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Opt For Heart Health Everyday

Heart Health EverydayWe’ve turned the page on the calendar – the chocolate roses, truffles, heart-shaped foods and all that jazz are behind us. I’m not trying to dismiss February 14 as insignificant, but I do want to remind you that the heart is bigger than one day.

I want you to give equal attention to keeping your heart healthy and adopting a lifestyle that will help keep it that way. My goal is to motivate you to go beyond slipping into something red and looking good on the outside, to considering what you need to do to have a strong healthy heart inside.

EXERCISE

Include physical activity as part of your regular schedule. Some folks may have occupations that keep them walking and moving while others are in jobs that are sedentary, keeping them tethered to a desk all day. In either case folks need to exercise. If your job requires movement throughout the workday, include 30 minutes of physical activity, to aid in reducing stress. For those of you that are bound to a desk, see if your employer will invest in a few walking workstations. It is a win-win, you get needed exercise and your employer will benefit from healthier employees.

Everyone should include 30 minutes of physical activity at least five days a week to get their heart rate up. If you are not active now, ease into an exercise program after checking with your health care provider to make sure there is no reason to restrict physical activity.

CHOOSE A HEALTHIER DIET

Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet; choose an assortment of colorful items. Sure we all have our favorite foods, but mix it up and try something that is new to you. For example if you just love tomatoes-choose yellow or purple hues in place of the traditional red sometimes. According to the United Stated Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Americans consume about 1.5 cups of fruits and vegetables; that is not enough. The national nutrition guidelines recommend 2 to 3 cups a day. Include more whole grain and high fiber foods in your daily diet. Folks don’t eat enough fiber and most need to eat more. By increasing produce in your diet, you can increase fiber intake. Eat whole grain breads, more beans, legumes, brown rice, quinoa and nuts.

Choose lean red meats, poultry and fish. Keep an eye on portion size, which should be approximately 4 ounces. As for dessert, which too many of us want to eat first, choose items that are not overflowing with sugar. Look to fruit or Greek-style yogurt that you can enhance with berries, and a few nuts. If you want a prepared dessert, consider cutting the portion in half and saving a portion for another day.

As for beverages, make sure you drink plenty of water, avoid high-sugar drinks and consume alcoholic drinks in moderation. Recommended amounts of alcohol are one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men.

BAN SMOKING

This includes cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes and marijuana. Don’t smoke; smoking simply is not heart-healthy.

RELAX and REST

Learn to take a chill break, relax and do something you find enjoyable. Meditate, read a book, indulge in mindless television or enjoy a soothing bath. Relaxing helps manage stress, which will aid in heart health.

Get the sleep that you need. Adequate amounts of sleep allow your heart to rest and will lower your blood pressure. Sleep deprivation works against heart health-you will feel more stressed and crave higher calorie foods.

 

Are You Too Confined to Your Body Shape

Body ShapeUsing the body shape to advise on dressing is a widespread practice among image consultants. Even the fashion media uses body shape in their articles to inform and to give guidance on picking the right clothes.

People are now so tuned to the body shape approach that every one is eager to find out what their shape is. Fueled by its popularity, it becomes a convenient and conventional way for the image professionals to work with.

However, it is not always effective in addressing individual’s dressing needs.

First of all, there is no one person who adequately fits into any of the shape. Since we are not created out of mould, every one’s form is unique. At best, this approach is an approximation. If we are not mindful, we could get it wrong.

Second, when we focus too narrowly on body shapes, we not only limit a person’s options in dressing, we also overlook some of the real body challenges that the individual faces as well.

For example, a lady whose hips are wider than her shoulders with well-defined waist is ‘typed’ as having a pear body shape. In theory, ‘pears’ are advised to play down on the bottom and show off the shoulders and arms. However, not all ‘pears’ are created equal. What if, instead of a heavy round bottom, this lady has the weight distributed between her bottom, hip and thigh? What if this lady has no issues in showing off her curves but is rather concerned with her flabby arms? In this case, a pencil skirt in dark colour could help to show off her curves and accentuate her waist. She would also want to avoid sleeveless and strapless tops that are sometimes recommended for ‘pears’.

Lastly, getting too caught up with our body shape could have an adverse effect on how we feel about ourselves. We all know that the hourglass (for women) is the yardstick of the perfect body shape. Marilyn Monroe was widely considered to have the perfect hourglass figure with measurements of 36-24-34. So, when some of us realised that we fall short of the ideal hourglass, we feel out of shape. Worse yet, some of us have succumbed to the pressure and let it become a body image issue. This is not healthy to say the least.

Instead, what we want to take note of when it comes to dressing our body is to know what features and assets we have, what challenges and issues we want to address. Most of all, we want to be comfortable in our own skin and shape first. We need to recognise that the standards set out by the popular media and pop culture is unrealistic and it would be naïve to compare ourselves with it.

Know More About Natural Herbal Medicines

Natural Herbal MedicinesNatural herbal medicine is a branch of the medical system that is built on the use of plant or plant extracts such as the berries, bark, leaves, roots or even flowers. The medicines can either be taken orally or applied on the skin. Herbal medicine has been used since time immemorial by different cultures such as the Indians, Chinese and Egyptians to treat diseases and assist in the functions of the body. In the modern times, different practitioners have advocated the use of herbs to treat a variety of medical conditions and also enhance the general well being and health of the body.

There is an increased use of this medication with more people trusting their effectiveness more and also because they are cheaper than conventional medicine. Some of the herbal medicines have the same ingredients just like the conventional drugs and will also perform the same function in the body. A conventional drug has undergone a lot of syntheses hence it has lost the impact of the active ingredients. For these medicines, the effect of the plant when it is whole, is much greater.

Natural herbal medicines come in the form of capsules, tablets, extracts, tinctures, syrups, oils and also teas. The syrups are from concentrated extracts and used for treating coughs and sore throats. The oils come from plants and are rubbed on the body, and the tinctures are made of active herbal ingredients and are concentrated extracts that are dissolved in liquid. The teas come from dried herbs, and they are left to soak or boil in hot water for a few minutes before taking.

The aim of natural medicines is to help the body return to its normal state so that the healing process can start. The different herbs that are around will work differently depending on the body system. Some practitioners will combine some herbs so as to bring out the desired healing effect.

Some of the conditions that herbal medicine treat include:

· Skin irritation, allergies, and inflammations

· Stomach upsets, indigestion, heartburn, and colic

· Bedsores, diabetic ulcers

· Respiratory conditions such as colds, sore throat, flu, cough, asthma and chest congestion

· Indigestion, motion sickness, morning sickness and nausea

· Reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and sugars.

· Sleeping problems

· Boost the immune systems and fight off fungal and staph infections

· Gynecological problems such as period pains, premenstrual tension, and menopausal symptoms.

· Arthritis

· Cancer

Even if natural herbal medicines are safe to use and have fewer side effects than conventional medicine, it is important to take precaution before taking any. It is important not to self-diagnose yourself of any condition and also take herbal medicine without the prescription of a practitioner. Some of these medicines are mislabeled ad some are unregulated hence if the wrong herb or dosage is taken, it may lead to harmful effects in the body. You should also not stop taking your conventional so that you switch to herbal medicine drugs or even mix them together without the advice of a doctor. This is because some herbal medicine does react badly with the conventional medicines and cause allergic reactions in the body.

Some herbal medicines may contain heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, and mercury in high levels, so it is also important for you to get your medication from reputable manufacturers so that you get high-quality drugs. There are no laws that regulate the manufacture of herbs so you can be sure of what is in a bottle. That’s why there are herbal practitioners who will ensure that the preparation is standardized and with specific amounts of active ingredients. Talk to them and get your herbal medicine from reputable herbal companies for effective drugs.

Honey For Health

HoneySeveral Benefits Of Consuming And Using Honey

The consumption of honey for health reasons is one of the many reasons individuals use it as a sweetener, as opposed to sugar (brown or white) or artificial sweeteners. But, there are a number of health benefits tied to the consumption of honey most people aren’t aware of. These are a few of the many benefits to choosing honey for health reasons, as opposed to using other forms of sweeteners.

1. Allergy relief

Anti-inflammatory benefits of honey make it a great solution for allergy sufferers. It can reduce coughs, help alleviate seasonal allergies from dander or pollen, and works as a natural anti-inflammatory for certain conditions. Over time, the body builds up an immunity, causing fewer histamines from being released, which can lead to fewer allergic reactions occurring over a period of time.

2. Memory Booster

Loaded with antioxidants, it works to naturally boost memory and help you remember things you typically tend to forget. Antioxidants may help reduce cellular damage as well, which over time is going to help you with memory and cognitive ability as well. The fact that honey also helps the body naturally absorb calcium helps to aid brain health.

3. Sleep Aid

Insomnia, sleep apnea, or other conditions causing you to lose a night of sleep? Honey is a natural solution to the problem. Causing a rise in insulin levels, and releasing serotonin in the body, naturally helps calm you down, relax the mind and body, and naturally put you to sleep when you are otherwise having difficulties doing so. By converting serotonin to melatonin (the chemical compound which regulates quality of and duration of sleep), works as a natural sleep aid, so you don’t have to rely on relaxants or other chemical based medication.

4. Wound/Burn Treatment

As a natural antibiotic honey can treat internal and external wounds, cuts, scrapes, or bruising. It also works as a disinfectant and can help in treating certain bacterial conditions or sores naturally. By applying it to the wounded or burned areas, honey will naturally be absorbed by the body’s skin, and will immediately begin the healing process without the need to use other pricey creams or medications to treat the areas.

Honey can be used for a variety of health reasons. Regardless of which of these reasons, or other health related benefits you are hoping to derive from consuming honey, there are a number of benefits to consuming or using it as a natural antiobotic for the body.

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