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Did You Know – 04/24/2017

1.  60 – 90 minutes of napping boost memory creativity and complexity problem solving.
20 Minutes mid afternoon improves performance, alertness and confidence.
10 minutes restores mental sharpness.
Some companies are encouraging employees to embrace a daytime Kip.
Google, the Huffington post and tech giant Next Jump offer a dedicated nap room, nap pods and napping classes.
Being of old school I am thinking not on my watch. Just saying.
Source: April 16 Body and Soul Sunday Mail Australia


2. Vitamin K2 improves bone density and reduce fracture risk in women with osteoporosis. You can up your intake of K2 with egg yolks, butter hard cheeses and chicken meat – a 100 mpg daily supplement, provides the amount found in six egg yolks. So there – got frail bones K2 will help strengthen them.
Source: Australia Prevention.

3. Apples – I bet you did not know – They contain a mineral called boron which helps keep your bones healthy.
A Study involving 1,600 Australian adults that apple and pear intake was associated with a decreased risk of asthma.
Animal studies showed that apples contain a chemical called frolic acid which was found to stop muscle wastage.
So eat up your apples.
source: Prevention Australia

4. Sleeping without a pillow reduces back pain and keeps your spine stronger.

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5. Eating chocolate while studying helps the brain retain new information easily.

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Did You Know – 12/05/2016

All these did you know’s are from my book “Secrets of Longevity” by Dr Maoshing Ni”

 

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  1. Flowers for Stress busting – A study showed that people who sat near a bouquet of colorful flowers during a typing assignment than those that sat next to a just green foliage plant. It proved that colorful flowers have a powerful influence on moods, love, and combat stress.” I love flowers and have them in the house all the time ” me just sayin.

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2. Hug the ground – This I found interesting – There are reasons why gravity keeps humans close to the ground. The higher you are from the surface the earth the less connected you are to the planet’s electromagnetic field (EMF). Our bodies myriad functions are regulated b our own EMF, which pulses to that of the earth. When the EMF synchronization is disrupted, disease can result. When you fly in a plane at 30,000 feet you are bombarded with a level of cosmic radiation similar to one’s radiation exposure in a chest x-ray. So if possible work or live no higher than 4 stories up and (this for some is impossible) use air travel only when absolutely necessary. Also I have read it is why walking on the ground with bare feet when possible is very healthy for you.

 

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3. Activities in our lives can be categorized as Yin or Yang. Sleeping, relaxing, reading and bathing are yin activities. Exercising on the other hand together with cooking, engaging in hobbies and study are yang. So therefore your bedroom and bathroom are more appropriately located in the northern and western parts of your home. Your office, kitchen, living room and dining room should be in the southern and eastern locations.

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4. phosphatidylserine (PS) –  is a well documented nutrient used in Europe to reverse age related dementia and memory loss. It is made naturally by the body. It is known to boost various neurotransmitters in the brain that activate reasoning, concentration and memory. It also allows ones ability to withstand harmful effects of stress.

The average daily phosphatidylserine (PS) intake from diet in Western countries is estimated to be 130 mg.  PS may be found in meat and fish. Only small amounts of PS can be found in dairy products or in vegetables, with the exception of white beans and soy lecithin.

 

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5. Active Sex Life – It is natures fountain of youth – A healthy sex life raises the levels of substances that lengthen your life span – endorphins, growth hormone, and DHEA. Lowers stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. A fulfilling sexuality not only improves the quality of life but the quantity

 

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The Ultimate Pre-Bed Drink If You Have A Problem Sleeping

This looks like the drink for me

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Recipe.

1/2 cup water
1/4 cup Turmeric
Stir over gentle heat 7-10 minutes. Add water if it gets too thick.
Store this mixture in the refrigerator in a glass container for two weeks.

Golden Milk

2 cups of coconut milk
1/2 tsp cinamon
1 tsp of coconut oil
1tsp to 1 tablespoon of Turmeric Paste
1 tsp chopped ginger
4 – 6 black peppercorns
pinch of stevia

Stir altogether then simmer with lid on pot on a low heat for 10 min
Stir occasionally.
Strain mixture to rid peppercorns and ginger.

Pour into a mug (should make 2 mugs) and sprinkle with cinnamon

Wala

Enjoy

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Did You Know – 05/16/2016

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1. Researchers from South Australia’s Flinders University analized data of 68,000 people in 64 countries and found that taking an extra 3500 steps and spending an addition 45 minutes on the move each day resulted in weight loss of about 1.5kgs. This program needs to be done for 100 days to see the result. Not so bad eh?

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2. Starting a Journal – To be calmer, more organized and reach your goals then start Journaling. According to researchers it will help you with all these aims in life. Just jot down 5 things to be grateful for each day, keep jotting down the goals you want to reach and read them each night before sleep. It has been proven that it will help with better sleeping and calmer approach to life.

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3. To know your heart rate when exercising can help find the so called ‘Sweet Spot’ for your health benefit. The target is 50-70 percent of your maximum heart rate which is usually 220 beats per minute minus your age. The Cleveland Clinic in the USA says a fitness tracker is a good option to monitor this.

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4. Eating Chocolate quite frequently can boost your visual-spatial memory, working memory and abstract reasoning among other mental benefits. This I read in the Australian Courier Mail newspaper and it sounds good to me. They did not say where the information came from so just eat away.

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5. Research has shown that men who took Ginkgo Biloba, 76% reported an increase in their sexual function and erections.

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6. 59% of people who say others become more attractive when they play songs they love. Source – The Music makes it home study

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30 Ways To Sleep Better Tonight

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I know I have written on this subject many times but have not come up with 30 ideas to get a good nights sleep. Even if just one of them works then I have done my job.

I will tell you which ones I have used that do or do not work. As we have been told lack of sleep can contribute to obesity, diabetes, and a chronic bad attitude, and losing a job because of it.

These ideas come from a website call the ‘Greatest‘ it has some really good articles.

27 Ways to Get A Good Nights sleep.

  1. Have a bedtime routine – This one does work if you stick to it. Try to get to bed at around the same time every night when you can.
  2. Journal  – Write out stressful thoughts that are not allowing you to have a restful sleep before you go to bed. Then when in bed spend 5 minutes writing 5 things that have made you feel good that day. Now this works. It allows you to put your mind in better place before the head hits the pillow
  3. Tapping – Otherwise known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).  Now this is my idea. I do it often when I am particularly bothered with something. This only takes a few minutes.EFT-Tapping-Points-c000d4a64

This is a diagram of the points to tap and if you click on the picture you can go to the website that will tell you more about it. This is worth it.

4. Chew some magnesium – I take a magnesium tablet but pumpkin seeds are good. Consume either 30 minutes before you go to bed.

5. Chamomile tea – Try it if you like it. I don’t.

6. Exercise – If you do this regularly it can reduce anxiety and improve sleep for those who suffer from insomnia. It has been proven another benefit from physical activity is that exercise is a form of meditation and can relax the mind while you are doing exercise and  you are not concentrating on the things that stress you out. Especially if you are exercising to music which I believe you cannot be stressed and listen to your favorite songs.

7. Work out early in the day – Yep I do this 5 days a week. I believe that it is better not to do too much exercise late in the after noon. Maybe a small walk but for me if I do rigorous exercise late in the afternoon gives me an adrenaline boost  and  peps me up for hours and I find it hard to go to sleep.

8. Power nap during the day – Works for me.

9. Bedroom for bedroom activities – Sleeping and sex nothing else. No TV, no computers, no phones, no business talk.

10. Snuggly environment – Spend a little extra on 800 thread sheets for summer, fluffy warm sheets for winter. Get that perfect mattress. Find the perfect pillows. Works for me.

11. Keep the bedroom cool – They say the best temperature is about 60 to 75 degrees. Not too cold. If it’s too cold I need a woolly hat on as my head gets cold. Not a sexy look I might add.

12. Try to get at least 7 hours sleep a night – 8 is better – Research shows that not sleeping enough can be linked to insulin resistance and of course diabetes.

13. Take a hot shower or bath – This helps the mind and body to relax. The rise and fall of  body temperature induces sleepiness.

14. Try to have a wake up time – This for me depends on what time I go to the gym. I always wake up early even in the weekends when I have no reason to get up. Always wake up with the sun.

15. Make up for lost sleep – This I have heard makes no difference but in my case if I have had a late night the night before I find I am in bed a little earlier the next night or I have a nanny nap during the day

16. Keep the caffeine drinks to the morning – Not a good idea before bed.

17. Dont Toss and Turn – They say get up for 10 minutes, go to the loo or go have a cup of warm milk or glass of water and go back to bed. Another idea is pick up your favorite magazine and look at some nice homes or fashion something to take you mind off what is making you toss and turn.

18. Medication check – Check you medication it may be making you sleepless. If so go see the doctor and get it changed. I don’t take medication so that is not my problem.

19. Pets on the floor – Don’t have your pet on the bed sleeping with you as the chances it is what could  be disturbing you. Make sure your pet has a nice comfortable bed on the floor and make sure he or she understands they are not welcome on the bed. I know its hard to do but once they are in the habit you will both be happy and you will not get grouchy with it.

20. Sleeping tracker – If you do have to have your smartphone in the bedroom or you could get one of those fitbit watches you are able to track your sleeping patterns. This can show you what may be disturbing your snooze time. I believe they are very good.

21. Listen to soothing music – You are able to get sound tracks of things like rivers, oceans, wind any thing that may make you feel peaceful and nod off to sleep. You can get that sort of gadget on Amazon

22. Sniff of Lavender – works well. I put a few drops on my pillow of pure lavender oil or spray what ever I have at the time,  every night.

23. Muscle relaxation – Now this works but takes a bit of concentration – You need to start with the feet and work your way up your body. Often by then you fall asleep. The idea is to tighten your muscle then relax. Like tighten your muscles in the feet for a few seconds then relax. Tighten the muscles in the calf of your leg then relax etc etc till you get to the head. By that time the chances are you are snoring.

24. Breath – Now this does work – well most of the time – I find by the time I focus on 4 deep slow breaths if am ready for sleep. I do this often with success. Actually if there is any for of anxiety you are facing even if you are not in bed a deep breath really helps to calm the nerves

25. Dim the lights – Any bright lights will disturb your sleep. If you have any electronics in the room turn them off at the wall. Especially if they are a ‘blue light’ they will cause disturbance in your sleep.

26. Sunlight your best friend – Make sure you get some sunlight during the day.  sunlight  keeps daytime fatigue at bay, leading to more sleepiness at bedtime. That good old Vitamin D the natural way is a must and good for you in moderation.

27. Shut that Computer down –  Artificial lights from computers, TVs, and cell phones might make it more difficult for the body to understand when it’s time to wind down. Try reading.

28. Drink something warm – Before you go to bed have some warm milk or milk and chocolate. Or just dark chocolate that sometimes helps.

29. Dream a little – This also works for me – I have a place that I go to when I am having trouble going to sleep. I visualize the sand and the track and the bushes on the way to my favorite beach. I visualize the waves the fish in the waves etc etc and off to La La land I go.

30. Wine – Glass of red before bed works for me

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Who is Sleeping in My Bed?

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September 21, 2015 · 10:31 AM

Did You Know – 06/04/2012


1. 25% of people have tweeted something they later regretted posting, according to mediabistro.co

2. Gout is the only arthritis where there is clear scientific evidence that a change in diet may help relieve the condition.


3. A 25 year study from the University of Michigan has found that the generation X men are more involved in all aspects of meal preparation from grocery shopping to cooking that their dads were. Modern men cook about eight meals a week and buy groceries more than once a week say researchers


4. According to US scientists the key ingredient in garlic is 100 times more powerful than two popular antibiotics at fighting one of the leading causes of food poisoning. Tests found that a compound in garlic can pierce the protective biofilm employed by the bug, which makes it harder to destroy. Researchers also found the compound works faster than the antibiotics. The discovery could lead to new treatments for raw and processed meats and food preparation surfaces which would reduce incidences of Campylobacter food poisoning – One of the most common food borne illnesses in the world.


5. 20% proportion of surveyed women in Australia who rate their man’s bedroom skills as 5 out of 10 or less and 16% give their men 10 out of 10.

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