How Coloring Books Help Adults With Depression And Anxiety

how-coloring-books-help-adults-cope-with-depression-and-anxiety_path_webIt’s hard to believe that coloring can help with a person who has depression or anxiety — especially in adults. Come on, adult life is difficult. Think back to when you were a child. Coloring gave a feeling of bliss — somewhere to run away to in your mind and just be at peace. That’s exactly why adults are going back into the habit. It can actually be prescribed by a psychologist.

Think we’re crazy?

Carl Jung, one of the greatest psychologist who discovered analytical psychology, suggested coloring to his patients in order for them to get in contact with their subconscious and self-knowledge. It’s like meditating or reading a book – but coloring helps a person express the stress away through colors and calms your nerves from all the negativity around them. The time and focus coloring needs take away from the thoughts swarming around a person’s mind when its overloaded with ideas, stress, and depression.

Is it weird to think that coloring has an intellectual aspect?

Yes! Coloring utilizes both right and left side of the brain. When you put two and two together the artistry awakens the right side of the brain. Though, choosing colors and placing them on paper is a type of problem-solving — awakening the left side of the brain. It takes focus and concentration to create something that is aesthetically pleasing.

The adult color books are slightly different than those for children. Most coloring books figure out images and landscapes that would give the mind a go workout – per se — as well as calm the inner-self. The more difficult the design the more concentration and focus needed in the end. For example, many adult coloring books have mandalas. Mandalas are shaped as a circle and have other shapes and intricate designs in between. The circle shape itself is seen to be calming than those with angles. In the Eastern and Native American cultures, it’s seen as a meditative shape since it’s easily found in nature. Some of these coloring books also have nature and landscape designs that help the mind focus on the bigger picture.

This will decrease the mind to think about the little stresses and focus it on the drawing they are painting. When the artwork is finished, it gives a sense of an accomplishment and delight. Think about it, a person turned a black and white photo into life.

4 Types of Fasting: What Works For You?

different-types-of-fasting_path_webSeveral people have this strange misconception that fasting is just a simple diet to minimize the intake of food and have a possibility to starve yourself—little do they know fasting can be used for a variety of reasons. Some people fast for cleansing or detoxification, while others fast for medical treatment or religious practices. If you want to get into fasting, no matter what kind, consulting a doctor before you start is a must. In result, you will be avoiding any potential health risks.

Here are four different types of fasting:

Intermittent Fasting

This style of fasting has been around for centuries. It’s not seen as a diet, but a pattern of eating. Intermittent fasting, also known as cyclic fasting, has become extremely popular in the recent years. The different methods can make it tough to define. However, each method follows a specific pattern of food intake. Usual fasting times are from 14 to 18 hours. The reason for this is because our bodies go into a process called, post-absorptive state. In this state, our insulin levels are low — making it easier to burn fat. After about 8-12 hours of eating our bodies are still within the span of our insulin levels to be high. That’s why intermittent fasting is a popular choice. You don’t change the levels of food intake. You change the time of intake.

Juice Fasting

Juice fasting is when an individual is to consume nothing but liquid from fruits or vegetables. This type of fasting can happen for a day to two weeks of no solid foods. As simple as it may seem, it’s easy to forget to take in enough vitamins. So if you’re interested in starting a juicing cleanse, make sure to plan ahead to get all the minerals you need in order for your body to function without feeling a loss of energy. A refreshing juice combine with fruit, vegetables, and water should be consumed three to six times a day.

Diagnostic Fasting

Diagnostic fasting is usually considered for medical testing. It is usually used before a person takes a glucose tolerance test. This test is for blood glucose levels. With the result, it can diagnose a person if they have diabetes or hypoglycemia. This is issued by your doctor. In the form they give you, it will tell you the time period it’s safe to fast and how long you will have to fast for. The usual fasting time period is up to 8 hours.

Religious Fasting

Religious fasting is done for spiritual or ritual reasons. Different religions have different procedures when it comes to fasting. Most of the practices include a strict diet – restricting to only fruits and vegetables. They may also include grains and of course water. Different religions fast for several days to a month – depending which kind of religious fasting you would like to do.

Do you know anyone who has tried any of these fasting options? If you think of trying any of these fasting methods, make sure to talk to your doctor first.

HICCUP! What’s Your Remedy For A Hiccup?

hiccup-whats-your-remedy-for-a-hiccup_path_web

Have you ever wondered why you hiccup? It can feel weird — even if it’s only for a few seconds. It may even sound like a cough. There are many reasons people may have the hiccups. The main reason is the diaphragm. When your diaphragm gets irritated it can lead for you to suck in the air, which goes to your voice box and suddenly closing your vocal chords for a second. In result, you get a little squicky “hic” out from your mouth. Most people would describe it as an involuntary contraction.

Maybe you ate too fast. Maybe you got too excited and sucked in the air by mistake. There are a few ways on how you can get rid of hiccups if you want them to stop. Here are a few you may not have heard of.

  • Breathing exercises: You may have heard that holding your breath for 20 seconds is a good way of getting rid of the hiccups. But you can also breathe into a bag or hold your legs against your chest for two minutes.
  • Press on pressure points: Another way of getting rid of hiccups is by focusing on pressure points. By pressing on them lightly, you’ll slowly feel the condition stop. Press on your diaphragm gently, which will stop it from spazzing. You can also pinch your nose lightly as you swallow.
  • Water and food intake: drinking water slowly can help decrease the hiccups. They also say that placing sugar on your mouth and swallowing it when it turns into the liquid can also help. If it doesn’t, you can try sucking on a lemon like it’s a sweet fruit. We know it’s sour, but if it helps the diaphragm stop having spasms — it’s best to act like it’s delicious.

Most of the time you can just wait it out. They usually go away with just a bit of patience. Though, if the hiccups prolong for a period of time, it might be suggesting that the body needs medical attention. You should see a doctor if you cough up blood, have abdominal pain or shortness of breathing.

How do you get rid of your hiccups? Do you know any other remedies that help with hiccups?

Do You Know About Activated Charcoal?

what-is-activated-charcoal-is-it-good-for-you_path_web

Charcoal, huh?

That’s weird to think that it has become a fab nowadays. It’s even strange to think that it’s healthy for you or that it’s even edible.

Did I really see an “activated charcoal” ice cream on Instagram? Yup, it’s definitely trending.

Activated charcoal has become a health craze. Yet, no one really knows it’s benefits and where it came from. This has been used since the 19th century. By using carbon with different gases it gets its activation name. The carbon helps developed pores that has the ability to catch toxins in the body. In the medical frame, activated charcoal is used in hospitals and emergency situations to treat poison. The World Health Organization has listed as activated charcoal as one of the essential medicines – meaning you’ll see them everywhere.

And they are not wrong.

Keeping one in a first aid kit is recommended. In case of an emergency dealing with toxins and chemicals. HOWEVER, you should call 911 first and let the operator know you have charcoal in reach. Then, the administer would know procedures that can help those intoxicated – the number of doses depends on the number of toxins. The health professionals will know what is enough to take the toxins out of the body.

Though, there are other ways you can use activated charcoal. Here are some benefits:

Brightens smiles: With the properties of activated charcoal, absorbs plaque and tidbits that stain teeth – leaving you with your white shiny teeth.

NO Hangovers: Since it’s magical powers are to trap toxins and chemicals until it is safely carried out of the body. Therefore, you won’t feel a massive headache after a night of drinking.

Burns and bug bites: This is great to know for South Florida where bug bites and sunburns are always occurring on the body. With a mix of coconut oil, it is a great reliever for those itchy and peeling spots.

Unfortunately, this activated concoction does have it’s side effects. For example, when used for treating a poison or overdosage, it needs to be administered ONLY by a healthcare facility. The side effects are vomiting. diarrhea, black stools or tongue, and constipation. It may even cause some gastrointestinal blockages.

When it comes to medical reasons, it’s best to talk to a health professional before consumption – to know if it’s suitable and how much is enough.

This Summer Aloe Vera Is Your Best Friend!

aloe-is-a-skins-best-friend_web

If the sun ever decides to peak through the clouds in South Florida – it would create a wonderful beach atmosphere. With the wonderful beach atmosphere, the sun’s rays leave people with sun-kissed skin. Unfortunately, at times these rays decide to leave a mark called, a sunburn. Even with sunscreen on your back, it may not be enough to protect you from the sun.

What can you turn to when you get a sunburn?

Aloe Vera.

Aloe vera is known to have many healing properties – so many that the Egyptians believed it to be an immortality plant. There are two parts of aloe vera that can be beneficial. One of them is the yellow residue called, latex – which is found underneath the leaf of the plant. The other one is the famous gel – found in the core of the plant.

Aloe latex:

The latex from the aloe plant has strong laxative properties that are proven to have helped with constipation. Unfortunately, since the properties are so strong it is not sold as an over-the-counter medication in the US. If taken in strong doses it can cause a person to have stomach cramps or weak muscles, but it also can have long-term effects such as kidney failure and diarrhea.

Aloe Gel: 

Aloe gel is the best-known benefit from the aloe plant. Many beauty gurus and food enthusiasts use this part of the plant for beauty benefits and food ingredients. For example:

Sunburn: As we said in the beginning, your new best friend this summer will be aloe vera. That’s because the oil from the plant can moisturize the burns and rashes that will also help prevent peeling of the skin. With it’s moisture and properties, it has a soothing sensation that relieves the burn or rash.

But aloe gel has multiple uses such as for your hair.

Hair conditioner/gel: When you mix the gel with other essential oils, you can use it as a hair masque. With the enzymes and vitamins it holds, it can strengthen your hair and make it look silky smooth. The gel properties have enzymes that can help rid dead skin cells in the scalp and regenerate skin tissue  Other people will tell you, it’s a great ingredient to use if you want to grow your hair out.

Let’s not forget about health.

Immune system: The enzymes also helps breaks down protein in the body. It also carries zinc, which helps defeat zinc deficiency since it’s an essentially part to boost immune system.

 

Which Milk Fits Your Taste?

689355256926338-qzljmdzazfaz372eeuls_height640

Ahhh milk!

A primary component for cookie-eating. Before, milk boys would go door-to-door delivering fresh glass milk straight from the cows’ utters. With its freshness, it was easy to have a nice drink or an ingredient to a person’s recipe. It is said it helps build strong and bones. That’s why it’s in tune with people’s system that milk is essential. As time goes on, the milk choices grew. What was considered fresh glass milk from milk boys, turned into cartoon and jugs in the grocery stores.

What’s your choice of milk?

Funny enough, milk doesn’t just come from cows. Those that do are whole, low-fat(1%), reduced-fat(2%) and skim milk (also known as fat-free or nonfat milk).  These go types of milk go through a similar process. They go through pasteurization, homogenization, and separation in order to make it safe for consumption. If these steps are skipped it may lead to diseases. No one wants that!

So what’s the difference?

The difference comes from the cream that goes into the milk. That will consider the amount of fat in the milk carton. When the milk is going through the processes-milk processors skim out the cream from the product. In order to create 1-2% milk, they add cream back into the box until it reaches the required amount. So what about whole milk you may ask? Well, it’s not all cream! That’s mostly heavy cream for you! Whole milk is just a name for milk that has about 3.25% of cream inside its carton. Therefore, you’re not getting the extra cream to your drink. Skim milk. however, does not have cream inside of it. In result, milk processor skims out the cream and leave it out.

What about the almond milk?

Again, as time goes on, changes occur. Different lifestyle blooms and we learn that some people are lactose-intolerant. Therefore the future inventors had a solution: nut milk! The famous almond milk bloomed. Almond milk is mostly made with almond nuts blended with water, or it can be made with water and almond butter.

But is there another choice?

Macadamia is coming through the US slowly! Macadamia is a kind of nut mostly grown in Australia. It’s dairy-free, soy-free, and GMO-free. That spells HEALTHY! Like almond milk, macadamia is created with a similar process. The best part about this is that they can actually be homemade – money saved!

 

Can Flying Effect Your Body?

what-do-long-flights-do-to-your-body_path_webTraveling is great for your mental health, but it can come with some consequences.

Booking flights will bring you to places where you can reflect and take you on a journey that can open your mind a little bit. Besides, it’s always a great idea to take some time out of your comfort zone. Unfortunately, paradise can pour some rain. When you are flying, it can effect your – whether or not you feel it. We know, it’s not ideal – especially for all those travel lovers out there. Though, when you are in economy class you would understand the back pain you will feel after you have traveled to the other side of the world. So it’s not surprising to say, that with traveling comes some health risks.

Blood-clotting

Long flights are atrocious, but being seated for numerous hours can take a toll. Many people recommend to get up every 2-3 hours to get your blood flow going as you fly. If not, it can lead to blood clots in your leg which is called, thrombosis. In a rare case scenario, this can lead to clogging your lungs. However, to decrease the risk – take a walk. With the little space, you have on a flight try pumping your legs or change position, if can. Blood clots can become a long-term issue.

Sickness

Unfortunately, being up in the air can lead to symptoms of the flu. A low immune system can lead to gathering up germs re-circulating through the cabin. Plus, when you’re up in the air you’re most likely to get dehydrated and more tired than usual. In order to keep yourself from getting any sickness, drink a lot of fluids – not alcohol- but water. Take some vitamins before you take off to boost your system. Also, a small hand sanitizer can do you some good. Washing your hands regularly can help prevent any germs you may come into contact with while you’re on board.

Radiation

Sadly, this is a factor. But it’s very rare. When you fly more than 30k into the air you get exposed to radiation. The atmosphere is thinner and the risk of radiation is higher. Fortunately, it comes in small doses – but it does build up if you become a frequent flier. A person may be prone more to receiving cancer or chronic illness. Again, this happens in small doses and generally doesn’t need any worrying.

Before getting on a plane, make sure you’re 100% ready. Eat a good meal, drink enough fluids and take some vitamins. The better the immune system, the more you will get off the plane feeling ready to take on the world.

How To Deal With Carpal Tunnel

how-to-deal-with-carpal-tunnel_path_web-1When you’re texting on your phone or typing on the computer, do your fingers get tired?

Your hands in generally feel the pain, right? At some point, your hands might feel paralyzed from the pain and you kept help but feel like you’re getting too old. Even though it may be because of age, it’s probably because there is so much pressure on your wrist when you’re doing the daily activities that you don’t notice you might get carpal tunnel. Never heard that word before?

What is carpal tunnel?

Carpal tunnel is basically the tingly feeling you get in your hand because of repetitive pressures from your palm and your wrist. In the anatomy of the hand, the median nerve runs from the forearms to the wrist through the passageway called, the carpal tunnel. Anything that irritates the nerve can cause this sensation. Unfortunately, it can show a few symptoms because of daily activity such as typing and texting. So here are a few tips for keeping your wrist stress-free.

Rest is needed!

Many stress comes from inflammation of the body part. To avoid a lot of inflammation on the wrist, it’s best to avoid flexion movements as much as possible. For example, if there is a day where you don’t have to work with a typing board, it’s best to give your hand a rest and avoid the flick of the wrist. It’s recommended to take regular breaks – for yourself and for your hands. If you use the keyboard a lot you would understand the struggle is real. Plus, you wouldn’t think hands can feel as painful as your back, did you? Take a few minutes every hour to rest or have microbreaks every 10 minutes to keep your hands relaxed.

Keep In Mind Posture!

Pay attention to your work area and keep your hands in a neutral position with your fingers line with your forearms and try not to overextend your wrist while typing. This will minimize the pain and risk of catching the syndrome. You can also mix up the posture to have other muscles work. Just like at the gym, it’s recommended to mix up routines to hit different muscles – but this time it’s just for your hands.

If you think about it, do you really pay attention to your hands or does it pass over your head? Before you get on that computer to write, keep in mind you should probably do some stretches and remind yourself to give yourself a pause to keep your wrist happy and avoid a terrible tingly sensation.

 

 

Vegetarian, Vegan, Or Pescatarian?

whats-the-difference-with-vegan-vegetarians-and-pescatarians_path_web

NO MEAT ALLOWED!

Most people have gone through it or has tried to get into the lifestyle of veganism – or at least avoiding meat. When you see the words “vegan” and “vegetarian” wouldn’t you think it’s the same thing? If you think so, you’re wrong. Though these are similar in many ways they are slightly different. And while we are at educating the differences between vegan and vegetarian, we’ll throw in one more word for you: Pescatarian.

Have you heard that word before? Just in case you haven’t it’s another term for a person who doesn’t consume meat – but first, let’s start with the basics.

Vegetarian

This might be the most popular practice since cheese is a favorite to many. People who practice being vegetarian avoid meat products but generally consume dairy. Though the practice depends on the type of diet. Yes, there are different types of diets in this section so you can pick to your liking.

  • Lacto-Ovo: those who don’t consume meat, but accepts eggs and dairy products.
  • Lacto: those who avoid meat and eggs, but still consumes dairy
  • Ovo: those who avoid meat and dairy products, but still consumes eggs.

Vegan: 

Even though we are speaking of vegan as a diet, it is also seen as a type of lifestyle. Think of it as a strict version of practicing being vegetarian – but only consuming fruits, vegetables and grains. That means no eggs, dairy or meat. Vegan also excludes animal-derived ingredients such as honey and carmine. The majority of people who practice is to protect and preserve animal life. Therefore, it’s a good thing that their diet is strictly down to those that are not animal-based products. You can differentiate two types of vegans depending on the practice. Maybe, one fits you if you want to start saving animals by your lifestyle choices.

  • Raw vegan: a practice that is combining vegan and raw foodism – which is food that is uncooked or unprocessed. This means they don’t eat food that needs to be cooked under 118 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Paleo vegan: it’s like the paleo diet but without the meat. If you don’t know about the paleo diet then it’s basically how the Paleolithic ancestors used to feast like. They don’t eat processed food just fresh meat, but in this case, the paleo vegan is strictly on fresh fruits and fresh veggies.

What about pescatarians?

Pescatarians are people who practice a vegetarian diet but unlike vegetarians, they substitute their meat with seafood. Yup, simple. So if you’re looking for another source of protein, you can substitute it with some seafood!

Beauty Tip: What You Can Do With Some Expire Foods

beauty-tip-what-you-can-do-with-some-expire-foods_path_webWe know that the grocery stores can be like a second home.

Statistics show that a person visits the grocery store at least twice a week – leaving food retailers with billions of dollars each year. Usually, people go to the store because they are hungry and low on food. Shopping while you’re hungry makes you more in-tune with your stomach. Instead of filling up your belly, you’re just filling up your cart. And if you’re trying to be healthy – most of the foods would be produce or sometimes dairy. Unfortunately, most foods that are thrown out are produce and dairy. Why? It might be because people tend to forget they have these foods or crave something else. How many of produce and dairy have you thrown away? Well, what happens if we tell you that some of these foods have an alternative purpose? It’s not to fill your stomach, but to make your skin and hair glow.

We know you may feel weird about it. So here are a few foods you can be a little resourceful with to save you some money before you hit the store again.

Bruised fruits: These fruits are known to be a big no-no. Usually, when a  is bruised it means that there is a bit of cell damage. This is known to be more susceptible to infection. However, bruised berries can help keep your face hydrated. The acid and enzymes they carry can help get rid of the dead skin and blocked pores — leaving you to feel refreshed.

Chocolates: Chocolates are known to last long – maybe even a few years. But if you’ve been hiding chocolates and you have a feeling that they are expired you can bathe in chocolate. Literally. Cocoa has a plant-based substance called, flavonols. Flavonols are antioxidants that can protect the skin from UV rays, and improve hydration and thickness of the skin.

Avocados: Too ripped avocados don’t have to go to waste! They make a perfect face mask, but also a great hair conditioner. Avocado oil has amino acids and protein that helps soothe your scalp and moisturizes your hair.

Therefore, before you trash it — think about the possibilities it can benefit your body.