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Cooking can actually be therapeutic for health related issues

Food is not only limited to benefit body but also nourish mind as well

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Cooking as a therapy to health related issues. Credits- Pixabay

Feb 16, 2017: We have all heard that ‘Food is a medicine’, and well it really is. Food is not only limited to benefit body but also nourish mind as well. While many of us may not be aware of the salubrious benefits of cooking despite spending hours in the kitchen, this article will quell all the substantiated claims about benefits of cooking. Therapists are claiming benefits to help people with different upheavals of emotions and other related mental health issues. Under mentioned are some health issues that can be dealt with cooking.

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  1. Stress 

Cooking helps in dealing with stress and ease anxiety.When you are preparing a recipe, you are only focusing on one thing and by doing that you get a relief from a chaotic life. When you’re focusing on the very moment, you’re not giving thought to the scurrilous past or worrying about future problems. It will ingrain mindfulness and completeness.

2. Slims waistline

It is a great way through which you can get a slimmer waistline. This is because when you eat at home you become wary of the portions you are adding in your meal. But this is not the case when you are eating at your nearby restaurants.

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3. Boosts Overall Health

When you cook yourself you are indulging into a healthy routine altogether. From easing stress to cooking a healthy meal, you are doing it all right. There is a growing acceptance which tells that choosing a high-quality diet helps in keeping your brain healthy as well.

4. Sense of Good Fortune

Cooking drives a sense of well being as you cook what is best for you and your body feels good about it. Self-cooked food also brings satiety and controls chronic hunger issues.It also gives you boundless joy which no other activity does.

5. Nutrition Value

One link between cooking and health is the nutrition value in the food. It becomes easier to control your diet as you prepare the food yourself, therefore you choose the right nutrition for yourself.

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6. Alleviates Confidence

Cooking alleviates confidence of a person and boosts high morale. A splash of appreciation from your beloved one can really make your day a beautiful one.

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7. Healthy Relationships

Cooking a delicious meal for your loved one can bridge the gap and helps in the resolving of issues between the two. Also, cooking with a partner can prompt the communication.

8. Healing

Cooking is a form of art and is being taken up as a therapeutic means to relax tangled nerves, soothing the senses, curb down boredom and distract the people from a tensed or overworked mind.

9. Catharsis

It can also bee seen as a medium to vent out all kinds of emotions. Catharsis means a way to ejaculate trapped emotions and hence cooking seems to be a right way of doing so without even harming oneself.

10. Experiment Creativity

Food is another form of creativity. You can experiment by adding and mixing new flavors depending on your taste and preference. Thus we can say that cooking is like an art where the bold strokes of brushes are replaced by whisking, mixing, chopping, and baking.

In psychological terms also cooking is acknowledged as therapeutic because it is related to behavioral activation. It is a positive activity with each step being a new goal easy to accomplish. With all the aforementioned benefits, we find fewer reasons to order a pizza and more reasons to uncover new recipes.

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By Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter @Nainamishr94

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Study: Friend Circle More Predictive of your Overall Health and Wellness than Fitbit Watches

According to the study published in the journal PLOS ONE, the researchers were interested in what the structure of social networks says about the state of health, happiness and stress

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The study showed a strong correlation between social network structures, heart rate, number of steps and level of activity. Pixabay

To get a better reading on your overall health and wellness, you should be better off looking at the strength and structure of your circle of friends, says a study. According to the study published in the journal PLOS ONE, the researchers were interested in what the structure of social networks says about the state of health, happiness and stress.

“What we found was the social network structure provides a significant improvement in predictability of wellness states of an individual over just using the data derived from wearables, like the number of steps or heart rate,” said the study lead author Nitesh V. Chawla, a researcher of Indian origin from University of Notre Dame in the US.

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Fitbit watches have sensors that get information from air temperature and humidity, but also from the physiological response of the individual in that environment. Pixabay

For the study, participants wore Fitbit to capture health behaviour data — such as steps, sleep, heart rate and activity level and completed surveys and self-assessments about their feelings of stress, happiness and positivity.

The research team then analysed the data, using machine learning, alongside an individual’s social network characteristics, including degree, centrality, clustering coefficient and number of triangles.

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According to the study published in the journal PLOS ONE, the researchers were interested in what the structure of social networks says about the state of health, happiness and stress. Pixabay

The study showed a strong correlation between social network structures, heart rate, number of steps and level of activity. According to the researchers, social network structure provided significant improvement in predicting one’s health and well-being compared to just looking at health behaviour data from the Fitbit alone.

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For example, when social network structure is combined with the data derived from wearables, the machine learning model achieved a 65 per cent improvement in predicting happiness, 54 per cent improvement in predicting one’s self-assessed health prediction, 55 per cent improvement in predicting positive attitude, and 38 per cent improvement in predicting success.

“This study asserts that without social network information, we only have an incomplete view of an individual’s wellness state, and to be fully predictive or to be able to derive interventions, it is critical to be aware of the social network structural features as well,” Chawla said. (IANS)