Longevity and the Common Man

Since the beginning of time man has tried to figure out ways to prolong life. And since that time great strides have been made through scientific discoveries, and biological research. Much of what we have learned has added to the quality of our lives. It is also no secrete that certain life styles are leading contributors to the quality of our life weather positively or negatively.

As a people however we have struggled with many imperfections, and as time goes on we’ve fail miserably in our efforts to find the answers despite all of the brilliant minds that have contributed to our existence,
yet we must go on. Keeping it in prospective there’s no reason realistically for any of us to over eat due to stress or simply greed, when there are proven ways to curve our appetites.

Bad eating habits and the preparation of food in certain ways is equally as damaging, to our lives. Binge eating on occasions is over looked, but our metabolism is forced to try and break down the food when our metabolic system is already slow. The out come is obvious, the mid section pays the price. Often times we never consider the long term effects of our actions until the problems crop up and were forced to deal with them. The long term effects can be so devastating that recovery form a body frame carrying around excessive pounds over extended periods of time can have irreversible effects on the body.

Genesis the creation of life and life forms, is a scientific answer for which has never been concluded, as to how we came to be. But one thing we do know that if you have a collection of waste, from that waste will spring forth life. Other insidious creatures take form maggots and bacteria spring to life from waste and left over trash.

Needless to say that the warm well hidden, unprotected organs of our bodies where in-lies crevices of collected waste sit for undermined time intervals festering and forming with in us other insidious things that create disease and any number of malicious problems.

Longevity has to start with taking better care of the issues that we allow to get out of control, over eating, waste collection, stress, lack of exercise, all of these things can be alleviated to a certain degree, and help is not for away, but we must act fast to much time has already past. Hopefully its not too late. Prevention is the cure to all our ailments. Are at least the majority of them!

7 Bad Eating Habits You Should Change Immediately

People are obsessed with dieting and weight loss! Don’t believe
me? Just tune-in to any source of advertising…you’re instantly
bombarded with the latest diet schemes and “Hollywood” food
fads.

Here in America, we have built a thriving industry trying to
control our weight and treat the consequences of over-indulgence.
The cost of weight loss and obesity related health care
treatments is staggering…Americans alone spend around $114
billion every year! And even with all this interest in losing
weight, we continue to pack on the pounds like never before…

– A whopping 64 percent of U.S. adults are either overweight or
obese…up about eight percent from earlier estimates.

– Among children and teens ages 6-19, 15 percent or almost nine
million are overweight…triple the rate in 1980!

– Nearly one-third of all adults are now classified as obese.

For Americans, modern life may be getting TOO easy. Our cushy
lifestyle means we expend less energy and consequently need fewer
calories to sustain our normal body weight.

Think about it for a moment…

Entertainment no longer requires energy expenditure. In fact,
it’s usually quite the opposite. We now entertain ourselves in
the comfort of our own home while watching TV and munching on our
favorite snack. Whether it’s television, computers, remote
controls, or automobiles, we are moving less and burning fewer
calories. Common activities that were once a part of our normal
routine have disappeared…activities like climbing stairs,
pushing a lawn mower or walking to get somewhere.

And please do not misunderstand me…I appreciate comfortable
living just as much as the next person. But, here is the
problem…

With all of our modern day conveniences and “cushy” style of
living we have not adjusted our caloric intake to compensate for
our decreased caloric expenditure. We consume more calorie rich
and nutrient deficient foods than ever before. Consider a few of
the following examples comparing what we eat “today” vs the
1970’s (U.S. Department of Agriculture survey):

– We are currently eating more grain products, but almost all of
them are refined grains (white bread, etc.). Grain consumption
has jumped 45 percent since the 1970’s, from 138 pounds of grains
per person per year to 200 pounds! Only 2 percent of the wheat
flour is consumed as whole wheat.

– Our consumption of fruits and vegetables has increased, but
only because French fries and potato chips are included as
vegetables. Potato products account for almost a third of our
“produce” choices.

– We’re drinking less milk, but we’ve more than doubled our
cheese intake. Cheese now outranks meat as the number one source
of saturated fat in our diets.

– We’ve cut back on red meat, but have more than made up for the
loss by increasing our intake of chicken (battered and fried), so
that overall, we’re eating 13 pounds more meat today than we did
back in the 1970’s.

– We’re drinking three times more carbonated soft drinks than
milk, compared to the 1970’s, when milk consumption was twice
that of pop.

– We use 25 percent less butter, but pour twice as much vegetable
oil on our food and salads, so our total added fat intake has
increased 32 percent.

– Sugar consumption has been another cause of our expanding
waistlines. Sugar intake is simply off the charts. People are
consuming roughly twice the amount of sugar they need each day,
about 20 teaspoons on a 2000 calorie/day diet. The added sugar is
found mostly in junk foods, such as pop, cake, and cookies. In
1978, the government found that sugars constituted only 11
percent of the average person’s calories. Now, this number has
ballooned to 16 percent for the average American adult and as
much as 20 percent for American teenagers!

Unfortunately, it would seem that the days of wholesome and
nutritious family dinners are being replaced by fast food and
eating on-the-run. We have gradually come to accept that it’s
“OK” to sacrifice healthy foods for the sake of convenience and
that larger serving portions equate to better value.

It’s time recognize that we are consuming too many calories and
time to start doing something about it! Each of us can decide
TODAY that healthy eating and exercise habits WILL become a
normal part of our life!

We can begin by exploring our values, thoughts and habits…
slowly and deliberately weed-out the unhealthy habits and
activities and start living a more productive and rewarding life.
And remember, it has taken a long time to develop bad habits, so
be patient as you work toward your goal!

The information contained in this article is for educational purposes
only and is not intended to medically diagnose, treat or cure any
disease. Consult a health care practitioner before beginning any
health care program.

6 Tips For Staying Healthy During a Crisis

If you’ve been following the news these days, you’ve no doubt heard the warnings and predictions about the economic outlook. There’s certainly a lot of information out there and not all of it is hopeful.

I don’t follow all of it, but if even a part of these predictions come true, life could change dramatically for many of us.

With that in mind, I wanted to share 6 tips for staying healthy and well during any crisis (if there is one).

1. Don’t buy into fear and panic – keep things simple and use the opportunity to stay in the moment. Fear and panic lead to nowhere. That’s the first thing you learn when you spend time in the wilderness – if you get lost or disoriented, stay calm.

2. Stay connected – especially with your community and the environment where you live. Think about things like where you could get water if you needed it and where you could go if things get chaotic and dangerous where you live now.

3. Get small bills – if you live in the US or use US dollars, get and keep at least $1000 in 1s, 5s and 10s. According to one economist, if US currency does start to fail, you won’t be able to get cash at the banks and larger bills will the first to be refused.

4. Invest in gold, silver or foreign currencies – I’m not specialist in this, but it makes sense to me to move US paper or electronic dollars into something that has a more stable value at this point.

5. Keep some extra food supplies – some people predict that the price of food will increase by 40% in the next 6 months. So, any staples you can get in bulk now, go ahead and do it.

6. Get some survival essentials – this is simple but really important. Make sure to have a good first aid kit, a good portable water filter, some dust masks, some extra blankets a good flash light and a battery operated radio.

The main thing to remember is this – humans are survivors and we’ll survive an economic crisis too.

6 Tips For Staying Healthy During a Crisis

If you’ve been following the news these days, you’ve no doubt heard the warnings and predictions about the economic outlook. There’s certainly a lot of information out there and not all of it is hopeful.

I don’t follow all of it, but if even a part of these predictions come true, life could change dramatically for many of us.

With that in mind, I wanted to share 6 tips for staying healthy and well during any crisis (if there is one).

1. Don’t buy into fear and panic – keep things simple and use the opportunity to stay in the moment. Fear and panic lead to nowhere. That’s the first thing you learn when you spend time in the wilderness – if you get lost or disoriented, stay calm.

2. Stay connected – especially with your community and the environment where you live. Think about things like where you could get water if you needed it and where you could go if things get chaotic and dangerous where you live now.

3. Get small bills – if you live in the US or use US dollars, get and keep at least $1000 in 1s, 5s and 10s. According to one economist, if US currency does start to fail, you won’t be able to get cash at the banks and larger bills will the first to be refused.

4. Invest in gold, silver or foreign currencies – I’m not specialist in this, but it makes sense to me to move US paper or electronic dollars into something that has a more stable value at this point.

5. Keep some extra food supplies – some people predict that the price of food will increase by 40% in the next 6 months. So, any staples you can get in bulk now, go ahead and do it.

6. Get some survival essentials – this is simple but really important. Make sure to have a good first aid kit, a good portable water filter, some dust masks, some extra blankets a good flash light and a battery operated radio.

The main thing to remember is this – humans are survivors and we’ll survive an economic crisis too.

Here’s a story I’d like to share:

I was in Brazil in 1994, shortly after the government froze the entire country’s bank accounts. Most people literally had no money and those who did, never held on to it, because inflation was almost 100% per week. You might expect there to be chaos, but you know what? Mostly what I saw was cooperation and sharing. People did their best to help each other get through the situation. Families and friends came together. And there was plenty of laughing and smiling even in the face of disaster.

So don’t buy into the panic if something similar happens where you are. Do what you can now to prepare and be able to help yourself and others around you stay healthy and well.

A Healthy Lifestyle Seems to Be a Thing of the Past

A healthy lifestyle is a choice you make and a commitment to improving yourself. A healthy lifestyle involves making smart choices when it comes to your diet, such as eating organic food instead of food filled with additives and preservatives.

Being healthy also involves cardio exercise and strength training for one hour a day, six days a week. Living a healthy lifestyle is something you value, believe in, and commit to, not just something that happens.

We live in a world where people have become so out of touch with what really matters in life. Themselves and their own well-being. They spend all of their energy and focus on their outer financial appearance, other people, and events they cannot control. This does nothing but create stress and problems in your life.

Why is everyone so concerned with these outer “things” – the house the cars, etc., when they have nothing to show for it on the inside? What has happened to people?

Well, for one, their health is paying the price. More people are sick today than ever before. People are more stressed out than ever before. There are more cases of virtually every disease and illness than ever before. More people need to see doctors than ever before. More people are being prescribed more drugs than ever before.

It’s A Sad Question,
But Can You Fit Health Into Your Lifestyle?

If asked why they aren’t healthy many people will say that a healthy lifestyle is too expensive. When you analyze these people’s lives, however, you will find that they spend tons of money on “crap” they don’t need: their fiftieth pair of shoes, more clothes, their third car, a bigger house, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, candy bars, chips, soda etc.

Would you need those prescription drugs you are taking if you were living a healthy lifestyle? Would you need to go to the doctor for more that a routine check-up if you were healthy?

If you don’t feel great and your life is not abundant in every area you need to sit down and examine yourself. I suggest that you cut out some of the “junk” you don’t need in your life, make some changes, and put some of that time, money, and effort towards creating a better you.

Food Choices – Is What I’m Choosing Healthy?

Food – we can’t live without it. It’s what our body uses as fuel for energy and it’s what our body uses to repair and rebuild itself. We have more food choices available to us than ever before in history, with more information available about nutrition than every before (we’re bombarded with it) and yet there is much confusion about what is healthy and an epidemic of nutrition related diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and many more.

Why?

The answer is huge corporations that are only concerned with profits, that use the mass media to misinform and confuse their target customers with both blatant advertising and not so blatant advertising disguised as ‘education’ and ‘news’.

Most of us shop for food these days primarily in a supermarket. Within these supermarkets, we have a vast choice of foods – some fresh – but the majority in packets, cans, bottles, plastic containers and the like. All of these foods are processed – they are prepared and packaged in a factory somewhere and will last often in their packaging for years (or maybe forever who knows?).

We’ve been educated by the food industry and the mainstream ‘health’ industry to look at the labels on these foods for the nutrition panel, and to look for the amounts of saturated fats, salt, calories or carbohydrates depending on the reason you’re looking and what health issue you’re trying to prevent or resolve. However, much more important are the ingredients in these products.

Companies will create and advertise for example a ‘healthy’ alternative that is ‘low fat’ to convince you to buy it thinking you are doing the right thing for yourself or your family. Usually these products are loaded with sugar to compensate for the lack of fats along with a barrage of artificial additives that have been created in a laboratory and that our bodies were never designed to consume. This is a the problem.

For me it has been commonsense to read ingredient labels on foods. I don’t buy much in the way of packaged foods and those that I do buy, I have chosen because I know (for the most part) what the ingredients are. If there are numbers, artificial flavours, preservatives etc I generally leave them on the shelf. It’s been a standing joke for years about how long it takes me to shop – this is why. Because my health is important to me.

However we have realised recently after listening to a talk given by Sunshine Coast nutrtitionist Cyndi O’Meara that when including ingredients on labels, there are often hidden ingredients because there is no requirement to include additional ingredients used in the preparation of a particular ingredient that is later used in a product you might buy off the shelf. For instance, if coconut is used to make a packet of biscuits, the coconut may have been processed using a preservative or emulsifier or flavour (or all three!). When this coconut is used in the biscuits, only coconut is included in the ingredient list – not the chemicals that were added to it when it was processed initially. That’s something to be concerned about! Because even foods that appear to only contain real foods, may be loaded with who knows what sort of additives.

The answer of course is whole fresh foods – organic if possible. This is what we are designed to eat. Whole, fresh foods contain the nutrients and building blocks that our cells know what to do with and that our bodies can use. The chemicals and additives in the processed junk being sold under the guise of food, are things that our cells don’t know how to handle. They are created in laboratories to excite our tastebuds or to make ingredients behave in a certain way, but are totally foreign to the billions of cells that make up our amazing bodies. Today it is extremely difficult to avoid processed foods altogether, but by minimising our consumption of them and getting educated on what to avoid, growing as much of our own produce as we can and using common sense will go a long way towards keeping us healthy, disease free and living our lives.

Sue Woledge has qualifications and experience in Information Technology, Remedial Therapies, Fitness and Exercise as well as being a health advocate with a true passion for natural health subjects and nutrition. Sue also classes herself now as an apprentice Internet Marketer and Forex Trader. Sue’s blogs [http://www.toxinfreefuture.com] and [http://www.makerealmoneyonline.biz] have been created to help her to share her ideas and information with others who are looking to improve their lives and their health.

How Our Healthy Eating is Making Us Unhealthy – Five Tips to Live By

Every day there is a new headline about a new miracle food that will whittle your waist, grow your nails shrink your hips, and make your hair thicker and life happier. Our country is obsessed with healthy eating but we have one of the highest obesity rates and heart disease rates in the world.

As moms it’s a daily struggle to get our kids to eat their vegetables, drink more water and eat less junk. We often don’t make the best food choices for ourselves and family because our lack of time and energy. It’s so much easier to go through the drive through, or the grocery store to hot deli section to get the corn dog, mac and cheese rather than cook a meal.

I know it can be confusing and frustrating trying to figure out what is healthy for the family when the food industry is constantly telling you what is good or bad to eat. What’s interesting is that the good and bad foods are constantly changing. Last month Pomegranate juice was the miracle food so we had cereals, fruit bars, cookies and candies infused with pomegranate in it. Margarine use to be touted as the healthy alternative to butter but we now know they have trans fats which can clog our arteries and lead to heart disease.

As a mother I have learned over the years to stick with some basic principles of healthy eating and read the new “miracle” food headlines with a grain of salt.

1. Eat Real Food rather than packaged processed foods. Eat as many fruits, fresh or frozen vegetables and meats.

2. Eat Less set an example for your family and eat until you’re satisfied not full.

3. Make it a rule not to eat in the car – This will help you two fold, you and your family will eat less fast food and less food from the gas stations and convenience stores.

4. Eat together as a family and not in front of the tv will reduce the mindless eating . It’s a great tradition and way to catch up with the family and enjoy meals with the people you love.

5. Don’t eat anything with more than five ingredients Have you recently looked at the ingredients list on your box of mac n’ cheese? It’s full of preservatives and fillers and words that you can’t pronounce; and sound like a science project gone wrong. I know there will be days when you don’t have the energy and will to cook. There are plenty of choices to either cook straight out of the box or bag just add some fresh ingredients or limit the ingredients to words you recognize.

As busy moms don’t let these tips overwhelm your or make you feel that you have to do each and every one of them just incorporate one or two or adjust them to your family’s lifestyle. Also, give yourself some slack and let your kids have cereal for dinner it’s better than fast food and as long as it’s not a regular thing your kids and you will be happier for it

Michi Story is known as The KenZen Coach. KenZen is Japanese for harmonious mind, body and spirit. Michi draws upon this, her Japanese heritage and her training as a wellness coach, personal trainer and health & fitness specialist to help busy moms learn how to better manage their stress, get fit, lose weight, have more energy, and create more work/life harmony.

Feel Better At Home: Simple Tips To Reduce Stress And Live Healthier Inside

Your home is your castle. There’s no better place to kick up your feet at the end of a long day, gather with friends or spend leisurely weekends with family. It’s where your children grow up, and where most of us grow old. But does the interior of your home soothe you, or stress you?

With a few simple changes, you can create an environment in your home that’s not only beautiful, but also helps reduce stress and improve your well-being. Turn your house into your own personal oasis — and find a healthier, happier you.

Bring the outside in
Today’s homes are more efficient and well-insulated than ever. While that’s great for your wallet, it can be bad for indoor air quality – especially if pollutants get trapped inside. To improve the quality of the air in your vents (and lungs), consider incorporating living plants into your décor.

Houseplants add a beautiful, natural decorative element to any room, and they also improve indoor air quality by absorbing pollutants. Many common houseplants actually act as indoor air purifiers by scrubbing toxins, harmful elements and carbon dioxide from the air. Philodendrons, Spider plants and Pothos are effective in removing formaldehyde, and Gerber daisies and chrysanthemums are known to remove benzene – a known carcinogen.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the view
For most people, the perfect vacation involves blue skies, sandy beaches and palm trees. Why? Because natural scenes are relaxing. Numerous studies have shown immense psychological benefits from experiencing nature. Just by stealing a glimpse of green, you can reduce stress, restore mental clarity, and increase your sense of well-being.

One popular technique to immerse yourself in nature indoors is to hang a wall-sized mural of a green, natural scene. Today’s printing technology allows for ultra-realistic, high definition murals that can change even a dull wall into a breathtaking vista.

Take a deep breath (of filtered air)
Air filters catch much of the allergens and dust that get trapped inside. By changing them at least every three months, you’ll reduce mold, pet dander, pollen and household lint. The extra bonus? Not only does this help temper allergy symptoms for you and for your visitors, but it also helps to increase the life of your air conditioning unit.

Clutter: Clear your countertops and clear your head
Clutter is one of the leading causes of stress at home. It makes you late when you can’t find something and is embarrassing when unexpected company stops by.

Make your days a little bit easier by sorting through your things, one room at a time. Dump the junk drawers and get rid of items that you no longer use. Donate unwanted clothes and keep only things you have worn within the past year. Install shelving and keep shelf contents in labeled, color-coded bins. And stay on top of it – it’s much easier mentally to take on the job of washing just a few dishes right after a meal than a whole countertop-full later.

At the end of the day, your home should be comforting, not chaotic. With these simple changes, you can transform your home into a relaxing retreat that will reduce stress, improve well-being, and help you find a healthier, happier you.

Lindsey Listrom is a freelance writer in Raleigh, North Carolina specializing in design, home décor and lifestyle reporting. This article was written on behalf of Magic Murals, a leading manufacturer of easy-to-apply, high-quality wallpaper murals. Their extensive online gallery that includes 1000’s of images from National Geographic, Lonely Planet, and a select group of international photographers and illustrators. Customers can also create their own murals with a custom mural creator that allows them to upload their favorite photo and see it transformed into a gorgeous wall mural made to their specifications.

Healthy Living Tips For Good Heart Health

Heart disease is one of the leading killers of Americans today. The fact that most of us live very hectic lifestyles with many demands on our time and attention sometimes results in us losing site of the things that we can do in our lives to help assure that we are taking the best care of our hearts as we can. We are going to examine some healthy living tips that may appear to be common sense but can easily be overlooked.

EAT A HEALTHY AND NUTRITIOUS DIET

Eat 4 to 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day. These foods are not only low in calories but they also contain vitamins, minerals and fiber that are essential to a healthy heart. If you feel that your diet leaves you lacking in some essential nutrients consider supplementation as an alternative.

In order to control high blood pressure and cholesterol eat whole grains. These are low in fat and high in fiber and vitamins that will help you do this. The risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity has been shown to be reduced by eating as little as three servings per day. Start your morning off by eating oatmeal (not instant) with whole grain toast. In the afternoon instead of snacking on a bag of chips substitute granola or even air popped popcorn.

Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water each day. This will do two important things to help your heart health. First it helps you keep your weight down. The body will sometimes confuse dehydration with hunger and you will tend to eat more than you should. It is also good for your skin. The second way it helps is that doing this will help prevent your blood from thickening. As your blood gets thicker it puts a strain on your heart because it has to work harder to pump blood to areas of the body where it is needed. By drinking an adequate supply of water your heart has to work less.

EXERCISE REGULARLY

Exercise is a very important component of heart health. Aerobic exercise such as walking, bike riding, dancing or running is the best. Remember that when you are considering an exercise program take a moment and think about what you truly enjoy doing. If you enjoy something it is much easier to stick with it over the long run. Regular exercise will help control blood pressure and cholesterol numbers and make your heart and lungs stronger. Along with reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke exercise will also increase stamina and mood.

GET ENOUGH REST

Many sacrifice sleep in order to make more time in their busy day. By doing this it limits the body’s ability to control blood sugar. People who have diabetes are well aware of this. What this can do is lead to inflammation in the veins and arteries. This can cause scars to form in the arteries and increase the possibility of plaque buildup. This buildup can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Your goal should be to get eight hours of sleep each night in order to protect your heart as well as keep blood sugar levels under control.

QUIT SMOKING

If you are a smoker it is important that you speak to your doctor and find a way to quit. Nicotine increases the amount of blood that is needed by the heart thus reducing the amount that can flow through the veins to other parts of the body where it is needed. Carbon monoxide will also knock oxygen molecules off red blood cells thus limiting the amount of oxygen which the heart receives. It is important to realize that nothing about smoking is good for heart health.