Effects of Bad Health Habits

Are you feeling restless and tired almost all the time? The reason could be your bad health habits. Each of us has all the options on how to improve ourselves and feel good. It all depends on our own hands whether we want to feel great or dwell ourselves to our usual habits that are not really good for us. We usually have habits and we are not aware that it is not doing any good to our health.

Let me show you some of the bad habits that you need to ditch to live and to have a better lifestyle.

Smoking

Every one of us including especially smokers knows that smoking is very dangerous to our health. It has many side effects on your health and the health of those around you. Smoking can cause lung cancer, complicate pregnancy, heart disease and many other diseases. If you love your life and want to live longer, stop smoking now.

Lack of physical exercise

Exercise is any bodily activity that enhances physical fitness and overall health. It is performed for various reasons. Frequent and regular physical exercises boost the immune system, and prevent heart diseases. Regular exercise also improves mental health, helps prevent depression and improves one’s self esteem.

Alcohol Consumption

Even in moderation, alcohol damages brain and body cells. Too much intake of alcohol would cause certain diseases like brain damage, liver problems, diabetes, high blood pressure and even cancer. Excessive drinking can interrupt normal sleeping patterns resulting in insomnia and lack of sleep can lead to stress and anxiety.

Lack of Sleep

Some people suffer from chronic sleeping disorder and frequently experience disruption. Some have sleep problems due to physical stress or condition and others suffer because of mental or emotional cause. Get immediate medical treatment if you already have serious sleep disorder to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Avoid taking sleeping pills as this could have some side effects. Consult your doctor before taking any medications to ensure your health.

Poor Diet

Basically junk foods are foods with little or no nutritional value at all. Some products with little nutritional value are considered unhealthy when eaten regularly. One harmful effect from eating junk food is lack of energy. Junk food can also cause heart diseases. Most junk foods are high in cholesterol it can damage your liver eventually.

Most people today are too busy and have fewer times to prepare nutritious foods. More and more people want a convenient life; quick and easy are more preferred by most. Now you know the reality of bad health habits, it’s all up to you on how you can live a healthy lifestyle and to live in a quality life. Remember we only have one life to live, so let us take good care of our most precious possession.



How Does Crying Affect Your Eyes?

Have you ever had one of those days where you simply cannot stop crying? Perhaps you’ve lost a loved one and you cry until there are literally no tears left? There’s a very famous common expression to “have a good cry”; we’ve all heard it, and possibly even said it a time or two… However, what is the exact meaning behind it? Is it even really possible to have a ‘good’ cry?? Is the expression referring to your emotional state? Or perhaps, your physical state? In this article we will explore the nature behind tears welling up, and the physical effect crying have on our eyes.

We can cry for all different types of reasons: over the loss of someone close, a busy and stressful day – or even a good laugh can make us cry! In the middle of crying, we often strive to immediately wipe our tears away and simply stop crying. Well, while we all know it may not be so simple, research is now being presented that it may not be the best option either! There are three main types of tears: simple eye-watering tears and basal tears, and stress-related or emotional tears.

Our eyes can begin to water without any sort of emotional adversary. Watery eyes is due to a physical reaction, and can protect our eyes from foreign bodies, like: dust and debris. These are typically called reflex tears. Basal tears are a little different, but still appear on a protective level. All of us have a liquid layer protecting our eyes from getting dried out; that layer is known as basal tears. In order to ensure our eyes won’t dry out, or receive any bacteria, basal tears keep our eyes lubricated at [almost] all times. Typically we know exactly what stress-related and emotional tears are – however, there are of course many levels of intensity. However, recent research suggests that these tears actually differ significantly than any kind of protective-type of tears due to the components making up the tears. Typically however, additional lubrication to our eyes (via emotional crying) can only offer extra physical benefits to the eye.

While crying doesn’t physical damage our eyes, crying for extended periods of time can cause temporary stressors to our eyes, face, and body in general. Believe it or not, producing [emotional or stress-related] tears actually causes the body a lot of work. Therefore, when you are crying for a long period of time, you are literally exhausting yourself. Hence the reason we always so exhausted after a ‘good’ cry! If you are not hydrated enough, you could obtain a headache, and generally feel all-around weak.

Let’s face it: it’s hard to block tears when they’re on their way! There are some ways to try and stop, or at least lessen the flow of heavy crying – oftentimes laughter can play a big role in that! However, if you’re looking to cover up your darkened, circle-ridden eyes after a day of bawling crying, there are other alternatives! You could go with the classic approach of wearing sunglasses or regular prescription glasses. However, you want to be careful when wearing a pair of eyeglasses frames because depending on your prescription, you may actually enhance your look! No matter how you choose to continue after a day full of tears, just take solace in knowing that the old wives tale wasn’t far off… So feel free to go, and have a good cry!



Natural Juices Not As Healthy As May Seem – Study

Natural juices are rich in fructose, unlike water or low fat milk, according to Dr. Richard Johnson from the University of Florida College of Medicine. Researchers believe that fructose may trigger obesity for humans.

Previous studies connected excessive drinking of soft drinks and fruit juices with a high risk of diabetes, blood pressure, or obesity, said Johnson. Glucose sends signals to the body to produce insulin, a hormBMI calculator, calorie counter, carbs counter, calorie calculator, diet planner, menu planner, workout planner, weight loss, weight loss tools, nutritional information, nutrition labelone that tells the brain when to stop eating and turns sugar into energy. Fructose does the opposite and causes resistance to insulin, said Johnson.Weight gain may appear when large amounts of fructose are consumed over a long period of time, according to Peter Havel, an endocrinologist at the University of California.

Some natural juices have larger amounts of sugar than sodas. For instance, apple juice has more fructose than a soda, said Havel. A cup of apple juice has twenty more calories than the same amount of soda, according to the Department of Agriculture Nutrient Data Laboratory.

High-fructose corn syrup or fructose may lead to high levels of uric acid in the body. Dr. Johnson and his research team showed in a previous study on lab mice that a high-fructose diet leads to insulin resistance and the body produces more uric acid. Glucose does not cause the same problems, said Johnson.

Too much natural juice may also increase the children’s risk of bone fractures.

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Be Paranoid About Healthy Growth

John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems says that he possesses a “healthy paranoia”. He

is paranoid that Cisco may grow too far from its customers, partners and employees.

Andy Grove of Intel first wrote about paranoia in the book, “Only the paranoid will

survive.” Company should not just be paranoid about survival, it should also be paranoid

about healthy growth.

John Chambers grew Cisco from 1995 to become a super growth engine, which fuelled

the burgeoning demand for computer networking. Its sales revenues grew from $2.2

billion in 1995 to $18.9 billion in 2000. The profits grew from $0.84 billion in 1998 to

$4.3 billion in 2000. Without Cisco routers, there would be no World Wide Web. By

year 2000, over 75 percent of all Internet traffic traveled over Cisco products and the

future appeared bright and expected to grow from 275 million to 1 billion by 2005.

However late in 2000, the US economy went sour and by early 2001, the high-growth

Cisco System was in trouble. It was forced to write off billions of stocks and laid off

7,900 employees. The stock fell and Cisco Systems fell from its pedestal of growth.

Chambers was always mindful that Cisco’s bubble might burst, although he was taken by

surprise too by the sudden turn in Cisco’s fortunes. Faster than most other CEOs under

similar circumstances, Chambers restructured Cisco by putting stress on profit and cash

flow performance. He put emphasis on focus, execution, productivity and taking only

calculated risks. The company did subsequently show signs of improvements.

Another example is Donald Trump’s corporate empire. He was acquiring and growing

very rapidly from real estate, hotel, casino and airlines. When the real estate market

crashed in New Year in the late 1980s, Trump was almost bankrupt. Like the proverbial

Phoenix, he emerged from the ashes and became a comeback kid in the 1990s. Both John

Chambers and Donald Trump had learnt a bitter lesson that a company must emphasise

on getting healthy first before growth and expansion.

The 1980s and 1990s were decades of growth by merger and acquisition. However, the

successes had been far and few. Also, companies that went through growth by merger

and acquisition were highly geared and paid dearly for their overburdened debt situation.

As a result many are still digesting their acquisition or prevented from further

acquisitions. In the 2000s, growth will be more organic rather than through pure

acquisitions. Companies will plan more for real growth through internal development

and expansion. Branson has risen to this challenge by building his businesses through

organic growth rather than acquisition. Growing and starting new companies enables him

to stretch his people and he enjoys providing opportunity for his employees. At the risk

of overplaying his image, this strategy fits his concept of the organisational family, one

that grows by progeny rather than by adoption.

One also ought to be paranoid if the company is not growing. The market, the staff, the

creditors and the shareholders demand growth. The bank interests, inflation, wage

increase, returns on investments are all expected to grow and therefore the company must

also grow correspondingly. Chances are that if you are not growing, your competitors are

growing at your expense. Companies need to have sustainable growth, otherwise they

are dying. Similarly, a person who totally retires is heading for the grave and need to

grow mentally in order not to become senile.

Even in so-called mature and competitive industries, companies are growing. For

instance, Dell Computers is still growing despite the very tough and mature personal

computer market. Many old companies such as Coke, Proctor and Gamble and Gillette

are still growing in the markets with hundreds of similar brands. Growth is always

possible no matter what the age is. Thomas Alva Edison deemed mentally slow by his

teachers patented a total of 1,033 inventions! His work spanned a lifetime and grew with

age, with the first patent issued at age twenty-one, his last at age eighty-one. For both

corporate and individual, the lesson is never to stop growing.

However, top line growth per se is useless, as evidenced in the demise of many dot.com

companies in the world and construction companies in Singapore. If the growth is not

accompanied by attention to costs, productivity and efficient use of resources then the

growth is not sustainable and can spell more troubles.

However, companies need to have a healthy and balanced view of growth. If growth is

done artificially to please the stock market and shareholders, then it cannot sustain. This

happens to companies that go on an acquisition binge and they get indigestion. Therefore,

one should target for healthy growth, which is based on a solid foundation



Optimizing a Healthy Lifestyle

The human body is a highly evolved biological machine. Lifestyle plays a big role in optimizing your general health. It’s in your best interest to adopt a healthy one. I know it’s not easy to develop one; but, doing so can definitely do wonders to your body for the long haul. But, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to do walking, swimming, running and biking, even in your twilight years?

Consider how you think, eat, train, recuperate, plan, focus and more. It goes without saying that these core essentials of lifestyle alone could stand a level-up in each of our lives as persons, parents, professionals who may also be into the military, sports, creative pursuits on top of “life” itself.

In life, knowing that energy is everything and everything depends on this vital energy is essential. The thing is, the energy we’re talking about most of us have taken for granted for far too long because you can’t see it or touch it.

Nonetheless, you experience this, your primary source of energy, every minute of every day, and while you know when it’s depleted you often won’t know how depleted until you hit the wall-an athletic term to describe depleted energy. It’s your battery power, your body is the battery, and it’s easy to misinterpret how much power you have unless you are informed and skilled. It’s because we’re living with an underlying personal energy deficit that compromises human function and therefore your lifestyle which reinforces the vicious cycle.

If you think that energy is merely the result of what you eat and drink or how you think (psychology) and that you go to sleep merely because it’s dark, everyone else is doing it and your tired (but don’t know why), chances are you are living in a chronic state of energy deficit because you don’t value sleep enough or understand the profound impact it’s having on your life or the lack thereof.

The food you take in can either heal or harm. You make that choice every day by what you put on your mouth. Most of the food consumed by humans has been carbohydrates. In fact, plant foods are comprised mostly of carbohydrates: vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices. These foods contain slowly released sources of sugar that prevent surges of blood sugar and insulin.

Too much insulin causes heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, and even dementia. Carbohydrates contain almost all the vitamins and minerals our bodies need to operate normally and optimally. They also contain fiber, which helps normalize our digestive function and slows the absorption of sugar and fats into the body, keeping us balanced. The bonuses in plant foods are phytonutrients, a colorful healing compounds made by plants to protect themselves, but that also protect us against aging, obesity, brain damage, and more.

Success breeds success. This is true if you optimize your lifestyle by tending your meals to reflect a troubled time of day when you’re pressed for time and squeezed for energy, and you come up with a solution, all of your mealtimes will transform.

Lifestyle optimization is not a matter of “discipline,” but of choice.



How To Get Protein From Plants

If you’re like most people, you may think that the best place to get protein is in meat and other animal products. That’s the question every vegetarian/vegan gets… “but where do you get your protein?” It’s certain that many people may not know of non-meat protein options, so I’m here to share some alternative options.

Plant-based protein is just that – protein found in plant-based foods. So, where does this protein come from? What foods contain it?

Here are a few plant-based foods that are excellent protein sources:

Hemp Seeds. Hemp seeds contain 10 grams of protein per 2 tablespoons, and this comes with plenty of healthy fat to help the protein absorb. Hemp seeds also contain more fiber than their hulled version called hemp hearts. You can add hemp seeds to your smoothies, use it on top of a salad or oatmeal, add it to any dessert or you can even use it to make hemp seed milk.

Lentils. One cup of cooked lentils contains 18 grams of protein, which can already be enough for an entire meal! You can eat lentils on its own, you can add it to salads, you can even turn it into vegetarian or vegan burgers.

Quinoa. Per cup quinoa contains 8 grams of protein, which makes it perfect to add to your meals. Use it as a substitute for rice, add into your salads, or make a vegetable quinoa bowl with scrambled egg for breakfast. Quinoa has a slight nutty taste but be sure to rinse it before cooking to remove the saponins that make it taste bitter. It is also very versatile so you can find a place to pop it into nearly any meal.

Nuts. Some of my favorites are walnuts, almonds, pistachios, and cashews. One fourth of a cup already contains about 8 grams of protein. They’re also rich in minerals, vitamins, and healthy fats. You can eat a handful as a snack or incorporate them into all sorts of dishes. Be sure to watch your portion sizes though as a small handful of nuts can add up those calories very quickly.

It’s important to note that if you’ve switch to a vegan diet (no animal products at all) that you combine various sources of protein throughout the day. This will ensure you get all of the important and essential amino acids for optimal health.

Whether you eat meat or not, adding these plant-based protein sources into your meals is something you can do easily. Try experimenting with a few different options to boost your protein intake.



Making A Mexican Food Recipe With Sausage

Pork is one type of meat that is often used in Mexican cooking and especially to make a variety of delicious sausages. Spicier than the Spanish versions, Mexican sausages are used in recipes for creating appetizers, breakfast dishes, soups, stews, and tacos. Experiment with the type and amount of seasonings and spices used when you make your own version of Mexican sausage depending on the dish you are cooking.

Chorizo

Chorizo is a Mexican style of hot, crumbly sausage often served with scrambled eggs tucked inside of flour tortillas and eaten for a filling breakfast. Chorizo includes spicy flavors such as chili powder, coriander, cumin, garlic, and Mexican oregano. Sometimes chorizo is even spiked with a few shots of tequila for an extra, hot flavor.

Chorizo Verde

Rather popular in Toluca, chorizo verde is made with a mixture of fresh herbs and seasonings along with plenty of green chili peppers. The chilies give the sausage its green color hence the name verde.

Longaniza

Longaniza is a long, thin type of sausage similar in flavor to chorizo. The recipe for making longaniza varies in some regions of Mexico as different spices may be used. For example, in the Yucatan area, the sausage is always made with achiote before smoking.

Moronga

Moronga, or blood sausage, is considered to be a delicacy to some south of the border and is made from fresh pig’s blood. Some of the herbs and spices used for making moronga include cilantro, garlic, mint, onions, and chili peppers. Moronga is often served with chili verde or other sauces and eaten in tacos.

Salchichon

Salchichon is native to Spain and this cured sausage resembles hard salami. Salchichon is served in a variety of ways including wrapped in bacon inside of a hot dog bun, along with cheese, or as an appetizer.

Mexican Sausage (Chorizo) Recipe

What You Need

  • 6 ounces guajillos chilies
  • 2/3 cup vinegar
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 pounds ground pork
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

How to Make It

Clean the chilies, remove the seeds and stems then cut in half lengthwise. Place the chilies in a small bowl, cover with hot water and let sit for 30 minutes.

Discard the water and put the chilies in a blender or food processor with the vinegar and the peeled garlic cloves and then puree until smooth.

In a large mixing bowl, add the ground pork, oregano, paprika, salt, black and red peppers, coriander, cumin, and allspice and mix well together. Add the pureed chili mixture to the pork and mix well.

Shape the pork into patties and fry in a skillet or frying pan for about 10 to 12 minutes until they are no longer pink inside.

Serve your chorizo for breakfast with your favorite type of eggs.

Serves 4 to 6 depending on the size of the patties.



Dog Food for Puppies – Critical Things You Need to Know

Proper nutrition for any dog is important, but making sure that you have the right dog food for puppies is even more critical. After all, you want the healthiest dog possible for many years to come, right?

There are few things more exciting in a families life than bringing home that new puppy. But, how much do you really know about feeding him or her properly? These little guys, in some cases not so little, are looking to us to provide a healthy and happy environment that includes wholesome foods.

Unfortunately, for new owners as well as prior, experienced owners, there is a problem in the equation. The problem is that the information that we get as consumers isn’t complete. We don’t know all of the things that are in the food that is offered on the store shelves.

And, this ignorance is killing our best friends. Sometimes in very short order. At the very least the poor quality of the dog food that we have available to is shortening the lives of our canine companions. How much shorter? By some conservative estimates 8.3 years shorter. Others say longer still.

The problem comes in the form of very lax labeling laws that allow manufacturers to have almost anything in their food. Essentially, the law says that the label need only include ingredients that have been added in the plant, not anything that about substances from prior. Considering the sources of dog food, this is frightening. Dog food plants commonly use other euthanized dogs as part of the food. That means that the chemicals used to kill them is in the food too. Makes your head swim just trying to get your thoughts around that one.

But, you don’t have to sit still for having your new puppies life cut short by improper foods. You can do something about it if you desire. By using simple tips that explain what to avoid and what is healthiest for your dog, you can avoid the tragedy that others have faced in having to euthanize this valued member of the family.



Overweight and Obesity – Can You Be Healthy If You Are Overweight?

It is a common idea if you are overweight or obese, you must be unhealthy as well. While there is a good reason behind this, it is not always the case. There are indeed exceptions, which means even if you are above a healthy weight, you can still be healthy: up to an extent, of course.

First, let us examine why there is a relationship between being overweight and being unhealthy. Usually, having a high body fat percentage is a serious complication on its own. The body is simply not able to function optimally when body fat becomes excessive…

  • plaque builds up within blood vessels,
  • blood sugar rises,
  • cardiovascular health degrades, and
  • vital organs like the heart and kidneys are affected.

Even liver function can be impaired, as it is forced to sustain greater stress.

Essentially, excess body fat is chronically taxing on the body. Not to mention it can facilitate the development of Type 2 diabetes, which is a corrosive disease by itself.

But… even if you are overweight, it does not mean you also have to be unhealthy.

Ideally, you will do what is necessary to lose weight and improve your health. Your well-being will benefit from fighting to return to a healthy weight.

That said, weight loss is not something you will be successful with in a short period. It could take many months. Perhaps even a year or two for you to reach your ideal weight and maintain it. It is important not to focus too much on these details. Progress is not linear, so it is hard to estimate the time commitment lying ahead of you. Not that it ultimately matters, anyway. What is crucial is to adopt the habits and changes to start to improve your condition immediately.

Don’t worry about how long it will take for you to lose weight, or even if you’ll ever reach your intended goal. You can get there eventually. In the meantime, however, you ought to focus on actionable plans for your health that you can immediately set in motion.

These plans will get your health on track even if you are still overweight…

First and foremost comes a healthy diet. Do not underestimate the benefits of healthy eating and the benefit it can have on your well-being. Cooking more and eating fewer processed meals is a great start.

Secondly, you can get physically active, or add to your current routine if it is lacking. Be honest with yourself. Exercise on its own will make a significant difference – there is such a thing as being “fat and fit.”

Lastly, finishing touches include…

  • cutting down on alcohol,
  • getting more sleep, and
  • eliminating stress from your life as much as you can.

You should know there is no harm in being overweight and unfit. The problem occurs when you refuse to change your ways when you are aware that you must.



Weight Loss – Obesity, Diets and Holistic Health

Diets are defined in the traditional sense of following a specific eating plan for weight loss/obesity.

Sure, following any of the hundreds of plans that have been promoted in the last few decades may result in some weight loss, but the benefits typically don’t last.

Sadly, there is no magic bullet. No, not even those prescription medications that are common these days. Sure, they may result in shedding some pounds, but I’ve been observing nasty side effects in people that use them, and unless lifestyle changes are made, the pounds will come back.

The average American keeps getting heavier, especially children, and the new miracle diets keep coming, and the average American keeps getting heavier, especially children, and…

I suspect you get my point.

But wait, I have this diet that works and I offer a guarantee and… Gotcha! Sorry, there are no simple, miracle solutions/plans. There never was any and there never will be.

I am happy to report that what does work for weight management, always has and always will work, is this: careful food selections, self control, occasional splurging (yahoo!), acceptance of how God made you, and eating slower, smaller more numerous meals.

This is the holistic approach and it’s what I advocate.

Why don’t you see this type eating advice advertised on TV or in magazines anywhere? It’s because nobody makes any money when you do it. Surprise! In fact, many people will make less money when you follow a healthy holistic eating lifestyle, namely doctors because you will likely be ill less often.

Please become aware that the media and it’s advertisers are becoming increasingly talented at getting and keeping our attention, particularly when it comes to our physical appearances. They place pictures of beautiful people with gleaming muscles (they are oiled), rippling six pack abdomens (they are airbrushed or do dozens of sit-ups immediately before the picture is taken), or worse yet the people are taking steroid type drugs to enhance their physiques. These “models” are not representative of we typical humans. You and I need to be wise to this, even though we enjoy looking.

Also, be wary of some of the food products, their claims, and what’s in them.

The top 10 deceiving “healthy” foods that lead to weight gain and other health problems:

– margarine, because it lacks the essential oils necessary for a healthy cardiovascular system.

– artificial sweeteners, because they contribute to inflammation

– soy, because it can mimics the hormone estrogen

– most granola bars, because they contain excess sugar

– most dehydrated fruits, because they have added sugar

– most juices, because they lack pulp and contain excess added sugars

– whole grain products, because many people have hidden gluten allergies

– commercially grown apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, and imported grapes because they are the top 5 most chemically treated produce and contain toxins.

– all orange juice, because it is well known to increase inflammation

– commercially raised chicken because it’s likely raised indoors, given antibiotics and probably hormones for faster growth

So scrap the diet plans and get the mind set that weight management involves lifelong “good” eating habits. Simplistic isn’t it? Better yet it’s neither difficult or expensive.

So what’s a person to do? The answer is this: small changes done consistently. Step one involves getting your thinking right first. Your brain has to change before your body will. Without that, all diets fail long term.

Here are a few tips:

– Eat smaller quantities and more often

– Eat fresher foods

– Eat organic grown varieties

– Eat slower

– Don’t drink more than a few sips while eating

– Start a garden

– Eat more variety

– Add more fresh herbs and spices

Get to know the list of the 10 most chemically treated produce (avoid them), some detox/cleansing routines, recipes, and even some tips on simplistic gardening. These realistic weight management tools will produce results that last. Don’t hesitate to seek professional guidance if needed.

I also recommend eating a big salad every day, perhaps making a meal out of it by adding some quality protein like walnuts, fish, chicken, or beans.

And yes, don’t worry, we can still enjoy goodies like ice cream on occasion, but with self control please.

Follow the above guidelines for the best management of weight loss/obesity.