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23 Things Depression Taught Me

Written By Admin on Friday, October 24, 2014 | 12:52 PM

Just some of the things depression has taught me:
1. Be gentle and go gently, with yourself and others.
2. Pray relentlessly, keeping a constant contact with God.
3. Stay connected to, and be honest with, people you trust.
4. Develop and maintain real relationships.
5. Throw yourself into the acquisition of virtue. Character growth is the best positive strategy to nurture resilience.
6. Tomorrow will be different. No matter how bad today was. Tomorrow will actually be different.
7. Ask often, "How important is [this issue], really?"
8. Be at peace with people and with life, as far as it depends on you.
9. Enjoy moments of lightness and hilarity.
10. Be whoever you can be for others. Our purposes in life are versatile and vast. But don't attract unnecessary pressure.
11. Don't worry about what others think of you regarding mental illness, but also seek to understand them and accept their views for what they are.
12. Hope will return, as will energy, spark and enthusiasm.
13. This, too, shall pass. The days of dread will pass.
14. Try not to compare yourself with others who seem to 'have it all together'. Nobody has it all together. Anyone who thinks they do still have this to learn.
15. There are depressed days; it doesn't automatically mean it's depression.
16. Everyone experiences grief; grief is not a mental illness. But we often experience depression with grief. Allow it to come and leave. Most grief lasts months, not years.
17. Expect the best and plan for the worst. Be prepared to accept what cannot be changed.
18. Show grace for those who appear insensitive. They probably aren't aware or they don't understand. They can be forgiven. They can only see what they can see.
19. Try to learn to say goodbye to things that are no longer helpful. It seems we are missing out even more, but better things are coming. This includes letting go of problematic relationships.
20. Accept the best that you are and can do on any given day.
21. Smile at yourself in the mirror. Be honest with yourself in the mirror. See yourself.
22. Plan a pleasurable day. Plan to have a pleasurable weekend, with activities that connect you into joy, hope, and peace.
23. Read about mental illness. Become a student of healthy spirituality, and how to nurture a sound head and steady heart.
Depression is a learning opportunity. As such, it's healthy to view depression as a life experience. Depression, as a catalyst for healing, makes us kinder, more compassionate, people.
© 2014 S. J. Wickham.

Health Benefit of Apples and Fat Loss

Written By Admin on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 11:21 AM

The health benefits of apples have been a part of our culture for a long time. An apple a day keeps the doctor away is quite accurate. Research now shows us what we have suspected all along, apples have a number of benefit for your health beyond just good nutrition.
- A healthy diet requires good sources of vitamins and minerals as well as fluids. Apples contain a lot of water which will help you to maintain proper hydration. Eating foods high in fluids will help you to feel full so you don't overeat.
- Apples contain vitamin-C and beta-carotene.
- Apples have low amounts of the elements calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. Potassium in particular, controls your blood pressure and heart rate.
- Apple peels are a good source of fiber which is important for a healthy colon. The flesh of the apple contains pectin, a fiber that is fat soluble and helps to lower cholesterol in your blood.
- Antioxidants reduce inflammation as well as fight the effects of free radicals and viruses.
- Red apples have quercetin, an antioxidant. Quercetin can help your immune system.
- A diet rich in fruit can reduce the risk of developing cataracts by 10-15%.
- Research at Cornell University has shown that apples help protect neuron cells which helps reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
- Frequent eaters of apples have a lower risk of suffering a stroke.
- Apples are a leading source of boron which helps build healthy bones.
- At least one apple a day in a woman's diet can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes by up to 28%.
- Eating an apple stimulates saliva production which reduces the level of bacteria in your mouth which reduces tooth decay.
New research has found that the health benefit of apples now goes beyond basic nutrition. Ursolic acid is found in apple peels and studies show it can help you burn calories faster. Tests have shown an increase in slow and fast muscle fibers, an increase in the ability to exercise and an increase in grip strength. On top of these benefits, ursolic acid will also generate more brown fat storage. The end result? The researchers concluded that ursolic acid can reduce obesity and fatty liver disease.
The Welsh have it right, the health benefit of apples at "an apple a day" cannot be overlooked. Eat them as a healthy snack with peanut butter, in smoothies with other fruit or as a baked apple pie. Your body will thank you for it! 

5 Castor Oil Benefits You May Not Know Of

Written By Admin on Friday, October 17, 2014 | 9:45 AM

Castor oil helps you take care of your health in a new way. This vegetable oil, widely known to be useful to treat skin diseases, has plenty of health benefits you may not know of.
This vegetable oil is derived from the seeds of the castor plant that is found in countries like India and Africa and used for its medicinal benefits all over the world. Here are five benefits of it that you may not know of.
1. Treat ringworms
If you want to treat ringworms, you may need to use castor oil. Yes, this oils' undecylenic acid will help treat ringworms successfully. Ringworm is a common disease that often refuses to go away. Applying this vegetable oil daily is a necessity as ringworm is often a stubborn disease and will not go away if not properly treated.
2. Use as moisturizer
We all know that castor oil is useful for treating skin diseases. However, have you thought of using them as a moisturizer yet? Yes, castor oil's fatty acids help remove dry patches of the skin and help maintain your skin. Skin care will be something that is easy with the application of this oil. This vegetable oil will be an inexpensive skin moisturizer that you will love.
3. For treating acne, scars and stretch marks
Are you worried about skin problems like acne, scars or stretch marks? Castor oil has ricinoleic acid that will help you fight off the acne causing bacteria. It can also be used to treat scars though it will work slowly. The truth is scars will fade naturally thanks to fatty acids. Using this vegetable oil helps grow healthy tissues and penetrates deep within the scar tissue. It can be also used to treat stretch marks on stomach and thighs and can be used also during pregnancy.
4. Thickening of eyebrows
Apart from treating skin diseases, this vegetable oil also helps thicken eyebrows and eyelashes. That's not all, you can use castor oil to stimulate hair growth rate as well. You need to apply this vegetable oil daily though to make this effective.
5. Constipation
Apart from the other benefits, this oil is also used as an effective remedy for constipation. Just have one teaspoon of it once daily for three consecutive days and see the result.
Of course, there are a number of other health benefits as well to the use of this oil. It is used to induce labor as well. So, have you used this vegetable oil yet? After all, using this oil will help you lead a better life, in a healthy way!

Three Tips for Healthier Nails

Written By Admin on Thursday, October 16, 2014 | 10:49 AM

There are people who struggle who keep their nails healthy. Some of them just do not know how to conduct themselves to keep the nails strong and healthy. Luckily for them, this article is aimed at educating them on such matters. Below are some of the tips on what they can do.
1. Always apply moisturizer to your hands
This is perhaps one of the easiest ways to have healthy nails and hands. Hydrated hands are always the best. Nothing works better for dry hands than applying moisturizeron a daily basis in order to keep them healthy. Rub some lotion to the nails to moisturize your nails. Before you apply the moisturizer, make sure your hands are clean. Do not apply the moisturizer on wet hands though. It will not be effective.
2. Keep your fingers dry and avoid chemical cleaners
Fingers are highly affected by too much water. Therefore, try not to get into contact with water regularly in cases such hand washing. Constant contact in water and drying it off will dehydrate the nail beds. This causes the nails to become brittle and dry which can lead to them cracking. This is everyone's nightmare. In some instances they even start peeling off.
Ensure that you always wear gloves when you are doing dishes, cleaning and especially when handling harsh detergents such as detergents. The thing with detergents is that they dehydrate the fingers and the hand. This will make the hand be very dry. Thus, in order to avoid this, wear gloves to protect the hands. In this respect, also wear gloves when gardening to avoid the soil from damaging the nails.
3. Do not use the nails as a weapon or a tool
Nails are very special in the body of a human being. Just like Essie Weingarten said "Nails are like Jewels, don not use them as tools", this is a fact. There are so many uses for nails and there is no need to use them for a role they were not designed to do. Most of us use the nail to scratch off a sticker label, open a diet drinks can or to open up a box. It is important to note that by applying any force or stress on the nail, this can cause to an injury which is not good. The main use of nails is to protect the finger tips from injury. Take care of the nails and they will return the favor.

Natural Vitiligo Treatment - The Less Known Methods

Written By Admin on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | 8:16 PM

Vitiligo is a skin disorder that causes white patches of skin to appear on different parts of the body. Common areas include the body parts most exposed to the sun (such as the hands, face and feet) as well as areas such as the armpits and the genital region. The patches tend to spread, sometimes very slowly over a number of years and sometimes in a matter of days.
Vitiligo affects about 100 million people worldwide. In the United States and Europe, the prevalence is estimated to be about 1% of the population. It affects all races and both genders equally.
Medical treatments for vitiligo are notoriously expensive, ineffective and associated with a high risk of side effects. Unfortunately, this people with this condition are often desperate for a cure, and are willing to pay any price tag, even when they are told about the problems and limitations of the therapies. Every year, the pharmaceutical industry keeps coming up with new, more expensive and still ineffective therapies. And, the profits for the industry keep increasing...
In fact, according to, in 2011 the vitiligo therapeutics market was estimated to be worth $1.4 billon. By 2019, it is estimated that this market will grow to $2.7 billion, in other words, doubling the profit and this already lucrative niche.
Knowing this, if I had to tell you that there was a way to cure vitiligo naturally, without using any medications, special therapy or surgery... would you be surprised that no doctor is telling you about it? Of course not! In fact, each patient that a doctor treats for vitiligo brings in on average $2,000 to $4,000 yearly, making them one of the most profitable patients to have.
Well, guess what, there is such a cure! And it only involves the use of herbal extracts, vitamin supplementation and some dietary and lifestyle changes.
And that's not all. You see, this is not 'new', or 'cutting-edge' research. Not at all - in fact, medical scientists have published reports about how they cured vitiligo in just a few weeks using only natural extracts and nutrients as early as the 1980s! And again in the 1990s, there were several reports by Swedish doctors about how a single herb and/or vitamin supplementation can halt the spread of vitiligo immediately and cure it completely in a matter of weeks with zero side effects.
Now, you may expect such great findings to make big news right? Not so. You see, the pharmaceutical and medical industry is driven by profits, not benefits to patients. That's why they keep designing drugs that are expensive, of limited effectiveness, and that need to be taken continuously for years. That's the perfect combination for ensuring ever-increasing profits. An example of such shameless profiteering on a large scale is the wide prescription of statins for anyone with even borderline high cholesterol. Statins actually have very limited effectiveness, are associated with a number of side-effects, and... guess what... once a person starts taking them, they will need to keep taking them for their whole lives! Not so surprising is it? Same with vitiligo cures - no medical professional or anyone involved in the industry will want you to discover that you can cure yourself of vitiligo for just a few dollars worth of supplements when they can get you to pay thousands for their "latest technology" therapeutic treatments!By

Benefits of Spirulina, One of the World's Most Nutritious Antioxidant Foods

Written By Admin on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 | 12:03 PM

Spirulina is one of the most familiar of the single-celled plants known as blue-green algae. They are usually found in warm and alkaline waters all over the world, predominantly in South America, Africa, and Mexico. The name "spirulina" is derived from the Latin word for "helix" or "spiral"; reflecting the physical configuration of the organism as it forms swirling, microscopic strands.
Blue-green algaes contain significant nutritional content, including polysaccharides, antioxidants, nucleic acids and peptides. Spirulina contains about 70 percent protein, vitamin E, vitamin C, beta carotene and B complex and chlorophyll. Spirulina also contain essential fatty acids, and minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and zinc.
Protein Content. Spirulina is the world's most digestible natural source of high quality protein, far surpassing the protein bioavailability of beef. The protein found in this algae superfood is complete, containing all eight essential amino acids, unlike beans and other plant foods that typically lack some of the essential amino acids.
Spirulina's predigested protein is absorbed almost immediately, without the energy-draining effects of breaking down meat protein, and its simple carbohydrates give you immediate yet sustained energy. Its protein-bonded vitamins and minerals, as in all whole foods, assimilate better than the synthetic variety. Spirulina is a great supplement for those who exercise vigorously, as evidenced by the many world-class athletes who use it.
Spirulina is the ideal food source for people looking to get more protein into their diets:
  • people on low-carb, high-protein diets like the Atkins Diet or the South Beach Diet.
  • people who workout vigorously or engage in strength training.
  • people who are frail, have trouble gaining weight, or who are generally malnourished.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFA). Blue-green algaes--especially spirulina--are some of the best sources of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6 fatty acid with many healthful properties that is missing in most people's diet. GLA has been shown to help prevent conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and even cancer.
Health Benefits of Spirulina
Studies reveal some of the most common benefits of spirulina:
  • inhibits the infectious power of many viruses--including HIV, flu, mumps, measles, and herpes
  • helps diminish allergies such as hay fever
  • helps protect the liver from toxins
  • helps boost the immune system
  • reverses the signs of aging
  • helps reduce blood pressure and cholesterol
  • helps control symptoms of ulcerative colitis
  • exerts strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects
  • helps with weight loss
Spirulina has been found to have significant positive effects on people suffering from type 2 diabetes. Studies show that spirulina has the ability to reduce fasting blood sugar levels in the body after 6 to 8 weeks of intake.
Spirulina has long been established to have cancer fighting ingredients.
Spirulina helps support the healthy pH balance of the body. Western diets tend to be highly acidic, due to the heavy reliance on foods like animal proteins. These acidic foods can be effectively countered by the alkaline nature of spirulina.
Cleansing & Detoxification. If you engage in intense physical training, you'll find the chlorophyll in spirulina especially valuable. Anytime you put your body under stress, toxins and free radicals are released from your tissues. The chlorophyll in spirulina helps eliminate these waste products, and cleanses your liver, kidneys and blood. When the liver and kidneys are working more smoothly, everything else in the body works better, too.
This cleansing effect is also important if you're on any sort of low-carb diet (Atkins diet, South Beach diet, etc.) since such diets can place a heavy burden on the liver and kidneys. (Eliminating excess ketones puts your body under additional stress.)
The cleansing effect of spirulina is also of great benefit in protecting you against environmental toxins, air and water pollution, and other contaminants that you're being exposed to every day.
Spirulina is a Whole Food. Think of spirulina as a nutrient-dense green food, rather than a nutritional supplement. The more of it you can get into your diet, the better. You can't eat too much, and one tablespoon has the nutritional value of 5 or 6 servings of common vegetables. This is a great way to ensure that you get enough phytonutrients into your diet, especially if you avoid dark green leafy vegetables.

Good HDL Cholesterol Foods - Bon Appetit

Written By Admin on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 | 8:03 PM

If you want to avoid or manage high blood pressure, you need to keep your cholesterol levels down. You need to avoid eating foods high in LDL cholesterol. You shouldn't cut out foods with cholesterol entirely, but trying to determine what foods are good for you and what are bad can sometimes threaten to raise your blood pressure. Take a deep breath and look at all of the choices you have with good HDL cholesterol foods. Please don't use this article in the place of your doctor's advice.
Oatmeal And Oat Bran
The prestigious Mayo Clinic lists oatmeal as one of the best foods people can eat to help lower their cholesterol levels. In order to get the most beneficial help from oatmeal and oat bran, you shouldn't drown a bowl of it in butter and maple syrup. Cold breakfast cereals containing oat bran are also good HDL cholesterol foods.
The magic ingredient in these good HDL cholesterol foods is fiber. Fiber helps to clear "bad" cholesterol or LDL cholesterol from your body. Fiber also helps to give you that "full" feeling so you won't feel hungry all of the time and be temped to snack on foods high in fat and LDL cholesterol.
Unsalted, unsweetened walnuts or almonds can not only help you lower your cholesterol, they can also help your to feel full so you can more easily stick to a sensible, balanced diet. People who need to lower their LDL cholesterol levels often need to lower their saturated fat intake, too. Although walnuts and almonds contain fat, it's polyunsaturated fat which won't aggravate your blood pressure. You should only eat about two ounces of nuts during a snacking session.
Oily Fish
Some kinds of fish also make filling, versatile and good HDL cholesterol foods. These kinds of fish include salmon, sardines, herring, albacore tuna and mackerel. You don't want them fried or smothered in creamy, fattening sauces. You want them broiled, smoked, or steamed.
The magic ingredient here in these kinds of fish is called omega-3 fatty acids, which not only helps to lower blood pressure but also reduces your risk of getting blood clots. Some people skip eating the fish and take fish oil liquids or capsules that are full of omega-3 fatty acids. However, the liquids and capsules don't taste nearly as good as the actual fish fillets and are often more expensive.
Certain Cooking Oils
Your doctor has probably told you to drop certain foods off of your menu in order to help lower your cholesterol and your chances of getting a heart attack. This list probably included lard, shortening, butter, creamy salad dressings and meat drippings. You can substitute a lot of those with oils that can help lower your LDL cholesterol and taste good.
These oils include canola oil, ground flaxseed oil and olive oil. There are many grades and types of olive oil, which can make it hard to choose which one to get. For cooking, regular (and less expensive) olive oil can be used. But for salads, extra virgin olive oil is recommended.By