Sunday, December 21, 2008

Foods to Avoid Due to High Toxin

Naturally foods contain chemicals that are essential for growth and health. But even the most naturally grown food still has natural toxins that can be harmful when consume repeatedly in large amounts.
Here are some of foods that are generally healthy and good to eat but can be harmful because of the toxins it contains:
  • Peanuts and peanut butter

  • Peanuts are legumes that grown underground as part of a root system. And because of its direct contact on the soil makes it dangerous and harmful to the health. The change in the surrounding of the peanut produces fungus which releases a toxic substance called “aflatoxin”. This substance is considered as a cancer-causing agent that usually attacks the liver.
  • Potatoes

  • Potatoes contains natural toxin called “glycoalkaloids”. A high level of this toxin is usually found in green potatoes (potatoes that are exposed to UV light), potato sprouts, a lot of bruising and potatoes with bitter taste. Glycoalkaloids can cause severe stomachache and even death, in rare cases, and it's not destroyed by cooking. You can enjoy potatoes safely by avoiding any sprouts, green or damaged parts, or bitter-tasting portions.
  • Rhubarb

  • Rhubarb is considered as a wonderful plant. It contains a naturally occurring oxalic acid. The levels differ depending on the age of the plant, climate, season and the type of soil. Oxalic acid poisoning can cause muscle twitching, cramps, decreased breathing and heart action, vomiting, pain, headache, convulsions and coma.
  • Kidney Beans

  • Eating just four to five raw kidney beans can cause severe stomachache, diarrhea and vomiting because of toxins called lectins. These toxins can also disrupt cellular metabolism. To get rid of the toxin, soak raw beans for at least five hour, and then boil them for at least 10 minutes.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Risk of Having Routine Work Everyday

What are the usual things you do during weekdays, prepare to work, go home, dinner and watch TV? And how about weekends… almost the same variation? You are doing a repressive routine.
Settling into the same routines that are too easy and comfortable for you for a long period of time may give you bad effects. You can put your emotional and physical strife at risk. Here are some of the risks of doing repressive routines:

1. Boredom
According to studies pathological boredom occurs when a person’s drive and desires are repressed. And it is said that if you are bored, you are at risk on anxiety, depression, addiction and even poor performance at school or at work.

2. Laziness
It said that humans are naturally productive and have a desire to be productive but by the time a repressive routine occurs, you may lose the natural motivation.

3. Brain Drain
By the time you are doing things that are repressive, you tend to lose your enthusiasm and brain activity becomes less, which is not helpful and sometimes causes brain drain.

Meanwhile, staying involved in new activities is an excellent way to increase your personal fulfillment in life and:

• Increase your social interaction and sense of belonging
• Foster your creativity and talents
• Offset monotony and boredom
• Help you realize your life's purpose

Monday, December 15, 2008

How to Prevent having Holiday Stress?

Holiday season is just around the corner, a season for get together, reunions and gift giving. And it is also a time where most of the people get tired and feel stressed. According to WebMD, an approximate of 2 million Americans end-up feeling tired during this season and still increasing.

Many of us considered this season as one of the joyous time of the year but it is also common that many of us is forced to deprive from sleep even for weeks. And most common reasons are the following:
  • Remembering the loss of loved ones
  • Financial concerns
  • Scheduling too many activities
  • Family issues

And as a result of sleepless nights is fatigue. It can seriously interfere with your ability to enjoy this special time of year. You have to respect your body when it needs some time rest, is the best way to keep you going and keep your energy strong. But for times that you need an extra boost on your energy here are some tips from SIXWISE.COM Free Health and Wellness Newsletter:
  1. Drink more water. If you get dehydrated, it will make you feel sluggish. Be sure to avoid BPA and toxins in your water as well.
  2. Eat these eight delicious energy-boosting foods. Eating foods like lean beef /chicken, black beans, seaweeds and almonds are common energy boosting food.
  3. Limit your caffeine intake. Too much coffee or caffeinated soda will actually tire you out in the long run (about one cup a day is ok).
  4. Listen to your stomach. If you’re hungry, eat something. Otherwise your blood sugar levels will fall, along with your energy.
  5. Exercise. Though it sounds ironic, putting out the energy to work out will give you more energy and make your daily tasks easier.
  6. Tend to your emotions. Worry, anxiety, stress and other negative emotions will drain your energy -- fast. Even positive emotions like excitement and anticipation can wear you down energy-wise. So make sure you take time every day to calm your mind and relax.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Good and Bad of Tanning Beds

Feeling dull because of the cold weather? Craving for that bronze color skin but can’t go to the beach and enjoy the sun? What will you do? Would you consider artificial tanning?
Nowadays, especially in the US artificial tanning turns to be an option during winter and for those who loves to enjoy bronze color. Tanning has become a good earning industry in the US and based on the reports in last 25 years indoor tanner already increased by more than a 100 percent. And the most common artificial tanners are the tanning beds.

Tanning bed or sunbed is a device emitting ultraviolet radiation used to produce cosmetic tan. Tanning either natural or artificial in general, aids in the production of Vitamin D in the skin. Vitamin D is important for a number of human functions, like promotion of healthy bones. Also tanning makes a person feel good. According to research this is because of the increase in the endorphin levels. A controversial benefit of artificial tanning rather than tanning outside also arises, it is the amount of control the tanner has. A person has control to the amount of UV and control on the period of exposure.

Knowing all of these benefits may lead to tanning addiction. It is a rare condition which is due to several psychological conditions. And according to studies, the feeling of relaxation and less tense mood after the UV exposure than without exposure is one of the reason of addiction. Some Americans may be addicted to tanning -- to the point where they feel withdrawal symptoms if they go too long without it.

Over doing things specifically tanning has bad effects too. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), exposure to UV light, either from the sun or a tanning bed, is a risk factor for skin cancer. Short-wavelength UVB light has been found to be carcinogenic in animals, and longer wavelength UVA, which penetrates the skin more deeply and is used in tanning beds, may also contribute to cancer. It also said that women who regularly used tanning bed had a greater risk of malignant melanoma, eye problems and suppression of immune system.

Monday, December 8, 2008

How to stop the Birth of a Unwanted Blemish?

Having problems with your skin? Imperfections like acne and pimples. Acne vulgaris or commonly known as acne is skin disease caused by the changes in the skin structures consisting of follicles and other gland, wherein the hair follicles under the skin is clogged. This skin problem is common in teenagers and young adults. It is not a serious skin disease but it can cause scars that may cause decrease in self-confidence.

Acne affects almost everyone and considered as one of the widespread medical conditions in the world. But unfortunately acne has no cure. And because of this fact the best way to manage acne is to know the cause and do preventive measures. It should be kept in mind especially by the teenagers that acne is not your fault and it is caused by a combination of factors at work beneath the surface of the face, factors like production of excess oil in the skin, skin cells and accumulation of bacteria. These factors are triggered by the following:
  • Hormones: Particularly during menstruation, pregnancy and menopause.
  • Certain medications: Anticonvulsants, corticosteroids, sobriety drugs and certain birth control pills (those that contain only progestins) may cause acne.
  • Family history of acne
  • Stress: When you're under stress, your body produces more androgens (a type of hormone). These hormones stimulate the oil glands in your skin, which can lead to acne.
  • Personal care products: Oily lotions, sunscreens or hair products can cause acne.
Prevention is better than cure as we know it; here are some tips from Sixwise Child Health Care and Skin Care Tips to guide you how to avoid acne:
  1. Wash your face twice a day, gently with a mild facial cleanser and as much as possible use only natural skin care product. This will remove excess oil and dead skin cells.
  2. Don't scrub your skin vigorously, as this can cause irritation that makes acne worse.
  3. Women, don't go to sleep with your makeup on, as this can clog your pores and contribute to acne.
  4. If you already have acne, over-the-counter acne products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid may help.
  5. Don't pick or squeeze any existing blemishes, as this can cause infection or scarring.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Guide on How to Win a Job Interview

After preparing your resumes and sending out you applications to your prospect employer, a job interview comes next. It is a process in wherein you as a potential employee will be evaluated by an employer for prospective employment. A set of questions will be asked to you by the employer to assess your skills and knowledge. But how ready are you for this job interview?

It is best that you are well prepared before going to an interview. Going to an interview ready can give you an edge over the competition, and a bit of confidence and peace of mind. Here are some things that you need to do before going to an interview:
  1. Research about the company. Knowing the products and services offered by the company can be an advantage to you in a sense you’re giving an impression to your interviewer that you are really interested with the company and you already have an idea how you can contribute for the growth of the company.
  2. Plan you schedule. Arriving late at your scheduled interview is not a good idea. As much as possible know the exact location of the office where you will be interviewed and plan your route so that you will arrive 15 minutes before the schedule. Less hassle and less pressure for you.
  3. Dress appropriately. Dress a notch above your day-to-day work attire. It is advice that men and women should wear their business attire.
  4. Rehearse and Prepare. Prepare a list of questions that you think the interviewer will ask you and prepare and answer for it.
Here are some tough interview questions from SIXWISE.COM Expert Career Advice:
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • It may sound easy but you might end up bubble for nothing. Stick to your academic background, your professional highlights and future career goals (including your desire to work at said company) -- and keep it short.
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • This question has a definite hidden agenda (as do many interview questions): did you do your homework about the company? Highlight some reasons why the company is poised in a good position in the industry and offers you a unique opportunity that others do not. You can also explain that part of the reason you want to work there is because your qualifications so perfectly match their needs (and expand on how).
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Be honest and explain vulnerabilities but be sure that you know how to counter it. You already have ways to overcome it.
  • Do you have any questions for me?
  • Saying “NO” to this question shows that you lack interest and curiosity about the company. You can prepare a list of questions relating to benefits, work schedules, responsibilities and policies.

Monday, December 1, 2008

What are the benefits of YOGA to the body?

In Sanskrit an ancient Indian language, the term Yoga refers to a union. It is said to be the oldest defined practice of self development, a practice of physical posture or poses. Yoga is more than a stretching; it is about creating balance in the body by developing both strength and flexibility. But how can yoga affect the body?
Yoga brings together the mind, body and soul that is why it has a lot of health benefits. Here are some health benefits of YOGA:
  • reduced stress
  • sound sleep
  • reduced cortisol levels
  • improvement of many medical conditions
  • allergy and asthma symptom relief
  • lower blood pressure
  • smoking cessation help
  • lower heart rate
  • spiritual growth
  • sense of well-being
  • reduced anxiety and muscle tension
  • increased strength and flexibility
  • slowed aging process
Yoga is something that is worth a try for your health and wellness though we have to make sure that we have a good understanding on what type of yoga suits you well as well the benefits it can give you. Here are some of the types of yoga with a short description:
  1. Hatha: One of the most popular types of yoga (if not THE most popular), hatha yoga is meant to achieve balance between the mind and body. It includes traditional yoga postures for all levels, and is often a general term used to describe a collection of yoga styles. (Many of the types of yoga below are derived from hatha yoga.)
  2. Dru: A series of poses are performed to help you find your inner tranquility and strength, as well as improve your well-being.
  3. Bikram: A series of 26 poses are performed in a heated room (the temperature can be anywhere from 90-100 degrees F) to make your body sweat. The heat in the room100 degrees F) to make your body sweat. The heat in the room is meant to increase your body's flexibility, reduce the risk of injury and help you to detoxify.
  4. Anusara: Meaning literally "to step into the current of divine will," anusara is meant to promote awareness and well-being along with body alignment.
  5. Integral: A gentle form of hatha yoga that emphasizes breathing, chanting, meditation and purifying the body's energy channels.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Keys to a Better Married Life

Almost all of us dreamed of getting married and to be united with an individual. Reasons of getting married vary in every individual, some for legal, social and/or financial stability, to have their own family and/or public declaration of love. But generally marriage is considered as an institution in which interpersonal relationship are acknowledged.

Married life is a new phase for two individual and a good relationship with your partner is needed to make it work. Unfortunately because of different factors the number of separated or divorce couples increases. Common arguments of married couples are about money, sex, work, children and housework. They should know how to appreciate their good times together and to face the challenges during bad times. Studies said that married couples who expresses their feelings to their partner even if it is anger or frustrations tend to have a longer married life together. It said that in every relationship specifically in married couples open communication is essential.

Here are the top ten ways to keep a strong marriage according to SIXWISE.COM free relationship advice:

  1. Always show affection. Simple gestures of affection like kiss on the cheeks or a “thank you” can keep the spark as a couple.

  2. Keep arguments respectful. Arguments are good as long as it is constructive and you are fair.

  3. Keep an open communication. Along with arguing respectfully, it's important to communicate respectfully. By sharing your thoughts, concerns and ideas regularly, you create an open environment of trust and intimacy.

  4. Be nice to your partner or spouse. Happy couples go out of their way to do nice things for their partner on a regular basis, which will keep the overall marriage positive, rather than negative.

  5. Choose your battles. There are arguments that are considered petty things, unsolvable and not worth it to get upset with and therefore not worth an argument.

  6. Do fun things together.

  7. Laugh together. Make an effort to find some humor -- especially if things are tense -- to keep things positive.

  8. Always show respect. Strong marriages are built on mutual respect.

  9. Do things YOUR way. Here "your" refers to you and your spouse. It's important that together you establish your own traditions, daily rituals and methods for raising your children, taking care of finances, etc. If there is a meddling in-law, sibling or friend who is allowed to interfere, it will undermine the idea of YOUR marriage.

  10. Be empathetic. Make an effort to understand your spouse, hear their concerns, and share their excitement.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Guide to Detoxification

Feeling so tired and unhealthy? Too much toxins in your body can be the cause. Almost every day we accumulate toxins and emotional baggage that poisons the body. And this poisons may came from different chemicals and substances we take like food and drugs and from the everyday stress and conflicts we encounter. Detoxification is the solution to all this.

Detoxification or detox is a process of removal of toxic from the body. Naturally toxins in the body were eliminated through liver, lungs, kidney, intestines, lymph and skin but when the system is compromised, toxins are not properly filtered and removed in the body which causes health issues.

There are different ways of detoxification; it can be artificially by dialysis and chelation therapy or natural detoxification like diet detoxification. There are detoxifying techniques that can be applied daily; here are some detoxifying tips for SIXWISE.COM Free Health Care Advice:
  1. Do regular exercise.
  2. Be careful with the drugs you take.
  3. Eat organic.
  4. Stop smoking
  5. Use natural cleaning products.
  6. Meditate
  7. Have enough rest and sleep
  8. Limit alcohol intake
  9. Switch to natural personal care products
  10. Challenge your mind.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Reality of Premature Aging

Aging is a natural way of life. As we grow old aging is manifested on how we look specifically on the face. But what happens if aging is manifested at early age? It is a premature aging.

Premature aging is a term used to describe an early appearance of aging before old age. It has two types: intrinsic (internal) aging and extrinsic (external) aging. Intrinsic aging is the natural process of aging which occurs as you grow old and involves the following:
  • Collagen production slowing (collagen contributes to skin's firmness)
  • Elastin production decreases (elastin contributes to skin's elasticity)
  • Fat cells begin to disappear (which can lead to sagging skin)
  • Your skin losing its ability to retain moisture
  • Frown lines and "crow's feet" appearing due to small muscle contractions
  • Dead skin cells not being shed as quickly
  • Slightly less turnover of new skin cells
Usually all of these changes start to occur when you are in 20’s and the signs of intrinsic aging are the following:
  • Fine wrinkles
  • Thin and transparent skin
  • Loss of underlying fat, leading to hollowed cheeks and eye sockets as well as noticeable loss of firmness on the hands and neck
  • Bones shrink away from the skin due to bone loss, which causes sagging skin
  • Dry skin that may itch
  • Inability to sweat sufficiently to cool the skin
  • Graying hair that eventually turns white
  • Hair loss
  • Unwanted hair
  • Nail plate thins, the half moons disappear, and ridges develops
On the other hand, the normal aging process becomes a premature aging when external factors often act together. Premature aging usually cause by repetitive facial expressions, sun exposure and smoking.

Here are some health care tips on how to prevent premature aging:
  1. Avoid smoking. Too much exposure to cigarette smoke will increase the wrinkling and dryness of skin.
  2. Avoid too much exposure to the sun. Too much exposure to the can also cause wrinkling and skin dryness. It can also cause skin cancer.
  3. Have a healthy diet. Having a diet rich in fruits and vegetables will provide you plenty antioxidants which is good for the skin.
  4. Have enough exercise. Exercise tones muscles and helps promote blood flow -- necessary for healthy skin and body.
  5. Avoid too much alcohol. Over time, alcohol can permanently damage blood vessels in the skin, causing you to appear flushed.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Reasons Why Stress is not good for you

Every one of us has its own responsibility in life and that includes managing finances. And knowing that the economy is on the rocks today most of us are having personal finance difficulties. According to reports most stress are related to financial issues.

Stress is a fact of nature wherein an individual reacts with a particular event or circumstances sometimes called as stressor. Experts say that stress can be good or bad. Good stress is that stress that gives you a quick and light impact that can be helpful like for example during emergency situations where a driver has to slam on the breaks to avoid accidents. On the other hand bad stress is that stress that happens continuously or frequently. This stress can actually wear off your body and may cause health problems. Here are some common results of stress:
  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of irritability or anger
  • Lying awake at night
  • Feelings of depression
  • Lack of motivation
And because of stress many are coping with stress in unhealthy ways like overeating, drinking alcohol, too much napping, smoking, and sometimes skipping meals. Instead of giving positive results you will be ending in much worst problems.

In one of the SIXWISE.COM free health and wellness article, they featured Marry Maddux relaxation techniques to cope up with stress:
  1. Stop and “Do Nothing”. Stopping and doing nothing from time to time is a mini relaxation. It will help you reset to keep you going during the day.
  2. Take a Deep Breath. "Take a deep breath" has become a cliché -- you hear it on sitcoms, in conversations, everywhere -- and for good reason. It helps!
  3. Observe the Natural Flow of Your Breath. This is perhaps the easiest way to relax with the breath. Take a break and simply bring your attention to your breathing. Notice how the breath moves in and out, how it feels, how your body moves as you breathe.
  4. Lie Down and Rest.
  5. Stretch. Simple stretching can do wonders.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Fight Against Child Obesity

Parents would love to see their children healthy and gain weight as they grow old. And sometimes they have this idea that the bigger the baby or a child is the cuter, the better. But gaining more than the average and need for their growth and development - may lead to child obesity.

Child obesity or overweight is a serious medical condition defined as abnormal fat accumulation that may lead to different health risk. Child obesity usually occurs without the parents knowing it or without realizing that their child is overweight.

And in realty child obesity may lead to numerous health risks like cardiovascular diseases, high blood, childhood diabetes and even cancer. Also obese child has greater chances of being obese when they become adults.

Even though child obesity or overweight may be genetically inherited a change into a healthy lifestyle may prevent or reverse this. As parents you can guide your children for a healthier lifestyle. You can make changes that will help your child lose weight gradually. Being supportive and being a role for the changes you want to implement is also important. And also keep in mind that they still children don’t push them too hard, make changes slowly. Child Health Care, sum up simple changes that you can implement for better health of you children and family:

  1. Eat meals together as a family
  2. Decrease the time your child watches TV and plays video games or spends at the computer
  3. Avoid using food as a reward
  4. Use healthy foods as snacks
  5. Encourage your child to do active things like going for walks, walking the dog, washing the car, playing sports or tag with friends, etc.
  6. Limit fast food meals
  7. Include more nutritious meals in your family's daily diet (try the recipes in Alive in 5: Raw Gourmet Meals in Five Minutes for some delicious (and fast!) ideas)
  8. Eliminate sweetened drinks like soda from your house
  9. Plan your meals for the week so you don't end up going for take-out at the last minute
  10. Pack a healthy lunch for your child to take to school

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Good Things about Eating Raw Food

As the world continues to evolve with better technologies, mankind became more exposed on different free radicals and pollution that cause different diseases. And this could be the reason why the number of health conscious is increasing.

In the US alone many are already advocating raw foodism. Raw foodism or rawism is a lifestyle where 60% - 100% of the food consumption is un-cooked, un-processed and mostly organic. The most popular raw food diet is the raw veganism or raw vegetarianism. However there are also raw foodist who eats raw meat and eggs.

According to studies and by Karyn Calabres, a well-known raw foodist in Chicago, enzymes are needed for every metabolic process in the body and the enzymes found in foods you eat are destroyed when you cook food. Many adherents of raw foodism believe that consumption of uncooked foods encourages weight loss and prevents and/or heals many forms of sickness and chronic diseases.

Also according to Jakob Bohme in one of his writings that the doctrine of signatures refers to the notion that God marked objects with a sign or "signature" revealing their true purpose. Here are some raw foods that reveal their uses from SIXWISE.COM Free Health and Wellness Newsletter:
  • Sliced Carrots:

  • They look like the human eye (complete with pupil, iris and radiating lines), and research shows carrots enhance blood flow and function of the eyes.

  • Walnuts:

  • These wrinkly nuts look like little brains, which makes sense considering walnuts help develop more than three dozen neurotransmitters for brain function, and are a rich source of brain-healthy omega-3 fats.

  • Grapes:

  • A cluster of grapes is shaped like your heart, and each grape could be a blood cell. Science shows that grapes are nourishing for your heart and blood.

  • Kidney Beans:

  • Of course these look like your kidneys, and they contain nutrients that can help maintain and heal kidney function. Kidney beans are also an excellent source of the trace mineral, molybdenum. This mineral helps detoxify sulfites, a type of preservative added to many foods (and to which many people are sensitive), from the body.

  • Tomatoes:

  • Like your heart, a tomato has four chambers and is red. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is excellent for your heart.

  • Avocadoes, Eggplant and Pears:

  • Ever notice how these raw foods resemble a woman's womb and cervix? Well eating one avocado a week has been found to help balance hormones, prevent cervical cancer and help women shed birth weight. Ironically, it also takes nine months for an avocado to grow from blossom to ripened fruit.

  • Celery, Bok Choy and Rhubarb:

  • These and other rigged, ribbed veggies resemble your bones. They are also 23 percent sodium -- just like your bones -- which is important since your body will pull sodium from your bones if it doesn't get enough from your diet.
Many raw food diets are easy to prepare like salads, fruits, meat and dairy. There are some foods that require planning to prepare for eating. Rice and some grains require sprouting or overnight soaking to become digestible. And if preparing for gourmet recipes for raw food usually needs blender, food processor, juicer or dehydrator.

Friday, November 7, 2008

How bad is Broken Heart?

Did you ever felt bad about family situations, relationships and career with severe chest pains? If yes, maybe you are having a broken heart syndrome.

Broken heart syndrome or “Heart break” is a common term for stress cardiomyopathy, it is used to relate intense emotional pain or suffering after distressing situations. Situations like traumatic romantic breakup, shock of a surprise party or death of a loved one may trigger broken heart syndrome. A flood of stress hormones are unleashed, taking a drastic toll on the heart that mimic heart attack which can be life threatening.

The difference with heart attack and broken heart is that broken heart syndrome recovery happens within few days and is completely recovered within two weeks time.

Symptoms of a "broken heart" can manifest themselves through psychological pain but for many the effect is physical following is a list of common symptoms that occur:

  • A perceived tightness of the chest, similar to an anxiety attack
  • Stomach ache and/or loss of appetite
  • Partial or complete insomnia
  • Anger
  • Shock
  • Nostalgia
  • Apathy (loss of interest)
  • Feelings of loneliness
According to the experts preventing broken heart is easy. You have to know the how broken heart syndrome occurs. You must live a healthy lifestyle and you must learn how to control too much emotion especially when unwanted situations and unforeseeable stress occur. And for those who are recovering from broken heart, it is suggested that they should take a rest and drink plenty of fluids and keep their selves busy like exercising , it will not only keep your body health but also your mind healthy.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

11 Ways in Finding your Dream Career

Career is a term commonly used as an individual’s course or progress of through life and usually considered to pertain to remunerative work. It was said if you love your job and contented with it then it is safe to say that you are in the right career path.

But how can you really say that you are in the right career path? And how can you find your dream job? In Sixwise Career Advice Newsletter, identified 11 ways on how to find dream job:

  1. Know your skills, talents and hobbies.
  2. Whether it is something you've learned to do, or something you're uniquely talented at doing, your skills and talents should be a part of your dream job. Also, don't overlook your hobbies, or things you love to do, as an important part of this list.

  3. Know your values?
  4. You must answer this question to accurately find your dream job. Do you value helping others over all else? Or do you value having time to spend with your family? How about money? Where does that fit in to your value system? Chances are that your values will encompass a number of different things. If you're having trouble identifying which values are most important to you, you should rank them using a 5-point scale (0 = not important at all, 5 = most important).
  5. Determine how much training you're willing to put in.

  6. Perhaps you've always dreamed of defending a client in a high-profile court trial, but know that law school is not for you. Or, you'd like to work with cars, but don't have the technical training to do it. As you start to nail down the types of jobs you may like, you'll need to know how much upfront and ongoing education/training they require -- along with how much you're willing to put in.
  7. How much money do you want to make?

  8. This should be partly answered for you already under "what are your values." If part of your dream job is earning six-figures or more, make note of it. Likewise, if you're content to just get by, as long as you're doing what you love, keep this in mind too.
  9. Location, location, location.

  10. Realistically speaking, are you willing to leave your current location to take on your dream career? If you've always wanted to be a farmer, are you willing to sacrifice your love of chic urban eateries? Meanwhile, how far are you willing to commute (or do you want a job you can ride your bike too)? Travel is also something to think about: Does the thought of traveling for your career excite you, or would you rather stay close to home?
  11. Workaholic or Family-Oriented?

  12. Not that the two can't go hand-in-hand with a little bit of tenacity, however most people find that they lean toward one or the other. Is work the most important thing to you, and you're willing to put in 70-hour weeks? Or do want a flexible schedule that allows you more time to spend with the kids?
  13. Determine Your Career Personality.

  14. This free career test will help you determine what type of career you are best suited for based on your dominant character traits, your interests, and the way you approach work. Keep your career personality in mind as you compose your list of dream careers.
  15. Compile Your Information.

  16. You've thought about it in your head and have a vague idea of your values, skills, desires, etc. Now, write it all down. Peruse your list of what you're looking for, and what you're not … let it sink in.
  17. Identify Your Dream Career.

  18. Based on your dream, identify careers that you believe would make you truly happy. Search online, ask your family, friends and neighbors, and choose your dream job.
  19. Get Your Dream Career.

  20. You've already made it through the hardest part for many: identifying your dream job. Now you just have to find it. How? Keep your eyes and ears open for anything related to your dream job. Attend industry trade shows, read their magazines, network with anyone you can within the field, and hand your resume out unashamedly at job fairs. If your dream is to start your own business, this applies to you too. Make friends with other business owners and soak in all the advice they have to offer.
  21. Stick With It!

  22. Finally finding a career you love will be well worth the hours, days and months spent searching for it. If you find that certain hurdles are keeping you from moving out of your old job and into the new (i.e., debts to pay off, school to complete, family matters), devise a strategy to overcome each of them, one at a time. Remember, you are working toward a dream, and nothing should stop you from seeing that that dream comes true.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Understanding Oxidative Stress

Oxidative stress is caused by an imbalance between the production of reactive oxygen and a biological system's ability to readily detoxify the reactive intermediates or easily repair the resulting damage. It is also involved in aging and chronic diseases such as atherosclerosis, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.

Normally free radicals are present in our system and even the healthiest person has it. It is usually kept wrap under in the body where they cannot cause harm to the body but when it exist in the body in excess then the harmful condition known as oxidative stress occurs.
Free radicals may take over your body in two ways; one is that you are exposed on abundance of them due to environmental pollutants and toxins like cigarette smoke, alcohol, air pollution and radiation, and the other one is that your body is lacking of health compounds like antioxidants that fights free radicals.

In one of the free newsletter issues of SIXWISE.COM Health and Wellness here are some tips on how to fight free radicals:
  1. Eat an antioxidant-rich diet.
    Anti-oxidants help prevent oxidation. And eating healthy diet life fruits, vegetables and nuts and other anti-oxidant foods is helpful.

  2. Exercise sensibly.
    Exercise enhances the body's ability to handle stress more than it harms the body through stress.

  3. Consider chiropractic wellness care.
    Chiropractic care appears to improve the ability of the body to adapt to stress.

  4. Take time to relax.
    A stressful, anxiety-filled daily routine will wear you down, no matter how healthy your lifestyle

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Tips on how to have a correct body posture

According to the medical definition of posture, as a whole it is the carriage of the body or the attitude of the body. And it is said that good body posture could benefit your health.

Basically having good posture aids on how to look good and gain more self confidence. If you are about to compare someone who is slouching while walking to somebody with correct posture, you will find certainty in the person who are walking in posture.

Other than the the way you look, there are also health advantage on having a good body posture. Primarily, this benefit occurs when body posture is correct and your muscles, organ, joints and bones are not in tension. Here are some health benefits of having correct posture:
  • Minimize your risk of many neck and back problems.
  • Ensure that your joints don't wear abnormally, which can lead to arthritis.
  • Be able to use your muscles more efficiently, because your bones and joints will be in the correct alignment. This will result in less fatigue, as your body will require less energy to move around.
  • Prevent your spine from becoming fixed in an abnormal position. This can lead to condensed blood vessels and nerves, and problems with muscles, discs and joints, which can lead to headaches, fatigue and even problems with organs and breathing.
  • Experience fewer strains and pains because you won't be overusing certain muscles and joints, nor putting unnecessary pressure on bones, joints and organs.
  • Put less stress on the ligaments holding the spine's joints together.
In one of the released free newsletter or SIXWISE.COM, here are some tips on how to improve body posture while standing:
  • Keep your weight on the balls of your feet, not your heels
  • Let your arms hang naturally by your side
  • Keep feet about shoulder-width apart
  • Don't lock your knees
  • Keep your head level and in line with your neck and spine, not pushed forward
  • Keep your shoulders upright
Posture tips while sitting:
  • Keep both feet flat on the floor (if your feet cannot reach the floor, adjust the chair or use a footrest)
  • Align your back with the back of the chair
  • Don't slouch or lean forward
  • Adjust the chair so your knees are even with your hips, or slightly higher, and your arms are at a 75-90 degree angle at the elbows
  • Keep your shoulders straight
  • Choose an comfortable office chair with good back support
  • Get up often and stretch
  • and stand up straight

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

What is Postpartum Depression and Baby Blues

Child birth is a joyous event for most women. Because of the fact that you are able to carry a life your womb . But there are cases that not all new mom felt happy and excited about this. Some women felt sad, anxious, afraid or sometimes angry.

Baby blues and Postpartum depression is a form of clinical depression which usually occurs to women after child birth . And an estimate of 10% of new moms experiences this kind of depression. The difference with postpartum and baby blues is that postpartum is the severe case of baby blues and needs doctor attention and counseling. Baby blues happen right after child birth and only last a few days. New mom can have sudden change in mood, sadness, loss of appetite. And on the other hand postpartum depression can happen anytime within the first year after birth. The usual symptoms are sadness, lack of energy, trouble concentrating, anxiety, and feelings of guilt and worthlessness.

You can easily cope with baby blues as long as the signs are mild and short live. Here are some tips from Sixwise Healthy Family Guide on how to manage baby blues:

1. Takea rest as often as you can. Even short naps can be beneficial.
2. Cry if you need to.
3. Don't judge yourself for how you're feeling. It's normal!
4. Talk to your husband , family and friends about how you're feeling. You can also join a new mom’s support group to talk to others going through a similar transition.
5. Ask for help when you need it, and accept help when others offer it.
6. Keep visitors to a minimum.
7. Prioritize what has to be done versus what can wait to be done (i.e. don't try to do everything you used to do immediately). It's OK to take a nap while the baby is sleeping instead of keeping up with the dishes. You don't have to be Supermom.
8. Eat plenty of healthy foods regularly throughout the day, as it's been found that low blood sugar can make your symptoms worse.
9. Exercise. It's a natural mood booster.
10. Try to find a few minutes a day to relax . Reading, taking a bath, meditating or listening to some music -- even for 15 minutes -- will help you feel better.
11. Keep a diary of your feelings.

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