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Top 10 Health Tips

We are continually bombarded with tips and suggestions on how to live a healthier life. Many of us then end up doing nothing due to feeling overwhelmed to make a change! Below are 10 simple and some not quite traditional tips to start improving your health and well being.

1. Preparation:
Preparation might not seem like a traditional health tip, but it really is the foundation on which to build good habits, which then determine your results. Grab a notebook and start “predicting your future” by creating a plan of action which involves all areas of your life. Think about which parts of your life are not working and jot down practical strategies to move you closer to your goals.

For example, exercise three times per week, eat 5+ fruit and vegetables each day (write out what foods and when) and Manage my stress levels by reading for one hour each day.

This tip is all about making sure you know exactly what you need to do to achieve what you goals.

2. Accountability
Whenever we start a new habit or routine, it can take a push to get started. I dislike using the words willpower and motivation because they are such fickle emotions that can fluctuate on a day to day basis. We don’t need willpower to brush our teeth each morning, nor should we for doing healthy habits!

It’s important to clarify your goals first with a plan of action and then get into it. I recommended seeking a professional to help you formulate a plan of action and keep you accountable. This really helps, especially until habit takes over.

3. Avoid “Diets”
Who hasn’t heard of the cabbage soup diet or themselves tried some wacky diet that eliminated 90% of your usual foods! Dieting or going on some food plan that deviates dramatically from your usual eating habits will just set you up for failure. Yes, in the short term you may lose a few kilos. But I guarantee in a few weeks after stopping your “diet” you gain back all, if not more weight than before. The fact is “diets” are not pleasurable or convenient, therefore they are not sustainable. We really do know what “good” foods are but due to lack of time and knowledge on how to prepare some foods, we take shortcuts. Aim to start introducing more “good” foods into your diet.

4. Eat right
In conjunction with tip 3, it is important to fuel your body with the right nutrients. Aim to have a big hearty breakfast of protein, a small serve of carbohydrates and some fat. Example; 2 eggs, wholegrain toast and 2 small scoops of avocado. This type of breakfast will sustain you through the morning. Eat every 3-4 hours or as suits your body. Some people prefer high protein diets as this helps make them feel more energetic and some desire lighter meals. Talk to a professional for extra help.

5. Cardio Exercise
No healthy plan of action is without exercise! Exercise is so important to living a life full of energy, aging better and being healthier. It can affect all areas of your life, including your stress levels, sleep patterns and digestion. Experiment with various forms of exercise to see what suits you. Aim to do some form of cardio each day, resistance training and flexibility exercises a few times per week (stretches or yoga) so you can create a healthier body.

6. Sleep
As most of us lead extremely busy lives, it is often sleep that gets sacrificed so we can cram more in to our day. Reduced quantity and quality of sleep can lead to a suppressed immune system and make you more prone to grogginess, illness and increased stress. Most adults need between 6-8 hours of quality sleep per night. You judge which amount leaves you feeling alert and vibrant the next morning. Make sleep a priority by allowing yourself time to unwind at the end of each night in a way that suits you.

7. Digestion
Digestion is really the cornerstone of good health. If you don’t have good digestion, then your body cannot absorb the nutrients from your food. A healthy bowel can prevent illnesses and contribute to feeling and looking healthier. If you are experiencing constipation, you may get headaches and even muscle and joint pain. Your digestive system communicates with other parts of your body and impacts significantly on your overall health. If you feel you are clogged up, start increasing fiber in your diet gradually. Consume 1.5-2 Liters of water a day to help move things along and start looking at areas of your life that are contributing to an unhappy bowel. Stress, eating when distracted, certain foods and lack of exercise can all be culprits.

8. Stress
Stress in general can be healthy for us as it pushes us to keep moving forward and achieving our goals in life. Continual stress on the other hand can cause anxiety, headaches, insomnia and fatigue when left to run rampant. Stress can surface in a multiple of ways; snapping at your partner, waking at 3am every night, feeling tired after 8 hours sleep, feeling down or just plain “blah”.

I’m not going to suggest soaking in a bubble bath or nipping off for a massage to stop your stress as these are not long term fixes. The solution lies with examining your lifestyle and assessing what areas of your life are feeling out of control. Our happiness in life is in direct proportion to the amount of control we feel we have over our lives. If you are stressing about feeling overweight, then do something about it! If a relationship is leaving you drained and unhappy, then you need to make a drastic decision for your long-term health. Stress management is a continual process of managing your lifestyle so you feel a sense of control.

9. Relationships
More and more studies are showing that for us humans to be healthy and happy, we need to build strong support networks and relationships. Having friends is good for our health! Make time each day to connect to your partner, kids and/or friends. As woman we actually release endorphins (happy hormones) from having a good gossip.

10. Action & perseverance
Being armed with great tips and techniques are all well and good, but unless you actually do what you learn and do it consistently, then you are no different that if you didn’t know this stuff in the first place!

Great Health Tips to Burning Fat and Losing

If you think that losing weight is an uphill battle, rest assured that you are not alone. Weight loss can be a very trying and tiring process, so it is no surprise that a lot of people tend to abandon their weight loss regime half way into it. What many do not seem to understand is that in order for one to burn fat and lose weight effectively, they have to know certain key principles about how the human body works. Only then will they be able to take advantage of the body’s mechanics. This article will endeavor to enlighten readers on some of the best health tips in order to start burning fat and losing weight, not only quickly, but effectively.

The first thing that anyone needs to know before embarking on a journey to weight loss is that it takes a lot of determination. As mentioned before, an effective weight loss regime is never easy. If a routine seems ridiculously simple and almost effortless, then it most likely isn’t the most effective form of weight loss routine. Crash diets may work temporarily if you intend to lose weight extremely quickly, but you will end up gaining weight just as quickly (in some cases, even quicker) the moment you become lax in keeping up your workout regimen. This is largely due to the fact that the body is unprepared for such a sudden loss of mass that it will compensate quickly to regain the lost mass the moment the body’s metabolism begins normalizing from the crash diet it had been subjected to.

The body finds it easier to store fats rather than to lose them, because believe it or not, your brain is not the only part of your body that has a memory. Your body has a sort of memory too; after a considerable time in a specific state, your body “remembers” whatever state it had been the entire time. So if you have been overweight your entire life, you will find that it will definitely be much harder for you to lose weight than say someone who had been fit their entire lives and had only recently gained weight.

So how do you go about triggering a change in your body’s “memory”?

First of all, you will need to review your dietary intake, and more importantly, your body mass index. A good nutrition program is essential in curbing your body’s propensity to store fats. You will need to tweak your metabolism and “trick” your body into burning fats and converting them into energy, and you can do this by eating foods that will increase your metabolism rate. Such foods elevate your metabolism rate to decent enough levels that can start the process of fat burning, enough for you to get a running start in your weight loss endeavors. Caffeine is an example of such foods, and the good news is that it can be found in a lot of beverages, especially coffee. But do note that for any intake, you need to practice moderation. The most important thing in your dietary intake is to drink lots of water. Not only does it help you replenish lost fluids when you finally embark on your exercise regime, it also helps to detox your body of harmful substances by cleansing your digestive system.

Once you do embark on an exercise regime, you need to keep in mind that you need to start at a moderate level. Never go into a regime full on, especially if you have never embarked in any form of strenuous activity for most of your life. Never shock your body into a sudden intensive activity; you will do more harm to your body than good.

The last thing you can do in order to lose weight fast is to increase the number of meals you eat in a day. However, this does not mean you can pig out to your heart’s content. Take numerous small meals instead of the normal three-meals-a-day to keep your energy levels on a constant, but just enough for you to get through the day without starving yourself. This is important as it will train your body into developing a metabolism that will convert whatever foods you eat into energy instead of storing them as fats.

Foreign Travel Health Tips

With just 36 hours to circle the world by air, a time well below the incubation period of most diseases can be contracted in many countries around the world. Year after year, more and more people who undertake international travel, even in developing countries that were just beaten goals: reducing the cost of flights were offered to many, the opportunity to visit distant countries, often for the first time.

The more than 700 million passengers who travel each year on the planet have a significant risk of getting sick and becoming a vehicle of infection to other people when they get back home. Every traveler should be aware that protect your health also means protecting those of others and that to do so we must also respect the culture and environment of the destination of travel.

In recent years, health authorities around the world have understood the importance of protecting human health from possible outbreaks of infection or precarious sanitary situation of the countries visited. On the one hand, the risk can be minimized through appropriate precautions, prevention and vaccination, taken prior to departure. Secondly, the identification and timely treatment of an imported disease are essential for preventing the disease from transmitting to others, to become a serious public health problem.

Before you travel

To reduce the risk of getting sick or having accidents while you are abroad, the ideal is to contact your doctor 4-6 weeks before you leave. Among the general factors to consider are:

1. Pre-existing diseases or disorders
2.Vaccination status (including the possibility of vaccines against diseases endemic in the destination of travel)
3.Allergies to foods or medicines
4.Prescriptions being
5.Any previous trips.

Depending on the destination of the journey, we must then consider all those who may become risk factors:

* Food and water, are often not thoroughly purified in many countries around the world
* Environmental conditions to which the body is not accustomed (altitude, drought, temperature too high)
* Presence of parasites in the environment and in animals with whom you may come into contact (by insects in various invertebrates, until poultry)
* Sexual behaviors that may increase the risk of transmitting infections.

The characteristics of the journey and the destination are important: a roadmap, place and length of stay, conditions of hygiene, and reason for travel (tourism, business, educational, humanitarian mission, etc.), season of the year, possible exposure to risk factors, epidemic in progress.

There are some categories of especially vulnerable people who require more care during the sight: children, elderly, pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals, but also people who are preparing to make a trip “adventure.”

Prophylaxis and vaccination

Vaccination can be an effective preventive of many diseases that can be contracted during travel. When you are about to leave, you should first check to be up to date with vaccinations under the national program. In particular, in Italy are compulsory immunization against diphtheria and tetanus (DT), polio (IPV) and hepatitis B (Hb), while those are strongly recommended to protect from measles, mumps and rubella (MPR) and infections with Haemophilus influenzae b (Hib).

Depending on the destination then the journey will be recommended the vaccine or prophylaxis against certain specific diseases. Today, no country requires the certificate of vaccination against smallpox and against cholera. The only certificate that should be required in international travel, up to some travelers, is that against yellow fever. Many countries require an international certificate of vaccination valuable to travelers arriving from infected areas or who have transited through those areas, while some require a certificate to all travelers entering, including those in transit. That requirement goes beyond what is stated in the International Health Regulations, however, vaccination is strongly recommended for travel outside of urban areas in countries including in areas endemic for yellow fever.

As for malaria, for each country situated in endemic areas is recommended chemoprophylaxis specification, according to species and level of drug resistance parasites

Detailed information on the vaccination to visit different areas of the world can be found in many institutional sites, including the Ministry of Health, the WHO or Cdc Americans. Epicenter are also on a number of health topics relevant to those preparing to make a trip:

* Brucellosis
* Chikungunya
* Viral Hepatitis
* Dengue fever
* Lassa fever
* Marburg hemorrhagic fever
* Giardia
* Influence
* AI
* Legionellosis
* Leishmaniasis
* Listeria
* Malaria
* Sexually transmitted diseases
* Meningitis
* Norovirus
* Fever
* Rotavirus
* Salmonella
* Syphilis
* Tetanus
* Tossinfezioni food
* Toxoplasmosis
* Tuberculosis
* Vaccinations
* Smallpox
* Tick
* Zoonoses

Feng Shui Health Tips

There are a number of ways to improve your health using this science, ranging from redecorating your entire home the proper way, to merely adding several talismans in the right areas of your home. In this article, we will discuss how you can try to enhance your physical well-being by employing some simple and affordable talismans.

The feng shui health theory states that health is determined by the balance of your environment. Consequently, our well-being largely depends on the décor of our homes – the place where we spend most of our time. The world of symbolism teaches improving health by placing special talismans in your home, which help to attract health and longevity to their owner. Using the information presented in this article will enable you to choose the items that can help you restore your health.

The following figurines can bring health and longevity to their owner: a crane, deer, turtle, peaches, and items made of pine and bamboo. These classic charms have long been used for curing disease and enhancing the physical well-being of a person by the Chinese.

These charms are also used in health amulets. For example, the god of longevity is often portrayed with a peach. This figure represents a smiling old man, holding a peach. The god of longevity Sau often has a deer nearby. The images with these characters can also have a good effect. Thus, you can use figures or pictures depicting a deer, turtle, a flying crane, or bamboo stalks.

The best location for these talismans and pictures is the eastern part of a home, which is believed to be responsible for health. Therefore, you need to design the eastern part of your house properly. The longevity section should be filled with various symbols of longevity; it should be well lit; it needs to look very pleasant. Thus, it will help to promote meditation, and banish negative thoughts. Its effect can be enhanced by several times through the creation of internal and external harmony in that area, such as making it a beautiful and well-lit place.

Some people believe that feng shui can only be used to know what to place inside the home, and were to place it. However, the true meaning of this art is to achieve harmony in all three major energy systems: Heaven, Earth and Human.

Health Tips for a Nudist Picnic

Nudist activities are by no means confined to the summer months, but the nice, warm weather does provide opportunities for more and more varied nudist excursions. Clothing optional beaches and no-clothes-allowed resorts are common, but there’s much more to the lifestyle than that. For example, many nudist families and friends enjoy picnicking in the nude. Sometimes a man who is not a practicing nudist may be invited along, so the following penis health tips are offered for the novice nudist who finds himself lunching in the buff.

Things to remember

These tips can help make the nudist picnic more enjoyable. Several are not necessarily penis health related, but are important anyway.

– Go bare. If an event is being held at an actual nudist resort, nudity may be a requirement. If at a friend’s summer home or other private residence, the friend will usually tell a guest that they are perfectly welcome to keep their clothes on if they so desire. However, most guests will probably feel awkward if they are clothed while everyone else is naked. Doffing clothing is usually a good idea; the shyness and insecurity a person may feel is likely to disappear after a few minutes.

– Be polite. There is a great temptation to stare and gawk at other people’s private parts. Don’t. A glance here or there is fine, but active staring is discouraged. When alone with a close friend, it may be fine to say something like “Whoa, I never knew you were so endowed, man” – but in general commenting upon genitals, breasts and buttocks is discouraged.

– Use a napkin. It’s great to let everything hang out as one with Nature, but when sitting down to eat that hot dog dripping with mustard and ketchup, it pays to have a napkin covering the penis. That’s especially true if spicy foods or sauces are involved.

– Consider a towel. If a wooden picnic table is involved, it may be a good idea to lay a towel down on the seat. Prickly or splintery wood can be very painful on the butt, penis or balls. Removing a splinter from the manhood is not great for penis health.

– Think about position in relationship to others. Nudists enjoy the common beauty of the human form. That said, it doesn’t mean that they necessarily want to have a guy to be standing close to them when they are seated, so that his penis is inches away from their face. Similarly, they don’t want him turning around and bending over, forcing his butt to violate their personal space.

– Keep the manhood away from the food. No one likes finding that a stray hair has wandered into their food – especially when it may very easily be a pubic hair.

– Lotion up. Make sure to put plenty of sunscreen on the penis (and balls and butt) for outdoor picnics. A sunburned member is a very unhappy member.

– Spray. Mosquitoes are a pest any time – so a guy really wants to keep them away when his manhood is exposed. Similarly, ticks, ants, bees and other creatures of nature’s insect brigade should keep away from the personal privates. Finding a gentle but effective spray or lotion to keep insects away is crucial.