Botox for Pain Management and Migraines

Botox for Pain Management and Migraines

Botox is one of the different names for the botulinum toxin. While it is a toxin, the protein has been used for cosmetic purposes. It is often injected into certain points of the forehead and face to treat wrinkles and fine lines. Those who are looking to eliminate their facial creases or wrinkles will often seek to receive Botox injections for a more youthful and fresh-faced appearance.

Aside from helping to eliminate wrinkles and facial creases, it can also be used to help treat a number of different issues. Botox can be used to help those who suffer from a lazy eye or uncontrollable blinking. In recent years, it has been used as a method of pain management, specifically for women and men who suffer from migraines. Botox in NYC has recently been used to treat this specific type of pain.

How Does Botox Work?

Botox basically works to relax the face by blocking out specific impulses of the nerves. When it is injected into certain spots of the face, the muscles of the face are unable to contract which means that those unwanted wrinkles and fine lines end up softening out and are no longer visible. However, it is not just used for cosmetic purposes. The FDA has recently approved the use of Botox in women and men who suffer from chronic migraines.

How Does Botox Treat Migraines?

While it may seem unbelievable to some, Botox can actually help to treat migraines. How does it do this? A physician will need to apply several Botox injections to both the head and the neck as a way of dulling down the symptoms that are associated with migraines. It has been proven that with a series of Botox injections, migraine sufferers can get the much needed relief that they have always wanted.

Of course, migraine sufferers will need to speak with their primary physician about their options and about whether or not Botox will be appropriate for their situation. It is recommended that people who suffer from chronic migraines, which mean having at least 15 migraines per month that last about four hours or longer, give the Botox injections a try. A qualified specialist will be able to administer the injections into very specific areas of both the head and neck.

Will Botox Eliminate Migraines Completely?

Those who suffer from chronic migraines are often suffering at home in silence because they do not know what to do to treat the pain. These individuals may spend hours at home or at work suffering in pain but now they have another option. Botox injections for the treatment of migraines is an innovative option that helps to reduce the amount of time an individual spends suffering from migraines.

These chronic migraine sufferers may still end up having migraines here and there but the Botox injections can drastically improve the problem. With the injections, the number of days in a month that an individual suffered from migraines had drastically reduced.

As someone who suffers with migraines, this treatment option has become a welcome tool in the limited arsenal to combat these severe headaches.


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How to Schedule Getting Fit Around Your Work Life

These days everyone is always in a rush. Whether it is rushing to pick the kids up from school or sprinting down the street because you’re late for work; we’re always rushing.

Now as important as the things we are hurrying around for are, they’re not more important than looking after your body (few things are!). Take me for example, I work 45 hours a week and when I get home I have all sorts of other commitments to deal with like cooking dinner, domestic chores having your mum over for tea etc.

However, I still find time to keep in shape because I know that working hard to provide for my future will be of little use if I’m not alive or in decent shape to take advantage of it.

Below is a relatively quick work out for those of you trying to pack on some muscle and improve your general fitness around your busy schedule; each workout should take no more than half an hour a night:(To make this work-out even quicker make sure everything is ready in advance to stop you having to set everything up or find clothes/equipment before you start)

Monday

Monday nights are normally not that hard for you to get motivated so I’ve put the most tedious exercises for these nights. Try to leave no more than a minute between sets in order to get full benefit of, and speed up, the whole workout.

  • 3x 15 push-ups
  • 3x 8 bicep curls
  • 3x 8 hammer curls
  • 3x 15 crunches
  • 3x 15 leg raises

Tuesday

20 – 30 minute jog around the block

Wednesday

As with Monday’s workout try to leave no more than a minute between sets in order to get full benefit of, and speed up, the whole workout. I have to admit that I find my Wednesday nights the hardest because I’m generally really busy that night but that’s because I’m lazy the actual workout doesn’t take up much of my time.

  • 3x 15 narrow push-ups
  • 3x 12 dumbbell fly
  • 3x 10 dumbbell press
  • 3x 20 dips
  • 3x 8 one arm tricep dip

Thursday

20 – 30 minute jog around the block

Friday

Once again try to leave no more than a minute between sets in order to get full benefit of, and speed up, the whole workout. Remember the quicker you do this work out the faster you’ll be able to go out with your friends!

  • 3x 15 squats
  • 3x 12 dumbbell shoulder press
  • 2x 15 standing leg curls
  • 2x 8 clock lunges

That work out will help you to get fit without taking up huge amounts of time or money. It is the perfect way to schedule getting fit around your busy life. Obviously how quickly you see results will depend on a lot of things like DNA and diet so be patient.

Tip: to ensure you maintain your commitment and motivation to the cause stick a picture of someone you want to be like, or be with, to the wall of the room where you work out; this will spur you on.


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Cystic Acne Home Remedy

Acne are of several types and over millions of people suffer from this common skin disorder at some point in their life. The degree of acne type differs and so does its treatment. Cystic acne is a type of severe acne and is characterized by skin lesion that has reached the deeper layer of the skin, epidermis.

This condition is usually a result of genetic factors and if your parents have battled a similar problem, you are likely to develop severe acne breakouts. If you are fed up with cystic acne and the irritation that it causes, here are a few natural and home remedies for your rescue.

Remember, there is no magical wand to clear this problem soon. You need to be patient and consistent towards the treatment techniques for better results. You can control your acne!

Home Remedies to Clear Cystic Acne

Baking Soda: What a magical agent is this! This agent is also used in some cosmetic products and is effective in treating various types of acne. Baking soda removes excessive oil from your skin and acts as an astringent. Mix baking powder with equal amount of water to form a thick paste. Apply the face mask and wash it after drying. You can also add sea salt to the mixture before application. Adding of sea salt will soothe the inflamed cysts.

Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil is a popular agent in various medicine systems. It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Due to these properties, it is effective in clearing the acne  infection. To treat cystic acne, mix 1 part of tea tree oil with 9 parts of water and apply this solution to the acne. The oil is very strong and if you have highly sensitive skin, oil must be mixed with more water for extra dilution.

Natural Clay: Apply mask of natural clay mixed with water to help the skin impurities to come to the surface area. Put this mask once a week. It helps reduce acne, speeds up the healing process and reduces the chances of scarring.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Using apple cider vinegar as a face wash can clear bacteria of your skin and also soothe the skin. This solution can be used for topical use as well as internal use too. Drinking 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar mixed with water can clear cystic acne.

Honey and Cinnamon Powder: 3 tablespoon honey mixed with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder can be one of the effective natural remedies to treat cystic acne. Honey mixed with egg white can prove to be an effective remedy for cystic acne too.

Honey and Aspirin: Aspirin tablets have salicyclic acid, which is effective in opening the clogged pores as well as it is a mild exfoliant.  Couple of crushed aspirin tablets should be mixed with water to form a paste and apply it evenly over the face. Rinse off after it dries. Pat dry the skin and apply thin layer of honey. Honey is a natural moisturizer and works as an anti-bacterial agent.

Toothpaste: Apply toothpaste (not a gel toothpaste) over the cysts and leave it overnight. This can reduce the size of cysts and also soothe the inflammation.

Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera gel is effective in reducing the swelling and redness of the cysts. Apply the gel gently over the cysts and after drying rinse off with warm water.

Cabbage Hot Compress: Heating cabbage leaves and giving hot compress to the cystic acne can drain the pus and speeds healing. This is one of the most effective ways to treat cystic acne.

You need to have patience towards any acne treatment, and if it is cystic acne, it is a must. Cystic acne are the worst type of acne and if you wish to fight this chronic problem, above given home remedies will be helpful.


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Baby Stool Softener- Is This The Solution For Infant Constipation?

Babies, unlike adults, cannot express their feeling verbally and so need special attention to investigate and interpret any health problems they might be experiencing. One of the most common problems babies face is constipation.

By definition, constipation is a condition in which there is reduced frequency of passing stool associated with hard stools, pain in the anal area and straining at stool. In severe cases, the abdomen may be abnormally distended. Baby stool softener is meant to correct this problem.

How Do Tell That Your Baby Is Constipated?

As has already been mentioned, babies cannot tell you what they are feeling. As a mother or a caretaker you really need to be keen to point out any signs of constipation in a baby. Before we discuss the specific signs and symptoms to look out for, there are some things you need to know so that you do not misdiagnose your baby’s condition.

First, breast-feeding babies start passing harder and formed stools when weaning is commenced. At times they may not pass stool for up to 3 days. Earlier, at about 4 weeks of life, babies may take as long as 7 days before they pass stool. This should not be misconstrued to mean they are constipated.

Second babies less than 6 months of age usually stretch, strain, push up their legs, grunt and wear a flushed face when defecating. This is completely normal as long as it is not associated with crying.

Signs and Symptoms of Constipation in Babies

These are the things that you need to take into account if you want to confirm that you need a baby stool softener for your child.

Abnormally hard stools: babies, due to their diet, are expected to pass soft stools. You need to check every stool passed by your baby to tell if there is any evidence of hardness or abnormality.

Reduced stool frequency: this is the easiest sign to pick in a constipated child. If your baby takes abnormally long to pass stools you should suspect constipation. This should be based on the average interval your baby passes stool.

Straining and crying when passing stool: hard stool is difficult to pass from the intestines through the anus. The baby strains because he/she needs more energy while the stretch and friction from the hard stool causes pain in the anal area. This is why the baby strains and cries.

Passing large amounts of stool: babies who eat a lot are expected to pass large quantity of stools. If this happens in children who eat little food especially associated with longer intervals of defecation, is characteristic of constipation.

Role of Baby Stool Softener in Addressing Constipation

There are several stool softeners in the market today but most are for adults. The reason why there is only limited number of baby stool softeners is that babies have less mature physiology and therefore the side effects are greater.

Before using any baby stool softener, ensure you consult your pediatrician.It is also good to examine home based remedies for preventing and treating constipation such as ensuring that your baby takes enough fluids (especially water), he/she is physically active as well as gently massaging the abdomen. The common baby stool softener is prunes juice which is effective and with less side effects.


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Fun Ways to Get Active – Pokemon Go for Weight Loss

Pokemon Go – most people have probably at least heard about (if they’re not already playing) the popular new smart phone game. For most people my age who were raised during the Pokemon craze of the 90’s and early 2000’s, Pokemon Go came as a highly anticipated addition to the Pokemon franchise.

In my mind though, this game has one big advantage over other Pokemon games (and even most smart phone games in general) – it’s focus on walking and moving around a city! There are a few people on the web who have mentioned this facet of the new game, but today I want to talk about how you can use Pokemon Go for weight loss, or even just as a fun way to keep active.

How Does it Work?

For those of you who haven’t yet played Pokemon Go, the game centers around using your phone’s GPS to track your position as you walk around searching for Pokemon to collect. As you progress in the game, you will be able to level up, evolve, and eventually battle your Pokemon against other trainers (the name for players in the game).

How can I use Pokemon Go for Weight Loss?

The whole game centers are having to walk around and explore in order to find new Pokemon! This means that if you want to really progress in the game, you need to go out and walk around. For me, I’ve found that the game has added just a little bit of incentive for me to go out of my way to walk places.

Aside from just exploring the city looking for Pokemon and visiting Pokestops to get new items, I also love the egg hatching part of the game. How this works is that you collect eggs at Pokestops. These eggs then have to be “incubated”, and you hatch them by walking a certain distance.

So far I have discovered three types of eggs based on how far you have to walk to hatch them – 2km, 5km, and 10km. The longer the distance it takes to hatch the egg, the rarer the Pokemon is supposed to be. When you first start the game you only have one incubator, which means you have to hatch one egg before you can start walking to hatch the next one. Later in the game though you might collect more incubators or buy them from the in game store.

Egg hatching is my favorite way to use the game to stay active, and if you are dedicated to hatching new Pokemon you can actually burn off quite a few calories! The people at omnicalculator.com even have a calculator that you can use to determine how many calories you can burn while walking to hatch your eggs. Check it out:

The Downsides

Okay, so overall I’ve been very pleased with the Pokemon Go app, but it is still a game and not a fitness app. One big downside that I also have with the game is that I wish it would track how far you walk each day. Right now you can only see the total distance you’ve walked since you started playing (in your trophies section).

The game also won’t tell you how fast you are walking. In addition, the game supports a more leisurely speed of walking, with sometimes frequent stops to catch Pokemon, so you won’t burn as many calories playing Pokemon Go compared to going on a normal hike or run.

Another downside is the fact that the game can be a major drain on your cell phone battery. If you are planning on playing the game for any length of time I recommend investing in a portable external battery pack like this one from Amazon.

The Bottom Line

Pokemon Go is a fun game, and if the other options are sitting in front of your computer or the TV playing games, I definitely recommend downloading Pokemon Go. It’s a fun way to get active, and I know that there have been a couple times when I chose to go out for a walk to go catch some Pokemon instead of staying inside on the couch.

That being said, it probably shouldn’t be your only form of physical activity. But it is a good way to add some variety and fun to your daily exercise regime. So why not head on out there and try to “catch ’em all”!

What do you think? Do you have any other games that you use to make exercise and staying active more fun?


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9 Rules for Healthy Eating on a College Budget

The end of August means the start of school, and that means lots of people are either heading off for the first time or returning to college after enjoying some time back at home. I remember when I was in college one of the toughest things for me to manage was my grocery expenses.

Shopping trips were always filled with decisions on just how much eating healthy mattered to me. And all too often I found myself replacing “healthy” foods and products with unhealthy ones (I once lived an entire week on instant ramen). But it doesn’t always have to be the case – healthy eating on a college budget (or any budget) is possible! It just takes a little bit of knowledge and planning.

Rule #1 – Always, always, always plan ahead

Plan ahead for everything. Plan your grocery trips – what are you going to buy, where are you going to go shopping, when are you going to go shopping. Plan when you are going to prepare and cook meals. Plan what you going to eat for the week. Being prepared can go a long way to making sure that you stick to your healthy eating goals.

Rule #2 – Make a list

Going to the grocery story without a list is one of the worst mistakes you can make. Don’t do it. Take the extra 5 minutes to sit down and write down exactly what you are going to buy, otherwise you might find yourself coming home with three different types of cheese, two bottles of wine and packages of crackers (when what you really needed was tomatoes and milk).

Rule #3 – Buy seasonal produce

Stick to the produce that is is season. First of all, produce that is in season is much cheaper. Remember your Econ 101 class and the idea of supply and demand? When the supply is high, the price decreases. This is why you can buy ears of corn in the summer for around 25c an ear, but if you try to buy that same corn in the middle of December you’ll easily be paying 3-4 times that amount!

As an added bonus, produce that is grown in season generally has higher contents of vitamins and minerals. Yum!If you have to eat a fruit or vegetable out of season take a look at the cost of frozen or canned varieties. Sometimes these can end up being a bit cheaper.

Rule #4 – Stay away from pre-made, pre-cut, pre-prepared items

General rule of thumb is that buying the ingredients for things is generally going to be cheaper than buying the pre-made finished product. And pre-made items are also usually less healthy because they sometimes contain high amounts of non-beneficial substances such as sodium, fat, and sugar. Try to stay away from packaged items and instead stick to produce.

Rule #5 – Try to buy non perishables in bulk

Non perishables are great items to buy in bulk, if you have the space to store them. Large warehouse style stores (think Costco or Sams Club) can be great places to stock up on these products. But do keep in mind that these products do need to be stored correctly – typically in airtight resealable containers.

You should also consider your eating habits when buying large quantities of products. Don’t go out and buy a giant year-long supply of garbanzo beans if you only eat them a couple times a month. You’d be better off just buying smaller portions of them rather than risk wasting a bunch.

Rule #6 – Team up with a friend

Teaming up with a friend, both for buying food and for cooking, can be a good way to save and make the process of eating healthy more fun. Even if you aren’t planning on splitting the costs of food, try to plan grocery trips together with a friend that is also trying to eat healthy. You’ll help keep each other from buying things that you will probably regret in the future.

Rule #7 – Don’t go to the grocery story hungry

This is similar to rule #1. Make sure you plan everything out, and that includes when you are going to go shopping. Don’t go to the store when you are hungry. When you are hungry you are far more likely to buy unhealthy foods because of in the moment cravings. Either plan your grocery trips for after meals, or at the very least eat a snack before heading out.

Rule #8 – Shop around (and avoid the “hip” stores)

Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods might be great places to find unique and healthy foods, but they can also be a lot more expensive than other smaller, less “hip” stores. Take a bit of time at the beginning of the year to explore the neighborhood around you to discover other alternatives. Sometimes ethnic grocery stores will have cheaper prices on produce.

When I went to school there was an Asian grocery story the next city over that had way cheaper prices on produce because they bought the “non-pretty” ones that other stores wouldn’t buy (nothing wrong with the flavor, they just weren’t always perfectly round or such). Another great place to go shopping is at local farmers’ markets.

Rule #9 – Make it fun

I think the most important part of any healthy diet is making it fun. If preparing, cooking and eating healthy meals becomes a chore you are far less likely to continue wanting to do it. How you make your healthy eating fun is completely up to you – make it a challenge, post pictures of your successes on facebook/instagram, or maybe even start your own blog!

These are just a few ideas on how I managed to keep my grocery bill under control and yet still enjoy eating healthy meals. Do you have any other rules that you follow(ed)? Let me know in the comments below!


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Coffee in the Diet – The Pros and Cons of a Cup a Day

This morning I woke up and, like most mornings, one of the first things I did was head into my kitchen and make myself a cup of coffee. I’d like to think I’m not reliant on my daily cup of joe, but while it is not a necessity that I drink a cup every morning, it is an enjoyable part of my morning experience.

Today as I sat down to enjoy my morning caffeine, I started to think about what exactly were the health benefits and risks of including coffee in the diet. Is my daily cup (or two) something that I should continue to enjoy without worry of what it is doing to my health, or is it an indulgence that I should try to stop?

What is coffee?

Before beginning a discussion on why you should include or remove coffee from your daily diet, let’s take a brief moment to discuss what is coffee. Most people (certainly coffee drinkers) will recognize a roasted coffee bean. This is the finished product though and in order to get to this recognizable state, coffee beans go through a couple steps.

Coffee cherries on the treeDespite the name, a coffee bean is actually the seed of the coffee fruit, which is sometimes called a cherry. These fruit grow on coffee trees. Coffee trees prefer to grow in areas with rich soil, mild temperatures and frequent rain. For this reason,most coffee trees are grown in an area of the world called the “Coffee Belt” which is located around the Equator.

Coffee fruit start as a flower on the tree. After flowering, it takes the plant almost a year (!) to mature into a fruit that is ready for harvest. After harvesting the fruit is picked (usually by hand), and then the beans are removed from the fruit and dried.

Then these green coffee beans are polished and sorted by weight and size before they are ready to be exported and roasted. During roasting the beans are heated until they reach an internal temperature of 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The beans are now ready to be ground, brewed and consumed. Yum!

The Health Benefits of Coffee

There are a multitude of studies around the internet that have looked into what exactly coffee does to the body. There are ones praising coffee and it’s many benefits to the body, and there are others warning of over consumption and the risks that coffee drinkers take everyday.

Here is my take-away on these studies. Keep in mind I am a coffee drinker, and so my views on this might be skewed because I don’t want to have to give up my morning habit.

Coffee Helps to Reduce the Risk of Some Diseases

One of the key benefits of drinking coffee is that moderate consumption of coffee may help to decrease the risk of developing some diseases. Recent research into coffee has shown that there seems to be links between coffee consumption and lowered risks of liver cancer, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and cardiovascular diseases.

Currently it is not known why coffee seems to help prevent some of these diseases. Some researchers and scientists believe it may be because of the caffeine content of coffee (although some studies show the same benefits from drinking decaffeinated coffee), others believe it is because of the high level of antioxidants in coffee, and others still think it may be due to some unknown quality of coffee that we have yet to discover.

Antioxidants

One of the reasons for coffee’s many health benefits is due to its high concentration of antioxidants. In fact, for most Americans coffee is the single largest source of antioxidants in the diet!

I’ve talked about antioxidants before when talking about the benefits of including beans in your diet. To review: antioxidants are substances that fight free radicals, which occur naturally in the body.

Having too many free radicals in the body though leads to increased risks of developing cardiovascular disease and cancer. Because coffee contains antioxidants, coffee can help prevent these diseases.

What about drinking coffee for weight loss?

Aside from the claims that coffee can help reduce the risk of certain diseases, I’ve also seen a lot of reports recently claiming that coffee can also aid in weight loss. The main support for this argument is the caffeine that is found in coffee.

Some research has shown that consuming caffeine can help to speed up metabolism and help to suppress appetite. As of now though, most research showing this correlation is preliminary and not consistent. In fact, some research even shows that using caffeine too often causes your body to build up a resistance to it, which means that if you want to get these weight loss benefits you need to practice drinking coffee for short periods of time and then abstaining (for example two weeks on, two weeks off).

Despite the possible benefits of caffeine on weight loss and weight maintenance, coffee consumption can be bad for the diet depending on the way you drink it. Regular black coffee for instance is a very low calorie drink that contains only 2 calories a cup and is therefore a great addition to your diet if you are watching your weight.

Unfortunately though, most people don’t drink their coffee black. Adding sugar and cream or milk to coffee can significantly increase the calories in your cup, and don’t even get me started on the fancy frappuchinos and other specialty drinks that some people consume. The added calories in these type of coffee drinks might actually cause someone to gain weight – yikes!

The takeaway – pros vs. cons

Overall, coffee can be included in a healthy diet, but as always one needs to practice moderation. So far there have been no studies that definitively link coffee to increased mortality rates or other negative consequences. In fact it has been shown that coffee decreases the risk of developing certain types of diseases!

Another thing to consider is that most of these benefits are found from drinking straight black coffee in moderation (up to 6 cups a day). Try to drink coffee black, but if you have to have sweeteners or milk, try to stick to fat free milk and try only a small amount of sugar or honey.

Also, pay attention to when you drink your coffee. Caffeine is a stimulant, so if you drink it too late in the day you might find yourself unable to get to sleep at night.

So, should you drink coffee?

Well ultimately this is up to you! What do you think? Do you think coffee can be a healthy part of the diet? Or do you think it should be removed? Let me know in the comments below!


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Meditation And Health Benefits

We often confuse meditation with spirituality. However, it can be said that although meditation is a key factor to attain spiritual well-being in the long run, it is a technique to heal your mind and body at the basic level.

A popular about meditation is that we often say people are in deep thought while meditation. But the truth about meditation is that the mind becomes free of tension, anxiety, stress and unwanted thoughts and instills positive feeling while meditating.

This means that the technique is used to heal and repair oneself physically and emotionally. Therefore, it has been observed that people who meditate are healthy physically as well as mentally. Let us explore the physical, mental health benefits of meditation.

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Physical health benefits of meditation

The physical health benefits of meditation are manifold. Meditation is considered to be the best remedy for stress, especially the kind we face in our daily lives. As it controls the mind, one can feel relaxed in dealing with adverse situation at home or at work.

  • Increases blood circulation: Meditation helps in reducing the blood pressure significantly, as a result of which it improves blood circulation in the heart. When a person meditates blood flow increases considerably in the frontal cortex, apart of other body parts. Reduced stress due to meditation not only keeps the heart healthy, but also reduces cholesterol, and improves the overall health.
  • Boosts immunity: Those who meditate regularly have increased immunity and can fight any disease better. They also get cured faster and require fewer visits from the doctor.
  • Helps in reducing pain: Chronic aches that occur in the nerves and muscles can be reduced to a large extent with the help of meditation. Researchers believe that this is caused because those who meditate regularly can respond to pain more effectively.
  • Healthy sleeping habits: Regular meditation leads to good sleeping habits. A good sleeping pattern makes a person physically more healthy and fit.
  • Helps in anti-ageing: Meditation soothes the nerve cells and helps the skin to glow. At the same time, it prevents you from falling ill often. On the whole, you look beautiful and younger than your chronological age.

Emotional health benefits of meditation

Meditation helps a person to become free of anxiety, tension, worries and fear. In other word it purifies the mind, which in turn leads to sound emotional health and well being. Some of the emotional health benefits of practicing meditation include:

  • Leads to decreased anxiety and depression. This gives him more enthusiasm and energy to work throughout the day without being stressed.
  • Provides a stable mind that decreases mood swings and irritability. This increases emotional stability.
  • Makes you feel relaxed and happy. This leads to a positive attitude.
  • Increases memory recall and boosts confidence. People who meditate are also more agile mentally and react to situations more tactfully.

A healthy mind and body helps to attain spiritual enlightenment. Self confidence and clarity helps a person to recognize his inner self much better. This state of mind often leads to self-actualization – a condition that makes one complete physically, emotionally and spiritually.


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Good Health Care Tips During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is the most critical stage in a woman’s life and during this time is it essential for her to remain healthy and strong, not only for her well being but also for the healthy growth of her fetus. There are two most important things a pregnant woman should follow to remain healthy.

Proper diet

During this time, the body requires an increased amount of essential nutrients. Therefore, she should eat a well balanced diet from diverse food groups, such as, milk and dairy products, cereals and pulses, fruits and vegetables and plant/animal proteins as well as plenty of fluids.

  • There are a number of special diet initiatives a woman should take during her pregnancy to remain healthy. Even if she takes a well-balanced diet, she should add extra calcium, vitamins, folic acid and iron to her diet as these are required during pregnancy.
  • She should also eat as many times she wishes to and eat whatever she feels like just that the food has to be healthy. It is in fact recommended that the person should eat small portion of meal several times a day. However, junk food and aerated drinks should be avoided during this time. Similarly processed food and ‘ready-to-eat’ food should not be taken at any time.
  • You can eat out occasionally and go by your preferences, but you just need to be careful about unhealthy food that is spicy and oily.
  • You can always take vitamin and mineral supplements with advice from your gynecologist. You should not take capsules and medicines for weight loss.

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Proper exercise

Although heavy exercises are not allowed during pregnancy, it is always important to follow some workout program during this period of time to remain healthy and strong. Studies have revealed that those women who are active during their pregnancy have a much smoother delivery than those who lead a passive lifestyle.

There are certain exercises that are specifically designed for this group. However, there are certain things you need to keep in mind before starting to exercise when pregnant.

  • Some of the breathing and cardio exercises are extremely useful during pregnancy. Many women are advised to do kegal exercise for strengthening the muscles of the pelvic floor. But you should make it a point not to force yourself and take adequate rest while working out. Doing your physical activities in moderation will keep you healthy.
  • It is important for pregnant women to do some warm up such stretching and light cardio. Meditation during pregnancy is particularly helpful for the overall physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Pregnant women should also drink a lot of water before and after exercising. This will keep them hydrated throughout and cramps and pains can be avoided. Water also regulates the blood pressure and heartbeat and keeps her cool.
  • No stressful exercises should be undertaken during this time, such as weight lifting or lying flat on your stomach. This can exert a lot of pressure on your uterus and affect your delivery.

Certain exercises along with a healthy diet and meditation can keep a woman healthy throughout pregnancy and prevents her from the various pregnancy-related complications.


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Start Losing Weight For Your Wedding Day

We here want to congratulate you on your decision to start a weight loss program to reach your ideal weight on your wedding day. This is the first step, it’s not the hardest and not the last, of course. This is important for your new healthy lifestyle along with your future husband.

The first question that every man and woman asks is “Do I have time to workout when I have so much work to do?”. We try to give you the most effective wedding workouts and diets that best fit you, after all you have to plan your wedding, go to work and the pre-wedding stress just started.

You and your fiance have picked your wedding date, and if you are like most brides, you are starting to panic over your weight and looking for alternative ways to drop dress sizes, like weight loss surgery ( just don’t, give healthy eating and exercises a chance ).

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We strongly advise you to talk to a doctor about your weight. Your health is our priority and by talking to a specialist you can find out if you have any heart disease or high blood pressure which needs different exercises.

Here are 4 questions that you can easily answer and that will help you decide if you want to start a wedding weight loss program :

  • Do you exercise regularly ?
  • Do you eat healthy ?
  • Do you like how your weight is distributed ?
  • And how do you feel?

You may also want to calculate your Body Mass Index, also known as BMI, to calculate your body fat based on your height and weight. Of course your future spouse will love you no matter what, but by reaching the perfect weight you will feel wonderful and extend your lifespan will increase.

Before we move on to how you can get started, we want to set some realistic expectations for you upfront:

1. Losing weight before your wedding is NOT THAT HARD but it can be challenging.

As you may know nothing in life comes easy, and especially when it comes to changing some aspects of your life, such as your eating habits and starting an exercise program. We are here to tell you it takes work to be in a good shape in time for your wedding, and most importantly it takes action.

2. Losing weight before your wedding does NOT happen overnight, and in some cases it can take longer than you expect.

Choosing a healthier lifestyle not only will make you look fabulous on your wedding day but you will also feel much better and your bond with your fiance will become even stronger.

It may take a few weeks up to months before seeing significant results, but your confidence will boost after just a few days, which will give you the necessary resources to start planning your wedding.

The main motivation we want you to have is to imagine the way you’ll look in your wedding dress on that big day when you’ll exchange vows with your future husband.