Incorporate Healing Music Into Your Day: 3 Easy Tips

Are you wondering about how to incorporate healing music into your day? Good news! I've got 3 easy tips for you! First of all, how do you define healing music? Composers have been writing music specifically designed for healing or soothing/calming purposes for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Then again, there is music that has been written for many other reasons, that millions of people find to be healing, calming, comforting and soothing.

As you probably know, when we are feeling stressed out, our bodies produce a substance called cortisol. Cortisol is very damaging to the body and causes damage to organs and all of our body systems. When we listen to soothing music, our bodies begin to relax and natural healing processes take over. After all, our bodies are naturally designed to heal themselves. If you get a scratch or a cut on your body, you don't need to do anything to make it heal, although putting a little Neosporin on it will prevent infection. But that doesn't actually cause the healing. It simply speeds the healing and prevents your cut or scratch from getting infected.

Most of us, without even thinking, turn on some kind of music first thing in the morning. It's usually something that we really like, but not necessarily. It can actually be something that we just "tolerate," waiting for something better to come on. So my first tip is:

Become intentional about what you listen to! Think for just a minute, before you turn on your radio, or phone app, or even YouTube, exactly what you're in the mood for. Are you looking for energy and some sonic caffeine; or are you looking for something that will calm you and help you start your day with relaxed focus.
Are you wanting to connect with people that will uplift you and make you feel"apart of" and not "apart from?" This leads us to tip #2:

Join a community chorus, band, or drum circle. If you played an instrument in the past and would like to again, please dust off your old instrument. If you always wanted to but couldn't, sign up for some lessons at the local community college or music store. You will be so glad you did. With or without training there are groups you can join today and sing or play a percussion instrument. It will lift your spirits and make you feel a part of something bigger than you!
And finally tip #3:

Have you been to hear a live, professional, symphony orchestra, ballet, or opera? Live musical performances are the best of all because you have the vibrations of 70 or 80 instruments as well as hundreds of people around you who are loving this music. Look in the newspaper for a live, upcoming performance by one of your local performing arts groups. Invite a friend, or several friends, plan dinner before, read a little about what the performance will be about, and make a fun evening of it. Who knows, a whole new world may very well open up to you!
Dr. Alice H. Cash is a clinical musicologist who has devoted much of her career to researching the healing powers of music and teaching professionals and patients about using music for health and wellness. Her website http://www.HealingMusicEnterprises.com has been viewed and enjoyed by people around the world. She also has ten blogs, each one focusing on a different aspect of music healing.


In 1990 I decided to become vegetarian. Well to be accurate Pescetarian - I continued to eat some fish and shell fish. My reasons were mostly because I had become more and more uncomfortable about cooking and eating meat and I disliked the whole idea of killing animals. I also had become very active in the new age movement at the time and the environmental cost of meat production simply did not make sense. It wasn't long before even the thought of eating meat was distasteful and I have never been tempted to eat meat since.

However I did start to put on weight and I have continued to battle with my weight now for 25 years. When I changed gender and began taking hormone replacement therapy it got worse. I have tried the weight watchers diet, the lemon diet, the grapefruit diet, the 5:2 diet, the Mediterranean diet. the Beverley Hills diet, the cabbage soup diet, an Ayurvedic Diet, the Atkins diet (really challenging if you are vegetarian), the Paul McKenna Diet, the Think Thin diet - and many more I have now forgotten.

In that time the one diet that did work was Sure Slim - This is a very complex and also very expensive diet based on metabolic typing, Low Gi, Low Fat, low carb and personal food preferences. The diet involves blood tests, and an in-depth interview followed by regular weekly then bi weekly consultations. Every meal has to be meticulously weighed with ingredients selected from a quite restricted list. I lost about 4 stone in six months - and then put most of it back on in the net six months.

Every year since then I have resolved to lose the weight again and every year I give up after a few months and the weight returns. The problem is that I had stick to a complex diet even to maintain my weight and that made it almost impossible to eat out, or tuck into a buffet, or grab something to eat when on the road, or go to a dinner party.

I am sure most of you reading this article will have had similar experiences - and the older we get the more difficult it seems to be to lose weight and maintain good health.

However I am not giving up and I have recently begun looking in more detail at the Low carb Low Gi diets to see if I can find a way to simplify this process and find a more acceptable longer term diet that will work.

There are a few books that have contributed over the past decade to my growing understanding of diet. Rose Elliot's Vegetarian Low Carb Diet is excellent - though you need to enjoy eggs and tofu to follow that diet in the first 14 days. That said she is one of the leading experts on vegetarian food and her explanations of the basis of the diet have really helped me to understand better the principles of the sure slim diet that worked.

Chris Woollams The Rainbow Diet is primarily about how to beat cancer by eating more healthily with a version of the Mediterranean Diet. But if you can beat cancer by changing your diet it's the same process and the same diet to beat heart problems and diabetes and put you on the road to Perfect Health. The book has really helped me to understand how nutrition and the body works and what our diet can do to make it go wrong or make to work better. Why my doctor has not read this book I do not know.

Finally a book I came across over 20 years ago which is now out of print but available second hand is The Food Addicts Diet by Tish Hayton. In helping her son overcome a huge problem with allergies to many foods, Tish came to the conclusion that many of us are suffering from food addiction and the foods we are addicted to are wheat, potato, milk and sugar. When I first read it I didn't want to believe it even though I knew it made sense. These four foods are the basis of all convenience foods. Between them they account for about 80% of everything we eat.

Putting everything I have read from these and many other books together I am beginning to understand why one diet worked, and why I then put all the weight back on. I am beginning to understand how to simplify my diet so that I can lose weight and keep it off. I have not managed to do it yet - but what I am doing is to record all my progress and will be writing further articles about my journey towards achieving perfect health.

My problem has been an addiction to foods that encourage my body to store fat. They are the reason why diets fail because as soon as we come off a diet we inevitably return to the foods that encourage us to store fat.

The food industry also knows this but they benefit so much from this food addiction that they are not prepared to even try to tackle the problem. Instead we have been conned and lied to for decades. We have been convinced that the villain is Fats. So we are all obsessed with low fat foods and diet drinks which are loaded with sugar substitutes like Aspartame.

But it's not the fats in the food that are stored as fat in the body - it is carbohydrates - particularly simple carbohydrates from grains and sugars. It's not just wheat and sugar. Our bodies need glucose for energy which comes from carbohydrates - any excess carbs are converted to fat as a reserve for times when we don't have enough. In the past this was quite often - but now in the west we simply don't get that hungry.

No matter how much you cut down on food, if you give the body more carbs than it needs it will store the excess and it will not burn the fat. The only way to get your body to burn fat is to starve it of carbs. Cut grain, sugar and even starchy vegetables.

I have been eating a healthy diet of fruit and vegetables for years thinking that would help me lose weight but it doesn't. Many fruit and vegetables are high in carbohydrates.

So the first step in losing weight and keeping it off is to tackle the number one villain - SUGAR - wherever that comes from. Sugar, honey, fruit, corn syrup, maple syrup etc. Sugar is sugar - it is quickly separated into glucose. So my first piece of advice in tackling weight gain and making a permanent change to your diet is that you have to lose your sweet tooth.

The more you restrict your sugar intake, the less you will crave it until eventually you will find sugar sickly. It is not going to be easy but if you value your health and want to get to a good long term comfortable weight, your enemy will be sugar and it has to go.

About the Author:

Founder and First President of the Professional Speakers Association, Rikki Arundel is an International Keynote Speaker, Trainer and Writer and an expert in sales and marketing communications and personal development with an impressive track record.


Good health is a prerequisite for happiness and fulfillment. So how does one pursue health? How does one build a healthy physique? And how does health set the stage for success?

Ten healthy habits:

Remove sugar from your diet. The down sides of sugar are numerous including:
Sugar Feeds candida. We all have candida. Healthy bacteria feed the gut. problems occur when candida overwhelms the system. Excessive yeast in the system can cause mental illness. This has hit me on a personal level. I was psychotic when I was a teenager due to excessive sugar consumption.
Sugar makes your blood acidic. A healthy body is seventy percent alkaline and roughly 30 percent acidic. Viruses cannot live in an alkaline environment. Alkaline foods are all vegetables. Acidic foods are all sugars, meats, poultry, and dairy. Sugar is the king of all acidic foods.
Sugar promotes aging and wrinkling. Take sugar out of your diet if you want to remain free of wrinkles.
Sugar can lead to osteoporosis. Take sugar out of your diet if you want to remain fracture free as you age.
Sugar rots your teeth. Do you want to maintain strong bones? Take sugar out of your diet. Give yourself the gift of health.
Remove gluten from your diet. There are five primary reasons why gluten is dangerous. One: Celiac disease is on the rise and most people are undiagnosed. Two: Gluten sensitivity is common and can ave serious effects. Three: Gluten can cause brain disorders including depression, schizophrenia, and autism. Four: Gluten can be addictive and can lead to other addictions. Gluten can cause problems with the cerebellum, with speech, and with brain ataxia, resulting in mental decline.
Incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Some of the benefits of exercise include: weight control, reduction of heart disease and high blood pressure, elevated mood and energy levels, increased libido, and having fun
Take up the practice of tai chi. Benefits of tai chi include increased balance, strength, and aerobic capacity. relief from fibromyalgia, and stress reduction.
Do balance exercises daily. Balance can become an issue especially as we age. Doing a daily ten to fifteen minute balance routine can pay off in terms of reducing the chance of falling and fracturing a hip.
Do some aerobic exercises daily.
Make your diet mostly alkaline.
Maintain a cheerful attitude.
Be tested for allergies and remove all allergens from your home and from your diet.
Eliminate all dairy.
I'm Barbara Altman

Raised in an alcoholic home, I became depressed and riddled with anxiety at an early age. In an effort to build a good life, I turned to my love of classical music for comfort, financial resources, and a place in the community. Over the years, I have dealt with depression in a variety of ways, from counseling to alternative and traditional healing modalities. One of the purposes in my life is to convey hope to those who have suffered from depression and I hope to do this in my writings and in speaking engagements


Women 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 keep you fresh for the rest of your day but it will let you breath in fresh air which is extremely important for your lungs.

2) Stretching - While walking everyday might become a little monotonous and you might be running out of time for the rest of your daily chores, go for rigorous walk for 10 minutes till your body is warmed up and then do some stretching for another 10 minutes. Doing it every day will definitely keep your body in shape.

3) Yoga - And in case the weather outside is just unavoidable then go for some yoga. Yoga is a complete exercise. It calms your mind, relaxes your body without giving you any sort of muscle strain which otherwise exercise would have done.

4) Meditation - With womanhood, comes a lot of stress. Family, work, daily chores and what not. Stress at times takes its toll which may definitely harm your health so calm yourself down with meditation. Meditation relaxes your mind, body and soul. Practice meditation everyday and you will definitely see a change in your stress levels.

5) Lemon Juice - You might have read it almost everywhere that drinking lemon juice first thing in the morning really helps your digestive system. But it actually does. Well there's a science to it. Our body releases a lot of acids while we are in the sleep because of dinner getting digest and later in the morning our stomach lining is acidic and hence having an alkaline beverage will neutralize the stomach. So every morning make it a habit of drinking lemon juice in lukewarm water.

6) Fruits - Instead of gorging on the sweets after meals or going for refined sugar options with your tea, have fruits. Fruits are natural sugar which are just not packed with lot of nutrition but will also help you curb your sugar cravings. Stay away from refined sugar at all cost by eating lots of fruits

7) Supplements - Your food might not be packed with all the nutrition. It might be deficient of certain essential nutrients which may be very important for our body. Women above 30 years are generally complaining of joint pains which is due to deficiency of calcium and vitamin D. So get your medical checkups regularly and add good quality supplements to your daily routine but only after your physician's advice.

8) Medical checkups - It is very important for all women to get the important medical tests such as "Pap Smear" for breast cancer, "blood glucose" for diabetes, thyroid levels, calcium and vitamin levels at regular intervals so as to keep a check and prevent any sort of disorder from the very beginning. Also consult your gynaecologist for regular checkups to keep any sort of disease at bay.

By following above all daily health tips, every women can remain healthy and fit in their busy life and they can take care of themselves and their family easily.

These tips can easily followed by everybody in their everyday life.

So, follow these simple daily health tips and stay healthy.

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What is Knee Replacement surgery?

In case the knee gets severely damaged due to an injury or disease of the knee joint then performing everyday activities starts to seem like a bother. You also experience pain and other discomforting symptoms in such cases. When the alternate non-surgical methods fail to address the problems effectively then the doctor might suggest a tkr surgery for successful and long-lasting results.

A total knee replacement surgery (knee arthroplasty) is actually a 'resurfacing' procedure rather than a total 'replacement' procedure.

There are 4 main steps involves in this procedure:

Preparing the joint bone - This part of the surgery involves removing the damaged cartilage and bone ends from the tibia and the fibula along with a margin of the healthy bone.

Implant positioning - The metal implants are then used by fitting them over the prepared bone surfaces of the joint. This can be achieved by either cementing the metal implants in place or using 'press-fit' implants.

Patellar resurfacing - This step involves cutting and resurfacing the underside of the patella (kneecap) using a plastic button. This is usually not required in all the cases.

Inserting 'Spacer' - This involves inserting a disc-like plastic implant between the metal components of the patella. This spacer helps to provide the necessary lubrication required for movement in the knee joint.
This is one of the most effective treatment methods for severely damaged knee joints but the after-care and instructions followed in the recovery period can make a significant difference in its success and failure as well.

What are the important tips to be followed for a successful recovery after knee replacement surgery?

The doctor/surgeon will inform you about the possible risks and complications that might be seen in rare cases after a knee surgery although every precautionary measure is taken to ensure that the patient does not face any of the risks associated with major surgical procedures (such as infections, blood clot, hemorrhage, etc) after a knee surgery.

These are the usual instructions that are vital for a successful recovery after knee replacement surgery:

Best Physiotherapy

It is advisable to get treated with the best physiotherapist that can be afforded. An experienced and advanced physiotherapist can help to restore strength and movement in the operated knee joint.

Vital 24 Hours

The first 24 hours after the surgery are most vital and the nurses and physiotherapist will combine their expertise to help you with effective ways of moving about as soon as possible. It is not unusual to see a patient standing on their own just 24 hours after the knee replacement surgery.

Walking Aids

Initially, when you are able to stand and move about following a knee replacement surgery the doctor/physiotherapist will advise using walking sticks (canes) or other similar walking device to help learning to walk with the new knee joint for a few days following surgery.

Temporary braces are also used in hospitals to support the leg in case there was extensive damage to the ligaments supporting the affected knee joint.

Protection at Home

It is vital to note that you need to be well-prepared before departing for your home following a knee replacement surgery. The experts and orthopedic doctors will advise you best on the normal important precautions to be taken at home.

The physiotherapist/occupational therapist will give you important tips on how to navigate the layout of your home while keeping the newly-operated knee as safe as possible. These will include tips on how to effectively perform regular everyday activities without discomfort and too much pain.

Follow-up Appointments

The team of specialists and doctors attending you will be able to keep better track of the success of the operation as well as check for possible complications that might arise after a knee replacement surgery during routine and regular follow-up check-ups at the hospital.

Help at Home

It is advised to find someone who can assist you for several days with certain activities at home. This can be in the form of a family member or a friend who can keep a check on you regularly.

Exercising

The occupational therapist/physiotherapist will advise you on the exercises that you should perform regularly at home after the knee replacement surgery. These are meant to improve the strength and also allow for greater movement in the operated knee joint.

Watch out for Warning Signs

There are certain signs that need to be checked regularly as they can signify the development of various complications, such as blood clots, chest pains (angina), etc.

It is most important to note that in order to make the knee surgery successful and effective the patient needs to follow all instructions given by the doctor/specialist following the surgery. A relaxed and fruitful recovery period can mean the difference between a successful and a failed knee replacement surgical procedure.

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