Saturday, May 28, 2011

Stimulating the brain

Hello, here are some fun and easy ways to stimulate the brain:

Learn a new language. This works on enhancing memory. I get CD's from the library and listen for about a half-hour every day.

Learn an instrument. This works on physical, mental, and visual skills and is a fun way to express yourself. There are so many musical styles to choose from, making it easy to find something inspiring.

Use your non-favored hand for a few minutes a day to do things. This will develop the opposite side of your brain. I'm right-handed and started by brushing my hair then my teeth with my left hand. After that, I learned to put my makeup on with my left hand. Then I learned to write the alphabet then words with my left hand. It's been interesting.

Talk to interesting people who have ideas new to you. Listen, learn, and challenge yourself.

To help memory, link words with images. Many people can better recall things they see over what they hear. Create pictures in your mind to go with words.

Of course eat right and get plenty of water and enough sleep and exercise.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Probiotics and Digestive Health

Hello, I'd like to thank Wendy Bailey for the following article about probiotics and digestive health. Thanks, Wendy!

On to the article:
Probiotics Aid Digestive Health
Let's face it, we lead busy lives and too many of us eat the wrong foods. It's much easier to grab a quick meal, maybe one we pop into the microwave for a couple of minutes, than to cook a full, well-balanced one. And we suffer for it. Low energy is one result, for which we take any number of caffeine drinks, and digestive trouble is another.

It's not pretty to talk about, but many problems involving regularity and digestive upsets can be attributed to poor diet. If we just don't have the time to cook healthy meals, is there anything that can help relieve these problems and get us back on track? Some say the answer lies in probiotics.

Good and Bad Bacteria
Many people would be stunned to learn how many bacteria live in our intestinal tracts. Some are harmful, some helpful. The helpful bacteria are crucial to food digestion and to keeping the harmful bacteria under control; imbalance of the two, allowing the harmful to take over, is what causes problems.

Along with poor diet, certain medications also upset the balance, specifically antibiotics. Killing disease-causing bacteria is certainly beneficial, but antibiotics also kill the friendly bacteria in the process. An imbalance of digestive bacteria can lead to:

Bloating and gas
Vaginal yeast infections
Urinary tract infections

Left unchecked, these problems can become more serious, with a lack of helpful bacteria also being linked to allergies, irritable bowel syndrome and even inflammatory bowel disease.

Types and Benefits of Probiotics
There are roughly 400 strains of beneficial organisms, or probiotics, in a healthy human digestive system, though different types live in different areas.

In the small intestine, the species normally present are from the lactobacilli family, of which the best known strains are acidophilus, bulgaricus and casei. Lactobacilli can provide the following benefits:

Prevent overgrowth of candida (a type of yeast)
Prevent and/or treat antibiotic-related diarrhea
Assist with digestion of dairy products (lactose intolerance)
Assist in absorption of food's nutrients

In the large intestine, the primary type of beneficial bacteria are bifidobacteria, of which some well-known types are bifidum, longum, infantis and thermophilus. Bifidobacteria can provide the following benefits:

Assist in treating antibiotic-related diarrhea
Manufacture of B-complex vitamins
Assist in regulation of peristalsis, a function of elimination
Help in maintaining pH balance for prevention of disease

How to Take Probiotics
There are basically two ways to take probiotics: in food or as a supplement. For minor health issues and for daily maintenance, some information suggests diet is the best means. Foods such as yogurt, with live, active cultures; miso, a fermented product made from rice, barley or soybeans; or even sauerkraut all contain probiotics. If a more direct delivery is desired, a supplement may be in order.

Many supplements are available, but the bacteria are fragile, so some care is necessary. The products, food or supplement, must contain live cultures; a recommended amount is 10 billion per dose or serving. Because they are live, the cultures need refrigeration, and there must be a guarantee that the cultures will reach the digestive tract without being destroyed by stomach acid.

Result may take some time, and while there are no guarantees probiotics will cure what ails you, many people have found significant relief through regular use.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Some natural foods

Hello, we all know that organic and natural foods are good for us. Here are a few products to consider, which are found in health food stores:

Amaranth: a near-complete protein; has calcium and others nutrients. Available as a seed, flour, or puffed

Cayenne: breaks up mucus and cholesterol. Can help with circulation; burn a few extra calories. This can be found in mild, medium, or hot

For liver health: beets, carrots, artichokes, lemons, watercress, parsnips, dandelion greens

Millet: gluten-free whole grain

Spelt: a member of the wheat family, has more protein and fiber than wheat

Stevia: an herbal sweetener; add a drop or two to sweeten a cup of tea

And if you like yogurt, try Greek yogurt, which has a good amount of protein in it. I get the flavored kind in either blueberry, caramel or chocolate.

And a hint: if you really need a snack shortly before bed, make it protein, for example, a little bit of cottage cheese. A good snack during the day could be something like an apple and string cheese.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Heal through Spirit

Hello, I listened to a 31 minute MP3 dealing with spiritual healing. Colby Wilk offers a program to “raise your vibration,” an interesting concept. With it, a person can:  Improve overall outlook and therefore circumstances etc.

A higher vibration means being open and connected, and experiencing joy, peace, and wonder as outcomes.

By doing the practices on C.D. a person can raise his or her vibrations and feel better, shift the consciousness. Sounds good to me, so I wanted to listen and give it a try since I’m familiar with meditation.

It’s explained that one’s overall mood of life will improve with regular use. Interesting questions come up such as: Where is your vibration normally set at?
(Your set point)

Mr. Wilk also explains that a person can sweat it out through the body, or the mind by talking oneself into a more positive state. People can raise their vibration by their shifting energetic field and experience profound effects.

Listening and visualizing puts one in an altered state. The more someone does it, the deeper its impact and the easier it becomes to shift their state. It’s something people can do in moment to help during stressful situations.

Attention, intention and love are the main elements involved.
I enjoyed the nice, soothing directions and was able to relax and grow ever more comfortable listening to the program. I felt stress melt away during the visualization exercises. Nice music played in background. I didn’t like so much the repeated, “good, good,” but that could just be me.

Overall, I found the program to be uplifting and calming.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

reduce water weight

Hello, from Babushka's Beauty Secrets book I've got a simple recipe to help reduce water weight. Just take some watermelon and some honeydew, blend and drink it up. Tasty.

Monday, August 23, 2010

For the eyes

Hello, I tried another natural beautifying technique from "Babushka's Beauty Secrets" book.
The "recipe" calls for a mixure of mayonaise, drops of hydrogen peroxide, and drops of lemon juice, applied under the eyes and left on for twenty minutes. This one helps reduce fine lines and lighten the skin. Just be careful not to get any in the eyes! I've heard that you should use the ring finger of your non-favored hand to dab under the eyes because it's weakest, and you don't want to put much pressure there.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Natural Beauty Secrets

Hello, recently I got the book: Babushka's Beauty Secrets: Old World Tips For a Glamorous New You, by Raisa Ruder and Susan Campos.

This book is filled with tips from fighting wrinkles and acne to plumping up the lips and softening the hair, and all with grocery items that you'd find in your kitchen. Talk about an inexpensive way to look younger and healthier. I'm going to try these things. First on the list: The honey face moisturizer. Did you know that honey is great for the skin? It makes it soft. Also, it's great for pimples. That I knew. Now, to try the mask (after washing my face, of course)...

Ah, it works! (I'm 40. This mask made my face feel soft.) Oh, something I learned a while back (elsewhere) is to wash the face with baking soda. That makes my skin feel clean.