Thursday, September 22, 2011
I had such a nice start to the day. My hubby came home early from his shift on midnights so he was downstairs watching TV when I came done. We had a nice hug and chat while I made my lunch for work and then he said he would drive me so I could get work earlier (and have a longer workout). We haven't seen each other much lately with all the stuff going on with the kids so it was so nice. I am so grateful for having such a wonderful husband and friend and I am so happy I said yes so many years ago. He is one of the reasons I work out so much and eat healthy, , want to look good and be healthy for him as well as me.
I hope you all have a great day too, I am sure glad it's Thursday. Make good choices today! Enjoy the last day of summer!
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Life's a Mess
A poodle and a collie were walking down the street. The
poodle turned to the collie and complained, "My life is a
mess. My owner is mean, my girlfriend is having an affair
with a German shepherd, and I'm nervous as a cat."
"Why don't you go see a psychiatrist?" asked the collie.
"I can't," replied the poodle. "I'm not allowed on the couch."
From email from Round Table
Hope this made you smile! Have a great day! Donna
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Next time you want to sweeten your oatmeal, should you use molasses, or brown sugar? If you're watching your waistline, the answer may be molasses.
In a recent animal study, researchers discovered that adding molasses extract to the diet could help keep both body weight and body fat under control.
In the study, scientists fed two groups of test animals the same high-fat diet, adding 4 percent molasses extract to just one of the groups. At the end of 10 weeks, the molasses group had lower body weight and lower body fat than the other group. It doesn't appear that the molasses extract decreased hunger -- both groups continued to eat the same number of calories. But the researchers speculate that molasses may reduce the amount of calories the body absorbs and that the polyphenols in molasses may somehow help reduce body fat. (Related: Find out what three health risks you can reduce with one sweetener switch.)
More study is needed in humans to determine whether molasses has any weight loss benefits for people. But scientists are hopeful. And in the meantime, molasses as a sweetener has plenty of attributes going for it. This byproduct of sugarcane not only is chock-full of disease-fighting polyphenols but also is a good source of iron and calcium. Ready to use molasses in new and different ways!
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Y awning is something we mostly stifle—after all, it can be embarrassing to yawn in front of someone. It’s as if we are announcing that we didn’t get enough sleep or, worse, that we’re bored. It’s a shame—because researchers have discovered that the humble yawn is a major contributor to mental alertness... keeps our brains properly cooled (literally)... and helps us to shift from one activity to another, even to adjust from one time zone to another. For example, yawn soon after awakening to rev up your brain for the day or at night to help calm yourself down and promote sleep. To find out how to consciously use yawning as a tool to make life better, High Energy for Life turned to Patt Lind-Kyle, a psychotherapist based in Nevada City, California, and author of Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain (Energy Psychology Press).
THE SCIENCE OF THE YAWN
Most people believe that we yawn to bring oxygen from the air into the body, but that’s wrong, said Dr. Lind-Kyle. She calls yawning an "exercise for the brain" based on the growing number of studies that have found that it facilitates mental efficiency. Yawning does its magic by literally forcing extra blood directly to the brain. When you yawn, your facial muscles broadly contract and then relax, and this action pushes oxygen-rich blood into the brain’s prefrontal cortex, the location of the "executive function" that covers planning, organization, decision-making, personality expression and many other crucial activities.
The yawn also sends blood to stimulate an area called the precuneus, which is involved in consciousness, memory and motor coordination. A study conducted a few years ago at State University of New York-Albany found that performing difficult mental tasks, such as processing lots of information, actually increases brain temperature. Though we’re all familiar with the way ongoing mental labor can trigger yawning, it’s not because it is tiring. The blood that the yawn sends to the brain helps to curtail the brain’s rising temperature. This, in turn, helps to maintain mental efficiency. Interestingly, both yawning and body thermoregulation seem to be controlled by the same area of the brain, the hypothalamus.
HOW TO BRING ON A YAWN
We think of yawns as automatic, but it’s surprisingly easy to make yourself yawn...
Focus thoughts on yawning. Yawns are not only contagious from person to person—even thinking about a yawn can help trigger one, said Dr. Lind-Kyle. Close your eyes and picture a yawn, or say the word "yawn" repeatedly to encourage one.
Fake a yawn... or two... or three until a real one sets in. Dr. Lind-Kyle said that she generally gets a real yawn after one or two fakes, but however long it takes, stick with it—it will happen.
Consciously slow your breathing. The decreased oxygen may help trigger a yawn—flaring your nostrils as you breathe in may make this happen faster.
And finally, the best yawn is one you fully experience, Dr. Lind-Kyle said. So go all the way—open your mouth wide, scrunch your face fully, and take a deep, full breath. Just be ready to explain yourself if you’re in company!
PUTTING YOUR YAWNS TO WORK
Now that we know that yawning can increase our efficiency in a number of areas... how can we take better advantage of this? Here are some situations in which Dr. Lind-Kyle suggests adding a yawn...
To stimulate better thinking. When you are preparing for an exam, a presentation or an important conversation, you can enhance your performance by yawning several times first. During an exam, don’t be shy about yawning when you find yourself losing focus or starting to stumble in your thoughts—it will help.
To reduce jet lag and reset energy levels. At 20 weeks gestation, fetuses start to develop a wake/sleep pattern and as part of the process, they yawn... a lot. Dr. Lind-Kyle said that we can consciously use yawning to help reset our wake/sleep patterns, including when suffering jet lag. To start, yawn five times or so as soon as you get off the airplane. When you’ve experienced how well this refreshes you, Dr. Lind-Kyle said you may soon begin to do it intuitively—you’ll find yourself yawning whenever you feel yourself starting to drag. She said that yawning can be used in this manner to help you acclimate to high altitudes and to reset your energy level as you switch from one activity to another, such as from sleep to wakefulness.
To improve your mood... and, possibly even your relationships. Yawning is associated with increased levels of dopamine, the neurotransmitter released from the hypothalamus that is associated with pleasure, motivation and sociability. Dr. Lind-Kyle said that when two people yawn together, it can help diminish tension in the relationship. If nothing else, a shared yawning session should make for a few ice-breaking laughs.
For relaxation. Curiously, although yawning serves to stimulate the brain, a deep yawn and wide stretch also relax the body. Dr. Lind-Kyle, who leads meditation classes, always starts with a healthy yawn, which she says gets people relaxed quickly. She said that bringing on a few deep yawns at bedtime may help you get to sleep.
Yawn away! Have a great day everyone!
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thermography is a high technology tool that specifically measures inflammation in the body. This test is particularly good for assessing active areas of cancer cell formation. It is more effective and is significantly less invasive than mammography.
Research has shown that the major mechanism involved with all degenerative disease is inflammation. Most medical testing searches for disease processes that have already developed. They are looking downstream to the effect rather than upstream at the underlying cause. More advanced health care practitioners use instruments and technology that search upstream for the cause of physiological abnormalities in the body.
Thermography is a scanning device that measures your body surface temperature and presents the information as a digitized image. This tool makes a digital map of your body and very accurately illustrates heat patterns. These patterns may detect some abnormal condition such as cancer cell growth or active infection.
Mammograms look for anatomical changes in the breast such as masses or lumps. Thermograms analyze for vascular changes in the breast. Increased blood into certain regions of the body increases the heat of that region. Areas of inflammation, cancer cell formation and active infection have elevated circulation. Thermal imaging has a great ability to detect subtle physiological changes that accompany pathology.
The body should naturally have thermal symmetry. Areas of asymmetry can indicate problems and are analyzed specifically for underlying pathology. Cancer cells divide very rapidly and demand increased blood flow and nutrient delivery. The metabolic processes in the body cannot differentiate between cancer cells and healthy cells. This results in increased formation of blood cells around these active cancer cells.
Thermography picks up this abnormal blood supply well before the cancer gets large enough to be noticed as a lump on a breast exam. Thermography can see cancer formation at the size of 256 cells, roughly the size of a pinhead. Mammograms can`t detect cancer until there are roughly 4 billion cells clumped together. It is estimated that thermography can detect cancer formation 6-10 years before mammography can identify a tumor.
The breasts do not normally generate much heat. Healthy breasts appear purple during a thermographic exam. This indicates very low heat levels. Red, orange, or yellow spots that appear during a breast thermograph may indicate the presence of cancer and should be analyzed more closely.
Thermography has been studied in detail for over 30 years. The data base is over 250,000 women that have been included as study participants. These large, long-durational studies have shown an average sensitivity and specificity of 90%. The studies show that a persistent abnormal thermogram carries with it a 22 time higher risk of future breast cancer.
Unlike mammograms, thermograms emit no harmful ionizing radiation. Mammograms are one of the more dangerous medical tools due to the very high amounts of ionizing radiation. Thermograms use infrared technology that is completely safe. They also do not compress the breast tissue like mammograms. This compression that takes place during mammograms can cause cancer cells to break off and to create a malignant spread through the blood stream.
The first session one receives provides the baseline reading. Many practitioners call this the `thermal signature.` A second reading is typically recommended 3 months later to test for any changes. After these initial 2 patterns are analyzed the patient is recommended to receive yearly thermographs to detect any subtle changes in vascularity and blood flow dynamics.
Thermograms are a very reliable and accurate tool that provide precise and objective data of thermal information. This information can be used for successful diagnosis, treatment, & prognosis. They are quick (15 minutes), non-invasive and completely painless.
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