Health

July 06, 2007

Get Hot & Naked - Live Longer

GreecenudeLiving in a warmer climate actually helps you conserve energy. It's one of the main reasons that Italians and Greeks live longer then northern Europeans. Obviously a low fat Mediterranean diet consisting of fruits & vegetables, seafood, olive oil and red wine is a major factor. However, another less obvious contributer is the warm climate.

When outside temperatures drop the body was to work harder to maintain 98.6 degrees.  During colder seasons our bodies begin to hibernate. We instinctively begin to eat fattier and carbohydrate heavy foods. A reduction in sunlight hours during winter months also affects our hormonal system and can affect the immune system, appetite and blood pressure. Nude sunbathing in particular has shown to decrease blood pressure.

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July 02, 2007

H2Ohhhhh Yah!

The Importance Of Drinking Water For Health by Michelle Bery

No matter where you look today you will invariably encounter someone carrying bottled water. Water has become the earmark of a healthy lifestyle – offering hydration and purification. It’s no wonder so many of us have heeded the advice of the experts and significantly upped our water intake. Drinking water for health makes sense when you understand the role that water plays in the human body.

Over half of the human body is made up of water; for this reason, drinking water for health is absolutely crucial in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Experts have long recommended the drinking of at least sixty-four ounces of water a day in order for our systems to function at optimum levels.

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June 26, 2007

Getting To Sleep Faster - 6 Tips Getting To Sleep Faster - 6 Tips by Judy Braley

Many people have problems falling asleep at night, often because their minds keep running at full-speed even though they feel physically tired. I used to have problems falling asleep at night, but now I'm out within minutes - maybe even seconds - of the light going out. Here are six techniques that have helped me get to that point:

1) Keep a regular sleep schedule. This gets your mind and body into a routine. My light goes out somewhere between 9:45 and 10:15 pm almost every night. I know that may seem ridiculously early to some of you, but up here in northern New England people seem to go to bed and wake up earlier than other places I've lived.

2) Stay away from reading fiction before bed. I love a good novel, but fiction stimulates your imagination and does not help you relax your mind and get to sleep. Before I adopted this practice, I can't tell you how many times I'd stay awake late to finish a chapter or even a whole book. And then my mind would still be thinking about the book after I turned off the light. Now, I pick nonfiction instead. Yes, nonfiction can be interesting, but it rarely gets my mental energy going like a good thriller. Mental energy is not what you want when trying to fall asleep.

3) Take a few minutes to quiet your mind. This will help stop that ceaseless thinking. Ways to quiet your mind are: slow and deepen your breathing; think of a few things that went well with the day and be grateful for them; release the emotions attached to anything that didn't go well; stop consciously thinking about things. That last one means to stop trying to think about any issues you have, and stop consciously putting your attention on them. If something is still on your mind, write it down on a notepad next to the bed and resolve to deal with it tomorrow. This is really an important step because if you haven't released something that's bothering you before you try to go to sleep, you'll be replaying it over and over unless you have extremely good control of your thoughts.

4) Keep away from any form of caffeine after 1:00 pm in the afternoon. No coffee, decaf, tea or soda with caffeine. If you are susceptible to the effects of caffeine, it will make it harder for you to quiet your mind when you want to sleep. If I have a Coke at three in the afternoon, I'll feel tired but unable to sleep until midnight. (Another note: I can also always tell if there was MSG in my Chinese dinner because my heart will be thumping and I'll be wide awake staring at the ceiling at 1 am.)

5) Focus on your body and relax one area at a time starting at your feet. This both helps your body physically relax and helps you keep your attention on something other than your to-do list, what's going on at work, how mad you are at someone, etc...

6) Visualize walking down an endless stairwell. Keep your attention on your feet as you visualize your walking. This is similar to number 5 above. Giving your attention to something mindless and repetitive helps your brain shut down.

Those are my tips for how to fall asleep quickly at night. They work for me, and if you have a sleep problem, I hope that maybe they can work for you too.

Judy Braley is an author, an attorney, and a parent. Her personal development blog with free articles and information on inspiration for your life can be found at http://www.GrowFromWithin.com. Copyright © 2007 Wherett Inc.

June 05, 2007

Wheatgrass Is Fast Becoming The Most Widely Used Supplement


by l1011gr
One of the most poplar herbs to come to light over recent years is wheatgrass, wheatgrass is now thought be the most widely used herbal supplement for many reasons. Peerless of the reasons is that is contains chlorophyll, this is mother natures most amazing health prompting nutrient.

Wheatgrass contains no less than 20 amino acids, several hundreds of different enzymes that cannot be found in any other food and over 90 other vitamins, minerals and nutrients. When taking all this into account it is not hard to see why it is fast becoming popular. People from all walks of life have befitted from taking wheatgrass, athletes, those on diets, those who live unavailable lifestyles and anyone who wants to keep their immune system healthy.

Wheatgrass has been described as the closest thing to the fountain of youth that man has ever found. Which says a lot for it, in the UK people are so absorbed with the product that even royalty have curious to endorsing the remedy, the 'Prince of Wales trust' is aiming to educate people on the many health benefits of taking this supplement.

Wheatgrass is available in many forms, including pills, powder, pasta or you can even buy your own 'grow you own kit'. Benefits of wheatgrass Long success has been reported in reversing chronic degenerative diseases with wheatgrass, it is thought that there are two reasons behind why this happens. First wheatgrass provides an optimal nutritional environment during the healing process and secondly the detoxification process is expounded which increases the elimination of waste that has accumulated in the body.

Other ways which wheatgrass can be beneficial include reducing the amount of transcendent cholesterol and lowering high blood pressure. It is further thought to be effective in fighting off certain types of cancer and reducing the risk of these cancers. If you are feeling run down and have a lack of alacrity then drinking a glass of wheatgrass juice can bring back lost energy and get you back on your feet again after illness.

It is also used to increase the body's natural ability to heal and in recent studies has proved to be effective. For those who have trouble with indigestion and heartburn then you could free lunch from taking wheatgrass on a daily basis, wheatgrass is thought to help with the digestive system and stage and calm and soothe irritated linings.

When it comes to keeping your oral hygiene in top form again wheatgrass is thought to be wicked, it is thought to help fight tooth decay and also help with bad breath. Those who have skin problems can also benefit from including wheatgrass in their daily diet as it promotes healthy skin.

All in all it is not hard to see why wheatgrass is fast becoming a popular supplement to many daily diets. Although some studies have been false and wheatgrass has made improvements in areas, for some of the ailments listed above authenticate has been inclusive. However on saying this millions of people throughout the world are trying this remedy and it is fast becoming the number one herbal supplement, which must say something for it.

About the Author

Garland Choate (GR) is a retired Airline Captain who now publishes articles from the USVI. Find many great articles on herbal remedies at http://www.chocolate.WAHWarriors.com

May 29, 2007

5 Natural Ways To Reduce Blood Pressure

by vitalgirl

Yoga1. Try Yoga: Yoga is a great way to reduce stress, which contributes to hypertension. But there are some poses in particular recommended for those wanting to improve their cardiac health. These include:

* forward bends like virasana and upavista konasana, which are both sitting postures.
* horizontal asanas which allow the heart beat to slow down when they are practised slowly and rhythmically
* asanas like uttanasana and adhomukha savasana

2. Regular exercise: It doesn't have to be yoga. Any regular exercise like walking, biking or gardening is great for lowering blood pressure. Your physician will be able to give you an exercise plan that suits your heart condition and physical fitness levels. It's important not to overdo it too quickly. Tai chi is actually an excellent way to reduce hypertension. Like yoga, it is relaxing, rhythmical, a stress reducer, and has great benefit on the nervous and parasympathetic systems within the body.

Having a regular exercise program may even reduce your need for blood pressure medication.

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May 28, 2007

Top 5 Natural Ways To Reduce Your Blood Pressure

by vitalgirl
1. Try Yoga: Yoga is a great way to reduce stress, which contributes to hypertension. But there are some poses in particular recommended for those wanting to improve their cardiac health. These include:

* forward bends like virasana and upavista konasana, which are both sitting postures.
* horizontal asanas which allow the heart beat to slow down when they are practised slowly and rhythmically
* asanas like uttanasana and adhomukha savasana

2. Regular exercise: It doesn't have to be yoga. Any regular exercise like walking, biking or gardening is great for lowering blood pressure. Your physician will be able to give you an exercise plan that suits your heart condition and physical fitness levels. It's important not to overdo it too quickly. Tai chi is actually an excellent way to reduce hypertension. Like yoga, it is relaxing, rhythmical, a stress reducer, and has great benefit on the nervous and parasympathetic systems within the body.

Having a regular exercise program may even reduce your need for blood pressure medication.

3. Eat more bananas! Bananas are high in potassium, which is great for reducing hypertension. Other dietary improvements include eating more fruit and vegetables generally. Studies have found 8 servings of fruit and vegetables daily to be preferable, with these having a particular benefit for cardiovascular health:

* Lettuce
* spinach
* cauliflower
* cabbage
* broccoli
* swiss chard
* citrus fruits

And when these changes are combined with exercise, there are more significant improvements in blood pressure.

4. Make sure you get your folic acid: A study by the Harvard Medical School looked at the benefits of folic acid on blood pressure, and found it to be highly beneficial, particularly amongst younger women. It seemed to have a protective effect against hypertension. Younger women who took at least 1mg of folic acid a day lowered their risk of hypertension by 46%. Older women who had reasonable amounts of folic acid daily lowered their risk by 18%. The study was conducted on 156,000 nurses, 19,720 of whom had high blood pressure.

5. Blessed chocolate: Dark chocolate, and foods and supplements that had high levels of cocoa including chocolate confectionary, cocoa sandwich filling and drinks, have been found to be associated with a lower blood pressure and reduced risk of dying from any cause in a small study conducted on 470 elderly men (they were on average 72 7ears old). The study followed them for 15 years, and those that ate more than 2.3 grams of cocoa a day had lower blood pressure than those that didn't. Researchers believe it is the flavanol component of cocoa that provides this beneficial effect.

Before thinking this is a green light to eat lots of chocolate, you'll need about 100 grams of dark chocolate a day to get the blood pressure benefits. That equates to an extra 500 calories per 100 grams, with an average fat content of 30%. Raw cocoa is not well taken by people when it is eaten in large amounts. The calorie and fat considerations need to be taken into account, although there are some chocolate bars out there that have a higher flavanol content.

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May 03, 2007

7 Ways To Help Boost Your Self Esteem

by parkmeadows
In today's busy world, it's sometimes difficult to find the time to do something for yourself. Yet spending just a little time everyday on yourself will boost your self esteem, ultimately allowing you to be a better person for yourself and your family. Try out these 7 ideas.

1. Do something you've been putting off.
From the simplest task of writing a letter, to something you've been contemplating for some time like a facelift, taking control and getting it done can have a huge impact on your self-esteem. It will make you feel good to finally be able to place a checkmark by that lingering goal.

2. Make time to do something you are good at.
Getting caught in the day-to-day chores of life can bring down anyone's mood. Make sure you dedicate some time every week to do something you enjoy, and are good at. From painting, to dancing, to writing, or even golfing; whatever you choose make sure its something that requires your full attention.

3. Learn how to relax completely.
If you are feeling low or anxious about something, the first thing to do is to stop and relax. Feeling anxious or low is often accompanied by stress. When you concentrate on relaxing, your feelings will begin to disappear. Choose to learn a wonderful skill that will continue to help you throughout your life, such as meditation, yoga or Tai Chi.

4. Congratulate yourself on things you've already accomplished.
Look back at your life; what have you completed in your life? Don't look for large items; instead, look for the little things in life. Passing a test, losing 5 pounds after the holidays, and or signing up for a new class are all reasons of celebration.

5. Establish goals you can realistically achieve.
What separates a doable goal from one that will never be achieved is the ability to see yourself accomplishing it. Looking like you did when you were 20 is not possible at the age of 50. But you can have a goal to lose 10 pounds, or to have a Botox treatment twice a year to reduce the fine lines around your eyes.

6. Rely on your own opinions.
Your goals and values have seen you through this far. Don't do things based on the beliefs of others. Instead, choose things that will make you feel better about yourself, and have a more positive attitude towards life. If you've always wanted cosmetic surgery to fix the bump on your nose, then by all means do it. Taking charge will do wonders for your attitude.

7. Spend time with nurturing people.
Take a look at the people you spend time with. Do they have a positive outlook on life? Do they have a positive lifestyle? Spending time with positive people will motivate you to take charge of your life, and turn it into a happy, successful experience.

Boosting your self-esteem isn't a once in awhile thing. Instead, it's a process that should help you live a stronger, healthier lifestyle. Spend time every day taking care of yourself, and find things that will help you become a better you.

About the Author

Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery offers you two of today's top doctors in the field of cosmetic surgery. Contact Tammy Garcia to find out more about many of today's top cosmetic procedures, including breast augmentation and liposuction. Visit them at http://www.ParkMeadowsCosmeticSurgery.com/

May 02, 2007

Breathing: The Real Secret To Stress Relief


by abs9360
It has never occurred to most people that something they do everyday, every night - continuously - can be a source of powerful stress relief.

I remember when my father's friend was doing an awards presentation. For entertainment he said he was going to test how observant we were. He then told us NOT to look at our wrist watches and asked questions about the color, the type of watch is was, were the numbers Roman Numerals or regular English numbers and so on. NO ONE was able to answer all the questions.

Another, better known, story is about Christopher Columbus. When Columbus arrived in the new world and landed on his rowboat...the natives could not see his ship out at sea! Their familiarity with their environment and the ocean in particular was such that they couldn't perceive the ship. An elder medicine man who had the flexibility of perception had to describe the ship to his fellow tribesmen before they could see it.

This same familiarity applies to how we perceive our breathing.

Our breathing is something that we have become so familiar with that we are almost completely unaware of its effects. Consider this, our breath bridges our conscious and unconscious i.e. unconsciously we are always breathing and at any time we can consciously focus on our breathing.

This is important to remember because all our emotional states are reflected in our breathing. If we are stressed our breathing tends to be shallow and focused in our upper lungs.

In fact jerky breathing itself will actually increase anxiety and stress. While when we are relaxed we tend to breathe fully into our belly. Practicing belly breathing (diaphragmatic breathing) can be extremely beneficial.

Simply knowing this can make a big difference like remembering to breath deeply if you are stressed to feel better. In other words, you had an unconscious shallow/jerky breathing pattern when you were stressed and by consciously taking control you can choose a breathing pattern that is better for your mind and body.(which would be diaphragmatic breathing)

In Yoga, breathing is considered to be so important that before any task a yogi first prepares his/her breathing. Proper breath control is considered the key to healthy living. In fact, learning to do proper diaphragmatic breathing has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety permanently.

Diaphragmatic Breathing
Sit or stand with your back straight, put your hand on your belly and breath in a slow and deep pattern. Don't try to overfill the lungs or empty them - just breath softly - expanding your belly on the inhale and contracting on the exhale. Keep your attention focused on your breathing. You will find that your mind will tend to drift. That is normal. Simply return your attention to your breath when you notice you got distracted. Allow the relaxation from this breathing pattern to spread through your body and just enjoy yourself.

Practicing diaphragmatic breathing on a regular basis will alleviate stress and give you the ability to manage your stress better. All because of some deep and slow breathing.

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