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July 31, 2012
Dr OZ says: Among the many excellent health excuses for taking a break from the daily grind, I have one clear favorite: New activities and environments can stimulate your senses in such a way that your neurons begin to form novel synaptic connections, actually changing the structure of your brain and helping you experience life afresh. So when you’re on vacation, your number one priority should be to soak up the sights and sounds around you, and not do much of anything else.
Fortunately, there are ways to keep your body running well without trying too hard—from rehydrating with coconut water to eating watermelon to protect your skin from sun damage. Here is a collection of nearly effortless tips for your next big escape, whether it’s camping on a riverbank or sunbathing at the shore.
And yellows and oranges. The pigments in certain brightly colored fruits and vegetables (from watermelon to carrots) can actually protect your skin while you’re having fun in the sun. A 2010 study published in the British Journal of Dermatology showed that the antioxidant lycopene, found in various red-tinted produce, helps shield cells from DNA damage caused by the sun’s UV rays. And a meta-analysis of research revealed that beta-carotene—found in cantaloupe, mangoes, and apricots—can help prevent sunburns. Start eating warm colors now to get a better protective effect on vacation.
Many people associate deep vein thrombosis—blood clots that can form in the legs during extended periods of inactivity—with long airplane flights. But DVT is a threat during long car trips, too. Whether you’re in the air or on the ground, take a brief walk (down the aisle or at a rest stop) every two hours to keep your blood flowing smoothly.
As a general rule of thumb, if you’ve flown east, expose yourself to plenty of light (ideally natural light) during the daytime hours. This will help shift your biological clock forward. When you go west, do the opposite: Seek brightly lit spaces in the evening to help turn your clock back. If you typically struggle to adjust to time changes when you travel, it’s safe to take small doses (.5 milligram) of the sleep hormone melatonin for several days to reset your body’s circadian rhythm.
Dehydration is a common side effect of vacations, thanks to tropical climates, summer heat, and the sweating that goes with them. To refuel on electrolytes (the essential minerals that keep your body’s fluids in balance), drink a bottle of coconut water. A new study shows that it rehydrates the body just as well as a specially formulated sports drink, without all the added sugars, preservatives, and artificial colors.
You don’t need a gym to get an energizing workout. If you’re vacationing in a city, rent a bike and pedal around town. If you’re in a place surrounded by natural beauty, explore the terrain with a daily morning hike. (Bonus: Walking in nature can significantly boost your self-esteem and mood, according to a 2009 study.) Reluctant to leave the resort? The natural resistance of water makes the swimming pool a great place to do strength exercises like leg lifts and arm raises.
Conch fritters, po’boys, deep-dish pizza—vacation foods are usually worth the splurge. But here’s a trick to avoid overeating at dinnertime: Snack first. When researchers at Pennsylvania State University fed subjects apple slices before a meal, they ate 187 fewer calories overall. A bowl of soup had the same effect—subjects ate 20 percent fewer calories. In summertime, I recommend a nice bowl of chilled gazpacho.
I know that fruity, blended cocktails are like vacation in a glass. But a piña colada has about the same number of calories as a McDonald’s hamburger. Red wine is a healthier option; studies suggest that a glass a day may actually protect against weight gain. Resveratrol, a compound found in the skin of grapes, and other components of red wine have been shown to block the cellular processes that enable fat cells to grow. I’ll drink to that.
Mehmet Oz, MD, is the host of The Dr. Oz Show (weekdays; check local listings)
Read more: http://www.oprah.com/health/Dr-Ozs-Vacation-Survival-Guide-Healthy-Vacations/2#ixzz1zXBVrOk3
July 31, 2012
MA’s SPEAKING TIP OF THE DAY:
There are many different types of public speaking occasions so it helps to understand not only why you are speaking and who your audience is, but also what your personal or professional objectives are for that public speaking occasion.
If you know “The Why” of your speech, or why you are speaking in the first place, that helps to clarify a lot for you in terms of the written content and the focus of your speech.
Excerpt from Mary Anne’s new upcoming book, Words to Thrive By for Speakers.
July 30, 2012
Sri Swami Satchidananda opened the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, New York on August 15, addressing a crowd of approximately 500,000. With the 43rd Anniversary of Woodstock Music Festival coming up, I thought I would share some beautiful wisdom and prophetic words given by Sri Swami Satchidananda in the opening address to the festival. It is said that Swami Satchidananda “Shaped the destiny of an entire generation” See what you think:
“My beloved Brothers and Sisters, I am overwhelmed with joy to see the entire youth of America gathered here in the name of the fine art, music. In fact, through music we can work wonders. Music is the celestial sound, and it is sound that controls the whole universe, not atomic vibrations. Sound energy, sound power is much, much greater than any other power in this world…..I am honored for having been given the opportunity of opening this great, great music festival.
America leads the world in several ways. Very recently when I was in the east, the grandson of Mahatma Ghandi asked me, “What’s happening in America?” I said, “America is becoming a whole. America is helping everybody in the material field, but the time has come for America to help the whole world with spirituality also.”
That’s why across the length and breadth, we see people, thousands and thousands of people, yoga minded, spiritual minded. So let all our actions and all our arts express yoga. Through the scared art of music let us find peace that that will pervade all over the globe. Often people shout, “We are going to fight for peace!” I still do not understand how they are going to fight and then find peace. Therefore let us not fight for peace, but let us find peace within ourselves first.
The future of the world is in your hands…..I, with all my heart, wish a great, great success to this music festival. Let it pave the way for many more festivals in other parts of the country….The entire world is going to know what the America youth can do for humanity….” ~Swami Satchidananda
July 4, 2012
Just keeping my mind focused these days can be like herding cats! To be perfectly honest, this morning I was trying to avoid doing the task I had to get done. So then up popped Oprah’s online magazine in my inbox and of course I had to check it out. I found this especially interesting so I thought I’d pass it along to you.
Five Scientifically Proven Reasons to Vacation
1. To protect your ticker.
According to a study involving nearly 13,000 high-risk heart patients, people who regularly take annual vacations slash their risk of death from heart disease by as much as 29 percent.
2. To extend your life.
The same study found that people who vacation have a 17 percent lower risk of death from any cause.
3. To be happier—even before you leave home.
Dutch scientists discovered that simply anticipating a trip increases happiness. And a study published in 2009 in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine found that vacations and other leisure activities lead to a more positive outlook and lower levels of depression.
4. To improve the quality of your relationship.
Research by the Rural Women’s Health Study revealed a direct correlation between frequency of vacations and odds of marital satisfaction: The more time a woman took off, the happier she was at home.
5. To boost your productivity.
Numerous studies on workers have shown that time off is crucial for stress recovery (a process of psychophysiological unwinding)—and that stress recovery is key to improving well-being and performance on the job.
Here is the link to the article: http://www.oprah.com/health/Latest-Research-on-Vacation-and-Recovery
OK so where are you planning to vacation now that you have read this? Inquiring minds wanna know!