Moving in with My Best Friend

When my best friend got a divorce from her husband, I have to admit that I was happy. I always felt she was blinded by what he could offer her rather than love, and it proved to be true. I was not happy about that, but I was glad that she was not going to settle in a marriage where love was not a factor on his part. When she told me, the first thing I did was suggest that we look at two bedroom apartments in Shawnee Mission KS.

It was something we had talked about a lot in college together, and it would have been a reality had he not entered the picture and swept her off her feet. I knew that she needed a new beginning again, and I really did miss her a lot. She was staying at my place until she found something, since I only had a one bedroom apartment at the time. » Read more

Water Therapy – Benefits of Drinking Water

How many liters of water do you drink everyday? 3-4 glasses… 8 glasses or a gallon? The truth is that although you don’t need to drink 3 quarts or liters of water each day, we fail to drink even 2-3 glasses. Additionally, most of us consume tea/coffee or smoke everyday which further contributes to the lack of hydration in the body. Hardly paying attention to our daily water intake, we fall prey to several health problems. So, instead of practicing bad health habits, then popping pills and visiting doctors, let us learn about the benefits of drinking water and practice water therapy. You’ll do your body and your finances a huge favor!

What is Water Therapy?
Just to be more precise about the whole deal, let me answer this question explicitly and keep the ambiguity away. Water therapy entails drinking water early morning right after you wake up. Drink up to a quart and a half or 6 glasses of water even before you brush your teeth. Though the later part of the statement is cringe-worthy to many, this helps cleanse your colon, aid in better functioning of the body and eliminate diseases. You can brush

Olive Oil for a Healthy Heart

A hectic lifestyle, improper rest, and inappropriate diet contribute in affecting the human body in a negative way. The human body functions at its best when blood is pumped to each and every part of the body without any hindrance. A healthy heart is a result of proper diet. Diet containing high level of fat can be harmful to the heart, however, not all fat content is bad. Fats can be categorized as harmful dietary fat comprising saturated fat and trans fat, and healthy dietary fat comprising monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat. It is important to incorporate healthy fat content in the diet and avoid unhealthy fat.

One source of healthy dietary fat is olive oil. It is used in Mediterranean diet as a key constituent and is obtained from olive, which is a crop of the Mediterranean basin. American diet consists of unhealthy fat in a large proportion in the form of butter, cheese, mayonnaise, etc. This is why, the incidence of cardiovascular diseases is more in America as compared to Mediterranean countries. However these days, awareness about incorporating healthy fat in the food has triggered the use of olive oil in the diet. There are numerous benefits

Smile for a Healthy Heart

A smile is probably one of the simplest of cures for anything in this world – broken confidence, broken dreams, even a broken heart. I have almost lost count of how many times I have looked into the mirror and just smiled at myself, and how it has worked to get me out of a bad mood! At the end of it you become so infected by your own smile, you wish the reflection you are seeing in the mirror were an actual person and you could hug that person and thank that person for being so nice to you!

Smiling for a Healthy Heart

The heart is one of the most vital organs of the body. The size of your heart is roughly equal to the size of your fist – with the thumb closed in. Now just imagine; such a tiny little pump sees to it that every drop of blood – and there are countless in 5 liters of blood – circulates through the body almost twice a day, everyday. That is indeed a lot of work, and you can imagine the amount of pressure on the heart and even the blood

Best Ways to Quit Smoking

I am sure every smoker would agree with Mark Twain. What makes smoking a hard habit to break is the addictive effect that nicotine, the main component in tobacco, has on smokers. Nicotine triggers the brain’s reward system in the same way that other drugs like cocaine and amphetamine do, although to a lesser extent than these drugs. This reward system is responsible for the pleasure that one feels after taking a puff. However, there are a large number of diseases that are caused due to smoking. Nicotine is harmful to all the organs of the body, which weakens the immune system. Besides nicotine there are thousands of other harmful substances present in a cigarette that cause cancer, damage to lungs, and a number of teratogenic defects in children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy. Here are a few effective ways to quit this habit.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy: This therapy makes use of nicotine patches, gums, and sprays that provide low doses of nicotine in the blood. While a nicotine patch needs to be worn on a hairless patch on the body like the chest, upper arm, upper back, or hip, nicotine gum is a simpler option. Besides supplying nicotine

How to Quit Smoking Cigarettes

The number of smokers who want to quit puffing are a dime a dozen, however, the ones who actually succeed in quitting are a mere handful. Why is that so? Is quitting smoking really that humongous a task? Can it be achieved? If yes, then how? Well, many unsuccessful quitters would consider that a million dollar question. Read on to find a billion dollar answer.

Easy Tips on Quitting Smoking

The process of successfully quitting smoking involves a combination of multiple factors. Let us have a look at what these are.
Prepare a Plan: Most smokers, at some point in their life, do try to quit smoking but without any success. A mistake that most of them commit is that they quit suddenly. While sudden, abrupt quitting does work for a few, it may not for most. If you are the type of smoker who cannot wake up one fine day and announce “I quit!”, then you need to chalk out a proper quitting plan.
Set a Deadline: Naturally, this should be the next logical step that follows. Set yourself a quitting deadline. It could be anything between two weeks to two months. However, be sincere and serious about it.

Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range

Rightly said, these days people tend to forget the importance of total nutrition which should be derived from the right sources. Overall nutrition of the body is of extreme importance, not only for your physical health, but your mental health as well! Nutritious food through a balanced diet is the fuel of the human body, and without proper fuel, your body’s machinery would not work smoothly! When I read the aforementioned quote, it came off as a shock to me! We blame factors such as pollution, environment, stress…, and almost every other thing in this world for our diseases and disorders. But do we think about keeping a check at what we eat? Eating does not make one fat or obese, it is ‘eating food without a thought’ that makes one unhealthy. Our body needs proper amount of nutrition in order to live and function in a healthy manner! Therefore, it becomes necessary for us to know about the ‘Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range’ (AMDR) in a healthy diet.

What is the AMDR

The AMDR can be defined as the pre-defined range of the important macronutrients, which are an important energy source in the body and play a very important role

Water Chestnuts Nutrition

Water chestnut is a vegetable that is commonly found in a Chinese household. Although these are seasonal vegetables and are harvested at very few places in the United States, canned water chestnuts can be purchased throughout the year in South East Asia and is an integral part of Asian cooking.

Water Chestnuts Nutrition

The exact amount of nutrients in every serving of water chestnut (62 g) is given below:

Although the vegetable contains a number of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, the content of potassium is found to be highest. A serving of water chestnut, which is equivalent to half a cup, contains 362 mg of potassium. On the other hand, phosphorus and magnesium content are found to 39.1 mg and 13.6 mg respectively. As compared to other vegetables, calcium in a serving of water chestnut is low (6.8 mg). Although, it also contains minerals like zinc, copper and manganese, the amount is negligible.

Protein is also not present in substantial amounts in this vegetable. This is because protein amount is found to be only 0.9 mg per serving.

Vitamins are found in meager amounts in this vegetable. Half a cup of water chestnut has only 2.5 mg

Alternative Medicine Practices

Allopathy refers to the old practice of medicine, which is the most dominant form of health care today. However, as more and more people are becoming aware of allopathy side effects, people are switching to different types of alternative medicines. A glance at the history will show the various healing benefits using herbs, massages, or spiritual healing methods. Here are various types of alternative medical branches that will help you understand it better.

Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine also known as TCM, includes a range of different traditional medicinal practices which originated in China. TCM is the standard care in the Orient for over 3000 years and includes various methods of healing like – acupuncture, diet, herbal medicines, physical movement like Tai chi, and massage techniques.

Aromatherapy includes use of various essential oils, which help to relieve pain, reduce stress, help to improve mood, and improve overall health. You can find aromatherapy oils in many health care stores, you can pick an oil for its healing properties. Some of the best aromatherapy oils are lavender oil, tea tree oil, and frankincense oil.

Ayurveda originated more than 5,000 years ago in India, and it

Colloidal Gold Benefits

A colloid is a suspension of fine particles in a fluid substance. Colloidal gold consists of small, microscopic gold particles suspended in distilled water or any other liquid. It is also called nanogold. It appears as a red or yellow colored liquid. The benefits of ingesting gold was known to our ancestors since ancient times. They believed that regular intake rejuvenated health conditions. Ancient Roman people used gold to heal skin problems. Today, various research studies have found enough evidence to support their claim. As a result, colloidal gold benefits are now widely known and it is being used as an alternative medicine for treating various ailments.

Health Benefits of Colloidal Gold

Basically, the advantages lie with the fact that colloidal gold can be safely used both internally as well as externally. The tiny gold particles from the colloid penetrate through the cell membranes easily and work effectively towards providing relief from the symptoms of several health disorders.

For Arthritis
Colloidal gold is used for bringing down the joint pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. It works well even in those cases of rheumatoid arthritis where swelling in the joints causes stiffness and affects joint mobility. On regular intake, the pain

Heart Palpitations at Night

Heart palpitations are nothing but rapid heartbeats which tend to give a pounding feeling. The normal rate at which the heart beats in an adult is usually 60 – 100 beats per minute. Rapid heartbeats occur when the heart beats more than 100 beats per minute, which in medical terms is known as tachycardia. The abnormality in the heart rhythm is known as arrhythmia, which is the main cause behind heart palpitations. Experiencing these palpitations is not always bad; it’s normal to feel them when a person is under any form of physical or mental stress. However, if you are unable to determine the reason behind the unexplained palpitations, then there is a possibility of it to be an alarming sign of an underlying health issue. You must seek medical assistance immediately if there are other symptoms like dizziness, shortness of breath, or any kind of pressure or pain in the chest.

You can experience these abnormal palpitations at any time of the day. There are many people who experience these during the night, while they are preparing to sleep. While most people associate arrhythmia with heart related problems, there can be many other reasons, ranging from external to

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