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How Does Tai Chi Help You to Become Fit and Healthy?

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art form that is practiced both for defense and health benefits. This art form is suited for persons who are physically very active as well as to those who are confined to their wheel hairs.
Before we proceed to the health benefits we will discuss the basic belief systems of Tai Chi. They believe that Qi is an energy force which flows through the body and Tai Chi encourages proper flow of this energy. The other belief system is that Yin and Yang are opposing elements thought to makeup the universe, and Tai Chi promotes its balance.
Now moving on to the health benefits Tai Chi increases muscle strength. It strengthens lower and upper extremities and also the core muscles of back and abdomen. Tai Chi increases the flexibility, improves balance and increases aerobic fitness of the body.
Tai Chi is good for medical conditions such as arthritis because it reduces pain and improves mood and physical function. It is effective to maintain bone density in post menopau…

Health Benefits of Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is edible oil pressed from the fruit of avocado. It can be compared to olive oil in many ways so much so some researchers have started saying that avocado oil is the “olive oil of Americas”. It has a fat composition similar to that of olive oil.  It can be used in the culinary preparations in the same way as we use olive oil.
Like olive oil the avocado oil is also pressed from the fleshy pulp surrounding the avocado pit. Avocado oil works wonders for your skin. It is high in sterolins which reduces age spots, heals sun damage and scars. Avocado oil gently softens the skin and moisturizes it. It helps in regeneration and rejuvenation of skin.
Avocado oil is very rich in monounsaturated oleic acid. Oleic acid reduces the level of low density lipoproteins and triglycerides in the blood which leads to plaque formation and blood vessel blockage. Avocado oil increases HDL’s which protects the heart from cardiovascular disease.
Avocado oil contains omega 3 fatty acids and omega 9 f…

Be Warned! About The Risks of Being Overweight

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This post is a wake-up call to all those nice people out there who are not worried about being overweight and that include me too. Overweight means having more body fat than what is normally considered healthy.
For the normal functioning of the hormonal, reproductive and immune system as well as thermal insulation and shock absorption for the sensitive body parts the body requires minimum amount of fat. Now health professionals use the term BMI to find out whether you are on the healthy side of weight range.
BMI is expanded as body mass index. It is a simple index of weight for height. It is defined as a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of his height in meters.
If your BMI is greater than or equal to 25 you are in the overweight category. If your BMI is greater or equal to 30 then you are in the obese category. Being overweight can pose a host of health risk…

Why Should You Include Dietary Fiber in Your Diet?

Fiber intake is essential for optimal health. A recent study has found that increasing dietary fiber improves health. So what is this fuss all about?
Dietary fiber is the portion of plant food which cannot be digested. It can be grouped as soluble and insoluble fiber. The soluble fiber gets fermented in the colon. The insoluble fiber absorbs water and helps in easy defecation.
There are plenty of health benefits from the fiber. A high fiber diet normalizes bowl movements, lowers blood cholesterol, helps control blood sugar levels and helps in weight loss. In other words it relieves constipation, lowers the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
When there is not enough fiber in the diet the stool becomes dry and hard and the colon requires assistance to push the stools forward. The abdominal muscles begin to contribute force which results in straining of these muscles. Now do you know what happens next? It leads to the development of hernias, varicose veins, hiatus hernia, hemorrhoids, fiss…

Importance of Nutrition and Play For Children With ADHD

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Inattentiveness, over activity and impulsivity or a combination of these symptoms may be termed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is the most common childhood disorder which is more prevalent in boys than girls.
Right nutrition plays an important role in improving the symptoms of ADHD. According to Dr. Frank Lawlis right foods maximize concentration, learning capacity and self control and poor nutritional choices exacerbate symptoms of ADD.
It will be in the best interest of the child to avoid foods with artificial colors and preservatives, processed milk and milk products, sugary products and MSG. Brain researcher and ADHD expert Daniel Amen advises to include foods such as beans, cheese, eggs, meat, vegetables and nuts.
Foods that contain omega 3 fatty acids such as tuna, salmon, cold water fish, walnuts, Brazil nuts, olive oil and canola oil are considered good for children with ADHD. Eve…

Why is Kale and Quinoa Considered to be Very Healthy?

I was recently reading some articles which said kale and quinoa have become very famous among health enthusiasts. In this post we shall see the health benefits of kale and quinoa.
Kale It is a form of cabbage mostly closer to the wild variety. Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamins K and C, lutein and zeaxanthin. It is also rich in calcium. Kale contains sulforaphane a substance which has anticancer properties. You should never boil kale as boiling may destroy this substance. It is better to steam it for maximum nutrition and flavor.
Kale contains indole-3 carbinol which boosts DNA repair in cells and blocks the growth of cancer cells. Kale is very effective against the cancer of bladder, ovary, breast and colon and prostate. It also helps in body’s detoxification system. It helps to reduce oxidative stress.
Quinoa It is a grain like crop grown mainly for its edible seeds. Quinoa has very high nutritional value. It has very high amount of protein. It is a good source of dietary fiber…

How To Have Healthy and Beautiful Hair?

Hair is your crowning glory. Healthy hair indicates health and youth. According to Wikipedia hair is a filamentous biomaterialthat grows from follicles. Hair growth occurs in three phases. Do you know the benefit of hair apart from its beauty? It regulates body temperature and keeps the head warm.
Now the first step to a healthy and beautiful hair is to exercise. Exercise stimulates blood circulation. This nutrient rich blood nourishes the follicles and promotes hair growth. Stress results in hair fall on the other hand exercise reduce stress and helps in hair growth.
The next step is to have a well balanced diet. This promotes hair growth. Now let me tell you a secret vitamin B3 is said to be the backbone of hair growth process. You can obtain it from liver, chicken, beef, fish, legumes avocados and carrots. The top foods which help to have lustrous, bouncy hair includes salmon, dark green vegetables, beans, nuts, poultry, egg, whole grains and low fat dairy products.
The final step inc…

Health Benefits Of Elderberries

Elderberries occur in Australasia and South America. They grow in clusters of small black, blue or red berries. These berries were used in European folk medicine. Hippocrates called these elder berries as “medicine chest.”
Elderberries are good for eyes, cough, colds, flu and bacterial and viral infections. In the year 1995 elderberry juice was used to treat flu epidemic in panama.
Research proves that elderberries are concentrated sources of anthocyanins. The anthocyanins enrich immunity by boosting production of cytokines. These cytokines are proteins which help regulate immune response.
The elderberry extract reduces oxidation of LDL cholesterol. The oxidation process leads to cardiovascular diseases. Studies have proved that elderberries help in weight loss, improve blood pressure and have a positive effect on the physical and emotional state of the people.
It is beneficial if you take about 10 ounces of elderberry juice per day. Too much of anything is bad larger doses will cause di…

Can Engineered Stem Cells Kill HIV Cells ?

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What is HIV all about? Human immunodeficiency virus is a condition which causes progressive failure of immune system and allows dangerous infections and cancers to prosper. Infection with HIV is caused by transfer of blood, semen, vaginal fluids and breast milk. The major routes of transmission include unsafe sex, contaminated needles, breast milk and from an infected mother to child.

The latest story about this topic is that scientist at ULCA have proved that engineered stem cells can really attack HIV infected cells in a living organism. In a previous study researchers found that killer T cells contain T cell receptors which help the killer cells to identify and kill the HIV infected cells. But the sad part was that their numbers were not sufficient to clear the virus from the body.

But the present s…

How To Have Healthy And Beautiful Nails?

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Healthy neatly groomed nails are an asset both in the professional and social world. Proper nutrition plays an important role to obtain healthy and beautiful nails.
Milk, dairy products, lean meat, fish, chicken; organ meats such as liver and kidney are good for healthy nails. Legumes, green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits can do wonders for your nail. Drink plenty of water to have beautiful nails.
These tips will be very handy to achieve your goal. You should never cut or manipulate cuticles. Moisturize your nails and take biotin supplements it will increase nail thickness. Limit professional manicures because the harsh chemicals may result in dry and brittle nails.
Avoid acetone based polish removers and rough emery boards and limit contact with cleaning chemicals. Nail extensions may lead to bacterial and fungal infections. A nail compound called methyl metha crylate can cause high allerg…

How To Optimize Your Biological Clock?

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Biological clock may refer to circadian rhythm, age andfemale infertility. In this blog post, I will be discussing the ways to optimize each of these. Let us first talk about biological rhythms.
Circadian rhythm It is better if you have the habit of eating at the same times of the day. This practice will optimize your hormonal outputs. In the same way, if you maintain a consistent exercise schedule it leads to better circadian control.
Exerting your mind helps you to sleep well. To optimize your circadian rhythms ensure you get enough light. If your circadian rhythm is maintained properly, it will increase fat loss, immunity, and mood.
Age Aging is a natural process. But with proper lifestyle changes, we can certainly experience a more graceful aging process. A good diet practice keeps you young naturally.
Reduce refined carbohydrates, saturated fats, and trans-fats in your diet. On the othe…

Health Benefits of Resveratrol

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Resveratrol occurs naturally in red wine, red grape juice, peanuts, and mulberries and also in some Chinese herbs. Wikipedia says resveratrol is produced naturally in several plants when under attack by pathogens, bacteria and fungi.

Resveratrol is rich in antioxidants which protect the body against cancer and heart diseases. It is highly acclaimed in health circles because research studies have found that it has anti aging and anti obesity properties. It boosts the health of the body by keeping the heart young.

Health benefits of resveratrol  

Resveratrol reduces inflammation and prevents the oxidation of bad cholesterol and prevents formation of clots which lead to heart attack. It limits the spread of cancer and triggers the process of cancer cell death.

It protects against Alzheimer's disease by protecting nerve cells from damage and b…

How To Grow Tall Naturally?

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As parents we wish our kids will grow into happy, healthy, successful and well rounded individuals. The growing years are very important in a child’s life. Being tall has been associated with larger pay checks, increased self confidence and also higher intelligence.
And so here are excellent ways to increase height naturally. First of all a well balanced diet is essential to increase the production of growth hormone. Foods such as milk, eggs, chicken and soy beans, oat meals, skimmed milk, and coral calcium helps to increase your height.
Instead of having three large meals per day, have smaller meals consisting of unprocessed and whole foods. This practice will help you to grow taller.
The second step to increase growth hormone production is to get plenty of rest. The pituitary glands secrete high levels of growth hormone during the first few hours of sleep. Sleep refreshes your mind and body an…

How To Manage Neurodegenerative Diseases With Diet?

Neurodegenerative disease is a serious and life threatening condition. This disease worsens balance, movement, talking, breathing and heart function. When I was a kid I heard a preacher say “sometimes we cannot question God” I feel one such question is this.
The various types of degenerative nerve diseases or neurodegenerative diseases are Alzheimer’s disease, spinal muscular atrophy, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and Lewy body disease.
Foods that are generally good for these kinds of conditions are those that are rich in antioxidants and those which contain anti-inflammatory properties.
Foods that are rich in antioxidants reduce nerve damage by preventing free radical attack, environmental toxins and illnesses. Foods that are rich in anti-inflammatory properties reduce the inflammation of the nerves and relieve pain associated with it.
These foods the ones that has anti-inflammatory properties helps promote brain health, rebuilds muscle and tissue cells in the body. They pre…

How To Prevent Bad Breath?

Bad breath or halitosis is a serious problem affecting the way we live. People who have had bad experience with halitosis develop a kind of fear which may be termed as hilatophobia.
In this post let us discuss the causes of bad breath and the ways to prevent them. Improper brushing and flossing favors bacterial growth between the teeth, gums and tongue and this may cause bad breath. Even some foods such as onion and garlic cause bad breath.
Bad breath may also be due to plaque build up on teeth, improper dental fixtures and yeast infections in mouth and tooth decay. A condition known as dry mouth and stomach ulcer bug can also result in bad breath. Pneumonia, sinus infection, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, liver and kidney problems may also cause bad breath.
In order to prevent bad breath brush and floss twice a day. Pay a regular visit to your dentist. Drink plenty of water. Sugar free chewing gum helps to keep your teeth in top shape. Stop the habit of smoking and quit chewing tobacc…