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Six Fitness and Health Tips

Fitness and health is a major concern of many people nowadays. Proper fitness and health is not that easy to achieve, especially for overweight individuals. In television, radio, and print ads, there are lots of health and slimming products and programs that promise an almost instant loss of excess fats. The truth is, there is no magic pill that can make any person lose a big amount of excess weight overnight. If you are tempted to try any of these weight loss products and programs, you should consult your doctor first before you actually try them.

If you really want to lose weight and be healthy, you can follow my fitness and health tips. My tips do not involve taking slimming products. Following my health and fitness tips can give you long lasting results.

Fitness and Health Tips

Walk – If you are not fond of walking, you better start liking it now. Walk a few yards every day. After several days, try to take longer walks.

Drink water – A lot of people choose carbonated drinks over water when they are thirsty. That is definitely wrong. Carbonated drinks contain too much sugar and they actually make a person even thirstier. Water, on the other hand, really quenches thirst. It is also a very good detoxifier. It flushes toxins brought by pollution and unhealthy eating habits.

Lessen your coffee intake – Two to three cups of coffee a day is okay. Anything more than that is not. Coffee is diuretic and taking too much coffee could result to dehydration. To help lessen your coffee intake, especially in the morning, take a few sips of water before drinking coffee. Doing that does not only make you take fewer cups of coffee. It also helps replenish the water lost when you perspire and respire while sleeping.

Eat healthy meals – Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, so be sure not to skip breakfast. Stay away from sausages, bacons, eggs, and white bread. Instead, take cereals, wholegrain bread, and fresh fruits. For lunch and dinner, you can have fish or chicken fillet, tuna sandwich, fresh vegetables salad, yogurt, non-fat milk or soy milk, and any other healthy kinds of food. Just remember to eat very light meal for dinner.

Balance your carbohydrates and protein intake – Some people take pure carbohydrates diet while some take pure protein diet. A balanced intake of both carbohydrates and protein is better if you want to achieve proper fitness and health. Both protein and carbohydrates are important for a human being to function well. Always remember to eat small portions only.

Lessen your alcohol intake – If you can totally stop taking alcoholic drinks, do it. If you cannot do that, just be sure to lessen your alcohol intake. Alcoholic drinks replace the much needed water in our system.

Super Health Tip

In other Super Health Tips I present a wealth of information. In this one I am focusing simply on what to do with that information.

I suggest that you begin to take your heath care very seriously for several reasons. First, because more and more people are having serious health challenges, and you may as well. Second, because a health care crisis is quickly developing, and the availability and cost of health care will soon be out of reach, and could even be rationed.

Third, because a comprehensive study has been released that reveals that degenerative diseases including heart disease, cancers, and diabetes are caused by what we eat, and that by changing what we eat we can reverse and prevent these diseases. It is shaking the foundations of the medical industry.

The study is called The China Study, and you can read it yourself for it is available as a book with that title. It is the most comprehensive nutrition study ever conducted.

This study introduces a totally new element into our health management – we now have the power to control our own health, reverse any of these diseases we have or may develop, and to prevent them by managing what we eat.

I hope you are skeptical about what I am reporting to you, because I was when I first heard it. You should be skeptical. You will need to do your own due diligence, which doesn’t mean running to your doctor and asking him his thoughts. The first question I would ask him if you decide to do that is if he has read the China Study. If he hasn’t or can’t describe its conclusions, you may want to find a doctor who is committed to being up to date and who uses the most effective and least invasive treatment.

The point is health care is beginning a massive revolution, and we all need to become knowledgeable about health and nutrition, by investing our own time and effort so we can manage our own heath care intelligently. Many doctors are dragging their feet, and are still prescribing dangerous, bankrupting and needless by-pass surgery and deadly chemotherapy.

This will take some discipline on your part, to invest the time, apply what you learn, and discipline yourself to do what you need to do to become healthy. And it will take discipline to eat right to reverse heart disease and cancers that could be progressing in your body that haven’t shown obvious symptoms yet. Degenerative diseases grow slowly, and you can prevent them and reverse them by learning what foods cause them and changing your diet accordingly.

I urge you to become a closet health nut. Just don’t broadcast it to everyone. If someone asks you why you are looking so good, or how you’ve lost that excess weight, you may want to drop a few hints, and suggest a DVD or book for them to consider. And you may want to have one handy to share with them. Low key, like a fox. Know what I mean?

My Dental Health Tips

As an experienced Dentist working in a general practice for forty years, I’ve always placed my patient’s welfare and dental concerns first and foremost.

I believe that every individual young or old, has the right to be examined,diagnosed and treated by a licensing Dentist. You as a dental patient have the right to be examined and treated in a safe, healthy environment by the Dentist of your choosing.

You have the right to receive prompt emergency service whether you can pay for that service or not. You have the right to be informed of the treatments you may require and the cost associated with those treatments.

These treatments proposed should be explained in laymen’s terms and followed by any alternative options. A competent, caring, dentist will provide you with an explanation as to why a certain treatment has been recommended.

There are usually both advantages and disadvantages to the possible treatments suggested. Every patient has the right to receive dental treatment to the accepted standards of the Dental Profession.

Each and every patient has the right to an avenue in which to file a complaint against a dentist.

All dentists have the responsibility and obligation to report to his or her licensing review body any unprofessional conduct or failure to provide treatment in accordance with currently accepted professional standards.

That said, dentists have the responsibility and obligation to their colleagues as well. In the best interest of the general public, dentists are encouraged to consult and communicate with each other regarding previous treatments that have been rendered

A healthy smile is a good indication of a happy child! Here are some children’s oral health tips that if adhered too, will help prevent any child from suffering the unnecessary embarrassment and pain of tooth decay. Start early! When that first tooth erupts, approximately at 6 months of age, clean the tooth with a damp cloth. As more teeth erupt into place, use a very soft child’s tooth brush. Placing the tooth brush in hot tap water will make the brush bristles even softer.

I would like to discuss the “Baby Bottle Tooth decay syndrome”. Baby bottle tooth decay occurs when a baby’s teeth come into frequent contact with sugars from liquid carbohydrates such as fruit juices, milk, formula, sugar water or any other sweet drink substitute. Even human breast milk can cause tooth decay as well.

As these liquids break down into simple sugars in the oral cavity, the bacteria in the mouth break down these sugars into acids that subsequently cause tooth decay. If untreated, decayed teeth cause pain, are unsightly, and make eating and chewing difficult. Why would any responsible parent want to contribute to their infant child’s poor oral health status.? If baby teeth are damaged and lost prematurely, they will not be present to help guide the later developing permanent teeth into place. YES! Baby teeth will be replaced later on however they MUST be kept healthy to compliment the baby’s overall general health and well being!

Naturally the baby may not like you cleaning their teeth with a face cloth or anything else, but you must do it. Even if you only spend a few moments at it. When a child is around two years of age, all of their 20 baby teeth should be present. You may want to start using a little toothpaste at this time. Most young children at this age may not let you do this procedure. They may just want to do it themselves. Let them try it. We know they will not be able to a thorough or adequate job but teaching them to do so is much more important than the final results. Hopefully, they will eventually co-operate and let you help them brush their teeth.

One way to give them the idea is to brush your teeth first in front of them. Tell them why you brush your teeth and ask them if you can show them and help them brush their teeth. If you get too much resistance, you have to take charge. You are the “Boss”. I’m not saying you have to be aggressive, but you must be assertive and determined.

When you begin using a tooth paste,make sure it has fluoride in it. Children at an early age have a tendency to swallow the tooth paste so be sure not to give them too much. A small pea sized portion of tooth paste is adequate. Fluoride is very important in fighting tooth decay. Have the child spit out the toothpaste and then follow with a mouth-rinse of water. I don’t believe a child is capable of brushing their teeth properly, until they have the dexterity to tie their own shoes. The same goes for flossing of the teeth as well if not more so.

That said, there brushing techniques should be supervised until they are nine or ten years old and beyond. You can serve as a good role model by practicing good oral health care habits and schedule regular dental visits for checkups and cleaning appointments when necessary.

You know I’ve been telling you how to look after your children’s teeth to prevent costly tooth decay but the best way to prevent tooth decay, is to prevent your child from consuming too much sugar in any shape or form. We know all children love candy in any way they can get it. Eating the candy may not be an issue if they have good home care brushing and flossing habits. But because most children do not have these good habits at an early age, you must reduce the amount of sugar they consume in their daily diet.

It is imperative to note that not all sources of sugar come in the form of candy per se. There are what I call many forms of “HIDDEN SUGARS “. For example, there is sugar in many pops and fruit- like beverages that children love to drink. There is sugar in cookies, ketchup, breakfast cereals and chewing gum, bubble gum and cake icings. As a matter of fact, there are more hidden sugars in breakfast cereals than in any other source of food that I can think of.

The sugar-coated breakfast cereals are absolute dynamite on children’s teeth. If I had my way, they would be banned from the grocery store shelves. Children love these types of cereals because they are sweet. But a combination of milk and these cereals followed by poor brushing and flossing habits, is a dental disaster waiting to happen. Even eating these types of cereals in the dry form are not much better. They become very tenacious to the teeth and create quite a challenge for a child to clean adequately. The worst thing you could ever do is give your children milk and cereal before bedtime and not make or help them clean their teeth thoroughly.

One thing I never allowed my three children to eat was any hard candy in the form of suckers, lifesavers, lollipops, toffee, jawbreakers, you name it. I did permit them to eat any form of candy that they could chew and swallow in a short period of time. Hard candies take a long time to consume and consequently have serious consequences on the rate of decay in the mouth. Chronic drinking of Soda pops and high sugar content fruit drinks,are not recommended and should be avoided if possible.

To this day, my two older boys have had no cavities and neither one of them have a desire to eat sweets on a regular basis. My third child, a daughter, did develop a sweet tooth and had one or two small cavities when she was 7 or 8 years old. Here are some good tips that really works. Sit your kids down once a week or once a month and let them eat all of the soft candy they want. Believe me they will get tired of it. After they have finished eating all they want, ask them to go brush their teeth thoroughly and wait until the next time they want another good feed.

Man is a creature of habit. Why not instill some of the good habits instead of the bad habits. It takes the same amount of effort but the final outcome can be quite different and beneficial. Here are some tips to help prevent baby bottle tooth decay:

* To calm a baby during the daytime, give them a bottle of water or a pacifier, instead of milk or juice.
* NEVER! NEVER dip the pacifier into a jar of honey or other sugary liquids.
* At bedtime, DON’T EVER put your baby to sleep with a bottle of sugary liquids, watered down fruit juices like apple juice, or milk. Give them water as a substitute.
* Don’t ever allow your baby to feed continuously throughout the night while sleeping. Use a pacifier instead.
* Don’t ever add sugar to your baby’s food!
* Use a wet cloth to wipe your baby’s teeth after their feeding.
* Ask your dentist about your baby’s fluoride requirements.
* Teach your baby to drink from a cup by his or her first birthday.

Granted these tips take some effort and perseverance on your part, but believe me, it will be worth it and you can literally save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars worth of dental treatment over the formative years of your child’s life.

According to the Center of Disease Control, tooth decay is one of the most common infectious diseases among U.S.children. That said, these statistics usually can and will a apply to children in Canada and other Western countries of the world!

This is a sad statement in my view because this health problem is totally preventable. Twenty eight percent of children aged 2 to 5 years have already had decay in their primary or baby teeth. By the time they reach the age of 11, approximately half of these children will have experienced decay issues. By the age of nineteen, tooth decay in permanent teeth will effect 68% of all adolescents. These are alarming statistics and to think that simply by applying some preventive measures, they could be drastically reduced or eliminated altogether.

It appears that low income families have twice as much untreated decay than children from families with higher incomes. As I eluded to earlier, Tooth Decay is preventable! There is an old proverb ” 1 once of prevention, is worth a pound of cure”. One of the main obligations of a parent is to go to any lengths to protect their children from all harm. And yet, so many parents neglect their children’s oral health for one reason or another.

Although there appears to be an increased interest in Dentistry for children today, this field is still a subject of widespread pubic ignorance and misinformation. Many people still think that the “Baby” teeth are not important because they will eventually be lost and a new permanent set of teeth will subsequently follow.

This is a false and dangerous notion because it had led to major defects in health, appearance and personalities. A great number of people might have had their lives drastically altered for the BETTER, if they had received adequate dental care in their childhood.

An older,common, false notion existed that “Baby teeth ” were easier to treat that adult teeth. This was because a Dentist may not have to do his or her best work, because these teeth will be lost eventually. What a ridiculous thought!

On the contrary. These Primary or Deciduous teeth, (baby teeth or milk teeth) as they are quite often referred too, are very different from permanent or secondary teeth, being lighter in color, (whiter) and smaller in size than their successors.

They actually require more attention and the very best work that a dentist can provide.The fact that they will subsequently be lost is completely irrelevant to the quality of care they should receive.

The development of the teeth begins long before the their eruption into the oral cavity. Their formation can begin as early as the seventh week of pregnancy. That said, the first teeth to erupt will not do so until approximately the six month after birth. This of course can vary because some infants have been known to be born with teeth already exposed. If the sequence of eruption pattern for baby teeth does not adhere to the average pattern exactly, Do not be alarmed! Remember, some children do develop faster than others.

The mechanism by which the deciduous teeth are replaced by the permanent teeth is remarkable and is one of the most striking examples of nature’s ingenuity. By age two on average, all of the twenty Baby teeth should be present and visible in the mouth of a child. As a permanent tooth continues to develop after birth, it begins to move through the jaw towards the gum tissue and the baby tooth it is going to eventually replace.

When the erupting permanent tooth rubs up against the root of the baby tooth, it causes a progressive resorption or erosion of that root to take place. Ultimately, resulting in that resorbed root to get shorter and shorter until it becomes lose and the remaining tooth falls out and is replaced by the permanent tooth. By this unique eruption pattern, the baby tooth is permitted to remain and fulfil its necessary functions up to the last moment such as; chewing and guiding the development of the jaws and maintaining the space required to accommodate the much larger permanent tooth.

The premature loss of baby teeth, can cause several problems. Drifting can occur of adjacent teeth, resulting in loss of space to accommodate the eruption of the much larger permanent teeth. One of the most common causes of the need for expensive orthodontic treatments, is due to premature space loss that can occur at an early age. Poorly positioned teeth often cause irregularities in the jaw’s formations resulting in distortion of a profile, facial asymmetry and general outward appearance.

The resulting effect upon an individual’s facial asymmetry can be very profound and can place enormous influences upon the individuals success, happiness and overall personal development. Do not underestimate the importance of Baby teeth. With preventive measures that may take time and some perseverance, you can save your child a lot of anguish, pain, unpleasantry and yourself a lot of stress and pocket money.

Health Tips For Healthy Life

Your health is very important to you. In fact, next to your mind, it is the only thing you actually really own, or have a solid claim on. Money and power can disappear, but your health will stay with you. So, if you have good health, good for you. If you fail to take care of your health, there are bound to be problems in the future. There is an Arabian saying, “He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.”

Health tips available on the internet today help you have an idea of how you can start watching your health. First, make sure you move about a lot. Take the stairs more often, not the elevator. If you have children, make a point of playing with them more often, including the ball throwing games that adults tend to stay away from because they are tiring.

Another health tip is that you should cut down on the amount of fat you take into your body through food. Burgers, fried foods and meats that contain a lot of fat are the prime suspects. As for dairy products, try and find the ones that come in versions with lowered fat content.

Quitting smoking is probably a health tip that you have heard repeated to you many times by the media and other organs. The most challenging thing you can do as a smoker is to give up the next cigarette. Tough but totally worth it.

Do Not Let Yourself Suffer From Low Self

Self-confidence is very important especially since it makes everyday life easier and more enjoyable for us. For many people, having enough confidence can also mean better work output, a more active social life and a happier outlook in life. Now, if you want to achieve all these but is blocked by an acne condition, it is good news to say that you can now permanently get rid of your acne using time-proven acne health tips so that you can have a more confident you.

According to research, people who have sufficient self-confidence are more likely to succeed than those who have low self-esteem. This is primarily because people who feel good about themselves find everyday living effortless and easy. They can easily interact with other people; they feel comfortable in other people’s company and they feel good even without expensive material items. That is why curing your acne problem is one good solution so that you can have a boost in self-confidence.

Acne is one skin condition that affects many of us today. If you are one of these sufferers, then you have to know that you are not alone. Also, aside from having other people suffer from acne, it is good news to say that you can get rid of it permanently whatever its causes are. Note that acne can affect you not just on the face but also on other body part like the arms, chest and back. It can affect not just young people but also those in their adult years and it affects persons both male and female. The thing is that, if you have high risk for acne or if you already face the problem, then you should act on it proactively and do not let it take control of your life. If you want to boost your self-esteem and self-confidence, then you should do something about your acne problem.

One way to deal with an acne problem is by getting the right acne health tips. It is true that we always see lots of advertisements for various kinds of acne products. Some examples of these products include expensive creams, ointments and even medications. Now, if you are not comfortable in using those products or methods, or if you do not have the financial capacity to maintain them, do not despair because there are proven acne health tips that can help clear your face or your body without you spending as much.

You can get useful acne solution tips from the internet. These tips are proven by time as well as by many people’s experiences. These tips can be extremely helpful for a people who suffer from acne or other skin problems. This is because they aim to not just to clear your skin now but they also aim to permanently rid yourself of acne, blackheads and even face redness or oiliness. By getting access to these proven health tips, you can easily look better and, at the same time, feel better about yourself. In the end, one indispensable result would be better self-confidence.

Five Simple Health Tips to Jump Start

Creating a heather lifestyle doesn’t have to be complicated but it does require commitment. It takes 21 days to create a new habit, and 6 months for that habit to become ingrained in your routine. Since life can get in the way, I recommend small changes one step at a time. The list below represents five simple health tips that you can incorporate into your life and make a huge impact on your health, energy, and vitality. Choose one item at a time and do it for at least 3 weeks before adding another component to your lifestyle. When you are doing it without having to constantly remind yourself, then you are ready to move on to the next item.

1) Drink half your “ideal” weight in ounces of water per day. If your ideal weight (not your actual weight) is 120 pounds, you should drink 60 ounces of water per day. Even mild dehydration will cause a 3% drop in your baseline metabolism. That means you will gain 1 pound of fat every 6 months! Drinking water minimizes bloating and water retention in women. These symptoms are often a result of lack of hydration. Drinking plenty of water is how you flush the fat and toxins stored in your fat cells, and also how you can prevent muscle cramps. When muscle cells don’t have adequate fluids, they don’t work as well and performance can suffer. When exercising, you should try to drink 3-5 ounces of water every 20 minutes. Downing your 8-10 glasses of water all in one sitting doesn’t cut it. For maximum effectiveness, staying “evenly” hydrated throughout the day is how our bodies metabolize fat. Also, proper hydration keeps our kidneys and bowel function healthy. Getting the proper hydration also gives you more youthful looking skin. Symptoms associated with mild dehydration are weakness, muscle cramps, headaches, irritability, fatigue, trouble concentrating, heart palpitations, and anxiety.

2) Get your Vitamin D levels tested. Over 80% of Americans are Vitamin D deficient. This is especially prevalent during the winter months. Research shows that proper levels of vitamin D can boost your immune system and decrease your risk for cancer. You can buy Vitamin D3 in a supplement form or you can spend some time in the sun, although your body can only generate vitamin D from UVB rays and during certain times of the day. There is an app for smartphones called Dminder. This app will let you know what time of day, based on your geographic location, the sun is at the proper angle and generating UVB rays so your body can create Vitamin D. In some geographic areas there will be times of the year that you cannot generate vitamin D from sun exposure and will need to get it in the form of supplementation or special tanning beds. This app takes all of the scientific data into account plus your personal profile which includes skin pigmentation, weight, and age. When you are ready to begin your sun exposure, input the type of clothing you are wearing and start the timer. When you’ve maximized your Vitamin D production for the day, an alarm will sound to end your session. For those of you who don’t enjoy the outdoors or live in a location where you can’t generate Vitamin D, there are plenty of Vitamin D supplements. Look for Vitamin D in the form of D3. The daily recommended amount is controversial, but generally, 1000-5000mg is recommended. For more info on this topic visit mercola.com

3) Get to bed before 10pm. Since I know this is going to be challenging, start with going to bed just a little earlier each night and work your way to 10pm over a three week period. The latest sleep studies indicate that the deepest and most regenerative sleep occurs between 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. If your body is chronically deprived of “regenerative sleep” between 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., then you may still feel tired and have difficulty getting up in the morning. At 10 p.m., your body goes through a series of transformations following the rise in melatonin production. Melatonin not only helps regulate your sleep/wake cycle but is also responsible for the repair and restoration of your body. A reduction of your mental and physical activity is necessary for this 10 p.m. shift to occur. Watching television, reading from an electronic device, or bright LED clocks all impact melatonin production and the subsequent chain reaction that leads your body into deep sleep. This is one good reason to buy paperback books and a book light! You can also listen to relaxing music. Getting a good night’s sleep can create longevity and health. Deep rest during the night helps you fight stress, maintain a healthy weight, and keeps your energy levels high. A simple health tip for those wanting to lose weight: get a minimum of 5 hours of sleep per night.

4) Eat more fruits and vegetables. When we eat a diet high in whole foods, we feed our bodies thousands of micronutrients which stabilize our blood sugar and cholesterol, decrease weight, boost the immune system, reverse heart disease and prevent cancer. An apple a day may keep the doctor away but a mushroom a day will help keep cancer away! The micronutrients found in fruits and vegetables are very powerful antioxidants. Micronutrients create many cell protecting compounds. Many of these compounds such as polyphenols, flavonoids, carotenoids, and phytoestrogens have significant health benefits and are an essential component to optimal health. Micronutrients high in carotenoids are found in carrots, tomatoes, pumpkin, broccoli and spinach. Vegetables that are deep red, purple or black provide rich sources of polyphenols. Flavanoids are found in nuts, seeds, grains, green tea, red wine, kale, and lemons. Phytoestrogens are found in soybeans and flaxseeds. If you do not have access to a fresh variety of produce, then supplement your diet with a good whole food concentrate formula. It’s important to incorporate both raw and cooked vegetables into your diet. A simple health tip is that roasting vegetables is easy, quick, and delicious! Cut your vegetables into bite size pieces, drizzle them in olive oil, add salt, pepper and a little cayenne. Roast at 420 degrees for about 20 minutes. To change it up, add raw nuts or dried cranberries in the last five minutes of cooking. You can squeeze fresh lemon juice or shake some parmesan cheese over the top for added flavor.

5) Exercise for 20 minutes a day. It is not necessary to kill yourself at the gym for hours at time. You can get tremendous benefit from just 20 minutes of activity per day, and even walking the dog counts! If you can think of exercise as a play-date, then it can be something to look forward to rather than something to get done! Find something you enjoy doing, and do it. It could be tennis, swimming, hiking, jogging, weightlifting, Zumba aerobics, dancing, pole-dancing, kickboxing, boxing, cardio barre, Nia, yoga, biking, jump rope, hula hooping, climbing stairs, or even just shooting baskets. Think about something you used to love doing and then do it again! If you can commit to anything physical for 20 minutes a day you can make a big impact on your health and really boost your metabolism! Running on a treadmill for 20 minutes a day at 4 mph will take 26 days for you to lose 1 pound of fat. That’s a total of 14 pounds of fat in one year from this simple health tip. That’s a lot of pant sizes! There are so many fun ways to lose weight and get in shape while improving your heart health, reducing stress, increasing endorphins and building muscle.

Health Tips to Get in Shape For the New Year

With the new year approaching, the first resolution most people think about going for is a gym membership. Year after year the same thing happens. They really want to get into shape, and they know for sure that this year will be different. They sign up for a year membership and start their new goal with clear focus and determination.

Most people never make it past the first week. Why? Mostly because they quit when they realize how much work goes into getting back into the shape they once had. The fact of the matter is that it really is not as difficult as they think. They are just focusing on one aspect of overall wellness and burning themselves out on it.

In order to lose weight and keep it off for good, a person must develop the mindset necessary for living a healthy lifestyle. There is much more to being healthy than showing up to the gym every day. In fact, exercise is only one-eighth of the total equation. If you really want to achieve personal wellness in 2009, forget the gym and focus instead on improving the following 8 categories of health.

Health Tips #1: Diet & Nutrition

You already know the main reason you gained weight. Too many trips through the McDonalds drive-through, late night snacking on junk food and poor dinner choices. You do not have to eat a diet of bland salads and yogurt, but you do need to limit the amount of trigger foods that you caused your weight gain. Replace your current American diet of high sugar, high-fat processed foods with those found in the produce and lean meat department as often as you can.

Health Tips #2: Nutritional Supplements

Now that our soils are more depleted of minerals than ever, and our farm animals are not fed properly, living a healthy lifestyle requires nutritional supplementation. I lost 70 pounds in 4 months and kept it off for over 15 years simply by drinking a soy-based protein shake for breakfast every morning and taking a few targeted vitamins. Why does this work? Because greasy bacon and runny eggs do not provide proper nutrition.

Health Tips #3: Fun & Recreation

What makes you happy? Going to the movies? Ice Skating? Playing the guitar? Whatever it is, you must find time for it on a weekly basis (if not daily) in order to maintain good mental stability. Your activities and hobbies should not include junk food or alcohol. Going to the movies is watching the movie, not eating a tub of fatty buttered popcorn. Be happy with what you are doing without the unnecessary evils.

Health Tips #4: Hydration

Drinking enough water throughout the day is the part of the equation that gets overlooked. People do not consider drinking as important as eating and it is! You should not be drinking soda or processed juices every day. Why? Because they deplete your body of vitamins and minerals while loading you up on sugar. Alcohol is even worse. Do yourself a favor and keep a water bottle with you at all times. Drink, drink, drink. I cannot stress this enough.

Health Tips #5: Stress

And speaking of stress, this is what happens when you do not allow yourself to have any fun in your life. This is just as important to living a healthy lifestyle as eating and drinking properly. Too much stress can cause major problems for your body. You only live once, so do not allow other people and events to get you so bothered and worried that you cannot live the lifestyle you deserve for yourself.

Health Tips #6: Unhealthy Habits

Not eating the wrong foods is just as important as eating the right foods. But unhealthy habits are not just about food, are they? Smoking and the use of other drugs, prescription or not, is probably the worst thing a person can do to their body. This is the only one you have! Take care of it. Alcohol is OK on occasion but not recommended on a daily basis to anyone interested in living a healthy lifestyle.

Health Tips #7: Weight Management

Have you ever noticed that weight loss really is not the issue that people struggle with? Most everyone has lost weight at one point in their life. Keeping that weight off is the obstacle that most people can not overcome. Think about it logically. If you gained weight by eating twinkies, then lost weight when you stopped eating twinkies, do not go back to eating twinkies. The person who eats twinkies on occasion (not every day) does not struggle with weight fluctuation.

Health Tips #8: Exercise

You knew this one was coming! It is totally possible to lose weight without exercising. I am living proof because my severe asthma prohibited me from doing it. The reason I can exercise now is because I got my body healthy through focusing on the other 7 categories. Once I began exercising, it only accelerated my weight loss and now helps to keep me lean. The key to exercise is not quantity but quality. A little bit every day will give you the best health benefits overall.

So there you have it! The 8 health tips to kick off the new year for a new you. Focus on improving each of these simultaneously as your one and only New Years Resolution and you will be on a successful path to overall wellness. Weight loss and poor health can be things of the past if you are just willing to make small changes on a daily basis.

Total Health and Wellness

Glen Alex has spent her life advocating for better health for people, and now, in her new book, Living in Total Health, she offers a balanced and sometimes surprising journey into what it means to be healthy, wealthy, and wise-or what has become popularly known in the health and wellness community as “wellth.” Glen defines this new term as “the sum total of the richness and wellbeing found in good health. Wellth means being wealthy in health-that one has met certain physical diagnostic ranges and has a meaningful or joyful life. Balance.”

That balance is evident in this book because it’s not just solely about exercise or nutrition. Instead, Glen divides the book into three sections: Physical Wellth, Emotional Wellth, and Mental Wellth. Then each section is broken up into four chapters, including “Moving Your Body” (Physical Wellth), “Being Present” (Emotional Wellth), and “Stressing Less” (Mental Wellth). Each section and chapter is filled with discussion, personal stories to illustrate Glen’s points, and exercises for the reader to become more aware of and practice the topic at hand. Glen further clarifies her goal in the introduction by saying: “The purpose of this book is to offer a different perspective on health, not to regurgitate available how-to information on diet, exercise, etc. The intention of Living in Total Health is to activate your critical reasoning and challenge your adopted approach to health if you have not achieved your goals.”

One aspect of Living in Total Health that I especially appreciated was that Glen continually reminds us that all we need is already within us. She doesn’t ask us to perform any miracles but simply to do what we were naturally born to do. Rather than tell us to do hardcore exercises at the gym, she redefines exercise as any sort of activity that requires movement like a walk, yoga, or even doing laundry or washing dishes. The challenge is to get active. Sure, some people may choose to do more-and that’s great-but for most of us, Glen’s words of wisdom are a much needed reminder of how we can start.

Glen also makes it clear that we don’t have to go along with the health crowd becomes one size does not fit all. Each of us has our own individual body, and consequently, our individual nutrition needs require much more than “a patented dietary plan.” She encourages us to find out which foods our body reacts well to and to find nutritional balance in what we can enjoy and what will not upset or inflame our bodies. Other key physical aspects she focuses on include the importance of stretching, including when and how to do it, and the benefits of massage, including massage safety tips so you can ensure you find a reliable and trustworthy massage therapist.

In the section on Emotional Wellth, Glen explains the difference between feelings and emotions and how they are signals with messages for us. Perhaps the most powerful discussions in this section had to do with separating our emotions from those of others. Glen discusses the importance of setting boundaries with people, including emotional ones. Sometimes we may have to draw the line with someone about how to treat us, but we may also have to draw an emotional boundary that we do not let ourselves cross when it comes to taking on other people’s problems. While we can be sympathetic to people, Glen warns us against metaphorically putting on someone else’s shoes that aren’t ours-in other words, don’t take on someone else’s emotional baggage.

In the midst of these boundary discussions, Glen brings up the topic of domestic violence, and I think she makes a strong point here about the difference between a conscious and a thoughtless choice. So many male batterers will claim that a woman’s behavior is what drove them to beat her, but if that’s true, why don’t those men just leave the women so they eliminate the frustration in their lives? Nor are these men incapable of containing their rage since batterers will not behave abusively in public but only at home, which is proof that people make conscious choices.

In the final section on Mental Wellth, Glen focuses on how the accumulation of unhealthy life choices commonly impact the mental health and stability of the majority of us. At the forefront of mental issues is how stress affects us, and Glen offers tips for how to reduce it. She also helps us rethink our support systems, and she introduces the concept of creating an ecomap of your support system as an effective exercise to gain greater mental wellth in your life.

Living in Total Health contains so much more than I can go into in this short review, and throughout the book’s pages, Glen tells it to us like it is, in a kind, yet straightforward manner, like the good coach she is. Toward the end of the book, she explains her mindset about her purpose in life which informed her writing of this book: “I strive to fulfill my purpose for being on this earth, to actualize and share my inner gifts with others. My truth and the perennial state of love provide the foundation I need to reach my goal to become the best version of Glen and reflection of my Creator that I am capable of being.”

Effective Health Tips For Healthy

We live in a day and age when scientific advancements and medical breakthroughs happen on a regular basis. We can live healthy lives than what most of our ancestors could even dream of. Yet, we find a large percentage of the population going through sickness and disease of one kind or another. Sadly, most of it could have been avoided through healthy living habits. Many people adopt wrong habits that lead to health issues. Here are some health tips to live a healthy and productive life.

Mental Hygiene

Most people assume that health problems are produced purely by physical causes. However, research has shown that the mind could be the cause of a large number of ailments. Fear, stress, anxiety, bitterness, anger, jealousy, uncontrollable rage, and a variety of other destructive emotions can lead to a number of health complications. Having a positive outlook arising from a peace that comes from within is essential for a healthy life.

A clear and alert mind is required to control one’s day-to-day activities. Discipline and focus are also virtues that arise out of a clear mind that is in total control. A wayward mind can lead to a number of destructive behaviors that in turn cause health issues.

Healthy Eating Habits

It goes without saying that we are predominantly what we eat. Developing healthy eating habits is therefore extremely crucial in maintaining good health. Eating a balanced diet that incorporates a healthy dose of nutrients, vitamins and minerals will ensure that the body receives it daily dose of all the essential components it needs to function efficiently.

Many health problems can arise from over-eating too. Obesity is one of the leading causes for a number of health problems in the developed world. People now need to run on treadmills or cycle on stationary bikes just to burn off the excess food that they have consumed. Quite often, the tendency to overeat could also have mental causes. Therefore, the need for mental hygiene once again needs to be stressed.

Exercise Routines

It is important to follow a healthy exercise regimen to keep the body in top working order. A sedentary lifestyle could lead to a number of health complications. Today’s office environments are a leading cause for this condition. People therefore need to give their bodies a total workout to be in good health. In order to stick to a strict schedule, the role of the mind is again involved. The mind is therefore instrumental in maintaining a healthy body.

Tips To Achieve Total Health And Wellness

Since I love music, I find myself continually drawn to associating harmony in any area of life to music. In a typical choir, there are four (4) principal voice types – Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Bass – and all are necessary to bring full tonal quality and harmony to the choir.

We all have a mind, a body and a spirit. It should therefore serve as no surprise that, in order to achieve total health and wellness, we need to take care of all three (3) parts of ourselves – mind, body and spirit. Don’t focus on any one part to the disadvantage of the others, since all are required to bring balance to the human person.

In this article, I will provide you with seven (7) simple, practical and effective tips that you can start using immediately to improve and maintain your overall health and wellness. Tip 1 focuses on your spiritual health. Tips 2, 3 and 4 focus on your physical health. Tips 5 and 6 focus on your emotional health. The final tip, Tip 7, focuses on a frequently overlooked area, your mental health.

1. Dedicate 30 minutes to God each day in prayer, reflection and thanksgiving.

Every day you are blessed with 1440 minutes to live your life. Thirty (30) minutes only amount to a mere 2% of your entire day. God, the giver of life, deserves some of your day. Read and reflect with daily devotionals, spiritual and/ or religious books (Holy Bible, Qur’an, Torah, Tripitaka, Bhagavad-Gita, Tao-te-Ching, Books of L. Ron Hubbard or other sacred texts). This will increase your knowledge of your religion, strengthen your spirit, improve your personal relationship with God, improve your relationship with your fellow human beings, help you with your daily living and bring you inner peace.

2. Keep Physically Fit.

The key to achieving physical fitness is paying attention to exercises that strengthen your core muscles. Your core muscles are all those varied muscles in your chest, abdomen, upper back, lower back and sides. There are several benefits to be derived from a strong core – a flat stomach, a strong back, good posture, reduced strain on the spine, effective transfer of power to your arms and legs to lift, move or carry stuff around, greater mental alertness, greater flexibility and a good heart.

3. Eat Nutritious and Healthy Food.

There is a widely circulated myth that foods that are nutritious and healthy are not tasty. Like I indicated, it is a myth and the best way to ensure that your food intake is healthy, nutritious and that you are getting all of the required vitamins and nutrients that your body needs is by:

(a) Eating from the 5 major food groups each day – Grains, Vegetables, Fruits, Milk, Meat & Beans.

(b) Eating a “rainbow diet”, that is, one that contains as many, if not all, of the colours of the rainbow – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Purple. Each food colour provides a different set of vitamins and micro-nutrients. For example, green foods such as spinach, are a good source of Vitamin A, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Magnesium and Iron. Regular consumption of Spinach fights Anaemia and improves eyesight.

(c) Using a good multi-vitamin supplement, to satisfy any nutritional deficiencies you may have.

(d) Drinking your recommended eight (8) glasses of water each day. Drink one (1) glass at various intervals throughout the day to assist your body in the efficient elimination of waste and toxins.

4. Take Good Care of Your Skin.

Your skin serves four (4) principal functions as follows:

I. Protection from external elements.

ii. A sort of sensor with nerve endings that cause you to react appropriately to pain, heat, cold, touch, pressure, vibration and tissue injury.

iii. A heat regulator that accordingly pumps blood to your skin’s surface or reduces blood flow.

iv. Your largest waste eliminator (surface wise) through sweating or perspiring.

Additionally, as you age, your skin naturally becomes drier, less elastic and produces more wrinkles. However, you can significantly slow down this aging of your skin and help your skin in its elimination process by keeping your skin continuously moist and hydrated through the following simple skin care routine.

Skin Care Routine

Drink plenty of water; 8 glasses each day. Eat looks of yellow and orange fruits which provide Vitamin A. Take a good Vitamin E supplement. Eat cucumbers, which supply sulphur – a trace element that is necessary for healthy skin!! Also use water-based moisturizing creams or olive oil on the skin, immediately after bathing to keep moisture locked into your skin.

5. Take a 30-minute “time-out” at least once a week.

I know this sounds easier said than done, especially if you have children or take care of elderly parents or relatives. So let’s look at it from a different angle. If you suddenly became very ill or died, God forbid, the children and relatives would be somehow taken care of. Maybe not as well as you, yes, but they would manage. Well in order to ensure that you are around long enough to provide the best continuous care, the way you alone can do it, is to TAKE A BREAK!!! Find your relaxing space: take a walk on the beach or in the park while listening to nature or music on your iPod; relax on your bed listening to music; curl up in your favourite chair with a cup of tea or chocolate and read a good book; sit on a park bench and watch people pass by… or whatever else relaxes you. This will clear your head and give you renewed energy to go again.

6. Practice Contentment

In the natural ebb and flow of life and living, there are high points and low points, seasons of plenty and seasons of scarcity. Happiness is not derived from the abundance, number or type of material things we have. That’s why we sometimes see examples of millionaires who are drug addicts or alcoholics. Added to that, there is the “Law of Diminishing Returns”. What this basically says is that the more we get of something up to a certain point, the less likely the added quantities of that thing is going to increase our happiness quota. It’s like, if I got one (1) Lamborghini – I am on a high, summersaults can’t express my happiness, I could hug everybody I meet. If I got two (2) more Lamborghinis – well that’s OK. I mean I really won’t feel as euphoric as that first time and in any case, how many can I drive at any one time?

Contentment is the ability to be happy in both the sparse and abundant seasons of our lives and it is not dependent on our circumstances. We need to develop this spirit of contentment in order to positively contribute to our overall health, happiness and well-being. This does not mean that we should not strive for better but it means that like the old West Indian say goes, “We shouldn’t hang our hats where our hands can’t reach”, in order to keep up with the Jones’.

7. Take the Care of Your Mind Seriously.

Stress and Depression are two (2) of the biggest thieves of mental and emotional health, globally. Not only are they globally prevalent but they also lead to more serious mental problems such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Suicide and Insanity.

In fact, “The World Health Organization estimates that more than 450 million people [worldwide] suffer from mental disorders, and a new report by the World Economic Forum figures the annual global costs of mental and neurological illnesses at $2.5 trillion. That is three times the economic cost of heart disease ‘Global mental health issues woefully overlooked’, Public Radio International.”

So stress and depression must be dealt with and arrested almost immediately in order to avoid more serious health problems. Depression is a natural phase that we all experience in our lives primarily due to loss of loved ones, work issues, job loss or money/financial issues. However, the key to ensuring that stress and depression do not get out of hand, is engaging in activities that move your mind away from the problem causing the stress or depression and move you to a better mental space, despite the problem at hand. You can improve and maintain the health of your brain by incorporating some of these simple techniques into your daily living.

Simple Mental Health Care Solutions

Board Games, Puzzles & Quizzes

Playing Board Games and Solving Puzzles & Quizzes all provide your brain with a mental workout by improving your memory, concentration, problem solving skills and preventing cognitive decline.

Listening to music

Although seemingly simple, music soothes the mind and spirit, helps the body relax, relieves mental and emotional stress and tension, stimulates the senses and energizes the body.

Writing

There are many great online writing communities, such as EzineArticles and Squidoo, which accept articles on just about any topic that you would be interested in. Again, you will be exercising your brain, since to write an excellent article you will need to do some research to supplement your knowledge of the area.

Hobbies and Sports

Engage in group activities, social clubs or sports that interest you (tennis, horse riding, soccer, football, cricket, karate, sewing, yoga, tai chi, basketball, volleyball, swimming, singing, dancing etc.). Anything that you are naturally inclined to and that makes you feel happy while doing it. If you can’t seem to find a sport or hobby that interests you, check out the World’s Largest List of Hobbies (see the link below). You’re bound to find something that’s right for you and that you’ll enjoy.