Yoga as a Remedy for Insomnia

Sleep is one of the most important components of your day and life in general. It is essential for proper brain functioning, health and energy as well. Most of us have busy days that are jam-packed with events and activities, leaving us little time to de-stress and rest. On top of that, getting to sleep when we actually find the time can also be difficult for those who suffer from insomnia or other sleep disorders. There are a number of remedies (e.g. sleeping pills, counting sheep, etc.) that may or may not work for you, but you may not be familiar with the powerful effect that yoga may have on your sleeping pattern. Not only may yoga help you fall asleep, but it can give you a better quality sleep as well.

Diet Induced Thermogenesis and Thermogenic Foods

Many of you may not have heard of the term diet induced thermogenesis and put simply, it is the process of rapidly increasing your metabolism through the intake of certain foods. Some of these foods that promote this effect, which are referred to as thermogenic foods, have been recommending for those with the particular goal of weight loss. If you have a weight loss goal in mind, understanding the power of thermogenesis and thermogenic foods, may help you jumpstart your fat smashing journey.

Thermogenesis and the Thermic Effect

As you can probably guess from the root word “thermo”, thermogenesis has to do with the process of heating up your body internally. Certain thermogenic foods have this power to increase your temperature and this effect may have various health benefits. Whenever you eat something, your body is using energy to chew, swallow and metabolize the item for storage. The total amount of energy used throughout this process is called the thermic effect of food. Some foods are therefore, more thermogenic than others and as you may guess, most of these are lower calorie options. The list of thermogenic foods are those that often require more energy (calories) to metabolize compared to the amount of calories contained in the food item.

Cardiovascular Benefits of Walnuts

We all know that nuts of many varieties offer plenty of nutritional benefits, but if you had to choose just one nut, I would recommend the walnut. The walnut contains many nutrients that have multiple health benefits, but what may be one of the most astounding benefits of the nut is its impact on cardiovascular health.

Nutritional benefits

Walnuts contain a number of nutrients that allow them to rank #1 above peanuts, pistachios, almonds and many other nutty favorites. One of the reasons is their high level of antioxidants, where you can get almost twice the amount in a serving of walnuts compared to other nuts. The primary antioxidant found in walnuts is Vitamin E. Walnuts are also a great source of dietary fiber and protein as well as magnesium and potassium.

Improve Your Eyesight by Implementing a Healthy Diet

As we age, there are many health concerns that we need to make sure to tend to. What may be overlooked (no pun intended) is the health of our eyesight. Often, people do not worry about their eyesight until there is already a problem. Aside from physical injury, there are a number of other factors that can contribute to the deterioration of your eyesight, including environmental ones like wind and air pollution. Having an ophthalmologist tell you that you need glasses should not be the primary point of tending to your eye health. Rather, you should take preventive steps to prolong healthy eyesight.

6 Common Cardio Training Mistakes

Cardio exercises, such as the treadmill, stationary bike, StairMaster, elliptical machine, and spinning classes are a common part most people’s workout routines. People who want to lose weight and/or enhance their endurance usually focus on cardiovascular exercises.

In this article, we shall discuss six common cardio mistakes that people make regularly, so that you can avoid them and get the most out of your workout sessions.

1. Lack of Hydration

Most people do not concern themselves with hydration. Until and unless you are an athlete or a body builder, you do not have to worry about such things, right? Wrong!

Staying hydrated improves your metabolism, keeps you coordinated, and helps your faculties perform at optimum level. When you are dehydrated, your brain activity is significantly decreased, you get tired easily, and your metabolism does not perform as well as it should. As a result, your body has trouble digesting food, accumulates fats, and you have trouble losing weight.

Burning Feet While Running

burningfeetAthletes and runners involved in various types of sports often suffer from a condition called paresthesias. Athletes suffering from this condition feel a peculiar burning and tingling sensation in their feet. Apart from athletes, people can face this problem by walking, standing for long time periods and even sitting. Nature and severity of the condition depends upon many reason including general fatigue, blood circulation issues or damage caused to nerves. Burning feet may be acute when the condition remains for a short period of time and can be easily treated, or it may be chronic when it stays for a longer period of time.

Understanding Chlorine Rash and Learning How to Deal with It

swimming pool When summer is over, people are just really looking for some exercise. The best way to have fun and get in shape safely, is to take a dive in the public swimming pool. However, even if you go to a private club’s swimming pool, it could be possible that the water is treated with chlorine in order to kill the bacteria that are at times present in the water.

Furthermore, the amount of chlorine in the water is greatly increased to match the amount of people that are expected to bathe in such waters. That’s why in places like public swimming pools, water parks and even hot tubs, chlorine is actively used to eliminate bacteria that might start growing there. On the other hand, even though it is an effective disinfectant, chlorine in the water may irritate the skin of anyone who comes in contact with it.

How to Reduce Your Daily Salt Intake

saltI was always the first at the table to grab that salt shaker to zest up my food. Even though my blood pressure was normally low, I was told by friends and family that I needed to cut back on salt to avoid getting myself into serious health problems.

Eventually I decided to consider their advice, so I researched through various sources to confirm if I really needed to make some changes. What I found really made me make some changes in my lifestyle because I realized the harmful effects extra salt and sodium can have on my health.

With a conscious effort I began to cut back on the additional salt and sodium I was consuming. The benefits of a regulated sodium intake are amazing and did wonders to my health.

Following are the things that I have learnt through my experience and would like to share with you. Have a look:

10 Foods To Avoid While Breastfeeding

breastfeedingIf you are the proud mother of a newborn baby, and are wondering how your diet effects the baby’s nourishment, you’ve come to the right place. Mothers who are breastfeeding should take better care of their diet, because their diet has an indirect effect on their child’s nourishment. What you eat and drink contributes towards the composition of your breast milk, and your child’s health is therefore indirectly affected by your diet.

In some cases, the child may even cry or refuse to feed if the composition of your breast milk disagrees with them, and in other cases, the child may get diarrhea, constipation or rashes. While everyone knows that drinking, smoking, and certain medication must be avoided while breastfeeding, there are many seemingly harmless parts of your diet that may disagree with your baby.

Kale-The Vegan Source of Antioxidants

Kale is a leafy green and is part of the cruciferous vegetable family which includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, collards, and Brussels sprouts.  Kale is an outstanding source of many nutrients, most notably vitamins A, C, and K.  Due to its supreme vitamin K content, kale has also shown great ability as a natural anti-inflammatory source.  Along with these vitamins, kale is also an excellent source of calcium, iron, copper, tryptophan, and B vitamin complex amongst others.  Being rich in these key nutrients, kale helps strengthen your bones while enhancing the overall health of your skin.  One of the most impressive features of kale is its relatively high protein and fiber content despite containing only 36 calories in a one cup serving.