5 Morning Rituals Happy, Healthy People Do Every Day

How you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. So if you want to be productive, feel energized and happy, incorporate these five practices into your daily life.

1. Oil pulling

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy where oil is swished or held in the mouth. Ayurvedic literature states oil pulling is capable of improving oral and systemic health, including a benefit in conditions such as headaches, migraines, diabetes mellitus, asthma, and acne, as well as whitening teeth.

All you have to do is, first thing in the morning, put a tablespoon of cold-pressed sesame or coconut oil in your mouth and swish it in your mouth for 10-20 minutes, then spit it out and brush your teeth as per normal.

Studies show that it makes your teeth and gums healthier. On top of that, it whitens your teeth which will hopefully encourage you to smile more!

2. Warm lemon water

Drinking warm water with lemon helps alkalize your body, aids digestion and contains enzymes that stimulate the liver, the most important detoxifying organ. It also contains pectin fiber which helps move the bowels and promote a healthy elimination system. Additionally, it fills your body with vitamin C which is an important antioxidant that helps in a detox process by neutralizing free radicals and boosting the immune system.

This morning ritual, when done regularly, also does wonders to your skin — makes it youthful and glowing due to the amount of antioxidants and vitamins it contains.

3. Jump

The lymphatic system is a part of circulatory system, containing a network of lymphatic vessels that carry a clear fluid called lymph, which is essentially recycled blood plasma. The lymphatic system plays an important role in removing the toxins from the body. However, it’s not pumped by an organ, unlike a heart pumps blood. So we need to move in order for our lymphatic system to be moved, so we can benefit from an efficient detoxification process.

Simply do 50 jumping jacks as soon as you get out of bed! It will wake you up and will start pumping your lymphatic system. Jogging, aerobics or dancing is also a great way to achieve this.

4. Classical music

Listening to classical music reduces stress which is very important for your overall health and wellbeing. Studies show that listening to classical music also improves cognitive / mental capacity, which sets you up for a productive and creative day. Known as the “Mozart effect”, a set of research contends that listening to Mozart’s music can make you momentarily smarter, raising your IQ by a few points while you’re listening.

Set your alarm clock 15-30 minutes earlier than usual and listen to Mozart, Bach or Beethoven, etc. while you’re still in bed and trying to wake up. Maybe even do your oil pulling during this time!

5. Move

There’s no doubt that exercise is beneficial for your physical and mental health, mood, productivity and longevity. If you don’t exercise on a regular basis already, then what are you waiting for? If you don’t do it because you dread exercise, then it’s important to find some activity that you really enjoy. Do you love yoga, dancing, hiking, tennis, swimming, spin classes, Pilates, cycling or lifting weight? When you’re having fun, it doesn’t feel like work. So instead of calling it “working out” you can rename it to “funning out”!

One amazing benefit of exercising regularly is sweating. Every day you sweat about 10% of water that your body loses. While its main purpose is cooling the body and regulating its temperature, it is also important for cleansing. Sweating helps you release the toxic build-up from your pores, which helps get rid of toxins and also prevents your skin from breaking out. By sweating out those toxins your skin stays clear and radiant.

Isagenix – A review

A little while back we took a look at ISAGENIX . We’ve tried it our selves, with some mixed success. But we’ve referred someone to it, and they decided to write a review for us. Keep in mind that any change to your diet should be discussed with your GP. If you are wanting to be feel fit and healthy, NUTRITION is 80% of the battle. So here’s the review

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All my life I’ve struggled with my weight. It got to me so much just before Christmas last year that I was despairing of ever being able to control my weight. I was having a conversation with my health conscious son about my battle and he suggested I should give the IsAgenix 30 day weight loss program a try to give me kick start to losing weight.

He suggested it would perhaps give me the incentive to then continue on by myself and take control of my diet. So I bit the bullet and made the commitment to try it. I received four large containers of the shake mix, 2 containers of Cleanse for life mix, some IsAgenix snacks, I bottle of Ionix berry flavoured liquid plus two bottles of dietary supplement tablets.

I started my journey with a bit of cynicism I have to say as I have been down the diet path so many times without success. However I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to keep on track. I used the meal replacement shakes for breakfast and lunch, with the appropriate snacks in between as per the advice from the program. I had my main meal of the day at dinner time as it was more convenient for my partner and I to do it that way.

I have to say at no time was I ever craving food of any sort. The shakes satisfied me during the day and were no hardship to drink. They come in two flavours, chocolate and French vanilla. I chose the French vanilla flavour. At first I thought the taste was a little bland, however the more I used them the more I enjoyed them. One of the snacks that are suggested was raw almonds, and while I was never a great fan of them, I now find that I quite enjoy eating a few for a snack. I found they suited me best to have them around 4pm as that is when I’ve always had difficulty previously when trying to lose weight. It just seems to be such a long time from lunch to dinner.

The hardest thing about the IsAgenix weight loss program was the “cleanse for life” powder. This powder is used on a fasting day. It is taken several times a day as a replacement for food. A few small snacks were allowed on the day. But no protein of any sort is taken. Combined with the appropriate dietary capsules, this process is used at least once a week. I made the mistake of using the Cleanse for life powder two day in a row, while still continuing my usual routine of going to the gym each morning. I discovered that drinking this powder for the two consecutive days made me very light headed and feeling quite weak, and I wasn’t able to do my usual routine at the gym effectively, so learnt that it suited me best to just use it once a week.

So for the 30 days I followed this program and I was pleased at the end of that time that I had lost over 10 kilos. It did tend to make me a little bit constipated if I wasn’t careful but on the whole I really had no issues with it for those 30 days. However when I finished the dietary supplements I found it difficult to continue with a normal diet. Some foods just didn’t taste the same or didn’t agree with me. It was quite an expensive program to purchase initially, but on balance with a week’s worth of groceries, it is really on a par price wise, providing you stick to that program. I would suggest anyone wanting to get a kick start with their weight loss should consider giving it a try.

5 Points to Remember when Using Dietary Supplements for Weight Loss

Losing weight is probably the most difficult thing in the world. You will have to put in too much of efforts to get rid of the few extra kilos. One good way to get started with this is making use of Dietary Supplements for Weight Loss. You will not only be able to curb hunger but will also experience a boost in your metabolism rate.

However, if you think that these are magic pills, you are highly mistaken. These supplements can assist you to reduce weight but there are other things you have to do to ensure that you can get the best results. Here are 5 points that you have to remember:

Be active:

Some diet pills work well even without any exercise. This means that you need not go to the gym to do hours of workouts. However, it is important that you keep yourself active. You have to do some exercises like walking, running swimming etc to keep your body active and break down the consumed food.

Proper diet:

Though Dietary Supplements for Weight Loss will help reduce weight you see that you still follow a proper diet. You can not follow a junk food diet and then opt for pills to reduce weight. Know that these can only help you to reduce weight loss fast in an effective way. These can accelerate the actual process but following the basics is important.

Proper Sleep:

Your sleep is an important part of your weight loss regime. Your body burns through calories when you sleep as well. Ensure that you get at least 6 hours of sleep so that your mind and body is active for the rest of the day. If you do not sleep well during the day you can face loss of energy when performing other physical activities.

Allergies:

Before you start consuming any kind of dietary supplements for weight loss make sure that you are not allergic to the contents. While most of the natural weight loss pills have all organic ingredients, it is possible that you are allergic to them. To ensure that you do not face a problem on consumption, it is always better to consult your doctor.

With the above five points about weight loss you will be able to make the most of your weight loss program and get fairly good results.