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Fingernails Can Reveal Clues About Your Health

5 Mar

Did you know that your fingernails can reveal clues about your physical & mental health. Strong, healthy nails reflect a strong, healthy you. You can tell if your nails are healthy simply by noticing their color, naturally pink nails are healthy with kept cuticle and free from peeling or cracking.

Your fingernails can give clues about your lifestyle, if you are eating healthy or not. Fingernails can reflect some nutritional deficiencies, such as low levels of iron, biotin and protein. Healthy nutritional choices support healthy hair, skin and nails. It’s plain and simple you are what you eat, so if you want to look healthy – eat healthy.

Occasionally we all experience some issues with our fingernails, but normally it only lasts for a short period of time and is usually caused by nutritional issues, stress or bad lifestyle. Your nails can provide important clues about what’s going on in the rest of your body. Fingernail problems are not to ignore, they can reveal health problems like asthma, diabetes, heart problems, cancer, psoriasis, malnutrition or respiratory disease. Any changes in the color, texture or shape of your nails may indicate a long list of underlying medical conditions.

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The little things in life

13 Nov

People often take the small things in life for granted, things like health, love, kids, money and the abilities to walk, talk see and hear. When all of those things can be taken away from us so easily in a split of a second. We never know what happens next in life, it can be winning the lottery, meeting the love of your life, getting your dreamhouse, accident or illness. All of those things are so important to us and to our happiness. We all should learn to appreciate the little things in life that make our day´s worthwhile. I know it sounds corny, but counting your blessings isn´t a bad idea because those are the things that matters. To sit down and think about your blessings is a great way to obtain positive thinking wich makes you happier and you gain more emotional balance, so what are your blessings in life?

Flat Belly Diet Foods

8 Jul

 

 

 

 1 Yogurt

 

 

Yogurt has a calming effect for the probiotic bacteria that help keep your stomach healthy. A new study people who consumed yogurt each day lost 81% more fat around their belly than those who didn’t eat yogurt. . The calcium in yogurt reduces namely fat absorption from other foods. Best results were in unsweetened yogurt and greek yogurt.

 

 

 

 

 2 Eggs

 

 

Eggs are one of the best and most cheapest protein sources with 6-9 grams of protein per egg. Eggs can be counted as a superfood because it contains many vitamins. If you’re concerned that eggs increase cholesterol you can relax because there are two types of cholesterol, the good HDL and bad LDL. Eggs contain mainly the good kind.

 

 

English: veggies

 

 

   

 

 

  3 Green vegetables

 

 

 Spinach and romaine lettuce are all extremely low in calories, full of fibre and contain  vitamins and minerals that help to ease water retention.

 

 

green tea

 

 

4 Green Tea

 

 

Green Tea contain high dose of antioxidants, called catechins,which have been shown to be particularly good for reducing fat around the belly. Athletes who drank four cups of green tea a day for 12 weeks, lost more than eight times more fat around the stomach than those who drank coffee, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition.

 

 

5  Appel

 

 

They contain water-soluble pectin fibers that keep us satiated and reduces insulin levels in the body. Too much insulin is neither good for your health or metabolism and tells your body to store energy. Appel is also very rich of fibre which helps the digestion.

 

 

 

 

6 Tomatoes

 

 

Tomatoes are full of antioxidants and have been found to reduce inflammation and water retention in the body, as well as reversing leptin resistance. Leptin is a type of protein which helps to regulate metabolic rate and appetite. Therefore tomatoes can help you lose weight.

 

 

 

 

7 Turkey, Chicken, Bananas

 

 

9 out of 10 women suffer from PMS symptoms. To prevent and reduce the effects, it is good to eat foods that contain tryptophan, which helps the body produce more of the feel-good hormone serotonin. Turkey, chicken and bananas contain high levels of the substance.

 

 

 

 

 8 Oatmeal

 

 

It’s great to start to the day with a bowl of oatmeal. Oatmeal contains fibers that stimulates bowel movements which makes digestion more efficient, increase satiety and stops cravings. Oatmeal is also a great source of magnesium, iron and B vitamins.

 

 

Berry Harvest from Parents' Garden

 9 Berries

 

 

Berries are rich of antioxidant grenades and filled with nutrients that increase blood flow in the body and brings oxygen to your muscles.Berries are rich of vitamin C which also provides fat burning an extra boost because vitamin C is needed for the liver and kidneys to produce the amino acid carnitine, which transforms fat into energy.

 

 

 

 10 Water

 

 

If the body lacks fluids it can influence our mental energy and it helps to maintain the balance of body fluids. You need to drink 8 – 10 glasses of water per day to keep your body hydrated. Drinking water helps you lose weight because it helps your body to get rid of  toxins from your body. It gives healthy skin and helps the digestion.

 

 

 

 11 Nuts and almonds

 

 

Almonds and nuts are especially beneficial for the stomach. Almonds are rich in vitamins and magnesium which regulates the stress hormone cortisol. If you are stressed your body will after some time, begin to store more fat around the stomach which is particularly harmful to your cardiovascular health.

 

 

 

8 Ways To Boost Your Self Esteem and Feel Better About Yourself

10 Jun

To have good self-esteem is very important for everyone. Self-esteem simply means appreciating yourself for who you are — with all you’re pros and cons. People with a good and healthy self-esteem are able to feel good about themselves for who they are, appreciate their own worth, and take pride in their abilities and accomplishments. They also acknowledge that they’re not perfect and have faults, but it dosen’t affect them much because they accept it. Perfection is simply unattainable for any of us. It doesn’t matter what age you’re in. If your self-esteem is low then you feel badly about yourself, usually followed with self-doubt and poor self-appreciation.

How to boost your self-esteem :

  1. Be aware of your thoughts and how you treat yourself. This includes your self-talk, what do you tell yourself about yourself? Is it positive and constructive or negative and destructive for your self-esteem.
  2. Take conscious control of your negative thoughts, and replace them with more realistic and positive ways of thinking. What do you tell yourself about yourself? You need to stop the cycle of negative thinking about yourself that reinforce negative self-esteem.
  3. Give yourself extra credit for a job well done and trust that you are competent. Focus on your accomplishments.
  4. Believe in your own worth. Accept that you are not perfect. Don’t let any one particular shortcoming undermine you. Remember that you are a complex, multifaceted desirable individual.
  5. Recognize and embrace your positive qualities. Make a list of all your positive qualities, skills, experiences, talents, and anything else that makes you feel good about yourself.
  6. Is there something that you want to change about yourself? Something that will make you better equipped as a person. Consider possible avenues for improvement. Pinpoint exactly what you’re not satisfied with and needs improvement. Then make a resonable plan about how to reach your goals and improve yourself.
  7. Compliment yourself. You can look in a mirror and pick few things that you like about yourself. It can be something you see on the outside such as hair, smile or nails. Then pick few things that you like about your personality, like your spirit or laughter. If you don’t want to look in the mirror then you can write it in a journal.
  8. Have realistic expectations in life and stop struggling towards some idealistic goal. Having unrealistic expectations in life will only lead to disappointment and dissatisfaction.

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Busy Days

5 May

Last days have been very challenging, so much to do and so little time. It’s seems as everyone’s schedules are overflowing with events and things needed to be done. Sometimes it feels like I’m juggling with so many things that it’s just a matter of time before somethings drops. It can be quite overwhelming as I race from one place to another, chasing the clock and strict time frame. It’s important to remember to pause occasionally and enjoy the moment. Chasing the clock can be very stressful and it can lead to one  feeling exhausted and moody. Then it’s important to calm down quickly take a deep breath and try to relax for few minutes. It helps getting more oxygen into the body and releases physical tension. Take a short walk, exercise can be a great stress reliever in itself, as it helps to blow off steam and it releases endorphins. Take a break it can be very helpful to take a time-out. Sometimes we just can’t do everything by our self. Perhaps it’s possible to share the tasks with someone else, remember that the other parents are likely to be in the same situation and tasks like dropping of kids to practice can easily be shared. It is also important to prioritize those things you need to get done by taking five minutes to make a to-do list. Then you prioritize the things on your list.

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Why is Yoga good for You?

24 Apr

English: Vrksasana, the tree position, a Yoga ...

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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This is why sleep is so important

28 Jan

My sleeping beauties

 

The benefits of good sleep impact almost every area of our daily life. Adequate sleep is essential for performance and general health. Adults  need about 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night. Children need more sleep. Between the ages of 3 and 5 they should be getting 11-13 hours of sleep a night for optimal growth and development. Many researches has been done on the effects of sleep and the findings are the same. Good, deep sleep is crucial for physical renewal, hormonal regulation, emotional well-being and growth.

 

1. Keeps Our Heart Healthy:  Lack of sleep has been associated with increased blood pressure and cholesterol levels, both of which can lead to arteriosclerosis, which can cause heart attacks and stroke.

 

2. Reduces Stress:  Sleep can help lower blood pressure and elevated levels of stress hormones in your body. Therefor you feel more relaxed after a good night’s sleep.

 

3. Reduces mood swings: Insufficient sleep during the night can cause irritation and mood swings the following day.  If lack of sleep becomes a chronic issue it can lead to long-term mood disorders such as depression or anxiety. You’re even more likely to smile and be in a better mood when you’re well-rested.

 

4. Makes Us More Active: Energy levels are higher after good sleep and your mental awareness is more acute. You will be more likely to become physically active.

 

5. Can Help Us Lose Weight: People who sleep for less than seven hours per night are more likely to be overweight or obese, according to the National Sleep Foundation‘s.  If we lack sleep then the leptin levels in the brain lowers and raises ghrelin levels in the stomach. These hormones are responsible for regulating our appetite. Therefore we eat more, but this increase in appetite doesn’t lead to a craving for fruits and veggies.  Unfortunately the body craves for foods that is high in calories, fats, and carbohydrates when you lack sleep. If we, on the other hand, get enough sleep we balance those hormones and the cravings will stop. If you’re trying to lose weight then you should consider the benefits of sleep on weight control and make sure that getting enough sleep each day.

 

6. Memory aid: Sleeping time is the most important time for our brain to shape memories and make the connections, which can make it easier for us to retrieve those memories in the future.

 

7. Get Smarter: After a good sleep our mind regains focus and we can better tackle those tricky mental challenges. Studies show that a good night’s sleep improves learning.

 

8. Reduces Risk of Depression:  Good sleep helps us regulate serotonin levels in the body. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that affects our mood. High serotonin levels create the feeling of happiness,  but low serotonin levels can create the feeling of sadness.

 

9. Helps Our Body to restore:  Sleep is the time for our body to restore and healing any damage caused by stress and other harmful exposures.

 

10.  It maintains a strong immune system: Ongoing sleep deficiency can change the way in which your immune system responds which  makes you more vulnerable to disease.

 

 

Tips to Reduce Stress on Busy days.

23 Jan

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It’s a fact that being busy can burn you out. Therefor you need to look after yourself specially when your schedule is full, so that you can stay relaxed and healthy. Here are some tips to help you to reduce the stress, that don’t take much time out of your busy day.

 

  1.  Take 5 minutes in the morning to relax, stretch and breathe.  If you start your day in a stressful way, then you’ll probably feel stressed for the rest of the day as well. Therefore it is important to make sure your morning starts with 5 minutes of silence and ease.
  2. Breathe in and breathe out.  Remember deep breath, fill your lungs with air. While you’re sitting at the traffic lights or waiting for the bus, at work or in the store – just focus on breathing calmly and rhythmically. Studies have shown that deep-breathing is very effective in handling depression, anxiety, and stress-related disorders.
  3. 5 minutes time out.  Before you go home from work and start the engine of your car, just pause for few minutes. Clear out your mind, refresh your mind and then continue. If you travel on the train or bus then you can use the time for this.
  4. Try to walk few minutes every day.  Not only will the exercise be good for you, you also get some important fresh air and daylight. The lunch hour is ideal for this. Afterwards when you start working you will feel more focused and energetic. This is also an opportunity is to build exercise into your daily activities so you don’t have to stop for extra exercise at the gym later in the day, so it can save you some time.
  5. Ask for help or employ help.  Remember that those who share your household can also help with the cleaning and other tasks needed to be done. You don’t have to do everything yourself. You can even pay someone else to clean your home so you can have some extra time with your partner or family.
  6. Keep a planner. It makes your life less chaotic if you keep a planner. Make sure to write down every appointment you have and  make sure to schedule time for yourself.
  7. Laughter and fun is important.   It is important in busy life not to forget to have some fun. Laughter is also very important and can dissolve stress. Go out of your way to have laughter in your life. You can watch DVD’s of comedy or read some jokes. Play silly games with your children or share funny stories with friends or family.

 

Do you wake up with puffy eyes – then you should read this!

18 Jan

English: Example of eye bags

If you wake up with puffy eyes or bags under your eyes –  then you might have excess water in your body also known as Edema. It occurs from excess fluid buildup under the eyes, commonly referred to as eye bag. The skin around the eyes is very thin and is full of blood vessels which make it very sensitive. The cause is usually linked to modern lifestyles and hormonal fluctuations. Things that can cause puffy eyes are Lack of sleep, Stress,Diet that is high in salt and Hormonal issues (f. ex. during pregnancy or menstruation). Other causes that can lead to puffiness are Crying, Changes in the weather can cause puffy eyes or too much Alcohol consumption. Usually puffy eyes will go away after a little bit of time.                                                                                

Sometimes puffy eyes might be symptoms of other conditions that may require examination by an eye care professional such as allergies, diabetes or side effect of several types of medication                                                                                                                                                               

Excess fluid can also build up in other body tissues. The condition occurs mostly in the feet, ankles and legs, but can develop anywhere in the body.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

How to prevent the bags from developing:                                                                                                                                                                                      

  • Sleep with the head elevated, it prevents fluids from accumulating around your eyes. Make sure you get enough sleep.                            
  • Cut back on salt intake.                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  • Drink water to clean out your system, but don’t drink to many fluids right before going to sleep.                                                                
  • Cranberry juice is a natural diuretic to help reduce fluid retention and aid in weight loss.                                                                                      
  • Use a cold compress on puffy eyes. You can use cooling gel mask for eyes, or moisten two tea bags in cold water, chill them in the refrigerator and place them over closed eyelids for several minutes. Wash your face with ice-cold water. This should reduce the puffiness.    
  • Take good care of your skin. Don’t use oil-based makeup. The oil can cause the skin under the eyes to swell and become inflamed. Water-based and/or gel-based makeup is less harsh for sensitive skins. Avoid placing wrinkle remover cream near the eyes. It can cause too much hydration and puffiness is the result. Always wash your makeup off each night, as the residue can fill the pores causing swelling.            
  • Wash face with ice-cold water                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Cream for puffy eyes. Try a soothing eye cream with aloe and Vitamin E.                                                                                                            
  • Diuretics can help with water retention, so taking one can sometimes help the body expel excess fluids, but only use under the advice of a doctor.

How to Reduce Christmas Stress in Children

13 Dec

English: A bauble on a Christmas tree.

Holidays usually bring an increase in emotions, changes in routines and family stress in general. There’s so much needed to be done and so much excitement around the Holidays. The expectations are high and many things happening in December. Therefore the stress level always increases this last month of the year. That doesn’t only apply to grown ups because children can feel stressed too. Children can pick up parents’ stress.

Children show signs of stress by acting out, being worried or by being very hyper. Child might show behavior that  is not age appropriate, for example a potty-trained child might start having accidents around the holidays because of stress.

Here is a list about the best ways to reduce stress in children around the holidays

  1. Let kids be involved in the holiday baking.
  2. Give the children appropriate assignments, that fits their age, to help preparing for the holidays. You can for example let them help decorating the house. Involving children increases self-esteem, keeps their minds of other things and strengthens family bond.
  3. The American Psychiatric Association advises parents to let children participate in planning for the holidays. This way the children feel like they have some control over how the holiday will be and that can reduce uncertainty and stress.
  4. Don’t expect young children to sit at the table to long during Christmas dinner – its an unrealistic expectation.
  5. Children should maintain a regular bedtime as much as possible during the holidays.
  6. Limit TV and video games.
  7. Physical activities can be very helpful against stress and excitement – especially since children often show more hyper behavior around the Christmas time.
  8. Don’t “count the days” until Christmas – it can increase the stress level.
  9. Try to remember routines – specially if you have young children.
  10. Make time for the family to rest and relax together – have a nice, pleasurable evening together.
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