Friday, July 25, 2014

Tips On Creating Health Goals

Goal setting is very important especially when you want to lead a healthier life. Most people are unsuccessful in achieving their health goals. This is because their goals were not carefully planned. By turning these goals into SMART goals, you will find it easier to have a healthier lifestyle. SMART means specific – measurable – attainable – realistic and time-based. Below are some tips in making SMART goals that will help you take control of your health. 

Let us first list down the typical goals we think of as far as being healthy is concerned.

#1 Eating healthier
#2 Getting enough sleep
#3 Exercising
#4 Drinking lots of water

Now, let us take the first example and convert it into a SMART goal. 

#1 Eating healthier

I will eat healthier by avoiding junk foods and fatty foods. 

I will eat one to two cups of mixed fruits and veggies for snacks in replacement to chips and sodas.

*Ask yourself first what you’re able to do.
 I will gradually cut my junk food intake as I get used to eating healthier foods.

I will gradually cut my junk food intake and slowly adapt to and enjoy healthy eating.

I will gradually cut my junk food intake in a week’s time and eat only healthy foods by the end of the month. 

SMART health goals produce a lot of benefits. They will help you stay motivated and focused on what you want to achieve.  They will help you save time and energy. Thus, you can avoid being inconsistent with your efforts and getting inconsistent results.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Green Lampshades: How To Find One

Have you heard of green lampshades? They look similar to the regular ones but they are a lot safer to use. They make wonderful additions to a home with green pieces of furniture.  

Regular lampshades are mass manufactured. Because of this, they are made of materials that are non-green. The fabric and the frame are put together with the use of styrene and glue. Styrene has petroleum content in it which becomes very toxic when heated. The components of styrene are released into the air every time the lampshade is used.

Many eco-friendly manufacturers today thought of using organic materials for modern lampshade production to eliminate the need for styrene backing. One of these materials is organic cotton. To form a neat lampshade, manufacturers attach organic cotton over the wire frame that has been shaped accordingly. Besides being non-chemical, organic cotton makes a wonderful lampshade material as it is breathable and capable of giving a warm glow to a dark room. 

Another non-toxic material is organic felt.  Organic felt has different components from cotton. Nonetheless, it makes a suitable material for green lampshades.  Lampshades made of organic felt are capable of directing the fall of the light from the source. The good thing about this is wider shading coverage is acquired.

To find the perfect green lampshades for your home, you can search online for known manufacturers. Oftentimes, blog reviews make helpful references for purchases. If ever you drop by a lampshade store, ask the sales agents about the materials with which the Iampshades were made. Inquire for models that are made of organic materials as stated above. Expect green lampshades to cost more than the regular ones because most of them are carefully made by hand.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Ways Dishwashing Detergents Can Endager Your Health

Although dishwashing detergents are known to for its positive effects, many studies show that they can also be sources of health problems. The latter happens when dishwashing detergents are ingested in large amount or for a long period of time.

Dishwashing detergents in liquid, paste or powder form can remain on dishes even after several washes. With this, they can transfer on the food cooked in the pots and pans or served on the dishes. When the food served on the dishes containing detergent residue is hot, the transfer of the residues happens quickly. Thus, it is easier for us to ingest these dishwashing detergents. 

Poisoning will not occur at an instant. It will happen gradually as we ingest small amounts of dishwashing detergents over time. Chlorine is the number one element in dishwashing detergents that settles in our bodies after ingestion. Chlorine build up in our system causes liver malfunction. Additionally, it causes formation of freckles and weakness of the immune system. When the immune system is weak, our bodies are more prone to absorbing harmful elements like cadmium. Cadmium absorption results to blood poisoning over time.

Our pets are not safe from the negative effects of dishwashing detergents. If their food containers and food pans are washed with dish detergents, they will experience poisoning in a similar manner. However, their liver malfunction can be more serious. This is because their livers are unable to store various chemicals like human livers. Thus, our pets can lose appetite easily and vomit unceasingly when a certain amount of dishwashing detergents is ingested.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Dreams: Revelations Of Your Real Health Condition

Oftentimes, people refer to dreams as a supernatural means to predict their future or make sense out of their lives. While no one can contest the possibility of both, medical experts believe that dreams can reveal a person’s real health condition. Certain studies show how dreams provided early warnings to patients even before definite symptoms of diseases appeared. Let us take a look what nightmares or graphic dreams might tell about your health. 

According to sleep expert Professor Jim Horne, nightmares can be caused by beta blockers, heart problems and migraines. Beta blockers are medications effective in widening the blood vessels. But it alters specific brain chemicals that induce nightmares. Heart problems affect a person’s breathing process. Low oxygen problems causes alteration of similar brain chemicals that stimulate bad dreams. Nightmares signal forthcoming migraines or vice versa. Severe headaches happen deep in the night especially when stress or heavy emotional upheavals like are unresolved during the day.  

Dreams of being attacked are possible symptoms of Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseaseDr. Oscroft explains that these dreams cause the sleepers to thrash in bed. This is brought by the damage in the part of the brain that controls our dreaming 'safety switch' and prevents sleepers from thrashing.  In time, such condition results to memory loss problems.

Being overweight, stressed or depressed trigger dreams that wake you during your first few hours of sleep. Professor Horne explains that fat deposits in the stomach pressures the valve in between the stomach and the gullet. Because of this, stomach acid splashes back up the stomach and causes heartburn. Heartburn can keep you awake and away from the dreaming stage.

Monday, June 30, 2014

3 Positve Effects Of Kindness On Your Health

Because of the cynical things happening around the globe these days, most people withdraw from showing kindness to others. Little did they know that now is the best time to show it as many stressful things around can easily cause us to be stressed and get sick. Kindness can be likened to a drug with healing side effects. If you are doubtful about this, read the rest of this post.

Kindness makes our hearts healthy. In every act of kindness we do, emotional warmth in our hearts. This emotional warmth allows the production of oxytocin that releases a chemical called nitric oxide. Nitric oxide causes blood vessels; thus high blood pressure is reduced. The same goes with the possibility cardiovascular diseases that spring from high blood pressure.
Kindness makes us feel good. No need for artificial morphine and heroin just for you to feel good. When you are kind to someone, you instantly feel happy. Such feeling of happiness excites the release of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is an element that provides humans the ‘natural high’.   A person who is happy is capable of having better relationships with the people surrounding him. Harmonious relationships in turn gives anyone protection from emotional and psychological illnesses.

Kindness makes us younger. Due to stress and unhealthy choices, our cardiovascular systems are bombarded with free radicals and toxins that cause the heart to age quicker. The production of oxytocin mentioned above provides the body with another health benefit ~ the reduction of the inflammation of the heart and the other elements in the body that speeds up ageing.