Wednesday, January 28, 2015

How to unboil an egg… Yep! You read that correctly, now read on...


I don’t know how many people in this world have thought of unboiling an egg or if it was even possible. However it is actually possible and the genius people who thought of it have a great idea and cause behind it besides the title.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Don't believe the Science lies: Shisha isn't as harmful as smoking #NoToSmoking #YesToBetterHealth

I hate smoking so much!

I hate it so much and every time I go out I try and avoid anyone smoking in front of me or passing by me. Passively inhaling someone’s smoke makes my lungs writhe in disgust. At my time at university my lectures were in between two buildings, in the ground between the two building other students use it as a smoking place where at least 100 people are smoking at the same time (I might be over exaggerating with that number a little bit). Every time I used to pass through, I would hold my breath so I wouldn't inhale the toxic smoke.  Smoking is detrimental to your health and so is passive smoking. By passive smoking, you also inhale all the toxic smoke even if you are not a smoker and it can have negative effects on you too.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Top 7 Health Benefits of Lemon Water


When we think of lemons, or citrus fruits in general we think of vitamin C. In fact lemons are packed with more than just vitamin C; they are crammed with vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fibre.

I have heard a lot about lemon water and how it’s good for you and great for your digestion. Obviously I wanted to research and find out more about lemon water. Little did I know just how many benefits there are!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

My First Guest Post on GradJobs UK - Looking After Your Health After Graduation

(( I am very proud to announce my very first guest post on GradJobs UK!! Be sure to check it out and tell me what you think! 

You can find it here: GradJobs UK Blog: Looking after your health after graduation))


[UPDATE: The Gradjobs blog has since been removed and some posts moved to GradsCorner on Gradjobs UK website. So I have posted my guest post here for everyone to read.]






Looking after your health after graduation.


Stress. The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about stress is a person tearing their hair out and screaming in despair.  After the graduation ceremony graduates start to face the “real world”, independence and the dreaded question: “what are you going to do next?” Since this is the biggest transition in your life it’s definitely going to be the most stressful one.
It’s really easy to get caught up in the moment and give in to stress, particularly in today’s tumultuous economy with hardly any job opportunities. Anxiety can overwhelm you and the fear of the future can make you forget to look after your health; which should always be your number one priority.
What does post-graduation-stress do to you?

Stress affects the body in negative ways, both physically and mentally. To begin with studies have shown that the more stressed you are the more frequent you will have headaches and migraines [1]. Stress can even increase allergy flare ups, especially in the spring season when flowers are blooming and pollen is everywhere. In a recent study conducted, the group which had higher stress levels experienced more allergy flares compared to the group with little to no stress levels [2].  And finally, stress can weaken the body’s immunity [3]. Our immune system is consistently working with the immense task of protecting us from bacteria and viruses that we are exposed to everyday; however when stress levels rise higher than the body’s threshold, the long term effect of stress can negatively affect the immune system. Which is why if you’re really stressed you may find yourself catching a cold frequently. 
Dealing with stress…

  1. Make time for fun. Plan out days out with friends or family, or if you can, book a holiday to your favourite destination and take time out from your usual routine.  It will help you relax and avert your mind from stress.  
  2. Let it all out and complain to anyone that’s close to you. Bottling up your feelings can also increase your stress levels and be detrimental to your health so it’s better to get all the negative feelings out of your system.
  3. Don’t submit yourself to negative thoughts. Be sure that even if finding a suitable job is taking a long time, it will come no matter how long it takes but stressing about it won’t do anything but harm your health. Negative thoughts won’t yield positive results.
  4. Meditating and breathing deeply: breathing exercises help you to control yourself and give a feeling of inner peace.
  5.  Exercising:  You can walk, run, do yoga, anything to keep active and find a way to avert your concentration from thinking about the matters that stress you out.  
  6. Another notable health tip is to always start your day with breakfast. Starting your day with breakfast will set your body up for the day by giving you the right amount of energy and also make you feel productive and less lethargic. Most dieticians agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and can even enhance your mood and cognitive function and lower your stress levels.


Don’t compare your life with anyone…

After graduating you've got pretty much nothing to do apart from looking for work and filling out job applications. Now you have the rest of the day free to procrastinate, which then pulls you into Facebook and other social media websites where all your friends post updates of their lives, and you end up comparing yourself to them, but it’s a toxic and dangerous thing to do to yourself!  You might be convinced that their life is perfect and everyone is living the dream life whilst you’re struggling to get your foot in the door. You will end up feeling like the worst person on the entire planet and stress yourself even more. Comparing yourself to anyone is the worst thing you could do to yourself at any point of your life and you’ll always be unsatisfied.


Overall stress is never a good thing and its negative for your health but there’s always a way to not submit to stress and its pressures.  In between drafting covering letters, sending numerous job applications and then waiting for a potential employer to get back to you (and the disappointment when they don’t), you also have to think about your health and isolate yourself away from anything that makes you anxious and stressful. 

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Friday, January 09, 2015

The Mystery of the Yellow Taj Mahal

Back in 1631 the emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal for his deceased wife, Mumtaz Mahal, to honor her memory . It is regarded as one of the seven wonders of the world. Sadly this wonder is becoming tarnished by the day. Due to pollution, the Taj Mahal marble is starting to turn yellow.
Even though, every couple of years the mausoleum is given a clay mask to remove all the grime and restore the sparkling white marble, the grime returns over and over again every few years.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Don't believe the science lies: Wear your coat or you’ll get a cold!

Can you really catch a cold when it’s cold outside? It turns out that actually staying warm can be useful and our mums were right in telling us to wrap up and keep warm and to wear a jacket when we go out.

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Two Words Two Definitions: Week One!

This weeks words are from Immunology: Antibacterial AgentAntibiotic and Antiviral

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Monday, January 05, 2015

New Segment! Two Words Two Definitions

A new segment I will be adding to Crystals and Catalysts will be called Two Words Two Definitions. In this section I will be choosing two words which seem relatively similar in the science world but have two completely different meanings.

If you have any ideas fr this segment, or any chemical / biological words that confuse you and want me to define, just drop me an email at crystalsandcatalysts@gmail.com

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Chemistry Word Cloud courtesy of Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Chemistry general words - Smart Thesaurus
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Thursday, January 01, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM CRYSTALS&CATALYSTS!!


My 2015 resolutions 1.stick to a good posting schedule AND 2. Complete reading "Bad pharma" by

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