Our health depends a lot on what we eat and drink. However, the very medicines that we take on our physicians' advice to treat certain conditions might be the cause of some other serious ailments. A recent study has found that more than 37 percent of American adults use commonly prescribed medications that have depression as a likely side effect.

According to the study, more than 200 medicines are sold in the United States that can cause depression. Taking a combination of any of these medicines increases the susceptibility to depression. The list includes commonly used medicines like beta blockers (for blood pressure), proton pump inhibitors (for acid reflux), benzodiazepines (for anxiety), anticonvulsants (for epileptic seizures), ACE inhibitors (for managing hypertension) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen (for minor pains, fever, etc.).

Study author Mark Olfson, professor of psychiatry at the Columbia University, said the more these medicines are consumed, the higher the propensity to depression. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), involved 26,192 adult subjects who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey over five two-year cycles – 2005-2006 to 2013-2014.

The participants provided the list of all the medicines that they were taking at that time. Additionally, they also completed a depression questionnaire – Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) – which was based on questions related to mood, sleep, and appetite. It was found that nearly one in three persons was taking medications which had depression and suicidal ideation as serious side effects.

The study authors found that these people were more susceptible to depression than those who were not taking any medicines. It was also found that those taking three or more medicines were three times more prone to depression. Nearly 15 percent of the participants taking three or more medicines were found to be depressed. In comparison, only 5 percent of those who were not taking any medication were depressed, and only 7 percent of those taking only one medication were depressed.

Olfson said the study didn't direct which medicines caused depression. Instead, it showed if someone was already taking medicines, he / she was more likely to be depressed. He added that in determining the exact cause of depression, the researchers need to follow up the subjects from the beginning when they start taking medicine. The study findings suggest that patients should be more inquisitive about the medicines they are prescribed. They must ask their health care provider about the potential side effects of these medicines. If one starts a new medicine, it should be helpful to track changes in the self.

People who develop depressive symptoms without a history of depression should be more concerned as that could be a side effect of the medicines they are taking or could be an interaction. A person should also be able to speak to the doctor about stopping the medicine or reducing its dose, for example, a person taking a medicine for hypertension might be prescribed a reduced dose if he or she starts taking care of the diet, start exercising and limiting the salt intake.

Depression is treatable

Depression is a serious disability worldwide, particularly in the US It can affect a person's physical and mental health, relationships, work or school performance and finances. Taking care of the self, living in the present moment, practicing yoga, meditation and mindfulness, eating well and doing some physical activity are some of the ways of managing depression. In addition, one should also seek treatment for long-term symptom resolution.

Source by Barbara Odozi

It's a fact that the healthier that you are, the more productive in every aspect of life you will become.

It's a fact that those people are fit and healthy are less likely to have fewer absences in both school and work. That person is more likely to handle the problems associated with stress a lot better, and they will be walking around with a more positive outlook on life.

Of course if you live a healthy existence you are going to live a much longer life than those that live a unhealthy lifestyle. You are going to enjoy every single moment in your life and just live in the magic of live day after day.

The healthy lifestyle can easily be achieved through a good diet and a consistent exercise routine. If you want to be able to live a life that is full of positive health, then you are going to have to commit to fitness for a lifetime. This is not a joke and a serious statement. You have to be in it for the long term.

If you are in it for a life time then you are going to be free from the worries of ever experiencing the problems of obesity and the health issues that arise as a result. A lot of research has confirmed that carrying excess weight on the body is a condition that is epidemic.

This kind of problem causes the deaths of about 300,000 on a yearly basis. If you look at the statistics they show that excessive body weight is the second most prominent cause of death.

If you do not want to be a person that experiences the problems that are related to carrying excess weight then you are going to have to get into physical fitness. That is the only way to avoid the problems of these life threatening diseases. Whats the reason why there is an increasing problem of people becoming more and more unhealthy.

Being overweight is not something shocking in today's modern times, in fact it has become so common that people just do not look at it as a problem anymore. This is an issue that is not history because it still remains a big issue.

You need to get into fitness by starting slowly and taking day by day until you are doing it on a daily basis for the rest of your life. That is the only way that you are going to get into the healthy regime for a lifetime.

So there you have it, all you need to now do is take the action required for you to go to the next level. If you want to achieve this serious goal of getting fit for life, then you are going to have to take action today and start now!

Source by Mark Trusty

"Take Control Of Your Health Naturally"

Social Health

Social health refers to a person's ability to interact with others and thrive in social settings. Social health has shown to assist in improving other forms of health such as physical, mental and emotional health.

Social skills are a vital component of your social health. Social skills are used to communicate and interact effectively with others. Some examples of social skills are:

  • Accepting differences
  • Asking for help
  • Communicating clearly
  • Complementing others
  • Disagreeing politely
  • Encouraging others
  • Following directions
  • Listening actively
  • Participating equally
  • Resolving conflict
  • Sharing materials
  • Staying on task
  • Taking turns
  • Taking risks
  • Using quiet voices
  • Waiting patiently

Now there are social disorders just like physical, mental and emotional disorders. There are also treatments. However, before you go labeling someone with a disorder, some of us are better in social setting than others. Personally, I am an introvert. I prefer to be the quite one in the corner of a party unless I am in a deep intimate conversation with someone. That is okay! My son is the extrovert. He is the one standing on top of the table with his shirt off. That is okay too! (I had to learn that.)

Here are some tips to improving your social skills:

1. Listen to what the other person has to say.

2. Don't take criticism personally

3. Don't go on and on and on and on …

4. Treat others like you want to be treated

5. Be positive

6. Use positive body language

Wherever you are on the social thermometer keeping a balance for your temperature gauge can be tricky when work, kids, life, etc. becomes overwhelmingly hard to handle. It is important for you to find some time for you to keep your social health balanced. Find some time for you. Maintaining an active social life is one of the best ways to stimulate the mind, reduce stress, and get out of the house.

Source by Angela Brand

Who are monitors made for and what are their purpose? Monitors whose purpose is to gauge the intensity, time and level of your workout exertion is for the serious athletes. Those who wish to graph and measure their progress. Or perhaps, you just want to see the distance that you have travelled if you are a runner or a jogger. These type of fitness tools are what you need to track your progress.

Polar makes a great series of heart rate monitors that also function as a personal trainer and fitness watch. These monitors include a wide array of models to fit your workout needs. It’s easy to choose a Polar FT heart rate monitor because it can’t be beat for functionality, features and durability.

One of the more popular models in this series is the FT60. The FT60 tracks calories burned and comes with an OwnZone fitness test that measures your starting fitness levels. It also provides time in target zones, and has an excellent fit for any sports activity. The FT60 also has the STAR training program, which helps you to achieve your fitness goals.

Another nice Polar choice is the FT4 model. This model is great for a beginner or someone who wants just the basics. It comes with the basic heart rate monitor features, and a Zone Pointer to indicate which fitness zone you are currently in. It also comes with the fitness test and measures total calories burned. The FT4 is reasonably priced and comes in several colors.

The FT80 model is the Cadillac of the Polar FT brands, and comes equipped with all the top Polar training programs. The Star training program is available, along with the Polar G1 GPS that measures speed and distance. The monitor also displays a recovery heart rate graph! Have you ever wondered how quickly your heart recovers from a hard jog? This is a way to measure your fitness level!

Whichever model you choose, the Polar FT heart rate monitors are a wise purchase to make!

Source by Kristie Chiles

A Health & Safety (H&S) policy is a written promise of the Business Owners and the Senior Management to provide a healthy and safe workplace. The starting point, the foundation of Health and Safety in the workplace.

Many Occupational Health & Safety Regulations require that policy is developed, all workers are aware of and be trained on the policy (document, document, document). The policy is posted in the workplace, reviewed at least annually and a program is developed and maintained to implement the policy. This statement provides the regulatory requirement for a Health and Safety Management System (HSMS) in the workplace. Check your local regulatory requirements. We will review the Health and Safety Management System (HSMS) requirements in further detail later in this article.

Policy Examples

A quick Google search can provide thousands of examples of Workplace Health & Safety policies to obtain some suggestions to start yours. Please note that this exercise is to view different policies and commitments – We should not just Copy, Cut and Paste. That said, please search Google for these three policies to view a variety of policies. (Not allowed to have links in this article – sorry)

Bruce Power (Nuclear Power Company) Occupational Health & Safety Policy

Shell (Oil & Gas Company) Health, Safety & Environment

IHC (Advocates and Support Services) Health & Safety Policy Statement

You will notice that these policies from Companies all over the world and vastly different sizes and sectors, but they do have many similar sections.

Commitment: To provide a healthy and safe workplace for everyone their workers, contractors, and visitors. Meet or exceed the legal requirements.

The Goal: To eliminate all injuries and illness towards zero harm or injury free.

Responsibility: Management has accepted their responsibility to provide a healthy and safe workplace. Define that safety is everyone's responsibility – all employees

The reason for the similarities is due in part by most of these sections being defined in the various regulations and international standards.

ISO Standard 45001

One of the international standards that will help improve workplace health & safety is the new ISO (International Standards Organization) 45001. Here is a section taken from the draft standard on the subject of Health and Safety Policies.

Top management shall establish, implement and maintain an OH&S policy that includes a commitment to provide safe and healthy working conditions for the prevention of work-related injury and / or ill health and is appropriate to the purpose, the size, and context of the organization and to the specific nature of its OH&S risks and OH&S opportunities.

The standard provides very similar direction contained in the various regulatory and highlights the requirement to ensure the policy is based on the organizations "specific nature of its OH&S risks and OH&S opportunities. While similar in some sections the workplace health and safety policy needs to be workplace specific based on your identified risks, from your risk assessment.

Health & Safety Management System (HSMS)

In addition to developing a workplace health and safety policy, the employer is required (in some jurisdictions) to have a program to implement the policy. An HSMS is a collection of policies and procedures based on the specific workplace risks.

Common Sections – Worker Orientations, First Aid, Wellness, Fire Prevention, Worker Training, Workplace Inspections, Incident & Near Miss Investigations, Hazard Reporting, Indoor Air Quality, Ergonomics, Safe Lifting, Violence & Harassment, Safety Meetings, etc.

The other sections would be workplace hazard specific and could include sections on, Confined Space Entry, Hot Work Permits, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Arc Flash, etc.

The expectation would be that a commitment to provide a healthy and safe workplace is made with the policy and the HSMS is the how you will achieve this.

Signing Authority

The policy is signed by the person or persons responsible for ensuring the health and safety of the employees – usually the most senior person – President, Chief Operating Officer, etc. If your company is large with many locations, have the President sign and the most senior person at the facility. You can also invite Union Representatives sign on to the policy and all of your employees.

The policy should be reviewed and signed each year. Review the policy with …

Welcome to part 3 of the web course. Each part will reveal a new technique on how to build consistency into your exercise routine and turn that once hated event into a consistent pleasure where you reap the benefits. Say good bye to punishment, frustration, and feelings of being overwhelmed and say hello to your new life.

Ok, we are now flying. Hopefully you have read and completed parts 1 and 2. If not, please go to the link at the bottom of this article. This next part is where we really start to deviate from what you are used to. We are going to reveal the key steps to truly making progress on your fitness quest and enjoy the process.

Like we said in part 2 of this course, if you are not enjoying the process, you are not likely to be consistent. If you enjoy what you are doing, you can be consistent forever.

Now that you have your target and why you want it from parts 1 and 2, you are ready to turn it into a reality. Remember in part 1, when we talked about writing down what you really want and not to worry if it seems unattainable and how you will not be judging yourself based on that large goal? Well, we didn’t forget.

No punishment, frustration feeling overwhelmed!

We will do our best to keep this next section short for this article. You can always get the FULL course by following the link at the bottom of this article. It’s free, so don’t let cost slow you down.

You have your goal and it is probably a big one. You might be thinking,

“How in the world can I possibly achieve that?”

The first step is to put that thought out of your mind. When you are thinking about your goal, jump right over the how you are going to achieve it, and only think about all the why’s you wrote down in part 2 and how great it is going to feel when you get there.

In this section is the only, and we mean the only time you are to think about how you are going to achieve your goal. Don’t worry, we will make it easy. You are only to think about what is your next step to achieve your goal.

And, you want your next step to be small.

The next step should be something easy and comfortably achieved in about one month or loss.

The key word is “comfortably” achieved.

You can always do more or achieve the next step faster. Don’t worry about choosing incorrectly, because we have a whole system in part 4 of this course to correct any errors.

Your body target will keep you on course, so all you have to focus on now is achieve your next step and how great it is going to feel when you achieve your body target.

Simple enough?

Please download our full course, if you want tons of examples on how to go about choosing your next step.

Your next step needs to be small and truly a next step. If you haven’t worked out for a long time, maybe your next step should be working out for 15 minutes / three times per week. You can always do more, but if you make your goal too high at first; you will be setting yourself up for defeat.

What is the number reason people fail from part 1?

“They set themselves up to lose before they even start.”

Remember, your next step is from where you are at now. If you never worked out before, have someone else build a work out program, but make sure it is something you can do and you will enjoy. Don’t worry if the program seems too small, you are building the habit of working out. You can always increase your intensity once working out has become a habit.

Finally, please, please, please make sure your doctor knows what your next step is and he or she approves of it. Your health is too important to over do it or get yourself hurt. By becoming consistent, your body will adapt. Soon …

Foxtail millet is obtained from Setaria italic. Its are called foxtail millet due to its resemblance to the fox tail look. It is included in the staple diet in South India and is also known as kora, thinai, navane etc.

Nutritional value

Foxtail Millet is said to be a very rich source of carbohydrates, dietary fibres, proteins and high calories. It contains various vitamins like E, B1, B2, B6, Niacin, Folate and Pantothenic acid. It also contains various minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron potassium, phosphorous, zinc, copper, manganese, etc.

Health benefits of foxtail millet

The advantages of adding this product to the diet are many. Fox millet has ease of consumption as it is easy to digest. It can be consumed by anyone as it is a non-allergenic grain. These grains have a low Glycemic Index and reduce the risk of diabetes as they help in the slow release of glucose, thus, does not affect metabolism and helps control blood glucose level.

It helps in detoxification as it contains a high level of antioxidants. It helps remove acidic elements from the body. It helps to regulate body cholesterol levels by reducing the bad cholesterol. The millet grains are loaded with dietary fibres which improve the digestive system and cure various digestive disorders. It helps in reducing stomach ache and various gastric problems.

The vitamin B6 content in the foxtail millet helps in proper functioning of the nervous system. It even helps in the treatment of patients suffering from anorexia. It lowers triglycerides and bad cholesterol levels (Low Density Lipoproteins and Very Low Density Lipoproteins) and increases good cholesterol levels (High Density Lipoproteins). Thus, it reduces the risk of heart attack by protecting the walls of the arteries from any damage and coronary blockage inhibiting cardiac arrest.

It is naturally gluten free. For maintaining good health, a gluten-free diet is highly recommended. A gluten-free diet results in increased energy levels, due to the rapid breakdown of food and improved digestion. Being gluten free, it is a boon for those with Celiac disease that is caused due to gluten sensitivity.

Some popular recipes of Foxtail Millets

Foxtail millet khichdi:

Ingredients: foxtail millet, chana dal, vegetables like carrot, cauliflower, peas, mustard seeds, garlic, etc.

Procedure: Soak the millet and chana dal separately for some time. Boil the diced vegetables with the millet and chana dal. Temper with mustard seeds and garlic to increase the taste.

Foxtail millet upma:

To start your day with a nutrient packed breakfast like foxtail upma is the best option.

Ingredients: foxtail millet, coconut oil, urad dal, mustard seeds, curry leaves, finely chopped green chilies and ginger, thin strips of potato and carrot, sliced onion, green peas, salt, coriander, grated coconut, cashew nut halves.

Procedure: Fry the cashew nut halves in oil and keep aside. Heat the oil in the pan and roast the millet until it is aromatic. Boil water in a vessel and then add the millet and cook till millet turns soft and keep aside. In another pan add urad dal and mustard seeds till golden brown. Add ginger, green chilies, curry leaves and stir well. Add onion, carrot and potato and cook for a few minutes. Add green peas and continue cooking. Add the millet and cook for a few more minutes. Garnish it with grated coconut, chopped coriander and cashew nut halves.

Ready to eat foxtail upma mix is the best option for those who are in a hurry to go to the office in the morning. Empty the contents of the packet to boiling water and serve hot.

Source by Karthik Guduru

In 2009 and 2010, the Ab Circle Pro was the biggest selling abdominal exercise machine in the world. Until today, it is reported to have sold over 2 million times in the United States, Canada, Britain, Europe, Australia, and even India, among others.

The product was presented by Jennifer Nicole Lee, a famous fitness model who has her own little fitness “empire” comprised of programs, supplements, and fitness products. The Ab Circle Pro was her biggest success to date.

Recently, though Jennifer Nicole Lee announced the release of a new version of her best selling machine: The Ab Circle Mini.

As the name implies, the Mini was designed to mimic the original version of the machine but at a smaller scale. In terms of how these two machines are used and the results they’re supposed to deliver there is really no difference. After all, the original version as well as the new one are marketed as a way to flatten your abs and lose inches with short workouts that can be done at home. This means that if you don’t think the original version works, you won’t find anything really different in how the Mini Circle version works.

The first difference that does exist between the two products is the price. The original Ab Circle Pro costs about $200 while the mini version can be purchased for about $140, a sizable discount. The new price may be one which is more appealing to people who felt they could not afford to buy the original abdominal machine.

The second difference is in the size and weight of the Ab Circle Mini. It is smaller and lighter than the Ab Circle pro. This makes it easier to store and more portable. However, there may be less stability to the machine due to its lightness so you’d need to work slowly with it at first to make sure its stable.

The most important thing was and remains the kind of results you can get with these machines. Both can give you a workout, of that there is no doubt. However, for some people the workout will not be very effective. It seems to be geared more for beginners than for people who are used to exercise regularly.

Whether you choose to get the original version or the mini, be aware that it’s crucial to continue working out the rest of your body and to maintain a healthy diet in order to get any kind of results.

Source by John Davenport

Benefits and Importance of Physical Education | Body Fitness and Health

In the Present World of Space age and automation era, all human beings appear to be living a more and more inactive life. They ride instead of walk, sit instead of stand and watches instead of participants. Such type of inactivity or sedentary life is detrimental to mental and physical health. Thus, there is great need for physical education as a part of balanced living.

Following are the importance or benefits of physical education –

1. It is needed because due to advanced technology the lifestyle of people becomes sedentary and they become passive entertainer.

2. It is needed during childhood for proper growth and development.

3. It is beneficial during adulthood to maintain good health and fitness.

4. During old Age, it is important to prevent and treat various ailments and disease.

5. It is important as it provides us the knowledge of our bodies from musculoskeletal, physiological and biochemical point of view.

6. It teaches us various physical activities that can be practiced now in later life such as motor skills for the games and sports of volleyball, tennis, swimming and so on.

7. It also teaches us the value of ethical behavior in sporting situations.

8. It teaches us the value of physical fitness and how to become physically fit.

9. It teaches us the value of physical fitness and how to become physically fit.

10. It is important for aesthetic reasons as by participation in physical fitness programs like gymnastics and dance, beauty and grace in cultivated in the movement.

11. It is also important for catharsis reasons with mean releasing of energy, emotion, tension or frustration and some people let off their extra steam by participating in various games and sports which are part of physical education. This way physical education helps in checking juvenile delinquency.

Source by Mikey Singh

The fitness industry continues to evolve and it seems that there is a privately owned gym or studio on every corner in major cities across America. The competition is getting stiff and your success is riding on more than just the quality of the service you provide. Fitness center owners need every advantage they can get when gaining a piece of your local market share. Whether you realize it or not Google is playing a major role in shaping the future of your fitness business. Fitness website design is something that is no longer optional to survive in The New Economy Environment that we have entered.

Online fitness center marketing strategies start with asking a number of questions about your local market and the services you provide but here are some essential things to ask yourself.

1) Does your fitness website design have social media integration and strategy?

2) Do you have a blog attached to your fitness website?

3) Are you blogging regularly?

4) Are you building your list using an email marketing system?

5) Does your website have obvious calls to action?

6) Does your fitness website design funnel customers to where you want them to go?

If you answered no to any of these questions than it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee. A new generation of small business owners are coming into the industry that grew up with all of these skills. They will be your competition is just a few short years.

In addition to having a properly designed website you will also want to do a few other essential marketing tactics.

Google AdWords advertising (PPC)

It is now very easy to advertise on Google to local markets based of a predetermined number of square miles from your location. Keyword strategy and budget will dictate your success here but Google is still king and PPC advertising needs to be included in your overall marketing plan.

Clean up your local data.

Local search is a huge opportunity for local businesses to take advantage of. Although this is time consuming it is a must for fitness centers. First make sure you claim your business on the big three engines.

1) Google Places

2)Yahoo local

3) Bing local

Data providers

1) Acxiom

2) InfoUSA

3) Localeze

Internet Yellow Pages

1) Yellowpages.com

2) local.com

3) Superpages

4) CitySearch

5) Mapquest

These are just a few examples of how to list your fitness center to increase your chances of ranking higher in local searches in your niche.

This all sounds like a lot but don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. Take it one step at a time and remember you can always contact a professional to assist you.

The Big Picture

The main point here is don’t wait any longer. Pay attention to what is changing in today’s online dominated marketing strategies. These things take time and the sooner you take action the better off you will be in a year from now. There are many factors not even discussed today that will play a role in your fitness website design but the most important thing to understand is that they all work together for a greater cause. The more content you put together the more powerful you will be in The New Economy.

Source by Mike David Singer

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