Thursday, February 19, 2015

Heal Your Brain Using Mindful Meditation

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Mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy has been shown to reduce anxiety in a broad range of clinical populations, as reported by the University of Ottawa. Meditation reduces stress and enhances forgiveness, according to a study published by the Journal of American College Health. Meditators have a greater ability to moderate the intensity of their emotional arousal during stressful situations, say the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences.

Studies from Yale and Washington University have shown that mindful meditation increases your brain's levels of GABA, DHEA, melatonin, serotonin, HGH, and endorphins. Meditation effectively combats the effects of depression by reducing your levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Because meditation increases these beneficial brain chemicals, it is a simple way to combat the effects of depression. It reduces stress, relieves depression and anxiety, and lowers your blood pressure, according to research published by the National Institute of Mental Health.

GABA (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid)

GABA is an important neurotransmitter found in the central nervous system. It inhibits the production of stress-producing hormones, such as cortisol.

Insufficient amounts of GABA in the body are linked to tension, anxiety, insomnia, and epilepsy. GABA supplements help to correct mood disorders.

Sufficient levels of the neurotransmitter are essential for proper brain function. In a Yale study, scientists found that people suffering from panic disorders or addictions have considerably lower amounts of GABA.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Health and Weight Loss Tips - Take a Probiotic Daily

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There are literally billions of friendly or good bacteria in our bodies. Called probiotics, these guys play an important role in helping to keep us fit and in good health. The term 'probiotic' is often used to describe food supplements that contain live bacteria.

These bacteria can help the health of your gut, specifically the delicate balance of the intestinal microflora. Scientists are trying to develop target-specific probiotics containing bacteria selected for their health-enhancing characteristics.

Normally, we think of bacteria as bad news for our health. While a lot of bacteria do cause illness and disease, some are actually very good for our body. Lactobacillus and bifidobacterium, for example, keep the digestive system fully functional and working as it should. Several diseases, high levels of stress, the aging process and a lot of medicines like antibiotics can simply destroy our body's natural levels of good bacteria. If they cannot be replenished quickly then bad bacteria can get a foothold and other health problems may develop.

Our immune system is our body's natural defense warding off bad bacteria, diseases and infections. Probiotics form a strong line of defense against the bad and unhealthy bacteria that get into our bodies. In doing this, they help support our digestive and immune systems, enabling us to cope with everyday life. If your digestion is working well you will feel better and your body will be able to utilize the nutrients in the food more effectively.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Health and Wellbeing - Supplements! Why We Need Vitamins and Minerals

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Should we be taking supplements in our every day lives? That is a question many may ask. So, should we? My opinion is yes we should. In the fast paced modern world that I and millions of others live in, very rarely do we ingest all the correct vitamins and minerals our bodies need to function correctly. This may not seem a big deal, we live for a long period these days as it is. Modern medicine and treatments from doctors and hospitals are able to help and over come many problems we face. Think about this however, how many of these problems could be prevented in the first place with just a little more care and attention to how we look after ourselves.

Let us take a look at infections for instance. We have all heard the term prevention is better than cure, right? I believe Louis Pasteur said it eloquently on his deathbed, " The host is more important than the invader ". Science has increasingly found that we succumb to bugs / infection far more when our bodies are run down. What causes our immune systems to become run down? Lack of rest and sleep, not eating the correct foods, not getting enough calories, not staying health through activity, not giving our bodies enough of the correct vitamins and minerals. Most of these we can actually pretty easily do for ourselves. We can make the effort to get the correct rest, we are responsible for what we eat, we can also make sure we get enough calories through eating the right foods, also doing healthy activity to keep our bodies fit. Making sure we get the correct daily amounts of vitamins and minerals however is something we will struggle with. The human body will use more vitamins and minerals the more it works, also depending on the type of activity it does too, either physical or mental activity. Remember! the brain also has to be actively used and trained, just like muscles and internal organs.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Headaches: Tips for Management and Prevention

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Headaches are a complicated subject because there are many different headache types and there are often many factors involved in their development (often, there is not one single identifiable cause). This article serves as an introduction to the topic of headaches with some tips about management and prevention. More information about headache classification can be found on the International Headache Society website.

The most common type of headache, responsible for ~90% of all headaches, is a tension type headache (TTH). Pain quality is described as a tensor band squeezing the head, bilateral across the temples and/or around the base of the skull. TTHs, along with a few other headache types have musculoskeletal components to their etiology. For example, tight muscles in the neck and shoulders and the joints of the neck and jaw can refer pain to the head. Overall posture and especially head carriage can be responsible for the development of joint irritation and muscle tension that results in headache development.

Management and Prevention Tips:

1) Have a proper evaluation:

Most headaches are benign in origin but having a proper diagnosis is important because the management may differ. In addition, certain "red flags" may indicate a pathology that must be taken seriously. Make sure to consult with a healthcare professional if the headache is severe, different from your typical headache has an abrupt onset or is associated with trauma, neurological signs, fever, other unusual symptoms or if you have concerns.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Health and Weight Loss Supplements Make Life Better

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There is a reason it is called, "the heartbreak of psoriasis." Depending on the severity of the condition, symptoms can range from itching and annoying to painful and debilitating. I should know; I have had it on one knee and one elbow for more years than I would like to think about. I have tried dozens of prescription drugs and non-prescription skincare solutions. Now I am going to try a special supplement cream I just found on an organic health and beauty website. I am very excited about trying this cream because when my psoriasis is under control my life is much better.

The National Psoriasis Foundation estimates that more than five million people in the U.S. have psoriasis. Medical professionals diagnose hundreds of thousands of new cases every year. Psoriasis causes skin cells to reproduce at a faster than normal rate, causing thick patches of red lesions covered in dead skin. These lesions can be itchy, painful, and unsightly. There is no known cure for psoriasis, but there are ways of relieving the symptoms.

The active ingredient in this new cream from the online health and beauty site helps with the shedding of the dead skin cells. Controlling the scaling and flaking of psoriasis can help the skin heal naturally. The product also has moisturizers to help soothe the skin, which can bring immediate relief.

This organic health and beauty site carries other skincare products as well. Various creams help with wrinkles, moisturizing, anti-aging, and hair removal. Other products for women stimulate hair growth, plump up lips, control yeast infections, and ease the symptoms of menopause.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Health and Wellbeing - Be Realistic and Honest With Yourself

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Our Health is something we all should take seriously, after all we only have one body and one time here, so we might as well make the best of it and live a healthy life, so we can enjoy it for as long as we can.

When it comes to our health, we first and foremost must be realistic and honest about what we want. What is it we are after when it comes to our health and wellbeing? If you say to yourself, OK! I want to be like one of these sports stars, incredibly fit and in shape or I want to look like a model, then you are going to have to put some serious training in, and I mean serious. Training is going to take up a very large portion of your life, depending on what level of health / fitness you are aiming for. You could be training 6 to 7 times a week, maybe even twice a day. Rest will also be incredibly important, does your life allow you to have a solid 8 hours sleep a night? Does your life allow you to take rests during the day? These are also important questions you need to ask yourself. You will have to carefully watch what types of food you consume, limit yourself with sugars, fats and such. Lots of protein and carbohydrates.You are going to have to have a very strict diet. You probably will have to give up a lot of the things every day people take for granted, no snacking late at night, limited amounts of alcohol, in other words, focused. That is the reality of it. Yes, I know this may seem a very obvious thing to write, but we do have a tendency to be unrealistic with ourselves. We set almost impossible goals and then get discouraged and lose faith and heart when we don't get to where we want, or what we want.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Headaches Remedies - Some Tips For Headache Remedies You Can Try at Home!

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Headaches - I bet you've had them and the fact that you are reading this makes me think you probably have, or know someone that has, a continuing problem with headaches. Most people suffer from headaches at some time, some people much more than others. Headaches can range in severity from mild, to extremely painful migraines.

If you suffer from tension headaches you will feel a tightness around your head and a dull ache. You may feel like you have something squeezing your head. Tension headaches are caused by muscle contractions due to stress and may continue for days or even weeks usually until the stress trigger is relieved.

If you are suffering from migraine headache you will usually have pain on one side of the head, often a throbbing pain behind the eye or near the temple and can also go through to the back of the head. These headaches may also have other symptoms accompanying them such as nausea, vomiting and sometimes auras.

Although there are many medications you can get over the counter for headaches and even prescription medications for severe headaches, many people don't like taking medications on a continuing basis, so why not try some home remedies to ease the pain of your headache.

Here are a few headaches remedies that may help....

1. Wheat bag - a wheat bag can be warmed up in the microwave and then placed on the side of your head with the headache or even on the back of your neck. This can help to relax your muscles and help ease the pain and discomfort.

2. Sometimes a cold pack can help by cooling your head and numbing the pain. A cold pack is not all that comfortable to have against your skin so you may want to wrap it in a tea towel.