Diabetes: Sri Lanka’s Sweet Epidemic

Do you know someone with diabetes? Most probably the answer is ‘yes’ and that’s because this non-communicable disease is slowly reaching epidemic proportions in Sri Lanka, especially in urban areas such as Colombo. Did You Know? The prevalence of diabetes in Colombo...

Anger Management: Control but don’t suppress!

Have you ruined a relationship or physically injured yourself or others as a result of being angry? Is there a consistent pattern of outbursts and rage fueled episodes? Then you probably need to learn to manage your anger. Anyone who says they never get angry is...

Early Symptoms of Depression

It’s quite normal to feel a bit blue from time to time, especially if you’ve recently experienced a traumatic event. But if these feelings persist for more than two weeks, you could be suffering from depression; a common and serious medical illness that negatively...

Track Your Food, Keep Your Weight on Track

What is Obesity? A person is said to be obese when abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a health risk is observed in the individual. The simplest method of classification of normal, overweight and obese people is BMI or Body Mass Index. Fitness apps...

Stress Busting at Work

Stress is a funny thing. In small doses it can be great for you but in large doses it can be very bad, even lethal. Unfortunately, most of us get more stress than is safe for us, especially in the workplace. That’s why we’ve put together a few tips and tricks that you...

Emotional Intelligence: The Psychology behind Success

Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others. Emotionally intelligent people display high levels of self-awareness, emotional control, self-motivation, empathy and good social skills. A person’s level of...

Conquer Everest with Your Smartphone

Johann Peries nearly reached the summit of Everest in May 2016 but was unable to make it due to unavoidable technical challenges just 400m short of the summit. He is the only Sri Lankan male to have ever reached an altitude of 8400m or 27,559 feet above sea level on...

Meal planning with Glycemic Index (GI)

The effect of food on blood glucose levels is known as the Glycemic index. This is however, only a measure of carbohydrates. Foods with GI above 70 are considered to be high GI foods. Whereas foods below 55 have a favorably low GI, with foods in-between is...

10 WAYS TO KEEP THE SNIFFLES AWAY

Keep your hands clean - Washing your hands throughout the day really does prevent infections. Warm water and soap are enough to ward off those germs, but make sure you wash for at least 20 seconds. Keep your hands off your face - Avoid touching your nose,...

IN THE NICK OF TIME

The importance of taking medication on time Imagine that inside each of us is a finely tuned master clock driven by a tiny region of the brain that keeps us in sync with earth’s cycle of light and dark; which also directs a host of peripheral clocks found...

LIFE IS SIMPLE, JUST ADD WATER

Why do we need water? The average human body is 60% water and every cell, tissue and organ in your body requires water in order to function at it’s best. Water serves a range of purposes in our bodies’, such as removing waste through urine, controlling the...

FEEL IT. FIND IT. FIGHT IT.

Self Breast Examination Technique Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Sri Lankan women, and women worldwide. According to the National Cancer Control Program (NCCP) statistics of 2010 the incidence of breast cancer in the female population was 23...

LACE UP

Appropriate footwear for walking Spending a whole load of money on branded sports shoes doesn’t always guarantee the right fit or features. Aim to get a shoe that provides excellent support, cushioning and fit in the middle price range. After all, all we...

Avoid Sweetened and soft drinks

It’s not just alcohol, nonalcoholic drinks from lattes to colas can also lead your calorie count to increase. What you drink should not be overlooked when trying to lose weight. Drinking too many sugar-sweetened drinks can contribute to weight gain. We...

Gaining control of the elephant in the room “stress”

Chronic stress is a phenomenon that Is inescapable today. 1 in 5 people report that work stress affects their quality of life in one way or another. This has severe repercussions on physical and mental health. What exactly is stress though? There are many...

Portion Size & portion control

No matter how healthily you eat, you can still put on weight if you’re eating too much. Food portion sizes today are far bigger than they were 30 years ago, which means we’re consuming a lot more calories than we realise. In fact, many of us no longer know...

Nutrition for office workers

Most Sri Lankans have sedentary office jobs. This means for eight or more hours a day they do not engage in any, or very little physical activity. Also some office workers also spend long hours travelling from their homes to their offices. So totally they...

It is not quite the sitting but how you sit that matters!

The era of digitalism and technology is conquering our life styles at a rate, where we spend most hours in a day, sitting and heating up the chairs. Yes, there is nothing wrong in ‘sitting’ and giving your physique some rest, yet, what if you are not...

Importance of health screening

“Prevention is better than cure” This famous proverb teaches us to live a healthy , disciplined and stress free life in order to “prevent” ourselves from having health issues which could cause us a great deal of suffering and loss. We always hear stuff...