Archive | May 2017

Gelotology!

 

Hi there!

 

“…… Last week Bo and I decided to stay in and
enjoy the evening together.
After having a very pleasant dinner we thought
it would be a great idea to sit closely and enjoy
a good entertaining comedy.

We have always liked the delightful Naked Gun
films, so
we decided to put on the Naked Gun 2 1/2 :
The
Smell of Fear this time, because we knew we
would find it extremely entertaining.

It really was such an enjoyable and amusing
evening;   we kept on laughing for the whole
one and a half hours it was playing.

Watching this fantastic comedy on the television
sitting together on the sofa, it was the best choice
we had made.
It really was such a great way to feel closer to
each other and relieve all stresses of the day……”

” If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane ”
Robert Frost     1874  –  1963

 

Laughing Women

 

Har – De – Har

 

According to numerous studies laughter has
a great number of healing properties.
When we laugh we trigger pleasing, satisfying
and enjoyable feelings that calm and soothe
our body and mind.

Here are the physical and mental health benefits
as well as the social ones of a good laughter:

a)     Releases endorphins relieving any pains
in the body temporarily, and promotes general
well being.

b)     Reduces stress hormones so you can enjoy
overall health and energy.

c)     Enhances positivity, optimism and creativity
so you are able to fight life’s struggles effectively.

d)     Boosts anti ageing hormones improving
health and longevity.

e)     Makes life more enjoyable by releasing serotonin
and making you feel happier;    consequently you
can develop better relationships personally and
professionally.

f)     Improves circulation so you get more oxygen
and nutrients into your cells, as well as helping all
body organs to work more efficiently.

g)     Exercises and tones up the stomach and face
muscles.

h)     Improves the immune system by improving
T Cell production to raise resistance to disease.

i)     Increases resilience so you can become more
successful in your life.

j)     Burns forty ( 40 ) calories a day when laughing
for fifteen minutes ( 15 ) at a time.

 

Bumblebee on flower

 

Fun And Games

 

Laughter is inherited, ingrained and instinctive.
Even if you are not used to laughing or even
smiling in your life, you can learn to do so with
some practice.

The following are ways to start practising:

1)     Smile at people you meet every day any time,
any where.

2)     Associate with playful, fun and happy people.

3)     Bring humour into your conversations
with others.

4)     Watch comedies on the television.

5)     Read funny and humorous books.

6)     Do some silly things from time to time.

7)     Laugh at yourself and your own mistakes.

When you learn to laugh your life will be much
more enjoyable and pleasant.
You will be feeling renewed within yourself and
also with your relationships.

You will then find that lots of new opportunities
will start occurring to you.
You will be feeling much more relaxed, positive
and really happy with yourself and your life.

Do not wait any longer.
Start laughing now to collect all the health benefits.

The human race has only one really effective
weapon and that is laughter “

Mark Twain     1835  –  1910

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Roly-Poly!

 

Hi there!

 

During the last six months Ila has been going
through a lot of stress, and suffering from anxiety.
Her mother was seriously ill and dying, and her
marriage was falling apart.

It was impossible for her to sleep at nights any
more, and during the days she was struggling
to get by and survive.

Her one and only consolation was food.
Utterly confused she kept on eating …… eating
anything, especially sweets    and the weight
was piling on.

It’s so unbelievable how much food I can eat
in a day she thought one evening.
She started feeling ashamed of herself, and awfully
guilty for eating so much.

Then suddenly she realized that there were many
advantages being overweight.
For starters, she felt protected, and not so vulnerable,
defenseless and exposed any more.

 

Fat Ladies

 

Fishing Expedition

 

In human history, being fat was always a sign 
of prosperity and affluence.
Nowadays, being fat is considered a great health
danger.
But latest research reveals that being moderately
overweight is useful and beneficial for you in
many ways.

According to these latest studies, although being
highly overweight or obese you are at a higher risk
of 
developing certain chronic diseases, at the same
time, being moderately overweight you will
enjoy a longer life.

It all comes down to your genetic make-up, how
much physically active you are in your daily life,
your diet habits, and certainly it depends on your
overall lifestyle, 
how healthy or unhealthy it is.

It is a common belief among medical professionals
that being overweight can protect you against a
number of serious diseases.
It can also provide you with extra energy during 
sickness times.
In general, having an excess of fat cells in the
body enhances longevity.

 

Cup Cakes

 

Lightning Bolt

 

There are numerous health enhancements you 
will enjoy if you are moderately overweight.
Some of the most unexpected benefits are the
following:

a)     Stronger Immune System

Fat around the various body organs interacts
and 
aids the immune system’s response.
Damaged tissue is repaired rapidly and
heals better.

b)     Faster Recovery Time

When you are ill your body needs much more
energy to rebuild and cure.
Fat tissue provides the extra energy needed
to recover as quickly as possible.

c)     Protection Against Senility

Being overweight will defend against any mental
disorders and brain deterioration.

d)     Alleviation Of Arthritis

Abdominal fat helps prevent the onset and
consequent attacks of chronic arthritis.

e)     Delayed Ejaculation For Men

Abdominal fat carries female hormones that
inhibit the male orgasm, giving you an extra
eight ( 8 ) minutes.

f)     Overall Body Protection

Excess fat around the body will cushion and
support all important organs in the event of
various accidents.

 

Aztec Women

 

Second Childhood

 

Having extra fat around the body is much more
important for older adults.
Plentiful studies during the last years have revealed
that being overweight after the age of fifty (50 ),
offers serious protective effects against all

illnesses.

Also, being overweight is particularly beneficial
and guarding against any bone problems, as well as
assisting with better recovery should any health
trouble arises.

In addition, if you are a menopausal woman,
if you have excess fat all over your body, you will also
have higher levels of estrogen circulating in your
blood;    because estrogen is produced and stored
in the fat tissue.
This can be advantageous in the alleviation,
relief and delay of the menopausal symptoms.

Therefore, for any person above the age of fifty
it is absolutely crucial not to restrict his/her
nutrition in any way in order to lose weight;
because keeping your weight up, you will definitely
increase your chances for a healthier and 
longer life.
Weight loss after that age signifies the general
decline of the individual.

Body Mass Index

BMI     between   25   and   35   =   Low Mortality
BMI     <   25   =   Higher Mortality
BMI     >   35   =   Higher Mortality

Treasure and Cherish your Love Handles !!

 

 

 

 

 

Ataxia!

 

Hi there!

 

Matty was an executive manager, working hard
until early evening every day.
He enjoyed a lot of benefits and rewards, but
also plenty of troubles.

There was always something going on in his mind.
That voice inside his head would never become
quite;    all he could hear was his boss reminding
him of his many obligations.

He was feeling overpowered and utterly confused.
His mind was full of clutter that made him 
nervous, agitated, even anxious and unable to focus.

I know I need to find the proper means to fight 
this huge problem I have    and very soon!
he thought one day.
He certainly understood the situation, and he knew
he could be in control of his circumstances.

Finally he took all the necessary steps to change
that troublesome position he was in, and clean
some space in his head.

 

Cloudy Skies

 

Topsy – Turviness

 

The challenging combination of external and
internal demands, as well as your personal
expectations  can cause your mind to clutter
and be confused.

Most people are experiencing this unpleasant 
situation all their life.
They seem to forget that removing all litter from
their mind and heart, is the most important thing
they can do, in order to enjoy a balanced and
peaceful existence.

Their fast moving every day living together with
their survival basics, is full of various 
obligations
at home and at work
;
so they ignore their internal peace.

They fail to remember that if they wish to live a 
meaningful and rich life they will need to achieve
inner peace.

Obviously you can continue holding close to your
heart all emotions, feelings and experiences you 
have been and are going through, only because this
is much easier than clearing them all out.

But keep in mind that although getting rid of your
internal clutter needs you to be brave, fearless,
determined and powerful, this is actually the only
way you can transform your life.

 

Glittering Water

 

Smack In The Middle

 

Follow the below mentioned tips to clear some
of your internal clutter:

a)     Be decisive and solve your problems as soon 
as they arise, so they do not become massive.
If you are not able to find a solution, then accept
that your difficult situation is not a problem, but
a fact of life, which needs to be handled as such.

b)     Discard your desire to control everything and
everybody.
Live your life without demands and requirements
in order to feel free.

c)    Give the greatest gift to yourself :  Forgiveness;
because it is only then that you will feel relieved
and liberated.

d)     Be an optimist, and think positively.
Do not worry about the wrong things around you,
and non existent situations
.

 

Clear Skies

 

e)     Distance yourself from anybody who keeps you
back and brings you down or hurt you.
Doing so, you will grow and evolve.

f)     Eliminate past memories of any kind that do
not contribute anything to your present life.

g)   Prioritize all your responsibilities and set all
daily routine jobs on automatic.
Organize your day so that you can deal with only
one thing at a time.

Mental clutter leads to psychological blockage.

You can not think clearly and focus on the important
things in your life any more.

It is only when you erase this mental confusion that
you will make space for all the things that really
matter to you.

You will then feel healthy, satisfied, cheerful, peaceful
and happy in your life.

Do it now !!

 

 

 

 

Apple-Pie!

 

Hi there!

 

The wild Olive Tree originated in Asia Minor, where
Neolithic tribes were collecting its wild fruit.

The Olive Tree was first domesticated around seven
thousand (7000) years ago, when olives were turned
into oil. 

The oldest olive tree is thought to be around three
thousand (3000) years old, and it is found in Crete.

Olive oil has been used in rituals, in medicine, as a fuel,
in soaps, as a home remedy, as a lubricant and in skin care.

The Tree Of Eternity

 

Glittery Ocean

 

Note – Perfect

 

When we talk about Mediterranean Diet, we mean
a specific and unique mix of traditional ingredients,
used by people living in the various countries 
bordering the Mediterranean Sea, during the period
of 1950s and 1960s.

We do not mean the cuisine of a specific country, but
a general diet to follow in your every day life for as
long as you live.

The specific ingredients have been evaluated and
found to offer a lot of health benefits, because they 
contain all the essential nutrients we require.

According to studies, by following a Mediterranean
Diet you can have a healthy and long life.
It has been shown to promote heart health, to 
reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer, Parkinson’s
and Alzheimer’s diseases, and to manage weight.

Certainly, all these incorporate the traditional
complete lifestyle of the people living in countries
like Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, etc.

 

Fishing

 

The Diet Of The Poor

 

The Mediterranean Diet is a very appetizing and
enjoyable way to eat.
Here is how to put it all together:

a)     Eat a lot of vegetables every day with your lunch
and dinner, but avoid potatoes.
If you have any with your meals, eat only sweet potatoes.
Preferably the vegetables should be all fresh, but frozen
are also acceptable.

b)     Eat only whole grain foods like, wheat products,
oats and brown rice with all your meals.

c)      Eat all kinds of nuts, especially almonds and seeds,
but avoid the ones that have been treated with salt.

d)     Eat extra virgin olive oil raw on your meals, and
cook with olive oil your daily foods.

e)     Use all herbs fresh and dried, as well as various spices,
in your every day cooking.

f)     Eat wild caught fish baked or grilled, two (2) to 
three (3) times a week.

g)     Replace all red meat with fresh organic or free 
range poultry like, chicken and turkey.

h)     Eat fresh organic or free range eggs, a minimum
of four (4) times a week.

i)      Eat legumes like, beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas
with one of your meals daily.

j)     Eat a minimum of two (2) fruits every day, one in your
breakfast and one as a snack.

k)     If you eat dairy at all, eat only low fat products on rare
occasions and in small quantities.

l)     Eat pure honey as a sweet and dried fruits,
when you want a treat.

m)   If you drink alcohol, limit it only to specific occasions.

n)    Drink plenty of liquids, including pure tea (if you do not
have a problem with caffeine) and plenty of herbal teas.
Avoid fru
it juices because they contain concentrated sugar.

 

Rocky Coast

 

Short And Sweet

 

According to scientific research the closer you follow
the Mediterranean diet the greater the health 
advantages you will enjoy.
It contains all the necessary nutrients required for
good health.

Clear all unhealthy temptations from your home, 
and adopt the new habit of following the Mediterranean
diet,  for prevention of all chronic serious diseases.

Also make certain you follow the Mediterranean
healthy lifestyle which includes the following:

1)     Enjoy your every day meals with your family.
2)     Take plenty of exercise by walking daily for a
minimum of thirty (30) minutes.
3)     Try to enjoy your life in general.
4)     Socialize with positive and healthy people.

Now it is time for you to introduce and establish
your new Mediterranean diet routine.

 

 

 

 

 

Springtide!

 

Hi there!

It was a beautiful, sunny and warm spring
afternoon when Jo decided to walk back to his
office, after his lunch meeting.

As he was walking down the lane enjoying
the peaceful atmosphere, suddenly he started
feeling his eyes itching and his nose becoming
stuffy and runny.

Not again;   every now and then I have to suffer
the same uncomfortable situation he said to
himself appearing very annoyed.

As thousands of people everywhere, he had
experienced the symptoms of a very irritating
seasonal allergy attack.

By now he was feeling distressed and miserable,
so he decided to hurry back to his office and
handle this problem appropriately.
He did not want this troublesome situation to
interfere with his work ………….

 

Bumble Bee on Flower

 

Bad Blood

 

Spring is in the air:   we now enjoy longer days,
warmer and sunnier weather, we notice lots of
insects and birds around and see the new flowers
blooming.

But for many people, the beautiful and so much
anticipated spring is bringing all these annoying
seasonal allergies.
It is all about the tree pollen at this wonderful
time of the year.

Tree and flower pollens disperse and travel through
the air.   Consequently people inhale these irritants
without noticing it and start developing various
allergic reactions.

An allergic reaction to an external stimulus
is a dynamic immune response and affects mainly
the respiratory system.
Many people are genetically predisposed towards
allergic attacks.

But in general allergies are a sign that some
body systems like, the immune or the adrenal

or the digestive are weakened to some extent;
so basically these type of allergies are customized
for each person separately.

As with many other problems, there is a good
number of natural remedies you can try at home,
before you run to the pharmacy and buy an allergy
medication, which could cause side effects.

 

Red Flower

 

Punch The Clock

 

Your risk of suffering a seasonal allergy is much
greater if you are already under stress or you are
pregnant ( for young women ) or you are going through
any illness and your immune system is compromised.

S y m p t o m s

The symptoms of seasonal allergies are usually
mild but can extend to severe ones.
They are as follows:

1)     Runny or Blocked Nose
2)     Repeated Sneezing
3)     Itchy, Watery or Red Eyes
4)     Itchy Throat or Ears or Nose
5)     Ear Congestion
6)     Postnasal Drip
7)     Headache
8)     Shortness of Breath
9)     Repeated Coughing
10)   Tiredness and Fatigue
11)   Irritability and Mood Swings

 

Yellow Flowers

 

C u r e s

The best natural remedies for seasonal allergies
are the following:

a)     Take a Quercetin and Bromelain supplement
together or separately on a daily basis.

b)     Take a Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids supplement
two (2) to three (3) gr per day.

c)     Take a good quality Probiotics supplement.

d)     Take a Vitamin E supplement of 200IU.

e)     Take a Zinc supplement 20mg – 30mg daily.

 

Purple Flowers

 

In Conclusion

a)     Follow the most healthy lifestyle possible, to
prepare your body and enhance your immune
system to fight this uncomfortable problem.

b)     Follow a wholesome, balanced and nutritious diet,
and stay well hydrated during the day.

c)     Take regular exercise, rest, relax and sleep properly
for six to seven hours at least.

d)     Rinse your nose with Saline Solution many times
during the day to soothe and keep your passages
clean from allergens.

e)     Limit your exposure to pollens by wearing a hat and
sun glasses when you go outside.

f)     Keep your house and car windows closed during 
the day.

g)     Dust and vacuum your house at least once a week.

h)     Diffusing essential oils of Lavender and Peppermint
will improve circulation and relieve stress.

Get well soon.

Good Luck !!