HEART DISEASE AND THE NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT

Like many Americans, do you believe heart disease affects mostly men? In fact, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.  Heart disease, according to The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women, written by members of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, is one of several cardiovascular diseases that affect the heart and the blood vessel system. Others include stroke, high blood pressure and rheumatic heart disease.

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10 COMMON WEIGHT-LOSS MYTHS

There are so many misconceptions about weight loss and diets that it can be hard to know what to believe. Here are some common weight-loss myths.   Snacking and eating fast food are bad ideas.    Actually, eating small, healthy snacks between meals could help you eat less so you don’t overeat or binge later. Dietitians recommend having five small meals a day, instead of just three. Snacking has a bad rap because of some of the snack choices we make, such as potato chips, cookies, candy and other fattening items.

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FITNESS TIPS FOR LOSING WEIGHT

Summer is finally here, and you want to get your weight down and be in the best shape ever. This summer, make it your mission to reach your weight-loss goals – the same ones you probably set for yourself at the beginning of the year. Fortunately, it’s never too late to start down the path to health and wellness. Follow the guidelines below so you can put yourself on a fast track. Turn these tips into lifelong habits to ensure lasting success.

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Diffuse oils.

Smells have the power to influence the production of dopamine and serotonin, neurotransmitters that make us feel good. Lavender especially is said to have a calming, relaxing effect. Many clinical trials have been conducted that show inhaling lavender essential oil leads to a reduction in stress and anxiety. Diffusing lavender oil in your home or dabbing it on your temples can help restore your nervous system, releasing tension and working to develop inner peace.


You don’t know what kind of side effects medication will have on you. Implementing natural, healthy habits to your lifestyle, however, is guaranteed to do more good than harm. Over time, the peace in your body will outweigh the stress and you can enjoy life without so much worry.

While anxiety brews in your worrying mind, it has many undesirable affects on your body as well. Stomach aches, muscle pain, skin irritation, full-out panic attacks – you may feel these common symptoms are taking over your life and you want them gone. You’re ready to make an appointment with your doctor and get a prescription for something to take your stress away. But will a pill fix the problem forever?


Medication won’t get to the root cause of your anxiety. A pill won’t cure it for good and, with its own set of side effects, medication is not always the safest choice. If you want to prevent panic attacks, work at creating more peace in your life. You can naturally manage your anxiety by making a few changes to your lifestyle. While anxious feelings may not completely go away, implementing these healthy remedies can prevent anxiety from physically affecting you. Some might work for you right away while others will take time. The longer you strive to create peace in your mind and body, the better you’ll become at managing anxiety. Here are some techniques to try:


Practice breathing techniques.

Breathing practices can calm your body and reduce the likelihood of hyperventilation. In the busy world we live in, we often neglect giving ourselves time to connect with our breath. A trick for making this a habit is to pause at the top of every hour and take 10 long, deep breaths.

HOW TO BEAT ANXIETY WITHOUT MEDICATION

MICHELLE CHALKEY

Michelle Chalkey is a Des Moines-based freelance writer specializing in health and lifestyle topics. She enjoys helping businesses communicate their messages through blogging and effective storytelling. Connect with Michelle on Facebook or check out her blog for helpful tips on the writing process and productivity.

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With your hand on your stomach, feel your belly as it inflates and deflates with each inhale and exhale. Listen to the sound of your breath. You may soon find yourself taking advantage of more opportunities to take time and breathe.


Eliminate caffeine and alcohol.

The idea of giving up coffee may be anxiety inducing in itself, but it’s worth it to see how closely it relates to your anxiety. Caffeine is a big culprit in feelings of anxiety; it increases stress hormones, reduces calming neurotransmitters, depletes nutrients and reduces blood flow to the brain. Both caffeine and alcohol have negative effects on your sleep, another crucial factor to maintaining a peaceful mind and body.


Stretch and move your body regularly.

Exercise is known to be one of the best anti-anxiety medicines. What’s good for your physical health is also great for your mental health. Exercise releases neurotransmitters that have an uplifting effect on your mood and also burns stress hormones. You don’t have to go all out every day. The important thing is to find a form of exercise that you enjoy and that brings you peace.