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“(NaturalNews) Smoking is a habit associated with numerous diseases, and the labels on cigarettes will soon more accurately reflect this. Obama recently signed a measure that might update warnings on cigarette packs to stronger and more accurate messages, like Smoking Causes Cancer and Smoking Kills. Graphic images of cancers and other diseases caused by smoking will be on the packages as well; they will be required to be on half of the pack when the measure takes effect.
News reports are calling the images to be used “gruesome,” and their purpose is to detour people from starting the disease-creating habit and encourage them to quit smoking if they’ve already started.
But what’s really gruesome is that twenty percent of the population legally uses a widely available product that creates such disease in the body. Are artists’ graphic images really that gruesome? Or are the actual diseases in real bodies? Most would agree that it’s the actual diseases, although we are visually spared the gore of many diseases in the body because our skin covers them from view.
The truth is, you just have to look at all of the diseases caused by smoking to understand a whole lot more about the causes of disease in general.
Smoking is known to cause heart disease, cancers that can be anywhere in the body, lung diseases, breathing problems, sexual dysfunction, clogged and blocked arteries to the point where limps may be amputated, infertility, wrinkling, birth defects, and many more.
So, what is it about smoking that causes so many diseases?
Most people will answer that it’s the chemicals in the cigarettes that are the culprit, and they would be correct. There are almost 600 known toxic chemicals allowed in cigarettes, and 4,000 dangerous chemical compounds in the smoke. And the problems above, the diseases caused by smoking, are exactly what you get when you have large amounts of toxic chemicals trapped inside the body. Because while the body can detoxify itself, it can’t do anywhere near the job that is required when it’s being so actively polluted.
No one really doubts that all of the chemicals taken into the body from smoking cigarettes regularly cause disease and problems. Rather, it’s seen as a fundamental and obvious fact. But many still don’t get that even if you don’t smoke, you’re still bombarded by many chemicals in the world today.
Toxic, man-made chemicals are omnipresent in most diets, personal care products and lifestyles, and they are largely unavoidable in our environment. As a society, we’re also bombarded with health problems. However, you’d think we’d be a little faster to make the connection.” (www.naturalnews.com)
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/027015_smoking_disease_body.html#ixzz1YPAzUVCk
Fast food: 5 ways to healthier meals
These five tips can help you make wise meal choices when going to a fast-food restaurant.
Can fast food be part of a weight-loss or healthy diet plan? You might not think so. In fact, you might even think that you can’t have a meal that’s both quick and healthy.
But this isn’t necessarily so. An occasional stop for fast food can fit into a healthy diet plan. The key is to choose wisely when ordering fast food.
- Keep portion sizes small. If the fast-food restaurant offers several sandwich sizes, pick the smallest. Bypass hamburgers with two or three beef patties, which can pack more than 1,000 calories and 70 grams of fat. Choose instead a regular- or children’s-sized hamburger, which has about 250 to 300 calories. And skip the large serving of french fries or onion rings and ask for a small serving instead. This switch alone saves 200 to 300 calories.
- Choose a healthier side dish. Take advantage of the healthy side dishes offered at many fast-food restaurants. For example, instead of french fries choose a side salad with low-fat dressing or a baked potato. Or add a fruit bowl or a fruit and yogurt option to your meal. Other healthy choices include apple or orange slices, corn on the cob, steamed rice, or baked potato chips.
- Go for the greens. Choose an entree salad with grilled chicken, shrimp or vegetables with fat-free or low-fat dressing on the side, rather than regular salad dressing, which can have 100 to 200 calories a packet. Watch out for high-calorie salads, such as those with deep-fried shells or those topped with breaded chicken or other fried toppings. Also skip extras, such as cheese, bacon bits and croutons, which quickly increase your calorie count. If you forgo the dressing, you can find salads for around 300 calories at most fast-food chains. Some examples include McDonald’s Southwest Salad, Burger King’s Chicken Garden Salad and Wendy’s Chicken Caesar Salad.
- Opt for grilled items. Fried and breaded foods, such as crispy chicken sandwiches and breaded fish fillets, are high in fat and calories. Select grilled or roasted lean meats — such as turkey or chicken breast, lean ham, or lean roast beef.
- Watch what you drink. Many beverages are high in calories. For example, a large regular soda (32 ounces, or 908 grams) has about 300 calories. Instead, order diet soda, water, unsweetened iced tea, sparkling water or mineral water. Also, skip the shakes and other ice-cream drinks. Large shakes can contain more than 800 calories and all of your saturated fat allotment for the day.
Have it your way
You can eat healthy away from home, even at fast-food restaurants. Don’t settle for what comes with your sandwich or meal. Ask for healthier options and substitutions. For example, ask for reduced-fat mayonnaise or mustard on your sandwich. Or at a fast-food Mexican restaurant, request salsa instead of cheese sauce. And remember to keep your eye on portion sizes.
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With a positive or healthy body image, a woman has a real perception of her size and shape. She also feels comfortable with her body. With a negative body image, a woman has a distorted perception of her shape and size, compares her body to others, and feels shame and anxiety about her body. Being unhappy with your body can affect how you think and feel about yourself as a person. A poor body image can lead to emotional distress, low self-esteem, unhealthy dieting habits, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. Developing a positive body image and a healthy mental attitude is crucial to a woman’s happiness and wellness.
When you Look in the Mirror, do you Like What you See?
Is your body image positive or negative? If your answer is negative, you are not alone. Women in the U.S. are under pressure to measure up to a certain social and cultural ideal of beauty, which can lead to poor body image. Women are constantly bombarded with “Barbie Doll-like” images. By presenting an ideal that is so difficult to achieve and maintain, the cosmetic and diet product industries are assured of growth and profits. It’s no accident that youth is increasingly promoted, along with thinness, as an essential criterion of beauty. The message we’re hearing is either “all women need to lose weight” or that the natural aging process is a “disastrous” fate.
Other pressures can come from the people in our lives.
- Family and friends can influence your body image with positive and negative comments.
- A doctor’s health advice can be misinterpreted and affect how a woman sees herself and feels about her body.
Learning to Love What You See in the Mirror
We all want to look our best, but a healthy body is not always linked to appearance. In fact, healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes! Changing your body image means changing the way you think about your body. At the same time, healthy lifestyle choices are also key to improving body image.
- Healthy eating can promote healthy skin and hair, along with strong bones.
- Regular exercise has been shown to boost self-esteem, self-image, and energy levels.
- Plenty of rest is key to stress management.
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Body mass index (BMI) is defined as a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of their height in meters. BMI can help determine if a child is at a healthy weight. Children with a BMI measure that’s too high may be at increased risk for health problems, such as cardiovascular disorders and diabetes.
In children, BMI is taken in conjunction with age and gender and plotted on a growth chart with percentiles to assess a child’s level of body fat. Generally, children with BMI between the 5th and 85th percentiles are considered to be at a healthy weight. Those less than the 5th percentile are underweight. Children between the 85th and 95th percentiles are overweight, and those at or above the 95th percentile are obese.
Because BMI doesn’t measure body fat directly, a person who has a high level of body muscle and a low level of fat can have a high BMI level, as may be the case with athletes. But, for practical purposes, BMI is typically a reliable, inexpensive way to evaluate a child’s weight.
A child with a high BMI is at an increased risk of health problems. Research has shown that high BMI predisposes children to developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. These problems can occur during childhood, or they may develop as a child grows into adulthood.
In addition to the specific health conditions that may develop as a result of being overweight in childhood, one-half to three-fourths of overweight children become overweight adults. So a child with a high BMI has a high likelihood of becoming an overweight adult unless preventive steps are taken early. That’s why regularly monitoring a child’s weight is important. If a child’s BMI begins to climb, the trend is much easier to reverse in the early stages — when the child is only slightly overweight — than in the obese range.
Lifestyle changes such as eating a healthier diet and exercising more can have a big impact on a child’s weight and overall health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children engage in at least one hour of physical activity every day. That doesn’t mean kids have to play a competitive sport or even participate in an organized activity. Physical activity can be as simple as taking the dog for a long walk, biking, running around in the backyard or at a park, dancing, jumping rope or in-line skating. As long as they enjoy the activity and it gets them moving, children can choose whatever activities they like.
Along with encouraging physical activity, parents should limit the time children spend sitting in front of a screen watching television, playing video games or using a computer. The CDC recommends that children have no more than two hours of screen time each day. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 2 years old not watch television at all.
Although childhood obesity is a big concern, the opposite can also be hazardous to a child’s current and future health. Research has shown that children who have been malnourished during early life and also babies who are born small for their gestational age (the baby’s weight is less than would be predicted for the length of time they spent in the womb) are at high risk for developing diabetes and cardiovascular health problems.
If you have concerns about your child’s weight, talk to your pediatrician or family physician. Children should never be placed on any type of calorie-restricted or calorie-enhanced diet or exercise program that hasn’t been discussed and developed in conjunction with your health care provider.
to calculate your MBI
Imperial BMI Formula
The imperial bmi formula accepts weight measurements in pounds & height measurements in either inches or feet.
1 foot = 12 inches
inches² = inches * inches
( lbs/inches² )
|(weight in pounds * 703 )|
|height in inches²
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Starting the day with a cup of coffee, a breakfast meal for you and your children, running out the door to work, only to end your day watching TV at home, quickly talking to your spouse and trying to unwind….WHEW!! Trying to accomplish things in the day simultaneously can often feel stressful and a constant catch up. All that we do may actually be making us more stressed and less happy! “A study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology found that when we try to accomplish too many tasks at once, our bodies release adrenaline and stress hormones, which create an anxious cycle: The more frenzied we feel, the more we take on, making us even more stressed and less happy.”
“A man is an architect of his own fate and it requires proper planning, to make things easy and joyful. All are in search of happiness and still the world is full of miseries.” (articlebase.com)
Some of the effects of prolonged stress on the body are; difficulty in sleeping, indigestion, erectile dysfunction, low libido, back pain, headache, heart disease, hypertension, low immunity and unhealthy skin! (Just to name a few) There is a connection between the way one handles stress/anxiety and your overall health. Understand that your mind and body work together and trying to avoid getting worked up over minor things will help reduce the stress hormone cortisol. “The principal steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex. It regulates carbohydrate metabolism and the immune system and maintains blood pressure.” (dictionary.com)
Remember that you have a voice as well, so if something is truly wrong ask for some help! Everyone cannot be happy all the time, but putting your best foot forward and attempting to seek a positive and healthful mindset will really start to change your attitude. Wake up every morning with a goal in mind and take it from there. Every morning is new, every morning is fresh and every morning is a gift. Although you may not get dealt a great hand, understanding yourself is what usually works best, all from past research.
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