Saturday, December 31, 2011

Health Tip: Uncover Your Own Answers...

Asking questions is a great way to uncover your own answers. For instance, ask yourself: How can I improve my health and enjoy the process? As the answers come to you, jot them down in your journal and decide which ones you want to try.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Health Tip: Colorful Salad Idea...

A nutritious, colorful salad idea: Combine ½ cup each of shredded romaine lettuce, fresh spinach, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, red cabbage, carrot and ¼ cup chopped red onion. Dressing: 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, ¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard. Mix dressing well and toss with fresh vegetables.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Health Tip: A simple nutritious snack...

A simple nutritious snack is to take one medjool date, slice it open and insert one pecan. Enjoy a few of these little treats instead of your afternoon candy bar.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Health Tip: Proper nutrition...

Proper nutrition is one of the key components to creating a more shapely body. The foods you put in your body will account for up to 80% of your physique.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Health Tip: A key to getting in shape...

A key to getting in shape is determination and consistency. Notice how your body responds to exercise and truly enjoy all the benefits of exercise. The more you focus on the benefits the easier it will be to motivate yourself to stick with your fitness plan.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Health Tip: Teeth and Gum Health...

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, flossing is just as important as brushing for teeth and gum health. Flossing helps remove the debris and plaque that stick to teeth and gums in between the teeth. It also helps control bad breath and polishes the tooth's surface. Water picks and electric flossing are not as effective as manual flossing. Floss at least once a day.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Health Tip: Key to Health...

Laughter is an important key to health. Laughter can alter your internal chemistry from negative to positive, releases tension, shifts your perception so you can center yourself and makes life more enjoyable. Consider watching a good comedy instead of the news before bedtime and notice how much better you sleep.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Health Tip: Healthy Diet Practice...

A healthy diet is like jogging. Practice a few times and it will come naturally.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Health Tip: Sleep in a dark room...

It is important to sleep in a dark room. Your biological clock is controlled by light and dark signals.  If your sleep is disrupted by light, then your melatonin levels will decrease and you will not wake up well rested.

Health Tip: Joy...

Do NOT postpone JOY! What you think about and how you feel has a profound effect on your body and immune system.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Health Tip: Low Intensity Exercise

A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that low intensity exercise such as bicycling, walking, or swimming, can increase the speed at which the body utilizes excess fat. If you overindulge on high fat food while on vacation, make sure to keep doing your low intensity exercise.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Health Tip: Bright Sunlight...

According to a 3 year study at Harvard University, exposure to bright sunlight first thing will have a positive impact on the retina that leads to better focus and energy production in the brain. For many people, bright sunlight in the morning will improve their mood and increase their alertness.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Health Tip: Staying well hydrated offers many health benefits.

Staying well hydrated offers many health benefits. You are more likely to have smoother skin, regular bowel movements, have increased resistance to infections because of the moisturizing effect on the mucous lining of the respiratory tract and lower the risk of kidney stones and urinary tract infections.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Health Tip: Deficiency of water...

A deficiency of water can alter the concentration of electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, and chloride, water has a profound effect on brain function and energy level"~Vernon Mark, M.D. at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Health Tip: Staying hydrated...

According to Dr. Michael Colgan if you dehydrate a muscle by only 3%, you will lose 10% contractile strength and 8% of your speed. Staying hydrated is very important to both lifelong health and top physical performance.

Health Tip: People are seeking happiness..

Many people are seeking happiness.  Often they look for it outside of themselves. What most people find, however, is that when they focus their mind on choosing to be happy, they find happiness.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Health Tip: If you are craving unhealth foods... Do this...

If you are having a craving for an unhealthy food, first do 10 pushups or jumping jacks and then decide if you still want that food.  Often when you do something physical you can interrupt that craving pattern.

Health Tip: Use Natural Products...

A sign of healthy skin is not a lack of wrinkles but a good elasticity. As we age, we lose collagen and elasticity. Use natural products so that skin pores will not become clogged. To improve skin elasticity and look younger, ensure you are well hydrated with fresh water, consume healthy fats such as fish oil or olive oil and do daily facial movements (move all the muscles of your face).

Friday, December 16, 2011

DID YOU KNOW? The tradition of Christmas trees was started in 16th century Germany.

DID YOU KNOW? The tradition of Christmas trees was started in 16th century Germany. Martin Luther, a German theologian, is thought to have popularized the concept. On a brisk, clear Christmas Eve, Luther was walking home under a bright, starry sky, which was so beautiful that he wanted to recreate its beauty for his children. His idea was to decorate a large evergreen with glowing candles, a custom we still honor today in more modern forms.

Health Tip: Altering too much...

It is best not to start an exercise program while trying to alter your diet dramatically. If you do, chances are you will fail at both. Initially exercise is more important than diet for losing weight.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Health Tip: Laughter...

Learn to laugh. Laughter is a powerful medicine that helps us develop better perspectives during stressful situations.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Health Tip: When do you exercise?

A study by the Southwestern Health Institute in Phoenix discovered that three out of 4 people who exercised in the morning were still exercising a year later. However, only half of those who waited until midday to exercise were still continuing their exercise habit a year later.

Health Tip: It's never too late...

In North America 33% of children are overweight. This is putting children at an increased risk for cancer, heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. It is never too early to teach your children how to eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Health Tip: Causes of being overweight...

Some causes of people becoming overweight at a more rapid pace than ever before are: eating out more frequently, too much snacking on high calorie and low nutrient snacks, little or no physical activity, fewer home-cooked meals and increased time in front of the TV and computer.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Health Tip: Selenium...

One Brazil nut contains 120 mcg of selenium, which is twice the recommended daily allowance. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight free radicals that may damage your eyes. This powerful trace mineral may help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Health Tip: No lectures...

Children learn best by example instead of lecturing to them about healthy eating. As parents improve their diet and focus on physical activity, it will be easier to influence their children to live a healthier lifestyle.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Health Tip: Growing your own vegetables...

Growing your own vegetable garden is a fun activity for the whole family. To improve the health of your plants, add organic compost to your soil. Organic compost will add nutrients, improve drainage and boost your plants' immune systems.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Health Tip: Lower cholesterol...

Oat bran and whole grain oats have been proven to lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar. Oats may also protect against heart disease and cancer.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Health Tip: Slow down...

To maintain a youthful lifestyle, Slow down and pace yourself. Quit scurrying around like a squirrel preparing its nest for winter. You can't enjoy life if you run through it at breakneck speed.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Health Tip: Exercise is key...

Exercise is a key to a healthy lifestyle. If you find it difficult to schedule dedicated time each day to exercise, find creative ways daily to incorporate it into your lifestyle. Some ideas are: actively play with your children, break up an exercise routine into 10-minute segments throughout your day and get up and move every hour while at work.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Health Tip: Adequate Sleep...

Adequate sleep is essential for good health. To ensure a good night's rest avoid eating shortly before bedtime. The process of digestion requires a lot of energy and may keep you up.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Health Tip: Fresh Pure Water...

Dehydration and toxin buildup can sometimes result in swollen eyes with dark circles. Drink fresh pure water throughout your day to flush the body of toxins and hydrate all your cells.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Health Tip: Healthy Eating...

If you are interested in healthy eating, avoid shopping in the center aisles and end caps of grocery stores. The healthy choices are on the perimeter of the store.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Health Tip: Benefits of Swimming...

Swimming has numerous benefits such as cardio-respiratory conditioning, increases flexibility and endurance and increases muscle tone and strength without straining your heart.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Health Tip: Coconuts nutritious...

Young coconuts are highly nutritious. A whole young coconut, sometimes referred to as a drinking coconut, has only 140 calories and is packed with nutrition. Enjoy the whole young coconut by itself or add water and meat to a smoothie for a tropical delight.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Health Tip: Okra...

Okra is a highly nutritious vegetable. Enjoy it steamed, baked or raw in salads. Okra is an excellent source of fiber, vitamin A, B, and C, iron and calcium and it is very low in calories.