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10 Reasons Why Sandals Are Just Better Than Shoes Any Day

1. Sandals are downright fashionable. With styles that cover practically every possible reason and season, sandals never go out of style. In fact, many popular designs and styles of sandals remain lasting fashion statements year after year.

2. With sandals, foot freedom reins. Just ask any college student why they love their flip-flops. Ask a beach-goer how come they’re not wearing tennis shoes. Sandals deliver an enticing balance of being almost barefoot but still having shoes on the feet. It’s a lifestyle really.

3. They deliver comfort like no other. There is just something great about the way sandals tend to break in and conform to the foot – almost like they’re an extension of the feet themselves. Shoes haven’t quite found a way to enter this territory yet.

4. Sandals have health benefits. Many podiatrists actually recommend the wearing of supportive sandals for the healthful benefits they provide for feet. Some sandals work in the same way as custom orthodontics do to really help promote foot correct posture.

5. Forget about the fungus. It’s true; sandal wearers get the added foot health benefit of having cool, dry feet. This means there’s no place to harbor fungus, preventing a fungal foot infection before it can ever begin to take hold.

6. Sandals are usually more affordable. Okay, this one is for the practical-minded, but when it comes down to it, sandals are generally less costly than other types of shoes. It might have something to do with the fact that less material used equals less expense or it could just all be wishful thinking.

7. Try to beat the versatility of the sandal. Poolside, at the beach, backyard, or nowhere even close – just slip ’em on and slip ’em off. It’s hard to beat the versatility provided by the always fashionable footwear.

8. Promote balance with sandals. It is really no surprise that sandals have been chosen to help increase and promote balance. Practitioners of yoga have even adapted sandals with individual straps between each toe to encourage an increased sense of balance in the art of yoga.

9. They’re the original footwear from history. Sandals are time tested, having stood the test of time longer than any other form of footwear. The tennis shoe has been around for decades, the boot for centuries, but the sandal has been in use for millenniums. That must speak for something.

10. Sandals show expression. Sure, all kinds of shoes can be fashion-forward. However, no other form of footwear is as conducive to showing off a fun and funky sense of style and spirit like the sandal.

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Three Main Causes of Ringing in the Ears (Tinnitus)

There are fundamentally only 3 main causes of ringing in the ears. In actual fact, the sounds individuals actually hear are different from person to person, and also in the same person at different times. It might sound like waterfall-like sounds, roaring, buzzing, hissing, whistling, rushing etc.

The 3 main causes of ringing in the ears (tinnitus) are (in order of commonness):

* Cochlea Damage Tinnitus – this is “doctor talk” for ringing in the ears due to damage triggered by loud sounds (the minute bones in the ear do not distinguish between our favourite tunes blasted in through a headset and external noise like working in a factory with insufficient ear protection!) – this causes ringing in the ears (tinnitus) in 80 to 85% of cases.

Prevention is obviously better than cure! Steer clear of drawn out exposure to any loud sounds. Make certain you do not play your music too hard and wear ear muffs if you work in a noisy area. This type of ringing in the ears (tinnitus) is cumulative – this means that the first time you’ve been to a really loud event, the ringing in the ears might fade away of its own accord in a little time, but every time it happens, further damage is caused to your ears, until it may become irreversible!

* Stress is known to cause ringing in the ears in 8% to 10% of tinnitus cases.

In this instance it is in reality an area of the brain (the hypothalamus) is the cause of ringing in the ears. When we are exposed to severe stress over a long time, our hypothalamus might stop make certain vital trace elements that our body needs to function properly.

Even though, in our culture, stress is inescapable, there are varous techniques we can utilize to lower its detrimental effect on our body. For instance, exercise, yoga etc.

* Chronic Sinusitis and / or Hay Fever causes ringing in the ears in approximately 5% of tinnitus cases.

This is the most preventable causes of ringing in the ears. Often the medication given for sinusitis and hay fever cause a thick mucous build up behind the ear drum. All that must be done is to have that fluid drained and your issue is solved.

If none of the above causes of ringing in the ears is relevant to you, then you need to visit your medical practitioner for a thorough and full physical examination. Every so often a fatty deposit builds up in the carotid artery (the principal artery taking blood to your head) and that may also cause tinnitus. On very rare occasions (and solely if the ringing is confined to the one ear only) a tumour may be to blame.

Ok, so you’ve looked into studied all the causes of ringing in the ears (tinnitus); you have gone to your GP who has discovered nothing physically wrong with you and told you to “just live with it” – what do you do now?

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Public Speaking – Example of a Persuasive Speech Outline to Sway the Audience’s Opinion

You may want to persuade an audience to DO something, or you may want to prove to them that something is TRUE. But, there may times when you want to sway your audience to your point of VIEW, that a choice is desirable or is better than other options. To organize such a talk (sometimes called the “Value” method), you still have the three parts of a speech – the intro, body, and conclusion. But the difference is in the Body. The Main Points of your talk would have two or ideally three points: (1) Establish criteria or ideal standards to define your proposal. (2) Measure your proposal against those standards. And if you want to persuade that your choice is better than other options, then (3) compare how your proposal measures up to other options.

To see how this organization would work when you want to persuade your audience to your point of VIEW, let’s use the example of persuading them that swimming is the best form of exercise. Let’s say the group wants to get into an exercise program – they’ve already decided they’re going to DO some kind of exercise. You want to persuade them that swimming is the best choice, better than running or biking or yoga. Here’s how you might outline that presentation:

I. INTRO

A. HOOK: Get their attention and interest. You might share a funny personal anecdote about swimming, how much you hated lessons when you were a kid and how you almost drowned the instructor one time when you jumped blindly off the diving board because you were so scared.And today, you’re like a fish in the water.

B. REASON TO LISTEN: “It’s been clearly established that exercise is crucial for our fitness and weight loss. We all know we will look better, feel better and be healthier if we exercise regularly. Yet it hasn’t been established exactly what the best form of exercise is… But I believe I know the answer… “

II. BODY

A. ROAD MAP: I’d like to show you all the fantastic benefits of swimming, so you can see it’s the best choice for your exercise plan.

B. MAIN POINTS:

1. The criteria or “ideal” standards for your proposal:

Present to the audience (or even get them to contribute) the characteristics of the ideal exercise program. For example, you might suggest its characteristics might be a good cardiovascular workout, help you lose weight, be easy on your joints, strengthen and tone all your major muscle groups, and build strong bones.

2. Measure your proposal against those standards.

Show how swimming fulfills those criteria: it’s a great aerobic workout, especially if you can swim for at least 30 minutes; it’s easy on your joints because of the cushioning effect of the water; because it calls for use of your arms and legs and back, it works all the muscle groups, and it’s overall conditioning and aerobic effect helps keep your weight down. Build strong bones? Well, not really, so we can’t claim that one.

3. Compare how your proposal measures up to other options, in this case running, biking and yoga. (Plot this visually, if you can. On a chart, list of all the criteria on the left, and then have columns for each form of exercise:

Aerobic Swimming Running Biking Yoga

Lose Weight

Easy on Joints

All Muscle Groups

Strong Bones

For each exercise, check the criteria that apply to it. You would want to have more checkmarks in the column for your proposal, of course!)

“You can see that swimming meets more of the criteria for good exercise than these other forms. It is a healthy and fun way to stay fit!”

III. CONCLUSION

A. SUMMARY: Wrap up with reviewing the criteria and how your proposal measures up to them and compares favorably with others.

B. CLOSE/CALL TO ACTION: “So you can see that swimming is better all-round exercise than these other forms. If you want a good workout that’s good for your heart, lungs, muscles, joints and weight management, I urge you to buy your swim suit and goggles and get in the swim!”

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Conscious Particles, Fields and Waves

“In some strange way an electron or a photon [or any other elementary particle] seems to ‘know’ about changes in the environment and appears to respond accordingly,” says physicist Danah Zohar.

A group at the Weizmann Institute in Israel has done a variation of the famous “double-slit” experiment. They used electrons, instead of photons, and observed how the resultant interference pattern (which indicates wave-like properties of the particle) dissipated the longer you watched the electrons go through the slits. As a wave the electron passes through both slits simultaneously but if, according to E Buks, it “senses” that it is being watched, the electron (as a particle) goes through only one path, diminishing the interference pattern. Elementary particles (such as photons and electrons) appear to possess a certain degree of “intelligence” and awareness of the environment. Renowned plasma and particle physicist, David Bohm, says “In some sense a rudimentary mind-like quality is present even at the level of particle physics. As we go to subtler levels this mind-like quality becomes stronger and more developed.”

Consciousness appears to be as fundamental a property to elementary particles as properties that make it “matter” or a “physical force” (for example, mass, spin and charge). And just as mass, spin and charge differ from one particle to another; it is probable that different particles have different degrees of consciousness.

Conditions for Manifesting Consciousness

Bohm says that “a particle has a rich and complex inner structure which can respond to information and direct it’s self-motion accordingly”. This is more evident in more massive particles and Bose-Einstein condensates which behave as super particles.

A single isolated particle would have some degree of consciousness (or awareness of the environment). However, low-energy and low-frequency elementary particles (as described currently in the physicists’ “Standard Model”) easily lose their property of consciousness when they become entangled with other particles and decoherence sets-in. This state is analogous to the state of a demagnetized metal object. Although all the individual atoms are in a sense magnets, no magnetic fields are observed. However, once the atoms in the metal object become aligned with their north and south poles pointing in the same direction they begin to exhibit the property of magnetism.

In the same way, when groups of particles are in the same quantum state, i.e. when they are in a state of quantum coherence, the property of consciousness is exhibited. A state of an extremely low degree of consciousness (for practical purposes – no consciousness) is exhibited by inanimate matter at macroscopic scales in our highly decoherent low-energy classical universe.

Hence, elementary particles will exhibit their intrinsic degree of consciousness when isolated or when a group of particles share the same quantum state. This means that bulk matter in a non-coherent state is effectively unconscious. The study of conscious particles is referred to as “quantum metaphysics” by this author.

Particle Memory

In 1959, physicist Richard Feynman pointed out that all the words written throughout the history of the world could be contained in a cube of material one tenth of a millimeter wide – provided those words were written with atoms. Now, scientists have done just that, creating an atomic-scale memory by using atoms of silicon in place of the 1s and 0s that computers use to store data. Scientists at the University of Wisconsin at Madison have been able to read and write at room temperature to a memory unit that uses a single atom to store a bit. The memory density of this memory unit is comparable to the way nature stores data in DNA molecules.

How much information can an atom store? Scientists have written the word “OPTICS” on a single atom, demonstrating the huge information capacity that exists even in an individual hydrogen atom. This was done by sending one of its electrons into a “Rydberg state”, in which it no longer exists as a cloud of charge enshrouding the nucleus but instead becomes a ‘wave packet’ that circles the atomic nucleus like a planet around the Sun. By applying a series of pulses a set of wave packets can be created that combine with each other like water waves and cancel each other out at specific places to form patterns around the atom. Carlos Stroud of the University of Rochester and Michael Noel of the University of Virginia point out that an electron in an n=50 Rydberg state has 2,500 possible states of angular momentum which can be combined in various ways – evidencing the enormous potential for even elementary particles to store and transport vast amounts of information.

Can a person’s memory with all its visual, audio, tactile and other information be conveyed in a wave-particle? It is remarkable that however complicated a wave, it can be described as a combination of many simple sine waves of various frequencies and amplitudes. This is how an entire orchestra can be heard from the single vibrating cone of a loud speaker. When switched on and off at irregular intervals, or modulated in intensity or in frequency, waves can carry a large amount of information. The higher the frequency the greater the amount of information the wave may encode. Storing memory in wave interference patterns is remarkably efficient, and would be able to accommodate the vastness of human memory. For example, holographic encoding of wave-interference patterns would enable all of the books in the US Library of Congress to fit onto a large sugar cube

The Physical-Etheric Nucleus

Each subtle body has a nucleus – which metaphysicists Charles Leadbeater and Annie Besant have called a “permanent particle”. Leadbeater calls the nucleus of the higher etheric double a “physical-etheric atom”. According to Leadbeater and Besant, information about the relevant subtle body is stored in this particle (its composition, frequency, structure and associative memories). In this way the experiences that the subtle body has gone through in a particular universe are stored or are linked to this nucleus – which can be transferred more easily to another universe and body through microscopic wormholes.

The particle is analogous to DNA in the biomolecular body. DNA is referred to as a “bioparticle” in the medical literature and it stores or links vast amounts of information about a particular life-form. Hindu metaphysics describes these particles or nuclei as “bindus” and Tibetan yoga “drops”.

The physical-etheric nucleus is transferred to higher energy bodies when the subtle body dies – serving the same purposes as a “black box” flight recorder in an airplane in preserving information about a particular life’s experiences. This nucleus is also responsible for the life review in a near-death experience. According to Besant, the permanent particles are used to preserve within themselves as “powers of vibrations” (i.e. different frequencies and waveforms) the results of all experiences through which they have passed. By the end of one life in the physical body, the permanent particle (or physical-etheric nucleus) would have stored up “innumerable powers of vibration” (i.e. a set of waveforms of different frequencies).

A personality is simply a “packet of self-organized information”. If this information can be transferred from one body to another that personality “lives” on. Information stored in the physical-etheric nucleus allows the personality and its associated physical-etheric body to be “reconstructed” or “resurrected” in a similar physical-etheric body later – in a process analogous to a teleportation. According to plasma metaphysics, the physical-etheric body provides an electromagnetic matrix which plays a critical role in the morphogenesis of the physical-biomolecular body. This provides a basis for reincarnation or a resurrection (depending on which religion interprets it).

The physical-etheric nucleus enables the transfer of information from one body (in one universe) to another body (in another or the same universe) during the (physical) death process. If not for this transfer, the experiences in the physical (3d) universe may be difficult to access or reconstruct at a later date. The information about our self has to be “uploaded” to another “player” (i.e. a body) to continue our personal existence. The advances in Science suggest that the nuclei of the various subtle bodies can carry a large volume of complex holographic information about their corresponding bodies and experiences.

Conscious Waves

As quantum physics has shown, elementary particles also behave as waves – depending on the experimental set-up. Bose-Einstein condensates can behave as super particles – and therefore also as waves. If a gas is cooled to a few millionth of a degree above absolute zero, the atoms lose their identity as individual particles and behave as a single entity, a kind of “super atom” with characteristics similar to a laser. They then take on the weirdness of quantum objects – including wave-particle duality and the ability to quantum-tunnel out from one place to another. Conscious particles can therefore also propagate as waves.

The Conscious Zero Point Field

Stuart Hameroff believes that a kind of proto-consciousness is a fundamental feature of the universe as a whole and exists at the near-infinitesimal Planck scale. “Could proto-conscious qualia simply exist in the empty space of the universe?” he asks.

Zohar says there is no reason in principle to deny that any structure, biological or otherwise, that contained a Bose-Einstein condensate might possess the capacity for consciousness. She argues that for there to be one integrated “self” something must account for the unity of brain states associated with each element of an experience. In a sense the separate elements must become in-phase with each other. A Bose-Einstein condensate typifies this kind of unity. She suggests that the brain has two interacting systems: the coherent Bose-Einstein condensate associated with consciousness, and the computer-like system of individual neurons. According to her, the electrical activity observed on the EEG may be a bridge between the two – if either system is excited, it would produce an electrical field that acts on the other.

The zero point field (or the quantum vacuum) itself can be considered a Bose-Einstein condensate, filled with photons and other bosons of zero energy. This arises from the commutation rules where the field is quantized according to Bose-Einstein statistics. This provides a basis for a field of consciousness that is present everywhere in our universe.

The Atman Field

According to quantum electrodynamics, particles are considered excitations in a field. Hence, all particles have fields associated with them and all fields have particles associated with them. Fields associated with (conscious) super particles would exhibit consciousness and intelligent behavior. Conscious fields, like electromagnetic fields, would not have any form in the way that a physical, tangible object has.

The various elementary particles come in strictly identical copies. One electron is no different from any other electron. In fact, Richard Feynmann (following-up on a remark by John Wheeler) speculated that all the electrons we measure may actually be one and the same electron.

We may call the conscious zero point field the “atman field”. Each individualized atman or “atman particle” can be considered a fundamental unit of consciousness and an excitation in the atman field. Each elementary atman particle is indistinguishable from another. When the excitation subsides the particle disappears and is indistinguishable from the field.

© Copyright Jay Alfred 2007

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Choosing The Right Drug Rehab Center

Many people in the past, especially drug addicts, dreaded entering drug rehabilitation as the treatment they received was harsh and unsympathetic. Kindness was not usually exhibited to drug addicts as society viewed them to be evil or bad, instead of being sick. Today, there are only a few people who harbor such ideas, whereas most have accepted the reality that there are already modern and humane methods to address a problem such as drug addiction.

In current treatment programs for drug abuse, there is a kinder and more compassionate approach. Genuine kindness and concern for their well-being is now a primary focus of these programs. Hence, when faced with drug cravings, can a person enter into a private or government-run rehabilitation center. It is an excellent way to begin a patients recovery efforts by aiding his/her capacity to identify and deal with possibilities of drug relapse and re-addiction when out again in the real world.

Well-reputed drug rehab centers for their effectiveness are known to provide one-on-one therapy sessions, in which such sessions attempt to work on a patient’s psychiatric problems. Moreover, these sessions would also even provide lessons in meditation and yoga, and additional access to other psychiatric specialists. These benefits being offered by different rehab centers make choosing quite difficult.

There are also some personal considerations in choosing a drug rehab center. This points to the imperative that a patient should think of his/her recovery since it is the pressing need above everything else. Being self-concerned is apparently the best way to gain from rehab as if the results are to no avail, it would lead to dejection and future therapy would not even be considered. Further, many people worry whether they could afford to be treated since they do not have access to ample insurance. Nonetheless, there are insurance companies that may grant residential support in an instant.

There are also a number of companies which may the patient to follow certain processes before he or she can enter a rehab facility, which includes outpatient treatment. Many rehabilitation facilities often discuss the costs for a patient and a certain level required in committing to rehab. Well-renowned rehab centers would usually advertise patients who have had success in putting away with their addiction and are living their lives free from drugs. While in rehab center, a support system in the form of family and friends is also essential for a patient to recover.

Apart from a reputation of treating it clients with success through its advertisements, this should not be the only meter stick in choosing. Contacting people who have undergone or are informed about the effectiveness of a rehabilitation center is also an useful way to properly choose. Lastly, consider that a smaller rehab center also has a greater probability for a one-on-one therapy which is critical in the later of stages of treatment.

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Pregnancy at 40 – Ways to Achieve Pregnancy at 40 Years Old

Is pregnancy at 40 possible? Although doctors tell women their ovaries will produce fewer and fewer healthy eggs after the age of 35, it is still possible to get pregnant naturally, have a healthy pregnancy, and give birth to a healthy baby.

You can reverse your reproductive age with natural remedies, and in my kinesiology clinic, I have seen many peri-menopausal women restore regular menstrual cycles for long enough to get pregnant. They’ve done this using the “Mature Mother’s Kit” and program that has been wildly successful in helping women restore their fertility an get pregnant at any age.

It consists of the following:

A healthy diet, consisting of organic wholefoods, organic fresh fruits and vegetables, plenty of bottled or filtered water, and a reduced salt and sugar intake. A healthy diet can help you achieve a healthy weight, as being too overweight or too underweight can interfere with ovulation.

Avoiding stimulants, such as coffee, tea or caffeinated drinks, as they over-stimulate the adrenal glands, leading to an excess of hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, which can interfere with menstrual cycles and ovulation.

Body cleansing is also a vital part of boosting the fertility and getting rid of the toxins that interfere with hormonal balance and fertility. A herbal body cleanse, such as a “Body Cleanse Kit” should include kidney strengthening herbs, to provide the body with enough energy to reproduce. A liver cleansing program to strengthen the liver and help it to break down excess hormones is also important, as is parasite and heavy metal cleansing.

Taking a food-based nutritional supplement to enable the body to absorb the maximum amount of nutrients. These supplements provide your body with the vitamins and minerals needed to strengthen the reproductive organs, nourish the developing egg and provide the body with enough energy to reproduce.

Taking antioxidants to stop free radicals from damaging cells, including the cells of the ovaries, follicle, and egg. Antioxidants also used to reverse aging, when combined with the right diet and nutritional supplements. To get the best benefit from antioxidants, they should be extracts of superfood fruits and vegetables, such as “AntioxiPlus” or you can eat large quantities of these antioxidant fruits.

Hormone balancing, which includes taking herbal remedies to lower FSH levels, balance estrogen and progesterone levels, regulate menstruation and assist the body in ovulating naturally. There are many herbal remedies for fertility on the market, but the one that I use personally with my mature mothers is “FertilPlus”, which is completely organic, and does not contain pesticide treated ingredients, like other herbal remedies.

Reducing stress levels, as stress accelerates aging, and is a major cause of unexplained infertility. You can do this by listening to brain-wave audios that put the brain into a deep state of quantum relaxation, that only years of meditation can achieve. It is only when your brain is completely relaxed that your body can also relax and focus on healing itself.

It is also vitally important to stimulate the flow of blood to the ovaries, so that they become more responsive to FSH. This can be easily done with Chinese Fertility Massage and acupressure techniques, which you can do effectively on your own. Fertility Yoga is also an effective way of improving the health of the ovaries, and of increasing blood flow to all of the reproductive organs.

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Penis Health and Nude Sunbathing: A Testosterone Booster?

Many men are avid fans of nude sunbathing, taking pains to ensure proper penis health by keeping the organ covered in a good, effective sunscreen. The pleasures of nude sunbathing are many, and as long as appropriate penis care is practiced, it can add an extra element of fun and freedom to one’s beach or backyard experience. And interestingly, there may be a testosterone benefit associated with tanning in the nude as well.

Testosterone

Testosterone, of course, is the male sex hormone and something about which men often have concerns. While few men ever actually know what their exact testosterone levels are, most men want to make sure that they are on the high side.

That’s understandable. In popular culture, high testosterone levels are associated with true manliness: a hairy chest, bulging muscles, a sperm-filled sack and a massive penis always standing erect and ready for action. While the truth is that there is not quite such a direct link between the hormone and these attributes, testosterone nevertheless plays an important role in both physical development and sexual issues, including the sex drive.

Sunlight

Sunlight is of great importance to the continued health of any individual, male or female. In men, sunlight can play a role in increasing the amount of testosterone produced by the body. This is one of the reasons that ancient Greeks used to exercise outdoors in the sun. While an indoor gymnasium has its advantages, the lack of sunlight is a definite detriment.

When bare skin is exposed to sunlight, there is a definite increase in testosterone production. One study found that exposure to sunlight on the back increased testosterone production by about 120%.

Even more impressive, exposure of the genitals to sunlight increased testosterone by 200%. (That might be one reason so many erections pop up on a nude beach – that and the presence of shapely nude women, of course.)

Add in some exercise

If a guy really wants to get the testosterone levels climbing, he should consider combining exercise with his nude sunbathing. Vigorous exercise also stimulates the process by which testosterone is produced, so engaging in a naked workout outdoors should have even more of a benefit.

One can bring weights to the beach if one wants, but it may be easier to just engage in more sports-like activities. A game of nude volleyball or bare basketball can get the job done and be much more enjoyable. (But do remember, men: you’re playing without an athletic supporter, so be careful.)

Another activity that can be entertaining is nude yoga. This has become more and more common in recent years. It’s worth investigating if any practitioners are in one’s area and if there is a clothing-optional outdoor space where a class could be held.

Take care

Remember, the direct exposure of the penis to sunlight results in the testosterone boost. This means that a man needs to go the full Monty to derive the maximum benefit. This also means that a man needs to limit the amount of time that the penis is exposed to sunlight without sunscreen. If the penis is making its nude sunbathing debut, lathering on sunscreen regularly is essential. If it has a bit more experience in being exposed, a man can parcel out a bit of screen-free penis time – but he must be careful not to overdo it!

Nude sunbathing can help boost testosterone levels, but it also exposes just how good one’s penis health practices are. That means men who are going natural should regularly use a first-class penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil), especially if they are prone to dry or flaky penis skin. A crème that contains a combination of natural moisturizers (such as Shea butter and vitamin E) can provide the hydration to deal with common dermatological issues, making the rod appear shiny and smooth. If a persistent odor clings to the penis even after washing, a crème formulated with vitamin A can do the trick. That vitamin is equipped with antibacterial properties that attack rank member order. Employ that crème to help one’s manhood make an impact on the beach.

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Healthy Body and Healthy Mind Lead to Good Life

A healthy life is important to lead a good life. Our health is like a wall pre-requisite to draw a picture. We are the architect of our own health. Either we prevent being unhealthy or cure the damage already done. Physical fitness is very vital. Fitness is a relative term. A sprinter should have a different degree of fitness as compared to a music teacher. There are many more dimensions one can bring to define fitness. Depending upon the required level of fitness, one should take appropriate steps.

More than five billion people live in this world. The body constitution of each one of us is different. The calories needed for every individual is different. There is no one common prescription for everyone in this world. Let us take few examples. The energy level needed for a professional designer is different from a taxi driver. To prescribe a labourer to grab a cereal bar for breakfast is ridiculous. My dad’s friend, a chain smoker died at the age of 83! Believe me, I observed him leading a healthy life. I am not recommending you to smoke to live a healthy life. I try to drive home the point that you should not get carried away by exciting information that is available around you and go overboard to apply in your daily life also. That is dangerous to a healthy life.

While we cannot have five billion suggestions for physical fitness and healthy life, we can identify common needs for all of us. Whether you are an Olympic champion or an office clerk; a celebrity or a hair dresser, only three appropriate steps have to be taken by you. Look at your eating habit, physical fitness exercise and exercise for the mind. You can build further with many bolts-on to achieve laurels in life.

We can use our common sense to lead a healthy life. It does not require great knowledge about science or medicine or physical exercise. Leave that to the specialists. We are all aware that food is very important for sustenance. Our body is a mysterious workshop containing various machines. Food is its input. The machine processes the food and provides energy to the body to do our daily life activities. If the input to the machine is more than its capacity to process, obviously the machine will break down. If the quality of input to the machine is not conducive to the construction of the machine, again the machine will collapse. Apart from the quality and quantity of intake, we should pay attention to timing. There is a saying. I am sure all of us know this. We should eat breakfast like a prince. In the after noon, we should eat lunch like a king. In the night, we should eat meal like a beggar. The digesting power during the night is very poor. Also there is no physical activity involved in the night when we sleep. So allow the stomach t be half filled. Have your dinner couple of hours before going to bed. When we wake up in the morning, if we take a glass of water, it helps for the body to hydrate to prepare for the day’s job. How we cannot start our car with 4th gear, the same way we should consider our body. After 10 hrs of empty stomach when we break the fast, we should start with simple and easily digestible food. Basically we should start with first gear and move on. In my view, to have physical fitness, 3 times of intake – morning, afternoon and night is sufficient. Perhaps refreshment between lunch and dinner can also be incorporated. The key driver is to scrupulously follow the routine timing of intake. This is a good recipe for a healthy life.

Our stomach is the origin for all our ailments. Even the main reason for bad breath originates from the stomach only. If we do not take care of our stomach and brush our teeth with costliest tooth paste and wash our mouth with most expensive liquid mouth wash, the bad breath will not vanish. We should keep our stomach clean by taking appropriate quantity, quality of food in routine timings. It is easier said than done but not impossible. You know who is the culprit? It is our tongue. If we pay heed to the taste, then we would not be able to control the quantum. It does not mean that we should not enjoy the taste. In fact the tongue contributes to a great deal for healthy life. When we enjoy food, we feel good. Feeling good is a sign of healthy life. If someone asks you to take only green vegetables to have physical fitness, there is no difference between us and herbivores. But the trick is not to cross the limit of moderation. That will be counter productive. Give importance to the taste but be careful. We should eat to live and not live to eat.

Many of us believe that being slim leads to a healthy life. One of my friends is slim but has cholesterol. It is a wrong notion. The body structure of each one of us is different. An elephant should not try to become a horse. Nature has created that way. What is important is to prevent becoming over weight or obese or under weight. If the damage is done, consult specialist to get back on track. Do not perform any physical fitness exercise without the proper guidance of a physical education expert. Sometimes you are the expert of knowing your own do-s and don’t-s. The first day when I went to learn Tai Chi, Chinese version of Yoga, the master told me to rotate my neck clockwise and anticlockwise as a warm up exercise. However I was earlier told by my orthopedic surgeon not to rotate my neck to recover from a type of spondylities I had. What was good for others did not suit me. There will be many such situations where we should use our wisdom. Especially we have to be careful on physical fitness exercise.

Life is a series of experiences. If our experiences are good we say the life is good, otherwise we say the life is bad. Mind determines whether an experience is good or bad. Healthy life is achieved by the combination of healthy body and healthy mind. Mind does not exist in our brain. Mind is a subtle matter manifests in our astral body between our soul and physical body. The food we eat is converted into energy by the blood and the finest particles of food reach the subtle mind and then to still subtler intellect. While healthy food definitely supports for a healthy mind, nevertheless exercise to the mind is also very important to have a healthy life. Yoga is considered to be one of the best forms of giving exercise to the body and mind. A branch of Yoga has physical fitness exercise also. Meditation is another form of giving healthy exercise to the mind. These have to be practiced with the help of specialists. This is the body-mind-intellect complex. A simple but effective understanding and application of the above will go a long way to attain a healthy life.

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Milk Thistle Benefits – How This Herb Can Help Women With Lumpy Breast Tissue

If you are one of those women who are plagued with lumps in your breasts, you’ll know how worrisome it can be at times. Of course it’s always really important to get any lumps checked out by your doctor. No question. But what we’re talking about here are those benign lumps which can come and go with your monthly cycle. So in this article we’re going to take a look at how milk thistle benefits women with lumpy breast tissue.

I happen to be one of these women, too and so I know what it is like when you are routinely checking your breasts as advised and suddenly find that there is a new bump somewhere. This happened to me again a few weeks back, and despite the fact I have this history, I was still really upset so I went off to have it checked out and put my mind at rest. Yes, it was nothing abnormal. Which was a relief.

But the doctor did point out that I had severe lymphatic congestion which accounted for some unpleasant swollen lymph nodes, tiredness and irritability. Well, I knew it was time to go back to my old herbal remedy. And that’s what I want to share with you today. It’s milk thistle.

Not many women know about this amazing plant and what it can do for you. Did you know milk thistle benefits include relieving symptoms of congested lymph?

This plant is renowned for its ability to regenerate the liver and protect it from toxins. But little is known about how it supports the lymphatic system to transport toxins back out through your blood stream to cleanse your body. When this isn’t working properly, your skin can erupt with all sorts of complaints including acne and boils. You can feel very depressed and out of sorts. And the lymph can build up in all sorts of places. With me this has always been in the breast tissue.

So taking this herb on a daily basis is key to reducing those lymphatic blockages we can feel as lumps. I have been doing this again for about 3 weeks and already I have noticed a big difference. In order to support this process I do daily yoga stretching exercises to help shift the energy and keep my bodily fluids flowing. And something else you might want to do is pour yourself a lovely warm bath and fully immerse yourself in it for a while. Switch off to everything else and fully relax to heighten the experience.

Now, I’m actually killing two birds with one stone here because the milk thistle benefits are many. This powerful herb is also protecting my liver, cleansing it and helping to promote new liver cell growth. And my liver does so many jobs, it’s a miracle that it manages to keep up with its tasks. If your liver doesn’t function properly, you can get seriously ill. Nurturing it with herbs is one of the best things you can do.

But in order to fully enjoy the benefits of milk thistle you need to make sure that it is standardized to contain at least 70 – 80% of its active compound silymarin. This is the ingredient that brings about the medicinal benefits. Now, as with every form of cleansing and detoxing, you have to make sure that you drink large amounts of water to flush all the toxins that get released out of your body. Otherwise they will build up and you can end up feeling really ill.

A really good way to take advantage of milk thistle benefits is to take them combined in a quality nutritional supplement. Ideally with a selection of other herbs that cleanse and support your immune system to enhance your feeling of well-being. Choose a form that is specifically suited to your needs. If you’d like to read more about the benefits of nutritional supplementing, you can read some detailed information on a brand I recommend on my website.

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Women’s Clothing – Today’s Fashions

Today’s women’s clothing are a line of ultimate representation of a woman’s body confidence that will make her all the more stylish and glamorous. Find about the lessons of women’s clothing and the cardinal rules of dressing up in relation to your body shape as you read on.

1. The Summer style

The heat is on! Pull on your khakis and that plain shirt. – oooh, don’t even try to. Plain tees are too boring to beat the heat. Get load and do it through colors. Summer is all about kooky pattern mixes, wild and exotic colors. Try on some batiks or embroidered fabric tops, uniquely patterned skirts or clothes that are rich in colored pretty ruffles. If you want to still stick with your jeans, pair it up with off-the-shoulder tunic as a cover up.

2. The Simple but elegant style

Dressing up sexy does not always mean micro mini skirts and super tight tube tops. Try on some sassy classic look. Make it loose, not tight. Full-skirted, not gripping. Flatter the looseness of a longer, full-skirted dress that will go with your height and don’t be afraid to stand out. Skinny and tall women will look good on belted dresses with stiff pleats that are so forties look.

3. Cheer up style

Who says only the kids can dress sweet and funky? Deduct 8 to 10 years your real age with colorful, swooshy dress that will make you feel dancing the Mary Poppins’ way. It’s okay to dress sweet and funky as long as you know where to wear it and the right accessories to go with it.

4. One of a kind find

The perfect way to make a fashion statement is to try on women’s clothing that are hot and would seem uniquely yours. Floral and metal studs are classic embellishment combos to the unusual fabric.

5. Shape up!

Covering up isn’t flattering. And broad expanses of fabric emphasize body shape and size. Bare backs, knee-length or shorter skirt, v-neck tops and three-quarter sleeve t-shirts will help you show off some shape. The most flattering with women’s clothes are straight leg or boot cut jeans that will sit on your hips, your waist or just below your hip bone. And remember, that full, round shapes on top and bottom will make you look a bit more round.

6. Red alert!!!

In every women’s clothing diary of style, Red is a classic color that has never bored anyone. It embodies power, bold confidence and certified trickery for figure-flattering because of its deeper-hued incarnation. Also, it has an amazing power to absorb light and conceal darkness.

7. Wear Black when you’re in doubt.

True enough, black makes everyone look slimmer. It is the safest color to be in. Take note of this, black will never fade in the language of fashion, especially in with women’s clothing.

8. Look great in a shift

Shift dresses has a slimming effect because they are constructed with darts at the bust line and seams that enhances curve and waist-shape. Most shift dresses are either knee length or shorter. But both lengths give the same universal slimming effect.

There you have it. I hope I do gave you some useful tips and lessons on women’s clothing. So, dress and feel good at any size!

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