Tag: Health

At one time or another, you are bound to find yourself in the midst of a Health, Wealth, or Romance (relationship) crisis – or a combination thereof – and left to wonder what if anything should or could you do.

So, what should or could you do?

The first thing that you need to do is realize and understand the relationship these three very important factors in your life have in common. Something many people take for granted, isolating one from the other; hence, the only outcome, more often than not, is an escalation of the problem.

The solution, in all reality, is relatively simple – You must see the three, Health, Wealth & Romance as the whole of A Better LifeStyle. To quote Frank Sinatra, "You can't (shouldn't) have one without the other". It's a cycle you should not even attempt to disturb, much less break.

The degree of harmony and balance you maintain with Health, Wealth & Romance will be a determining factor in your lifestyle. If you haven't done this already … It's Never Too Late!

Health – Accommodate a proper healthy diet and exercise routine (doesn't need to be every day nor strenuous).

Limit Fatty Foods

Keep a low in fat. Saturated fat such fried foods, chocolate, cakes, and biscuits should not be a part of your regular diet. Unlike unsaturated fats, this fat is easily deposited as fatty tissue and will convert into cholesterol, causing your blood cholesterol level to go up, often to unsafe measures.

Reduce "Empty Calories"

Empty Calories are all those things you consume which are high in energy. However good this may sound on the surface, this energy comes from things such as alcohol and sugary drinks and serves no benefit in the nourishment of your body – not to mention that this energy is also short-lived. Consumed in "moderation", these drinks may pause no real problem, however.

Eat Foods Rich in Calcium and Iron

Calcium – is essential for maintaining strong, healthy bones.
Iron – helps deliver oxygen throughout the body

The Breakfast Myth Unfolded

Simply put – Don't skimp on it. A hearty breakfast will provide you the energy needed to push forward through your day at the office (or wherever you may work).

A Few Tips For Healthy Breakfasts:

– Fresh fruit, whole grain (bread or cereal)
– Rolled oats made with quick oats
– Toast with a thin spread of margarine (polyunsaturated or monounsaturated).
– A small glass of orange juice
– Yogurt (preferably plain) with some fresh fruit topping

Never, ever underestimate the importance that a regular exercise routine, no matter how medium, is to maintain a healthy body and mind.

Wealth – Although most commonly defined in financial terms … It is better defined in terms of "the degree of happiness in your life (loved ones, friends, etc.). Nevertheless, financial" does "play a big role in accommodating for the other two aspects of Health and romance. That's why it's essential that you find the right system – one that is time-tested and meets your needs and expectations. Just be aware of the many ill-intended "gurus" offering their less-than -complete system; full of empty promises.

Romance – By far could be the most interesting, yet disappointing, and frustrating of the three. However, what you want to keep in mind, whether man or woman, is that the best practices to follow are faithfulness & truthfulness. This piece of fact comes to you from 40+ years of marriage (yep, to the same woman). with this one the cards may very well always be on the table, so walk lightly … and whatever you do – adhere to those two best practices.

A Better LifeStyle

Source by Sammi C

Hospital wellness programs offer a variety of services. This article explains the services commonly offered at local health facilities, and potential health benefits you might see from using these offered services.

Cardiovascular Equipment

Equipment like treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical machines, rowing machines, and stair climbers can be found in hospital run wellness centers. These machines are used for aerobic exercise, which is known to facilitate weight loss, promote weight management, strengthen your heart, and maintain healthy arteries.

Strength Training Equipment

Free weights and other strength training equipment are another component of a great wellness programs. Lifting weights is an important component of an exercise program for both men and women. When done correctly, weight lifting will create strong bones, promote weight loss and weight management, improve chronic conditions, and alleviate certain joint pain.

Personal Training

While you might love all the potential health benefits mentioned above, it can be intimidating when starting a new exercise program or trying out a new facility. That’s where knowledgeable and professional staff can help. Most wellness centers keep personal trainers on staff to work one on one with you to ensure that you’re following a program that will work for you. They are able to show you how to use the equipment, make sure you’re using it properly, and answer any questions you might have along the way.

Nutrition Staff

Another important factor to any wellness program is a good diet. Hospital nutrition staff is a group of highly educated professionals at your disposal. In discussion of your dietary needs, they are equipped to make knowledgeable suggestions to aid you in living the healthiest lifestyle possible. A good diet can manage diseases like diabetes, and research has shown that it can reduce risks for many of life-threatening illness.

Massage Staff

Massage is not only a relaxing experience; it can be good for your health as well. Studies have shown it can reduce stress, pain, and muscle tension. People suffering from conditions such as arthritis or chronic headaches, diseases like fibromyalgia, and disorders like anxiety have seen relief in their symptoms due to massage therapy. Massage is a great compliment to any well-rounded wellness program, and can be a great treat for all your hard work at the gym!

Managing your health is important, and proactive hospital-run wellness programs can be instrumental in helping you build a healthy body to withstand the years to come.

Source by Andrea Avery

Most of us believe that caregiving must focus on the mind, body and soul. When seniors are lonely, they get depressed, just like you and I. Human beings need companionship, but we also need the right type of companionship. Perhaps like you, I strongly believe in matching a caregiver's personality with that of their client and I find it so unfortunate that many companies in the in-home care industry do not concentrate on this. Matching client personalities makes for a positive relationship, stronger mental health, and a stress free in-home caregiver situation. Everyone wins.

Yes, it takes a little longer to find the right caregiver, but that's okay, because in good in-home care companies they've found it prevents turnover, which is one of the complaints that many in the industry have. A true companionship-based caregiver scenario is one where the client is treated like family. The best way to achieve this is to make a proper match so that both the caregiver and the client see each other as family, it is best when it is a two-way street.

There was a very good research study in the "Journal of Health Psychology" put out by the American Psychological Association in 2011 (Cite: Vol. 30, No. 4, 377-385. DOI: 10.1037 / a0022826). The research is titled; "Loneliness, Social Isolation, and Behavioral and Biological Health Indicators in Older Adults," by Aparna Shankar, Anne McMunn, and Andrew Steptoe. In conclusion the research paper notes:

"Loneliness and social isolation may affect health independently through their effects on health behaviors. In addition, social isolation may also affect health through biological processes associated with the development of cardiovascular disease."

For those of who work as caregivers, they are hardly surprised. In fact, experts in the sector have been saying this all along. The families of elderly tell us that they too are concerned and it is often one of the primary reasons they contact a company for in-home caregiver services. I hope you understand and agree with myself, the families, and the empirical scientific research.

I believe no one should have to be lonely in old age, we are here to serve, and glad to help our clients live happy, healthy and with compassionate companionship. As our population ages these issues emerge to the forefront, and it is all of our responsibilities to makes sure everyone concerned is served fairly and treated with dignity. Please do the research and think of those people you know who are in need, we must make such positive steps a reality for all.

Source by Lance Winslow

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO COMMON SENSE?

It’s amazing to me how far we’ve drifted away from common sense and reality, especially about out health. The more intelligent we’re supposed to be, the less we appear to know. Wellness and health need to be our intention and our priority, as we are unable to do anything whatsoever, if we’re sick.

We’re smart! Some of us are clever! But (in today’s world) how many of us are actually wise? Again, put this in the category of wellness and health, where the mind, body, and spirit need to be fine tuned and working in conjunction. According to the dictionary: 1) SMART: is mental alertness, calculations, resourcefulness, quickness and ease in learning 2) CLEVER: is cagey, showing self-interest in dealing with others, and 3) WISDOM: is accumulated knowledge or enlightenment; the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight and the quality of being prudent and sensible. According to the wise elders I grew up around, ‘To be smart, without wisdom was a ‘game for fools’

RESTORING SANITY TO HEALTH

Last year sometime (I think), Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart did ‘A Rally to Restore Sanity’ where over 250,000 people attended in Washington, D.C. Stephen Colbert was his ‘nemesis’ with the Fear factor. The same sanity/fear dichotomy happens BIG TIME in the world of health; almost bigger than anything else I can think of. The American health nightmare is one the grandest fear stories ever told. In one respect, it’s scarier than the actual story; in another respect, it’s not scary at all. That’s the dual nature of our Universal forces.

So, let’s be clear…when I see headlines like ‘Can Herbs Prolong Our Lives’ or ‘Is Vitamin C Really Good For You’, I’m shocked and appalled at how little most of us know about earth, nature, our own bodies, and how (all things whole, or not whole) relate to being healthy or sick. Explaining this in simple language could really make this a very long article; however, I’ll make every attempt at being brief, without sacrificing too much of the substance.

‘Everything We Need Is Already Here & Always Has Been’ means that the Omnipotent Mind Force, our Spiritual Universe that provides the Stars, the Moon, the Sun and the Planets, also provides everything we need for perfect health. The Stars, the Moon and the Sun are not man made. The same Spirit that manages the Universe (perfectly and without fail) supplied all aspects needed to maintain ‘vibrant health’.

Our perfectly controlled Universe has all the necessary elements needed to keep us healthy and free of disease from the beginning of time

If that didn’t sink in, read it over and over until you really GET IT.

In other words, you can be free and healthy of disease everyday, all your life, and everything you need to make that happen, has already been here, since DAY 1, and this doesn’t mean PROZAC and ADVAIR!

Most ancient people were very well aware of this. However, when contemporary thoughts started to rise to the surface, and someone asked, ‘How Do We Make More Money Doing This?’ Credibility, saneness, and truth flew out the window faster than a speeding bullet.

Thus, a new Health Story was born. Everything that the ancient Egyptians, Asians, Africans, and native Americans knew about wellness and REAL HEALTH was squashed and the Fairy Tale began. The voices of those early, true health professionals and practitioners, were silenced. The more they explained that great health was simply…excellent nutrition, pure water, pure protein, fruits, vegetables, herbs, and some

  • amino acids, along with some moderate exercise,
  • the more ‘processed sugar’ was introduced into the diet,
  • the more advanced terminology was used to make simple explanations appear confusing,
  • the more drugs were introduced, and
  • the more agencies and clubs were formed to carry on the Fairy Tale about your health.

All of this is done with the specific purpose of making SICK CARE more expensive, and to keep YOU running back and forth through a revolving door of non-stop SICK CARE. Do we need contemporary medical care? Of course, we do. Just not AS MUCH & HOW we’re using it now. It has a …

Family health insurance plans are necessary for a family to meet the health care expenses for each and every member of the family. Instead of going for an individual plan for each member of the family, you can go for family health insurance plans. A single policy might cover all the members of the family and the premium that you pay would also be less when compared to the individual policies for each members.

Almost all of the health insurance plans give you the basic coverage necessary but it is better to know from the insurer all the benefits of a particular plan. Before you take a policy you have to ensure that whether the policy covers physical exams, health screenings, prescription drugs, hospitalization, emergency care, dental services, and vision care. You can check with your agent or from the website whether all these are covered. Accordingly you can choose the best one that fits your needs. Apart from these you can also ask them whether they cover the ongoing treatments for any disorders or diseases. Some of the policies may not cover the alternative treatments like acupuncture and homeopathy. You may also check these.

Some of the health insurance plans might require you to be admitted to only certain hospitals. You have to check the list of hospitals from which you can get treatments done. Sometimes you may be referred to some specialist doctors who may be in a different hospital. You should know whether such special consultations and treatments are allowed according to your policy. If you are to start a family or retire from your work you should consider an appropriate policy. It is better to consult an independent agent instead of a captive agent. Independent agents may recommend you a good policy that covers you needs well.

Source by Marvin Toller

Previously, I attempted to convey a simple message concerning the imminent need to put into motion events which will ultimately lead to balance in your life. Balance is the first step in achieving success for yourself in any endeavor. The knowledge of the Health Trinity provides you with a means of identifying your problems, and putting your ‘other’ self into action. And your other self is who you want yourself to be!

The first concept of Health Trinity – Physical Health

Physical health, as we know, is the cumulation of habits, diet, and exercise. While I have made it a point to emphasize the need to shed yourself of bad habits (e.g. smoking, drinking, sleeping too much, etc), today I would like to cover some additional things which we can all do to improve our health physically.

First, we can place more emphasis on our diets. Diet is a tricky word, as most people hear it and run for the hills. But eating healthy does not mean that we lose all convenience in our lives, nor does it mean that we cannot enjoy the foods we eat. Actually, I have found that the foods which I now consume, are far superior to any which you’ll find under the roofs of fast food restaurants and so on. The only extra time which we must take, is the time to research which foods are best suited to us. Also, you must choose your eating out locations wisely, and be sure that you incorporate the needs of your diet wherever you choose to go. I guarantee you that this simple adjustment in lifestyle will have you feeling healthier almost instantly. And this is the easiest step, of all of them, to accomplish! Much more to come on the topic of diets and foods!

In addition to diet, we also have exercise. This is where most have trouble sticking to their guns and become a little weak of will. If you cannot sustain a gym based exercise regiment, at least to start, I recommend finding something which you enjoy or are interested in learning. As I began my trek toward health and achievement, my first step was taking up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I had always been fascinated by the art and decided that this was a good way to channel my energy and afford me something which I would WANT to keep coming back to. It worked!

Today I enjoy a full range of exercising including Jiu Jitsu, Yoga, running, gym exercises, and more. You are not limited in this aspect. And you must shed yourself of shame or the expectation of immediately excelling at whatever it is which you choose. Opting for a better life is nothing to be ashamed of, and with effort and practice, you WILL improve. You may also find that in addition to improving your health, you are adopting valuable lessons and principles along the way. In this, you may just find your definite purpose!

Make an attempt to take this first step toward your health, and toward your success. As I said, balance is only the beginning. But with this, we can access our mind’s potential and are capable of achieving anything we wish!

Source by C.j. Vallen

Your health is your most precious commodity. If you new you had a predisposition to certain health problems, wouldn’t you take steps to guard your good health? Numerology can predict certain health problems that you may encounter.

People with a particular Life Path tend to have tendencies for certain kinds of health problems. By calculating your Life Path number, you can learn these potential problems and be on guard for them. And as in many things in Life, forewarned is forearmed.

Life Path Calculation

Your Life Path is your primary number in Numerology. It’s equivalent to your Sun sign in Astrology. You calculate your Life Path by adding together all the digits of your full date of birth, and then repeating the process until you get a single digit. This process is called fadic addition.

For example, actor Johnny Deep was born on June 9th, 1963, so his Life Path is a (7) as shown below.

06-09-1963 = (0 + 6 + 0 + 9 + 1 + 9 + 6 + 3) = (34) = (3 + 4) = (7)

Life Path (1) – Leaders

People with this life path are so driven and ambitious that they tend to ignore their physical health. Stress can be a major problem for them. They need to incorporate physical exercise into their lives as a coping mechanism to deal with high stress levels.

Life Path (2) – Cooperators

People with this life path tend to be great worriers. They need to guard against anxiety and the physical symptoms that come with it. Meditation is the ideal natural coping mechanism for these people. Medication may be necessary in extreme cases.

Life Path (3) – Entertainers

People with this life path tend to be generally healthy due to their sunny outlook on life. They need to guard against over indulgence in life’s pleasures. If they party too much, they don’t get enough rest and tire easily. Some self discipline on managing their time is in order.

Life Path (4) – Builders

People with this life path tend to work too hard and have a tendency to have problems sleeping. They need to learn to pace themselves and put their work aside at a reasonable hour. A caring spouse or friend can provide a needed reminder now and then to quit working and relax more.

Life Path (5) – Sellers

People with this life path tend to be easily annoyed by distractions or frustrating situations. They must learn to remain calm and avoid becoming angry or over-stressed. Learning anger management techniques, and turning to things that make them laugh are highly recommended.

Life Path (6) – Teachers

People with this life path tend to be more concerned for others than themselves. They frequently forget the basics of a healthy lifestyle when it comes to their own needs. Reminders from friends and family about the importance of taking care of themselves is useful.

Life Path (7) – Loners

People with this life path tend to live in tune with their bodies, and have few health problems. They have a strong intuition about what they need in terms of diet and exercise to keep themselves in top condition.

Life Path (8) – Warriors

People with this life path tend to be very strong and have great stamina; however the rigors of their combative nature can cause them to over-exert themselves in times of stress at work or play. They need to maintain a well balanced diet to keep their stores of energy up.

Life Path (9) – Humanitarian

People with this life path are very unselfish and tend to neglect their own welfare when those around them need their care. They need to remember to stay well and care for themselves so that they will always be there for others.

Source by Keith Abbott

Over the past few years, research has shown that endurance is not as important as strength to improve functional capacity in aging adults. One problem that plagues many elders (particularly females) is osteoporosis. You hear of many seniors falling and breaking bones – they can’t even get up to call for help. Well, the sad reality is that their bones break first and then they fall! Weight-bearing exercise is crucial.

If you seek strength, use heavy weights for low reps with plenty of rest between sets. If body composition is your goal and you want to reduce some body fat, stick to a lighter weight for more repetitions but with a shorter rest interval. Don’t overdo it though. Listen to your body. Sarcopenia, a condition where the muscles atrophy or waste at a rate of 6 pounds per decade after the age of 30, is another factor to consider. The following program will help build muscle mass.

A1) Back Squat

A2) Lying Leg Curl

B1) Bent-Over Row

B2) Close-Grip Bench Press

C1) Abdominal Crunch

C2) Standing Calf Raise

Do 2-3 sets of 10-12 repetitions with 60 seconds of rest between sets. Make sure to keep the movements slow and controlled. Perform the routine 3 times a week (every other day.)

Restoration in the form of massage, contrast (hot/cold) showers and baths, or some light cardiovascular exercise (such as walking) and stretching can be useful.

Lifestyle plays a crucial role. It goes without saying that recreational drugs, smoking and alcohol will play havoc on your body no matter what age you are. Sleep is important as well. Try to sleep before midnight (in fact, be in bed no later than 10:00 pm if possible) and wake up at the same time everyday. A short nap or two during the day is also beneficial.

What about nutrition? To start, most people need to clean up their diet by removing the processed and refined junk that fills their cabinets and fridge. That means no more cereal and juice for breakfast, or cold-cut sandwiches and pop for lunch, or pasta and wine for dinner. That also means sticking to the perimeter of the supermarket when shopping for groceries – forget the middle aisles!

Eat 4 or 5 small meals spread throughout the day and make sure you drink plenty of water. Dehydration is part of the process of aging. At birth, 85% of the body is made up of water… by the time you die, it’s 50%! When water stores are dropping, it indicates that something is wrong. Usually it reflects a breakdown of muscle tissue. So make sure you stay well hydrated by consuming.5 ounces of water per pound of body weight.

Here’s a sample diet:

Meal 1 – Spinach omelet

Meal 2 – Chicken salad with a vinegarette dressing

Meal 3 – Salmon with green vegetables

Meal 4 – Cottage cheese with mixed berries

You may have a cup of coffee (preferably organic, Swiss-process decaf) in the morning, but favor green tea in the afternoon and chomomile tea at night. Feel free to snack on raw nuts (in moderation, of course.)

As far as supplementation is concerned, the only one that I deem absolutely necessary is fish oil. Other than that a high-quality protein powder, probiotic (or friendly bacteria), and fiber supplement are worthy of consideration particularly following your workout (this would be your fifth meal if you follow the sample diet outlined above.) Even a multi vitamin/mineral is unnecessary if you are eating fresh, wholesome (again preferably organic) foods everyday.

Don’t let mother nature take a toll on you without a fight. Collect your health with your pension and take action! Getting in shape does not have to be complicated. By following this simple plan, you should be able to reap the benefits of improved health at any age.

Source by John Paul Catanzaro

My first encounter with Rudolph Ballentine was during my early 2000 naturopathic training at Clayton College of Natural Health. The book was Radical Healing, and it transformed my way of thinking about illness and healing. 600 pages of knowledge and experience opened my eyes to the promise of holistic thinking.

Rudolph Ballentine was trained at Duke University in Psychiatry; He later created and now directs the Center for Holistic Medicine in New York City. He is one of the great contemporary standard bearers for healing traditions as old as mankind. Ballentine tells us that suppressing of symptoms is folly, true healing is profoundly transforming, and deep healing is reorganizing deep inner patterns in mind and body.

Reading Ballentine I am reminded that the history of the natural healing arts is replete with men and women with vision and courage, that Ballentine's Radical Healing is not new but centuries old. Wrapping our minds around that concept is difficult because in modern times the word "new" is just a way of framing what has always been.

There is something about the use of natural medicine that has a tendency to bring us back into harmony with the rest of nature. The idea of ​​practice is to heal by bringing all of the pieces back into a cohesive package of spirit, mind and body

Ballentine is a true wonder in natural health practice, he has written a number of books, is a physician, psychiatrist, herbalist, Ayruvedic practitioner, homeopath, and teaches all of these techniques, Dr. Ballentine is a model for the health practitioner of the future.

Books: Radical Healing, Integrating the World's Great Therapeutic Traditions to Create a New Transformative Medicine (2000) Science of Breath, a Practical Guide (2007) Yoga and Psychotherapy, the Evolution of Consciousness (with Swami Rama) (2007) Rudolph Ballentine is a great modern natural health guru. I appreciate his life and work.

Source by Bill Tallmon

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