June 14, 2010

Is Anger Getting the Better of You?

Filed under: heart conditions — Tags: , , , , — patt @ 11:53 pm

There is nothing wrong with anger if it is under control. In fact, it is actually healthy to express anger and other emotions. However, if the anger gets out of hand it can have terrible effects on your life, not just socially but also in regards to your health. If you are having anger management problems you should definitely get a hold of it before the anger controls you- who you are, what you do, and how you think.

How Do I Know If My Anger Is Out Of Control?

  1. You hold grudges and do not let things go easily.
  2. You resort to violence when you are angry.
  3. You blame others for your problems.
  4. You usually can’t stop arguing even though you actually want to.
  5. You are always feeling angry, whether that is for one thing or the other.

Recognizing the signs of too much anger is very important. It can help you avoid serious health problems that can result from excess anger. Many heart problems can originate from uncontrollable anger.  For example, high blood pressure is common in those that are constantly angry. Another health problem, diabetes, is an outcome that is theorized to result. In order to avoid constant anger’s effect on your life, learning to control it is vital.

Top 3 Ways to Control my Anger

  1. Take slow deep breaths. When you are angry you heart rate and blood pressure go up due to increased adrenalin. Taking deep breaths will slow down your heart rate and help return the body to homeostasis.
  2. Stop taking your anger out on the people around you and instead make a plan that will reduce the anger you are feeling. Try to think about why you were angry. Often people who find themselves angry do not understand what made them so angry in the first place.
  3. Think about your favorite memory ad picture it in your mind. You will automatically feel more relaxed and happy.

    If you do not control your anger you will find that before it has an impact on your health, your anger will affect the people you love and they will become farther and farther away from you. If your anger is taking a toll on your life and you or the people around you are being severely bothered by it, you should talk to your health care provider.

    Top 5 Benefits of Eating Spicy Foods

    Filed under: health — Tags: , , , , , — patt @ 4:22 pm

    If you love spicy foods, there is good news in store for you. In addition to the tremendous boost of flavor that spices give to many different kinds of foods they also offer many health benefits.

    Weight Loss

    Eating spicy food increases your metabolic rate and allows your body to burn a greater number of calories. As well, many studies state that a person eating a spicy meal will eat less than a person having a meal that is not spicy. You may have noticed this yourself! I personally think that eating spicy food makes you feel more full than you actually are.

    Better Breathing

    Eating spicy food unclogs your nasal passages which allows for easier breathing. This can be especially helpful for people with asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema.

    Healthy Heart

    Eating spicy foods increases your overall body temperature. As a result, blood flow also increases which makes for better blood circulation. In addition, hot peppers also have the ability to rid the vessels of blood clots.

    Reduces Risk of Cancer

    Eating spicy foods on a regular basis has been known to reduce the risk of cancer. Capsaicin, a chemical compound of chili peppers (what makes them spicy), can kill the cancer cells that enter and are harmful to the body.

    A Better Mood

    Spicy foods increase the amount of endorphins in the body. Endorphins give a comforting feeling that tells the body that everything is okay. It often acts as a stress reliever and can help fight depression as well.

    June 8, 2010

    Why Should I Get an Eye Examination?

    Filed under: health — Tags: , , , , — patt @ 12:08 am

    Often eye examinations are neglected and are not seen as being necessary. Most people think that if any changes in vision do occur then they will notice it. However, eye exams are able to detect eye diseases in addition to changes in vision. This becomes especially important because many harmful eye diseases do not have any symptoms even though they are present.

    For example, a disease called Glaucoma causes complete vision loss and is usually not detected by the affected person until it has become severe. In addition to eye diseases, eye examinations can also detect tumors or other diseases associated with the brain in early stages.

    Furthermore, most people who have lived with uncorrected vision for a long period of time do not realize that their vision is lacking. This is why some say that after getting glasses they saw a whole new world. In children, uncorrected vision can cause developmental problems. It begins with trouble reading and thus learning and can have very serious outcomes.

    The average person should get an eye exam done every two years. A person  experiencing frequent vision changes should go every year in order to update his or her prescription.

    June 7, 2010

    Scar Removal Remedies

    Filed under: skincare — Tags: , — patt @ 5:16 pm

    acne scars, scar remedy, cucumber extractWhether it’s from a childhood injury, teenage acne, or a recent injury, we all have scars to attest to our greatest triumphs and worst memories, and in some cases, we all have scars that we would really rather be rid of. Despite the fact that scars are recognized as a daily part of life, scarring isn’t actually a natural step in the body’s process of healing a wound. Scarring usually happens as a result of too much, or too little collagen integrated into the healing process. Collagen is the main protein found in the connective tissue that supports the skin, both in its regular function and regrowth process. There are many techniques that are easy to do at home that can help you to make any unwanted scarring less noticeable and in some cases, completely unapparent.

    Home Remedies To Help Remove Unwanted Scars:

    Almond Oil: Gently massaging almond oil into skin is an excellent moisturizer that will effectively reduce the appearance on any scars on your skin.

    Tomato Juice: Tomato juice that has been extracted from fresh tomatoes is extremely good for curing skin pores. To use tomato juice to reduce scarring, apply freshly made tomato juice to all scarred areas.

    Cucumber: Using cucumber extract for scar removal is especially effective in removing dark scars. You can use cucumber extract to remove scars by simply applying the extract to scarred areas and allowing your skin to absorb it for fifteen minutes. After the fifteen minutes have passed by, wash off any remaining cucumber extract with cold water.

    Lemon or Lime Juice: Because lemons and limes contain citric acid, they are very effective in scar removal and cleaning skin pores. Lemon juice and lime juice work well as scar reducing agents when they are rubbed onto the affected part of skin after being cut in half.

    Banana: Although it might seem a little strange, applying a mashed banana to your skin may additionally help to reduce unwanted scarring. To use the full effect of a banana in reducing skin blemishes, mash a ripened banana and gently apply the paste onto your scars, and leave the paste on your skin for seven minutes. After seven minutes, remove the paste by washing with cold water.

    Patience is key with all of these home remedies, as it may take a few weeks before you see any signs of improvement. If you are unable to make any of these home remedies work, and you still feel the need to erase your scars, talk to your doctor about any medications that may decrease the pigmentation of your scars or about laser therapy as a treatment for your scars.

    June 4, 2010

    Shoes With Toes – A Revolution For Healthy Feet

    Filed under: footwear,weight loss — Tags: , — patt @ 12:27 am

    vibram, toes, toe shoesIf you stand on your feet for most of the day, you know how important it is to have a pair of shoes that properly fit your feet. Without shoes that fit well, you’ll often find yourself not only subjected to blistering and soreness, but also to bunions, calluses and back problems as a result of long-time use of ill-fitting shoes. The average human foot is made up of twenty-six bones that are connected by thirty three joints and surrounded by twenty muscles, not to mention hundreds of sensory receptors, ligaments and tendons. We owe it to our feet to find shoes that fit our feet well, seeing as they are the mechanisms that hold us up all day.

    A new type of shoe has recently come onto the market that opens up a whole new world for runners, walkers, and everyday people everywhere. The shoes, which are glaringly different from anything else on the shoe market right now, exhibit rubber soles and a specific pocket for each toe, similar to toe socks. These shoes are designed to shape to the feet, and provide the wearer with a natural feeling, as the foot is allowed to stay in its original and natural state. Although they may look strange, but there are several researched benefits to wearing the Vibram FiveFingers shoes, including the improvement of the muscle strength of feet and lower legs, a tendency towards reducing the risk of running injuries, the improvement of balance and agility as well as the improvement of posture and spine alignment.

    It’s difficult to tell whether or not these shoes will have a large impact in the fashion-driven shoe industry, however their health and running benefits show that the “toe shoe” may one day become an integral part in procuring good health, wellness and even weight loss.