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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Health benefits of fishing

Fishing is Physically and Mentally Healthy

Fishing is one of the most relaxing sports.  It gives us a chance to relax and offers us time to de-stress from all of the concerns and worries.

There are numerous studies that indicate the great health benefits of meditation and relaxation and fishing is a great time to practice meditation or another form of mental relaxation. It is a wonderful feeling to be completely relaxed only to be waken up by the drag of your fishing line screaming with a big fish on the line.

Fishing is also good for the lungs and skin. After all, fishing is mostly an outdoor sport. Being outdoors gives one an opportunity to get plenty of fresh air into one's lungs.  Fresh air is healthy air. It contains plenty of oxygen which is fundamental to a healthier physical and mental state. Sunshine is another health benefit derived from fishing. Although some people like fishing enough to brave inclement weather, most prefer a nice sunny day to fish. Sunshine produces a number of beneficial attributes for maintaining a healthy body and appearance.
Fresh air, sunshine and exercise work on one's appetite, so it is always a good idea to take some appetite appeasing food on any fishing trip.

Physically, fishing is not all that demanding. It doesn't take a lot of strength and stamina to fish. 
It is not very strenuous, unless you plan on going deep sea fishing. If you plan for such fishing then better to hire 'fishing charter' providers who can assist you to do this sports in a professional way. A charter rental will give you the opportunity to spend the day catching the fish you ever dreamed to catch for years.
One of those name is 'Mishigan Fishing Charters'
'Mishigan Fishing Charters' offers a fishing experience from the best charter fleet in. Their services are for Michigan and Florida. Typical charters are: Half Day, Full Day and Swordfishing. You get the support from captains and mates who have years of local fishing experience.
Typical charters are morning or afternoon charters for King Salmon and Lake Trout. They also offer perch fishing in the morning.
A maximum of 6 people (adults and children) can go on a charter.

You may carry these things with you:
Two Marines will provide fishing licenses (Florida Only) tackle, bait and ice for your trip. Bring these accessories with you:
  • Sunscreen - recommended to apply 1 hour before boarding and reapply as needed.
  • Sunglasses - Polarized Lenses are best for fishing.
  • Hat-Visors tend to not fly away.
  • Shoes - Preferably non-marking white soles that can get wet.
  • Food and Drink - We have a cooler to accommodate your items.
  • Camera
  • Long Sleeve or rashguard T Shirts for additional sun protection.
  • Seasickness medication (non-drowsy) if you are prone to seasickness. (Please consult your physician).

Boost Your Creativity and Lower the Risk of Heart Diseases with a Glass of Water

You can 'boost your creativity and lower the risk of heart diseases with a glass of water' and it is true. Drinking water has some benefits which we forget living in a dehydrated world of carbonated beverages, caffeine and alcohol.
We forget that water is important for our health and well being. Everything your body does it does better with a healthy supply of water, every system in your body depends on water.

 Adequate water intake prevents dehydration, cleans out the body, and promotes healing processes. Substituting water for beverages high in calories can also help control weight.
Loma Linda University researchers found that drinking five or more 8-ounce glasses of water a day could help lower your risk of heart disease by up to 60 percent - exactly the same drop you get from stopping smoking, lowering your LDL (bad) cholesterol numbers, exercising, or losing a little weight.

Consistent failure to drink enough water can lead to Chronic Cellular Dehydration. This condition where the body’s cell are never quite hydrated enough leave them in a weakened state, vulnerable to attack from disease. It weakens the body’s overall immune system and leads to chemical, nutritional and pH imbalances that can cause a host of diseases.                                
Increased water consumption can help you control weight by preventing you from confusing hunger with thirst. Water will also keep your body systems, including metabolism and digestion, working properly and give you the energy (and hydration) necessary for exercise.
A glass of water can boost your creativity as well. If you’re properly hydrated you’ll have more energy, you’ll feel healthier, you will become more alert and aware of your surroundings. If your brain is functioning on a full reservoir it will function at full capacity and you’ll think better and faster.
A glass of water is a great boost to your creativity. You’ll find ideas are easier to come up with and they’re likely to be more unique. Your mind will work easier and it won’t seem like such a strain. All that and it’s one of the simplest changes you can make in your life.

Bring Instant Increase in Brain Power by drinking water:
  • First thing in the morning have a glass of water.
  • Around lunch, have another glass of water along with whatever you planned for lunch. Then grab a glass around 3:00 or somewhere in there, especially if you’re starting to feel like you’re slowing down.
  • One glass of water with supper. It is important to know that the body can only absorb 4 ounces of water every 10 minutes, so like many things in life, it is important to be proactive with drinking water. 
  • Aim to drink one glass of pure water every hour you are awake. And make the process enjoyable.
  • Drink water before, with and after every meal; it will help you to prevent overeating and obesity. Eat slowly, drink water and you will get satisfied with less food.
Benjamin Franklin said: “There can’t be good living where there is not good drinking.”

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Can Money Buy Happiness and Why Rich People Are Not Usually Happier?

It is very common question which humans are asking from decades. Because if money can buy happiness then rich people should be the happier but usually the case is different.

How to know if money can really help us buy happiness?
Let's read some facts, figures and survey reports if money can buy happiness, and how money effects our lives and why rich people are not happier than the poor ones.

These survey reports or finding are not the end of theories but it can teach us an some important life lessons about money, and happiness.

  • Americans have on average gotten much richer over the past several decades than they were in previous generations. The inconvenient truth, however, is that there has been no meaningful rise in the average level of happiness.
  • In 1972, 30 percent of Americans said they were very happy, and the average American enjoyed about $25,000 (in today’s dollars) of our national income. By 2004, the percentage of very happy Americans stayed virtually unchanged at 31 percent, while the share of national income skyrocketed to $38,000 (a 50 percent real increase in average income).
  • The story is the same in other developed countries. In Japan, real average income was six times higher in 1991 than it was in 1958. During the post–World War II period, Japan was transformed at unprecedented speed from a poor nation into one of the world’s richest countries. But the average happiness of a Japanese citizen, measured on a scale of 1–4, stayed exactly the same at 2.7.
  • In some countries, there is even some evidence that economic growth can create unhappiness. This is generally the case for nations experiencing rapid and chaotic development and thus opportunities for great wealth for the first time.
  • Studies show that lottery winners, heiresses, and the 100 richest Americans are only slightly more satisfied than the guy toiling for his pay in the generic office-park cubicle. Still, mere mortals find it difficult to allow that an extra digit or two on the paycheck won't put a permanent smile on our faces.

We assume that a sportier car, a bigger house, a better-paying job, or that dress will bring us joy because, well, they did in the past, right?

  • Not really, says Daniel Gilbert, a Harvard psychology professor and the author of Stumbling on Happiness. "Research reveals that memory is less like a collection of photographs than it is like a collection of impressionist paintings rendered by an artist who takes considerable license with his subject," Gilbert writes. We forget that the new-car high deflated well before our first trip to the mechanic, and the raise came with stressful late nights at the office and a steeper tax tab.
  • Money doesn't buy happiness, say a couple of Princeton University researchers who found the link between cash and a good mood to be "greatly exaggerated and mostly an illusion.''
  • Rich people spend more time in high-stress activities than people with modest resources or poor people, they found.
  • Those with the highest incomes spend more time working, worrying, shopping, taking care of the kids and exercising, and less time relaxing with a book or an uplifting news story (like this one).
  • At Princeton, economist Alan Krueger and psychologist Daniel Kahneman measured how people of different income levels spend their time, and which of these activities are enjoyable. (Though he's a psychologist, Kahneman won the 2002 Nobel Prize in economics.)

Their results: The rich are not lazing on the beach at St. Tropez for six months of the year, no matter what you see in the glossy photos in mutual fund ads. They're stuck in traffic, worrying about their kids and spending long hours at the office.

  • "The belief that high income is associated with good mood is widespread but mostly illusory,'' the researchers announce today in the journal Science.
  • "People with above-average income are relatively satisfied with their lives but are barely happier than others in moment-to-moment experience, tend to be more tense, and do not spend more time in particularly enjoyable activities.''
  • Pulling in the big bucks makes people more likely to say they are happy with their lives overall -- whether they are young or old, male or female, or living in cities or remote villages, the survey of more than 136,000 people in 132 countries found.
  • Another survey shows that a key element of what many people consider happiness -- positive feelings -- is much more strongly affected by factors other than cold, hard cash, such as feeling respected, being in control of your life and having friends and family to rely on in a pinch.
  • "Yes, money makes you happy -- we see the effect of income on life satisfaction is very strong and virtually ubiquitous and universal around the world," said Ed Diener, a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Illinois who led the study. "But it makes you more satisfied than it makes you feel good. Positive feelings are less affected by money and more affected by the things people are doing day to day."

Studies reveal another toll that money takes.
An international team of researchers led by Jordi Quoidbach report in the August 2010 issue of Psychological Science that, although wealth may grant us opportunities to purchase many things, it simultaneously impairs our ability to enjoy those things.

Their first study, conducted with adult employees of the University of Liège in Belgium showed that the wealthier the workers were, the less likely they were to display a strong capacity to savor positive experiences in their lives. Furthermore, simply being reminded of money (by being exposed to a picture of a huge stack of Euros) dampened their savoring ability.

Read more: New research reveals that reminders of wealth impair our capacity to savor life's little pleasures

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Can money really make you happy? Can Money Buy Happiness?
This post includes a story about a forty-two-year-old forklift operator in Corbin, Kentucky, named Mack Metcalf who won $65 million Powerball jackpot. But did it change his life in a positive way or was he happier than before? Unfortunately he died at the age of forty-five, only about three years after his lottery draw, racked with cirrhosis of the liver and hepatitis.
*Can money buy happiness? Maybe, up to $75,000
Does money buy happiness? New research says yes, to a point

First published at 'knoji'

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Immune booster - Belberyy tea

Bilberry is a plant. Bilberry is also known as European blueberry, whortleberry, and a few other names. Bilberry tea which is made from dried bilberry leaves or fruits is extremely high in Vitamin C, which boosts the immune system. This tea is preferred for medicinal purposes rather than for the flavor as this tea has a slightly medicinal taste.

There are other benefits of belberry tea which we are learning from this post.
It is one of several species of low-growing shrubs, bearing edible berries.
The dried, ripe fruit and leaves are used to make medicine. Bilberry is a perennial shrub that grows to about 16 inches in height. It has sharp edged, green branches and black wrinkled berries, which are ripe for picking in late summer. Bilberry is a relative of blueberry, cranberry, and huckleberry, and its fruit looks and tastes much like the American blueberry.

Today, the fruit is used to treat diarrhea, menstrual cramps, eye problems, varicose veins, venous insufficiency (a condition in which the veins do not efficiently return blood from the legs to the heart), and other circulatory problems.

How to make the tea?
Bilberry Tea can either be made through infusing the dried bilberry leaves or fruits in hot water, or through decoction of these same parts in boiling water.

Bilberries contain levels of anthocyanin pigments that have been linked experimentally to lowered risk for several diseases, such as those of the heart and cardiovascular system, eyes and cancer.

The bilberry leaves are used in traditional medicine to treat gastrointestinal ailments, applied topically, or made into Bilberry Tea infusions.

Bilberry Tea as an herbal decoction prepared from the dried fruits is said to be effective in treating diarrhea in children. It may also be used as a mouthwash in treating various oral disorders and throat problems.
Other Health benefits of Bilberry Tea:
  • Bilberry Tea may help inhibit eye and vision disorders by strengthening the walls of blood vessels in the eye and benefit the retina. 
  • Help reduce inflammation, and help stabilize ligaments and tendons.
  • Support cardiovascular health.
  • Treat gastrointestinal problems.
  • Ease varicose vein appearance.
  • Lower blood sugar in diabetics.
  • High level of anthocyanin pigments, which have been linked to a lowered risk of heart disease and cancer.
  • Helps improve skin quality in all ages.
  • According to Dr. Oz it is one of the tea which help loose weight. Bilberry Tea helps to kill cravings during dinnertime. Its savory sweet flavor balances blood sugar. Drink 1 Cup before dinner.
For daily relief of gastrointestinal problems or to aid digestion, bilberry leaves have been shown to be highly effective, either when ingested in the tea form or made into topical ointments and tinctures.
Most tonics are made with the leaves, because they contain a higher concentration of antioxidants and other healthy compounds.

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