There are a lot of people who want to keep their bodies healthy and fit but are afraid that they have to spend a lot of money in doing so. The thing is, the only thing that you need to spend if you want to get a healthy and fit body is time and effort. Nothing mor it is not necessary that you have to enroll yourself to exercise classes or avail of gym memberships in order to be fit. Also, you do not have to buy expensive diet foods for you to get the proper nutrition that you need.

As everyone knows, one of the basic keys to a healthy lifestyle is regular exercise. By exercise, it does not mean exercise classes or gym memberships; it means doing physical activities and shaking moving your body. As long as you are able to burn calories, you are in good shape. Even walking and running at least 30 minutes a day is a good form of exercise.

Aside from exercising, you should also start the habit of sleeping earlier. Sleeping helps the body heals and restores the lost energy and nutrients during the day. If you deprive yourself of a good sleep at night, you are not giving your body the chance to repair damages and prepare your body for the next day’s task. Aside from this, there are also studies that show that lack of sleep can result to various health complications, so you must always see to it that you are getting a good seep ever night.

Also, be sure that you are always getting the right kind and amount of food every day. You have to make sure that your body is getting all the proper nutrients that it needs to function well. You can also try to cut down your intake of fatty foods and cholesterol rich foods as excessive intake of these foods can cause harm to your body. Make sure that you are always eating the most important meal of the day, breakfast, the food you eat at breakfast are the foods that provides the energy that you use for the day. That is why it is necessary not to skip breakfast.

Keeping yourself away from stress is also a good way to maintain a healthy and fit body. if you try to follow all things, then you are entitled to a lot of wonderful health benefits plus the ability to live a happier and more enjoyed life.

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There are a growing number of beverages which advertise themselves as healthy drinks. Looking at some of the ingredients included in these beverages most people will find quite a shock. While there is no arguing the ingredients are incredibly healthy, they simply aren’t items typically associated with beverages.

One such ingredient found in healthy drinks is kudzu. Kudzu is a plant that has traditionally been used in Chinese medicine to treat a variety of issues. It has shown to include a number of useful isoflavones which provide anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It is also been shown to be beneficial in treating migraine and cluster headaches. This particular item is most well-known as a food rather than a healthy drink ingredient because the roots contain a healthy starch and the flowers are often used to make jellies.

A less shocking ingredient found in healthy drinks as honey. Honey has long been known to have a variety of nutritional and medicinal qualities. From a nutritional standpoint, honey contains invert sugar which is excellent at providing instant energy while also acting as a useful food supplement. From a medicinal standpoint, honey has been tied to helping heal wounds, controlling allergies, and including powerful antioxidants that can help kill drug resistant biofilms.

Black garlic is another ingredient commonly found in healthy drinks. While it is not as well-known as the more popular white garlic, it has seen an increase in popularity over the past few years. Garlic becomes Black garlic following a month-long process of fermentation under strictly controlled heat and humidity. There are a variety of potential health benefits that it offers. One such benefit is high levels of S-allylcysteine. While it is found in white garlic, it appears in much higher concentrations in Black garlic. Black garlic also offers antimicrobial and antibiotic properties via its active ingredient allicin.

Ginger has also become more popular in healthy drinks. It not only helps manage the appetite, but also enhances the body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients. Some circles believe that Ginger has the ability to clear micro circulatory channels of the body which is why it is often used to help clear up sinuses. Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties which can help relieve joint pain.

The final surprising ingredient found in healthy drinks is jujube. Jujube is a unique fruit because there are at least 400 different varieties and each has a distinctive characteristics. For example, some are best to eat fresh while others should be dried. Jujubes are not added to healthy drinks because they have a particularly high level of any particular nutrient, rather they contain a wide variety of different nutrients. Medical studies have shown that it can help lower blood pressure, treat anemia, and potentially inhibit the growth of tumor cells.

Let me explain what healthy skin in simple words. Healthy skin is smooth, soft, evenly tonedin short, beautiful! How is this logical? Let us use an analogy. Youll know when youre sick when you dont feel well, you look pale and your skin feels clammy, right? Well, just like any other form of illness, it manifests itself in irregularities in your feeling and physical appearancejust like someone with Hepatatis has a yellowish complexion. And so, unhealthy skin can be defined by its rough texture, abnormal coloration (I say abnormal because each persons tone of complexion varies), dryness and oiliness, and skin that is inappropriate for your age. For instance, youre just in your twenties and yet you have wrinkles like youre in your fourties.

So, in contrast to what an unhealthy skin is, a healthy skin is smooth, soft, evenly toned and appropriate for natural aging. It makes sense, right? And whats most important is that these external factors symbolize that your skin is functioning properly in that it protects your body from the sometimes unkind effects of the environment, prevents harmful germs and bacteria from penetrating your body, and preserves the skins natural waterproof property.

So, knowing that a beautiful skin equals a healthy skin, let me give you just one very important word of advice that is essential in keeping your skin healthy and beautiful. Regulate your skins exposure to the sun. as you all know, sunlight contains harmful, and sometimes even fatal, UV rays that causes premature skin aging and skin cancer. It is your skins number one enemy. It not only makes you sweat, which bleeds your skin of the water it needs to function normally, but too much exposure also causes the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, and skin cancer.

So, if you want to maintain your healthy skin, use precautions when you know youre going to be exposed to the suns hot rays for a long period of time. Make it a habit to apply sunscreen before going out. And since the US is home to Caucasians who love to tan, I recommend that you use sunless tanning lotions and indoor tanningthe spray-on ones and not the ones that use tanning beds and lamps as the World Health Organization (WHO) has already labeled these tanning equipment as carcinogenic.

Healthy diet plans do not mean that you should starve to remain fit and agile. Your diet plan has to be linked to your body constitution, your daily routine and your metabolism factor.

A healthy diet plan keeps you light, fresh and mentally active through out the day. While there are a number of theories about the contents of a healthy diet plan, modern research proves that your diet plan should encourage you to eat healthy and eat organic foods.

Your diet plan should include eating small and medium servings at least 4-5 times a day, as compared to 2-3 heavy meals. Small and varied servings throughout the day keep you content without a heavy feeling. It also helps you avoid getting that craving for mid-meal snacks.

Make it a point to include generous amounts of fresh fruits, green vegetables, whole grain cereals and milk products in your diet plan. Fresh and organic fruits are good source of vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates and develop your immunity levels. Green vegetables are rich in iron, calcium and minerals.

If you are a non-vegetarian, then fish and egg white can be taken to meet your protein requirements. Pulses, nuts, tofu and beans are a good option for vegetarians.

One major misgiving about a healthy diet plan is that fat needs to be avoided at all costs. Remember that fat is an important element for your body to function efficiently.

It is like oil to your body machinery. You need to take unsaturated fats available in olive, sunflower and corn and avoid the saturated variety, which is generally found in animal products and bakery items.

Also, keep an eye on your calorie intake. Your calorie consumption is linked to your activity level and structure. People leading a sedentary life style require less calories compared to those who are more physically active. Gradually reduce your consumption of calories, if you are taking more than you need. Do not bring your intake to less than 1200 per day or otherwise you will feel burnt out.

Thus, to follow a healthy diet plan, you need to think positively and be prepared to make changes in your life style and food habits. Moderation is the key to success, and balanced food is an important ingredient for healthy and happy living.

When a powerful earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday, many of those injured by collapsed buildings lay in the streets pleading for help. Even for those with open fractures and head injuries, there was little else they could do.

Haiti is not prepared to handle disaster.

By every measure, it’s the poorest country in the Western hemisphere and it has a health care system to match.

There have been improvements in overall life expectancy and infant mortality, and vaccination programs have helped largely eradicate some diseases like polio, but the country remains desperate for affordable health services. What few services existed declined in the last two decades because of political instability.

The country spends less than $85 per person on health care every year, and much of what is actually delivered is done by a patchwork of agencies from around the world.

Haiti has a public health crisis, according to Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders, one of several foreign medical aid groups that operate free emergency health services in the country. MSF’s own clinics are often overwhelmed by people who can’t afford to pay for private care. Public hospitals and clinics are plagued by management problems and shortages of medications, says the organization.

“The reality of what we are seeing is severe traumas, head wounds, crushed limbs, severe problems that cannot be dealt with with the level of medical care we currently have available with no infrastructure really to support it,” said Paul McPhun, operations manager for the group’s Canadian section. The country’s health indicators are grim. The average life expectancy is about 52, and Haiti has the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the region.

More than 138,000 children under five die of preventable diseases every year, and women routinely die terrible deaths in childbirth because they live too far away from medical help, in rural areas without services or simply can’t afford to pay for services.

UNICEF says that out of every 100,000 live births, 670 women died of pregnancy-related causes in 2006. That’s five times the Latin American average.

Diarrhea, respiratory infections, malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS are leading causes of death. There is poor sanitation and increasing malnutrition, brought on by growing poverty.

In rural areas, only 14 per cent of residents have adequate sanitation, and most rural Haitians lack even basic health care services.

We all, in recent months, have heard all the pros and cons of the health care reform debate, but as expected, most people are still confused about what to expect. While it is very clear that the U.S. health care system is in dire need of change, reform is hardly the best descriptive word, unless you are referring to who is gonna pay and who will be covered.

If you are a person who is currently uninsured due to your financial situation, unemployment, or because of a major health issue then health care reform is probably something that you will welcome. The plan is to make sure that everyone can receive coverage even if they can’t afford it or are currently ineligible due to pre-existing health issues.

This new plan will not deny health care coverage to anyone, including those who have pre-existing conditions or life threatening illnesses; everyone will be covered. Every American citizen, regardless of personal status, will be equally eligibility and no one will be turned down or turned away for health care.

As great as this idea is for everyone to have health insurance, there are very real concerns raised about this new plan. Added everyone to the health care system will have a huge impact on the cost of such a system, especially those with health issues of a serious nature and anyone who doesn’t follow a regular check up schedule. This new proposed plan is based on the balancing out theory between those who have no insurance and are less than healthy and the healthy insured and employed individuals. The concerns center around the effectiveness and extra cost associated with such a new health care plan.

Using a misleading term or name such as The Health Care Reform to describe what it really is: a Nationalized Health Plan and will bring with it, its own unique set of problems. It is very misleading, no matter how you look at it. Other nations who have adapted this type of health care, have experienced a hugh imbalance between care that is needed and the ability of the health care professional to keep up with the demand. Long waits to see specialists and a less than adequate number of doctors to see patients seems to be a uniform problem with this type of health care. Why U.S. law makers cannot see the trend of other nations who are moving away from a nationalized health care system, because of the inefficiencies it creates and caters to, is beyond belief to many voting citizens. Why would an advanced nation such as the United States be taking a step backwards concerning health care?

To avoid upcoming hassles it is a brilliant idea to keep individual health insurance up to date. There is affordable health insurance for students available.

Most of us are not home for lunch on most work days, and it becomes a challenge to find healthy lunch recipes which are easy to prepare, nutritious to eat, and yet do not spoil while away from home until lunch time.

If you have a refrigerator at work, where you can store food, make full use of this facility. This will allow you more options as to what to prepare, as it will remain fresher for longer.

Toss a few lettuce leaves, salad tomatoes and pieces of cucumbers in a bowl. Keep a few chicken strips in a separate bowl. At lunch time, add the chicken strips, a low fat salad dressing, and serve with fresh pita bread.

A tuna salad can be versatile and refreshing, yet healthy and filling too. Tuna salad can be made ahead of time, using fresh lettuce, chopped tomato, sliced onion and tuna. Mix in a little vinaigrette, low-fat salad dressing or mayonnaise. Store in the refrigerator, and serve with a fresh roll, rye bread or crackers.

Another simple lunch to make in the office kitchen is cream cheese and crackers. Sliced sweet pepper pickles, sliced cucumber pickles or any other pickles you enjoy can be prepared ahead. Place a spoon of fresh cream cheese on a cracker. Top with pickles and enjoy.

Fruit salad makes a delicious light but healthy lunch. Fruit salad can be made ahead of time easily, and stored in the fridge. Dice your chosen fruits. Sprinkle with a little lemon juice, and cover tightly with cling film, making sure no air can get to the fruit. Seal tightly. Serve your fruit salad with yoghurt.

If the office kitchen has a microwave available, you might want to try a couple of these ideas.

Fry an onion until golden. Add a little ground beef and salt and pepper too taste. Once at the office, heat the beef in the microwave. Place a little lettuce, sliced tomato and the warm beef on a buttered roll.

Make your favourite soup ahead of time. Freeze the soup in portions. Take a portion out of the freezer the night before work, and keep in the fridge. Microwave the soup at lunch time for a quick and healthy meal.

When making pies and casseroles, smaller portions can be set aside for a meal at the office, easily heated quickly.

Whatever you prefer eating for a healthy lunch, remember to always keep the staples handy: tuna, boiled eggs, crackers, cream cheese and fresh fruit. If you stick to making healthy lunch recipes, even while at the office, you will find your need to nibble in-between meals will drop sharply.

While our Supreme Court Justices debate the constitutionality of Obamacare, our country isn’t getting any healthier. It is important to remember that whether it passes or not, this healthcare law will not make us healthier as individuals or a country. This bill is about how much money healthcare costs and how to lower the cost of care. What we really need is a proactive approach to healthcare that makes us a healthier people and therefore helps us to save money on healthcare costs.

One of the biggest reasons for individuals and families claiming bankruptcy is the cost of medical care. As is well documented, the cost of medical care is getting more expensive. In 2009, healthcare costs were 17.3% of our gross domestic product. By 2017, it is estimated that more than 21 cents of every dollar spent in this country will be on healthcare. On an individual level, healthcare costs an average of $1,500 more for an obese person than that of a person maintaining a healthy weight. If we have learned anything from families, it is that medical costs will bankrupt you as it overtakes your ability to cover other expenses. Eventually, medical costs will bankrupt the good old USA if we don’t do something about it.

Fortunately, there is a major bright spot. Obesity, which is responsible for increasing a lot of risk factors for certain diseases is preventable in most cases. Approximately 80% of obesity related illnesses are preventable simply by diet and exercise and living a generally healthy lifestyle. Thus, if individuals learn how to make smarter health and fitness choices, we can start saving our healthcare dollars for those people who really need it. Those individuals whereby diet and exercise alone cannot help themselves. Thus lowering our overall healthcare expense.

How does someone make the change for themselves? Get connected with an fitness or nutritional expert. Learn what works best for your body and lifestyle. In my utopian world, a site like NeighborhoodTrainer.com can help people realize that personal trainers, Pilates and yoga instructors, nutritionists, and health coaches are accessible anywhere and ready to work with people with all different types of issues and goals. Your success is their success. Now that is a much better way to spend money on healthcare and get an incredible return on your investment.

Remember to see your doctor for a complete checkup before starting any physical fitness or weight training program,. A complete annual physical should be a part of everyones wellness plan. This simple visit to your doctor can help stave off chronic or serious health problems from developing. This is especially important if you will be working out when you are alone. If you are at risk for any health problems, you will want to know before you get started. Plus, this will give you a great picture of your current state of health so your can compare later on for results.

Healthy eating is now a good deal more popular than it used to be and rightfully so. Poor diet is one factor in illnesses such as heart disease and hypertension which can place a drain on the economy. There are more and more efforts to try to get people to lead a healthier way of living and nonetheless it is also easier than ever to rely on fast, convenient food that is often bad for our health. Most likely, most people think that it takes a lot of work to eat healthily and that they will have to drastically change their way of life. It is possible, however, to make a few minor changes that can start to make a difference to our everyday eating habits.

You can see results without having to remove foods from your diet or make substantial changes at once. If you wish to commit to a wholesale change, that is okay but the main thing at first is to try to ensure that you are making more healthy eating choices. Soon enough, you will probably find that you will eat more and more healthy food as your taste buds get used to the change. As with many other habits, change occurs over a period of time and once a new way of eating becomes part of who you are, you will not feel the need to go back to your old diet.

One initial thing you can do is to pay close attention to the choices you make when you’re shopping for food since you most probably buy lots of food items out of habit. For instance, most likely you have never checked the box of your favorite cereal to see how much sugar it contains. One heart-healthy substitute that can give you a positive start to your day is oatmeal. If this is not to your liking on its own, you can easily mix in fresh fruits that can provide other healthy nutrients and as such, one modest change to your diet has been achieved.

These healthier food options can be applied to other foods such as your cooking oils. Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat which can help to fight bad cholesterol. It can likewise be healthy for your skin because it is an excellent source of vitamin E. It may be that you already think that you eat fruit and vegetables but it can be worthwhile considering how fresh these are depending on where you buy these. Organic foods are a superb choice and will reduce any possible exposure to deadly chemical substances. You can be certain that you’re getting the most nutritional benefits from your fresh produce if you can locate a local supplier since you will be able to purchase the fruit when it is the freshest and ripest.

Therefore, it should be fairly obvious that it’s easy to add healthy eating to your daily lifestyle.

Employee benefits are a key component to recruiting and retaining the best employees.Employee health benefits are usually treated as a necessary evil and while it may take a huge chunk out of your revenue, the benefits often attract better employees and help retain existing workers. Satisfied, healthy employees are more likely to help your business grow. Instead of eliminating employee benefits, businesses can provide health-care coverage on a budget with a few adjustments. With costs of medical plans escalating and new regulations looming due to health-care reform, businesses of all sizes are scrambling to manage the impact to their bottom lines, while still trying to provide attractive options.

What is the best way for employers to address their health benefits issues?

It is most important for employers to think about health care in terms of value, not cost. Value is the health outcomes achieved for the money spent. Cost includes not only the immediate, short-term costs of treatment but the long-term costs of ongoing care as well as the indirect cost of poor health. Every employer should work with an employee benefits consultant to offer the best possible employee benefits-particularly healthcare benefits.

Employers can also address employee healthcare benefits by sharing information about the benefits in a credible and personal way. They must provide employees a clear picture of what options their companies offer and the reasons why. These communications should include facts such as what percentage of costs the company and employees cover, how costs are growing and affecting the company’s finances, and which plans best support each individual’s situation.

Encouraging wellness is another successful way of addressing health benefit issues.Not only can a successful wellness program keep people away from the doctor and costs down, strong programs build camaraderie and show employees their employer cares. Some companies cover the costs of smoking cessation and weight loss programs, or reward participation in health and risk assessment screenings. To encourage healthy lifestyle choices, employers offer fitness programs and healthy menu choices in company cafeterias, sometimes at lower prices than the less healthy alternatives.

Choosing the partner to help provide excellent employee benefits services for your organization can be tricky. Partner with an expert who can support the company and employees globally through its consulting services. You need a firm that can tailor a benefits package that aligns with your budget amidst a compensation landscape where costs continue to rise.

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