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Keep Cool: Effective Ways to Manage Stress

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Keep Cool: Effective Ways to Manage Stress

Stress is a part of life. If you feel that you are troubled by chronic stress, there are several strategies to help you reduce and manage stress. Removing the root cause is a straightforward strategy to manage stress. If the news regarding an election makes you nervous and uptight, limit your time spent watching related news; if moving is the origin of the stress, comprehensively evaluate your situation again to see whether moving is really necessary. Negative thoughts could intensify the stress and make things worse. Cognitive reframing is a powerful psychological technique that helps people to relieve pressure by changing their mindset to look at the bright side in a stressful situation. If you feel like others are asking too much of you or are exhausted by excessive obligations, perhaps it’s time to set boundaries with others to remove some sources of stress. When you are dealing with prolonged stress, self-health management is vital. Here are some self-care tips that can assist you in managing stress: Exercise is a very effective stress reliever as it has a wide range of health benefits. Any type or duration of exercise is helpful. Adequate sleep also contributes to keeping your stress at bay. In addition, it makes you less sensitive to stress-triggering catalysts.A healthy vegan diet also lowers your stress level. When we are stressed, our bodies produce higher levels of cortisol – the primary stress hormone. A single meal containing animal products may double the cortisol level in your blood. By contrast, a vegan diet helps keep cortisol levels down.Connecting with people in person is an excellent stressbuster. Hugging and holding hands releases oxytocin in our brains, which lowers cortisol levels and promotes feelings of bonding, empathy, and trust. Hence, we feel less stressed. Finally, laughter can cool down your stress response, ease your stress symptoms by enhancing circulation and relaxing muscles, and improve your mood to deal with tough and stressful situations.
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2021-05-15   1312 Преглед
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2021-05-15

Connecting With Nature to Boost Your Health

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Connecting With Nature to Boost Your Health

How does nature benefit our health? Exposure to the outdoors makes one feel better in both mind and spirit; the serenity of the natural environment creates within us a sense of calmness and aids our physical well-being. The scientific reason behind this is humans are genetically programmed to look for trees, plants, water and other natural elements. When our body is absorbed and focused on nature's greatness, our mind puts aside any pain or discomfort temporarily. So the big question is: Where’s nature? How do we get access to it? For those people who live in urban settings with a rather hurried and busy lifestyle, there are also ways to catch a sight of nature by simply looking at some paintings or images of the wild. It might be surprising to you that viewing still images can help. In addition to still images, simple plants in a room also bring much positive change to our health. Interestingly, even a brisk moment of viewing greenery can be an instant refreshment for our minds. According to another experiment conducted by Scottish scientists, even just a few minutes in the open air in a green space can lower one’s stress levels and make one feel much more relaxed and clear-headed. Research has shown that buildings with more vegetation around them had 52% less property and violent crimes than those without any vegetation. In fact, scientific research has shown that tree-hugging can be truly health-enhancing. It can calm the body and boost our mood by prompting the release of the hormones serotonin and dopamine, thus making one feel much happier. Another interesting and effective way to connect with nature is to walk barefoot on grass, sand or soil, which is known as grounding. The scientific reason behind the positive effects is that the Earth’s surface has a subtle negative charge and is constantly generating electrons that can neutralize free radicals, thus acting as antioxidants to help our body to prevent cell damage. For the elderly, being outside can improve memory. If we work or walk in sunlight, we become healthier by replenishing ourselves with vitamin D.
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2021-10-19   828 Преглед
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2021-10-19

"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   883 Преглед
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2022-03-05

Air Pollution – An Alarming Health Hazard, Part 1 of 2

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Air Pollution – An Alarming Health Hazard, Part 1 of 2

Air pollution was among the top five leading risk factors for early death worldwide in 2019 and causes about seven million deaths every year. Today, 90% of people breathe unclean air that contains significant amounts of pollutants. Even though air quality in Europe has improved in the past decade, a special report called “State of Global Air 2020” revealed that the highest annual exposure to PM2.5 continues to be seen in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. PM2.5 refers to Particulate Matter, one of the most concerning substances in air pollution. As the size of the particulate matter is greatly associated with its detrimental effects, fine particles can pose a serious threat to our health. They can be inhaled deeply into the respiratory tract or even enter into the bloodstream due to its fine size. Pregnant women exposed to air pollution may have a higher chance of elevated blood pressure, which is a common cause of pre-term birth. In addition, particulate matter increases the risk of low birth weight and having a child with autism. Inhaling PM2.5 might also change the size of a child’s developing brain, and this can eventually make them become more vulnerable to emotional problems when they enter adolescence. Research has shown that the elderly in the United States who are exposed to the annual mean amount of PM2.5 nationally, have a greater chance of developing neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and associated dementias.Besides particulate matter, ozone is another major part of the air pollution. Low amounts of ozone can lead to chest tightness, coughing, shortness of breath, and throat discomfort. Not only does ozone exposure worsen chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma, but also it weakens the body’s response to fight off respiratory infections. Next, let’s take a look at how air pollution impacts COVID-19. According to a study from Harvard University in the United States, an increase of one microgram per cubic meter in PM2.5 increases the COVID-19 death rate by 8%. Meanwhile, Dr. Mary Prunicki from Stanford University in the United States found that air pollution can also exacerbate the COVID-19 situation in a surprising way - that particulates and nitrogen dioxide in air pollutants can act as vectors for the coronavirus to spread.
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2021-12-03   628 Преглед
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2021-12-03

Veganism: A COVID-19 Pandemic Remedy and Zoonotic Disease Shield, Part 2 of 2

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Veganism: A COVID-19 Pandemic Remedy and Zoonotic Disease Shield, Part 2 of 2

Due to animal livestock raising and the wildlife trade, cross-species transmission of viruses has become more frequent. Viruses have a built-in mechanism that makes them more likely to have mutations when they spread between individuals. The more it’s being transmitted, the greater the chances new variants will form. The animal livestock raising business needs to be ended if humans want to break the vicious cycle of diseases that repeatedly affect animals and humans. Among COVID-19 cases, participants who reported following a plant-based diet had a 73% lower chance of developing a moderate- to-severe COVID-19 illness compared with participants who did not follow this diet. Despite scientific evidence showing that people who adhere to plant-based diets get more protection from developing moderate-to-severe COVID-19 symptoms, we must not forget to take preventive measures to protect ourselves. “God helps those who help themselves. You have the physical body in the physical dimension. You have to take care in the physical world in a physical way.” The simplest solution to eliminate the source of transmission is the global adoption of the vegan lifestyle to prevent future epidemics. Fortunately, there is an increasing trend of consuming plant-based foods that has been seen during the pandemic. According to the market intelligence agency Mintel, the pandemic has encouraged more UK consumers to explore plant-based diets. Experts expect to see continuing growth in the vegan food market after the pandemic ends. “We must pray in silence, we must meditate for the world to go vegan. World Vegan will breed lasting World Peace, will breed benevolent energy for all beings, including humans, and then they won’t get such sickness again. Even if they have to go through this sickness now, [if] they turn vegan, in the future we don’t have any more pandemics or epidemics anymore. Our world has forever pandemics and epidemics because we continue to kill. If they are vegan right now, except the small or some inevitable consequences of the past karmic deeds that they have to endure this lifetime, we don’t have any more pandemic, we don’t have any more sicknesses – we would have forever peace between nations. Animals will have peace also. All beings will have peace.”
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2021-09-18   988 Преглед
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2021-09-18

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   889 Преглед
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2022-03-26

The Magic Plant: Moringa Oleifera

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The Magic Plant: Moringa Oleifera

“Moringa is consumed daily in India, Africa, and even the Philippines, where it is quite popular. This special plant is highly recommended by many natural therapists and experts that research medically valuable plants.” “Those [moringa] seeds can be consumed raw. We can take them dry. When they are consumed raw, they have other advantages; when they are consumed dry, they also have other advantages. We can also talk about the roots of the moringa which are also used when we want to make some medicines or some ointments, we use it. The ash even, the ash from fallen branches of the moringa, this ash is also useful. All parts of moringa oleifera are useful. Due to those three kinds of scientifically-proven advantages, moringa is called the ‘miracle plant.’ Through long-lasting, daily, regular consumption, one will notice the change!” “Moringa is a very unusual and unique plant because it not only contains a wide variety of nutrients but also they are present in large amounts. The leaves and seeds of moringa possess abundant vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, fats, minerals, and phytochemicals.” “Generally speaking, for the same quantity of moringa and the same quantity of fruits and vegetables that I will mention in a second; we have four times more vitamin A in moringa than carrots. Regarding vitamin C, we have seven times more in moringa than an orange. Regarding calcium, we have four times more (calcium) in moringa than milk. If we take beef for example, we have four times more protein in moringa than beef. There is 25-times more iron in derivatives of moringa than spinach derivatives that we call here gboma.” Different parts of this plant, such as roots, leaves, and seeds, are applied for various therapeutic purposes. Moringa has high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that may lower one’s cancer risk. Research has also shown it is effective in preventing or treating various gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and infectious diseases. “It has an effect against bacteria! So, when you are used to using moringa, bacteria have no way to grow in your body. There is also an effect against viruses. This substance does not allow viruses to grow.”
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2020-07-11   1939 Преглед
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2020-07-11

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   787 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   367 Преглед
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2022-05-14

Professor Timaree Hagenburger (vegan): Peaking With Plant-Based Sports Nutrition, Part 2 of 3

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Professor Timaree Hagenburger (vegan): Peaking With Plant-Based Sports Nutrition, Part 2 of 3

“So, calories are going to depend on many factors. There isn't just one set of calories for everybody. Everybody can figure out how many calories they need based on equations. One of them that's very common is called Harris Benedict. Now it's very common, and research has shown us that a lot of athletes, especially endurance athletes and cyclists, they're at risk for not getting enough calories. And so, for them it's going to be important to eat, maybe quantity-wise, more than they used to eat. So with protein intake, it's a lot of people feel like they need a lot of protein and our country especially, and I think the whole world is following now that we think protein is the most important and that it's been very commercialized. But in fact, athletes can get all of the protein and all of the essential amino acids that they need by eating whole foods.” “But before the event, we want something that's very easy to digest. And if it's going to be a sustained event in the afternoon, then you can do a high carbohydrate, even 3 to 4 grams of carbohydrate per kilogram body weight, 3 to 4 hours before. Now with fluid, it's going to be somewhere between 5 to 10 milliliters of liquid per kilogram, 2 to 4 hours before an event.” “If it's a dehydration-related muscle cramp, we typically see that come at the end of prolonged, intense activity and can also start as small spasms on both sides of the body. It's important to always consume adequate potassium, and plant-based eaters are going to get great sources of potassium.” Let’s find out about the type of nutrition needed after an event to help the body recover. “And then to follow up with a balanced meal with carbohydrate and protein and fat, somewhere between one hour to maybe 90 minutes after the event. Carbohydrate has been shown to help with long-term recovery and long-term performance. So, the oats and the beans and the lentils, and the potatoes, and the fruit is just key for them to be able to perform race after race and recover in between.”
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2021-08-07   872 Преглед
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2021-08-07

Appreciation of Art Improves Quality of Life, Part 2 of 2

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Appreciation of Art Improves Quality of Life, Part 2 of 2

Art is a fountain of nectar watering our thirst for freedom and relaxation in the quick pace of modern times. It directs our mind to focus on the present moment so that we can delve into the realm of the artwork and its creator. Art leads us to experience the world in a creative and fun way. Not only can we discover the unique beauty of different places, but we can also better treasure natural resources and respect our Mother Earth with greater admiration. Most of all, it makes our lives sparkle with happiness and joy. Not only does art provide us emotional support but it also helps us to discover ourselves. Unraveling the sentiments behind art helps us to look inward for self-discovery and self-understanding. In addition to self-exploration, art can also uplift our spirits. Art raises our empathy for others, opens our hearts to embrace diversity and creates a more peaceful atmosphere in society. Art plays an important role in calming people’s minds and helping them to get through challenging times. For example, during COVID-19 lockdowns, balcony music concerts have brought comfort and connection to people isolated at home. Art serves as a catalyst for positive change in the world. In a conference during the celebration of the first anniversary of International Artist Day, held on April 3, 2019, in Taipei, Taiwan (Formosa), Supreme Master Ching Hai elaborated on the value of art and artists, and how their love can elevate our world. "They are real artists. They really will help the world a lot because they contribute with their inner creativity and love. Sometimes we are too busy and forget. We work too much every day and forget this energy. Through their performance, we are reminded. That’s why we are happy and joyful. They remind us from inside. They don’t necessarily say anything to you. It’s the love radiated from their inside and their performance. Our souls can communicate with each other. So we will be reminded, and our soul will also be elevated. Then our world will become happier."
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2021-03-20   917 Преглед
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2021-03-20

Assimilating the Yoga Spirit into Daily Life, Part 1 of 2

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Assimilating the Yoga Spirit into Daily Life, Part 1 of 2

Yoga originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and was introduced to Western society in the 19th century. The many benefits it brings to body, mind, and spirit have made yoga not only a popular form of exercise but also a kind of lifestyle. Meggie has been practicing yoga for 16 years and specializes in Hatha yoga, which focuses on asanas, or pose. Asanas, pranayama, or regulation of the breath, and meditation are some of the key fundamentals of yoga. “In fact, yoga is a spiritual practice method in India. The spiritual practitioners probably do yoga first thing in the morning, then do pranayama, and meditate. This process makes their meditation more stable and concentrated.” “In the three most important yoga asanas: Salamba Sirsasana (supported headstand), Salamba Sarvnagasana (supported shoulder stand), and Paschimottanasana (seated forward bend), Salamba Sirsasana gives you 10% physical and 90% spiritual enhancement.” “In yoga practice, bending forward is about your past. Bending backward is about looking into the future, and stepping outside the comfort zone.”
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2020-02-10   1641 Преглед
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2020-02-10

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   575 Преглед
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2022-01-01

Healing through Moving:Wellness Exercises Can Enhance Your Health

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Healing through Moving:Wellness Exercises Can Enhance Your Health

Fortunately, there is good news for those who have experienced adverse effects from pain medications and are looking for alternatives to pain relief. For people who prefer natural healing, a list of options proven to be helpful include tai chi, Qigong, and yoga for movement-based therapies, ginger and turmeric for herbal remedies and meditation for mind-body medicine. Treatment that involves physical manipulation includes osteopathy and chiropractic. The advantage of movement-based therapies is that they can be done almost anywhere, at any time, and are free.
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2019-05-31   5829 Преглед
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2019-05-31

Hydroponics for a Sustainable and Healthy Life

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Hydroponics for a Sustainable and Healthy Life

Hydroponics has gained popularity in recent years. Hydroponics may be defined as the science of growing plants without soil. A nutrient solution that contains all the essential elements needed for optimum growth and development is delivered directly to the plant. Hydroponics is not only a convenient and affordable method of farming but also contributes to a sustainable lifestyle. The growth rate of a hydroponic plant is 30-50% faster than a soil-based plant grown under the same conditions. Hydroponics can help address the issue of food shortages globally and bring fresh, healthful produce closer to densely-populated areas. With the advancement of technology, the footprint required for hydroponics is decreasing. Hydroponics allows people to grow plants year-round, regardless of unfavorable weather or environmental conditions such as poor soil. Hydroponic cultivation in urban and suburban spaces can be a bonding activity for family and friends, thus boosting people’s mental health.
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2020-05-02   1824 Преглед
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2020-05-02

Professor Timaree Hagenburger (vegan): Peaking With Plant-Based Sports Nutrition, Part 3 of 3

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Professor Timaree Hagenburger (vegan): Peaking With Plant-Based Sports Nutrition, Part 3 of 3

In order to provide students a broader perspective on personal health and care for the environment, Professor Hagenburger cofounded a certificate of proficiency in “Plant-Based Nutrition & Sustainable Agriculture” program in 2017 at Cosumnes River College. “And so, they go from the ground to the greenhouse. The students get the 360-degree version of the whole process, from why to eat the food, and then how to grow the food, and then how to make the food.” “The potassium in fruits and vegetables comes with citrate and bicarbonate precursors. They will help protect the bones and help those osteoblasts build that bone tissue. We also see that calcium can be found in green leafy vegetables, as long as we're consuming the low oxalate vegetables. And with B12, it's not made in animals or in plants. It's actually made by bacteria, so that's actually the one supplement I recommend everybody take. And so magnesium, again from nuts and seeds and legumes and green leafy vegetables.” “Another issue is caffeine. And it can make our body get rid of extra calcium in the urine. Now, alcohol is something else that some people use, but that can make it difficult for our bones to achieve the bone mass, the peak bone mass, as well as maintaining it. There's a lot of sodium in the processed animal products that can undermine bone health as well.” Having a peaceful mind is one of the important things that help athletes to achieve their best, and their mental state is also affected by the foods they eat. “There are studies that show, depending on how you feed people and especially the processed food, the animal-heavy fast food, it can actually make people depressed. It can affect their mood. Another area that it affects is the gut microbiome.”“I think that people underestimate the power that they have in their knife and fork and spoon to really impact the quality of their life. Once people start to make those changes, they will realize how good they could feel. Every move, every bite towards more plant-based is a gift to every cell in your body.”
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2021-08-14   792 Преглед
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2021-08-14

The Healing Power of Music

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The Healing Power of Music

New research demonstrates that music therapy can be highly effective in treating anxiety disorders, depression, chronic pain and other mental stressors. It can also help people recovering from emotional trauma.
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2017-11-06

Fasting Ourselves Out of the Pleasure Trap: Dr. Alan Goldhamer (vegan), Part 1 of 3

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Fasting Ourselves Out of the Pleasure Trap: Dr. Alan Goldhamer (vegan), Part 1 of 3

To encourage the public to return to a healthier life, Dr. Goldhamer co-authored the book “The Pleasure Trap: Mastering The Hidden Force That Undermines Health and Happiness” to share his insightful observations on removing barriers to wellness and the practice of water fasting. In 1984, Dr. Goldhamer established the Santa Rosa, California, USA-based TrueNorth Health Center that provides medical, chiropractic, naturopathic, massage, and acupuncture services. The center is now the largest facility in the world that specializes in medically supervised water-only fasting. For more than 35 years, it has assisted over 20,000 people in regaining their health. He has followed a plant-based diet for more than 40 years and believes this healthy lifestyle is the key to reaching optimal health. His recommendations for well-being include eating whole plant foods, a SOS- (salt, oil, sugar) free diet, exercise, and sleep. As most people today are drawn to processed foods, Dr. Goldhamer considers them a pleasure trap leading to overconsumption and that this eating habit can lead to conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and auto-immune disorders. Dr. Goldhamer provides his opinion on why people are attracted to flavorsome food that is unwholesome. “This is one of the most difficult things you can ever ask a person to do - adapt a health-promoting diet in a world designed to make them fat, sick, and miserable. These are the causes of the heart disease, cancer, and stroke that are the leading causes of death and debility. And because people are addicts, it's very difficult for them at first to see it.” For people who want to back away from the pleasure trap, the TrueNorth Health Center has an effective method to help make the switch to healthy, vegan whole foods. Dr. Goldhamer explains. “That's one of the real benefits of fasting. Because during fasting, the body neuro-adapts; It's like rebooting the hard drive in a computer that's corrupted. Whole natural foods begin to have a natural appeal and the artificial stimulation that comes from essentially drugged foods if you would or foods that have these chemicals added to them, become less and less appealing.”
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2020-08-08

The Adverse Health Effects of Noise Pollution

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The Adverse Health Effects of Noise Pollution

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), noise pollution affects human beings in different ways, such as inducing hearing loss, increasing cardiovascular disease risk, creating stress and causing sleep disturbance. Among these detrimental effects, sleep disturbance is considered the most harmful non-auditory effect because it can affect one’s quality of life and daytime performance.Controlling the environment and preventing noise from entering our space is our first line of defense against noise pollution. Here are some ways we can protect ourselves from the negative effects of such pollution: 1. Install double-pane windows. 2. Reduce workplace noise.However, sometimes we have little control of our surroundings. There are also a few things you can do to create a healthier environment for yourself. 1. Replace stressful noises with sounds that are more pleasing to you. 2. Reduce the influence of noise with a white noise machine. This is a device that creates a stream of background sounds, such as a breeze through a forest, rain, running waterfalls or other nature-like sounds. 3. Wear hearing protection. If you are going to be in an excessively loud environment, you might want to consider wearing earplugs or earmuffs.Noise pollution can trigger our body’s stress response, which then can cause chronic conditions, such as elevated blood pressure, as mentioned before. If we can lessen our body’s response to noise stimuli, we might be able to counterbalance some of the negative health effects. Here are some of the techniques we can use: 1. Breathing exercises. You can do deep breathing exercises such as this one. Inhale through your nose and let your belly fill with air. Count to three when you inhale. Hold your breath for one second, and then breathe out through your nose again as you count to three. By doing this a few times, it can quickly calm your body. 2. Meditation. You can consider spending time meditating in a quiet place for at least a few minutes each day. 3. Yoga. Yoga incorporates physical postures, breathing control, and meditation. Many studies show that yoga is beneficial for reducing stress and anxiety.
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The Importance of Getting Quality Sleep, Part 2 of 2

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The Importance of Getting Quality Sleep, Part 2 of 2

Modern technology has a great influence on sleep quality. One study discovered that exposure to room lighting before bedtime results in suppression of melatonin synthesis. This shortens the duration of melatonin by about 90 minutes and delays its onset compared to dim light exposure. Hence, chronic exposure to artificial lighting in the late evening could potentially impact the quality of sleep. Studies have shown that the melatonin suppression by such light in children was nearly twice as much as in adults. Getting sufficient sleep can facilitate the brain’s processing of emotional information. A research paper published in the Journal of Neuroscience found people who have more rapid eye movement (REM) sleep had lower fear-related brain activity the next day. Dr. Matt Walker, a British sleep scientist, says REM sleep actually offers a form of emotional first aid and helps us cope with difficult emotional experiences that occurred during the day. Sleep deprivation and poor sleep throughout the night can manifest into symptoms that put us in danger. Microsleep is so short that people can doze off without even realizing it. If it happens while driving or operating machinery, it can turn into a life-threatening situation. We’ll now share some proven tips with you on getting better sleep. 1. Increase exposure to natural sunlight during the day. According to studies, daytime exposure to sunlight helps people with insomnia to fall asleep faster by 83%. 2. Keep a consistent sleep schedule. 3. Exercise regularly. If you are going to exercise at night, choose a light to moderate-intensity activity and finish at least 90 minutes before bedtime. 4. Reduce exposure to blue light before bedtime. 5. Create a good sleep environment. 6. Create a relaxing bedtime routine. 7. Relax and clear your mind before sleeping. Meditation is one of the effective ways to enhance the relaxation response and promote physiological responses that resemble early stages of sleep. 8. Adopt a plant-based diet. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that eating more fiber and less saturated fat is associated with deeper and more restorative sleep.
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