Sunday, December 23, 2012

Loving Life, Living Healthy

We hear a lot about living a healthy lifestyle, but how do we do it?  

A healthy person is somebody who doesn’t smoke, healthy weight, eats healthy and exercises.  Sounds easy? Not so easy when we’re trying to do it.  In trying to live healthy, it is important to take simple steps or make small changes until we have totally incorporated healthy living into our lifestyle.

Exercise is a biggie, people lack activity nowadays.  Movement, even in moderate activities like doing chores, gardening and walking , makes a difference.  Just adding movement to our daily routine can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis and fractures, stress and symptoms of anxiety and depression.

There are simple ways of moving our body without spending cash for gym membership.  We can do the following:

• Spending one day of the week doing something physical with the family, like playing in the park.

• Walking more!  Walking 20 every minutes everyday can do great results, not only to how you feel physically but also to your weight.

• Do some chores like gardening, raking leaves, sweeping the floor.

• Be aware of your physical activities every day.  If you notice that most  of your time is spent on a chair, then incorporate more movement into you daily schedule.

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Eating well is another practice of living healthy.  Clean and healthy diet can improve your health as well as your weight.  Again, the key is sneak smaller changes until you’ve realized that you are completely eating healthy.  

You can do the following for you to eat healthier:

• Eat more fruit with your cereals, salads and meals.

• Eat more vegetables.  Add vegetables to your sandwich, pasta sauce.  Instead of digging into chips for quick snacks, have available fruits and canned vegetables.

• Eat low-fat or fat free dairy.  You can change your usual milk into skim milk or fat free yogurt. 

• Look through your cabinets or fridge and pick three food that you eat every day.  The next time you went shopping, look for low-calorie substitutes for those three items. 

Not only is it important to reduce your calorie intake when losing weight.  You should also know when to eat.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the one meal that should not be missed.  Lunch should be healthy but less than what you ate for breakfast.  Avoid eating too much later the day.  Dinner should be healthy and light.  It is best to avoid dinner snacks or eating before going to bed.  

Another part of healthy lifestyle is avoiding stress. There are numerous studies showing that stress is a major contributor of poor health.  It can even result to high-blood pressure, headaches, upset stomach, poor posture, and many more.  Keeping stress in check will make you feel a lot better. 

Sleep. Sleeping and resting will enable your body to recover from all muscle and mental work.  

Laughing is also a proven factor towards good health.  Laughing enables muscle to relax, stress hormone product is reduced, even pain is reduced, the body’s immune system is improved, high-blood pressure is lowered, heart and lungs are strengthened and you feel better overall.

Drastic changes are not necessarily needed when you are trying to live healthy.  There are numerous ways such as incorporating healthy living little by little into your lifestyle.  Living healthy means you are loving life.


Saturday, December 15, 2012

5 Plants Used for Eczema Treatment

What is  Eczema ?

Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a recurring, non-infectious, inflammatory skin condition affecting one in three Australasians at some stage throughout their lives. The skin becomes red, dry, itchy and scaly, and in severe cases, may weep, bleed and crust over, causing the sufferer much discomfort. Sometimes the skin may become infected. The condition can also flare and subside for no apparent reason. 

Although eczema affects all ages, it usually appears in early childhood (in babies between two-to-six months of age) and disappears around six years of age. Most children grow out of the condition. Adult onset eczema is often difficult to treat and may be caused by other factors such as medications.

You may not know it yet, but a natural eczema treatment may be right in your garden or kitchen. 

The following has been used for many years now in relieving 
the symptoms of eczema.

Aloe Vera

We all know the many wonders the gel from aloe vera leaves does to the skin. It is no surprising that many skin care products have aloe vera gel as one of their ingredients. You can cut the leaf and apply the gel directly onto the skin with eczema. The gel works by moisturizing the affected area – the skin will become softer and the healing of tissue will become faster. Many people who have tried the aloe vera plant noted reduced eczema symptoms and improved skin quality.


There are two distinctive popular chamomile plants: German and Roman. They both look like small daisies and, by tradition, used as herbal remedy for almost the same problems. Chamomile has been found to have anti-inflammatory and anti-itching properties, therefore it is one of the many known natural treatment for eczema. The German variant is commonly used as a remedy for this skin condition. You can use chamomile tea as a compress on eczematous skin. Also, chamomile essential oils and topical creams may be used to massage the area with, and achieve similar healing effects.


Rosemary has been used for many centuries now because of its cleansing and anti-oxidant properties. You can purchase rosemary essential oils, bath soap and topical creams at aromatherapy and natural bath and body products stores. It is good at reducing skin inflammation and helps improve blood circulation. The camphoraceous smell also helps relive stress and invigorate you. Here’s how to use this wonderful herb: as an essential oil, you can add a few drops onto your bathwater and soak yourself in it for minutes; as a soap and topical cream, massage onto the eczematous skin.

Walnut Leaves

The walnut tree leaves have been used for thousands of years now because of their medicinal properties, especially for treating various skin disorders. Their anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and astringent properties make them an effective remedy for scabies, skin ulcers, eczema and many others. You can utilize infusions and tinctures made from the leaves of a walnut tree to protect the eczematous skin from infection. 

A decoction may also be prepared as a compress on the affected area. To do this, cut 2-3 grams of dried walnut leaves into pieces. Place them in 100 mg cold water. Bring it to a boil then let simmer for 15 minutes. When cooled, apply on skin.


Turmeric belongs to the ginger family and is used worldwide for cooking as well as medicinal purposes. Yes, it is that yellow substance that adds color and flavor to curry. It has been found that curcumin, an active substance found in turmeric, has a wide variety of therapeutic actions, most especially its anti-inflammatory effects.

This works because of the substance’s ability to lower the body’s production of histamine, and possibly stimulate the production of cortisone – a steroid hormone. You can purchase turmeric in pill form at natural food stores and take 500 mg of it daily. You may also apply it topically when bought as oil, cream or ointment. Mixing turmeric powder with water is also great for washing eczematous skin with.

A natural eczema treatment is definitely less expensive than conventional medications prescribed by doctors these days. They have been around for many years now and are used as a treatment for different conditions.

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