08/19/13

Personalized Health and Lifestyle Improvement

In today’s fast-paced environment, people compete with each other in the effort to achieve so much in their lives, putting their health at great risk. Personalized health and lifestyle improvement programs are perfect solutions for those who want to change their attitude and unhealthy lifestyle habits.

To support participants who wish to attain a positive lifestyle, many healthcare centers are now offering lifestyle enhancement programs that are tailored to meet your specific needs and goals.A Comprehensive Approach to Enable You to Take Control of Your Life Personalized health and lifestyle improvement programs offer a comprehensive approach that will help you take control of your life – all by integrating effective strategies

programs can be of several months’ duration. These are realistic programs that require time and effort, wherein the experts suggest specific solutions and educate you, as you change your diet and grow beyond old eating patterns. You not only find out about the right diet and nutrients, but also learn how to control food allergies, how to alleviate aches and pains without pain medication, and how to reclaim your life.

10/25/13

Cigars!

Cigars are a special reward at the end of a long day, in much the same way as a fine wine. Tobacco is influenced by weather, climate and soil, and the best cigars are hand-made, adding that variable to the whole mix. These inevitable variables make consistency more difficult to achieve. The best brands of cigars will owe some of their success to the process of maintaining a consistent level of flavor and quality. This is one of the reasons why you should select a well-made brand, so that your first experiences are positive ones. The body of a Cigar refers to the actual taste, and the strength of that taste. A cigar that is light in body will be lesser in strength than one that is medium in body. In keeping with that comparison, a cigar that is referred to as full-bodied will be stronger than either of the other two.

Many cigar smokers recommend that you start out with a cigar of light body, to become accustomed to the taste. If you’re looking at the better made cigars, make sure that their construction is good. Keep in mind, that if a cigar is hand-made, it will not be as uniform as cigars that are not hand-made, and this is to be expected. When you select a cigar, hold it lightly in your hand and squeeze various areas so that you can be assured that there aren’t any softer spots. Soft areas mean non-uniform burning. Try a few good brands of cigars if you are looking for the best smoke. If you’re not sure of a brand, buy individual cigars and not full boxes, in case the taste is not to your liking. Find a brand that you have enjoyed a few times before, and keep in mind that sometimes your taste may change a bit. You may have more than one favorite cigar, as you try more brands out. You can read about other people’s favorites at CigarBlogs.com The cap of a cigar is a smaller tobacco piece that acts to close off one of the cigar ends. It makes each cigar look better, and it keeps the paper wound properly. You can always look on Denicotea for a cigar filter. This is the part that you will usually clip off before you begin smoking your cigar. It should be thought of as being a little like opening the cigar to smoke, rather than as cutting the end off. In fact, you shouldn’t clip off the whole cap, or the paper will begin to unravel. Just open up a small air hole. To get the best flavor and burn, toast the foot of cigars by holding a flame far away so it doesn’t touch the foot. Swirl the flame by rotating the cigar, giving glowing embers to the foot. Once you have the embers glowing and smoke coming off, remove the flame source from the cigar, and blow out gently through your cigar. Puff a bit and reapply the flame so that the cigar can finish being lit. Then you are ready to enjoy the smooth and rich taste of your cigar.

08/19/13

Lifestyle Factors That Can Impact Periodontal Health

Lifestyle is a term to describe the way a person lives, which was originally coined by Austrian psychologist Alfred Adler in 1929. The current broader sense of the word dates from 1961. A set of behaviors, and the senses of self and belonging which these behaviors represent, are collectively used to define a given lifestyle. The term is defined more broadly when used in politics, marketing, and publishing. A lifestyle is a characteristic bundle of behaviors that makes sense to both others and oneself in a given time and place, including social relations, consumption, entertainment, and dress. The behaviors and practices within lifestyles are a mixture of habits, conventional ways of doing things, and reasoned actions.

A lifestyle typically also reflects an individual’s attitudes, values or worldview. Therefore, a lifestyle is a means of forging a sense of self and to create cultural symbols that resonate with personal identity. Not all aspects of a lifestyle are entirely voluntaristic. Surrounding social and technical systems can constrain the lifestyle choices available to the individual and the symbols she/he is able to project to others and the self. There are many lifestyle factors that can impact a person’s health, such as nutrition, amount of sleep, mental stress, tobacco use, and exercise. A study in the May issue of the Journal of Periodontology identifies lifestyle factors that have the most impact on periodontal health.

The study followed a group of 219 factory workers in Japan from 1999 to 2003 in an attempt to evaluate the effect of different lifestyle factors on the progression of periodontal diseases. Each worker was evaluated on a list of the following lifestyle factors: physical exercise, alcohol consumption, tobacco use, hours of sleep, nutritional balance, mental stress, hours worked and eating breakfast. The study found that the number one lifestyle factor that independently impacted the progression of periodontal disease was smoking; hours of sleep closely followed. Over 41% of study participants who showed periodontal disease progression from 1999 to 2003 were current smokers. In addition, lack of sleep was identified as a significant lifestyle factor that may play a role in the progression of periodontal disease.

08/19/13

How To Live A Health Fitness Lifestyle

What does it mean to live a health fitness lifestyle? Generally it means you eat healthily, you engage in a moderate exercise program, you don’t smoke, you limit alcohol consumption, and you maintain a normal weight. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Not really? For most people, trying to balance an active lifestyle with a healthful lifestyle may seem impossible due to time constraints, job and family commitments or just simply lack of motivation. Maintaining your health does not mean living miserably.Eating right does not have to be a chore. Simple changes you can make while on your next visit to the grocery store can get you on the right path to eating better.

Small substitutions like eating more fruit and veggies and eating less refined and processed foods over time saves calories and adds nutrients to your diet. Don’t force yourself to shelve your entire diet and start with something restrictive. Feeling deprived leads to failure. Go slow and enjoy each new item you add to your diet.Exercise does not have to be a dirty word. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, start slow and increase your activity level as you reach small goals you set for yourself. It may be just using the stairs at work instead of using the elevator. Over time, you might decide to walk for part of your lunch break. Eventually you may want to join a fitness center to increase your progress. Go at a pace you are comfortable with and enjoy.

If you smoke, consider a smoking cessation program. There are medications in pill, patch and gum form that can assist you in stopping. Talking to a counselor or adopting a quit-smoking buddy has been shown to help smokers quit smoking at higher rate than trying to go it alone. Side effects of smoking include rapid heartbeat, decreased circulation, and shortness of breath and more serious problems like cancer, emphysema and heart disease can eventually develop.Drinking alcohol in moderation has actually been shown to benefit the cardiovascular system. However, consuming more than a glass or two a day can cause liver damage. The liver acts as a giant filter system of the body.