How To Live An Overall Healthy Life

July 20, 2019

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There are the obvious ways in which you can stay healthy and “live a long happy life,” but I want to talk about some of my favorite tips to being healthy. I know what it takes to be a healthy person, but it’s even hard for me sometimes. I read other peoples’ blogs sometimes to give myself motivation. Sometimes your mind isn’t enough. Sometimes you need other people to give you that push that you need to keep going. I’ve said it many times before and I’ll say it again: food and fitness are not the only aspects of health. I like to help people be healthy, but it’s going to take more than my words and my tips for you to follow through with your goals. One of my favorite tips is to cook meals that you know will fill you up. Also, make sure that it is something that you will enjoy eating, and that it will satisfy your cravings. The worst feeling ever is filling up on a bunch of food and realizing that you are still “hungry,” because you have a craving for something more. Listen to your body when it tells you it needs something sweet. There are healthy things that are sweet. Eat an orange! Another tip what I have for my viewers is to be honest with yourself. If you’re lying to yourself, how do you expect someone else to be truthful with you?! I’m talking honesty in all aspects. For example, for one, be honest with yourself if you need a cheat meal. It’s okay to have a cheat meal to get through the week. Your week is going to be just horrible if you are constantly drowning yourself in lettuce. That’s the physical aspect about being honest with yourself. The mental part about being honest is that you need to just be an honest person overall. You attract what you give. You don’t want to get caught up with what you think you want and what you really need. Also, do not put too much on your body (or mind) that it cannot handle. Only you know what is too much, what is just enough, and what isn’t enough. You have to push yourself in all aspects of life but not to the point of no survival.

Relationships are another huge aspect to living an overall healthy life. You accept the love you think you deserve. That is why it’s so important to not only have a healthy body, and a health mind, but also a love for yourself. You have to love yourself enough to know what you deserve. If someone isn’t making any positive contributions to your life, then in all reality, they have no point in being there. Also, if there are more negative aspects to a relationship rather than positives, it’s time to let go. Negativity in your relationships effects you more than you realize. It effects your confidence and your overall well being. Unfortunately, you are setting the standard for all of the following people to enter your life. They have to know how they need to treat you in order to stay in your life. If you allow people to walk all over you, they’re going to.

Another thing that I want to touch on is family. Some people in your life will come and go. Friends will most likely come and go. Boyfriends/girlfriends will come and go but family is blood and family is forever. You can’t get rid of them. You were put with them for a reason and they are there to get you through the times when you feel as if you have no one. Yes, you may fight with your family. In fact, I fight more with my family than I do with my friends. But, I also forgive them much faster than anyone else. I know that they know me better than anyone else. They’ve known me longer than anyone else in my life and so has your family. While sometimes you may feel as though they don’t know what you want… they know what you need and that’s more important.

Another huge part of living a healthy life is sleep. I’m sure you know that you’re supposed to get enough sleep every night, but did you know that too much sleep is horrible for you? Did you know that there is a significant correlation between too much sleep and weight gain. I don’t know the entire reason for that, but I do know that skipping breakfast is bad for your metabolism so I’m sure that that has something to do with it. For me, if I know that I have a long day ahead of me, I make sure that I get to bed very really. Ever since I got a Fitbit, I noticed how horrible my sleeping patterns are. Sometimes I’ll go to bed around 10 and wake up at 8 and I’ll still be exhausted. So, I check my Fitbit and I see that I only got 5 hours of sleep. I am obsessed with my Fitbit because it is so accurate. My dad wears one too and his says he gets good sleep, so it is different for everyone but I am so glad that I got one, because now I know why I have been so tired throughout the day after thinking I got 8+ hours of sleep.

So, with all of that being said, I want everyone to be the best person they can be. Follow all aspects of health and don’t just focus on the physical features. A healthy mind can mean a healthy life, too. I think everyone needs to focus more on the different parts of health. In fact, I would argue that weight is just a number. Muscle weighs more fat. People need to stop seeing the numbers on a scale as a representation of health. I learned to be happy with my weight, because I know that my body contains a lot of muscle. Once again, thank you for tuning in.

Medicinal Benefits of Aloe Vera

July 9, 2019

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Aloe vera is a perennial plant, which is mainly cultivated worldwide for its medicinal and agricultural benefits. The aloe gel is extracted from the fleshy leaves of the plants. This plant has been widely studied for its therapeutic uses, some of which are described below.

Useful in:

Digestion | Boosts Immune system | Cancer | Skin | Hair | Arthritis | Bone and Muscles | Heals wounds | Women health | Nausea | Diabetes II | Acid Reflux | Anti-aging |

How this helps:

Antioxidant and anti-microbial properties:

Aloe gel consists of many phytochemicals with a probable antioxidant property like anthraquinone C-glycosides, other anthraquinones like emodin, lectins, acetylated mannans, anthrones, etc. Furthermore, salicylic acid is also present in the gel, which has shown antibacterial properties.

Skin:

Aloe vera has been used since ancient times for topical application and treatment of burns, cuts, stings, rash and any other skin infection. The vitamin E present in the plant helps in diminishing the harmful effects of UV rays like sunburns, pimples, and blisters. In several cases, it has been noted that applying the gel on even third-degree burns, helps in faster healing of the wounds and restores the skin faster. Furthermore, the gel also helps in removing tan and stretch marks.Aloe vera helps in reducing many inflammatory conditions like arthritis and even decreases the joint and muscular pain. A topical application of the aloe gel reduces swelling and redness around the affected area and eases the pain.

Cancer:

Some researchers also stated that Aloe vera contained many compounds which arrested the growth of cancerous cells and prevent tumor formation. The polysaccharides present in the aloe plant consist of effective macrophages that release huge amounts of nitric oxide, which has anti-cancer properties. Aloe gel also helps in soothing the burns and wounds that arise due to radiotherapy treatments.

Aging:

With progressing age, the skin loses its natural elasticity and becomes dry, which increases the occurrence of wrinkles or fine lines. Aloe gel helps in removing the dead skin cells and moisturizes the skin. Some researchers have also stated that aloe gel improves the skin elasticity and delays the onset of ageing.

Hair fall:

The pH of the scalp is acidic, i.e., 5.5. The commercial shampoos and hair products are alkaline in nature and can change the scalp pH. Any change in the scalp pH can cause hair-related problems, like hair fall, dandruff, oily hair, etc. Aloe vera removes the dead cells from the scalp, maintains scalp pH, reduces infections and soothes the scalp.

Antibiotic Alternatives – Natural Solutions?

July 9, 2019

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I watched a documentary the other day about superbugs and their relationship to antibiotics. Having needed antibiotic treatment myself a few months ago, I was very interested in what I saw.
On a personal note, I was prescribed, among other medications, roughly 4 months’ supply of an antibiotic, only to develop a very annoying side effect after less than a month into the treatment. I did some research on the medications I had been prescribed and discovered that this particular side effect was quite common. Naturally enough, I stopped taking it immediately and the unpleasant symptoms disappeared. I did give the medication another try after about another month, once the side effects had disappeared. Unfortunately, they reappeared immediately so my decision then was, in my mind, a no brainer.
After watching this documentary, I started researching (naturally, being me), ways to achieve beneficial results without using antibiotics. Or, more attractive for me, finding foods anyone can source that will actually work on our systems to help us avoid the need for antibiotics, a way that will actually keep me and my gut healthy on a daily basis.
During my research I came across several companies and institutions investigating similar options. One of the most recent I read was a huge report from “Medical News Today 2018” listing foods, from garlic to oregano that are being shown to have very beneficial effects.
It is speculated by such prestigious organisations as Medical News Today and National Academy of Medicine, to name just two, that our excessive use of antibiotics is opening the door to more and more so-called “superbugs” and that this could easily result in antibiotics losing their ability to heal. One thing that stands out clearly, from all of this, is that the use of antibiotics ONLY when expressly needed, and ONLY using the most appropriate dose for the disease being treated is of major importance. This is difficult, but not impossible to achieve. But is VITAL if we want to reduce the incidence of “superbugs” that are negating our antibiotics today.
Another thing that could help in this endeavour is by making sure that the conditions being treated actually NEED antibiotics, as researchers have found that ‘Antibiotics won’t treat viral infections because they can’t kill viruses’. And yet, sometimes antibiotics are still prescribed.
Is this in hope that they may succeed?
The use of effective antibiotic alternatives, which will promote good health and give our bodies the armour to resist disease, could be one major way to decrease the NEED for antibiotics and therefore lower the risk of the emergence of even more, stronger superbugs.
As many medical researchers say, solutions to the antibiotic resistance problem are multifaceted and include reducing the use of antibiotics via the use of alternative products. Although no one alternative will replace all uses of antibiotics (Allen, 2017).
So it could mean we should include ingredients such as Garlic, known as a healing herb for centuries, Honey, in use in some parts of the world since Roman times, Ginger, Turmeric, which has been found to be useful as a healing agent for at least 5,000 years, to name but a few, all of which can be found in most kitchens, in our food. Then, we can at least begin to protect ourselves from the NEED for antibiotics and so the RISK of contracting these “superbugs” to attack our bodies when they are weakened by disease.
We can also build resistance by taking more exercise, but that is a subject for another day.

4 Actions Home Health Leaders Should Take

July 9, 2019

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When you become the owner, manager or administrator of a home health agency people look up to you for leadership, to clarify, and guide them in the right direction, even if they don’t ask for it they do want it. When I was thrust into a leadership position a few years back, I kept looking for someone who could guide me and show me “the ropes.” I started reading as many leadership books that I could get my hands on. However, what helped me the most was watching leaders and mentors such as Oprah, Tony Robbins, Les Brown, and a bunch of unknown leaders in various professions in action. YouTube is great for having easy access to top leaders in the world.

I found that it was hard to find a person in a leadership position who would take the time to show me the ropes. Huh! I had to learn the hard way through many trials and errors. I finally understood that in some industries there is no emphasis on the concept of mentoring and coaching the” newbies”. You are on your own, especially if you need help in the home health industry.

So many home health agencies are in need of having an experienced director of clinical services on board, that they are now hiring nurses with no experience in home health that can jeopardize the success of the agency. Having the right person and processes in place is crucial to meet the state and federal requirements. Thus, having someone with great leadership skills, experience and knowledge is becoming ever more important in the home health industry.

What about Homecare (Personal care) Agencies?

While homecare agencies are not required to have a Director of Clinical Services, the Manager still need have specific qualifications required by the state regulations.

As a first-time Administrator, Manager, Owner, or Director of Clinical Services, here are a few strategies that any leader can use to be successful.

1. Be a first-class Listener

To be a good listener you must be present. This means to be physically or mentally focused on what is being said and not being distracted by everything that is happening around you. Being a good listener will make you more appreciative of what the other person has to say. You will be more effective in problem solving. Listening to your staff may take a lot of practice, consistency, and effort on your behalf, especially if you don’t agree with what that person has to say. We must remind ourselves of the benefits to listening more than talking. We must not judge the employee who is speaking, and look at the situation from their point of view.

2. Be a Better Communicator

Being a leader who can successfully communicate will be key to your success. Great communication skills should be a required for all agency owners, managers, or administrators. This is one skill that will vastly improve over time with practice.

3. Have a Vision For Your Agency

A great leader should have a clear and exciting vision for the future of their agency. This vision should be clear to everyone working for your agency, your clients, and business associates. What are your goals for the agency? Share those goals with people who matter and can help your goals manifest.

4. Find a Great Leader to Emulate

As I mentioned before, when I first started out on my journey as a leader, I was looking for someone who would serve as a role model and good leader. Of course, there wasn’t anyone in the home health or healthcare industry for me to emulate. Who do you know that is a successful leader as a home health administrator, owner, or manager? Good question huh! Since our choices are very limited, we have to emulate people from other industries to guide us to success and prosperity.

A leader that can demonstrate their commitment to being persistent, honest, take risks, and discover ways to develop creative solutions will be successful in growing a very profitable business.

A Simple Method to Cure Cold or the Flu

July 9, 2019

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It is accepted that the common cold is caused by viruses such as the rhinovirus and can be transmitted from one infected individual to the other. The cold viruses are easily spread by one human coughing or sneezing in the air surrounding a healthy subject.

According to Wikipedia, Rhinovirus infection proliferates in temperatures between 33-35 degrees Celsius (91 to 95) the temperature found in the nose.

Dr Fiset after being exposed to a child suffering from a cold’s drect cough, developed symptoms of the common cold such as a sore throat.

She elaborated the premise that if she could lower the temperature in her mouth and nose by breathing by her open mouth, the virus might not develop. During the first day, she breath with her mouth slightly opened letting in cooler air (room temperature air is normally around 22 degrees Celsius) and did not develop a common cold the next day.

Dr Fiset added to her breathing technique drinking a lot of cold water and gargling with cold water. She based her behavior on the premise that it is accepted knowledge that a person starting a cold needs to hydrate herself. The gargling aimed at removing the virus from her throat.

Dr Fiset then filed a provisional patent for her breathing technique and recruited volunteers to practice her breathing methods the moment they felt a cold coming. She wanted to test if other people could get similar results, that is to say stop a common cold from developing by breathing through their mouth the minute they felt it in their throat.

To do her breathing technique, she opened her mouth creating a space of one quarter to one half of an inch between her upper and lower lips (when she was in public not to stand out). She breathe through her mouth widely opened when alone. Her breathing rate was not modified. She did this breathing technique many times during the first day she felt the cold in her throat.

According to Webmd, between lost work and doctor visits, and cold medicine, the common cold costs the U.S. economy about $40 billion a year.

Further research with double blind controlled studies need to be done. Dr Fiset also questions if by having a shorter encounter with the rhinovirus a person might not develop as much antibodies as if she had developed the full course of the common cold.

The power of using Dr Fiset’s breathing method to stop a cold from developing is that it is natural and theoretically can succeed against any virus causing the common cold, contrary to potent retroviruses that also carry important side effects.

Antiviral drugs cost a lot of money and can cause resistant viruses. Furthermore, some cold viruses would not be affected by antiviral drugs.

Dr Fiset’s breathing technique is free. It also changes the environment in a natural way making it unsuitable for common cold viruses to develop fully.

There will always be viruses that give common cold. By developing her breathing technique, Dr Fiset is merely suggesting that an acute cold can be stopped, diminished or alleviated naturally.

Dr Fiset voices her concern that if her breathing method to stop the cold from developing spreads, a new generation of viruses that give a cold might develop, one that can thrive at lower temperature.

Why Is Plant Oil an Ideal Health Choice?

July 9, 2019

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Plant oils are usually extracted from different plants, especially the seeds. Just like most fats, the oils help to make food palatable, and can be used for purposes of cooking. There are many varieties of plant oils today and there seems to be no end in sight. In the local supermarkets today, there are different oils that you can choose to purchase because they are readily available.

One thing that is obvious is how easy it is to find plant oils that are refined instead of the ones that are cold pressed and fresh. However, such oils are added to processed foods. Some are also included in cosmetics and cleaning products.

Plant oils are not equal when it comes to health benefits. Some have more properties than others. There are some considerations that you need to make such as how the oil was made in the first place. Usually, the seed oils are first subjected to very high temperatures and sometime harsh chemicals are introduced. This makes the oil lose some of the nutrients that are supposed to be beneficial to our bodies.

As for the virgin oils, they are ground and centrifuged to separate the oil and the seed. The extra virgin oils usually need to meet very vigorous criteria in terms of chemical composition and purity.

When you are buying the plant oil, you need to consider how far it really is from the original form. In most cases, when refined oils are being created, they have to follow different steps. This includes mashing, bleaching, deodorizing, stripping, refining under high temperatures, chemical alterations, and so on.

Most of the plant oils are in liquid form and are almost never in solid form. When the weather gets cloudy and cold, the oil may become cloudy. The exceptions to this rule are coconut and some butter because of the fat content that is quite highly saturated. If you notice that oil is solid, it may be an indication that it has been altered chemically especially through hydrogenation.

Usually, the fats that are refined commercially have trans-fats. This comes during processing. What you notice is that most plant oils have a very high omega 3 content and that is why you should be using them instead of the refined options.

The most popular plants with a high omega 3 content include:

  • Flax seed
  • Hemp seed
  • Pumpkin seed
  • Walnut seed

The ones with higher monosaturated oil content include:

  • Olive
  • Almond
  • Avocado seed
  • Palm
  • Peanuts

The plants with higher saturated oils include:

  • Unrefined palm
  • Unrefined coconut

The reason why you should avoid the commercial cooking oils is that they have a higher content of omega 6. Choosing an oil that provides your requirement of omega fatty acids is always a good way to go. There are some that are able to offer omega 3, 6, and 9, which are very essential for wellness, health, and vitality. They are better than flax and fish. It is always good to know the health benefits to expect from the oil you intend to use.

28 Tips To Energize Your Life

July 9, 2019

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To Revitalize You, To Say Good-Bye To Fatigue…

  1. Eat properly – Nutritious meals are number one in the battle against fatigue.
  2. Get up early – too much sleep can reduce your life expectancy.
  3. High-protein food.
  4. Munch on fruit when you need a snack.
  5. Avoid too much caffeine.
  6. Take vitamin B Complex.
  7. Get proper rest, relaxation and sleep. Relax before you get tired.
  8. Meditate whenever you get an opportunity for it – meditate many times during a day.
  9. Pamper yourself; take a break when you need it.
  10. Daily brisk walking.
  11. Enjoy music and songs whenever you get an opportunity for it during the day.
  12. Enjoy walking rather than driving.
  13. Play outdoor games.
  14. Make something more beautiful – Aesthetic Culture.
  15. Learn how to overcome stress and tension.
  16. Energy follows thought. Do not think about your inadequacies, your defects, your imperfections and your failures. But think about your achievements. Feel your beauty, your inner worth, your Buddha nature.
  17. Love more and your body will gather more energy from the whole cosmos.
  18. Be very aware about your eating. Remain aware what and how much you eat, and its effect on your body. If you experiment with awareness, you will certainly find out which is the right food for you, which food gives you tranquillity, peace and health. There are no real difficulties in doing this, but because we do not pay any attention to feed we are never able to discover the right food. And eat joyously and happily.
  19. Take bath daily. It purifies and refreshes not only the body but our innermost core too.
  20. Enjoy reading.
  21. Much time and energy is dissipated in fighting, accept what is. Make friends with what is.
  22. Do not create absolute ideas; remain flexible. Be like water. It has no form, it is infinitely adjustable. That is its beauty, it knows no rigidity. Flexibility is life. It means responding to the moment without any preconceived idea.
  23. Consult your doctor and take medicine whenever needed. Take Neem for healthy body and skin, Bitter Melon (Karela) for regulation and good metabolism, Holi Basil (Tulasi) for relieving cough and cold and boosting immunity, Boswellia Serrata (Shallaki) for relieving joint pain and inflammation, Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) for relieving stress, strain and fatigue, Bacopa (Brahmi) for good memory and concentration.
  24. Love your work and be creative. Change your work into fun. Boredom sucks. Work as play. Work as worship. Combine activity and relaxation.
  25. Laugh your way to health. Laughter brings strength. Laughter is one of the most deep-going medicines.
  26. Do not prevent the tears. Let the tears flow. Learn to talk with God. Weep alone. Do not repress your tears.
  27. Let silence rejuvenate you. Learn the silence – the silence which is alive, positive, and affirmative. Silence is a joy. It is not just absence of worry – it is the presence of ecstasy. The real silence has to be in the crowd. When the crowd cannot disturb your solitude, then it is yours. When nothing disturbs you, when nothing distracts you, then you are centered. When you are really silent, you will find silence everywhere. Silence is something inside; quiet I something outside, hence, silence is not quiet. Quiet depends on conditions outside; silence is unconditional. Watch, witness, be centered, meditate and enjoy silence.

Follow all above 28 tips and keep yourself healthy, strong and energetic. Whole of your being must be full of energy.