Maintain positive health in the winter – Let’s do it!

MAINTAIN POSITIVE HEALTH IN THE WINTER – LET’S DO IT!

I wrote this post with people who live in parts of the world, where winter is cold, gloomy and bleak in mind. During the winter months, this is the time of year where many are susceptible to being the unhealthiest. While summer yielded endless days of blazing hot sunshine, women unveiled their bikini ready bodies whilst the men displayed their ripped physique.

The impact of summer on health

Summer is the quintessential time for putting our best foot forward. Our clothing shifts into a direction where the entire body is accentuated or exposed. It is also a time of year where people are more body conscious, be it comparing ourselves to the latest hot celebrity or observing the body type of our male or female counterpart(s). This combination of image awareness, soaring temperature and determination to look flawless enforces the notion of optimising good health.

From a psychological aspect, our emotional state elevates during the summer time. We have a tendency to be more sociable, do outdoor activities and frolic. In other words, we become much more motivated. I find it amazing how people (myself included) manage to accomplish more during the sunny days. Continue reading

Before You Ever Let Someone Stick Their Tongue Down Your Throat Ever Again

tongue guide

Tongue colors & shapes. A guide to help you. Photo courtesy of  Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine

People, you need to take your tongues seriously. I don’t mean like the way Miley Cyrus does. I mean she was recently sued for nearly killing someone with it according to a report by Rolling Stones.

What I am talking about is even more serious.  Did you know that you could see how fit or healthy you are just by examining your tongue?

Traver H, Bloem of breakingmuscle.com explains: “TCM believes the tongue is a microcosm of the entire body and will reflect its excesses and deficiencies. Being directly related to the stomach by proximity and availability, the tongue acts as a very good reflection of our digestive systems. If your tongue’s neighbor the stomach is having problems, it’s most likely going to spill over into your tongue’s life.” Continue reading

3 Steps to Successful Stress Management

 

Stressed woman

You can cope with stress if you have the right tools. Image by africa

Previously I talked about “The Crippling Effect of Stress on Your Organs”. We discussed the negative physical effects caused by stress ranging from heart problems to multiple sclerosis (MS).

Managing stress is all about taking charge of your life and your attitude towards dealing with problems.

Today we are going to look at the 3 steps that will help you manage and even overcome stress so that you don’t have to worry about the damage that stress can do to your body.

Step 1: Identify Source of Stress

Young woman pondering

The first step is successfully identifying the source of your stress.
photo by stock images

Let’s face it; identifying the source of stress in our lives is easier said than done. We can easily overlook our own negative behaviour such as stress-inducing thoughts and negative attitudes. Continue reading

3 Healthy Habits You Should’ve Ditched in 2017

 

3 healthy habits you should ditch.

3 healthy habits you should’ve ditched. Image by Apolonia

So 2018 is around the corner and you’ve probably found your journal that has been lying under the bed since 1 January 2017. You have dusted it off and are ready to write down your resolutions for the New Year.  If you are making resolutions for a healthy you, and you are doing one of the following things, make sure one of your resolutions is to ditch them.  Continue reading

The Crippling Effect of Stress on Your Organs

Hooded kid with headache

Stress is much more damaging to your body than you think.
photo by Ambro

We have all heard about how stress can harm us physically. But how many of us know exactly which organs suffer damage and to what extent?

Skin

Some of the most serious skin conditions are caused by stress.  photo by stockimages

Some of the most serious skin conditions are caused by stress.
photo by stockimages

Stress has been linked to major skin problems the likes of which are mentioned below:

  • Acne
  • Blisters
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema and other dermatitis types

Brain

Young man with a headache

Headaches and migraines are the most common symptoms of stress.
photo by stockimages

Stress causes headaches and migraines due to a build-up of tension around the head, neck and shoulder.

Chronic stress stimulates the growth of proteins that might cause Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Continue reading