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Archive | March, 2016

Ways to Speed Up Your Metabolism

Everyone wants to speed up their metabolism in some way, shape, or form. How does one achieve this seemingly far fetched goal, however? Well, there are steps people can take to accomplish this.

 

1.) Eat regularly! This does not mean large meals should be consumed all throughout the day. This means that one should have their three main meals, with two to three smaller meals (snacks) in between. This will keep the metabolism constantly going and not letting it venture into starvation mode.

2.) Drink more water. We have all heard this, however, it is true. Most individuals require a half gallon up to a gallon of water per day (depending on the size and health levels of people-it will vary) and this amount should be spread all throughout the day.

3.) Spicy foods help! If you can tolerate spices like curry, chili pepper, and other spicy ingredients, these aid in increasing one’s metabolic rate.

4.) COFFEE! For all of you coffee drinkers, coffee, in moderation, can help give your metabolism a quick boost. Just keep in mind that too much of anything can have negative side effects, so don’t overdo it.

5.) A morning workout. Some people love working out in the morning, and some despise it. Whichever type you are, it is beneficial to do at least a 10-15 minute exercise program to jump-start your brain, body, and organs. Plus, it will help wake you up and give you more energy throughout the day!

 

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The Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is great for the mind, body, and soul. Yoga is an amazing form of osteopathy; osteopathy defined by dictionary.com: A therapeutic system originally based upon the premise that manipulation of the muscles and bones to promote structural integrity could restore or preserve health; current osteopathic physicians use the diagnostic and therapeutic techniques of conventional medicine as well as manipulative measures.

What are some benefits from this exercise? Well, yoga can actually lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome when done effectively! Some other benefits of yoga, as well as hot yoga, are improved flexibility, weight loss/maintenance, greater cardiovascular endurance, improved respiratory function, higher energy levels, elevated mood, greater strength and muscle tone, creating a more balanced metabolism, and establishing a calmer sense of being.

Yoga can be done in the morning to help increase one’s energy, during the middle of the day to help re-center ones’ self, or at the end of the day to help someone achieve a greater night’s sleep. The option is really quite open, and it depends on the goal that one is wanting to achieve as to when this exercise is performed. However, hot yoga and yoga to burn fat should normally be done in the morning to afternoon time frame or else it would make it difficult to fall asleep if done at nighttime.

The Relationship Between Stress and Dementia

There is new research on the relationship of stress and dementia which was published in the January issue of Current Opinion of Psychiatry. Rothman Research Institute at Baycres Health Sciences recently conducted a study that found people who experienced chronic stress; including, anxiety, fear and stress were more precursors to dementia. When these psychiatric issues are only occasional and temporary, for example before an exam, they are not harmful. However, when these short-term reactions become chronic (long-term) they can have an impact on one’s health.

Chronic stress can cause a serious impact on your immune and cardiovascular system. Pathological anxiety and chronic stress are associated with increased risk of neuropsychiatric diseases, including depression and dementia. Current research has emphasized interventions such as exercise, mindfulness and cognitive behavior therapy will often help in reducing this type of stress.

There are numerous ways a person can get the right kind of exercise.  A person does not need to become a marathon runner, or super weight trainer to get adequate exercise for their brain health. Some of the best types of exercise is walking and swimming. You do not need to know how to swim as many local gyms have water aerobics where the person who does not swim is supported by a belt that keeps the person afloat. If a person is not able to walk there are numerous exercises one can do from a chair or bed. Check with your local adult activity center to find the right exercise class for you.Stress and depression

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