Monday, September 15, 2014

Digestive disorder - What's really making you sick ?

I truly believe that age … if you are healthy… age is just a number.   -  Hugh Hefner

Health is a central issue associated with increase in longevity and population ageing. The maintenance of health status and functioning with age is a critical factor impacting upon many other aspects of the lives of older persons, their families and communities. Ageing is accompanied by several changes in the gastro-intestinal (GI) system and older adults frequently present with GI problems. Also sedentary lifestyle and food habits affect mid-40.

The causes for the GIT disorders vary based on the age of the person, based on locality & mode of lifestyle. The common causes are contaminated food and water supplies, nutritional factors and also pathogens like bacteria, viruses, protozoan parasites, and helminthes. It is estimated that some form of digestive disorder affects more than 100 million people. For some people, digestive disorders are a source of irritation and discomfort that may cause them to drastically limit their lifestyles and frequently miss work. For others, the disorders may be extremely crippling and even fatal.

The Gastrointestinal Tract
The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is a long muscular tube that functions as the food processor for the human body. The digestive system includes the following organs: mouth and salivary glands, stomach, small and large intestines, colon, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.

Irritations or inflammation of the various sections of the GI tract are identified as gastritis (stomach), colitis (colon), ileitis (ileum or small intestines), hepatitis (liver), and cholecystitis  (gallbladder). The GI tract is not a passive system. Rather, it has the capability to sense and react to materials passed through it. For a healthy digestive system, every person requires different food selections that match their GI tract capacity.

The Digestive Process
The GI tract breaks down foods by first using mechanical means (e.g., chewing) and then via the application of a host of complex chemical processes (from saliva to colon microbes).  The food eaten and passed through the GI tract contains nutrients as well as toxins. Toxins can include, but are not limited to, food additives, pesticides, and specific foods that induce a reaction from the GI tract. 

The process of digestion is accomplished via the surface of the GI tract using secretions from accessory glands. The two glands providing the majority of digestive chemicals utilized by the GI tract are the liver and the pancreas. Another very important function of the GI tract is as a sensory organ. By rejecting foods through objectionable taste, vomiting, diarrhea, or any combination of these symptoms, the sensing capacity of the GI tract can protect the body. The surface of the GI tract has a complex system of nerves and other cells of the immune system.

Dietary Shifts and Digestive Disorders
Human evolutionary history clearly shows that we are primarily herbivores.  The so-called canine teeth of humans bear no resemblance to the canines of even a domestic house cat. The human digestive system is long, and the food is processed slowly to extract all the nutrients from plant material. Conversely, carnivores have short digestive tracts that digest flesh very quickly. The digestive systems of carnivores are able to eliminate the large amount of cholesterol consumed in their diets, and carnivores do not have alpha-amylase present in their saliva. The effect of the shift in our diets during the past 100 years has resulted in heartburn, suffering from peptic ulcer disease, and non-ulcer dyspepsia. Over-the-counter medications for these ailments are a multibillion-dollar industry. Nearly every hour, there is at least one television commercial selling an antacid or similar product.

Gastrointestinal Symptoms
There are five basic symptoms indicating a GI tract problem. These symptoms are generally associated with dietary problems or specific food allergies.

Nausea and Vomiting
Nausea and vomiting can vary from an unsettled feeling in the stomach to the violent action of immediate vomiting. Patients with nausea and vomiting symptoms should assume the ingestion of a reactive food (i.e., food containing toxins) . Patients with low-level nausea usually have their symptoms disappear with dietary change(s). Nausea and vomiting are also linked with migraines caused by food allergies.

Bloating
Bloating can result from excessive gas in the digestive system, failure of the digestive tract to sustain youthful peristaltic contractions, or a lack of sufficient quantities of digestive enzymes and bile acids to rapidly break down food. Intestinal gas results from food fermentation and swallowing air while eating. The bloating from intestinal gas is different from that which occurs in the colon.

Constipation
Constipation is the decreased frequency or slowing of peristalsis, resulting in harder stools. When the GI tract is slowed down, feces can accumulate in the colon with attending pain and toxic reactions. A spastic colon results when the colon contracts out of rhythm in painful spasms blocking movement of the stool. Some patients experience painful days of constipation followed by forceful diarrhea and watery stool, often accompanied by abdominal cramps.

Diarrhea
Diarrhea is the increased frequency of bowel movements, which are also loose or watery. If diarrhea increases, the possibility of celiac disease is considered. Celiac disease is a serious disease that allows certain macromolecules to pass through the intestinal wall. If blood appears in the stool, ulcerative colitis is likely. Protracted bouts of diarrhea can result in nutritional deficiencies due to poor absorption of essential nutrients.

Abdominal Pain
Abdominal pain appears in different patterns and with varying intensities. Cramping occurs because of muscle spasms in abdominal organs. Severe cramping pain, often called colic, usually occurs from problems with strong allergic response to food.

Diseases associated with central GI tract disorders include depression, migraine, asthma, sinusitis, and fibromyalgia.  All of these diseases also have links to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) .

Steps to a Healthier Digestive System

Elimination diets are a good method of determining what foods cause an allergic reaction in the GI tract lining. Planning and following such diets are a safe starting point for anyone desiring to track their GI tract response to food. Interview physicians to learn who may be most qualified to assist in planning an elimination diet. A very good indicator of a healthy GI tract is regular transit time for complete food digestion.

Nutrition from an Ayurvedic perspective
Discovering your constitution and eating respective to your constitution (PRAKRITI) is very important. By understanding your basic constitution and condition, you can utilize nutrition as deep source of healing.


This resource is largely under your control: It is you who eats for you and no one else.

Friday, November 08, 2013

IMPROVE YOUR MOOD BY EATING RIGHT…..

We've all heard that “you are what you eat” – but, in actuality, what you eat can affect you who you are.
Our bodies are delicate balances of chemicals, hormones and neurotransmitters. Food not only sustains life, it determines the quality of that life. Fruits and vegetables are integral sources of nutrients essential to balancing mood and improving mental acuity.

Boost Serotonin -It’s regarded by many as happiness chemical and sleep promoter, but this is an over simplification. Serotonin affects our sleep, sexual behavior, risk-taking, aggression, motivation, temperature regulation, exploratory behavior and eating.
The amino acid tryptophan and 5-OH tryptophan are the building blocks for serotin. Tryptophan an, essential amino acids (meaning our body can’t produce it but obtain it from foods), is abundant in following:

Bananas
In addition to being a great source of potassium (which studies have found improves brain function), bananas are high in B6, a vitamin that increases serotonin and norepinephrine levels. Bananas also offer the mood-regulating relaxant tryptophan, an amino acid responsible for your lovely Thanksgiving turkey dinner afterglow.
Broccoli
Broccoli boasts impressive levels of folic acid (also known as Vitamin B9), an entity necessary for a number of bodily functions, including cell growth, the production of healthy red blood cells and mood regulation. According to Livestrong.com, “fruits and vegetables that contain folic acid can help to boost serotonin levels and improve mood.” If a person is deficient in folic acid, symptoms can range from diarrhea and a swollen tongue to headaches and mental depression.
Spinach -Like broccoli, spinach (and most leafy vegetables) contains a hefty dose of folic acid. Spinach is also a wonderful source of the mineral magnesium, a natural anxiety combatant. Without enough magnesium in your diet, you may find it hard to concentrate in addition to being fatigued and irritable.
Olives - Not all fats are created equal. Olives contain “healthy” fats, which are responsible for lower anxiety and anger levels. And the useful culinary ingredient olive oil provides the same benefits when eaten cold, as in salad dressings, or lightly heated below 170 degrees. Other fats are better for high heat cooking.

Berries -Deep colored vegetables like berries are steeped in complex carbohydrates, which supply glucose to the blood.  This translates to higher body energy and elevated brain activity – combating depression and decreasing irritability.
Sweet potatoes -Like their more conventional spud counterparts, sweet potatoes are complex carbohydrates. Carbs tend to have a calming effect on the human body, increasing serotonin levels.

Pumpkin, sesame, sunflower seeds.
Wheat flour, yoghurt.
Nuts all kinds.

Fresh fruits and vegetables hydrate and energize while being amazing sources of antioxidants.  Full Circle is proud to offer a wide selection of locally-sourced, organic produce that keeps mind and body strong

Cut down on sugar – In the stress response, the body releases extra glucose from the liver, so it need to take less in. Despite this, when under pressure, we crave sugary foods!

Make a cup of green tea – A Japanese study has found that drinking five cups of green tea daily, compared with only one, significantly reduces psychological stress. It’s thought that the polyphenols in the drink reduces damaging effects of stress on the brain while stimulating the release of calming chemicals in the body.

Keep your starch intake steady – If you go for many hours your blood sugar drops, and this is thought to be contribute panic attacks, body keeps its systems going, and this excess causes shakiness and panic attack symptoms. If you suffer from them, eat something (preferably) starchy every three to four hours to keep your blood sugar steady. Eating carbohydrates at frequent intervals also help with PMT (premenstrual tension), reducing weepiness, aggression, and mood swings.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

SWARNA PRASHANA for children's...!!

SWARNA PRASHAN /Swarna bindu prashan 

 A unique Ayurvedic method of potentiating immunity and intellect under 16 years of all childrens.
     Safe and effective way to boost immunity and mental power - proven by classics.

As described in modern medicine, the concept of vaccination is also illustrated in the books of ayurveda. It has been described as a simple way of inducing vaccination  as a process of swarna bindu prashan.
The process of swarna bindu prashana was explained in the classical textbook of ayurveda in kashyap samhita by kashyap. The process was a type of immunization  given to the baby at the time.
Ingredients Of Swarna Bindu Prashana
1. Suddha medhya ausandhi siddha ghritha(ghee fortified with medhya drugs)
2. Suddha swarna bhasma(gold bhasma)
3. Suddha madhu(honey)

Swarna ( purified gold) as told by the sages and researches of Ayurveda.

IMPORTANCE OF SHUDDHA SWARNA BHASMA
    Suvarna is one of the best medhya dravya explained in ayurveda. Kashyapacharya has explained about the use of suvarna in lehana karma. Being metal suvarna(gold) cannot be administered directly into body as a medicine. So, for this the suvarna is processed through the special procedure for making suvarna bhasma which is used as a drug. This suvarna bhasma is easy for absorption and assimilation.
    It is also medha vardhaka ie enhances the memory. So,when it is administered in very low doses for a particular time it is known to potentiate the memory power along with immunity.
    Animal Research conducted on swarna bhasma showed the use of swarna bhasma in dose of 12.5 to 50 mg/kg body on mice weight had an stimulatory effect on peritoneal macrophages, that might be helpful to fight against infection. It was believed that macrophages achieved stimulation  due to presentation of the metal to cells in fine emulsified forms. Similarly, it was also found that swarna bhasma had a restorative effect and had no any toxic effect to the liver and kidney at therapeutic dose.

IMPORTANCE Of SUDDHA MADHU/ HONEY:
    Madhu is collection of pollen grains by bees. In day today life it is observed that pollen grains acquire a great percentage in producing allergic reactions leading to many diseases. The main reason for using madhu in Swarna bindu prashana is that when madhu is administered in low doses in childhood itself then child gradually develops resistance for allergens and it remains unaffected by allergens. Honey has some of its flower properties nourish mind, nerves, senses, immune system, ojas , external—burns, wounds, sores, eyes. It acts as a medium for the absorption of drugs. So, it has been used extensively as a anupan with drugs.
IMPORTANCE OF SHUDDHA MEDHYAUSHADHI SIDDHA GHRUTA/GHEE
    Ghruta has the unique property of acquiring the gunas of dravyas which are added to it. Medhyaushadhis like manduka parni, brahmi, guducchi , yashtimadhu, vacha etc are added to ghruta and according to the procedure it is prepared. This ghruta is useful in potentiating the mental ability.
Indication Of Swarna Prashan:
• All the Children are of age group of 1 day to 5 years.
• Children with low Immunity.
• Children with low Intellect.
• Children with low Memory Power.
• Children with learning difficulties.
Contradictions
• Children suffering from fever.
• Children suffering from dysentery.
• Children suffering from diarrhea.
• Children suffering from Indigestion.
Effects Of Swarna Prashan
   According to the Kashyap Samhita:
By swarna prashana child develops medha (mental ability), agni (digestive power), bala, aayu vardhana, it is also mangalakara, punya, vrushya, varnya, ghuha baadha nashaka. If swarna prashana is done for 1 month then child will be parama medhavi, remains unaffected by vyadhi. If done for 6 months then child will be shruta dhara ( remembers what he hears).
In short the effect of swarna prashanelow: can be illustrated below :
1.Immunity Enhancer/ increaseimmunity : Suvarnaprashan increases the immunity of body increase the resistance of the body against infections.
2.Enchane/Physical Development : Suvarnaprashan makes child physically strong.
3.Memory Booster : Suvarnaprashan increases develop child's grasping power, Sharpness and recall memory.
4.Active and Intellect: Increases the intelligence of child.
5.Digestive Power : SuvarnaPRASHAN is a best appetizer and have digestive properties also.
6.Tone ups skin color: Suvarnaprashan increases attractiveness.

Administered on Pushya nakshtra of every lunar month.
SWARNA PRASHANA DATES IN 2013
27   January   2013
24   February   2013
24   March   2013
21   April   2013
19   May   2013
16   June   2013
14   July   2013
11  August   2013
8   September   2013
6   October   2013
3  November   2013
1   December   2013
29   December 2013

KEEP YOUR CHILD HAPPY AND HEALTHY..!!
 

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Natural Toxins in eaten foods..!!


FOOD POISONING AND FOOD ALLERGY


Food poisoning is an acute upset of the digestive tract characterized by sudden nausea, vomiting and diarrhea 

following consumption of contaminated food or drinks.Usually several people when have consumed the same food or drink are simultaneously affected and show similar symptoms and signs.

Food poisoning is caused by -
 a) Poisonous Food
                                  b) Chemicals in food
                                  c) Infected food
                                  d) Toxins in food.

a) Poisonous food- certain fish, mushrooms or fruits are poisonous. Hence it is better to avoid unknown food.

b)Chemicals in food poisoning- Food contaminated with chemicals like arsenic insecticides, rat poison, pesticides or prohibited food items and colors gives rise to acute or chronic food poisoning.

c) Infected food- This is commonest cause of food poisoning  which is caused by contamination of food by germs. Salmonella, i.e. typhi group of organisms.It is not possible to know if the food is contaminated by germs or not by viewing it externally. If food is left open at room temperature for a few hours, germs can grow on it and lead to food poisoning.

d)Toxic food poisoning - This variety is caused by toxins created by germs.

Lets have a look on next..is this food allergy or food intolerance.??

a) Lactose intolerance
Lactose is a sugar found in milk and most milk products. Lactase is an enzyme in the lining of the gut that breaks down or digests lactose. Lactose intolerance occurs when lactose is missing. Instead of the enzyme breaking down the sugar, bacteria in the gut break it down, which forms gas, which in turn causes symptoms of bloating, abdominal pain, and sometimes diarrhea.

Lactose intolerance is uncommon in babies and young children under the age of 5 years. Because lactase levels decline as people get older.

b) Gluten intolerance
Gluten is a part of wheat, barley, and rye. Gluten intolerance is associated with celiac disease, also called gluten-sensitive enteropathy. This disease develops when the immune system responds abnormally to gluten. 

c) Histamine toxicity
Fish, such as tuna and mackerel that are not refrigerated properly and become contaminated by bacteria, may contain very high levels of histamine. A person who eats such fish may show symptoms that are similar to food allergy. However, this reaction is not a true allergic reaction. Instead, the reaction is called histamine toxicity or scombroid food poisoning.


The most important to know some specific food and natural toxins in it....
Food contains natural chemicals that are essential for growth and health, including carbohydrates, sugars, proteins and vitamins. But some foods contain potentially harmful natural toxins.

The reason for the presence of natural toxins is not always known. In some foods, a toxin is present as a naturally occurring pesticide to ward off insect attack. Or a toxin may be formed to protect the plant from spoilage when damaged by weather, handling, UV light or microbes.

Your own sensitivity to a natural toxin, as well as the concentration (strength) of the toxin present, will determine whether you have an adverse reaction and the strength of symptoms you experience.

The commonly eaten foods listed below may contain natural toxins.....

1)Fruit seeds and pit -Apple and pear seeds and the inner stony pit (kernel) of apricots and peaches contain a naturally occurring substance called amygdalin.

Amygdalin can release hydrogen cyanide in the gut causing discomfort or illness. It can be fatal if too much is consumed in a short period of time.
Accidental swallowing of an occasional seed or pip is not a concern. However, do not make a habit of eating the seeds from these fruits. For a young child, swallowing only a few seeds or pits may cause illness and in rare cases can be fatal.

2) Kumara a kind of sweet potato family - can produce toxins in response to injury, insect attack and other stress. The most common toxin, ipomeamarone, can make the kumara taste bitter.The toxin levels are usually highest near the area of damage. It is recommended that any damaged parts on kumara are removed before cooking. Do not eat it if it tastes bitter after cooking.

3)Potato - All potatoes contain natural toxins called glycoalkaloids. The levels are usually low but higher levels are found in potato sprouts, and the peel of potatoes that taste bitter. The toxins are produced by the plant in response to stress such as micro-organisms, UV light, and damage such as bruising. The amount of toxin depends on the type of potato and the growing conditions.Glycoalkaloids are not destroyed by cooking, so it is important to avoid eating the sprouts and to remove any green or damaged parts before cooking. Do not eat cooked potatoes that still taste bitter. If you come across a green potato crisp, it’s probably best not to eat it. Remember to store potatoes in a dark, cool and dry place.

4) Kidney beans -Many types of beans contain toxins called lectins. The highest concentrations are found in kidney beans, especially red kidney beans. As few as four or five raw beans can cause severe stomach ache, vomiting and diarrhea. To destroy the toxins, soak the beans for at least five hours and then boil them briskly in fresh water for at least 10 minutes. Do not cook beans at a low temperature, for example in a slow cooker, as it may not destroy the toxin. Improperly cooked beans can be more toxic than raw ones. Tinned beans can be used without further cooking.

5)Rhubarb -Rhubarb contains naturally occurring oxalic acid. The amount depends on the age of the plant, the season, the climate and the type of soil. Highest concentrations are in the leaves and these should not be eaten.
Oxalic acid poisoning can cause muscle twitching, cramps, decreased breathing and heart action, vomiting, pain, headache, convulsions and coma.

6)Zucchini - may occasionally contain a group of natural toxins known as cucurbitacins. These toxins give zucchini a bitter taste. Bitterness in wild zucchinis has been known for a long time but is rarely found in commercially grown zucchinis.Eating bitter zucchinis have caused people to experience vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea and collapse. Do not eat zucchini that have a strong unpleasant smell or taste bitter.

7) Bamboo shoots -A naturally occurring toxin called cyanogenic glycosides in raw or unprocessed cassava and bamboo shoots can lead to exposure to hydrogen cyanide and its related toxicity.

















Friday, September 14, 2012

You Can be beautiful too!

               Beauty is a package that goes beyond the physical to connnect you to your deep inner self!

               Once we understand that beauty is an entire package of which good looks is the one part, it is easier to accept that each and everyone of us can be beautiful and great lookers. It is just question of working on ones advantages, being wellgroomed always, eating healthy and exercising, cultivating a generous and caring spirit, and projecting oodles of confidence. And this holds true of both men and women.

Friday, October 14, 2011

TASTE RAINBOW OF FRUITS & VEGETABLES....FOR BETTER HEALTH.

The majority of people know that eating five servings of fruits and vegetables a day is very important. Fruits and vegetables divided into different color groups. Each group provide specific benefits.

Red Fruits and Vegetables
Contain nutrients such as lycopene, ellagic acid, Quercetin, and Hesperidin, to name a few. These nutrients reduce the risk of prostate cancer, lower blood pressure, reduce tumor growth an LDL Cholesterol levels scavenge harmful free-radicals, and support join tissue in arthritis cases.

Orange and Yellow fruits and vegetables
Contain beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, flavonoids, lycopene, potassium, and vitamin C. These nutrients reduce age-related macular degeneration and the risk of prostate cancer, lower LDL cholesterol and blood pressure, promote collagen formation and healthy joints, fight harmful free radicals, encourage alkaline balance, and work with magnesium, and calcium to build healthy bones. 

 Green vegetables and Fruit
Green vegetables contain chlorophyll, fiber, lutein, zeaxanthin, calcium, folate, vitamin C, calcium, and Beta-carotene. The nutrients found in these vegetables reduce cancer risks, lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels, normalize digestion time, support retinal health and vision, fight harmful free-radicals, and boost immune system activity. 

 Blue and purple fruits and vegetables
Contain nutrients which include lutein, zeaxanthin, resveratrol, vitamin C, fiber, flavonoids, ellagic acid, and quercetin. Similar to the previous nutrients, these nutrients support retinal health, lower LDL cholesterol, boost immune system activity, support healthy digestion, improve calcium and other mineral absorption, fight inflammation, reduce tumor growth, act as an anti-carcinogens in the digestive tract and limit the activity of cancer cells.

White fruits and vegetables
 
Contain nutrients such as beta-glucans, EGCG, SDG, and lignans that provide powerful immune boosting activity. These nutrients also activate natural killer B and T cells, reduce the risk of colon, breast, and prostate cancer and balance hormone levels, reducing the risk of hormone-related cancers. 

 The nutrients found in the above fruits and vegetables have a significant impact on our health.
 
Quercetin, which is found in apples, onions and other citrus fruits, not only prevents LDL cholesterol oxidation, but also helps the body cope with allergens and other lung and breathing problems. 

Ellagic acid, which is mainly found in raspberries, strawberries, pomegranates, and walnuts, has been proven in many clinical studies to act as an antioxidant and anticarcinogens in the gastrointestinal tract. This nutrient also has been proven to have an anti-proliferative effect on cancer cells, because it decreases their ATP production. 

The best-known of the carotenoids, beta-carotene, is converted into vitamin A upon entering the liver. Although being known for its positive effects on eyesight, it has also been proven to decrease cholesterol levels in the liver.
Clinical studies have proven that lycopene, mainly found in tomatoes, may decrease the risk of prostate cancer, as well as protect against heart disease.

Lutein, which is found in blueberries and members of the squash family, is important for healthy eyes. However, it does support your heart too, helping to prevent against coronary artery disease. 

Along with the above stated nutrients, there are even more nutrients found in fruits and vegetables that provide a great deal of support to our body. Almost everyone has heard of vitamin C, which keeps our immune system strong; speeds wound healing, and promote strong muscles and joints. This nutrient is scattered throughout the spectrum of fruits, but commonly associated with oranges and other citrus fruits. Potassium, which is the nutrient most Americans are deficient in, does great things for our hearts, and lowers blood pressure. 

Another good food component many people don't get enough of if fiber, found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Flavonoids, which include anthocyanins, flavones, isoflavones, proantocyanidins, quercetin and more, are found almost everywhere. They are responsible for the colors in the skins of fruits and vegetables and help to stop the growth of tumor cells and potent antioxidants. They also can reduce inflammation.
Beta-glucan, found in mushrooms, stabilizes and balances the body's immune system by supporting white blood cells. EGCG is found in tea and has been shown to reduce the risk of colon and breast cancer. It boosts the immune system and encourages T-cell formation, which defends our body against sickness and disease.
Bioflavonoids, which are found in citrus fruits, are considered a companion to vitamin C because they extend the value of it in the body. These nutrients have the capabilities to lower cholesterol levels and support joint collagen in arthritis cases. 

The number one excuse for not eating the required five servings of fruits and vegetables each day is they are too expensive. However, as compared to the amount of money spent on prepackaged, processed, and fast foods, most fruits and vegetables (with the exception of those that are not in season) are not all that expensive.
Because frozen fruits and vegetables retain the majority of their nutritional value, they can be an excellent alternative when certain foods are out of season. 

Someone who is not able to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables each day can also drink fruit and vegetable drinks in their place. Although this shouldn't become a habit, fruit and vegetable drink mixes can be an excellent substitute when you're rushed or traveling.
The need for fruits and vegetables in our diet is growing rapidly with the type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol, hypertension that result from the "Typical American Diet" of fatty meats, processed sugars, and refined grains. 

Great fruit drink mixes and vegetable mixes can be found at your local health food store or internet health food store. 

So choose your fruits and vegetables for effective and to receive desire health benefits. 





Thursday, October 13, 2011

KEEP YOUR HEART ON A SONG

KEEP YOUR HEART ON A SONG….Lead a life filled with love & cherished moments.

You may be young and upwardly mobile. But now you live can have an influence on your heart health. A happy heart is also healthy body.

ADD SOME TLC – Tender loving care is a valuable elements in healing and staying well. Friends, family and a good social network are essential to all of us. Your needs can be met by so many others who are already in your life.

MOVE YOUR BODY – Add one form of physical movement – exercise or dance to your day. Decide now to commit an hour a day. Move your body; it needs to feel the joy of movement.

 MIND IT – We have all made decisions in advance about life and how we would react when faced with certain situation. Some of these advanced decisions are great at keeping us on track.

LET IT GO – If you are holding on excess weight let it go. Deciding that weight has served its purposed in the past and now it time go of it together with emotional weight you have been carrying is the first step. Decide in advance how much you are going to drink and eat based on your commitment to your looks and your health.

STICK TO IT – When you have decided to walk for an hour every day, it makes it easier for you to stick to your commitment. Buy an extra pair of running shoes to leave in your car or in your office, so you never have an excuse. 

PEP UP PLEASURE – Add simple pleasures to your day, perhaps a short drive, reading a book, a cream or a cottage that smells good, listening to your happy favorite song. 

LISTEN TO YOUR HEART BEAT – Be grateful how lucky you are to have this time of pure selfishness to truly to be with yourself. Develop spiritual practices like meditating, centering and conscious breathing. Give yourself time every day to connect with your higher self and to go within. If you have never experienced what that feels like, try to silent for a while and place your hand on your hear, feel that beat and see if you can even hear it.