Jiam Health and Fitness

What Everyone Ought to Know About Poop

PoopOK, it’s not something people like to talk about. My clients often say, “sorry for too much information… ” But really, I don’t think we are talking about it enough. What comes out tells you so much about what has gone in and how well those choices are serving you. And it helps you to make changes if necessary to feel your very best every day!!

So, what does your poop tell you? The Bristol Stool Chart is a good visual to explain what is happening with each of the stool types. Everyone may experience changes in stool consistency throughout the week, but overall this may give you a good idea of where your body lands.

Chronic constipation

I would describe constipation as having a bowel movement less than once per day and a consistency that is hard. What everyone considers to be “normal” is different. But it is not “normal” to have a bowel movement every other day or every few days. The main causes of constipation are lack of exercise and diet. A diet rich in animal

Body Fat, How It Affects Our Health

Body FatWorld over, there is the general misinformation about ‘body fat’ and ‘obesity’. While obesity has gained the proportions of a global epidemic, the importance of body fat in the right proportions cannot be dismissed completely. Too little or too much of body fat can lead to health issues.

‘Body fat’ is a term used in familiar tones and most people tend to link it with cholesterol levels and obesity. The body requires certain amounts of fat for metabolic and structural functions although excess amounts of it can have severe health implications. Fat is naturally produced in the body by the absorption of fats from the foods we consume. The metabolism breaks down the fat and two byproducts – glycerol and fatty acids – are released into the body. Glycerol is processed by the liver into glucose which is the storehouse of energy; fatty acids are the major source of energy for the major body tissues, especially the skeletal and the cardiac muscles. Hence, the importance of appropriate amounts of fats in the diet is not to be ignored.

Benefits of body fat

Body fats contribute to

Eat Out, Eat Healthy and Lose Weight

Eat HealthyI must admit, I’m not one who eats out very often. I much prefer to dine on a healthy home-cooked meal. As a whole though, Americans love eating out and we do it a lot.

Unfortunately, people who dine out frequently tend to have higher BMIs (body mass index) than those who eat at home most of the time. This is especially true when they’re in the company of friends who aren’t worried about eating healthy. Let’s face it, when everyone else is chowing down on a cheesy pasta dish, it’s hard to order a salad with grilled chicken.

No worries. I’ve got you covered.

Take a minute to listen to my top 3 dining out tricks so you can continue to eat out AND stick to your healthy eating plan. Also, I have a delicious SHRIMP SCAMPI RECIPE for you. This recipe is so easy and quick (15 minutes) you might just decide to stay home and cook dinner for your friends instead of eating out.

Stick to your healthy eating plan with these 3 dining out tricks.

Know before you go. Before

10 Health Problems Caused by Computer Use and How to Win Them

Neck, Shoulder and Back PainIf you might spend more than 6 hours per day sitting in front of a computer either for work or pleasure, then it is a high time to self-educate on relevant health-related problems and solutions to be taken.

Regular computer use could be the source of significant health depression due to:

    • Prolonged sitting position which causes strain in muscles, nerves and blood vessels
    • Poor posture triggering bone and organ displacements as well as bad blood flow
    • Inappropriate working conditions and environment, including inappropriately adjusted computer/chair/table position, a flickering screen glare and poor eating habits affecting our metabolic reactions and relevant health dysfunctions;
    • Lack of face-to-face human interaction inclining oneself to cyber addiction, depression as well as psychosomatic reactions.

Fortunately, preventive measures as well as an initial treatment of all the health issues caused by a computer use could be taken on a daily basis, including easy-to-do office exercises.

Health Issues Caused by Computer Use

A sedentary way of life spent in front of a computer screen causes many health problems. The welcome news is that anyone could perform preventive measures to get rid of

How Modern Gyms Are Revolutionizing Fitness

w Modern GymsModern workout routines differ quite a bit from the highly regimented workout routines of the past. No longer are you forced to complete the same repetitive motions over and over again without achieving very significant results in the end. There are now a multitude of advanced training programs available today that are designed to burn fat and build muscle through a combination of meticulously chosen motions.

If you are looking for one of the best ways to get fit, and perhaps even ripped, you should consider participating in the fitness classes now offered in modern gyms. These classes are no ordinary gym membership classes though, because they involve the extensive use of unique strategies to get students fit. Everything from weightlifting to dancing is now commonly used during these classes to get students into the best shape of their lives.

In this way, you can get fit without suffering through the monotonous repetition of exercise routines of the distant past. This powerful combination of motions also produces muscle confusion thereby enhancing every part of the body. Exercise routines that take advantage of muscle confusion never let

5 Basic Tips on Working Out

Working OutWhen it comes to working out, the “right” way to work out varies from person to person. However there are a few basic tips that most people who work out follow. I will list out 5 basic tips that are used as common guidelines when starting to workout.

Safety First – Safety being probably the most obvious is also probably the most important. When you are a beginner to lifting it is crucial you learn the proper technique and the correct weight your body can handle. Many people who have looked past safety when lifting cannot lift properly now due to an injury in the past from not lifting smart.

Nutrition – Eating properly is crucial when it comes to getting the results you want from working out. Some even say nutrition is more than 50% of the battle when it comes down to getting results. So make sure your feeling your body the right way!

Sleep – Sleep is extremely overlooked when it comes to fitness. It is very important that you are logging in around 8 hours of sleep per night to let your

How To Select A Fitness Training Center

Fitness Training CenterWhen it comes to selecting a fitness center, these tips will help you to figure out which fitness studio will fit your needs. Though, all of the options mentioned below may not work out well for you, the key point is to make sure you acutally use your gym membership to the fitness gym. Spend some time evaluating your options so that you can make a wise decision!

Location, Location, Location…

Think about where the fitness center is located. How long will it take you to get there? Finding one that is close to home or close to work is a good option because you don’t want to spend 30 minutes commuting each way to get there. Time is one of the things that most of us just don’t have enough of, and one of the main reasons people do not stick to a fitness program.

Hours of Operation

Look for a fitness gym that has very good hours. In some of the larger cities, they have 24 hour centers. If you need to workout at night or have irregular hours then this could

7 Habits of Highly Effective Fitness

Effective FitnessThe power of habit is the corner stone of good discipline. Discipline is essential to have when cultivating a fit and healthy body.

I’ve been a fan of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and I couldn’t help wonder if these same exact habits are applicable in fitness.

After doing some correlating, I discovered some fascinating things. Here’s what I discovered.

The Private Victory of fitness is made up of the first 3 habits that lead to independence.

Habit 1: Be proactive

Being proactive in your fitness is about having the initiative and responsibility to engage in the sport of physical activity of your desire. With or without the help of others.

If you want to get into a sport, activity or recreation badly enough, don’t let solitude, isolation or lack of money stop you. I’ve learned several styles of martial on my own initiative by looking for information and experimentation through just exploring those styles through practice.

As long as you have the genuine desire and a mind to learn with, you can just start.

Habit 2: Begin

Healthy Oils to Compliment Your Lifestyle

Healthy OilsChoosing to live a healthy and holistic lifestyle has never been easier. We have all seen the energetic rise in superfoods; from super berries, raw cocoa to matcha tea. Many health conscious consumers spend time seeking out the next health food, eager to see if it has the power to compliment our healthy lifestyles.

Healthy oils have recently been in the superfoods spotlight, with their endless benefits and versatility whats not to love? All hail the healthy oil revolution! In a world of choice how do we make the decision on what type we want to introduce and accept into our healthy food repertoire?

Most share similar benefits for optimising health, but each come into their own when used in different ways. Some healthy oils simply offer distinctive flavours making them ideal to use as salad dressings or sautéing food; Walnut, hemp and almond to name a few.

Naturally some are better for cooking than others. Selecting an oil that can hold a high cooking heat, often known as ‘smoking point’ is the key to cooking. Olive, avocado

How to Dominate Your Fitness Goals

Fitness GoalsAre you ready to take control of your fitness goals? Do you struggle to maintain training motivation? Here are some ideas so you can dominate your workout goals and achieve whatever you want.

Setting you Fitness Goal Mindset

Setting and starting a fitness goal takes motivation. Before you begin, get psyched, and set your fitness mindset. Setting your fitness mindset means everything to achieving your goals. Your mind must transform before your body can. Here are some easy things to help you set your fitness mindset:

1. Go shopping – Find some new workout clothes
2. Motivation Music – Download some fresh tunes to get you energized
3. Get Fueled – Stock up the lots of healthy food choices
4. Make a Fitness Space – Find an area around your home where you can workout when you don’t have time to get to the gym

These simple things can help get your mind prepared to get your body fit. The next step is to find a program and start moving towards your fitness goal. As you progress you’ll need to stay motivated and maintain

5 Fitness Tips That You Must Know

5 Fitness TipsFitness is something which we all wish to have. But nowadays, life is moving at a jet speed and this has given rise to a number of factors that is taking a toll on our health and adversely affecting our fitness. Diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, thyroid glands malfunctioning etc. are stealthily creeping into our lives, deteriorating life quality and also shortening life span.

Certain bad habits like sedentary lifestyle, junk food habit, lack of physical activity, smoking, drinking etc. have taken us miles away from fitness in the recent times. It is a good thing however that people have started to become aware of the negative impact of these habits and are trying to control them. They are trying to gather fitness tips to stay healthy and happy. This article will provide you with some important fitness tips.

To follow these tips you need not be a fitness freak. Just steer clear of the bad habits and you can automatically abide by the fitness tips.

Here follows the fitness tips:

1. You have to be very specific with

Zumba Fitness Kinect, Lose Weight While Having Fun

Zumba Fitness KinecZumba fitness kinect is one of the best ways to lose weight these days. Kinect has been popular with Xbox games and ever since Zumba was released for Xbox, the fitness training at home just became much more fun.

Fitness training is becoming more and more demanding these days or may be people are just too occupied with their personal lives that they are unable to pay the required attention in the fitness classes. In addition, since people need a method to keep themselves fit, they just do not have enough time to attend their fitness classes and do so. Therefore, it is best to look for alternatives such as the Zumba fitness kinect that can easily help you to become fit and healthy by just playing a game.

About Zumba Fitness

Zumba fitness although may not be a revolutionary game in the field of fitness games, but it surely is one of the most effective and most talked about games to hit the scene. You can easily play this game on Nintendo Wii and on Xbox as well. however, you will need some more

Is It Possible to Get Taller After Puberty

Get Taller After PubertyPeople are seeking new ways to get tall and keep on asking, “Is it possible to get taller after puberty?” Many people ask me different ways that could help them to increase their height. So finally, I have jotted down a few of the methods of increasing your height. You can check which of the following method looks convenient to you and follow it over a period. It is important to note that such methods should be adopted for a long-term in order to observe the results.

Exercise to stretch your spine

A proven way of increasing your height is through exercise. Exercise helps to make body and spine flexible thus, making your spine more prone to grow. You can see that the sportsmen have a tall and strong physique. They are also physically active since exercise gives their muscles and bones strength as well as vigor.

There are various ways to stretch the body, but this method requires time and persistence. Without determination and eagerness to increase your height, this method cannot work. Basketball, volleyball, skipping, and swimming can help your body to

Germs and Your Child

Germs and Your ChildAs a parent we are constantly bombarded by germs. Our kids pick up the flu, a stomach bug, or an upper respiratory infection quicker than they pick up proper grammar. So what should we believe? Do we keep them in a bubble or bathe them in gallons of hand sanitizers? Should you keep your kids home from school when classmates are sick just in case? What if there have been reported cases of H1N1 or Zika virus near you? Should we all start wearing masks to the grocery store?

Whoa. Slow down and back up (slowly so as not to run over anyone on the way). Here’s the thing. These illnesses are probably not going to come knocking at your door before breakfast tomorrow, but it’s best to be prepared regardless. There are some precautions you can take now. And let’s face it, pre-planning never hurt anyone (except maybe all those people who bought one of those wearable blankets on TV because they were just convinced it was going to be the next fashion craze).

So some simple precautionary steps to keep your fingers-in-everything, sneeze-in-your-face,

Facts About Good and Bad Body Posture

Good and Bad Body PosturePosture can be static or dynamic. Dynamic posture means that there is a change in the body position such as when you walk, jog, run or jump. Static posture occurs when you sit, lie or stand in one place. In today’s modern life static posture occurs a lot. Think of all the people who work at their computers the whole day, and of all the school children who sit at their desks for many hours per day.

Our physiques differ. Good posture occurs when there is a balance between the work load of the different skeletal muscles, the limbs and the joints. Problems occur when some of the muscles or joints get overloaded, such as when we carry a heavy weight in the one hand only. Signs of overloading are muscular and joint pains. Our posture is the result of the communication between the brain and the muscles and limbs. A good posture is maintained when the natural curves of the spinal column are maintained. We have to guard against sitting or walking with rounded shoulders. With

Avoiding Overuse Injuries When Working Out

Injuries When Working OutRegular physical activity is the mainstay of a healthy body and a balanced mind. In fact, regular exercise helps people not only maintain a healthy weight and build strong muscles and bones, but it also supports two important body systems: the immune system and nervous system, which includes the brain. However, too much of a good thing can sometimes be a bad thing.

Although we most often see overuse injuries in athletes, anyone who exercises regularly can be susceptible to them. The frequency of exercise and the type of exercise are two factors that must be taken into consideration when starting any type of exercise regimen. When exercising, anyone can get sore muscles by moving their bodies in unfamiliar ways, regardless of how fit they are. However, there is a difference between soreness and overuse.

Overuse Injuries Defined

Movement in the human body happens when muscles contract, pulling on tendons (connective tissue), which are attached to your bones. To see this in action, look at the back of your hand as you hold it up and spread your fingers. You can see the tendons

Know More About Natural Herbal Medicines

Natural Herbal MedicinesNatural herbal medicine is a branch of the medical system that is built on the use of plant or plant extracts such as the berries, bark, leaves, roots or even flowers. The medicines can either be taken orally or applied on the skin. Herbal medicine has been used since time immemorial by different cultures such as the Indians, Chinese and Egyptians to treat diseases and assist in the functions of the body. In the modern times, different practitioners have advocated the use of herbs to treat a variety of medical conditions and also enhance the general well being and health of the body.

There is an increased use of this medication with more people trusting their effectiveness more and also because they are cheaper than conventional medicine. Some of the herbal medicines have the same ingredients just like the conventional drugs and will also perform the same function in the body. A conventional drug has undergone a lot of syntheses hence it has lost the impact of the active ingredients. For these medicines, the effect of the plant when

Honey and Cinnamon Benefits

Honey and CinnamonWhether consuming it, using it as a topical treatment, or using it as a wash or scrub, there are a number of benefits of using cinnamon and honey for varying reasons. Skin treatments or lesions, facial scrub or wash, dietary solution, you name it and that is a benefit which you will derive from using honey and cinnamon. These are a few of the many reasons why you should include honey and cinnamon as a part of your daily diet or body care regimen.

Anti-bacterial –
Using these ingredients to create an anti-bacterial paste is just one of the many ways in which you can incorporate them into your body care regimen. Honey is known as a natural anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and is known to help treat many internal conditions. Cinnamon is also a natural anti-inflammatory and when combined, they can be used to treat a number of skin lesions, cuts, bruises, or even burns. And, of course they can kill a variety of bacterial conditions.

Heart health –
Honey and cinnamon also contain many beneficial purposes for natural heart health and overall health and well being.

Honey and Cinnamon for Weight Loss Does It Work?

Honey and Cinnamon for Weight LossThere’s always a new fad out there. If you haven’t heard of the hot water, honey, and cinnamon diet, or if you are looking for something new, you may be wondering if and how honey and cinnamon for weight loss will work. Here are a few of the ways in which you can use these natural ingredients and incorporate them into your diet, for success. But, as with other fad diets out there, you still have to make sure you do other things properly. Don’t simply presume eating honey and cinnamon all day will result in shedding pounds of weight.

In the AM –
In the morning, mix 1/2 tsp of honey with warm water and cinnamon. Take this mixture and drink it about 30 minutes prior to consuming any food for the day. Why is this effective? The combination of honey and cinnamon is known to help rev up the metabolism, providing you a boost of calorie burning, and should help keep your appetite at bay until lunch time. The end result – no snacking

8 Things Every Woman Needs To Keep In Mind To Lead A Healthy Life

Healthy LifeWomen these days are so caught up in their life that they hardly get time to keep a check on their health. It has been observed that many women prioritize their family and work over anything else and also tend to ignore their health problems. Some of the health problems might be non-serious at the time of onset and hence are not taken care of. These health problems then continue and aggravate with time to become a serious health issue. So it’s imperative for all women to prioritize their health above anything and should know about latest fitness trends so as to take better care of their families later. Remember, your families need you at all times, so you got to take care of yourself.

Here are some of the everyday health and beauty tips that every women must include in her daily regimen.

1) Morning walk – No matter how late you slept or how difficult for you it is to walk or how cold it is outside, a 30-45 minute activity is very important for all women. Going out in the morning will not only

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