Tips For A Healthy Heart

Connect with others.

Relationships of any kind, and feeling connected to others has a powerful influence on our wellbeing. Positive emotional connections with other people enhance not only the quality of our lives but also strengthen our basic survival. When you enjoy an energy-giving relationship, you appreciate and look forward to spending time with that person creating a sense of future. Lonely people tend to focus on just getting through the day increasing their risk of dis-ease in the body. People that feel cared for and supported by others have proven to have significantly less blockage in their coronary arteries, chest pains and heart disease. Feelings of love and intimacy are at the root of what makes us well and when in lack, what makes us sick. Clearly, companionship plays a vital role in our health, wellbeing and longevity.

Forgiveness will set you free.

What’s done is done. It is said that the most difficult thing to do in life is to give love when you feel you’ve been treated unfairly. Learning to give love regardless of what has happened or been done to you is empowering. It may seem challenging to let go of

Get Outside This Weekend

  1. Hike in the nearby hills or forest. You may be surprised what is actually in your area. Doing a simple Internet search or even looking at Google earth maps may reveal areas you haven’t explored before.
  2. Go take a run at the beach or around a nearby lake. This alone can be a refreshing momentary escape from reality. A simple change in scenery can sometimes be all the motivation you need to start moving again.
  3. Walk the downtown city streets or explore other places in the surrounding areas you haven’t been before. You may be surprised at what you find around you.
  4. Get out on the tennis courts to hit some balls with someone. This is a great way to get some exercise, relieve some stress, and have fun all at the same time. Local classes and groups are another possibility if you’ve never played before.
  5. Take a nice bike ride in the early morning or late afternoon. It’s liberating to pedal away on a bicycle letting the wind blow your hair as you pass houses and cars parked on the street. It helps to find an area that does not have a lot

Empowering Women With Food

Some of the primary health issues of concern to women are heart disease, cancers (lung and breast cancers are the top 2), diabetes, hypertension, obstructive lung diseases, flu and pneumonia, and kidney disease. Of course, there are others.

Of the diseases above, the ones that may be considered food-related are the metabolic conditions: heart disease, breast cancer, diabetes, and hypertension. All of these have been shown to have their roots in insulin resistance. Helping women reverse these conditions with food and exercise is a specialty of mine, and I have a solid track record of doing so.

(Even colds and flu may be considered food-related to the degree that foods will either support the immune system or derail it.)

Another health concern for pregnant women is – or should be – autism in their babies. The risk of autism is greatly increased if the mom-to-be has one or more of the metabolic conditions listed above, and/or high cholesterol, high triglycerides or polycystic ovary syndrome.

Most health information states that weight loss will lead to reversal of metabolic conditions. And yes, weight loss can and will absolutely help.

Foods A Breastfeeding Mother

Foods To Include –

  • Green Vegetables And Seasonal Fruits: Green leafy vegetables and fruits both may offer plenty of nutrients and are rich in Vitamin, Calcium and other minerals. Including them in your regular serving may ensure the supply of all the nutrients and vitamins to your baby and helps you stay healthy and fit. Also, it increases the production of milk in your body.
  • Nuts And Seeds: These are a rich source of protein and fiber and many other minerals and vitamins as well, and if you are a vegan, so, you should add it to your diet. It not only satisfies your hunger pangs, but also ensures the good health of your baby.
  • Water: Water is important to turn everything you eat into milk. Drinking enough quality as per your body need may ensure the proper supply of milk to your baby, which helps to keep them healthy. Just because water is important, doesn’t mean you need to over drink, have it when you feel thirsty. Not only water, you can have unsweetened and non-caffeinated beverages.

Foods To Avoid –

  • Caffeine: For every mother to be or a breastfeeding mother coffee is a big no.

Buy Organic Food

A maze of foods labeled organic will claim to be beneficial but is it really so? Does the popularity of organic food outweigh the advantages? If you’ve ever wondered about what is essentially good for your physical and mental health, you’re on the right path. Organically grown foods often contain more nutrients in the form of antioxidants and prevent or reduce allergies when compared to conventionally grown counterparts. It is free of harmful chemicals, contains more taste and sustainable sustenance while being a great choice for personal and planetary well-being.

Organic foods contain fewer chemicals and pesticides but consumption of organically grown food is one of the ways to avoid the chemically intoxicated foods in the current market. Over 600 active chemicals are registered with heavy pesticide exposure that can contribute to serious ailments, impairments, malfunctions and neurological issues. Organic meat and dairy contain synthetic hormones that have been linked to an increased risk of cancer. Alternatively, due to zero pesticide levels, the fertilization techniques are less likely to cause toxic heavy metals that usually accumulate in the kidneys and liver.

Advantages of Organic Food

  • Organic products such as meat and milk contain 50% of

Importance Of An Active Lifestyle

Cardiovascular training

It is recommended to do cardio 2 or 3 times a week. Depending on your fitness level., cardio can consist of a nice walk with your dog, or a vigorous run on the treadmill. Ideally you are trying to increase your cardio capacity. which has many health benefits.

Resistance Training

Part of living an active lifestyle is by doing some sort of resistance training at least 2 times a week. That doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym and lift weights, you can easily do it at home by doing movements as simple as pushup and sit-ups, or by using something like resistance bands. Resistance training is just as important as cardiovascular activity and adds to your overall physical health.

Flexibility (stretching)

After you exercise, it is recommended you stretch for roughly 10 minutes, holding each stretch for 15-30 seconds. Stretching is crucial to maintain flexibility and reduce the chance of injury from exercise.

Benefits of Exercise

So now we know that working out is important, but what are the actually benefits of living an active lifestyle? Below are just 5 of the countless benefits of being

Beneficial Fermented Foods

Go back just a few decades, and you will find that this was not the case. Winter produced very sparsely populated shelves in the green grocery section of the market. Go back just a few more decades and you will discover that people had to find creative ways to sustain themselves through harsh winters and on long journeys. For thousands of years, people have fermented foods to preserve them for when supplies of fresh foods were not available.

The Romans preserved cabbages with salt, and Genghis Khan fed his armies fermented cabbage to sustain them on their campaigns through Europe. This use of preserved, fermented foods was a common practice for travelers as a source of nutrients. As late as World War I, allied forces relied on fermented cabbage, or sauerkraut as we now know it, to supply nutrients to soldiers on the battlefields of Europe.

The process of fermentation helps to preserve the food for use many months later. Fermentation also generates many health benefits for the consumer. The essential nutrients and vitamins are preserved. Sugars are broken down so they are more easily absorbed with far less insulin or allergy reaction, in the case

Staying Strong and Healthy Grow Older

Even if you are suffering of sarcopenia due to a sedentary lifestyle, the good news is that you CAN reverse the effects! Professor Hurley says that within two months of resistance training, you can increase your strength by a whopping 40%. Pretty amazing! The KEY is to exercise your major muscles, which are located around your thighs, arms, shoulders and back. Don’t rely solely on walking, jogging or cycling; include two to three days a week of strength training exercises. For women, start with a 3-5 pound weight if you haven’t exercised before, and work up to using 10-15 pound weights; for men, start out with 10-pound weights and increase slowly to 20 or 30 pound dumbbells (you can add more later once you get strong, if you want).

As far as your diet goes, in order to increase your muscle mass, it is necessary to get enough protein in your diet, which usually means that you need to increase your protein intake. The RDA recommends that you get 0.35 grams per pound of body weight. So, for example, if you weigh 125 pounds, that would be 45 grams (125 X 0.35). If you weigh 150, it

Worst Food Additives

HFCS – High Fructose Corn Syrup

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a highly-refined artificial sweetener made from corn starch and found in almost all processed food such as: bread and baked goods, salad dressing, candies, yogurt, soda etc. And according to some studies has become the number one source of calories in the US.

Indeed, its easy handling and cheap cost made it the number one granulated sugar replacement: The amount of refined sugar we consume has declined over the past 40 years, while we’re consuming almost 20 times as much HFCS.

HFCS is linked with weight gaining, it increases your LDL (“bad” cholesterol) levels, and contributes to the development of diabetes and tissue damage, among other harmful effects.

Also, recent researches published by the American Association for Cancer Research found that the fructose in HFCS promotes cancer growth, specifically pancreatic cancer.

Sodium Nitrate & Sodium Nitrite (NaNO3- NaNO2)

Both of them are chemical compound used as a food additive to preserve and give to cured meats, smoked fish and poultry a nice red pinkish color. Although their purpose seems harmless, these ingredients are highly carcinogen and their consume is linked

Protein Shakes

These are used to obtain various benefits, among which the following stand out:

  • Many people do not know that these are an ideal nutritional supplement for weight loss. This is because they help us protect our muscle mass while our body gets rid of fat, in addition, a higher protein intake will help increase metabolism and also keep our appetite more easily controlled.
  • The main benefit of protein shakes is that they help us gain muscle mass, but to achieve this goal it is essential to follow an optimal diet, adequate training and sufficient rest. The muscles are formed by proteins and an extraordinary contribution of them will help us to form more muscle tissue.
  • Protein shakes help us feel more energetic and therefore increase sports performance, they are also essential for lovers of cardiovascular exercise, as they protect the muscle from catabolism.
  • This type of preparations is of great importance for the recovery of the muscle since while we exercise we also damage muscle fibres that later must be repaired.

It can be taken at different times of the day and that will partially modify the effect of them:

  • 30 minutes before training: They are very effective

Homeopathic Medicine for High Blood Pressure

In the field of heart related problems and hypertension, homeopathic medicines are doing very well. People have gained awareness regarding the importance and effectiveness of these medicines. These medicines remove the root cause of any disease thus eradicating the disease successfully. Apart from removing the root cause one major advantage homeopathic medicines is that they do not have any side effects. This means that the person who consumes these medicines will not have to deal with any other major organ problems related to kidneys, heart and also liver. Homeopathic medicines for high blood pressure have become the trend these days and the number of consumers of such medicines is only growing in number. They are not getting any lesser.

The most common method of homeopathic treatment for high blood pressure is the use of dietary supplements in order to control and encourage the heart and also vascular health. Also herbal medicines are used in the homeopathic medicines. This is a very interesting fact as herbal medicines are very advantageous considering the long term cure and the lack of side effects. These medicines have an enormous amount of advantages which cannot be overlooked or undermined.Apart from being effective

Successful Non Smoker

Deep Breathing

As a smoker people take deep breaths with each puff from a cigarette. Once they stop smoking this type of breathing stops. So it is important to continue taking deep breaths. Deep breathing allows your mind to focus on the breathing rather than being annoyed about something. So try using the 4, 7, 8 method of breathing. That is count to four as you are breathing in; hold it for the count of 7; and then slowly breathe out for the count of 8. Another good time to use this form of breathing is when you are trying to go to sleep. There are times when no matter how hard you try, sleep just seems to elude you.

This breathing exercise is a natural tranquilizer for the nervous system. This exercise is subtle when you first try it, but gains in power with repetition and practice. Do it at least twice a day. You cannot do it too frequently. Do not do more than four breaths at one time for the first month of practice. Later, if you wish, you can extend it to eight breaths. If you feel a little light headed when

Dealing With Back Pain

Pilates

Once you get to the point where you are feeling less pain, but the muscle isn’t as strong as it should be, you can ask your doctor to send you for some rehabilitation instructors. This should be covered on the NHS, but you do have the option of going private if the waiting list is too long.

When you go to your appointment, you might find that you are doing Pilates. This is a brilliant form of exercise for back rehabilitation because it will strengthen your lower back. Furthermore, it is not intensive on your body, you will be exercising through gentle movement, so there isn’t a high risk of further injury.

During Pilates, you will learn exercises for coping with the pain and the breathing exercises will actually calm you down and release any stresses that you might be feeling.

Doctors

You will have done the right thing by getting to the doctors as soon as you had the injury, but you might find that a regular GP will treat the symptoms and not necessarily the back injury itself. The doctor might have given you some painkillers and told you to

Breakfast Swaps For A Better Day Ahead

Swap A Cereal Bar For Toast With Peanut Butter.

A cereal bar may be a great grab-and-go option, but it severely lacks in protein as well as healthy fats. These are sugar bombs that are going to lead to an energy spike followed quickly by an energy crash.

The result? You crave more food and end up having a mid-morning snack.

The better solution? Try a slice of toast with some peanut butter. The peanut butter will provide the healthy fats and a bit of protein while the bread if you choose the right variety, will offer healthier carbs.

Swap Cold Cereal With Oatmeal And Berries.

Cold cereal may be fast and easy, but it is often loaded with sugar. Not to mention, usually it is made with refined carbohydrates.

Instead, try a bowl of hearty oatmeal. It will fill you up and is sugar-free. Add flavor by stirring in some fresh berries or a little sugar-free maple syrup instead.

Swap Fruit Flavored Yogurt For Greek Yogurt With Berries.

You may love digging into a container of fruit-flavored yogurt for your breakfast meal, but it too contains too much

Medical Negligence

In order for a patient to have a medical malpractice claim for medical negligence, he or she has to prove (1) that the medical professionals had a duty to provide a standard of care and failed to do so, (2) that the patient suffered an injury or injuries, and (3) that the injury was caused by the alleged medical negligence.

What does “standard of care” mean? It varies from state to state. Some laws restrict the standard to physicians in the same area of the country, while others extend the standard to doctors on a national level. For example, a heart surgeon will be held to the standard of other surgeons in the same field. If he or she acted in a way that differs from the way most heart surgeons would have acted in similar circumstances, that surgeon may be found to have been medically negligent.

Since the body consists of interconnected systems, “causation” is a complicated issue in medical negligence. The medical personnel might argue that the treatment did not cause the injury but that it was instead caused by a condition the patient already had.

Psychologists and psychiatrists can also be sued

About Cigarette Smoking Makes Everything Worse

Emotional Cost.

It’s hard to measure the emotional cost of smoking, but the simple bio-chemical fact is that every cigarette causes you to create the stress hormone cortisol. The right amount of cortisol gives you energy, but too much depletes your energy, causes physical pain and can contribute to anxiety and depression.

Cigarettes offer only brief period of relaxation before the stress kicks in. But even worse is that by hiding your stress behind cigarettes you don’t face your stress and it just builds up and makes you sick.

Financial Cost

Smoking makes your financial situation worse. I know that many clients tell me that the money doesn’t matter, but there are fooling themselves. After all who would honestly prefer to waste thousands of dollars every year on tobacco when that same money could be spent on anything else.

In fact you would be way better off just piling up thousands of dollars each year and setting it on fire. As long as you don’t stand close enough to inhale the fumes you would be way ahead compared to sucking in all of that toxic smoke.

Of course you could have a

Infertility

  • Smoke less every day. If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day, you reduce your smoking habit with one cigarette a day. On day 1 smoke 19 cigarettes, day 2 reduce it by 1 to 18 cigarettes and continue until you are down to 1 a day. When you get to 1 a day, continue for another week with only the 1 cigarette a day, thereafter skip a day until you completely forget or lose the interest to smoke anymore.
  • Use a nicotine patch. There are many nicotine patches on the market. Select one that resonates best with your circumstances and use it regularly. Set an alarm each morning that reminds you to put the patch on your skin.
  • Use nicotine gum. This method keeps your mouth busy with the nicotine gum and soon you will forget to smoke. Be careful not to become addicted to the habit of chewing the nicotine gum too much. This should only be a temporary method until you are able to let go of smoking altogether.
  • Get support from a friend or your partner. It is essential that you have support when trying to quit smoking. You will need a cheer leader, per se,

Ideas For A Sport Fundraising Activity

Fundraising Health Week

This is a great way for promoting healthy choices and also teaching people about the benefits of healthy living especially if it is particularly relating to youth fundraising. This is especially good for a school as they can arrange for the teachers to create activities and fun quizzes relating to all aspects of healthy eating and healthy activity. Also the school during the scheduled breaks that the kids have for lunch time etc., can be used to sell them healthy alternative foods rather than the usual junk they like to eat. Such a sports fundraising event is especially good as it will teach children that the healthy alternatives can be just as delicious as well as nutritious in place of what they would normally eat. Certainly doing this type of sports fundraising event can earn a school or sports organization good profits.

Sport Lollipops

Why not look at this type of sports fundraising activity where you sell lollipops which are shaped either like baseballs, softballs, footballs, basketballs or soccer balls. You can if you want even get them in the color of the team that you are raising funds for. Not only

Natural Detox Diets

The simple but most effective way to detoxify is by drinking plenty of water. Water flushes and purifies the body of any junk inside it. A good way to test for proper hydration is by taking note of the color of your urine. Clear urine means proper hydration but more yellow urine signifies that you should drink more water. A good way to ensure proper hydration is by carrying a water bottle and drinking from it whenever you are thirsty instead of opting for unhealthy drinks. Even drinks that seem natural, like apple juice, may have preservatives and artificial sugars so sticking to water during detox is the best bet. Drinking tea, specifically green tea also has many benefits for detoxification.

Next, there is the consumption of fruits, vegetables, and natural grains. These nutrients are easily processed by the body and most detox diets include high consumption of these items. Red meats, dairy, and greasy foods should be avoided during the detox period. For protein during the diet, fish, chicken and nuts can be consumed. Green vegetables, lentils, and brown rice are also great options. Above all smoking, drugs, and the consumption of alcohol should be avoided

Healthy Snack for Toddlers

Chapatti Pizza:

Ingredients: Chapatti, onion, mayonnaise, tomato, capsicum, sweet corn, beans, cheese slice or spread, salt, ketchup and butter

Method: Wash and clean all veggies. Chop all veggies into small cubes. Heat a pan and brush it with little butter. Put chapatti on the pan and warm it a little from one side. Spread mayonnaise evenly on the chapatti. Spread all the cut veggies on chapatti and cover it with cheese slices. Sprinkle salt. Cover the pan with a lid for 3 to5 minutes. Cut chapatti as pizza slices. Serve it with ketchup on the side.

Paneer and Cheese toast:

Ingredients: Paneer, brown bread slices, cheese slices, salt, onion, and coriander leaves, butter.

Method: Crumble paneer in a bowl and mix salt. Wash and clean veggies. Chop the veggies into small pieces. Mix it with crumbled paneer. Preheat the pan and brush it with melted butter. Smear butter to the bread slices on one side and put them in the pan. Add paneer mix over the bread and then put a cheese slice on it. Cover it with a lid and toast it on a low to medium heat until the cheese melts.