Thursday, June 26, 2008

It Ain’t So Sweet

Sweet Killer: Sugar… It Ain’t So Sweet!

Sugar, especially in its refined state, has many detrimental effects on the body. First and foremost, it is highly acid-forming. This means that sugar consumption throws off your pH balance so that your blood and other important become more acidic. The more acidic your body becomes, the greater the likelihood for disease to flourish. It’s no wonder that research has linked sugar consumption to cancer, hormonal disruptions, arthritis, osteoporosis, obesity, diabetes, cataracts, and many other degenerative diseases.

Refined sugar is one of the worst poisons you can put into your body. It is known to compromise the immune system response for between 4-6 hours, lowering the body’s natural defenses and making less capable of fighting harmful pathogens.

The manner in which sugar is processed exacerbates the problem. More than 60 chemicals are used in the processing of natural sugarcane’s thick beige stalks into the fine, white granular table sugar that we’re all to familiar with. Many of these chemicals, including bleaches and deodorizes, are still present in the product [Read more]

Recreational Singing May Make You Live Longer

Professor Graham Welch, who is the Chairman of Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London has studied developmental and medical aspects of singing for more than three decades said not so long ago that health benefits of good singing are both physical and psychological.

Singing has physical benefits because it is an aerobic activity that increases oxygenation in the blood stream and it exercises major muscle groups in the upper body. Singing has psychological benefits because of its normally positive effect in reducing stress through the action of the endocrine system which is linked to our sense of emotional well being.

Psychological and emotional benefits are also pretty evident when people sing together as a group because of the increased sense of community bonding, belonging and shared recreation pursuit.According to a research conducted by leading singer cum singing teacher, Helen Astrid from The Helen Astrid Singing Academy in London, regular vocal cord exercises are also thought to prolong life [Read more]

6 Proven Ways to Teach Your Child About Money Matters

Cater to the child’s age group when teaching about money. Consider a child’s age when discussing money matters with him or her. Toddlers and preschoolers can learn about money by doing tasks such as sorting coins. They can also be taught about how money can be used to get “things.”

Teach how to save for a rainy day. After a child starts earning money, open a bank account for any income that he or she earns. When the child becomes four-to-five-years old, help them to open their own account in Amish Homes County Ohio or whatever county you live in. After the child saves a sufficient amount, it’s best to invest the money in ways that will earn more interest, such as cash deposits, stocks, or IRAs for children.

Teach children about credit and debt. Today, more and more people in society are falling into serious debt. So it’s important that children realize that indeed, money doesn’t grow on trees. It’s limited, and they should learn how credit cards really work. Games such as Monopoly Jr. teach your kids about purchasing power [Read more]

Toning Your Muscles Electrically

Electronic muscle stimulators are not a new technology. Professional athletes looking for a competitive edge and body builders looking for that extra sharpness to their physique have been using them for years. However, an EMS device can be of practical use to everyday people who want to keep up a fit form simply from the comfort of their living room or home gym. In particular, people who are physically disabled, in physiotherapy or who just need results to appear quickly can benefit greatly from what an EMS has to offer.

Electronic muscle stimulators are not a cheat or a new fangled quick-fix. They were developed over forty years ago in England for enhanced athletic performance as well as for everyday functions in beauty salons, health spas, hospitals, and physiotherapy clinics. Their use has been permitted by the International Olympic Committee for athletes since the early seventies. Through an array of soft rubber pads, gentle electronic impulses stimulate muscle groups into relaxing and contracting. Most electronic muscle stimulators come with a chart or a guide to the optimal placement of the pads to work out specific muscle groups [Read more]

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