Apr
19

GLANDULAR FITNESS

by Nina Vachkova

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The human heart is often seen as the engine running this beautiful and complicated mechanism called the BODY. When our heart is beating, our physical being persists. Once it stops working, we are no longer alive. Our nervous system, including our brain, controls most actions in our body by transmitting signals to and from different parts of it via special cells called neurons. We have a general understanding of this, but our bodies are even more complex than that. When training a football team, you can never win a game if you will train each player individually, without the presence of other teammates on the field. They work as a team, they have to learn how to cooperate, react to each other, and help each other.

The same applies for the human body – we need to treat our body as a whole, considering all the connections and effects our organs and body parts have on each other. There are organs called glands in our bodies that control nearly every process, even things like sweating or muscle growth, which you might not expect to be influenced by them. We have two types of glands in our bodies – endocrine and exocrine. Exocrine glands secrete their product(s) via the surface of the body like sweat and saliva), endocrine glands produce and store hormones that are further distributed throughout the body via the bloodstream. The endocrine glands include the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, kidney, adrenals, and both male and female reproductive glands.

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Apr
12

POWER OF WILL

by Nina Vachkova

powerofwillDo you set resolutions after New Years? Do you make plans and promises to yourself that you will quit smoking, start exercising on a regular basis, or eat better? Do you create a perfect, fool proof plan and set a starting date, but never actually get on board, or quit after just a couple of days? Have you ever said something like: “I would like to do this, but I don’t have enough willpower to do so?” I am sure you have done it, we all have. There is nothing wrong with you. Before you start calling yourself names like useless, lazy, unable to commit, or just straight up stupid, keep reading. We all can achieve anything we put our mind to, we just need to learn how to adjust our mindset and cultivate our habits. Willpower is like a muscle in a way. The more you use it and train it, the stronger it gets. Some people say it takes approximately 30 days for an individual to actually create a habit. But it all starts in the brain.

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Mar
30

ESSENCE SEA

by Nina Vachkova

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There is no other planet like Earth in our solar system. Over 70% of its surface is covered with ocean water, that’s why we often call it the Blue Planet. No other planet accessible to us has water in a liquid form and that may be one of the most important reasons why life only exists here. Only one percent of all the water on Earth is actually drinkable – the rest is either frozen or salty. But even though we cannot drink it, ocean water is vitally important for us earthlings. It is an excellent source of minerals and other trace elements that the human body needs.

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Mar
22

SLEEP 101

by Nina Vachkova

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Imagine the human body as a vehicle with four wheels. This car is not going to get you anywhere with only three wheels, or with two of them deflated. Nutrition, exercise, sleep, and stress management are like those wheels, driving us towards our health and well being. If we eat poorly, spend all day sitting in an office under a lot of stress, and stay up very late, surrounded by artificial light sources, we don’t do our bodies any favors. Today, we will be focusing on sleep. If you struggle with falling asleep, staying asleep, or getting enough of it, keep reading.

Sleep is a natural periodic state of rest for both body and mind. Many people tend to ignore the importance of sleep, literally seeing it as a waste of productive time. If you happen to see things this way, you may be a workaholic. Working long hours and getting up very early gives us a lot of time to work, that is for sure. Yet neglecting our precious, natural rest time is a big mistake that can have a very negative impact on our health over time. Some people convince themselves, and others, that they are fine with six hours of sleep, that this is enough for them and they feel okay. Are you one of those people? Do you sleep five or six hours a night and then need three cups of coffee to wake up and turn your system on (or keep it going throughout the day)? There is a better way. Last but not least, there are individuals that suffer severely from lack of sleep or insomnia. They go to bed early, but are unable to wind down, fall asleep, and get the restful night they need and deserve. Let’s find out how to make our sleep count every single night, how to improve its quality, and get the most benefit out of our rest period.

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Mar
15

DAVID WOLFE

by Nina Vachkova

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When like minded people have a chance to talk and brainstorm, it is almost guaranteed to result in an awesome interview. David Wolfe is certainly no stranger to anyone who has any sort of interest in radiant health, nutrition, natural beauty, longevity, and personal development. Born in 1970, with over 20 years of dedicated work in the area, Wolfe became a guru of many, an advisor, educator, speaker, and writer. He is one of the founders of the Raw food nutritional movement and is a big proponent of eating Raw. His area of interest is not just limited to nutrition and physical well-being; he is also a big fan of yoga, meditation, and taking a positive approach to life. To make his busy life even busier, David is a dedicated organic farmer, beekeeper, and chocolate gourmet.

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