Month: April 2016

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 morning ritual, when done regularly, also does wonders to your skin – makes it youthful and glowing due to the amount of antioxidants and vitamins it contains.

3. Jump

The lymphatic system is a part of the circulatory system, containing a network of lymphatic vessels that carry a clear fluid called lymph, which is essentially recycled blood plasma. The lymphatic system plays an important role in removing the toxins from the body. However, it’s not pumped by an organ, unlike a heart pumps blood. So we need to move in order for our lymphatic system to be moved, so we can benefit from an efficient detoxification process.

Simply do 50 jumping jacks as soon as you get out of bed! It will wake you up and will start pumping your lymphatic system. Jogging, aerobics or dancing is also a great way to achieve this.

4. Classical music

Listening to classical music reduces stress which is very important for your overall health and well-being. Studies show that listening to classical music also improves cognitive / mental capacity, which sets you up for a productive and creative day. Known as the “Mozart effect”, a set of research contends that listening to Mozart’s music can make you momentarily smarter, raising your IQ by a few points while you’re listening.

Set your alarm clock 15-30 minutes earlier than usual and listen to Mozart, Bach or Beethoven, etc. while you’re still in bed and trying to wake up. Maybe even do your oil pulling during this time!

5. Move

There’s no doubt that exercise is beneficial for your physical and mental health, mood, productivity and longevity. If you don’t exercise on a regular basis already, then what are you waiting for? If you don’t do it because you dread exercise, then it’s important to find some activity that you really enjoy. Do you love yoga, dancing, hiking, tennis, swimming, spin classes, Pilates, cycling or lifting weight? When you’re having fun, it doesn’t feel like work. So instead of calling it “working out” you can rename it to “fun out”!

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 harmful to our health and that active people enjoy life and age better with fewer health problems.

Even though you know this is true, you might think it’s too late to get active or be convinced that you can’t do it, but that’s not true either. Talk to your doctor about any restrictions you might have, then get active. You can enjoy sports and adventure. And we’re not talking about taking a casual stroll, light walking or gardening. We’re talking about actually increasing your heart rate and pushing yourself a little.

Here are 5 Easy Ways to Get Active at Any Age

Swim

When it comes to health and fitness, it’s tough to beat the benefits of a swimming pool. Swimming is the best exercise when it comes to improving muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness. It’s easy on the joints, (which makes it an ideal choice for older people), helps increase flexibility, improves bone density and heart health. According to the CDC, swimming and other water-based workouts are safe and effective regardless of your age. I read one study that indicated that older adults who swam were 33 percent less likely to fall, a major cause of injury in older people 70. I’m not sure how they arrive at these statistics, but anything that increases strength and muscle tone has to help.

Lift Weights

If “weight lifting” or “going to the gym” conjures images of young body builders pumping iron, it’s time to rethink this form of exercise and look at the benefits that can be gained including confidence, better sleep and stronger muscles and bones. Articles on the CDC website suggest strength training can help relieve arthritis pain and lower an older persons chances of a fall. Weight lifting programs can be tailored to fit people of all ages and abilities. Strength training can be a safe and effective exercise for older adults but we have to be careful and not over extend ourselves when we start out. Check out some kettle bell exercises and use low weights to avoid sore muscles.

Hike

Or just plain old walking helps people connect with nature, keep moving and enjoy the benefits of being outdoors and interacting with other people. Older people are doing everything from charity walk/run events to tackling the Appalachian Trail. A well earned sense of independence is at the top the list of benefits for most hikers. Nature provides an escape from every day stress and encourages longer periods of activity than a walk around the neighborhood can. Other health benefits include better heart health, circulation, mobility and a reduced risk of hospitalization.

Join a Sports League

This one could be a little more difficult. But, if you don’t like exercising by yourself, the teamwork of organized sports might be just the ticket to better health. Adult sports leagues all across the country offer everything from basketball to softball. Whatever your sport of choice is, there’s a good chance you will find others playing in your area, so join up and reap the physical and mental benefits and make some new friends at the same time.

Yoga

If you are not into more active sports, yoga may provide the exercise benefits you’re looking for. While I haven’t practiced yoga myself, I do know several people who practice Hatha yoga. Taking the time to move through poses is certainly worthwhile in getting increased flexibility and stress relief. You can practice on your own with only a video as a guide or join a class. Yoga will help increase your muscle strength, improve flexibility and circulation and lower your stress level.

Staying healthy and fit are key to enjoying retirement. Many people retire and start living the good life. Staying up late, eating more and sitting on the couch more. Most of us stop getting enough exercise and it isn’t long before we are, over weight, out of shape and out of breath. And it is easier not to do anything about it.

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 at a slightly higher risk of high blood pressure than men.

Overall, the scientists found that men or women who ate four or more servings of baked, boiled, or mashed potatoes each week had an 11 per cent increased risk of high blood pressure compared to people who ate potatoes less than once a month.

Those who ate fried potatoes like chips four or more times each week had a 17 per cent higher risk of high blood pressure.

Replacing one serving a day of potatoes with a serving of non-starchy vegetables led to a 7 per cent decrease in the risk of high blood pressure.

Corn, peas, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkin, squash, zucchini and yams are examples of starchy vegetables.

Non-starchy vegetables are lettuce, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, spinach, mushrooms, onions, peppers and tomatoes.

Eating potato crisps amazingly has no effect on the elevation of blood pressure, the scientists discovered, even when the team took the weight of participants into account. Now this is some good news about potatoes at last for a change!

In the end though, this type of study can only show an ‘association’ – not cause and effect. As Victoria Taylor, senior dietician at the British Heart Foundation says:

“Although a higher consumption of potatoes, such as chips and mash is associated with high blood pressure, it is still possible that other things being eaten, or lifestyles are affecting results.

“In the UK, white potatoes are not included in the five-a-day recommendations for fruit and vegetable consumption.

“A third of British adults suffer from high blood pressure, so it is crucial that we understand the condition and its causes.”

It is clear that we do not.

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 your computer and many other things, this doesn’t mean that you are an evolved creature. You are not more intelligent than those who belong to rudimentary civilizations. You are not more intelligent than your ancestors.

You are merely an underdeveloped primate. The biggest part of your brain belongs to your satanic anti-conscience.

You have to become a perfect human being and help God transform our world into a place where we will be able to develop our conscience. You must help God put an end to terror and violence.

God shows you in your dreams the depth of your evilness and absurdity. You will be surprised with the content existent into the biggest part of your brain and psyche.

The information you have in your dreams when they are accurately translated thanks to Carl Jung’s discoveries and my discoveries helps you understand:

* How to transform your personality,

* How to eliminate your dangerous anti-conscience,

* How to eliminate your dangerous ego,

* And become a saint.

Your goodness and your wisdom will help you find authentic happiness and save the world from misery and terror. You will become a sensitive genius.

Everything depends on your obedience to the wise guidance you have in your dreams.

However, your obedience is difficult because God demands from you the behavior of a saint even while you still are a demon, before being transformed.

God’s requirements are very irritating for selfish, lazy, and indifferent creatures.

God makes you stop doing what you want. You have to understand that you have an important mission. You are not here in order to waste your time making dangerous mistakes. You have to be serious.

Your success depends on your capacity to understand that God always is right and you have to agree with Him, even when your conscience disagrees with His wisdom.

You disagree with God’s wisdom because you are idiotic, absurd, and evil. You don’t know what is good or bad. You believe you do, but this is a false impression.

You have to remember that God knows what is good and bad, without doubting of this fact.

God is not a dictator, but a doctor. You have to follow his directions in order to be cured from all mental health problems. He found the right formula.