Health

Great Health, Great Life

It’s no secret that being in great health, means you’re living a great life. So being that it’s no surprise, why do some insist on boycotting the healthy life? A healthy lifestyle is the gateway to a happy, satisfying and fulfilled existence. It’s a domino effect: Healthy lifestyle > healthy habits > a happier you. The advantages of having great health are overwhelming (in a good way) so its important to note the benefits of healthy living we may have forgotten about. Let’s take a look:

Energy

One of the biggest benefits of healthy living is the amount of energy you’ll have. When you eat foods rich with vitamins and antioxidants, they provide you with the energy that other bad foods can’t. So when your body isn’t burdened to digest unhealthy foods, you receive an ample amount of energy to do your daily activities and to even exercise. The only setback to eating healthy, is that your body will have to adjust and this adjustment takes time. Don’t worry if you tend to feel a little worse. That’s your body taking advantage of your healthier eating and will start to get rid of the bad stuff. Don’t quit! Stay with it and soon enough you’ll be on your path to the healthy lifestyle you’ve always wanted.

Mood/Feelings

So this really shouldn’t be a secret. When you’re living a healthier lifestyle, you are 100% undoubtedly happier. Your diet has a lot to do with your mood. When you ingest fruits and vegetables, you start getting the vitamins and minerals that your body has been craving. Exercising can also improve your mood. When you know you’re working towards getting healthy and fit, exercising coupled with good eating can really lift your spirits and give you the confidence and motivation necessary to keep trucking. You will feel better about your appearance.

Remember the snickers commercial when they show that you’re not yourself when you’re hungry? Yeah, that’s called hypoglycemia! Foods with less protein may make you feel a bit more hungry, and sometimes you have cravings because your body is asking for something that it feels is missing from your body.

Sleep

Exhibiting healthy habits also leads to a domino effect in the case of sleep. When you’re eating right, exercising daily, and just plain living healthy, you tend to sleep better. You improve your sleep cycle so when you wake up, you feel as refreshed and awake as ever. And we all know how crucial sleep is to our well being. With sleep, you can say goodbye to those bags and dark circles under your eyes and hopefully mitigate that lethargic feeling that most people exhibit when they lack sleep. Remember 6-8 hours a night can really make a difference throughout your day.

But here’s an extra fact: Did you know that models sleep more than 8 hours a night? Yes, its true! Sleep plays a huge role in weight loss. The later people stay up, the more likely they are to eat. Eating after 8pm is probably not in your best interest because your metabolism tends to slow down at that point. That is why it is recommended that you start every morning with a well balanced breakfast so your metabolism can begin doing it’s job early on in the day. And to be honest, going to bed full is not the best feeling. You just feel gross.

Stress

This is a BIG one and also a domino effect. Healthy eating, exercising, an elevated mood, and sleep all help your stress levels. When you’re eating healthy you have energy. When you have energy, you can exercise. When you exercise, you sleep better along with being in a happier mood. When you sleep well in conjunction with a good mood and calmness, you’re instantly less stressed. See? It all has an effect on each other. When your stress levels go down, your health improves, letting the body focus on other things. When you’re less stressed you sleep better, think better, and function better. Who doesn’t want to be able to do all that?

But yes, every once in a while people will “eat their feelings” and for the most part it’s because of stress or anxiety. Food serves as a comfort to their body’s that they may otherwise be lacking elsewhere in their lives. The goal is to fight these addictions especially towards unhealthy foods that cause more harm than good to your body.

Fight Diseases

DUH! This is really a no brainer. When you’re healthier you have a lot less medical issues to worry about. Normal cholesterol levels, blood pressure, arteries, they all become minor (not saying that they shouldn’t be checked regularly). Not to mention that if you do in fact get sick with the something like common cold, you’re more likely to kick it quicker. Eating healthy can decrease your chances of getting heart disease or diabetes or even falling into depression. A lot less to worry about when your health becomes of importance.

Longevity

Also a no brainer. Fact: Smoking takes years off your life. This is something hopefully all of us know. So when you avoid smoking altogether or quit, you’re doing everything you can to increase the duration of your life or put back the years those cigarettes may have taken off. Same goes with food and exercising. Healthier people tend to live longer; also a fact. It’s been reported that The American Council on Exercise concluded that after an 8 year study, 13 million people who walked just 30 minutes a day significantly decreased their chances of dying at an early age.

No one wants to live their late 80’s barely being able to make it out of bed. A big trend in medicine is preventative medicine, the concept of trying to decrease the chances of acquiring cancer or disease. Lets try to enjoy every moment of our retirement and that includes being healthy enough to do what you want!

So it’s easy to see why there shouldn’t be any reason to not live a healthy lifestyle. There are so many benefits that could significantly improve the way we live our lives. Better sleep, happier moods, more energy, those are just a few of the goodies we receive when we crank up the healthy habits. Let’s put ourselves in drive and fire up that motivation that I know we all have inside of us. We’re rooting for you!

Source by Gisele Castelluber

Health Care and Health Insurance Costs Can Be Controlled Through Lifestyle Choices

As you probably know all to well, the cost of healthcare and health insurance premiums continue to increase at levels substantially above the general inflation rate. The reasons given for these extraordinary cost increases are numerous and include: technological advancements in the medical field, increased demand for medical services and prescription drugs, the aging of the population, cost shifting caused by the uninsured and governmental reimbursement rates, state and federal mandates, and costs associated with medical related lawsuits.

As individual consumers, we have very little control over some of the factors contributing to the cost of healthcare. However, all of us have control over lifestyle related health insurance claims. A simple formula of eating a balanced diet, getting the appropriate amount of daily exercise, participating in annual physicals and other recommended routine care, limiting alcohol consumption, and eliminating the use of tobacco products will no doubt reduce our personal healthcare costs. In addition to reducing medical costs, the other benefits of following such a formula include more energy, self confidence, less stress, and increased productivity. If you are not doing so already, I encourage you to consider practical ways to promote a healthy lifestyle for you and your family. For example, one of the individual health insurance companies my organization works with has an option that will offset 25% of the annual cost of a health club membership. Simple things such as taking a walk, bike ride, or going swimming promote both a healthy body and mind. If you have a sweet tooth, consider limiting yourself to eating desert once a week. You will enjoy it more and your body will thank you.

Health insurance premiums will continue to increase as long as the cost of healthcare continues to go up. The best way to reduce the overall cost of healthcare is to decrease our need for healthcare. Healthy lifestyle choices and prudent use of the healthcare system are the best and easiest ways to get a handle on our healthcare expenditures. Perhaps the greatest benefit of a healthy lifestyle is our ability to enjoy our precious time here on earth to the fullest.

Source by Michael Ertel

Type 2 Diabetes and Healthy Living – Why You Need to Invest In Your Health Every Day

Health advice is all around for a good reason. People are pushing their ideas because there is a demand for it. It is more than just interesting material to many people; often it is crucial information we all need to be made aware of.

Your health and well-being become a more relevant issue with each passing day. Nobody is getting any younger, and few of us are preparing for being older. You need to invest in your health every single day. A little goes a long way, especially when you consider the benefits you will gain and the health problems you will prevent.

It is not just about feeling better, being at the right weight, and having the freedom to eat whatever foods you like as opposed to being shackled by hypertension and Type 2 diabetes and their issues and inconveniences. It is about preventing what can…

  • put you in a hospital bed,
  • demand an emergency procedure, and potentially bring about an early death.

First, it starts with your weight. The majority of health problems affecting adults these days has to do with excess body fat. You may think it is trivial to consider as you only put on a “couple” of pounds in a year. The difference this makes may appear to be insignificant. However, at this pace, ten years causes quite a bit of damage. Poor nutrition and an inactive lifestyle add insult to injury.

Consider for the second half of this timeline you have elevated blood sugar, which may be due to prediabetes or perhaps your issue has progressed on to Type 2 diabetes. Now that is a lot of years of damage to your body. You are not getting any younger, and by neglecting your health in this manner, would also mean you will not enjoy good health in later life.

What has been mentioned above is an example, and only some of it may apply to you. Nevertheless, the principle remains. Will you take care of your well-being from today? You need to invest in your health, because if you don’t, you may pay for it dearly…

  • your kidneys,
  • your liver,
  • your heart, even
  • your brain could suffer through a stroke or dementia.

Taking care of your health one day at a time will add up. Even a small detail like…

  • taking the stairs at work instead of riding the elevator or escalator whenever you step outside your office or workplace,
  • skipping your afternoon snack,
  • parking your car towards the back of the car park at the shopping center and walking to the shops instead of parking close to the entrance, and
  • cooking your dinner instead of eating processed food

will make a difference. You can count on it.

Source by Beverleigh H Piepers

Type 2 Diabetes and Healthy Living – Your Health and Well-Being Have an Expiry Date

We all know our lives are short, that time passes quickly and we often take our time here on earth for granted. However, have you thought about the length of your life in the context of your health and well-being? For if you are not well, your life could become even shorter, time could pass uncomfortably, and you certainly do not want to find yourself in a position of regret because it could be too late.

You may need to start thinking more about your health: this applies to most people, so there is a good chance you are included. We all have areas of our life where we could do better. Your health could be one of them. Paying more attention to your overall health would never be in vain and could only do you well by adding years to your life.

You probably have a good idea of ​​where to start. Alternatively, depending on your situation, where to continue. There is no shame in having come up short in the past, that is as long as you pick up where you left off …

  • perhaps this means you need to start exercising again, only to be more consistent this time.
  • another option could be to make improvements to your food choices.

Maybe this means new lifestyle commitments. Talk to your doctor or someone whose counsel you trust. Figure out a plan for your health and take it seriously.

You do not want to wait until it is too late as your health and well-being has an expiry date whether you like it or not. If you do not take care of yourself, you risk moving this date of expiry to an earlier moment. How produce or a cooked meal "spoils" when left out of the refrigerator where it belongs; your health will eventually "spoil" also when neglected. To some extent, there is only so much you can do, however, why not extend your healthy years as much as you can? Why not add more life to those years by ensuring you are fit for most of them?

Extend the expiry date of your health. It is not beyond your ability. In most cases, you have the power to make a significant difference. Your health and well-being are precious to the quality of your life. Never forget this, and act to make sure this aspect is taken care of.

Get healthy, and live the best life you possibly can. Small changes can make a big difference. Modest and straightforward lifestyle changes will pay off with big dividends.

Source by Beverleigh H Piepers

Chemistry, Nutritional Supplements Or Whole Foods – To Maintain the Health Tripod, Body-Mind-Spirit

Increasingly, as if there is a “new” discovery parade for the latest cure-all, probiotics have come again to the forefront. As I read the varying articles and studies, I am struck by how far afield we have come from normal, common sense.

In order to maintain a healthy body, there is a tripod of health: body, mind, and spirit. Knock out one leg of that stool, and the stool topples over. Probiotics, diet, dietary supplements address only the “body” leg of the health tripod. So let’s start there.

Anything taken externally, whether it is natural or medical (chemical or surgical) in support of the physical, has only ever been intended as temporary support until we have regained or achieved the necessary consciousness to support complete and perfect health; much as you might use a crutch to recover from a broken leg. When the leg is healed, we throw the crutch away as we should throw the supplements and medications away.

The body knows how to be well and healthy, as this is its natural and inherent state. Think of all the times you’ve had a cold, or the flu or a cut or bruise. They always go away. The body, created by Infinite Intelligence, does not need to know how to be well, but rather is always striving to return to health, its normal set-point. Our job, as a conscious human being, is to make the choices – all of our choices – that support Life. That is to say choices that are probiotic.

These choices, if we are living naturally and following our internal prompts, always feel good, fun, joyful, and delicious. The body, itself, tells us what it needs with respect to nutrition; and we, if we are listening and aware, then eat those foods. The body tells us when it is tired and needs rest; if we are listening and living naturally, we fall asleep and awaken refreshed. The body tells us when it is cold; and if we are listening, we go inside, don a coat or sit by the fire. The body tells us when we are full; if we are listening, we stop eating, pleasantly satiated. The body because of its Innate Intelligence – the Life Force that enlivens it, is constantly directing us if we are listening.

This same Innate Intelligence or Life Force is present in all living things: animal, vegetable and mineral. It quite simply is the “spirit” leg of the heath tripod. So it is essential that we pay attention to the still small voice within guiding us in all things, including health, always towards our good.

The “mental” component of the tripod is where all the trouble begins and ends. The human mind with its hubris and arrogance believes that it is the infinite intelligence rather than our spirit Infinite Intelligence (knowing). The human mind is what confounds and complicates everything, over-shouting the still small voice every chance it gets. The human mind will argue with the information of Innate Intelligence that we don’t have time to eat, or we can’t afford to eat healthy food, or that we don’t have time to be home resting. The human mind will argue that a vitamin supplement is a quick fix, that a “professional” knows more than I do; that in a decision between ethics and money, money wins. The human mind will tell you to stay in the job your hate, because the money is good; and it will tell you to take the “safe” road, because it is afraid and lives in the land of Lack. These are the decisions that we make every day that lead us into life styles and relationships that are as toxic to the body and chemicals are.

For example, as science attempts to unravel the secrets of good nutrition and health, they omit or ignore or discount the concept of Infinite Intelligence or Life Force, because they don’t understand It and cannot quantify It. Therefore, they believe that by isolating certain nutrients, that the benefits of that nutrient are complete in relationship to the biological body and cells. For example, scientists study, let’s say, Vitamin C. They isolate it out from its original state that it is found in, let’s say, an orange. They identify it by its chemical composition and name it Vitamin C of a certain type. Then a nutritional company or a drug company will duplicate that chemical complex and manufacture it synthetically and patent it. Why? Because you cannot patent the Vitamin C in an orange, but if you create your own synthetic clone of it, you can patent that and then sell it as “a vitamin supplement”. It’s about money; and the marketing is about making you believe – contrary to your own knowing and Innate Intelligence (common sense), that it’s better to buy the pill rather than simply eat the whole food, the orange. This whole process is the human mind process; not common sense, not Innate Intelligence, and not your Knowing.

This brings us back to the “body” portion of the health tripod. All the things we do to and for the physical body to maintain or to regain physical health. These things include medicine, alternative therapies, nutrition, supplements, and the food we eat.

So let’s go back to the clone of Vitamin C which is not Real Vitamin C. First of all, it has been separated out of its natural habitat of the orange and no longer has the synergistic benefits of all the other nutrients found within that Infinite Intelligence-created orange. The other nutrients within the orange were gathered together by Infinite Intelligence in the orange with the Vitamin C to work together one with the other – like a symphony shall we say. All together they release their blessings of nutrition to the consumer in a concert. One triggers the other, one enhances the other, and within the human body, they trigger certain enzymes or other mechanism to break it down and with nutritional perfection and elegant harmony are absorbed into the body where they nourish and sustains the cells, the fundamental building block of the body. This is the symphony of naturally occurring whole foods in the act of nourishing the living body. The clone has no idea of the music.

While it is not quite the stuff of Frankenstein for science to understand food and nutrition in relationship to the human body, it is when these elements are separated out from the Whole Picture and peddled to convey the same efficacy as the Real thing, which they cannot do. Recall for a minute the actual Frankenstein creation: he was patchwork parody of the Real human, not elegantly Real.

When these synthetically created nutritional clones are ingested into the Real body, the body in fact does not recognize them and either sloughs them off (every wondered why your urine is so bright yellow when you’re taking vitamin supplements ) or they are treated as toxins. If the body identifies them as toxins (foreign substance), it will attempt to eliminate it from the body or surround it with fat cells much like putting the bad guy into solitary confinement. [Did you ever wonder why we are so fat in such large numbers?] Seems to me, via common sense, my own Innate Intelligence just like yours, that the more toxins – synthetically/chemically produced foods (neo-nutrition) we consume, the more toxins the body is attempting to cope with and so produces the fat to surround and contain them to protect the vital organs of the body. The living body’s single imperative, after all, is to live. This is basic biology 101.

The rube is that most of the food available for consumption grown here in the United States is synthetically altered in some fashion. First the seed, itself, is genetically modified from its original Infinite Intelligent state. Monsanto has done a grave and potentially catastrophic disservice to the world by altering seed – again for the reason of patent – so that now farmers have to buy seed every year.

Haven’t you noticed that you can’t grow a new corn crop from the old corn seed or that this year’s tomato seed will not grow a next generation of tomato? My own Innate knowing noticed this phenomenon years ago and thought then that this was very strange. Especially when the natural process of pollination would have eventually – by evolution – evolved a new seed that was adapted to a particular climate or locality or pest. Once again, it is the mandate of all living things – Life Force, Innate Intelligence – to Live. And in so doing, living naturally and organically, every living thing will change and become naturally stronger and more resilient to its environmental challenges or perish. In the human body, this job is particularly handled by the immune system.

All you have to do is look to the cock roach to see the amazing ability of Infinite Intelligence to adapt for Life (probiotic). It is this very process of adapting and changing to environmental challenges – evolution they called it in high school – that creates the very nutrition – antioxidants for example – that we ingest through eating a whole food, that helps our bodies meet their own environmental challenges.

However, as a result of these genetically modified seeds that require chemicals in the form or herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers to grow, the essential nutrition that we require to be healthy is now absent from these food; and in addition, these foods contain more toxins (synthetic chemicals) that we ingest into our bodies. These are not whole foods; they are corrupted foods.

As a result of these corruptive foods, the front line digestive and immune systems are seriously compromised. When the digestive system is compromised, we cannot be nourished. When the immune system is compromised, we fight disease.

This is where the recent surge in demand for organically grown, non-genetically modified foods has arisen. Simply put, organic, whole, Real foods contain more potent and available nutrition for our bodies to use; and they come complete with Innate Life Force as well as without toxins. Studies prove that these foods are as much as 60% higher in available nutrition than industrially grown foods.

The long term effects of synthetically grown foods are now evident by the number of Americans who are sick. Diabetes has become a “life style” complete with its own magazines for diabetic living. Immune diseases are epidemic: multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome to name but a few and not to mention cancer and heart-related disease. Every one of these dis-eases can be directly traced back to our food supply and the resulting epidemic of malnutrition in Americans and the toxin load.

Better living cannot be found through chemistry when it comes to health, food, nutrition and the environment. Synthetic chemistry and its manipulation for profit makes corporations rich, farmers poor, and kills people.

By about 40 years of age, the body begins to show the effects of this deadly combination of slow poisoning with the accumulation of toxins compounded by years of malnourishment. The drip, drip, drip effect reaches critical mass and the body cannot manage any more, cannot cope, and begins to break down showing myriad symptoms of dis-ease. Nutrition is what the body uses to repair and rejuvenate itself, but without the proper nutrition derived from whole foods, the cells themselves cannot restore, renew or replenish to their natural state of health. Toss on the load of accumulated toxins, and it is, “Houston, we have a problem.”

This brings us to rebalancing the Health Tripod.

The medical world has evolved into a lucrative business of treating symptoms of disease with more synthetic drugs with no intention of addressing the cause. It is a mindset of sickness, not wellness. At its core medicine believes neither in the fundamental Infinite Intelligence of the body nor its ability to heal itself. But rather as its centerpiece are sickness, disease and decay.

Alternative health methodologies are more inclined to honor the Infinite Intelligence of the body and treat symptoms of dies-ease with probiotic methods: moving energy (Life Force) in the body, support with herbs and nutrition in addressing the physical complaint. In addition most of these modalities will, to greater or lesser degrees, address the other two legs of the Tripod: mind and spirit as well. All these methods are good for you, as long as the mind leg of the tripod believes and knows this as well. If you do not believe in the Infinite Intelligence of your body, you should opt for medical treatment.

As a result of the medical model heavily influencing our Western thought, even alternative therapies have adopted “medicine-like” models for treatment of dies-ease, such as prescribing supplements and herbal remedies for regular use. But these should not be taken as “medicine” on a long term basis, but rather used intermittently to support the body until body/mind/spirit regains balance.

This brings us to the current phase in American healthcare, which is the onslaught of “natural supplements”. But once again, the consumer must be educated and cautious, as some of these are the products of the chemical laboratory too, and not the products of whole grown food. As previously discussed, these “nutritions” when isolated from their synergistic fellows in the whole food form do not supply the same healthful effects to the body. They are often more chemistry and always without the support of the rest of the nutritional army found in a whole food. This is largely what you see on the shelves at the drug store, the vitamin store and online. They are a poor relation to natural whole food nutrition. And remember, the body may identify these as toxins as well, sloughing them off or storing them in fat, but certainly not imparting any Real nutrition to the body for use.

Here is where the consumer must take responsibility for his/her own health and come to understand the options clearly: synthetic chemistry, synthetic supplements, or whole organic food and whole food superfood supplements.

No longer can we afford to be ignorant of what is being offered to us out there for “health” benefits. You must be intelligent and use your own good common sense for regaining and maintaining optimum health.

Two things are required, fundamental and essential, for complete and perfect health: 1. complete pure untainted available nutrition; 2. the body’s ability to process and absorb the nutrients.

1. Complete, pure and untainted nutrition comes from organically grown whole foods, period.

a. Buy organically grown/raised foods whenever and wherever possible in the widest variety possible. Try growing some of your own. There’s a reason that foods are available with seasonality. Infinite Intelligence has provided us the vast and complete range of nutrients our bodies need for cellular health with a veritable buffet of foods: animal, vegetable, and fruits in balance and moderation, and more importantly, as your body uniquely informs you.

b. When buying a supplement, you must determine that it is, in fact, a whole food supplement. Often times these are called superfoods. A working definition of superfood might be any food that is high in enzymes, phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, Chlorophyll, and antioxidants. In a perfect world the goal would be to be free of anything manufactured and obtain complete nutrition from your wide spectrum variety of whole food selections. A word of warning: be certain that the whole food supplement, the superfood, is organic.

2. Probiotics are essential to the absorption and assimilation of whole food nutrition.

1. First of all, the “new” probiotic supplements are not some new invention or creation of modern science. They are natural, living organisms that are found in the intestinal tract. In fact, they are found in the intestinal tract of every creature that digests food and makes waste. Probiotics (good bacteria) are provided to us naturally by Infinite Intelligence in whole plant foods (vegetables, fruits and grains).

2. It is most important to understand, is that probiotics are living organisms with a life, a function and a mission. Their function is perhaps to say they are the front line troops of your body’s immune system. In the digestive tract it is their job to keep any “bad” bacteria in check. When “bad” bacteria are out of balance and in control, the body cannot absorb nor assimilate the nutrition required for Innate Intelligence to restore the body to complete and perfect health

3. Probiotics aid in the digestion and elimination of waste materials from the body. If the body is not eliminating its own waste and toxins, they are stored, via fat; and in the colon, if not eliminated completely, set up an environment of decay: the perfect culture for dis-ease.

4. Warning: probiotic is word being used on labels now to get you to buy.

First, the product itself must be organic (yogurt, kefir, kambucha). Second the cultures must be LIVE.

5. If you are purchasing a superfood enriched with probiotics as a dietary supplement (addition); then once again, be certain that the superfood is organic and that the probiotics have been cultured in the sun (not killed by heat); and that they haven’t been cultured from fecal matter.

Just like with vitamin supplements, manufactured probiotics are present in the market place as well. When a manufacturer can identify a probiotic in nature (in food), it isolates it by its chemical composition and manufactures it synthetically, patents it and gives it a patented name. As with synthetically created vitamins, patented probiotics will be treated by the body as yet another foreign substance. The body then has to either discharge and eliminate it, or store it in fat. The supposed “cure” has just added to the problem.

Since the digestive system is the most critical place where nutrition is either absorbed and assimilated and made available for cellular health or not, this is a particularly sinister place to introduce synthetics, because neither will the nutrition be made available to the body nor should the body have to cope with yet another chemical impostor of the Real.

It is appalling to me that we find ourselves in this place in the year 2008. What’s more I cannot understand how we could be so morally bankrupt as to arrive at methodically poisoning our people for the sake of money. But the truth of the matter is that each of us has to take charge of our own health and wellness and no longer entrust it to “others.”

The formula to regain and maintain health until you die is simple: body, mind, spirit. And the rule is that when any one of the three becomes out of balance, the stool falls.

You most probably will address your health only when you notice a physical symptom, but that is your opportunity to address the mind and spirit aspects of your life, as well; for one or both of those aspects are out of sync if your body is ill.

We are an integrated being. Just as the knee bone is connected to the shin bone, the body is connected to the mind is connected to the spirit. The body is merely the casing that contains mind and spirit for a physical adventure here on earth; and I think you will agree that without health, the physical experience is less than optimal, to be sure.

If you are trying to regain (or maintain) your God-given state of complete and perfect health, by all means use what methods and practices that you feel are correct and appropriate to support your physicality whilst you do the necessary explorations in mindset and spirit, bringing you back to your perfectly balanced Health Tripod.

What we think, what we believe is what we experience. With the experience of something that is unpleasant and not fulfilling comes the opportunity to release the beliefs and mindsets that got us here, and to choose new thoughts and new ideas that are probiotic – pro Life – and support us in complete and perfect health. The Whole Tripod.

One final note: we are dynamic beings, therefore constantly changing. The requirement to pay attention (be aware) and make conscious choices moment to moment is the essential job of spirituality and self-mastery, which a life long process. You never get it done.

Applying your spirit, listening to the Innate Intelligence within, will always lead you to your good. Always.

Source by Kathy Kirk

Your Health Starts Here: Enrich Your Well Being – Eat Better Food

All of this starts at the moment you go shopping. Shopping smart is the beginning for better health. What you don’t buy or bring home you can’t eat. There you have your choice, it can become a lower weight shopping basket, or a lower blood pressure or an anti arthritis shopping basket etc. These are our choices, everything has a beginning in life, such as good health, bad health, and how we manage it. Most of the time these are our own choices. It is known through numerous researches that food can become our medicine and food becomes our healer.

But there is also another link to a healthy body – your mind, because mind over matter matters. That’s right, your mind. It’s called the mind-body connection. In a nutshell, what you believe in your mind can influence things in your body. Anxiety can make any illness worse or is even the starting point of it. Anxiety can make pain feel worse, lower defences and immune system that allows any virus or illness take hold and can aid in raising your blood pressure. A simple act of relaxing can do wonders for your health which is all part of the mind and body connection.

Combination Of Health And Well Being

Using the power of positive thinking and relaxing techniques including healthy eating will certainly help with any treatment of illness. Because of high depletion in food it is more important now than ever before to make the right choices when it comes to your diet. Your body can only stay healthy when it gets all the right nutrients it needs and all of that comes from the food we buy and prepare. But you may say: I’m taking my vitamins every day. Which are totally useless if your diet isn’t right in the first place. The body’s health reacts from many things which include all the minerals and vitamins that must work with each other; one or two on its own will have no positive effect.

The many fast foods which have become a quick, lazy and cheap way to have a meal does not give the body what it needs to stay healthy. Denying your body the right food that includes good nutrients for a long time will without any doubt become a serious health issue. To have a healthy body means having a diet rich in many mineral and vitamins every day and not just on occasions.

Medical research has discovered literally thousands of healing nutrients in foods. One type of phytonutrient found in vegetables has been known reducing cancer and other illnesses by as much as 44 percent. Many vegetables contain a substance called carotenoids; as well beta carotene, lutein and lycopene are all different varieties of carotenoids. They all have a strong amount of antioxidants that help the body fight disease.

Case Histories Of Remarkable Healing

Nature provides us with its remarkable healing power. Unfortunately, in many cases this been ignored not only because of disbelieve but more often because of lack of knowledge. There always be different opinions as well as disbelieves and wrong information. Many people continue to suffer from misguided wrong advice over the last several decades and still leading to poor health today. Some unscientific bureaucrats still have this backward stance that healthy food could have the power to prevent a number of chronic diseases, as well as obesity.

Although there is overwhelming scientific evidence that just the opposite is the case. It comes down to what you eat; you can trace every disease and illness to a mineral and vitamin deficiency. Even at the lowest level of deficiency in various nutrients will alter your body’s immunity and blood levels. The problem here is it has become harder to select a nutrient rich diet. The quality in our vegetables and fruits has reduced on average around 40 to 50 percent since the seventies because depletion of soil and the use of artificial fertilizers.

The healing powers are found in different vitamins and minerals such as zinc, selenium, copper, magnesium; these are just some of the many our body needs a percentage of every day and not just some times. Using supplements to overcome any shortfall, select carefully, many being made from synthetics and not natural ingredients.

Source by Josef Bichler

Benefits of Colostrum: The Missing Link in GI Health

The benefits of colostrum are numerous when talking about GI health. Colostrum is certainly an essential part of the protocol I use in order to treat every gastrointestinal problem. As a matter of fact, it is even a part of Mother Nature’s protocol when it comes to preventing GI problems as well as other health issues.

With regards to Holistic Gastro-enterology, colostrum is undoubtedly the most interesting and important part of it, since it can not only prevent diseases but also cure the already existing ones. This is a pure example of nature’s wisdom and, in order to meet all the criteria for a healthy gastrointestinal tract, we have to perfectly mimic the natural protocol of Mother Nature. It must be mentioned that the gastrointestinal tract is composed of stomach, esophagus and intestines.

When a mother is breastfeeding her child, colostrum is released through her milk, and it is well-known that one of the benefits of colostrum includes anti-inflammatory properties. It also relieves allergies and prevents a series of diseases such as cancer or Alzheimer’s. Moreover, colostrum also contains precious antioxidants and anti-aging components, which are said to be the fountain of youth because they eliminate free radicals. Besides colostrum, breast milk also contains important amounts of probiotics, which are good bacteria that help maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.

Combined with probiotics, colostrum protects the GI tract, and this is why it is vital to maintain proper levels of good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Unfortunately, every time you take antibiotics, these pills not only kill the harmful bacteria but the good bacteria as well, and this can seriously endanger the health of your GI tract. The bad thing is that once they are killed by antibiotics, probiotics do not grow back on their own. You need to replace the good bacteria if you want to prevent any future GI problems.

How can you restore the proper level of good bacteria? It’s simple — all we have to do is to imitate what Mother Nature provided in the first place. In other words, we need to take a good probiotic along with colostrum. If you take only colostrum without a probiotic, you will not solve your problem because it will not adhere to the gastrointestinal tract and will not protect it. Now you know why you have not noticed any improvement when taking colostrum alone for treating your gastrointestinal problems.

If you are looking for advice that can help you solve your GI problems and get rid of the bothersome IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), all you need to do is to combine the benefits of colostrum with probiotics. Colostrum in capsule and powder-form can be found at health food stores, or they can be ordered online. Many people have tried numerous treatments and probiotics to get rid of IBD and they did not succeed, and this is because they were not aware of the benefits of colostrum taken with probiotics.

Source by Albert Snow

Health Foods – That May Not Be So Healthy

When it pertains to weight loss, a one-size-fit-all diet plan does not have great results. This is far more important considering that although some could be fine and also wholesome, they can on the other hand be detrimental for several individuals.

However, you will find lots of individuals who assume that since a food item is considered “healthy” and “good” suggests that they are totally free to eat just as much of it as they would like while not having any sort of consequence.

The argument regarding which food is good or not will possibly remain a never-ending one. There seem to be lots of divisive beliefs cropping up now and again. Having said that, there are particular things which just about everyone accept are not ideal whenever you might be looking to reduce weight as well as live a healthy life.

Exactly how bad any particular food item may be thought to be is actually debatable considering that any food item could be eaten in moderation without it having any kind of negative effect upon the individual.

It’s thus essential to take into account the overall quality as well as effects of some of the foodstuffs that you are eating just as much as you like right now while you may be reasoning that they would have zero influence upon your weight loss endeavors.

It is quite astonishing to notice many individuals eat so much highly processed foods thinking that they are truly nutritious for them.

Below are a number of common foods men and women are eating trusting that they’re eating wholesome foods.

Salad Dressings

Whereas the salad by itself is known as a way of consuming a healthy and balanced food, the dressing applied can nevertheless make it totally “harmful.” Plenty of the regular salad dressings contain a whole lot of sugar and used primarily vegetable oils including canola or soy oil. These kinds of toppings easily help to make the salad as harmful as the other foods the individual could be avoiding.

You could as an alternative dress your salads by using olive or vinegar oil. You could also look for a number of the far healthier salad dressings that don’t have added preservatives, vegetable oils and sweeteners.

Conventional Soy

All soy contains high quantities of phytoestrogens which many experts dispute to be either wholesome or unhealthy. At the same time, most conventional soy is mostly genetically improved and therefore raises a whole lot of wellness and safety questions. Try and keep soy intake to a minimum and also opt for the organic and whole food variants.

Yogurt

The majority of classic yogurts tend to be filled with lots of artificial sweeteners and/or sugar. The homemade yogurt or the ones that you are able to get from fresh milk from a local ranch are often very nourishing. Make use of Greek yogurt or get a very good high-quality organic plain yogurt then include your own preferred toppings.

Whole Wheat Bread

Thinking about it, wheat isn’t truly that much of a wholesome meal. So, including the “whole” to it isn’t going to essentially make it any better. Many of these kinds of food items include added quantities of sugar, oils, and also other unnatural ingredients. However, you can minimize the amount of the gluten or wheat which you consume in your diet.

Diet Drinks

This is yet another hugely controversial topic seeing that a number of people claim that the synthetic sweeteners they possess are usually worse compared to sugar. Then again, there are some data that are suggesting that they do have an indirect impact on weight addition. Drinking them in moderation is okay but remember that they will be replacing several much better beverage options including coffee, tea, or even pure water. Therefore think twice.

Source by Marcus J Michael

Discover the Health Benefits of Fermented Foods

If you're like most Americans, you don't eat a lot of fermented foods. Fermented foods are more popular in the Chinese, Korean and Japanese culture where fermented soy products like tempeh and kimchee are a dietary staple. In fact, the only exposure many Americans get to fermented foods is when they eat a container of yogurt with active cultures – but that's rapidly changing.

Fermented products are growing in popularity including fermented beverages like kombucha, a beverage prepared from fermented mushrooms, and kefir, a fermented milk drink. More natural food stores are carrying fermented foods and beverages because of the health benefits they offer.

What Are the Health Benefits of Fermented Foods?

One reason fermented foods and beverages are good for you is because of the natural probiotics they contain. Probiotics are "good bacteria" that keep disease-causing bacteria in check by competing for the same resources. There's only so much room available in your gut for bacteria and when the good guys move in, they push the bad ones out. Unfortunately, most people who eat Westernized diets don't get many natural probiotics in their diet. That's changing as yogurt and other fermented foods grow in popularity.

Probiotic bacteria not only keep bad bacteria in check, they also help to "tune up" your immune system. You may not know it but 70% of your immune system lies in your gut – so nurturing your gut immunity with probiotic bacteria keeps your intestinal tract healthy.

Some studies also show these friendly bacteria offer added resistance against infection. Plus they offer potential benefits for treating irritable bowel syndrome, some types of diarrhea and for preventing vaginal yeast infections. If you have gas and bloating after meals, probiotics may help with these symptoms because fermented foods are a natural source of intestine-friendly bacteria.

Fermenting Foods Reduces Anti-Nutrients

Another benefit to fermenting foods, especially soy, is it inactivates anti-nutrients that block the absorption of minerals from the foods you eat. Soy contains phytates, compounds that reduce the absorption of minerals like iron, zinc and calcium from your gut. Fermenting soy inactivates phytates, making it a healthier way to eat soy.

Examples of fermented soy foods you can buy at most natural food markets are miso and tempeh. You may have enjoyed a cup of miso soup at a Japanese restaurant and not realized you were doing good things for your intestines. Believe me – your intestines would thank you if they could.

Other examples of probiotic-rich foods are sauerkraut, kimchi (fermented cabbage), fermented cheeses and soy sauce. Just as there are fermented foods, you can nurture your intestines with probiotic beverages like kefir and kombucha.

Fermented Beverages: Another Source of Probiotics

Kefir is a probiotic -rich beverages that has the consistency of thin yogurt and is available in a number of flavors at natural food markets. It has a slightly tart taste like yogurt, but you can blend it with fresh fruit for a sweeter taste. You can even make your own kefir at home.

Kombucha is fizzy and has a rather tart taste. Some companies that produce it like Synergy add flavors like lemon, strawberry and cranberry to it to give it more mainstream appeal. Being an acquired taste, some people don't like it when they first try it but after drinking it a few times, its fizzy effervescence becomes addictive for some.

How to Enjoy the Health Benefits of Fermented Foods

You can enjoy the benefits of probiotic bacteria by simply eating a container of yogurt with active cultures every day. If you're a little more adventurous, give kefir or kombucha a try. There are ways to make eating kefir more fun. Try making a kefir parfait by adding nuts, seeds, fresh fruit and spices to kefir. It's a healthy way to start the morning. Sip on a bottle of flavored kombucha as a healthy replacement for soft drinks.

Why not make your own sauerkraut? You'll get the benefits of the probiotic bacteria and the anti-cancer compounds in cabbage at the same time. Sauerkraut you buy in cans at the grocery store don't contain live probiotics. Here's a video to show you how:

When buying cheese, skip the packaged cheese at the grocery store and buy aged cheese with natural probiotics. Fermented soy is rich in isoflavones, natural compounds that may reduce the risk of heart disease and some types of cancer. You can buy miso at most natural food markets and use it to make soup, sauces and salad dressings. You can also add it to soups and stews for greater health benefits.

You'll want to avoid using high heat since it can destroy the probiotic bacteria. Try tempeh, another fermented soy product, as a substitute for meat. It's a good choice for meatless Mondays. By scouring the web, you'll find a number of tasty recipes using tempeh.

Next time you're at your local natural food market, pick up some kimchi. It's a popular vegetable side dish in Korea made of fermented cabbage and other fermented veggies. It has a spicy taste that's as tongue tingling as it is healthy. In fact, you can ferment your own vegetables at home using a starter culture you buy at health food stores or online.

The Bottom Line?

Enjoy the health benefits that fermented foods and beverages have to offer. You might discover you enjoy the taste as much as you do the health benefits.

References:

British Journal of Nutrition / Volume 107 / Issue 06 / March 2012, pp 876-884.

Eden Foundation. "Fermented Food: Safer to Eat"

Source by Dr.

Food To Improve Your Vision – The Eye Health Benefits Of Turkey

When we think about Thanksgiving Day we think of a happy family gathering at the dinner table as we enjoy a delicious turkey meal. It is the season for spending quality time with family relatives and friends. It is also the season to give thanks and express gratitude for the blessings we have received in our lives. Turkey is an integral part of this traditional holiday feast. Not only is turkey a wonderful way to satisfy healthy appetites, but more importantly, incorporating this food into your diet is a great way to improve and protect your precious eyesight. This is due to the fact that it consists of vitamins and minerals essential in promoting good eye health. Therefore, here are some of the vision promoting benefits of turkey for better eye health:

Turkey consists of the eye health promoting nutrient called Zinc. About 3 ounces of turkey provides your eyes with the daily recommended allowance for Zinc. Research suggests that this vision promoting nutrient may reduce the risk for the age related vision disorder Macular Degeneration by 25%

Additionally, turkey also consists of the B vitamin called Niacin. Due to its ability to lower blood pressure it dilates blood vessels. Therefore, it benefits eye health by increasing circulation to the optic nerve in the eyes.

Turkey is a healthy food that is good for your eyes also due to the fact that this traditional Thanksgiving Day food consists of vitamin A. This is a nutrient vital in promoting eye health because it improves night vision and also reduces the risks for dry eye.

Here are some general health benefits of this healthy food: Turkey is a good source of protein and essential amino acids. Just one serving of this eye food supplies 65% of your daily recommended allowance for protein. It consists of trace minerals the body uses in the prevention of cancer due to its Selenium content. Selenium promotes the healthy function of the Thyroid and the immune system; therefore, it provides antioxidant protection from cancer cells in the body. It supplies the eyes with Vitamin B 3, better known as Niacin, which is essential in helping the body metabolize fats. Vitamin B 6 plays a critical role in keeping blood sugar levels in a healthy range.

Ultimately, not only is turkey a good food to satisfy a healthy appetite but it also provides your eyes with the right vitamins and minerals necessary for promoting better vision health while protecting them from age related vision problems. These are wonderful reasons to make this traditional Thanksgiving Day food an important part of your diet.

Source by Joel Travers King