Sunday, January 24, 2016

Jodhpur's Umaid Bhavan Palace Just Got Voted The World's Best Hotel

Jodhpur's Umaid Bhavan Palace Just Got Voted The World's Best Hotel

The palace contains 347 rooms and stands on 26 acres of lush land. About 2,000 to 3,000 people were employed to build it.

Jodhpur's Umaid Bhavan Palace Just Got Voted The World's Best Hotel

The palace was built with "dun-coloured" (golden-yellow) sandstone with two wings. Makrana marble has also been used, whereas Burmese teak wood has been used for the interior wood work.

Jodhpur's Umaid Bhavan Palace Just Got Voted The World's Best Hotel

The tariff for a standard room is Rs 44, 987 per night for two adults. The suites, however, will burn a hole in your pocket, being priced at Rs 1,18,900 for a single night!

Jodhpur's Umaid Bhavan Palace Just Got Voted The World's Best Hotel

This is how they set the dining table!

Jodhpur's Umaid Bhavan Palace Just Got Voted The World's Best Hotel

Their courtyard looks straight out of a fairy tale.

Jodhpur's Umaid Bhavan Palace Just Got Voted The World's Best Hotel

You’re welcomed with dhols, drums, a welcome dance and champagne.

Jodhpur's Umaid Bhavan Palace Just Got Voted The World's Best Hotel

They have a Zodiac Pool, which is an exotic pool where you can spend hours.

Jodhpur's Umaid Bhavan Palace Just Got Voted The World's Best Hotel

The palace is the first choice for celebrity weddings. Liz Hurley's extravagant marriage with Arun Nayyar made the palace famous among international celebrities.

Jodhpur's Umaid Bhavan Palace Just Got Voted The World's Best Hotel

The palace is still home to the royal family of Jodhpur.

Jodhpur's Umaid Bhavan Palace Just Got Voted The World's Best Hotel

Friday, January 22, 2016

I liked this because its a short answer

I liked this because its a short answer

Does olive oil prevent heart disease? []

Short answer: Yes 
The health benefits of olive oil come from the presence of polyphenols, antioxidants 
That reduce the risk of heart diseases
and cancers.
But to get these healthy compounds, consumers should buy good-quality, fresh "extra-virgin" olive oil, which has the highest polyphenol content. Most commercially available olive oils have
 low levels of polyphenols associated with poor harvesting methods, improper storage, and heavy processing.

Do cough syrups work? []

Short answer: 

                   In 2006, the 
nation's chest physicians agreed
that the majority of over-the-counter cough medicines don't actually work.
These colorful syrups typically contain doses of codeine and dextromethorphan that are too small to be effective.
Only cough suppressants that contain older antihistamines seem to relieve coughs.
That includes brompheniramine, an active ingredient in Dimetapp. 

Do sugary soft drinks lead to diabetes? []

Short answer: 

The majority of health research is
 stacked against sugar-sweetened soda
. A large 2004 study
in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that women who drank one or more sugary drinks per day increased their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 83% compared to those who consumed less than one of these beverages per month.  

Do I need sunscreen with more than 30 SPF? []

Short answer

Sunscreens with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 block about 97% of ultraviolet rays,
While sunscreens with an SPF of higher than 30 block 97%-98%.
It's more important that you choose "broad-spectrum" sunscreen, meaning it protects against both UVB and UVA rays. 

Sunbathers also need to apply a 
generous amount of sunscreen
in order to get the full benefit of the SPF 
Is the MSG in Chinese likely to give you a headache? []

Short answer: 

     A review of 40 years of clinical trials, published in the 
journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in 2006
Found that all previous research "failed to identify a consistent relationship between the consumption of MSG
And the constellation of symptoms that comprise the syndrome," including headaches and asthma attacks.
The misconception spawned from several poorly-done small studies in the 1960's that
seemed to connect MSG with a variety of maladies that people experienced after eating at Chinese restaurants. 

Do nuts make you fat? []

Short answer: 

As much as 75% of a nut is fat. But eating fat doesn't necessarily make you fat.
The bigger factor leading to weight gain is portion-size.
Luckily, nuts are loaded with healthy fats that keep you full. They're also a good source of protein and fiber.

One study even found that 
whole almonds have 20% less calories than previously thought because 
A lot of the fat is excreted from the body 
Is walking as effective as running? []

Short answer: 

Studies have shown that how long you exercise — and thus how many calories you burn — is more important 
<Than how hard you exercise. Running is a more efficient form of exercise, but not necessarily better for you.
A six-year
 study published in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology in April found that walking at a moderate pace and running produced similar health benefits, so long as the same amount of energy was expended. 

Is drinking fruit juice as good for you as eating fruit? []

Short answer: 

Calorie for calorie, whole fruit provides more nutritional benefits than drinking the pure juice of that fruit.
That's because when you liquefy fruit, stripping away the peel and dumping the pulp, many ingredients like
Fiber, calcium, vitamin C, and other antioxidants are lost.
For comparison, a five-ounce glass of orange juice that contains 69 calories has .3 grams of dietary fiber and 16 milligrams of calcium, whereas an orange with the same number of calories packs 3.1 grams of fiber and 60 milligrams of calcium.
Are all wheat breads better for you than white bread? []

Short answer: 

Not all wheat breads are created equal. Wheat breads that contain all parts of the grain kernel,
Including the nutrient-rich germ and fiber-dense bran, must be labeled "whole grain" or "whole wheat."
Some wheat breads are just white bread with a little bit of caramel coloring to make the bread appear healthier,
According to Reader's Digest. 

Can a hot tub make me sick? []

Short answer: 

Hot tubs — especially ones in spas, hotels, and gyms — are perfect breeding grounds for germs.
The water is not hot enough to kill bacteria, but is just the right temperature to make microbes grow even faster.
Even though hot tubs are treated with chlorine, the heat causes the disinfectant to break down faster
than it would in regular pools.
The most common hot tub infection is pseudomonas folliculitis, which causes red, itchy bumps.
A more dangerous side-effect of soaking in a dirty Jacuzzi is a form of pneumonia known as Legionnaire's disease. 

This is what 
reportedly sickened more than 100 people at the Playboy Mansion back in 2011

Does coffee cause cancer? []

Short answer: 

Coffee got a bad rap in the 1980's when a study
 linked drinking coffee to pancreatic cancer
The preliminary report was 
later debunked

More recently, health studies have swung in favor of the caffeinated beverage.
Coffee has been linked to a lower risk of 
 type 2 diabetes,
 Parkinson's disease,  liver cancer, and even suicide. 

Do eggs raise cholesterol levels? 

Short answer: No 

Although egg yolks are a major source of cholesterol — a waxy substance thaat resembles fat — researchers have learned that saturated fat has more of an impact on cholesterol in your blood than eating foods that contain cholesterol.
"Healthy individuals with normal blood cholesterol levels should now feel free to enjoy foods like eggs in their diet every day," the lead researcher from a 25-year
University of Arizona study on cholesterol concluded. 

Can you drink too much water? []

Short answer: 

It is very rare for someone to die from drinking too much water, but it can happen. Over-hydrating is most common among elite athletes. Drinking an excess of water, called water intoxication, dilutes the concentration of sodium in the blood leading to a condition known as hyponatremia. The symptoms of hyponatremia can range from nausea and confusion to seizures and even death in severe cases.
To avoid this, drink fluids with electrolytes during extreme exercise events. 
Can yogurt ease digestive problems? 

Short answer: Yes 

Our digestive tract is filled with microorganisms — some good and some bad.
Yogurt contains beneficial bacteriagenerically called probiotics, that helps maintain a healthy balance.
Probiotics can relieve several gastrointestinal problems, including constipation and diarrhea. 

Certain brands of yogurts, like 
Activa by Dannon,
 are marketed exclusively to treat tummy issues. 
Do whitening toothpastes whiten teeth more than regular toothpastes? []

Short answer: 

Whitening toothpastes usually contain peroxides and other strong abrasives that might make your teeth appear whiter by removing stains. Unlike at-home whitening strips and gels that contain bleach,
these toothpastes do not actually change the color of your teeth.

Is it safe to microwave food in plastic containers? []

Short answer: 

But the plastic container should display the words "microwave safe."
This means that the Food and Drug Administration has
 tested the container to make sure no chemicals used to make the plastic leech into foods during microwaving.  If chemicals do seep out into food, the amounts are tiny and not dangerous to our health. As a general guideline, plastic grocery bags as well as most plastic tubs that hold margarine, yogurt, cream cheese, and condiments are not microwave safe. 

Can watching TV ruin your eyesight? []

Short answer: No 

Watching TV will not destroy your rods and cones as the outdated myth suggests. Before the 1950's, TVs emitted radiation that 
could increase an individual's risk of eye problems after excessive TV viewing. 
Modern TVs have special shielding that blocks these harmful emissions.  

Is red wine better for you than white wine? []

Short answer: 
Red wine contains much more resveratrol than white wine, an antioxidant found in the skin of grapes that has been shown to fight off diseases associated with aging

Is bottled water better for you than tap water? 

Short answer: 

Bottled water is no safer or purer than tap water, although it is substantially more expensive. A recent study by Glasgow University in the U.K. found that bottled water is actually 

more likely to be contaminated than water from your faucet
because it is less well-regulated. Bottled water and tap water typically come from the same sources — natural springs, lakes, and aquifers.
While public water supplies are tested for contaminants every day, makers of bottled water are only required to test for specific contaminants every week, month, or year. 


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

15 Things You Should Really Know About Vitamin D!

Vitamin D prevents osteoporosis, depression, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and even affects diabetes and obesity. 
Vitamin D is perhaps the single most underrated nutrient in the world of nutrition. That's probably because it's free: your body makes it when sunlight touches your skin. 
Fifteen facts that are important to know about vitamin D and sunlight exposure:
1. Vitamin D is produced by your skin in response to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from natural sunlight. 
2. The healing rays of natural sunlight (that generate vitamin D in your skin) cannot penetrate glass. So you don't generate vitamin D when sitting in your car or at home. 
3. It is nearly impossible to get adequate amounts of vitamin D from your diet. Sunlight exposure is the only reliable way to generate vitamin D in your own body. 
4. A person would have to drink ten tall glasses of vitamin D fortified milk each day just to get minimal levels of vitamin D into their diet. 
5. The further you live from the equator, the longer the exposure you need from the sun in order to generate vitamin D. Canada, the U.K. and most U.S. states are far from the equator. 
6. People with dark skin pigmentation may need 20 - 30 times as much exposure to sunlight as fair-skinned people, to generate the same amount of vitamin D. That's why prostate cancer is epidemic among black men - it's a simple, but widespread, sunlight deficiency. 
7. Sufficient levels of vitamin D are crucial for calcium absorption in your intestines. Without sufficient vitamin D, your body cannot absorb calcium, rendering calcium supplements useless. 
8. Chronic vitamin D deficiency cannot be reversed overnight: it takes months of vitamin D supplementation and sunlight exposure to rebuild the body's bones and nervous system. 
9. Even weak sunscreens (SPF=8) block your body's ability to generate vitamin D by 95%. This is how sunscreen products actually cause disease - by creating a critical vitamin deficiency in the body.
10. It is impossible to generate too much vitamin D in your body from sunlight exposure: your body will self-regulate and only generate what it needs. 
11. If it hurts to press firmly on your sternum, you may be suffering from chronic vitamin D deficiency right now. 
12. Vitamin D is "activated" in your body by your kidneys and liver before it can be used. 
13. Having kidney disease or liver damage can greatly impair your body's ability to activate circulating vitamin D. 
14. The sunscreen industry doesn't want you to know that your body actually needs sunlight exposure because that realization would mean lower sales of sunscreen products. 
15. Even though vitamin D is one of the most powerful healing chemicals in your body, your body makes it absolutely free. No prescription required. 
On the issue of sunlight exposure, by the way, it turns out that super antioxidants greatly boost your body's ability to handle sunlight without burning. Astaxanthin is one of the most powerful "internal sunscreens" and can allow you to stay under the sun twice as long without burning. 
Other powerful antioxidants with this ability include super fruits like Acai, Pomegranates (POM Wonderful juice), blueberries, etc. 
Diseases and conditions cause by vitamin D deficiency:
  •  Osteoporosis is commonly caused by a lack of vitamin D, which greatly impairs calcium absorption. 
  •  Sufficient vitamin D prevents prostate cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, depression, colon cancer and schizophrenia. 
  •  "Rickets" is the name of a bone-wasting disease caused by vitamin D deficiency. 
  •  Vitamin D deficiency may exacerbate type 2 diabetes and impair insulin production in the pancreas.
  •  Obesity impairs vitamin D utilization in the body, meaning obese people need twice as much vitamin D. 
  •  Vitamin D is used around the world to treat Psoriasis.
  •  Vitamin D deficiency can cause schizophrenia. 
  •  Seasonal Affective Disorder is caused by a melatonin imbalance initiated by lack of exposure to sunlight. 
  •  Chronic vitamin D deficiency is often misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia because its symptoms are so similar: muscle weakness, aches and pains. 

  •  Your risk of developing serious diseases like diabetes and cancer is reduced 50% - 80% through simple, sensible exposure to natural sunlight 2-3 times each week. 
  •  Infants who receive vitamin D supplementation (2000 units daily) have an 80% reduced risk of developing type 1 diabetes over the next twenty years. 
Shocking Vitamin D deficiency statistics:
  •  32% of doctors and med school students are vitamin D deficient. 
  •  40% of the U.S. population is vitamin D deficient. 
  •  42% of African American women of childbearing age are deficient in vitamin D. 
  •  48% of young girls (9-11 years old) are vitamin D deficient. 
  •  Up to 60% of all hospital patients are vitamin D deficient. 
  •  76% of pregnant mothers are severely vitamin D deficient, causing widespread vitamin D deficiencies in their unborn children, which predisposes them to type 1 diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia later in life. 81% of the children born to these mothers were deficient. 
  •  Up to 80% of nursing home patients are vitamin D deficient. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Urinating Frequently at Night (Nocturia)? Here's What You Should Do

Urinating Frequently at Night (Nocturia)?
Here's What You Should Do

by: Junji Takano

Geting up to the toilet in the middle of the night to urinate is quite common especially among the elderly. Many people consider this as part of normal aging. One episode of night urination is considered within normal limits. But if you are urinating more frequently than this, then you may be suffering from nocturia, and it could be a sign of a more serious problem or disease.

What Causes Frequent Urination?

First, let's talk about frequent urination that affects you both day and night.
There are many different causes of urinary frequency. More often this is caused by a problem in the bladder and urethra.
1. Overactive bladder – frequency is more than 8 times a day due to sudden urge to urinate even when the bladder is not full.
2. Enlarged prostate – caused by the prostate pressing on the urethra, which prevents the bladder from emptying completely.
However, if you urinate frequently during night time only, then it can be caused by other problems. One of these is problem in the heart.

Frequent Urination at Night is a Sign of Heart Disease!

Usually at night while you sleep, your brain produces anti diuretic hormones to limit the formation of urine by the kidneys so you can get a good night's sleep.
However, for some people, this is not the case, and the amount of urine still increases at night. Why exactly would this happen?
The answer has something to do with the pumping function of the heart. In essence, urine comes from the blood that has been filtered by the kidneys. If you have a heart problem, the blood pumping will be much weaker.
Now to explain it further, here's what actually happens—if the heart pumps blood at a weaker rate due to heart disease, then the blood will fail or will have difficulties to return to the heart. Swelling of the lower limbs (legs and ankles) will most likely occur as the blood pools in the extremities during the day.
At night, as the patient lies down, the blood or fluid that accumulated in the lower limbs will return to the heart. This time, the heart will need to work harder. This in turn forces the kidneys to produce more urine to decrease pressure in the heart. The result is nocturia or frequent urination at night!

Sleep Apnea Syndrome Can Trigger Nighttime Urination

Recently, a new study found that people suffering from sleep apnea syndrome (interruption of breathing during sleep) may experience nocturia.
Here's what happens during a sleep apnea episode:
  1. Oxygen decreases due to obstruction of the upper airway.
  2. Carbon dioxide increases.
  3. Blood becomes very acidic.
During this time, the body is alarmed that something is wrong and forces the sleeper to wake up. The heart will begin to race and receive false signal that there is fluid overload and tell the body to urinate. This process repeats every time sleep apnea occurs.
Individuals suffering from sleep apnea rarely know that they are having difficulty breathing during sleep. So if you are urinating frequently at night, it can also be a sign that you have sleep apnea syndrome.
Treating the underlying cause of sleep apnea will help stop nocturia.

4 Things You Can Do to Cope With Nocturia

1. Avoid drinking too much liquid before bedtime, especially coffee, tea, and beer, as these beverages have diuretic effect.
2. Focus on lower leg exercise like walking or squatting 3-4 hours before you go to bed. This will help relieve swelling of the legs.
3. Lie or sit down and put your feet up 3-4 hours before bedtime so that some of the fluid in lower extremities will pass as urine before you sleep. Do this for at least 30 minutes. Stretch and bend your ankles at the same time for about 20 times while at this position.
4. Wear compression stockings during the day. This will prevent swelling of legs and feet. Just make sure it is the correct size and remove the stockings once you go to bed.

Important Things to Consider if You Have Nocturia

  1. If you have heart or kidney problems, make sure to follow the advice of your doctor.
  2. Elderly people should also watch their water intake and make sure that they remain hydrated. Remember that the body's thirst sensation diminishes with age.
  3. There are many other possible causes of nocturia, so consult a urologist for an in-depth examination.
  4. Consult a pulmonologist or an ENT specialist if you suspect that you have sleep apnea syndrome.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

What You Need to Know About Joint Pain

Medications and Supplements such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are designed to fight the inflammation that contributes to sore joints. The most prominent members of this group of drugs are aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen. Some topical creams also help, but it's important to note that they will only deal with the joint pain itself and not with the root of the problem. This is only a temporary fix. 
Exercise is crucial for people who suffer from joint pain, it increases strength and flexibility, reduces the pain levels and helps combat muscle and body fatigue. You might think that exercise will only aggravate your joint pain, but it's actually a lack of exercise that can cause even more stiffness and pain in your joints. It's important to consult with a medical or physical professional about the types of exercises that are best for you, based on which joints are involved and what the source of the pain is. 

New and Natural Solutions to Joint Pain

Sadly, joint pain is as hard to prevent as it is to treat, but it doesn’t mean it's impossible. New advancements in the field of medicine can help deal with the pain and the problems of damaged joints better than ever before.
But make sure you pick the treatment that has enough research-proven results behind it. If you're not sure which to pick, I recommend finding a high-end relief solution that treats all types of joint pain by reducing inflammation and boosting body performance. 
Joint pain isn't going to disappear any time soon, and as we get older the wear and tear that we put on our joints becomes greater, and the pain more severe. Current techniques mostly take care of the pain, not the actual problem, while some new and natural solutions seem to be promising. I hope this, like some other chronic conditions, will one day become a thing of the past.