Selasa, 28 Februari 2012

Online Dating Tips


Online Dating Tips 

Man won’t ever be an island.


Yes, as long as we breathe. We exist as social creatures. We’ve this inborn looking for companion for someone to speak to, to pay attention, to relaxation. Even the one who people think to be cold has another person by her or his side. When one feels lonely, it is like all the ghosts of life trouble him or her. All the bareness tend growing when one has nobody to call his or hers.


Numerous alternative to Online Dating. Online provides abundant internet sites where you could potentially encounter, make friends, and have the relationship with people who’re signed up in these websites. You simply don`t know very well what story of friendship or love awaits you. While you are single, with that it means you might be someone really single, separated, widow, widower the internet dating is there. Just as any type of dating, one must equip her or his self with different tips required to exploit out of it. 


There are these customary dating approaches that work out and can all the time work out:


For ladies, it isn’t praiseworthy to so self-confident and goes after the men they need or like. Waiting for that man and being cautious is the best approach. Regarding men, playing as if the “timid” one who is simply too shy when it comes to meeting and interacting with the opposite sex isn’t excellent at all. Let go of the confidence and seek out that girl you want.


Discussion about sexual subjects whenever you don`t know your date yet that well isn’t excellent at all. Verbal foreplay will just let both of you concentrate on this aspect, get anxious and forget about the very important sides of the newly found relationship. This should be prevented another thing isn’t to get a sexual relationship before being fully committed. This could also be one, which will demolish the one which was established.


Stay true & be yourself as you’re on the process of online dating. This may facilitate both of you to understand each other really well and know if you are well-matched with each other. The greater you pretend, the greater the relationship will grow weak in the future.


If you are scared of getting hurt again, never check your partner if she, or he has the ability to do it to you too. This is very bad to the relationship. Additionally, don`t expect a great deal and be sad easily. Everyone is exclusive so don`t let the other person be who you need him or her to be.


The most effective tip is this: to have fun every second and to get to understand & finally grow in love without the pressure of making everything the way in which you simply want it to be.

Petai Benefits


Petai Benefits
Parkia speciosa ( bitter bean,stink bean) is a plant of the genus Parkia in the family Fabaceae. It bears long, flat edible beans with bright green seeds the size and shape of plump almonds which have a rather peculiar smell, characterised by some as being similar to natural gas.
Petai contains three natural sugars -sucrose, fructose and glucose. Combined with fiber, petai gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proved that just two servings of petai provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder petai is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.
But energy isn’t the only way petai can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

#1. Depression: many suffers felt much better after eating petai. This is because petai contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

#2. PMS(premenstrual syndrome): Forget the pills – eat petai. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood. Anaemia: High in iron, petai can stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anaemia.

#3. Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. Petai has the ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

#4. Brain Power : a to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert. Understand that bananas contain lot of potassium too so eat more banana. Just look at those monkeys, they are really active, alert, smart and cunny too!!

#5. Constipation: High in fiber, including petai in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

#6. Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a petai milkshake, sweetened with honey. The petai calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

#7. Heartburn: Petai has a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating petai for soothing relief.

#8. Morning Sickness : Snacking on petai between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

#9. Mosquito bites : Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of the petai skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

#10. Nerves: Petai is high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight: most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

#11. Ulcers: Petai is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

#12. Temperature control : a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Holland, for example, pregnant women eat petai to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

#13. Seasonal Affecti ve Disorder (SAD) : Petai can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer, tryptophan.

#14. Smoking: Petai can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

#15. Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium petai snack.

#16.  Strokes:  eating petai as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%’.

#17. Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of petai and place it on the wart. Carefully hold the petai in place with a plaster or surgical tape! So, as you can see, petai really is a natural remedy for many ills.

When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around…


To drink Coke or Water?


To drink Coke or Water?


Water


#1.   75% of people are chronically dehydrated.


#2.   In 37% of people, the thirst mechanism is so weak  that it is mistaken for hunger.


#3.   Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.


#4.   One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs  for almost 100% of dieters


#5.   Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.


#6.  Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.


#7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.


#8.   Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of  colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%., and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water you should drink every day?


COKE


#1. In many states the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.


#2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and it will be gone in two days.


#3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the “real thing” sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.


#4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of aluminum foil dipped inCoca-Cola.


#5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubbleaway the corrosion.


#6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola  to the rusted bolt for several minutes.


#7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake.
Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.


#8. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen  grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.
For your information


#9. the active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.


#10. To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the commercial trucks must use a hazardous Material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.


#11. The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean engines of the trucks for about 20 years!

Benefits of asparagus


Benefits of asparagus
 The plant shown above is Ornithogalum pyrenaicum, is commonly called wild asparagus,Several years ago, the discovery of Richard R.Vensal, D.D.S. that asparagus might cure cancer. Since then, we have accumulated a number of favourable case histories.

Asparagus is low in calories and is very low in sodium. It is a good source of vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and zinc, and a very good source of dietary fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, rutin, niacin, folic acid, iron, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese and selenium,as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells. The amino acid asparagine gets its name from asparagus, as the asparagus plant is rich in this compound.


Here are a few examples:
Case No. 1,
A man with an almost hopeless case of Hodgkin’s disease (cancer of the lymph glands) who was completely incapacitated. Within 1 year of starting the asparagus therapy, his doctors were unable to detect any signs of cancer, and he was back on a schedule of strenuous exercise.
Case No 2,
A successful 68 years old businessman suffered from cancer of the bladder for 16 years. After years of medical treatments, including radiation without improvement, he went on asparagus. Within 3 months, examinations revealed that his bladder tumor had disappeared and that his kidneys were normal.
Case No. 3,
A man had lung cancer. On March 5th 1971, he was put on the operating table where they found lung cancer so widely spread that it was inoperable. The surgeon sewed him up and declared his case hopeless. On April 5th he heard about the asparagus therapy and immediately started taking it. By August, x-ray pictures revealed that all signs of the cancer had disappeared. He is back at his regular business routine.
Case No. 4,
A woman was troubled for a number of years with skin cancer. She finally developed different skin cancers which were diagnosed by asking specialist as advanced. Within 3 months after starting on asparagus, her skin specialist said that her skin looked fine and no more skin lesions. This woman reported that the asparagus therapy also cured her kidney disease, which started in 1949. She had over 10 operations for kidney stones, and was receiving government disability payments for an inoperable, terminal, kidney condition. She attributes the cure of this kidney trouble entirely to the asparagus.

PROCEDURE:
1) Place the cooked asparagus in a blender and liquefy to make a puree, and store in the refrigerator.

2) Give the patient 4 full tablespoons twice daily, morning and evening.
 Patients usually show some improvement in from 2-4 weeks. It can be diluted with water and used as a cold or hot drink. This suggested dosage is based on present experience, but certainly larger amounts can do no harm and may be needed in some cases
As a biochemist, I have made an extensive study of all aspects of cancer, and all of the proposed cures. As a result, I am convinced that asparagus fits in better with the latest theories about cancer. Asparagus contains a good supply of protein called histones, which are believed to be active in controlling cell growth. For that reason, I believe asparagus can be said to contain a substance that I call cell growth normalizer. That accounts for its action on cancer and inacting as a general body tonic. In any event, regardless of theory, asparagus used as we suggest, is a harmless substance.
The FDA cannot prevent you from using it and it may do you much good.. It has been reported by the US National Cancer Institute, that asparagus is the highest tested food containing glutathione, which is considered one of the body’s most potent anticarcinogens and antioxidants.
Please spread the news…
…the most unselfish act one can ever do is paying forward all the kindness one has received even to the most undeserved person.
All the very best and have good health/life.

Most important things to remember in life


Most important things to remember in life

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio.
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.It is the most-requested column I've ever written.".
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ''In five years, will this matter?"
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift. 

Tips to Remember Things


Tips to Remember Things 
It happens to all of us: You stop at the store and forget the one thing you went for. You blank on your co-worker’s husband’s name—Is it John? Jim? And where are those darn keys?!? It’s normal to be forgetful once in awhile, especially if you’ve got a lot on your plate.
But even if you’re years away from worrying about senior moments, research shows that memory loss can actually begin as early as your 20s, and it continues as you age. Thankfully, taking a few easy steps throughout your day can help you stay sharp—and maybe even help you remember where you put those keys!

Step No. 1: Eat toast for breakfast

Skipping carbs may harm your memory. A Tufts University study found that folks who eliminated carbohydrates from their diets performed worse on memory-based tasks than those who included them. Why? Your brain cells need carbs, which are converted in your body to glucose, to stay in peak form, says study co-author Robin Kanarek, PhD, professor of psychology at Tufts.
Pick whole grains and other complex carbs—they’re digested more slowly, so they deliver a steadier stream of glucose. Grab a whole-wheat muffin or slice of toast with a scrambled egg and cup of berries for a breakfast that’ll jump-start your gray matter.

Step No. 2: Take a kickboxing class before work

Exercise increases the blood flow to your noggin, bringing much-needed oxygen and glucose for fuel, explains Sandra Aamodt, PhD, co-author of Welcome to Your Brain.
In fact, you can learn vocabulary words 20% faster if you try to memorize them after doing an intense workout rather than a low-impact activity, suggests a study in the journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. Up the ante even more by taking a dance or kickboxing class—anything that requires you to remember a routine.

Step No.3: Change the font on your morning memo

Is Times New Roman your go-to? Try using a different, slightly difficult-to-decipher font—it’s been shown to improve your long-term retention, according to research published in the journal Cognition.
Focusing on a new font may make your brain’s processing center work a little harder, upping your recall. Change to Comic Sans Italicized (the font used in the study) for a quick fix that you may not notice but your brain will.

Step No. 4: Do a Web search during lunch

Spending an hour a day looking online for something you’re interested in (like researching spots for your next vacation) may stimulate the part of your frontal lobe that controls short-term memory, according to a recent study from the University of California, Los Angeles.
"The neural circuits involved in decision-making, visual-spatial, and verbal skills become very active when you do an Internet search," explains Gary Small, MD, lead author of the study. Don’t just mindlessly surf, though: If it’s too easy, Dr. Small says, it won’t be effective. (Facebook won’t do the trick!)

Step No. 5: Eye your parking spot

Always forget where you parked your car? When you stop at the grocery store to pick up your dinner, try this exercise: Get out of your car, notice where you’re parked, then move your eyes side-to-side every 1/2 second for 30 seconds while standing in place.
Practicing this simple eye movement may increase your long-term memory by up to 10%, say researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University in England. "That little extra boost might be just what’s needed to help you recall an important piece of information," says Andrew Parker, PhD, the study’s lead author.

Step No. 6: Drink a little with dinner

While being a heavy tippler can lead to memory loss, a new study finds that drinking in moderation may actually lower your risk for memory problems. In an analysis published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, participants who downed seven or fewer alcoholic drinks total per week had the lowest risk for cognitive impairment, compared with women who didn’t drink at all and those who imbibed more.

Researchers believe alcohol’s anti-inflammatory properties may be the reason. Or it could be that people who drink moderately also tend to lead a healthier lifestyle. Cheers to that!

Step No. 7: Floss before bed

It’s good for your smile—but it may also do wonders for your mind. When you don’t floss, your gums become inflamed, making it easier for bad bacteria to enter your bloodstream, explains Jonathan B. Levine, DMD, an associate professor at New York University and author of Smile!
Once in the bloodstream, the bacteria can cause inflammation throughout your body, including in the brain, which can lead to cognitive dysfunction. So floss daily (twice is ideal) to keep the absentmindedness away. .

Minggu, 26 Februari 2012

100 Romantic Ways to Love Your Mate

100 Romantic Ways to Love Your Mate
 Representing the famous balcony scene from romeo and juliet. 1884 painting by Frank Bernard Dicksee.


    1. Hug them.

    2. Write a love note.

    3. Call them at work just to say "Hi."

    4. Give them a foot massage.

    5. Tell them a joke.

    6. Caress them with slow gentle strokes.

    7. Go for a walk with them.

    8. Send them a "happy gram."

    9. Admit your mistakes.

    10. Say: "I love you."

    11. Indulge a whim.

    12. Listen to them talk about an interest of theirs.

    13. Be trustworthy.

    14. Instead of complaining, tell them what you would prefer.

    15. Look at them when you're in a discussion.

    16. Send flowers.

    17. Compliment something they did.

    18. Offer to help.

    19. Ask them to show you how to do something.

    20. Call when you are going to be late.

    21. Take them out to dinner.

    22. Write them a poem about how special they are.

    23. Cut out a cartoon they'll enjoy.

    24. Ask them what they'd like sexually.

    25. Go shopping together.

    26. Take an afternoon drive.

    27. Cuddle.

    28. Put your arm around them in front of others.

    29. Take them out on a surprise date.

    30. Do something they want to do.

    31. Listen.

    32. Plan a candle light dinner.

    33. Look at old photos together.

    34. Serve them breakfast in bed.

    35. Hold hands.

    36. Share sexual fantasies.

    37. Do a work project together.

    38. Rub their back.

    39. Take a shower together.

    40. Carry their photo in your wallet.

    41. Go away together for a weekend holiday.

    42. Kiss them.

    43. Smile more when you look at them.

    44. Go for a bicycle ride together.

    45. Surprise them with "special" attire.

    46. Plan a picnic lunch.

    47. Read something together about how to have a better relationship.

    48. Repeat what they say before answering.

    49. Say "Good morning" first.

    50. Ask if they have a few minutes first before interrupting.

    51. Send them a card.

    52. Surprise them with a gift when it's a non-holiday.

    53. Cook them a favorite meal.

    54. Try a new restaurant.

    55. Ask them how they feel.

    56. Let them know when you are proud of them.

    57. Ask for their opinion.

    58. Turn on some romantic music.

    59. Dedicate a song to them.

    60. Send them a balloon bouquet.

    61. Watch a sunset together.

    62. Play a game together.

    63. Have them teach you something they know.

    64. Tell them they have the night off.

    65. Go to a movie they select.

    66. Ask them for a hug.

    67. Wear some new cologne.

    68. Take them to Bali.

    69. Discuss future plans with them.

    70. Ask if you can help when they look sad.

    71. Ask them about their dreams.

    72. Meet them for lunch.

    73. Enlarge a scenic photo of a place you've shared.

    74. Give them a gift certificate for their favorite store.

    75. Tell them what you like about them.

    76. Buy them a new perfume.

    77. Take them to a scenic spot.

    78. Send them a gourmet gift basket.

    79. Send them a joke card.

    80. Let them know when you've thought of them during the day.

    81. Buy them a toy.

    82. Compliment them to their friends.

    83. Bring them a thirst quenching drink.

    84. Tell them when they look attractive.

    85. Send them a post card.

    86. Invite them to a secret rendezvous.

    87. Give them a massage.

    88. Take a lesson with them.

    89. Look at photos together of when you met.

    90. Plan a vacation with them.

    91. Listen openly to their opposing opinion.

    92. Buy them a new piece of jewelry.

    93. Watch a TV show they like with them

    94. Write them a letter.

    95. Listen to music with them, such as an old favorite.

    96. Whisper sweet nothings in their ear.

    97. Tell them what you like that they do.

    98. Give a head massage.

    99. Invite them to a concert.

    100. Let them know you care. 

How to Improve Brain Power


 How to Improve Brain Power

1. Breath deep. More air in means more oxygen in the blood and therefore in the brain. Breath through your nose and you'll notice that you use your diaphragm more, drawing air deeper into your lungs. Several deep breaths can also help to relax you, which is conducive to clearer thinking.

2. Meditate. A simple meditation you can do right now is just closing your eyes and paying attention to your breath. Tensing up your muscles and then relaxing them to start may help. When your mind wanders, just bring your attention back to your breath. Five or ten minutes of this will usually relax you, clear your mind, and leave you more ready for any mental task.

3. Sit up straight. Posture affects your thinking process. Prove it to yourself by doing math in your head while slouching, looking at the floor and letting your mouth hang open. Then do the mental math while sitting up straight, keeping your mouth closed and looking forward or slightly upwards. You'll notice that it's easier to think with the latter posture.

4. Phosphotidyl Serine (PS). This supplement has been shown in clinical studies to increase lucidity and rate of learning. It activates cell-to-cell communication, helps regulate cell growth, improves the functioning of the special receptors found on cells, and prepares cells for activity. In other words, it can help your brain power. It's also thought to reverse memory decline. Phosphatidylserine has no known adverse side effects.

5.Vinpocetine. This extract, derived from an alkaloid found in the Periwinkle plant, is used as a cerebral vasodilator. It increases blood flow to the brain, which improves its oxygenation and thereby increases mental alertness and acuity. Research suggests it may also be the most powerful memory enhancer available to date.

6. Gingko Biloba. The leaves of this tree have been proven to increase blood flow to the brain. The trees are often planted in parks. My friends and I used to eat a few leaves when we wanted a brain boost. It is also inexpensive, if you buy the capsules or tea at any health food store.

7. Saint John's Wort. This is a common weed that may be growing in your yard. Although it's brain enhancing qualities are less documented (studies do show it's usefulness for treating long-term depression), many people swear by it's temporary mood-elevating effect, and our brains tend to function better when we are happy. It is inexpensive, but I used to just collect it in the yard and make tea of it. (Hyperacum Perforatum, if you want to look it up by it's botanical name.)

8. Good thinking habits. Just use a problem solving technique for several weeks and it will become a habit. Redesign everything you see for a while, and that will become a habit. You can develop many good thinking habits with some effort, and then be more resourceful effortlessly from that point on. Use the power of habit.

9. Use dead time. This is time that is otherwise wasted or just under-utilized. Driving time, time spent in waiting rooms, or even time spent raking your yard can be included in this. With a tape player and a trip to a public library, you can start to use this time to listen to books-on-tape. You may spend 200 hours a year in your car. What could you learn in that time?

10. Learn a language. Learning a new language has been shown to halt the age-related decline in brain function. It also introduces your mind to new concepts and new ways of looking at things (in English we are afraid, whereas in Spanish we have fear). It is one of the best brain exercises.

11. Rosemary. This common herb may have an effect on the brain when the scent is inhaled. We are waiting for the research, but some people swear that just sniffing rosemary wakes up their brain. It seems safe, so if you have rosemary in your spice rack, give it a try.

12. Mindfulness exercises. Concentration and clear thinking are more or less automatic once you remove distractions. Learn to stop and watch your busy mind. As you notice things that are subtly bothering you, deal with them. This might mean making a phone call you need to make, or putting things on a list so you can forget them for now. With practice, this becomes easier, and your thinking becomes more powerful.

13. Write. Writing is good for your mind in a number of ways. It is a way to tell your memory what is important, so you'll recall things more easily in the future. It is a way to clarify your thinking. It is a way to exercise your creativity and analytical ability. Diaries, idea-journals, poetry, note-taking and story-writing are all ways to use writing to boost your brain power.

14. Listen to Mozart. In a study at the University of California, researchers found that children who studied piano and sang daily in chorus, were much better at solving puzzles, and when tested, scored 80% higher in spatial intelligence than the non-musical group. In another study, 36 students were given three spatial reasoning tests on a standard IQ test. Just before the first test, they listened to Mozart's sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K. 448 for ten minutes. Before the second test, they listened to a relaxation tape. Before the third, they sat in silence. The average scores for all 36 students: 1st test: 119. 2nd test: 111. 3rd test: 110. A nine-point boost from Mozart!

15. Develop your intuition. Intuition can be an important part of brainpower. Einstein and others have relied heavily on their intuitive hunches. How to develop your intuition.

16. Avoid foods that cause subtle allergies. These can include wheat, corn, peanuts and dairy products. Watch yourself to see if you have a problem with any of these. They cause digestive problems and brain fog in some people.

17. Sleep better. As long as you get a certain amount of sleep - probably a minimum of five hours - the quality seems to be more important than the quantity. Also, short naps in the afternoon seem to work well to recharge the brain for some people.

18. Caffeine. The research shows higher test scores for students who drink coffee before major exams. My chess game gets better. In other studies, it has been shown that too much caffeine leads to poorer quality decisions. Caffeine affects individuals differently, and has some nasty long-term side effects for some of us, but short-term - it works!

19. Avoid sugar. Any simple carbohydrates can give you "brain fog." Sometimes called the "sugar blues" as well, this sluggish feeling makes it hard to think clearly. It results from the insulin rushing into the bloodstream to counteract the sugar rush. Avoid pasta, sugars, white bread and potato chips before any important mental tasks.

20. Hypnosis audios. The power of suggestion is real, and one way to use it is with hypnosis tapes, CD's or downloads. This type of brain "programing" has more evidence for it than subliminals.

21. Speed reading. Contrary to what many believe, your comprehension of material often goes up when you learn to speed-read. You get to learn a lot more in less time, and it is definitely a good brain exercise.

22. Exercise. Long term exercise can boost brainpower, which isn't surprising. Anything that affects physical health in a positive way probably helps the brain too. Recent research, though, shows that cognitive function is improved immediately after just ten minutes of aerobic exercise. If you need a brain recharge, you might want to walk up and down the stairs a few times.

23. Imaginary friends. Talking to and getting advice from characters in your mind can be a great way to access the information in your subconscious mind. Imagine a conversation with a person who has a lot of knowledge in the area you want advice in.

24. Develop your creativity. Creativity gives power to your thinking. Raw computation can be done by computers now, but humans provide the creative thought that shapes our world. Tips on developing your creativity.

25. Learn more efficiently. When you decide to learn something, take notes from the start. Leave each "learning session" with a question or two in mind, to create anticipation and curiosity. Take short breaks, so there will be more beginnings and endings to your studies (Things learned at the beginning or ending of a class or session are remembered better).

26. Use techniques for clear thinking. Cluttered rooms and offices can contribute to cluttered thinking. Organize a space for mental work. Sigh, stretch, and take a deep breath before you start on a tough mental job. Plan some distraction-free time for brainstorming.

27. Brain wave entrainment. The newest brain wave entrainment products are powerful tools for altering your brain function. Some will almost immediately relax you, while others will put your brain waves in a pattern that is most conducive to analytical thinking.

28. Creatine. This is a compound found in meat, used by athletes to help build muscle. Now the evidence is here to show that it helps your brain as well. Proceedings B , a journal published by the Royal Society reports that the research showed improvement in working memory and general intelligence resulting from creatine supplementation. The dose used in the study was 5 grams per day. This is about the level used to boost sports performance, and is as much as you'd normally get in four pounds of meat, according to lead researcher Dr. Caroline Rae.

29. Talk. Talking is only good for the brain if you are actually exercising it, of course. Try explaining something that you don't understand very well to a friend, though, and you'll notice that the process of explaining will help you clarify your understanding.

30. Do something you enjoy. This is a way to both lower stress and rev up your brain. The key is to do something active. Watching TV doesn't count. Whether it is playing Scrabble or building birdhouses, when you are actively engaged in an activity that you enjoy, you worry less about things and you start to think better.

31. Adjust your beliefs. Believe you are smarter, and you'll become smarter. For this, affirmations may work, but even better is evidence. Make a note of your successes. Tell yourself, "Hey, that was really creative," when you do something creative. When you have a good idea, make a note of it. Gather the evidence for your own intelligence and you'll start to experience more of it.

32. Brain exercises. Do math in your mind while driving. Think of a new use for everything you see. Regular use of the brain has been shown to generate new neuronal growth, and even halt the decline of mental function that often comes with age.

33. Learn new things. This is another way to exercise the brain. It can also be done with little time investment if you use books-on-tapes while driving.

34. Walk. Exercise has been shown to benefit the brain, and walking is one of the best exercises for many. It is low impact, and the rhythmic nature of it seems to put you in a state that is very conducive to clear thinking. In fact, carry a tape recorder with you to take notes, and a twenty minute walk can be a great way to solve problems.

35. Model others. Find others that are creative, intelligent, or very productive. Do what they do, and think what they think. This is a key principle of neuro-linguistic programming. Be careful about taking their advice, though. Successful people often don't really understand why they are successful. Do what they do, not what they say.

36. Eat fish. Eating fish actually speeds up brain waves, and improves concentration. Researchers have also found an almost perfect correlation between intake of fish and lowered levels of depression in the various countries of the world. The U.S. has 24 times the incidence of depression as Japan, for example, where fish intake is much higher.

37. Avoid unnecessary arguments. When you defend a position too vigorously, especially when it is just to "win" the argument, you invest our ego into it. This is not conducive to the easy acceptance and use of new information. In other words, you put your mind in a rut, and you dig it deeper with each argument. Debate can be a valuable thing, but when the ego takes over, the mind closes a little. This is not a recipe for better thinking.

38. Laugh. The release of endorphins caused by laughter lowers stress levels, which is good for long term brain health. Laughter also tends to leave you more open to new ideas and thoughts.

39. Play. Stimulating the brain causes measurable changes in the structure of the brain. New connections are made and new brain cells are grown. Intellectual play, as well as any playing that involves hand-eye coordination stimulates the brain.

40. Do puzzles. Crossword puzzles, lateral thinking puzzles, and even good riddles are a great way to get brain exercise. You can work on them while waiting for a dentist appointment, or on the bus, if you are short on time.

41. Sing. When you are alone in your car, try singing about something you are working on. This taps into and exercises your right brain. Have you ever noticed how it is easier to rhyme when you sing than when you just speak or write? This is because the right brain is better at pattern recognition. By doing this brain exercise regularly you can train yourself to tap into the power of the right brain. This will make you a more effective problem-solver. If you doubt the distinction between the hemispheres of the brain, look at how stutterers can stop stuttering as soon as they start singing. Try it.

42. Nuts. University students in Brazil and other South American countries often eat several Brazil nuts before an exam, believing they are good for their mental power. The evidence is starting to confirm this. Other nuts that have minerals and amino acids that are beneficial to the brain include almonds and walnuts.

43. Olive oil. High in mono-unsaturated fat, olive oil has been shown to improve memory. A cheaper alternative is canola oil, but this hasn't been studied much yet.

44. Vitamin supplements. In studies, children scored higher on tests when on a regimen of daily vitamin supplements. "Experts" will tell you that if you eat a balanced diet, you don't need supplements, which, given the culture here, is really just a sales pitch for vitamins, isn't it? Who eats a perfectly balanced diet?

45. Fiber. It isn't just what goes in, but what comes out that is important to brain function. Toxic build-up in the body and brain can cause "brain fog." People often report clearer thinking as one of the benefits of curing their constipation.

46. Self awareness. This may not seem important to brain power, but it is. When you know yourself better, you can avoid the usual effects of ego and emotion in your seemingly "rational" thinking. Or you can at least take it into account. Watch yourself, especially as you explain things or argue.

47. Motivate yourself. Motivation is as important to mental tasks as it is to any other. Learn a few simple techniques for self motivation. You can start with those.

48. Avoid too much stress. Neuropsychiastrist Richard Restak, M.D., form the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Services, sums up the research thus: "Stress causes brain damage." Long term stress has repeated been shown to hurt the brain, not to mention the rest of the body. Learn a few stress reduction techniques if you get stressed out often.

49. Get educated. Scientists have known for a while that the less educated get alzheimer's more frequently. Education in any area seems to make the brain stronger.

50. Avoid too much fat. In laboratory studies, animals consistently learn slower when they are on a diet high in fat. Type of fat may make a difference, so you may want to stick to using olive oil and other non-saturated fats. Saturated fats have been shown to actually stunt the growth of brain cells.

51. Eat less. Overeating has the immediate effect of redirecting more blood to the digestive process, leaving less for the brain. Long term, it can cause arterial obstructions that reduce blood flow to the brain permanently. In at least one study, rats on a restricted-calorie diet had more brainpower.

52. Avoid suspect foods. There is evidence that the following foods can be bad for your brain: Artificial food colorings, artificial sweeteners, colas, corn syrup, frostings, high-sugar drinks, hydrogenated fats, sugars, white bread, and any white-flour products.

53. Eat breakfast. When kids who didn't eat breakfast started to eat it, researchers found that their math scores went up a whole grade on average.

54. Avoid diabetes. The development of diabetes coincides with a dropping of IQ scores. In other words, if you want to maintain your brain power, follow your doctors dietary recommendations for preventing or treating diabetes.

55. Eat foods high in antioxidants. Antioxidants protect all your cells, including brain cells. Some of the foods highest in antioxidants include: prunes, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, garlic, kale, cranberries, strawberries, spinach, and raspberries. In one test, rats had age-related mental decline reversed by eating the equivalent of a 1/2 cup of blueberries per day.

56. Drink wine. In moderation, red wine can be good for the brain, it seems. It is rich in antioxidants, which protect brain cells. One glass per day for women and two for men is usually considered a safe and moderate amount.

57. Use alcohol in moderation. In a study at the University of Indiana School of Medicine, elderly light drinkers (fewer than 4 drinks per week) scored higher on tests of thinking abilities than non-drinkers. Those who drank 10 or more drinks per week scored lower. It is known that alcohol can kill brain cells, so moderation seems to be the key.

58. Folic acid. According to one study, 200 micrograms of folic acid, the amount found in 3/4 cup of cooked spinach, alleviates depression and reverses memory loss.

59. Potential brain foods. Other foods that may be good for your brain include: Avocados, bananas, lean beef, brewer's yeast. broccoli, brown rice, brussel sprouts, cantaloupe, cheese, chicken, collard greens, eggs, flaxseed oil, legumes, oatmeal, oranges, peanut butter, peas, potatoes, romaine lettuce, salmon, soybeans, spinach, tuna, turkey, wheat germ, and yogurt.

60. Vitamin E. Jean Carper, in researching her book, "Your Miracle Brain," found that many brain researchers are taking 400 I.U.s of vitamin E daily. It is an antioxidant, and reduces the clogging of blood vessels, including those going in the brain.

61. Vitamin C. Taken in the form of orange juice in a study at the Texas Women's University, vitamin C increased the IQ scores of children.

62. Selenium. 100 micrograms of selenium has been shown to be a mood-elevator. Your brain almost certainly functions better when you are in a better mood. Foods rich in selenium include Brazil nuts and garlic.

63. Alpha-lipoic acid. Alpha-lipoic acid (10 to 50 milligrams daily) improves memory and protects nerve cells.

64. Inositol. This is a safe and natural substance that is often grouped with the B-vitamins. It reduces stress and promotes clear thinking. It contributes to energy production, and so can "wake you up." Animal studies show a measurable increase in physical activity for up to five hours after taking it.

65. Huperzine A. This is a compound extracted from the Chinese club moss. Researchers both in Israel and the U.S. have used it to treat alzheimer's. It improves memory and learning an seems to be very safe.

66. Ask questions. This is a great way to keep your brain in shape. Just get in the habit of asking questions often, even if it is only in your own mind. Why are taller buildings better? what is the purpose of curbs? Ask anything that comes to mind, and ponder the possible answers.

67. Sniff basil. This another of the herbs that may be good for your brain. No studies yet, but many report a brain boost from smelling basil.

68. Temperature. Many people have noted that they think better at certain temperatures. In general, it seems that being slightly cool, but not uncomfortable, is most conducive to good thinking. Try experimenting on yourself to see what temperature works best for you.

69. Use systems. From the time I was ten years old, 12 x 49 was always (12 x 50) - 12. It's easier to figure in your head this way (588, by the way). I didn't get any credit for my personal algorithms then, but they are selling these shortcuts on late-night TV now, because they work. You can find your own easier ways to do mental math or other mental tasks, or read a good book on them.

70. Make a brainpower plan. It takes about twenty to thirty days of repetition to establish new habits, many psychologists will tell you. This means that when you create your plan for better brainpower, be sure you plan to use that new problem solving technique, or eat those new brain foods for at least three weeks. You can use many of the brain boosters here and get immediate results, but it is creating new habits that will give you the most brainpower.

Sabtu, 25 Februari 2012

Tips for yoga beginners


Tips for yoga beginners
If you are a yoga beginner or thinking about having a go at yoga then here are realbuzz.com's  tips to get you started; some helpful advice for any yoga beginner.


1. Find a good yoga teacher

It is much easier and more enjoyable, to learn yoga, with all its detailed and subtle physical and mental aspects, from an experienced, qualified, real-three-dimensional-living-breathing person, rather than from a book or video. Especially at the beginning, a teacher's presence and ability to actually see you and respond to what you are doing, is essential for building your confidence that you are doing yoga properly.


2. Respect your body's inner wisdom and limitations

Don't push yourself to do anything that feels dangerous or wrong for you. This is 'Ahimsa', the practice of non-harm, which is essential to skilful and beneficial practice of yoga. Talk to your teacher and a health professional if you are pregnant or have particular injuries such as to the knees or spine, or any serious medical condition. Find out which poses to avoid at certain times, and which will be beneficial for you. Be aware of contraindications relevant to your specific circumstances: for example some poses are not to be practiced during early pregnancy, with certain injuries, or during menstruation, whereas other poses may be very helpful.


3. Breathe

Yoga is all about finding a healthier, deeper harmony between our body and mind, and our breathing is central to this. Breathe into your whole body in the poses, and relax. There is a lot to learn about healthy breathing in yoga.


4. Don't compare yourself with others

Look inwards to your own progress; there will always be more flexible, strong and beautiful people around in your yoga class, as in life. Yoga may be fashionable, but it is not a spectator sport or a competition. Appreciate the subtle progress of your own practice, the best part of it is on the inside, in the healing awareness and unity of your own body, mind and spirit.


5. Be aware of the space around you

Yoga classes can be packed out; be aware of the need to leave enough space between yourself and others so that if you topple from your Tree Pose, you don't knock over your neighbor too. There is a certain etiquette of respectful awareness of sharing space with others that is a lovely part of yoga practice.


6. Have a sense of humor

Yoga is a quiet, focused activity, but we need not to take ourselves too seriously. We may feel ungainly and stiff as a board as we try to navigate ourselves into new poses. Humility, an inner smile and a bit of gentleness can save us from pushing ourselves to the point of strain and injury.


7. Eating and drinking and yoga

It is advisable not to eat for one or two hours before yoga practice, and to drink only small amounts of water beforehand and do not drink during practice. Avoid alcohol, sugar or caffeine before yoga.


8. Wear loose comfortable clothing 

You will stretch your body in all directions and so you don't want to wear anything that will dig in or restrict your movement. At some point you are likely to bend your body right over and also turn upside down, so it saves wriggling about or exposing more that you wish to if you wear stretch fit gear. For women in particular, tops that won't fall down over your head in a shoulder stand might be more relaxing to wear, for example! If you prefer looser fit clothes that may slip, make sure you have substantial underwear on.


9. Make practice frequent

Little and often is more effective than occasional long sessions of yoga. Even 15 minutes a day of a few well-chosen poses can have a very positive effect on your physical, emotional and mental well-being. A regular discipline will reap more benefits, as that way the body begins to feel comfortable and familiar with the process and gradually becomes more flexible and subtly aware of the sensations, rather than 'starting from cold' again once in a while.


10. Modify postures for your body

The perfect pose we may see in a book or see a teacher demonstrate may be a long way from what our own body can currently achieve. A good yoga teacher will show you how to ease your own body carefully towards the ideal posture, perhaps with use of yoga props like extra blocks, bolsters, a belt etc., bringing attention to the principle of the inner stretch or direction of energy that the pose is aiming to evoke in us.


11. Communicate with your teacher!

Many yoga teachers will observe and assist individual students during a class. A touch may help to bring your awareness to where you actually are in your posture, and support you so that you can make your own adjustments. However, unless a teacher knows your yoga practice very well and is fully aware of any historical injuries that you have had, it is risky for them to try to forcefully adjust your posture by moving your body beyond your natural limitations into a posture; this may cause injuries, so don't be afraid to say no. In the same way, be careful of yourself and others in partner work. If a pose feels wrong or painful for you, stop and say so, your teacher may be able to help.


12. Relax! End your yoga practice with Shavasana

Finish your practice with Shavasana, 'Corpse pose', lying flat on the floor, resting and consciously relaxing your body for five to 15 minutes. Don't rush out of it; get up very gently, rolling onto your right side and coming up to a sitting position in your own time.

Health Benefits of Parsley

Health Benefits of Parsley
Parsley (Petroselinum hortense) is a species of Petroselinum in the family Apiaceae, native to the central Mediterranean region (southern Italy, Algeria and Tunisia), naturalized elsewhere in Europe, and widely cultivated as an herb, a spice and a vegetable.
CLEAN YOUR KIDNEYS WITH LESS THAN $1.00
Years pass by and our kidneys are filtering the blood by removing salt, poison and any unwanted entering our body. With time, the salt accumulates and this needs to undergo cleaning treatments.

How are we going to do this?
It is very easy, first take a bunch of parsley and wash it clean. Then cut it in small pieces and put it in a pot and pour clean water and boil it for ten minutes and let it cool down and then filter it and pour in a clean bottle and keep it inside refrigerator to cool.
Drink one glass daily and you will notice all salt and other accumulated poison coming out of your kidney by urination. Also you will be able to notice the difference which you never felt before.

Parsley is known as best cleaning treatment for kidneys and it is natural!
Apigenin, a chemical found in great quantities in parsley, has been found to have potent anti-cancer activity. It works by inhibiting the formation of new blood vessels that feed a tumor.

Parsley seed extract appears to increase diuresis by inhibiting the Na+/K+-ATPase pump in the kidney, thereby enhancing sodium and water excretion while increasing potassium re absorption.

It is commonly believed that when chewed, parsley can freshen bad breath, especially from eating garlic. However, some people regard this as a myth; it is no more effective than chewing any other substance (such as chewing gum).

Parsley is a source of phytochemicals such as carotenoids, which are known to exert various biological effects.

The methanolic extract of parsley is antimicrobial.

Parsley seed extract can reduce blood pressure (hypotensive), possibly due to its diuretic effects.

Parsley also has several culinary uses as well. Curly parsley is usually utilised as a garnish. Green parsley is generally used as a garnish on rice dishes, potato dishes, on fried chicken, fish, lamb, goose, meat, steaks or vegetable stews. However, Parsley should not be consumed in excess as large amounts can have uterotonic effects on the consumer.

Tips to lower blood sugar


Tips to lower blood sugar 

If you suffer from high levels of blood sugar, you may be more likely to develop serious health conditions, such as infections, blood clotting, and the inability of cuts and wounds to heal. High sugar levels in the blood can also lead to conditions such as diabetes. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to lower blood sugar levels.


An easy way to lower blood sugar levels is to stay fit and healthy. Regular exercise not only helps lower blood sugar levels, but also helps fight infections. Staying active and taking regular exercise can also help with blood pressure problems. Exercise also helps control the body's weight and regulate cholesterol levels.


This exercise does not need to be a grueling workout. Thirty minutes of exercise a day, even walking, will help to lower blood sugar levels. Walking to the store instead of taking the car is all that may be necessary to provide you with some much needed exercise. Any extra exercise, including working out in a gym, should be discussed with a doctor first if you have irregular blood sugar levels.


The food that you eat also plays a part in helping to lower blood sugar levels. Low-glycemic foods that are digested more slowly by the body are a better option. High-glycemic foods enter the bloodstream easily and rapidly, causing the pancreas to work harder to produce insulin.


Low-glycemic foods that can help lower blood sugar levels include fruit such as pears, apples, and oranges. Oatmeal, peanuts, beans, peas, and granola are all low-glycemic foods. High-glycemic foods include potatoes, rice, and white bread. Research has shown that potatoes and white bread are converted extremely quickly by the body into glucose. In fact, they are converted more quickly than a candy bar would be.


Fast foods should always be avoided. The fat and sugar content in most fast foods is extremely high. Always look for a healthier option. Much food packaging now contains information on the food's sugar content. Most restaurants and even fast food outlets now have healthy meal options, such as salads or fish dishes


Drinking plenty of water is another way to lower blood sugar levels. Drinking at least eight glasses of water per day will also flush harmful toxins from the body, help with weight loss, and keep the skin healthy. Recent research has shown that certain herbs can help lower blood sugar levels as well. Taking ginseng after meals has been shown to regulate blood sugar levels. Other helpful herbs include yarrow, huckleberries, cinnamon powder, and licorice extract.

How to Beat Knee Pain?


How to Beat Knee Pain?
Simple diet changes can help chase away knee pain.
Learn which foods can help — and hurt — knee health.

Looking for a natural way to relieve knee pain? You may want to tweak your diet. A growing body of research suggests that small dietary changes can add up to big benefits for knee health. “A number of foods have powerful anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties that may be as effective as some prescription medicines for arthritis and other types of knee pain,” says Beth Reardon, RD, MS, an integrative nutritionist and medicinal foods expert at Duke Integrative Medicine Center in Durham, N.C. Read on to learn how mealtime may be affecting the health of your knees.

Diet and Knee Pain: Go Fish
The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are natural anti-inflammatories. Calming joint inflammation can often help ease knee soreness, according to Steven Stuchin, MD, director of orthopedic surgery at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City. In randomized clinical studies, omega-3 fatty acids were found to ease pain and reduce the duration of morning stiffness in people with rheumatoid arthritis. The best sources of omega-3s are salmon, tuna, sardines, herring, cod, and mackerel, as well as fish oil supplements. Another benefit of adding fish to your diet: “Fish is safer than anti-inflammatory medication, which may have side effects,” says Reardon.

Diet and Knee Pain: Drink Orange Juice
Orange juice is a top-notch source of vitamin C, a nutrient that may guard against knee osteoarthritis. A 10-year Australian study of almost 300 middle-aged adults found that those getting high amounts of vitamin C were less likely to suffer the kind of bone degeneration associated with knee osteoarthritis. “Drinking a glass of orange juice provides about 25 percent more vitamin C than eating an orange,” says Reardon. Other good sources of vitamin C to prevent knee pain are green peppers, grapefruit, and strawberries.

Diet and Knee Pain: Eat Spinach and Onions
Follow Popeye’s lead and add spinach to your regime. Australian researchers found that getting high amounts of the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin (found in green veggies like spinach) can help relieve knee pain caused by osteoarthritis. Several studies have found an additional benefit of lutein and zeaxanthin, as they can help prevent vision-related diseases.
Don’t forget to add some onions to your spinach salad as well. Adding onions to salads, sandwiches, stews, and casseroles may help put the brakes on knee pain. Onions are a rich source of quercetin, a flavonoid with strong anti-inflammatory properties, says Reardon. In studies of arthritic mice, quercetin resulted in significant decreases in arthritis symptoms. Apples, red grapes, and tea are also good sources of quercetin.

Diet and Knee Pain: Order Indian Food
A helping of curry could do wonders for your knee pain. That’s because turmeric, a spice used in curry and other Indian dishes, contains curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory. “Curcumin works similarly to COX-2 inhibitors — drugs that reduce the COX-2 enzyme that causes the pain and swelling of arthritis,” says Reardon. A 2006 Canadian study of the effects of both curcumin and quercetin found that curcumin reduced the inflammation of arthritis in animals. Quercetin (the flavonoid in onions) worked too, but not to the extent of the curcumin.

Diet and Knee Pain: Use Ginger Generously
The herb ginger traditionally has been used to relieve upset stomach, but researchers recently discovered that it also reduces knee pain by decreasing inflammation. In a study of 261 patients with moderate to severe knee pain due to osteoarthritis, ginger extract significantly reduced knee pain during standing and walking. Cooking with this spice can increase the flavor of meals while decreasing knee pain.

Diet and Knee Pain: Avoid Refined Carbohydrates
Some research suggests that diets high in refined carbohydrates can increase inflammation, says Reardon. She recommends steering clear of white bread, pasta, and baked goods — taking these foods out of your diet can have an added bonus of helping you drop excess pounds.

Because changing your diet is a relatively easy step, it makes sense to try some — or all — of the foods listed above. You may find some relief from knee pain and get some added health benefits to boot.


Mistakes made in Diet And Fast Fixes


Mistakes made in Diet And Fast Fixes 

There's that dreaded point in every diet — for me, it's after the first 10 pounds — when you start to slack off a little. You skip lunch one Saturday, and later that night at a restaurant with your husband, you're so ravenous that you order the salad, the soup, the entrĂ©e, and two glasses of chardonnay. Uh-oh, you think, I've blown it. And then you really blow it — by sampling half the dessert cart.
To avoid facing the bad news, you go incommunicado with your scale. Feeling defeated, you begin to slack off even more and, before you know it, those 10 pounds are back. Now you have to muster the motivation to lose that stubborn weight all over again.

Can you say yo-yo dieting? It's a cycle, but it's not unbreakable. The first step toward success: Learn how to deal with setbacks. "I always tell people to 'fail fast' — the idea is to recognize your error but avoid wallowing in it," says Holly Wyatt, M.D., who's with the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR). "One mistake isn't going to reverse everything you have worked for." Here, Dr. Wyatt and other weight-loss experts offer quick fixes for seven common diet goofs, plus tips on how to avoid future slipups.

"I skipped breakfast"
Maybe you were in a hurry. Maybe you thought you could cut some calories. But now it's 11 a.m., and you haven't eaten anything for 15 hours straight. You're so famished, you can't decide whether to buy a bear claw at the bakery, steal candy from your coworker's stash, or wait until lunch so you can pig out at your favorite Chinese restaurant. "Breakfast is a must," says Dr. Wyatt. "Otherwise, you'll end up wanting to eat everything you see." A survey from NWCR, which tracks more than 5,000 people who have kept off at least 30 pounds for a year or longer, found that 78 percent of participants have a meal every single morning.
Fast Fix
Eat something, but resist the junk food. You'll stay fuller longer if you have fruit, low-fat yogurt, or string cheese. An energy bar will also do the trick. But make sure you find one that has staying power — that means at least 3 grams of fiber, 8 grams of protein, and less than 250 calories. Two of our favorites: Clif's Mojo Fruit Nut Crunch Bar and PowerBar Nut Naturals.
Next Time
Make breakfast simple. To guarantee you never skip this meal again, keep a week's worth of easy eats in the house. A few good picks (which you can also stash at the office for midday munchies): Single-serve instant oatmeal ; low-fat granola, which you can mix with plain yogurt; and single-serving cans of light fruit . But beware of so-called breakfast bars, which are often packed with sugar. Make sure you read the labels carefully before you buy.
Eat every four hours during the day.
That's about how much time it takes for hunger to return after a meal, says Madelyn Fernstrom, Ph.D., director of the Weight Management Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. You'll do far less damage if you have a small snack mid-morning and in the afternoon than if you try to assuage your gnawing hunger at mealtimes, when the plates, portions, and your appetite are all bigger.

"I ate a supersize fast-food meal"
Hitting the drive-through at Burger King once isn't such a big deal — the problem is that if you do it one time, you're much more likely to swing by again. And that's when the pounds really start to pile on. A 15-year study led by researchers at the University of Minnesota showed that people who ate fast food more than twice a week gained 10 more pounds than participants who had it less than once a week. There were also health ramifications: The drive-through frequenters had a higher risk of diabetes.
Fast Fix
Savor your indulgence. "Splurges do happen," says Dr. Harlan. "For some of us, it's fast food; for others, it's a big chocolate bar." The trick is to focus on each and every bite — this is a treat, one you won’t be having tomorrow, so take the time to really enjoy it.
Next Time
Order low-cal. If you must hit the drive-through, choose foods that won't do major diet damage. At Burger King, for example, choose the Whopper Jr. (290 calories with no mayo) instead of the regular Whopper (670 calories). And always skip the fries: A small bag at McDonald’s clocks in at 250 calories, about half of which is fat. Instead, order the side salad (20 calories) with a packet of Newman’s Own Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette (40 calories).
Don't skip supper to compensate
 That kind of starvation strategy always backfires, warns Fernstrom. "The day after your severe restriction, you’ll be eating everything, including the paint off the walls."

"I quit keeping track of what I was eating"
That's understandable — but it will cost you big time. "You don't realize how much mindless eating you do every day," says Somer. "You taste what you're cooking, or grab a french fry, or eat the rest of your kid's cake at a birthday party. On average, there's probably 25 calories in each of those mouthfuls. If you take just four mindless bites a day, that adds up to an extra pound every month."
Fast Fix
Buy a little notebook. By writing down every sip and nibble, you'll avoid surprise weight gains. If carrying a notebook is too yesterday, go the electronic route. Sites such as nutrihand.com offer free subscriptions that allow you to track your meals. Or you can use a pocket-size food diary, such as CalorieSmart .
Next Time
Measure everything. Most of us have trouble eyeballing a cup or a 4-ounce serving with any accuracy — dietitians call this portion distortion. So for a few days, measure and weigh all your food. Here’s one shortcut: "Ask the butcher to divide the meat you buy into 4-ounce servings, which will shrink down to about 3 ounces when you cook it," suggests Somer. "Buy individual 4-ounce potatoes instead of a whole bag. And use measuring cups and spoons until you become very accustomed to what a cup or a tablespoon looks like."

"I'm eating lots of low-fat foods"
And you're not losing any weight, right? There’s a reason why. "Research shows that if you tell a person that a food is low-fat, she'll take a larger serving," says Somer. And more food — even if it's nonfat — means more calories.
Fast Fix
Read labels carefully. The front of the package can make all kinds of cheerful claims ("Half the fat!"), but the cold facts are in the nutrition information. You'll find, for example, that those delicious SnackWell's Fat Free Devil's Food Cookies are 50 calories each. (So you might want to put that second one down.) And those low-fat Cheez-Its? Sure, they're only 130 calories a serving. But that's just 29 measly crackers — you can eat that in one minute alone.
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Eat your greens. Veggies are low in calories and also extra filling. A study from Pennsylvania State University showed that women who ate a large low-cal salad (lettuce, carrots, celery, tomatoes, and cucumber tossed with fat-free dressing and light cheese) before lunch felt so full, they ate less at the meal.
Let yourself have the low-cal dressing. It won't throw off your numbers, and it may encourage you to eat more of these salad super foods.

"I haven't exercised in a week"
You kicked your walking shoes under the bed, threw a blanket over your treadmill, and are driving the long route to work so you don't have to see all the walkers in your neighborhood. We understand — it's hard to get motivated after you've missed a few days of exercise. But those skipped days can easily turn into weeks, so it's important to start up again fast. Here's the good news: "Fitness is the one thing that comes back pretty quickly," says Fernstrom. "By the end of a month, you should be close to where you were before."
Fast Fix
"Go out and walk for 10 minutes," advises Dr. Wyatt. "And tell yourself you can stop at that point if you want. Yes, you might quit in 10 minutes. But once you're out on the sidewalk, you'll probably keep walking.
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Buddy up. "If you have an exercise partner, it's easier to stay committed," says Dr. Wyatt. So enlist a friend to walk with you every day.
Find a fun exercise. "If your workout is drudgery, you won't do it,” says Fernstrom. So if you've worn out the treadmill at the gym, take an aerobics class instead. Or try these fun alternatives (they all burn more calories per hour than walking): Ballet or swimming laps, biking or playing Ping-Pong.

"I haven't weighed myself all week"
If you know the news will be bad, who can blame you? But that's just the time to step on the scale. Once you know the worst, you can act before a few extra pounds become 10.
Fast Fix
Change your attitude toward the scale. Think of it as your own personal coach, suggests Dr. Wyatt. And it really does help fight fat: Of the NWCR participants, more than 60 percent weighed themselves daily to keep pounds from creeping back on.
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Stop kidding yourself. Avoiding the scale is just another form of denial. "Refusing to acknowledge that there's a problem just makes it worse," says Dr. Wyatt.

Don't get number obsessed. If you were as good as gold all week but still gained a little, don't flip out. Some of it might be water weight — last night's moo shu pork, the salty bag of popcorn you ate at midnight, or even your menstrual cycle.
Don't take weight gain personally. A lot of us have an annoying habit of tying our weight to our self-esteem. But the number on your scale is just information. "Weighing yourself is like monitoring your blood pressure or blood sugar," says Dr. Wyatt. "It lets you know where you are — not what kind of person you are."

How to Improving Posture


How to Improving Posture
Nobody can disagree with the fact that a good posture is a sign of good health. Be it a man or woman the first thing that catches our eyes is their posture.

And that speaks a world about the person within. A strait, upright posture exudes confidence and grandeur,while the slouching and stooping person looks like a tired, defeated man.

But the fact of the matter is that the young dudes and dudettes of today are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain a good posture. Why? During our school days we had to bear the burden of heavy bags, the weight of which made our backs stoop under the strain. Even when we sat down to study, our backs curled up into an arc. In fact I am pretty sure that even as you are reading this article, your back is all curled up.

What’s at Stake
A good posture is all about good health. But sadly, it is the most overlooked facet of fitness. An unsightly carriage may be the start of numerous backaches and back problems. You may also develop a permanent stoop if you are that careless. You use various cosmetics and fairness products to improve your complexion or skin, then why neglect the posture, which may be screaming at you, ‘Stand Upright.’

When you stand next to a full-length mirror, adjust your back so that it forms a straight line; strait shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. That’s how you should maintain your posture. But many of you may become the same old slouch potato as soon as you move away from the mirror!

While standing, it is also important to relax and bend your knees slightly. This is because a too strait posture would also look odd. Especially if you’re standing in a long queue, be sure to keep shifting your weight from one side to other. And while bending down to pick up something don’t put the full weight on the waist, but bend your knees along with your waist.

Now if you are standing with your back to a wall, your shoulder blades and backside of your head should touch the wall. Even while watching your favorite movie or surfing the net, you may be hunching your shoulders and slouching your poor back, and your neck would be leaning forward. This is definitely a wrong posture and it may lead to health problems like headaches and backaches. This position essentially relies on the bones and muscular strength of the body, rather than the spinal cord.

Even those who do regular exercises aren’t keen on good posture, and exercises like lifting weights or jogging doesn’t need a good posture. But meditation and yoga are a great way to improve your drooping posture. Yoga, especially, is an excellent way to develop the habit of good posture. In yoga, you have to sit and stand strait with your chest out and your shoulder blades pulled back.

Expert standing position

  1. While standing, make sure that your head is held up straight and your chin should be in and not jutting out. 
  2. Make sure that your head is not tilted forward, sideways or backwards.
  3. The earlobes should be in line with the middle of your shoulders.
  4. Your shoulder blades should always be pulled back.
  5. Your chest should be straight and so should your knees
  6. Keep your stomach tucked in and try not to keep your pelvis tilted forward or backward.
  7. Don’t stand in a particular position for any length of time.
  8. If it’s possible, try to adjust the height of your desk to a position that allows you to sit comfortably while allowing you to keep your back straight.
  9. As a part of your posture improving exercise regime, first elevate your right foot and rest it on a low stool or box. After a few minutes switch your foot.

Expert Sitting position

Ever heard of rhomboids? They are those muscles that lie between your shoulders. You may do several exercises to work out your rhomboids.

Always use a high raised chair and sit with your hips kissing the back of the chair.

If the chair is inadequate in supporting your back, then keep a soft pillow at the back area to support your lower backside. It also fills up the straight area of a chair that leaves the lumbar area of your backside unsupported. Also, try not to sit in the same position for a long time and get up and take a break after every 30 minutes.

Also, if possible adjust the height of the chair, which would allow you to sit as straight as possible without feeling uncomfortable. Also try and keep your shoulders relaxed by resting your elbows on the arms of your chair.

While getting up, instead of bending your waist forward, stand up by first straightening your legs. Then immediately do a gentle stretching exercise to get rid of any lingering stiffness.
Xpert driving position

While driving, take care not to tilt the seat far too back. That may make you lean forward and leave your lower backside unsupported.

Always keep a lumbar roll to support the small of your back. Also make sure that your knees are at a slightly higher level than your hips.

Use the helpful tips and guidelines mentioned above and make a difference in your posture for largely positive effects. By religiously following the above mentioned tips, not only will your posture improve but you will also suffer from lesser back pain than usual.