Health Tips For You and Your Family

Here are some easy health tips to help you and your family maintain good health.

Make it a daily effort to move more than you did the previous day. Use the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. Take your dog for a walk. Chase your children, toss the ball around with friends. Mow the lawn. If you can do anything to move your body, do it. You don’t have to go to the gym – just use your legs and your arms more than you usually do.

Cut out fat from your diet. Avoid fatty meats and burgers. Eat low-fat versions of cream, milk, cottage cheese, cheese and ice cream. Eat limited amounts of sauces, butter, margarine, mayonnaise, sandwich meats and nuts. Most foods are now available in low or limited-fat versions, so try them out.

Stop smoking. Since as far back as 1960, when the United States Surgeon General announced that smoking is bad for you, many Americans have been trying to cut back on their use of tobacco products. Unfortunately, smoking is not down in adolescents and teens. We need to teach our children not to smoke – it’s one of the most important health tips you can hand down.

Try to reduce the stress you face on a day to day basis. That’s easier said than done, but you can use stress busters to help. You can think thoughts that are positive, or spend a half hour walking in the park or soaking in a hot tub. You may opt to get a facial or a haircut, or get a massage – those can be quite relaxing. Meditate, try not to get aggravated if you can avoid it. Avoiding difficult people can help in this area. If you see red, think pink instead – it’s a more relaxing color,

Get away from pollution. This is one of the health tips that everyone can benefit from. Avoid smog whenever you can, like smoke-filled rooms. Stay out of high-traffic areas, stay away from breathing highway fumes, and don’t exercise in high-traffic neighborhoods. DO exercise outside when the smog level is low, but exercise indoors when there is a lot of smog. Plant shrubbery in your yard or common area, and grow plants inside, to help take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen.

When you drive, or ride in a car, always wear your seat belts. You will probably live longer, based on statistics. They can help to add to the chance of not being seriously injured if you are in a wreck.

Avoid drinking excessively. One glass of wine may be helpful to your overall health, in lowering your risk of heart disease, but more than that can cause problems in your kidneys and liver.

Five Important Dental Health Tips

1. Visit the dentist more than twice a year

This is a very important dental health tip/secret to consider. If you want your dental hygiene to be above average, you must consider visiting the dentist more than twice a year. Although most dental plans cover two dental visits a year, you still need additional visits to maintain high dental health standards. According to recent research findings, you need to visit your dentist once every three months to maintain above average dental hygiene. This may seem like a lot of dental visits a year (4 visits) however this is the only way to ensure that you avoid dental problems common in individuals with average dental health i.e. those who visit the dentist twice a year only.

2. A good dentist won’t hurt you

This is also another important dental health tip/secret to consider. If your dentist hurts you every time you go for a dental visit, you should consider choosing another dentist. A good dentist won’t hurt you. With the current advancements in dental technology and medication, it is possible for your dentist to manage all aspects of pain and discomfort. You shouldn’t therefore tolerate any pain or discomfort. If your dentist doesn’t address your pain and discomfort issues, consider choosing another better dentist.

3. Do not wait until you start feeling pain to visit your dentist

Most people consider visiting the dentist after they start experiencing pain caused by dental health problems. This shouldn’t be the case. Most dental problems don’t cause any pain at first. You shouldn’t therefore wait to experience pain to visit your dentist because it might be too late to take prevention measures. You should make a point of visiting your dentist as recommended above (4 times a year) even if you are not experiencing pain or discomfort caused by an underlying dental health problem or disease.

4. You must floss your teeth regularly

Apart from brushing your teeth every time after meals, you must also consider flossing at least once daily. Brushing removes approximately 50% of all food particles that have stuck on your teeth. You therefore need to take other cleaning measures to maintain above average dental hygiene. There are places in your mouth that brushing won’t clean effectively i.e. between your teeth. You must therefore make a point of flossing at least once daily to ensure that no food particles get stuck in-between your teeth.

5. The mouth doesn’t lie

This is also a very important dental health secret/tip to consider. Poor dental health standards will always manifest themselves when you open your mouth. For instance, if you usually drink a lot of coffee or soda or you smoke or chew khat/tobacco, your teeth will definitely stain with time. Also, if you don’t brush or floss your teeth as recommended, you will definitely have bad breath. You therefore don’t need to wait until someone else points out these clear signs for you. If you practice poor dental hygiene or you have other related health problems i.e. poor diet, your mouth will have clear signs that shouldn’t be ignored.

Feng Shui Health Tips For General Health and a Good Emotional State

Following are tips to boost your health using feng shui fountains, salt water cure, plants, air, light, color, and sound. All of these means will help to purify the energy in your home, increase the healthy energy Chi, decrease the unhealthy energy Sha Chi, and thus promote health.

Fountains: Fountains are an extremely powerful feng shui cure. Water is the source of life, and humans consist of 60% water. Fountains create a soothing and relaxing sound that helps to reduce the everyday stress and tension. They help you feel better, similar to how you feel in nature. Moreover, fountains add moisture to the air and emit healthy negative ions. You can place them anywhere you want, except for the bedroom, as it may disturb your sleep.

Salt water cure: This purifier captures the bad Sha Chi energy and improves health; this feng shui health charm can be purchased or made. It is made using a pilsner glass, salt, six Chinese coins, and water. It is placed where you want to purify or boost the energy, such as the health zone, wealth, love, or career zone. You need to be careful not to touch it or move it too much. The glass will start to form crystals from the “captured bad energy”; it needs to be replaced when a number of larger crystals build up; it needs to be discarded in a sealed container.

Indoor plants: Plants purify the air and promote positive energy Chi. They can be placed anywhere in your home; plants with round leaves will also help to boost wealth.

Air: Air is essential to humans – we breathe in air every few seconds. Air is like an invisible fuel for our bodies. The feng shui health tip in regard to air is to open the windows in your home/office frequently, even if it’s just for a few minutes at a time.

Light: Light has a large impact on humans. The best light for us is natural light, and the worst is the flickering fluorescent light. Fluorescent light bulbs have become a part of our interiors. Many people use them in corridors, and even kitchens and bathrooms, as these light bulbs cost less and last longer than regular ones. However, fluorescent light is extremely bad for health – it has been known to cause dermatitis, bipolar swings, fatigue, and headaches in some people. The feng shui health tip: replace fluorescent bulbs with regular wherever you can, and try to create more access for natural light in your home.

Color: Colors impact our mood and feelings. For instance, green is neutral, blue is relaxing and soothing, while red is energizing and agitating. If you suspect that your rooms have wrong colors (colors that you don’t like), consider redecorating these rooms using the colors that make you feel good.

Sound: Sounds are also important for our health – they need to create a soothing and relaxing atmosphere. You can use wind chimes, bells, and indoor water fountain for pleasing sounds indoors.

Top 10 Health Tips

We are continually bombarded with tips and suggestions on how to live a healthier life. Many of us then end up doing nothing due to feeling overwhelmed to make a change! Below are 10 simple and some not quite traditional tips to start improving your health and well being.

1. Preparation:
Preparation might not seem like a traditional health tip, but it really is the foundation on which to build good habits, which then determine your results. Grab a notebook and start “predicting your future” by creating a plan of action which involves all areas of your life. Think about which parts of your life are not working and jot down practical strategies to move you closer to your goals.

For example, exercise three times per week, eat 5+ fruit and vegetables each day (write out what foods and when) and Manage my stress levels by reading for one hour each day.

This tip is all about making sure you know exactly what you need to do to achieve what you goals.

2. Accountability
Whenever we start a new habit or routine, it can take a push to get started. I dislike using the words willpower and motivation because they are such fickle emotions that can fluctuate on a day to day basis. We don’t need willpower to brush our teeth each morning, nor should we for doing healthy habits!

It’s important to clarify your goals first with a plan of action and then get into it. I recommended seeking a professional to help you formulate a plan of action and keep you accountable. This really helps, especially until habit takes over.

3. Avoid “Diets”
Who hasn’t heard of the cabbage soup diet or themselves tried some wacky diet that eliminated 90% of your usual foods! Dieting or going on some food plan that deviates dramatically from your usual eating habits will just set you up for failure. Yes, in the short term you may lose a few kilos. But I guarantee in a few weeks after stopping your “diet” you gain back all, if not more weight than before. The fact is “diets” are not pleasurable or convenient, therefore they are not sustainable. We really do know what “good” foods are but due to lack of time and knowledge on how to prepare some foods, we take shortcuts. Aim to start introducing more “good” foods into your diet.

4. Eat right
In conjunction with tip 3, it is important to fuel your body with the right nutrients. Aim to have a big hearty breakfast of protein, a small serve of carbohydrates and some fat. Example; 2 eggs, wholegrain toast and 2 small scoops of avocado. This type of breakfast will sustain you through the morning. Eat every 3-4 hours or as suits your body. Some people prefer high protein diets as this helps make them feel more energetic and some desire lighter meals. Talk to a professional for extra help.

5. Cardio Exercise
No healthy plan of action is without exercise! Exercise is so important to living a life full of energy, aging better and being healthier. It can affect all areas of your life, including your stress levels, sleep patterns and digestion. Experiment with various forms of exercise to see what suits you. Aim to do some form of cardio each day, resistance training and flexibility exercises a few times per week (stretches or yoga) so you can create a healthier body.

6. Sleep
As most of us lead extremely busy lives, it is often sleep that gets sacrificed so we can cram more in to our day. Reduced quantity and quality of sleep can lead to a suppressed immune system and make you more prone to grogginess, illness and increased stress. Most adults need between 6-8 hours of quality sleep per night. You judge which amount leaves you feeling alert and vibrant the next morning. Make sleep a priority by allowing yourself time to unwind at the end of each night in a way that suits you.

7. Digestion
Digestion is really the cornerstone of good health. If you don’t have good digestion, then your body cannot absorb the nutrients from your food. A healthy bowel can prevent illnesses and contribute to feeling and looking healthier. If you are experiencing constipation, you may get headaches and even muscle and joint pain. Your digestive system communicates with other parts of your body and impacts significantly on your overall health. If you feel you are clogged up, start increasing fiber in your diet gradually. Consume 1.5-2 Liters of water a day to help move things along and start looking at areas of your life that are contributing to an unhappy bowel. Stress, eating when distracted, certain foods and lack of exercise can all be culprits.

8. Stress
Stress in general can be healthy for us as it pushes us to keep moving forward and achieving our goals in life. Continual stress on the other hand can cause anxiety, headaches, insomnia and fatigue when left to run rampant. Stress can surface in a multiple of ways; snapping at your partner, waking at 3am every night, feeling tired after 8 hours sleep, feeling down or just plain “blah”.

I’m not going to suggest soaking in a bubble bath or nipping off for a massage to stop your stress as these are not long term fixes. The solution lies with examining your lifestyle and assessing what areas of your life are feeling out of control. Our happiness in life is in direct proportion to the amount of control we feel we have over our lives. If you are stressing about feeling overweight, then do something about it! If a relationship is leaving you drained and unhappy, then you need to make a drastic decision for your long-term health. Stress management is a continual process of managing your lifestyle so you feel a sense of control.

9. Relationships
More and more studies are showing that for us humans to be healthy and happy, we need to build strong support networks and relationships. Having friends is good for our health! Make time each day to connect to your partner, kids and/or friends. As woman we actually release endorphins (happy hormones) from having a good gossip.

10. Action & perseverance
Being armed with great tips and techniques are all well and good, but unless you actually do what you learn and do it consistently, then you are no different that if you didn’t know this stuff in the first place!