Monday, April 11, 2016
Your heart rate increases, your lungs take in more oxygen, your blood flow increases, and parts of your immune system become temporarily suppressed, which reduces your inflammatory response to pathogens and other foreign invaders... OH MY !! Nooooooooooo
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According to the American Council on Exercise, during a water workout, your heart rate will be reduced by as much as 17 beats per minute compared to a land workout, so be sure to keep this in mind if you use your heart rate to gauge your intensity.
You’ll need to listen to your body—as opposed to relying solely on your heart rate—to know when you've had enough.
Other studies about water exercise have been equally favorable. For example, high-intensity deep-water training improved aerobic capacity in a group of 29 healthy elderly women.5 In another study, swimmers were found to have about half the risk of death of inactive people.'
Swimming Rocks !
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It is an unfortunate truth in leading an active lifestyle; at one point or another you will most likely suffer an injury of some sort. Hopefully it is small in nature and you will be back to normal in a short time, but how you go about handling the injury may be the biggest factor in how quickly you heal. Again, we must stress that here we are focusing our attention on minor injuries such as sprained ankles or strained muscles. A more severe injury, such as muscle or ligament tear will demand the attention of a medical professional.
Many times people are often confused as to whether to use ice or heat to help an injury heal. Both have their benefits and uses. Ice reduces swelling in an injured area, and helps dull the pain in the area as well. Heat, on the other hand, provides a soothing sensation, increasing blood flow to the area and helping loosen up tight areas. So which one is best? The answer is that it may be both-just not at the same time.
Typically speaking, immediately after an acute injury, the injury should be treated with ice (and compression if applicable). Normally inflammation follows immediately after the injury, so icing can help decrease this inflammation and dull some of the pain that is sure to accompany it. It is important that for the first few days following an injury that ice, along with rest, is the main focus of the healing process. Heat draws blood into an area, and during the first few days where swelling is often an issue, will only increase this swelling. So until the swelling subsides, heat packs or pads should be avoided.
After the first few days are past and swelling is no longer evident, you can introduce heat. By alternating ice and heat packs you can begin to introduce more blood, oxygen and nutrients to the injured area to help progress the healing process. Again we are still using the ice packs to avoid swelling. It’s also important to start to exercise the area by slowly stretching and moving the injured area in an effort to avoid immobilization. Remember not to push to the point of pain as you may reinjure yourself. While you still may experience tenderness or slight pain for weeks after and injury, the need for constant attention to the area is not warranted. You can still use ice or heating packs if you want to help with the pain.
So remember-ice first and foremost and save the heat for a few days later at least. It might feel better to use a heating pack, but your body and the injury will thank you for the cold!
If you are like the millions of Americans who find themselves sitting behind a desk all day and fighting traffic both to and from work, chances are you may also be one of many dealing with back pain. Stiffness, dull aching, and pain when bending down to pick something up may be a part of your day that you’ve come to live with. No amount of adjusting in your chair seems to help alleviate the discomfort. So what causes this and what can you do to help alleviate it on your own? First we should note that not all back pain is the same. Here we are mainly discussing back pain related to being sedentary, but this pain could be caused by other factors such as lifting something heavy without proper form or a sudden twisting or jerking motion that your body was not prepared for. In these cases some of these tips may help while some cases may require seeking the help of a professional.
We have become a society of sitters. We sit in our cubicle or office for hours on end. We drive everywhere-more sitting-and when we’re home we are plopped down on the couch watching TV. This has a serious negative effect on our back and spine. First sitting produces about twice as much pressure on our discs as standing, and unfortunately we also tend to slouch which only increases this pressure. Additionally when we sit we put our hamstrings into a fixed position, which in turns allows them to tighten and reduces their range of motion. This causes reduced mobility in the hips and often a curve forward in the lumbar spine. When this inactivity continues for long periods of time it can lead to damage in the spinal structure and make back pain worse and worse. So what do you do when your job requires you be in the office all day long? Here are a few tips for fighting and staving off back pain from sitting:
- GET UP: Every 30 minutes or so stand up and walk around. Increased activity will help loosen the lower back muscles and alleviate pain.
- STRETCH: When you get up, take some time to lean down and touch your toes and then reach for the ceiling. Make a point to sit on your office floor and go through as many hamstring stretches as time allows ensuring your hamstrings don’t stiffen up on you.
- WATCH YOUR POSTURE: Don’t slouch! Sit up tall and keep your core tight. This will lessen the effects of being seated.
- GET A CHAIR THAT FITS: Make sure the chair you have at your desk is ideal for your height and has lower back support.
- STRENGTHEN YOUR CORE: Doing exercises for your core can improve posture and avoid other strains from carrying or lifting things up from the floor.
- FOAM ROLL AND MASSAGE: Sometimes you can develop a knot that can wreck havoc on your back. Foam rolling sore areas or having a massage may help loosen up and alleviate any pained caused by this.
Hopefully these tips will help you to avoid the common back pain issues that many deal with. Like with anything it’s about being consistent. If you only stretch every 3 weeks or only get up every 5 hours most likely you will not see a benefit from these tips. Taking care of yourself and being preventative and not reactive is the trick! Again, if you find that your back simply isn’t improving than it may be time to schedule and appointment and get checked out.
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Saffron, a popular Middle Eastern spice, may be effective for treating mild to moderate depression, according to a study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2005;97:281--4).
Depressive disorders affect about 19 million Americans each year. People who are depressed may experience excessive weight loss or gain, sleepiness or insomnia, feelings of worthlessness, decreased pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed, difficulty thinking and concentrating, persistent sad mood, and thoughts of suicide or death. Women are twice as likely as men to develop depression... What does all this mean? Mommy didn't hold me enough, Daddy touched my pee pee... Shut up and quit whining. If you're really depressed, and who isn't these days, have you seen my paychecks.. Then get off your oh, sad, little me ass and get some exercise. Move your butt! Clean something. Go for a run. Are you really "depressed," or just a little run down, over whelmed, tired? Perhaps your life really sucks. Remember, you are responsible for you. Do something about it. Or, do nothing and take your drugs. Your choice.. Dang, I feel better already. See. Happy birthday to me. I think I'm gonna go buy something! Yay! (not really my birthday..)
Saffron: Because depresson is depressing...
More benefits of Saffron..
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Someday you will die and leave this earth behind. But on all the others days you won't. So live them. Live them like the priceless gift they are. Live each new today with eyes wide open. See the beauty. Focus on the good. Feel the sun, snow, wind, rain and elements of your planet on your skin. Walk your feet upon earth's ground. Star gaze. Climb trees. Go for drives. Look at other peoples homes and say to yourself, "There are people living their lives in there." Be aware that every person in humanity is going through their own thing. Be thankful. See your blessings, not only your problems.
Someday you are going to die. True. But on all the other days you will not.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Get it ?
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Saturday, November 7, 2015
The film shows how corporations and actors within the EU Commission are teaming up to demolish a major piece of public health legislation.
For decades, industry’s strategy has been to advocate for a science-based policy. But which science exactly? This particular lobbying campaign provides helpful insights into the sort of science industry favours, and the sort it doesn’t...
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Energy training is Lightwork and can be used to create a more harmonious way of life and help eliminate illness and pains. Before anyone starts any energy work whether it be psychokinesis or simply using higher love to usher in new energies to the planet, I advice to use simple practices like tai chi/chi gong to help get your own life energy flowing. (btw...this isn't my advice, I'm learning to) M.J.
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This little smoothie went to the market. This little smoothie came home. So I drank it !
Okay folks, here's what you'll need:
1 cup of your favorite type of milk (i use unsweetened Silk cashew milk) because cow milk sucks..
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (Vega is pretty good, kinda pricey)
Sprout's has a good vegan protein mix as well, not pricey...1/2 cup or more pure pumpkin (I use Farmer's Market Organic Pumpkin)
1/2 TB organic cinnamon
1/2 TB pumpkin pie spice (simply organic is fine)
Splash of vanilla extract
Dash of celtic sea salt
One half frozen organic banana
Three cubes of frozen raw cream (I use Kalona super natural)
Toss it in your Ninja, blend it for 10-15 seconds and drink up !! You'll be glad you did. And don't worry about the calories, it's worth it. Just ask Santa for a jump rope... : )
PS: You can grab a regular Ninja blender at Best Buy for $79. (on sale) I've had mine for four years. Still in great shape. Probably from making all those smoothies...
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Your mother always told you to make your bed. Every single morning after you’d rise, groggy and miserable, you’d get the inevitable question: “Did you make your bed?” Well, guess what? It turns out mom was wrong — it’s actually better for you, and for your overall health, not to make your bed at all. Why? Because of these.
Dust-mites... (ooo, say it again, Dust mites !)
The mighty house dust mite. Actually, it’s not mighty at all. These microscopic little buggers are running rampant in your bed (sorry, but it’s true). In fact, the average bed can be home to 1.5 million of them. House dust mites feed on human skin scales (ew), so they love to take up residence with us under the sheets. The allergens they produce (which are actually the mites’ poop) are easily inhaled during sleep and are a major cause of illnesses like asthma. They don’t exactly help dust allergies, either.
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Thursday, September 17, 2015
A Tribute to Wayne Dyer
There have been many spiritual gurus, but none have touched as many lives as Wayne. Here's what I learned from him:
1) He measured his success not by the money he made but by the lives he touched.
2) He lived as if no one was watching, and simultaneously as if everyone was watching; blending selfish joy and selfless service as if they were the same currency.
3) He treated everyone as family and willingly took on the role of surrogate father, as well as a spiritual guide to his millions of grateful followers.
4) He never cared what people thought about him, while he simultaneously changed what people thought. In retrospect, I can now see that he boldly took great satisfaction from his ability to do that.
5) He lived a richly abundant life, while living it simply, worrying less about profits and keenly focused on the purpose of his work.
6) To him, life itself was the gift, and love was the only reward worth seeking.
7) He made the most mundane facts interesting, and simplified the complicated nature of spiritual awareness, which enhanced his charm as he brought us all closer to God.
8) He lived his life so authentically that you felt as if you were always seeing who was in EVERY minute, sort of blurring the lines between reality and fiction right before your very eyes.
9) It was never clear who his REAL family and friends were, because in his mind there was hardly a difference, yet he fiercely dedicated his life to a small circle of loyal family and friends, as he opened his world (and even his home) to a barrage of strangers.
10) Finally he pushed the boundaries of life itself, never accepting anything at face value, always searching for meaning, and always, always, believing that miracles would show up exactly on time.
Thanks Wayne for leaving a little part of yourself in each of us. Thank you for the gift of your dharma and for the volumes of work that have forever changed our ability to see the face of God in ourselves and in every one else. In your honor I commit to "see the light in others and will act as if that is all I see."