Are You Trying to Puff Out Stress With a Smoke?

Are You Trying to Puff Out Stress With a Smoke?

Yes, I know it’s injurious to health. I also know if my children inhale the smoke they might have asthma. But, I just cannot give up. Every time I have a challenging task at work I have to light a cigarette and smoke to relieve stress” narrates Niranjan, 38 year old finance analyst who has a very stressful job.

 

 

According to a 2014 study conducted by Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Smoking is the third top risk for health loss in India, leading to nearly one million deaths each year. The World Health Organization predicts that tobacco deaths in India may exceed 1.5 million annually by 2020.  The study also raises another disturbing fact that India has a high number of female smokers.

Smoking can kill through heart disease, oral cancer, tuberculosis, lung cancer, or other lung diseases. The education campaigns and the anti-tobacco laws have been spreading this loud and clear message. So why do millions of people continue to smoke?

There have been many studies and surveys conducted to understand why people continue to smoke despite having the knowledge about its injurious effects on health. The experts have summarized the reasons given by smokers as follows:

  • To overcome tensions
  • Due to loneliness
  • Lack of socializing
  • Coping strategy
  • It relaxes me
  • It’s a habit
  • An excuse to take a break
  • Helps me concentrate

If observed carefully it appears that many people smoke to relieve stress.  People have this misbelief that smoking has a calming effect that helps relieve tension and improve the mood. This belief is so extensive that it is common to see many working professionals to take a break when they are in a state of agitation and smoke to relieve stress. But, scientific studies totally disprove of stress management capability of smoking. In fact, nicotine present in the cigarette actually increases level of stress. Far from acting as an aid for mood control and stress relief, smoking causes several harmful effects on body. Smoking has been implicated as a contributing factor for many diseases including variety of infections, cancers, heart diseases, and chronic lung diseases which put together are the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in today’s society. Research also suggests that the tar and nicotine present in cigarette can lower the immunity of body. The temporary stress relief that you get after a smoke is merely due to psychological reasons or distractions.

If you think you face too many stressful situations in everyday life, stress management is must. But, don’t smoke to relieve stress. Smoking is an extremely unhealthy way to manage your stress. If you are on a lookout for a healthy way of de-stressing with some long-term benefits, you must consider healthy and proven therapies such as physical activity, meditation, yoga or massage therapies.

At Four Fountains De-Stress Spa in Bangalore and other metros we offer massages for de-stressing that make use of natural herbs and other effective techniques. So, before you decide to smoke to relieve stress, think of trying other means of de-stressing that give you only the health benefits and cause no ill effects.

5 Signs Your Body Needs Detoxification

5 Signs Your Body Needs Detoxification

 

According to some recent estimates, nearly 75 percent of Indian population under 40 years suffers from excessive stress. In view of science stress increases build up of harmful chemicals inside the body. Presence of these harmful toxins in the body can result in lack of energy, tiredness and low immunity that can often make you sick.

Reactive oxygen species or the free radicals are a normal part of our body and we do need some of them for our physiological and metabolic functions. Our body is naturally capable of fighting the harmful toxins in the body and preventing the resulting damage. However, when there is too much build up of harmful toxins in the body it loses its ability to detoxify and such stage is known as “Oxidative Stress”.

Given below are some signals body sends to notify you the build of harmful toxins in the body and immediate need to get rid of it.

1. You Have Constant Low Energy and Stamina

 

A number of recent studies have shown that oxidative stress may be involved in development of chronic fatigue syndrome. Free oxygen species (also known as free radicals) can enter body through external sources such as exposure to X-rays, ozone, cigarette smoking, air pollutants, industrial chemicals, etc. Build up of these toxins can lead to tiredness, lethargy, low energy and stamina.

2. Your Skin Shows Signs of Premature Ageing

 

Ageing is inevitable and nothing can prevent this natural process. However, oxidative stress caused by high levels of harmful toxins in the body can speed up the process of skin aging. Oxidative stress is probably considered as the single most harmful contributor to skin aging. Accumulated free radical causes damage to the cell components and leads to signs of skin aging such as fine wrinkles, thin and transparent skin, dry and itchy skin etc.

3. You Suffer From Frequent Headaches

 

Oxidative stress is also believed to play a role in the pathogenesis diseases of the central nervous system. Evidence suggests that oxidative stress can be responsible for conditions such as headache or migraines characterized by severe throbbing pain. Scientists have found that people, who report constant headaches, tend to have low level of total antioxidants and increased oxidative stress index.

4. You Suffer From Acne Problems

 

Acne is the most common skin problems mainly observed in adolescents and youth. Clinical studies have reported that people with acne show presence of oxidative stress.  Oxidative stress along with inflammation plays a critical role in acne pathogenesis.  In fact in acne prone skin, the release of reactive oxygen specials (free radicals) is held responsible for initiating the inflammatory pathway in acne.

5. You Have Developed Problems Related to Fertility

 

Oxidative stress has been identified as a contributing factor for infertility problems in both males and females. Oxidative stress caused due to build up of harmful toxins in the body can affect the sperm quality and functions in men. In women, oxidative stress can cause problems such as endometriosis (a disorder of uterine lining), polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and unexplained infertility. It can also lead to spontaneous abortion, recurrent pregnancy loss and some other pregnancy related complications.

Finding therapies for De-toxification at Spa in Pune is not difficult any more. Visit Four Fountains De-stress Spa at a location convenient to you and avail this beneficial therapy to prevent the health consequences caused by build by of harmful toxins in the body.

Aromatherapy Massage for Better Sleep

Aromatherapy Massage for Better Sleep

 

 

The clock strikes 2 am and you are still staring at the ceiling with your eyes wide open. Your child’s hiked tuition fees, evaluation at work, and the monthly EMI of your home loan just won’t let you sleep. So you reach for the bottle of sleeping pills!

Sleep problems are becoming an important health issue as it affects physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being. Lack of adequate sleep can show both immediate and long-term ill effects. Read how lack of sleep affects our overall health. Many people rely on sleeping pills to get a peaceful sleep at night after a hectic day at work. However, not many are aware of the detrimental side effects these pills can cause. Prolonged use of sleeping pills can cause some serious side effects such as memory problems, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, etc.

Adhering to healthy sleeping habits may also seem practically challenging at times, especially for those with tight work schedules. So, what should you do to get peaceful sleep without any untoward effects on your health?

Aromatherapy Massage is a natural therapy that has been used to assist in relaxation and promote sleep. It gives you improved health and general feeling of wellness. This holistic massage therapy uses pure essential oils obtained from fragrant plants that are either inhaled or massaged onto the skin. Massage increases the flow of energy, and improves the communication between different systems in the body, thus creating a state of balance. Some scientific evidence obtained through clinical studies suggests that essential oils used in aromatherapy massage have therapeutic benefits. The medicinal principles from aromatic oils reach the blood circulation during massage and provide relief from stress, pain, and many other physical and mental illnesses.

Below we have listed down all the possible ways that promote better sleep. Read it carefully to make an informed decision for yourself.

Advantages
Disadvantages
Sleeping Pill
Will help you fall asleep quickly
Detrimental side effects
Good sleeping Habits
Natural means of promoting good sleep
Practically challenging
Aromatherapy Massage
Scientifically proven to improve sleep quality
Most essential oils are safe and free of adverse side effects
How to Know If You Are Hungry or Stressed?

How to Know If You Are Hungry or Stressed?

 

  • Last-minute deadlines
  • Unexpected job description changes
  • A pile of emails to be answered immediately

What do you so in such situations? Take a deep breath and try to sort things one after the other? Well, that is exactly what you should be doing. However, some people start craving for food and resort to emotional eating in such situations. Many people turn to food to find relief from their emotions such as anger, stress, boredom, etc. The problem is, it’s not about physical hunger at all. In fact, you just reach for food to overcome your stress. Here is a quick guide that can help you understand the difference between emotional hunger and real physical hunger.

 

So, the next time you find yourself reaching out for some food, pause and think about whether you’re really hungry or just going through a bout of emotional eating.

Looking for a healthy way to de-stress yourself? Try relaxing Aromatherapy Massage to overcome your mental tensions.

Fatigue is For Real!

Fatigue is For Real!

 

Suresh, age 28, has a new role as regional marketing manager. Frequent travelling on most days of week does not allow him enough time to relax at home.

Ananya, a 41 year old mother of two children works in a software company. After winding up office-work late in the evening, she finds it really difficult to take charge of all her household responsibilities due to lack of energy.

Suresh and Ananya represent many of those who spent most of their waking time either working, travelling or in other routine household work.  In today’s turbulent and competitive economic conditions health often takes a back seat for many of us. Long work hours, meetings around the clock, frequent phone calls, and never ending work pressures allows very little or no time for relaxing.You may look and act relatively normal, however, suffer from a general sense of unwellness or gray feelings. This feeling of weariness, tiredness, or lack of energy is called fatigue. Some people suffer from another serious form called adrenal fatigue. People who suffer fromadrenal fatigue often have difficulty getting up in the morning, suffer from lack of energy and have to constantly rely on some stimulants like colas or coffee to stay alert and awake.

Fatigue mainly results from some biochemical changes that occur in the body. Unhealthy lifestyle with poor diet, lack of sleep and rest, too much pressure at work, stressful jobs, etc. increases the chance of developing adrenal fatigue. Overall, a very stressful lifestyle that allows no time for mental and physical rest can lead to fatigue. Many people do not realize that they actually are facing a chronic illness until it starts showing some of its complex consequences on body.Irritable mood, poor concentration and attention, reduced hand-eye co-ordination,lack of energy, body pains are some of the health consequences caused by fatigue. Extreme tiredness or fatigue can also put you in a very unsafe condition to do certain activities that require alertness and attention.

One study reveals that nearly 72 percent of people working in IT industry report having mental and visual fatigue due to use of computer. This indicates fatigue is for real and you need to take action to overcome it, before it reaches a serious stage. Relying on stimulants is not a healthy solution. You need to find out a healthier solution that gives long term benefits. Clinical studies suggest that massage therapies can reduce the levels of stress hormones and increase beneficial hormones, thereby energising you.

Four Fountains De-stress spa offers an Anti-Fatigue Programme  that can help you to overcome your tiredness, and fatigue through Thai Massage, Foot Massage and Aromatherapy Massage. So, those of you suffering from lack of energy and low enthusiasm, we are eager to help you!

6 Habits that Can Help You to Sleep Better

6 Habits that Can Help You to Sleep Better

 

Did you know that almost 20 percent of all serious car accidents are caused due to driver sleepiness?

According to the researchers people who do not get adequate sleep are at 70 percent higher risk for accidents at work than people who get enough sleep. In our high demanding busy life we often tend to sacrifice sleep to fit in our personal and professional commitments. Most of us are aware of role of physical activity and balanced diet in achieving good health. However, adequate and satisfactory sleep is another important factor that is essential in order to achieve both mental and physical health. Sleep is vital for our well-being. Read health benefits of sleep.

Healthy sleep habits can make a huge difference in your quality of life. Following are some healthy tips that may help you sleep better.

 

1. Make a Sleeping Schedule

 

Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday so as to regulate your body’s clock.

 

2.Reduce Intake of Caffeine

 

Try to avoid intake of products containing caffeine three to four hours before bedtime.

 

3. Keep Your Dinner Light

 

Try to have your dinner at least 2-3 hours before bedtime. Eating heavy or spicy meals before bed may make you uncomfortable due to indigestion.

 

4. Have Pleasant Room Ambiance

 

Try to create a peaceful and pleasant environment in your bed room.

 

5. Avoid Blue Light

 

Most of the modern computers, laptops and smartphones emit blue light. The blue-toned light suppresses the hormone melatonin, which induces sleep. Therefore, avoid use of electronic gadgets before bed time.

 

6. Aromatherapy Massage

 

The tips mentioned above are helpful and work with most people. However, it may be difficult to adhere to some of the lifestyle changes due to long working hours, too much work pressure, frequent travelling in different time zones, etc. Aromatherapy Massage is a natural alternative treatment that has been associated with improved sleep quality. Read how Aromatherapy Massage works?  

6 Simple but Effective Tips for Glowing Skin

6 Simple but Effective Tips for Glowing Skin

 

Skin is an important organ that protects the internal tissues from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, temperature extremes, toxins, and bacteria. Skin problems like brown spots, or dull looking skin can impact your overall confidence. Here we present some great skin care tips that can help you to reduce skin damage and have a glowing skin to boost your confidence.

Add a Splash of Water

 

What better than a splash of cold water on your face especially when the temperatures are rising outside? Make it your daily regimen to wash your face 3 to 4 times. It not only washes away the dirt, but also has a cooling effect. You may opt for a face wash with a mild soap. People who have acne problems can go for medicated soaps after consultation from your skin care professional.

Include Greens in Your Diet

 

Fresh fruits and vegetables are great for eliminating toxins and lifting up the quality of your skin. Opt for green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and asparagus, which are rich in vitamin A, iron, and vitamin K. Fruits such as orange, grapes and grapefruit are rich in vitamin C that is very important for a healthy glow on skin. Vitamin C also maintains bowel movements and reduces acne on the face.

Stay Moisturized

 

It is always good to keep you skin moisturized in all seasons. Skin has to face outside environment throughout the day. Furthermore, as we start to age, our skin loses its moisture and start to appear dry. Moisturizing the skin should therefore be an essential part of your daily routine, which can help you to reduce skin damage.

Wear a Sunscreen

 

Prolonged sun exposure can result in darkening of skin. However, day sunlight can also cause some photo damage skin to.It is better to wear a good quality sunscreen with a high SPF to reduce skin damage.

Sleep Well

Sweet dreams

 

Sleep deprivation can make your skin look older and tired. Make sure you get enough sleep to keep your skin looking healthy. It is also important to remove all the traces of make-up before going to bed to avoid risk of infections.

Facial Massage

 Facial Massage is the most common therapy used for beautification. It is thought to rejuvenate the skin making it look healthy, young and supple. Massaging the face using oil is believed to increase the collagen production which can repair and reduce skin damage and darkening caused due to sun exposure and helps the skin regain its elasticity.

Fighting skin wrinkles? Here are some natural remedies you may find in your kitchen cabinet.

5 Ways to Avoid Foot Pain Caused By High Heeled Shoes

5 Ways to Avoid Foot Pain Caused By High Heeled Shoes

 

According to some research, women who wear high heeled footwear are more likely to have serious foot pain and injuries requiring emergency department presentation. This may happen as wearing high heels forces your foot into an unnatural shape that can lead to some serious foot problems in future.  So are you making up your mind to give up on high heels? Well, here are some more health tips to avoid foot pain.

Wear Shoes of Right Size

 

You must always choose to wear a perfectly fitting pair of shoes to avoid foot pain. Choosing shoes that are too tight can put pressure on the toes or ankles. Too loose shoes may not be comfortable for walking

Slide in the Soft Insoles

 

This can help to reduce the impact on your knees and avoid foot pain

Don’t Wear Heels All Day Long

If your work demands a specific type of shoe with heels, try to carry it along and wear more comfortable shoes, such as athletic or walking shoes for commuting to and from work

Stretch Your Legs

 

If you have a sitting job take a break in between to stretch your legs

Consider Massage to Relieve the Pain

 

Massage improves blood circulation, which increases supply of nutrients and oxygen. It also relieves muscle tension, stretches tight ligaments and reduces stiffness.

If you have made up your mind to try everything possible to avoid foot pain you cannot miss a relaxing massage at Four Fountains De-Stress Spa.  Click here to check different massages and book an appointment. 

High Heel Lover, Do You Have An Aching Foot?

High Heel Lover, Do You Have An Aching Foot?

 

Planning to buy your next pair of high heeled stilettos? Think again! A new study conducted at the Stanford University Medical Center (US) reveals that women, who wear high heels regularly are at increased risk of developing arthritis later in life.

High-heeled shoes are undoubtedly stylish and many women can’t have enough pairs. With increasing popularity of western dressing styles many office going women prefer to dress up in stylish high heeled footwear. However, many of us don’t look beyond the stylish appearance of high heels. There seem to be several side effects of wearing high heels. Apart from making you uncomfortable and causing foot pain, on prolonged use it can have some serious effects on your health.

One research study found that, nearly 64 percent of women who were regular users of high heeled shoes at some point in their life reported hind-foot pain. Studies also report that people who wear high heeled footwear are more likely to have serious foot pain and injuries requiring emergency department presentation.

Foot pain is one of the most common complains reported by working professionals. It is mainly caused due to injury to the bones, ligaments, tendons or nerves and can be felt in the heel, toes, arch, instep, or bottom of foot (sole). As per one recent study, nearly 13 out of 100 officer goers in India report ankle or foot pain. In women, regular use of high heels has been reported as a major cause of foot pain.

The tissues, muscles or bones of our feet are capable of bearing all the weight of our body. However excessive mechanical pressure or the force causes tissue damage in the foot. The side effects of wearing high heels don’t just remain limited to the foot area, over time it starts to shorten the muscles in your calves and in your back, leading to pain and muscle spasms. Regular use of high heel shoes damages the Achilles tendon, which is a large ropelike band of fibrous tissue in the back of the ankle. Experts suggest that, in some women this tendon gets irreversibly affected, so that even if you stop wearing high heeled shoes, the pain still persists. Wearing high heels forces your foot into an unnatural shape that can lead to some serious foot problems in future.

So what are you planning to do to avoid foot pain?

5 Do’s and Don’ts For Back Pain

5 Do’s and Don’ts For Back Pain

Low back pain is one of the most commonly observed pain conditions. About 90 percent of the world’s population faces this kind of pain once in lifetime. The common causes of back pain include muscle strain, slip disc, arthritis, serious injury to back etc. However, some lifestyle factors such as cigarette smoking, physical inactivity, and prolonged sitting can also lead to back pain.

Ignoring the initial stage of minor or acute back pain can lead to chronic pain that can significantly impact physical, mental and social life. Therefore, there is a clear need to increase our awareness and bring in some healthy changes in our lifestyle in order to prevent back pain.

Here are some do’s and don’ts that you should remember while doing your routine activities to prevent back pain.