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15 Essential Health Based TED Talks
TED Talks are academic level lectures that bring the complicated and lofty studies on business, science, and health down to earth. Each video packs tons of incredible, life-altering information into bite-sized packages that the average person can watch and enjoy. For those of us who are more health conscious, these important lessons can really have a huge impact on our lifestyles going forward. Because of that, I feel like it is my responsibility to share with you what I have found most inspiring on a personal level. These fifteen videos are essential TED Talks for anyone hoping to jumpstart their healthy living by turning around the ways they approach diet, exercise, and, in some cases, living.
How to Pick Up Any Language, Anywhere, and Better Your Soul
Quick question: what is that thing, that marvelous thing, that makes living in another culture so... soul-satisfying? There is a Chinese proverb: "to learn a language is to have another window from which to view the world".
5 Symptoms of an Underactive Thyroid
The thyroid gland is one of the most important regulatory glands in our body, the master of metabolism. The hormone it produces regulates the metabolic processes of the body and affects many organ systems including cardiovascular and digestive systems. Yet few people know of it or understand when this endocrine gland is causing problems. It's estimated that as much as nine percent of the population has thyroid problems, but the symptoms are often dismissed as being related to other conditions. While it's possible to have an overactive thyroid, putting the metabolism into overdrive, about ninety percent of people suffering from a thyroid imbalance have an underactive thyroid. This condition is called hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism causes the metabolism and major body systems to function too slowly. This condition is more commonly seen in women, especially women older than sixty years. It tends to develop slowly, so many of the symptoms are often easily dismissed as signs of getting older or attributed to other lifestyle factors. Some of the more common symptoms of an underactive thyroid are as follows: Fatigue and muscle weakness or aches. With an underactive thyroid, people experience increasing tiredness, even if they've slept through the night, plus unexplained muscle and joint weakness, aches, and pains. Unexplained weight gain. With a slower metabolism, the body is unable to utilize energy stores efficiently. This can cause a person to gain weight without changes to their lifestyle and diet, or it can make it difficult to lose weight. Hormone imbalances/menstrual imbalances. Women suffering from an underactive thyroid frequently will have hormonal changes which affect menstruation and reproduction. Symptoms include heavier flows, irregular flows, increasing PMS, infertility, and reduced sex drive. Depression, mood swings, impaired memory. Decreasing metabolism may have a significant effect on a person's mental well-being, including mental fatigue, forgetfulness, moodiness, and depression. Changes in skin and hair. People experiencing an underactive thyroid will often see visible signs such as dry skin and thinning hair. Each of these symptoms alone may not be cause for concern, but if someone is experiencing all of these signs, they should see their physician. Their doctor will run laboratory tests which will show whether or not they have a thyroid imbalance. Thankfully, treatment for an underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism is simple and effective. Synthetic thyroid hormone is prescribed to the patient and the dose is regulated by the physician. Left untreated, this condition can be dangerous, so it's always best to seek medical advice in the face of any unexplained changes to health. With vigilance and proper care, the thyroid can get back to being the master of metabolism.
Guilt, Blame, and Shame
Guilt, blame, and shame have only one genuine purpose and that is to lead us to better choices. They should not be used as weapons in the lives of other adults. We need to use these tools in positive ways, not negative ones. When we feel these emotions, they should spur us into evolution. Once these new modalities have been adopted, these three emotions are totally useless and must be abandoned. The only time they should be used again is if we are tempted to slide back into negative behavior. It is senseless to feel guilt over an activity we have long ago abandoned, beating ourselves up over it. The lesson has already been learned. The behavior has been changed. There is no reason to continue to feel guilty over a past that cannot be changed and from which we have learned to do better. We must abandon the guilt as we no longer have a use for it and allow ourselves to move out of the past and into the present.
Holy Crap I'm 40: Sagging Edition
I am writing this one right after turning 40. The reality has set in. This is it. I am not going to anymore sweet 16's, unless my sons decide that they want to have one. I will not be making out with my high school boyfriend anymore, for many reasons. One of which being husband #1(still my current husband) will probably be very upset. And I will not be sobbing on the floor of my childhood room, listening to Rick Springfield albums, well, maybe I will still be doing that from time to time.
Places to Travel to Improve Your Health
Some travel for leisure, others travel for business - for me, traveling to healthy spaces and healing places for the purposes of rejuvenating my body and spirit continues to be the number one motivation behind my travel excursions.
What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
This article is about an extremely common, yet fairly unknown disorder. We will give you seven signs of leaky gut syndrome (LGS) as well as causes, prevalence and some ways to treat it. First, let's summarize what LGS is before going into the signs and symptoms of the disorder.
Zen and the Art of Mindfulness at Work
What do some of the largest employers in America, the U.S. military, and ivy-league business schools have in common? MINDFULNESS. Big, forward-thinking organizations are leading the movement toward creating a society that is more focused, centered, and connected through the ancient practice of mindfulness.
Brighten Your Day by Doing These Amazing Things
I: Listen to music. Happiness is dance music. I know it's very tempting to listen to songs that match your mood but don't you think that is slightly masochistic? I always question why I am listening to a sad song like an idiot while crying. Just when I am sad, by the way, not when I am cheery like a cherry. Here are some recommendations in case you have no idea what to listen to. Some of these songs are in different languages, but the beat is to dance.
Holy Crap I'm 40: Aerobic Edition
There are some amazing looking women in their 40s. How do they do it? I know that it is important to keep moving, which is ironic because it gets so much easier to hurt yourself as you age. If I bend down to carry the laundry basket upstairs, and I move the wrong way, I hear an unpleasant noise, and my back will be in spasm for the rest of the month. Same thing with exercise-it is important to keep doing it, but you have to be so careful not to hurt yourself. Such a double edge sword. But you really do feel better after a workout. Or just keep telling yourself that...
I Bought the Sun for a Dollar
You’re probably familiar with the concept of six degrees of separation, whereby you and everyone on the planet can be connected through a chain of no more than five intermediaries. This small world theory has been considered for almost ninety years and like all theories it may not yet be proven. Still, connections, whether remote or in our faces may impact us more than we can ever realize.
Natural Remedies for a UTI
To use natural remedies for a UTI effectively, it is essential to understand what UTIs really are. Urinary tract infections are the most common form of bacterial infection. They are more common in women than among men and can range from mildly annoying to very painful. It is estimated that around 150 million people develop a urinary tract infection each year. UTIs are usually treated with a course or two of antibiotics, however recurrent usage of antibiotics can cause resistance and infections can reappear. Hence to cure and prevent UTIs, it is best to turn to nature and use the simple but efficient cures. You will be surprised by how natural remedies for UTIs will bring relief and help you get through a difficult time.