Saturday, December 31, 2011
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
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
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
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
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
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
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
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
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
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
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
Saturday, December 17, 2011
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.
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
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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.
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
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
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
Saturday, December 10, 2011
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
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
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
Monday, December 5, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
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.