Laughter yoga boosts the mind and helps you live longer

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  Who doesn’t enjoy a good laugh? Most of us will do anything to rouse laughter in ourselves or others. It’s probably one of the greatest human pleasures – and now it’s being used as a form of…

This is why we have “air rage” on flights

BY: NADIA ZAIDI Apparently the rage we feel during a long flight has a lot to do with where we are seated. So why is it that flights bring out the worst in us? I’m guilty of being a little…

How smelly are your farts? Well, it depends on how healthy you are

BY: NADIA ZAIDI Flatulence might be one of the most taboo topics, yet a natural bodily process. We may not want to admit it, but each of us passes gas an average of 40 times a day, and most of…

What is Exploding Head Syndrome?

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  Imagine going to sleep with the sounds of gunfire, or a large object crashing to the ground? No, these aren’t the night terrors of someone living in the war-torn third world. It happens every single night, inside…

I drank turmeric and warm milk for three weeks and this is what happened

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  Turmeric is the newest super food, and guess who jumped on the bandwagon? Yours truly. In my defence (I know I’ve always been a go-against-the-grain type of gal), but turmeric is a daily staple in any south-Asian…

Is it healthier to be a vegetarian?

Are you a veggie hipster like me? Were you also a vegetarian before it was “cool”? Ok give me a second to defend myself against the ones that might be thinking, “wow, this girl is full of it thinking she’s…

How to get off antidepressants without losing your mind

BY: NADIA ZAIDI Getting off antidepressants is one of the most difficult things to do. Believe me, I’ve been there. It’s one of the reasons I have an affliction toward them in the first place. I think the risks and…

Robots will soon be able to perform colonoscopies

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  I’m surprised that Robots haven’t yet replaced humans. From jobs to performance, they have beaten us at our own game. Ironically, humans make them, and apparently a little too well. You don’t need a surgeon’s steady hand…

You don’t need to have sex to contract a sexually transmitted infection

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  I promise that your parents didn’t sponsor this piece. We all remember learning about the dangers of sexually transmitted infections — heck, it’s still frightening. Wake up with a blister in the wrong area and maybe you’re…

Is it better to shower at night or in the morning?

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  A new study says there is a specific time of the day that we should be showering. And apparently it’s crucial to our skin. Personally, I’m an evening bather. There’s nothing more satisfying than the idea of…

Living on wheels makes you happier, less stressed and fearless

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  There is nothing like the wind caressing your face as you hit the road for travels unknown. Truly. People who live like nomads are happier, don’t experience the stressors associated with home living and are more audacious.…

This is what happens to your brain during a panic attack

BY: NADIA ZAIDI I used to be one of those people who thought panic attacks were over-dramatized for the sake of attention seeking. I know how horrible that sounds, but admittedly it was a reflection of my ignorance on anxiety…

A gym full of beds has members nap to lose weight

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  I don’t know about you, but I would much rather relax than go to the gym. Not sure how many people feel the same way. Ha! Okay, most of us are unanimous on working out, especially when it…

Yoga poses for beginners

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  I can barely stand on one leg without toppling over, let alone master those complex yoga poses – or so I thought. Through my research on yoga, and some of my not-so-graceful attempts at it, I’ve learned a…

Naked and asleep: why sleeping nude is best

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  Let it hang between the sheets. In fact, why cover at all? A recent study shows that uninhibited (that’s one way of putting it) sleepers enjoy more perks of life. In fact, they’re also wealthier than pyjama-wearing snobs.…

Five ways for vegetarians to get protein…that are not tofu

I am one of those vegetarians that is kinda grossed out by meat substitutes. I mean, I will eat the occasional dish with tofu or tempeh but it’s not my “go to” way to obtain the protein I need. Maybe…

Yoga benefits: how different poses impact your body

I don’t believe in writing about things that I’m not passionate about for the sake of selling interest. I like to think that integrity governs my work — as it should in any profession. Truthfully, yoga was just one of…