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Improve Athletic Performance with Hypnosis

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While hypnosis has mainly had a medical or therapeutic application, its use in sports is not new. For more than fifty years it has been commonly used and is credited for attainment of numerous medals at the Olympic games. Olympic athlete Mary Lou Retton used sports hypnosis to help bring a gold, and many other medals, home to the United States. She would visualize her performance and convince her mind that she could achieve the idea in her head. Her brain trained her body to believe she could achieve a perfect routine. The Russian gymnastic team has been bring hypnotherapists to the Olympic games for years. Any athlete can use this technique to improve their game. Boxer Kevin McBride is known for beating Mike Tyson in a championship fight. The boxer used hypnosis to uncover his full potential. Sport hypnosis helps athletes channel more of their brain power when they play. Using mental rehearsal in your athletic performance is a powerful psychological tool that allows you to take what you would most like to do and turn it into what you will most likely do.

Have You Had Your Annual Physical?

d6ae4a3b99eb526615eeaef1a888171f_5pkqEveryone- no matter how healthy you are, should receive an annual physical.  Why? A physical examination checks you from head to toe as a preventative care method, and a doctor that gets to know you and your health history as well as your family’s will know what to check for and how to treat you when you go in. So, not only does it keep your body in check, but it keeps your relationship with your doctor up-to-date in case you would ever need to go in for something specific.
Annual physicals prevent a potential disease from spreading as well. If you constantly keep your body in check by a doctor, any potential disease will be caught quicker or prevented all together before things get more serious. Diseases like cancer are silent- so annual blood work is very important.
For women especially it is recommended to see a gynecologist yearly not only to check for any STD’S or problems that could be from partners but to receive a mammogram as well. Many women put off getting a mammogram and this is what doctors stress the most in order to prevent issues such as breast cancer.
“Everyone needs a doctor, even when they are healthy, because a doctor not only manages and cures illness, but also, hopefully, helps prevent illness and promotes wellness. Having a regular relationship with your primary care doctor is important and can be critical in diagnosing potential issues. It is difficult for a doctor you are seeing for the first time to know your history, your body, your normal function and presentation, and your emotions to recognize differences that may indicate problems,” Dr. John Connolly of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

What is a Vegan Diet? Is it Healthy?

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A vegan diet is based on only eating plant-based foods. This means that any meat, poultry, fish, milk, eggs, cheese and honey are all avoided.
Well-balanced vegan diets have been approved for all stages of life, including pregnant and lactating women, children, adolescents, the elderly population, and competitive athletes. These diets are generally considered healthy and wholesome as long as you are still receiving the proper nutrients that are being lost by not consuming animal products. The types of nutrients generally lost through a poorly planned vegan diet in include calcium, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, and iron. Losing these essential nutrients can cause serious health problems, but can be avoided as long as your vegan diet is properly planned.

Here are some quick facts on the importance of these nutrients and how to keep them while on a vegan diet:
• Vitamin B12: Produces and maintains cells, maintains the nervous system, and helps create DNA.
• Calcium: Keeps bones strong, expands blood to muscles and vessels
• Iron: Transports oxygen, regulates cell growth and differentiation, integral part of many proteins and enzymes
• Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Protects against atherosclerosis, acts as an anti-inflammatory
In order to keep from losing these nutrients that are crucial in order to live a healthy lifestyle, you can eat:
• Wheat: Breakfast cereals, yeast extract, fortified oatmeal/cereal
• Vegetable Substitutes: Vegetable stock, veggie burgers,
• Soy Products: Soy milk, tofu, soy beans, soy nuts
• Beans: Lentils, any kind of beans, chickpeas
To conclude, yes, a vegan diet is extremely healthy. Research has shown that people who follow a vegetarian diet are at a lower risk for obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, diverticulosis, renal disease, some cancers (including lung and breast), and gallstones. Also, cholesterol is only found in animal foods, so vegan diets are completely cholesterol-free. This diet focuses on fresh, unprocessed foods and will help with many future health problems in the long run.

Reasons to LOL (Laugh Out Loud)

Reasons to LOL (Laugh Out Loud)

laughterWith so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health.

Here are just 2 reasons to “Laugh Out Loud”.

 

  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

 

  • Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

 

Laughing is free and it feels good!! Keep on laughing!!!!:-)

Drink More Water!

Drink More Water!

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Many experts suggest drinking eight 8 oz glasses per day. Some suggest half your body weight in fluid ounces per day.
Make sure to drink more water when exercising. Muscles do not work as well when they are dehydrated. Fuel up with at least 8 ounces before you exercise and sip throughout your workout.
Water is calorie free. If you would like to lose weight, swap soda and other higher calorie drinks for water.

Water will not only keep you energized, water can help keep your skin looking youthful.
Make water your beverage of choice!