The Basics of Body Fat

Losing weight is never an easy journey to jump start. With all the fad diets and new workout programs found at gyms and even ones you can do in your own home it can make it very stressful to start the process of losing weight. Basic lifestyle changes can help you shed some pounds although, if you are looking at more than 10 to 15 pounds there are many other things you must commit to in order to be successful in your weight loss journey.

How Did We Become the “Fat America?”

We have been termed a “fat America” because the high rates of obesity in the United States. Statistics show that over 65% of all Americans living in the United States are considered to be obese or overweight. That’s more than half of the adult population! With these high statistics it’s no wonder that we are termed a “fat America” and that number continues to rise as obese teenagers move into adulthood. If you are overweight or considered obese and want to be seen for you and not as the statistic, the sooner you start working on yourself and changing your lifestyle the better.

Aside from physical appearance, there is another factor that is the number one method used to determine if a person is overweight or obese. This is the Body Mass Index or BMI. You may have seen these charts hanging in your doctor’s office from time to time. The BMI chart is calculated using a person’s height and weight to determine whether they are at a healthy weight, overweight, or underweight. Adults who fall in the “overweight” category will have a BMI between 25 and 29.9; adults with a BMI of 30 or more are considered “obese.”

Regardless of your situation, whether it be health related or just the simple fact that you want to lose weight, the important thing is that you are aware of what body fat actually is so you know how to get rid of it and prevent it from coming back.

What Happens to my Body When I Gain Weight?

When a person has gained weight, they may be asking questions such as “what are fat cells,” “what is happening to my body,” or even “how do fat cells work?” These are typically questions that only your doctor can answer although, there is plenty of information on the Internet from reputable websites. Trust your doctor FIRST AND FOREMOST as he or she has the most accurate information.

Fat tissue can be found in many different places all over your body. Fat is mostly found under the skin as well as on top of each of the kidneys. There is also some stored fat in the liver and small amounts in your body’s muscle. Your gender plays a huge role in where fat is stored on your body.

1. Adult women tend to carry more fat around her hips, waist, breasts, and buttocks which creates a “pear” body shape.
2. Adult men tend to carry more fat around his abdomen, chest, and buttocks which creates a rounder, “apple” body shape.

Some facts about fat cells:

• The sex hormones testosterone and estrogen play a significant role in where fat is stored on the body.
• During the last trimester of pregnancy, fat cells are formed in the fetus and then later on when puberty starts and our sex hormones are more present
• During the puberty stage, the difference in where fat is stored in men and women begin to set in.
• As your body begins to store more fat, the number of fat cells will stay the same and don’t form after the onset of puberty. Instead, fat cells will get bigger.

The Basics of Body Fat

There are two types of fat tissue in the body: white fat and brown fat. White fat is very important for heat insulation, energy metabolism, and mechanical cushioning. Brown fat is found between the shoulders in newborn babies and is extremely in making heat. Because adults have no brown fat, white fat will be the focus of this section.
Fat cells make up fatty tissue which is a very unique cell type. Fat cells are essentially tiny plastic bags that hold one small drop of fat. White fat cells are larger with 85% made up of one large fat droplet. This makes up the majority of the volume of a white fat cell. The other 15% is cytoplasm.

When you eat fatty foods full of triglycerides, it goes through the stomach and into the intestines. When these foods enter the intestines, the following process occurs:

1. Large drops of fat are mixed with bile from the gall bladder. This mixture will then break up these large fat drops into many smaller fat drops which will increase surface area of fat.
2. Enzymes are secreted by the pancreas which attack the surface of these smaller fat drops and breaks them down into the two parts they are made of, fatty acids and glycerol.
3. Each of these parts is then absorbed into the lining of the intestine.
4. The intestinal cells are assembled into packages of fat molecules along with the protein chylomicrons. This coating of protein allows fat to be dissolved easily in water.
5. The proteins are then released into the lymphatic system. They don’t get deposited directly into the bloodstream because they can’t be passed through the capillary walls due to their size.
6. The lymphatic system will merge with the veins where these large proteins can pass into the bloodstream.

The interesting thing about this process is the fact that these fat molecules are broken down into fatty acids and glycerol only to be rebuilt. Why does this phenomenon happen? To put it simply, these fat molecules are too big to cross through cell membranes. In order for them to pass through these cell walls they must be broken down. As these fats are transported within the bloodstream, these few, large fat cells are needed as they won’t attract many extra water molecules as smaller fat cells would.

How our Body Stores Fat

When eating a meal or a candy bar, there is a presence of fatty acids, amino acids or glucose in the intestines. This will stimulate the pancreas to release insulin. Insulin itself acts on cells in the muscle tissue, liver and fat tissue. It is the “boss” as it tells these cells to do the following three things:

• Absorb amino acids, glucose and fatty acids.
• Stops the breakdown of amino acids, fatty acids and glucose; changes glycogen into glucose; turns fats into glycerol and fatty acids; and changes proteins into amino acids.
• It starts building glycogen from glucose; fats from fatty acids and glycerol; and proteins from amino acids.

The activity level of lipases depends on the amount of insulin within the body. If insulin is low, then the lipases are inactive; if it is high, then the lipases are very active. Fatty acids are absorbed from the blood into muscle cells, fat cells and liver cells. These cells are stimulated by insulin to make fatty acids into fat molecules which are them stored as fat drops.

It is possible for these fat cells to take up amino acids and glucose that have been absorbed into the bloodstream after eating and convert them into fat molecules. It is more efficient for the body to store fat in a fat cell rather than converting carbs or protein into fat. For example, if you have approximately 11 grams or about 100 calories of fat floating around in bloodstream, fat cells can store these calories using about 2 to 3 calories of energy. However, if you have those 100 extra calories or approximately 25 grams of extra glucose in your bloodstream, it will take about 23 calories of energy to change this glucose into fat and then store the fat cells. Fat cells will grab fat and store it rather than carbs because it is much easier to store within the body.

How Our Body Breaks Down Fat

When you don’t eat your body can’t absorb food. If your body doesn’t absorb food then a very small amount of insulin is present in your blood. If your body is regularly using energy and you’re not eating this energy comes from your body’s internal storage source of fats, carbs and proteins. Because of this, several different organs in the body will secrete hormones.

1. Pancreas will secrete glucagon.
2. The pituitary gland will secrete the growth hormone and ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone).
3. The adrenal gland will secrete adrenaline.
4. The thyroid gland will secrete the thyroid hormone.

These hormones will begin to attach the cells of the muscle tissue, liver and fat tissue and has the opposite effect on our bodies and the process of breaking down fat than insulin. When you’re not eating or are exercising regularly your body will draw on any internal energy storage in order to provide your body with enough energy to manage daily activities. The body’s main source of energy is glucose and some of the cells in your body can pull energy from glucose, such as brain cells.

The Process of Breaking down Fat into Healthy Energy

There are several steps that the body takes to ensure that your body is able to maintain energy.

1. First line of defense to maintain energy is by breaking down carbs (glycogen) into simple glucose molecules. This process is called glycogenolysis.
2. Next, the body breaks down fats into fatty acids and glycerol. This process is called lipolysis.
3. Fatty acids are then brown down to obtain energy or it can be used to make glucose through a process called gluconeogenesis. During this process, amino acids are used to make glucose.

Within the fat cell, other types of lipases work in breaking down fats into glycerol and fatty acids. They are activated by several different hormones such as epinephrine, glucagon, and growth hormone. The result of this is fatty acids and glycerol will be released into the body, traveling to the liver and through the bloodstream. Once these have reached the liver, fatty acids and glycerol can be broken down even further or the body can use it to make glucose.

Losing Weight and Losing Fat

One thing you have to realize is that fat won’t go away on its own. You are ultimately responsible for lifestyle choices you make to maintain a healthy weight. Since your weight is ultimately determined by how quickly you store energy from the food you consume and how quickly you use that energy, it is important to know how the body works to both store and break down fatty acids and fat cells to better understand how your body manages your food intake. The following is a list of ways to help you maintain a healthy weight and even lose some of the extra fat being stored in your body:

• Eat a well-balanced diet. Consume an appropriate amount of protein, carbs and fat.
• Do not eat in excess. To maintain a healthy weight, limit your calorie intake to approximately 1,500 to 2,000 calories per day.
• Include a regular exercise regimen into your daily routine.

Another thing to understand is that there is such a thing as good fats and bad fats. There are fats that can heal your body and fats that can kill your body. Most people are unaware of this small but extremely important detail when it comes to the types of fat that you can consume. Many people will opt to go for foods that are 100% fat free thinking this will combat their “fat problem” when in fact those foods are filled with sugar. Examples of bad fats include:

• Trans fats
• Saturated fats
Examples of good fats include:
• Monounsaturated fats
• Polyunsaturated fats

Understanding how fat is broken down and how your body uses fat is important when starting your weight loss journey. Exercise and dieting aren’t enough: knowing how your body works and functions during weight loss is just as important so you know what to eat and what to stay away from.

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A Guide To Total Body Fitness!

EXERCISE FOR A BETTER YOU – INSIDE AND OUT

Being fit can give you immediate benefit of improved vigour, and it may offer long-term benefits as well.

# Gain More Energy. As you exercise regularly, your entire body becomes more efficient. Your heart begins to pump more blood with each beat and to beat fewer times each minute. Your body develops the ability to make more oxygen available to your cells. That means more energy – greater productivity, more stamina, and less fatigue.

# Feel Good. Exercise makes you feel good, both physically and mentally. It gives you a psychological lift and strengthens your sense of accomplishment. The discipline associated with exercise also makes you feel good about yourself: “I feel good that I walked today,” or “When I run, I feel I have control over one area of my life.”

# Look Good. Regular exercise plays an important role in helping to reduce body fat and weight and to develop muscle. Fitness can give you a better-looking, better-proportioned body: a flatter abdomen, firmer thighs, and slimmer hips.

# Feel Younger. Increasing your activity level can reverse or slow the changes that many people think are simply the unavoidable results of aging. In reality, lack of exercise usually reduces flexibility, strength, blood vessel elasticity, and lung functions; slows reaction time and metabolism; and increases body fat between ages 30 and 60.

# Build A Stronger Heart. Regular exercise may help reduce or modify some of the risk factors associated with heart disease, such as high cholesterol levels, elevated blood pressure, obesity, and stress. A three-year study at the University of Toronto showed that people who exercised regularly after a heart attack had less than a 5 per cent chance of having a second attack, while those who were sedentary had 22 per cent chance.

WHAT IS PHYSICAL FITNESS?

Physical fitness has two extremes: the well-conditioned person at one end and the completely inactive individual at the other. To be well-conditioned, you need to work on the four components of physical fitness: Body Composition, Cardiovascular Fitness, Muscle Fitness, and Flexibility.

# Body Composition: Body composition is the ratio between body fat and muscle. Too much fat and not enough muscle may increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, gout, and arthritis and back problems.

# Cardiovascular Fitness: Cardiovascular fitness is the ability of the heart, blood, and blood vessels to transport oxygen to your muscles. A strong, efficient heart is important for stamina and may lower your risk of heart disease.

# Muscle Fitness: Muscle fitness is the strength, endurance and shape of your muscles. Good muscle fitness helps you maintain good posture; avoid lower back pain; and lift, carry, push, and press any objects. Regular exercise keeps your muscles well developed – an important ingredient in proper body composition. Calisthenic and weight-training exercises improve your muscle fitness. Aerobic exercises also can improve muscle fitness, although to a lesser extent.

# Flexibility: Flexibility is the range of motion possible at the joints of your body. Good flexibility helps you avoid lower back pain, plus joint, neck, shoulder, arm and leg injuries. Calisthenics, stretching exercises and yoga can help maintain or improve flexibility or suppleness.

GETTING OFF TO A GOOD START

Before you begin an exercise programme, discuss what you plan to do with your physician. Most physicians will adjust the programme according to your needs and health status.

HOW FIT ARE YOU NOW?

Evaluate your physical fitness level before you start a fitness programme. Ask yourself the following questions for the evaluation:

CARDIOVASCULAR FITNESS

Q #1: Do you exert yourself enough to work up a sweat for 20 minutes or more, three to four times a week?

Q #2: Are you physically active on the job? That is, does your work require you to move for at least 40 minutes non-stop, do vigorous physical activity, lift heavy objects?

BODY COMPOSITION

Q #3: Is your weight appropriate to standard height/weight charts?

Q #4: Are you satisfied with your body’s muscle tone and the way your body looks?

MUSCLE FITNESS

Q #5: Have you been free of lower back pain (backache) during the past 6 months?

Q #6: Have your waistline expanded less than one inch since age 18 (women) or 21 (men)?

FLEXIBILITY

Q #7: Can you easily touch your toes without bending your knees?

Q #8: Are you currently free from aches, pains or stiffness in joints such as neck, shoulders, lower back, hips, and knees?

WHAT IS YOUR BODY TYPE?

In addition to your medical and fitness status, consider your weight and body type when starting a fitness programme.

BODY TYPES

Heavy: Substantial amount of fat with poor muscle development – usually very inactive.

Heavy Muscular: Substantial amount of fat with fair to good muscle development – usually formerly or occasionally active.

Thin: Very lean and very little muscle development – usually very inactive.

Now check the list below for guidelines on the best exercises for particular body types. But remember that there are always exceptions: some aerobic dancers are heavy and muscular, and some swimmers are thin. In general, the list highlights those activities from which you can expect the most success, the least frustration, and the best chance to staying with on the road to fitness. For example, a heavy person may not get the full benefit of jumping rope, running, or aerobics because of the stress that extra body fat puts on the legs.

# Heavy: Bicycling; Swimming; Brisk Walking

# Heavy Muscular: Aerobic Dancing; Bicycling; Racquet Sports; Swimming; Brisk Walking; Weight Training.

# Muscular: Aerobic Dancing; Bicycling; Racquet Sports; Jumping Rope; Running/Jogging; Climbing Stairs; Swimming; Brisk Walking; Weight Training.

# Thin Muscular: Aerobic Dancing; Bicycling; Racquet Sports; Jumping Rope; Running/Jogging; Climbing Stairs; Swimming; Brisk Walking; Weight Training.

# Thin: Aerobic Dancing; Jumping Rope; Running/Jogging; Climbing Stairs; Brisk Walking

ASSESS YOUR PERSONALITY

Your personality is basic to success in selecting the right fitness programme. If you are introverted, you will probably like activities that you can do alone such as bicycling, running, and swimming. If you like to do things with other people, an aerobics class, racquet sports, walking with a friend or perhaps weight training at a gym may be best. If you are competitive, one of the racquet sports may be a consideration. As an outdoor person, brisk walking, jogging, or roller skating might be one of your options.

CHOOSE A FITNESS ACTIVITY

There are many activities that help you get into shape. Brisk walking, running/jogging, swimming, bicycling, aerobics, jumping rope, climbing stairs, weight training, and racquet sports will all help you develop physical fitness. These activities very, however, in how effectively they help you develop the four fitness components.

To make the most of the activity you choose, it’s important to consider how often, how vigorously, and how long you exercise.

FREQUENCY, INTENSITY AND TIME

FREQUENCY

You need to exercise three to four days each week. While some people exercise every day, it’s good idea to take a day or two of rest, especially if you have been inactive for some time. If you are past age 40, exercising every other day gives your body time to recover.

INTENSITY

You have an efficient, built-in computer for determining how hard to exercise: your heart or pulse rate. To count your pulse rate, place your first and second fingers of one hand along the thumb side of your other wrist to feel for the pulse. Count pulse for 10 seconds, then multiply by 6 to find out how many times your heart beats per minute.

Your ideal exercise level is determined by your “training heart rate.” Your training heart is approximately 60 to 85 per cent of your maximum heart rate. To make sure you are exercising vigorously enough; check your pulse occasionally to see if your heart rate falls within the training zone.

In addition to taking your pulse rate, you can determine whether you are exercising too hard by listening to your body. For example, if your breathing is laboured, slow down. A good guide is that you should be able to hold a conversation while exercising.

The list below shows average ranges; you should check with your doctor if you have a condition that would not allow you to safely reach these levels.

TRAINING HEART RATE:

Age || Beats per Min.

10-19: 123-174

20-29: 117-166

30-39: 111-157

40-49: 104-149

50-59: 99-140

60-69: 93-132

70+: 87-123

When considering the intensity of exercise, remember your fitness level and age. If you are just beginning a programme, exercise on the low side of your training heart rate. This is, do not exceed 10 beats above your lower reading. For a 40-year-old, for example, a pulse rate of 105-115 could be appropriate.

A warning: trying to beat the clock can defeat an otherwise good exercise programme. Thinking that if two miles in 17 minutes is good, then two miles in 15 minutes is better can be inefficient. When you run, bike, swim, or walk against the clock as if trying to excel in competition, you have moved from fitness to sport.

TIME

Ultimately you should aim for an exercise period of 30 minutes, enough to train your heart and reduce body fat. If you are just beginning an exercise programme after a period of inactivity, you will want to take it slowly, gradually building up to 30 minutes.

# Aerobic Dancing: Good for Cardiovascular fitness and Body Composition. Works most of the body.

# Bicycling: Excellent for Cardiovascular fitness and Body Composition. Strengthens leg muscles with little trauma

# Racquet Sports: Fair for Cardiovascular fitness. Good if both players are skilled and time outs minimal.

# Climbing Stairs: Excellent for Cardiovascular fitness and Body Composition.

# Weight Training: Excellent for Muscle Fitness. If done correctly, may improve Flexibility too.

# Yoga/Stretching: Excellent for improving Flexibility. No equipment necessary.

# Jumping Rope: Fair to good for Cardiovascular fitness. If skill level is adequate, you may get a good workout.

# Running: Excellent for Cardiovascular fitness and Body Composition.

# Swimming: Excellent for Cardiovascular fitness. Low injury rate. Excellent for heavier person or person with joint or arthritic problems.

# Walking: Excellent for Cardiovascular fitness and Body Composition. Easily built into the day. Low injury rate and very safe.

WARM-UP AND COOL-DOWN

You should spend 5 to 10 minutes warming up before each exercise session and 7 to 10 minutes cooling down afterward. This will help prevent injuries and sore muscles as well as promote flexibility. Walking vigorously and then walking while swinging your arms, twisting your upper body, hand shaking your hands and arms is a good warm-up. To cool down, spend a couple of minutes walking slowly and then do some exercises that stretch the upper, middle and lower third of your body.

MUSCLE FITNESS

Aerobic exercises are very effective in strengthening the heart and lungs, and are a good aid to weight loss. As beneficial as aerobic exercise is, however, it is not enough to add muscle and shape to your body.

The best activities for developing muscle fitness are calisthenics and training with weights (dumbbells or barbells, for example). These type of exercises allow you to place greater-than-normal resistance on your muscles, which result in improved muscle strength and endurance. But it is essential that you know how to perform the types of exercises correctly and safely.

CROSS-TRAIN FOR LONG-TERM FITNESS

Cross-training – complimenting the activity you have chosen with other forms of exercise – is an excellent way to maintain your interest in a long-term fitness programme and to make sure you develop all four fitness components. It also helps prevent injuries that might be caused by overstressing certain muscles and joints. Runners, for example, should consider doing other exercises to develop the upper body. Cross-training also allows you to target a particular area to improve your overall body proportions.

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Natural Vision Improvement Strategies To Prevent Vision Loss

Contrary to popular belief, a lifetime of wearing your glasses and contact lenses does not have to be your fate. There are natural ways and techniques to keep your vision healthy and strong. These techniques can either help you to reduce your dependency on your glasses, or even in some cases, completely eliminate them. These natural techniques can increase the focusing power of the eyes for better natural vision without glasses. With the regular and consistent practice of these fun, simple and easy to perform eye exercise techniques you can improve the natural function of your visual system and stop the vicious cycle of stronger prescriptions and weaker eyes. Eye exercises are just one particular method of improving your vision naturally without glasses. Nutrition is also an equally important aspect of a program that helps you to improve your vision naturally.

Many people simply accept that weak eyesight is a natural part of the aging process and don’t take the time to explore natural alternatives. Others only become concerned about issues related to vision loss only until their eyesight becomes extremely poor. 3 key factors are responsible for poor eyesight.

1. Weakened eye muscles resulting from many years of excessive close up work that cause a buildup of stress and tension in the eye muscles. This weakens the focusing power of the eye muscles. When it comes to natural alternatives to solving your vision problems eye exercises can help repair damage done to the visual system as a result of excessive close up work. These techniques help to re-build the focusing power of the eyes and release stress and strain in the eye muscles for better vision.

2. Another cause of poor eyesight is stress and tension in the eyes related to emotional, physical and mental stress.

3. Also, a nutritional deficiency is one of the major causes of vision loss. This is due to the fact that the quality of our eye health is reflected in the quality of the types of foods that we eat. What we eat can either end up making our vision better or it can end up making our eyesight poor.

The body is resilient and has the ability to heal and repair itself provided that it is supplied with exercise and the right nutrition. Therefore, here are some nutritional strategies to prevent vision loss. First of all, cut back significantly on your consumption of sugar, as sugar causes damage to the blood vessels of the eyes. In terms of a diet to improve eyesight, focus on eating foods rich in carotenoids and Vitamin A. An example of foods rich in these nutrients include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, garden peas, chicken liver, kale, spinach, collard greens, zucchini, turnip greens, elderberries and corn to name few.

These foods consist of important vision supporting nutrients, vitamins and minerals essential in maintaining and promoting better vision. Eye exercises are an effective alternative to glasses, contacts and laser surgery in solving vision problems. While traditional methods of vision correction are popular they never correct the underlying causes of your vision conditions- nutritional deficiencies- stress and tension in the eyes and weakened eye muscles. Eye exercises are a natural vision correction alternative that do help you to re-build and maintain stronger and healthier eyes for years to come.

My name is Joel King and I am a City College Broadcasting graduate and natural vision improvement success story. I enjoy writing helpful articles based on my course of studies at City College, and the knowledge, research and experience I have gained from trying natural eyesight improvement alternatives to glasses and contacts. Reduce or even eliminate your dependency on glasses with this effective natural eye care program that shows you to relieve eye strain. Also enjoy the easy to follow vision exercise techniques that lead to clearer, sharper, better, natural vision.

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Dump The Dictionary and Learn The True Meaning Of Resiliency

Resilience is a way of walking though life. As I explored the wisdom we all get in hindsight, I realized that there is another word we might use: PREsilience (preventive resilience). These are skills and actions that can be cultivated, developed, and taken BEFORE necessity strikes. It is about being pro-active and prepared. If not prepared and proactive, your head will resonate with after-the-fact “if onlys.”

In short, human resiliency is far deeper and more all encompassing than how the dictionary defines “resilience.”

Definition of RESILIENCE from Merriam Webster:

1: The capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress.

2: An ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.

Inherent in the first definition is the notion of returning to an original size and shape. This might be true for bent metal, but it is not enough for people in this global 24/7 world. In fact, the common phase, “bounce back” works for tennis balls, blow-up clowns, and trampolines but not for the human system. Instead, true resilience is the ability to grow forward through challenge or opportunity, becoming wiser, smarter, stronger, and better able to create a sustainable future.

There is NO bouncing back! No! Not! Never! Going back to an original state might feel comfortable but it denies the very opportunity of personal and organizational growth. In a constantly changing world, returning to old habits, old structures, and old behaviors can actually be counter-productive. Growing forward contains more power.

Today, resiliency also means one is willing to turn right when everyone else turns left. It implies courage, tenacity, and taking the uncharted course. For an individual, it also means listening deeply to one’s inner voice rather than the chorus that surrounds you.

The second dictionary definition is hampered by the words “adjust easily,” “misfortune,” and “change.” Let’s examine those words.

Resilience is seriously hard work, requiring body, mind, and spirit to be engaged. It requires learning from errors and that takes humility. It can take collaboration and connecting with others and that takes interpersonal skills. Some parts might be easier than others, but all adjustment requires effort.

“Consider the fact that maybe God closed the door because He knew you were worth much more.”
– Seth Adam Smith

“Misfortune” is a word that belittles the tremendous turn of events many of our brothers and sisters face on a daily basis. My friend W. Mitchell – an amazing keynote speaker – leaves audiences spellbound with his story of losing his fingers, his face, and suffering 3rd and 4th degree burns over most of his body, only to become a paraplegic four years later in a plane crash. One would never call these accidents “misfortunes.” Call them horrible. Terrifying. Life-threatening. And ultimately, Mitchell took these events and shaped his life in ways to make him more powerful than ever before.

“We always experience anxiety when faced with opportunity.”
– Sam Horn

Likewise, great opportunities rather than “misfortunes” might demand our energy, strength, determination, and courage. It takes resilience to find the resources to build an incredible cardiac hospital network like Narayana Hrudayalaya in India (a 98% success rate in cardiac surgeries), or to seize the worldwide need for potable water and create-as Matt Damon did with Water.org.

Lastly, there’s Webster’s phrase “recover from… change.” Such a catchall statement! There are many kinds of changes and some don’t require “recovery” but rather rejoicing. Think of the birth of a child, a long-awaited promotion, a move into retirement, a wedding day, and perhaps the momentous day graduates throw up their mortar board and declare themselves free of college (even if burdened with debt).

Resilience is about sustaining an organization, a life, a relationship. Resilience is complex, multidimensional, personal as well as professional. It’s about growing through the dark night of the soul and finding sunrise on the other side. Presilience is practicing it now, building pre-emptive resources within yourself, your organization, your world.

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Your Health Starts Here: Enrich Your Well Being – Eat Better Food

All of this starts at the moment you go shopping. Shopping smart is the beginning for better health. What you don’t buy or bring home you can’t eat. There you have your choice, it can become a lower weight shopping basket, or a lower blood pressure or an anti arthritis shopping basket etc. These are our choices, everything has a beginning in life, such as good health, bad health, and how we manage it. Most of the time these are our own choices. It is known through numerous researches that food can become our medicine and food becomes our healer.

But there is also another link to a healthy body – your mind, because mind over matter matters. That’s right, your mind. It’s called the mind-body connection. In a nutshell, what you believe in your mind can influence things in your body. Anxiety can make any illness worse or is even the starting point of it. Anxiety can make pain feel worse, lower defences and immune system that allows any virus or illness take hold and can aid in raising your blood pressure. A simple act of relaxing can do wonders for your health which is all part of the mind and body connection.

Combination Of Health And Well Being

Using the power of positive thinking and relaxing techniques including healthy eating will certainly help with any treatment of illness. Because of high depletion in food it is more important now than ever before to make the right choices when it comes to your diet. Your body can only stay healthy when it gets all the right nutrients it needs and all of that comes from the food we buy and prepare. But you may say: I’m taking my vitamins every day. Which are totally useless if your diet isn’t right in the first place. The body’s health reacts from many things which include all the minerals and vitamins that must work with each other; one or two on its own will have no positive effect.

The many fast foods which have become a quick, lazy and cheap way to have a meal does not give the body what it needs to stay healthy. Denying your body the right food that includes good nutrients for a long time will without any doubt become a serious health issue. To have a healthy body means having a diet rich in many mineral and vitamins every day and not just on occasions.

Medical research has discovered literally thousands of healing nutrients in foods. One type of phytonutrient found in vegetables has been known reducing cancer and other illnesses by as much as 44 percent. Many vegetables contain a substance called carotenoids; as well beta carotene, lutein and lycopene are all different varieties of carotenoids. They all have a strong amount of antioxidants that help the body fight disease.

Case Histories Of Remarkable Healing

Nature provides us with its remarkable healing power. Unfortunately, in many cases this been ignored not only because of disbelieve but more often because of lack of knowledge. There always be different opinions as well as disbelieves and wrong information. Many people continue to suffer from misguided wrong advice over the last several decades and still leading to poor health today. Some unscientific bureaucrats still have this backward stance that healthy food could have the power to prevent a number of chronic diseases, as well as obesity.

Although there is overwhelming scientific evidence that just the opposite is the case. It comes down to what you eat; you can trace every disease and illness to a mineral and vitamin deficiency. Even at the lowest level of deficiency in various nutrients will alter your body’s immunity and blood levels. The problem here is it has become harder to select a nutrient rich diet. The quality in our vegetables and fruits has reduced on average around 40 to 50 percent since the seventies because depletion of soil and the use of artificial fertilizers.

The healing powers are found in different vitamins and minerals such as zinc, selenium, copper, magnesium; these are just some of the many our body needs a percentage of every day and not just some times. Using supplements to overcome any shortfall, select carefully, many being made from synthetics and not natural ingredients.

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Human Body Energy Fields

The human body, composed of seven billion billion billion atoms, is often compared to a machine in that it has an engine, electrical system, movable parts, and a computer on board. Such an analogy ignores four essential body aspects. Ancient as well as contemporary literature has explored human consciousness, spirituality, and the concept of a soul. Within this exploration has been the following four generally non-visible body energy fields: the etheric body, astral body, mental body, and the causal body.

The etheric body, sometimes referred to as the ether-body or aether-body, is the first layer of the human energy field. It provides vitality and life to the physical body. It encompasses electromagnetic, chi, prana, and or Ki vitality. From a science viewpoint, it is composed of subatomic particles. The etheric body also attunes one’s consciousness to universal energy. Blue-violet color radiates from the etheric body. The etheric body is the same shape as the physical body.

Next is the astral energy field and it is generally posited between the mental and causal body energy fields. The idea dates back to at least the time of Plato. Some writers claim it is the spiritual counterpart of the physical body; however, Theosophists indicate the astral body is the link between the human nervous system and the cosmos. The astral body is an exact replica of the physical body and is the instrument of emotions. Like the other generally non-visible body energy fields, it extends beyond the actual physical body. Astral projection utilizes the astral body to travel to other dimensions. Finally, the astral body is a field of energy occupying the same space as the aura, but appears to have a higher degree of flexibility in that it is constantly reshaped by thought and emotion. The astral energy field functions as a vehicle of consciousness, which can exist separately from the physical body even though it is connected to that physical body.

The third body energy field is called the mental body. It presents an interesting challenge particularly in view of the quarrel over the location of the mind. It is believed this mental body energy field is located in the mind. Further, this field is the vehicle of thought vibration and enables the manifestation of the self. Healing at this energy field is stronger, longer lasting than the other three body energy fields. The reason for this is the suspicion that the mind energy field is all encompassing, that is, it exists everywhere in the human physical body

The causal body is the fourth body energy field. It has its roots in Yogic and Vedantic concepts that have been forged into some of the basic principles of Theosophy, esotericism, and spiritual mysticism. It is here that the soul—the spiritual soul that survives the physical death of the body, exists. Since the soul is energy and if one accepts the major premise of the Second Law of Thermodynamics that energy cannot be destroyed, it makes sense then, that the soul survives the death of the body.

The individual’s role, then, is to be open, to be receptive, and to be cognizant of these body energy fields and resonate with them.

Dr. Wilson is the author of a dozen books ranging from shamanism to activating archetypes, manifesting, and educational issues. His five novels have a shamanic theme. Dr. Wilson also holds a PhD in metaphysical humanism and is an ordained minister, spiritual counselor and a Reiki master.

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A Guide To Total Body Fitness!

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The Weight Loss Resolution Wobble

How’s your weight loss resolution going this year? Have you reached the point where your resolve wobbles? Let’s be honest. Does this happen every year?

Don’t worry, there are ways to get back on track easily. The first thing to realise is that you are only human. Most people are not perfectionists who can sustain a regime of eating and exercise that they do not completely enjoy.

When you tell yourself you can’t have something what happens? You want and crave it even more. That’s the body’s natural reaction when it thinks it is in a starvation situation. So here are a few tips to help you stay on track…

Don’t think of it as a diet – they don’t work!
Consider how you can love yourself more – you deserve it.
Do not demonise food by labelling it ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’ – you’ll crave the ‘bad’.
Tell yourself that all food is fuel, only some works better for you than others.
Make sure your new eating habits are sustainable by:
Create a lifestyle change with new foods and eating habits.
Eat food you love and that loves your body back.
Enjoy the food you eat.
Eat consciously switching your mind onto your body – eat until just full.
Have fun with food – try out new foods and menus to increase enjoyment.
Cut down on your portion size – use a smaller plate.
Cut down sugar or cut it out for long periods to stop your cravings.
Cooking from scratch will dramatically reduce your sugar intake.
Cut down your carbs to once a day.
Try eating brown rice instead of white, sweet potato or quinoa
Create an exercise routine that is sustainable:
Plan activities that are fun and that you love – the gym is not for everyone!
Challenge yourself by using a pedometer to increase your activity.
Find a friend to do it with.
Park further away from work and walk more.
Don’t worry if your resolve and motivation wavers. That’s natural. Have a plan of action that gets you back on track easily. Plan to very occasionally eat foods you love that do not love your body. Enjoy and savour every mouthful without any guilt. You will eat less of it and by not fully restricting it you will not crave it.

Finally, watch your stress levels they will lead you back to comfort eating. Find ways to reduce your stress such as exercise, mindfulness, laughter and talking to a trusted friend or counsellor.

Make this you’re a resolution revolution by creating the lifestyle change that loves you back!

Chrissie Webber is the author of WEIGHT LOSS, LIFE GAIN and also a weight management coach with over 20 years experience in motivation and behavioural coaching. Through her Facebook Support Group

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Healthy Eating – The Benefits of Drinking Matcha Tea

Are you someone who is interested in taking your health to the next level? If so, there is a good chance you have considered adding green tea to your daily eating plan. You have likely heard all of the positive notes about how beneficial this type of tea is to your health and as such, have replaced your morning cup of coffee with this beverage.

But, as it turns out there is a beverage even better you will want to consider adding to the mix. That beverage? Matcha tea.

What is this and how does it stack up? Let’s look a little closer at what you need to know…

1. What Is Matcha Tea. Match tea is essentially a very concentrated form of green tea and as such, gives you all the benefits green tea has to offer, only amplified.

As it is very concentrated, you will note the taste is usually stronger as well, so for those who love the taste of green tea, chances are you will fall in love with matcha tea and what it has to offer.

How Can Matcha Tea Benefit You? What will you gain from drinking this tea? First, note the antioxidant content of one cup provides the equivalent of 10 cups of green tea. So by serving yourself this one beverage in the morning, you will be doing your part to fend off oxidative damage and disease.

Next, matcha tea will deliver you the same metabolic boosting properties green tea does, which can go a long way towards assisting with weight loss and your overall body weight control…

those who drink matcha green tea regularly will also notice they are better able to stabilize their blood sugar levels, so this can further assist with your weight loss efforts while also helping you combat Type 2 diabetes.
you can count on matcha green tea to help give you a great energy boost and keep you in the zone while doing a workout session as well. The unique thing about matcha tea is it contains both caffeine and L-theanine, which helps exert calming and stress busting effects on your body. First, you will get the energizing effect of caffeine, but to counteract the common jittery feeling most people get, you will then find the L-theanine will help keep you calm and mentally focused: one of the best pre-workout options you can use.
It has been revealed matcha tea will help combat some diseases including cancer, Type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
Next time you are looking for something warm to drink, why not consider adding some matcha tea to your day? It is one of the best beverages you could be putting into your system to improve your health and manage your blood sugar levels.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

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Control Your Weight and Insulin With Antioxidants

In the 1950’s Denham Harman proved the free radical theory of aging is right and over the years it has also been found that free radicals are a foundation of a number of diseases like atherosclerosis and cancer. They causes inflammation in the body and degeneration and disease follows. Obesity is one result. Inflammation is also involved in Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and Alzheimer’s as well as many other diseases.

Free radicals are molecules that react with oxygen and help in forming oxygen. They play a part in the signals cells send to each other and environmental stress affects them because cells get damaged and there are less cells. This leads to what may be called oxidative stress. This also happens when you are exposed to cigarettes, stress, chemicals, alcohol, pollution, high-fat foods, the ozone, food additives and during physical exercise.

Normally cells and antioxidants in the body such as glutathione defend against this but when the levels get too high the antioxidants we make in our body are not enough to destroy the bad molecules and the DNA, RNA and protein can damage so we age faster.

Insulin resistance happens when cells become less sensitive to insulin and then sugar is unable to enter the cells. The body ignores the message insulin is trying to send it and needs to make higher and higher amounts of insulin. The sugar builds up in the blood to a high, destructive level. There is now scientific proof that insulin resistance is behind a lot of illnesses which means that our level of anti-oxidants in our body needs to be kept high to avoid oxidative stress.

Mainstream medicine is finally beginning to recognize this link of insulin resistance. Current research only goes to prove this link between insulin resistance and other diseases ranging even to cognitive decline, various cancers, depression and maybe even breast and colon cancer.

Most importantly inflammation is also thought to be the underlying reason for putting on weight and obesity. Inflammation could be a foundation for post-menopausal breast cancer, cancers of the endometrium, colon and kidney, and malignant adenomas of the oesophagus. Many of the latest studies show that free radicals are behind all this.

The most powerful antioxidants improve inflammation and insulin sensitivity. N-acetyl cysteine has been shown to prevent fructose-induced insulin resistance in rats and the turmeric part Curcumin also is an agent to improve insulin sensitivity. EGCG is also a well-researched antioxidant part in animal studies as is green tea for obesity and diabetes although it does not affect in this study the blood glucose levels. Bilberry has been known to improve the function of fat cells which also affect insulin resistance. Grape seed and Rosemary also help in raising anti-oxidant levels.

A two-step approach using antioxidants and blood-sugar-maintaining nutrients is needed to help improve your health. The body tends to become less sensitive to the effects of insulin as we get older so this becomes important. Add to this over-eating that increases blood sugar, too many carbohydrates – white breads, pasta, pizza etc and it means we need some antioxidants to help restore the insulin balance.

So antioxidants are important in helping the body prevent major illnesses, regulating the insulin and therefore help with weight loss. It is never too late to start looking after your health and it is important to see a qualified practitioner to design a program to suit you.

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