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Sweating: Why It’s Good For You

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Sweating: Why It’s Good For You

“Sweating is very cleansing for your body. Various cultures throughout time have embraced this fact as demonstrated by the prevalent uses of sweat lodges, bath houses and steam rooms in numerous traditions. When you sweat, your body undergoes a series of processes that allow for the release of toxins and an increase in metabolism.”

  

What Is Sweat?

“Sweat is made up mostly of water but also contains minerals, urea, lactic acid, ammonia and sugar. Sweating is your bodies way of regulating its temperature. When you run long distances or exercise in hot weather, for example, your muscles exert themselves and your body overheats. Sweating is your body’s way of bringing your temperature back to normal.”

  

The Benefits Of Sweating

“When you sweat, you breathe faster, your heart works more, your circulation improves and your metabolism accelerates, all in an effort to resume your normal body temperature. Because your circulation is increased during sweating, many of the toxins and impurities are able to exit your body by way of your open skin pores. This is a good reason to exercise to the point of sweating or to sit in a steam room regularly.”

“Your skin also benefits from sweating. Your skin pores open and any dirt or impurities on the surface layers of the skin have a chance to exit. Sweating regularly, if followed by proper cleansing, will help you to achieve softer and smoother skin.”

“It is believed that the immune system also benefits from sweating. When your body heats up, your body generates more white blood cells. This strengthens your immune system.”

  
Sweating For Stress Relief

“Sweating can also be very relaxing for both your body and your mind. When you sweat, your body’s muscles are warmed up by humidity and heat. This helps to release the stress and fatigue brought on by muscle tension.”

“Sweating is healthy and cleansing. It helps your body get rid of toxins. It cleanses your skin. Sweating gets your circulation going and increases cardiovascular activity. It increases your metabolism, leading to calorie burning. It boosts your immune system. Sweating is also an effective stress reliever. To enjoy the health benefits of sweating, include activities in your daily life such as regular exercise, working in the garden on a warm day or sitting regularly in steam rooms and saunas.”

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Health Benefits of Guava

Why Guava is so Good For You!

The health benefits of guava include the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, constipation, cough, cold, skin care, high blood pressure, WEIGHT LOSS ANDscurvy.”

“Many of you may have tasted this mouth-watering treat, or have at least seen or heard about it. Guava is very common in Asian countries, but is increasingly available in the western world, particularly as more of its health benefits are revealed. It is a somewhat round or pear-shaped seasonal fruit, and is light green, yellow, or maroon in color on the outside when it is ripe. Guava also has white or maroon flesh and lots of small hard seeds enveloped in very soft, sweet pulp. It is eaten raw (ripe or semi-ripe) or in the form of jams and jellies.”



This popular fruit is a powerhouse of nutrients. If the traditional adage says that “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” in Europe and Americas, the phrase is probably changed to “A few guavas in the season keeps the doctor away for the whole year” in the Indian Subcontinent and places where guavas typically grow. Its scientific name is Psidium Guajava.”

“What makes guava special is that protecting the fruit does not require excessive use of chemical pesticides as in the case of grapes, apple, and other so-called “exotic” fruits. It is one of the least chemically treated and sprayed fruits.”



Weight loss: Guava is very helpful for those who want to lose weight without compromising their intake of proteins, vitamins and fiber. Guava is very high in roughage and rich in vitamins, proteins and minerals, but it has no cholesterol and a low number of digestible carbohydrates. It is a is very filling snack and satisfies the appetite very easily. Guava, especially raw guava, also has far less sugar as compared to apples, oranges, grapes, and other fruit. Adding a medium-sized guava to your lunch and you will not feel hungry again until the evening. Ironically, it can also help with weight gain in lean, thin people. This is probably due to its wealth of nutrients, which keep the metabolism regulates and helps to promote the proper absorption of nutrients.”

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“Diabetes: In a related benefit to blood pressure mentioned above, an intake of guava can also help those patients who suffer from diabetes. The high level of dietary fiber in guava helps to regulate the absorption of sugar by the body, which decreases the chances of major spikes and drops in insulin and glucose in the body. Studies have shown that consuming guava can help prevent the appearance of type-2 diabetes.”

Eyesight: Guavas are extremely good sources of vitamin-A, which is well known as a booster for vision health. It can help slow down the appearance of cataracts, macular degeneration, and general health of the eyes. It can not only prevent degradation of eyesight, but even an improvement in eyesight once it has begun to degrade.”

 “Cancer Prevention: One of the most celebrated and important benefits of adding guava to your diet is its ability to inhibit the growth and metastasis of cancerous cells. There have been numerous studies done in recent years on guava’s effects primarily on prostate cancer, breast cancer, and oral cancers. Guava leaf oil is extremely successful as an anti-proliferative substance, and has actually been shown to be more effective than some leading modern medicines in reducing cancerous growth. Guavas are also rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to be wildly successful in reducing prostate cancer risk. That same antioxidant has also shown to inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells, although further human trials need to be done.”

“Finally, the naturally high levels of vitamin-C in guavas, which are four times higher than the levels found in oranges (the traditional vitamin-C powerhouse), provides the immune system a huge boost in antioxidants. Antioxidants are the major lines of defense against the proliferation of free radicals in the body, which are one of the main causes of serious conditions like cancer and heart disease. Therefore, adding guava to your diet has numerous ways in which it helps you stay health and cancer-free.”



Diarrhea & dysentery: Guava is very rich in astringents (compounds that make your gums feel tighter and fresher).  After you chew guava leaves, eat a raw guava, or use some guava-based toothpaste), your mouth feels healthier, and the astringent qualities also add substance to loose bowels and reduce symptoms of diarrhea. These astringents are alkaline in nature and have disinfectant and anti-bacterial properties, thus helping to cure dysentery by inhibiting microbial growth and removing extra mucus from the intestines. Furthermore, other nutrients in guava such as vitamin-C, Carotenoids and potassium, strengthen and tone the digestive system while simultaneously disinfecting it. Guava is also beneficial in treating gastroenteritis for the same reasons stated above.”

Thyroid Health: Guavas are a good source for copper, which is an important part of regulating thyroid metabolism by helping to control hormone production and absorption. The thyroid gland is one of the most important glands in the body for regulating hormones and organ system function, so guava can help balance your health in many ways.”



Skin care: Guavas can improve the texture of your skin and help you to avoid skin problems more than even the highest ranked beauty creams or skin toner gels. This is chiefly due to the abundance of astringents in the fruit (more astringent is present in immature guavas) and in its leaves. Your skin can benefit from either eating the fruits (this helps tighten your muscles apart from your skin) or by rinsing your skin with a decoction of its immature fruit and leaves. It will tone up and tighten the area of loosened skin where you apply it. In addition to the astringents, guava is very rich in vitamin-A, B, C and potassium which are  good antioxidants and detoxifiers, which keep your skin glowing and free from signs of premature aging, wrinkles and other dermal disorders.”


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Benefits of Yoga for Weight Loss

Yoga for Weight Loss

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“Are you being out of shape day by day? If yes, you could try yoga for weight loss for reducing weight fast. When planning to join a weight loss program, you must look for a permanent way out.”

“A bizarre fact about the weight loss programs is that most of them make you lose weight for the time being with help of some external supplements or any other unhealthy process. The moment you stop taking the supplements, you start getting fat once again. Moreover, your body tends to gain fat faster than earlier. Yoga, fortunately, is free from such vice. It is one of the safest and healthiest processes for losing weight.”

“Do you know what you require most when it comes about losing weight? It is nothing but your dedication. Many an obese people dream of restoring into shape, but they give a little effort to materialize their dreams. Obesity is not only your physical status. It is a harbinger of a handful of health complications like heart disorders, high blood sugar, arthritis, lethargy and mental depression. When you plan to join yoga for weight loss, the first thing you need to develop is a strong motivation. Without a strong determination, you could hardly achieve any positive result. Moreover, yoga exercises are not very easy to practice. At least for the first few days, you may suffer from body pain and lethargy while you try to practice yoga. This is a common response, as your body is not accustomed to this physical movement. You would soon overcome this sprain if you continue practicing yoga.”

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“Sometimes however the pain takes shape due to improper practice of the yoga postures. This type of sprain may be serious and can become complicated if not addressed with care immediately. For avoiding any such possibility, you should always practice yoga for weight loss under an expert guidance. A trainer might guide you well on the postures to practice for losing weight successfully. Moreover, there are proper techniques for each of the posture. Being a beginner you may not be acquainted with these techniques. Your trainer would instruct the same to you. Remember, positive results from yoga are possible only when you practice the same in the right manner.”

“Taking about the process, yoga for weight loss directly targets the fat cells of your body. Most of these fat cells are stored in our body. This fat is extra and remains inactive. Furthermore, your body does not make use of this fat for producing energy. The fat cells of your body melt when you work out for weight reduction. Practicing yoga postures does not only melt fat cells but also tones the body and helps in getting into shape once more.”

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Beauty Benefits of using Ice cubes on Face & Skin: Best Tips

Beauty Tip: Ice Cubes

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“In a terrible hot weather during the summer months, ice cubes are such a relief. It completely cools your body and soul and saves you from the scorching heat. Adding two or three ice cubes in your usual juice or syrup cools down your whole system. You can even add it to your normal water for an additional coolness. It quenches our lifetime thirst when you come back home.”

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“After spending a tiring day shopping at the shopping mall, or a hard day working at the office, it really makes you feel really good. Even though it is not very good to use it when you feel too hot, everyone uses it. Ice cubes are known to have a bad effect on your throat. It affects your tonsils and can cause cold and cough. People suffering from tonsillitis should actually stay away from consuming ice cubes. Even though they affect your throat negatively, ice cubes have commendable benefits for your skin. You can use ice cubes for the advantages it offers for your face. Including ice cubes in your daily beauty regime is actually a good idea. Wonder how? Well, read on to know more about uses of ice cubes on your face and skin.”

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Here’s reason #1 to use ice:After working for a long time, when you feel tired, take some ice cubes and place on your eyes. Your eyes get a soothing effect. It cools them down and gives you relief. This is a very simple beauty tip that you can use whenever you feel tired.”

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The Emotional Benefits Of Yoga

 

 

 

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Emotional Benefits of Yoga For Breast CancerBy: Dinndayal MorganDirector and Founder of Pathfinder Institute, School of Alternative Learning. 

Yoga is a practice that has been around for centuries, and to this day, people are finding more and more benefits to doing this regularly. It’s even come to the point that it’s used in conjunction with different types of therapy to deal with emotional difficulties. Various studies have also shown that yoga’s emotional benefits are a great plus to cope with different types of stress.

Generally, regular yoga practice reduces stress. These days, we are faced with stress from almost all parts of our life: work, home, even relationships. Because yoga requires concentration, the practitioner will be trained to focus on one thing at a time, no matter how many things he still needs to do, or how many issues there may be that need to be worked out. Just keep in mind that while…

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Asana tips: Ardha matsyendrasana (yoga)

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http://www.blissfulyogini.com/asana-tips-ardha-matsyendrasana/

“Twists are wonderful for calming the nervous system and this is an especially elegant one. Keep the eyes steadily gazing out the far corners of both eyes and you’ll get an eyeball stretch too. “

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“asana name = ardha matsyendrasana
ardha = half matsyendra = “king of the fish” (matsya = fish; indra = ruler) asana = seat

benefits =
*stimulates the digestive fire, improving digestion and elimination

*strengthens abdominal and oblique muscles

*energizes the spine and helps to improve range of motion

*stretches neck, shoulders and hips
for those lacking an appetite, will increase it

*relieves menstrual discomfort, fatigue, sciatica and backache

*stimulates abdominal organs, especially kidneys and liver

***contraindications = use caution if you have a back or spinal injury.

***modifications =
if it’s uncomfortable to twist head and neck, reduce the depth of the twist;
If hamstrings are tight, sit on a block or cushion to lift low back and tilt pelvis upright.

*If twist is restricted, hug bent knee to chest, then move bent leg’s foot to the inside of knee.

ATTITUDE = a sense of regal calm and stillness.”

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QUIZ: The Health Benefits of Music

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