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Protect Your Overall Health With Multi-Vitamins

Taking a good multi-vitamin everyday can improve your over all health and give you a sense of general well being. It gives your body a boost physically and mentally. There are multivitamins made especially for certain age groups, or certain conditions like pregnancy. It is important to take a multi vitamin in a liquid for to get the most out of it. The body absorbs liquids 5 times more efficiently than taking a pill form. 

Everyone can benefit from taking multi-vitamins. Children need to build healthy strong bones, and athletes need there antioxidants to fight the free radicals from working the body. It helps white blood cells fight off infection, aides in healing wounds, and helps the formation of collagen. People who can really benefit from multi vitamins are people over the age of 55, people who consume a lot of alcohol, extremely active people, athletes, people who are sick, and smokers.

Oxidants and free radicals can be very harmful to the body in high levels. They can damage the membranes in cells and can alter genetics, contributing to a number of diseases that develop like cancer, heart disease, cataracts, premature aging. Free radicals and oxidants are caused by chemicals, toxins, and stress. Smoking and environmental pollution can cause them too. Taking vitamins like Vitamin A, C, and E can help to chase these oxidants down and get rid of them and neutralize free radicals. This will prevent some of there damage. 

Vitamin E can also prevent blood clots and fatty plague that builds up in the arteries. Vitamin C can maintain flexibility of blood vessels and improve the circulation of blood in smokers. Both of these vitamins together can help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Foliate can improve the blood flow through the arteries and all the B vitamins can help prevent hear disease. This is just a few of what some of the vitamins found in a multi vitamin. There are some many beneficial qualities that can come from taking multi vitamins.

Conversely, taking vitamins in very high doses can be very dangerous to the body. The antioxidants in supplements have a pro-oxidant effect on the body that can harm the arteries and can do a lot of damage to the body. Keeping a proper vitamin intake can be simple with help from a healthy diet and a high quality liquid vitamin.

I recommend taking high quality liquid vitamins because they can be absorbed, broken down and digested easier and faster. One example of a high quality liquid vitamin is Bell Liquid Multi Vitamin. It contains all vitamins and minerals needed to support a healthy body and mind. The absorption rate for this liquid multi-vitamin is 85 %. It is a great combination of colloidal minerals, multi vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, and herbs. By taking daily vitamin supplements, you will enrich your mind and body, and who wouldn’t want to do that!…

Reducing Body Fat through Fitness at Home

Exercising at home is often the last place you think about when it comes to losing weight, staying fit and just generally maintaining an active lifestyle. In reality, the home has to be one of the most effective and convenient locations to exercise. We spend many ‘dead’ hours in our home, doing next to nothing, watching TV, relaxing and being quite unproductive. In addition, with the lack of spare time to take advantage of the benefits that exercise offers due to our hectic schedules and busy lifestyles, time is one of the most common reasons why we can exercise, even though we know how much we should! Now we can make this so simple. 15-20 minutes is all it takes to get started – to build a solid foundation of strength, endurance, balance and flexibility.

Home however, is the perfect environment to exercise. When shown how to exercise correctly there are hundreds of exercises you can perform at home effectively with minimal or no equipment.

Your greatest asset to working out at home though is motivation and confidence in your ability to perform the exercises safely and effectively.

To set up a basic fitness room in your house, all you would need is the following items:

o Fit Ball

o Exercise Tubes

o 1 Pair of Dumbbells

o Jump Rope And…

o Yourself

That’s it! You are ready to go. The above listed equipment offers such an abundance of variety to keep your body stimulated and guessing for years of training at home.

The key to any exercise program, regardless of goals, objectives and equipment is ICV – Intensity, Consistency and Variety. The combination of these three parameters alone will determine your successes.

Intensity – refers to how much effort you put into your training. The best way to monitor your exercise intensity is by measuring your heart rate. Take 2 fingers and place them on the side of your neck. Count the number of ‘pulses’ in 15 seconds a multiply by 4. This will give your beats per minute or BPM.

Consistency – refers to your frequency of exercise. You should be making exercise a part of your ‘daily’ life. Yes that’s right, daily! Whether it is going to the gym, playing tennis, golf, trekking or yoga – whatever it may be.

Variety – this is essential. Constantly varying the stimulus of exercise ensures your body constantly changes, adapts and progresses. I like to sue the analogy of reading a book. If you read the same book over and over again, you are not going to learn anything new, are you?

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What is a Healthy Eating Plan?

Healthy eating is important for everyone, from babies to the elderly. Learning to eat well is more than just eating a variety of foods so that your body gets the proper nutrients. It is also about enjoyment of foods and maintaining a healthy weight. Anyone can eat for good health. It involves 2 simple steps. First is to eat foods from all the different food groups. The second step is to eat a variety of foods from each group every day. Sounds simple. However so many people are not following a healthy eating plan. Busy lifestyles, availability of fast food, advertising and a lack of understanding of what healthy food is, all work against people trying for healthyier eating. Unhealthy eating causes illness and weight problems. Type 2 diabetes is increasing dramatically and is directly linked to the increase in obesity. Heart disease and some cancers are also linked to obesity.

A study by the Medical Journal of Australia found that 56% of Australian adults are considered overweight or obese. This is a 61% increase in obesity since 1991 Un-treated obesity poses significant, even life-threatening health risks.

Everyone understands the importance of having car / home / insurance. Have you considered the importance of nutritional insurance? This means eating the foods that will protect you against future disease, and understanding the benefits nutritional supplements can provide.

If you are currently not following a healthy plan you will be surprised that you are most likely not eating enough. You may need to increase the amount of food you consume.

Daily Food Suggestions

Fruit 2-3 servings, Vegetables 5-7 serves, Protein 3-6 serves, Whole grains 2-3 serves, Dairy 2-3 serves

Antioxidant Super Foods

Antioxidants help prevent cellular damage. Eat plenty of foods rich in antioxidants such as almonds, berries, citrus, carrots, spinach, tomatoes, and bell peppers.

1. Top your cereal with almonds or berries; Add tomatoes to sandwiches, soups or stews; Layer your whole grain bread sandwich with slices of peppers and fresh spinach.

2. Pack a snack bag of nuts, baby carrots, grape tomatoes, and bell pepper slices for a nutritious pick-me-up between meals.

3. Protein snack bars carry easily for quick energy and a tasty treat.

Calcium

Calcium is the super nutrient that keeps bones and teeth strong. Now research shows that low-fat dairy also helps people lose weight! The best sources of calcium come from the cow.

1. Start your day with a protein rich breakfast. Add a bowl of whole grain cereal topped with skim milk and fresh fruit for a breakfast of champions.

2. Snack on low-fat yogurt or cheese between meals for an energizing treat.

3. Calcium-fortified juices and cereals are excellent alternatives to meet your three-a-day requirement.

Fiber

Fiber does wonderful things for the body, from lower cholesterol levels, keeping you regular, and sometimes preventing certain cancers. Grandma called it roughage and we need plenty of it each day.

1. Read food labels to find whole grain breads and cereals that provide three or more grams …

Get Great Dental Insurance Coverage – Find a Low Cost Dental Quote

It is very important that you have some type of dental insurance. It can be expensive to find dental insurance so your best bet is to check with your employer and see if they offer a group plan so that you can save money on your monthly cost. Many people do not like to go to the dentist regularly but this is the best way you can avoid having major problems in the future. If you find that your employer does not offer any type of dental insurance coverage then you want to search online so you can find the most affordable plan for you.

When searching online you need to find a website that will allow you to compare the cost of your plan and the policy as well. You need to make sure that the policy gives you enough dental coverage so if you need certain procedures done it is covered. Before you choose a plan you need to decide what type of dental work that you need. If you need just basic maintenance and cleaning your dental coverage plan will cost you a lot less money each month. It is also a good idea to check with your dentist and see if they offer any kind of dental plan that you can join.

Remember taking care of your teeth is most important & it can be costly to do so. You need to find dental insurance that will help you cover the cost of getting any work done at the dentist. First check with your employer and see what they have two offers far as a group dental plan. Next you can check online and compare costs versus plan and see what is the best option for you.…

Benefits of Starting a Family Fitness Plan

Family fitness makes exercise fun. Often overweight or obese children do not see fitness as something "fun" to do. Instead they look to more passive activities like playing videogames, watching television, reading or just talking with friends. By creating a family fitness plan you are showing your children by example that fitness is fun. Even if you have not had a fitness plan before, your children will pick up quickly on your good example. Families that exercise together get fit together. If you are overweight too, you'll lose weight as well.

There are many activities you can do as family fitness. Try starting out with something simple, like walking or biking. Walking is an ideal activity as you do not have to buy any equipment and everyone can start no matter their level. The key to walking is to create a route ahead of time and know where you are going to walk. Try making it a goal to walk to a specific destination and then back again. Or get in shape to walk a charity walk together.

Family fitness is a social activity for many families. This is a great way to spend time with your children. As you participate in the fitness activity, you are spending time together. You can enjoy being with each other. So it is not just the sport, it is doing the sport together. It is critical to select sports and fitness activities that your family enjoys together.

There are fitness activities you can do to enjoy every season of the year. Families can ski and skate and sled in the winter. You can hike and go apple picking in the fall. You can rollerblade and play baseball in the spring. Your family can swim and surf in the summer.

Family fitness is something your family can do either indoors or outdoors, depending on the activity. There are some activities you can do both indoors or outdoors, like playing basketball or even swimming or ice-skating. Then there are other activities you'll need to be either indoors or outdoors, like surfing is very much an outdoor sport. This is an ideal way to enjoy the outdoors and the seasons.

As your family gets in shape, there are more sports to explore. Your family can start with walking and then advance to hiking or mountain climbing. Or you could even look at rock wall climbing, which is done indoors and can be very challenging but is great exercise! You can participate in many sports no matter your fitness level, but some sports are more suited for the intermediate to the advanced level fitness enthusiast.

Best of all, as your family participates in fitness you'll see your children change. You'll see them get healthier and lose weight. If they have asthma, you'll see it reduce or even disappear completely. They'll find it much easier to go to sleep. They'll have reduced stress and higher levels of concentration. Family fitness can improve every level of their life! …

Prostate Health Achieved In 5 Simple Steps

If you are concerned about your prostate health, here are 5 things you can do starting today. None of them are difficult. And most of them are free.

Here they are:

Step one is to eat right.

By eat right, I mean cut out as much refined sugar as possible to avoid inflammation and swelling in your body. You also want to eat more water rich foods (fruits and vegetables) – especially the ones with lots of lycopene inside (which is a great prostate health nutrient).

Step two is to exercise.

Short bouts of intestinal exercise are perfect for prostate support. Or, you can even do internal exercises like kegels, which not only help your prostate, but your sex drive, too.

Step three is to drink lots of water.

Water is not called "the elixir of life" for nothing. Your prostate needs more, not less, water. And believe it or not, this is especially true if you are having urinary problems now.

Step four is to have more sex.

Yes, sex is great for your prostate. It keeps it cleaned out of toxins and poisons and built-up fluid that can make it grow. Plus, it also relieves anxiety and can even make your prostate shrink at the point of orgasm.

Step five is to find a good prostate supplement.

There are many to choose from, but the thing to remember is to take something that deals both with excess DHT and excess estrogen (very important).

And that's it.

If you want solid prostate health, do the five steps above and watch what happens. …

The Importance of Mental Health

What is mental health?

Though no concise definition exists, mental health is basically your attitude and approach to life. Psychological, environmental, genetic, or physiological factors have a profound effect on overall mental development.

What is mental illness?

Mental illness impairs your ability to perform routine tasks, foster healthy relationships, or cope with anger or stress. It may be classified on the basis of extreme mood swings, irrational or destructive thought patterns, and behavioral problems.

How important is mental health?

Your mental health has a huge impact on every aspect of your life.

o Self-image

Good mental health means appreciating your achievements and accepting your shortcomings. A mental illness can cause an inferiority complex, a negative body image, and intense feelings of self-hate, anger, disgust, and uselessness, which could mutate into extreme depression, psycho-social disorders, or eating disorders.

o Education

Students with mental problems socially isolate themselves, and develop anxiety disorders and concentration problems. Good mental health ensures an all-round educational experience that enhances social and intellectual skills that lead to self-confidence and better grades.

o Relationships

Mental health largely contributes to the functioning of human relationships. Mental illness can hamper even basic interactions with family, friends, and colleagues. Most people suffering from mental illness find it difficult to nurture relationships, have problems with commitment or intimacy, and frequently encounter sexual health issues.

o Sleep

An inability to handle stress or anxiety can cause insomnia. Even if you mange to fall asleep, you may wake up a dozen times during the night with thoughts of what went wrong the day before or how bad tomorrow is going to be. You may develop severe sleeping disorders which leave you exhausted and less productive.

o Eating

People with mental disorders are more prone to indulging in comfort eating or emotional binges. Finding comfort in food is something we all do from time to time. But with a mental illness, it becomes difficult to control yourself. Overeating can lead to obesity, which puts you at a risk for heart disease and diabetes, in addition to creating an unhealthy body-image.

o Physical health

Your mental state directly affects your body. For example, stress can lead to hypertension or stomach ulcers. People who are mentally healthy are at a lower risk for many health complications.

So make a conscious effort to improve and maintain your mental health.…

Health Benefits of Bonsai Gardening

Bonsai’s are very unique and beautiful. They are a very intriguing art form and a creative outlet. Bonsai Hobbyists who own and cultivate Bonsai’s love and are passionate about what they do. It shows when people see these amazing creations. Those looking at getting into the bonsai hobby are going to be rewarded with more than just a beautiful Bonsai Tree.

Gardening has become a large topic for stress relief and bonsai gardening is no exception. They are a great stress reliever that other hobbies may not offer. Working and living with nature, and the feeling of caring for nature is like no other. Bonsai gardening can offer satisfaction beyond measure for those who are willing to invest their time into this hobby. As with anything the amount of energy one puts into an activity the more successful one will be. A sense of accomplishment that may be missing in everyday life can be found from caring for a bonsai tree or any other type of garden for that matter. Plants, trees and shrubs can add d├ęcor and make a home look great and can add peace and fulfillment to ones life. By physically working in one’s garden they are taking a step to a healthier lifestyle. Gardening therefore can be looked upon as a way to attain both internal (health and piece of mind) and external (garden, bonsai trees) health and beauty.

Bonsai Trees require strict regular attention! You must be constantly concerned with the proper care (watering, fertilizing, and pruning). Unlike the plants trees and shrubs that stay outdoors, one must trim the roots of the bonsai’s. This is an art form, and just like painting, one can gain serenity and accomplishment by just stepping away from their everyday lives and enter into the peaceful world of their bonsai garden. This type of hobby takes an enormous amount of patience, a characteristic that we desperately need in this world we live in. As a conclusion we can say that tending Bonsai trees can offer benefits for their care giver. Not only is this hobby quite peaceful, it is also a living art. Like painting or any creative art form, bonsai’s needs constant love and attention to achieve its full beauty. With one’s personal care a bonsai garden can prove to be the centerpiece of one’s home.

Indoor plants can also clean the air. The good news is that a classic NASA study found that common house plants could improve air quality. In fact, they reported that houseplants were able to remove up to 87 percent of air toxins in 24 hours. The recommendation? Use 15 to 18 “good-sized” house plants in 6- to 8-inch diameter containers for an 1,800 square-foot house.Plants can remove a variety of toxic air emissions including ammonia, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, benzene, xylene and trichloroethytene. See the box above for some of the best plant varieties to choose, and remember-the healthier the plant, the more purifying it will be.

Plants Fight Fatigue and Colds. according …

The Facts About Being a Dental Assistant

Dental assistants will always be needed as people will always want to have their teeth taken care of. In a dental department, you will find a dentist, dental hygienist and a dental assistant. These three professionals should never be confused for they play different roles in the system which however complement each other.

Dental assistants play a very important role as they work with the dentists during patient examination and treatment. Professional dentists give the responsibility to assistants to keep dental records, patient preparation for dental treatments and to keep patients as relaxed as possible during dental procedures. They are also responsible for taking X-ray pictures, development of X-ray films and also checking the patient’s blood pressure and temperature before the examination. Preparation of the tools to be used in a procedure is also done by the assistant.

To enter this profession, a course must be taken with the entry requirements that allow for those coming straight from school to those who have been working already. Upon completion of the course, a certificate is issued. There might be further need to be accredited by the local board of dental assistants before starting practice. The dental assistant course includes preparation trays of dental instruments, sterilization procedures, oral surgeries and treatments, patient preparation and postoperative oral health. Good dental assistant colleges will teach patient care duties such as topical anaesthetic application, taking dental x-rays, processing x-ray film, computer dental software, examination of patients, removing sutures, preparing materials for dental impressions, discarding hazardous materials, and much more. You can also further your training by enrolling for an associate degree course which will be for 2 years. This course emphasizes the practical aspects of the training and there is little or no training in the theoretical aspects.

Dental assisting is one of the few professions that have a lot of opportunities regardless of the state of the economy. It offers salaries that are good, a smart working environment and the opportunity to help others. An assistant who learns the trade and stays updated with the current advancements adds value to the organization and is a versatile player. These days many dentists are looking for assistants to undertake basic procedures so that they can focus on more complicated procedures.

Dental assistant jobs can be in different places including private dental offices, in specialty practices such as orthodontia, in dental college clinics and in the public health arena. There are also opportunities available for assistants in health insurance companies, serving in claims, customer service and provider support departments. They may also be part of a large corporation as a dental product salesperson. With college degrees, they may very well find employment as an instructor at a dental school. The job opportunities are tremendous and career opportunities are never ending in the exciting world of dental assisting. Dental assisting is a job that can be very interesting when proper advancement has been done.…

Health Savings Accounts – An American Innovation in Health Insurance

INTRODUCTON – The term “health insurance” is commonly used in the United States to describe any program that helps pay for medical expenses, whether through privately purchased insurance, social insurance or a non-insurance social welfare program funded by the government. Synonyms for this usage include “health coverage,” “health care coverage” and “health benefits” and “medical insurance.” In a more technical sense, the term is used to describe any form of insurance that provides protection against injury or illness.

In America, the health insurance industry has changed rapidly during the last few decades. In the 1970’s most people who had health insurance had indemnity insurance. Indemnity insurance is often called fee-forservice. It is the traditional health insurance in which the medical provider (usually a doctor or hospital) is paid a fee for each service provided to the patient covered under the policy. An important category associated with the indemnity plans is that of consumer driven health care (CDHC). Consumer-directed health plans allow individuals and families to have greater control over their health care, including when and how they access care, what types of care they receive and how much they spend on health care services.

These plans are however associated with higher deductibles that the insured have to pay from their pocket before they can claim insurance money. Consumer driven health care plans include Health Reimbursement Plans (HRAs), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), high deductible health plans (HDHps), Archer Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Of these, the Health Savings Accounts are the most recent and they have witnessed rapid growth during the last decade.

WHAT IS A HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT?

A Health Savings Account (HSA) is a tax-advantaged medical savings account available to taxpayers in the United States. The funds contributed to the account are not subject to federal income tax at the time of deposit. These may be used to pay for qualified medical expenses at any time without federal tax liability.

Another feature is that the funds contributed to Health Savings Account roll over and accumulate year over year if not spent. These can be withdrawn by the employees at the time of retirement without any tax liabilities. Withdrawals for qualified expenses and interest earned are also not subject to federal income taxes. According to the U.S. Treasury Office, ‘A Health Savings Account is an alternative to traditional health insurance; it is a savings product that offers a different way for consumers to pay for their health care.

HSA’s enable you to pay for current health expenses and save for future qualified medical and retiree health expenses on a tax-free basis.’ Thus the Health Savings Account is an effort to increase the efficiency of the American health care system and to encourage people to be more responsible and prudent towards their health care needs. It falls in the category of consumer driven health care plans.

Origin of Health Savings Account

The Health Savings Account was established under the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act passed …