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Дата : 2022
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Managing Stress with Healthy Habits

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Managing Stress with Healthy Habits

In today’s show, “Managing Stress with Healthy Habits,” we will learn about ways to reduce the tensions in our daily lives. When we face stress, the key player of the stress management system in our body is the autonomic nervous system, which regulates the heart rate, breathing, vision changes and more. Is there a way to deal with stress? An effective stress management plan could help us regain control and avoid falling into the stress cycle. The ultimate goal is not to eliminate all the pressures we experience but to live with stress so that we can feel happier and healthier for a more balanced life. Even though the “fight-or-flight response” is a natural response to events, these stressors may be foreseeable or even take place at predictable times, including navigating rush hour traffic, making presentations at work, taking your kids to school and more. If you can anticipate the stressor, you can either create an action plan or even change the situation. To deal with a stressful situation in a systematic way, it’s helpful to think of the four A’s of stress management, that is: avoid, alter, adapt and accept. Just like aerobic exercise, a good laugh will induce the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Studies have found that laughter can reduce stress and anxiety. Even a forced smile can help you as well. Learn to be more humorous and give yourself a reason to laugh. It will help you lighten your mood and relax you. During a 1998 five-day retreat at the Young Dong Center in Korea, our beloved Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke about how positive thinking uplifts us. “Like attracts like! If you are better, everything better will come to you. That's why people say to you, ‘Think positive.’ It's not because you say, ‘I think positive, I think positive, and I expect positive,’ then the positive things come. It's not. When you are able to think positive, that means you are elevated to the positive level. You are higher already. So the negative cannot touch you, cannot catch up with you. So, that's why you are happy. And once you are in the positive level, you just attract the positive, of course!”
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2022-03-16   665 Преглед
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2022-03-16

Power Up! Healthy Ways to Strengthen Immunity

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Power Up! Healthy Ways to Strengthen Immunity

The innate immune system is what we were born with. It is the first line of defense and provides general protection to ward off non-specific harmful substances within minutes. The adaptive immune system makes antibodies to tackle specific pathogens. The main defenders of the immune system are white blood cells, also known as leukocytes, which originate from bone marrow and migrate into the bloodstream and lymphatic system to perform the security work of immunity. Phagocytes, belonging to innate immune cells, are deployed in the first place when foreign pathogens enter the body. They then engulf unwelcome substances. Another cellular group, the lymphocytes, and phagocytes work together to assemble a more sophisticated guarding system. Our gut also plays a crucial role in immunity. The more health-promoting microbes there are in the gut, the better the immune system functions. Therefore, the food we eat is an important factor in strengthening our immunity. Eating a plant-based diet is the most fundamental way to achieve optimal health. For example, foods like garlic, ginger, cabbage, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, echinacea, and oil of oregano, as well as grapefruit seed, myrrh and olive leaf extract are natural remedies that have antibiotic properties. A review study published in the journal “Nutrients” found out that, “Vitamin C deficiency results in impaired immunity and higher susceptibility to infections.” A study published online in the journal “Brain, Behavior and Immunity” found that “just 20 minutes of moderate exercise stimulated the immune system, which, in turn, produced an anti-inflammatory cellular response.” When we are exposed to sunlight, the body will convert it to vitamin D, which is essential for proper immune function. According to a review published in the journal “Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry,” chronic drinkers have lower levels of B-cells and T-cells, which are both important for coping with infections. As a result, habitual use of alcohol may hinder the normal functions of the immune system and slow down the time of recovery. While you make a switch to adopting a healthier lifestyle, please also keep in mind to protect our animal-people friends by ditching meat.
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2022-01-15   1229 Преглед
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2022-01-15

Sipping Tea to Savor a Healthy Life

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Sipping Tea to Savor a Healthy Life

Tea is beyond just a pleasant beverage. Studies have proven that drinking tea as part of our lifestyle is beneficial to our overall wellness. Tea originated in China and has been enjoyed by the Chinese people for thousands of years. All true teas are derived from a plant species called Camellia sinensis, which is an evergreen shrub and belongs to the flowering tea plant family called Theaceae. Tea is classified into five main categories, including White, Green, Oolong, Black and Pu-erh, depending on the processing methods. Tea’s health-promoting properties have been proven in many studies. The main substance that makes drinking tea healthy is polyphenols, which are a large group of naturally occurring compounds. They are abundant in plants and have excellent antioxidant effects. Research has found out that polyphenols in tea have the ability to regulate blood sugar by making cells more responsive to insulin’s effect, hence lowering the risk of diabetes. Instead of choosing sweetened beverages, drinking a cup of tea is a great way to optimize blood sugar control. Flavonoids found in black tea are another group of compounds that are beneficial to promoting cardiovascular health. A meta-analysis study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found evidence that people who drank at least three cups of black tea per day had an 11% lower risk of developing heart disease. The polyphenols and antimicrobials in black and green tea can promote the growth of good bacteria and help repair the lining of the digestive tract. They help to enhance immunity. Tea can also protect the brain from aging in the long run. One study demonstrated that tea-drinkers who were aged 55-plus had better cognitive performance. When we talk about an infusion, it refers to steeping plants or fruits in hot water. These beverages of ancient wisdom have been proven beneficial to mental, emotional, and physical health. Most of them don’t contain caffeine and are suitable for people who prefer to avoid feeling jittery after drinking coffee. A cup of tea can do more than just boost immunity, the process of preparing and drinking it can also be relaxing. It’s a time reserved for a moment of tranquility, reunion, and joy.
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2022-01-08   929 Преглед
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2022-01-08

Protect Your Eyes from Digital Eye Strain

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Protect Your Eyes from Digital Eye Strain

Today, we will talk about the prevalent issue of digital eye strain – its causes and things you can do to prevent it. When we want to focus on an object close at hand, the action of the ciliary muscles puts tension on the eyeball that changes its shape and makes the lens thicker. In adults, prolonged use of these muscles can cause our eyes to ache. But there are more serious consequences for children since their eyes are still developing and will be depended on for many more years. How can you tell whether you have CVS? If you regularly spend two or more hours in front of an electronic visual display, two primary symptoms to be aware of are blurred vision and dry eyes. Other signs include redness, itching and possibly even a headache or pain in the neck. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to prevent CVS. First of all, doctors recommend adopting what is referred to as the 20-20-20 rule. It entails looking away from your device’s screen for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. Focus instead on something at least 20 feet (six meters) away. For example, gaze outside at a cloud in the sky. When your eyes switch from what is near to anything at a distance, they get a chance to relax. When using a computer, make sure the screen is at an appropriate distance and height relative to your head. It should be positioned 50 to 70 centimeters away from your eyes. Then, as you look straight ahead, you want the center of the display to be about 15 or 20 degrees below eye level. Also, experiment with tilting the screen until you find the most comfortable viewing position. Make a conscious effort to blink more often. Why? Because each blink spreads a thin layer of moisture over the surface of your eyes. So, remember to close your eyes periodically when using digital devices. Many dark green, leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach and broccoli, are great for maintaining your vision. They contain a pair of antioxidants – lutein and zeaxanthin – that protect against ultraviolet radiation from the sun. They also work to prevent cataracts and damage to the macula.
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2022-02-16   836 Преглед
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2022-02-16

Color Therapy: Uplifting Your Life with Colors

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Color Therapy: Uplifting Your Life with Colors

What is your favorite color? This is probably one of the earliest questions we were asked in childhood. A global survey shows that blue is the most popular color across four continents, including Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. Color is said to affect our mood, eating habits, and even how we think about things and people. Now, you might be wondering why color and light are often mentioned in the same context as color therapy. What’s the connection there? In simple words, light gives colors. Without light, there are no colors. That’s why when we are in a completely dark room, we can’t see any color but complete darkness. The therapeutic method of using colors can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians, who decorated sun-filled rooms with colored glasses. When sunlight passed through these glasses, specific colors would fill a room. It is believed that rooms with specific colors would have different therapeutic purposes. Darker shades of blue are associated with sedative properties and represent calm and tranquility. Thus, color therapists may use this to help people who experience sleeping disorders such as insomnia. In addition to psychological benefits, a study published in the “European Journal of Preventive Cardiology,” shows that blue light exposure can lower blood pressure and increase blood flow. Regardless of the evolutionary theory, scientific evidence points out that just by spending more time in natural environments filled with plants or even by looking at pictures of nature with greenery, we can relieve stress and improve control and focus. Therefore, the color green is often used by color therapists to help people reduce tensions and relax. You can try to be intentional about color choices. For example, wearing bright-colored clothing may bring upliftment when you feel down. On the other hand, try to make use of nature whenever you can, such as taking a brisk walk in the park where you can be exposed to the greenery along with the refreshing scent from trees and grass. We hope that you found today’s show interesting and that you can further enhance your well-being through colors.
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2022-04-13   693 Преглед
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2022-04-13

Nordic Walking: Walk Your Way to Health

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Nordic Walking: Walk Your Way to Health

Walking is one of the most accessible and effective forms of fitness. It improves our health, alleviates depression and fatigue, lightens our mood, prevents weight gain, increases our endurance and circulation, and the list goes on. In the same vein, did you know that walking with two poles can help you burn up to 20 to 60% more calories than conventional walking? Nordic walking started when a Finnish gym teacher named Leena Jääskeläinen in Viherlaakso, Helsinki, Finland started to teach “walking with ski poles” in her school’s physical education class. Decades later, in 1987, Leena presented this idea to the participants of the Finlandia Walk in Tampere, Finland. There are many benefits of Nordic walking. One study conducted by Stanford University in the United States shows that walking of any kind promotes the free flow of ideas and can increase creative thinking by an average of 60%! In a meta-analysis of eight studies involving cardiovascular disease patients who participated in a Nordic walking regimen, some saw a notable improvement in their exercise capacity and were able to exercise longer. They also experienced a higher oxygen uptake compared to the patients in standard cardiac rehabilitation programs. The way that Nordic walkers carry themselves forward by pushing down and backwards with the poles activates the muscles of the abdomen all the way up to the back muscles and helps to straighten the spine to improve posture. Several studies suggest that Nordic walking is one of the effective ways to lessen chronic pain in the neck, shoulder, back, hips and knees. The poles help to share some of the body weight and remove pressure from the spine, thus reducing the number of muscle spasms and pain as well. Another finding suggests that weeks of Nordic walking training for people with Parkinson’s disease can help enhance their posture control and improve functional balance too. The process of learning to walk with poles can stimulate the generation of new motor learning and promote neuroplasticity, which is our brain’s ability to reorganize neural networks to adapt to a new environment.
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2022-02-09   750 Преглед
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2022-02-09

Staying hydrated - Staying Healthy

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Staying hydrated - Staying Healthy

Water aids many essential processes to keep us going, including but not limited to: - Its amazing ability to dissolve many substances enables our cells to use minerals, other nutrients and oxygen in biological processes. Adequate hydration has numerous health benefits, including: Maximizing physical performance: Dehydration reduces the blood volume, hence hindering the oxygen flow to muscles and increasing the injury risk. In addition, dehydration is detrimental to the lubrication of joints, which is critical to deal with additional tension during exercise. To stay hydrated for sports, a rule of thumb is to drink 500 milliliters of water 30 minutes before exercising and 200-250 milliliters at 15-20 minute intervals during your workout. Preventing kidney stones: Kidney stones are quite common – about 1 in 10 people will be affected during their lives, and half of the people who have one will develop additional stones within 5-7 years. The UK’s National Health Service suggests those who have had stones before should strive to drink 3 liters of fluid every day to lower the risk of further kidney stones. Lemon juice becomes alkaline when digested, and when the urine is less acidic, stones are less likely to form. Preserving brain function: The human brain is approximately 75% water. Studies have shown even mild dehydration of 2% of body mass can cause impaired cognitive function in areas of memory, attention and processing speed. However, chronic dehydration might also lead to high blood pressure. Inadequate hydration in seniors is associated with morbidity and mortality. In a 2015 study, 37% of the 200 people aged 65 or older admitted to a hospital were dehydrated. To prevent dehydration, seniors can incorporate nutritious vegetable soups in their diet, as well as veggies and fruits with high water content: watermelon, strawberries, peaches, celery, cauliflower and tomatoes are some excellent choices. In addition, men require more water intake than women, as men have less body fat and thus a higher body water percentage.
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2022-01-29   472 Преглед
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Recharge Your Health with Vitamin C

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Recharge Your Health with Vitamin C

We are constantly reminded of the importance of incorporating abundant fruits and vegetables into our diet for getting enough vitamin C. Neither animal-people nor plants can survive without it. Interestingly, most mammal-people are capable of making their own vitamin C. The mammal-people’s natural ability to produce vitamin C to cope with stress shows us the important role of the nutrient for the immune system. As we have just mentioned, because we are unable to synthesize our own vitamin C, it is important for us to consume enough of the nutrient daily through a fresh and wholesome vegan diet. In addition, vitamin C is a potent antioxidant. It helps the body fight against harmful compounds known as free radicals. These are detrimental byproducts of metabolism and also generated by environmental pollution and can cause damage to our body as well as contribute to inflammation, cancer, heart disease and other conditions. Research also shows that some allergies, which are the result of the immune response to certain substances, could be alleviated with vitamin C. Research shows that taking vitamin C regularly may help lessen the duration and severity of a cold. In addition to maintaining a healthy immune system, vitamin C may also help lower the risk of cataracts and slow age-related macular degeneration. Moreover, vitamin C helps the body make a type of protein called collagen, which is one of the basic components of the skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. Furthermore, vitamin C can be beneficial for metabolic disorders, such as diabetes. Not only is vitamin C helpful for controlling blood sugar levels, but it also has been found to have a positive impact on cardiovascular health. In order to keep vitamin C intact to work at its best inside the body, it is always best to consume your vegetables raw and fresh or lightly cooked because vitamin C is sensitive to heat and light. A healthy and balanced vegan diet readily provides all essential nutrients for our body to thrive. The vegan diet is suitable for people of all ages and stages of life, including pregnancy, infancy, childhood, adolescence and older adulthood, as well as for athletes.
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2022-04-29   617 Преглед
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Reconnect with the Earth: The Benefits of Grounding

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Reconnect with the Earth: The Benefits of Grounding

There are different ways to connect yourself with nature. Some people enjoy surfing, hiking or strolling in the park in the morning, while others choose to reconnect themselves by walking barefoot on the soil. This is often referred to as “grounding” or “earthing.” The Earth’s surface, which is abundant in negative electrical charges, is one of the overlooked global resources for maintaining health. According to Coulomb's Law, which is a statement in physics, like charges will repel each other, while opposite charges will be attracted to each other. Based on this scientific principle, if free electrons can be absorbed into the body by establishing direct bodily contact with the Earth, then the free radicals can be neutralized in order to reduce inflammation. Even though people immerse in nature from time to time, the direct connection to these electrons is still greatly reduced due to insulating rubber or plastic soled shoes being worn. If you have to stay indoors, don’t worry. Grounding can also be achieved by using some simple equipment, such as a grounding mat, sheet or pad, which can be applied whether you’re working in front of a desk or sleeping. Having learned the methods of grounding, now let’s have a look at some of the potential health benefits. In a clinical study to evaluate the correlations of cortisol levels to circadian rhythm and changes in sleep, pain and stress, 12 subjects with sleep dysfunction, pain and stress were given a conductive mattress pad to use on their beds for a period of eight weeks. Eleven out of the 12 study subjects reported that they were able to fall asleep faster, and the number of times waking up during the night was reduced for all 12 individuals. Furthermore, the results demonstrated that grounding the body during sleep alleviated morning fatigue levels, and improved daytime energy and nighttime pain levels. In another study of randomized double-blind design, 58 healthy adult participants were given a conductive adhesive patch to place on the sole of each foot to simulate grounding with the Earth. All the test results demonstrated that grounding is able to reduce stress levels. In addition to reducing tension, grounding can also have beneficial effects on improving cardiovascular risk factors, such as red blood cell clumping.
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2022-02-05   859 Преглед
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2022-02-05

"B" Healthy - Keeping A Balanced Diet

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"B" Healthy - Keeping A Balanced Diet

B vitamins are a set of eight different nutrients, including B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12. Vitamin B1, also known as thiamin, is water-soluble and helps break down carbohydrate molecules from food into energy. Vitamin B2 is also known as riboflavin. A deficiency in vitamin B2 can lead to symptoms such as mouth ulcers, cracked lips, inflammation of the lining of the mouth, iron-deficiency anemia, etc. Say hallo to vitamin B3 or niacin. Vitamin B3 acts as a coenzyme called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, (NAD), which is essential for reactions of more than 400 enzymes. There are plenty of options out there for you to choose from, such as nutritional yeast, peanuts, quinoa, muesli, brown rice, acorn squash, etc. Vitamin B5 (also known as pantothenic acid) is needed in our cells to help break down carbohydrates and lipids for energy. Our body can’t produce vitamin B6 by itself, and thus must come from natural foods in our diet. Sources of the nutrient include avocados, pistachios, bananas, quinoa, sunflower and sesame seeds, chestnuts, tomatoes, etc. Biotin is also known as vitamin B7. Tempeh (or fermented soya beans), peanuts and peanut butter, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, mushrooms, avocados, etc., are all wonderful biotin-rich foods you can include in your hearty vegan diet. Next, vitamin B9 in its natural state is called folate, while the synthetic form is called folic acid, which is used in supplements. Vitamin B12 partners with vitamin B6 and B9 to break down homocysteine, an amino acid that has been associated with an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Because vitamin B12 is essential for healthy nerve cells, a deficiency can lead to neurologic conditions, such as paresthesia. According to the World Health Organization, the recommended daily intake is 2.4 micrograms. Lastly, always keep a balanced and healthy diet with a variety of vegetables, fruits and nuts to ensure that you’re getting all the B vitamins as much as possible.
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2022-03-05   889 Преглед
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2022-03-05

Intermittent Fasting – Adjusting Eating Time for Better Wellness

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Intermittent Fasting – Adjusting Eating Time for Better Wellness

Did you know that fasting is beneficial to health? The secret lies in the activation of autophagy. The 2016 Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to a Japanese cell biologist, Professor Yoshinori Ohsumi, for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy. Autophagy begins when the body undergoes stress such as fasting, calorie restriction or starvation. This protective housekeeping mechanism helps slow down the aging process and has a positive impact on cell renewal. Emerging evidence points to the potential fasting has to offer in terms of protection from chronic diseases and promoting longevity. One of these worrisome chronic conditions is obesity. A sedentary lifestyle and consumption of extra calories also increase the risk of other conditions, including heart disease, hypertension and even cancer. Intermittent fasting, as defined by Healthline.com, is an “eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating.” Many diets focus on what we eat, but intermittent fasting focuses on when we eat. One of them is called “Eat Stop Eat,” which involves a 24-hour fast once or twice a week. Another method is called the 16:8 fast, which typically involves fasting for about 16 hours and limiting eating within a timeframe of eight hours. Alternatively, another easy way is the 12-hour fast. Let’s say you finish your dinner at 7 p.m. and do not eat until breakfast time at 7 a.m. the next day; then you will have fasted for 12 hours. Studies show that more than 10 hours of fasting could be an ideal amount of time for the body to initiate a certain mechanism to promote wellness. One of the main reactions is the shift of energy sources. During the process, the liver converts stored fat to ketone bodies which offer a more efficient energy source than glucose. Though intermittent fasting may benefit individuals who have type 2 diabetes, it may not be ok for those with type 1 diabetes. During the fasting window, drinking water is preferable. Coffee and tea are also permitted but one should stay away from adding sweeteners. Healthy vegan food such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables and plant-based protein helps make fasting easier.
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2022-03-26   900 Преглед
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2022-03-26

The Healing Power of Singing

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The Healing Power of Singing

Humans have innate musicality, and singing is good for our minds irrespective of age. Infants can remember their mother’s voice while still in the womb and music played to them before they were born. Studies have shown that singing can lower the risk of dementia in the elderly. Singing therapy is also widely applied to treat non-fluent aphasia. Because singing involves a slower pace and lengthened syllables versus speaking, frequent repetition of singing simple words and phrases helps the healthy singing center of the brain to gradually remold and grow to make adaptive changes and pick up language skills. In addition to its amazing memory enhancing and brain rewiring capabilities, singing has many other physical benefits. Physically, singing improves our respiratory function. It is considered an aerobic exercise as it involves deep breathing, which improves lung health and cardiovascular conditioning by increasing the oxygen flow to all parts of our body. As mentioned previously, singing also requires control of vocal cords and muscles in the respiratory system, which can be beneficial to those with chronic respiratory diseases (CRD). Singing also boosts our immune system in a number of ways. Furthermore, singing lowers tension by stimulating the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is a long nerve stretching from the brainstem all the way down the neck, chest and abdomen, and branching out to connect the vital organs. As the vagus nerve is connected to the voice box, singing naturally activates this nerve and calms you down. Socially, singing in a group connects and bonds us together. For example, the Sofa Singers online choir brings together 500 singers each week to help people feel connected at this challenging time. In 2020, James was bestowed the Point of Lights Award from the UK government for his brilliant initiative that helps individuals overcome isolation and lifts people’s spirits. By joining an online group singing session, you will be able to overcome any on-stage shyness and express yourself individually and collectively; and more importantly, you can see the many happy faces of other singers and feel the positive power of the song!
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2022-01-22   792 Преглед
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2022-01-22

Dietary Fiber: Why Is It Important?

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Dietary Fiber: Why Is It Important?

When thinking about nutrition, dietary fiber probably doesn’t top our list of nutrients of concern. The ideal amount is 38 grams for men and 25 grams for women in a 2,000 calorie diet. A study published in the medical journal The Lancet, revealed that people who ate the highest amounts of fiber reduced the incidence of coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer by 16-24% compared to people who ate the least. Soluble fiber dissolves in water to form a gel-like material and mostly can be metabolized by the good bacteria in the gut. Fruits, vegetables, barley, flaxseed, legumes and soy products are good sources of it. Insoluble fiber doesn’t dissolve in water and primarily provides bulk to stool and assists its movement through the digestive tract. This fiber comes from the hard structural parts of plants, such as the skins of fruits and vegetables. When combined, these benefits can make bowel movements easier, thus reducing the chance of constipation and hemorrhoids. Furthermore, soluble fiber can slow the absorption of foods during the digestive process, which can reduce blood sugar and insulin spikes after meals. Fiber supports heart health by lowering the low-density lipoprotein (LDL), known as “bad cholesterol.” Studies show that for every 100-gram increase in the consumption of fruits and vegetables, the risk of depression decreases by 3%. 1. Consume at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day and eat them with skins if possible because they are rich in fiber. 2. Add fiber-rich foods to your diet. You may also stir one tablespoon (15 grams) of chia seeds or 7 grams of flaxseed into oatmeal or a smoothie as they will give you an extra 3-5 grams of fiber. 3. Eat high-fiber foods. Beans, peas and lentils are excellent sources of fiber. Only half a cup (192 grams) can provide around 7 grams of fiber. 4. Switch from refined to whole grains by choosing brown rice or whole-grain bread. For people who have a wheat allergy, gluten intolerance, or celiac diseases, consider eating high-fiber, gluten-free foods like millet, quinoa, buckwheat or gluten-free oats to help avoid a fiber deficiency.
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2022-05-14   394 Преглед
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2022-05-14

Staying Healthy During Air Travel

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Staying Healthy During Air Travel

In today’s show, we will talk about some of the most common health issues experienced during and after a flight. When the plane begins its ascent, the air pressure inside the cabin also begins to drop. This creates pain in the ears as well as the temporary experience of some level of hearing loss or muffled hearing because the eardrum can’t vibrate properly. Here are some tips to avoid airplane ear. You can try to yawn, chew gum or swallow during ascent and descent. This may open the eustachian tubes to help balance the pressure inside and outside the ears. Airsickness, which is a form of motion sickness, is one of the common conditions people experience during a flight. Typical symptoms include cold sweating, headache, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea and vomiting. It happens when there is a mixture of conflicting signals being sent to the brain from various parts of the body. When booking your flight, try to choose a window seat in the middle sections, over the wings, where shaking is felt the least on the plane. In addition to reducing motion-detecting signals being sent from the inner ears to the brain, also try to avoid reading books. You may close your eyes and listen to some music instead. If nausea happens to you often when traveling, you may want to eat light food one or two hours before departing. If we sit in a confined space for a long time, we should always remember to stretch ourselves whenever we can. The reason is that when we sit in a position for extended periods, the risk of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) also increases. Wear loose and comfortable clothes so that they do not restrict blood flow. In addition, make sure to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated. Also, try to move around by walking back and forth in the aisles whenever it is possible, such as going for a bathroom break. After long flights, especially those that cross multiple time zones, jet lag is a common short-lived disorder. Before the trip, rest as much as you can. During the flight, drink plenty of water to keep hydrated, and you may want to consider eating light meals and limiting caffeine intake. After arrival, find time to go for a walk or do some light exercise outside under the sun. Lastly, remember we’re still in the midst of a pandemic, so please make sure that you wear your mask properly while you are in flight.
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2022-01-01   577 Преглед
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2022-01-01

Make Your Routine a Priority for Positive Mental Health

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Make Your Routine a Priority for Positive Mental Health

Today, we will discuss ways for you to develop positive routines in your life, as well as tips to help you feel more healthy, productive, and at ease during this period. There are many benefits to keeping an everyday routine in terms of our mental health. This applies to adults, adolescents, and children alike. According to a research review done by psychologist Dr. Barbara H. Fiese and others in the United States, kids are healthier, and their behavior is better regulated when there are predictable routines in the family. Young ones with a regular set bedtime get to sleep sooner and wake up less frequently in the night. Routines for infants can even shorten the period of a respiratory illness! As easy as it is to get up and immediately grab a cup of coffee and check our phone or email, there is a better option. Try to wake up slowly, take some deep breaths, let some bright light into the room, and do some light stretching to increase blood flow. When we rise in the morning, our bodies are dehydrated from a lack of water for many hours. One of the best habits we should include in our morning routine is to enjoy a tall glass of water, which also aids in digestion and metabolism. Daily exercise and sun exposure are key elements to a healthy, happy life. Simple exercises can include taking a walk around the neighborhood or bodyweight exercises such as lunges, air squats, pushups, crunches, and more.We can’t forget about diet! The vegan diet is essential to overall health, both physically and mentally. A vegan diet has been scientifically proven to lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, aid in preventing type 2 diabetes, lessen the risk of cancer, help improve cholesterol levels, reduces one’s chance of stroke, lower the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia, and reduce all causes of mortality by 25%. The most important foods you can incorporate into your diet immediately for better health are legumes, fruit, green leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. The compassionate vegan diet includes mental health benefits as well.
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2022-04-20   505 Преглед
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2022-04-20

Aromatherapy and the Benefits of Essential Oils

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Aromatherapy and the Benefits of Essential Oils

Have you ever tried aromatherapy? It is a holistic method of promoting wellness that uses aromatic materials extracted from plants. Flowers, herbs, roots, bark, and leaves are distilled or mechanically pressed to obtain their essence in the form of oil. In 1997, the International Standards Organization (ISO) issued an official definition of essential oil as follows: a “product obtained from vegetable raw material, either by distillation with water or steam, or from the epicarp of citrus fruits by a mechanical process, or by dry distillation.” Scientific analysis has found that numerous essential oils have antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, and antioxidant properties. Aromatherapy is generally implemented via inhalation or topical application. When the scent of an essential oil is inhaled, its chemical components bind to a smell receptor in the nose. From there, a signal is transmitted to the olfactory bulb that is located just above the nasal cavity and beneath the forebrain. The bulb sends olfactory information to various parts of the brain, including the limbic system, which supports the processing of emotions. Essential oils can also affect the hypothalamus, which creates feel-good brain chemicals such as dopamine. For a study published in the International Journal of Nursing Practice, participants pinned a small bottle of 3% lavender oil to the clothing on their chests. The results showed that stress symptoms were significantly reduced for the nurses inhaling the fragrance compared to a control group, and the beneficial effect lasted for 3 to 4 days. Let's discuss how you can give yourself an aromatherapy session at home by inhaling essential oils. One way is to prepare a bowl of steaming hot water in a sink and add a few drops of your chosen extract. Bend over the sink and breathe in deeply, with an optional towel over your head to trap extra moisture. For Valentine's Day in 2008, Supreme Master Ching Hai recorded a cooking show and heated some lavender oil to complement the atmosphere of the meal. “And this is the aromatic burner. I put some aroma oil in it with water, and it's going to boil during your food, your meal, and it will help you relax also. This is lavender and water. You can buy it anywhere - it’s very relaxing and aromatic. Smells nice already! Smells nice. Everything smells nice.”
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2022-03-09   586 Преглед
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2022-03-09

Soaking It In: Therapeutic Benefits of Hot Springs

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Soaking It In: Therapeutic Benefits of Hot Springs

In our time together today, we will talk about hot springs and their health benefits. What is a hot spring? Hot springs, also called geothermal springs, come from geothermally heated groundwater. They can form in several ways. One of the common ways is when the groundwater is in contact with rocks that have been heated by magma or molten rock deep beneath the Earth’s surface. Hot springs have been used for thousands of years for their health-promoting properties. That's because soaking in hot springs can be very relaxing, and the water in natural hot springs can contain a variety of minerals, such as sulfur, silica, calcium, sodium, selenium and many more. Many scientists from Japan, Europe and the Middle East have been studying balneotherapy, which is the treatment of disease by bathing in waters containing minerals. Not only do humans enjoy hot potting, but also capybara-persons, the largest rodent-people in the world, know how to enjoy themselves by taking a nice hot bath in thermal springs. When they soak in the natural hot tub, the bliss on their faces just says everything about how enjoyable it is. Bathing in hot water can boost blood circulation by raising body temperature. Researchers have found that immersing in hot water increases the level of nitric oxide in the blood. Nitric oxide is a natural chemical produced in the body that dilates the blood vessels. When the blood vessels are expanded, they relax and become wider, allowing the blood to carry more oxygenated red blood cells and nutrients to cells in the body. Not only does a rise in the nitric oxide level give a greater blood supply to various parts of the body, but the widened blood vessels also help to lower blood pressure. Hot spring immersion helps reduce stress and promotes sleep. Bathing in mineral water is beneficial for relaxing tense muscles to lessen stress. Meanwhile, the effect of your body temperature rising in the bath and then cooling after getting out can help you relax and fall into a deeper sleep. When you become less stressed, your outlook will become more vibrant as a result of the improvement in your overall physical and mental health.
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2022-02-23   580 Преглед
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2022-02-23

Caring for Your Liver

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Caring for Your Liver

In today’s show, “Caring for Your Liver,” we will learn about the importance of the liver and tips to care for it. Did you know that the liver is the only internal organ that can regenerate itself? One of the major functions of the liver is to produce bile for the digestion and absorption of fats and cholesterol in the small intestine. Bile also helps with uptake of vitamin K, which in fact is a group of organic compounds essential for blood to clot normally. The liver processes bilirubin from spent hemoglobin and helps remove it from the body. According to the Center for Disease Analysis (CDA) in Colorado, USA, about 89 million Americans have this condition without being aware of it. Such a pervasive lack of knowledge is actually understandable because the illness usually has no symptoms, but there is no lack of consequences. In 2021, a research published in the Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases showed that people with NAFLD have improved liver function and weight loss after following a vegan diet for six months. Other studies have found that a high-fiber plant-based diet can reduce liver fat, and the antioxidants in these foods help to limit inflammation. These are important takeaways from our presentation, since there are currently no pharmaceuticals available for fatty liver disease. By eliminating fast food, you can retrain your taste buds to appreciate and enjoy fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains. Furthermore, establishing a good habit of regular exercise can reinforce the positive outcome of adopting a healthy vegan diet for maintaining a healthy weight. We hope that our show has inspired you to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Take good care of your liver by switching to a vegan diet. Benefit your whole body through regular physical activity. And upgrade your future by making good decisions and treating others with kindness.
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2022-04-06

Caring for your Kidneys

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Caring for your Kidneys

Most human beings are born with two kidneys, which are bean-shaped and about the size of a fist. They are located just below the rib cage, one on each side of your spine. Healthy kidneys have amazing filtering ability. They can filter about 180 liters of blood daily to remove waste and extra water through urine. The kidneys are delicate and multi-functional organs that constantly work to keep us healthy. They perform various essential tasks, such as maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance, eliminating wastes, making hormones to produce red blood cells, and controlling blood pressure. Moreover, kidneys also produce an active form of vitamin D that promotes strong and healthy bones.Many things can affect the functions of our kidneys, including diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney stones, a urinary tract infection, drugs and toxins. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people globally have chronic kidney disease, or a slow decline in kidney function, and most of them are not even aware of it. Some warning signals can include noticeable changes in the appearance or volume of the urine, swelling in ankles and feet, upset stomach, dry and itchy skin and fatigue. If you are ever in doubt if any symptoms experienced are indicators of kidney problems, please don’t hesitate to consult your doctor for an evaluation. Let’s look at some of the tips for protecting our kidneys and keeping them healthy. 1. Replacing meat with plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. This is the most simple and healthy way to safeguard the health of our kidneys. A study published in the Journal of BMC Nephrology found that people who consume plant-based protein were associated with a 70% decreased incidence of chronic kidney disease. Moreover, the kidneys have to work harder when animal-person-based proteins are consumed. 2. Keep yourself well hydrated. The kidneys need adequate water to remove toxins, waste products and unneeded compounds from the blood. 3. Maintain a healthy blood pressure. So, it’s important to eat a low-salt diet and maintain a healthy weight to keep the blood pressure in normal range. 4. Get regular exercise. Regularly exercising is a great way to maintain a healthy weight, which helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. 5. Develop a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle involves refraining from drinking alcohol, using illegal drugs and smoking as well as choosing the healthy vegan diet.
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