A Healthy Diet Menu

If you are trying to lead a healthier lifestyle and get rid of toxins in your system, creating and following a healthy diet menu is critical to your success. There are many foods that are going to make you a healthier person in general, and if you follow the proper dietary guidelines, it may also result in weight loss, a finer body composition, and overall better health, which is your ultimate goal. So, considering the foods you are currently eating, and considering the small changes that have to be made to your dietary plan, is the initial step in creating a healthy diet menu, and in creating a meal plan that you are going to be able to sustain for an extended period of time, rather than simply thinking about it as a diet.

Some things that will make a healthier eating style includes:

– cutting out processed foods

– lowering intake of carbs, and considering whole grains as opposed to white

– eating a higher protein diet (poultry, lean meat, fish, etc.)

– including health supplements (multivitamins, protein shakes, etc.)

– eating healthier fats, as opposed to saturated fats, and fried foods

Although these changes may seem simple, many people will find that they are currently not doing these things, and that by simply cutting back on certain foods, or making small changes to meals that are cooked (olive oil instead of canola), they are going to be transforming their current eating style to a healthy diet menu.

One of the main things to consider when trying to lead a healthier lifestyle, and trying to maintain certain standards for your healthy diet menu, is to choose foods that you enjoy, and making a meal plan you are going to be able to follow through with. One of the most common reasons people fail when trying to eat healthier foods is that they consider it a diet; instead of doing this, considering the new healthy diet menu a lifestyle change, will make the body and mind realize that you are doing this forever, as opposed to doing it for a month or two to lose a few pounds. So, by simply changing your mentality, and the way you look at the foods you are going to be eating on a day to day basis, you will find that it is much easier to sustain the changes, and to make the healthy food and lifestyle changes that have to be made, in order to transfer to the healthy lifestyle.

Regardless of the goals you have set in mind, there are many great benefits to following a healthy diet menu. From losing weight, to seeing cholesterol levels go down, to feeling more energy on a daily basis. Each of these things is going to come along with the lifestyle change, and you are going to notice almost immediately that you are not as tired or lazy, and that you have much more energy during the course of the day, when you are following a healthier meal plan.

There is more free information as well as a free E-book to help making better choices.

Yoga Therapy And Preventative Health

Yoga therapy has been sitting by quietly, while the mainstream population has begun to “try Yoga,” but that may soon change. With the world’s governments and financial markets struggling along, there will be many changes in the near future. The world’s governments will have to consider the massive cost of national defense, retirement programs, education, healthcare, energy, education, and preventative health.

At this time, prevention in healthcare is a “field of dreams.” As we know, some medical conditions are inherent within our specific genetic pool. However, there are many ailments, diseases, and conditions, which are preventable.

This is where healing modalities such as, Yoga therapy can become cost-effective alternatives to an over burdened medical system. Below is a question and answer session about the need for Yoga as a recognized form of therapy.

Q: What is Yoga Therapy?

A: Most of today’s Yoga therapy can be traced back to Sri Swami Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who trained his share of modern masters, including his son T.K.V. Desikachar (Viniyoga) and B.K.S. Iyengar (Iyengar Yoga).

Yoga has therapeutic value and can be modified for any person. This is not the same form of Yoga movement seen in most health clubs. Yoga therapy involves teaching customized techniques, to one individual, based upon his or her specific needs.

This may encompass postures, specific breathing, meditation, and a large variety of Yogic techniques. The Yoga therapist’s primary objective is to treat the whole person. Complete physical health cannot be separated from emotional and mental health.

In fact, spiritual health also plays an important factor in recovery. We know that the power of prayer, mantra, and positive affirmation, will enable a person to heal faster. There is much conflict over which specific religion a person practices. Yet, this is a private decision and, as such, should be left to the individual.

Q: Why should Yoga teachers be concerned with Yoga therapy?

A: Some teachers are content teaching athletic forms of Yoga. This is a wonderful thing, but as we, and our students, grow older, teachers become aware of a variety of ailments. Constant pain creates a need for relief, because you can think of nothing else.

If you have a migraine, or back pain, can you think of much else? The mind is totally focused on pain. Hence, there is a need for inner calm and pain relief, which therapeutic Yoga can give.

Q: What is Yoga Therapy’s future role in alternative health?

A: Yoga is the source of many different healing modalities. As I have stated many times, “Yoga is the mother of all health maintenance systems.” Contemporary medicine and Yoga therapy have plenty of space together on the path to heal humanity.

There is no shortage of people who are in pain. Yoga is a cost-effective form of therapy. Together, medicine and Yoga can effectively help people who are suffering from a variety of ailments.

Science Update Stem Cells and Cardiovascular Health

Thanks to a growing body of research, scientists are now recognizing that having more stem cells in ones bloodstream could be one of the greatest strategies for optimal health. For example, a number of recent studies have shown that a greater number of circulating stem cells equated to greater cardiovascular health.

Lets look at some of these studies in a little more detail so you can grasp the potential benefits of supporting your bodys natural release of stem cells into the bloodstream

In 2001, Vasa et al reported that compared to healthy individuals, people with cardiovascular problems had fewer endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) in their bloodstream. EPCs are a type of stem cells responsible for the development of new blood vessels. The study also demonstrated that the EPCs isolated from people with cardiovascular problems showed less ability to migrate in tissues. The Vasa group also reported that smokers had fewer EPCs in their blood.

In 2004 Schmidt-Lucke et al measured the number of EPCs in the bloodstream of 120 individuals (43 controls and 77 individuals at risk for cardiovascular problems) and observed these individuals for ten months. At the end of this time, the authors reported that a reduced number of circulating EPCs was linked to a poor cardiovascular health prognosis.

The next year, in a similar but more extensive study, Werner et al measured the number of EPCs in the bloodstream of 19 individuals, and observed these individuals for one year. Overall, the people with more circulating EPCs experienced fewer cardiovascular problems and, conversely, the people who had fewer EPCs in their blood showed increased incidences of cardiovascular events.

Thanks to recent studies, scientists now understand why greater numbers of stem cells in the bloodstream equate to better cardiovascular health. In essence, when a tissue has poor blood circulation, it lacks oxygen. And when a tissue lacks oxygen, it releases compounds that accomplish two specific tasks: 1) attraction of EPCs into the tissue, and 2) conversion of EPCs into capillary cells. Therefore, whenever a tissue is lacking oxygen, a process is triggered whereby circulating stem cells migrate to the tissue and contribute to the development of new capillaries. This leads to greater delivery of oxygen and nutrients, thereby helping the tissue maintain better health.

When we understand that poor oxygen and insufficient nutrient delivery to organs and tissues are two of the most common underlying causes for a wide variety of health problems, it is clear that increasing the number of circulating stem cells becomes one of the most valuable strategies for maintaining optimal health.

Disclaimer: This article is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and any products mentioned, while supported by science, are not intended to diagnose, mitigate or treat any disease or illness.

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Why Vegetarians Are Less Healthy

Roughly, about 6% of the world’s population is vegetarian, a trend that is growing. Yet study after study shows that vegetarians are less healthy than their non-vegetarians peers. Why is this so? Surely a diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables should make you healthier, not less healthy, so what’s going on?

In the light of extraordinary new research it is becoming apparent that most vegetarians are in fact less healthy than their non-vegetarian peers. By “peers” I mean people of a similar socio-economic and cultural background. Any valid comparison between vegetarians and non-vegetarians must compare apples with apples. For example, any study that compared an affluent health-conscious vegetarian from California with an impoverished meat eater from the slums of Calcutta is not likely to be meaningful.

Recent studies are clearly showing that compared to their non-vegetarians peers, vegetarians are more at risk of diseases such as infertility, cancer, heart disease, eating disorders, mental disease, and obesity.

Several studies have compared health-conscious vegetarians with health-conscious non-vegetarians from the same demographic (the same socio-economic, health-conscious cohort). In other words, scientists have compared vegetarians and non-vegetarians from similar backgrounds so as to validate the results and they have come up with some surprising conclusions.

For example, in a study of 76,000 people conducted over many years data from five studies were pooled into a very large collaborative analysis of mortality in vegetarians and non-vegetarians (Appleby PN, Key TJ, Thorogood M, Burr ML, Mann J. Mortality in British vegetarians. Public Health Nutr. 2002 Feb;5(1):29-36).

The Appleby Study compared vegetarians and non-vegetarians, adjusted for age, sex and smoking. The results for all-cause mortality showed no significant difference between vegetarians and their non-vegetarian peers. Many studies have shown that vegetarians live longer than the population at large, but the Appleby Study showed that this is not the case when you compare people within the same demographic. The study concluded that ‘Overall mortality was the same between vegetarians and non-vegetarians. But vegetarians had 2.2 times the death rate from mental and neurological diseases as non-vegetarians.’

Several studies have compared vegetarians and non-vegetarians within the same demographic and the research is clearly showing that vegetarians are at greater risk of heart disease, cancer, infertility and other diseases. As most studies have compared vegetarians with the population at large, this is not widely known; such studies provide a false picture because the population at large is not particularly health-conscious.

This begs the question: does this mean that eating animal products is good for health? The research on the whole says NO. So if vegetarians are less healthy than their non-vegetarian peers, what is the reason? Why is it that vegetarians are less healthy than their non-vegetarians peers in the same demographic? This is the vegetarian paradox.

Science and Health Scientist Addresses Cancer Concerns Related to Atrazine

Elizabeth Whelan, President of the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) posted a great entry on ACSHs Health Facts and Fears blog on the growing attempts by activist groups to convince the EPA to ban atrazine due to cancer claims and other health concerns.

Atrazine is one of the most widely used herbicides in the world. It helps farmers fight weeds on corn, sugar cane and other crops, leading to dramatic increases in crop yields. Without it, our food supply would be in jeopardy. Activists want the public to believe that atrazine causes cancer and birth defects, but its simply not true. Whelan writes:

“Atrazines health and safety record is stellar. The Safe Drinking Water Act requires monitoring for a multitude of chemicals, including atrazine. Levels of atrazine in U.S. waters are well within the federal lifetime drinking water standard  a level containing a 1,000-fold safety buffer. The Environmental Protection Agency in 2006 completed a 12-year review involving 60,000 different studies and concluded that the current use of atrazine poses “no harm” to the general population  infants, children and adults. According to this same regulatory agency (which oversees pesticide use) atrazine is “one of the most closely examined pesticides in the marketplace.”

Whelan points out that many activists are not willing to accept this assessment and were able to cast doubts upon the issue with the EPA. As a result, last fall the EPA announced it would initiate a re-re-re-evaluation of atrazine and health. These activists will not be happy until the EPA bans this herbicide, which would then open the door for activists to attack more chemicals, claiming they are unsafe.

Finally, Whelan points to the media for “scaring” the public into thinking that these “chemicals” are unsafe and that the manner in which they are evaluated should be changed:

“Many of the recent media chemical scares, like the two hour “toxic” presentation on CNN, argue that a) there are tens of thousands of “chemicals” out there; and b) the current government policy, assuming these chemicals are safe until contrary evidence was presented, must be reversed so that a chemical is considered hazardous until it is “proven safe.” But how do you prove something to be safe? Its like trying to prove a negative  it cant be done. The example of atrazine  with decades of safe use, thousands of studies that found no harm to humans and years of getting a green light from EPA (which is not known for understating chemical risks) leaves us with the question: After all these evaluations and years of use, if atrazine doesnt meet the criteria for “safety,” what chemical possibly could?”

Yoga Sandals & Toe Spreaders – Healthy Toes And Feet In No Time

Yoga Sandals and Toe spreaders are popular tools to re-train your toes to be able to spread. Also they can re-align the toes into their natural position after they have been squeezed in shoes for several hours (especially women suffer from toe misalignment due to unhealthy footwear like high heels and pointed toes).

Why wear yoga sandals?
In yoga training, there is an emphasis on separating the toes in the standing postures to improve the sense of grounding and balance, and these sandals re-train the toes to do just that, while exercising the foot muscles.

The dual action of heel bone support and spreading the toes strengthens foot muscles, keeps bones flexible and allows the arch to work naturally. Controlling the alignment of the heel improves ambulatory stability of the arch and reduces strain on the lower leg muscles. Break the myth – high arch support in shoes actually weakens the arch muscles. Heal support is critical to foot health. Our sandals promote proper foot motion from heel strike, rolling over to the litle toe and finishing the step on the big toe. Recommended by doctors, yoga instructors and upscale health spas.

Why use Toe Spreaders?
Exercises your feet and stretches your toes into healthy alignment. After continued use Healthytoes Toe Spreaders will work to relax, heal, beautify, and even strengthen your feet and toes. Also used by massage therapists, spas, nail salons, health educators and podiatrists, to help beautify, strengthen and heal active or inactive feet.

Where can I buy Yoga Sandals and Healthytoes Toe Spreaders?
If you look for an extensive range of Yoga Sandals and Healthytoes Toe spreaders, EMP Industries in Melbourne is the right choice for you. They offer great quality products at great prices.

What else can you get at EMP Industries?
EMP Industries is an Australian based and owned company that is now run in third generation. They have made themselves a name by offering the top American yoga clothing labels in Australia. EMP Industries is also famous for offering Yoga Mats, Pilates Mats, Yoga Blocks, Yoga Blankets, Stretching Straps, Yoga Sandals, Stretch Bands, Exercise Balls, Yoga DVDs, Dance DVDs,Pilates Rings, and many many more. EMP sells its products to the end customer but also offers wholesale prices for bulk buyers (usually prices start dropping when you order more than 10 items of one product). That is the reason EMP Industries counts most large yoga and pilates studios in Australia as their customers!

Science & social responsibility in public health

Epidemiologists and environmental health researchers have a joint responsibility to acquire scientific knowledge that matters to public health and to apply the knowledge gained in public health practice. We examine the nature and source of these social responsibilities, discuss a debate in the epidemiological literature on roles and responsibilities, and cite approaches to environmental justice as reflective of them. At one level, responsibility refers to accountability, as in being responsible for actions taken. A deeper meaning of responsibility corresponds to commitment to the pursuit and achievement of a valued end

Public health ethics is on the map. In the past year, bioethicists and public health practitioners have begun to focus their critical attention on this complex and understudied topic. Much remains to be done. Childress et al. (2002), for example, describe their account of public health ethics as a rough conceptual map of a terrain with undefined boundaries.

Our focus will be on the responsibilities of epidemiologists, a choice made for several compelling reasons. Epidemiology sits at the center of the science and practice of environmental health, and more generally, at the center of public health. Although it is often referred to as a basic science of public health, epidemiology connects the acquisition of scientific knowledge with its application in preventive interventions, programs, and policies. This connection suggests a fundamental question: What are our responsibilities as epidemiologists? Do we, for example, have a joint responsibility to participate in science and to apply the knowledge gained? This is a key concern for us as researchers, health professionals, and as teachers.

The social responsibility of public health professionals is but one of many concerns in the broader picture of public health ethics. It is nevertheless a central concern. As Ogletree (1996) reminds us, responsibility is a concept particularly well suited to flame many key aspects of the ethics of professions faced with making decisions and taking actions in complex situations. These decisions often involve advanced technologies, high levels of specialization, and overlapping areas of expertise and concern among decision makers from diverse educational, political, and social backgrounds, precisely the situation in contemporary epidemiology and public health. In sum, responsibility organizes many (although not all) of public health’s ethical issues in terms appropriate for professional practitioners.

Responsibility has a deeper meaning as well, corresponding to commitment. To be responsible means to be committed to someone or to some thing. Being responsible in this deeper sense involves a commitment to positive action, to the pursuit and achievement of something of value, such as a social good (Jonas 1984). We will return to the notion of social goods in public health. For now, we want to emphasize that responsibility focuses attention on professional commitments

Finally, our inquiry is intended to assist all public health researchers who seek to define their social responsibilities. For those who are involved primarily in environmental health research, we can think of at least two connected and current topics–environmental justice and community-based participatory research.

Yoga Instructor Training Health With Big Bucks

An excellent yoga teacher courses is healthy in persona. She or he looks for ways to help individuals become their best self. You don’t have to have any official academic qualifications to become a yoga exercise instructor. You just need to have a interest for hanging out training individuals in this age old art type.

If you have caught the yoga exercise bug, you may want to look into yoga exercise instructor coaching. You only have to have a love of yoga exercise and a wish to join to begin off in a yoga exercise instructor coaching course. An excellent yoga instructor training will provide more than just a publication and recall skills workouts. A full persona engagement should be involved. Look for a yoga exercise instructor coaching course that seems like a natural fit for you. Do they exercise the type of yoga exercise that you are fascinated in? Since there are so many kinds of particular yoga exercise methods, see which one your coaching course provides. You’ll also want to see how much the yoga instructor training costs. If that’s a concern for you, work within your price variety. You should be able to discover a system in every cost variety.

An excellent yoga teacher courses is healthy in persona. She or he looks for ways to help individuals become their best self. You don’t have to have any official academic qualifications to become a yoga exercise instructor. You just need to have an interest for hanging out training individuals in this age old art type. If you are living a way of life that works well with the yoga exercise, you are a perfect applicant for yoga teacher courses. Yoga instructors should aim for maximum health and wellness and well-being so they can help others accomplish these objectives as well. Those who go into the area of yoga exercise training involve themselves in every element of yoga exercise. There needs to be stability between information, a joy for yoga exercise and a dedication to the exercise.

Not only will you invest some time in your coaching on the yoga exercise mat, but also in the academic setting of yoga teacher courses. Most qualifications programs require 200 time of coaching. You’ll need to know about exercise structure as well as all the particular positions and presents. You’ll need to merge a knowing of art and technology. You’ll need to be well qualified in structure, mindset and viewpoint. It’s an extensive strategy that needs intense focused training. If you feel you are prepared to begin yoga exercise instructor qualifications, begin looking for a yoga teacher courses that is correct for you both geographically and economically. You will discover them in most declares and at all different prices. Look for their qualifications partnership. Are they authorized with the Yoga Alliance? This is the conventional qualifications institution for the yoga exercise market. So choose a system that will help students graduate with a completely qualified Yoga Alliance qualified certification.

The Health Benefits Of Buckwheat Honey

A number of years ago we ran an apple farm in Northfield, Massachusetts. To prepare and enrich the soil for future plantings we would grow a cover crop of buckwheat, a tall plant with a beautiful white flower. As apple growers we had several hives of bees for effective fruit pollination and the bees loved the buckwheat flower transforming its nectar into a beautifully dark and rich honey. Our children loved the buckwheat flower season because they came to love delicious taste of the buckwheat honey. What we as parents discovered was that a teaspoon of buckwheat honey seemed to greatly help whenever the children had sore throats or coughs. This proved to be especially true if they took the honey at bedtime for they always seemed to sleep a little better. Throughout their childhood we always made sure to put away enough buckwheat honey from the hives to get through a winter of respiratory ailments.

This was a long time ago and I had forgotten about this aspect of buckwheat honey until I recently read about a study that had been done in 2007 and published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. This study found that children who received a small dose of buckwheat honey before bedtime slept better and coughed less than those who received either a common over-the-counter suppressant or nothing at all. Dr. Ian Paul, a researcher at Penn State College of Medicine indicated This is the first time honey has been actually proven as a treatment.

The research study involved 105 children between ages 2 and 18 in their randomized, partially double-blind study. Parents would answer questions about their childs sleep and symptoms after the first night during which there was no treatment. On the second night the children were given honey flavored cough syrup, honey, or nothing at all. It was clear that the children who received the honey slept better with fewer symptoms. Dr. Paul also noted that honey is generally less expensive than over-the-counter medications with none of the side effects like dizziness or sleepiness. Dr. Paul indicated that the type of honey plays a role in the treatment. Darker honeys have more antioxidants that lighter honeys and we wanted the best chance to see improvements.

Intrigued by this information I searched further and found that The Journal of Pediatrics in May of 2008 gave their assessment of this study. In this well-designed and valid study, Paul et al were able to show that honey was significantly superior to no treatment for improvement in cough severity (47.3% reduction vs 24.7%) and an overall symptom score (53.7% reduction vs 33.4%). The findings of this study suggest that honey is better than no treatment for reducing cough frequency and improving combined symptom scores. Paul Doering, co-director of the Drug Information and Pharmacy Resource Center at the University of Florida has weighed in on the subject. I believe recommending honey as a cough medicine has merits. It provides a safe option to using chemical based options, he said, adding that honey is part of a trend of recommending more commonplace traditional remedies for ailments.

It should be noted that the Dr. Paul study gave no honey to children under 2 yrs. of age and the newest research seems to support that practice.

Why Is Health And Fitness Important

You might be wondering why health and fitness is important, the answer to this can be complicated and extensive. However we will discuss a few of the many different reasons why your health and fitness is important. You will find that though health and fitness are important for everyone, there are certain groups of people who need to be more physically fit than others, such as athletes.

There are many different types athletes. Some of them play sports, others swim or are simply body builders. One of the main reasons that it is important for these people to have good fitness and health is because of the fact that they will need a certain level fitness to excel in their field. You look at a football player for example, if the football player is not physically fit chances are they wont be able to keep up with the other players. This can cause problems with the team and also for the player. They may suffer more injuries due to not being fit enough. Another example is a runner. Do you think that someone who can run a marathon race would be able to do this if they werent in good health and fitness? Chances are they wouldnt because they would tire out to quickly.

Smoking has been proven to cause problems with your health. Shortness of breath is a known symptom when doing a cardio vascular workout for instance. It is advisable to eliminate anything like this that can cause damage to your body as well as keep you from being in as good of shape as you could be.

Staying fit is important so that your body is able to do everything needed to stay healthy. If you arent in good shape, you will increase your chances of having a lot of health problems because of it. You might also find that becoming overweight can make conditions that you already have more severe. This being said it is extremely important that you understand the importance of good health and fitness.

There are many different ways that you can go about getting into better shape through health and fitness. You might want to ask your doctor why is health and physical fitness important?. Chances are that they will not only answer your question but give you some helpful tips to let you know how you can go about achieving good health and fitness.