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Does Your Wealth Determine Your Health?

Wealth doesn’t necessary bring good health. But there’s an obvious correlation, and maybe you’ve noticed it. While it’s true that most successful persons tend to show greater concern for their health than those who are further down the economic ladder, we do have numerous evidences around us proving that there are exceptions.

But the good news is that you can achieve both—health, wealth and all the happiness that come with having both. Indeed, true satisfaction in life only comes when we have a reasonably fat bank account and the good health to enjoy it, don’t you agree?

I’ll use this short article to point out several simple, easy-to-do changes we can all make in our daily routine to help us achieve good Health and reasonable Wealth. And it won’t be the things you’re used to hearing!

The first thing to note is that it makes financial sense to take good care of your health. The moment you start making deliberate efforts to look after your body, you’ll soon begin to feel better with yourself. That feeling in turn energizes you and affects all areas of your life. People who eat healthier diets surely have healthier bodies and mind.

In turn, a healthier mind is better able to concentrate on important things—including your business or finances. Isn’t it true that we find it hard to think straight when we are bugged down by nagging ailments? At such times, your health becomes your major focus. And how do you suppose it affects your approach to business matters? They take the back seat, and your finances suffer!

That’s on the one hand. On the other hand, unhealthy diets also affect your finances in other ways. Typically you spend extra bucks each day on junk foods and super-size helpings, which only pile up excess calories and lots of lost income in the course of several decades.

If only people could’ve saved those six to ten bucks spent on junk foods each day and invested them at 5% interest per annum! They’ll be richer at retirement, and what is more, they’ll have leaner bodies and fatter bank accounts!

Did we mention the extra medical costs that accompany unhealthy eating habits? Let’s not even get started. There is overwhelming evidence that overweight individuals and all those who don’t take health and wellness seriously tend to have more doctor visits, take longer to recover from illness, and naturally pay more medical bills. You surely know that overweight and obese people cannot get inexpensive life insurance coverage, don’t you?

You can change a lot about your health and finances by adopting a sensible nutrition and wellness goal. It could be as simple as drinking 6-8 glasses of water each day to ensure you stay hydrated and guarantee your liver and kidneys have enough fluid to aid filtration of impurities. Also, eat smaller portions but several meals each day.

Select most of your snacks from fresh fruits and nuts, vegetables too. Weave in fitness routine throughout the day, such as by starting your day with brisk 10-minute workout, or press-ups, or power walk.

Studies show that larger people generally make less money than their trimmer peers. And the reasons are many. Taking care of your body now will lead very soon to better finances. So, even if money were your only reason for caring about health and wellness, then I hope this article motivates you to take action now.

Having less money due to health issues you could have prevented just doesn’t make any sense. Plus, when you do achieve financial success, it’s sweeter when you’re healthy!


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Why You Must Detoxify Your Body!

Are you Detoxifying your body on a daily basis? Do you want a more nimble physique, a sharper brain, a more relaxed mind and above all, a healthier you? And do you desire to achieve all these without having to visit any sort of physician? By eliminating toxins from your body and then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, you will achieve a level of health you never thought was possible.

Detoxification greatly boosts your immune system by making your internal organs work better. This in turn helps to protect you from a number of diseases, renews your vitality, and helps you to maintain an overall feeling of being well.

Our environment is full of toxins. It has always been so, because even natural food sources can constitute toxins as they are processed by various enzymes in the body. But the matter has simply grown worse in recent decades with the development of synthesized drugs and food flavors. The human body is thus constantly bombarded with substances that often leave the organs overworked and compromised.

It is no surprise then that toxins have been implicated in a number of illnesses and health conditions that leave a person feeling listless and lethargic. Skin problems, aches and pain, gastrointestinal disorders, sleeplessness, strange weight issues, constipation, and numerous other health conditions have all been linked to the presence of toxins in the body—especially when these stubbornly refuse to respond to usual remedies.

Detoxification has long been practiced in china and other ancient cultures. It basically means cleansing the body, especially the blood, by removing impurities from such body organs as the liver, kidneys, intestines, lymph and the skin.

The body also eliminates toxins through the lungs. When these organs are working at their optimum, illnesses will be fewer, because they serve as the body’s own natural healing system. But when they’re weakened by impurities, toxins will not be properly filtered. And they become a nuisance to all parts of the body.

In addition, many people just don’t take in enough water to help rid the kidneys of accumulated toxins. Most also habitually eat diets that are low in natural fiber. This could cause irregular bowel movements and contribute to the accumulation of toxins in the colon. Even for a naturally healthy person, unchecked toxin load can gradually overwhelm the human body, leading to various illnesses.

That is why you need to detoxify your body regularly. Experts recommend that every adult should detoxify their body at least once a year. A detox expert Linda Page, N.D., PhD suggests that those who regularly experience unexplained fatigue, sluggish elimination, irritated skin, various allergies as well as minor infections should try detoxifying their body for a change. Same thing goes for people having menstrual difficulties or mental confusion.

But nursing mothers, little children, as well as patients with chronic degenerative diseases such as cancer and tuberculosis should exercise strong caution before embarking on any detox program. Generally, you should consult your doctor if you have any doubts that detoxification might not be right for your peculiar health condition.

But on the whole, detoxification has repeatedly been proven to strengthen the body’s ability to fight diseases. This is mainly because it clears the pathways for various body organs, enabling them not only to filter, but also to eliminate detected radicals—toxins—from the body, leaving the person feeling fresher and revitalized.

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What is Nutritional Cleansing? Many would agree with the age-old dictum: “you are what you eat.” As a result, worldwide, there are thousands of health-food shops and the so-called bio-shops (these are stores that sell biologically-grown foods produced without the use of chemicals or chemical fertilizers).

Germany alone is reputed to have no less that 4000 health-food shops and 2000 bio-shops. Many individuals everywhere also believe that vitamin pills are important to their health. All these highlight the growing concern toward staying healthy. And yes, there’s a lot that each individual can do in this regard.

Sensible eating habits will go a long way in helping a person to achieve good health. These include getting sufficient vitamins and trace minerals. Many persons need additional supplies of either or both of these elements. Dr. Jean Mayer, a Harvard nutritionist, once stated that “the U.S. diet is often much lower in iron than are the diets of poorer populations.” Again, iron is not the only nutrient lacking in the diet of most Americans.

Thus, due to what could be termed “poor” diet, many people end up polluting their internal system and rendering themselves susceptible to many preventable and sometimes degenerative diseases. So, what if your internal environment is rife with toxins? There are ways to clean it up.

Generally, the best foods that cleanse the body are those that are easily digested—those that spend the least time in your bowels. This is because digestion tasks your body a lot. And the time spent doing that job reduces what time the body has left to cleanse itself, especially since you’ll soon eat again!

Among the best foods in cleansing your body are Leafy Vegetables. Eating sufficient amount of leafy vegetables have a high value both from the point of view of nutritional physiology and the maintenance of man’s health in the form of preventive medicine.

This is because vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals. They are also rich in iron, which makes them effective against anemia. And what is more, this class of food helps neutralize the acids in the blood. They also have an effect on the kidneys that stimulate the elimination of wastes or toxins.

Fresh, raw vegetables help your body in two ways: they stimulate your body’s natural enzymes to action, making the enzymes to digest other foods faster, while at the same time cleansing your internal system.
Next in this category of cleansing foods are Tomatoes, Apples, Sauerkraut and Onions.

This group has an alkalizing effect on the internal system. Fresh fruits have always been known as among the best natural cleansers. The exact way this happens is still not fully understood by medical science.

But what is certain is that fruits are rich in vitamin water that helps the body to flush out waste products. And just recently, it’s been found that onions and certain mushrooms are particularly helpful in combating cholesterol in the blood.

Foods that are rich in EFAs (essential fatty acids) are also known to be helpful in this regard. They’re reputed to help cleanse the body of harmful cholesterol. Foods in this category include Walnuts, Tuna Fish, Salmon, Cashews, Avocados, Flax Oil, and Olive Oil.

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Toxicity and Obesity: There’s A Link!

Has the relationship between toxicity and obesity has been found?

Why is it that some persons have problems losing weight beyond a certain point, no matter how hard they try? What is it in modern man that appears to hinder weight loss and obstruct normal metabolism?

Is it possible that as fat in the body is metabolized and pollutants are released from the fat tissues where they are stored, certain foreign chemicals cause a lowering of the body’s metabolic rate?

These are medical puzzles that are just now beginning to be seriously investigated, especially in the light of the measures-defying obesity problems confronting most industrialized countries today. But although we still have much to learn about the exact link between toxicity and obesity, the growing body of evidence has become such that we can no longer ignore the effect that environmental toxins have on Weight Gain and the difficulty encountered by some in losing same.

Although losing weight to reduce the risk of cardiovascular and similar diseases is often considered very desirable, recent findings suggest that it could also be creating a very toxic situation for the sufferer. In the light of what we now know, it would seem that severely overweight persons should first follow a detoxification program prior to weight loss regime, or at least both must go hand in hand.

This latest conclusions are based on sound footings. For example, hormones can increase or reduce appetite in both humans and animals. Meanwhile toxins have always been known to alter hormonal levels in the body, and hence the hormonal regulation of weight.

Also, toxins are known to alter thyroid hormone metabolism rate and receptor function, which in turn leads to lowered metabolic rate (which equals weight gain). Further, toxins can also influence weight through increases in inflammation.

The signals that are produced by inflammation stimulate leptin resistance in the body. The other effects of toxins in the body include interfering with the liver’s control of fat and glucose metabolism.

As stated earlier, researches aimed at establishing a direct link between environmental toxins and obesity are still in their infancy stages. But the direction of things is unmistakable. At the moment, detoxification is gradually gaining wide acceptance in mainstream medical practice in the management and control of obesity.

Many physicians now view detoxification as a central component in any long-term and effective weight management program. On the other hand, there appears to be a general consensus that most medications sometimes prescribed for weight management have a high chance of producing toxic effects and triggering weight gain.

At the moment, billions of dollars continue to pour into obesity drug research in a bid to find that “magic molecule” that will burn fat or at least reduce appetite. For now, all that medical science can say for sure in this regard is that medications can affect our weight and may play a role in obesity for some individuals.

This has led to the inescapable conclusion that, if medications can manipulate weight, then so too can other foreign chemicals that enter the body, such as environmental toxins. Before now, most researchers had largely ignored the effects of environmental chemicals on metabolism.

But in the light of what is now known about toxins, not a few have begun connecting the dots linking toxins with our obesity epidemic. While we await a more conclusive verdict, the factors outlined above can no longer be overlooked. Nor should you overlook the effects of environmental toxins if you’re obese!

ARE YOU TOXIC?

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Obesity and it’s health related illnesses is the Number 1 cause of death in the United States. Prevention is generally acknowledged to be the best approach to health-related issues. This is understandable since most health problems today defy curative measures.

But even for those ones that can be cured with relative ease, why go through the pains, the inconveniences, and financial costs of medical treatment when the condition could so easily be prevented in the first place? So either way, prevention is still a lot better than cure.

Fortunately, most health problems can be prevented, including obesity. Recognizing the causes and symptoms of a health issue way before it becomes a full-blown problem is the first step towards preventing it. Listed below are 6 steps you need to take in order to prevent this seemingly unstoppable national epidemic called obesity.

Watch What You Eat: yes, you must have heard this a million times before. But if you’re obese or even overweight, chances are you’ve taken this caution for granted. By simply forming the habit of reading the labels on all food items you purchase, especially the processed ones, experts agree you’re well on your way to cutting obesity risks by more than half.

Eat Healthy: of course the only reason you are reading those labels is so you can choose what to eat and what to avoid. The FDA recommends that a person’s daily calorie intake should not exceed 2000, and must come from such food varieties as fruits, vegetables, legumes, dairy products, meats, and bread.

Please, do not take note only of the food categories included here, such as dairy products and bread. Also note what your total calorie intake from the list must add up to. Ultimately, that is what Healthy Eating Means.

Watch Your Weight: you should regularly monitor your weight, especially if you or members of your family tend to have weight problems. Investing in a scale for the home will make this easier.

But don’t go to the other extreme—spending the better part of your day on the scale. You should weigh yourself no more than once a week. Meanwhile, take appropriate steps to lose every extra weight you see yourself adding.

Stay Active: this is probably one of the simplest ways to stay in shape. And it doesn’t always mean going to the gym (although that can enhance your results). But most times, simple activities like taking brisk walks in the neighborhood, taking the stairs rather than the lifts, walking or biking to the malls can yield great results when done regularly.

Drink Water! Sounds simple enough. And maybe that’s why the vast majority of persons ignore it. The thing is that when you form the healthy habit of frequently drinking water, the urge to indulge in foods is greatly reduced. Reason: some minds interpret dehydration as hunger (rather than as thirst!).

The FDA recommends 8 to 10 glasses of water each day. Besides helping in the fight against obesity, adequate water in your body also helps to detoxify your system, cleansing it of impurities.

Eat Only When You Are Hungry: studies have shown that most people who are naturally trim only eat when they are hungry. Resisting the temptation to eat a particular meal just for your love for it can be a great way to prevent obesity.

Yes, there are a few cases where obesity is traceable to genetic factors. But we must all admit that such instances are few. For most of us, simply taking control of what enters the mouth and combining that with a fairly active living will do the trick. If you discipline yourself along this line, you’ll soon discover that obesity is not as unstoppable as the numbers may suggest.

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Do you have a Healthy Diet? “A Stitch in time saves nine.” “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Sayings such as these may well be applied to the matter of our keeping in good health.

Why wait until you are sick before giving thought to your health? Absence of distressing symptoms does not necessarily mean that a person is in good health.

The best way to stay healthy—and to reduce healthcare spending too—is to practice preventive healthcare. A Chinese proverb puts matters succinctly with this saying: “To administer medicines to diseases which have developed. . . is comparable to the behavior of those who begin to dig a well after they are thirsty.”

Preventive healthcare saves both money and pain. It involves regular medical checkup, getting immunized against certain diseases, making necessary changes in one’s lifestyle, having an open mind concerning health issues, and above all, eating a healthy diet.

Preventive healthcare also involves striking a balance in all aspects of your life, including the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical health.

One of the most regrettable things about most health problems plaguing our society is that majority of them can be prevented. Even in the case of those that could not have been prevented, early detection and lifestyle chances can often reduce a potentially life-threatening ailment to a routine illness that could easily be managed.

Of all the factors contributing to good health, none is as important as the food you eat. The age-old saying that you are what you eat has been proved true time and time again. What this means is that by eating right, not only will you stave off many illnesses, you’ll at the same time be equipping your body to respond better when you do fall ill.

No wonder Linus Paulin, a 3-time Nobel laureate once said that “the doctor of the future will not give drugs; good nutrition is the medicine for the future. Let your food be your medicine”.

Unknown to most persons, the food a person eats does more to prevent illnesses than orthodox medication. But because most people eat only what appeal to their taste buds, they end up failing to equip the body for healthy living.

Eat Right And You Shall Be Well!

Now, what does a healthy diet mean? And what sort of adjustments will you need to make in your diet to ensure you’re eating right? Also, how can you take personal responsibility for your health by the types of food you eat?

At the core of a healthy diet is making wise choices from the group of foods available in your area. Helping us in this matter, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that each individual should follow a four-tiered food guide pyramid.

At the bottom of the pyramid are such food items as cereals, bread, rice and pasta. They form what is referred to as complex carbohydrates. And the USDA believes these form the foundation of a good diet.

They are closely followed by food items that supply the body with vitamins and proteins—such as vegetables, fruits, meat and cheese. It is recommended that most of your daily diet should come from these groups of food.

Then at the top of the pyramid are such food items as fats, oils and sweets. They typically provide the body with very small amount of nutrients.

Therefore, you should limit your consumption of items from this section of the food pyramid. Generally, the recommendation is that majority of your diet should come from the base of the food pyramid, and very few from the top. But that is not to say you should totally steer clear from these other food items.

They serve the body useful purposes. But a small amount is usually all that is needed. Large quantities of fats and oils, for example, will cause you more harm than good.

Illness is costly in more ways than one. Preventive healthcare is a far better alternative. Remember that your health is your most important possession. A Healthy Diet and a Healthy Weight helps you take care of this precious asset.

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