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Five Essential Changes For Good Health

There are a few simple changes you can make in your lifestyle that will benefit your health. Simple things tend to have the greatest impact. Adapting and adding these essential five things can help you meet your fitness goals and to live a longer and healthier life.

Drink more water! Water is essential to your body’s health. You extract water from the food you eat, and from the beverages you drink. Nothing you can drink will be as good for you as clean, pure water. Bottled water is an alternative if you do not like the taste of your local water, or you can add filters to your sinks and pitchers for very low cost. The benefits of drinking water though are innumerable. Water is good for your skin, making it soft and clear. Water is good for your blood; it helps keep the balance of chemicals circulating in your blood stream at the appropriate levels. Water is good for your kidneys as it keeps the volume of blood up. If you drink adequate amounts of water your urine will be clear to light yellow and shouldn’t smell strongly. If your urine is dark or very yellow, you need to drink more. Water keeps you hydrated and can help prevent headaches. It can also help your muscles to recover after exercising.

Get in the sun! Sunlight is essential to the formation of vitamin D. Vitamin D is important to your bones. It helps your body absorb calcium. If you don’t have enough vitamin D your bones could weaken and you could be at risk for broken bones. Vitamin D inhibits inappropriate cell division, and can inhibit cancer growth. Vitamin D deficiency is a major contributor to chronic low back pain as well as persistent, nonspecific musculoskeletal pain. Vitamin D helps maintain adequate blood insulin levels, improving health for those with diabetes and preventing it in those who don’t have it. Vitamin D is also important to your heart. Activated vitamin D has been shown to increase survival in patients with heart disease. Getting direct sunlight for 10-15 minutes a day usually fulfills your daily requirement. In our society and during certain seasons sun exposure is less than required. Many people have a vitamin D deficiency without realizing it. Supplementing with a multi-vitamin is suggested.

Sleep! We live in a busy society where we run 24 hours a day. Getting sleep is vital to health. If you get less than your body requires you could be at risk for illness, injury and diseases. Brain function is decreased with insufficient sleep and you could experience muscle aches. Everyone’s individual sleep needs vary. In general, most healthy adults are built for 16 hours of wakefulness and need an average of eight hours of sleep a night. However, some individuals are able to function without sleepiness or drowsiness after as little as six hours of sleep. Others can’t perform at their peak unless they’ve slept ten hours. And, contrary to common myth, the need for sleep doesn’t decline with age but the ability to sleep for six to eight hours at one time may be reduced. Making time for sleep can help you have the strength and energy you need to do your daily tasks and to enjoy a healthy active lifestyle.

Move! Your body was built to move. Activity is important to health and longevity. Those who exercise in some form with regularity have better health, less illness and disease and have a better quality of life than those who are sedentary. Obesity is a risk factor for many diseases, if you exercise regularly your risk for obesity is lessened. Your lungs, blood vessels, bowels, brain and muscles are all able to work more effectively if you get some form of exercise every day. Your heart benefits from aerobic exercise which raises your heart rate and breathing rate for a sustained length of time. Discussing exercise options with your doctor is important for safety and best effect.

Eat a well balanced diet! Make sure your diet is rich in low fat proteins and high fiber whole grains. Vegetables and fruits in a rainbow of colors can help prevent cancer. Plan for 9 fruits or veggies every day, and try to eat some with each meal and snack. Fresh is always best for you. Often it is hard to get all of your nutrition needs in, taking a multi-vitamin is an easy way to guarantee your nutrient intake. If you can’t afford meats, or don’t like soy or beans and rice consider whey protein shakes. It can really help give you the protein you need to build muscle and curb your appetite.

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Utamaro And His Five Woodblock Monuments of Beauty

One of the dominating themes in the history of art anywhere in the world has always been female beauty. Parodoxically, few artists are primarily identified with this theme. A major exeption is the Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) who dedicated is whole artistic life exploring this beauty. He specialized in the posture, the character, the softness of the skin and the grace of the woman and fully utilized the characteristic of the woodblock to obtain the essence of female nature.

The following five bijin (beauty print) designs are among his most acclaimed masterpieces.

Mountain Woman Yamamba (c.1801)

Utamaro designed nearly fifty prints of the mountain woman Yamamba and her son Kintaro (a.k.a. Kintoki) in various settings and formats. This naga-oban (c. 20 3/4″ x 9 1/2″) design is Utamaro’s most well-known print depicting this subject. In this scene the viewer can feel true motherly love from Yamamba as she’s trying to calm the little boy with chestnuts while fondling him as he is holding on to her. The soft colour combination is beautifully contrasted with the strong colours used for Kintaro, emphasizing his health and strength.

Matron (c.1793)

From Utamaro’s five part series Kasen: ko no bu (Selected Love Poems) this okubi-e (bust portrait) design is generally considered the best of the set. The title in the English translation of this print is ‘Love Which One Can Not Put Out in One’s Mind’ and is the depiction of a matron resting her head on her hand. Her eyebrows are shaven, which indicates she’s married, and her eyes are narrowed in a dreamily gaze looking into the distance. In this series Utamaro focuses on the facial expressions of these women using fine lines and soft delicate colors trying to expose their inner feelings.

Red Lipstick (c.1794)

An ordinary woman depicted in a half-kneeling position looking in a mirror which she holds in her hand. She’s applying red lipstick to her mouth after she blackened her teeth. In this design Utamaro proofs his mastery in depicting women wearing everyday clothes placed in an ordinary setting. The subtle contrast between the red lipstick and the white of the skin is a wonderful detail. The black box in front of her contains implements for blackening the teeth.

The Letter (c.1791)

The following print is from Utamaro’s famous ‘Ten Physiognomical Studies of women’ -series and is a study of a noble looking middle-aged woman reading a letter, with her hands outstretched to unfold it. A masterpiece because of its simplicity and superb composition. Some impressions of this design have a pink-mica background instead of silver-mica. The pink was made after the silver.

Utamaro’s Muse Ohisa (c.1792)

This print belongs to the same series as the foregiving one and is probably the most celebrated single bijin portrait in the history of Ukiyo-e. The model of this print is thought to be a daughter of Takashima Chobei who was a proprietor of a tea-house in Ryogoku Yagenbori. It seems that Utamaro often painted Takashima Ohisa (like many other contemporaries) by preference. He also painted Ohisa in the series ‘Six Famous Beautiful Women’, even after her marriage and as the proverb says: “Beauty is often inconsistent with luck”, this pretty Ohisa died young leaving two sons behind.

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Five Things Students Need to Travel Abroad Safely

With summer vacation rapidly approaching, if you’re like many students, you’re pondering the possibility of traveling during the extended break between semesters. The good news is that there have never been more opportunities for students to see the world and, with an ever growing number of get-away choices, there is truly a travel option for anyone who has wanderlust or a taste for adventure.

Of course, you can simply opt for a week or two unwinding with friends at a resort. However, venturing even further to stay in hostels in Europe, to explore the far corners of the world on an eco-vacation, or even to volunteer overseas alongside charities, government bodies, and community organizations might be just the ideal way to spend the summer months.

While traveling abroad can be an incredible opportunity for any student, there are potential health and safety risks to consider. Fortunately, there are strategies to significantly minimize these inherent risks. Here are five key items you’ll need to ensure you have a trouble-free, safe trip:

Copies of airline tickets, itinerary, credit cards, and passport information page

You’ll definitely want extra copies of your important travel documents just in case the originals are stolen. Make copies of your airline tickets, itinerary, credit cards, and passport information page. Leave one copy of these documents with a family member back home, tuck another copy in your bags, and fold yet another copy in a money belt or travel pouch.

Copies of Your Prescriptions

If you’re planning to bring prescriptions or over-the-counter medications on your trip, you’ll first want to find out if they’re legal where you’ll be staying. There are a number of commonly used medications that are prohibited in other countries. To find out if you might have a medication that is considered an illegal narcotic, check with the foreign embassy of the country that you’ll be visiting. A listing of foreign embassies is available on the Department of State’s website.

Carry your prescription drugs in their original bottle that they came in with the drug company label and dosage information. To be additionally safe, also bring a copy of your original prescription or a letter from your doctor. Don’t forget to bring a copy of your prescription for corrective glasses or contact lenses in case you need a replacement.

A Way to Stay Connected

You’ll want to have reliable way to stay connected with loved ones back home while you’re away, and you’ll probably not want to pay expensive roaming charges on your trusty cell phone. An alternative is to use an internet phone provider. Most offer free PC to PC calls and cheap phone calls to landlines and mobile phones. One smart option is MediaRing Talk. They provide a variety of free internet to phone services, including an extremely helpful solution for calling toll-free numbers in the United States from any PC in the world. This can be a real lifesaver when you need to get a hold of a bank, credit card company, or insurance company that only has a contact phone number that can be used domestically.

Covered Luggage Tags

You’ll want to make sure your bags are identifiable in case they get lost. But, you don’t need to advertise your personal details to everyone passing by. To avoid this, put your name, phone number, and school’s address on covered tags. Never use your home address.

International Medical Insurance/Travel Assistance

It’s simply a fact that from time to time accidents do happen. And, they can happen anywhere, including while traveling. Most likely, your existing healthcare coverage doesn’t protect you once you leave the United States. Even if you’re only traveling for a few days abroad, you’ll want coverage for medical care and emergency medical evacuation. There are a number of reputable travel medical insurance providers and coverage isn’t expensive. Make sure to review any plan before you sign up and understand exactly what it covers before you venture away from home.

Traveling can be one of life’s most rewarding experiences, and by implementing these precautionary strategies before you leave, you can enjoy your journey and rest assured that you’ll be prepared for the unexpected.

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Five Ways to Remain Fit and Healthy

Eat the right food – instead of fried foods, have baked or steamed. Include salads and fruits in your diet.

Water – drink lots, clean and boiled.

Walk – try to walk every morning, or anywhere else you can.

Yoga and meditation – yoga is one of the best ways to keep fit and healthy and meditation calms and relaxes the mind.

Clean habits – try not to drink alcohol or smoke.

Eyes are one of the most wonderful gifts given to us. Here are some tips to take care of them.

Have a good night sleep and give them enough rest.

Massage your eyes with almond oil using your ring finger without giving too much pressure.

Refresh your eyes by splashing cold water on them.

Buy good quality cosmetics. Never lend or use other people’s eyeliner, eyebrow pencil, mascara or eyeshadow.

Wear sunglasses while going out in the sun.

Have a good diet consisting of fruit and vegetables. Red, orange, yellow and dark green vegetables, fruit and greens are very good for the eyes.

Make lifestyle changes like giving up alcohol, smoking, avoiding fatty and refined food.

Cover your hair with a scarf or shawl during travel to prevent tangles and to protect your hair from dust.

Always dilute shampoo in a little water and use it. Do not use it directly. Wet your hair first and then apply this diluted shampoo.

Never skip meals as you tend to eat more at the next meal. Do not skip breakfast in particular.

Include a lot of fibre in your diet as it gives a feeling of fullness, thereby preventing you from gorging on fatty foods.

Aerobic exercise like jogging, swimming, cycling and running accelerates weight loss. Consult a physician before starting any weight loss program. Aerobic exercise combined with healthy eating will certainly help in weight reduction.

Use a wide toothed comb to remove tangles and do not comb wet hair. Avoid using a hair dryer to dry your hair. Do not tie your hair tightly. Always use coated rubber bands or soft hair ties.

Mayonnaise is an excellent conditioner for dry hair. Massage your scalp with mayonnaise and leave it for half an hour. Then shampoo as usual. Always rinse your hair well so that no traces of shampoo are left behind.

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How To Rid Yourself Of Negative Diet Habits In Five Easy Steps!

The power of the human mind has been well known to successful people from the beginning of time. Experts of the sub conscious mind, such as hypnotists, have come up with ingenious ways that bypass the conscious mind and speak directly to the sub conscious. Often hypnosis is used to help people achieve their weight loss goals. In this article, I will show you how to do that without any fancy hypnotist or high fees.

The sub conscious mind is the most powerful force in any human being. When you first learned to drive you had to think about every single thing to keep that car driving in the way you wanted to. Gears, mirrors, indicators and steering were constantly thought about. After a while driving becomes a habit. You repeat them so many times that your conscious mind no longer has to think about them. Your sub conscious runs you on auto pilot to carry out the manoeuvres.

So what does this have to do with weight loss? Well by using a concept called “auto suggestion” you can help your sub conscious mind “reprogram” yourself to stick to diets, eat healthier foods, enjoy working out and much, much more.

The reason so many people fail to lose weight is because they program themselves for failure each and every time they try a new diet. Due of bad experiences in the past with shoddy diet programs, they often tell themselves, “This won’t work for me” and give up a few weeks in. Think about whenever you have tried to diet in the past. How long did you stick at? Probably not long enough if you’re honest with yourself.

The technique I am to teach you now will enable you to rid yourself of these negative thought patterns that you are constantly bombarding your sub conscious mind with. You will be retraining yourself to be more positive about your weight loss. In turn you will develop a thick skin that won’t give up whenever a diet does not show instant and massive results.

Your emotions and thoughts are like signals. Whenever you feel bad about weight loss or dieting and have thoughts such as “I’m always going to be overweight” stop what you’re doing and follow these steps.

Step One. Think about what it is that makes you feel you’ll always be overweight. You’ll get an image come into your mind. Maybe it’s of you feeling down about a diet or you in the future and you haven’t lost any weight.

Step Two. Pay attention to this image. This is your unconscious telling you what thought is holding you back in your quest for dieting. This is the image that you consistently put into your sub conscious. You have programmed yourself to think this way and that’s why it is so easy to give up on diets when things get a little tough.

Step Three. Drain the entire colour out of the image. Shrink it and move it into the distance. If it happens to reappear repeat the process. Drain it, shrink it, and put it into the distance.

Step Four. Replace the image with an image of what you really want to be like. Fit, healthy and at your perfect weight. Get emotionally involved with the image. Think of how great it would feel to have lost all the weight you want to. Make it full colour and bring it closer to you.

Step Five. Hold your thumb and middle fingers together when you feel that rush of excitement about the new future you.

This may all sound a little crazy. However, this very cool technique for programming your sub conscious mind. Do this every time you feel a down about weight loss or have any negative thoughts. Before long it will become a habit.

Eventually, you will have created “a mind anchor”. When you press your thumb and middle fingers together, you will get the rush of excitement about your new, slim self. Any time you feel negative about weight loss you put your fingers together and your sub conscious will recognise this habit and use it to your advantage.

Ok. I do understand that this may seem a little “out there”. However, this is based on the science of Neuro Linguistic Programming. This is not some pie in the sky idea thought up by a lunatic. It is based on the science of the mind and it works in reprogramming yourself. Give it a go and stick at it!

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Top Five Tips For Saving Money on Group Health Insurance

As health insurance costs continue to rise by double digits, the increase in premiums is the highest for tiny businesses that offer group health insurance plans. According to the Commonwealth Fund, a Unusual York-based health advocacy group, the health insurance costs for petite businesses are roughly 18% higher than those of sizable business. This is leaving more and more businesses with a choice between two evils: pass on the rate hikes to their employees or do away with the serve altogether. These 5 major tips will go along arrangement toward helping you place money on your health insurance costs. Cutback on coverages This is one of the fastest ways to lop down the cost. You can also offer supplemental insurance to screen any gaps in coverage on the main health policy. Accidental and sickness policies for instance, are relatively affordable and can be combined with a higher deductible health opinion. Offer health savings memoir and high deductible plans By combining Health savings accounts (HSAs) and a high-deductible health insurance plans, you will potentially chop your puny business health insurance costs while giving your employees tax breaks.

HSAs are tax-sheltered accounts that can be conventional toward paying medical expenses, including the insurance deductible. High-deductible health insurance plans have mauch lower premiums than managed care health plans. By combining these two plans, you will set money while retaining primary coverage for your employees. Join a group health insurance plan When you retract in bulk, the product’s costs comes down. Shrimp group health insurance view shroud 2-50 employees and the larger the group, the lower the premiums will be. If you are running a petite firm with less than ten employees, you can partner with other businesses to enlarge your group health insurance thought and lower your rates. Create a health-conscious work ethic and environment

*Limit smoking at work and then work to gradually eliminate it through incentives and health programs.

*Offer healthy drinks at the vending machine.

*Offer incentives to employees to enroll in weight-loss programs.

*Provide workshops relating to safety both at work and at home.

*Institute a policy of zero-tolerance for any drug or alcohol abuse.

*Offer low-calorie food and drinks at company events to do away with the pizza and beer. Make the most of all the available tax incentives There are a number of tax benefits provided to dinky business owners who offer health insurance to their employees. For example, you may be able to deduct the chubby amount of your group health insurance premiums, which may in turn nick your payroll tax. By implementing these tips, you will go along blueprint toward providing your employees with a quality group health insurance belief at a reasonable, cost effective rate to you and your business.

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Five Steps For Better Hair Care

Taking proper care of the hair is very much important for having a better look. Neglecting even a single part of the hair care regimen can lead you to the serious problem of a series of bad hair days. No matter whatever type or texture your hair has and whatever may be its length there are always some common still essential steps that are to be followed for the better growth and the health of the hair. Here follows some steps that should be followed for the better growth and the health of the hair.

1.Providing better nutrition to the hair: Our hair is always in the need of the proper supply of vitamins. The health and growth of the hair greatly depends on the supply of the nutrition that we supply to it. Though our hair is mostly made of proteins still there remains the need of other nutrition other than proteins. Vitamins are much essential for the hair especially vitamin B complex. Besides that vitamins A, C, E are also much important for the hair. For providing the proper nutrition to the hair the is also the need of proper supply of Biotin, folic acid, pantothenic acid and minerals like iron, zinc and silica. Other than that flax seed oil, black current seed oil, kelp, etc. are also good for the hair.

2.Scalp care: Besides providing nutrition to the hair there is also an essential need for taking proper care for the scalp. The scalp has a large part to play in the health of the hair. The root of the hair gets its food supply from the scalp. Therefore it becomes much essential that we take proper care of the scalp. If anyhow the scalp gets damaged the hair is surely to be the sufferer. For better caring of the scalp lets have some more tips.

a. Keep your scalp clean. Which means never let the dust and dirt particles to stay on the scalp. They form a layer on the scalp and hamper the proper circulation of the scalp.
b. Shampoo on every alternate days to keep your scalp clean and tidy.
c. Do not let your scalp get dried up.
d. Avoid using hair dryers as much as possible as they makes the scalp dry.
e. Exfoliate the scalp with a gentle scrub at least twice per week.
f. Massage the scalp regularly. Massaging the scalp helps in proper blood circulation in the scalp promotes hair growth and luster and also sooths the nerves and relaxes the muscles.

3.Shampooing and conditioning: Along with supplying proper nutrition to the hair there is also the need for proper shampooing and conditioning of the hair. Shampooing on every alternate day is essential for keeping the hair clean and tidy. But shampooing often makes the hair dry. Therefore after each shampoo there is a need of proper conditioning of the hair, which will supply moisture to the hair and making it smooth and silky. Conditioning the hair also helps the hair from outside damage.

4.Proper trimming: For the better growth and the healthy look of the hair proper and timely trimming is very much important. If this is not done in time you will have split ends and the hair would look dull and loose its shine.

5.Some other tips: Here follows some extra tips that will help your hair look good and you can avoid hair damage.

a. To prevent damages from tossing and turning try to sleep on a satin pillowcase.
b. Use a boar brush to avoid damage from brushing.
c. Avoid plastic comb and use a wooden one instead.
d. Stay away from hair accessories with metal in them.
e. Use a protein treatment once a week if your hair gets damaged.

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