“He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything”.

(Thomas Carlyle)

Health is far better than wealth. Better health is considered essential for human happiness and well-being. Persons who are physically and mentally healthy also play a very vital role in the economic growth of their country as they are more productive and live longer.

Being healthy is considered a dynamic process as our health changes with the course of time. Every one of us has times when we feel fit and healthy and then we have times when we feel sick and unwell.

Diet plays an important role in personal health it can be described as a pattern of eating and balanced diet provides nutrients that are considered necessary to maintain our health. Studies have revealed that diet is one of the sources through which diseases such as cancer, coronary heart disease, birth defects and cataracts can be prevented.

There are many food items which are suggested by doctors and experts that are considered healthy and must be included in every meal. Some of these food items are green tea, oats, curd, olive oil, salad etc.

We can also lose weight by adjusting some of our diet plans and eating habits.

Mentioned below are some diet tips to lose weight while staying healthy:

Eat fresh and organic foods. Recent research and studies have revealed that pesticide, herbicides and other chemicals used on food and vegetables are one huge cause of obesity and weight gain.

Bite slowly and chew it. This tip is very helpful as your brain gets the message that you are eating more than you actually are. One should use smaller plates and bowls for eating as it also one way to fool your brain into believing that you have eaten more.

Water is a very important essential element of human’s body. One should drink at least 8-10 glass of water per day. During a glass of water 15 minutes before having your meal as it makes you feel fuller without eating any kind of food.

Do not drink sodas, Pepsi; cola etc. as they are full of chemicals and sugar. One bottle of Pepsi contains at least 20 tablespoons of sugar so there is no point in drinking any of these.

Other things that can help you to lose weight without losing your health are:

1- Eat your favorite meal once in every 15 days it will help you in starting afresh for your upcoming days and you will not feel deprived.

2- Include salads and vegetables in your every meal.

3- Exercise daily and consistently. If you exercise with gaps it will lead you to nowhere. Instead, you will feel frustrated.

Eating healthy is important however one should not overlook the exact meaning of the statement. Eating to stay healthy does not mean suppressing your appetite; it means to eat “smartly”. A proper and balanced diet plan can also help you to reduce your weight without losing your health.

Source by Syeda Nida Ali Rizvi

With the unofficial start of summer at the end of this month, many begin to think about starting to exercise before putting on a bathing suit and hitting the beach or pool. Exercise is of course helpful for weight management and building muscles and can improve physical appearance. What is not as well known are the other physical, mental and emotional benefits of incorporating exercise into your daily routine.

In addition to weight management, other physical benefits of exercise include improvement in our cardiovascular system functions. Aerobic exercise can help prevent heart disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and stokes. Other forms of exercise can help prevent arthritis, osteoporosis and can help improve balance to prevent falls.

What is equally as impressive are the benefits to mental and emotional health when exercising on a regular basis. Exercise improves not only focus and concentration but also enhances mood as well. In fact, studies have shown that 15 minutes of aerobic exercise was equally as effective as an antidepressant for some forms of depression. Walking around the block often shifts perspective and helps reduce stress.

Joh Ratey MD, who studies the benefits of exercise has suggested that if the positive effects of exercise could come in a pill form, it would be the most widely prescribed medication. Since that is not possible, how do you incorporate exercise into your busy life when you already feel pressed for time?

Ten Tips to Sneak Exercise into your Day

Don’t like or feel like you have time to go to the gym? The good news is exercise does not have to involve getting on a treadmill or pumping iron at the gym to be effective. It can be relatively low cost and not a huge time investment. However, before you start, check with your doctor if you have not exercised in awhile or if you are pregnant. Also, make sure you are wearing proper footwear for your activity. Many joint or back injuries are caused by wearing old or worn-out shoes. Here are ten ways to get moving:

  1. Park away from your office, trip to the store or school and walk. These small walks add up through the day. In fact, studies have shown that small bursts of exercise throughout the day are more effective than one long burst.
  2. Take the steps instead of the elevator. If you are going between floors, walk up the steps. Need a quick break in the afternoon – walk up and down a few times. Exercise will revive you much more than a trip to the coffee machine.
  3. Wear a fitness tracker and measure your steps. There are many inexpensive trackers as well as more sophisticated and pricey devices but even the inexpensive will give you data on steps. Set a goal and stick to it. For the first few days, wear it without changing your activity. Once you create a baseline, add 500 to 1000 steps per day to it each week.
  4. Use apps to get inspired. Studies have shown that like fitness trackers, individuals who utilize apps are more successful at sticking with an exercise program. There are apps like 5K that inspire and lead you from couch to 5K. My Fitness Pal and ActivX are a few other popular fitness apps.
  5. Sign up for a charity walk or run and use it to inspire you to get moving. Whether it is 1mile, a 5 or 10K, it gives you a goal and a deadline to work toward.
  6. Grab a buddy or two. People are far more likely to stick to a routine if they have another person who is going to do it with them and hold them accountable. Making fitness social gives the extra benefit of connecting with others.
  7. Have a family or office challenge. It does not have to be a competition, but it can be a way to cheer each other on and keep everyone involved in a common goal.
  8. Try a new activity like dancing, hiking, swimming or a fun group exercise class you have always been curious about.
  9. Make fitness a weekly family activity. Go on a hike, bike ride or walk around the neighborhood.
  10. Household activities like gardening, cleaning or

American health care needs an updated treatment plan. The quality of care is not the issue as we have some of the best medical care in the world. People will fly in from different countries just to take advantage of our trained medical providers. But our health care policies are very short-sighted and in need of repair. I see two major flaws with our current health care system.

One is that routine preventive health care is unaffordable for many families. For many the only type of health care that they can afford is a plan with a high deductible. This type of insurance is necessary for major injuries and life-threatening situations. But in the end it leads to a lack of preventive maintenance. With such high deductibles people are hesitant to go to a doctor for the routine care that might prevent major problems down the road. And, most high deductible plans provide no dental care at all.

This is like taking a car to a mechanic only when the engine seizes up or the transmission fails. What we should be doing is changing the oil and maintaining the air pressure in the tires. Under the current state of health care this is not possible for many. As a nation we are going to face much higher costs for medical and dental care as our population ages.

The second issue is the large number of people who do not have any insurance at all. If health insurance is anything like car insurance I am forced to pay not only for my own injuries but also for the injuries of all those who choose to go without insurance. The affordable care act, commonly known as Obamacare, made an attempt to rectify this issue. In my opinion Obamacare caused as many problems as it solved but in this one area it got it right.

Obamacare certainly isn’t perfect. And Republicans are now in the process of attempting to repeal it. I can understand their logic in doing so. However, I have not seen any type of plan they have proposed that addresses the issues of preventative care and the uninsured. Whether it is Obamacare, or some other plan, something needs to be done about the large number of American citizens who live off of the hard work of others. And the fact that preventative health care is not affordable.

America is a great country. We are a very resourceful people. Most of us work very hard to provide for ourselves and our families. We should be smart enough to know how to provide high quality, and affordable, health care to all of our citizens. It may cost us more in the present but it will pay big dividends down the road.

Source by Jeff Van Fleet

Just think about things for a moment. Would people advocate going to the local gym more, or eating less if there weren’t obvious benefits. In fact most people will congratulate you if you said “I’m going to find a gym near me” or “I’m going to lose weight”. But why are they praising and what are the real benefits of being a healthy weight/ weight loss? Here we look at the benefits of losing weight in order to achieve a healthier weight. Some you’ll nod your head knowingly in recognition, and some will come straight out of left field and shock you. So read on…

Sleep

If you lose weight you can expect to enjoy a better night’s sleep, and given that so many of us complain of always being tired, then this is a great first reason to make that decision.

Hormonal Balance

It will improve, as will your sex drive and furthermore your sexual performance, now that’s got to be a good thing for everyone right?

Mood

Perhaps it is no coincidence putting this one next, but people have found that their overall mood improves with a loss of weight.

Joint Pain

Excess weight puts an added workload on the body and the joints. So a little weight loss will ease any pain that you may feel in the knees or feet and can help reduce the risk of arthritis in later life, as your joints will of course be working less hard in the first place.

Glow

You skin will improve when you shed the pounds, which will help your mood also.

Stress

Many people suffer stress directly related to their perceived body image. By improving fitness and losing weight and by going to the local gym, these are all factors in reducing your levels of stress. Stress is never a positive.

Money

You’ll probably spend money at the local gym, but you will be saving it as your shopping bill reduces through sheer volume alone, let alone the cost of unhealthy foods and treats etc. There will be a positive upside in your wallet.

Memory

Improved fitness associated with a healthier weight can in fact impact positively on your memory.

Food

You’ll love food more, that’s right, as you get to know it better it is likely that you’ll improve as a cook, try new and adventurous things, get a better taste for ingredients and have a healthier relationship with the fuel you feed your body.

Health

This will in turn help reduce the onset of mild ailments like colds etc. and will likely need to visit your GP less. Plus, psychologically, a healthy body, the right food and use of the local gym and exercise will help improve your mental wellbeing too. Many people feel bad when they are overweight and feel better having lost it. You’ll probably develop new levels of self-respect and will in all likelihood live longer too.

Organised

People who lose weight, need to be organised, in terms of diet, food, shopping, training, exercise etc. They need to combat old habits and establish new and better ones, and losing weight can therefore spill over into your daily life, making you a sharper, better organised and more fulfilled individual.

Some of these benefits may seem old hat, but you have to admit, you didn’t guess them all. Whatever the reason, losing weight is going to be better for you, and now you know many of the reasons why, so what’s stopping you from getting started?

Source by Carolina Guerra

First of all, I want to say that I’m not a mental health professional. I was a high school social studies teacher and in education for 34 years, and I do have Mental Health First Aid certification, but still, these suggestions are only personal opinion and do not represent professional advice.

• The first recommendation deals with sleep. Most professionals recommend eight hours of sleep per night for adults. More than eight hours may lead to depression or at least sluggishness. Less than eight hours may lead to anxiety or nervousness. However, I maintain that sleep does not have to be completed in one block of time. Personally, I sleep for about three hours, work on projects for an hour or two, sleep for another one or two hours; then I nap once or twice during the day when I’m tired. Sometimes naps last an hour, sometimes only ten minutes. I think the key is to sleep when your body tells you it needs rest. Of course, I’m semi-retired, and my schedule may not work for most professionals.

• A conscientious diet is helpful for mental stability. I recommend a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids. Those can include, most nuts and seeds, but most helpful are walnuts, sunflower seeds, ground flaxseeds, and soaked chia seeds. I like to soak my chia seeds in milk overnight and that combination ends up similar to a tapioca pudding. Cold water fish provide substantial omega-3 fatty acids – sardines, salmon, trout, char, and herring lead the parade in this area. Avocado is another helpful food in this area. Low fat proteins are helpful including beans, chicken, fish, and turkey. Of course a diet grounded around fruits and vegetables is important, and finally probiotics are helpful for digestion. Those can include pickles, sauerkraut, and yogurt.

• Another important step includes respect – respect yourself, treat yourself, and value yourself. Find a hobby like fishing; go to a nice restaurant or a movie once a month, keep a journal of your thoughts, or even go shopping.

• Exercise is another important aspect that bolsters your self-esteem and overall mental health. An outdoor walk, especially in a park or the woods – that provides, fresh air, strength, and the sun can provide much needed vitamin D to stave off depression.

• Finally, it is helpful to engage with others face-to-face. Conversation can provide a feeling of worth. It is beneficial to get off the smart phone and deal with people in person.

These five keys will not guarantee good mental health, but they will go a long way toward that end.

Source by Christopher E Gregory

The thing about traveling is finding some decent hotels with great fitness centers. While it doesn’t matter much to me because I can exercise anywhere, having a nice place to work out may be important for many others. I’m going to list some to the best places in the United States where you can get a great workout in facilities that even offer state of the art equipment.

1. The Houstonian Hotel has one of the best fitness facilities anywhere. Known as The Club it boasts 125,000 square feet of training space. That includes an indoor track, rock climbing wall, and a boxing ring. You can even get facials and massages afterwards at their spa. There is so much more going than I mentioned here. Did I forget to mention the indoor pool?

2. The Venetian in Las Vegas has a 12,000 sq. ft. facility known as the Canyon Ranch SpaClub. It has nutritionists, personal trainers and a rock climbing wall that’s 40 feet high. Check it out when you visit Las Vegas.

3. The Four Seasons in San Francisco has a Sports Club/LA fitness center which is 127,000 sq. ft. in size. Some of that includes a Jr. Olympic Pool, life coaches, nutritionists, and a boxing ring. It is located in downtown San Francisco.

4. Sheraton Hotels has something for the busy traveler who loves to exercise – Core Performance fitness centers. Located at various locations wherever you find a Sheraton, Core Performance is what the name implies – focused on core and total body training. It’s quick and effective (the way I like it). They will even get you started with a “Gym-in-a-Bag” room service.

5. The Embassy Suites in Chicago offers a top notch fitness facility that includes an indoor pool. You also get a view since the hotel is located on the waterfront.

There are many hotels that have great places for fitness. Again, you don’t need a fitness center to exercise in. For many people it is convenient and offers many amenities that you don’t get when you train alone. Check them out as well as others okay? I hope offer hotels that have many outdoors activities where you can get some great exercise. That’s my cup of tea anyway. If you don’t have the money for the above hotels, then it’s okay to do training in your room. You might even want to run the stairs. It all counts.

Have fun, stay fit and healthy.

Source by Robert Choat

Summer time is just around the corner – it’s a great time to get creative with our children’s snacks!

Here are some healthy snacks for kids that are perfect for hot, sunny days:

Cool Summer Fruit Popsicles

What you need:

  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 1 peach, diced
  • 1/2 watermelon, pureed
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 handful fresh cherries, pitted and chopped

Prepare a dozen popsicle molds then divide the cut fruits to fill each mold. Pour watermelon puree to each popsicle mold, filling to the top. Place a popsicle stick into each one and freeze for at least 6 to 8 hours, or until ready to serve.

For easy serving, run each of the frozen molds under warm water for a few seconds before pulling out for kids to enjoy!

Sweet N Healthy Granola Bars

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups almonds
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (preferably sugar-free)
  • 2/3 cups pistachios
  • 1/3 cup Sukrin Clear Fiber Syrup
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds, chopped and cooked
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, chopped and cooked
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, chopped and cooked
  • 3 tablespoons Sukrin Gold
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Melt the butter in a saucepan then add the Sukrin syrup, Sukrin Gold, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt. Stir together thoroughly. Boil for 2-3 minutes until mixture has thickened. Stir in the nuts and cooked seeds, stirring to coat with mixture.

Remove from heat and place mixture in a 9×3 baking dish lined with parchment paper. Place another parchment paper on top and press to spread the mixture evenly to the baking dish. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes then refrigerate for 15. Slice into bars then refrigerate for another 15 minutes.

Store granola bars in an airtight container.

Easy Apple Cookies

What you need:

  • 1 apple (green or red)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • Mini chocolate chips (preferably sugar-free)

Core the apple and slice into “circles”. Spread peanut butter on top of each apple slice then sprinkle with chocolate chips. Do this for each apple slice. Refrigerate for at least 5 minutes before serving for kids to enjoy more on a hot sunny day!

Preparing healthy snacks for kids isn’t complicated at all. If you make delicious, healthy snacks, they won’t turn to junk food anymore

Source by Angela Kidd

Fitness trackers have quickly become a fixture on the American wrist over the last two years, taking the lion's share of the wearable gadget gift market. Fitbit, the Apple Watch, and a dozen other such gizmos can track not only steps taken, but also blood pressure, heart rate, sleep quality, and more. Fitbit's, in particular, have become increasingly popular because they can help most keep track of their fitness goals and achievements, allowing you to reach those goals easier. When you know how many steps you take through the day and how you are sleeping at night, it becomes a bit easier to lose weight, for example.

Consider:
• One out of six consumers own some type of wearable technology.
• Nearly half of all wearable tech users – 48 percent – are between 18 and 34. While more than two-thirds of 16-to-24-year-olds want wearable tech.
• More men are into the trend than women: 69 percent vs. 56 percent.
• On the financial side, analysts expect the market to grow by 35 percent by 2019.

These fitness trackers are now being used with increasing frequency to support or dispute information used in court cases, including personal injury lawsuits. In 2014, a Canadian judge used information gleaned from a Fitbit to assess the change in lifestyle of an accident victim. Information stored in the accident victim's Fitbit provided evidence that she'd become far less active than she had been before the accident. The data comparison shown:

• The victim took fewer steps per day than before the accident;
• The victim slept less soundly and for fewer hours;
• The victim's overall fitness had declined.

The judge in this case used the Fitbit data to assess the damage the accident inflicted. Experts then fed the data through a larger program called Vivametrica, which compared the plaintiff's information to that of the general population. The judge could then see that the plaintiff was functioning below the average for women in her age group. The fitness tracker offered a tool that provided facts that supported the victim's subjective perception that she had suffered, and the judge was able to evaluate her suffering and award compensation based on objective data.

This sort of information taken from a fitness tracker can potentially help you win a car accident court case if you are severely injured by a driver performing at less than normal for your average driver. As this case demonstrates, the use of fitness tracker technology may affect the outcome of certain personal injury cases depending on the circumstances.

Source by Tara Streff

What makes your food healthy? The presence of life-sustaining nutrients like vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates and so much more… but have you ever considered what role your cookware plays? Studies have found that popular metal and ceramic cookware not only affect the nutritional value of food but also make it toxic. Want to find out how? Keep reading…

The most commonly used materials for making cookware are stainless steel, aluminum, cast iron, and ceramic. While they are used widely, they are not the best choice. They are not only too harsh on nutrients but also leach chemicals into food while cooking. Food gets contaminated and causes health problems when consumed regularly.

When cooking is in progress, heat acts as a catalyst and metals like aluminum, iron, nickel, magnesium, molybdenum, lead & cadmium react with the oxygen molecules, the hydrogen molecules, and nutrients that are in the form of halogens, acids, and bases. These toxins get assimilated with food and are sent to both cells and organs in body. They not only weaken the immune system but also cause chronic health problems.

Also, while cooking in these metal or ceramic pots, the heat is too harsh and causes serious damage to the nutrients and cooks by dissolving them rather than preserving them intact. Additionally, water-soluble nutrients evaporate as steam.

The result — food contaminated with toxins and lacking in nutritional value. You can hardly imagine the serious damage done to your health when you keep consuming such food regularly for a long time. Worried? Let’s focus on the solution.

A Viable Alternative

The only viable alternative is a material that is not only 100% non-toxic but can also keep the nutritional value of food intact while cooking. Recently, clay has gathered some popularity as a healthier alternative. But few people are aware that in order to make cookware from clay through any mechanized process, it needs to be treated with chemicals. Like metal cookware, these leach toxins into food while cooking and defy the whole purpose of using clay.

Read about an easy and reliable home test to identify what is leaching from your cookware?

It is important that the clay used is 100% pure and free from any kind of chemicals. Tests have shown that food cooked in pure clay pots is free from toxins. But this is not the only benefit. Such pots generate a unique far-infrared heat that penetrates deep into food and is distributed evenly without damaging the nutrients.

Also, the steam can be managed well with an ergonomic design of pot and lid. It can uniquely allow steam to circulate inside and let food cook with its own steam pressure. With straight walls of the pot, if it’s made in concentric circles with an inner flute on the lid and a cool underside of a knob will allow for steam to rise, get condensed and drop right back into the pot. This does not allow the water-soluble nutrients to evaporate as steam. Unlike metal pots, the heat produced in pure clay pots is food-friendly. It cooks food gently by spreading out evenly to every grain of food.

All these features not only keep the food healthy but also retain the natural taste.

Source by Sharon Ray

Silicosis is a fibro-nodular lung disease caused by inhalation of dust containing crystalline silica, which is present in granite, slate and sandstone. Silicosis can be either acute or chronic. Common symptoms include cough, breathlessness, wheezing, digital clubbing, cyanosis, and other symptoms of cor pulmonale. This condition is an occupational hazard for people involved with mining, quarrying, sand blasting, cement and glass manufacturing, masonry, blast furnaces, coal mining and construction work.

The Ayurvedic treatment of silicosis is aimed at treating symptoms and preventing long term complications like chronic bronchitis, cor pulmonale, respiratory failure and lung cancer. Medicines like Shwas-Kuthar-Ras, Sitopaladi-Churna, Talisadi-Churna, Kantakari-Avaleha, Vasa-Avaleha, Ras-Sindur, Malla-Sindur, Sameer-Pannag-Ras and Shrung-Bhasma can be used to reduce inflammation in the lungs, and symptoms like cough, breathlessness and wheezing. Herbal medicines which can be used for this purpose include Pippali (Piper longum), Yashtimadhuk (Glycerrhiza glabra), Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum), Bruhat-Kantakari (Solanum indicum), Som (Ephedra vulgaris), Karkatashrungi (Pistichia integerima), Kulingan (Alpimia galangal), Dhatura (Dhatura fastuosa), Vasa (Adhatoda vasaka), Kushtha (Saussurea lappa) and Pushkarmool (Inula racemosa).

Medicines like Suvarna-Malini-Vasant, Suvarna-Bhasma, Abhrak-Bhasma, Maha-Laxmi-Vilas-Ras and Suvarna-Sameer-Pannag-Ras can be used to prevent permanent damage to the lungs and chronic complications like cor pulmonale and lung cancer. Medicines like Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Bhrungraj (Eclipta alba), Bala (Sida cordifolia) and Naagbala (Grewia hirsuta) can be used to boost the immune status of the body. Yashtimadhuk and Pippali, boiled in milk, are given in progressively increasing doses, followed by gradually tapering doses. Repeated such courses are very useful in preventing recurrent infections in the lungs, and help in repairing the damage done to the lungs.

The prognosis of silicosis depends upon the chronicity and severity of lung damage caused by this condition. Prevention is a very important aspect of the management of this condition. Occupational safety standards need to be implemented rigorously in order to prevent this condition and reduce morbidity and mortality.

Source by Abdulmubeen Mundewadi

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