Is Coffee Good For You? ☕️

For the longest time, I thought that coffee was something that we should be avoiding and it’s really bad for you we should not be taking it. But I was wrong, the other day I accidentally stumbled across a video on coffee and it piqued my curiosity so I watched it and I was intrigued by what the person said about it so I decided to learn more about coffee, specifically about the caffeine in it which I believed was so bad for you. Turns out it is not that bad for you and may even have benefits.

So what does coffee actually do, well as you might know coffee contains caffeine which is the worlds most widely consumed psychoactive drug, blocks one of the neuron transmitters in the brain called adenosine. Adenosine is an inhibitory neuron transmitter and its foremost action is to hose down brain activity. So when coffee blocks adenosine it increases overall neural firing in the brain that increases the activity of other neurotransmitters like dopamine which ultimately stimulates changes in our energy, mood and attention.

Positive impacts of Coffee

  • Enhances memory performance
  • Improves memory and recall
  • Improves mood
  • Enhances physical performance
  • Improves recovery from exercise
  • Contains more antioxidants than green tea and cocoa.
  • Coffee drinkers may have a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases(including heart attack, heart failure, and stroke), type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, uterine and liver cancer, etc

Negative impacts of coffee

  • Can cause insomnia
  • Can cause restlessness
  • Can cause anxiety
  • Can cause jitteriness
  • Bad quality coffee can be toxic
  • Too much coffee raises stress levels
  • Coffee can seriously dehydrate you so for every cup of coffee you should be drinking two cups of water.
  • Can suffer from caffeine withdrawal
  • Pregnant women should not be having high amounts of caffeine.

Conclusion

So is coffee good or bad for you? There are many more positive and negative impacts of drinking coffee. The ones mentioned above are only a few. All the negative effects of drinking coffee are caused when consumed in high amounts or when the person becomes addicted to it and feels like they cannot go through the day without coffee. At the end of the day, we should remember that caffeine is a drug and we can get addicted to it. But there are many benefits to drinking coffee. So the best strategy would be to not take it regularly or take a week off from coffee every three weeks if you are a daily drinker. This builds your tolerance to caffeine.

My thoughts

In my opinion, I feel like people who do drink coffee can change to decaf coffee. Decaf coffee tastes exactly like normal coffee or at least very similar to the normal coffee and it has no caffeine. Even though it is labelled as “decaf” coffee when people drink the coffee since it tastes exactly like normal coffee they might believe that it doesn’t really make much of a difference and thanks to the placebo effect they will experience the same benefits they had while they drank normal coffee. In fact, there are people who drink decaf coffee unknowingly and believe that whatever outcome they were looking from that coffee occurred because they drank “caffeinated” coffee. This is just my opinion.

DON’T BE CONTENT!!!

Yes, you read it. Don’t be content. I did not get the title wrong. The idea of being content is something that gets stuck to us from our society since childhood. I think that the idea of being content developed because we didn’t want people to be greedy. But there is a difference between pursuing your desires apart from our needs versus being greedy. Keep wanting more, never be content but…… you should be GRATEFUL. That is what most people miss.

The following passage comes from the Gospel of Mathew in the Holy Scripture, and it has been mystified, confused and misunderstood by many people and over the centuries.

“Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him”

You have to admit that when you read the passage it appears unjust, as it seems to be saying that the rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer. But there is a mystery to uncover, the answer has eluded so many for centuries is one hidden word: gratitude.

“Whoever has gratitude will be given more and he or she will have an abundance. Whoever does not have gratitude, even what he or she has will be taken away from him or her.”

By the revelation of one hidden word, a cryptic text is made crystal clear. If you don’t take the time to be grateful you’ll never have more, and what you do have will lose. It doesn’t matter what religion you follow, or whether you’re religious or not. These words apply to your life.

When you’re content you are like stagnant water. You just lay there and receive everything that is been thrown at you. Life is about living and not just existing. But like everything, this too is a double-edged sword. You should also not be greedy. But when you’re grateful you automatically won’t be greedy. There’s plenty and more for all our needs and desires but not for our greed. Forget what society tells you about being content, instead, work hard for the things that you want and grateful. Also, don’t feel guilty for wanting things because then you don’t really manifest those things and it hurts you. It’s human nature to never be content but you should be grateful. That is what separates us from being just another species. Finding the right balance between all of this is the biggest lesson in our lives and the earlier you find it, the earlier you’ll succeed in your definition of success

Merliah

The sweltering heat of summer was unbearable. I went to my favorite haunt. It was a small cove surrounded by coconut trees. The water was pale blue and crystal clear. I sat on a rock and as I lowered my feet into the water I noticed my reflection. My face looked sad and depressed. This is how I’ve always looked. Well not always but for the past few months. All I did was contemplated life choices and regret over it. Today was no different. Suddenly someone or something pushed me into the water. I was sitting in the shallow end but still, I fell deeper and deeper until the water turned navy blue. It felt kind of like Alice in Wonderland and surprisingly I could breathe. I was deep down in the ocean and I noticed the beautiful marines creatures swimming gracefully beside me. I felt a state of peace and tranquility. All of a sudden there was this voice, it said

“Everything happens for a reason. Regardless of what you say everything that has ever happened and what is going to happen are all “for” you not “to” you. It might not make sense now but someday some time all the pieces will fit perfectly. The past is in the past. No matter how many times you revisit it, analyze it, regret it, it’s over. So there is no point sulking and overthinking about it. You get one life, so look around and appreciate what you see and thank your past because that made you a stronger person.”

I didn’t see anyone and I didn’t know whether what was happening was real or just my imagination. I realized my mistake, the moment I realized my mistake I woke up on the shore. I looked around confused and walked to the water. The water was glistening in the sunlight. I felt a wave of happiness hit me and I started smiling. At that point, I didn’t care if it was real I learned my mistake and my life transformed for the better.

The 5 Golden Rules of Skin Care

Cleansing – The first rule is to cleanse every morning and night. Atleast at night because our skin renews itself when we sleep and we don’t want our skin to work with old dirty cells because if they do we start seeing acne. Not cleansing at night is one of the primary reasons why we get acne. If your a person who wears makeup then at least take off your makeup before you go to sleep. Sleeping with makeup on is so very harmful to our skin.

Exfoliating – The second rule is to exfoliate your skin two times a week preferably at night because that’s when our skin renews itself and any product that you apply to your skin after exfoliation will soak in much deeper into your skin therefore increasing it’s effectiveness. Exfoliating during the morning can irritate your skin due to the environmental factors. You don’t necessarily have to buy an exfoliater for this, you can make your own by just adding a teaspoon of sugar into your cleanser. The sugar acts as an physical exfoliant. Brown sugar is a better option to use for this purpose becausae it acts not only as a physical exfoliant but also an a chemical exfoliant as it contains glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is the holy grail of exfoliation.

Using an antioxidant rich product- Use an antioxidant rich cream or serum. Antioxidants are vitamins a, b and c. It helps our skin to fight against free radicals. Free radicals are environmental aggressors which are hard on our skin and body. So by using antioxidant rich products and eating foods rich in antioxidants we prevent free radicals from attacking our body and skin.

Sunscreen – This is so important. Sunscreens act as a shield against the harmful UV rays which penetrates every time your skin is exposed to the sun. Our skin has three layers, the first one is the epidermis, the second one is the dermis and the third one is the hypodermis. UVB(ultraviolet-B rays) are the short high energy wavelengths that hit the uppermost layer the epidermis and when this layer is irritated this is what causes the redness and swelling of what appears to be a sunburn. This is what causes freckling, age spots or any kind of skin pigmentation. UVA (ultraviolet-A) reach till the hypodermis and it affects the DNA of the cells of the dermis. When this is attacked, it causes the wrinkling of your skin and sagging and also skin cancer is a real thing so we should be using sunscreen even if your not worried about your skin’s appearance.

Drinking water – This is the most important rule and is not only for your skin. Drinking water helps every part of your body. Water flushes out all the toxins from our body and therefore keeps our skin and body healthy. You can also use hydrating products in the form of toners, serums or moisturizers. An ingredient to be looking for in hydrating products are hylarounic acid. I’ve written a whole blog on this acid so check it out.

How to Not Forget Things (Conquer the Forgetting Curve)

I’m pretty sure that all of us at some point in our life has wondered how or why we forget things quickly. The information that you learned today very well, the next day you remember only bits and pieces. Sound familiar?. Most people think that this is their fault but actually it’s not at all your fault. If you forget things the next day after you learned you’re completely fine, this happens because of the way our brain has been designed. But there are exceptions.

Our human brain forgets things because of something called The Forgetting Curve. It is also called The Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve. The theory is that humans start losing the memory of learned knowledge over time, in a matter of days or weeks, unless the learned knowledge is consciously reviewed over again. The forgetting curve is exponential because memory loss is rapid within the first few days of learning. But the rate of memory loss decreases and the rate of much forgetting are much slower from then on.

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Solution

Suppose you study a topic “A” today and you review it tomorrow you have interrupted the forgetting curve. Now you will forget only 25% the following day and if you review it three days later you go back to 100% and now it’s going to take you even longer to forget it. The idea is that the more times we do this the more spaced out our repetition becomes the more likely we are to encode this information into a long term memory. Now you’ll never forget the topic “A” because we have repeated it so many times that the forgetting curve does not apply to it anymore.

The idea behind spaced repetition is that you allow your brain to forget some of the information such that when you revise it again it’s not mindless repetition it’s actually taking you some brainpower to retrieve the information. It is a scientific fact that the harder your brain works to retrieve something from it the stronger that information gets encoded in your brain. So the more brainpower it takes, the more you’ve forgotten and harder your brain has to work, therefore more strongly the information gets encoded in your brain. Studying by this method is much more efficient than any other method. You’ll save much more time and energy by this method. Even medical students use this study technique.

This is such a valuable piece of information that everyone at every age will benefit from. You can use this technique to learn any sort of information. If you got to know this at a young age then your extremely lucky because you can save so much time and learn things with much greater understanding and efficiently which will greatly affect you in a positive way in the long run. If you’re not young it’s still fine, learning is a never-ending process. Even if you have got a job, to grow in it you have to learn more, you can use this technique from now and I promise you will never go back to studying the same way as before.

The Skincare Basics – Vitamin a, b and c

VITAMIN A / RETINOID

Vitamin A and retinoid is basically the same thing. In the bottom layers of the skin where the cells are produced in the dermis layer, it will regenerate new cells and this will push out the old ones to the surface. Our skin sheds normally after a period of 30 days. What a retinoid does is that it reduces the number of days that takes the skin to shed. For a retinoid, it takes 14-21 days to increase cell turnover. Beginners should first use retinol which can be found in stores, unlike retinoid which has to be prescribed by a dermatologist. Retinol is less stronger than retinoid. Our skin will take time to adapt to the retinol. Retinoid or vitamin a is the strongest of the three vitamins a, b and c. Start using retinol only after the age of 20.

VITAMIN B3 / NIACINAMIDE

Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3. Vitamin B3 is one of the best forms of B vitamins for your skin. Niacinamide helps support skin clarity, improve the appearance of large pores, tames oiliness, known to support skin hydration, evens out skin tone and promote collagen for firm youthful skin. Niacinamide is a stable ingredient so you don’t have to worry about mixing it with other ingredients. Foods rich in niacinamide are yeast, meat, fish, milk, eggs, green vegetables, beans, and cereal grains, etc.

VITAMIN C / ASCORBIC ACID

Vitamin c helps lighten, tighten and brighten the skin. Vitamin a b and c are all antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight our body and skin from free radicals. Free radicals are environmental aggressors which are hard on the skin and body. Eating vitamin c rich food like citrus fruits can help increase vitamin c in the body and skin. Also, vitamin c boosts your immunity system. In addition to its antioxidant properties, vitamin c regulates the synthesis of the structural protein collagen. Thus increasing collagen helps in the repair of damaged skin. Collagen helps the skin cells to renew and repair themselves, it also helps to keep the skin moist.

Things to remember

Don’t use all these vitamins together. Use one vitamin each day and make sure to wear sunscreen on top. Vitamin c and sunscreen together form a greater protection additive which will completely protect the skin. You get the most out of your sunscreen when you pair it with vitamin c. Niacinamide is a stable ingredient so you don’t have to worry about mixing it with other products but vitamin a and c cannot be used with all kinds of products. Make sure that you research the possibility of any harmful reactions from the products that you use and use it accordingly. Mixing products wrongly can cause really bad effects on your skin.

Habits for Success

  • Read every day. Knowledge is power.
  • Know what your goals are and make decisions based on that. It could be big life-changing decisions or small daily life tasks.
  • Learn from people who you admire.
  • Always have a plan. Plan the day the night before. Be in control of yourself and your tasks. Don’t let your tasks pile up put yourself in a place of confusion and break down. You can avoid this situation by planning and execute the plan. Make sure that you execute it.
  • Exercise self-control. Set goals for yourself and only after finishing it let yourself to take a break. This is a way in which you can increase self-control.
  • Challenge yourself.
  • Set health as a top priority. Both mental and physical health is important

Something that people who are trying to achieve success does not know is that they should LIVE and not just exist. Enjoy life. Don’t just work and work like a robot.

Do things that you love, spend time with friends and family, don’t get me wrong, you have to work very hard to achieve success but you should not be sacrificing your health, personal relationships or your fun activities to achieve success. To an extent yes you have to sacrifice your personal interests. But there is no use if you have a Lamborghini but have no one in the passenger seat. Prince Ea recently said ” I promise you that there are a lot of successful people in the graveyard right now who would give anything to be above ground one more day and tell their family and friends that they love them. because that is what’s important.”.

Meet new people, explore, try out new things. Make mistakes and learn from them. Without making mistakes you will never know what works and what does not. When you make a mistake you are one step closer to success because you know that, that one mistake is not the solution.

Most importantly believe. Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.

Why do Babies have such Plump Skin?

Have you ever wondered why babies have such plump skin? It’s because of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in our body but as we get older it slowly diminishes. What it does is that it holds 1000 times its weight in water and gives your skin a very plump appearance. Babies have a lot of hyaluronic acid in their skin that is why their skin so plump. It replenishes moisture and suppleness in the skin.

You can use hyaluronic acid products twice a day for the best results. Once in the morning and then at night. Make sure that you use it only after cleansing and follow it up with a moisturizer. In the day time use sunscreen too after the moisturizer. You can also increase hyaluronic acid in the skin by consuming foods rich in hyaluronic acid.

Soy milk contains high amounts of hyaluronic acid. A lot of Korean celebrities drink soy milk daily to increase the level of hyaluronic acid. Soy milk is not the only food that has high levels of hyaluronic acid. Other foods are bone broth, leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, etc.

Product recommendations

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DIY Foaming Hand Wash

I have mentioned in one of my previous blogs about using a good hand wash if you want soft and smooth hands in the long run. This is a natural hand-wash recipe that will do just the same.

What you will need

  • Foaming soap dispenser
  • 1/4 cup unscented liquid castile soap
  • 1 tbsp vitamin E oil or any oil of choice
  • 1 tbsp food grade vegetable glycerin
  • 6-10 drops of essential oil of choice

Method

Pour the liquid castile soap into the soap dispenser then add in the vitamin E oil, glycerin and essential oil of choice. Stir the mixture gently and then add water until the dispenser is full. Stir the mixture slowly once again until everything is well combined and go ahead and use it.

This DIY is very good for people with a huge family or many kids. This is very safe for kids and these ingredients can last you for a long time. This DIY is also good for people who are on a budget because the ingredients used in this DIY can be used for others DIY’s or on its own and foaming soaps last longer than normal soaps.

Hope you found this helpful and stay tuned for my coming blogs. Please share your comments or suggestions.

Tips for maintaining Soft, Elegant and Good looking Hands

People always ask me what I do to my hands to keep them so soft and smooth. I’ve got many compliments on my hands.

Hands play an important role in our life. From job interviews to receiving the bill from the cashier. Hands are the next thing after our face that people notice. So it’s important to keep them well maintained.

Here are the Tips

  • Use gloves while washing dishes. Dish soaps are formulated for cleaning dishes and not hands so it can be really harsh to the hands.
  • Use a good hand wash for washing your hands. Don’t buy some random hand wash. Using a bad hand wash can affect the quality of your hands in the long run.
  • Moisturize your hands every day with hand cream. If possible use it day and night.
  • Exfoliate your hands twice a week with a hand scrub. You can even use a face scrub or even better make your own by just mixing a little bit of sugar with coconut oil. This scrub will moisturize and at the same time get rid of the dead skin, revealing new healthy glowing skin.
  • Moisturize your cuticles every day.
  • Make sure to file your nails. You can keep them in whatever length you want.
  • Avoid having chipped nail polish. It’s not at all compulsory that you need to have painted nails to have good looking hands. It’s better to have no nail polish than having chipped nail polish.

Hope you found this helpful and stay tuned for my coming blogs.