3 Health Tips That Will Change Your Life

Healthy living is necessary for longevity because it can help fend off diseases. Below, find 3 health tips that will change your life for the better and they do not even include huge lifestyle changes. Basically, anyone can, and should, follow the valuable information provided.

1. Up the Antioxidants

Feeling a little sluggish? Antioxidant rich foods may help that. Antioxidants such as berries, green tea, and even dark chocolate help one feel better. Here is a list of good antioxidant rich foods:

Dried fruits rich in antioxidants:
* Pears
* Apples
* Dates
* Figs,
* Raisins
* Peaches
* Prunes

The best fresh fruits rich in antioxidants:
* Cranberries
* Blueberries
* Blackberries
* Raspberries
* Strawberries
* Blackcurrants
* Plums
* Cherries
* Apples
* All other deeply pigmented fruits

Vegetables rich in antioxidants:
* Artichokes
* Asparagus
* Avocados
* Beetroot
* Broccoli
* Spinach
* Tomatoes (increased levels when cooked)

Legumes:
* Small Red Beans
* Red kidney bean
* Pinto bean
* Black beans

Nuts:
* Pecans

2. Get Moving

Change your life with exercise. Be sure to find something you love to do and do it often. Just get off the couch. Exercise increases oxygen levels in the body, making you feel better and healthier. This will help you to better focus and will have a positive impact on your skin, too.

Exercise also helps increase muscle and decrease fat, so you will look better and fit in your clothes better. This can lead to better self confidence. Get your exercise whenever you can: walk or cycle rather than drive; take the stairs instead of the elevator; do some push ups while warming up dinner in the microwave; do some leg lifts while watching TV; etc.

3. Drink More Water

Drinking more than 8 glasses of water a day helps flush out the toxins in the body, leaving you with clearer skin and a clearer mind, as well. Ice cold water also helps burn calories and wakes your system up when you just wake up or are in an afternoon slump. It is a great boost with zero calories. Water helps regulate the body and decreases bloating and swelling. Try drinking more water early on in the day to avoid having to wake up to go to the bathroom at night.

While healthy eating and an increased intake of foods rich in antioxidants is a step in the right direction, people must understand that cooking methods will alter the foods and their antioxidant content. The more vegetables are cooked, the less the antioxidant, except for tomatoes where the reverse occurs.

Prostate Natural Health Tips Any Man Can Do

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Natural Prostate Health Tips:

You may think that it’s kind of weird for a female naturopath to be discussing prostate issues, but I had a partner die of colon cancer and the cancer spread to his prostate. I miss him.

He had no clue that there were actually alternative treatments that he could do for his cancer. He knew something was wrong, but when he went to his doctor, they couldn’t find anything. He happened to be a veterinarian who worked in a teaching hospital, so he went to the horse barn, pulled out the ultrasound machine and did an ultrasound on the place on his body that hurt. He saw what he thought was a lump, so he took a videotape of the procedure, took it to his doctor who looked at the tape and said, “Gosh! I think you are right!” So, he was scheduled for surgery, but when they opened him up, the cancer had advanced too far. They closed him up without doing anything and sent him home to die. Which he did.

I made up my mind that if I could help anyone develop lifestyle changes that helped them overcome or prevent cancer of any kind that I would do just that–and there are some basic things that every person can do to prevent and overcome cancer. It just so happens that there are some specific things men can do for their prostate health so I’m sharing them.

Prostate Disease Statistics:

  • Prostate disorders usually begin after age 35
  • By age 50, over 25{2479c14e69e3b4d63c9118fd01e756283498a709935cc12513b7b4a1b0945c67} of all men have an enlarged prostate
  • By age 70, that increased to over 50{2479c14e69e3b4d63c9118fd01e756283498a709935cc12513b7b4a1b0945c67} and by age 80 it’s 80{2479c14e69e3b4d63c9118fd01e756283498a709935cc12513b7b4a1b0945c67}

Signs of prostate dysfunction include many bladder outlet obstruction symptoms such as:

  • Getting up to pee more than normal for the amount of fluids you ingest
  • Can’t empty your bladder all the way or sensations of incomplete emptying
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Smaller stream of urine–takes a long time to empty bladder
  • Foam in the urine- sign of protein in the urine (a sign of kidney disease)
  • Hesitancy with intermittency and decreased flow of urine
  • Terminal dribbling or urinary incontinence
  • Pain during intercourse, burning sensations when urinating, tugging sensation around the base of the penis, low back pain, blood in the urine or an orange staining in the underwear may have a different cause than Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH)

Products that can keep the prostate healthy and decrease the PSA scores:

Saw Palmetto is the herb of choice for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) because it tones the prostate, affects the hormones in a positive way and is also a urinary remedy. Tonic value: Strengthens and builds body tissues and encourages muscle mass. Anabolic. Hormonal: Estrogenic actions good for impotence, reduced or absent sex drive, testicular atrophy, premature ejaculation (in women it has been used for breast enlargement) Urinary remedy: Saw Palmetto is nicknamed the “plant catheter” because it strengthens the neck of the bladder and helps reduce enlarged prostate glands. It is used as a diuretic to improve urine flow (raw parsley is excellent for this as well) and it acts as a urinary antiseptic in cystitis. Take up to 3 capsules daily.

Raw Hulled Pumpkin seeds (Food of choice for BPH) Dose: 4 teaspoons/day raw and hulled. Sources: Huckleberries, Local Co-ops, Winco (about $1.75/pound) and Health Food Stores

Foods are the strongest medicines we use but, “If a little is good a lot ain’t necessarily better.”Eating a BUNCH of them can give you diarrhea. All you need is a couple tablespoons/day maximum.

How to use pumpkin seeds:

  • Put them in a bowl next to the stove and eat a small handful once a day
  • Put them in sandwiches if you like crunch
  • Put them in omelets and salads
  • Put them in stir fry or on top of steamed vegetables
  • Add them to cookie recipes

Raw Fruits: 1 to 2 cups/day

Raw Vegetables: 1 to 2 cups/day. If you can’t chew them, juice them!

Power Foods For Prostate Health Include:

  • Wheat Germ oil— (high in zinc and opens up the seminal vesicles- great for infertility) Dose: 1/3 tea/day or 3 capsules/day.
  • Oatmeal (Aveno sativa)— Great zinc source and fiber even for blood type O. Dose: about cup cooked oatmeal per day or 3 cups/week.
  • Parsley— awesome source of minerals and highly recommended for most health problems. Dose: 2 tablespoons/day chopped.
  • Zucchini— I think there’s a reason why God made an excess of zucchini. Dose: 5 cups cooked or raw per week.
  • Yellow dock tea— Dose: 1 cup/day max. Do not use if you have sensitive teeth or gouty arthritis.
  • Watermelon is a great diuretic and good for the kidneys as well as the prostate. Dose: 3 cups/day in season.
  • Unsweetened Cranberry Concentrate: For urinary tract infections you will want to add unsweetened cranberry concentrate to your diet for a couple of weeks. That is NOT cranberry juice off the shelf with all the sugar in it. You can get this product at the Co-op or at Huckleberries. It comes in an 8oz. bottle and costs about $8. Dose: Take 2 Tablespoons/day. Chase it with water and it will taste sweeter. Cranberry causes a tightening of the bladder sphincter muscles and causes the inside of the bladder to be slicker so bacteria cannot stick to it. Good brands are Knudson’s or Tree of Life.

Techniques to Help the Prostate:

  • Inguinal massage technique–Move that lymph for about 3 minutes/day. Lying down on the bed, face up, massage from where your legs attach to your body up towards the heart. Pay special attention to the lower abdomen just above the base of the penis. Be gentle. It should not hurt, but you should feel pressure.
  • Total Body Massage–Once a week is best, but every other week is the very least you should shoot for.
  • Reflexology points–Achilles tendon and heel area. Massage each leg about 5 minutes/day.
  • Exercise: Dead Lifts to increase circulation in the pelvis area. Start light. Breathe in as you lift the weights. Breathe out as you set them down. Bend at the knees. Squeeze your buttocks, throw your shoulders back and stick your chest out. Do about 2 sets of 10/day and work up from there. Don’t overdo it. Repetitions are much better for your body than the amount of weight you lift.

The Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test. What is it? How often? How is it scored?

The PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) is a protein produced only by the prostate gland. The current recommendation is to get a PSA test done once a year beginning at age 50. Other doctors recommend less frequent testing. I am a proponent of getting that base level test done so that if there is a problem in the future, there is something to compare to. Some men have a predisposition to prostate cancer or have had cancer. For this group of people the PSA test is recommended more frequently.

PSA Tests Can Be Elevated For Several Reasons Including:

  • Cancer
  • Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPE)
  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • Age or Race (Blacks have higher PSA. Indians have the lowest amount of PSA)

PSA Scoring:

  • 0-4 nanograms/milliliter is normal
  • 4-10 ng/ml is slightly elevated
  • 10-20 ng/ml is moderately elevated
  • >20 is considered elevated

There are two types of PSA–Free and Attached.

The Free fraction is elevated with Benign Prostate Enlargement and the Attached fraction elevates with tumor involvement. Since there are both false positive and false negative tests, scientists are still studying various aspects of the Prostate Specific Antigen.

Important Travel Health Tips To Keep In Mind

While going to different places, is always a fun experience, traveling can also be tiring and stressful at times, especially when there are cases of lost baggage, delayed flights, or accidents along the way. The nature of traveling can sometimes take a toll on a person’s health, weakening his/her immune system, and making him/her susceptible to different kinds of viruses and illnesses. Because this possible risk, it is important that one should prioritize his/her health and safety while traveling. Keep these travel health tips in mind so you can enjoy your vacation without having to worry about your health.

Be fit and healthy

Before the trip, make yourself fit and healthy by getting regular exercise. Even if your work is up to your eyeball, you do not have any excuses not to exercise simply because working out can be done without having to hit the gym. You can incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Instead of riding the car to work, ride a bike or walk. Instead of using the elevator, climb the stairs. Instead of discussing work plans with your officemate over online chat, walk up to him or her. Instead of hitting the showers the first thing in the morning, do a couple of sit-ups and jogging in place first. Not only that, you should also have a well balanced meal packed with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Go for foods that are low in fat but high in fiber and nutrients. Be sure to get enough sleep as well. You would not want to be lethargic and sluggish during your trip.

Take it slow

Do not sweat the small things. Stress over planning and preparations can get the better of you that you would not have sufficient energy to enjoy the trip. Get help from other people for things like packing, buying airline tickets, and so on. During the trip, do not cram all the things to see in one day. Make sure you pace yourself the right way so you do not consume all your energy on your first day. Remember, it’s not about the quantity but the quality of the vacation. Try to relax your mind and calm your nerves by engaging in fun and laidback activities. After all, going on a vacation is about relaxation.

Get travel health insurance

Do not leave home without the right international health insurance. Some insurance companies offer services online so you do not have to worry about visiting their offices physically to get visitors insurance. USA, Europe, Asia, and many parts of the world, are covered mostly in these policies. Make sure that you check to see what locations the policy covers and what inclusions are there in the policy so you know you are getting the right one.

Visit the doctor

Before you leave for your trip, go to the doctor for a complete medical checkup. This way, you would know if you are fit enough for the trip. The doctor will also advise if you need to bring any medication for your trip. Moreover, you would also be able to get the necessary immunizations that you need, particularly if you are traveling to remote or exotic destinations.

Six Fitness and Health Tips That Will Definitely Make You Lose Weight

Fitness and health is a major concern of many people nowadays. Proper fitness and health is not that easy to achieve, especially for overweight individuals. In television, radio, and print ads, there are lots of health and slimming products and programs that promise an almost instant loss of excess fats. The truth is, there is no magic pill that can make any person lose a big amount of excess weight overnight. If you are tempted to try any of these weight loss products and programs, you should consult your doctor first before you actually try them.

If you really want to lose weight and be healthy, you can follow my fitness and health tips. My tips do not involve taking slimming products. Following my health and fitness tips can give you long lasting results.

Fitness and Health Tips

Walk – If you are not fond of walking, you better start liking it now. Walk a few yards every day. After several days, try to take longer walks.

Drink water – A lot of people choose carbonated drinks over water when they are thirsty. That is definitely wrong. Carbonated drinks contain too much sugar and they actually make a person even thirstier. Water, on the other hand, really quenches thirst. It is also a very good detoxifier. It flushes toxins brought by pollution and unhealthy eating habits.

Lessen your coffee intake – Two to three cups of coffee a day is okay. Anything more than that is not. Coffee is diuretic and taking too much coffee could result to dehydration. To help lessen your coffee intake, especially in the morning, take a few sips of water before drinking coffee. Doing that does not only make you take fewer cups of coffee. It also helps replenish the water lost when you perspire and respire while sleeping.

Eat healthy meals – Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, so be sure not to skip breakfast. Stay away from sausages, bacons, eggs, and white bread. Instead, take cereals, wholegrain bread, and fresh fruits. For lunch and dinner, you can have fish or chicken fillet, tuna sandwich, fresh vegetables salad, yogurt, non-fat milk or soy milk, and any other healthy kinds of food. Just remember to eat very light meal for dinner.

Balance your carbohydrates and protein intake – Some people take pure carbohydrates diet while some take pure protein diet. A balanced intake of both carbohydrates and protein is better if you want to achieve proper fitness and health. Both protein and carbohydrates are important for a human being to function well. Always remember to eat small portions only.

Lessen your alcohol intake – If you can totally stop taking alcoholic drinks, do it. If you cannot do that, just be sure to lessen your alcohol intake. Alcoholic drinks replace the much needed water in our system.

Maybe now you are thinking that these tips are easy to follow and losing weight and being fit is not really that hard. That is correct. If you follow my fitness and health tips religiously, you will surely lose weight and you will have a much healthier body.

My Top 5 Vital Life Saving Health Tips

What would you like to see improved in your health?

Go on, stay with me; take some time to consider this. What are the changes needed to make it happen? Maybe you’ll want to write something down..?

To make those changes a simple, purposeful, systematic and dedicated approach is needed and must include 5 things. It could be said that they are the 5 best tips anyone could ever give when it comes to staying healthy. Not in any particular order, here are those top 5 vital life-saving health tips for optimum health vitality and disease prevention.

1. Maintain a daily diet of 7 a day fruits and vegetables

I know I’m chanting the nutritional mantra here but anyone following this long term is sure to reap the benefits. It’s better to chose raw food because this food, when cooked, frozen or processed may lose nutritional value by losing its original molecular form (denatured) and not be able to take part in metabolism.

2. Drink plenty of water

If put on the spot I would say that this is the biggest health tip you could ever give!

That’s because between the choices of so many different drinks these days: way too high sugar galore options like fizzy pops and smoothies, or mash-mallow coffees with 2 inches thick cream on top, energy boosters… etc., water seems like a bland option but when taken in plentiful quantities has a whole range of health benefits and serves as a prevention or remedy for so many illnesses.

This includes; good skin, teeth and nails, healthy joints, nervous function, intestinal health, good kidney function, lowering high blood pressure, diabetes prevention, preventing mental disorders, for example it has been found that schizophrenics are severely dehydrated,… There are many ‘drought diseases’ brought on by a lack of daily drinking water.

The amount to drink depends on the individual. Having said that, the ‘one size fits all’ recommendation has been to take the figure for half the number of pounds a person weighs converted to ounces. For example a 140 pound individual would take 70 fluid ounces a day.

3. Carefully monitor your outlook on life

The world about you manifests as a consequence of ‘where you are at’ with life: Your attitude, thoughts, feelings, emotional state, in other words, outlook on life affects your health.

By monitoring these things and making the necessary appropriate changes illness prevention/reversal or anti-ageing can result.

Don’t underestimate this tip.

4. Exercise regularly

So many people would greatly improve on their health if they just did 15-20 minutes exercise a day. Exercise pays off with so many dividends when it comes to health.

Those benefits include: detoxification from sweating, feeling more alert, less weariness, improved cognitive function like increased intelligence, mood elevation, better sexual performance, disease prevention, weight control, sleep better and its activity through sports for example offers more fun in life!

5. Avoid toxicity

Don’t be fooled by the idea that all those toiletries, beauty products, aerosol sprays, lotions, environmental pollutants, contaminants and questionable food additives are only in tiny amounts so therefore won’t harm your health. The truth is when you put all those things together and add them up over time that’s not a tiny amount. Also toxic substances work together synergistically. Try avoiding them or get natural alternatives.

Watch out for those junk food habits… Besides high levels of salt, sugar and low nutrition value junk food sometimes can remain undigested in the intestinal tract for ages. This undigested material allows gut micro organisms to feast! They produce gas from the feasting while indigestible material still remains, hence the reason for some people having middle age spread or bloated bellies formed from years of junk food habit.

I hope that this article has inspired you too check out your health and take any necessary actions.

Health Tips For Better Living

There are so many health tips one can go over today. From diets to disease prevention, there is something to learn about how to stay healthy. The problem for most people is applying these to their life. It is easy enough to hear how to live better, stay healthy, and feel good, but to actually do it is a whole other issue. There are some easy things anyone can do to better their life that will help them to live longer. While there is still some effort needed to change your lifestyle to accommodate them, they will not cost you a dime. Simple tips to reduce the amount of stress in your life and stay healthy both emotionally and physically are all you really need to keep your body in good health over all.

Reducing Stress

A key factor in staying healthy is to reduce stress. When it comes to health tips, this is one of the top dogs. Stress has so many negative side effects on ones health. It can cause so many types of issues; it is probably one of the worst antagonists to getting sick. When the body is in that fight or flight mode too long it causes your immune system to fail. This is when you begin to get every virus and infection you can think of. You can also end up raising your blood pressure to dangerous levels or getting ulcers. Reducing stress can really save your body from some crazy wear and tear. Not only will you feel better, your body will not give out on you.

Walking For Life

High on the health tips menu for good living is walking. It keeps you physically fit as well as mentally sharp. Whether you take a fast walk for exercise or a gentle stroll for clearing your head, you are doing the body good. Walking is one of the best ways to stay in shape. It is the type exercise that almost all people can do. It works the muscles and cardiovascular system, but does not make arthritis worse. It can sooth you when you are angry or sad. Walking just is the magic work out that is good for you no matter how much or little you do it. Just getting gin a few walks per week can make a huge difference in your over all well-being.

The Secret Of Rest And Relaxation

Health tips are not only about exercise and diet. They can also be about how to rest and relax as well. Part of staying healthy is knowing when to stay down and get your rest. The mind and body need to relax and heal each day. If you do not get enough rest you can cause yourself to get sick. Resting and relaxing offers the body some time to just be there watching. No need to be asleep, just non-active and taking in the world. This type of natural therapy keeps the body in balance and allows you to think clearly.

Health Tips for Travellers on Korean Air Flights

Korean Air is the flag carrier of South Korea. It is also considered as the largest airline in South Korea with its headquarters based in Seoul, South Korea. The international Korean flights as well as its cargo flights fly to 130 cities in 45 countries all over the world. The domestic Korean flights serve 20 local destinations. The international hub of Korean flights is at the Incheon International Airport. Korean Air is an original partner of the SkyTeam, the second largest alliance for airlines in the world.

If you are travelling long distances by air on Korean Air flights, it helps to know a few health tips to make your flight more comfortable. The temperature inside the cabin of Koran Air flights is maintained at 22 to 24, which is a very comfortable temperature. It is still best to wear comfortable clothes that are not too thick but always have a light sweater or jacket in your carry-on luggage just in case it gets chilly.

The humidity inside the cabin of Korean flights is kept at a level of 15 percent. The comfortable level of humidity for the average person is at 50 to 60 percent. The 15 percent level on Korean Air flights is already considered to be dry. In dry humidity the body moisture tends to evaporate. The skin as well as the membranes on your eyes and nose also begins to dry out through the course of the flight and it can get quite uncomfortable when that happens. The best thing to do during Korean flights is to keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water, fruit juices or any kind of liquid beverages. Avoid drinking coffee and tea because these beverages can only cause further dehydration. Passengers with contact lens should remove them during Korean flights to avoid dryness of the eyes which could cause the eyes to get inflamed.

The atmospheric pressure inside Korean flights is set at the altitude of 5,000-8,000 feet. There is the tendency that the deafening of the ears may occur. This is caused by the change in the pressure inside the Korean Air flights as they land or take off. To avoid the deafening of your ears chew some gum or just move your jaw up and down as if you are chewing gum. You can also try closing your mouth and then pinching your nose while you blow out some air slowly.

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Take Charge of Your Body Through These 5 Fitness and Health Tips

As you set your weight loss objectives to an extreme level, it is best to keep in mind that the body must be subject to increase loads and demands each time your exercise routine progresses, as one way of improving your tolerance to intense pressure and hard work. In this manner, you’re able to improve your physical fitness level – something that is greatly important for a fitness buff like you.

If you want to know other fitness and health tips, the following bits and pieces of advices from health and fitness experts must be met:

1. Take time to plan your program – Getting into a rigorous training at the gym or even by simply doing your fitness program at home requires one to have an overall plan. It is important to realize that not all physical endurance and activities are equal in value and offer one and the same benefits to the body. Only those routines entailing continuous, dynamic, and powerful movements are the ones possessing extreme contributions to cardiovascular fitness. This means to say that in order for one to obtain significant physical development and progress in ones training program, the following criteria must be present: Intensity, Duration, and Frequency.

2. Once is not enough – Endurance programs are ideally performed on a daily basis, but excellent results can also be obtained if you go on a rigorous training for at least three times a week. It isn’t sufficient, therefore, to do everything in a day in the name of fat loss. Research has proved that a person who stays on a desk bound state even for just three days will most likely lose 5 to 10 percent of his body conditioning. Then again, a month of idleness can result to significant loss of almost 80 percent overall body conditioning.

3. Cancer rolls and caffeine drinks are a no-no – If you’re in strict endurance training, cigarettes and coffee drinks are proscribed. These things can alter your pulse rate especially during training. So, it is a sound idea to make no use of them, or if you can’t seem to let go of these forms of addiction, better yet use them at least 2 to 3 hours before jump starting your endurance training.

4. Drugs, alcoholic beverages, and antibiotics are prohibited – There have been recorded deaths in the past concerning these forbidden things, and exercising under the influence of any of these can do you more harm than good. Or worse, can lead to death. Thus, if you’re taking any sort of medication especially antibiotics, it is best to consult your doctor as to which workout or activity is best for your health condition.

5. Eat only those that are right for the body – You very well know that fruits and vegetables are the surest way to go if you want to stay fit and healthy. Exercising without a proper diet is counter productive. So, if you want to ascertain that you’ll achieve the healthy body that you want, eat the right foods and exercise.

Top Ten Women s Health Tips

Top Ten Health Tips For Women

As you may have noticed, there are lots of things that you need to consider when trying to stay fit and healthy. More often than not this mass of information becomes overwhelming and most people start off with good intentions but give up in the long run, slipping back to old ways and habits. To help you maintain that healthy lifestyle, below are the top ten things you should be doing to keep yourself healthy and happy.

1) When trying to keep to a healthy lifestyle, the first thing you need to consider is your diet. A good balanced diet is essential in maintaining a healthy body. Remember, ‘rubbish in = rubbish out’. Eating junk food, fatty food and other convenience foods will result in a feeling of lethargy, tiredness, depression and bad complexion just to name a few. Simple changes to make would be avoiding too much red meat, high fat foods and high calorie foods instead substituting this with high fibre low fat food, mixed with a regular intake of fruit and vegetables. Fibre is great for digestion whilst fruit and vegetables will help keep vitamin and mineral levels up.

2) Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day. One of the risks of not drinking enough water is the onset of kidney stones. If you know anybody who has had kidney stones, you’ll know this is to be avoided! Drinking plenty of water will keep you hydrated which in the long run will help you cleanse your body of impurities. You will start to feel more alert and less tired, you may notice your skin improves with a new radiance. If you are lactating, it is vital that you keep well hydrated to ensure your milk is at its best. Most research suggests that eight glasses of water per day is a minimum.

3) Consider taking vitamin and mineral supplements, especially at the beginning of your new healthy schedule. Some of the more important ones specific to women are Calcium and Iron. Calcium is essential for women of all ages but especially menopausal women to ensure good bone strength and minimise problems from onset of Osteoporosis. Iron supplements are especially important for menstruating women and women who suffer heavier blood loss during that time of the month. Vitamin E400 is worth taking as this has been shown to reduce flushes and sweating at night. For the skin, consider Vitamin E as as a dietary supplement.

4) If you smoke, GIVE UP!! Yes, I know that is much easier said than done but any reduction in the amount that you smoke will be beneficial. If you find the idea of giving up a step too far why not try cutting down? A great way to cut down is to try and extend the time between your cigarettes. If you can maintain this, you will gradually start to smoke less without feeling the withdrawals as much. If you are pregnant, then smoking is a big ‘NO-No’. The toxins in a cigarette can cross from the mothers bloodstream and into the baby. Also your chance of breast cancer is much higher if you are a smoker. Overall reducing alcohol and smoking less are great ways to a healthier happier life.

5) Try and introduce a regular exercise into your daily routine. There are simple ways to get exercise without really trying. You could try walking home from work if it’s not too far, don’t take the elevator all the time – try using the stairs. When your kids are outside playing, take a few minutes to go and play with them. Not only will you be getting fit but you’ll be spending more time with your children. Everyone wins! Yoga is also a great way to stay toned and supple. This can be done in the home with a minimal investment in equipment. There is lots of free info. on the internet related to yoga. A simple cheap way to stay healthy.

6) Try and avoid sources of stress. Stressful situations whether at home or at work can leave you with excess amounts of adrenaline and other ‘fight or flight’ by-products. These can affect heart muscle, upset sleep patterns causing insomnia and much more. Exercise can help to burn off some of these stress by-products but any high stress situations should be avoided.

7) A lot of women are a sucker for a good suntan but there are hidden dangers. Recent research has indicated that over exposure to sunlight and sun tanning beds could increase your chances of skin cancer by up to 30%. A lot of the damage is done in younger life and may not show for years. Simple ways to avoid danger would be to use high factor sun creams, don’t lie out in direct sunlight, consider using a tanning cream and avoid those nasty UV rays altogether.

8) Make sure you attend regular smear tests and ensure you visit your Gynaecologist on a regular basis. A lot of ‘womens’ problems’ can be detected in the early stages and treated accordingly. Cervical cancer, chlamydia and Warts are just a few of them. Avoiding your Gynaecologist is akin to playing Russian roulette!!

9) Make sure you practice safe sex. STD’s can be easily transmitted and even a long term partner could be harbouring some unknown stowaways. Sexually transmitted diseases can lie dormant for years. Until you are 100% sure you and you’re partner are free from STD’s practicing safe sex is the best way to stay healthy.

10) An often overlooked area of personal health is dental hygiene. Not looking after your oral hygiene may result in gum disease, tooth loss, halitosis to name but a few. Keep regular appointments with your dental hygienist and make sure you floss regularly to keep a beautiful bright smile.

Health Tips for Keeping Asthma Under Control

Living with asthma may not be the easiest thing for anyone to live with, regardless of their age. However, by educating yourself on the illness, you can get a better understanding of how it affects your body and how to control it. The following are 7 health tips to help you keep your asthma under control:

1. Learn to Recognize the Symptoms
For many people, asthma attacks seem to sneak up on them and before they know it, they are in a situation that seems out of control. By carefully monitoring your symptoms, you will have a better idea of when an attack is going to happen.

2. Educate Yourself on Your Medications
A lot of people who are treated for asthma simply follow their doctor’s instructions for taking their medications. The fact is that you might be on several medications and each one is going to get a different result. For example, you may have one medicine that is used for prevention, while another, like a steroid, is to be used for a more serious episode.

3. Keep a Journal on Your Symptoms
Every person diagnosed with asthma should keep a journal on the symptoms, as it can lead to great discoveries on what is actually causing the attacks. Each entry should include what symptoms you are feeling, as well as any reading from your peak flow meter.

4. Learn What is Triggering an Attack
For a lot of asthmatics, understanding what triggers an attack is how they are able to keep such great control over this illness. Simple weather changes could affect your breathing ability and understanding this could help you to know when the right times to take your medications are and which ones to take.

5. Plan a Diet that Includes Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
As many fruits and vegetables are considered to be antioxidants, it is important to add them into the diet. Vitamins C and E are well known for their anti-inflammatory effects and can actually help to reduce irritation or swelling in the lungs.

6. Keep Your Weight Down
Being overweight can easily cause more asthma attacks in the individual. By keeping your weight down, you can reduce the number of symptoms that you experience. Even just losing a few pounds will make a difference.

7. Schedule Consults With Your Doctor
The biggest and most important tool you have to help fight your asthma is your doctor. Their experience and education will play a vital role in how well you are able to reduce your symptoms. Regular visits with your doctor can help determine what triggers an attack and they can advise you on how to get it under better control.