Make health Your Number One Priority

Ill tell you why. We are focusing on the wrong goal. For whatever reason, we must not perceive our weight loss as being “important enough” to achieve. So what would be “important enough” to stick to our new healthy eating habits? Your HEALTH! Nothing in this world is more important than the state of your health. Think about it, your health affects everything else in your life. Once our health is compromised we automatically change our lifestyle habits. Just look at President Clinton. Not until he had the ultimate health scare did he really change his eating and exercise habits. Lets not wait until our bodies completely have a break down before we decide to take care of ourselves. If you feel lousy, everything you do that day is lousy. Likewise, if you feel great, everything you do that day is great. So this year, lets not focus on just losing a few pounds, lets focus on Health, the #1 thing in our lives.

So ask yourself, “How important is my health to me? How do I want to live the rest of my life? Sick and feeling horrible or healthy and feeling vibrant? Do I want to play golf and tennis in my retirement or do I want to spend it in the hospital?” The answer to these questions will ultimately dictate your weight and your health for the future. Any lifestyle habit that affects your health in a positive way will automatically cause you to lose weight or maintain a good healthy weight.

Follow this checklist towards health and you will see weight come off automatically.

1.Make the time to focus on health.
The number one reason people do not eat healthy or exercise is because they “dont have the time”. But why is it that once we get sick, have a heart attack, are diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes or cancer, we all of a sudden have the time? This doesnt make any sense. We wait until our bodies have become so ill to finally take measures towards taking care of it. This is the equivalent to never getting an oil change or servicing your car and letting it completely break down before doing anything about it. Prioritize your day. What could possibly be more important than your health? Your children, yes, I agree. But guess what? If something happens to you, who will be there for your children? I know that sounds terrible but its true. How many times have we heard stories of young children losing parents to heart attacks and strokes? Choose health not only for yourself but for your children as well. Prioritize your day so that making healthy meal choices and exercising are right at the top.

2.Take a long hard look at what you are putting into your body.
For one week, read every ingredient of every food you eat. This could potentially be a scary experience. Some ingredient labels on packaged foods sound more like a college chemistry class than anything we should be eating. As a golden rule, if you cant pronounce it, chances are you shouldnt be eating it. The majority of the foods you should be eating shouldnt even have an ingredients label. They should be vegetables, fruits, raw nuts, chicken, fish, eggs, meat. If you make 90% of your diet, fresh food, I guarantee you will significantly change your weight and your health. No time to make fresh food? (please refer back to #1). Cook more than one portion at a time when you do cook so that there are always healthy leftovers in the fridge. You can always have for lunch leftovers from the night before. Cook several portions of one meal and freeze some. A good example of this is healthy soup or turkey chili. Put a portion of chili in a small Tupperware and freeze. You can grab this when in a hurry for lunch or dinner.

3. How much are you eating?
In the United States, our perception of one portion is extremely distorted. Restaurant portions are about 3 times more than what we should be eating in one sitting. If we become accustomed to seeing this much food on our plate at a restaurant we tend to do the same when we are at home and serve ourselves. According to a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, women are eating 300 more calories a day and men 168 more calories than 20 years ago. All it takes is 100 extra calories a day to gain 10 pounds a year.

For one week, reduce your portions at lunch and dinner by half. There is no need to “clean your plate”. Most times whats on your plate is double what you should be eating anyway. If you feel some hunger in the afternoon, add one small apple with a handful of raw nuts as a snack. Your body will quickly become accustomed to the smaller portions and you will eventually not be able to eat as much in one sitting as you did before. Remember, you have access to an abundance of food every day. You dont need to eat it all at once.

3.Drink WATER!
Dehydration has directly been linked to several forms of diseases including colon cancer, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol levels. Many people also mistake thirst for hunger. So it may not be that youre hungry all day, you may just be thirsty and dehydrated. In due time, dehydration will cause a gradual gain in weight from overeating as a direct result of confusion of thirst and hunger sensations.

Take a look at what you are drinking each day.

Coffee or Soda (Diet Coke included)? The caffeine in both will dehydrate you even more and will cause you to feel hungrier during the day.

Diet drinks and sodas? The artificial sweetener actually enhances your appetite and increases food intake.

Orange Juice and other Fruit Juices? The sugar and calories can add up to 10 teaspoons of sugar per drink, which can be anywhere from 150-200 calories. Not to mention the fact that sugar eventually makes you crave more sugar.

Every person should be drinking half of their body weight in ounces of water each day. So if you weigh 150 lbs, you should be drinking 75 ounces of water each day. If you drink coffee or any other caffeinated beverage during the day, the ounces of water needed increases.

4.How much do you move each day?
Your body was designed to move! Your heart is a muscle and must be worked just like every other muscle in your body. You dont have to join a gym to move, you just have to challenge your body and your muscles each and every day.

The two best time saving exercise options I always suggest to clients are:

1.Go for a walk. You can go for a walk anywhere and anytime. No time you say? Please refer back to rule #1.

2. Set up your home with some free weights and an exercise ball. You will be amazed at the number of exercises you can do with just your body, some free weights and a stability ball. If you dont know how, hire a trainer to show you or get a good book. Get into the routine of scheduling your exercise time each and every day. No ifs, ands or buts. Make your exercise time more important than phone calls, laundry, errands or lunch dates.

Make a promise to yourself that this time will be about health, not about short term weight loss. Really evaluate how you are treating your body on an everyday basis. Is that the same way you would treat a highly valuable, expensive piece of equipment? Because thats what your body is. There is no amount of money in the world that will buy you another one, so you might as well take really good care of the one you got!

Understanding Mental Health

Mental health is as important as physical health. Still, millions of Americans suffer with various types of mental illness and mental health problems, such as social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, addiction to drugs and alcohol, and personality disorders. Mental illness and psychological disorders have good treatment options with medications, psychotherapy, or other treatments.

Mental health concerns everyone. It affects our ability to cope with and manage change, life events and transitions such as bereavement or retirement. All human beings have mental health needs, no matter what the state of their psyche. This book is written specifically for those who want to have an introduction to mental health, mental illness and mental health problems. It is written in simple language from a person that is curious about the subject and wants to share with you his research.

My curiosity about what makes certain people successful, drove me into the road of mental health. I am not an expert in the subject of mental illness ad treatments, thus before any actions to self-treat or self-diagnose your mental health status you should consult with a qualified physician who can properly diagnose and treat any potential mental illnesses. What became clear to me is that there is more to good health than just a physically healthy body: a healthy person should also have a healthy mind. A person with a healthy mind should be able to think clearly, should be able to solve the various problems faced in life, should enjoy good relations with friends, colleagues at work and family, and should feel spiritually at ease and bring happiness to others in the community.

Why should you be concerned about mental illness?

As mentioned earlier, our mental health affect how we perceive many aspects of our lives. It is an integral part of our whole health. There are many reasons why you need to be concerned about
mental illnesses.:

Because they affect us all. It is estimated that one in five of all adults will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime.
Because they are a major public health burden. Studies from nearly every corner of the world show that as much as 40% of all adults attending general health care services are suffering from some kind of mental illness.
Because they are very disabling. Even though the popular belief is that mental illnesses are less serious than physical illness, they do in fact produce severe disability. They can also cause death, as a result of suicide and accidents.

The World Health Report from the World Health Organization in 2001 found that four out of the ten
most disabling conditions in the world were mental illnesses. Depression was the most disabling disorder, ahead of anemia, malaria and all other health problems.

Because mental health services are very inadequate. Specialists spend most of their time caring for people who suffer from “severe mental disorders” (psychoses). These are quite rare, but are also the very diseases that the community associates with mental illness. Most people with the much commoner types of mental health problems, such as depression or alcohol problems, would not consult a mental health specialist.
Because mental illness leads to stigma. Most people with a mental health problem would never admit to it. Those with a mental illness are often discriminated against by the community and even their own family.
Because mental illness can be treated with simple, relatively inexpensive methods. This is the good news! It is true that many mental illnesses cannot be cured. However, many physical illnesses, such as cancers, diabetes, high blood pressure and rheumatoid arthritis, are also not curable. Yet, much can be done to improve the quality of life of those who suffer these conditions and the same applies to mental illness.

It is important to understand mental health so we can help ourselves and our loved ones. The stigma often associated with the many forms of mental illnesses is very real. For example, many people with bipolar disorder or other mental illnesses are afraid to share their condition with other people for fear of ridicule or judgment. The stigma is so real in fact many will avoid telling friends or family of their mental condition. Many people with bipolar disorder face stigma and discomfort from well-meaning friends and family members that don’t really understand bipolar disorder. It is common for patients with bipolar disorder to feel misunderstood. Unfortunately even many health care providers carry with them a biased attitude toward bipolar patients. Many have a difficult time focusing on the real reason a person is in their office. Instead they focus on the mental health issue.

Here are some small steps patients and family members can take to help overcome the stigma associated with mental illness:

* Always accept your condition for what it is.
* Never attempt to hide your condition for fear that others will be un-accepting or misunderstand you.
* Educate friends and family. Direct them to a number of sites that help explain bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. Great reference sites include the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
* Confidently explain that one if five people suffers from some form of mental illness or another.
* Remember that you are more an insider than you realize.
* One out of every five of your friends, acquaintances or associates likely suffers from some form of mental illness. -Use support groups to help bolster your self-confidence and promote your inner peace and well-being.

Better Male Organ Performance with 5 Easy Workout Tips

The idea of male organ exercises might conjure up images of painful pushups or yoga poses that directly involve the manhood – an unlikely scenario. However, that doesn’t mean that there are no real exercises available that can help to boost male organ health and promote better performance, as well as overall function and aesthetic appeal. Here are five simple exercises that most men can do at home to amp up his bedroom skills – of course, all men who do not already exercise regularly should check with their doctor before embarking on any kind of physical health regimen.

1. Crunch It.

Half of a man’s male organ is tucked up inside the body cavity. If that man is carrying a spare tire up front, even more of his fabulous member could be buried in the fat. Exercises that target the core muscles of the abdomen might not make the male organ stronger, but as the fat melts away, the unit can seem longer and much more impressive. Not only that, but building core muscles can help improve stamina, lead to harder tumescence, and promote more powerful releases.

Standard crunches can bring this transformation about, and thankfully, anyone who participated in grade-school gym knows how to complete these exercises. Those who want to look at the floor, rather than they sky, can flip around and do pushups for the same effect.

2. Try Yoga.

While pushups and sit-ups are part of the collective memory of almost every student, few adults know much about yoga unless they’ve taken a class. But investing a few hours learning some techniques and poses could be a smart move. After all, a significant amount of intimate performance involves confidence and focus, and a lack of stress. Studies suggest that a daily yoga habit can help people to leave the concerns of the day behind when needed, and that might allow the male organ to do its work without worries about daily life intruding on the intimate moment.

3. Get it Moving.

A healthy, functional male organ relies on a deep and constant supply of blood that comes from a rapidly beating heart. Without this flow, the male organ is a sad and flaccid thing, but with it, the results are long and strong. Engaging in cardiovascular exercise can allow that heart to flex when it’s needed, and these exercises can also be a fun way to get sweaty with a partner. Good options include:

Running
Biking
Swimming
Dancing
Skating

4. Take Advantage of the Firmness.

Not all male organ exercises involve sweating and classrooms. In fact, many of the most effective exercises are completely private and sweat free. For example, working on the muscles that line the pelvic floor can lead to tumescence that lasts for hours and hours on end, and those exercises can be done in the wee hours of the morning in the privacy of the bedroom.

During a morning wood episode, a squeeze of the pelvic floor muscles causes the rod to do a little jump. Incorporating a few squeezes throughout the day, when bouts of firmness occur, can keep those muscles hopping, and they might be capable of delivering some intense pleasure.

5. Rest and Reward.

All of these exercises can keep the tool firm and healthy, but it’s important to nourish those tissues between workouts. People who haven’t exercised for long periods of time, or who push their bodies to the limit during a workout, can deplete their stores of vital nutrients the male organ needs in order to deliver signals of pleasure.

A male organ health creme (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) can help. These products, when applied directly to the skin of the male organ, can deliver targeted nutrition that is specially formatted for the needs of the male tissue, keeping the cells firing in the proper manner. No nutrition is wasted in a trip through the digestive system when a male organ health creme is at play. Instead, all of that goodness is placed right where it’s needed, making these products a perfect compliment to any guy’s workout.

Silver Jewelry And Health

Much is being said about the health benefits of wearing jewelry made of silver. This goes without saying that it is still a debated issue. There is definitely a long track of traditions, claiming that the wearing of silver jewelry is good for ones health.

The Greek physician, Hippocrates (ca. 460 BC ca. 370 BC), who is called the father of medicine, wrote that silver had beneficial healing and anti-disease properties. Silver is known to have a toxic effect on some bacteria, viruses, algae and fungi. Exactly how germicidal effect of silver works is still not entirely understood, although some theories have been brought forth. Some traditions attest that eating with silver spoons results in healthier lives when compared with those who eat with spoons made of other materials. Some also used to place them in water storage areas for purifying water.

Findings in scientific studies show that that silver rings reduce the symptoms of arthritis. The findings further show that there were some sure health benefits derived by wearing silver rings particularly for increasing blood circulation, and controlling hypertension and finger joint deformity. Some say that when silver is absorbed through skin, it cures muscular aches.

Many people in Asia also still strongly believes in the health benefits of wearing jewelry made of silver and other similar metals. Asian alternate medicine practitioners such as Reiki healers, chakra healers,Tibetan medicine practitioners and and new age energy healers have been using energy jewelry such as silver jewelry for many years past.

Though the health benefits of silver may still an ongoing dispute, it is a fact that silver is now often used in making medical equipment such as urinary catheters and breathing tubes. This is because silver will kill bacteria allowing for a faster healing process. Knowing all this, you can see that silver does indeed have properties that can have a positive contribution to your health. Wearing a piece of silver jewelry may not guarantee a perfect health, but it will most likely contribute to a better one.

Going through Home Health Care

For people who are in need of rehabilitation, home health care seems to be the best answer or solution. This is also becoming a popular choice among families with senior elders living at home. The good thing about home health care is that it is actually a pretty flexible setup.

There are different types of services under the umbrella of home health care. It all depends on what the patient needs. So it is important that the patient, together with their doctor, actually be assessed first so that you can plot out and find a program that would suit them best.

In general, skilled nursing is what home health care is all about. It can be administered as either full-time or part-time, depending on the program. Aside from assisted living, there are other services offered by home health care agencies too such as physical and occupational therapy.

In addition to these, home health care is also rendered by different types of professionals. They would also be assigned by the agency depending on the patient’s actual condition. In general, these care professionals can accomplish some light housekeeping duties. But they could also accomplish more complex tasks for the patient.

Depending on the case of the patient, a nurse may also be assigned to your home. However, nurses for home health care often follow a specific schedule and visit on an intermittent basis. But there are also agencies where hiring a nurse, who lives with the patient, is made possible. Rates of this kind might be more expensive but worth it.

However, the agency would not just hire a nurse or an aide all on their own. As much as possible, they would involve the client in the sourcing process. They would provide their qualified people and the client often gets a hand in to pick whom they prefer to become part of their family member’s life.

Agencies are an integral part of home health care. They are the ones who provide and train the care practitioners who tend to different types of patients. The thing about agencies is that they are also affiliated with the government and were given due licenses to operate.

Because home health care is a long term thing, you should consider making this plan first with your family. You need to make sure that this is something that you can also have plenty of budget for because it would take years and not merely months.