Wednesday, June 20, 2012

7 Health Tips for Keeping Asthma Under Control

Living with asthma may not be the easiest thing for anyone to live with, regardless of their age. However, by educating yourself on the illness, you can get a better understanding of how it affects your body and how to control it. The following are 7 health tips to help you keep your asthma under control:

1. Learn to Recognize the Symptoms

For many people, asthma attacks seem to sneak up on them and before they know it, they are in a situation that seems out of control. By carefully monitoring your symptoms, you will have a better idea of when an attack is going to happen.

2. Educate Yourself on Your Medications

A lot of people who are treated for asthma simply follow their doctor's instructions for taking their medications. The fact is that you might be on several medications and each one is going to get a different result. For example, you may have one medicine that is used for prevention, while another, like a steroid, is to be used for a more serious episode.

3. Keep a Journal on Your Symptoms

Every person diagnosed with asthma should keep a journal on the symptoms, as it can lead to great discoveries on what is actually causing the attacks. Each entry should include what symptoms you are feeling, as well as any reading from your peak flow meter.

4. Learn What is Triggering an Attack

For a lot of asthmatics, understanding what triggers an attack is how they are able to keep such great control over this illness. Simple weather changes could affect your breathing ability and understanding this could help you to know when the right times to take your medications are and which ones to take.

5. Plan a Diet that Includes Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

As many fruits and vegetables are considered to be antioxidants, it is important to add them into the diet. Vitamins C and E are well known for their anti-inflammatory effects and can actually help to reduce irritation or swelling in the lungs.

6. Keep Your Weight Down

Being overweight can easily cause more asthma attacks in the individual. By keeping your weight down, you can reduce the number of symptoms that you experience. Even just losing a few pounds will make a difference.

7. Schedule Consults With Your Doctor

The biggest and most important tool you have to help fight your asthma is your doctor. Their experience and education will play a vital role in how well you are able to reduce your symptoms. Regular visits with your doctor can help determine what triggers an attack and they can advise you on how to get it under better control.

Lexi Davis is a writer who enjoys writing on a number of different verticals. For more on asthma, Preemie Twins offers readers information on studies about premature births and asthma.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Understanding Breathing in Yoga

An introduction to Hatha Yoga is an introduction to the breath. First class, first movement and we have to wrap our heads around what was previously unnoticed - the body breathing itself. The body takes a walloping 20,000 plus breaths a day.

Breath Awareness

Lying on the floor, we begin the journey of awareness of the comings and goings of the unseen breath. There it comes traveling through the nostrils and down to the abdomen and back up and out again. This observation can quiet the mind. For some this awareness is absolutely unpleasant, and it could remain in that unsatisfying category for a while.

Beginners become more acquainted with the breath with pretty straightforward instructions like, "Inhaling extend the fingers, exhaling gently close the fingers into a fist". It simply requires paying attention as you lie on the mat. The second movement could be: "Inhaling as you raise your arms overhead and all the way to the floor behind your head, exhaling raise arms and take them back to the floor by the thighs."

Breath as Guide

Then comes a change in the relationship with the breath. It becomes our guide. In some yoga practices we are asked to follow the breath, we have to pay even more attention and trust the process. "Let the breath surround the movement." As students we learn to begin the inhale and then move slightly after; and end the inhale just after the movement. Same principle and practice with the exhalation. In other words, the breath actually surrounds the movement. The mind becomes quiet faster.

Wave of the Breath

If you thought taking a deep breath meant expanding your chest like Superman, somewhere in your yoga journey you learn that is incorrect. You learn that the wave of the inhale rolls in from nostril to chest to abdomen, and then rolls out from abdomen through chest to nostril. And if in that breathing exercise after your posture practice you find your breathing goes the opposite way, there's hope with this corrective breathing practice. Place a large textbook above your navel and lift it on the inhale as you lie. Then lower on the exhale. Try this every day for about 5-10 minutes. It might take a few weeks to see the change.

Movement and the Breath

What's a general guide to coordinating the breath and larger movements? When the chest expands, inhale; for example backbends. When the abdomen contracts, exhale; as in forward bends. And when in doubt, move on the exhale.

The development of our yoga practice is woven into the intimate relationship we experience with the sacred breath.

Heather Greaves is the owner of Body Therapies Yoga Training. She organizes yoga and meditation retreats and workshops in Ontario and Barbados, and has been helping yoga enthusiasts learn to teach yoga in a certified program. For more yoga tips or to sign up for our monthly

Who Is The Unconscious Mind That Produces Your Dreams? Discover An Amazing Truth

The unconscious mind that produces our dreams is God's mind. This is an amazing truth that is gradually changing our destiny.

Who is God?

God is the biggest victim of the existence of terror. He discovered the meaning of sanctity and the power of wisdom and goodness. However, God cannot put an end to terror and violence alone. He needs help. This is why He created our planet and He gave you a human conscience.

You receive free psychotherapy from the wise unconscious mind in your dreams because the biggest part of your brain is absurd and your conscience is under-developed. You have to learn how to be wise, and then, help God put an end to terror and violence.

This is how humanity will find peace.

The scientific meaning of this religious truth is that the unconscious mind is a powerful natural doctor who depends on the cooperation of your human conscience in order to help you eliminate the absurdity you have inherited, so that you may use of all of your brain power.

Today you can easily attain a higher level of knowledge and have the precious unconscious guidance in all matters because I simplified and clarified the complicated and obscure method of dream interpretation discovered by Carl Jung. Only his method helps you understand God's words in dreams.

Jung was a scientist and this is why he didn't have a religious attitude, even though he wrote about the unconscious religiosity. He didn't obey the unconscious guidance after recognizing that he was a sinner. This is what he should have done, but he couldn't completely trust the unconscious mind.

He couldn't see the entire truth because he stopped his research at a certain point. I had to continue from that point and on. This is how I could clarify all the obscure and vague points in his work.

I, the literature writer had to become a scientist and continue Carl Jung's work because besides being the best existent therapy for all mental illnesses and even physical diseases, the unconscious guidance in dreams has a very important religious meaning.

The unconscious wisdom helps us eliminate all sins and begin a new life, far from wickedness.

My work was initially based on art, religion, and philosophy. My scientific studies simply completed the research I was making through literature and philosophy from the time I learned how to think and I started writing my first poems, stories, and philosophical conclusions. My writings were inspired by the unconscious mind, which also gives us artistic talents, and religious and philosophical inclinations, besides producing our dreams.

Science gives us so many explanations about our reality that it is considered as a source that provides us with the best proof we could have about the veracity of our conclusions. This is true, but not completely.

You still need religion, philosophy, and art in order to understand your complex reality. Only science is not enough; it cannot show you everything you must know in order to understand the multidimensional truth. This means that the materialistic mindset of the current civilization doesn't help you understand your reality.

The unconscious mind that produces your dreams is the God you first met in your religion.

You are a big sinner, but you cannot understand why you are a sinner. You cannot understand your own absurdity. However, it would be better for you if you'd be humble and remember your position.

The unconscious mind demands perfection from you because God is your doctor. You are far from being mentally healthy.

You have inherited absurdity into the biggest part of your brain. Thus, you have to transform your personality in order to eliminate the roots of evilness and absurdity from your brain and psyche. This is how you will manage to triumph over life's challenges and avoid ending up on terror and despair. This is also how you'll help God put an end to terror and violence on Earth.

God is a saintly creature who is constantly suffering because of the existence of terror, violence, immorality, hypocrisy, poverty, indifference, cruelty, and greed. His pain is more than unbearable, and He is suffering this way for billions of years. He created our planet and He gave us a human conscience because he believed that we would help Him eliminate what is bad from the Universe.

However, we are indifferent, selfish, and lazy. We don't help God put an end to all horrors. We don't even try to help ourselves.

If you want to be different and save your sanity you must obey God's guidance in dreams.

If you'll be indifferent, you will pay for your sins. In other words, you will have to face the consequences of the distortions caused by your inconsequential behavior.

You will also disappoint your savior and abandon humanity in a living hell. In other words, you won't reward the divine unconscious mind for giving you a human conscience. You won't use your capacity to transform the absurd side of your brain into a positive content.

You will be another absurd and unsatisfied creature in our hostile planet, which was especially created in order to transform our satanic anti-conscience into a human conscience.

You should care about transforming your personality and purifying your spirit, instead of ignoring the truth. The divine unconscious mind gives you the alternative to change your tragic destiny and attain wisdom.

Everything depends on your seriousness. You must obey the guidance of your natural doctor and spiritual guide in dreams with gratitude.

The unconscious mind gives you the chance to stop being absurd and evil and attain sanctity. In other words, dream therapy helps you eliminate your anti-conscience and acquire complete consciousness.

Christina Sponias continued Carl Jung's research into the human psyche, discovering the cure for all mental illnesses, and simplifying the scientific method of dream interpretation that teaches you how to exactly translate the meaning of your dreams, so that you can find health, wisdom and happiness.