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Monday, August 23, 2010


Monday, August 23, 2010
Lack of sleep or insomnia often experienced by urban communities. This is usually triggered by stress and the environment. In fact, sleep is much needed to restore power and also affect the body metabolism system.

Insomnia is when someone is having trouble sleeping disorder or can not sleep well, or too often lay awake at night and feel tired all day. There are some types of insomnia, usually distinguished by the duration of the complaint took place. It's called acute insomnia, transient insomnia, temporary insomnia and chronic insomnia.

Someone experiencing acute insomnia sleep less soundly during the three weeks to six months. Transient insomnia occurs several days to several weeks, and can be caused by other diseases, environmental changes, or stress. Chronic insomnia is the most difficult to overcome, because it is more complex and take longer (more than four weeks) for years.

Insomnia Causes

There are many things that can cause insomnia. In addition to the stress factor, other causes include medications, circadian rhythm disorders, and certain diseases (eg, asthma, incontinence urinary / can not stop urinating in adults).

Drugs associated with insomnia is the type of psychoactive drugs that are stimulants (stimulate), ephedrine, amphetamines, antibiotics such as class fluoroquinolon, theophylline, and caffeine.

Circadian rhythm disturbances are usually caused by changes in working hours, from morning to night for example, or because of jet lag. Jet lag (dis-synchronous) usually experienced by people who travel to countries with different time zones.

For chronic insomnia is more complex, because it can be caused by hormonal disorders, disorders of the brain signals, and psychiatric disorders (psychosis). According to Dr. Nurmiati, a hormone that may be involved in the insomnia is an increase in cortisol (stress hormone), growth hormone deficiency, and lack of melatonin. Psychiatric disorders that cause is anxiety, depression, and substance abuse such as alcohol.

Overcoming Insomnia Tips:

1. Soak your feet until your knees with warm water, massage your feet or movement its slowly, and relax your muscles. If this still does not work maybe you need to take the time 30 minutes-1 hour before bed to a bath of warm water. Warm water bath will cause sedation or stimulating effects of sleep. In addition, warm water baths are also reduces body tension.

2. Stop thinking about your problems or worry about forgetting what you have to do tomorrow. If the mind is difficult to stop the switch just to the fun things that you have passed. You need to rest in order to solve problems.

3. Make your bedroom as comfortable as possible, such as room lights, and turn off the annoying sound.

4. Should avoid eating and drinking too much before bedtime. Too much food will cause stomach discomfort, while drinking too much will cause your back often to urinate. Surely both these conditions will disturb your sleep.

5. Always pray. People who living together with God are usually more calm to live a life, so they can sleep well because they believe God will help them and obtaining that every problem has the solution.

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The Benefits of Hydrotherapy

Water is very beneficial for life. All living things depend on water for life. Drinking water regularly is not only beneficial for relieving thirst but also be able to overcome constipation, as well as to cleanse the system, thin the blood and cleanse toxins. Normally, drinking six to eight glasses of water every day is essential for digesting and dissolving food and nutrition, so it can be absorbed and utilized the body. In addition to drinking, water can also be used as a therapeutic tool that can improve our health condition.

Water therapy also known as hydrotherapy can be effective in the treatment of insomnia. Rub a little warm water to the back and spine before going to bed, and soak feet in warm water and bath with neutral water (mixed hot and cold water) for 1 hour each day to overcome insomnia and depression.

Steam baths can help reduce arthritis, rheumatism, gout and obesity problems. Before that, we should drink one or two glasses of cold water and cover our head with a cold towel. The duration of steam shower about 10-20 minutes or until out of sweat. Steam baths are helpful except in patients suffering from hypertension and other circulatory disorders.

Hydrotherapy can also be used to reduce excess cholesterol. The trick is to take a cold shower, sitting for 10 minutes two times every day.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Type of Tea and Its Benefits

Friday, August 13, 2010
Tea has several types. Type of tea can be categorized based on how to make / manufacture. Because, from a variety of variations exist, all derived from the same tree named Camelia Sinensis, which is a bush type plant originated from India and China. Based on manufacturing technology, we can see the difference in benefits.

Green tea
It is made by steaming the raw tea leaves immediately after plucking. Processing was stopped with the tea leaves have experienced minimal oxidation. Its high content of EGCG and proven to reduce the risk of bladder cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, stomach, pancreas, and colon cancer. Also useful for lowering cholesterol that clog blood vessels. For senior citizens, the good news is green tea may fight oxidative stress in the brain, so the risk of Alzheimer's, stroke and Parkinson reduced.

Black Tea
Created through a fermentation process that takes two weeks to a month. Black tea is the raw material of other kinds of tea, like jasmine tea and instant tea. Black tea is very high caffeine content. Some research shows that black tea could reduce the bad effects of smoking on the lungs, as well as reduced risk of stroke.

White Tea
Made from top tea leaves that have not undergone the process of oxidation and when not picked protected from direct sunlight to prevent formation of chlorophyll. White tea is produced in smaller amount than other types of tea so that prices become more expensive. This tea contains the most powerful anti-cancer than other tea types.

Oolong Tea
Oolong tea oxidation process requires 2-3 days. Wuyi (one of Oolong tea type) promoted to lose weight. Unfortunately, this campaign has not been supported by scientific evidence. In a study mentioned, Oolong tea antioxidants was able to reduce levels of LDL (bad cholesterol).

Pu-erh tea
There are two kinds of Pu-erh tea, the raw and cooked. Pu-erh raw, can be directly processed or stored for years. While Pu-erh cooked, processed with humidity control leaves (such as making compost). Pu-erh is one type of black tea. Many are sold in the form of solid pieces. Pu-erh tea has been proven to reduce weight and levels of LDL.

From the drafting process, it can be concluded that the longer the fermentation process the tea leaves will decrease levels of polyphenols therein. Thus, black tea and Oolong tea is in the order of the bottom, and is the type of tea that smallest contain polyphenols.

Herbal tea
Unlike other types of tea, herbal tea is not only made from tea leaves. But also mixed with fruit, seeds, and certain roots (in accordance with the objectives and benefits). Herbal tea antioxidant content is lower than green tea, white, or Oolong. Health effects of herbal tea is very diverse. For example chamomile tea is said to prevent complications from diabetes, nerve and kidney damage, as well as against cancer cells.

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