How to De-stress Yourself

Life isn’t always easy! We all have stress from one thing or another. Often times we suffer from stress that comes from multiple things in our life. Whether it’s health issues, work related, relationship problems, car trouble, financial burdens, our child misbehaving or trying to juggle hundreds of things in one day our stress tends to build up on daily basis. It’s important that we take the time to de-stress so that it doesn’t effect our health.

There are many things you can do to help de-stress but you need to take the time for yourself to do it. We’re all busy but remember you deserve at least an hour a day for yourself. It will help improve your focus and allow you to logically think about your issues instead of stressing about them.

Go for a walk
Read a book
Write in a journal
Take a hot bath
Watch a movie
Take a spa break
Meditate
Spend time with a pet
Take up yoga
Go fishing

If your schedule is packed with deadlines, appointments, meetings and tasks it’s bound to be stressful. Learn to say no! Life is too short to always be go, go, go. Find a balance in your life so you have time for yourself and your family.

If you’re feeling really overwhelmed learn to focus on one task at a time instead of trying to do everything at once and multitasking. It’s less stressful and effective.

For more great ideas read:
15 Easy Ways to De-Stress This Year, No Matter Where You Are

Learn The Dangers of Gentically Modified Food

Genetically modified organisms, called GMOs, are living organisms with genetic structures engineered to make them resistant to certain pesticides, diseases or insects. This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In nearly 50 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs.

Over 80% of all GMOs grown worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance. As a result, use of toxic herbicides like Roundup has increased 15 times since GMOs were introduced. GMO crops are also responsible for the emergence of “super weeds” and “super bugs:’ which can only be killed with ever more toxic poisons like 2,4-D (a major ingredient in Agent Orange). GMOs are a direct extension of chemical agriculture, and are developed and sold by the world’s biggest chemical companies. The long-term impacts of GMOs are unknown, and once released into the environment these novel organisms cannot be recalled.

GMO foods are widely dispersed without human testing. Consequently, there is concern over the long-term human health effects from consuming genetically modified foods. Animal testing has revealed that GMOs are toxic to rats’ internal organs. In particular, the data showed that genetically modified corn caused severe liver and kidney toxicity.


You can avoid GMO products by choosing Non-GMO Project Verified.

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Acupuncture to Treat Pain

Many people suffer from pain on a daily basis. Often times doctors aren’t able to find and treat the cause of pain. Even if they know the cause of the pain they can’t always alleviate it. Pain is hard to live with and the journey for relief can be frustrating and disappointing. Patients that have unexplained pain may visit an enormous amount of doctors over the years desperately trying to find answers and become pain free. This search can cost them thousands of dollars in doctor visits, medical procedures and overall waste their time. At some point their journey may lead them to Acupuncture. This is an avenue they may make a difference in the lives.

Millions of people have experienced the benefits of acupuncture. Thousands of scientific studies have concluded that acupuncture is effective for such things as the relief of pain, increasing fertility, treating rheumatoid arthritis, and relieving nausea after chemotherapy.

Benefits of Acupuncture
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Acupuncture may be used in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including:

  • Digestive disorders: gastritis and hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea.
  • Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections.
  • Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis.
  • Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems.
  • Physical problems related to stress and emotional conditions.

Benefits of Yoga

Yoga has many health benefits and has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. Potential health benefits may include stress reduction, improved flexibility, weight loss and increased strength. Yoga helps clean blood of waste material (through lymphatic stimulation), and trains us to loosen muscles and joints that are ignored in our day-to-day lives.

Yoga is a great option for pain prevention. Increased flexibility and strength can help prevent the causes of some types of back pain. Yoga also improves your alignment which helps prevent many other types of pain. Most of us breathe very shallowly into the lungs and don’t give much thought to how we breathe.

Yoga breathing exercises, called Pranayama, focus the attention on the breath and teach us how to better use our lungs, which benefits the entire body. Certain types of breath can also help clear the nasal passages and even calm the central nervous system, which has both physical and mental benefits.

Improve Your Health By Detoxing Your Home

Sadly no one can avoid exposure to toxic chemicals altogether, but it is possible to reduce them significantly. Choose natural beauty and cleaning products whenever possible. Many fragranced household products, such as air fresheners, dish soap, even toilet paper contain toxic chemicals that can be harmful to your health.

Check ingredients on your personal care products to be sure your avoiding Parabens. Many body / faces washes, lotions, hair products and cosmetics contain Parabens. Parabens can mimic the hormone estrogen which  can lead to or contribute to (if not cause) health problem such as estrogen dominance, various endocrine disorders like hypothyroid and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), infertility, obesity and the development of breast cancer.

There are many natural ways to abandon toxic cleaning chemicals and safely clean your home. If you do use a toxic cleaning product be sure to always wear gloves. Your skin has no safeguards against toxins. Absorbed chemicals go straight to organs.

Additional Resources:

Green Cleaning
http://www.amazon.com/Green-Cleaning-Christine-Halvorson/dp/1412716829

8 Hidden Toxins: What’s Lurking in Your Cleaning Products?
http://experiencelife.com/article/8-hidden-toxins-whats-lurking-in-your-cleaning-products/

Ten Synthetic Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid
http://www.organicconsumers.org/bodycare/toxic_cosmetics.cfm

One Easy Step to Improve Your Health

The easiest thing we can do to improve our health is to stay hydrated. Most people often drink very little water each day and are constantly dehydrated. There are many negative effects of dehydration including fatigue, hunger, headache, constipation, kidney problems, decreased urine output, low blood pressure, mental confusion and trouble focusing to name a few. Water is a key factor in maintaining good health. Water helps move nutrients through and waste out of the body. It protects cells as they move through blood and lubricates other organs such as the eyes and mouth. Drinking water helps maintain the balance of body fluids. Try to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day. Be sure to drink water before and after exercising. If you don’t like water try adding your own natural flavors such as lemon, lime, mint or cucumber. To help get into a routine always carry a water bottle with you when your out or at work. There are phone apps that let you keep track of how many glasses you’re drinking throughout the day. Give it a try for your health!

Benefits of Drinking Water Include:

  • Weight Loss
  • Prevents Headaches / Migraines
  • Flush Toxins
  • Reduce Your Risk Of Heart Attack
  • Cushion And Lube Your Joints And Muscles
  • Improve Your Skin and Helps You Look Younger
  • Better Focus and Clarity
  • Fuels Your Muscles
  • Helps Digestion and Constipation
  • Less Cramps and Sprains
  • Relieves Fatigue
  • Good Mood
  • Reduce Your Risk Of Disease And Infection

Find Physical Activities That You Enjoy

Finding physical activities that you enjoy will make exercising become an easy routine. Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. If you are regularly physically active, you will tend to feel better, have more energy, be happy and relaxed, plus you’ll sleep better. A number of studies have found that exercise helps depression. To maintain health and reduce risk of health problems aim for at least 30 minutes a day.

Types of Activities that Can Improve Your Health

 

Eating Healthier Doesn’t Have To Be Hard

Eating healthier doesn’t have to be hard. Adopt healthy habits that will last by making small, gradual changes.

  • Choose organic and non-gmo products whenever possible.
  • Select whole wheat bread over white bread.
  • Snack on fruits and nuts instead of junk food.
  • Drink more water. Aim for eight cups of pure water each day.
  • Eliminate soda and artificial sweeteners from your diet and replace with herbal tea or water.
  • Change your cooking methods. Bake, grill or broil your meals instead of frying.
  • Reduce your portion size.