12:10 PM

Can you imagine completely transforming your body in only 4 minutes a day?

It is possible, and we will confirm that it is both, too good, and still true!

The 28-day Plank Challenge trains the body for strength and endurance, and the slow progression will eventually lead to fantastic effects! This is how to try it and achieve amazing results in just a month!


This challenge should be finished in 4 weeks. Initially, you should hold a position for 20 seconds, and then gradually increase the time. Yet, it is not as easy as it sounds, as planking for 4 minutes in the last phase is not simple at all.

The quick and remarkable effects of this exercise are determined by the position, so you must learn it correctly.

Your elbows should be under the shoulders in order to distribute the weight properly. The spine should be entirely straight, to avoid unnecessary pressure on the back and neck. You should target the core and tighten it. The legs are spread a bit, and you should add no pressure to the hips.

Breathe slowly in order to engage the core completely, and relax the body.

This exercise is a full-body workout, even though you may think it is slightly simplistic. It provides many benefits:

1. Tones the stomach. The exercise uses the core to stabilize the body and carry out the physical demands to maintain the proper position. It engages the stomach muscles, and thus they tighten and toned over time.

2. Increases flexibility. As you work the shoulder and back muscles, the flexibility is boosted, and since the shoulder blades are stretched, you will achieve an improved range of motion.

3. Promotes proper body posture. Good posture is significantly determined by the abs, so planks stabilize and balance the body, and thus straighten the body over time.

This is the plan you should follow during the challenge:

* Day 1 – 20 seconds
* Day 2 – 20 seconds
* Day 3 – 30 seconds
* Day 4 – 30 seconds
* Day 5 – 40 seconds
* Day 6 – Rest
* Day 7 – 45 seconds
* Day 8 – 45 seconds
* Day 9 – 60 seconds
* Day 10 – 60 seconds
* Day 11 – 60 seconds
* Day 12 – 90 seconds
* Day 13 – Rest
* Day 14 – 90 seconds
* Day 15 – 90 seconds
* Day 16 – 120 seconds
* Day 17 – 120 seconds
* Day 18 – 150 seconds
* Day 19 – Rest
* Day 20 – 150 seconds
* Day 21 – 150 seconds
* Day 22 – 180 seconds
* Day 23 – 180 seconds
* Day 24 – 210 seconds
* Day 25 – Rest
* Day 26 – 210 seconds
* Day 27 – 240 seconds
* Day 28 – Until failure


The following video will instruct you on how to do a proper plank, so try it out immediately, and start struggling for the body of your dreams!


Sources and References:
supertastyrecipes.com
healthytipsforlonglife.com
Via: healthyfoodhouse.com

9:34 AM

Experts claim that over 26 million Americans suffer from a kidney disease and every 1 in 3 American adults is has an increased risk of developing the disease.

Medical experts even warn that the situation is extremely alarming, as more Americans die of kidney disease than due to prostate or breast cancer.


Kidney stones are tiny, hard deposits in the kidneys, made of acid and mineral salts. They are formed when the amounts of crystal-forming substances in the urine, such as oxalate, uric acid, calcium, are higher than the amounts the urine can dilute.

The most common risk factors include dehydration, inadequate intake of fluids, lack of vegetables, or excessive consumption of meat.

The conventional medical treatment in the case of kidney stones involves potassium citrate. Studies have shown that lemons have a beneficial property, as they are rich in natural citrate, so lemon juice may effectively prevent kidney stones. Doctors call this method -- the Lemonade Therapy.

The citric acid inhibits the formation of stones and dissolves smaller stones which are about to form a bigger one. In the case of higher amounts of this acid in the urine, the formation of kidney stones is prevented. The citric acid coats small stones and prevents attaching of other materials and forming stones.


Citric acid is found in excessive amounts in limes and lemons. Its pharmaceutical form, known as potassium citrate, is extremely effective in the case of kidney stones, but you should take over 12 tablets a day, and they are really expensive.

The treatment that we are writing about in the article can be easily done at home, and it will enhance the function of your kidneys, and help you remove kidney stones.

All you need to do is to drink half-cup (4 ounces) of pure lemon juice on a daily basis, or 32 ounces of prepared lemonade. In this way, you will consume the needed amounts of citric acid, as if you received the pharmacological therapy.

Mix 2 oz. of lemon juice with 6 oz. of water to prepare this lemonade, and drink it two times during the day, in the morning, and in the evening.

Source: www.healthylifetricks.com | Via: www.healthyfoodhouse.com

6:34 AM

Have you ever wondered why life seems to pass more quickly as you get older?

From Seoul, South Korea, a genius digital artist and illustrator called Stonehouse created a masterpiece. It shows a woman’s life from birth to death in fast motion.


From little infant to an old lady this indeed is a tribute to life and a testament of how fast life goes by. It sends chills down through my spine, as I watch this video and I know my time flies in a blink of an eye, but that’s the beauty and cunningness of life. It’s called the circle of life.

Take special note of her eyes, it will leave you speechless!



Share his hard work and mesmerizing style with all of your friends and family!

This article was republished from simplecapacity.com. You can find the original post here.

10:29 AM

After learning the health benefits of this amazing fruit called quenepa, you will definitely want it to be in your kitchen.

It is popularly known as Spanish lime, and it is extremely effective in treating insomnia and boosting the function of the brain.


It originates from the north of South America, but it also grown in the Caribbean and Central America. It has a delicate, jelly- like flesh, soft, leathery texture, and a hard shell, and people usually combine it with some chilly, lime, and a pinch of salt, as it has a sweet and sour taste.

According to experts, it is a combination of lime and lychee.

Actually, it s popularity in the United States is due to its similarity to limes, but it yellow or orange. It is colorful fruit with a pulp which encloses the seeds.

This miraculous fruit is high in numerous nutrients, such as:

* Minerals;
* Amino acids;
* Vitamin C;
* Protein;
* Vitamins B1, B3, B6 and B12;
* Iron;
* Thiamine;
* Unsaturated fatty acids (oleic and linoleic);
* Riboflavin;
* Fiber;
* Tryptophan;
* Niacin;
* Tannins;
* Calcium;

Due to its high amounts of fiber, this fruit is effective in preventing high cholesterol levels and chronic constipation.

Additionally, it is rich in vitamin A, which prevents the formation of urinary tract stones, and strengthens the immune system. It is rich in phosphorus, which balances the hormones, helps digestion, heals asthma issues, and lowers blood pressure.

It is also high in minerals such as calcium, which strengthens the teeth and bones, and numerous antioxidants which prevent free radical damage and cancer.

Experts claim that quenepa contains a phenolic compound which strengthens the immune system and prevents heart diseases.

This is only a small part of its innumerate medicinal uses, so many people believe it to be one of the healthiest fruits on the planet.

Quenepa also:


* Eliminates parasites;
* Prevents bronchitis and the flu;
* Strengthens the immune system and prevents bacterial buildup in the body;
* Treats and prevents kidney problems;
* Stimulates red blood cell production, preventing anemia;
* Improves the reproductive system’s function;
* Soothes gum infections;
* Prevents and treats urinary and lung infections;
* Reduces high cholesterol and triglyceride levels;
* treats skin issues;
* Treats constipation;

Also, in the case of diarrhea, mix a few roasted quenepa seeds with honey and you will quickly solve the problem.

Due to the high content of important nutrients, this fruit is extremely beneficial for the overall health. Therefore, do not wait and incorporate it into your regular diet as soon as possible!

Source: www.healthyfoodteam.com | Via: www.healthyfoodhouse.com

8:55 AM

Our sweat is a product of the body mechanism to regulate the body temperature, and also to fight infections. A compound is sweat known as dermcidin, prevents the entrance of bacteria into the body and causing harmful infections.


The deodorants and antiperspirants we commonly use actually do more harm as they impede the natural process of sweating.

They block the sweat ducts with toxins they contain, like aluminum, and support the growth and development of bacteria which afterward enter the bloodstream.

In fact, the bad smell is not caused by sweating, but it is a result of the bacteria which has not been destroyed by the dermcidin, as they grow and multiply.

Deodorants are high in dangerous chemicals and toxins which endanger the health and lead to various health conditions, like reproductive damage, Alzheimer’s, and many others.

However, lime us extremely potent in eliminating body odor, and is a completely natural and safe product.

All you need to do is to cut a fresh lime in half, and rub the pieces onto the armpit. Leave the armpits to dry and then put on your T-shirt.

The scent left of the fresh lime will last the entire day, and you will have no stains on the clothes. In this way, you will naturally destroy harmful bacteria and get rid of the bad odor, and you will not just mask it, like when you use deodorants.


A slice of lime can be enough for a few days, so make sure you always keep limes at home.


Sources / References:
David Wolfe
World’s Healthiest Foods
BuffUSA.com
The-Open-Mind.com
PreventDisease.com
Via: Healthy Food House

11:06 PM

Professionally, a nervous breakdown is categorized as a stressful situation that brings about a person’s inability to function normally in daily life. Nervous breakdowns are usually brought on by stress and anxiety when a person feels overwhelmed in some aspect of their life. Work, relationships, and social stress can all be causes of a nervous breakdown.


It’s important to note that a nervous breakdown is a not a medical condition; the name itself is not a medical term. However, it can be a sign that some mental issues need to be addressed and resolved. It’s both your mind and your body’s way of telling you that you’ve reached a limit. Here are six signs of a nervous breakdown you don’t want to ignore.

1. Irregular Heartbeat

A nervous breakdown can be identified through several physical symptoms, but an irregular heartbeat tends to be the most common. During a nervous breakdown, you may feel like your heart is pounding out of your chest, making it hard to breathe. This can exacerbate the problem and make it difficult for you to calm yourself down.

2. Tension Headaches

Stress and anxiety can be the sources of intense headaches.

They have the ability to manifest themselves physically, and our desire to keep everything in causes our bodies to tense up. Eventually, this tension moves to the head and causes pain. If you feel yourself slouching or not walking upright, try to correct your posture and give your neck muscles a break.

3. Irregular Sleep

When you’re stressed out, it can be difficult to get a decent night’s rest. Sometimes, intense stress can cause you to oversleep; you’ll wake up still feeling like you didn’t sleep very well, or you might feel like just staying in bed all day.

Insomnia can keep you awake for hours, wake you up several times throughout the night, or wake you up too early.

4. Upset Stomach

Stress, nervousness, and anxiety can be the root of chronic stomach pains. Your digestive system is directly linked to your mental health, so when it’s not working, it’s most likely because your brain is having trouble working too. Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is trigged by the immune system’s response to excess stress levels.


5. Inability to Concentrate

Another sign of a nervous breakdown is the inability to concentrate. Your mind has been focused on too many things for too long, and now it’s impossible to concentrate on one particular task.

Stress has the power to increase storage space within the brain and help you concentrate, but chronic stress has the power to do the opposite. In severe cases, stress can actually start destroying the brains ability to hold memory.

6. Anxiety

Anxiety is caused by fear, usually intense and chronic. Anxiety makes it almost impossible to see past the current moment due to a feeling or sense of paralysis. Phobias are commonly associated with anxiety because the fear itself causes people to stress out. Prescription medication for anxiety is not unheard of, but it’s always better to try some natural remedies like yoga or exercise before going to such lengths.

This article was republished from dailyvibes.org. You can find the original post here.

8:47 PM

People who manipulate others are among the most self-centered people out there. They serve their own interests, and often at the expense of an innocent victim. Methods employed by manipulators can be characterized as abusive, deceptive, devious, and exploitative.

Though their actions are most certainly malicious, manipulators are often both crafty and intelligent. The act of manipulation involves deliberate and complex thought processes; something that can only be achieved by a person that leverages human psychology to their advantage.


Psychological manipulation is a type of social influence that aims to change the behavior or perception of others through abusive, deceptive, or underhanded tactics. – Harriet Braiker, author of Who’s Pulling Your Strings?

Dr. George K. Simon, a clinical psychologist and world-renown expert on “manipulators, others with disturbed personalities, and their victims,” cite three requirements for successful manipulation:

(1) Concealing aggressive behaviors and intentions.

(2) Understanding the psychological shortcomings of a victim in determining which method will best achieve desired results.

(3) An uncommon degree of ruthlessness; having no apprehension about inflicting harm upon an unknowing victim.

Frequently, due to the clever techniques manipulators use, a victim uncovers their intentions through a simple “gut feeling.” The victim senses something is amiss – a feeling they can’t quite “put their finger on.”

HERE ARE 7 SIGNS SOMEONE MAY BE MANIPULATING YOU:

1. THEY INSIST ON “HEARING YOUR STORY” FIRST

This first tactic is one that many salespeople utilize – and it’s often quite useful; just as a salesman will use “prospecting” to “baseline” your thinking and behavior, manipulators will as well. This is a means of attempting to evaluate any perceived strengths or weaknesses, the latter will be used to give them some kind of “edge” in their manipulative tactics.

A manipulator may do this repeatedly, which opens up an opportunity for you to “turn the tables.” Should you suspect an ulterior motive (or are just uncomfortable), refuse to engage in conversation if or when they prove otherwise.

2. THEY USE “INFORMATION OVERLOAD” IN ATTEMPTING TO CONFUSE YOU

Like some textbook narcissists, smart manipulators will overwhelm you with alleged “facts” (e.g. statistics, data, events) that you may know little about. Similar behavior can happen in sales and other business-related discussions, as well.

Unlike a knowledgeable salesperson, however, a manipulator uses this tactic exclusively for their own gain. They’ll make every attempt to establish credibility through their “expert knowledge,” hoping that they’ll be able to control the situation at their will.

If you’re in this situation, it’s a good idea to use your best judgment or simply walk away.

3. THEY EXUDE NEGATIVE EMOTIONS

Some manipulators may raise their voice while taking when trying to aggressively manipulate someone. Manipulators that engage in this behavior are seeking to get someone to conform to their demands – an ordinary coercion technique for the combative schemer.

When in this situation, it’s best to remain level headed, walk away, or simply “say no” any demands.

4. THEY MAKE YOU FEEL INSECURE – OR TRY TO

Someone that is insecure is often a target for manipulators, as insecurity is perceived as a severe weakness by these liars and deceivers. Manipulators will try different ways of creating a sense of insecurity or inferiority, such as negative humor and sarcasm. They’ll often poke fun at your appearance, work habits, and even your personal life.

If you can manage to resist punching their smug face, that’s step one. Step two is to (confidently) make it clear that this type of talk is unacceptable and unwanted. Or, of course, just get out of there ASAP.


5. THEY WILL “PLAY DUMB” AT TIMES

Professing ignorance is a secret weapon in a manipulator’s arsenal. This is a tactic commonly seen in the workplace, where the con-artist will insist on “playing” dumb – a passive-aggressive technique used to hide something or avoid an obligation. This is similar to how a child will profess inability to get an adult to do something for them they don’t want to do. Sadly, some “adults” do this as well.

Don’t be afraid to call their bluff if you’re confident in your interpretation of their behavior. Refuse to take on responsibilities that are not part of your “job description.”

6. THEY MANIPULATE FACTS

Manipulators are, most often, compulsive and pathological liars. It’s no surprise, then, that they’ll twist the truth in an attempt to gain some type of leverage. They’ll blame innocent people, display biases, exaggerate, “forget” important information, make excuses, etc., etc.

This is perhaps a manipulator’s primary weakness. Even the most shrewd schemer is prone to telling a fib that is found out.

Aside from us respecting their basic humanity, manipulators deserve nothing. Compulsive and pathological liars deserve nothing. As such, you are under no obligation to stand idly by while such people spoon-feed you lies.

7. THEY PLACE UNDUE PRESSURE

Manipulators will apply an excessive amount of pressure on someone in an attempt to get them to make a decision before they’re ready. They’ll often create a false sense of urgency in trying to raise the level of tension. Of course, this is all a sham – a theatrical display with an underlying motive, which is to suppress the victim’s decision-making ability and seize control.

Walk away, run away, or jog slowly in the opposite direction. Refuse to play this type of game.

SOURCES AND REFERENCES:
BRAIKER, H. (2003). WHO’S PULLING YOUR STRINGS?: HOW TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF MANIPULATION AND REGAIN CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE. MCGRAW HILL PROFESSIONAL.
NI, P., M.S.B.A. (2015, OCTOBER 11). 14 SIGNS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL AND EMOTIONAL MANIPULATION. RETRIEVED FEBRUARY 07, 2017, FROM HTTPS://WWW.PSYCHOLOGYTODAY.COM/BLOG/COMMUNICATION-SUCCESS/201510/14-SIGNS-PSYCHOLOGICAL-AND-EMOTIONAL-MANIPULATION
SIMON, G. K. (1996). IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING: UNDERSTANDING AND DEALING WITH MANIPULATIVE PEOPLE. PARKHURST BROTHERS INC.

This article was republished from powerofpositivity.com. You can find the original post here.

6:30 AM
Massage therapy is an extremely calming and beneficial treatment for the entire body, mind, and spirit. According to experts, the emotional and physical benefits of a massage are simply countless.

One of the most useful ones is the foot massage. This therapy applies pressure on certain foot parts, moving or stationary. This massage can be conducted with motion, vibration, or tension.

Both, manual massages, and the ones done with massaging devices are effective the same. Manual massages are done with the fingers, hand, or elbow, knee, or forearm.



Certain points on the feet are directly related to certain body parts, so their stimulation treats and heals issues throughout the entire body.

These are the health benefits of foot massage:


* Stimulates blood flow and the secretion of sweat
* Relaxes the muscles
* Supports the proper function of organs
* Improves sleep
* Treats anxiety
* promotes skin health
* alleviates the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome
* excellent for sex life
* It is recommended that you massage your feet at night, before going to sleep. The therapy shouldn’t last more than 15 minutes, and it is suggested that you do it for 10-15 minutes.

The massage of the big toe will support the health of the brain and lungs, and the other toes are linked to pain, so the massage will help you alleviate and cure various painful issues.

Source: gofitstayfit.com | Via: healthyfoodhouse.com

7:11 PM

By Matt Caron

“One thing and only one thing do I teach, suffering and the cessation of suffering” – Buddha

‘Nirvana’ is one of the most widely used Buddhist words in the world. And while many in the east have a pretty good grasp on what it means, most people in the west have little to no idea what it means at all.


In fact, they largely think it’s the name of the 90’s grunge band! Fantastic band…but…no. Nirvana is the central tenet of Buddhism, the ‘hub’ that holds this powerful and ancient philosophy together.

Liberation

In his first sermon after his enlightenment, the Buddha preached the Four Noble Truths. Very basically, the Truths explain why life stresses and disappoints us, and why we are stuck and struggling like a ‘flame stuck to fuel’. The Buddha also gave us the remedy, and the path to liberation, which is the Eightfold Path.

Nirvana, then, is liberation; it’s the removal of the flame (our essence) from the fuel source (suffering).

But liberation from what?

The answer is “samsara,” which usually is defined as the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. This is the endless cycle of suffering we are all consciously or unconsciously trying to move away from. Buddha’s teachings are not so much a belief system as it is a practice that enables us to stop hitting the walls of a confined existence.

What Happens Next?

So, once we’re liberated, what happens next? First and foremost, Buddha never defined nirvana as a place; rather, it’s a state of existence.


Buddha also said that anything we might say or imagine about nirvana will be wrong because it is so completely different from our ordinary existence. For this reason, it also defies definition, because language is inadequate to define it. Nirvana is beyond space, time, and definition. Pretty crazy right???

The Theravadin scholar Thanissaro Bhikkhu said, “… neither samsara nor nirvana is a place. Samsara is a process of creating places, even whole worlds, (this is called becoming) and then wandering through them (this is called birth). Nirvana is the end of this process.”

So in other words, it’s a return to our natural state of being.

How do We get There?

The path laid out by Buddha is relatively simple, but profound. By following the Eightfold Path with deep meditation, nirvana can come to you while living. This is the promise of Buddha’s teachings.

And while the path isn’t necessarily easy, it’s certainly rewarding — not just for yourself, but others as well.

This article was republished from blog.sivanaspirit.com. You can find the original post here.

12:13 AM
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One of the most important things you can do to relieve lower back pain is stretching. Stretching allows your blood to circulate to muscles that cause lower back pain.  Here are 4 stretches that you can use to relieve lower back pain.


1. Supine Hamstring Stretch

Lay on your back and place a strap or rolled-up towel around the ball of your foot. Holding the towel or strap at each end, and straighten your leg toward the ceiling. Use your hands to pull your leg backwards towards your chest. Hold for 3-5 minutes and then switch legs and repeat for another 3-5 minutes.

2. Two-Knee Twist

Lay on your back, and bend your knees into your chest. Keeping your back flat against the floor, straighten your arms out to the sides like a T.  Keep your knees together and lower them to the right side of your body, keeping your back flat on the floor.  Hold for 1-2 minutes, and then press your knees in the other direction.


3. Sphinx

Lay flat on the floor on your stomach, and prop your chest up off the floor with your forearms. Keep your elbows directly under your shoulders, and press down with your palms and the tops of your feet. Rotate your pubic bone forward. You will feel some pressure in your lower back, which means the stretch is working.  Hold for 1-3 minutes.

4. Legs Up the Wall

Lay on your back with your feet up on the wall. Scoot your buttocks forward until they touch the wall, and your legs are straight. This stretch is not only good for the lower back, but also drains stagnant fluid from the feet and ankles.

Source: www.healthyfoodhouse.com
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