Just Sleep!


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Sleep health leadSo you hit the snooze button multiple times when your alarm goes off in the morning, or load yourself up with caffeine to help you concentrate and keep drowsiness at bay? If so, then you are likely to be sleep-deprived, which, recent research has revealed, can adversely affect your health.

Studies at the University of Wisconsin concluded that sleep plays a crucial role in boosting brain power. According to Dr Chiara Cirelli, lead researcher at the University, “Sleeping promotes neurogenesis, the process by which new nerve cells grow, particularly when you are dreaming, which only happens during the deepest stage of sleep, REM (Rapid Eye Movement).” Continue reading

Pomegranate Perks


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PomegranatePomegranates are in season and although the ancient Greeks and Egyptians revered them as symbols of fertility and immortality, recent research further attests that pomegranates possess the following health benefits.

Aid in weight-loss. One serving (100 grams) of carb-rich pomegranate seeds contains only 83 calories, giving you a burst of energy and keeping you alert and active throughout the day. If you are on a diet, indulge in pomegranates because their high fibre content will prevent you from feeling hungry and increase your metabolic rate. Better yet, pomegranates contain no saturated fats, making them an effective diet food.
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Turkey Time


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Turke3yIronically, white meat, the healthiest meat, comes from the laziest of birds. A non-flying bird, the chicken, gives us the healthy white breast meat, while a flying bird such as a duck gives us red meat which is high in cholesterol. The turkey, a large, lazy bird, originally from North America, provides another healthy white meat option in the form of turkey burgers, turkey bacon, smoked turkey and turkey bologna. And, of course, the fabulous roast turkey, without which no Christmas dinner should be considered complete. Continue reading

Gobble, Gobble!


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TurkeyTurkey is usually associated with Thanksgiving and Christmas. The bird is served with an array of condiments and stuffing, including creamed asparagus tips, cranberry sauce, gravy, olives, pickles and potatoes. This bird has transcended geographical and cultural borders and now is available in Pakistan, especially during the festive season. Continue reading

Winter Care For Your Car


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AdBuzz LeadWinter has arrived and walking out to your car, turning the key in the ignition and driving off is no longer a certainty given that cars have a tendency to act up in the cold weather. This is why you should pay attention to the following components to ensure that your car functions well throughout the season.

Battery. Cold weather damages the battery and charging system. Have it inspected by a professional to ensure that it is fully charged and consider replacing the battery and charging system if they are over three years (especially if temperatures are expected to drop below freezing point). Check electrical connections, including spark plugs, to ensure they are corrosion-free.

Fluids. For optimal function, a car needs fluids – including brake, engine and transmission oils, and antifreeze – to flow freely. During winter, these fluids thicken which restricts their flow and can cause engine failure. To avoid this, make sure to flush and replace them annually. Maintain oil levels above the ‘half’ mark; this prevents moisture from settling in the fuel pipe which happens more frequently in the cold weather and creates blockages. Continue reading

Viruses On The Rise


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VirusThe Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has caused 4,493 reported deaths so far, is posing a serious threat to the rest of the world, including Pakistan, due to the frequent movement of people from the affected countries to other parts of the world.

Although its host is unidentified, animals, including bats and apes, are believed to be the prime carriers of the virus. Therefore, contact with such animals or with people who have been infected (through contact with broken skin or bodily fluids, including blood, urine, saliva and sweat) are the two ways in which the virus can be transmitted. The disease is difficult, if not impossible, to cure, which is why wearing protective gear and disposing of used syringes properly is mandatory when treating Ebola patients. Continue reading

Inclusive Decision Making


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CareersArbitrary decision making – which involves a few senior professionals having the final say in every matter – characterises Pakistan’s corporate world. What most supervisors fail to appreciate is that by opting for an inclusive decision making culture – whereby employees at every hierarchical level have the authority to make decisions and recommend improvements – they will benefit from a highly engaged and productive workforce.

Here are a few reasons why you should foster an inclusive decision making workplace culture:
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Ensure A Sniffle-Free Winter – Naturally!


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Sniffle free WinterWith the winter chill in the air, many of us are coming down with seasonal allergies or sniffles. Instead of popping pills, here are four natural remedies that you can use to cure them.

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar. Believed to reduce mucus production in the airways, apple cider vinegar prevents dust, pollen and other allergens (the most common triggers of asthma and flu) from being trapped in your sinus cavities. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of lukewarm water twice a day is enough to do the trick.

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Number 4, Nazimabad, Karachi


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NazimabadOverview: Established in the early 1960s, Number 4, Nazimabad is a well-known residential area in Karachi. It is completely built-up and vacant plots are not available. Residential property options include apartments and houses. Prices increase by 10 to 15% and rentals by seven to 10% annually. 

What is nearby: Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and Nazimabad Eid Gah Ground are a five-minute drive away.  

Boundaries: Block B, North Nazimabad (north), FC Area (east), Sir Shah Muhammad Suleman Road (south) and Nawab Siddiq Ali Khan Road (west).  Continue reading

Watercress Wonders


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Last month, research at William Paterson University in New Jersey ranked 41 powerhouse fruits and vegetables based on their nutritional composition. Guess the name of the vegetable that topped the list? No, it wasn’t kale or carrots which were hailed super foods recently –  it was watercress. 

Here are five reasons why you should make watercress part of your diet: 

1. Brain, circulation and skin. Watercress is an excellent source of vitamin K, which limits neuronal damage in the brain, and is believed to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. The vitamin also performs the vital function of blood clotting and consequently prevents haemorrhaging. Recent research suggests that vitamin K helps improve insulin resistance and protects the cells that line blood vessels. It also helps keep your skin smooth and wrinkle-free. Continue reading


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