Dehydration

MAR. 23 490-illust_(Mar23)Are You Dehydrated Already

 

 

Are you drinking enough water?

Experts always tell us to drink at least 8 cups of water every day. According to statistics, over 40% of American adults drink less than 4 cups and 7% admitted drinking no water at all on a daily basis.

Some of the effects caused by being dehydrated are having headaches, feeling dizzy and feeling tired. Additionally, it also affects our mood by making us grumpy and confused.

Here are the ways where you can check if you need to drink water:

  • Are you thirsty? That’s the most obvious sign that says you are already dehydrated.
  • Look at your eyes. Do you have dark circles and are they sunken?
  • Pinch your skin. If it goes back quickly you are hydrated but if it’s slow to go back to its original shape, you are dehydrated.
Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Admit – declare something to be true
  2. Dehydrated – lose water or moisture
  3. Dizzy – the feeling that you are about to fall
  4. Grumpy – annoyed and irritable
  5. Hydrated – have enough supply of water or moisture

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. How much water do you drink every day? Do you drink 8 cups or less? If less than 8, why?
  2. What do you feel when you didn’t drink enough water?
  3. What are the best ways to make sure we have enough supply of water in our body?

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The Most Expensive Country to Have Diabetes

 

 

Which country is the most expensive to have diabetes?

PharmacoEconomics released a new study where they stated that the United States is the most expensive country to have type 2 diabetes. The average price of treatment is around $283, 000.

Another study made by the researchers at the University of East Anglia analysed 109 data on how big were the effects of diabetes to people’s lives. They found out that employment chances for men and women are decreased and they lose almost $22, 000 earnings per year. Additionally, they found out that other countries are being affected by diabetes as well. Mexico, India, and China have seen an increase of rate in diabetes.

Over 380 million people worldwide are being affected by the said disease and that number is expected to increase to 592 million people by 2035.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Treatment – care provided to improve a situation
  2. Analyse – consider in detail and subject to an analysis or study
  3. Rate – the quantity or amount or measure considered as a proportion of another quantity or amount or measure

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you believe that health care is expensive in the US? Why or why not?
  2. How would you describe the cost of treatment in your country?
  3. Do you think the rate of diabetes in your country is decreasing or increasing? Why or why not?

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Mind Wandering

 

 

Do you often stare at nothing while your mind wanders?

According to a research published in “The Science of Sin,” we spend about 8 minutes of every hour daydreaming. 13% of the time, our mind wanders and about 30 – 40% of our time is being spent in daydreaming.

While most people will think that daydreaming is useless and unproductive. It also has some advantages.

People who often daydream are more creative and are better problem solvers. The reason why is because they are using their brain for two different things, one for doing the tasks and the other is for processing information and making connection. Mind wandering also allows our brain to compare and contrast different problems and solutions. This will lead to having better ideas.

However, the disadvantage of daydreaming is it is a sign of an unhappy mind. Additionally, people will not be focused on their tasks and their performance will be affected as well. Lastly, some experts believed that daydreaming is also a sign of poor health.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Wander – move about aimlessly or without any destination
  2. Spent – pass time in a specific way
  3. Daydream – have dreamlike fantasies while awake
  4. Unproductive – not producing desired results
  5. Contrast – the act of looking and comparing the differences between two or more things

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Does your mind wander while you are doing something? How often does your mind wander?
  2. Do you agree that mind wandering is good? Why or why not?
  3. What do you think people should do to become better problem solvers and be more creative?

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The Perfect Nap

 

 

How long should you take a nap and what are the benefits of taking a nap?

You have probably never heard of this, but do you know that 10 hours of sleep is better than 8 hours of sleep? While it’s true that 8 hours of sleep will make you perform well in your tasks, getting 2 hours more will enhance your performance more.

However, most of us don’t have enough time to sleep for 10 hours which is why it is better for us to take a quick break for a nap.

If you want to be more alert and focused, you better take a 10 – 20 minute nap. It will also reduce your blood pressure if you do so.

If you think your brain is not working. Take a 60 minute nap. You will be more alert, focused and at the same time, your memory and learning will improve. However, the side effect of 60 minutes nap will make you feel groggy.

Taking a 90 minutes nap allows your brain to experience a complete sleep cycle and you will get all the benefits without feeling groggy after you wake up.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Enhance – add something extra to make more intense or better
  2. Focused – direct one’s attention on something
  3. Reduce – decrease; to cut down
  4. Side-effect – a secondary and usually opposite effect of a drug or therapy
  5. Groggy – stunned or confused and slow to react

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you believe that 10 hours of sleep is much better than 8 hours? Why or why not?
  2. Do you take naps? How many minutes or hours do you take?
  3. Based from the article, what nap will you take?

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Positive Emotions Can Make Your Heart Healthy

MAR. 07 478-illust_(Mar7)Positive Emotions can make your Heart Healthy

 

 

Is laughter truly the best medicine?

Researchers from Harvard Medical School have made various studies about the connection of our emotions and heart attack. They found out that 40% of the patients who had heart attack had extremely powerful anger within the same year the heart attack occurred. Additionally, 8% of that group admitted that they felt rage two hours before the heart attack happened.

That’s why doctors encourage people to laugh as much as they can. Increase in blood flow, reduce build-up of cholesterol and lower chances of blood clots are some of the many benefits of laughter.

Additionally they also suggested that people should cuddle a lot. They believed that cuddling will decrease heart rate and blood pressure.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Occur – to happen; to take place
  2. Rage – extreme anger
  3. Encourage – to promote; to recommend
  4. Build-up – to enlarge; to develop
  5. Cuddle – a close and affectionate embrace

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you believe that laughter is the best medicine? Why or why not?
  2. Aside from the things mentioned in the article, can you list other benefits of laughter and positive emotions?
  3. Can you remember the time when you laughed so much? Please describe the situation.

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Penalty for Parents with Obese Children

 

 

Should parents pay because their children are obese?

A bill is being considered by the lawmakers of Puerto Rico in which they would penalise the parents of obese children. If their children didn’t lose weight, their parents might have to pay up to $800.

Senator Gilberto Rodriguez said that this law will encourage children to improve their health and it will help parents make healthier choices. If the bill is approved, school teachers will alert the social workers about obese children in their school. These social workers will have a meeting with the parents of the obese children and create a diet and exercise programme. After six months, the social workers will visit them again to check if there is an improvement. If there isn’t, the parents will have to pay a penalty.

However, there are some people, including several doctors and parents, who spoke against this bill. They think it is unfair. According to a research, more than 28% children in Puerto Rico are considered as obese compared with some 18% in the US.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Bill – a draft of a law
  2. Penalise – impose a penalty; punish
  3. Social worker – someone who is employed by the government to provide social services
  4. Spoke against – to criticize someone or something; to testify or argue against someone or something

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What do you think about this bill?
  2. Do you agree with Senator Gilberto Rodriguez? Why or why not?
  3. What do you think are the other ways parents can do to help their children lose weight?

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Drinking Too Much Water Is Not Good

 

 

Is drinking too much water harmful for our body?

Professor Mark Whiteley, a surgeon and founder of The Whiteley Clinic in London, believed that drinking too much water than what your body needs is harmful.

Here’s the list of reasons Professor Whitely gave.

  • Lots of water can make you sweat too much. He said that when your body has too much water, your body will try to get rid of that too much water through sweating.
  • It can cause insomnia. Professor Whiteley said that when you drink two or three glasses of water in the evening before you sleep, your bladder will wake you up, then you will need to go to the toilet and it will be difficult for you to go back to sleep.
  • You can die from water poisoning. If you drink lots of water in a very short amount of time, the kidneys will find it hard to remove extra fluid from your body and it will cause bad things to your blood.
Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Surgeon – a doctor who does operations
  2. Founder – a person who founds or establishes some institution
  3. Harmful – capable of causing harm and danger
  4. Get rid of – terminate; end or take out
  5. Fluid – any liquid; water

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. How many glasses of water do you drink in a day?
  2. Do you believe that drinking too much water is bad for you? Why or why not?
  3. How many glasses of water do you need to drink in a day?

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Laughter is the Best Medicine for Weight Loss

JAN. 30 457-illust_(Jan29)Spray On Sleep

 

 

Do you know that by constantly laughing can make you lose your weight?

A study published in the “International Journal of Obesity” has discovered that laughter is the best solution for a weight problem.

45 pairs of adult friends were included in the study. They were shown either funny or serious videos in a special room that measures the calories burned. Additionally, they wore heart monitors to measure their heart rate while they are watching the movies.

The researchers found out that there’s a 20% increase of heart rate and calorie expenditure and that the longer the participants laughed, the greater the effects are.

Based from the data they gathered after the study, 15 minutes of laughter in a day will burn 10 – 40 calories.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Calories – unit of heat; used by nutritionists to characterize the energy-producing potential in food
  2. Heart rate – the rate at which the heart beats; usually measured to obtain a quick evaluation of person’s health
  3. Expenditure – the act of spending or consuming something

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What makes you laugh? How often do you laugh in a day?
  2. Do you believe that laughter can make you lose weight? Why or why not?
  3. Do you make other people laugh? In what way?

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Users of Social Media Are Less Stressed Out

 

 

Are you more stressed out because of Social Media?

The Pew Research Centre asked almost 1,100 people about how much stress they feel when they use social media sites.

Even though the concern for digital stress is growing rapidly, the research centre found out that Internet and mobile phone users did not have higher stress levels compared to less tech-savvy participants in the survey. In fact, they also took note of the interesting result they found that women who use a lot of social media have the lowest stress compared to male participants.

Additionally, they found out that those who use social media are more aware of stressful events in other people’s lives thanks to oversharing. Loss of jobs and death in the family are among the examples of these events. The reasons of stress for men and women are different. When women became aware of depressing events such as death of a child or a partner they feel more stressed out while friends being accused of a crime or getting demoted at work stress the men the most.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Stress – state of mental or emotional difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension
  2. Digital stress – stress encountered through texts, emails and social media conversation
  3. Tech-savvy – refers to people who are proficient in their navigation and use of computer and other related devices
  4. Oversharing – provides too much information about oneself
  5. Depressing – causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
  6. Demote – assign to a lower position; reduce in rank

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you feel stressed out lately? Is it caused by the Internet and Social Media sites? If so… why?
  2. What do you think are the reasons why people experience digital stress?
  3. How can we overcome digital stress?

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Oatmeal Reduces Heart Related Diseases

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How does oatmeal and other whole grains help your health?

If an apple a day keeps the doctors away, then a bowl of oatmeal a day might keep the grim reaper away. That is according to the study of Harvard School of Public Health.

The researchers from the said universities studied the data they gathered from a hundred thousand people. The results revealed that an ounce serving of whole grains could reduce the risk of heart related deaths and if we swapped meat with a bowl of whole grains per day, we can reduce heart related diseases by 20%.

Qi Sun, the senior author of the study concluded that whole grains like oatmeal is one of the major healthful foods that can prevent major chronic diseases.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Grim reaper – Death personified as an old man or a skeleton with a scythe
  2. Ounce – a unit of weight that is equal to 28.349 grams
  3. Swap – exchange or give (something) in exchange for
  4. Healthful – contributory to good health of body and mind
  5. Chronic – of long duration

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What kind of foods do you eat? Do you like whole grains?
  2. What other healthful foods do you think can reduce the risk heart related diseases?
  3. Do people in your country usually eat whole grains? If not, what are the kinds of food people usually eat in your country?

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