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20 Tips to Tame Your Stress

Posted by sandhyaravii on May 27, 2012

Stress hits us all in life, and while a little stress is good — it keeps us focused and motivated — too much of it and it can grind our lives to a complete halt. When you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed-out, you may become paralyzed and unable to do much of anything.

Just as bad are unhealthy coping methods to deal with stress. Turning to food, alcohol or drugs often just turns one set of problems into another that can balloon out of control. It’s better to avoid those unhealthy coping mechanisms from the start, and find good ways to keep your stress under control.

There are many ways to tame your stress and keep it at bay. Here are 20 tips to tame your stress today, and keep the stress monsters at bay.

  1. Perform diaphragmatic or “deep breathing” exercises.
  2. Lie face down on the floor and begin breathing deeply and slowly, with your hands resting under your face. Do this for five minutes.
  3. Sit in a reclining chair. Put a hand on your abdomen and a hand on your chest. As you breathe, make sure the hand on your abdomen is moving up and down rather than one on your chest. If the hand on your abdomen is moving you are breathing deeply and slowly.
  4. Try progressive muscle relaxation  or “deep muscle” relaxation. Progressively tense and relax each muscle group in your body. Learn the difference between muscle tension and relaxation.
  5. Meditate. Use visualization or guided imagery to help you learn to be one with your thoughts. Sit quietly with your eyes closed, imagining the sights, sounds and smells of your favorite place, such as a beach or mountain retreat.
  6. Exercise regularly or take up yoga.
  7. Consult a psychologist about the use of biofeedback.
  8. Make time for music, art or other hobbies that help relax and distract you.
  9. Learn to identify and monitor stressors. Come up with an organized plan for handling stressful situations. Be careful not to overgeneralize negative reactions to things.
  10. Make a list of the important things you need to handle each day. Try to follow the list so you feel organized and on top of things. Put together a coping plan step by step so you have a sense of mastery.
  11. Keep an eye on things that might suggest you’re not coping well. For example, are you smoking or drinking more, or sleeping less?
  12. Keep a list of the large and little hassles in your day versus the major stressful events in your life. This helps you focus on the fact that you’re keeping track of and managing those as well as you can.
  13. Set aside a time every day to work on relaxation.
  14. Avoid using caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, junk food, binge eating and other drugs as your primary means for coping with stress. While they can be helpful once in awhile, using them as your only or usual method will result in longer-term problems, such as weight problems or alcoholism.
  15. Learn to just say, “No” occasionally. It won’t hurt other people’s feelings as much as you think and is simply a method to be more assertive in your own life, to better help you meet your own needs.
  16. Get the right amount of sleep. For most people, this is seven to nine hours a night.
  17. Cultivate a sense of humor; laugh.
  18. Research has shown that having a close, confiding relationship protects you from many stresses.
  19. Don’t run from your problems! This only makes them worse.
  20. Talk to your family and friends. See if they can help.

If these tips don’t help, or you’ve tried a lot of them with little luck in better taming the stress in your life, it may be time to consider taking it up a notch. A mental health professional — such as a psychologist — can help teach you more effective methods for handling stress in a healthy way in your life. Such psychotherapy is short-term and time-limited, with a focus on helping you better deal with stress.

Remember — we do have control over the stress and choices we make in our lives. It sometimes takes a little practice and effort to put some of these techniques into play in your life. But once you do so, you may be pleasantly surprised at the positive benefits you’ll receive.

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Why is green tea so healthy?

Posted by sandhyaravii on May 27, 2012

  • Green tea helps burn fat
    It can help speed up the metabolic rate because its antioxidant effect helps the liver to function more efficiently.

A recent U.S. study of overweight men found that, with no other changes to their diet or exercise regimes, drinking green tea three times a day burned up 200 extra calories a day. The green tea drinkers also found that their energy levels were greatly increased.

  • Green tea protects against heart disease
    It has been shown to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, because its potent antioxidant effects inhibit the oxidation of LDL cholesterol in the arteries.

The formation of abnormal blood clots (thrombosis) is the leading cause of heart attack and stroke, and green tea has been shown to inhibit abnormal blood clot formation as effectively as aspirin.

 

  • Green tea can help lower blood pressure
    A major cause of hypertension (high blood pressure) is an enzyme secreted by the kidneys called angiotension- converting enzyme (ACE).

Popular drugs for hypertension act as ACE inhibitors: by blocking the effects of ACE, blood pressure is reduced. Green tea is a natural ACE inhibitor, and several medical studies show lowered blood pressure in animals and humans given green tea extracts.

  • Green tea can help protect against diabetes
    When starch is consumed, it requires the enzyme amylase to break it down into simple sugars that can be absorbed in the bloodstream.

Green tea polyphenols inhibit amylase, and so can help lower blood sugar levels. High blood levels of glucose and insulin predispose people to diabetes.

  • Green tea can help prevent food poisoning
    As it can kill bacteria, drinking green tea with meals may reduce the risk of bacterial food poisoning.

It prevents the growth of dangerous intestinal bacterial strains such as clostridia and E. coli and promotes the growth of friendly bifidobacteria.

  • Green tea can prevent bad breath
    Drinking green tea – which is a natural anti-bacterial agent – with food may help kill the oral bacteria that cause cavities and bad breath.

 

  • Green tea guards against hepatitis
    Viral hepatitis is often triggered by high levels of iron in the liver. Green tea lowers iron levels throughout the body, so may have a direct anti-viral effect against certain strains of hepatitis.

 

  • Green tea can protect against cancer
    There is growing evidence to suggest that green tea contains compounds that fight cancer. The tea contains a compound called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which helps inhibit blood vessel growth.
  • Green tea can help prevent arthritis
    A recent study found that antioxidants in green tea may prevent or reduce the severity of symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

Antioxidants in the tea inhibit the Cox-2 gene that triggers inflammation, working in much the same way as anti-inflammatory drugs.

 

  • Green tea improves your immunity
    Gargling with green tea boosts immunity to influenza and flu, according to a study in Japan.

Research at Harvard University also indicated that green tea chemicals stimulated gammadelta T-cells, which bolster immunity against bacteria and viruses.

 

  • Green tea can protect against Alzheimer’s disease
    A recent two-year study of a group of people aged 80 and over found that 96 per cent of those who drank ten cups of green tea a day showed no signs of cognitive impairment, compared to only 12 per cent who didn’t drink green tea.

 

  • Green tea can help fight allergies
    Researchers in Japan have identified a compound in green tea that, in laboratory tests, blocks a key cell receptor involved in producing an allergic response.

The compound, methylated epigallocatechin gallate, works by blocking the production of histamine and immunoglobulin E, two compounds in the body that are chiefly involved in triggering and sustaining allergic reactions.

 

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Foods Which Help In Weight Loss

Posted by sandhyaravii on May 25, 2012

Flax Seeds

This wonder food contains omega-3 essential fatty acid, lignans, and fibers, which are essential to clean the body system, through the cleansing of harmful lipids. This, in turn, removes bad fats from the body and helps you lose weight. Flax seeds can also help increase the body’s metabolism, thus making weight loss easier. However, the body cannot digest the particular food item in seed form; you need to incorporate grounded flax seeds in your diet.

Green Tea

Studies show that green tea has much more powerful antioxidants than vitamin C and more than twenty times antioxidants, as compared to vitamin E. Having a cup of green tea every morning will help increase your body’s metabolism. It will also reduce the craving for food. In short, a cup of green tea is full of magical properties that aid weight loss.

Apples

“An apple a day keeps the fat away.” This is the new adage doing the rounds today. Apples contain pectin, which can assist weight loss. The fruit is low in calories and fat, while being high in fibers, which means that it helps fill the stomach quickly. In short, regular consumption of apples increases vitality; helps burn extra fat and speeds up the weight loss process.

Soybeans

Soybeans are helpful in reducing hunger cravings and increasing energy levels. Because they are digested as well as absorbed by the body slowly, they tend to fill the stomach more rapidly. They comprise of a complete protein and very low carb food. Incorporating soybeans in your diet will help you lose weight efficiently.

Oats And Barley

These whole grains are loaded with fibers, which give you energy and enhance the metabolism. In addition, they give a filling deception to the stomach, thus urging you to eat less. The best way to incorporate oats and barley in your diet is to include them in your breakfast, as it is the most important meal of the day.

Grapefruits

Grapefruits are low in calories and sodium, but high in fat burning enzymes. Thus, they support the body in losing extra weight. A grapefruit has high water content and helps flush out the toxins. It also helps increase your body’s metabolism.

Walnuts & Apricots

Walnuts and apricots are high in omega-3 fatty acid and regarded as super metabolic food items too. Therefore, you should integrate moderate amount of walnuts and apricots in your diet, along with regular exercise, to lose weight quickly.

Bananas

Bananas are among the best fruits, when it comes to losing weight. They are low in calories, high in water content, and full of nutrients, which can help you lose weight. The fruit is easily available, cheap and can be consumed in various forms. You can have a banana split, smoothie, or simply consume it by peeling is outer cover.

Broccoli

Low in calories and full of nutrients, broccoli is one of the must-haves for any dieter. Toss it in your salad or cook it – whatever way you choose, it will surely help you in losing the extra fat. Broccoli will also help in cleansing the body and getting rid of constipation. In short, it will help you gain an overall healthy body.

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Fitness

Posted by sandhyaravii on May 25, 2012

Exercise and Fitness

Simple fitness exercises can help to have a fitter and healthy life. Stretching exercises can help in many ways in mainting a fitter body.Weight Loss can be achieved by following simple effortless regular exercises. Medical breakthroughs can happen by regular meditation and exercising. Yoga and other workouts which can be performed easily are available in this website to keep you fit and healthy.

Health and Fitness can make all that difference in one’s life. Healthy living is all that one needs, and to achieve that we picked up the best of the articles from reliable sources and have presented here in an organized manner. You might not be able to spend your valuable time on complicated medications and diet controls, but, you can find articles to help you have a better living using simple and easy technics.

Ayurveda, a science in vogue practiced since centuries, uses a wide variety of plants, animal origin substances, mineral and metallic substances to rebalance the diseased condition in the sick. A few tips on simple treatment of life style diseases have been carefully picked for the visitors of this website. These tips can help reduce or control diseases like diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, etc.

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