What Can A Simple Smile Do For Your Health?
October 22, 2013
It is often said that small things done really well have a great impact. The tendency for most of us is to do everything in a big way – a big house, a big car, and a big job. There is little appreciation for the small and seemingly insignificant things in life.
Oftentimes, this is one of the contributing factors to people’s health these days. Much of our body is a collaboration of all the small cells that make up the grand unit. There hardly exists any functional unit, whether living or non-living that does not boil down to a minute component. Be it a screw on a door hinge, a wire in a circuit box or even a slice of onion in a gourmet meal, it all boils down to the little things in life.
All this tends to put things into perspective; the probable reasons that many walk around ailing physically, emotionally and even psychologically all because we have stayed away from the defining principle of life.
It is often the small and overlooked things whose absence will be felt at the most unexpected of times; in fact, we often do not realize the value of it until we at some point down the road note that it is missing. The small anchor stops that big boat, the little baby turns the routine of the home upside down and the ignition key sets the car in motion. Undoubtedly, it follows that our bodies may very well operate in the same way. There could very well be a small part of who we are that makes a world of difference. We see it every day; hardly give it a second thought, yet in responding to it, we are changed tremendously. None is poorer for giving it, yet we are all made richer for it!
Nothing may be as costly, priceless yet beneficial to the human body as a smile. Oftentimes we hardly practise it, totally denying ourselves the value it gives. So what is it that is so great about a smile?
One of the many ways to stay young and feel great is to smile. Wrinkling is one of the natural tendencies to the skin once we begin to age. However, it has been noted that early wrinkling of the facial muscles occurs in people who hardly ever smile! The saying that it takes more muscles to frown that to smile has been in dispute, with the more recent studies stating that it may take more muscles to smile than to frown but in essence, it takes less effort to smile than to frown.
In as much as circumstances in life get the best of us, it has been a common misconception that our emotions are lords of their own, and we their faithful slaves. Nothing could be further than the truth; by simply smiling, one could actually re-programme their body into choosing a different mood. Rather than result to medication, by simply putting on a happy face you could spare yourself quite some trips to the hospital.
In the quest for the finer things in life, the compromise has often led to stress and stress related illnesses. Part of the compromise has been substituting a joyous countenance with a grim look, an action that further aggravates the body by increasing blood pressure. By simply choosing to smile, one can medically detect a notable decrease in blood pressure.
The drug of choice
There is a shift on the medical scene in which natural treatment is being esteemed to the synthetic medication. It is often thought that drugs come exclusively from plant matter and are then modified scientifically to for the capsular tablets we consume. Interestingly enough, smiling releases certain chemicals in our bodies- serotonin and endorphins, which act as a drug that stimulate us and make us feel better about ourselves and the world at large.
With all these benefits, smiling is clearly the activity to pursue. It communicates holistic wellbeing, even on a psychological and mental level. An individual adorning a smile conveys good cheer, peace, joy but most of all confidence. A smile will cost nothing, give something and gain everything. It is evident that the key to great healthy living is in a simple smile!
Cosmetic Surgery – Pros and Cons
September 22, 2013
In the modern world we live in we often witness that confidence and even professional successes come hand in hand with the person’s appearance. There are those who would strongly disagree with this statement and would not encourage this “inner self change”. The other, on the other hand, have no second thoughts regarding the benefits related to cosmetic surgery. Freedom of choice is our utmost characteristic and we should all have an opportunity to choose however we should also have in dept information about positive and negative aspects of a cosmetic surgery.
What are the cons of cosmetic surgery?
Without any doubt it can be said that we, the humans, are the only cause of any illness and suffering in our lives. Most of the illness is a result of a careless and unhealthy life, but sometimes the treat to our heath can be the result of or wishes and intention. That’s the case with the cosmetic surgery. Given the fact that the cosmetic surgery is like any other surgery, the desirable outcome is not known until the recovery period is over and a recovery process can in some cases be longer than expected. In other words, ideal look that one is seeking is not guaranteed. The most important is that there are other side effects like nerve damage, infection, scaring and chronic pain. Surgeons are manipulating with one’s body completely, changing some parts of the structure or all of it and the body is undertaking swelling, bruising, stiffness and discomfort.
Cosmetic surgery is a very expensive procedure and usually is not covered by medical insurance. Considering the recovery period, which can last up to several months, financial losses can be even higher. Beauty has a high price and everyone should be aware of it. There are, on the other hand, cases when insurance compensation is available. Those are usually cosmetic surgeries used to repair birth defects or a reconstructive surgery after an accident.
Those who decide to undergo a cosmetic surgery may or may not be satisfied and happy with the final income. Another surgery cannot repair “the damage” only a mental strength can therefore those who wish to reshape their body should be prepared to face the results of it. In order to avoid this one should always have an in depth conversation and consultations with his doctor.
What are the pros of cosmetic surgery?
For those who have health problems related to the appearance issues cosmetic surgery can help. For example, the sinus infections can be reduced with the nose surgery. On the other hand, women who suffer excruciating back pain due to the large breasts cosmetic surgery can eliminate or reduce significantly. It is proven that a risk of cancer is lower when a breast tissue is removed with a cosmetic surgery.
Very few people are satisfied with their personal appearance and many other are not. Due to their dissatisfaction they are lacking self-esteem and self-confident which can lead to different levels of depression. Many researchers have shown the strong connection between social and professional life and personal appearance. Attractive people attract more attention and they are recognized as accomplished in every life aspect: social, professional, sexual. The cosmetic surgery can redefine the self image and present a key to life transformation.
Cosmetic surgery treatments are very popular, with all its positive and negative impact and everybody has a freedom of choice but should be informed well before they decide.
Article inspired by:
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS)
3 Quick Ways to Make Yourself Healthier
September 3, 2013
Some people are under the mistaken notion that adopting a healthy lifestyle involves turning into a health nut, and because they feel unable (or unwilling) to commit to it, they simply refuse to change their ways. But making an effort to be healthier does not necessarily entail turning your life upside down. Read below for 3 quick ways to make one self healthier without going gaga.
Tip #1: If you don’t smoke, avoid second-hand smoke at all costs.
Ok, the best thing to do, if you’re a smoker is to quit but we did promise to tell you about things that are quick so we are settling on reducing your exposure to second-hand smoke instead. This may seem basic to you, but most people who are non-smokers would not think too much about staying within range of someone with a lit pipe or cigarette. The Surgeon General was not lying when he warns that inhaling second-hand smoke is actually more harmful than smoking yourself, because second-hand smoke actually contains more toxins and metabolic wastes. So the next time someone goes outdoors for a quick smoke, resist the urge to tag along.
Tip #2: Bring a water bottle and finish it at least twice during the course of the day.
With all of the toxins that we put into our bodies (both consciously and unwittingly) our body organs could use all the help they can get to flush out all these wastes efficiently. Drinking water is one effective way to do this.
Get into the habit of carrying a water bottle with you whenever you go. Taking small sips every now and then will help you stay cool throughout the day too—and it will definitely help during these heat waves. Doctors recommend drinking between 8 to 12 glasses a day, which can seem too much but toting a water bottle around will certainly make it easier to reach this target.
Tip #3: Go to bed before midnight
Before they invented cable and the internet, people were more likely to go to bed at reasonable hours because they were no reasons to stay up for anyway. Studies show that people are getting less and less sleep than before, and it is no coincidence that health problems, obesity and depression are also more common. You may be too old for a bedtime curfew but giving yourself a before-midnight deadline will significantly contribute to your well-being, energy levels, and performance. Take note that the before-midnight deadline means doing all of your pre-bedtime routines, which may include skin care, etc.
Of course, these tips don’t cancel out other health-promoting activities such as getting the right nutrients from your food, avoiding too much stress, doing exercise daily and boosting immune function. Remember that our bodies can only take so much insult, and that if given too much stress, we will eventually succumb to disease and illness. Taking a proactive stance to keeping our bodies – and minds—in tiptop shape is the best insurance for a productive life.