According to Buddhism, a person can reach Nirvana or the highest state of enlightenment through continuous meditation and by participating in the Buddha's daily service, among other things. Through time, many people have benefited from the practice of meditation. Meditation, as practiced by Buddhist monks and practitioners, has become a spiritual tool and health enhancer in one. More than just the chants and meditative posture, meditation is about proper breathing and concentration of one's thoughts. As a health and spiritual practice, meditation came into prominence centuries ago in the East where people's lives and culture demanded a way to escape the realities of life. How do we know if we are already in a state of meditation or just wasting away time with our eyes closed? Meditation is a state of mind that leads to inner peace, self-fulfillment, self- improvement, and the development of a positive outlook in life. There are two types of meditation; the concentrative and the mindfulness type. Concentrative is more on the person's concentration, sitting quietly and calmly with good breathing patterns. It is said that the one's mind is somewhat connected to one's breath of air. Continuous rhythm of inhales and exhales of the breath will make the person feel more calm and relaxed, focusing on their steady flow of air in and out of their bodies. This will result in the mind being more aware and tranquil at the same time. Mindfulness, on the other hand, involves attention and awareness on passing wave of sensations, images, feelings, thoughts, sounds, smell, anything that your body can interact with. This in turn will give the person a more non-reactive mind state, much like looking at a television, without any feeling or thoughts that can bother you away.Meditation and relaxation often go hand in hand. In scientific studies, it has been proven that there are health benefits in practicing this kind of activity. By being in a relaxed state of mind, the person is also regarded to as in alpha state, of which is a level of consciousness that promotes good healing. Relaxation in a person is highly recommended, since people always move and think, and by being relaxed it can also give relaxation to the body and mind that will eventually enhance our well-being as well.Knowing all this, one can see the connection of both scientific and religious factors, all because of meditation. Indeed, this activity shows a unique philosophy that can really help oneself. In practicing such kind of relaxation process, the person sees the innermost self at its fullest. This helps the person in dealing with external difficulties, seeing past all this and in a way becomes humble and calm in dealing with situations. This relaxed state of meditating allows the person in helping oneself health-wise, since this to can take away simple headaches, stress, or even mild anxiety. It began way before, and it will never go away. This kind of activity brings out the person in you. By meditating, this will give you a sense of calmness in a positive state. There are no known facts that this can be harmful to you, so why don't you give it a try?
First things first, what is acid reflux? The more technical term is GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. This is where mucous damage exists due to the production of abnormal gastric juice content in the esophagus.Usual symptoms for "acid reflux" include heartburn that is persistent, chest pain, morning hoarseness, problems in swallowing, as well as a feeling that there is something stuck in the throat. Bad breath is also caused by GERD or acid reflux as well as cough that is dry.So now that you know you have them, what should you do to help prevent acid reflux?First things first, the most common and convenient way to relieve the symptoms that acid reflux bring are through antacids that quickly and effectively do away with the symptoms mentioned. However, a regular habit of eating appropriately and in the appointed time such as not skipping meals, not overeating and avoiding acidic food - help eliminate acid reflux as well.How should one with acid reflux eat then?Contrary to popular belief, size does matter. It therefore helps that meals taken are small yet frequent compared to large portioned meals at regular times of the day.The logic behind this concept works this way. Foods that are taken in little amounts would allow the stomach to also exert little effort in digesting it therefore requiring less secretion of acid during the process of digestion.So what foods should one eat?Those that are rich in carbohydrates are advisable to be taken in. Such foods include bread, rice, pasta. These types of meals are all easy in ones stomach and any excess acid is tied up by them.What foods should one avoid?Foods that are high in fat for instance those that one buys in fast food joints should very well be avoided. These types of food usually stay longer in the stomach and takes a lot more acid in order to digest them.How should one eat?Try not to forget that over-eating is a big no-no. Eating too many too much actually stimulates the tummy to secret a lot more acid required to digest the items one is taking in. As much as possible, do everything in moderation.Limit lifes little pleasuresOf course, having acid reflux does not mean that one should totally take out and avoid experiencing lifes pleasures. All that is needed is to limit ones intake of the following food items if total elimination would prove to be difficult: alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, even tea. It is your choice, either that piping hot coffee or the opportunity to let your stomach make and break acid. Remember that anything put in your stomach affects the way acid is produced in them. This applies to all types of beverage also. Believe it or not, beer everyones best friend - actually doubles the acid secreted by the stomach within an hour of its intake.What should be your position after eating then?As much as possible, stay upright for an average of forty five minutes after taking a meal. This allows the stomach to do its job the best way it could. However, when acid reflux has set in and you need to lie down, do so with the head elevated about six to eight inches from the bed.All in all, acid reflux disease is totally controllable provided you take care of your self, your stomach and your diet.
Autism is considered to be a serious neurological disorder, causing dramatic changes in behavior and affecting social interactions, communication skills and adaptability. The first signs of autism can either be spotted at birth or later in childhood. Child autism is characterized by refusal of social interactions, inability of anticipating movement, poor eye contact, lack of interest towards mothers or caretakers, inability of engaging in imitational acts, preference for repetitive, stereotype activities. Child autism is different from one child to another. Although autistic children have common behavioral features, every child with autism develops in a different, unique way. Child autism affects the perception of persons and objects and some autistic children may engage in behaviors that lead to self-injury (some autistic children unwillingly bang their heads against their crib). Child autism is also characterized by low adaptation skills and strong resistance to changes in their activities or behaviors. Autism occurs to persons regardless of their IQ. Autistic children sometimes have good skills with numbers, excelling in areas like mathematics. However, it is a fact that all children diagnosed with autism have reduced emotional intelligence. Child autism can determine either hyper-active or hypo-active behaviors. While some children are very impulsive and difficult to calm down, other children are very still and passive. The most relevant signs of child autism are: avoidance of social interactions and low responsiveness to smile, voice or gestures (many autistic children avoid making any kind of eye contact and sometimes ignore the presence of their parents or caretakers), poor baby talk, difficulties in oral speech, (autistic children rarely initiate dialogue), predisposition towards repetitive gestures and activities (clapping their hands, waving their heads back and forth, excessive swinging). Autistic children also focus their attention on some particular toys, ignoring everything else around them (unlike normal children that are easily distracted, autistic children ignore external stimuli when concentrating upon a certain activity). Child autism is also revealed by the inability to play imaginative, pretend games. While normal children often pretend to be someone else when playing, or imagine new ways of playing with their toys, autistic children are usually unable to do the same thing. Also, "child autism" is characterized by the inability to distinguish danger; children with autism seem to be unafraid of dangerous, threatening situations. Emphatic skills are also poor in case of autistic children; they dont seem to care about other people in distress, feeling no compassion for them.The causes of child autism and many other Autism Spectrum Disorders are still unknown. Scientists believe that there are certain genetic factors responsible for the development of autism, but the genes that cause autism havent yet been identified. Autism has a pronounced hereditary character. Parents with an autistic child in the family are most likely to have another child with the same disorder. An interesting aspect of child autism is the larger numbers of boys affected by the disorder, compared to the numbers of girls with autism. The signs of child autism must be spotted in time, in order to minimize the risks of further behavioral, cognitive and physical damage. It is vital to correctly diagnose autism at an early age, thus facilitating the process of recovery and preventing severe behavioral deterioration. Also, children with autism need a lot of care and attention, as they tend to engage in self-injurious activities.
Through our extensive research and development of Danceafreaka we worked and taught in some of the worlds best gyms and interviewed and spoke to hundreds of women and men about their exercise experiences and what they like to exercise to and with. The most common reaction to our programme Danceafreaka waswait for it!! Does this programme actually work? We often reply with do you know or have you seen any UNFIT African dancers. That often does the trick every time.Now are you 1 or more of the following:1.Dont exercise,2.Hates exercising3.Dont have time to exercise4.Hate Gyms5.Hate Monthly fees6.Love making excuses not to go to the gym in spite of being charged a monthly membership anyway7.Bored with your conventional predictable Aerobics left, right up and down exercises8.Conscience of your shape at present and want to hide at any given rate9.Love to smile but forgotten how to10.Does not take exercising and having fun and laughing, at one self not to seriously11.Would love to improve their general physical appearance, stamina, overall look, weight loss, health, fitness, Cardio health, flexibility and most importantly their night life activities!!!! YES AFRICAN DANCE IS A WORLD REKNOWN AFRicanDIZZAC (excuse the pun and play with words) after all I am the Creative Director remember?This programme Danceafreaka is definitely for you.Now I hear you cry.. I am not a dancer!! The great thing is you dont have to be. The elements are taken from "African dance" s but it is simplified for all levels of fitness and dance. Consider this as an African Aerobic workout. Yes consider it as an African Aerobic Sexy exercise that uses parts of your body you never knew existed. The great thing about this programme is it comes on a DVD that can be played anywhere in the world. This programme has simple to follow instructions a great Tutor and fantastic infectious drumming to help you through this great experience. There is one MAJOR rule of this exercise that you have to adhere to that is you have to keep Smiling. In Africa there is a saying that has existed for hundreds of years. That is We keep the smile on our faces to stop us getting tired. Try it, it really works. Danceafreaka has been devised to strengthen the upper and lower torso especially the BLT section. For those avid Gym goes yes thats right the Bum, Legs and Tums area that is very sensitive to any female conscience of her body. Sorry that makes most women right? There are a number of moves for you to learn, practice and perfect to improve your dancing and experience. On that note please feel free to visit. http://www.danceafreaka.com or drop me an email at email@example.com. There is a sample, clip on the site of the programme. Please join our newsletter and mailing list for further information and discounts on future developments. I hope you enjoy you experience!!!Kojo Tawiah is the Creative Director of a fun, new exciting programme called Danceafreaka. Danceafreaka is an all over body dance fitness programme that uses traditional African dance movements taken from various popular African Countries brought together for a fun unpredictable forever exciting fitness routine.
Anabolic steroids, the synthetic derivatives of testosterone (a potent androgenic male sex hormone), are one of the most extensively used drugs today. However, the magnitude of steroid abuse is more than the genuine medical use of steroids. Medically, anabolic steroids are used for treating hypogonadism, delayed puberty, and some types of impotence. They are also used against several chronic wasting diseases, such as AIDS and Cancer.Anabolic steroids are very widely abused drugs nowadays. These steroids are extensively used as performance enhancing drugs. They are often used to enhance strength and stamina. Steroids are widely abused by professional bodybuilders, weightlifters, athletes, jocks, muscle-building enthusiasts, young boys, girls, and even teenagers. Approximately 1.9% of young adults (ages 1928) surveyed in 2005 reported lifetime use of steroids. The 2006 Monitoring the Future Study findings revealed that 1.6% of eighth graders, 1.8% of tenth graders, and 2.7% of twelfth graders reported using steroids at least once in their lifetime. The study surveyed the students in eighth, tenth, and twelfth grades, and divulged stunning facts regarding the ease by which one can obtain steroids.According to the study, 17.1% of eighth graders, 30.2% of tenth graders, and 41.1% of twelfth graders surveyed in 2006 reported that steroids were "fairly easy" or "very easy" to obtain. The study furthermore revealed that 60.2% of twelfth graders surveyed reported that using steroids was a "great risk during 2006. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also conducts studies n the high school students throughout the United States, the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS). According to the CDC study conducted in 2005, nearly 5% of all high school students surveyed by CDC in 2005 reported lifetime use of steroid pills/shots without a doctor's prescription.However, the abuse or overuse of anabolic steroids is often linked with a wide range of adverse side effects. Some of the side effects associated with anabolic steroids include physically unattractiveness severe acne and breast development in men, heart attacks, and elevated cholesterol levels, and risk of contracting or transmitting hepatitis or HIV. Steroids can also cause increased irritability and aggression. Anabolic steroids also have withdrawal symptoms, which include mood swings, fatigue, restlessness, loss of appetite, insomnia, reduced sex drive, and depression.