Cardiovascular Health

Fish Nutrition Facts

Fish Nutrition and SafetyIf you did not know it, eating fish produces many good benefits. Yes, there are many people out there who are cautious of eating fish because of the fact that now day’s fish has a lot of mercury in it. We need fish in our diet, so you should check which types of fish have the most mercury in them so you know to stay clear of that type of fish. (Image X AudreyMagazine.com)

Fish is considered one of the most power-packed foods for a healthy diet. It is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to prevent a huge range of diseases. Read on to know how:

1. Protects against Heart Disease
Several studies that have been conducted reveal that eating a regulated dose of fish every week reduces the risk of heart disease and increases the chances of survival after a heart attack. Fish oil is also known to reduce the stickiness of the blood, thereby limiting its tendency to clot.

2. Reduces Risk of Prostate Cancer
A study carried out in Sweden states that selenium, contained in most kinds of fish, helps fight cancer.

3. Helps Avoid Depression
As stated above, fish contains Omega-3 fatty acids, and these are known to increase the levels of serotonin in the human brain. Therefore, the mind stays more optimistic and happier, leading to lesser instances of depression and low moods.

4. Prevents Alzheimer’s
The consumption of fish helps limit the risk of high blood pressure. Therefore, the chances of dementia get greatly reduced. Moreover, the brain cells suffer lesser risk of damage due to the presence of polyunsaturated fatty acid in most kinds of fish.

5. Fights against Arthritis
Not only arthritis, but most types of inflammatory conditions are very well combated with the help of the Omega-3 fatty acids.

6. Enhances Skin
diet that contains fish such as salmon is known to act as a skin-enhancing regime. The regular, yet moderate consumption of fish has anti-aging, anti-wrinkle effects, thereby making the skin younger-looking.

7. Asthma
In children, especially, the risk of asthma gets greatly reduced if they are given a regular diet of fish. Fish is rich in protein, making up for a lot of nutritious components required during the period of growing up.

…More at Health News Centre: Health Benefits Of Eating Fish

I can agree with these benefits of fish because I eat fish once or twice a week. So if you are looking to become healthy and reduce your chance of getting the above named disease, I definitely recommend adding fish to your diet.

 

 

How to be Happy.

A Happy Spirit – Change Your Mood and Change Your World

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To be a better you, you must change your mood. Being happy and not dwelling on situations that don’t go in your favor is the first start to getting on the path of joy and happiness. Your happiness is vital to your health and accessing a better you, so change things up and start by finding the positive in everything to bring out your happy spirit. (Image by Leo Reynolds via Flickr) Lee G Lovett’s, Happiness in Seven Steps will also shed new insight on how to be happy. Click HERE to read it now. 

The Alphabet of Happiness is a reminder of the many ways to access happiness in your life now. Though at times it may appear to be elusive, happiness is all around you — especially if you know where to look! The good news is that the more you focus on happiness, the faster you can activate the neural pathways that bring you more. Here are three ways to explore your own happiness that start with the letter “C.”

Choice

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” — Victor Frankel

While we cannot choose the challenges that life presents, we can choose how we deal with them. Choice is one of the greatest strengths people possess. By the thoughts you think and how you frame a situation, you can choose to be victim or survivor. By daring to dream and the little steps you take towards those dreams, you can reshape your future. You are more powerful than you know. Now, you can choose to use that power purposefully:
Choose to notice and focus on the good that is already in your life.
Choose to count your blessings instead of ruminating on your losses.
Choose to create your future rather than have circumstances determine your fate.
Choose to honor your gifts and share them with others.
Choose to be around people that nourish you.
Choose to be there for others, too.
Choose to focus on love over fear.
Get up each morning and say, “I choose to be happy.”
And choose to appreciate when happiness shows up in subtle ways throughout your day!

Connection

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” — Chief Seattle

Connection is one of our fundamental human needs. It’s also one of the building blocks of genuine happiness. Just looking at babies, it’s clear that human connection and love are just as important as food for the very survival of the species. We are social animals and we depend on one another to flourish and grow. Connection has others aspects too, and each one adds a new dimension. 

Creativity

“The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” — Alan Alda

Did you know that there is a well of creativity in you? People are not born creative or not — everyone has the capacity. Picasso says, “The chief enemy of creativity is ‘good’ sense.” Give yourself permission to just play with an idea.  And if self-doubt creeps in, (as it’s been known to do), the antidote is refocusing on why you’re doing it: for fun, for curiosity, for the love of being in the moment. Embrace your creativity however it presents itself. It will revitalize you, and remind you of who you are.

…More at The Alphabet of Happiness: ‘C’ – Huffington Post

Creativity is how I access my happiness. By creating something so beautiful and new fills me with a sense of tranquility and that feeling makes me happy to just sit back and look at a beautiful work of art I produced. Which of the three words starting with a “C” from the Alphabet of Happiness fuels you or will you begin to use?

Is Dairy Safe?

Important Milk Nutrition Facts

Milk PoolYummm milk! Well I know that I am a lover of 2% milk. I cannot get enough of it for some reason. This article focuses on all types of milk and what they bring to the table so that you can decide what type of milk is best suited for you, or not just that, so you can know exactly what you are drinking and is it good for you. (Image by TangYauHoong via Flickr)

Is drinking milk good for you, or not? Is organic milk healthier than conventional? Is raw milk safe? Is it legal? Skim, 2 percent or whole…which one should I drink?
Here are some milk nutrition facts for you to make up your own mind whether or not you should drink milk. Asking the question, “Is drinking milk good or bad for you?” is controversial. A Google search for ‘why is drinking milk good for you’ yields 18.2 million search results. Why it’s bad pulls up 12.7 million links.
Why is milk so controversial? Vegans and other opponents of drinking milk point out that humans are the only species to drink other species’ milk (With the exception of some orphaned animals).
Taking it a step further, they argue, all other species stop drinking milk after weaning off of mother’s breast milk. Other opponents blame milk for the following reasons, among many:
I thought ‘Milk Does the Body Good’? Assuming one cup of milk contained no contaminants or harmful ingredients, what beneficial nutrients could we get from (cow) milk?
  1. Calcium: One 8 oz. cup of milk contains about one-third of our recommended daily value, regardless of the fat content. Calcium, of course, strengthens bones and may help prevent osteoporosis. But the Harvard School of Public Health recommends limiting dairy intake to two servings per day. Find your calcium from other sources, the school recommends.
  2. Dietary Fat: Whole milk has 8 grams of total fat, 5 of them saturated; 2% milk contains 5g fat, 3 of them saturated; there’s 2 grams of fat in 1% milk, both grams saturated; skim milk checks in at under 1 gram of fat. The official government stance: those trying to lose weight should restrict calories and drink skim milk. But many nutritionists would argue that the fat in a moderate portion of whole milk, or at least 2%, would make people feel fuller and reduce cravings for more food. As for saturated fats, this is a very controversial subject. Harvard’s School of Public Health suggests limiting saturated fat intake; others blame refined carbs for heart disease, not saturated fats.
  3. Protein: Milk, regardless of fat content, usually has 8 grams of protein. Milk has two main proteins: whey and casein. In human milk, whey makes up about 60-80 percent of the milk protein. In cow’s milk, whey only accounts for about 20 percent. Protein is critical for growth, but is milk protein critical for good health? For some, it could be, but for the estimated 30-50 million Americans with lactose intolerance, at least one, if not both of these milk proteins can’t be broken down.
  4. Carbohydrates: Nearly all varieties of cow milk have 12-13 grams of carbohydrates, all of which comes from the milk sugar, lactose. One reason some nutritionists would caution against skim milk, even though it has less calories and fat, is that foods with natural dietary fat can help prevent blood sugar spikes and insulin intolerance. If you drink skim milk, consider eating some foods with natural fat to buffer the blood sugar spike.
  5. Calories: The calorie count of one cup of skim, 1%, 2% and whole (3.25%) is roughly: 90, 100, 120, 150, respectively. For the estimated one-third of American adults who are obese, should they drink skim milk? Again, assuming that the milk comes from a safe, humane source, even someone who is obese still needs to consume at least 1,500 calories to be able to function.
  6. Vitamins and Minerals: Many types of milk are fortified with Vitamin D, supplying roughly one-quarter of the daily value. There’s also about a 25 percent suggested daily value of Vitamin B2 as well. One cup of milk also supplies about one-fifth of the daily recommended amount of Vitamin B12, a vitamin lacking in some vegan and vegetarian diets. In addition to being loaded with calcium, milk is also high in the following minerals: phosphorous, potassium and selenium.
I like milk. Should I drink organic? What about raw?
Some research suggests that organic milk is healthier. Raw milk proponents claim that promptly-refrigerated, unpasteurized, grass-fed milk poses no health risks and can produce numerous health advantages, such as better immune function. But most states outlaw the sale of raw milk. Do your own research and come to your own conclusions whether or not you should drink milk (or suckle directly from a cow).
With all this milk information at hand, what do you plan on drinking from now on? What do you believe about milk? Whatever it is that you do I hope that you have done some research before coming to your conclusion and weighed the pros and cons.

Mind Exercises Improve Your Emotional Well-Being

The Season Is Changing and So Are The FlowersTo keep a good mind you must keep feeding it new knowledge, the nutrition that it needs and an ample amount of sleep. Your mind must be exercised at all time so that it does not go to waste. Keep reading to learn more about bettering you mind and keeping it healthy. (Image by Rockin Robin via Flickr)

Well-being encompasses the mind, body, spirit, and heart. This means we are responsible for every aspect of our being. We should be able to nurture and nourish everything that we would like to have. It’s not easy and it never is just one thing because everything is just related. These are definitely something that one should be responsible for. It’s not an easy thing to do but we can definitely do it and we should be able to do it.

For our bodies, we need to have the right diet so that it will get proper nourishment. With our bodies functioning well, then we can be sure that one is able to stay fit and healthy. It is proper to always mix it with exercise because this will keep the body strong and healthy. They are many people who love to play sports and go to the gym. They want to be able to make sure that they can build muscles and burn fat.

Then, when it comes to our spirit, one should try to invest in their own religion and other things that they would like to have. This is to allow to connect to their spirit and even their soul. These allow them to feel relaxed by meditating and concentrating on thinking on being calm. It allows them to be able to focus on internal energy so that they can make sure that they have what it takes to be able to connect to a higher being. Also, it does help them get some clarity and they are able to feel good about themselves.

Emotional well-being is definitely important because you would want to have motivational thoughts done and felt. This is to help them with their start in being able to take care of themselves. They also need to see to it that they can believe that they are capable of feeling great and be able to make sure that they can do it. They need to have faith in themselves and really believe. They may ask help from many people to help them feel great about themselves and fee good too.

And lastly, mental health is important because they need to start changing their thoughts to positive ones so that they can keep up with what they would like to do. If one is filled with positive thoughts, then they can be sure that they can easily do what they would like to do and even visualize it. With that, they are capable of seeing to it that they have the discipline and focus that they need to do what they have to in order to achieve their goals. And these are what a lot of people need so that they can stick to what they need to do. There are many tips about this and one of which is to always get proper sleep.

Sleep is definitely important to one’s mind because it is the time that it organizes thoughts and memories while you are in slumber. This is the time that the mind can organize these and feel refreshed once you wake up. That is what is important when we do the things that we need to do. It is really important that one is capable of doing these things in order to make sure that they are taking good care of themselves. We should definitely be able to make sure that we can do these things.

…More at Stay Healthy Through Mind Exercises | Celebrating Wellness Fest

Now that you have the tools to keep your mind’s juices flowing, use them, and use them all the time. 

 

How to be Happy.

Be Happy Alone — Learn How

Laugh more oftenIn order to be happy with anyone else or surrounded by anyone else; you need to be happy with yourself first. Everyone should be able to be happy alone to move forward in their life, this is the key to happiness. Once you are able to be comfortable with being happy alone, everything will work our great for you. Here are some tips on how to be happy alone. (Image by Celeste via Flickr)

  • Make a list of things that make you happy. Include both small and large things. Things that make you happy could include food from your favorite restaurant, watching a favorite TV program, listening to music, traveling or reading a new book. Then schedule these things into your life. If you are not comfortable going to your favorite restaurant alone, then order delivery or go pick up take out from that restaurant. If you really enjoy reading, schedule routine trips to the library or book store to stock up on your favorite reading materials. If you love traveling, don’t let being alone stop you. Start small and schedule a day trip to a local museum or event. When that goes well, that will give you the confidence to venture out on longer and longer trips by yourself.
  • If you can’t think of a lot of things that make you happy or you get bored doing the things on your existing list, then it’s time to try something new. You may find a new passion in your life. If you like cooking, try a cooking class at a local store or community college. If you like wearing jewelry, find a class at a local craft store where you can learn to make your own jewelry. Check in your local newspaper or community magazine for a listing of classes that you may be interested in.
  • It is often said that you will reap what you sow. If you spread happiness, you will get much happiness back in return. Offer to do some small favors for your friends or neighbors. You will get to know them better and will feel good in knowing that you are making someone else’s life easier. There are always non-profit organizations in every community that are looking for volunteers. You may meet some great people while volunteering and know that you are helping people and your community at the same time.
  • You may want to consider getting a pet. When you have a pet in the house, you are never truly alone. They will provide companionship and entertainment. If you choose to get a dog as your pet, you will get exercise taking them for daily walks. A dog or cat is great to snuggle with at night and they will always be happy to see you when you get home.
  • Make sure to treat yourself to keep happy. Cook your favorite dishes at least once or twice a week. Get your hair and nails done. Use good china and silverware when you sit down for a meal. Buy something every week that makes you happy. It doesn’t have to be expensive; it could even be your favorite bagel and cappuccino.

…More at How to Be Happy Alone | Pursuit of Happiness | How to Be Happy and Happiness in Seven Steps by Lee G Lovett

Now that you have these steps on how to be happy being alone, go out and start implementing them in your life. Pamper yourself and go enjoy a nice dinner by yourself.

Defining Mental Disorder

judge me now, #2 in exploreWhen trying to take care of your mental wellness, you have to be aware of your mood and any changes in it. Mental disorders are common, whether they are short term or long term. The most important thing that you should now is what exactly is metal disorder? What is the definition of mental disorder? (Image by ashley rose, via Flickr)

A mental disorder is characterized by thoughts and behaviors that cause individuals to experience extreme problems in functioning in significant areas of their lives relationships, employment, education, financial well-being, even spirituality. Mental disorder is not short term, but it is also not necessarily permanent. By definition, mental problems must endure for a certain minimum period of time before a mental disorder can be diagnosed. Most mental disorders resolve after treatment with counseling, medication, or simply the passing of time.

Other mental disorders are lifelong and cause ongoing problems for those afflicted with them and for their families. If someone is mentally ill, he is not simply odd. Labels of mental disorder ought never to be applied without a professional assessment. Mental disorders are by definition serious disturbances. These are some common types of mental disorders:

Psychotic disorders are those that result in bizarre, paranoid, or delusional thinking. The most common one is schizophrenia. Individuals with psychotic illnesses manifest the symptoms most often thought of as crazy seeing or hearing things that are not there, making bizarre connections between unrelated events, or showing grossly inappropriate responses to ordinary occurrences.

Mood disorders are those that primarily affect a person’s emotional stability.

The most common are depression and bipolar disorder (formerly called manic-depression). Individuals afflicted with depression feel discouraged and hopeless almost every day, have lost interest in activities in which they used to take pleasure, and sometimes consider or attempt suicide. Those with bipolar disorder exhibit cycles of wildly changing emotions and behaviors. Anxiety disorders are characterized by extreme nervousness, panic, or phobias.

Persons suffering from anxiety disorders cannot calm down, feel panicky much of the time, and have physical symptoms of constant nervousness. Those with post-traumatic stress may experience flashbacks of trauma and may react to loud noises or other reminders of the precipitating event.

Personality disorders are disturbances in thinking and behavior that are a part of a person’s basic character. They result in lifelong patterns of counter- productive behavior. Unlike the above mental disorders, personality disorders do not often respond to medications or short-term therapy.

…More at About Mental Illness | Definition and Key Thoughts of Mental Disorders

Now that you know an accurate definition of what mental disorder is and what mental disorders there are, you are able to assess if you might have one. Remember now your doctor should be the one to do a mental evaluation on you to see if you do have a mental disorder.

How to be Happy.

Spread Love, Spread Happiness

One Dollar, Sir!Happiness is a big thing, bigger than what most would think of it as. Everyone all across the world wants to be happy so why wouldn’t you want to be. Being happy not only makes you feel better and betters your health, but it makes others want to be happy because they see how happy you are. You can easily make someone happy just by smiling and this is the key to happiness and passing it on. (Image by Stuck in Customs via Flickr) 

The United Nations declared March 20 the first International Day of Happiness, declaring that “the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal.”

What specifically makes you happy? How do you make others happy? If your nation had a Gross National Happiness Index, as the Kingdom of Bhutan does, how happy do you think people would be? Why?

In “Happy International Happiness Day,”Harvey Morris writes:

The United Nations has declared March 20 the first International Day of Happiness to underline the commitment of its 193 member states to “better capture the importance of the pursuit of happiness and well-being in development with a view to guiding their public policies.”

…The initiative for Happiness Day came from the Kingdom of Bhutan, the small landlocked Himalayan state, which adopted a Gross National Happiness Index as a better measure of its people’s prosperity than its income.

Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. Secretary-General, marked the day by calling for a reinforced commitment to inclusive and sustainable human development.

“When we contribute to the common good, we ourselves are enriched,” he said. “Compassion promotes happiness and will help build the future we want.”

No one would deny the positive benefits of happiness, a state of mind that Americans have been pursuing as an inalienable right since the Declaration of Independence.

The Action for Happiness organization in Britain urges people to count their blessings. “People who are grateful tend to be happier, healthier and more fulfilled,” it says. “Being grateful can help people cope with stress and can even have a beneficial effect on heart rate.”

…More at What Makes You Happy? – NYTimes.com and Happiness In Seven Steps by Lee G Lovett

Let’s begin to be grateful and start on a journey to long, beautiful happiness. Pass happiness on to one another and just smile.

Skin Nutrition For A Great Complexion

Fly awayDid you know what you eat has a lot to do with how your skin looks. If you have a good diet consisting off all the nutrients you need, you skin will be beautiful and glow. If you are eating badly, your skin will show that also. Like I am always saying, you are what you eat; so here are some nutrients you should start adding to your diet not just for your skin, but for better health. (Image by 55Laney69 via Flickr)

Zinc

Zinc deficiency, according to experts, will be characterized by among other symptoms, impaired immune functions, eye lesions and a considerable delay in wounds and skin lesions. Zinc inclusion for the nutrition for healthy skin exercise aims at resolving the zinc deficiency which in turn helps the immune system cope with diseases that affect the skin. Since zinc is a co factor in the various enzymes necessary for healing injured skin, a diet rich in it aids in the healing of the damage caused on the skin by all manners of irritants.

Silica

Nutrition for healthy skin should also be rich in silica. Organic silica as a nutrient provides the body with a vital mineral that constitutes almost all the body’s connective tissue. Silica serves as a cross-link agent, giving the connections strength and flexibility. Silica has been known to alleviate psoriasis, eczema and a number of other degenerative skin conditions. Quite, a number of foods which are also good for the heart such as oats, rice, barley, wines and so on are rich in silica and can be included in the nutrition for healthy skin diet.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

The omega fatty acids fall under the essential fat’s class, which is a group of excellent anti-inflammation agents in the body. In the nutrition for healthy skin, these fats can be found in a variety of fish, the flax seed oil and avocados. Fatty acids are very good with reducing inflammation of cells and cell membranes. A typical nutrition for healthy skin has to have the omega-3 fatty acids, particularly, because these help with the reduction of any kind of skin inflammation.

Vitamins C, E and A

The antioxidant feature of vitamins such as vitamin C, E, and A help the body copes with toxins, stimulates the collagen synthesis and in the while nourishes the skin. Nutrition for healthy skin utilizes vitamins as a basis for all its preventative and treatment of skin diseases. Vitamin A prevents dryness and provides a smooth skin. Furthermore, effective for the dry skin is vitamin E, which also relieves itching and scarring. Vitamin C is imperative for a strong and functioning immune system, and nothing promotes health like a good immune. Fruits and vegetables provide a wide range of vitamin and nutrition for healthy skin.

…More at Nutrition for Healthy Skin – Reviews Table – Reviews Table

Now that you know what nutrients you need to have healthy glowing skin, you can start searching for foods full of these nutrients. As we all know it is much better to eat foods with these types of vitamins rather than taking a vitamin.

Proper Nutrition and the Coordinating the Right Eating Plan

Refreshing Berry SmoothiesProper nutrition is extremely important, you want to make sure that you are feeding your body healthy foods that in needs. Eating healthy will not only better your mood, but will help your metabolism, will help you lose weight and many other great benefits. The thing is all of our bodies have their own little nutrition plan that they have to follow in order to function properly. (Image by Pink Sherbet Photography via Flickr)

You don’t have to starve yourself!

First off, someone who is not at a healthy weight would most likely be on a calorie restricting diet in order to lose weight and burn fat. This will lead to a healthier future and prevention of many harmful diseases. Calorie restricting diets are not as negative as most people may think; all it means is that you should be eating fewer calories than your body requires. This does not mean starving yourself or getting fewer nutrients than you normally would. It simply means that you are eating foods that are nutrient dense, but with limited calories. This is a great example of a diet that helps you lose weight in a natural and healthy way.

It is evident that someone who wants to lose weight has to eat very differently than someone who wants to maintain his or her current weight. If you are satisfied with your weight now, in order to maintain it, you have to be eating approximately the amount of calories your body requires.

These measurements can be acquired using online calculators and simple measurements. However, there is a right of way doing this and a wrong way. Make sure you are consuming the appropriate amount of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. You will be successful only if you are following a balanced and moderate eating plan.

If you are vegetarian, your diet also changes. Whether you want to lose weight or maintain your current weight, it is possible.

…More at What Type Of Nutrition Is Right For You? –

As you see for whatever you are trying to do when it comes to your weight, there is a certain diet plan you must follow. I hope you have found one to follow and will stick to it.

How to be Happy.

Finding, Understanding and Cherishing Happy Moments

Angels Are Messengers From GodMost of us have hectic lives and are just trying to speed through them to the fun stuff. Maybe we should slow down and find some fun in those things that we are doing. We have to produce our own happy moments. I can say myself that I have found a way to enjoy the busy pieces of my life and have made happy moments to look back on. (Image by Thomas Hawk via Flickr)

One of my favorite mantras is “not busy.” Why? Because I strive not to be “busy.” I am usually very good at keeping my time focused on doing the things that are most important to me, the things that will give me the greatest feeling of accomplishment at the end of the day. 

Rushing around to finish a mile-long to-do list can undermine my happiness as much as not getting anything accomplished at all. And when I find myself going in a million different directions, I try to remind myself: “not busy.”

It allows me to slow down (if only in my head), which, of course makes everything flow much more easily. It helps me appreciate that I am exactly where I need to be in every moment. It helps me remember that I always have a choice when looking at any situation.

I find that I am most likely to feel stressed when I’m doing stuff that doesn’t seem “important” — you know the mundane things like running errands and housekeeping. And that fits with something else I’ve learned, because what I’ve realized most is that a happy life is made up of happy moments. And that doesn’t mean those rare, big-ticket happy moments, like getting the publishing contract or the new car.

Happy lives are made up of the quotidian variety of happy moments, like reading a novel, or petting your cat in that special spot that makes her purr. Again, I think it’s especially important that we place a priority on scheduling time alone to “refill our well” — especially during busy times like the holiday.

Understanding this leads to an even more important understanding: the power to choose our thoughts gives us the power to choose joy in any situation.

…More at Happy Moments – How not to be busy | Midwife for Your Life Blog and Happiness in Seven Steps by Lee G Lovett

Whatever you can do to make yourself happy will produce happy moments. To stay happy you have to throw in things that you love when doing something that may not be enjoyable. By having that happy moment will soon make it enjoyable.