How to Relieve Mental and Physical Stress

We are all stressed out because of many different reasons. Almost every person today including children experience some level of stress on certain aspects. It is important that you take the time and the right measures needed in order to relieve this stress that gets built up in your system be it physical or mental. Carrying a lot of stress with you will only cause you to fall sick and feel depressed a lot of the time. So here are some ways in which you can reduce the level of stress in your life.

Take Time for Yourself

You should definitely have time that you dedicate only for yourself and for your benefit. You should not think of it as wasting time even if all your really do is just fall asleep during that time. If you are falling asleep it is perhaps what your body needs and it is your body’s way of telling you that. You could also go for a massage pakenham or any other location that you are living in. Physical therapies such as these have a very positive effect on both your mind and your soul and help you to reduce your level of stress. If you keep doing this once a month or so you will definitely start to feel the improvement in your health and in your general outlook towards life.

 

Stay Active As Much As You Can

You should never fall into a completely sedentary lifestyle. Not only is it unhealthy, it will also increase the levels of stress that you have by locking you into a feeling of being imprisoned in your own self. When you stay active be it through exercise or by doing something that you enjoy, you will not only stay fit but you will also be constantly in a feel good state of mind and a positive outlook. Exercise and activity release endorphins in our system that will take away all feelings of stress and depression. Do not get used to a routine where you are going to work, coming home, eating, watching television and sleeping.

Eat Well

You should not starve yourself with the aim of losing weight. There are healthy ways in which you can lose weight and depriving yourself of food is not something that can be included in that list. When you starve yourself or keep consuming food and drinks that are harmful to your system, you will have a higher risk of getting stress and anxiety. Things like too much alcohol, nicotine, and other substances will do this to you along with unnecessary amounts of junk food and the likes. Eat things that are good for your system always and try to eat the recommended daily dose of food items.

Sleep Well

Sleep is another factor that has to do with stress. If you are stressed it could be because you are pushing your body without giving it proper rest. Adults are required to sleep at least 8 hours a day so make sure that you give yourself that. Sleeping during the daytime is not really healthy either unless it is just a quick power nap only. You can use soothing music such as meditation music to fall asleep better –

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What is Female Sexual Dysfunction?

A quarter of women are affected by FSD at some point in their lives. Find out the facts now!

Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD) disorder covers four conditions: lack of sensitivity or ability to be aroused, called female sexual arousal disorder; inability to have an orgasm, known as female orgasmic disorder; and pain during sex (which may be due to vulvodynia, endometriosis, or cystitis).

It afflicts up to a quarter of women at some point in their lives. The inability to climax can lead to a build-up of blood around the womb, heavy bleeding and even back pain. If you have trouble becoming aroused, find sex painful and don’t lubricate, then speak to your doctor for diagnosis and advice.

See what Dr Charmaine Saunders says about sexual dysfunction in men and find out the health benefits of sex.

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Coconut water – the perfect hangover cure!

Had too many New Year’s Eve cocktails? A dash of coconut is just what you need to banish your hangover.

ADD TO CART: We love the sweet taste of Kokomo natural coconut water, with just 274kJ per 330ml tetra pack, $2.50, coles.com.au

Coconut water contains five essential electrolytes including potassium, to restore the toasted body’s water balance. Its lauric acid can also help with stomach cramps.

Smoothie recipe for hangovers:

  •     2 cups of unsweetened coconut water
  •     2 cups of ripe mango (if out of season use frozen)
  •     2–3 tbsp of fresh lime juice
  •     ½ cup of ice
  •     2 sprigs of fresh mint

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Improve Your Look Dramatically With Plastic Surgery

Are you not satisfied with your look? Do you find it hard to mix with people for your appearance? We are living in a world where look matters a lot. If you are a bit look conscious, you will feel terribly bad if you find your nose & eyelid surgery, and even the body parts are not properly made. In fact, it might affect your confidence and self-esteem. The result is obvious. You will not be able to progress in your career. The restrictions in your mind will be a great hurdle. If you are going through this phase, you can try skin care & plastic surgery to find a suitable solution for your problem.

What is skin care & plastic surgery?

Different types of skin care treatments are available to deal with a specific skin condition. All skin care treatments do not involve a plastic surgery. Your dermatologist can suggest you some products to treat the signs of aging, dry skin, and a few other skin abnormalities. However, you might need a plastic surgery when the products do not fit your needs.

What is a plastic surgery?

It’s a surgical procedure that deals with reconstruction, repair, or replacement of physical defects. It can correct different types of abnormalities including skin, maxillofacial structures, breast implants & augmentation, fillers-and-facial, extremities, hands, and external genitalia. Plastic surgery has become so popular for a last couple of decades. Now it is not limited to celebrities and privileged people. Anyone can consider a plastic surgeons Okc to correct a flat nose, lip, or any other structural defects that affect the look and confidence. In addition, plastic surgery has become affordable.

What are the complications associated with plastic surgery?

The complications are minimal to nil if you are a healthy person. Any healthy person can go with plastic surgery without expecting any severe side effect. However, you need to consult an experienced and reliable surgeon to maximize the benefits and to minimize the associated risks. If you are suffering from any chronic disease and you are in your old age, then it is better to discuss your medical history with the surgeon to know about the possible complications.

When it comes to the side effects, there might be swelling and discomfort for a few days. Your doctor will offer some post-care treatment that you need to follow for a couple of days after a treatment.

What are the pros and cons of a plastic surgery?

Plastic surgery is considered ideal to correct any defect. You can also contact a plastic surgeon to deal with aging problems. When done right, a plastic surgery can restore your confidence and look forever. Plastic surgery can boost the natural augments of body contouring in such a way that it can complement to your look.

When done wrong, a plastic can have negative impacts. Instead of serving your purpose, it can decrease your image and that is going to affect your confidence. You can expect oversized breasts, lips, and buttocks. A good and experienced plastic surgeon is able to enhance your unique look. You can get a celebrity like look within a couple of weeks.

Brown rice porridge

Health coach Stephanie Douglas has a recipe for turning last night’s leftovers into a wholesome breakfast porridge

Q: I’m trying to eat healthier and add more whole grains to my diet, especially at breakfast, but it seems like the only option is oatmeal. I want something warm and nourishing but I also don’t want to gain weight this winter. Another problem I have is with brown rice. I try to cook it but end up throwing out the leftovers. Do you have any advice?
– Natalie, WA

A: Bravo for trying to include more whole grains in your daily diet! Unlike refined grains such as white bread, rice and pasta, whole grains still have their endosperm and outer layer in tact. These features of the grains are rich in both fibre and B vitamins. Eating these will not only result in a vitamin packed meal but they help you feel fuller for longer – great if you’re watching your weight. Here is a recipe that puts that leftover rice to use and also serves as a healthy, delicious, comforting winter meal.

Leftover Brown Rice Porridge

Ingredients:
•    1 cup cooked brown rice
•    2 tbsp water
•    2 tbsp sultanas
•    1 tbsp oats
•    1 tbsp honey
•    1 banana
•    Dash of cinnamon
•    Slivered or whole almonds (optional)
•    Almond or soy milk to serve (optional)

Method:
Bring oats to the boil with water and add cooked rice. Add sultanas, banana and honey and simmer until warmed through. For a crunchy texture and nutty flavour, add slivered or whole raw almonds. Serve with almond milk, organic milk or soy milk and a dash of cinnamon.  Decorate with your favourite fruit, such as berries or chopped nectarines.

Stephanie is an AADP certified health coach and blogger at nutritiongal.com


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The Factors That Matter When Identifying Matches

Whether someone is waiting for a bone marrow match or hopes for a stem cell transplant, there are relatively few factors that matter in determining who would be a match. We’ll address those here.

Tissue Type

The first requirement is that the donor be a match to the patient’s tissue type. The human leukocyte antigen or HLA tissue type is the most important. Every donor in the bone marrow match registry provides a DNA sample that is tested for six basic HLA markers. Anyone who is a good match based on those criteria for a patient will be sent for additional tests; whoever has the closest HLA markers is considered the best match.

The most likely match in terms of HLA is going to be a family member. The second most likely will be someone with the same ethnic background. This is why the bone marrow registry has been desperately seeking ethnic minority donors – because there are many willing white donors but their bone marrow just isn’t a match for many minorities who need such donations.

The fact that you are always a match with yourself has been one justification for storing cord blood from newborns. There have already been several bone marrow transplants using a child’s own cord blood. Cord blood from siblings conceived as “saviors” for a sibling with blood cancer is an ethically gray area, but it has saved a number of lives. Cord blood harvesting is being touted as an investment in your child’s health, too, because it is a safe source of cells for stem cell transplant for the child at any point in their lives.

Blood Type

If someone is in need of a bone marrow transplant procedure priority will be given to donors with the same blood type as the recipient. After receiving a bone marrow transplant from someone of another blood type, the donor’s body may change blood type over time to match that of the new bone marrow.

Donor Health

Donor health is always a factor to consider when determining who can be a donor. Bone marrow donation doesn’t pose the same health risk that donating an organ would, merely inconvenience and discomfort. However, the donor’s poor health could still preclude them donating bone marrow or stem cells. For example, someone with a deadly disease like HIV or Hepatitis C cannot be a bone marrow donor unless the recipient also has that disease.

Donor age has been found to be associated with long term survival and disease-free status for recipients of bone marrow, and it is probably relevant in other stem cell transplants as well. Your bone marrow and organs are as old as you are. You may be in excellent health for a 60 year old, but the recipient’s odds of survival are higher if they receive a transplant from an equally good match who is 26. A scientific study found that five year survival rates for recipients were 33% if the donor was under 30, 29% for donors between 31 and 45, and 25% if the donor was over 45. For patients receiving bone marrow from someone who wasn’t as good of an HLA match, survival rates were 28% when donors were under 30, 22% if donors were under 45, and less than 20% if donors were over 45. The impact of age on the survival rate of the recipient would mean that it is better to select a sibling donor over a parent and a child over a sibling.

Donor sex turned out to be a complicating factor. A female donor who had multiple pregnancies seemed to have trace amounts of her children’s stem cells in her body that carried over to the recipient. Recipients of their bone marrow suffered graft-versus-host disease at a rate of 55% versus 44% for everyone else. Solutions to this include preferring a male donor over a female one, the female who has never been pregnant, or selecting the youngest female donor on the assumption they’ve had fewer children.

Andréa Albright’s bikini workout

 Want a fitness model body? Our January cover model Andréa’s Albright shares her bikini blaster tri-set.

The rules: A tri-set is simply three exercises back to back. 

1. Walking lunges

Start by doing lunges across the room. No weight is needed. This just gets you warmed up and the blood moving.

2. Chair step-ups

Next comes step-ups on a stable bench or chair against the wall, doing 10 to 15 reps for each leg.

Do not alternate legs; this keeps the tension on the glute and thigh muscles.

This is what I call The Time-Tension Principle™ which gives you more results in less time. This increases an enzyme in your body called AMPk as well, which helps burn even more fat.

3. Bridge pose

Finish off with bridge pose, taking long, slow, deep breaths. This calms you down while tightening and toning up the butt and thighs.

View the full workout at mybikinibutt.com.

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9 satisfying snacks

Looking for healthy snack ideas? Here are 9 satisfying snacks will keep you going ’til dinner.

* 1 piece of fruit such as a banana or an apple or 2 small pieces eg. apricots, plums or kiwifruit

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Healthy snacking – 4 rules to live by

It’s 3pm and you’re in an all-too-familiar standoff with the office vending machine. So what are the rules of healthy snacking?

1. Monitor portion size/kJs

Shoot for 600 to 800 kJ for a nutritious, filling snack that will deliver adequate energy to get you through to the next meal. If you’re training for more than an hour a day, you can afford to (and probably need to) increase the energy count of each snack or add one or two extras. Just don’t forget that post-workout recovery shake counts as food!

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