Laughter Exercises

baby playing in the sun by poolScientists estimate that laughing 100 times is equivalent to a 10-minute workout on a rowing machine.

The levels of two stress hormones, cortisol and epinephrine which suppress the body’s immune system, will actually drop after a dose of laughter.

If your DNA was stretched out it would reach to the moon 6,000 times.

By weight, Bone is five times stronger than steel.

Fidgeting can burn about 350 calories a day.

It is possible for you to survive even after the removal of the spleen, the stomach, one kidney, one lung, 75% of the liver, 80% of the intestines, and almost every organ from the pelvic and groin area.

Smokers get ten times more wrinkles than non-smokers.

A human being loses an average of 40 to 100 strands of hair a day.

A person can live without food for about a month, but only about a week without water.

The human brain uses approximately as much energy as a 10 watt light bulb.

Coughing can cause air to move through your windpipe faster than the speed of sound – over a thousand feet per second!

Spring into Fitness Fun Facts

– Studies have shown your life expectancy might increase by up to two hours for every hour you walk. (grab your shoes and get walking)

– The average person you will walk about 70,000 miles during their lifetime.

– Did you know that it only takes 100 too many calories each day to gain 10 pounds in a year? (that can creep up quickly!)

– Did you know that it only takes a deficit of 500 calories a day to lose a pound a week? (that’s like 2 cans of soda pop, or 2 candy bars, or 2 Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks – surely you can do without those right?!)

– Did you know that a pound of muscle burns about 9 calories a day, and a pound of fat only burns 2?

– People that get enough Vitamin D are an average of 16 pounds lighter than those that don’t. (Vitamin D is not just in milk, go for a walk and get some sunlight!)

Spring Onions

green onionsSpring Onions are rich in Vitamins and other Minerals. They are excellent health foods and great in taste.

Spring onions are also called Green onions, are actually immature onion bulbs-they are low in calories and high in Vitamin C. Spring onions are very tasty, mostly used in salads and also some of the Asian dishes.

Spring onions are good for the health as they contain some medicinal qualities. Allyl propyl is known to lower the blood sugar levels. Chromium is also helpful in lowering levels of insulin and increase glucose tolerance. It is good to regulate blood sugar levels. Chromium is good for the heart health as well. It reduces the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides and increases good cholesterol (HDL) levels. Anti-bacterial properties in spring onions make them very effective against sinus-infections and colds. High sulphur compounds help to lower blood sugar levels.

They also contain flavonoid Quercetin. Quercetin is very helpful to reduce the chances of cancer, especially ovarian, oral, esophageal, breast, prostate and colon cancer. Regular consumption of onions is very good for reducing the risk of cancer. Vitamin B 6 and sulphur provide heart healthy benefits. Green onions are flavonoids rich food and that’s why they are very helpful to reduce chances of developing any type of heart disease. Spring onions are rich in nutrients and good for maintaining optimum health.

Tart-tastic Health Tips!

Water is good for you. Lemon juice is good for you. Put them together, and you’ve got a beverage that will help you to lose weight and stay full — and it packs a nice punch of vitamin C, too. To get the health benefit, mix the pulp and juice of half a lemon with an 8-ounce glass of water. If it’s too bitter, add a teaspoon of honey to warm water before adding the lemon juice. Use only a fresh lemon, and consume the beverage as soon as you make it to get the most health benefits.

Diuretic

Lemon juice and water is a common home-remedy diuretic. Drinking water alone helps to flush toxins from the body, and lemon juice enhances the effect by stimulating the bladder and urination. An added benefit, according to the Mayo Clinic, is that the citric acid in the lemon juice may also keep your kidneys free of stones by reducing the amount of calcium in your urine.

Weight-Loss Aid

Lemon can make a pre-meal glass of water more palatable, and add to weight loss. Participants who drank a two glasses of water prior to each meal lost about 4.5 pounds more during a 12-week study than those who drank no water. The study, conducted by the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise at Virginia Tech University, also found that the water-drinkers lost two points on the body mass index scale.

Laxative

Warm water mixed with lemon juice can act as a laxative, according to Julia F. Morton of Purdue University’s Horticulture Department. She warns, however, that daily use may erode the enamel from teeth, but if you drink the mixture quickly, then rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth, damage is unlikely. The combination of the warm water and lemon juice stimulates the bowels into action.

Other Benefits

Although largely unstudied, lemon water has also been used to diminish the symptoms of the common cold, to quell heartburn, and to treat acne and other blemishes, irritable bowel syndrome, and urinary tract infections.

Read more: www.livestrong .com

Fun Food Facts

Canada has more donut shops per capita than the United States.

Canadians eat more Kraft Dinner (Macaroni and Cheese) per capita than any other country in the world.

Canola oil is actually rapeseed oil but the name was changed in Canada for marketing reasons.

Cashew nuts contain oil in the shell that is very irritating to the skin.

Cheddar cheese is the best selling cheese in the USA.

Chewing on gum while cutting onions can help a person from producing tears.

Chili Powder was invented in the 19th century in the American Southwest.

Chocolate contains a very small amount of caffeine. A cup of decaffeinated coffee has approximately the same amount of caffeine as in 50 M&M’s.

Chocolate maker Cadbury uses more than sixty thousand tons of cocoa each year, in the United Kingdom alone.

Contrary to popular beliefs, chocolate does not cause acne.

Corned beef got its name because this beef was preserved with pellets of salt that were the size of corn kernels, which was also referred to as “corns” of salt.

Functional Medicine: Growing Support for Health in the 21st Century

Traditional Western medicine and its doctors are the finest in the world for dealing with acute care such as the diagnosis and treatment of trauma or short-duration illnesses in need of urgent care. For example, a traumatic car accident, appendicitis, or a broken leg. For such harrowing situations, I want traditional medicine in my corner!

 

But to stave off chronic problems or diseases, to better control or even reverse disease states and debilitation, and to train people in the art and science of wellness and self-healing, functional medicine is called for. It is much better suited for developing and maintaining a higher quality, drug-free life well into one’s senior years.

 

Functional medicine is personally tailored medicine. It deals with primary prevention and underlying causes of chronic disease rather than simply removing or masking symptoms once they arise. Functional medicine emphasizes true healing, treatment of the person rather than a disease, and a partnership of joint responsibility between doctor and patient, with the patient carrying most of the load. It also embraces the most current science in diagnosing early abnormalities that eventually lead to chronic illness.

Functional medicine uses botanicals and other forms of nutritional supplementation rather than pharmaceutical agents that create high levels of stress damage to an individual—sometimes hidden for years and sometimes irreversible. Under the influence of functional medicine, “old age” is not what it used to be, anti-aging is now a science, and optimized living is the “new normal” for people of every age.

In light of the above points, I view functional medicine as a complement to the acute care of traditional medicine and not an alternative. Systems of health protection should work together where possible. One approach cannot serve all of “heaven and earth.”

Chronic disease, as a rule, is slow to develop. Examples are diabetes, cardiovascular damage, hypertension, low thyroid, cancer, mental illness, autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, and back problems. Long-term predictions for such chronic diseases keep rising because the physical, emotional, and mental effects of stress are overwhelming us as a western culture. This stress comes from poor diet, a toxic environment, drugs, accidents, nervous system impairments, emotional reactions to life, mental overload, lack of exercise, and insufficient or poor sleep. Even falling in love is stressful (eustress)!

Diabetes is quickly becoming an epidemic. Traditional medicine is planning to target “high risk” individuals with ever-more dramatic drug interventions. Researchers, of course, hope to enhance quality of life (or at least long-term grants) while Big Pharma hopes to enhance profits. Yet, the physical, emotional, mental, and economic side effects of drug interventions leave us with a sobering message, one having little to do with healing or quality of life. Isn’t it an ideal time for that “reality check”?

Functional medicine works to keep you from becoming a high-risk disease candidate in the first place. The rule is simple: prevent disease states from developing now so there are no symptoms to “treat” later. But if you already happen to be riding the risk rollercoaster (typical for people over 30), you can start reversing some or most of the acquired stress damage by enabling your body to heal itself. This is very different from suppressing disease signs or symptoms with drugs, as is done with statins, thyroid, or diabetes meds to make lab measurements look better.

Here’s the catch. People must qualify themselves to follow the prevention approaches of functional medicine and optimized living. Although a prevention or wellness lifestyle is highly rewarding, it is not for the timid. Such a lifestyle requires us to understand how the Big Five Stress Agents deceive us and reduce our collective wellness. The problem is that most people have fallen victim to the harmful mental pattern of hoping rather than (pro)acting. They hope they will somehow fare better than others whom they know are suffering degraded lifestyles. Hope, however, doesn’t have a good track record for preventing chronic disease. But hey, it’s easy to hope! No heavy lifting required.

So, what are some of the harmful mental patterns you may inadvertently hold because of Big Five Stress Agent influences? Here are a few examples. Do any fit you?

 

  • You’ll pop a pill as a quick fix for almost anything to improve your short-term quality of life.
  • You think your doctor’s job is to take charge of your health and “fix” you when symptoms arise.
  • Your physical activity has decreased with each passing year because you think you’re supposed to slow down as your calendar age rises.
  • You want your body to act and recover as it did in your teens and 20s. Hint: It can’t and won’t without ongoing lifestyle adjustments.

 

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Please consider this: Most cancers incubate 10 years or more before they are finally detectible. An even longer incubation period applies to the metabolic abnormalities that lead to diabetes. What environmental stresses and biological imbalances occur during those incubation years to serve as such fertile ground for cancer and diabetes? It’s the job of functional medicine to answer such questions and provide tailored rebalancing programs for individuals before they find themselves needing drugs, surgery, or medical appliances.