How Positive Thinking Can Improve Your Live

Did you know that researchers have found that positive thinking and optimism contribute to better health and happier individuals? Positive thinking involves optimism, hopefulness, thankfulness, enthusiasm, accepting the past, appreciating and accepting yourself. It’s a sad fact that so many folks suffer with this lack of positivity in their lives. When I was in university I had to read a book called Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. This book is about the secret to happiness. It teaches you step by step how to practice positive thinking and optimism. It actually helps you to eliminate negativity and focus on all the good things in live, but you have to want to make a change and be happy first. Positive thinking involves always strive to become the best that you can. People who think positively are happier, healthier and more successful than others. The power of positive thinking will bring you positive things in your life. People who think positively spread positivism all around, they are likable and comfortable to be around.

The Power of a Positive Attitude will lead to:

  • Lower stress level – you will become more relaxed by eliminating negative self-talk and negative thoughts.
  • Greater resistance to illness – your mind can have a powerful effect on your body. Researches have found that people who think positively have stronger immune-system than those who tend to think negatively.
  • A sense of well-being and improved health – By coping better with stress and avoiding unhealthy behaviors, they are able to improve their health and well-being.
  •  Better health –  researches have found that just as negative emotions, also known as “toxic stress”, harm the body, positive emotions encourages healing. The connection between mind and body wellness is a powerful thing.
  • Reduced risk of coronary artery disease –  a study done in 2007 which more than 6,000 men and women, aged 25 to 74, participated in and were followed for 20 years. The findings show that positive thinking such as enthusiasm, optimism, hopefulness, engagement in life, and the ability to face life’s stresses with emotional balance— reduces the risk of coronary heart disease. The protective effect was distinct and measurable.
  •  Better coping skillspeople who use positive coping strategies are better at tackling problems and challenges.
  • Better confidence one form of building confidence through positive thinking is self-talk. Praise yourself for a job well done. Positive affirmations can lead to a better self-image.
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Why is Yoga good for You?

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Many women at my workplace are practicing yoga. It started with only few women, but now there is a big group that’s started taking yoga classes. My coworkers praise it and say they couldn’t be without it now, knowing all the benefits of it. They say it makes them feel so good, but never mention what it is exactly that is so great about it. Since I’m curious by nature and wondering whether I should try it out myself or not. I have been reading a lot of articles about yoga and now I’m going to share my findings here.

Yoga is nothing new it has been practiced for more than 5,000 years.  Yoga usually include some form of breathing technique, physical poses and possibly a meditation technique. Yoga combines both body and soul. The main focus is to maintain balance between your body, mind and spirit. There are many different types of yoga styles such as Pilates yoga, Bikram yoga, Power yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Hatha Yoga and Hot yoga. These are just few of the many different styles of yoga being taught today.

The Health Benefits of Yoga:

    • Improves muscle tone, flexibility, strength and stamina – regular yoga practice stretches and tones the body muscles and makes them strong.
    • Mental health and physical energy improves – by practicing yoga you will not just get physically fit but also mentally and emotionally balanced.
    • Reduces stress, tension and anxiety levels – creates sense of well-being and calm.
    • Boosts self-esteem – when the body and mind are balanced you feel better about yourself.
    • Improves concentration – yoga gives mind and body harmony through combination of meditation and breathing technique.
    • Weight loss – more vigorous yoga styles can provide a better workout than gentle yoga to lose weight. Yoga increases persons mindfulness and the way one relates to their body. Therefor  individuals will become more aware of what they are eating and make better food choices.
    • Improves blood-circulation one of the benefits of doing yoga is the overall improvement in blood circulation. The focus on proper breathing during practice increases the flow of oxygen-rich blood.
    • Stimulates the immune system – Yoga poses massage organs and strengthen muscles; breathing techniques and meditation release stress and improve immunity.
    • Sleep improves – teaches you relaxation techniques, including breathing exercises and meditation which is very useful to help sleeping.
    • Pain decreases – long-term benefits include reduced back pain and improved posture.
    • Balance improves – yoga helps to improve the imbalance caused by incorrect use of our body parts by improving your posture.
    • Gastrointestinal function normalizes – because of improved blood circulation and the massaging effect of surrounding muscles speeds up the digestion.

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How To Eat According to Your Body Shape

I stumbled upon an article in a magazine about how to eat right according to your body shape. It got me thinking can this be right, does my body shape really matter when it comes to food? Then I started to read further and then I found that this could actually make sense.

Are you shaped like Apple or a Pear? Apple shapes gain weight more easily around the waist (belly-fat), while pear shapes tend to gain weight in the hip and buttock area.

Eating for your body shape can help you not only lose weight, but it can protect your future health, according to Dr. Marie Savard, author of the book “Apples and Pears: The Body Shape Solution for Weight Loss and Wellness“. Dr. Savard also claims that apple-shaped people have a greater risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer. While pear-shaped people are more likely to face conditions, such as osteoporosis, varicose veins, cellulite and eating disorders. Study done by Dr. Jialal, professor at University of California, found that in spite of the old myth about individuals with apple-shapes (fat carried around the belly) have long been considered at higher risk for those conditions that Dr. Savard talks about. This new study shows that pear-shaped people are not automatically healthier. Pear-shaped individuals (those who carry extra weight in their thighs and buttocks) aren’t protected from certain chronic health conditions as previously thought. Dr. Jialal points out that losing any extra pounds can lower your chances of getting sick no matter what shape you are.

Best food for Apple-shaped people:

According to Dr. Starvard apple-shaped people should eat a diet high in fiber-rich complex carbohydrates which contains moderate amounts of heart-healthy fat, found in nuts, avocados, and olive oil, this sort of diet while increasing your body’s ability to burn fat. This means eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains such as brown rice and wholemeal bread, and fiber found in oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots and barley. This diet can contribute to lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels.

High fiber foods have fewer calories per volume of food than other food groups, and require more chewing, leading to better levels of satiety. Which means that you can eat the same weight of food but feel full on fewer calories.

Best food for Pear-shaped people:

According to Dr. Savard pear-shaped individuals should eat complex carbohydrates like whole grains, dark breads, brown rice, quinoa, all vegetables,  legumes and fruits. Eat low-fat but also healthy fats like salmon, almonds and flax-seed. Also use olive -, coconut and canola oils. Moderate protein intake is recommended, such as chicken and lamb, soy foods, tuna, trout, skinless chicken/turkey breast, very lean beef, eggs, fat-free yogurt and cottage cheese. Pear-shaped people should avoid consuming much cream, full-fat milk, cheese, butter, fatty foods, mayonnaise, anything deep-fried and salty foods. Dr. Savard recommends taking a calcium supplement, since osteoporosis is a risk later in life.

 

 

Health Benefits of Lemon Juice

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You should always start the day out with a cup of warm water and the juice of half a lemon,according to the experts,  because the benefits are just too good to ignore. Lemons are known to have many health benefits, such as diuretic, digestive aid, benefit to liver enzymes and treatment for urinary tract infections. Lemons are also known for their use as a weight loss aid because lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser.
If you have minor upper respiratory illness, then you can warm lemon water with honey and it will help loosen congestion. Lemon juice assists in the destruction of certain toxins within the gastrointestinal tract.

Lemon added to water is a diuretic, assisting the body in getting rid of extra fluid. This process rids the body of wastes, lowers blood pressure and cleanses the kidneys and urinary system, including the ureters and bladder. In a study of Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, the findings show that lemon is a great aid against inflammatory polyarthritis and arthritis.
Lemons are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like colds and flues. Lemons have been known through the centuries for their ability to aid the body to fight diseases.
Lemon juice, being a natural antiseptic medicine, can participate to cure problems related to skin, such as acne and eczema problems. Lemon juice is said to give a glow to the skin, which makes your skin look healthier.

Health benefits of lemon are due to many nourishing elements like vitamin C, vitamin B, phosphorous, proteins, and carbohydrates present in it. Lemon is a fruit that contains flavonoid, a composite that holds antioxidant and anti-cancer properties.

Remember that Pure Lemon Juice contains acid which is harmful to teeth enamel. Always mix the lemon juice with water before consuming it.

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How to Gain Optimal Health – step by step!

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Are you determined to improve your health but you don’t know where to start – then you should read this. Here I’m going to summarize for you the best ways to gain your optimal health and reach your goals. Do you have what it takes to improve your lifestyle? If you follow these steps your health will improve gradually. You will notice the difference, not only will you look better, but also feel better about yourself.  It’s all up to you!

Every food we eat contains calories. The calories you consume in cannot exceed the amount of calories the body uses up. Many find it helpful to write down their daily diet in a food journal.  CalorieKing is a website which logs the calorie amounts for food you’ve eaten. You can put your recipes into this Calorie Count tool and then you will see how many calories each recipe contain. If you are not sure how many calories you require, then you can use this Calorie Calculator. The calorie calculator can be very useful for weight management.

  • Set your mind on it! You need to make a decision and be determined  YOU CAN DO IT!
  • Set reasonable goals for the week. Just take it week by week. Set goal for each week that help you reach your long-term goals. You can’t do it all at once, but you can add, little by little, good habits to your daily routine.
  • Drink 8 – 10 glasses of water each day. Other fluids count too, like green tea, milk and juice, but water is the best because it’s so clean from all chemical that it helps your body to flush out toxins. Eliminate soda and sugary drinks such as sports drinks and alcoholic beverages.
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes each day. Walking, running, cycling and swimming are great to improve your endurance and burn calories. Exercising will give you muscles, which boosts your metabolism and helps you burn more calories.
  • Eat healthy, meat, poultry and fish with vegetables. You should eat vegetables and fruits every day. Remember you can’t gain weight from eating fruits and vegetables.
  • Healthy snacks. You should have things like small carrots, tomatoes, grapes, apples and bananas to eat when you feel need for some snack.
  • Keep daily food and exercise journal. This helps you to keep track of what you consume and exercise each day. Weight in at the end of the week and write it in the diary. This way you will see the result for each week.

Good luck to you on your way towards healthier lifestyle – gaining your optimal health.

Did You Know That Diet Sweeteners Can Make You Fat!

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If you want to reduce the sugar in your diet and lose weight then you need to consume fewer calories. Then you might think that diet food, with artificial sweeteners and zero calories will be great help towards the new lifestyle you’re aiming at. It’s logical so logical to assume that, but in fact studies have shown that it’s not the fact. Diet sweeteners can actually make you fat!

According to research done at Purdue University the results shows overwhelming proof that artificial sweeteners make us fat. In this research a group of people were given artificial sweeteners in their diet, subsequently those individuals had increasing appetite and consumed three times more calories than those individual who were given regular sugar. The conclusion to this study was that it is less fattening to eat regular sugar than artificial sweeteners, event though eating this much regular sugar isn’t good for anyone. American study on 80,000 women showed that those who use artificial sweeteners regularly put on more weight per year than those who do not use them. The findings also showed that the more artificial sweeteners you use, it increases your appetite and makes you crave for more food. So the more sweeteners you eat, the more food you will need. Another study done on rats supports those findings. The rats whose diets contained artificial sweeteners appeared to overeat and become fat more quickly.

Dr. Savard stated in an interview at ABC News  that there is something about diet foods that changes your metabolic limit. Dr. Savard also talked about recent study which included more than 18,000 people. This study showed that if healthy adults consumed one diet drink a day then they could increase their risk of health problems and metabolic disorders by 30-40%.

The conclusion is that if you want to take care of your health, change your lifestyle or lose weight – do not start using artificial sweeteners. It’s not only bad for your health but can also increase your problems and make you gain weight instead of losing it. Therefore you should  make sure that the food you are consuming is free from artificial sweeteners like Aspartame, Saccharin, Candarel, Heremesetas, NutraSweet, Splenda or other brands.

Many diet products contain those sweeteners, f.ex. diet soda,  many sorts of light Yogurt and sugar-free Chewing Gum. If a product is said to be sugar-free, light or diet,  then you should read the labels and see if it contains artificial sweeteners. You will be surprised to find out how many products actually contain these sweeteners.

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