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The Benefits of Power Napping

nappingby: Dee Braun, DrR, CA, CCT

It never feels good when you simply cannot keep your eyes open any longer and it is only 2 o’clock in the afternoon. What is happening? You require a pick-me-up – but how?

Power napping is the newest thing in the area of office productivity. The concept has been around for years but now it’s more widely accepted as a practice.

Power napping is among the most effective ways to help you get a 2nd wind on a busy day. It does not take as much time as you believe and you are able to do it on your lunch hour.

Causes of Sleeplessness

So, why are you feeling so wore out? The human body requires around 8 hours of sleep each night. Most folks do not get that much, usually between 6 and 8. When you do not get adequate sleep, the body does not have time to repair itself in good order at night. This may contribute to irritability, increased stress and decreased productivity. It can likewise lower your life expectancy.

On the flip side, when you get too much rest, you accomplish the same thing. 9 or more hours of rest can leave you feeling exhausted even though you have just slept all night.

Benefits of a Nap

It’s widely accepted for kids but not for adults. We’re talking of a nap in the midst of the day. The fact is that after 8 hours of moving around, the body needs a pit stop. Adult bodies need one also. That’s where the power nap comes in.

Here are just a couple of benefits of taking a midday break:

* Increased productivity – When your body begins to wind down, your brain starts to shut down. It’s hard to keep working at your previous pace. Once energized after a nap, you will be able to perform just as well as you did when you 1st arrived at the office.

* Increased focus – we have discoursed the brain shutting down. It starts wandering around when we become tired. The words you need to finish that report are floating about in the aether just beyond your reach, particularly after lunch. That may change with a power nap.

* Less stress – When we’re tired, our fuses become shorter. We’re more likely to lash out at other people or overreact to a simple situation. To regain your composure and your level of wellbeing, a brief respite might be what you need.

The Ideal Power Nap

The ideal power nap is between fifteen and thirty minutes. Find a quiet place like your automobile or your office if you have a door. Turn the light down low to induce a sleep cycle. Close your eyes and unwind.

The best time to power nap is when you start to feel sleepy headed. You’re already relaxing. If you need to, set an alarm so that you do not oversleep.

Power napping is one way to re-energize your body halfway through your day. Maybe you cannot take a long nap like you did when you were a child, but you will be able to still catch some worthy Zs.

 

About The Author

DeeDee is an Adv. Certified Aromatherapist, Reiki Master, Adv. Color/Crystal Therapist, Herbalist, Dr. of Reflexology and single mom who is dedicated to helping others any way she can. One way she chooses to help is by offering information on the benefits and uses of natural health and healing methods for the well-being of both people and pets. Dee also teaches Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Color/Crystal Therapy at the Alternative Healing Academy

7 Foods Every Woman Must Eat

foods_for_womenby Lenora Phillips

Here’s some good news: The more you munch on healthy eats, the less you need to worry about Friday night’s fat burger and fries. Who says? Harvard. Its medical school has found that women who routinely nibble nutritiously slash their risk of dying from the usual culprits, including heart disease and cancer.

To up your odds of living a long and healthy life–despite occasional blow-outs at TGIF–make sure you regularly include these 7 nutritional powerhouses in your diet. “They’re the cream of the healthy-foods crop,” says Elizabeth Somer, RD, author of Age-Proof Your Body.

 

1. BERRIES
Why: Ounce for ounce, berries have more protective plant antioxidants than almost any other food. “These compounds not only lower your disease risks, they help prevent memory loss,” says Somer.

 

How Much: Aim for a cup of berries–any berries, fresh or frozen–at least three times a week (berry researchers say eat a cup daily). Since berries are high in fill-you-up fiber, they may also help curb weight gain.

 

How:

Toss them in salads

Snack on them one by one, like healthy potato chips

Add them to yogurt, cereal, and smoothies

Stir them into anything you bake

 

2. LEAFY GREENS

Why: It’s almost impossible to meet your nutritional needs without eating dark leafy greens, from spinach and romaine to collard greens and chard. They’re huge sources of fiber; vitamins C and K; folic acid (a B vitamin that guards the heart and memory and fights birth defects); lutein, a vision protector; and four essential minerals: calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium.

 

How Much: Two servings a day, and the darker, the better.

 

How:

Add arugula to your sandwich

Layer chard into lasagna

Fold spinach into omelets

Add any green to stir-fries, pasta dishes and soup

 

3. WHOLE GRAINS
Why: They have up to 96 percent more fiber, magnesium, zinc, chromium and vitamins E and B6 than refined grains. This nutritional powerhouse helps prevent the same health problems that refined grains help cause: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, hypertension and even obesity.

 

How Much: Ideally, all of the six daily grain servings you need should be whole, unrefined grains, but aim for at least three.

 

How:

Start your day with oatmeal or whole-grain cold cereal

Use 100% whole-wheat bread for toast and sandwiches

Switch to whole-wheat couscous and pasta

Opt for brown rice (instant is fine), whole-grain pretzels, even whole-wheat tortillas

 

4. NUTS
Why: They’re excellent sources of protein, magnesium, B vitamins and E–trusty fighters in the war against heart disease and cancer. Yes, nuts are high in fat calories, but their fat is the heart-healthy kind. Replace junky snacks with them and you won’t gain an ounce.

 

How Much: Up to five small fistfuls a week (roughly 1/4 cup or about 15-20 almonds, cashews, walnuts or pecans).

 

How:

Sprinkle plain or toasted nuts on salads instead of croutons

Mix them into cooked cous cous and brown rice

Stir them into cereal and yogurt

Use them to garnish a stir-fry just before serving

 

5. GOLDEN VEGGIES
Why: Just one serving of fiber-filled, deep-yellow-orange vegetables supplies five times the beta carotene you need daily to lower your cancer risk, defend against colds and other infections, and protect your skin from sun damage. The potassium in these veggies also keeps your heartbeat in sync and your blood pressure down.

 

How Much: Aim for two half-cup servings a day, the equivalent of one sweet potato, 12 canned apricot halves or a cup of butternut squash or carrots.

 

How: Try this sweet potato quickie from Somer’s The Food & Mood Cookbook:

Cajun Sweet Potatoes
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Cut sweet potatoes into 1-inch thick slices and toss with olive oil, Cajun seasoning and freshly ground pepper.
3. Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly brown and cooked through, but still slightly crunchy.

 

6. GREEK YOGURT
Why: Low- or no-fat plain yogurt is a terrific source of B vitamins, protein, calcium and –if it has active cultures–the healthy bacteria known as probiotics, which crowd out disease-causing germs.

 

How Much: Three cups a week, if this is your main dairy source.

How: Cut back on sugar and calories by choosing plain yogurt and adding fruit, especially berries, and some granola. Or be more inventive:

Mix a dash of vanilla and chopped mint into yogurt and dollop on fruit

Use yogurt instead of sour cream for dips, sauces and salad dressings

Top baked potatoes with yogurt and chives

Thicken sauces and make soups “creamy” with yogurt

 

I’m Finally Free From Fibroid Tumors – Audio Testimony

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Listen to this interview/testimony between Dr Akilah and Nicole Brown

 

Today I interviewed a client of mine who was released from my care twice. The first time was due to her inability to stick to my program. The second time was due to her finally following my program completely which resulted in all four of her fibroid tumors shrinking away. This episode is unique because it display areas of my practice that many rarely hear about. There are many testimonies from women worldwide praising my services. However, most of those testimonies do not include how strict I am with the women who seek my services for fibroid tumor elimination. If I feel that a woman who is suffering from fibroids is not the right fit for my services, I will refund her money and release her from my care.

This is what I initially did to Nicole. During her follow up, I felt that she wasn’t taking my program seriously. So I refunded her money back and released her from my care. Ten months later Nicole’s fibroids grew twice as big and her condition begin to get worst. She started to rethink the things I discussed with her during her initial consultation and implemented them into her life. Afterwards, she rescheduled her follow-up consultation with me. I accepted her back with open arms and helped her achieve her health goal of living a life fibroid free.

This show is a must to all women who think that shrinking fibroids consist of just popping pills. After listening to this episode, you’ll realize that it’s much much more.

 

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Sugar Intake Linked To Gallstone Development

sugar557The gall bladder is the storage organ for bile salts, which are a  cholesterol-based substance that help with the digestion and  absorption of dietary fats. Gallstones are crystals or clumps of  cholesterol that cause pain when the gall bladder contracts in response to food entering the  intestines.

A preliminary study conducted in southern Italy found that people who ate 400 calories or more of refined sugar each day were three times more likely to suffer from gallstones as those who ate no more than 260 calories of sugar. Those who consumed at least 600 calories from sugar were six times more likely to develop gallstones.

Refined sugars are contained in foods such as cakes, cookies, soft drinks and table sugar. A 12-ounce can of soda contains 152 calories (all from sugar).

 

 

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3 Steps to Building a Garden by Using Containers

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by Elizabeth Renter

Whether you live in a city condo with a south window, or a suburban apartment with a deck, you don’t need to have a sprawling backyard or acreage to get in on growing your own food. On the contrary, container gardens can be budget- and space-friendly, while providing a bountiful harvest.

Most of the fruits and vegetables in your grocery store have traveled thousands of miles to reach you. In fact, the average plate full of food on an American table travels 1500 miles on average before being eaten.

In order to survive the journey, they’ve been sprayed and bred to withstand bumps, drops, and extra-long transit times. One of the side effects of this is they taste nothing like they should. The more out of season your fruit or vegetable is for your geographic region, the further it’s had to travel and the more likely it’s faced some sort of treatment to survive the journey.

You can seek out only in-season produce and even buy from stores that support local growers, but nothing quite compares to produce you can grow yourself.

 

Step One: Find the Containers

If you’ll be growing on a patio, you can use pots from your local garden center, or just about anything you can repurpose to hold some soil and crops. Just remember, your container needs holes for drainage, so if it doesn’t come with any, you’ll need a drill.

If you’re hoping to grow indoors, consider window baskets that can hang either outside or inside your bright window. You can turn them to the outside on warmer days and bring them in when the weather is questionable. (Indoor growing requires a very bright window and south-facing windows are best.)

 

Step Two: Choose Your Plants

The plants you choose depend largely on how much light they’ll be able to receive. If your deck or window receives all-day sun, you can go with tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and other heat- and sun-loving crops. But if sunshine is limited, stick with lettuce, kale, herbs, radishes, and those who don’t need full-day sunshine.

Start with seeds if you are feeling ambitious, or visit a local grower for starter plants.

 

Step Three: Get Your Soil and Plant Your Garden

Big box stores usually carry organic potting mix. For container gardens, you’ll want a potting mix, not necessarily a garden soil. You can also find potting mixes like this at greenhouses. If you compost, work some of your composted mix into the soil before planting.

All plants are different, so do some research on the water and sunlight needs of your container crops. All gardeners make mistakes. Don’t get discouraged if you run into problems; it’s a learning process.

Source: http://naturalsociety.com/want-garden-land-try-containers

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