Monday, July 14, 2014

Can Emu Oil Protect Your Skin This Summer

Nature has so many marvelous products up its sleeve to promote healing. One such amazing thing is emu oil. In this post we shall discuss in detail the health benefits of emu oil.

What is emu oil?

Well, truth be known emu is a soft feathered, brown flightless bird, that is native to Australia. They have long, thin legs, they trot, sprint and can travel great distances.

Oil derived from the adipose tissue of emu is known as emu oil. The oil is largely composed of unsaturated fatty acids; The oleic acid forms the largest component of this oil.

Health benefits of emu oil

I was unaware of the benefits of this emu oil, until a good doctor prescribed it in the form of a cream. So sit tight as we discuss the health benefits.
·  Emu oil can be used as a moisturizer; it nourishes your skin so much that it glows with health
·  Peggy Brill an Orthopaedic therapist says linoleic acid aids in the reduction of swelling, while it blocks pain and promotes healing. The pain relief has lasting effect.
·  Emu oil is used for muscle sprains, injured ligaments and for cuts, scars and burns.
·  It works best for people with psoriasis and eczema
·  It penetrates the layers of skin and replenishes the skin’s natural oil and keeps your skin looking young.
·  The best thing about emu oil is that it has no side effects.

I have my own doubts if you are a vegan or a vegetarian, about the use of emu oil. Anyway, for others emu oil is nature’s gift. But it is also true that, nature has other stuff up its sleeve, to help you lead a healthy life.

Take care
Swarnam

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Top 6 Summer Music Tracks That Pep Up Your Wellbeing

Summer is a great time for good food, music, surf and sand. When the sun blazes down its heat on the poor earth, is it not wise to make yourself some nice strawberry mango smoothie and listen to these great tracks?
You know what? Music has some great health benefits.
·       Music makes you happier
·       Improves vascular health
·       Improves sleep quality
·       Keeps an ageing brain healthy
·       Improves visual and verbal skills
·       Reduces levels of stress
·       Reduces depression
·       Helps you to concentrate
·       Has a positive impact on patients with long term impact

Now, here are these wonderful tracks.

I really like this go get it- by Mary Mary. The lyrics just encourage you to achieve your dream. So sit back and enjoy.

Note to God by Charice, She sings this song with such brilliance. You will find yourself awed by her performance.


Being thankful multiplies your wellness quotient. This amazing track again by Mary Mary and Kirk Franklin makes you feel thankful for all the wonderful things in your life.


Never Give Up, these beautiful quotes by Yolanda Adams peps up your inner strength to achieve your dreams.

In the morning again by Mary Mary is a lovely song which gives you hope of a better tomorrow.


Kari Jobe sings steady my heart, the depth of the song is great and the music is stunning.

Hope you bookmark this post and listen to these wonderful tracks to pass the lazy summer afternoons.

Take care,
Swarnam

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Be Warned! TV Viewing Can Result in Early Death

Do you watch TV for more than 3 hours a day? Then, be warned! It might be the speeding train, to early death from any cause. It is no rocket science to understand that sedentary behavior can lead to serious health problems.

The research study

Scientists assessed 13,284 young and healthy Spanish University graduates. They aimed to determine the association between watching TV, watching computer and driving and the risk of death from all the above three.

To their surprise they found the risk of death was twofold higher for participants who reported watching television for three or more hours.

There was no significance in the association between risk of early death and time spent using the computer and driving. Earlier studies have reported that prolonged TV viewing is linked to increased risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

I hope you will never go near the television after you finish reading this article. Scientists say that daily TV quota of six hours could shorten life expectancy by 5 years. I am glad they did not say all these scary things regarding computers.

Avoid sedentary life

The above slogan should be your goal to increase your life expectancy. For heaven’s sake, do not be couch potatoes. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week.

Take away

Be on the move and reduce your TV watching time. Gardening, cycling, jogging and just plain walking can work miracles in your life.
Take care,
Swarnam
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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Can Shiatsu Reduce Chronic Pain And Improve Sleep


Are you one of those who suffer silently with chronic pain? Then here comes the good news! Shiatsu can help you. Feeling a little confused? So, join me as we discover the health benefits of Shiatsu.

What is Shiatsu?

It is the traditional Japanese massage practice. Shiatsu is based on finger and palm pressure. The practitioners believe in an energy called Qi that flows through the body and when we manually manipulate to unblock it, the body can heal itself.

This non-invasive therapy may help reduce stress and contribute to overall well being. It is done without oil and with light comfortable clothing.

Can Shiatsu relieve pain?

Yes, say the scientists. Self-administered shiatsu is being explored as sleep treatment for chronic pain. A small pilot study followed 9 people living with chronic back pain as they self-administered shiatsu pressure techniques on their hands at bedtime. The results were promising the patients had improved quality of sleep. The researchers say more study is required. 

Shiatsu is thought to reduce muscle stiffness, stimulate the skin, enhances nervous health and improves musculoskeletal fitness.
It can be used for headaches, digestive disorders, fatigue, premenstrual syndrome, stress, anxiety, muscle pain and lower back pain.

How can shiatsu improve sleep?

By reducing the pain threshold it improves the quality of sleep. After a shiatsu session the effect can be calming and sedative. But be known that shiatsu can also stimulate and invigorate depending upon the type of massage.

After a relaxing self-administered shiatsu you enjoy some good old sleep. By improving the quality of your resting time shiatsu can improve your overall health. A good night’s sleep reduces the risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and traffic accidents.

Take care,
Swarnam

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Can Facebook Make or Break Your Day

You know what? Facebook can either make or break your day! Sound interesting, is it not? Usually I share quotes of Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer on Facebook. Recently I was pleasantly surprised when a friend told that she finds these quotes extremely useful and uplifting. 

Can Facebook influence your emotions?

A recent research has found that emotions can spread contagiously among users of online social networks both positive and negative. The researchers point out that emotions exposed via online social networks can influence the mood of others. 

With more avenues for expression in a digitally connected world, researchers say that we might see greater spikes in global emotion in everything from political systems to financial markets. 

Way back in 2010 or 2011 I found the daily messages of a religious website to be really helpful. But the website did not have a Facebook share button. I wrote an email to them, that it would be great if they add a share button. And now people who share the messages of hope have grown by leaps and bounds. Daily 55,000 people share those messages. Amazing is it not?

 Researchers say that emotions might ripple through social networks to generate large scale synchronizing that gives rise to clusters of happy and unhappy individuals.

 The Long Wood University website says that Facebook offers people to create a positive self-image about them by putting the best qualities about them under their profiles. 

Concluding thoughts

I hope after reading this you would become one of those who share some positive phrases on Facebook. Who knows you could have made somebody’s day?

Take care,
Swarnam



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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Oman- The Top Destination For Your Health And Wellness

‘My favorite thing to do is to go where I’ve never been’ said a great philosopher. So make travelling your hobby and explore Mother Nature for your own wellness and happiness.

Oman is a great country with a rich natural heritage. It can be called as the land of frankincense, land of healing hot water springs, the top destination to watch blow holes and the home to a million year old cave.

On a more specific note Oman is an Arab country situated in the Arabian Peninsula. It is one of the most peaceful countries in the Middle East. Let us talk about the most beautiful places to visit in Oman. Gear up, here we go……………


Hot water springs of Oman

The AlKasfah spring is a collection of natural water springs with an amazing heat balm of 45 degree Celsius.  It is very famous for its therapeutic waters.

Health benefits of these natural water spas
·Thermal bathing increases blood circulation and cell oxygenation.  
·       Increased blood flow eliminates toxins and nourishes vital internal organs.
·       Mineral springs contain negative ions which promote physical and mental wellness
·       The spring waters have a therapeutic effect on skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis and other fungal infections.
·       The natural hot spas improves your sleep and reduces the stress levels
·       The natural buoyancy of the water is good for arthritis patients.
·       A nice dip in the hot springs eliminates toxins by the way of sweat.
A dash of fresh herbs and essential oils enhances the wellness benefits even more.


The frankincense of the hills of Dhofar


Oman frankincense is one of the greatest treasures of the world. It has such amazing healing properties. The trees are nurtured by nature. The ancient twisted trees come to life every September. The trees explode with white flowers. A small incision is made in its bark. And fragrant pearls of white resin drip off. They are collected and left to dry to get the transparent frankincense.  


Al Hoota Cave

It is estimated to be 2 million years old. The cave is formed by the dissolution of limestone by acid water. It is the home to some amazing rare and endemic species.

Cave exercise is really good. Oh! It simply means having a nice long walk in the cave. But people with back pain problems, heart problems, high blood pressure and pregnant women in their final months of pregnancy are not allowed inside the cave.


Blow holes of Oman

These wonder blow holes have been formed naturally in limestone rocks where water is spewed out and can reach a height of 30 m or more. I think watching these blow holes can be a good natural exercise for your eyes.


Having said all that, it is my dream to visit all these amazing places and view the Mother Nature at her versatile best.  
If you are planning your next vacation in Oman you can visit http://www.omantourism.gov.om   for more information.

Take care,

Swarnam

Sunday, June 8, 2014

3 Incredible Health Benefits of Soccer Games


The soccer fever is spreading like wild fire. There are just a few days more for the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. I suppose it starts on 12th June. The son is a great fan and already he’s bought football shoes and a sling bag with his favorite team’s logo at some summer sale. I see whole magazines being dedicated for this football season.

So whatever it may be. I just wanted you to know about the amazing health benefits of football.


Health Benefits of soccer


A recent research found that elderly men got much fitter when they played football. These men played soccer twice in a workweek for close to an hour. Their hard work gave them lots of wellness benefits. There was improvement in their
1.   Oxygen uptake
2.   Muscle function and
3.   Bone mineralization.

The study researchers point out that soccer boosts
1.   Heart health
2.   Minimizes the risk of falls
3.   Minimizes the risk of fractures



The fast runs, intense actions and unorthodox movements of the football game
1.   Increases bone mineralization
2.   Improves aerobic fitness
3.   Muscle strength

All these positive health benefits make it easier for old and the young alike to overcome everyday physical challenges such as climbing stairs, shopping, cycling and gardening.

Closing thoughts

Soccer makes you to be on the move; thereby it increases your fitness quotients and endows you with lots of wellness benefits. So it would be more beneficial if you make it a point, not to just sit glued to your TV to view all those scintillating matches. Go out and play soccer for your own wellbeing.

Take care,
Swarnam

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