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image of healthPeople can read the articles published on this website and learn a lot about their health and how they can maintain a good health image or improve their health if necessary. Physical health is something that many of us take for granted and it is only when things start to go wrong that we sit up and take notice. Some people are more proactive and take steps to ensure their health stays in the best possible state.

If you are concerned enough about the state of your health to want to take action and do something positive about maintaining it in a good state of happy health or improve it if is is a little under par, then you have come to the right place. There is a wealth of useful information on all aspects of personal health body image and here.

There is much that you can do to achieve your creative potential and make the most of the assets that you have in your ability to learn, understand and apply knowledge. The more that you know, the better equipped you are to make the most of your physical health.

There are many ways in which you can improve your physical health while also working with your mental abilities to literally create a new you. All it takes is some inner motivating force to get you to take action by acting on the information you can learn here.

Of course, merely reading about how you can improve your personal levels of health and fitness is one thing. You have to do something to bring it about! That means you have to take action to improve your diet and to get more exercise into your lifestyle.

While you may learn much from media such as television, there is no substitute for informative reading material. Your health is more important to you than anything else, so make sure you look after it. Having a good health image will help you live a long and happy life.

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The Health Benefits of Salty Sea Air

Posted by on 17 Sep 2014 | Tagged as: health

When I was a child and my parents took me to the beach, I always remember my dad standing there taking great deep breaths and telling me to breathe deep because the sea air was good for me. Back then, he probably had mo more idea than I did of just why that particular air was so good for me or even why we had to breathe it in so deeply. But it was just one of those things that people did and they all seemed to agree that it did you the power of good.

The medical science behind that layman’s belief is actually in complete agreement that breathing deeply of the salty sea air really is good for your health in ways you might not realize. Certainly if you suffer from a respiratory complaint such as asthma, c.o.p.d., bronchitis, emphysema for example, or if you have a smoker’s cough (which was more common than it should have been back then) or suffer from hay fever, the shortness of breath and wheezing seem to clear up after a few days of breathing in the salty air.

Speleotherapy

That’s because the minute particles of salt that are dissolved in the air can easily get into the bronchial airways and start to work their magic. Salt is a well known healing agent that clears up infections, kills harmful microbes and bacteria while it gently loosens any debris that may be blocking the airways such as phlegm or excess mucous along with other foreign particulates. It also soothes inflamed bronchial membranes that become more sensitive when an allergen or other irritant is present, reducing inflammation and widening the narrowed air passages.

For many years, a trip to the seaside was prescribed by doctors as a healthy, natural way to help treat a whole range of breathing problems. Similarly, in landlocked countries, a visit to salt mines was often taken as an alternative to breathe in the rich salty air in them.

This kind of salt air therapy has been given a name; speleotherapy. It comes from the Greek word speleo which basically translates into cave and is derived from the old salt mines that were once considered a place of punishment until it was realized that many of its inmates actually got healthier after spending a lot of time in them!

Modern Salt Therapy

Today, large respiratory clinics have been built around these saltmines, while in countries with easy access to the sea, such as in Britain, a seaside trip is still recommended by doctors to their patients. If it is not possible to travel to these places, there is an alternative that is gaining popularity known as the salt pipe or inhaler.

This is a small device which contains a quantity of rocksalt that the user simply inhales deeply via a mouthpiece and breathes out through their nose a number of times. This produces a similar effect as breathing sea air but in a more controlled manner.

The device delivers the healing air directly to the place it is needed and helps reduce the symptoms of a wide variety of respiratory conditions. This variation of salt therapy is a convenient and portable solution that many find highly beneficial to their respiratory health that works very well indeed.

In fact many asthma sufferers report that their reliance on their steroid inhaler is greatly reduced when using this device regularly. This can only be a good thing with regards to becoming less exposed to medications while still enjoying greater freedom from the debilitating symptoms of this condition.

More information on complimentary therapies for breathing complaints can be found here: www.asthma.org.uk
Here is a prominent newspaper report on salt caves: Daily Mail

The Health Benefits of Sunshine

Posted by on 19 Jan 2014 | Tagged as: health

When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, we are all often bombarded with well meaning warnings about spending too much time in the sun, what with skin cancer and premature aging among the things that no one really wants to be getting. But that doesn’t mean you have to hide under a wide brimmed hat the whole time you are out of doors, nor does it mean that you have to stay indoors all the time there is daylight. Unless of course you are a vampire.

So what is the reality here? Is the sun really so bad for us, or are we turning our backs on a free source of health and vitality?

Get Exposed!

The truth of the matter is that we all need to get some exposure to the sun and preferably daily to enable our bodies to manufacture our daily needs of vitamin D. Without this vital vitamin we risk a whole range of health problems from brittle bones to kidney stones through the resultant lack of ability to absorb calcium properly.

More interestingly, recent studies have revealed that lack of this vitamin is linked with obesity. That means the less natural daylight you expose yourself to, the higher your chances of gaining weight, especially if you are eating a poor diet or one that is high in sugars. That means excess calories from lots of sweetened or junk food potentially compounding the problem.

So it makes pretty sound common sense to ensure you get your full daily quota of sunshine to produce all the vitamin D that you will need to help you stay slim.

Sure, you can top up your body’s supply of vitamin D through supplements, but why would you want to spend money on pills to pop when you can get it for free for the sake of 20 minutes exposure to the sun a day?

That’s right, in 20 minutes, you’ll get enough exposure for your body to produce its own vitamin D, which some say is highly superior to what you have to try to absorb from a pill. In 20 minutes, even in the hottest sunshine, you are unlikely to risk burning or damaging your skin through harmful UV exposure, because of the short time spent in the sun.

The best part is that you don’t even need to strip off to a bikini or pair of swim shorts as just getting the sun to your face and arms in that time is sufficient.

Lift Your Mood

Apart from the obvious vitamin boost to health from exposure to the sun, it also helps lift your mood by boosting the production of serotonin in the brain which gives you a feel good factor that you won’t get stuck indoors all day. Getting lots of natural daylight also helps to counter the health effects of tiredness, as it gives you a much needed boost of energy and vitality.

When you’re in a good mood, life always seems better, making you more positive.

And when you’re in a positive frame of mind, your health reflects your mood. So get out in the sunshine for a while each day (weather permitting) and do yourself a big favor!

Health and Working on Computers

Posted by on 20 Nov 2013 | Tagged as: health

Well, there doesn’t seem much in the way of arguments about the detrimental effects to a person’s health when they spend all day, every day stuck in front of a computer, whether it be their job, or a way of whiling away the hours playing computer games or idly surfing the Internet for whatever.

Sedentary Lifestyle

It all adds up to a sedentary lifestyle which is definitely bad for you if you do it for a prolonged period. When weeks turn into months, then you are going to need to think of ways to counteract the lack of exercise that sitting still for several hours (or more) every day entails.

This all adds up to lack of energy and a feeling of tiredness and lethargy creeping over you more often. Physically, you will experience muscle wastage and a reduced metabolism, which combine to create a situation where you have even less energy and less will to do any exercise to correct the problem.

It leads to weight gain because your body is storing much more fat, due to the lack of its ability to burn off the excess. There is also the tendency to have a working lunch that consists of fast food or to eat more high calorie snacks while working in an attempt to improve concentration and stave off tiredness, which leads to a vicious circle of even more weight gain and less energy!

Getting More Active

The obvious thing to do is to take regular breaks from the computer and go out for walks if the weather is fine, or go to the local pool for a swim to shake out the cobwebs and give your muscles a reason for existing, other than to move a mouse around on its mat!

Other things you can do without even leaving the house is to take a few runs up and down the stairs until you are out of breath. Then rest until you catch your breath and try it once or twice more. You could do the dreaded housework with some gusto, making a concerted effort to swish that broom with purpose and really force that vacuum cleaner head into the carpet!

It all burns calories and forces your muscles to work, which is what you need to do to avoid the debilitating consequences that doing nothing will inevitably bring about. It also helps with losing weight naturally which is important especially if you have been gaining weight through a long period of inactivity.

So be open and honest with yourself about your current work situation. Make a point of reminding yourself, next time you have a marathon go on the computer, that your body was designed to move around. Then get up and go and do something!

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