Inspiration of the Day: Life – Carpe Diem

January 23, 2014 Inspiration

Life - Carpe diem

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” (John Lennon)

 

 

 

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Inspiration of the Day: Yes, We Can

January 22, 2014 Inspiration

capable

“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” (Thomas A. Edison)

 

 

 

 

 

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Inspiration of the Day: Dreams

January 20, 2014 Inspiration

Sunset

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” (C.S. Lewis)

 

 

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Fertility Foods

January 5, 2014 Nutrition

pregnancyThere are many studies which have shown that nutrition can have an impact on ovulation and a healthy pregnancy. Depending on the foods we choose – the so-called fertility foods – they can protect the egg and sperm from free radicals and give the baby the nutrients he needs for a healthy start. Or, on the contrary, they can harm fertility.

It seems that the food we eat today can impact the health of the egg/sperm within the next 90 days and that many of the anovulation cases can be solved by making changes in the diet. According to a Harvard research, women who made changes in at least five lifestyle factors, including their diet, reduced the risk of infertility caused by ovulatory disorders by more than 80 percent...

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Colon Cleansing – Necessary or Not?

November 3, 2013 Lifestyle

colon cleansingColon cleansing, colon hydrotherapy or colonic irrigation refer to the same procedure: cleansing of the colon with water. This procedure dates way back, but only lately it has been developed so that no discomfort or unpleasant smells are involved. The water is inserted through a tube into the rectum. It is performed by colon hydrotherapists using a special machine which flushes the water inside. The water is then released through bowel movement and the procedure could be repeated. Water could also be combined with herbs, probiotics or coffee.

How it could help

Proponents of colon cleansing consider that the colon accumulates toxins that it cannot eliminated naturally...

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Properties of Himalayan Salt

October 16, 2013 Nutrition

Himalayan saltAt first glance we might be tricked into thinking that salt is just salt, so it’s all the same. But this isn’t actually true. Besides the salt that we usually find in hypermarkets, which contains chemical substances, there is one kind of salt with special properties: Himalayan salt. It is considered the purest salt in the world, being extracted from the Himalayan mountains in Pakistan, without any mechanical devices.

Common salt is very poor in minerals. It contains mostly sodium chloride, iodine and even sugar. Being processed at very high temperatures, it becomes a salt that the body sees as an invader – the sodium chloride. According to some studies, the body wastes a lot of cellular water trying to neutralize the sodium chloride in table salt...

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Natural Remedies for Oral Herpes

October 6, 2013 Natural remedies

oral herpesHerpes Simplex Virus (HSV) infections usually affect the mouth and lips (oral herpes or HSV-1), causing painful blisters filled with fluid, cold sores, burning around the mouth and sometimes fever. The mouth can swell and the blisters look bad enough to ruin the day and the following few days. Not to mention how uncomfortable a herpes infection could be before a special event like a party or other special occasions.

Besides the antiviral medication used to treat oral herpes, there are also natural remedies that have been effective in limiting its nasty effects. In Oriental medicine herpes is called “heat lesion” or “burning-fire lesion” and treatment focuses on clearing the wind-heat and detoxifying the heat-toxins...

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Watermelon – Refreshing and Healthy

September 10, 2013 Nutrition

watermelonWatermelons are delicious and refreshing. On top of that, there are more and more studies showing that they are also very healthy.

The red color of watermelons is given by lycopene, the same component responsible for the red color of tomatoes. They are also rich in beta carotene, vitamin A and C. Both lycopene and beta carotene are associated with lower risk of cancer, probably because they boost the antioxidant levels. Moreover, research published in the American Journal of Nutrition showed that higher intake of lycopene in men reduces the risk of prostate cancer.

According to the same source, a 6 weeks treatment with watermelon extract in obese subjects helped reduce their blood pressure...

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How to Remove Pesticides from Fruits and Vegetables

August 26, 2013 Lifestyle

remove pesticidesEating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables is a healthy habit, but what about all the pesticides they could contain? And they are likely to contain a lot of pesticides, unless they are organically grown.

Strawberries, cherries, peaches, apples, greens, peppers are considered the products with the highest levels if pesticides. On the other hand, fruits and vegetables like bananas, cauliflower, broccoli, avocados, watermelon or pineapple usually keep less pesticide residue.

The good news is that we can remove pesticides from fruits and vegetables – at least a great deal of them.

Water or water and soap?

The simplest way to remove pesticides is by washing fruits and veggies throughly. You can also add some soap or detergent in the water...

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Why We Should Laugh More

August 19, 2013 Mental balance

laughLaugh and make others laugh! This is one of the unwritten rules that strengthen our social and personal relationships. Whether we realize it or not, we are more comfortable around the people we can connect up to and a good laugh is a great way to connect.

There are a few studies – not very extensive, though – which showed a multitude of other benefits that laughter has on us. From decreasing stress, to protecting the heart and managing pain, these are only a few of its benefits on our body.

Psychological benefits

Healthy Relationships

The quality of our relationships keeps us mentally balanced. Our friends, our family, our partner help us meet the challenges of life. Neuroscients Robert Provine, PhD, quoted by Psychology Today studied laughter which occurred spontaneously in everyday...

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