Category: Health & Welbeing

Energy Producers Made Easy-Ten Natural Ways to Feel More Energized

Energy Producers Made Easy-Ten Natural Ways to Feel More Energized

 

When looking for a health remedy, natural is always best. Producing more inner strength and vigor to attack the demands of daily life is no exception. So says the infographic “Ten Natural Ways to Feel More Energized.” A list of tried-and-true steps, the program is sound and sensible. It is not a plan for the moment, but a life-long pursuit. Take it seriously and with commitment. There is nothing to buy and nothing to risk. Everything is at hand and readily available for the asking.

Performing the ten steps is your personal agenda of action. A boost in strength and stamina is your benefit. In any order, dig in and dwell on the truth. Eat a good breakfast, even if you are always on the go. Stay fit and vital as a result. Getting a good sleep can only help. Eat right and often; eschew fat, carbs, and candy. Embrace whole grains and nuts for snacks: keep lots of water handy. For that extra zest, try aromatherapy to awaken the senses and heighten mental acuity. Exercise often and enjoy plenty of fresh air. Finally, it never hurts to laugh and do so often. A well-rounded person is a happy and contented person, with energy and gumption to spare.

The infographic is by health blogger, Elliot Notweare, who writes regularly on AGC.

Avoiding Weight Gain

Know the Killer Foods

 

Sugar the silent killer

Sugar the silent killer

Avoiding weight gain or trying to lose unwanted pounds is a popular topic. Why so popular? Because it’s a problem that tens of thousands of people have. For most people it’s easy enough to put on weight but taking it off  is much more difficult. Diet plans are everywhere – bookshops, internet, TV. Most work for some, but not for all – it usually depends on metabolism and motivation. There are exceptions to this but mostly the individual needs to stay highly motivated for at least two months and follow their weight loss with a lifetime of  new eating habits. The majority of dieters want a quick-fix weight loss then a return to eating as they have always done. The result of this usually leads to an even greater weight problem, which can result in obesity, diabetes, heart disease and all sorts of other health problems. It’s natural to dislike being overweight – it restricts movement, puts pressure on the lungs and the heart and, in general creates discontent with the way we look and feel. What’s worse is knowing we are far from being the healthy person we know we should be.

Candy bars= obesity

Candy bars= obesity

What caused this massive worldwide increase in obesity? Life style change.

In the past 35 years, general obesity has  grown steadily and today has reached epidemic  proportions. Western society has seen dramatic increases in diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke and even the  and the Psychological Aspect of Diabetes the cost to government health systems, families, and individuals is too great to accurately measure.

Causes

We know what causes obesity but without government intervention the problem will only continue to worsen and many hundreds of thousands of people will die years before their time. It is a fact that manufacturers of sugar donate to the political parties for their support in ensuring things like the wording in health policies that tones down any immediate threat e.g.  ‘limit sugar intake’ changed to ‘moderate your sugar intake.’ It’s a tiny word change but big in understanding. The word `limit’ implies do away with, while `moderate’ sounds less demanding i.e. it’s okay but don’t overdo it. Research shows that sugar is the biggest killer and it’s in nearly everything we eat and drink. It’s addictive like salt and is hidden in a vast amounts of the manufactured foods that fill our supermarket shelves. It’s almost impossible to avoid without a conscious decision to make a change of lifestyle. The problem is, can it be done in time? As new generations are born to obese parents, so their genes pass on to their children. Infant schools today are being filled with more and more little kiddies tending towards obesity and with a greater than ever chance of developing diabetes.

Who’s responsible ?

 

Lollies a child worse friend

Lollies a child worse friend

In such instances much can be said about the intelligence of the parent. A wise mother knows what’s best and will disregard peer pressure and provide healthy foods for her family, knowing full well what foods to avoid. Make no mistake, the peer pressure is real – manufacturers ensure that by doing mass advertising at all  levels, including advertising around school areas, TV, shops, cinemas and flyers in the mailbox. Health authorities  know the dangers of sugar, salt, and bad fats but they are paid officials and generally tow the   party line. It takes a strong focussed government to go up against those manufacturers who are polluting our lives – donations and strong lobbying are great incentives to leave the status quo alone. And, of course, unless some official takes up the  health ball and runs with it, governments probably won’t give the health cost as weighed up against manufacturers/distributors’ tax gains too much thought. Shortly I am to release a new cookbook called ‘Avoiding Weight Gain.’ It will show you how anyone can lose weight but, more importantly, show how to keep it off. I will be giving it away FREE to all subscribers who join before the book goes on the market. It will give you step by step ideas ON how to stay motivated, what to eat and drink, recipes for breakfast lunch and dinner and portion sizes to maintain the correct body weight. A special community support forum will be freely available to subscribed members. Simply fill in your name and email address in the top right hand side or in the pop-up and you will be updated as developments happen. In the meantime please leave a comment and have a great day.

Paleo-Sleep Book

Paleo-Sleep Book

Refer: Alzheimer’s  http://www.alz.org/research/science/alzheimers_prevention_and_risk.asp Sugar: http://www.iquitsugar.com/is-sugar-really-that-bad-for-us/ Salt:  http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/microsites/salt/Home/Whysaltisbad Obesity: http://healthyamericans.org/obesity/ Drinks: http://www.sugarstacks.com/beverages.htm

10 Best Diet Tips for a Healthy Body

10 Best Diet Tips for a Healthy Body

“We are what we eat” is a saying most of us would recognize and for the most part it is true.

However, our bodies also need movement, for the large part, apart from rest and sleeping, they were not designed to be stationery for hours at a time. Unfortunately, that is precisely what many of us tend to do.

When we were young we tended to be more active, sitting still wasn’t something we did except for short periods before we were off again. As children we saw life as too exciting to be sitting around and our constant movement was as natural as breathing. Today’s children, unfortunately, have things previous generations did not have, like endless fast food chains, processed foods plus X-Boxes, computers, all encompassing iphones, and more TV channels than they can count.

Put the fast foods and the x-boxes together and write history. By the time they have reached their teens many kids today are already showing signs of future obesity and diabetes.

loss weight

Loss weight

It’s true that as we age, most of us slow down.

However, those whose lifestyles incorporate regular sports and exercise and/or actively demanding jobs, are more likely to remain fit, slim and healthy for longer.

Whether we like it or not, once we pass 25 years of age, the signs of slowing down start to show themselves. It’s gradual at first, in fact many won’t even recognise the signs at first but by the time we reach about 40 years of age, the complaints begin – a few aches and pains after a heavy workout in the garden, the gym, moving furniture around the home, all things we used to take for granted in our younger fitter state.

Diet

What most of us do is keep on eating the same foods and portion sizes that we did when we were younger and more active. In fact, in many cases, as we age we eat more while no longer burning it off at the old ‘healthy me’ rate.

I think it’s fair to say we don’t all like exercise i.e. going to the gym, walking, running, cycling, weight lifting, swimming etc.

These are the ones who cry, ”Let me lose weight without  busting a boiler on the exercise trail.”

So here are my Ten Tips for a Healthy Body

1:  Create more movement. If you are in a sedentary job, periodically stop work and move your shoulders up and down a few times; lift your arms up high every half hour; stand up and twist your hips, shake your arms, create whatever kind of movement that suits your situation.

2. The food we eat plays a major part in managing our weight. For those used to larger meals, reduce the portion size. A serving of meat should be no larger than a person’s fist yet it’s common to see people eating three times that size. Slowly learn to reduce portion size.

3. We all periodically get hungry in between meals and one of the biggest weight gains can be through snacking. Instead of bread or biscuits, try eating raw carrot, or a few celery sticks, or some fruit; even a handful of almonds or walnuts.

4. We hear that fast foods are the evil that make us fat. Try cutting out the fries that come with many fast food combo meals – they have soaked up all the bad oils. But it’s okay to have a fast food meal once in awhile, just keep everything in moderation.

5. Canned foods have a fairly high level of sodium. Too much of that stuff is really bad for us. Sure they are quick and easy to dish up but so are frozen vegetables and meats – use them instead.

6. In the olden days vegetable were boiled till all goodness was gone. We know better today. Steam vegetables for only a few minutes and retain the full goodness of the minerals and vitamins they contain; eat lots of dark leafy greens.

7. It’s unfortunate that the marketing of soft drinks (soda) is so effective today that we almost believe they are good for us, whereas the truth is quite the opposite. They are, in fact, poisoning us over a period of time and because it is such a slow process that is the reason why it’s not made illegal.

Avoid drinks that have a unhealthy amount of sugar in them, like the plague. As well as adding weight, the experts say they are certain to add to the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

8. Some of the biggest weight gain foods are those highly processed packaged meals sold through the supermarkets. Research continues to confirm that highly processed foods, using unhealthy corn oils, sugar, salts and chemical additives, create a higher risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, obesity and Alzheimers disease.

These foods affect the activity of cholesterol in our bodies and increase the chance of free radicals damaging our brain, impeding our memory, and our overall quality of life.

9. We are made up of over 70% water. We need the stuff; our liver, kidneys and brain need a steady supply to refresh, rejuvenate and cleanse. Water really is one of the best weight reducing, healthy foods we can take. It’s what keeps us alive.

10. Lastly a balance is needed between Protein and Carbohydrate intake. With the US population this is said to be way out of balance and is increasing the instances of obesity and diabetes.

So to maintain a healthy body – do regular exercise, drink lots of water, avoid too much processed food and limit bread, sugar, pasta, potato, cakes, biscuits, soft drinks, etc in your diet.

Everything in moderation, Your welcome to comment and give your opinion,  author Mikessdesk

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