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10 Ways Exercise Boosts Your Self Confidence

All of us want to feel good about ourselves. When we are confident, we feel better emotionally and mentally and this reflects in a very positive way in our behaviors, and improves our quality of life, everything from personal relationships to our professional endeavors.

Therefore, anything, which can help boost our self-confidence, is good for us. One of the best ways to boost your self-confidence is by exercising regularly. This is not only good for self-assurance but has great health benefits.

So how can exercise boost self-confidence?

Here Are 10 Ways How Exercising Boosts Your Confidence

1. Weight control. Exercising along with healthy eating is the best way to control weight or lose weight. This is all about energy intake and energy burning. Obviously, if you burn more energy than you take in, then the more you will lose weight. Being overweight is a confidence destroyer. Therefore the better shape you are, the better you will feel.

2. Improves mood. There's nothing better emotio…

Body and Soul: How We Actually Build Our Immunity

There is no doubt that a strong immune system is a basic key to the overall health. If your immunity suddenly weakens you are more likely to catch a flue. People whose immune system is very weak for a long time can even die of a flu - or develop serious illnesses including cancer. Take an example: when a woman undergoes a smear test and the results show very small, borderline changes on her cervix, doctors don't panic. She is advised to go home and come back in six months for another test. In most of the cases, the cervix cells come back to normal by themselves. In case the problem persists or gets worse, the treatment is required.

That shows us how our immune system can fight the malicious processes in our body and provide it self-defense. The small changes will appear when the body gets weaker - and there may be many reasons for that. Stress, a sudden life change, season (less sun and more depression in winter), too much pressure at work. When the crisis goes away and we are mor…

Type 2 Diabetes - A Diabetes Diagnosis Is A Warning of What Is to Come

You may find what you are about to read uncomfortable. Depending on where your health currently stands, the following information may add to your list of worries. But it is going to benefit you if it serves as a wake-up call. If you are at that stage, the only motivation to work for you is the kind coming from recognizing your health is not in good shape, and it is bound to decline if you do not intervene soon.

Much of this has to do with Type 2 diabetes. Besides being one of the most common diseases affecting adults and youth worldwide, it is much more deadly than many of us are led to believe. Whereas a condition such as cancer is taken seriously and is recognized as an immediate warning of what may unfold, high and unstable blood sugar levels and Type 2 diabetes does not usually provoke the same response.

Negative feelings aside, when someone is diagnosed with cancer, treatment options are immediately taken into consideration. Anything that can be done is researched and discussed. …

Modified Yoga for Sore Backs

The world doesn't stop for us when we have a sore back. On the contrary, we are prodded to try to keep up. Painful, sore backs are an absolute downer! But modified yoga offers great stretches and better positioning to help your sore back. No, a sore back might not go away completely, and you need to be vigilant about how you move so that you don't compromise your back. I can tell you from personal experience that a painful, strained back, can get better.

One of the instructions for care that I tell each of my clients, is that you have to be consistent in your stretching. Ten minutes of daily back stretch will greatly improve your flexibility and relieve painful backs. It's essential to retrain yourself, to bend your knees, and roll your pelvis and tail bone up towards your navel while standing, sitting or doing your stretches. Do what works well for your back. My back is different from yours, yours is different from your sister-in-law in perfect shape. Before I instruct a …

Improving Your Vision With Green Peas

Peas are a great side dish especially with foods such as mashed potatoes and chicken. One particularly tasty way to prepare peas is to combine them with mushrooms and onions in a delicious creamy sauce. While peas are an appetizing addition to your healthy chicken meals did you know that peas are also good for supporting better eye health? Therefore, here are the eye health benefits of peas for better vision health:

Green peas are a popular vegetable abundant in vitamins, minerals and also phytosterols as well. This sweet vegetable is rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C has free radical fighting properties that relate to protecting the body from infections. This nutrient also guards against inflammation in the body. In terms of additional nutritional coverage peas include Folic acid, Vitamin K, Vitamin A and the Vitamin B complex vitamins such as Thiamine, Niacin and Pantothenic acid. Additional nutrients include Zinc, Iron, Copper and calcium.

Eye Health Benefits: Due to their rich antioxida…

Pratyahara Sense Withdrawal

Pratyahara often seems to be the neglected and misunderstood limb of Patanjali's eight limbed system of Ashtanga yoga. With the other limbs either being more tangible, easier to conceptualise, or so far off we don't even bother, Patanjali's vague fifth limb can be easily overlooked. Patanjali himself only dedicated two sutras to pratyahara in his Yoga Sutras. But, regardless of its obscurity, pratyahara is a very fundamental aspect of yoga.

Different yogic texts and different schools of yoga offer a variety of approaches to pratyahara, but its essential meaning remains consistent. Pratyahara is defined as the withdrawal of the senses or the independence from external stimuli. Focusing on Patanjali's eight limbed system of tanga yoga, Patanjali places pratyahara as the fifth limb and the gatekeeper from the outer limbs to the inner limbs. Patanjali still considers sense withdrawal (pratyahara) to be an outer limb while listing concentration (dharana), meditation (dhyana)…

Reduce Eye Strain With This Rapid Reading Technique

When it comes to caring for your eyes one of the critical factors that you need to take into consideration is relieving stress and tension in the visual system. This is due to the fact that stress, tension and strain in the eyes causes poor vision.Therefore, the key to improve vision health is to eliminate eye strain. Many people express concern about the fact that while reading their eyes tend to feel strained and tensed. There are some eye relaxation techniques that you can put into practice in order to correct this problem. This includes practicing good visual habits while reading. An example of such a technique is to get into the habit of looking up from your close up work for 8-10 seconds for every 20 minute interval. However, there are other eye relaxation eye exercises that are helpful in eliminating this problem. Therefore, if relieving eye strain while reading is a main concern that you have here are some tips that you can put into practice while reading to relieve eye strain…

Improving Your Vision With Copper

When it comes to feeding your eyes the right nutrition a number of various nutrients come to mind. Some of these include antioxidants such as Lutein and Zeaxanthin, Vitamins A, C and E and Zinc to name a few. Some other important nutrients essential in maintaining healthy eyesight also include nutrients such as Bilberry extract. Another important nutrient that your eyes need to stay in shape that is often overlooked is Copper. What exactly is copper? Copper is a vital vision supporting nutrient that plays a role in maintaining health even though it is only needed in tiny amounts to perform necessary functions in the body. Its functions in the body include building strong tissue, maintaining blood volume and supplying energy to the cells in the body. It also helps to maintain a healthy immune system. It is found in the liver, brain, the bones and the muscles. A deficiency in this trace mineral can cause anemia. This nutrient also plays a role in improving and protecting eye health. The…

Sunflower Seeds And Your Vision

Sunflower seeds are an excellent snack if you are interested in supporting your eye health. The vitamin and mineral content of sunflower seeds includes Vitamins A, C and a good source of vitamin E, Copper and Vitamin B 1. Some additional nutrients include Magnesium, Selenium, Vitamin B 6, Niacin and Folate to name a few. These seeds like other nuts are rich sources of the vision supporting nutrient Omega- 3 Fatty acids. Therefore, here are some of the vision benefits of sunflower seeds for eye health as well as those that relate to different aspects of your general health:

Eye Health Benefits: the vision supporting nutrients in sunflower seeds includes Vitamins A,C,E Lutein and Beta Carotene to name a few. Vitamins A, C and E are major antioxidants critical in improving eyesight due to their protective properties in safeguarding eye cells from free radical damage. Sunflower seeds are particularly rich in vitamins A and C. Research shows that people with high antioxidant blood levels we…

Black Magic - Active Charcoal in Your Toothpaste

Activated charcoal or carbon is a component of most water purifying systems. It is charcoal or carbon that is processed to introduce small pores all over its surface area, to make it suitable for adsorption or chemical reactions. Today its use in removing drug toxicity is known as drugs and toxins are supposed to bind to it, while in ancient times, it was used to relieve gastric pains (it is still manufactured by heating charcoal to very high temperatures in the presence of gases to form pores in it).

Some of its known benefits of are:

� Whitening of teeth because it removes impurities and bacteria faster

� Relieving digestive disorders

� Removing drug toxicity in cases of overdose of drugs

� Clears up acne on the skin, so is an ingredient in face washes

� Used in room purifiers as it adsorbs the stale air particles

� Used in water purification systems

� Used in wound care products to remove odors and promote disinfection

� Used in the food industry to bleach edible fats and oils.

� Ingesting i…

Common Tips for Healthy and Beautiful Hair

Beautiful hair adds to one's personality, whereas un-cared for and un-kempt hair can visibly mar it. Besides, healthy hairs reflect one's general health too. Below are mentioned some tips for maintaining healthy and beautiful hair:

Eat nutritious diet - Experts suggest that correct nutrition is instrumental to healthy hair growth and, conversely, many deficiencies correlate with hair loss. A nutritious diet must include enough of fruits, dark green leafy vegetables, beans, whole grains, carrots, low fat dairy products and nuts besides fatty fish like salmon, eggs and poultry. Consumption of red meat should be kept to minimum. A diet that includes all these things will provide adequate quantities of vitamins, anti-oxidants, trace elements and amino-acids essential to hair health.

Have adequate sleep daily - Besides nutritious diet, having enough sleep of 7 to 8 hours daily is essential to hair health.

Avoid stress - Stress can have adverse effects on our body. Stress can lead to h…

Losing Fat or Building Muscle - It's As Simple As High-School Physics

Remember how we were taught 'Energy can neither be created nor destroyed - It can only be transformed'?

"Energy balance refers to the tendency for total energy in a system to stay in equilibrium.

Any difference or delta between total energy input and total energy expenditure, over a set period of time, will change the energy stores of the body by an equal amount."

Mathematically speaking,

Energy Input = Energy Output + Stored Energy

If Energy Input is GREATER THAN Energy Output, then Stored Energy increases.

If Energy Input is LOWER THAN Energy Output, then Stored Energy decreases.

If Energy Input is EQUAL TO Energy Output, then there is NO CHANGE to Stored Energy.

Whew. Easy, right?

So what does this have to do with losing weight or building muscle?

Actually, it has everything to do with it. Your body's appearance - the muscle and fat distribution on your body, is heavily influenced by your state of energy balance.

When your energy input is higher than energy output...