Three Degrees of Happiness?

January 26th, 2009

Researchers are finding that happiness is contagious. That might or might not come as a surprise to you, but apparently science has shown it to be true now.

People who are happy often spread that happiness to others. If a parent is happy, that spreads to his or her children, spouse, and other relatives whom he or she is close to. That’s not all that the scientists discovered, though. They also found that this happiness may have more of an affect than previously thought. If you’re happy, the people closest to you can catch that. The good news is they can also take that with them, and they will pass it on to the people who they are closest to like their friends, their family members, and the people who they work with.

At this rate, there are three degrees of happiness, and could potentially be more, depending on how one looks at it. While one happy person can’t cheer up the planet, he or she can cheer up those close by, and those people can pass it on to others, who can also pass it on.

Ensuring a Healthy New Year: 7 Tips to Last for Life

December 30th, 2008

The new year is a time for renewal and the perfect opportunity to alter past habits. Here are 10 pointers from high-profile experts in Israel, who suggest you say goodbye to elements in your life that are holding you back from doing what you’ve wanted to do for years.

1) Regular checkups are integral to a new lifestyle.

2) Ensuring against colon/rectal cancer by undergoing a colonoscopy every ten years is a great idea. Of course, you don’t really need to do that until you hit the wizened age of 50.

3) Regular checkups, perhaps more than any of the other items here, can be a valuable method of meeting potential health issues head on.

4) Something as simple as washing your hands with soap can go a long way as well.

5) Perhaps just as important is the flu vaccination. Despite negative opinion of the vaccination procedure, it’s safe to use, does not cause heart attacks and is in fact given to millions of people across the world.

6) Back injury can strike when you least expect it. Simply don’t lift with your back; lift with your knees when moving heavy loads instead.

Lastly, if pain does come, don’t ignore it. The only way you’re going to know if something is wrong is through pain; headaches might indicate another problem, possibly highlighting damage to the brain or eyes.

Green tea and Hoodia

December 8th, 2008

Taking Hoodia everyday to lose weight is very popular among people who are randomly gaining weight due to their uncontrolled eating habits. There is little or no research done on the effectiveness of the Hoodia when used in combination with other supplements and thus to be on the safer side it is always best to go with a very mild usage.

This is what many people have started doing and mixing Green tea with Hoodia Gordonii is becoming very getting very popular. It is believed that this combination is very useful at the same time in increasing the effects on your weight.

Green tea helps in burning fat but this is also well known scientifically that it reduces the pace in which blood sugar level is formed. This is the basic reason why hypothalamus is not informed that we are full and we feel hungry again, even if we have had a balanced diet biologically.

It is very well know that we should not take chances when health is concerned and it is always best to be cautious as we all are aware of the fact that prevention is better than cure. Thus, using Hoodia with green tea might be very productive and useful in controlling hunger but it is better to be safe and not use it much until the scientific results are out after proper researches are done.

Formation of glucose is controlled and the process of formation of blood sugars as well is reduced by green tea. Its blood sugar level which is responsible for informing the brain that one has had enough food but if that is manipulated by the in take of green tea which reduces the pace of digestive system, we still feel hungry and end up over eating.

There are many combinations which might end up being deadly where health is concerned, though our way of thinking and logical point of view might direct us the other way. It is a clear example that one can not consume nerves stimulant along with the nerves relaxant.

Thus, Hoodia which in its real sense will help in informing the hypothalamus that one has had enough food, even if that might not be the actual case, is actually a hunger suppressant. It helps in controlling the hunger as well as makes you feel less inclined towards munching all the time.

Thus, we can say that the combination of green tea and Hoodia with both of them having exactly opposite functions individually as well as different reactions on the body must be taken together in a very moderate quantity and its better to be on safer side. However, it is also known that if the combination has not helped in gaining positive result, at least it does not have any negative side effects as well.

Safety Risks of a High Protein Diet

November 11th, 2008

High protein diets are sometimes popular with bodybuilders, and they are also sometimes used by people who are trying to lose weight. The risks that individuals take when they eat a high protein diet, though, have been much discussed.

The American Heart Association and others have talked about these kinds of diets for some time, and they have come to the conclusion that they are not a very good idea for overall health. They are usually safe for a short period of time to build muscle mass or to lose weight, but they aren’t something that people should just stay on for the long term.

If you stay on this diet too long you can get gout, which is a type of arthritis, and you can also see a higher risk of problems like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease because you aren’t getting the complex carbohydrates that actually help to protect you against these kinds of diseases. You can also raise your blood pressure and suffer from kidney failure, so be very careful about how long you stay on these kinds of diets.

It’s Time to Celebrate Healthy Workplace Month

October 30th, 2008

Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month is here. Upgraded from a one week event to four, it is meant to introduce workplace health to organizations and reward those who already have programs in operation.

Some of the contributors to healthcare costs seen in Canada include factors ranging from stress, poor nutrition, inactivity and long hours. It is things like these that cause heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes, among other maladies.

There’s one company in particular that saw the benefit of focusing on other companies’ employee health. Licious Living is focusing their efforts in such places as Vancouver and Toronto with nutritious meals with the added convenience of quick, fast-food style service—minus the bad stuff of course. Indeed, Licious Living takes this fast-food concept to a higher-quality level. “It’s all in the use of fresh ingredients, the care that goes into the meal preparation and balancing of the nutrients,” says Katie Rogers of Licious Living. “And then getting the foot to the consumer in a convenient way.”

People simply don’t have the time to prepare nutritious, time-conscious meals due to strict workplace environments and hectic lives in general. Licious Living ultimately aims to eliminate the harmful effects of traditional fast food products.

What You Need to Know About The Flu Shot

October 30th, 2008

If you’re considering getting a flu shot this year, the CDC agrees. About 5% to 20% of Americans get an annual flu. However, if average Americans would simply take the opportunity to take a flu shot or influenza vaccine, deaths and hospitalizations would decrease. Over 200,000 people are hospitalized and nearly 36,000 people die annually.

October through May is typically influenza season, so from the beginning of the season to November are the best times to get the influenza.

Two versions of flu shots are available for adults and children. There is the less frequent nasal influenza vaccine named FluMist (LAIV), which typically doesn’t cause any side effects but there are exceptions, of course. Then there is the traditional flu shot, which utilizes a live virus. It contains an inactive virus given intravenously.

Both versions spur antibody development in the body. These in turn creates protection against the virus, although it can cause muscle aches and general fatigue during antibody production.

The best candidates for flu vaccination are those 50 years or older, adults and children 6 months or older with lung conditions, diabetes, chronic kidney condition and asthma as well as women who will be pregnant during the flu season.

Allergies: An American Epidemic

October 20th, 2008

One in four Americans suffer from allergies according to the Center for Disease Control. Shockingly, one in three report witnessing family members on vacations exhibiting allergies too.

What can travelers do when in strange hotel rooms during vacations? PURE Solutions has the answer. Through hypoallergenic bedding, bacteria-free surfaces, filtered and freshly-circulated air, PURE Allergy Friendly hotel rooms can greatly reduce the likelihood of triggered allergies by as much as 98 percent.

While hotel chains like Wyndham offer PURE Solutions, these rooms are not available everywhere yet. PURE Solutions offer some simple tips for allergy-free traveling:

1) Ask for no smoking hotel rooms that are pet-free.
2) Despite the ‘fresh air’ suggestion many Americans here, air conditioning is a smart allergy-free idea when traveling, be it in a hotel room or car.
3) Advance research about your final destination will go a long way in determining what you can expect once you get there, especially in terms of allergens.
4) Care when it comes to new culinary delights can go a long way in ensuring that your vacation is problem-free. Exotic destinations, for instance, should prompt you to get some solid advice from friends or colleagues about locations and particular dishes that are safe to eat.

“With modern lifestyles, the typical person can spend as much as 90 percent of his or her time indoors where invisible pollutants may be as much as 100 times as plentiful than outdoors,” says Brian Brault, the CEO of PURE Solutions.

Menu Labeling Law Passes in California

October 17th, 2008

Following Governor Schwarzenegger’s signature of SB 1420, California became the first state in the country to require menu labeling for nutritional purposes. The bill will require all of California’s 17,000 restaurants to list calorie counts. This is in response to the state population’s increasing obesity rate.

The legislation contains a two-year phase-in period, where brochures listing nutritional information including caloric value, grams of saturated fat, carbohydrates and sodium milligrams will be required by July 1, 2009 and on menus and indoor menu boards by January 1, 2011. Only restaurants with 20 or more locations will be affected.

The legislation was inspired by a Field Research Corporation poll highlighting how only 10 percent of state residents were able to pick the healthiest item from a short list of the most common fast foods. Authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Los Angeles) with Senator Carole Migden (D-San Francisco) and Assembly Members Marc DeSaulnier (D-Concord) and Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), actual sponsorship came from the California Center for Public Health Advocacy and the American Cancer Society.

“Menu labeling is good common sense,” says Dr. Harold Goldstein of the CCPH. “Just like smoke-free restaurants, I expect menu labeling will quickly sweep the nation as other states recognize the benefit of providing consumers with basic nutrition information. Menu labeling by itself won’t end the obesity epidemic, but it sure is a good place to start.”

Fact Or Fiction: Soy Can Affect Male Fertility

October 15th, 2008


A new, small study has shown that men who consume soy every couple of days have lower sperm counts than men who don’t eat soy.However, there is a debate about this study because Asian men, who traditionally eat a great deal of soy, do not appear to have any problems with their fertility. They have been having children with no difficulty for some time.

Those who refute this most recent study say that the reason for the differences in the sperm count must be attributed to some other factor, such as the high rate of obesity in Western men and normal variations in sperm counts that are seen in men.

More studies are needed to determine whether soy really affects fertility or if the lower sperm counts come from something else.

7 Pregnancy Myths Every Woman Should Know

October 10th, 2008


Every woman that has ever been pregnant has come to know various myths about pregnancy. For example, one of the classics is holding some type of pendulum over the pregnant belly to determine the sex of the baby. Sorry, but this is just not quite as accurate as the good old sonogram. You also can’t tell by how fast the heartbeat is. You can’t even tell by the way the mother carries the baby, like if it is low it is a boy.

Most mothers would also agree that the amount of heartburn you had while you were pregnant had absolutely nothing to do with how much hair your baby had. Mothers to be everywhere can feel better about raising their arms over their head. This act will not cause the umbilical cord to wrap around your babies neck.

There is a slew of theories of what a pregnant mother can’t do when they are pregnant like taking a bath or exercising and these are totally not true either. Pregnant women everywhere relax in nice warm baths without cooking their children.