Keys to a Healthy Lifestyle

Keys to a Healthy LifestyleModern life is full of stress and everyday problems. We have to be healthy and full of energy to cope with all of them. Every morning we rush to work and sometimes just don’t have enough time for breakfast. We don’t even have a minute to realise that skipping breakfast we deprive our mind and body of vital energy. Breakfast is the most important meal and we need it to start a new day. It is necessary to eat carbohydrates for breakfast as they are the best source of energy and don’t convert into fat. During lunchtime we hurry to the nearest cafe and swallow the food almost without chewing because we don’t want to be late for work. The fact is that when we don’t chew the food properly, we may swallow food fragments that are still too big for our stomach to break down, which may cause heaviness and even pain in the stomach. Coming home after work we eat until we can’t move because we skipped breakfast and didn’t eat the lunch properly and the body tries to compensate for the lack of

Why Choose Organic

Why Choose OrganicMany people are now choosing organic as one way to help optimise their health and wellbeing. The vitamin and mineral content of fresh produce and other foods will vary based on how the soil is cared for, the environment they are grown in, and how they are processed, among other things.

In organic farming, caring for the soil is of the utmost importance, because it forms the basis for health, for all life forms. As Sophie Grigson and William Black explain, “Healthy soil encourages healthy plants, plants which are strong and disease resistant, which means there is less need for artificial pesticides in organic production”. Their book “Organic – a new way of eating” highlights the fact that if we feed the soil, the plants will look after themselves.

Sally Fallon reiterates this in her book “Nourishing Traditions”, when she explains that nitrogen fertilizers used in conventional (non-organic) farming produce high yields, in part by pulling minerals from the soil. In turn, the food suffers because the vitamin and mineral contents are depleted. She explains that vitamin and mineral content between conventional and organic crops can

Keeping Young and Healthy in Body and Mind

Keeping Young and Healthy in Body and MindIt doesn’t matter if you’re not a model size and shape, what matters is that you are happy with the way you are but in order to do that you have to be completely honest with yourself. Telling everyone else that you don’t care about your weight, skin or emotions is pointless if you’re really unhappy with one area or another. If you want to lose weight, improve your skin and be happier all round, you will need to work at it, lying to others doesn’t make it go away.

As you get older, your metabolism slows down and the body changes shape – areas that were never a problem suddenly become one! This is why regular exercise is important, apart from toning the muscles and keeping you in shape, it has a surprisingly good effect on your state of mind as well.

The old saying “you are what you eat” is very true so it stands to reason that if you eat junk food you will look and feel like junk! Ideally you need to eat lean meat to provide

Caring for Our Elderly Citizens the Right Way

It is estimated that in the next twenty years health care will be the number one cost to most nations in the world, with aged care being a particular focus. Medical advances in recent decades have ensured that people are living longer on average and managing chronic health conditions more effectively.

Though we are living longer on average, the pains and aches of old age eventually catch up with us all. This means that for many families, there will come a day when they need to decide whether elderly parents need to enter nursing care or residential care facilities. Most often, this is required when the elderly are struggling to manage daily tasks without assistance or are subject to age-related illnesses that render them unable to live on their own.

Looking at Residential and Aged Care

When the time comes to consider looking at care homes for parents, there is most often a real emotional struggle that occurs. Adult children in this position often feel a tremendous amount of guilt and emotional pain as they feel the weight of deciding how to handle their aging parents. This is perfectly natural, of course, and is all

How Can a Difficult Challenge Serve You

How can a difficult challenge serve you? You need to tap new inner resources to deal with it. We too often rely on the old habits in our mind and find comfort in them. When your old habits don’t meet your challenge, you are forced to explore inner resources you seldom use. The challenge, for instance, is a chronic Illness you are dealing with, like multiple sclerosis. Before that illness, you had not been taught how to deal with MS, so you had to learn how your inner resources could deal with it. An illness is a challenge that almost everyone will have to deal with at some time in their life. Every challenge has the same benefit; you just have to be open to use it as a valuable learning experience. Here is an example of a lesson learned while dealing with a struggle:

The art of conscious goal-setting requires you to use your powerful inner resources without the limitations created by your mind. This article will teach you simple techniques to use when you face a health crisis. You will be forced to use powerful inner resources to save your life. Why can’t you use

Human Body Energy Fields

The human body, composed of seven billion billion billion atoms, is often compared to a machine in that it has an engine, electrical system, movable parts, and a computer on board. Such an analogy ignores four essential body aspects. Ancient as well as contemporary literature has explored human consciousness, spirituality, and the concept of a soul. Within this exploration has been the following four generally non-visible body energy fields: the etheric body, astral body, mental body, and the causal body.

The etheric body, sometimes referred to as the ether-body or aether-body, is the first layer of the human energy field. It provides vitality and life to the physical body. It encompasses electromagnetic, chi, prana, and or Ki vitality. From a science viewpoint, it is composed of subatomic particles. The etheric body also attunes one’s consciousness to universal energy. Blue-violet color radiates from the etheric body. The etheric body is the same shape as the physical body.

Next is the astral energy field and it is generally posited between the mental and causal body energy fields. The idea dates back to at least the time of Plato. Some writers claim it is the spiritual counterpart of the

Let Go of These 5 Common Mental Habits and Transform Your Life

We all have both good and bad mental habits. Mental habits are those habits that run almost imperceptibly in our mental background. They are our tendencies to think and do things in a certain way. When we have good mental habits, they help us to get what we want in life. On the other hand, when we have bad mental habits, they hinder us from getting what we want out of life.

Mental habits are not set in stones. They can be changed. By letting go or changing our bad mental habits, we can change our lives for the better. Sometimes, simply letting go of one bad mental habit can completely transform our lives.

Here are five negative mental habits we should let go to improve ourselves.

1. Seeking Approval

The root reason why we seek approval from others is because we seek acceptance. And why do we seek acceptance from others? Because we have very little self esteem. We do not regard ourselves as good enough. We think our thoughts, values and ideas are inferior to others.

This tends to happen when we compare ourselves with others, and find ourselves lacking in

Morning Rituals Happy Healthy People Do Every Day

1. Oil pulling

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy where oil is swished or held in the mouth. Ayurvedic literature states oil pulling is capable of improving oral and systemic health, including a benefit in conditions such as headaches, migraines, diabetes mellitus, asthma, and acne, as well as whitening teeth.

All you have to do is, first thing in the morning, put a tablespoon of cold-pressed sesame or coconut oil in your mouth and swish it in your mouth for 10-20 minutes, then spit it out and brush your teeth as per normal.

Studies show that it makes your teeth and gums healthier. On top of that, it whitens your teeth which will hopefully encourage you to smile more!

2. Warm lemon water

Drinking warm water with lemon helps alkalize your body, aids digestion and contains enzymes that stimulate the liver, the most important detoxifying organ. It also contains pectin fiber which helps move the bowels and promote a healthy elimination system. Additionally, it fills your body with vitamin C which is an important antioxidant that helps in a detox process by neutralizing free radicals and boosting the immune system.

This

How To Stay Healthy After Retirement

Some time ago, I wrote that the three things retired people worry about most is wealth, health and relationships. Speaking personally, I believe that wealth, or running out of money occupies the top spot on older retired people’s minds and health is a close second. Part of the reason is that advances in health care and changes in attitude have made it possible for us to live and stay active longer than ever. The big issue with health is to stay fit and strong enough to enjoy being active and keep our immune systems running at peak efficiency.

Fitness for older folks

Staying fit, that’s the problem. Being retired means you can sleep and work as much as you want. And it gets easier to sit on the porch as we get older. At my last physical, my doctor told me it was never too late to get active and increase my strength and stamina. He’s probably right.

Consider this; It’s not how long you’ve been alive that make you old, it’s the lack of activity and a good positive attitude as you age. Research has shown time and again that our sedentary lifestyles are

Does Eating Potatoes Raise Blood Pressure

Eating potatoes at least four times a week increases the risk of high blood pressure, scientists have found.

According to research, boiled, mashed or baked potatoes are nearly as likely to raise blood pressure as fried potatoes such as chips from the chip shop, or French fries, research has revealed.

Researchers at the Harvard Medical School believe that it is the polysaccharide ‘starch‘ – which makes up most of a potato tuber – is to blame.

Blood Pressure and Glycemic Index

Potatoes have a high glycemic index value. These underground stems quickly break down into monosaccharide sugars, which increases blood sugar levels. Over time, this may cause blood sugar problems.

The Glycemic Index is a ranking of carbohydrates in foods according to how they affect blood glucose levels. Carbohydrates with a low glycemic index value (55 or less) are digested slowly, causing a lower elevation in blood sugar. That means insulin levels will not rise and cause problems like type 2 diabetes.

The Harvard scientists analysed data from 187,000 individuals and tracked three large US projects over a 20 year period. The results suggest that women who eat potatoes regularly may be

How To Stop Having Mental Health Problems And Find Peace

Your ego is unable to accept God’s wisdom because it is selfish and absurd. In order to obey God’s wisdom you must transform your ego into a humble human being.

Your ego is an idol. You are not more important than God and the human race.

You will transform your ego and become a wise and sensitive human being by precisely obeying the divine guidance in your dreams. This process of transformation is unpleasant and painful, but you have to be strong.

Your ego is extremely dangerous. It will ruin your life. Your ego is easily manipulated by your satanic anti-conscience because it is idiotic and proud.

Your ego must help you control your behavior because it is the center of your human conscience, but your ego must be transformed into a humble human being. It must not be a proud leader.

You have to become God’s servant.

You are too imperfect in order to decide alone what you have to do. Your civilization is as barbarous and as ignorant as many other civilizations of the human history.

Only because you live in a city and you know how to use

Why Apples Are Good For You

It is not the pith of an apple that is good for you, it is the coloured SKIN which is the best part. The colours of apples indicate that when you eat the pigmented peripheral matter, you consume lots of antioxidants and phytochemicals.

It is because of this that you should never peel an apple. The peel is the most nutritious part of an apple.

Apples contain a sweet pulp surrounding the seeds (the pips). The fructose sugar contained in apple pulp is produced by apple trees in order to temp animals to eat the fruits and to gnaw down into the apple core.

There, in the core are the seeds, which some animals unwittingly swallow. The seeds easily survive transit through mammalian guts and end up in faeces.

A new apple tree may then hopefully grow.

Human faeces enter sewers and any apple seeds that have been ingested have no chance of ending up deposited on mineral-rich soil. Nevertheless, there are animals which assist in apple seed dispersal.

Apples contain vitamin C and small amounts of the B family of vitamins. They are also sources of vitamins A, K and E.

Why Do You Need To Take Vitamin K2 With Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for your body to function optimally. Many of us are aware that Vitamin D supplementation helps the body absorb calcium and can promote strong bones. That is why it is often prescribed to those afflicted with osteoporosis, or its predecessor, osteopenia. Did you know Vitamin D has a significant role in many other body functions though? Vitamin D is involved in the immune system, muscle function, cardiovascular function, respiratory function, brain development and may even have anti-cancer effects (Reference 1). There are many more implications we are probably not even aware of yet. Needless to say, deficiencies aren’t a good thing for your overall health.

The primary source for Vitamin D is the sun. This can be problematic if you live in northern climates where the sun hides for months at a time, or if you don’t go outside often enough to reap the benefits of sunlight. Unfortunately, too much sun exposure is also linked to skin cancer – especially exposure during peak UV hours. Therefore, it is not shocking that people might limit the amount of sunlight they receive with these inherent risks looming. Considering this, it seems reasonable to take a

Healthy Chocolate

This may seem like a strange way of improving your personal well being, but it is true, chocolate will help you in more ways than one. The following is a list of chocolates benefits to help you improve.

Chocolate prevents cavities. Most dentists would argue that point but because of a substance called theobromine, which has proven to be equal in effectiveness as fluoride, unsweetened chocolate helps to keep those nasty cavities away.

Chocolate has been proven to lower the risk of stroke. Due to the makeup of cocoa, it has ingredients that actually help to supply more blood flow around the areas of the brain.

It is a proven medical fact that a small piece of chocolate is an aid to lowering blood pressure levels. It seems that the darker has an abundance of a product that is called flavanol. This helpful substance has been shown to raise the nitric oxide levels in your blood. You can expect up to a 40 percent lower risk of any future heart attacks.

That dark sweet, tasty substance that we know as chocolate is apparently full of healthful antioxidants. These antioxidants are what the body requires

Structured Water and Health The Real Science of Water

“Their theory was that the chemical composition is important. Now the sensational news is that that is nonsense. The structure of the water is much more important than the chemical composition”

~ Prof. Rustum Roy, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Member: International Academy of Science

In our world, structure really is everything. Rustum Roy was right, chemical composition is not what is important, it is the structure. This applies not just to Water, but to our entire Universe. Chemists may gnash their teeth, and many scientists may shout in protest – but the fact remains, our Universe is built on patterns and structure, and the chemistry-based paradigm may one day be obsolete. Through the amazing world of crystals and water, we can come to understand the critical nature of patterns, and realize what it means that the water in our bodies – termed “biowater” – is highly structured with complex geometric patterns. These structures in our biowater do everything from maintaining our DNA, shaping every protein and enzyme, and conducting energy and information in our bodies – not to mention simply keeping our cells intact.

Crystals and Patterns, Water and Structure

Structured water is completely different from “bulk” water –

Vegan Protein

The first place to get protein as a vegan is from certain fruits & vegetables, I’ll bet you didn’t realize spinach and cauliflower are a complete protein. There are many ways that you can eat these two vegetables. I don’t like to cook my spinach too much but I typically cook cauliflower to the point that it’s soft either by steaming or sauteing it. Cauliflower is an excellent replacement for rice in my opinion and healthier than your traditional white rice. I often times mix it with curry or beans as if it were rice or quinoa. I make my salads using spinach instead of plain watery lettuce. Spinach has a high nutritional value which makes it the perfect replacement so I like to mix it with avocado, oil and chick peas to make it creamier and more chewy. Some fruits are believed to be complete in protein such as Goji Berries because it contains 18 amino acids. I usually buy dry Goji berries by the pound at my local organic super market and eat it with my other dry nuts and seeds. These fruits and vegetables are one of the many options nature gives you for protein.

Childrens Health and Mid Day Meals

The World Health Organisation (WHO) – a UN agency concerned with public health at the international level – was founded on 7th April, 1948. In order to commemorate its founding, it was decided to observe 7th April as the World Health Day. While the WHO uses the day to spread awareness about some health issue of major importance, the same is also used by various organisations working in the field of public health to draw people’s attention to issues of concern and put forth some solutions. In India, hunger and malnutrition are two such issues, and the Mid-day Meal Scheme (MDMS) is one of the solutions.

On 28th November, 2001, the Supreme Court of India directed the State Governments “to implement the Mid-Day Meal Scheme by providing every child in every Government and Government-aided primary school with a prepared mid-day meal with a minimum content of 300 calories and 8-12 g of protein each day of school for a minimum of 200 days.” The stipulated nutritional content has since been raised to 450 calories and 12 g protein for children in primary schools and 700 calories and 20 g protein for children in upper-primary schools.

Mid-day

Do You Chew or Do You Smoothie

Are your mouth and jaw getting the food workout they need? Here’s why we should eat – rather than drink – our food and chew it thoroughly.

Chewing Starts the Digestive Process

Digestion begins in the mouth. Saliva contains amylase and lipase, enzymes needed for starch and fat digestion.

Adequate chewing increases saliva to lubricate food, which eases its passage through the esophagus when we swallow.

Chewing signals the GI tract to prepare for food. The stomach makes gastric juice, which comprises enzymes, hydrochloric acid, and other substances. The pancreas prepares to secrete enzymes and bicarbonate into the small intestine. Extra saliva relaxes the pylorus so food can exit the stomach and move into the small intestine.

Enzymes and stomach acid work on the surface of food only. Chewing increases the surface area available for them to work. That’s especially important for the digestion of protein, which has many functions in the body.

But all foods need to be chewed small enough for stomach acid to further reduce them in size. That enhances bioavailability, the faster release and fuller absorption of nutrients and fluids into the GI tract.

In fact, most

Health Is Wealth

People have different preferences towards available life options. Same is true for the statement “health is wealth”. What exactly is it? A simple preference that signifies health is superior to wealth? Or a comprehensive statement that indicates health and wealth are linked with each other, systematically and dynamically?

Health is a comprehensive concept, it includes physical strength, mental power and spiritual-wellness of a person. On the other hand, wealth is the richness of a person i.e. abundance of money and worldly items. “Health is Wealth” is a simple statement but its meaning is so fabulous when deeply thought. People now a days refer the statement as when a person is healthy, he is capable of making wealth. On the contrary, if one is not healthy he/she cannot work productively, and hence won’t be able to generate income for independent living. This explanation is true but the deep meaning of this claim can be understood by the words of Virgil: “The greatest wealth is health.” Mr. Virgil is trying to enlighten the concept that the greatest wealth is health, not money or worldly items. There is nothing more valuable in our life than having a good health.

Natural Ways to Brighten Your Mood

A Quick Preamble:

It’s all down to being human – even the most cheerful and positive among us can get a little ‘down’ now and again. The dark side of your thoughts or those of others, or those circumstances and happenings not within your control, just sometimes have a way of creeping up behind you and giving you a short, sharp kick-in-the-butt that instantly drops you into that place where you never want to be.

There’s nothing here to be really be too seriously concerned about though… there are plenty of ways you can easily get your thoughts back to the positive side and kill those low moments of misery or mild depression… here’s a couple of my favourites…

Cutting To The Chase:

No.1… Posture And Physical Exertion…

  • Our normal physical posture when we’re miserable is something like this: eyes downcast, head bowed forward, shoulders slightly slumped, mouth down-turned or held in a straight tight line and a general lethargic demeanour… right..? Do you recognise yourself in that low mood..?
  • So, think about… it’s an easy fix… just physically do the opposite… ! Take a deep breath, breath out slowly and stand straight,