Wellness and Health
A Couple Of Awesome Organic Juice Cleanse Recipes For You To Try Out
May 6, 2017
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Hi fives, guys, here are just two good juicing recipes for your thirsty consideration. It is understood that many of you reading this might be heading into summer. How about that? Are we jealous? Naa, not at all. We are all fair and square over here and believe that we have had more than our summer fair share. Was it hot as hell? No, not really. It’s actually been one of the coolest summers in more ways than one. Sometimes the temperatures did soar but never as high as before. Or has it been a case of us all getting quite used to such extreme temperatures.

We’ve had to make quite a few adjustments in our lives to ensure that life is still quite comfortable. One of the essentials has been to live as healthily as possible. The nice thing about this is that living the healthy life ties up quite nicely to living the organic life. Today, we are also focusing on another healthy practice. That is the natural, but forced, process of cleansing the body from all harmful toxins, some of which can be accumulated through a prevalence of warm temperatures that persist. And to cap it all off, we have for you a couple of awesome organic juice cleanse recipes for you to try out.

These two recipes are the traditional green juice and then, perfect for your impending summer, the tropical juice. Both juices have its cleansing properties, so do make a note of these. Now, if you’ve never juiced before, make a note to read up on how to do this good and proper before rushing off to buy a juice extractor that might be too expensive for you and pockets of apples and oranges that you might not need and leave to waste. Actually, nothing in excess should go to waste. If you’re not going to be using your fruit for a regular organic juice cleanse, then make a point of cutting up some slices to go over your favorite fat and sugar free breakfast oats, muesli or cereals. (more…)

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Outdoor And Indoor Exercise Is Good For Variety
December 11, 2016
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I read an interesting article elsewhere not entirely unrelated to what we’re doing here today. What we’re doing here and now is promoting good health and fitness. This article that I read had more to do with air pollution levels and the startling news is that according to government and environmental agency statistics, the quality of your indoor air could be a lot more toxic than the air you breathe outdoors. So what the heck folks, let’s spend more time outdoors.

But seriously folks, there’s nothing wrong with being inside. Most of us have to work inside anyway. But do get a bit of color on your skin, sunshine. Ok, I know the sun’s UV rays are very bad for us right now, but we can still get the balance right now can’t we. We can take the necessary precautions and we can adapt and be inventive. I’m a great believer in getting the balance right. To this end I really believe that both outdoor and indoor exercise sets things right in terms of stimulating your interest in exercise and adding more variety to your physical life.

By adding variety to your future health and fitness plans, you’ll also be keeping boredom away. By adding variety to your new exercise plans and physically active lives, you’ll be giving all of your muscle groups an equally healthy chance to regroup. By adding more variety to your life, you’ll be exercising your mind in a whole new healthy way. The mind stays stimulated with new thoughts and new focus points.

The previous article was more about motivation than anything else. I touched the ceiling then on addressing the matter of overcoming fear and incredulity at starting your new growth path in just one week. In fact, I even mentioned that you could start as early as now. Day one is always the hardest but once that’s past, day two becomes a little easier and should be looked forward to. What makes your new exercise regime easier, as I’ve mentioned time and time again, is that you’re not overdoing it. You’re doing just what your body can manage right now. (more…)

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Health And Fitness Plans Can Be Strung Together In A Week
December 11, 2016
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This is for those of you who are in a hurry.

I’m in a rush against time to get this grand project on health and fitness plans up and running for my editor and the rest of the team. It’s an ambitious plan to promote all-round good health by way of exercising and eating correctly and ensuring that you, the readers, are all emotionally intact. And if you’re not and you’re feeling highly stressed at this point in time then a new course of action needs to be found just for you.

The mad rush to get things started begs this controversial question. Can a health and fitness plan be strung together within a matter of days? Of course it can. That’s what I say. I don’t need to use the clichés that say that ‘I have the science to back it up’. It’s more a case of just how badly you want your good health. Then, as you should know by now, we have those magical tools called the internet and mobile apps.

And to top it all off, we have all been given good common sense. To encourage our keep fit motivations, we should use this at will. Sedentary and overweight folks have a tendency to give up too easily. Some of you reading this now may be part of that crowd and may have reacted with some alarm and thinking just how is it possible to get a new health and fitness plan up and running within a matter of days. Again, use your common sense. Don’t go all out registering for an elaborate gym membership plan when you could be putting your money to good use elsewhere in your life.

Don’t go all out kitting yourself up with expensive keep fit outfits and running shoes that fit you awkwardly because you’re just not used to its light weight. Think logically about this. There’s no need to be pretentious or puff yourself up with pride in your new gear. Your goal is to get fit not look good on the sidewalks. Chances are that if you’re overweight right now, you’ll be looking quite ridiculous in all those neon-light-bright colors anyhow. (more…)

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Enjoyable Eating And Juicing Inspirations To Go With Your New Fitness Plan
December 11, 2016
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It started out all horribly didn’t it? That last article was meant to help some readers catch a bit of a wake-up call. I think I used the phrase ‘receiving a good kick up the backside’ to drive home the point and the sense of urgency that is required for all men and women to take drastic action and responsibility in fixing up their health issues for once and for all. Because not only is this going to help them lose weight – this is for those that need to do it – it’s also going to lead to a lot more smiles all around.

And that’s the encouraging point I want to make for this article. Becoming slimmer and leaner and absolutely healthy is going to help you lose your mood swings. It’s going to help you to de-stress. It’s going to alleviate a lot of stress in your life once you start eating and living properly. But this encouragement here says that it’s not at all a gloomy and grim small world that you inhabit when going on a diet or taking up exercise.

Enjoyable eating and juicing practices are not only encouraged they are actually part of the healthy eating and juicing life. There’s no doubt about it. You’d have to be part of the program for at least a few months before you experience the surprisingly wide variety of tastes and nourishing sensations from the healthy foods available to you. People have this thing about not having time enough in the day to do things more thoroughly. They say there’s no time to read product labels and yet they still snap up the goods, even though it’s bad for them.

But the funny and good thing about eating just right and keeping fit today is that you don’t need to do nearly as much reading as you would have before just to make sure you were snacking right. The literature that exists in comparison to the garbage that has been produced on informational content on processed foods is phenomenal. Most of it can be found on the internet. Lines are short, sweet and user friendly.

But most of the time, the words on offer on how to improve your fitness and dietary outcomes are well-meaning and quite inspirational. No big and pretentious words need to be tossed about to drive home the point. Take juicing for instance. To really whet your appetite, the juicing manuals set out to exercise you as far as possible on the nutritional and practical benefits of a variety of recipes. More importantly, to my mind are the fascinating but short explanations on each and every ingredient that goes into the juice pot. (more…)

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Keeping Fit Today Will Help You Lose Weight And De-Stress
December 11, 2016
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If this does not prove to be enough motivation for you then I do not know.

What could one suggest other than the proverbial kick up the backside. Now, those words may seem harsh at this time but have been deliberately meant in the most well-meaning way possible. This short and stern message is also responding to the understanding realization that keeping fit today is not at all as easy as it once was many years ago before television sets and automobiles encouraged people to take the easy way out of their lives by becoming more sterile and physically immobile in their daily lives.

Back then, probably around the time our grandparents, perhaps even great-grandparents, were up and about in the workplace like you and me are now, people were mostly physically active. Instead of TV, they went out dancing or to the movies for their weekend entertainment. During the week, many folks would gather around the radio to listen to the evening news, a story or two and some music, while others would keep their minds active before bedtime doing a bit of reading or writing to their pen pals.

Today, in this age of computers and social media, and especially big screen flat TV’s, who could ever imagine living such lives. Oh, let us not forget that before these otherworldly folks settled in for the night after a wholesome meal and after a hard day’s work, they still had to do their chores. There were no automated vacuum cleaners to clean the carpets and floors with. Just a simple broom and dustpan would have done quite alright. There were no dishwashers either. Dishes were washed thoroughly by hand and dried afterwards. And so were the clothes that we wear.

These folks didn’t need keep fit motivations the way we seem to today.  Today, there are those among us that need motivating more than others as if lives depended on it. But today, my motivation to you is that getting on the old bandwagon towards keeping fit will lead to you being a happier specimen within a matter of weeks. Keep that in mind always to try and motivate yourself further. If you’re feeling down in the dumps now and always feeling tired and bloated, just imagine what it’s going to feel like when you start exercising and begin to lose weight.

While you start on your first exercise plan, you’ll also be addressing the way you’ve been eating all this time. That may be hard for some to fathom because it will mean making a lot of sacrifices. There’ll be no more sweet treats and crispy, salty late night snacks in front of the TV. Perhaps if there’s a huge need to lose excess weight, there’ll be no more trips to the pizza hut on Friday evenings after work. Burger and fries fairs are definitely a thing of the past. (more…)

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Keep Fit Motivations For Those Just Starting Out
December 11, 2016
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Hi there. Welcome to a series of articles built around the purpose vehicle of keeping fit. Its design model is mainly to motivate and inspire readers to make quick and easy transitions from doing nothing to being physically active every day. The keep fit motivations will also include sub-themes on healthy eating and the importance of hydration. There is also a pertinent note or two on how keeping fit will brilliantly help highly-stressed readers reduce their current stress levels.

These next few lines will offer some motivations for those just starting out. It will attempt to encourage them to take those first easy steps by telling it like it is. Getting started on a new keep fit plan is a lot easier than you thought. I also mentioned that it will help you to reduce your stress levels. From day one, you will notice a difference. Also, let this serve as a note of great encouragement to overweight men and women.

It does not matter when or where you start, keeping fit through exercise, walking, running and all-round physical activity will help you lose weight. It’s all in the mind and it’s really up to you. It will also depend on what you are eating and how you are eating it and even when you are eating those meals. For instance, eating around eleven at night, just before bedtime, does not do your heavy and stressed body any good.

It should have had its meal at least four hours before sleep time in order to allow the body time to digest what its consumed and begin the process of relaxation. A good cup of chamomile tea or even warm milk has often been suggested as a good relaxant before bedtime. It’s still true for today’s busy times. Not to be forgotten by those who have made the right choice to become physically active is the need to stay hydrated, along with keeping the body properly nourished.

Part of me motivating the case that getting to and over the first rung of your fitness mission is easy comes by way of a plan. A successful life needs a good, long-term plan. A successful business thrives mainly due to ongoing planning meetings and workshops. The visionary is also always plotting and planning something positive for the future. The problem of time, or not having enough of it, is also overcome with good and proper planning. (more…)

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Why Syria?
December 1, 2016
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Anyone with a television, smartphone or computer has heard about the horrible civil war in Syria and the resulting refugee crisis. Several times my children have asked questions about the surrounding issues and I have come to realize I know next to nothing about this country. Although I have often stated an opinion on current news reports about what is going on, truly my opinion is steeped in ignorance. So, I set out to remedy my condition.

Syria is the outgrowth of the Assyrian empire of tenth century BC and was home to one of the most ancient civilizations on Earth. Within Dederiyeh Cave archaeologists discovered remains of a Neanderthal child that could be as old as 200,000 years. As life continued to flourish upon Earth, Syria, being a part of the “Fertile Crescent”, gave rise to societies that were based on agriculture and cattle. Ancient ancestors of present day Syrians left behind evidence of their lives in stone vessels and tools made of obsidian.

A site in northern Syria held ancient tablets which revealed a civilization with a written language and a vibrant economy trading with Egypt. Researchers believe the language is similar to the Akkadian language of Mesopotamia which is one of the oldest written languages known to man.

Historians theorize that Syria was occupied, in succession, by the nations of Sumeria, Egypt, Assyria and Babylon. Persian dominance over Syria ended when Alexander the Great conquered Syria and brought it into the Seleucid Empire. He relocated the Syrian capital to the city of Antioch which was located in what is now modern day Turkey. Eventually Antioch was captured by new invaders and Syria became a province of Rome.

Under Roman rule, Syria thrived. Antioch grew to become the third largest Roman city, with only Rome’s capital city of Rome and Alexandria in Egypt exceeding it in population, greatness and significance. With population estimates of almost half a million citizens, Syrians became a prosperous people in the first couple of centuries due to Syria’s importance as an industry and trade center. (more…)

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Crazy Alarm Clocks & Sleep Inertia
November 6, 2016
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My oldest son is so difficult to wake up. He is definitely old enough to get himself up in the morning and manage the responsibility of an alarm clock but I just don’t trust him. However, I have to be a good parent and teach him the proper skills so he can adult effectively one day. I have gone on the hunt for the perfect alarm clock. And I have found some dillies!

  • The Airborne Annoyance – The alarm goes off and releases a propeller that whizzes through the air. The propeller must be retrieved and replaced on the clock before the alarm will turn off.
  • The Mobile Alarm – When the alarm sounds, the wheels begin to turn and the clock begins zooming around on the floor. The sleeper has to get up and find it in order to turn it off.
  • Rocket Man – As the set alarm time arrives, there is a ten second countdown, just like a real rocket launch. When it is time for the alarm to sound, the rocket lifts off and must be retrieved and replaced back onto the clock in order for the alarm to be silenced.
  • Target Shooting – For those who enjoy laser tag, this is perfect. Snoozers have to use a laser gun to hit the bullseye to turn off the alarm.
  • Siren Alarm – Perhaps my favorite, because who would not come to full attention at the sound of a police cruiser’s siren? The lights flash, the siren screeches, and surely that would even wake the dead?
  • Firebell – And, not to neglect other first responders, the firemen get their due with this great alarm clock. The resounding “clang, clang, clang” of a metal clapper on a metal bell will have your ears ringing and get you wide awake in a hurry.
  • Stand To Attention – Another clever alarm clock is designed to look like a mat for wiping your feet. When the alarm goes off sleepers have to get up and stand on the rug to turn it off.
  • Frustrating Puzzle – What could be more aggravating than still being in the fog of sleep and expected to solve a puzzle to turn off the alarm?

Complicated alarm clocks are definitely one solution to my son’s sloth-like speed in the morning. But is his condition common or a sign of something more serious? Scientists call this condition “sleep inertia”. And it is a normal biological response to our bodies’ sleep hormones that are still coursing through our veins from our previous night’s sleep.

Everyone has sleep inertia to some degree. It is unavoidable. However, for those who suffer from it to a greater degree, like my son, there are steps that can be taken to minimize the effects. (more…)

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The Biggest Viral Infection On Earth
July 16, 2016
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There is nothing worse than someone in my household coming down with a virus. It means that, not only will I be on nursing duty for a couple of days with my patient, but my nursing tour of duty will be extended for at least a week as everyone else goes down like dominoes, contracting the sickness. It’s almost impossible to live in the same household and not catch something that is contagious.And, by the time I have gotten everyone back on their feet, I’ll be sick with the same virus. Can you imagine a single virus epidemic with the entire population of the world all getting sick at the same time?

Well, in a way that could be happening within the oceans of our world. The oceans, and the different species of life within them, are all interconnected and interdependent. If one part becomes sick, eventually all the oceans are affected. Especially if that sick part is a critical and large element of the oceans.

The largest system of coral reefs in the entire world is the Great Barrier Reef and it has gotten sick. Scientists are blaming El Nino, which is caused by climate change, thus climate change has sickened this critical underwater ecosystem.

The reef is experiencing what is known as a “bleaching event”. This happens when coral becomes stressed and sheds the photosynthetic algae. That is the outer covering that is colorful. And this viral infection is spreading throughout the reef.

Viruses within living coral is nothing new. However, the nature of this viral infection is so catastrophic scientists are anticipating irreversible, widespread damage. They have created a fifteen year timeline to reverse the course of this infection.

If you are wondering what were the exact climate change stressors that triggered this, laboratory research has determined these were the precursors which led to the viral bleaching infection:

 

  • Higher than normal water temperatures
  • Exposure to more intense ultraviolet light
  • Heavier than normal rainfall

When the bleaching reaction occurs, the coral then tests positive for high levels of non-infectious viral by-products. When these particles are examined researchers could determine the bleaching event is being caused by several different types of viruses, including retroviruses and megaviruses. However, although the viruses involved could be typed, they could not be identified as any specific known virus. That could mean a new virus, currently unknown to science, has infected the oceans of the world. The current virus level detected within the Great Barrier Reef is almost four times higher than ever recorded before. This is an historical event. (more…)

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The Affectionate Life of Animals
June 3, 2016
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I was driving around with my kids in the car when one innocent comment by one of my children sparked a hot debate that seemed to last for hours. Eventually I, myself, was lured in and had to put in my own two cents’ worth. Of all things, we were arguing over which animal, in the whole, entire world, was the most affectionate.

Although I was personally torn between the dog and the elephant, my kids made some very valid points about many other species I had never considered. My daughter, who is usually taciturn company for myself and her brothers, got very excited, engaged with much conviction and flashed around images on her smartphone to prove her points.

It is amazing how quickly almost every single human is moved by such images. Even my oldest son, who is the embodiment of machismo at this time in his life, would break down his walls and “oooh” and “aaah” over such cuteness as two otters holding hands or a couple of bears snuggling.

Has science actually proven that this is affection being expressed between animals? Could what we perceive as affectionate snuggling simply be two creatures trying to stay warm? Do otters hold hands not for an emotional connection but for a physical connection that keeps them together as they float down a river? Well, most researchers and specialists who have devoted their lives to studying this subject have determined that all animals do have a rich and complex emotional life which definitely does include feelings of affection toward other creatures of their own species as well as crossing species boundaries at times.

Physical contact does, indeed, serve to foster the emotional connection and bond between animals just as it does in humans. And, perhaps because they use less vocalization, touch may even be a more important factor in their language. And, of course, some of the cute things they do also have a practical purpose. But that doesn’t make them any less cute. Such as an adorable red panda asleep with its bushy tail curled around itself to keep warm.

It is probably no small wonder that sheep can bond with the shepherds that tend to them. By having regular contact with humans, they become perceptive of facial expressions. In fact, research has shown that they respond positively to human expressions of happiness. Sheep like to see you smile!

Often, when polar bears are mentioned, one can only conjure up images of their strength and savage predatory skills. A person would rarely ask themselves if polar bears have good manners. It seems they do. Wildlife experts who study polar bears have discovered that polar bears greet one another by touching noses. This gesture is also used by one bear to ask another bear to please share whatever he is having. Polar bears and good manners, who knew? (more…)