Author: Granado Jane

Health insurance is a form of insurance where the insurance company pays the medical costs of the insured person in cases the insured becomes sick due to covered causes of the insurance policy, or due to accidents.

To get the best health insurance policy, it is necessary to evaluate the health insurance company and its affiliate health care network. The first thing that has to be done is to get free quotes from different health insurance companies. This is easily available on the Internet, wherein you fill in some details to get your health insurance quote. Another thing that has to be taken into consideration is the health insurance company's financial ratios. This gives us the financial strength of the health insurance company, and if it is capable of clearing claims made to the company. The ratings can be found out though free resources like Moody's, AM Best and Weiss and eHealthInsurance, which are all found on the Internet.

Next, check the employment and educational histories of the doctors associated with the health insurance company. Trusting the doctors and feeling content with the care you receive from the health insurance company is invaluable. Customer satisfaction is another criterion for choosing the right health insurance company. The health insurance company should respond quickly to your requests and questions. Information on patient satisfaction with a health insurance company is difficult to come by and may have to be paid for.

There are two types of health insurance companies: group health insurance companies and individual health insurance companies. The group health insurance companies handle health insurance for large groups of people, like the employees of a company. The individual health insurance companies handle health insurance for self-employed people and professionals.

Source by Kent Pinkerton

Health and fitness has become the new religion as more and more people seek a better life free from costly and sometimes painful health issues. The sooner you can start watching your health the better you will be in living a better life. But when it comes to health and fitness, it is never too late to start making changes. The simplest of changes towards a better lifestyle can be all you need to see a difference in your health.

Because of the demands for better health, mobile applications related to fitness have been developed. Gone are the days when you needed to be at the gym to get yourself a rewarding workout. A personal trainer is necessary in guiding you through the process but this would mean going to where the trainer is. But with fitness apps available, you can now enjoy time and place convenience and still get maximum results from the time you spend on your fitness sessions. There are a number of reasons why you should consider getting a fitness app.

You have freedom to select the best app for you

App developers have embraced all areas of fitness and offer apps that suit the different needs of the users. When looking at the apps, you will realize that you can go for an activity tracking app, a diet and nutrition app or a workout and exercise app. To get the most from your efforts, you can choose to have each of the apps, so you are able to combine healthy dieting with healthy exercising to achieve optimum results with your health and fitness efforts.

You get a personal trainer wherever you are

Mobile apps make it possible for you to take your personal trainer wherever and whenever without an extra cost. This means that you will have the freedom to train from any given place and time as long as you have the needed app on your mobile device. There is so much flexibility in this and it cannot be compared to you having to go to a gym a health and fitness center to access the helpful insights and guidance of a personal trainer.

You enjoy some freedom with a fitness app

People are different. Whereas some do not mind training in a group, others feel a bit more comfortable training alone. Because it can be difficult to have a personal trainer all to yourself, especially as far as the rates go, you will love what an app can do for you. A fitness app allows you the freedom to exercise just like you like it and from a place that you are most comfortable. This way you are able to give every session your best so you can reach your fitness goals faster.

The apps are easy to use

This is because they are designed even with beginners in mind. The apps are not only step by step guides to workouts and diet but also come with features that make it easy for all users to use and get the most from them. You do not have to worry that you are only starting because the app has everything you need to start you off.

Source by Satvik Mittal

With the upcoming release of The Dark Knight (the sequel to Batman) I am reminded of the tragic loss of Heath Ledger. What really happened? Yes, we know Heath died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs, but why? The reason is closely connected to his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight and his other roles around that same time.

We know Heath turned to strong prescription drugs as a solution to his problems, which unfortunately lead to his tragic death. What was causing his sleepless and anxious nights? What made his mind race, exhausting his life force? “Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night,” he told The New York Times last November. “I couldn’t stop thinking. My body was exhausted and my mind was still going.” Heath had been upfront about his lack of success using Ambien, something he mentioned in the same interview, when he said the pills “failed to work.” He took two and, according to the story, “fell into a stupor, only to wake up an hour later, his mind still racing.”

Good actors and performers are channels. They allow the energy of a character they assume to flow through them. In a recent interview with Elle magazine Madonna stated “When I write, I’m often channeling and collaging from my life without being conscious of it.” Also Al Pachino on the Inside the Actors Studio noted how he channels the character he is playing, and mentioned how it was difficult to do re-shoots, because some times he had trouble channeling the same character.

The role of the Joker in The Dark Night was a particularly dark and sinister character for Heath to channel. His prior roles included more positive even heroic portrayals of human nature. My point is Heath was channeling the energy far darker then his usual domain.

When channeling, we completely open ourselves to the energy that is flowing through us, which makes for a very real and excellent performance on the screen. Heath’s problem began when he tried to stop the flow of dark energy through him. It is usually difficult to disconnect from the source of a dark nature. This resulted in his disturbed sleeping patterns, giving him nightmares, causing restlessness, and a general dis-ease.

Due to our technological and scientific minded society, many people are not aware or refuse to acknowledge that many dark and disturbing energies come from the spirits among us. Most people have written such things off as superstition, or a bunch of rubbish. I am not surprised. After all, we can not detect spirits with our physical eyes, and anything you can not see could not exist, right? Of course, we can not see God, our Soul, the wind, or an electric current, and many other things that a lot of us believe in. Spirits do exist. There are both good spirits and bad spirits. They are interconnected to us not on the physical level, but on a soul level, ultimately affecting our physical state of being.

This is what I believe happened to Heath. Being an excellent actor, he was an excellent channel. Playing the role of the Joker in The Dark Knight, he was channeling some dark energies, bad spirits, since they would be in alignment with the character he was playing. He had to become that character, assume all traits of their psychotic mind, to deliver such an unprecedented performance. The problem was, when the role was over, it was much harder to get rid of THEM (dark spirits). Heath was noticing all the physical symptoms that people experience when in the company of dark spirits: restlessness, agitation, insomnia, uneasiness and such. The most dangerous thing was that he lost himself in the darkness and could not find his own peaceful soul. This is not uncommon with actors, who spend much of their time pretending to be someone else. The ones that are really good at pretending make it so real we believe them, and they themselves transform into the character. But, if you loose yourself in the process, and have no real anchor to bring yourself back from the darkness, your may never recover from a …

Women are such amazing creatures that it’s downright mind boggling at times. I know what you’re thinking – you and I are both women, so such self-praise sounds a bit excessive.

But really, think about it for a minute. Our physical makeup is dramatically different from that of our male counterparts. We have to train nearly twice as hard to make any substantial gains in the gym, and we’re genetically preprogrammed to store more fat than men, all because of the differences in our hormonal makeup.

Let’s face it, ladies, our bodies are built for child rearing, not heavy lifting or figure competitions. Regardless of whether those babies are a goal of yours or not, your system will always do its best to ensure a soft & comfortable atmosphere for that baby’s development during the first nine months of its existence.

Nature’s plan.

What’s even more interesting is the fact that if you’re actively working on preventing pregnancy, you’ll likely have an increased hormonal imbalance and even more pronounced effects of the estrogen hormone doing its job.

Not sure what I’m talking about? There is a phrase that will conjure up memories of bloat, fat gain, nausea, spotting or breakthrough bleeding, mood swings, and even severe headaches. It’s a short phrase with a lot of power. Ready?

“The Pill.”

Most of those who’ve tried birth control pills are well aware of their possible side effects. These are to be expected; anytime hormone levels are changed in any way, the body is bound to let you know of the changes.

Birth control pills are comprised of synthetic estrogen and progesterone (or in some cases, just one of those two). Since the menstrual cycle and ovulation are regulated by these hormones, this increase results in a variety of changes within the reproductive system, which results in pregnancy prevention.

Now, as any woman in the fitness industry knows, we try our very best to decrease the female hormones in our bodies. We all know that increased levels of testosterone, along with decreased estrogen hormones, are essential to the sense of well-being and overall health.

It’s testosterone that helps us gain lean mass, reduce fat storage, increase sexual desire, ward off that “I’m PMS’ing-leave-me-alone” mood, keep our skin healthy, and our minds sharp. Excessive levels of its opposing hormone, estrogen, produce the exact opposite effect on our bodies.

Clearly, increasing your very own estrogen levels by going on the pill sounds more than just a little crazy. It is, however, seen as an absolute necessity by most women. Many of us just accept the unfortunate side effects and learn to deal with the consequences of a less than perfect hormonal balance.

After all, what else is there?

That’s the question we’ll answer in this article. I’ve done some extensive research on the topic, including interviewing numerous fitness and figure competitors regarding their personal experiences with birth control pills. Each of these girls has discovered what works for her; whether it’s a lower dose estrogen pill or a viable alternative that does the job while keeping those hormone levels at least somewhat conducive to her hardcore fitness lifestyle and ultra-lean body goals.

The Pill

Types of Birth Control Pills

There are two basic categories: those containing progestin only, and combination pills containing both progestin and estrogen.

Progestin-only pills contain no estrogen. These are sometimes referred to as the “mini-pill,” and are considered ideal for breastfeeding women since the presence of estrogen reduces milk production.

The mini-pill works by thickening the cervical mucus, thereby preventing sperm from entering the uterus. They must be taken at the same time every day.

While these pills don’t contain any estrogen, they’re not considered figure-friendly by any means. You see, the pill’s progesterone component has been shown to increase appetite – which of course makes it very difficult to diet, resulting in weight gain.

Some of the other side effects of the mini-pill include irregular or heavy bleeding, spotting, and severe headaches. Additionally, progestin-only pills have been shown to be slightly less effective than their combination counterparts – so that the chance of becoming a mommy is actually increased when choosing these over estrogen containing birth control pills.

Combination pills …

“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

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