then compared their answers to their physical health and death data years later, and found, unequivocally, that of the 6,000 adults who filled out the ‘life purpose’ questions, there was a strong correlation between those who felt a sense of purpose and living longer.

People with a sense of purpose, they found, are more likely to go to the doctor, create a community, and engage in healthier habits.

They are also more likely to have better outcomes after a stroke.

Trying to incorporate ‘meaning’ into healthcare is already tried, tested and successful in some parts of the world, most notably Japan, where the philosophy of ikigai – ‘something to live for, the joy and goal of living’ – is part of the culture from birth to death.

In the US, there has been resistance in the decades since Freud, as psychologists have striven to be recognized as ‘legitimate’ scientists, rather than dreamers.

But, with all this robust and growing evidence, it is only logical that we try to apply the findings in a practical sense, particularly to help people whose sense of meaning and mortality is challenged by a diagnosis.

There are a couple of challenges to taking this forward.

First, this study only included data on people over 50. The effects might be different in younger populations.

Second, and more importantly, ‘purpose’ is different for everyone, particularly when our entire sense of meaning and purpose is challenged.

In some, it is family; in some it is a legacy of written works, art, or a foundation.

Religion has been a boon for humans, allowing us to feel relaxed in the face of death, knowing that there’s something to look forward to, and that we are more than our degrading bodies. Indeed, research repeatedly shows that religious people feel more peaceful, happy, and less nervous – all things related to good health.

But, for some, nature delivers that.

This week, for example, the New York Times told the story of Isabella de la Houssaye, a 55-year-old mother-of-five with stage 4 lung cancer who is striving to make extraordinary trips with each of her kids. She ran an Ironman triathlon with one son, and she climbed the Andes with her daughter.

‘It is very individualized,’ Dr Pearce told DailyMail.com.

‘But what’s interesting is, I think about whether there is an overall approach to helping people find is what’s most important to them. Helping someone better understand what makes them tick, what their purpose is, their meaning.

‘And because it can be individualized, that’s where the value is. There’s no one-size-fits-all. But that means you can develop it in your own way.’

Helping someone else capture their own sense of meaning is difficult, partly because feeling meaning is distinct from feeling happy, as this 2012 study from Florida State University found.

We are happy receiving gifts, having less on our plates, and being excited and fulfilled in the here-and-now. But focusing on the present alone, and being less productive, hampers our sense of meaning.

We feel meaning when we think about the past and the future – things that, in the short term, can make us feel nervous – and when we are giving, working, and putting our ultimate goals ahead of our comfort.

There are attempts to find and strike that balance, though, and Dr Pearce is excited about the potential.

Mindfulness has been shown to be beneficial in breast cancer patients, she points out, and there are new efforts to develop apps, such as Purposeful, a ‘life coach’ on your phone.

Her next study, currently underway, is exploring the use of life coach apps for women with ovarian cancer diagnoses, looking at how effective it is in different stages of disease, remission, or recurrence.

Next, she hopes to look at how this could work for caregivers, too, who have high rates of burn-out and poor health.

‘It’s a departure from the work that I’ve done but I think that it may have benefit, and the evidence is very robust.’

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Smokers of light cigarettes suffer same fate as those who use traditional ones

Smokers of ‘light’ or menthol cigarettes are just as likely to die from lung cancer as those who use the traditional ones, researchers claim.

Scientists have warned there is no safe cigarette, despite people believing low-tar options may be a healthier choice.

Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina analysed health records of 14,000 smokers, aged between 55 and 74.

All the volunteers had smoked for at least 30 ‘pack years’ – the number of packs per day multiplied by years smoked.

Academics calculated the effect of smoking habits on lung cancer incidence and mortality, as well as deaths from all causes, although it is not clear what other causes were studied.

No difference was found in lung cancer incidence or deaths, or all-cause mortality between regular cigarette smokers and light or ultralight smokers.
Lead author Dr Nina Thomas said: ‘There’s still this idea that light or ultralight might be better for you, and it’s not.

‘All cigarettes are bad. They all increase the risk for lung cancer and the risk of dying from lung cancer.’

However, the results did show smokers of light cigarettes – sold by brands such as Marlboro – had a lower dependence on tobacco.

But they were less likely to kick the habit than regular cigarette smokers, according to the data from The National Lung Screening Trial in the US.Light or ultralight cigarettes, which started being developed in the 1960s, are advertised as having less tobacco, nicotine, tar, and a milder flavour. Menthol cigarettes are flavoured with menthol.

And Dr Thomas added there was also ‘no difference’ in any of the outcomes when comparing menthol smokers to adults keen on normal cigarettes.

But smokers of unfiltered cigarettes were 40 per cent more likely to develop lung cancer, and almost twice as likely to die from it.

They’re also 30 per cent more likely to die of any cause and are more dependent, when compared with filtered cigarette smokers.

Filtered cigarettes – with the filter at the top – were introduced in the 1950s as a solution to the growing concern over cigarette safety.

Before this, all cigarettes were sold ‘unfiltered’, which you can still make today with rolling tobacco.

Dr Thomas said there have been several alterations to cigarettes in the past 70 years in response to public concern about health risks.

‘Despite these changes, smoking remains associated with 90 per cent of lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer related mortality,’ she said.

Smoking rates have fallen over the past 50 years but around 40million Americans still smoke, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number of smokers in the UK has also decreased over the past few decades, to a record low of just 14.9 per cent, according to the NHS.

Of those who do smoke, 60.8 per cent intend to quit, according to the Office for National Statistics.

There are around 46,700 new lung cancer cases in the UK every year, and in 2018 an estimated 234,000 new cases of lung cancer were diagnosed in the US.

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5 Reasons why salsa dancing is good for you

Are you a fitness enthusiast or just want to learn that simple routine that will make you love a good work out? Well salsa is the thing you need to try.

There are so many reasons why people stay faithful to a certain sport, routines, or habit.

Salsa dancing has so many benefits including both health and physical benefits.

 

Here are reasons who salsa dancing could be what you are looking for.

1. Keeps your body fit

Everyone has a unique way on how to keep their body fit. Well, you might need to rethink on how to include salsa.

Salsa has so many areas of fitness. For instance, it can help you reduce excess body weight and also toning of your body muscle.

Those who learn this exciting dance also notice an improvement in their balance, body awareness, memory, and coordination. Dancing requires you to be moving your feet in one motion, while your arms, hands, and head are doing something different.

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2. Keeps your body looking younger

Keeping your body fit has it advantages including making you look younger. It also benefits your whole body including keeping fit, benefitis your lungs and also your heart.

It is said that dancers performing  in one dance competition could amount to those cyclists and swimmers covering more than 400 meters.

3. Improves your emotional health

Dance elevates your moods giving that different feel when you put your heart out to dance.

This may help reduce stress or even sins of depression making change the mood to the rhythm of music.

It helps improve ht relationship between the mind and the body making you feel more relaxed and at peace.

4. Improves your self esteem

Salsa dancing helps you build on your confidence through interactions that you make with members of the opposite s3x and also everyone in the dancing hall.

Salsa dancing may also bring much attention to you while dancing. This at times could be a little intimidating.

However, this may also be one of the ways you could build up on your esteem by bringing out the best in you on that dance floor.

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5. Fun is guaranteed

Salsa is no doubt fun.

It does not matter if you are a pro’ or not, shine with those simple moves that you know and you are guaranteed a fun adventure.

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5 ways to effectively help you deal with anxiety

Being troubled or worried about certain things in life is a normal life process. We are often troubled about things in life such as finances, work and family.

This is not forgetting every other situation or process that may cause your life any discomfort. Having to worry about these things is what gives your life purpose.

What becomes a worrying issue is when these worries become excessive and uncontrollable for long and extended duration of time.

When this happens, one is  often said to be having anxiety and when they are in excess it is termed as having anxiety attacks.

Here are some of the ways you can deal with anxiety when it attacks.

1. Get enough sleep

This is very important , when someone has anxiety she or he deserves enough rest so that they can get enough rest.

This relaxes the mind and they can stop the mind from over-thinking and anxiety.

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2. Know that you cannot control everything

At times it is good to just relax and just breath. Find perspective in every situation that triggers the anxiety. Is it really that bad?

When dealing with anxiety, it is important to know that you cannot control everything and that it is just alright to just sit back and relax.

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3. Find out what triggers your anxiety

When you have anxiety problems, it is important to understand your mindset and know what causes the anxiety.

Is it work related, home issues, family, friends, it is  important to know what factor triggers your anxiety

When you understand that, then you can find ways on how to deal and control it.

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4. Find someone who you can talk to

This may be very helpful to someone who suffers from anxiety. Have someone who you can talk to and also share how you are feeling.

This makes it easier to understand and also helps with what you are feeling and dealing with.

It is also important to see a psychologist to get that professional help.

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5. Think about something that eases your nerves

You could think about something that eases your nerves. For instance, you could have a count down of numbers from 1-10 to ease your nerves.

This deviates your mind from something that may have caused the anxiety in the first place.

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