No matter how organized you are and how friendly your surroundings, sometimes stress will find a way to your life. Here are a few points to remedy your stress.
-Eat a healthy diet. A nutritious, well-balanced diet can keep your body immune to many diseases and stress. Limit refined carbohydrates as much as possible, as those foods can easily cause blood-sugar swings that lead to anxiety, irritability, headaches, confusion and other signs of stress. Foods high in calcium and magnesium can be calming, as these two minerals help relax muscle fibers. Fresh dark-green, leafy vegetables are excellent in this regard. Make sure you have a great balanced breakfast.
-Exercise is an excellent way to elevate your mood. Make sure you exercise to the point of sweating at least three times a week.
-Herbs or supplements that can provide a noticeable relaxing effect when you're really stressed out include valerian and kava, both are most remarkable.
-Cut down on Caffeine(coffee, tea, soft drinks). Have green tea, water and club soda instead.
-Talk about your stressful situations with someone you trust. Sometimes, just talking to a friend or writing about your problems and concerns can help you put them into perspective.
-Stay organized to help manage your time more efficiently.
-Put on your favorite music and take a bubble bath. Add some relaxing herbs to the water like chamomile.
-Use yoga, meditations and laughter to calm your mind and body.
-Make sure you sleep at least 7 hours at night. Take a one hour nap during the day.
-No one can do it all alone, so ask for help. Get professional help if you need it.
The World's Healthiest Foods should contain some of the following nutrients that are necessary and good for you:
- fresh vegetables and fruits (organically grown whenever possible), which contain an array of vitamins, minerals and other health-promoting phytonutrients.
-whole grains and legumes, which provide healthy fibers.
The following foods are very healthy foods that will help you feel, think, and live better.
Blueberries are full of nutritional values, and very low in calories. They are very high in vitamin content, fiber and antioxidants. In recent studies blueberries were found to be at the top of the list of fruits in their ability to destroy free radicals and therefore various types of cancer. Blueberries have almost 40% more antioxidants than red wine.
While the best way to enjoy blueberries is raw, they're great used in all kinds of recipes. Besides fresh, they can be found frozen and dried, so you can enjoy them year round.
Walnuts are one of the best plant sources of protein. They are rich in fiber, B vitamins, magnesium and antioxidants such as Vitamin E. Nuts in general are also high in plant sterols and omega 3 fatty acids. Walnuts, in particular, have significantly higher amounts of omega 3 fatty acids as compared to other nuts.
Sweet potatoes are so delicious that they will become the potato of your choice. There's nothing wrong with the russet potatoes. They are not unhealthy, but when compared to the nutrient-rich sweet potato, the winner is clear!
The sweet potato is packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Sweet potato/Yam has manganese, Vitamins A & C, potassium, and high-fibers. That is why is considered one of the five "Super Foods." Its sweet flavor has been shown to satisfy the palette, while at the same time curbing ones appetite longer by stabilizing blood sugar levels. Sweet Potatoes are also rich in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties.
Sweet potatoes can be used in just about every recipe that calls for regular potatoes.
Wild Pacific Northwest Salmon
The benefits of eating salmon have been well written, and it’s included in almost every "foods you need to eat" list. But, while eating more salmon is a great idea, eating more wild salmon is an even better one. The majority of salmon sold at the grocery store is farmed. This farmed salmon doesn't have the opportunity to eat a natural diet and is instead given a "feed" which often contains grains and other foods not usually eaten by salmon in the wild. There is also a concern about contaminants and toxins in the farmed salmon. So far that debate has yet to be settled conclusively, but no one will argue with the great taste, and heath benefits, of the wild salmon.
Wild salmon is low in calories and very high in protein. But, the main reason for being on so many "must eat" lists is that it contains large amounts of the essential omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to be very beneficial in many areas including; cardiovascular function, cancer prevention, fighting high blood pressure, and improved brain function.
Dark green vegetables such as kale, chard, collard greens, bok choy, broccoli, asparagus, green beans etc are packed with vitamins A and C, iron, calcium and phytonutrients. They are very filling, high in fiber and low in calories, making them perfect foods to keep your heart healthy and your waistline slim. The new diet recommendation made by the American Heart Association recommends eating at least 4 servings of vegetables a day from a variety source.
ABC signs of a healthy person!
When my parents used to go to the Doctor; the doctor would look at them and take their heart beat from their pulse, and he knew what was wrong with them. I think the doctor mostly would deduce his findings from their physical presence. The following are some of the attributes of a healthy person. You can find the reasons and cures for all these items in this blog now or in the future.
- Eyes should be shiny and the whites should be white.
- Hair should be shiny.
- Nails should be without white spots, smooth and strong.
- When openning and closing the mouth one should not hear a click.
- When you get up in the morning, your body should be rested and not in pain.
- You should not get up with a headache.
- You should not be tired all the time.
- You should be able to sleep very well at night.
- You have to eliminate at least once a day(some say three times!!).The eliminations have to stay on top of the water, not to sink in the bottom. It should be thick and not cut up in very small pieces.
- The color of your urine should be light, clear and not cloudy. (If you have certain foods or vitamins, the strong urine color is normal when you eat these foods)
- The color of your tongue should be a nice flesh color red.
- You should not have dark colors under your eyes.
- You should not get irritated very easily.
BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It measures the ratio of one's body weight to their height. It also tries to give an idea of the amount of body fat a person has. Two people can have the same BMI but different levels of body fat(because Muscle weighs more than fat). A high percentage of body fat increases the chances of heart disease, Type II diabetes, and cancers. *******************************************