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Nutrition and Courage Empowerment – Taking Health To Next level Positively

During the dark years that followed my diving accident, I deviated from my wholesome eating habits. This deviation was partly due to my limited control over my diet, as I lived in a hospital or a group home. It was also due to my reduced health-consciousness. Largely disgusted with life, I was proportionally hedonistic and suicidal. I sought consolation in gustatory pleasure at the risk of undermining my health. To be more precise, I often overindulged my fondness for fatty and savory foods or sweet ones, with the result that I gained weight and lost my edge – that is, part of my vitality. This loss was ominous. It took a wealth of vitality to accept and overcome the difficulty of attaining happiness. The more I was devitalized and consequently weak, the more I was likely to be daunted by this difficulty.

Devitalization was the worst form of impoverishment. In a state of weakness, it was tempting to deny that happiness was possible or worth the effort and choose the easy option: idleness and carelessness or death. I never gave in to this morbid temptation, but my overindulgence in fatty and savory foods or sweet ones caused my vitality to lessen and my depression to worsen, thereby reinforcing my hedonistic and suicidal tendencies. I had entered a vicious circle, or rather a downward spiral that led to hell.

Fortunately, before it was too late, I became disgusted with my way of life, as opposed to life itself. I was less a victim of circumstances than a fool who brought about his own misery, on account of his negative attitude and self-destructive behavior. I began my uphill journey to wisdom and health.

Health is the basis for every human achievement, even when it is poor, in which case it provides a lot less vitality and longevity than when it is good. I pledged to do everything possible to be healthy to maximize my potential to live and love.

In fact, health is not just a matter of vitality and longevity; it is also a matter of sanity. A sound mind is a complement to a sound body. Furthermore, the one is dependent on the other. This dependence had dawned on me with dazzling clarity a few months after I had moved into my apartment and improved my diet. By then I had studied many health books. They had helped me define and meet my nutritional requirements much more wisely.

My body needed a balanced and moderate amount of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, minerals, and vitamins to function well. Correlatively, the foods containing these nutrients had to be properly chewed to aid digestion and absorption (this did not apply to fiber: a type of carbohydrate that the body can neither digest nor absorb). Proper chewing reduces foods to mush and proportionally increases the effect of the digestive juices on them or the availability of the nutrients that are ready for absorption. I thoroughly performed this simple chore, at the center of life.

To start with, carbohydrates are simple or complex sugars that I generally obtained from fruit, honey, milk products, beets, rutabagas, potatoes, legumes (beans, lentils, or peas), nuts, seeds, whole grains, and the bread, cereal, or pasta made from these grains. Simple sugars and digestible complex sugars serve as an energy source and participate in the synthesis of DNA and RNA molecules: the genetic information and the genetic messengers that enable the organism to regenerate and reproduce. Indigestible complex sugars, better known as dietary fiber, are capable of promoting the elimination of waste through the intestine. Refined foods are depleted of this fiber, without which constipation is a predictable outcome that bodes ill. Except on festive occasions, I resolutely avoided them.

Lipids include two main subdivisions: saturated, monounsaturated, or polyunsaturated fats (with a phosphoric component in some of them – i.e., in phospholipids versus triglycerides that are pure fats) and cholesterol, which is a singular fatty compound. Like simple sugars and digestible complex sugars, saturated fats and monounsaturated fats serve as an energy source. In addition, they contribute to the integrity of the body tissues. Polyunsaturated fats and cholesterol also contribute to this integrity and are used for a variety of vital functions involving the cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, and immune systems.

A distinctive feature of polyunsaturated fats is their instability. When exposed to heat, light, or air, such as in processing, intense cooking, or prolonged everyday use, they can suffer damage and become harmful. In view of this fact, I was careful to eat the foods that contained them – for example, walnuts and seeds, and the oil extracted from either – in their most natural (unprocessed and if possible uncooked) form and fresh (unspoiled) state. When cooking was necessary, as in the case of fish or tofu, which numbered among these foods, I resorted to steaming or baking in preference to frying and proceeded with caution, while avoiding the pitfall of undercooking. I applied the same basic principles to the foods that contained monounsaturated fats, like peanuts, almonds, olives, and avocado, and the oil extracted from any of them, though these fats are less unstable than their polyunsaturated counterparts. As for cholesterol, found exclusively in animal products, and saturated fats, found mostly in land animal products, they have a reputation for causing arterial blockage and organ dysfunction if consumed without restraint. I limited my intake of them by following a largely vegetarian diet where animal flesh was the exception, not the rule. Actually, I exercised restraint in my consumption of polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats as well. The opposite, like any lack of moderation, is a health hazard.

Now for proteins. They are various macromolecules that comprise a large number of amino acids (nitrogenous molecules that occur in twenty-two different forms). In the course of digestion, these macromolecules are broken down into these molecular components, which act thereafter as raw material or building blocks to produce new molecules or new macromolecules (polypeptides, smaller than proteins, or proteins) that suit our physiological needs in many areas: the metabolism, the blood, the mucous membranes, the skin and the tendons, the muscles, plus the endocrine, immune, and nervous systems. These molecular components act so if the body has enough carbohydrates and fats to satisfy its energy requirements. Otherwise, they are stripped of their nitrogenous part and mobilized into satisfying these requirements. This constitutes a waste of precious amino acids and a burden to the kidneys, in charge of eliminating the free nitrogenous part after the liver has transformed it into urea. As it happened, my main sources of protein – namely, legumes, nuts, whole  grains, and the bread, cereal, or pasta made from these grains, together with milk products and eggs – were also rich in carbohydrates or fats. Here the fats that mattered were saturated or monounsaturated, whereas the polyunsaturated ones were not a favorable means of satisfying my energy requirements, given the many other important roles they played.

Lastly, minerals and vitamins are a group of some thirty substances that complement carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins. A deficiency in one of them can hamper a bodily function and jeopardize in so doing the health of an individual. Collectively, as precursors or components of useful agents, or as useful agents themselves, they assist in numerous processes: vision, nerve impulses and neurotransmission, muscle contraction, digestion and absorption, regulation of blood sugar and of the metabolic rate, respiration, energy production, regeneration and reproduction, formation and maintenance of bones and teeth, coagulation, protection against free radicals (noxious atoms or molecules), and immunity. My usual sources of carbohydrates, lipids, and protein already supplied me with minerals and vitamins, all the more since they were unrefined. Refining is a terrible refinement that depletes fibers and nutrients in foods. Nevertheless, to make sure I got enough minerals and vitamins, I rounded off these usual sources with additional vegetables: carrots, radishes, cauliflower, red cabbage, green vegetables, leafy or non-leafy, garlic, and onions. I drank plenty of water to boot, though not during or immediately after meals lest I interfere with my digestion by flooding my stomach. Drinking water typically contains a minute quantity of minerals. Much more importantly, it has the ability to replenish the bodily fluids and cleanse the system of undesirable substances.

The best thing about my improved diet was that in a few months my state of mind had taken a turn for the better in a big way. Never before had I thought so clearly and felt so enterprising. I was brimming with vitality and soon became immersed in the writing of my book on “vital efficiency.” It appeared I was a lot more capable of rationalizing and embracing the challenge of leading a fulfilling life, because I was a lot more alive. My energy level had risen dramatically. I could sleep three hours, rest another two hours, and go about my business for the remaining nineteen hours. In conjunction with this rise, my morale was unusually high. Circumstances alone could not account for this boost. My relationship with my girlfriend (an extremely kind and gentle, and rather pretty nurse) was in the doldrums and on the brink of termination. My new apartment, on the other hand, was a significant improvement; but what changed for the better during the few months in question was primarily the condition of my body, which impacted my state of mind. I was vibrant with health, notwithstanding I still experienced bladder problems that somewhat weakened me on occasion. This health was both physical and mental. I had a vigorous and joyous sense of purpose that kept me going and especially writing.

In the effort to be healthy, a reasonable diet is not everything. Fresh air and regular exercise ought to form part of this effort. There are two types of exercise; both require stretching, before and after, plus warmup and cooldown periods, to avoid injuries.

The first type of exercise is anaerobic, not dependent on the intake of oxygen. An example of anaerobic exercise is weightlifting. Done frequently, in vigorous workouts, it strengthens muscles and bones. The second and most beneficial type of exercise is aerobic, dependent on the intake of oxygen. An example of aerobic exercise is jogging. Done every day or a few times a week, for at least fifteen minutes (enough to markedly and sustainedly increase the activity of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, responsible for delivering oxygen to the body tissues), it yields numerous health benefits. Besides strengthening muscles and bones, it raises endurance, improves the handling of stress, promotes good mood, boosts the immune function, reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke, and helps to prevent obesity together with disorders like diabetes and hypertension that often accompany this condition. In a nutshell, fresh air and regular exercise are important aspects of a wholesome lifestyle. They result in someone being stronger, feeling better, and probably living longer.

Natural Sex Pills For Women – A Review Of The Best For Increased Libido And Better Health

If you want to increase libido you can buy natural sex pills which will do just that and a lot more; they will help combat symptoms of PMT, the menopause and enhance overall wellness at the same time. Let’s take a look at one of the best – Venerx…

Venerx contains a potent combination of herbs which target all the main problems which cause women’s sexual dysfunction. Lets take a look at the problems and how these herbs work.

1. Low Estrogen Levels

You need to produce plenty of estrogen for sexual desire, low levels of estrogen cause sex drive to plummet and intercourse to become painful.

The pill contains Dong Quai which is seen as the ultimate herb for women. This herb helps increase estrogen levels, fights PMT and the menopause and is packed with nutrients for overall health. The pills also contains Schisandra chinensis fruit another herb which helps estrogen production.

2. Low Testosterone Levels

Testosterone is not just needed by men, it’s a key hormone for women’s sexual health too. Low levels of testosterone will result in a lack of energy and low sex drive.

The pill contains Avena Sativa and Satavri Extract which both help to increase testosterone production and also give other benefits including – helping blood flow to the vagina and increasing its sensitivity, for more satisfying sex.

3. Poor Blood Circulation

The foundation upon which libido and sexual satisfaction is built. Quite simply you need blood pumped to the sex organs quickly and they need to be flooded with blood when you become sexually aroused.

Dong Quai (mentioned earlier) is a great blood circulation herb and also helps to nourish it at the same time. The pill also includes the well known tonic herbs of, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng and Ginger which all help circulate the blood more strongly around the body and to the sex organs.

4. Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety are major passion killers. To enjoy sex you need to have a mind free from stress and worry, to be able to concentrate on sex.

The pill contains Damiana which is one of the best herbs to relieve stress, as well as Ashwagandha – Extract “Indian Ginseng” which is one of the best herbs to lift mood. Ginseng and Ginkgo Biloba, mentioned earlier are also great stress busters.

5. The Spirit and Hormonal Balance

When your spirit is alive with feelings of well being, you feel good, you feel sexy, and you feel more alive! All the herbs above will help lift overall health and spirit and the ones we haven’t mentioned yet are:

Kumari (Aloe)

Aloe facilitates digestion, helps blood and lymphatic circulation, and improves kidney, liver and gall bladder functions.

Mishreya (Fennel)

This herb inhibits spasms in smooth muscles and also reduces pain, fever, and anti-microbial actions.

Haridra (Turmeric)

This herb is a rich source of iron and is often used to treat anemia and has numerous nutrients for better wellness.

Get them all for Better health

The pill contains 14 great herbs for better health which increase libido, combat PMT and the menopause and give the mind and body a complete lift so you get more from sex and more from life.

Finally…

The pill has been independently tested and issued a Certificate of Analysis to guarantee authenticity and purity and is formulated in FDA-compliant facilities to FDA safety and manufacturing standards for peace of mind. The pill comes at a great price too and we consider Venerx to be the best herbal sex pill for women. A great herbs at a great price!

 

 

Energy Medicine – A Good Alternative For Improved Health Performance

“Energy medicine is medicine based on the appreciation that living systems have energy fields inside of them and around them and that these fields play important roles in physiology, regulatory biology and regulating processes that are going on inside the organism,” says Dr. Jim Oschman MD. Though he’s a practitioner of Western style medicine, Dr. Oschman recently authored a book about the scientific basis of energy medicines. He talks about alternative therapies like Chinese acupuncture and other complementary therapies that improve human performance.


These days, there’s an increasing trend for Western doctors to look to ancient Chinese medicines to treat some of their patients who aren’t responding to traditional medicines and treatments. Finding the scientific root of lethargy, for example, can be terribly tricky, but doctors from the school of Chinese medicine say that chronic fatigue is a symptom of the body being out of harmony in one way or another.


By examining the patient’s external environment, dietary habits, attitude and other symptoms, specialists in energy medicines are able to prescribe a healthier lifestyle, which many patients find more advantageous in the long run.


Energy medicine encompasses many different processes from qigong (martial arts and yoga) to Chinese acupuncture. One form is called “Reiki,” which is a form of Chinese massage. Practitioners say that their energy moves through the palms to create a relaxing – but energizing – effect.


It’s believed that a Reiki Master can reach one’s life force energy through 10-20 specific positions and techniques that generally last about 90 minutes in duration. Some emphasis is given to the intention of both the practitioner and the recipient and it is said that if the recipient doesn’t truly wish to be healed, then the effects will be mitigated. While the energy may encourage healing, Reiki is not viewed as a “miraculous cure” for serious illnesses, but rather a way of stimulating the body’s natural energy centers.


American doctors have spent their entire professional careers focused on tinkering with chemicals and running clinical trials to scientifically prove the effectiveness of traditional medicines. So naturally there will be some resistance and attempts to subvert traditional Chinese practices.


Energy medicine is not intended to be a cure-all. In the school of Chinese medicine, doctors recommend lifestyle modifications that include exercise, meditation and dietary alterations. For serious ailments, they say emergency medical treatment can’t be denied, but for long-term problems, such as chronic fatigue, why not try non-invasive Chinese energy medicines? After all, starting your day off with a massage or cup of herbal tea isn’t so bad, is it?

Health Tips for Safe Swimming in Pools

It doesn’t really matter where you swim, whether a community pool or your backyard pool, you should know the difference between a healthy pool and a dangerously risky one.

 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that during the last decade the number of illnesses resulting from unclean pool water has increased.  It is particularly dangerous for some individuals such as:  pregnant women, children, and those with weak immune systems.  These individuals are particularly at risk of developing severe illnesses if infected.

 

The keys to having a safe pool situation are proper treatment and healthy behavior…protecting the water quality and the swimmer’s health.  Chlorine continues to be the first line of defense in pool treatment.  Adding chlorine to the water is an effective measure to kill germs.

 

You may ask how is it possible to tell the difference between a healthy pool and an unhealthy pool?  According to the National Consumers League, Water Quality and Health Council, a national partnership formed by the CDC, and the American Chemistry Council, you should use your sense of sight, touch, smell, and sound to help you tell the difference.

 

Use your senses to notice the differences between healthy pools and risky ones.  Here are some tips:

Sight: Look at the water.  It should be clear and clean.
Touch:  Feel of the tiles around the pool.  They should feel smooth and clean
Smell:  Make sure there are no strong odors.
Sound:  Listen for the operation of the pool cleaning equipment.

 

 

The most important and essential step to take for a well maintained swimming pool is to keep it properly chlorinated.  By taking this action, it will prevent illnesses from waterborne bacteria and viruses.  These pathogens can cause swimmers to experience diarrhea, respiratory illnesses, and ear and nose infections and also skin infections.

 

The CDC states that everyone has a responsibility in keeping the pool water safe and healthy by doing the following:

 

Don’t swim when you are ill with diarrhea
Don’t swallow pool water
Take frequent bathroom breaks
Practice good hygiene

 

 

If you are unsure about the quality of water in your pool, it would be wise to test it by using portable pool and spa testing strips to ensure the chlorine levels are adequate and the proper pH exist.

 

So, before you go for your next relaxing swim, be sure to use your “senses” and have a wonderful, refreshing and healthy day at the pool. 

 

The Cornerstones To Better Health

How would you rate your own overall health on a scale of 1-10 right now (10 being top marks, 1 being lowest)?


I can tell you personally after coaching with more than a thousand people the average is between 4-6. The lower of those scores being the folks with aches, pains, weight or other issues, running through to the higher grades that gave answers such as; ‘I used to be really fit, but then I just got a bit lazy’, or ‘I know I should do something about this (pain/flab/headache, etc) but I never get around to it.


The big ‘W’ weight.

Above all, being overweight and unfit are the two biggest culprits that can then open the door to so many other conditions and illnesses. According to a report by the Royal College of Physicians, the Faculty of Public Health, and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health over half the UK population are either overweight or obese (with a body mass index of more than 30), which breaks down to 70% of men and 63% of women.


Currently, one in 5 adults and one in 20 children under the age of 16 are obese, and if current trends continue it is estimated that at least one third of adults & children will be obese by 2020 – and these figures are more or less similar in other developed or developing countries around the world. I’m not writing this simply to shock you, but to impress upon you the absolute importance of maintaining your body in as good a shape as possible.


People come to me in coaching to help them create a great business plan, to move forward in some area of their life, to stoke up their motivation in a project. Yet, the one most solid basis for any of that is to be as healthy as possible. In creating a healthy life plan, to be in optimum health, is the one sure-fire way of achieving that success. Most experts believe there are 4 basic areas to achieving a better quality of health.


* Belief systems.

* Food & eating habits.

* Exercise.

* Support.


Belief Systems.

Simply, what goes on in your head creates who you are and what you do with your life. That’s wonderful if all is well. If however, something is not as you want, whether it is health, career, finance, etc, one of the first areas to look at should be belief, because what you believe you generally create.


Food & eating habits.

You already know this! There has now been so much information on nutrition, diets, slimming, weight loss, optimum health and the like published that unless you’ve been living on Pluto the last few decades you must have been aware of at least some of it. What those articles don’t tackle however, is what might be right for you. We are all different; we all enjoy, and dislike different things. Therefore, taking an individual approach, one that works for you, is key to achieving success.


Exercise.

Exercise should be tailored to your own body, age and lifestyle. It’s like saying ‘everyone likes ice cream’ sure, some people do, though even with those, some would prefer chocolate, vanilla or strawberry.


Exercise can be so much more than going to the gym. If you have a fabulous gym near you that fires your imagination, then that’s great. However, if not, then ask yourself ‘what would be a fun way for me to raise my energy with?’ A couple of my friends bought inline roller skates and spend Sunday’s rolling around the park. Another rents a bike and takes a day trip to the country.


What would it be for you, because if you do find the fun in exercise it’s the one area that’ll affect all others?


Support.

This doesn’t mean someone doing all the work for you. It doesn’t mean that if you don’t have the support of your partner or best friend it can’t be done, and it certainly doesn’t mean that if you can’t afford a personal trainer or nutritionist, better health & fitness are impossible.


What it DOES mean is that you can begin today to support yourself better and more systematically. Do whatever you need to do to take ownership of your own well-being and begin the journey to achieving better, more vibrant health for you.

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