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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The benefits of an cold shower

We all don't like the cold but a cold shower will help your health. I like to try new things and I have been taken cold showers and feeling stronger and better. If you are not weak then follow my example (at your own risk!).

1) Cognitive Function

Regeneration of synapses and nerve cells that may help cognitive function and prevent degenerative brain disease.

2) Weight loss

Produce healthier and more efficient brown adipose tissue that can lead to weigh loss.

3) Inflammation

Reduces inflammation by affecting cytokine production and vase-constriction of blood vessels.

4) Immunity

Boosts immune system due to the production of lymphocytes that may help boost cognitive function and prevent brain disease.

5) Mood

Boost feel good hormones  like dopamine and nor-epinephrine so may help in depression

6) Stress Response

Cold exposure creates a positive stress on the body giving many benefits through "hormeis."

7) Studies show

Cold water immersion at 14 Celsius for one hour increased metabolic rate by 350%, nor-epinephrine by 530% and dopamine by 250%.

I don't know about you, this may the fountain of youth that you need.  You just need to get a tough mind then you will be well.

 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Times of uncertainty

Life is never easy because they are always be an struggle for everyday.
I believe that we pray the most when we are uncomfortable.
Jacob will see his brother, Esau. Esau wanted to hurt Jacob. Jacob needed to keep calm by trusting in the Lord. Jacob didn't do it God's way and put the matter of life into his own wisdom.
He got the birth-right but he got in trouble. I believe that God would have given the birth-right in His perfect timing.
I have the same issue and many times, I trust in my wisdom over the will of the Lord.
Jacob had a plan to divide his camp into two camps.
We will discover that Esau will not harm Jacob. Jacob lacked faith and wanted to be clever.
We can learn to trust in God and be proactive but we need to do what the Lord wants for our lives.
If we help God then we will have issues. God will help us when we get lost and stop relying on our limited wisdom. If we try to help God with our insight then watch out!
God does not need our ego but we must rely on Jesus.

Genesis 32:9-12
9 Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, Lord, you who said to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,’ 10 I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two camps. 11 Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children. 12 But you have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.’”

Monday, March 12, 2018

How to be a better worker?

I have two steps to be a better worker. I desire to be a better worker and there are two things that you can do that will help you.
I have done yoga everyday for the last month and an half. My focus is better for work because of Yoga. I don't do the mediation which is Eastern thought which is not good for the soul but I breathe proper and think of Bible verses. I pray to my Lord that my mind will be more like Him.
This has helped me to have more energy and great focus on my task.
I also go for a twenty minute walk during my lunch-time. It makes your mind and better work and it reduces the stress of the day. I would suggest to pray to God of the Bible and He will give you peace.
This is how you can have a better day at work.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

People look for peace

We live in a uncertain world that can cause distress. It could be because our bad mistakes or a random event that happened. I can relate to Jacob and his struggles.
Jacob was walking to see his brother, Esau. I am sure that he was very nervous.
God sent angels to comfort Jacob in Genesis 32:1 The verse says, "Jacob also want on his way and the angels of God met him."
Jacob was in Gilead during this time. Gilead was east of the Jordan and north of the Jabbok.
I will give you Genesis 32:2. The verse says, "When Jacob saw them, he said, 'This is the camp of God!' So he named that place Mahanaim."
The word Mahanaim means two camps in Hebrew. Jacob named this place "two camps" after the angelic encampment, suggesting that he saw God's encampment as a divine assurance. God's host had come to escort him safely to Canaan. Yet he also feared meeting with Esau, so he divided his household into two camps, still trying to protect himself by his own devices.
Genesis 32:3-5 says, "Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom. He instructed them: 'This is what you are to say to my master Esau: 'Your servant Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban and have remained there till now. I have cattle and donkeys, sheep and goats, menservants message to my lord, that I may find favor in your eyes."
Jacob was comforted to go forward and God encouraged Jacob but I have the same problem.
God promise that I have victory but I believe in my head but I refuse to put in my desire so I do my plan. We are all work-in-progress.
You will see this even more in verses six to eight.
Genesis 32:6-8 says, "When the messengers returned to Jacob, they said, 'We went to your brother Esau, and now he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men with him.' In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups, and the flocks and herds and camels as well. He thought, 'If Esau comes and attack one group, the group that is left may escape."
Jacob would be fine but he didn't trust in the Lord. How many times have you stressed and caused major issues in your life? Give up your stress to the Lord and do not rely on your wisdom.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Intermittent fasting

The Promise

 
Why cut back every day if you could drop pounds by watching what you eat only a couple of days a week? That's the logic behind intermittent fasting, a weight loss approach that's become more popular over the past few years.
There are different versions, but the general idea for all of them is that you eat normally some days of the week and drastically reduce your calories on other days.
Some plans encourage you to skip food entirely for up to 24 or 36 hours at a time. On others, such as the Every Other Day Diet and the 5:2 Fast Diet, you can have some food but only get about one fourth of your regular calories.
Some research shows that intermittent fasting works. In one study, overweight adults who cut calories by 20% every other day dropped 8% of their body weight within 8 weeks. They also had less inflammation.
The possible secret behind the diet's health-boosting benefits: Fasting puts your cells under a mild stress.  Scientists think that the process of responding to this stress, on your low-calorie days, strengthens cells’ ability to deal with stress and potentially fight off some diseases.

What you can and can't eat 

 
You can eat mostly what you want on days when you don’t fast. But to lose weight and get the nutrients you need, you should stick to healthy foods and limit treats like dessert and processed foods.
On fasting days, you’ll eat very little food or none at all.
For example, the Every Other Day Diet says to eat no more than 500 calories during each fast day.
Another program called the 5:2 Fast Diet involves eating 5 days a week and fasting for the other 2 days, when women can get no more than 500 calories and men no more than 600. That’s a quarter of the amount you likely eat on the days when you don’t fast. Whether you eat those calories in one sitting or spread them across micro-meals throughout the day is up to you.


Level of Effort: Hard

Limitation:  

It’s not easy to skip most of your calories a few days a week and rely mostly on water, coffee, and tea to keep you feeling full. You’ll need a balanced meal plan to eat in moderation on your so-called "feast" days, despite their name. You can indulge in a treat occasionally, but that's about it if you want to see results.

 
Cooking and shopping: 

 
You can continue your regular cooking and shopping, as long as you stick to mostly healthy foods. 

 Packaged food and meals? No.

  

Exercise

How much you exercise  is up to you. But obviously, you’re not going to have a lot of energy for that on your fasting days. The creators of the Every Other Day diet studied people doing cardiovascular exercise (like biking) while on the alternate-day fasting plan and found that they were able to maintain muscle mass while fasting. 

 

 

Does It Follow Restrictions/Preferences?

You choose what food you eat, so you can make it work with food restrictions -- whether you're vegetarian  or vegan, high- or low-carb, avoiding fat, etc. But it's worth noting that you could have side effects like fatigue, weakness, and headaches.

What Else You Should Know

Cost: None beyond your shopping. In fact, because you will eat much less 2 to 4 days per week, your grocery costs should go down.
Support: There are several books and websites detailing variations on the basic idea of fasting a few days a week. So though there's no single destination for support, there are plenty of resources once you've decided which version of the plan appeals most to you.


Most of the intermittent fasting diets recommend cutting back to 500-600 calories on fasting days. In general, for many people this would be medically safer and easier than not eating at all on those days.
Remember to drink enough on fasting days to prevent dehydration.  And you’ll need to eat a healthy diet on days that you don’t fast.

 

 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

It is vanity?

Laban could neither justify himself nor condemn Jacob, therefore desires to hear no more of that matter. He is not willing to own himself in fault, as he ought to have done. But he proposes a covenant of friendship between them, to which Jacob readily agrees. A heap of stones was raised, to keep up the memory of the event, writing being then not known or little used. A sacrifice of peace offerings was offered. Peace with God puts true comfort into our peace with our friends. They did eat bread together, partaking of the feast upon the sacrifice. In ancient times covenants of friendship were ratified by the parties eating and drinking together. God is judge between contending parties, and he will judge righteously; whoever do wrong, it is at their peril. They gave a new name to the place, The heap of witness. After this angry parley, they part friends. God is often better to us than our fears, and overrules the spirits of men in our favor, beyond what we could have expected; for it is not in vain to trust in him.


Genesis 31:43-55

 

43 Then Laban replied to Jacob, “The daughters are my daughters, and the children are my children, and the flocks are my flocks, and all that you see is mine. But what can I do this day to these my daughters or to their children whom they have borne? 44 So now come, let us make a covenant, [a]you and I, and let it be a witness between [b]you and me.” 45 Then Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar. 46 Jacob said to his [c]kinsmen, “Gather stones.” So they took stones and made a heap, and they ate there by the heap. 47 Now Laban called it [d]Jegar-sahadutha, but Jacob called it [e]Galeed. 48 Laban said, “This heap is a witness between [f]you and me this day.” Therefore it was named Galeed, 49 and [g]Mizpah, for he said, “May the Lord watch between [h]you and me when we are [i]absent one from the other. 50 If you mistreat my daughters, or if you take wives besides my daughters, although no man is with us, see, God is witness between [j]you and me.” 51 Laban said to Jacob, “Behold this heap and behold the pillar which I have set between [k]you and me. 52 This heap is a witness, and the pillar is a witness, that I will not pass by this heap to you for harm, and you will not pass by this heap and this pillar to me, for harm. 53 The God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us.” So Jacob swore by the fear of his father Isaac. 54 Then Jacob offered a sacrifice on the mountain, and called his [l]kinsmen to [m]the meal; and they ate [n]the meal and spent the night on the mountain. 55 [o]Early in the morning Laban arose, and kissed his sons and his daughters and blessed them. Then Laban departed and returned to his place.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Best and Worst Foods for Bloating

Feeling puffed up after a meal? Keep your digestive system humming along by eating flat-belly foods and avoiding those that bloat.
Where does bloating come from? Most people will pass gas 12 to 25 times a day. We all want a flat stomach all the time because of Google images of a fitness model.
After you eat and drink, food and liquids take up space inside your stomach and intestines, and that means some expansion.
A ballooned belly doesn't necessarily indicate that something is wrong with what you eat, but if your abdomen is too swollen to squeeze into your jeans, you may want to identify the belly bloaters in your diet.


Worst: Broccoli, cabbage, kale 

 Kale, broccoli, and cabbage are cruciferous vegetables, which contain raffinose — a sugar that remains undigested until bacteria in your gut ferment it, which produces gas and, in turn, makes you bloat. But don't shun those healthful greens just yet. 


So keep eating the green stuff, but keep your portions in check. And if you absolutely can't part ways with even a gram of your kale, steam it: Cooking any vegetable softens the fiber and shrinks the portion as some of the water cooks out, so it takes up less space in the GI tract, It won't eliminate or prevent bloating altogether, but it may make your veggies easier to digest. 

 Worst: Legumes 

  It's probably not news to you, but beans, along with lentils, soybeans, and peas are gas-causing foods. These little guys are basically bursts of protein in a pod, but they also contain sugars and fibers that our bodies can't absorb. So when legumes reach the large intestine, your gut bacteria take the lead and feast on them. This process leads to gas and can balloon out your waist.

Combine legumes with easily digestible whole grains, like rice or quinoa. Your body will eventually get used to them. 

 

Worst: Dairy 

 If you feel gassy after a few slices of cheese or a bowl of cereal with milk, you may be lactose intolerant, which means your body lacks the necessary enzymes to break down lactose (the sugar found in dairy products). That can cause gas to form in the GI tract, which may trigger bloating.

So before all that gas gets to you, steer clear of dairy products and opt for the many lactose-free or nondairy alternatives out there. The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) also suggests the use of lactase tablets like Lactaid, which help people digest foods that contain lactose. 

 

Worst: Apples 

 An apple a day may save you a trip to the doctor's office, but it does not keep the bloat away. High in fiber, apples also contain fructose and sorbitol, sugars found in fruits that many people can't tolerate.

 Apples are a great snack, however: One fruit provides an average of 4.5 grams of protein and around 10% of your daily vitamin C requirement, so don’t give up on them altogether. 

 

 

Worst: Salty foods 

Eating high-sodium foods can trigger water retention, which can balloon you up, Sass says. Avoiding sodium isn't as simple as steering clear of the saltshaker, however. The CDC reports that about 90% of Americans consume more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet (2,300 mg per day for most people, and 1,500 mg for adults over 50, and people with diabetes, high blood pressure, and high risk of hypertension). 

 

 

Best: Cucumber 

 People use cucumbers to reduce puffiness under their eyes—and you can eat them to do the same thing for your belly. The vegetable contains quercetin, a flavonoid antioxidant that helps reduce swelling.

 

 

Best: Bananas 

 Foods rich in potassium—like bananas, plus avocados, kiwis, oranges, and pistachios—prevent water retention by regulating sodium levels in your body and can thus reduce salt-induced bloating. Bananas also have soluble fiber, which can relieve or prevent constipation. 


Best: Papaya 

 The enzyme contained in papaya (papain) helps break down proteins in your GI system, which makes digestion easier. Sass says that the tropical fruit also has anti-inflammatory properties, as well as fibers that support a strong digestive tract. 

 

 

Best: Asparagus 

 Asparagus is an anti-bloating superfood. Sure, it makes your urine smell, but it also makes you pee, period—helping you flush all that excess water, thus relieving any discomfort and bloat. 

 

 

Best: Yogurt with probiotics 

 Get some of those good bacteria into your gut! Called probiotics, they help regulate digestion and champion the overall health of your digestive tract. Sure, you can take probiotic supplements, but you may as well get a breakfast out of it.

So eat your bloat away with a yogurt that has active cultures. You can sweeten it with a little honey, jam, or granola.

 

Best: Fennel seeds

 You can find fennel and fennel seeds in breads, sausages, and other meat dishes. You can also chew on the seeds directly or sip on a fennel tea at the end of a meal.

 

 

Best: Ginger 

 Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory and an all-star digestive aid. It soothes the digestive system and relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract, which can relieve bloating, Sass says. It also contains an enzyme that absorbs proteins, thus reducing protein-induced puffiness and gas. 

 

 

Best: Peppermint and chamomile tea 

 If you're feeling stretched out after dinner, you can sip on a hot cup of peppermint or chamomile tea. Both kinds relax GI muscles to help dissipate the gas that causes your stomach to bloat. Aside from improving digestion, chamomile can also soothe and relax, which can help ease any sort of stomach discomfort.