The Benefits of Deep Breathing

Deep BreathingWhen we were born, we knew how to breathe correctly. We instinctively knew to breathe deeply. Our breaths were rhythmical and relaxed. At the time of our very first breath, we knew what to do.

Somewhere along the line we forgot how to breathe deeply. We may have been frightened, stressed or shocked. We may have panicked and our automatic response was to breathe quickly into our chests. Over time this became our new habit. When I look around a yoga class, I see most people are shallow breathing. But if we do this for a long period of time, we begin to think this is normal.

As you sit at your computer now, notice what your breath is doing. Now breathe deeply. Notice what your shoulders are doing and how your stomach is feeling. Now sit up straight, roll your shoulders back and down. Release any tension in your stomach. Now check in with your breath. Are you breathing deeply into your stomach? This new habit will take effort to maintain at first. Keep checking in with your breath during the day and eventually any tightness in your stomach will reduce.

Shallow breathing means that our organs do not get the same level of oxygen as they do during deep breathing. When you take a long inhale, imagine the air is filling your lungs and expanding your diaphragm. Your intestines are filled with fresh oxygen. If you lay the alveoli out flat (the air sacks in your lungs), they would be the size of a one bedroom flat which is about 450 square feet. Imagine how much more efficient and healthy our bodies would be if we breathed properly!

During shallow breathing, your sympathetic nervous system goes into a state of stress. This informs your body that you are stressed and releases the associated stress hormones. This then creates an imbalance in the body.

Imagine the difference to our health, vitality and energy if we were to breathe deeply everyday. Imagine the positive impact on our performance. Breathing deeply helps your body to perform at its best. It relieves tension, stress and fear. I find that when my breathing is quick and shallow, then my mind is over active. When I consciously control my breathing and aim for deep inhales and long exhales, my mind becomes more peaceful and I am less stressed.

Check how you are breathing now. Are you breathing deeply?

 

Uses Of Essential Oils

Essential OilsEssential oil is a hydrophobic liquid which is generally extracted from leaves, stems and elements of a plant. You cannot consider it as oil because generally oil contains the fatty acids, which are not found in this. Its aromatic fragrance can even help to lift your mood and make you feel refreshed and relaxed. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which make it beneficial in aromatherapy, cleaning, cosmetic and natural beauty products.

From the ancient time, this can be used in traditional medicine and cosmetic products. So before purchasing this, just make sure that the product you are going to buy is certified pure and therapeutic grade. This can be used in many ways, as you can apply it on your skin, diffused in the air, added to your bath, used in aromatherapy, used to add flavor to food and drink and in medical products as well. Some of its uses are as follows.

Use for cleaning home: This oil has various uses and properties which make it all-rounder and highly demanded in the market. Apart from its health or skin benefits, this can be also used to clean your home in several ways. You can use this as a bathtub scrubber, carpet cleaner, use to remove burnt pans, bathroom freshener, fridge purifier, dish cleaner and also helps to eliminate the smell of smoke and so on. Nowadays, this is a must for every household to make their home clean and fresh, and this is the best product to use.

Use for Spa relaxation: Its aromatic fragrance is very helpful to release the stress of your body and mind. You can use this in a lot of ways like as a massage therapy, detox bath, foot bath, yoga and Pilates, sauna therapy, lip balm, body lotion and much more. Its aroma will definitely helps to energize your body and soul.

Use for skin and beauty: This is very skin-friendly and your skin can easily absorb it. You just need to add a few drops in your beauty products to make them skin-friendly. You can also use this oil to reduce wrinkles, strengthen nails, heal dry cracked feet, get natural skin, and for scrubbing your face, remove dandruff and in many more ways.

Use for medicine: One of the major things which attract numerous customers toward this natural oil is that it is traditionally used to get relief from various health issues. You can use this to get relief from migraine, sinus, heal burns, toothache, sunburn and many other diseases.

Healthy Living For Many People

Healthy LivingA lot of people would like to know what it means to live healthy. There are many factors that have to do with this lifestyle as it affects many aspects of us. It is really something that we would be able make sure that you can live a better life before you end up giving up. Sometimes, a lot of people are really able to make sure that they are capable of doing these things. There are many ways to do this.

There are many resources that one may use for this such as magazines or online articles. These have really great ways to see why they need to have this lifestyle and change their life. It’s also a lot of work but one should really know why they need to do this. It’s also imperative that they be able to make sure that they are really doing it for their health. So, make sure that you know what you are looking for and where to find it.

The many aspects of healthy living cover mental, emotional, and of course, physical state which affect our daily life. Many people also realize that there are many things that they can do to keep these improving. The first step is to always acknowledge that you need to address this issue. The next is to figure out ways to be able to change your lifestyle. It’s not easy with regards to the how. However, it is something that a lot of people should be able to at least try.

There are people who even surprise themselves. And that is saying something. That is why it should be something that we pay attention to. There are many people who would focus on one aspect at a time so that they can make sure that they can address each properly. Then, they will start to move towards the next one if they already have a hang of it. These are the things that they do so that they can really address the problems properly. That’s why it is important to take it step by step.

There are also people who are able to make sure that they can adhere to their goals and this means that they will need to have the proper motivation. This is also something that a lot of people would like to go through and make sure that they can really also test themselves. It’s so easy just say that you will do it but the act itself takes time to build on. It’s really something that not a lot of us can be accustomed to. Sometimes, we would like to be able make sure that we even have the right reasons. Given these conditions, make sure that you are on the right track.

Other options involved going for support groups online who you may be accountable to when the time comes. Sometimes, there are people who are shy about being and trying to be healthy which is why they need them. It’s also because sometimes, we may be surrounded by people who do not really think about the stuff that we think about. With the support groups, one can somehow like report to someone to be able to make sure that they are following their own rules. Another great thing is that they can share information easily when they decide to do so.

With these options, it shouldn’t be so hard to live better. The important thing is to start living it and see where it takes you. Make sure that you can do these things and be able to really do so!

How to Know If You Need a Neurologist

NeurologistNeurologists are specialists who are qualified to diagnose and treat diseases of the peripheral nervous system. Some of the most common neurological diseases include: Alzheimer’s – occurs in the elderly, it involves memory loss. Migraine – more common in women, it refers to the throbbing pain on a part of the brain; and Parkinsons – which refers to the trembling of hands and feet, generally occurs in people over 50.

There are some common symptoms of neurological diseases which may indicate that a person requires further investigation. These symptoms include partial or complete paralysis, Muscle weakness, Partial or complete loss of sensation, and Seizures. People may also experience difficulty in reading and writing, unexplained pain, and decreased alertness.

A staggering 5,00,000 young boys in India are suffering from Muscular Dystrophy. This is a group of diseases, generally inherited that occur due to the mutations in the dystrophine gene and even lack of nutrition. This disease leads to the weakening of ultimately, muscle waste. Occurring in young males more, the symptoms of muscular dystrophy usually appear in early childhood. The best life of a person suffering from this disease typically does not exceed beyond late 20s. More noise needs to be made about this disease to spread awareness and notice symptoms early on in kids to start treating the disease.

Contrary to what people believe, Alzheimer’s is another common disease among the elderly above 65 years of age. This disease involves the loss of ability to remember, reason and go about day-to-day activities. As Alzheimer’s progresses, more brain cells die. This is the reason why early detection is vital. Although a cure is yet to be discovered, proper medication and management of the disease can help with the symptoms and support the patient to perform daily tasks.

A recent study reveals that one could prevent any neurological disorders by adopting a healthier lifestyle including exercise. According to the research, exercise slows the progression when it release ‘exercise hormones’ in the brain when a person is exercising. This supports the brain, keeping it healthier and therefore, symptoms protecting the brain from shrinking.

The medical advancements in the field of neurology point in one direction. While exercise lessens the chances of a person to have a serious neurological problem, people should keep an eye open for any unusual health symptoms. A regular checkup with the family doctor will be a safe bet.