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4 Ways to Breaking Unhealthy Habits

You might  feel overwhelmed when you decide to make some healthy changes in order to live a healthier lifestyle moving forward. This might keep you from making any changes at all. Here are some practical ways that will help you shift from your old routines successfully.

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Identify the root cause of your unhealthy habits. Bad habits start due to some reasons. Dig deep and find the cause of your bad habit. For example, you always find yourself eating junk foods  when you’re stressed at work. Finding these triggers and eliminating the triggers themselves is like taking the fast track to sustainable, lasting change.

Replace your unhealthy habits with healthy ones. This tip will help you ditch your bad habits while you build the good ones. If you’d like to ditch that nightly glass of wine because your sleep is suffering and the pounds are packing on, find something healthy to replace it with. Exchange that wine for a healthy sleepy-time tea, and enjoy better sleep as well. This also goes for reaching for a large bowl of snacks at night, try replacing it with veggies and hummus or a bowl of fruit.

Take things slow. Going cold turkey on refined sugar cold turkey might work for some, but for most of us, it will result in a relapse and possibly a binge. You can better decide to cut one sugary meal or snack from your life each week and slowly decrease your sugar intake. The same goes for healthy habits, don’t start with wanting to work-out twice a day, start with once or twice a week and build up from there.

Don’t be too hard on yourself. A small setback might cause you to give up your goal altogether but don’t let one mistake break all the progress that you made. The all or nothing approach simply does not work. Be patient with yourself and be proud of yourself. While you’re using these tips to break old habits and build new ones, it still won’t be easy, but it will finally stick this time. And, you’re worth it!

Know the Effects of Sadness on Your Health

Sadness can have serious physical effects on your body. The most common of these include loss of appetite and change in body temperature. In some cases, it leads to death. Read this short post to learn about the unhealthy effects of sadness and how you can avoid them.

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  1. Trouble sleeping.
  2. Irritability, anger, and loss of interest in things that used to bring pleasure.
  3. Feeling of emptiness or hopelessness.
  4. Frequent episodes of crying.
  5. Inability to concentrate, memory problems, and difficulty making decisions.
  6. Trouble maintaining a normal work schedule or fulfill social obligations.
  7. Use of alcohol or drugs.
  8. Reckless or abusiveness.
  9. Overeating or binging which lead to weight and obesity-related illnesses like type 2 diabetes.
  10. Stomachaches, cramps, constipation, or malnutrition.
  11. Stress hormones speed heart rate and make blood vessels tighten.
  12. The body stays  in a prolonged state of emergency.
  13. Heart disease and other cardiovascular issues.

Here are some ways to beat sadness.

Give some upbeat music a listen. An upbeat tune can change an atmosphere instantly and create a more positive vibe. Listening to upbeat, happy music alters brain chemistry and can improve your mood.

Monitor your inner negative talk. Reminding yourself that your thinking is that of a sad person, not a healthy functioning person. Don’t take your thoughts seriously when you are feeling low. Acknowledge the thoughts but this doesn’t mean you have to believe them.

Sleep. Sleep and mood are closely connected. Inadequate sleep can cause irritability and stress, while healthy sleep can enhance well-being. Studies have shown that even partial sleep deprivation has a significant effect on mood.Take steps to ensure adequate sleep will this will lead to improved mood and well-being.

How Acupuncture Relieves Stress

Did you know that many health concerns result from stress. Its continued harsh effects on the body lead to heart disease, obesity, headaches, sleep disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, and digestive problems.

While stress is part of life, it’s not advisable to accept or embrace it. There are many things you can do to avoid it. You can take some drugs or undergo therapy. However, you must only seek these options under the guidance of your physician.

Are you keen to try a method that has no harmful effects? Why don’t you try acupuncture? Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine in which thin needles are inserted into the body. It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

A study at the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies explored explores the biological mechanisms involved in acupuncture’s stress-relieving properties and helps us “understand what’s going on at a molecular level that helps explain acupuncture’s benefit.”

The researchers discovered that stress hormones were lower in rats that had received electronic acupuncture. Their results were published in the Journal of Endocrinology. They were able to show that the healing practice of acupuncture reduces stress and anxiety in those who receive it.

The human body secretes a cocktail of hormones into the bloodstream in reaction to stress, whether positive or negative. The researchers were then able to measure these same hormones in rats. They checked hormone levels secreted by the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, and the adrenal gland and also measured a peptide involved in the “fight or flight” responses.

Moreover, the researchers discovered that the acupuncture the rats received blocked “the chronic, stress-induced elevations of the HPA axis hormones and the sympathetic NPY pathway,”

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Isn’t this a great proof that acupuncture and its related treatments are perfect for anyone  dealing with chronic stress or health problems associated with anxiety? Consider attending a couple of acupuncture sessions today so you can experience its benefits first hand.

 

What Your Hands and Fingers Say About Your Health

Did you know that your hands can say a lot about your overall health? Certain diseases have signs and symptoms which manifest in fingers and hands. If you’re clueless about what your fingers’ and hands’ appearances are telling you, read the rest of this post for some insights.

Swollen fingers – Swollen fingers can be a sign of PMS or bloatness because of too much salt intake. They can also signal hypothyroidism. This is a condition where your thyroid gland is not producing the right amount of hormones that regulates metabolism and keeps your body functioning properly.

Red palms – Red palms are signs of  eczema – a chronic skin disorder that which worsens when you’re under a lot of stress. The extent of its irritation can be limited with the use of soapless cleansers and wearing of gloves when cleaning, gardening or doing other activities that involve your hands.

Pale nails – If your nails appear pale or white most of the time, you could be suffering from anemia or low iron. Iron deficiency can lead to fatigue or heart problems. To solve this, fill up on iron-rich food. Take vitamin C-rich food as well for they aid iron absorption.

Numb and blue fingertips  – These are symptoms of Raynaud’s disease, a temporary blood vessel spasm that constricts blood flow to the fingers. This disease is more common in women and this is typically triggered by cool temperatures or stress. If you’re a smoker and a coffee addict, cut them out your lifetyle because they both constrict blood vessels. Hit the gym regularly to keep your blood pumping.

Are you experiencing limited hand mobility? You might want to read the hand exercises and tips here: http://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/5-exercises-to-improve-hand-mobility-and-reduce-pain.

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Beat Lung Cancer with These Home Remedies

More often than not, the symptoms of lung cancer appear in its advanced stage. Therefore, you will definitely need to take medications and undergo treatments as soon as you’re diagnosed of the disease. Here are some home remedies which can help alleviate the production of cancer cells in your lungs. They won’t counter the positive benefits of the medications that you might be taking. So consider trying them.

Avoid worrying and stay relaxed. Yes, being diagnosed with this disease is definitely overwhelming and scary. You will have a hard time breathing properly if you don’t relax and think positively. Divert your attention and focus on getting soon by doing something you enjoy or something that can keep you calm like saying a prayer, gardening or watching a feel good movie.Do not worry

Stay nourished. It’s challenging to eat when you have lung cancer. This may be caused by the pain from the disease itself or the pain from its treatment. Nevertheless, don’t allow yourself to lose too much weight. Stay healthy by eating small meals often all through out the day.

Save your energy. Let go of the tasks that make you feel physically tired easily. Ask a family member or a friend to accomplish these responsibilities on your behalf. Make sure to stay rested until you’re strong enough to get back on track.

Have a body massage. A body massage can alleviate the body pains you’re experiencing. Ask a family member or friend to massage your hands and legs or rub your shoulders and back. Just remind them to avoid the areas where you may have visible tumors or deep vein thrombosis.

Anger Management: Saving Your Heart from Getting Hurt

Anger is a normal emotion which is usually caused by a few good reasons. While you can avoid getting angry for your health’s sake, you can always change the way you handle anger. Cardiologists worldwide agree that a destructive reaction to anger is the typical cause of heart attacks. Anger causes most people to fume, behave rashly and perform violent acts which they soon regret. Hence, expressing your anger appropriately can save from harming yourself and other people.

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Anger together with hostility, worry and extreme sadness is an emotion which fires up the “fight or flight” response of the body. In this situation, your heart  rate and breathing speed up because of the increased production of stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol. Simultaneously, your blood vessels tighten and your energy and blood pressure levels up. All these damage the artery wall especially when they occur quite regularly.

Unless you want to die early, here are some things you must observe when circumstances push you to be angry.

  1. Blaming those who caused the problem or the difficult situation you’re in wouldn’t solve anything.
  2. Would this issue matter months  or years from now? Should I be angry about it or should I just let it go?
  3. I will wait until tomorrow to check if this issue or person is worthy of my anger and emotions.
  4. Anger is and will never be an expression of care and love.

In Focus: Classical Music and Your Health

Music is powerful. It can move you from within and cause your eyes to well up with tears or push yourself to your limits. Since music – specifically classical music – can influence humans greatly, it has been used to treat different kinds of problems for many years now. Specialists call this music therapy.

Classical music helps you sort out your emotions and problems.  There are symphonies which will make you cry as soon as you hear their firs notes played. Crying provides a great way to release your unexpressed feelings and to experience healing. If you’re going through a lot and you don’t want to confide to anyone, listen to the masterpieces of Vivaldi or Debussy.

Classical music affects your breathing. Music in general can affect the speed of your heart beat. Certain classical pieces can slow down your breathing. This is a good thing especially when you’re hyperventilating or working on your anxiety or panic attacks.  Studies show that slow and meditative tempo has a relaxing effect that slows down your heart rate and clears your mind of negative thoughts.

Classical music can reduce blood pressure.  According to the American Society of Hypertension, researches show that listening to classical music, Celtic or reggae for about 30 minutes per day can lower your blood pressure. Dr. Peter Sleight at the University of Oxford, furthered explained that “music can alleviate stress, improve athletic performance, improve movement in neurologically impaired patients with stroke or Parkinson’s disease, and even boost milk production in cattle.”

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