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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.”
Healthy Living
2020-02-10   368 Views
Healthy Living
2020-02-10

Being Vegan Can Improve Our Cholesterol Profile

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Being Vegan Can Improve Our Cholesterol Profile

University of Toronto researchers in Canada have found that people eating a plant-based diet lowered their LDL cholesterol by nearly 30% in just four weeks, a result comparable to taking cholesterol-lowering medications. In addition to reducing LDL cholesterol, the researchers found that the diet led to an estimated 13% reduction in the overall risk for cardiovascular diseases, which include angina and heart disease. A study published in the “Journal of the American Heart Association” in August 2019, further supports the health benefits of a vegan diet. Dr. Rebholz and her colleagues examined data from 12,168 middle-aged people who had enrolled in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. The results showed that the reduction in deaths from heart attacks, and other severe cardiovascular events, is correlated with people consuming more vegetables, legumes, nuts, and whole grains.
Healthy Living
2019-12-07   551 Views
Healthy Living
2019-12-07

Making Informed Medical Decisions with Dr. Pamela Popper, Part 2 of 2 (INT)

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Making Informed Medical Decisions with Dr. Pamela Popper, Part 2 of 2 (INT)

“And if you want to be a healthy person or recover from disease, you’re not going to escape the need to change your diet in very specific ways.” In the first place, we do not have to struggle with making challenging healthcare decisions. Dr. Popper says many doctor visits, diagnostic tests, drugs, and procedures could be avoided if people ate healthy, plant-powered diets. Dr. Popper also strongly feels that individuals can help advance the vegan movement by being living examples of the excellent health and wellness that comes from eating plant-based.
Healthy Living
2019-12-21   458 Views
Healthy Living
2019-12-21

Making Informed Medical Decisions with Dr. Pamela Popper, Part 1 of 2 (INT)

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Making Informed Medical Decisions with Dr. Pamela Popper, Part 1 of 2 (INT)

Dr. Pamela Popper is a vegan naturopath and an expert in medicine, nutrition, and health. She is the founder and president of Wellness Forum Health. She has written books such as “Food Over Medicine: The Conversation That Can Save Your Life,” and “Solving America’s Healthcare Crisis.” That is one of the key services offered by Dr. Popper and Wellness Forum Health – helping and informing people on what is best to eat and what to avoid. “I’m 61 years old. I have more energy now than I did when I was 20, and I have the energy to do everything I want to do. …People say sometimes it just can’t be all that simple that diet is so important. You just make it sound like diet makes everything better. Well, it does make everything better.”
Healthy Living
2019-12-14   389 Views
Healthy Living
2019-12-14

Refreshing Water, Soft Sand: The Beach's Therapeutic Effects

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Refreshing Water, Soft Sand: The Beach's Therapeutic Effects

The beach is your free natural gym! Spending time here can help stimulate nearly all of our senses, especially touch. In addition, when shoeless, we can absorb negative ions from treading on the sand. Sand is a natural exfoliant, so there is yet another benefit to us when strolling on the sand with no footwear. It cleanses our skin and removes dead skin cells. In addition to the sun, seawater is good for our skin, with the salt acting as an exfoliant. The sun opens our pores, and while swimming, the water enters and expels the toxins, so sea bathing contributes to detoxification. Another important benefit of spending time on the beach is stress release. The gentle atmosphere, with sounds of the surf and sight of the ocean and various animals like sea birds, makes us feel peaceful.
Healthy Living
2019-11-30   577 Views
Healthy Living
2019-11-30

Dr. William Grant on Bolstering Health Through Sunlight and Vitamin D, Part 3 of 3

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Dr. William Grant on Bolstering Health Through Sunlight and Vitamin D, Part 3 of 3

In this concluding episode, Dr. Grant covers how elevating our vitamin D intake can improve our wellness in several areas and other advantages of sunbathing. Dr. Grant has shared that vitamin D can help prevent respiratory infections by improving immunity. “More recently, a meta-analysis of acute respiratory infections found that if you had your vitamin D level above about 10 nanograms per milliliter or 25 nanomoles per milliliter, you had a greatly reduced risk of developing acute respiratory infections.” Tooth decay is the most common form of oral disease, affecting more than 70% of children globally. Though not well-publicized, vitamin D can play a role in improving oral health. “One of the very first clinical trials on the benefits of vitamin D was reported in 1928. May Mellanby reported that. And what she found is, yes, that boys who had taken the vitamin D developed fewer dental caries than boys who didn’t.” “Sunlight exposure has many health benefits. Vitamin D is one of the more important ones. So going outdoors helps reduce the chance of developing depression.”
Healthy Living
2020-01-18   186 Views
Healthy Living
2020-01-18

Christmas Can Enhance Emotional Well-Being

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Christmas Can Enhance Emotional Well-Being

Today we will focus on how celebrating Christmas can uplift spirits and enhance psychological health. Attending church services, singing carols, creating holiday cards, gift-giving, and putting up decorations and lights are common ways to commemorate this holiday. The atmosphere in filled with reminders of the value of good, moral, virtuous and generous conduct. Dr. Batcho explained in an interview with the American Psychological Association that the holidays can stimulate recollections of simpler times when we had fewer worries and responsibilities as well as less stress. Also, Christmas, or other religious observances, can spur us to think about the disadvantaged and how we can help them. Best of all, the positive effects of the Christmas atmosphere can serve as a springboard to delivering acts of kindness throughout the year!
Healthy Living
2019-12-20   259 Views
Healthy Living
2019-12-20

Brisk Walking – Your Steps to Health, Part 1 of 2

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Brisk Walking – Your Steps to Health, Part 1 of 2

According to the World Health Organization, physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for death in the world. Following the timeless advice of Hippocrates: “Walking is the man’s best medicine,” the UK government has published a step-by-step guide, “Moving Medicine,” for doctors to talk to their patients about the importance of physical activity in relation to their health conditions. You can reduce your cancer risk just by making small changes, and this is highlighted by the fact that so many cancer cases could be prevented through something as simple as brisk walking.” Other than physical benefits, fast walking may also improve your mood, memory, and creativity. Even 10-minutes of vigorous walking each day could make you feel much better in so many ways.
Healthy Living
2020-01-24   537 Views
Healthy Living
2020-01-24

Dr. William Grant on Bolstering Health Through Sunlight and Vitamin D, Part 2 of 3

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Dr. William Grant on Bolstering Health Through Sunlight and Vitamin D, Part 2 of 3

“There are many benefits of sunlight and being in nature. People can have reduced risk of Seasonal Affective Disorder with more UV exposure from (sun) lamps or from taking more vitamin D. Vitamin D has been found to reduce the risk of depression. There has also been studies showing that vitamin D during pregnancy helps increase serotonin levels during pregnancy and that the offspring then have better serotonin production and that serotonin is linked to the risk of autism. Sunlight and Vitamin D can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other dementia.” Animal products are also a risk factor for developing dementia. Dr. Grant explains. “The countries with the highest meat or other animal product consumption had the highest rates of Alzheimer’s and that was about 6% or 7% of the senior population, age-adjusted. Whereas the countries that had very little meat and (ate) mainly grains, and so on, had about 1 or 2%.”
Healthy Living
2020-01-11   248 Views
Healthy Living
2020-01-11

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

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

Yoga is not simply a workout; it’s also a form of spiritual cultivation to achieve a balanced life and liberation. Yoga practice involves both active qualities, such as the various postures performed, as well as static like meditation. All of the practice elements require relaxation and concentration to obtain the best results. How does Meggie quickly tune into the desired state? “When I do yoga practice by myself, I will pray first. I usually pray that today I will be able to bring the flow of God to the students through this exercise; and allow the students to benefit, whether it’s physical, emotional, psychological, or spiritual. They can give feedback and contribute positive energy to the universe.” For those who have a desk job, movement during the workday is likely minimal. Meggie has some asanas that can be done in one’s chair for better health. As we’ve just seen, yoga can be done practically anywhere. Here are some postures we can do in the comfort of our home.
Healthy Living
2020-02-15   130 Views
Healthy Living
2020-02-15

Brisk Walking – Your Steps to Health, Part 2 of 2

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Brisk Walking – Your Steps to Health, Part 2 of 2

In this episode, we will provide some techniques that can help one to briskly walk with efficiency and examine ways to get motivated to do this beneficial physical activity regularly. As to posture, one should stand up straight. One’s eyes should be looking forward, paying attention to what is about 6 meters ahead. Regulating arm motion is also important. Sharing your accomplishments and walking routes with friends via social networks can be motivating. By quickly walking to work, you have exercised without spending your precious downtime, saved some money, and spared the air by not driving! Moreover, researchers have found that brisk walking could help to clear your mind and enhance your creativity. Walking your canine friend at a brisk pace can improve his or her fitness, and yours too! Alternatively, you could join a walking club to keep up motivation to get fit. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to briskly walk and reap the rewards!
Healthy Living
2020-01-31   152 Views
Healthy Living
2020-01-31

Dr. William Grant on Bolstering Health Through Sunlight and Vitamin D, Part 1 of 3

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Dr. William Grant on Bolstering Health Through Sunlight and Vitamin D, Part 1 of 3

Dr. Grant is an American physicist with a 30-year career in developing laser systems for remote atmospheric sensing and a former National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) employee. He became interested in health issues and, thus, in 2004, founded the “Sunlight, Nutrition, and Health Research Center” or SUNARC in San Francisco, California, USA. In this three-part series, we'll learn about the advantages of sun exposure, namely absorption of Ultraviolet B or UVB rays that stimulate the body's production of vitamin D, which has significant health-boosting effects. “In our book ‘Embrace the Sun,’ we did mention that sun deprivation can be as dangerous as smoking. That was based on a study from Sweden which followed people for 10 or 20 years and looked at mortality rates as a function of the amount of time they spent in the sun. Those who spent more time in the sun lived longer." In our interview, Dr. Grant stated there is overwhelming evidence that vitamin D created by Ultraviolet B ray exposure can prevent, and reduce the death rate from, certain cancers.
Healthy Living
2020-01-04   327 Views
Healthy Living
2020-01-04

Forgiveness for Good Health

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Forgiveness for Good Health

In recent years, the scientific community has been actively exploring the mind-body connection. In its simplest terms, this means that our thoughts and emotions can affect our health. A study published in the “American Journal of Cardiology” found that forgiveness protects heart health, while negative emotions have a toxic effect on the heart. Another scientific study that demonstrated the benefits of forgiving was done with type II diabetes patients. Dr. Ece Yazla from the Department of Psychiatry at Hitit University in Turkey and others discovered that as patients forgave more and more, the stress caused by the disease became less and less. The quality of relationships between the participants and their loved ones improved. Also, they were more able to cope with their health situation and had more support from others. Forgiving can improve our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It’s good for our own peace of mind, happiness, and health. Apart from the mind-body connection, spiritually speaking, forgiveness is ending the negative thoughts and resolving the negative karma with another person. Once we forgive by dropping the negative feelings toward others or ourselves, we will feel lighter and happier.
Healthy Living
2020-02-17   147 Views
Healthy Living
2020-02-17
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