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Making Your Health “Resolute”


Making Your Health “Resolute”

by Amy Lignor


It is time for those New Year’s Resolutions to be made. We all know the ones most likely being placed on lists everywhere: stop smoking and lose weight. Why? Because these have always been the top two when it comes New Year’s Resolutions, 2017, good health, happinessto goals, so that the next time the ball drops you feel amazing that the goal was achieved. A tough fact to learn, however, is that even though more than half of Americans resolve to better their health in some way each year, less than half are still on target to achieve their goal six months later.

Enthusiasm always deadens after the “party” is over and the real world comes back into play. The holidays are wonderful times, yet the luster of it all fades. So…are there ways to keep people working towards their goal? You bet there are!

Take the weight loss resolution. That one resolution, a great many times, comes along with the feeling that there should be overnight success. It is still a reality that gaining it took a lot less time and energy than it will ever take losing it, but setting normal goals for yourself can aid in keeping your momentum and that luster shining brilliantly far more than six months into the year. Results can and will happen, yet there are so many programs, machines and equipment out there that when it comes to weight loss, sometimes the ability to pick the right advice that will actually work becomes more of a load to carry than the actual extra weight. In the end, it’s the social factor that needs to be in place in order to keep the goal you’ve set for yourself.


This is the same basic foundation when it comes to quitting smoking. You need that support of family and friends around you to not only help, listen to the frustration, etc., but also be highly supportive: going to a gym with a best friend so that they, too, can get healthier but also become a “team member” in achieving your goal is perfect. If the focus is smoking, speaking to an ex-smoker and having them on your “team” can be truly helpful. After all, they’ve already gone through it, so they are the absolute best people to help you.


Never forget how much cash you will save either. Let’s be honest, if you added up the costs of those extra snacks, pizza deliveries, etc., something a whole lot more fun could be bought for both you and your family. When it comes to smoking, the cash saved is huge. And the idea to spend cash on something that won’t necessarily lead to your early demise is most definitely another plus.


Stress is also a problem for almost everyone, and the amount of stress can become astronomical. For good health, stress must be cut. The work hours need no more extending. Exercise, nutrition, spending time with family and friends – these are all important in order to cut the stress and allow you to get a more restful sleep – which in turn causes you to do far better at work than you did when you spent way too many hours there.


My own grandfather used to tell me: “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” The line was very strong and precise. But in the real world, without a restful sleep, you are more likely to develop poor health. A higher risk of obesity, as well as Type 2 diabetes and memory issues have been linked to lack of sleep.


There is also a solid, basic factor when it comes to owning good health: happiness. No rolling of the eyes on this one. Yes, work is difficult at times. Yes, the bills keep coming in and the kids need that college education. Those facts are most definitely real. However, by taking time out – even small amounts of time – and enjoying the life you’re working so hard at making, allows you to leap onto the good side of health. Thousands of studies have proven positive/happy people are less likely to deal with heart attacks or develop heart disease than those who are resting on the side of gloomy.


In every place – whether big city or small town – there are always locations where you can enjoy a walk, sit and listen to music, or simply have a good day outdoors in the sunshine with your family.


Thus, it’s time to make those 2017 Resolutions the most resolute they have ever been

Source:  Baret News

Time to Focus on Watershed Health

Time to Focus on Watershed Health

by Amy Lignor


With the blistering sun high in the sky for the summer months, it is extremely important for all across the United States to refocus some attention on the conservation of water supplies.


water conservation, watershed, good health, drought toolkit, contour planting, pest management, landscaping projectsThe term “watershed” is known by some (not by all); yet, the watershed is one of the most powerful tools that must be conserved and kept healthy in order to save land, secure water, and stop damaging wildfires from taking their toll.


Having a healthy watershed provides massive benefits to states across our country. Take New Mexico, for instance. In New Mexico, a healthy watershed provides that clean and abundant water necessary for a person’s good health, as well as better health for both land and crops. In addition, the watershed’s offer improved air quality and allow wildlife habitats and livestock forages to be in place and ready for the critters that need them.


New Mexico has seen both sides of the coin on this subject; this state has shown the horrors that can happen with declining watershed health in the past. Due to prolonged drought conditions, the state had to deal with many negatives, such as; insects, diseases, and the inability to prevent wildfires from sparking out of control. Large-scale, severe fires in upper headwaters – watersheds in higher elevations that collect snow – have negative effects that reach far beyond the actual burn area. Damage from these fires cause soil loss, downstream flooding, debris flows and degraded water quality. A scorched watershed’s soil can turn hydrophobic, meaning that rain can no longer be filtered through the ground’s natural processes.


So…how can this problem be tackled across the country? It is a fact that foresters conduct treatment projects throughout the year to try and stop an emergency from sprouting up. Landscape-sale initiatives are abundant in size and restore critical watersheds by thinning tree stands and clearing excess debris. This, in the end, protects the state, taking away the wildfire’s ability to move and spread, thus reducing any damage it can leave in its wake. It is a simple thought and fact that a fire cannot move rapidly or in an unpredictable path if there are less dense fuels for it to consume, so these initiatives can stall a fire and contain it to one area which protects both firefighters and healthy communities.


It is most definitely a give-and-take situation. After all, the areas we depend on to keep us breathing good air and drinking clean water are now depending on us to keep them alive. So, whether a citizen scientist or a firefighter or a group who wish to organize a clean-up event, put together a wildfire prevention planning team for their community, or be a part of raising money for initiatives to be done across the country, it is important to get involved and to realize that protecting watersheds is one or mankind’s most important responsibilities.


If wanting to do more, a drought toolkit can be requested from the Southwest Border Food Protection and Emergency Preparedness Center. This one kit offers up ways to monitor aquifers for water quality and volume, identify necessary resources depending on the size and scale of drought conditions you may be facing, as well as giving one the ability to plan and conserve water for their own community. And the information gathered with this toolkit is essential for all who wish to write and submit grant applications as well as come up with mitigation plans for their own backyards.


Everyone can help. If on the farm or ranch, make sure to practice contour planting and pest management while conserving and protecting the water quality. Plant along contours so that irrigation water soaks into the ground and doesn’t run off, build healthy soil with compost or other organic materials, and use fertilizers/pesticides sparingly.

If in the city, plant trees wisely to cool streets and buildings in the summer, yet still allow the winter sun to warm them. Protect your water by not dumping or tossing garbage into drains, as well as picking up after your pets. Design landscaping projects to gather run-off instead of sending it on down the drain, and encourage any local officials to install “green infrastructure” in order to conserve water supplies in the big city.


The world is a difficult place to protect in 2016. So remember to walk every path you can to make sure that this world grows healthier on a daily basis.

Source:  Baret News

Pregnancy: Aromatherapy is Needed by the Expectant Mother

Pregnancy: Aromatherapy is Needed by the Expectant Mother

~James Moore

The company, MassageLuXe, has been touted in all fields of medicine. Yes, it still offers a menu that speaks of pampering the body and mind, allowing people to walk into a ‘5-star’ environment and ease the aches, pains and anxieties that their daily lives provide. Another category that MassageLuXe has fallen into, however, stems from physical fitness.


t460x279More and more people are coming to understand that ‘action’ does not only mean time spent at the gym sweating. Action is also massage therapy for the body, easing aches and pains and allowing people to build lean muscle and repair torn and painful areas that working out brings. By adding MassageLuXe to this ‘action’ regimen, more and more people have found that they work out harder and feel better, achieving overall good health.


Yet another area where massage therapy is now needed comes from the medical community. Massage therapy is a true help for people suffering from arthritis and osteoporosis, and the experts at MassageLuXe have the skills and talent to provide what people need.


Well…its not just sore muscles that need help in this world. It is the world of the soon-to-be Mom that is coming around to the need for massage therapy as well…and that is an extremely good thing to have happen.


Every single day scientists reveal new facts about pregnancy – how the body is affected and how best to help both mother and child as they go through the nine month experience. It is important to remember that before all the computer technology – from sonograms to amniocentesis – pregnancy was about as natural a process as could be. But as science grew, the need for more information about what really goes on below the body – the complex process of forming and carrying a child – unearthed facts and information that helped the mother even further.


Pregnancy is filled with concerns for the welfare of both mother and developing baby. And believe it or not, massage therapies along the line of aromatherapy massage is now seen as one of the best processes to help keep this pair healthy.


Massage therapists inside the walls of MassageLuXe are talented and skilled; they know the essential oils needed to address the specific needs of a mother-to-be. They choose oils and scents that are relaxing, energizing and perfect for reducing stress. And, as we all know, pregnancy can be (or, is) the biggest stress the body can be under.


Aromatherapy also addresses the very emotional side that comes along with pregnancy. The oils help that emotional stress, as well. And this is not a ‘new’ thing or a recently ‘discovered’ science. Way back to the times of midwives and oracles, pregnant women have been aided and relaxed by using traditional plant extracts as well as a list of herbal treatments. Essential oils have been proven to calm and combat morning sickness, swelling of the ankles and back pain, as well as helping the mother through pain as she enters labor.


Even though modern science has invented various applications to help during pregnancy, they also go back to the ‘old ways’ and completely promote and encourage topical applications of essential oils during pregnancy, believing that these oils protect the fetus. Ginger is a common herbal extract that many in all communities favor. From drinking ginger in tea, or in the form of ginger ale, etc., morning sickness can be eased far more quickly than by any ‘new fangled’ scientific treatment or product.


When going to a MassageLuXe the expectant Mom can find a slew of employees that understand how to use completely natural products that will give them the best health possible.


So as you head into the most exciting experience of your life, make sure to get the help you need and the relaxation both you and your baby require at MassageLuXe.


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