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Rebounding for Health

Is it possible to bounce your way to health? According to many health experts, it is. All that is required is regular time devoted to bouncing on a mini-trampoline, also known as a rebounder. Many people, after adding rebounding to their exercise program report increased energy levels, along with improved muscle tone, trimmer waist lines, and a variety of other health benefits. All from simply bouncing up and down for 10 to 20 minutes a day, making rebounding the lazy person's way to exercise.
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Health Tip of the Day

Do you need to pep up your energy levels? If so, start your day with a protein-rich breakfast. That's because protein eaten early in the day helps your body to regulate its energy production and minimize the insulin spikes that can sap energy and which are associated with the carbohydrate-rich foods (cereals, toasts, bagels) that make up so many people's breakfasts. If you don't have time to prepare breakfast, a healthy solution is to drink a smoothie that contains whey protein powder mixed with almond milk. (For added flavor, add a dash of cinnamon.) Research has shown that whey protein is not only easily digested by the body, but that it also helps to control blood sugar levels. For best results, also try eatinbg breakfast no later than one hour after you get ou of bed and keep to a regular mealtime schedule throughout the day.

Yesterday's Health Tip

Do you suffer from mild depression? If so, it may be possible for you to literally breathe your problems away. That's because research has shown that the daily practice of diaphragmatic (deep belly) breathing for as little as 30 minutes a day can ease feelings of mild depression and anxiety, and also improve the quality of one's sleep. Diaphramatic breathing accomplishes this because when you breathe and exhale through your belly you stimulate your body's vagus nerve, which regulates the parasympathetic nervous (the part of the autonomic nervous system that is responsible for feelings of well-being and maintaining overall health). You can easily work diaphragmatic breathing into your daily schedule by setting aside three ten minute periods during which you breathe deeply in and out through your belly in a calm and relaxed manner. You can also use this technique to banish stress and anxiety in their tracks as soon as you feel them creeping up on you. Read more health tips...
Concerned about Gastrointestinal Upsets
Nearly all of us experience gastrointestinal upsets from time to time. Often they are not serious. But, since you've indicated that your problems have been increasing lately, I recommend that you meet with your physician because GI problems can be signs of more serious health issues, including cancer. continued inside...

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