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    Living a Healthy Life

    In the fast paced world that we live in it can be easy to neglect our health and wellness. We’re so busy racing through our day to day lives  family, friends, work, social engagements  that we don’t take the time to look after ourselves. It’s really no wonder that so many of us are tired and run down. What are some simple things that we can do to improve our quality of life?

     

    Drink Drink Drink!

     

    You’ve heard it a million times and you’ll probably hear it a million more drink more water!

     

    Think about it: The human body is 72% water. A 5% drop in fluids creates a 25-30% loss in energy. A 15% drop in fluids causes death! At this point in time 66% of us aren’t drinking enough water, so over half the population isn’t running on all six cylinders to begin with before things like bad air, bad food and stress take their toll.

     

    It’s not really a difficult thing to remedy. Just drink one glass of water every half hour or so or 10-12 glasses of water per day and you’ll notice a huge jump in your energy levels.

     

    Living Food  Loving Life!

     

    A little known fact is that heating food above 116’F destroys much of the nutrient content. Considering that we already aren’t eating enough veggies, that’s a fairly substantial problem. Nutritionists recommend five serves of fresh vegetables per day. How many of us are actually taking that advice?

     

    A great way to get the nutrients found in fresh veggies without spending all day at stove or eating raw celery sticks is to juice your veggies. Make sure that you own a good juicer (some juicers expose vegetables to heat created by friction during juicing, which breaks down important enzymes), grab some fresh vegetables and drink your way to good health. It takes a fraction of the time (there’s no cooking involved, for one thing) and it’s convenient. You can take your juice to work and even give some to the littlies for school lunches!

     

    Wheatgrass in particular is an excellent source of nutrition. It’s high in chlorophyll (sometimes described as plant blood because it closely resembles human red blood cell molecules) and has over 100 elements that the body needs. Fresh grains are another excellent source for vitamins and minerals.

     

    Energy In  Energy Out

     

    Exercise is another dirty word for most of us. The thing is, exercise doesn’t have to be horribly time consuming or mind-numbingly boring. There are plenty of options.

     

    Years ago gyms usually offered weight rooms, aerobics classes and maybe a tydro-circuit. Now you can add water aerobics, yoga, pilates, dance-ercise, step classes and a whole range of new workout options.

     

    If you don’t really have the time or money for the gym, or prefer to spend your mornings/nights at home, then try an exercise bike or walker. I’d be lost without my exercise bike  I set it up in front of the television and peddle away merrily during my favourite shows.

     

    If, like me, you suffer from illness or injury or your level of fitness is quite low, you might like to consider some invaluable advice that I got from my doctor:

     

    Once you’re physically unfit, and particularly if you’re also unwell, it can be a mammoth battle to just do the most minimal amount of exercise in a day. The danger is that inactivity leads to further loss of energy, which becomes a self-perpetuating cycle until you can barely get off the couch.

     

    An excellent way to get back into a physical routine is to start slowly. Ridiculously slowly, it may seem. For the first couple of weeks, walk/ride for 5 minutes per day exactly 5 minutes, no more, even if you think you could continue. When the 2 weeks are up, increase to 7 minutes, then 10 minutes, 12 minutes continue to gradually increase your activity until you’re at a level that you’re comfortable with.

     

    It may sound a little silly, but it works. In effect, you trick your body into producing more energy. You’re building your exercise time up so slowly that your body doesn’t really realise what’s happening. Follow this method and, before you know it, you’ll be comfortably exercising within your limits every day.

     

    So, folks, that’s the basics. If you can rearrange your life a little to allow for better eating habits and a little exercise, and if you remember to just drink a glass of water every half hour or so, you’ll be well on the way to living a healthy life. On a final note, don’t forget to take some quiet time for yourself. Meditating is an excellent way to minimise stress. You don’t have to sit around for hours, just give yourself 5 minutes of quiet time every day even in the shower, if that’s the only place where you can get time out  and have a little catch up with yourself.
    And, last but by no means least, laugh! In fact, laugh like a loon  the louder the better! You’ll be amazed at how much such a simple thing can lift your spirits!

    10 Great Hair Care Tips

    If you watch the tabloids, you know that even the stars have bad hair days. It just seems that when the professional stylists are out of the picture, it is inherently human to have a less than glamorous mane. But you can do your part to stay ahead of the battle by following these great tips for hair care.

     

    1. Use a professional conditioner that is formulated for your specific hair type. While you can skimp a little on the shampoo, a good, professional conditioner is a must have. Look for products in salons that are customized for your hair type. For instance: If you have color or a perm, choose a conditioner that is for chemically processed hair. And stay away from those all-in-one shampoo and conditioner combos.

     

    2. Choose a cut tailored to your face and body shape. The number one mistake that people make when choosing a new hairstyle is to pick a style based on popularity rather than how it will enhance their features. Always choose a new cut based on how it will enhance or detract from your facial features and build. If you have broad shoulders, choose a full-bodied cut over a close cropped head hugging doo.

     

    3. Don’t forget your UV protectants. Just as your skin gets damaged by wind and sun, so does your hair. To combat this, look for finishing products such as mousses, gels and sprays that block UV rays.

     

    4. Keep your appointments. Did you know that your hair will split faster than it will grow? You need to get a trim every 6 to 8 weeks, even if i’s just a micro trim. A good hairdresser makes them good because they know what to leave on the head, not take off.

     

    5. Leave chemicals to the professionals. There is a reason why beauticians need to go to school to learn how to handle chemicals and hair processes. You can do irreparable damage with these products even if the package says that it’s way easy. And even if you don’t make your hair fall out, you could end up looking like a clown and paying a stylist big bucks to fix your mess. (Note: Most stylists charge double the rate for corrective color than they do for normal color processes)

     

    6. Get color for interest and body. Every cut needs a little bit of color to make it truly breathtaking. No matter whether your taste is subtle or dramatic, you can add interest and volume to your tresses with a color process. Highlights, lowlights, all over color, gray coverage, you name it, it’s all good for your look.

     

    7. Do weekly conditioning treatments. Even if your hair is extremely healthy, it is constantly on the attack from wind, sun, cold and heat. During the summer months, your hair is battered even more when it absorbs chlorine and other chemicals from your pool.

     

    8. Get an ionic ceramic flat iron. Instead of frying your hair with a conventional metal plated flat iron. Straighten your tresses, add shine and infuse moisture with one of the a negative ionic flat irons. We personally use T3 irons for all our work.

     

    9. Choose your styling products wisely. Avoid products that leave build-up on your hair. If you see white gunk, that means that your product is not water-soluble and may be coating your hair shaft. Build-up causes limpness, breakage and inability to curl not to mention the white flakes.

     

    10. Did you know that if you use a towel after your shower to dry your hair you are causing split ends and adding static electricity to your hair. Don’t rub the towel back and forth over your hair, scrunch the towel around your hair like your would scrunch crackers in your soup.
    While all of these tips won’t make you look like you’ve hired a personal hairdresser, they will help you look the very best that you can each and every day. When it comes to hair care, remember that you wear your hair everyday. Now isn’t it worth the time, effort and money that it takes to keep it looking spectacular?

    Top 5 Natural Stress Relievers

    Looking for simple and all natural ways to relax and reduce the negative effects of stress on your physical and emotional well being?  Then try these five great natural stress relievers.

     

    1. Chamomile Tea:  Chamomile  has amazing soothing properties and is a wonderful sleep aid so it is a great stress reliever to help you unwind and relax before bed. However, chamomile is not considered safe for women who are pregnant.

     

    1. Aromatherapy Linen Spray: This is another great natural stress reliever.  You simply spray your bed sheets with this light lavender sleeping spray that is made with lavender and a blend of other essential oils for a purely natural way to relax and relieve stress while helping you to get a good night’s sleep.

     

    1. Aromatherapy Bath Products: Baths that include any variety of aromatherapy products can be great stress relievers as well.  Not only do you enjoy the relaxation of a warm bath and a nice long soak, but by using a variety of oils or aromatic bath salts you can ease muscle tension, headaches, and sooth tired aching feet.  Some great essential oils to try include lavender, chamomile; which is very soothing to the skin, sandalwood, and jasmine.  These are great stress relievers to try at night as well since many of them can help you to relax enough that you can get to sleep easily.

     

    1. Tai Chi: Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art.  The movements in Tai Chi are very natural and fluid making it very relaxing and a great stress reliever.  Practicing Tai Chi can also improve your mental clarity, your over all health condition, and according to recent studies by the UCLA Tai Chi can help you to sleep better as well.

     

    1. Learn to Meditate: Much like Tai Chi, meditating can be an effective stress reliever. Helping you to become more focused and to calm your mind and spirit and to help you focus which an be a great stress reliever; especially when you use it through out the day.  For example,  if you are getting stressed at work you can meditate for a few moments at your desk, taking a few deep breaths and work past whatever the problem is that is stressing you out.

     

    So there you go, five simple and natural stress relievers that can help you relax with no side effects to worry about.

     

    What is the Best Cure for Depression?

    What is the Best Cure for Depression

    Thousands of people suffer from depression every year ranging from mild occasional bouts of depression to long term, more serious clinical depression.  What then can those who suffer from depression do to find relief and what is the best cure for depression?

     

    Actually, the answer is, there is no “best cure for depression” since depression is a very personalized thing the best cure for depression is going to depend on the person and what is causing the depression in the first place.  Consider some of these examples.

     

    Stress in the work place can take a toll on you both physically and mentally.  Job stress due to conflicts between co-workers or your boss or the stress caused by simply being in the wrong job for you that you hate and that is contrary to your own nature can cause sleeplessness, physical problems such as high blood pressure, and result in depression.  In a case such as this, the best cure for depression is learning ways in which to cope with the stress and switching to a new job or new career.

     

    In some cases, people have trouble sleeping and the lack of proper rest can make you feel run down, get irritable and experience mild depression.  Using aromatic bath salts or an aromatherapy spray to mist your sheets with a light scent of lavender to help you relax and get to sleep could be your best cure for depression in a case such as this.

     

    If your depression is stemming from a physical conditions, such as being over weight or the hormone changes associated with menopause.  In cases such as this, your best cure for depression is going to be to speak with you health care provider to discuss treatment options, changes in diet, new exercise, or natural hormonal supplements that can address the physical conditions that are causing the the depression.  The same can be said for depression caused by a chemical imbalance.  The best cure of depression may be to change medications or to try a new one; this is something that you need to work closely with your health care provider to determine.

     

    Some cases of depression may require therapy, lifestyle changes, acquiring new skills, or medical intervention.  The truth is that the only real “best cure for depression” is getting to know yourself and understanding what the underlying cause of the depression is; keeping in mind that depression is often a symptom of something else.  When you understand your own depression and what makes it, and you, unique from everyone else then you will be on the road to finding your own best cure for depression.

     

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