Project 365+1 Day 63 3/3/08

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Time to renew the Gym Membership and do some exercise!

Posted by jake1.0 on 2008-03-03 21:42:03

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Arguing In Favor Of Yoga

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I have been looking into health and fitness for nearly half a century, and writing on the subject for the last decade.

One area of ​​interest which I have encountered again and again is yoga.

So, I was not overly surprised recently, when, while reading an article on several things that anyone could do for good health, yoga was mentioned.

The surprising fact, not for me, but, for you, is that, after specifically discussing the value of exercise, nutrition, and managing stress, the articleave the subject of yoga own own section.

You see, I have learned over the years that yoga has so many potential health benefits and spans so many health related subjects that it almost has to own its discussion.

In many other cultures than that of the US and Europe, and for many people, yoga is more than just a fitness routine … it is a way of living. As such, it includes both mental and physical exercise, meditation, diet, and stress reduction. Even the most shallow practitioner of yoga not only reaps the beneficial health benefits of yoga, but, seems to absorb some of the other aspects through some form of psychic osmosis.

To some extent, opting to accept yoga as exercise is a bit of a buy-in to many of the other health benefits of yoga.

As a stand-alone exercise program, yoga can combine both strength and some aspects of cardio. While it lacks the heart pounding results of running, or similar forms of aerobic exercise, doing the movements properly requires proper breathing as well. The body, and the mind, learn how to bring oxygen into the body more efficiently, and distribute it effectively through the body.

When done properly and regularly, yoga can produce a condition similar to, or, for some, damaged near the same as, meditation. Meditation, and exercise (see previous paragraph), both help to reduce stress. In case you are one of the twelve people on earth who are not aware, stress is probably the most dangerous, and most common, health risk for nearly every health issue which you may encounter.

Eating properly is also a major factor for good health. While those who really "get into" yoga go out of their way to alter their diet for the good, even those who intend to adopt it as a physical fitness regimen tend to alter their eating for better health. This is probably due to the "osmosis effect" I mentioned earlier. Also, it is not uncommon for a person adopting one aspect of a healthy life to adopt other aspects as well.

However, stress is also a factor in overeating and poor digestion. Exercise in general, and yoga specifically, helps relieve stress and encourages people to make better decisions about their diet and eating habits. A regular practice of yoga also seems to assist with the digestive process itself.

So, while opting for a healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly, relieving stress, and eating properly is a good thing to do, an easy … Read More

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The Health Benefits of Yoghurt

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This is something recently added to my diet in the smoothies that have replaced a normal cereal breakfast. Used in conjunction with 5 or 6 different fruits and a small teaspoon of Manuka honey plus a stick of celery my gut is now singing and alive. Concerned about toxicity from an incorrect diet and worried by a recent report of fat in the pancreas (which can lead to cancer) it was essential to repair my body and release it from the toxins.

My research into yoghurt has confirmed the importance of it for the digestive system, although it is not essential. Being a dairy product it does not appear to hinder arthritis although further research into that side of it is required. It does, however, contain essential minerals, vitamins, and calcium, plus other goodies.

The first thing is about good bacteria in the gut. This product is usually made from bacteria which puts it in the status of probiotics, and most have heard that word before. The term ‘pro-biotics’ literally means ‘for living things’. By way of contrast ‘anti-biotic’ means ‘against living things’. The latter destroys bacteria and the former replaces it with the good ones.

It is also animal protein because it comes from milk. That means it has calcium, vitamins B2, B12, potassium and magnesium.

Calcium: is essential for bone mass, while it assists in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. It is, therefore, good for all age groups.

Potassium is essential for heart, kidneys, and other organs to function properly. Low potassium leads to a risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, infertility, and digestive disorders.

Magnesium helps keep the blood pressure normal and the heart rhythm steady along with healthy bones. Studies in the US show that people who do not have enough magnesium in their system are likely to have elevated inflammatory markers which are associated with heart disease, diabetes, and a risk of osteoporosis. People with high blood pressure can also be helped.

Since including it in my diet the benefits have shown up in many ways, including the good-feeling in my digestive tract. That means it is doing its job and there is nothing to be lost or which is adverse against it.

People who suffer from any of the above mentioned problems might like to do their own research into ways to improve their diet and increase the health benefits. Along with taking yoghurt on a daily basis I have included a gym membership for essential exercise and have removed refined sugar and salt from food wherever possible. Bread intake is also greatly reduced and sometimes not required at all.… Read More