Oral care is one of the basic hygiene lessons that we teach our kids. After all, a healthy set of teeth is a vital instrument in our physical and social development. It helps us cut down our food to make our bodies digest and absorb nutrients better and it aids our childhood speech development. Caring for our teeth is something that we should take seriously. Teaching proper oral care to our kids is one way to make sure that they grow-up with healthy teeth and gums. Basic Oral Care involves the following routine:Continue Reading…
It boosts immunity, lowers stress hormones, decreases pain, relaxes muscles, and prevents heart diseases. It also relieves stress, improves moods, enhances resilience, eases anxiety and fear, and adds zest to life. Aside from that, it can also strengthen relationships, enhance teamwork, help defuse conflict, and promote group bonding. Lest you think that pharmaceuticals have manufactured a new super drug for which they could charge exorbitant prices, this “wonder drug” that benefits both physical health and mental health comes at absolutely no cost. Aside from being free, Laughter is the fastest way to bring balance back to your mind and body.
Here are just some of the many reasons why you should have that good hearty LAUGH as often as you can:
Laughter triggers the release of endorphins. No, these are not marine animals related to the dolphins. Endorphins are the body’s natural feel-good chemicals which promote an overall sense of well-being and which can also temporarily relieve pain.
Laughter decreases stress hormones and boosts the immune system improving your resistance to diseases.
Laughter relieves physical tension and stress. It relaxes the whole body for up to three-fourths of an hour after a good hearty laugh.
Laughter protects the heart by improving the function of blood vessels and increasing blood flow. This can protect you against heart attacks and other cardiovascular ailments.
When you are exercising, your muscles are all exerting, you breathe hard, your heart is pounding, and blood courses through your veins to deliver oxygen to the overworked muscles to sustain your activity for more than just a couple of minutes. This is aerobic exercise.
Aerobic exercises elevate your heart rate for sustained periods of time increasing the ability of your heart to pump more efficiently. It also is good for training your muscles to use oxygen efficiently as well. Aerobic exercises also decrease your chances of having heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers such as that of the breast and the colon, symptoms of depression and dementia. They help control blood pressure, strengthen your bones and muscles, increase your stamina and improve your mood. Basically, there’s a wide spectrum of health benefits that can be gained from aerobic exercises.Continue Reading…
Most people are aware of the relationship between healthy diet and regular exercise when it comes to having a fit and healthy body. However, not everyone is conscious about the connection of their eating habits to the quality of sleep that they get. Scientific studies have already shown that a person’s diet can help a person sleep tight every night. Here are some pointers on how to choose food that can help you snooze well.
Be a fan of tryptophan.
The body uses Serotonin, a neurotransmitter, to induce a calm and relaxed state which is essential in getting a good night’s sleep. In order to produce Serotonin, the body needs another substance which is called tryptophan. This substance is naturally found in several kinds of food, so those who include tryptophan-rich food in their daily diet are more likely to get a better sleep. Examples of these food items include high-carbohydrates meals like pasta, baked potato, noodles, food crops, bread and pastries, rice and other grains. Those who still feel a bit active at bedtime can snack on some cereals or a peanut butter sandwich to give their body a serotonin boost. However, one should be careful with these high-carb bedtime snacks as they can result in unwanted weight gain.Continue Reading…
Regular exercise is recommended to keep you in tip-top shape. But that doesn’t mean you have to hit it in the gym or buy sports equipment so you can work out at home. There is a simple way of getting on the route to better health — and it’s by walking.
Yes, taking a stroll everyday can keep you fit, whether it’s just a 15-minute trip to the neighborhood store or a short hike uphill. Studies have shown that you get great benefits if you walk your way to better health. That includes increased mobility, strength, endurance, and flexibility, as well as the maintenance of your ideal weight.
Walking also reduces the risk of heart diseases by lowering your blood pressure and increasing “good” cholesterol levels. It also lessens the risk of diabetes, as walking lowers the levels of your blood sugar. Certain cancers, like colon and breast cancers, can be averted just by walking.
It’s the middle of the summer season and people are still flocking to the beach to engage in sports activities, sight seeing, or simply lazing around to enjoy the sun and the sand. But summer fanatics beware! Don’t be mesmerized by the water and the scenic view because having too much fun in the sun can have ill effects on your skin. Overexposure to the sun can cause eye problems, wrinkles, skin spots and skin cancer. Here are a few facts that you should know about the summer sun and the steps that you can take to protect your skin.Continue Reading…