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Fruit for Thought

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Benefits:
1. Prevents hair loss
2. Has an anti-aging effect
3. Provides moisture

Bananas are a good source of tryptophan which has a sedative effect on the body. Tryptophan helps to fight stress and calm nerves. Diabetics should avoid consumption of ripe bananas as they have a higher amount of fruit sugar than those that are not ripe. Fruit sugar is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream.

LiveLiving Image 7533Kiwi

Benefits:
1. Anti-aging
2. Boosts the immune system
3. Prevents wrinkles

Kiwi fruits are high in vitamin C which make capillary walls strong. Healthy capillary walls help transport oxygen and nutrients to the skin.

LiveLiving Image 7658Raspberries

Benefits:
1. Prevents splitting nails and dry skin
2. Protects eyes and gums
3. Increases water intake

Raspberries are loaded with vitamin C which promotes healthy skin. They are also excellent energy boosters and they prevent finger nails from becoming brittle or splitting

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July 31, 2009 at 4:52 am 1 comment

Quench Your Thirst

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In a medium sauce pan combine 2 cups of water and ginger and bring to a boil. Let mixture boil for 10 minutes. Click here to read more Chef Praylani Henry’s Ginger Lemonade recipe in the July – August 2009 edition of LiveLiving Christian Health and Wellness eMagazine.

July 29, 2009 at 2:14 am Leave a comment

One of the Best Exercises for Legs

In almost every gym there are two different leg press machines: the standard horizontal leg press and the 45 degree leg press. This description uses the standard seated leg press machine. If this will be your first time using this machine, don’t lift too heavy to begin with and stop if pain is felt. Remember to breathe during the effort phase; don’t hold your breath.

Muscles worked: quadriceps and hamstrings of the thigh, gluteus (butt).

Getting set up:
• Begin by sitting on the machine with your back and head against the padded support.
• Place both feet on the foot plate about hip width apart, ensuring the heels are flat. The legs should form a 90 degree angle at the knee with a little variation either way as long as the heels sit flat on the plate.
• The knees and ankles should form a straight line parallel with the floor. Your knees should neither bowed inward nor outward throughout the entire exercise.
• Your bottom should not be raised from the seat platform. If it is, and the legs are at too sharp an angle, then you need to adjust the seat back until the correct position is enabled. You can recognize this poor position when the knees seem to be in front of your eyes and you feel cramped.
• Grasp the assist handles.

Performing the movement:
• Brace your abdominal muscles and push the platform away with heels and forefoot by extending the knees and hips and pushing the back into the seat pad.
• The heels should remain flat on the foot plate and the front of the foot or toes should not be used exclusively to move the pad forward.
• Do keep the head steady and back against the seat.
• Do NOT lock out the knees in an explosive fashion but do express a full range of motion.
• Return the foot plate to the starting position by allowing the knees to bend under control while maintaining the feet flat on the surface. Repeat the exercise.
A few points to keep in mind to perform when performing this exercise:
• Ensure a full range of motion is possible without raising the hips from the seat. Take time to adjust the seat for best position.
• Maintain heel contact with the plate and ensure you push with heels and forefoot.

July 27, 2009 at 5:46 pm Leave a comment

Rescued

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”Bodybuilding had been a great escape for me in a way. But God rescued me.”Click here to read more of The Misalignment of Lou Ellen Jackson in The Secret Place at LiveLiving.org.

July 24, 2009 at 2:57 am Leave a comment

What’s the Connection?

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”Recently I began teaching the book of Genesis for our church’s Bible Study. As a physician, I’ve always emphasized the connection between our spiritual lives and our physical health, specifically in the areas of obesity and weight-related illnesses.” Read more of Aligning Our Taste Buds with the Bible by Kara Davis, M.D. in the July – August 2009 edition of LiveLiving Christian Health and Wellness eMagazine. Visit LiveLiving.org.

July 22, 2009 at 2:10 pm Leave a comment

The Right Way to Stretch

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The older we become our muscles tighten and our range of motion becomes limited. The physical activities we used to execute with ease seemingly become more challenging. Stretching provides a multitude of benefits when performed on a regular basis. The runner’s stretch is great to perform after all cardiovascular training such as: running, walking, and biking. It helps to reduce muscle soreness, leg cramps, joint pain and increase flexibility. In addition to leg routines, the runner’s stretch is effective after exercises such as squats, lunges, hamstring curls, and step-ups.

The Runner’s Stretch

1. Begin the stretch position by stepping with your right foot forward so you toes line up with your fingers on the floor and your knee is in line with your ankle.

2. Slide your left leg behind you with your knee on the floor. Keep your spine long and straight and your shoulder blades down. To deepen the stretch, press your hips forward and down and your collarbones up. Breathe in and out!

3. From this lunge position lift your hips up towards the ceiling, sliding your hands back a little and straightening your front leg as much as possible.

4. Try to press your back heel toward the floor. You can allow your toes to angle out slightly. No more than 45 degrees. Keeping your legs as straight as possible, with your hips reaching towards the ceiling, relax your upper body down towards the floor resting over your front leg.

5. Breathe; then return to the upright, standing position, and begin the stretch with the opposite leg as your lead leg. Try to hold each position of the stretch for 20-30 seconds doing 2-3 repetitions on each side. Work on increasing your hold time for the stretch to 1 minute for 2-3 repetitions on each side.

July 20, 2009 at 10:38 pm Leave a comment

Smile!

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Smile! It’s a beautiful day! For the word of God says, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

Early this morning I was so blessed when I was greeted by a smile on the face of my little one. It’s amazing how uplifting a smile can be. My dentist and my orthodontist focus their advertising on helping their patients achieve a bright smile. I personally pursued a healthy smile through brushing, flossing, regular dental cleanings, braces and retainers. I learned however that certain foods impact having a healthy mouth and a great smile.

Tooth decay occurs when the tooth enamel is destroyed. This type of decay results from a buildup of sugary or starchy food residues left in contact with our teeth. Some of these foods are more obvious than others such as candy, cakes, soda and cookies. Those that may not be apparent for example are bananas, cereals, and breads. Bacteria love this type of environment; they thrive off it causing formation of acids from these foods that lead to decay. The longer food remains in contact with our teeth the more acid. I learned from my orthodontist that our molars (the teeth that grind our food) or even teeth that are not properly aligned are food trap zones.

There are some foods that neutralize acids (countering acids that lead to decay) and increase saliva:

Pears and apples
Both pears and apples have a high water content which help the mouth to produce greater saliva flow. The more saliva flows the greater the protection against bacteria.

Tea with milk
Wash away bits of food, strengthen your teeth, and get important tooth minerals that fight decay by drinking tea with milk.

Nuts, chicken and dairy foods
Nuts, chicken and dairy foods provide tooth minerals such as phosphorus and calcium.

July 17, 2009 at 4:04 pm Leave a comment

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