Happy Wife Happy Life and Heart

Maintaining a good marriage takes a significant amount of work from both partners. However, studies have shown that married people are healthier, happier, and lead longer lives than their single counterparts. An MSU study measured levels of satisfaction and happiness in both singles and couples. And while a decline in happiness is normal in adulthood, those who had taken the vows and walked down the aisle felt they were better off for it. However, as most people who are married already know, that level of commitment can be difficult to maintain throughout the years.

Men who consistently make effort to keep the relationship moving in a positive direction probably already understand the phrase "happy wife, happy life." And when things get rough, it is known that women more affected than men. That's because women tend to think more about the intricacies of the relationship rather than what men think. But as long as both partners look at the positive and understand that it is an ongoing process, the union can grow stronger throughout the years rather than break under strains and pressures of life. We must understand that to be successful in a relationship, we must constantly work at it. For some, this may mean counseling.

There are have also been studies about people's emotional and mental well being regarding the state of their marriage. For example, those who have good relationships often report a better quality of life than those who are having marital problems. If your heart isn't in your marriage you may be more at risk for problems in the physical sense as well as emotional. People who have marital issues may be more at risk for stress related illnesses.

While these studies on humans and relationships are certainly interesting, it certainly doesn't mean people who are married are destined for a lifetime of happiness, nor does it prove that singles are not going to achieve the same levels of happiness. Everyone is different. But a simple message to guys who are married - it definitely doesn't hurt to do nice things for your wife every once in a while.

Finding Healthy Recipes

Getting on the right track to get healthy and staying that way isn't just about spending a bunch of time at the gym (although time spent exercising is definitely worth it). It starts with the food you eat. That's right, your weekly trip to the grocery store has a serious impact on your overall health - including your weight, cholesterol levels, and energy levels. And if you're the type of person who goes to the store hungry, you've probably realized that doesn't really help you regarding your long-term goals - in fact, it can be extremely counterproductive.

Finding healthy recipes isn't as difficult as you might think. You can look for them in magazines, online, and in books. Other great sources may include friends or family - everyone has at least one friend who is amazing in the kitchen and seems to have the perfect touch preparing delicious and filling dishes that won't pack on the pounds. And keep in mind that making your own meals is extremely more beneficial than picking up prepackaged items - many of which are high in fats and preservatives we actually don't need. Even if you're a busy person you probably have time to spend a little bit of time making a grocery list and prepping your food for the week. It can save you time, money, and extra weight especially in comparison to eating at restaurants or picking up that frozen dish to heat up in the microwave.

Keep in mind that your diet should contain a wide array of foods. Finding easy to make dishes that have complex carbohydrates, proteins, and good fats can be fun to do. And remember, it isn't all about counting calories, but do pay attention to serving sizes. You may not be able to calculate the calories, but you may be able to estimate them based on the ingredients you use. Again, don't get caught up in the numbers game regarding what you eat. Instead, try paying attention to your body. It can often tell you how much is enough. One of the best ways to learn the cues from your body is to eat slowly and savor each bite. Enjoy it and take your time. Doing so will keep you from ingesting too much and getting that uncomfortable bloated feeling.

One last piece of advice regarding eating things that are good for you and still taste excellent - don't think you have to give up dessert. Instead, focus on desserts that are good for you and that aren't full of refined sugar. Raw fruit, such as strawberries, grapes, bananas or apples with peanut butter can be extremely filling while satisfying that sweet tooth.

Fight Bone Loss

Osteoporosis is a condition that allows the bones to weaken, sometimes significantly. Unfortunately, that weakening can lead to serious injury. This condition is more prevalent in women than men. It can be a real threat to your future activity if not taken seriously now. There are different factors that can contribute to this condition. Some of those factors include age, weight, lifestyle choices, medications, and hormones. Family history is another influence. If someone in your family has been diagnosed with bone loss, the chances of others being diagnosed is higher.

Estrogen and testosterone are two hormones within the human body. As females age, the levels of estrogen in their bodies tends to decrease. This also holds true for men and testosterone. Unfortunately, the reduction of those hormones within the body leads to a weakening of the bones. This might be why bone loss is not diagnosed until later in life when the damage occurs through breakage. And the time to take action regarding this condition is when you're still young.

Make sure to get plenty of calcium and vitamin D. Exercise regularly and include weight training. Eat foods that are high in polyphenols, such as blueberries. Recent studies have shown they may be able to help prevent bone loss. Also keep an eye on medications that you take. Certain medications, such as steroids, can contribute to bone loss and weakening. So can some diseases, especially those that affect the intestines and interfere with how the body absorbs nutrients from foods.

Drinking milk and eating foods that are fortified with vitamins and minerals are two simple ways to help ensure bone health. Watch what you eat. Keep in mind that fresh food choices are better than foods that are packed full of preservatives and sodium. Find out what your daily recommended daily intake is for calcium and Vitamin D (it varies based on gender and age) and do your best to give your body the fuel it needs to stay strong. Doing so can help you avoid health problems now and later. 

Fight bone loss through diet and exercise.

Quiet Personal Time

Many of us are insanely busy from the time we get up in the mornings until the time we lay our weary head down to rest at night. We have work and family responsibilities, some of us belong to a church group or social group such as a book club, or donate our time in other ways to our community. Our relationships with others, including loved ones and co-workers can be emotionally taxing. That is why it is so important to have quiet personal time - as it can help restore our balance and energy levels as well as reduce stress.

Some of us can recognize the symptoms of feeling stressed out and needing to get away from the outside world. Some of those signs include irritability, problems sleeping, and problems concentrating. Sometimes all we need is a little time to ourselves to do a project we enjoy or to get online and lose ourselves in our computer for a little while. Sometimes it can be very relaxing to just turn on the television and watch a few mindless shows that don't require much thought or concentration. Watching your favorite television show or curling up to read a good book can be good ways to recharge yourself after a busy day.

Finding your passion through a favorite hobby is a gratifying way to spend some time alone. Some people find crafting to be a good release for pent up stress. Others find that exercise works well for them. It can help calm the mind and burn off excess nervous energy while building muscle and increasing overall health. Clearing your mind can help you reduce the clutter in your head so that you can focus on your goals in life - goals that are often forgotten in the day to day activities that we face as we move through our busy lives. So don't forget to take some time alone and don't feel guilty about it - not only do you deserve it, you'll feel much better and be more productive overall.

Don't Forget to Love

One of the biggest stressors in many people's lives is the state of their finances. We often get caught up in working hard so we can pay the bills and have some money left over to do other things for our families. We get consumed with work and other obligations, causing our stress levels to inch higher and higher every day. However, it is important that we don't forget what we should really focus our sights on - it isn't how much money we have (or don't have). What we don't want to lose sight of is the relationship we have with our family members, such as our children and spouse.

Many of us our busy from the time our feet hit the floor in the mornings until we lay our head down on the pillow at night. Too often, our relationships with others can suffer due to the fact that we have so many obligations. We need to remember that our connections with our loved ones should be something that we don't let fade into the background. We need to work on finding that balance more between our loved ones and our jobs. Learn that it isn't necessarily a bad thing to have to say no to the boss if he or she wants you to stay late or come in on the weekend on a regular basis.

Spending time with loved ones is one of the best gifts we can give each other. And keeping that love alive with our spouses is what keeps us content. That's why we need to choose to slow down a little bit every once in a while. And don't think that you have to make a big production out of spending time with loved ones. Why not take a walk around the neighborhood and check out the fall colors? Or have a movie day - pop some popcorn and have a movie marathon. Play some games, read a book, channel surf. Really talk to your loved ones about what's going on in their lives. Simply be. Sometimes a lazy day at home doing nothing except being with each other is exactly what you need to recharge.

Hyperthermia: Dangers of Spending Too Much Time Outside

Many of us like to spend time outdoors during the warm summer months. We like to garden or enjoy other activities such as boating or fishing. But almost every summer deadly heat waves sweep the nation, causing heat related conditions that can be deadly. Hyperthermia is a condition during which a person can become extremely overheated. Unfortunately if not treated effectively and quickly enough, it can be fatal. It can affect a person at any age but most people who die from hyperthermia are over 50 years old each year. This is due to the fact that normal aging causes changes in skin, making it thinner and therefore less able to protect the body from the effects of extremely warm temperatures.

Some of the symptoms of a heat related illness include dizziness and confusion. Heat syncope, otherwise known as fainting, is another sign that relief is needed quickly. Keep in mind that these conditions can happen very quickly. Other signs can include not sweating, dry flushed skin and heat cramping. Medical emergency signs: fainting, a slow weak pulse, and body temperature over 140. The heart can become stressed and stop beating, so if any of these conditions occur, it is absolutely imperative that medical treatment should be gotten very quickly.

Also keep in mind that even if you aren't out under the direct rays of the sun you may still be at risk of developing a heat related condition. Heat causes seating in vehicles to become warm, therefore making the inside of a car into an oven-like environment. Don't every leave children or anyone else in a hot car.

There are ways to avoid heat related illnesses and catastrophes such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. First, drink plenty of liquids. Secondly, take frequent breaks and get out of the warm temperatures into cooler areas on a frequent basis. Keep an eye on yourself and others - if starting to get confused or faint, get to shade as quickly as possible. And although the sun's warm rays often feel good, keep in mind that too much heat not safe for anyone.

Easy Ways Men Can Reduce Heart Disease

Heart disease is a real and silent killer. In fact, doctors rank heart disease leading cause of death in U.S - that's the bad news. However, the good news is that some cases can be preventable due to diet and exercise. While it's true that people who have a family history of heart issues are at a higher risk, there are ways to decrease your chances of cardiovascular problems. You can do this by becoming an active participant in your own care - take care to listen to your doctor and ask about preventative medicine. Pay attention to your diet, weight, and physical activity.

One of the easiest ways we can enhance our health is to get enough sleep. Studies have shown that people who do not get enough rest are more at risk for being overweight and have trouble fighting infections due to weakened immune systems. Not sleeping enough also puts stress on your heart. Do yourself a favor and strive for 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. You'll find that your energy levels will stay stronger for longer - and that will help you get through the day in a much better mood.

The foods you eat also have a huge impact on your heart health. Opt for choices that have a lower cholesterol intake. This means limiting your intake to foods that are high in fats - especially saturated fat. Eat a wide array of foods from all different food groups including lean meats, fruits, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates. Also be sure to drink plenty of water. Sometimes people feel bad due to mild dehydration - something that can also sap your energy levels.

People with heart and circulatory problems often are diagnosed with high blood pressure. When you lower blood pressure you actually lower your risk of having a cardiac incident. Do what you can to reduce stress in your life. Try natural cures first - such as going for long hikes, getting out for regular bike rides or trying some yoga or tai chi. You have the ability to reduce your stress levels - especially if you can pinpoint what causes you stress and find ways to decrease the impact of it on your life. Another consideration: no smoking. Smoking damages your body in so many ways and it just isn't worth it. See your doctor about programs that will help you kick the nicotine habit for good - and get you on the road to being healthy.

As The Body Slows Down With Age: Knowing What we Are Up Against

Taking care of ourselves is something many of us don't think about when we're in our teens and twenties. But as we pass 30, then 40 and beyond, our health and the ability of our internal organs to keep working properly often becomes a priority. This might be due to the fact that we feel differently as we get older - and we also start to look different. Bodily functions peak after 30. This means that we may develop a slow metabolism. Changes in digestive tract also occur. The rate at which food moves through large intestine slows down and levels of good bacteria in gut drops. This can lead to gut disease risk, food intolerance, poor digestion, and weight gain. Changes in food tolerance can also make constipation more likely or it might lead to diarrhea. Avoiding these issues is possible, however, by making healthy changes.

Certain chemicals and hormones within our bodies also decrease as we age. One example is lactase. A lactase decrease means the body does not digest dairy products very well. The result is often uncomfortable bloating and gas. Testosterone levels decrease as well. As a result, our muscles shrink. Another area that we may notices changes in is our alcohol intake. We may realize that our tolerance for alcohol is decreasing - resulting in more hangovers. And hangover bounce back time is increasingly higher. This means it takes us longer to recover after ingesting adult beverages. Mental decline in 40's might be yet another side effect of the aging process.

Food allergies, gray hairs, and wrinkles may not appeal to us. However, getting older is a fact of life. And one of the ways to ensure good health is through prevention. This means avoiding the foods that are no longer needed by our bodies. It means getting plenty of exercise and fresh air. It means eating well - ditch the foods that are high in preservatives, sodium, and other ingredients that aren't good for us in high doses. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Focus on eating lean meats, complex carbohydrates, and protein. Those foods have the nutrients our bodies need to function at a high level and keep our energy levels where they need to be.

Pre-eclampsia: A Condition All Pregnant Women Should Know About

Pre-eclampsia is a serious health condition that strikes during pregnancy. It is characterized by a sudden change in blood pressure and protein in the urine, or albuminuria, and affects 1 in 20 pregnant women. Although edema, or swelling, is common in pre-eclampsia, some women may have no noticeable symptoms, which is one reason routine prenatal appointments are so important. Pre-eclampsia can develop at any point in a pregnancy but is most common in the third trimester. Undiagnosed pre-eclampsia or untreated eclampsia can put you and your baby at grave risk.

The cause of pre-eclampsia is not yet understood, but genetic factors, insufficient uterine blood flow, poor nutrition and high body fat may all play a role. Your risk may be higher if you are over 40 or under 20, if this is a first-time pregnancy or if you are pregnant with twins or multiples. You may also be at a higher risk if you have a first-degree relative who had pre-eclampsia, if you have a history of pre-eclampsia or if you have a history of high blood pressure, kidney disease or diabetes.

Symptoms can include:

  • Rapid weight gain
  • Swelling in your legs, hands and face
  • Reduced urine output
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Vision changes
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Poor reflexes

Your doctor will usually screen you at each appointment for symptoms, but you should contact him or her immediately if your blood pressure rises suddenly or if you have other symptoms. Early diagnosis can help you manage your symptoms and increase the odds of a positive outcome. Left untreated, pre-eclampsia can develop into eclampsia, which is associated with maternal seizures, convulsions, placental abruption, stroke, coma and death.

The only cure for this condition is delivery. However, both premature delivery and pre-eclampsia can lead to negative effects in baby, so your doctor may focus on controlling your symptoms as much as possible to give you and your baby the best possible chance. You may be prescribed medications to control your blood pressure, corticosteroids to improve your liver function and mature your baby’s lungs and anticonvulsant medications. If your symptoms are severe, you may need to be hospitalized. Induction of labor or c-section may be necessary. During your delivery, your doctor will give you magnesium sulfate to reduce the risk of seizures.

Most women recover within a few weeks of delivery, but some may need to continue to take blood pressure medicine for a few months until their health stabilizes.

Reasons Why You May be Feeling Older Than You Really Are

Feeling or looking older than you really are can be depressing or alarming. It can be disconcerting when strangers or even friends within our social circles are guessing our age and over estimating by five or ten years. But before you get too worked up about it, you need to realize the behaviors and reasons that make us look and feel older. And the reasons may be simpler to tackle than initially thought.

Diet, exercise, and sun exposure all have effects on our energy levels and our appearance. Making a few dietary changes can help you gain more energy and boost your metabolism. But what does that mean? Too many of us eat diets that are high in fat, high in sugar, and high in processed foods. Our bodies actually get damaged by high sugar diet and foods that are fatty. Processed foods are full of preservatives and sodium that are simply not good for us. Instead, try eating minimal processed foods. This means a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. No refined sugars or buying things with ingredients that are difficult to pronounce. Don't eat fatty meats that will clog your arteries and raise your cholesterol. Instead, work to incorporate healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids. Foods such as fresh salmon and other types of fish as well as nuts and seeds are great sources of this important nutrient.

Another culprit that adds years to our appearance is the sun. Failing to protect ultraviolet radiation rays from hitting your skin is one of the ways we add wrinkles and blemishes. Add that to the fact that collagen and elastin production slow down as we age and there's yet another reason we look in the mirror and see those wrinkles that weren't there just a few years ago. Too much sun can also lead to skin cancer. Take the extra time to put sunblock on and cover your face with a hat.

Of course, another culprit of looking or feeling older than we are is stress. When we are stressed out our bodies produce certain hormones. Those hormones might not be bad during the short term, but long term they are not good for you. They can interfere with our sleep patterns and our appetites. Wipe out stress by exercising. Stretch out muscles on a daily basis - try some yoga. When done correctly it can help reduce stress and tone your body. And that is something that will enhance your overall appearance and your outlook.