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T1 partners up with EROM to manage gamers’ health – InvenGlobal

EROM's VP Euihyun Hwang (left) and T1's COO John Kim (right) commemorate the strategic partnership with T1 and EROM

*The following was sent to Inven Global as a Press release by T1*

Global esports organization T1 Entertainment & Sports announced today its new strategic partnership with EROM, a global healthcare and foods company.

Through the new partnership, T1 and EROM will work together to provide health foods and medical check-ups for its players and streamers, launch the special health food T1 Core Meal for gamers as well as create synergy to promote healthcare amongst gamers.

T1 Core Meal is developed by collaboration between Erom and T1 to provide healthy nutritious life for the professional gamers. It contains Lactium (1.14mg/bag) that is known for relieving stress and Raffinose (1.06g/bag) that is known for propagation of beneficial intestinal bacteria as well as pathogen suppression. Also, it is comprised of 55 organic materials along with two types of functional raw material.

Moreover, there are 13 types of vitamins, 3 types of minerals, zinc (8.5mg/bag) that is known for boosting immunity, selenium (55mcg/case), vitamin D for the strengthening bone density that can help professional gamers brain function and physical balance. All the above-mentioned nutritional elements are contained in one bag for simple and easy consumption.

The health of our players and streamers is our top priority at T1 and it is a great opportunity for them to learn how to manage their health and maintain the right conditions to perform well. I am also excited for both companies to promote the upcoming health food T1 Core Meal to improve the health of gamers, Joe Marsh, CEO of T1 said.

EROM VP Euihyun Hwang said, I am looking forward to our partnership with T1 since it is known to be one of the top global esports organizations in the world. T1s value of prioritizing the players health goes hand-in-hand with EROMs 23-year history and vision of people who love science. We hope that T1 Core Meal will be a leader in health foods in the esports market and that gamers all over the world will manage and enjoy maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

LIVHIM CEO Sunghye Lee explained, We hope to incorporate the values of both companies to introduce health foods and expand into the esports market. We will work together in creating synergy for the marketing strategies for the launch of T1 Core Meal in late July.


T1 Entertainment & Sports is a global esports joint venture that owns and operates the ultra-successful T1 League of Legends (LoL) Champions Korea (LCK) team, along with teams in competitive gaming segments that include VALORANT, Dota 2, Rainbow Six, Fortnite, PUBG, Super Smash Bros., Hearthstone and Apex Legends. The T1 LoL LCK team, previously known as SK Telecom T1, has won three LoL World Championships (2013, 2015, 2016). T1 unites esports enthusiasts around the world through its gaming culture and lifestyle, content creation, entertainment and merchandise. SK Telecom and Comcast Spectacor launched T1 in October 2019 and have global operations based in Seoul, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. For more information on T1, please visit


Erom co.,Ltd is a globally well-known healthcare company that produce health supplements as well as healthy drinks. Since the establishment of the company, Erom tirelessly invested in Research and Development to produce their products so that they can serve consumers with healthy food and beverages of highest quality. In 1999, Erom established their first global branch in United States and from that point, they have reached all continents with their health related products. Also, Erom is currently donating ten percent of their annual revenue to help those who are in need all around the world. In recognition to their CSR, in 2020, they won Gyeongido Good company award.

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Program helps overweight children form healthy habits to lose weight and keep it off –

Dr. Staiano said not getting ahead of weight problems at a young age, can lead to a lifetime of health problems.

NEW ORLEANS Families in this area now have an opportunity to join a program geared to help children who are overweight.

A mother said the program is changing the way they grocery shop, cook and eat, as well as opening new doors for her teenage son.

When Collin Jackson was younger, he joined a family program at Pennington Biomedical Research Center that focused on weight and a lifetime of healthful choices.

He loved it. We went. He made new friends and it ended up being fun, Yet it was geared towards a healthy lifestyle change, not only for him but the family, said Clarencia Grimes, Collins mother.

Today at 13 years of age, it shows.

I never really noticed I was getting like taller and skinnier, until it was like pointed out to me, and then I looked in the mirror and I was like, Oh, I am getting kind of skinnier, said Collin Jackson.

We know that weight is a family issue, and that everyone needs to come on board to develop healthy habits, said Dr. Amanda Staiano, an Associate Professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center and a

Developmental Psychologist who specializes in childhood obesity.

Dr. Staiano said not getting ahead of weight problems at a young age, can lead to a lifetime of health problems. They range from:

So she is looking for 300 children in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas to join the Team Up program.

We know that this is really what it takes to help families to lose weight and to develop healthy habits, is to meet with their doctor, and to meet with a dietician regularly, to get the support and information that they need, said Dr. Staiano.

Team Up is for six to 15 year-olds through some of Ochsner's pediatrician clinics, but geared to full family participation.

Grimes said one of the things she learned from the program is that everyone has to be on the same menu, no matter what their weight. If you don't cook it for one, don't cook it for anybody, and if you don't buy it for one, don't buy it for anybody,

It just felt good. It was like I didn't feel singled out, Jackson said about the family eating the same meals.

Now Collin feels like he can persevere and accomplish anything, even with asthma. He is running and winning track events while laying the foundation for health and longevity.

There is a $200 compensation for those in the study.

Children will be randomly assigned to one of the 12-month programs. To qualify, children must be 6-15 and have obesity. The participants must also be current patients at one of the following locations:

The Baton Rouge Clinic AMC (Pediatrics)

The Baton Rouge Clinic Pediatrics at Industriplex

Our Lady of the Lake Childrens Health:

Greater New Orleans Area:

Ochsner Health Center Lapalco (Westside Pediatrics and Family Medicine)

Kenner Community Health Center (Access Health Louisiana)

St. Bernard Community Health Center (Access Health Louisiana)

For more information about the study or to see if your child is eligible, go or call (225) 763-3194.

Many Blue Cross health plans offer a treatment benefit for children diagnosed as overweight or with obesity. To find out more about Blue Cross pediatric wellness benefits, go to or call the number on the back of your Blue Cross ID card.

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Where climate, jobs and health meet: The outdoors | TheHill – The Hill

Americans look to the outdoors for solace and recreation. Its been true since our foundation as a nation and it became even more clear last year. For more than 50 million of us, the outdoors are where many of our happiest memories are created, and where we go in challenging times to reflect and recenter. Our lifestyles are enriched by skiing, snowboarding, climbing, trail running, mountain biking and other outdoor sports. At Protect Our Winters we call this borderless, diverse group the Outdoor State.

The future of outdoor recreation and the communities where the outdoors support a vibrant economy are completely reliant on our immediate commitment to solve the climate crisis. President BidenJoe BidenWhat you need to know about the international tax talks 9 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2022 Is Biden trying to avoid congressional review of Russia sanctions? MOREs American Jobs Plan is a put your money where your mouth is commitment to the lifestyle and livelihood of Americas outdoor recreation hubs. Initiatives within the plan make meaningful strides toward stabilizing both our climate and revitalizing job markets in the places so many of us call home. By acting now, we have a shot at protecting the powder fields we ride, the forests we hike, the flowing streams we fish and the clear skies under which we camp. You know the exhilarating parts of life.

A growing outdoor state

Outdoor recreation is more than a hobby to millions of Americans. It is a way of life and what sustains them through challenging times. In 2019, half of Americans recreated outdoors. We know from the empty shelves of camping gear and running shoes, the wait time for bicycles, and from ski and snowboard sales figures that last year inspired even more people to recreate outdoors, many for the first time. A 2021 Special Report from the Outdoor Industry Association found that millions turned to outdoor recreation to spend time with loved ones, exercise safely, stay healthy and reduce screen-time fatigue.

To protect Americans access to outdoor recreation, which is a vital component of millions of peoples physical and mental health, we must protect those spaces from shrinking winters, drought, extreme heat waves and wildfires. That means addressing climate change as an imminent threat to the American outdoor lifestyle.

In the last 15 months, people did more than pick up a new hobby outdoors. The COVID-19 pandemic and the remote work culture it forced caused enormous hardship, but also offered many people a chance to reimagine what work and life can look like. Newly untethered from their desks, people are more free to choose where they live based on lifestyle, not a job.

Many heard the mountains calling and they went. This is evident in housing data and school enrollment in regions where outdoor recreation is central to life. Mountain towns across Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming and New England, along with beach towns on both coasts are seeing an influx of not only visitors, but also new residents. USPS and U.S. Census Bureau numbers show that migration into the Lake Tahoe region in California is up 24 percent, while Breckenridge leads Colorado mountain towns with 19 percent and double digit increases appear throughout the Pacific Northwest, northern Arizona and New England.

People are choosing their dream way of life and for many it is rooted in the outdoors. Within the American Jobs Plan are investments in clean energy, electric vehicles, and a grid that can power a renewable future alongside efforts to provide broadband access across America to connect people wherever they choose to live and work.

Protecting and replacing jobs in one

This is our once in a lifetime shot to rebuild the countrys infrastructure in a way that meaningfully addresses climate change. The American Jobs Plan initiatives directed at rebuilding with renewables will create new jobs for the workers displaced by the market-driven shift away from fossil fuels, thousands of whom live in the same areas that are seeing an influx of new residents. And as a bonus will help to simultaneously protect the millions of climate-dependent outdoor recreation jobs across the U.S.

Outdoor recreation is a massive $887 billion industry that directly drives 7.6 million jobs. The Bureau of Economic Analysis calculated that real GDP for the outdoor recreation economy grew by 3.9 percent in 2017 faster than the 2.4 percent growth of the overall U.S. economy. So, while thousands of new jobs in the renewable energy economy will help address climate change (think grid upgrades, EV charging stations, solar and wind installations, etc), we must also think of protecting the 7.6 million jobs generated by outdoor recreation.

The climate is already changing, with shorter snow seasons and longer wildfire seasons that increasingly impact outdoor recreation jobs. Protect Our Winters 2018 Economic Report shows how climate change-induced swings in snowpack from year-to-year impact mountain region economies. These effects ripple far beyond the ski slopes to nearly all sectors of these communities. Outdoor recreation related jobs are in a growing industry that can thrive without any direct subsidies. But, sustaining those jobs into the future requires taking bold action on climate.

Many regions that are outdoor recreation hubs are also places where people work in fossil fuel development. The American Jobs Plan will create new, high-paying jobs to help offset inevitable continuing losses from the shift away from fossil fuels, by investing in a modern grid and constructing a clean energy infrastructure. In addition to new technology, the AJPs efforts to plug orphan gas wells that are leaking methane will help create jobs in areas where the waning fossil fuel industry is leaving workers stranded.

More than a century ago, Theodore Roosevelt foreshadowing a moment like ours when big ideas would be required posited, the time has come to inquire seriously what will happen when our forests are gone, when the coal, the iron, the oil, and the gas are exhausted, when the soils have still further impoverished and washed into the streams, polluting the rivers, denuding the fields and obstructing navigation.

We are behind the curve on Roosevelts call to act. But if we take bold action to rebuild our economy and the national infrastructure in a clean, future-forward way, Roosevelts vision can have a happy ending, driven by the spirit of American innovation.

When given a choice on how and where we live, it is clear that the outdoors are a deciding factor for many Americans. This integral part of the American way of life is completely dependent on a stable climate. The American Jobs Plan is an important step in ensuring that the outdoors can provide a healthy lifestyle and stable livelihood for generations to come.

This is the moment for the representatives and senators in Congress from regions with massive outdoor recreation economies across the Sierra, Rockies, Pacific Northwest, New England and Appalachia to put their votes where their talking points are on jobs. Support for the American Jobs Plan will help to shore up the outdoor recreation economies they represent, while also creating new, high-paying jobs for their constituents. A majority of voters support the plan.

Mario Molina is the executive director of the non-profit organization Protect Our Winters, which empowers passionate outdoor people to affect systemic solutions to climate change. Follow him and the organization on Twitter: @maedmolina and @protectwinters.

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Dangers of COVID For Tobacco-Consuming People | Breathing Exercises And Recovery Plan | World No Tobacco Day –

World No Tobacco Day 2021: A high level of nicotine-containing plant Tobacco is mainly consumed as Cigarettes worldwide. Tobacco is one of the major causes of death in India. Tobacco consumption is a major risk factor for many chronic diseases like tuberculosis and lower respiratory infections, cancer, cardiovascular disease. The toxic smoke of tobacco can cause damage to the linings of the airway and lungs. Also Read - World No Tobacco Day 2021: What Harm Can Tobacco Consumption Cause on The Efficacy of The Vaccine?

Tobacco smoke suppresses the activity of different immune cells resulting in low immunity and making it harder for the body to fight off various diseases. Smokers are more vulnerable to Covid-19 as fingers come possibly in contact with lips while smoking which increases the possibility of transmission of the virus. Also Read - Smokers at 50% Higher Risk of Developing Severe Diseases, Death From COVID-19: WHO

People who consume Tobacco are more susceptible to getting Covid-19 due to weaker immune systems, saysDr. Tarun Sahni, Internal Medicine Specialist, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi. He says that they can also act as super-spreaders of Covid-19, affecting others life at risk. Through coughing, spitting, sneezing the infection can be transmitted to others. Also Read - 5 Yoga Asanas For Breast Cancer Patients to Heal And Recover Faster

Research suggests that the people consuming tobacco can have a recovery rate very slow from Covid-19 and the development of post-Covid fibrosis is higher. Many tobacco users had to go in for long-term oxygen therapy and can take more time to heal.

On World No Tobacco Day, Dr. Tarun Sahni talks about COVID-19 complications, breathing exercises that can help tobacco consumers, and more.

When the people consuming Tobacco have Covid-19 complications to such an extent, the only prevention for it is to just Commit to Quit. If an individual gets infected and is in a recovery period of Covid-19 then breathing exercises can be beneficial.

Do not begin exercise and consult a doctor if you have:

Stop exercise immediately, if have:

Different breathing Exercises:

Deep breathing restores lung function by using the diaphragm. Generally done in four-phase where an individual has to take deep breaths while in the back position, on stomach position, in the sitting position, and in standing position. At each position, deep breaths have to be taken for at least 1 minute.

Humming is calming and soothing exercise reducing stress and helps patients to be in restoration mode. Steps for it are:

It opens the chest to give the diaphragm space to expand. It also helps in coordination and builds strength in the arms and shoulder. Steps are:

It can be through blowing certain balloons in a day. This allows the lungs to inhale more oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide. Due to more oxygen supply to the body, the person can become less fatigued and breathless.

Due to damage caused by the virus to the lungs, these exercises can be beneficial to those who are recovering. A healthy body is a source of energy that is gained by healthy lifestyle habits.

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Tackling obesity: CBT, exercise, and education – Medical News Today

There has been a significant rise in the worldwide prevalence of obesity over the past 50 years. Numerous diseases, high morbidity levels, and enormous healthcare expenditures are associated with this now pandemic-level health issue.

Recently, researchers from the Obesity Research Group at the Federal University of So Paulo, Brazil, evaluated three long-term treatments designed to improve the overall quality of life for adults with obesity.

The desire to control weight is common across society, as obesity significantly affects both physical and mental health. A 2017 meta-analysis of 72 studies involving a total of more than 1 million people concluded that 42% of the general adult population were trying to lose weight while 23% were trying to maintain their current weight.

People commonly assume that obesity is linked to an imbalance between food intake and physical activity. However, many other factors contribute to weight issues. These factors include the influence of a modern lifestyle that promotes overeating and the role of fat tissue in maintaining a constant, stable, internal balance.

Earlier research has shown that the causes of obesity are multifaceted and involve genetic makeup, socioeconomic status, and cultural influences. Psychological factors contributing to obesity include depression, trauma, and emotional eating.

Healthcare practitioners commonly use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as an effective intervention tool to help people with excess body weight. Focusing on behavioral modification strategies, such as taking time to savor food and chewing slowly, helps enable stimulus control and reduce the quantity of food that people consume.

The new Brazilian study, which determines the effects of different approaches to obesity treatment, appears in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition. The researchers randomly assigned a total of 98 adults with obesity to one of three groups: an education and health group, a physical exercise group, and an interdisciplinary therapy plus CBT group.

Participants in the education and health group attended lectures on health topics, while those in the physical exercise group underwent physical training. Participants in the final group received physical training, nutritional advice, and both physical and psychological therapy.

The researchers used questionnaires designed to evaluate depression and anxiety, eating behavior, and quality of life during the study. Before and after the program, the scientists also evaluated quantitative measurements, including height, weight, and body mass index (BMI), along with metabolic parameters that they obtained from blood tests.

After 30 weeks, 43 participants remained in the program. The dropout rate was lowest for the interdisciplinary group and highest for the education and health group.

The interdisciplinary group saw the greatest behavioral changes relevant to weight control. Members of this group also reported an increased quality of life and reduced symptoms of depression and emotional eating behaviors.

The authors of the study explain: [The interdisciplinary and CBT group] promoted greater behavioral changes than the other two programs in factors relevant to weight control, such as activity level and dietary intake, resulting in more weight loss. Changes in almost all the variables investigated were observed.

In addition, the authors note that [a]s expected, a positive correlation was found in all groups between changes in depression and anxiety symptoms and emotional eating behavior.

Although the study participants in the interdisciplinary plus CBT group achieved better results in perceived quality of life, quantitative body measurements, and decreased depression symptoms, the team observed no changes in hormone levels and anxiety symptoms.

Dr. Mark Hoelterhoff, a professor in clinical psychology at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, was not involved in the study. He told Medical News Today that evidence indicates that depression is not only a cause of obesity but also, possibly, a symptom of our modern diet.

Dr. Hoelterhoff agreed with the findings of the Brazilian study, saying: Exercise and healthy eating programs alone are not sufficient to manage the obesity epidemic. Successful obesity programs cannot underestimate the need to promote self-efficacy and acceptance for people trying to improve their health.

The authors of the study stress that their findings highlight the need to focus more on the roles of anxiety and inflammation in obesity. They write:

It is essential to develop more powerful strategies to address this obesity epidemic and help individuals lose weight, as well as assist them in adopting and maintain a healthy lifestyle in a toxic environment that promotes excessive food consumption.

Overall, the authors conclude that the results of the study suggest that health-related quality of life and psychological issues may be key elements in the treatment of adults with obesity, and addressing these factors may contribute to advances in clinical actions.

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder linked to high ischemic stroke risk later in life – Hindustan Times

Adults who have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) were more than three times as likely to have an ischemic stroke later in life compared to adults who do not have OCD, according to a new research.

The research was published in Stroke, a journal of the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association.

"The results of our study should encourage people with OCD to maintain a healthy lifestyle, such as quitting or not smoking, getting regular physical activity and managing a healthy weight to avoid stroke-related risk factors," said study senior author Ya-Mei Bai, M.D., PhD, a professor in the department of psychiatry at Taipei Veterans General Hospital and National Yang-Ming Chiao Tung University College of Medicine, both in Taiwan.

Worldwide, stroke is the second-leading cause of death after heart disease. Stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when blood and oxygen flow to the brain are interrupted, usually by a blood clot (ischemic stroke). Less common is a stroke from a burst blood vessel that causes bleeding in the brain (hemorrhagic stroke).

In both types of stroke, immediate treatment is critical to prevent brain damage, disability or death. The abbreviation F.A.S.T. can help people remember the warning signs and what to do: F-face drooping, A-arm weakness, S-speech difficulty, T-time to call 9-1-1.

OCD is a common, sometimes debilitating, mental health condition characterized by intrusive, unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations (obsessions) that make a person feel driven to do something repetitively (compulsions).

The repetitive behaviours characteristic of OCD, such as hand washing, checking on things or continuously cleaning, can significantly interfere with a person's daily activities and social interactions. Previous research found that OCD often occurs after a stroke or other brain injuries. What remained unclear was whether the reverse is true: can OCD increase stroke risk?

To find out, researchers examined health records from 2001-2010 from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database to compare stroke risk between 28,064 adults with OCD and 28,064 adults who did not have OCD. The average age at diagnosis with OCD was 37 years, and women and men were nearly equally represented in the data. Researchers compared stroke risk between the two groups for up to 11 years.

The analysis found:

-Adults with OCD were more than three times as likely to have a stroke from a blood clot compared to adults who did not have OCD; the greatest risk was among adults ages 60 and older.

-OCD was an independent risk factor for ischemic stroke even after controlling for other factors known to increase stroke risk, including obesity, heart disease, smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes.

-No difference in risk was found for a hemorrhagic stroke (burst blood vessel).

Similarly, medications to treat OCD were not associated with an increased risk of stroke."For decades, studies have found a relationship between stroke first and OCD later," Bai said. "Our findings remind clinicians to closely monitor blood pressure and lipid profiles, which are known to be related to stroke in patients with OCD."

Limitations of the study were that only stroke among patients who sought health care was included, so some cases may have been missed, and information on disease severity was not included along with family medical history or environmental influences. The study also was observational, so it could only show an association between OCD and later stroke; it does not prove cause and effect.

"More research is needed to understand how the mental processes connected to OCD may increase the risk of ischemic stroke," Bai concluded.

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56% of Indian families report Digestive Health issues, reveals survey – The Statesman

A Survey on Digestive Health of Indian families, ahead of World Digestive Health Day today, May 29, 2021 commissioned by ITCs Aashirvaad Atta with Multigrains, on Momspresso, one of Indias leading platform for mums, revealed that 56 per cent of Indian families have reported Digestive Health issues.

The study was conducted amongst 538 mothers, aged 25-45 years across Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Chennai. This sample constituted working mothers, including businesswomen, entrepreneurs, those employed, and home-makers alike.

The value-added atta variants survey results revealed consumers lifestyle and eating habits. The findings suggest that 77 per cent of Indian mothers consider digestive health to be extremely important, while 56 per cent mothers think their families suffer from digestive health issues. The study found that more than 50 per cent Indian families report suffering from 2-3 digestive health issues. Gas, acidity, and indigestion were found to be amongst the top 3 issues as more than 50 per cent respondents reported suffering from atleast one of these three.

More than 50 per cent think that digestive health has an impact on weight management, energy levels, and the experience leads to abnormal bowel movement amongst others. Forty per cent consider their family and their own gut health as Poor while husband followed by in-laws/parents and self as most affected, respectively. Factors that contribute to gut health include lifestyle and dietary choices. Irregular sleep cycle, consumption of spicy, oily, or fried food, low water intake and 1.5 times/week being the average frequency of physical exercise amongst others were reported as common lifestyle patterns. More than 70 per cent highlighted that they resorted to home remedies and improving daily eating habits as a measure to tackle digestive health issues.

Enriching ones diet with fibre rich food such as wheat-based products, cereals, fruits, leafy vegetables, etc. can aid digestion and it can also relieve bowel issues, provide energy and promote a sense of satiety, thereby enabling weight management.

Speaking about this initiative, Ganesh Kumar Sundararaman, SBU Chief Executive Staples, Snacks and Meals, Foods Division, ITC Ltd.said, Digestive health issues can impact ones quality of life. But they can be managed by introducing changes in eating habits. The World Digestive Health Day is an appropriate occasion to create awareness about the importance of digestive health. Our endeavour has been to support consumers with products such as Aashirvaad Atta with Multigrains that has a wholesome mix of six different grains wheat, soya, channa, oat, maize, and psyllium husk which makes it a source of high fibre. Including Consuming this atta as part of the daily diet could be one of the convenient ways add to ones daily fibre intake. Inclusion of other foods that are high in fibre, along with an active regimen, can support a healthy lifestyle.

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Hey Apple Watch, can you give it a rest? – iMore

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When the first Apple Watch came out, I'll admit it, I was skeptical. After all, I already had a great Fitbit at the time, and it was great, why would I want or need an Apple Watch? Foolish words, I know. A few months later, I ended up buying one because of FOMO. At that point, I understood, and honestly, I found it way more motivational than a basic Fitbit to help me get on track towards a healthier and more active lifestyle. Plus, I could get my notifications on my wrist, make calls, and other things this was the way of the future.

I may not be the healthiest person out there, but I do believe that having an Apple Watch for the last few years has certainly pushed me in the right direction. Trying to close all of your Activity Rings is addictive, and getting those awards in the Fitness app just pushes you to keep going, especially the personalized Monthly Challenges. But as I continue to strive for Perfect Months and completing my Monthly Challenges with my Series 5 (yes, I skipped out on the Apple Watch Series 6), which just get harder and harder by the way, I have to wonder why won't Apple give us a break every now and then?

As you use your best Apple Watch more and more, you'll notice that you have a Monthly Challenge to complete for the month. At first, my challenges were fairly easy and doable, but as I continued to finish them, they began to get harder and more difficult to complete. That's because the Fitness app essentially learns about your activity patterns and an algorithm comes up with a new goal every month based on your previous history. However, some of these monthly challenge goals can end up being ridiculous, and even considered a little unsafe.

For example, one of my first Monthly Challenges that I completed was burning 9,324 calories in November 2017. Or getting 195 Exercise minutes in March 2019. These are easy peasy for me to finish nowadays, but back then it was still something to work towards. Of course, these were my early challenges, which weren't long after I got an Apple Watch. I wasn't actively trying to complete them, but it would be a bonus if I did.

Nowadays, I try to complete as many Monthly Challenges as I can, and so far, I'm on a 12-month streak with these challenge goals. However, my last one was certainly a struggle, and I honestly wasn't even sure I would complete it going 113 miles in April 2021, which I barely did by the last day. For May 2021, my goal is to burn 20,700 calories, which I'm on track to do because of my workout routine (under-desk elliptical while I work for at least two hours a day, and walk the dog in the evenings for about 30 minutes or 1.5 miles).

However, while I've been able to meet these challenge goals so far, it's because I've been working my butt off from the beginning of the month to make sure they're done. It's motivating, sure, but it's also causing a bit of strain on me physically with some pain in my legs and feet, especially now that I'm over 16 weeks pregnant.

If we're not talking about the Monthly Challenges and just our daily Activity Ring goals, well, that's easier for me to manage, though it's the Move Streak that I'm most concerned about. After all, I have a current streak of 825 days I'd be devastated if I lost that. But what would happen if I've just fallen deathly ill or need major surgery (which I will in several months, technically)?

Believe it or not, more exercise isn't always better for you. It's a fact that our human bodies need to take some time off between workout days in order to recover and repair themselves. After all, any workout regime, especially the more intensive ones, can be overdone and lead to burnout and fatigue.

I'm not a medical professional, but this information can be found on a variety of health websites if you just do a quick online search. So it's surprising to me, that after six years and counting, Apple still has not implemented any kind of break system into the Apple Watch and Fitness app. If the Apple Watch was really tailored to promote a healthy lifestyle, then it should take into consideration having rest days.

And what if you need to have surgery done? Those are major procedures and you're bound to be in recovery for at least a few days or even weeks afterward. Or what if you are knocked out of commission for a few days because you happened to get sick? Lastly, being pregnant is exhausting, and as I get further along (and bigger), I feel like I won't be able to keep up with my regular routine as well how about cutting us some slack, Apple?

With WWDC 2021 approaching fast, maybe it should be something to be considered for watchOS 8. After all, my colleague Luke Filipowicz hopes for more mental health features in watchOS 8, and I think having some rest days from physical exercise kind of fits with that, in a way.

Who knows if Apple will ever implement rest days, or even a "pregnancy mode" for the Apple Watch and Fitness app. I'll be crossing my fingers for it one day, but I won't hold my breath.

In the meantime, I suppose there is one workaround that one can do on their rest days. I discovered this on Shawn Blanc's blog, and it's kind of genius. It involves using the "Mind and Body" workout type. Basically, you take 15-30 minutes in a quiet, distraction-free environment with no digital devices. Spend that time to meditate, do some stretches, reflect, read, write, or just sit in the quiet and relax.

Some may think of this as "cheating," but I don't see why. After all, taking breaks is part of a healthy lifestyle since you need to recover and rest, and doing this kind of workout on your rest days still motivates you and keeps the momentum going, especially if you don't want to lose that Move Streak.

I hope that Apple considers adding the option to have some rest days that don't count against us when it comes to streaks and monthly challenges in the future. This is one of those situations where more is not always better, and it's actually good for our health to take a day off every now and then.

What do you think? Do you have a workaround to the lack of rest days with Apple Watch and the Fitness app? Or do you want Apple to also implement a kind of resting feature as well? Let us know in the comments.

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What Is Chronic Dehydration? Cause, Preventive Measures And More – NDTV Food

Hydration is a simple but crucial concept for the human body. The importance of hydrating oneself has time and again been emphasised as a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. Some experts recommend drinking 16 cups (3.5 liters) of water for women, and 11 (2.5 liters) for men. However, probably because it is such a basic concept, we often forget to pick up that glass of water and have it frequently. This often leads to dehydration. When dehydration occurs for a prolonged period of time and an individual is in-taking less hydrating fluids as compared to the amount of water he/she is losing in a day, it leads to chronic dehydration.

Chronic dehydration is not just excessive loss of water from the body for a long period of time, but also loss of electrolytes and vital minerals. A proper balance of water, electrolytes and minerals helps our body function properly and when the consumption of it is in the deficit, it can result in common but persistent problems such as muscle cramp, fatigue, dizziness, brain fog, et al. This manifests itself in the form overexertion, diarrhea, puking, flu or even loss of consciousness. It can also adversely affect various functions like controlling body temperature, waste removal through kidneys, maintaining a healthy metabolism and regulating blood pressure.

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People who are most susceptible to chronic dehydration are - the ones battling a disease such as diabetes, the active sportsmen, and the ones who are too young or old to consume fluids. Due to the excessive loss of fluid or lack of fluids, the body loses out on not only hydration, but also the required intake of electrolytes, vitamins and minerals. In order to successfully treat chronic dehydration, it is important to first recognise the signals that our body commonly gives us when it is dehydrated.

1. Dry mouth and/or bad breath:

Our salivary glands produce several antibacterial agents. However, when we are dehydrated, it stops producing saliva causing bacterial overgrowth and bad breath. The lack of saliva also results in dryness in the mouth and cracked lips.

2. Dry or flushed skin:

Dehydration results in loss of elasticity and moisture which can cause dryness or redness in the skin.

3. Hunger pangs:

Lack of hydration is often mistaken by certain organs such as liver as lack of energy and it sends us signals that we often mistake for hunger pangs. So, the next time you crave for chips or chocolate, opt for a hydrating drink filled with electrolytes instead.

4. Migraines or shooting headaches:

When we miss hydrating ourselves through the day, our brain shrinks away from the skull causing dehydration headaches or even migraine in the case of chronic dehydration.

5. Urine check:

Deep yellow coloured urine is a warning sign that your body is not receiving an adequate amount of hydration.

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The most simple yet effective way to treat or even better, avoid chronic dehydration is to reverse the process and replenish the loss that the body has partaken, but quickly. This means that just drinking water will not be enough. You need to incorporate fluids in your diet that are packed with minerals, vitamins and electrolytes like potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium and chloride. Keeping refillable bottles to regularly sip on electrolyte rich drinks, which are preferably low on sugar, will help you keep dehydration at bay. In addition to this, swap those packets of chips and soft drinks for freshly cut fruits, smoothies, nuts and dry fruits, sprouts and other healthier options, which will recharge your body with fibre and nutrients.

The importance of hydration can never be overstated. It is the single most vital thing that keeps our life and body going efficiently, and we can avoid innumerable conditions just by ensuring we keep ourselves hydrated.

As Covid-19 ravages the world and we undertake a complete re-alignment of the systems that we have existed under so far, all of us have been starkly reminded of the adage 'Health is Wealth'. It is imperative, today than ever before that we allow our bodies the best fighting chance against the pandemic by shining the spotlight on our immunity. Incorporating healthy habits and following practices is a matter of discipline and that has gained utmost relevance. So grab that bottle of water for a healthy, goodness-filled life.

About the author:Dr. Vikram Singh Chauhan, MD(Med), DM(Endo), is a consulting endocrinologist at Dr Chauhan's Clinic and Jabalpur Hospital andResearch Center, Jabalpur

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It this the last stand for Nonito Donaire or newest title run? – FanSided

Can Nonito Donaire win his ninth world title against current champion Nordine Oubaalli, or will this be the final fight of his career?

Nonito Donaire has earned the right to be called a legend in the sport of boxing. Hes a four-division champion who has won eight world titles throughout his 20-year professional career, but could his fight against Nordine Oubaali mark the end of Donaires time in the ring?

Donaire(40-6, 26 KOs) has done the opposite of most aging veteran boxers. Instead of moving up in weight, he has actually moved down. He fought as heavy as featherweight but returned to bantamweight over the last several years in a move to extend his career.

Donaire lacked the size and power to contend as a featherweight in the twilight of his career. He gives up speed and quickness to smaller bantamweights, but his punching power is intact and continues to make him a player in the bantamweight title landscape.

Oubaali(17-0, 12 KOs) is the reigning WBC bantamweight champion. He sports an undefeated record and won the title back in 2019 againstRaushee Warren. The southpaw from France has a strong amateur background, but hes far behind Donaire in terms of professional experience.

Donaire lost a thrilling contest in his last outing againstNaoya Inoue in 2019. Donaire hurt Inoue in the early going, but Inoue started to punish the 38-year-old Donaire in the later rounds on his way to a unanimous decision victory.

Oubaali is still forging his reputation as a championship boxer, but hes a good matchup for Donaire on paper. At 5-foot-7, Donaire has a 4-inch height advantage over Oubaali and is only giving up four years in age to the 34-year-old Oubaali.

Donaire believes he has the ability to win his ninth world title.

It would be great to win the title at 38 years old and become the oldest champion at 118 pounds, but lets keep it going, said Donaire at the final pre-fight press conference. Lets make it 40. Lets make it 42. There aint no stopping me. Mentally, Im very grateful, but at the same time, Im just very ready.

Donaire insisted to FanSided that clean living and a healthy diet have helped to preserve his fitness as he gets older.

The wisdom is definitely a big part of me fighting now, but the biggest part is being healthy, Donaire told FanSided during a press conference.I could be 40 and still be fighting with anybody else at a young age. Its just my healthy lifestyle. Theres no other thing about it. Its just Im very healthy. I eat the right food. I get the right rest. Im mentally, physically, and spiritually healthy. Thats the biggest thing to me.

Donaire is still a massive boxing draw because of his past success and his action style of fighting. Hes one of the biggest stars in his home country of thePhilippines and beyond.

A win against Oubaali could jumpstart another trip to the top for Donaire. Inoue is the face of the division, but Donaire was competitive against him in their 2019 fight. Defeating Oubaali could make a case for a rematch for Donaire.

A loss against Oubaali would likely signal the end of Donaires time as a serious contender and possibly the end of his career. He could still land significant fights, but his chances of winning another title would be very low.

Donaire always gives it his best in the ring. He doesnt shy away from contact and is willing to go out on his shield. Either way, Oubaali is in for a long night, and he may well leave Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California without his title.

Just when you start to think that Donaires time as a boxer is coming to an end, he has a way of pulling out another impressive performance. Theres a good chance that he can rise to the occasion once more against Oubaali.

Watch Nordine Oubaali vs. Nonito Donaire on Saturday, May 29, on Showtime. Coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET.

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