Walk your Way to A Healthy lifestyle – 5 benefits of Walking

Walk your Way to A Healthy lifestyle – 5 benefits of Walking

Achieving a healthy lifestyle does not need to be complicated. If you think that being healthy is a grudge, a sacrifice and a burden, then you may be approaching health with a different mindset. Sure, it takes discipline and it takes time to be healthy, but there are very simple ways to achieve them.

One example of a simple yet fruitful exercise that does not need any heavy or expensive equipment is walking. Yes, walking while it is a part of everyone’s routine is very effective in achieving a healthier lifestyle. Here are some of the important benefits that you didn’t know about walking:

5 benefits of walking

Regular walking improves your creativity

If you feel like you lack creativity, it’s time to consider walking as a part of your creative process. Brisk walking is good for mental health. A study that was done in British Columbia showed that people who had regular walks were found to be more creative than those who just sat.

Regular walking makes you healthier

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and walking everyday does just the same. According to most recent studies, people that have an everyday exercise routine has shown to have less chances of getting colds. It is because exercising in general supports the immune system by strengthening it. But the kicker is that it must be consistent.

Regular walking helps you look better

While it’s obvious that exercise makes you lose weight, regular walking regulates the body with its response to insulin, which in turns help reduce belly fat. Walking is an exercise that does attacks the fat, but keeps the muscles healthy – which is a win-win for those who wants to look good and feed good.

Regular walking keeps your tummy happy

If you have problems with your digestion and release, then you need to start walking. According to doctors, regular walking helps with gastric mobility, and keeps your digestive system and core abdominal muscles in top shape.

Regular walking keeps you alive

Walking is a great exercise for diabetics, according to the American Diabetes Association. It also helps in lowering blood pressure and even reduces the risk of stroke from 20 – 40%! What’s even amazing is that some research also suggests that those who have regular walking habits have 30% lower risk of getting any cardiovascular disease.

Living an active lifestyle is not supposed to be complicated. It starts with a single step. Consider allotting time and being intentional about being healthy and everything will go smoothly for you. Walking is best for those who wants to start, and for those who do not have the time to go to gyms and do heavy exercises. When your legs feel cramped or tired, applying Oleia Topical Oil can reduce the swelling and pain in as fast as 15 minutes. What’s even better is that it is made of all-natural ingredients which makes it an essential oil for the entire family.

Walk your way to a healthier you!

 

About The Author

Manuel is a guy who loves books. He enjoys reading and does it whenever he can. If he’s not reading, he spends time with his family and also ministers to teenagers in a local church. He does public speaking and talks about issues concerning the youth and young professionals. An Oleia topical oil user and content contributor.

October 11 is International Day of the Girl Child

October 11 is International Day of the Girl Child

Today, we celebrate every girl in the world to recognize how hard being a girl is even to this day. This started In 2011, when the United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child as the result of youth advocacy around the world. Its mission is to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” 

In simple words, the day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. This is also a day when activist groups come together under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere.

The theme of this year’s October 11 celebration is “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement”, because, as the United Nations writes, we need more numbers to help more girls:

“There are 1.1 billion girls today, a powerful constituency for shaping a sustainable world that’s better for everyone. They are brimming with talent and creativity. But their dreams and potential are often thwarted by discrimination, violence and lack of equal opportunities. There are glaring gaps in data and knowledge about the specific needs and challenges that girls face.”

Across the world, empowered girls are raising their voices to fight for their rights and protection in all contexts. They are working to end violence against women and girls, to recognize indigenous rights, and to build peaceful and cohesive communities.

Oleia Topical Oil supports International day of the Girl Child. We believe in girls and with their limitless individual potentials to change the world into better place. We recognize the challenges they are facing and their perseverance to get going. Girls worldwide deserve better: better education, better protection, better access to resources, better health outcomes, and a better future. Making the world better for girls makes the world better for everybody, period.

About The Author

Andrea is a full time home maker. When she is not busy taking care of her husband and kids, she goes out giving financial management talks. She is a proud breastfeeding mom for four years running and an avid Oleia Topical Oil user.

Why Laughter is Still the Best Medicine

Why Laughter is Still the Best Medicine

A day without laughter is a day wasted – Charlie Chaplin

Laughter is a part of life. While we all have different sense of humor – laughter is the product that binds all of us together. But is there any truth to the saying that it is the best medicine? Or is it just something we say to make ourselves feel good and to make others feel good when they’re not?

Here are some of the benefits of laughter that are backed up by science:

1. Laughter is contagious, which helps us bond together

One way to defeat stress is to be around people that can make you feel good. Endorphin, which is a feel-good hormone can also be passed on when we laugh. Remember a time when people are laughing about something, and you ended up laughing with them without knowing what that was about? That’s thanks to endorphin. What it does in a group is that it brings a feeling of safety and togetherness which makes laughing a happy pill.

2. Laughter is a natural antidepressant
  1. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the main ingredient found in antidepressants. It increases the level of serotonin in our brains. Serotonins regulate our moods and controls happiness, anxiety, appetite and even sexual desire. By laughing regularly, our brain also produces bursts of serotonin which makes people who laugh more less prone to being depressed.
3. Laughter guards the heart

Dr. Michael Miller, M.D. of the University of Maryland found out from a study that laughing can do good as much as an aerobic exercise would. That does not mean that we should quit exercising though, but in this report, he found out how laughter helps the heart. How does it work? Well, laughter negates the impact of mental stress in our bodies. One particular area that is affected when we are stressed out is the endothelium, which regulates our blood flow and adjusts how the blood clots or coagulates. If the endothelium is happy, then there is a lower risk for cardiovascular disease to manifest.

4. Laughter may reduce inflammation in the body

In a study made in Japan, those who are experiencing rheumatoid arthritis was found to have better anti-inflammatory factors in their blood as they enjoy laughter.

 

5. Laughter can help you live longer

In a study based in Norway, they found out that people who have more sense of humor can actually help people live longer, especially those who are battling with cancer.

 

Laugh more!

If newborns can start smiling the day they are welcomed in the world, all of us have a right to laugh as well. Here are some of the ways you can start adding laughs in your life:

1. Stop focusing on the negative

Life is unfair. That is the truth, but it is not fair to everybody, so that makes it fair! Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, focus on the things that you have. Being appreciative of what you have leads you into a happier mindset, which makes you more vulnerable to laugh and be happy.

2. Smile

Smiling is the beginning of laughter and if you start smiling often, you will see yourself laughing more.

3. Surround yourself with happy experiences, happy thoughts, and happy people

Be in places where people are happy, move towards happiness and even if you don’t consider yourself a bubbly person, being around people who laughs can also boost your happiness level. Create opportunities to laugh like watching funny clips and reading funny stuff. All of this can help you to have your daily dose of laughter.

Pain can stop you from laughing. Stop pain fast with Oleia.

Oleia deeply penetrates the skin to quickly reduce inflammation caused by several things like muscle pain, insect bites, and a lot more. Apply Oleia to the affected area and watch how quick it can turn your pain into laughter once again!

So next time you hear a funny joke, don’t stay silent – appreciate and know that laughter does not only make you feel good, it does good in the body!

 

About The Author

Cathy spends part of her days wondering how to combine her 2 loves, writing and photography. The rest of her time she spends taking care of her two babies. Sheena, a Labrador retriever & Amanda, a Siberian husky. She’s been an OLEIA user since May.

The Road to Discovering Your True Self Worth

The Road to Discovering Your True Self Worth

If you’re going to the supermarket to buy five kilograms of rice, would you want it to be measured using a weighing scale or a ruler stick? I hope you answered weighing scale because that is where you will truly get your money’s worth. We need accurate form of measurements to determine the value of what we are getting, what we are working on, and what we are building. If we fail to do that, not only are we not getting our money’s worth but we may end up failing because our measurements are extremely off. But sadly, many of us use the wrong measurements when we deal with our self-image or self-worth. That’s why a lot of us are depressed, miserable and discontent.

There are different ways that we measure our self-worth. And how we measure up to those standards often predict our moods, our perspectives, and sometimes our destiny. Here are some of the most common things we use to measure ourselves with.

1. We measure ourselves by what we do

Many of us, especially those who work in the corporate field usually measure who we are by our titles. Some of us even introduce ourselves along with what we do. We say, “Hello I am Mike and I am a manager from XYZ Company”. While this may seem appropriate at times, attaching ourselves with titles is very risky. The truth is that no job, business, or profession are guaranteed to build to last. One major economic breakdown can strip us of our titles and we’ll never know the outcome of our jobs and businesses. There is also the stiff competition and that will lead you to discontent as someone else may get ahead of you.

2. We measure ourselves with how much money we make

While some of us go for titles, others go for possessions. We determine our worth by how big our bank account is and how much things we have. But the truth is no amount of money can make us feel secured in ourselves, in fact no amount of money can buy self-worth.

3. We measure ourselves by our looks

While this truth may come from our inner desire to be accepted, to belong and to be loved, most of this though is fueled by how society is influenced particularly by the media. Some of us knows the saying that goes like this – “You are only as good as you look”. And that is why people try and do so much to alter how they look by using a lot of things like soaps, beauty lotions, and even going under the table for surgery and enhancement.

Now we must understand that this is a false value system. If you think about it, there are only two things that this teaches us. That all of us are just measured by two criteria: VALUE and PERFORMANCE.

It is a very hard system. Why? Because it is unfair. Where does it leave the retarted? The ugly? and the handicapped?

So how do we truly measure our self-worth? What measuring stick is appropriate to know how much value we need to place on ourselves?

1. Start with your character

Attitude before beauty. Money, titles and look will not last forever – but your character is what remains after you are dead. People will remember you for who you truly are and not by how wealthy you were. Warren Buffet once mentioned that life isn’t about how much money we make, but on how people have loved us. Love is something you can’t buy as it is given. People with good character remains to be loved, appreciated and even remembered way long before they are gone. Invest on building love with people who matters, and to love those who are in need, that will put into display your true beauty, one that can’t be modified nor be sold.

2. Surround yourself with true friends

Young or old needs to have true friends. The one who will not look at your shell, but into your shell to discover who you truly are. We need those type of people in our lives so that we can truly live beyond our looks, titles, and possessions.

3. Secure yourself to a higher purpose

I believe in this essential truth that there is more to life than just our everyday. That we are all created for a purpose. That our lives, and everything we do, who we are, and how we look fits perfectly into a plan that only God knows. And that is why it is important for us to find that purpose, to know why we are here and what we are called to do, because if we do, we will find 100% satisfaction that no one can rob from us.

All of us are different, but all of us are valuable. You are simply valuable because you are a person.

I AM CREATED BY GOD.
I AM LOVED.
I AM SECURED.
I AM NOT DEFINED BY MY PAST.
I AM ALREADY FORGIVEN.
I AM GROWING.
I AM CHANGING.

 

About The Author

Manuel is a guy who loves books. He enjoys reading and does it whenever he can. If he’s not reading, he spends time with his family and also ministers to teenagers in a local church. He does public speaking and talks about issues concerning the youth and young professionals. An Oleia topical oil user and content contributor.

Choose to ACT – The Key to Intentional Parenting

Choose to ACT – The Key to Intentional Parenting

Parenting is hard work.

Being a father of just one child, who can barely stand – I am beginning to understand the needs and the obligation of
being a parent. Not only that, but as someone who regularly talks to teenagers, I also realized how important
intentionality is when it comes to parenting.

One sad reality that I have learned by being with kids, teens and even young adults is that biological relationship will not
guarantee a good relationship. So many young adults or even adults today have strained relationship with their parents,
which are for most cases are entirely preventable.

The key to making things happen with our relationship with our children is by being intentional. Are you an intentional
parent? Here are some of the quick questions to ask yourself whether you are truly intentional or not:

1. Who are your children’s best buddies at school? How well do you know their friends?
2. Do you know whether your child has a crush in their school?
3. What are their favorite music, books or things to do?
These questions while very simple strikes a chord to each of us. As parents, we believe that our main priority is to provide
for the material needs of our children. But the truth is that money is not the only thing they need. They need what
parents can offer which is love.

But how can you start building the right foundations to your children? Here are three basic, doable and meaningful things
you can start doing to be an intentional parent: Choose to ACT.

1. Affirmation

Affirmation is more than kind words, it expresses emotional support and encouragement. Whenever
we express our affirmation to our kids, something beautiful is created in their hearts. My baby, which is just six
months old, I believe already asks for affirmation. Every time she holds something new, she looks to me and
waits for my nod before she plays with the thing she has in her hands. Affirmation helps build trust. According
also to Erik Erikson’s Psychosocial development table, a child has needs that needs to be met during every life
stage – and guess what, most of it can be hit if we become more affirmative to our children. I also have heard
personal stories of teenagers who wanted nothing more than to be affirmed. They rebel, they fail to love and
they sometimes get misunderstood. But the truth of the matter is, most of their issues can be resolved by just
the affirming words of their parents.

2. Communication

If relationships between spouses are nurtured through two way communication, how much
more will it be beneficial to father-son or mother-daughter relationships? Take time to listen to our children. They
may be saying their struggles, their fears or worries. Be aware of how they act around you. Communication isn’t
always about words.

3. Time

In a previous article written here, we learned that kids spell love time. Time is a currency that we can
never get back. And when we decide to give it to our children, we are saying that they matter to us more than
they can ever imagine. Start spending time with them more. You may realize that all they wanted is not the
latest gadgets, a bigger allowance, or a boyfriend – but just more time with you.

Choosing to act as an intentional parent will have its cost. Pride needs to be removed and we need to be patient not only
with our kids but also with ourselves.

 

About The Author

Manuel is a guy who loves books. He enjoys reading and does it whenever he can. If he’s not reading, he spends time with his family and also ministers to teenagers in a local church. He does public speaking and talks about issues concerning the youth and young professionals. An Oleia topical oil user and content contributor.

It’s More Than Words: How Our Words Deeply Affects People

It’s More Than Words: How Our Words Deeply Affects People

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. – Proverbs 18:21

Words have meaning – and those meanings can either be negative or positive, not only on what was said but on how it
was said. I still remember vividly the jokes made on me by friends’ way back in elementary, and I am sure most of us
remember words spoken to us during childhood too. Words that encourage, words that inspire or even words that kill
dreams, and even sometimes kill lives.

Before I continue with how words affect us all, let’s watch this powerful video that further explains how our words affects
the reality of others:

If you haven’t watched the video, please see it first. This campaign made by The Center for Psychological Research in
Shenyang and Ogilvy & Mather, Beijing showed how verbal abuse have detrimental effects especially on children.
This video reveals a very important principle that we all must learn especially inside our homes:

We must understand that we are accountable for every word that comes out of our mouth

Once words are spoken, they can be forgiven but they cannot be forgotten. That is why we need to measure the words we speak even before it leaves us. Because we can unleash hell to someone with the words we speak.

Inside the home, this can be magnified. Because of our familiarity with each other, we can sometimes think that our words are okay even if they are not.

  •  It was just a joke.
  •  It was the truth and I had to tell it.

The cliché is true, the pen is mightier than the sword. To take it further, words can wound than swords and that’s why we
need to be careful. It can destroy relationships, careers and lives. But the good news is we can all change. Here are some
of the things to consider whenever we speak to someone:

T.H.I.N.K before you speak.

T (TRUE) – Gossip can kill reputation as fast as a bullet. Before we even come to say something about a person, we
must first ask ourselves, am I going to say something that is true? Are there sources, witnesses or cold facts that will
support what I say – or is it just a hearsay? In our society today, truth can sometimes be blind. Instead of researching,
we sometimes only rely to one news, one post and make a conclusion about a person or an incident. It’s best to measure
the truth before giving an opinion about it.

H (HELPFUL) – Will our words help or will it only worsen a bad situation? There is a time for everything, and according
to another biblical proverb, there is a time to be silent. Regardless of how we think we are right, there are some words
that we shouldn’t say to people. But on the other hand, there are also words that we need to speak even if it hurts, so
that a person can be healed. It is important to know which is which.

I (INSPIRE) – Our words have meaning and we need to make them count. Whenever we speak to someone, let’s be
intentional on making our words mean to them and make them see life from a better perspective. The world is already
hurting, and we need lips that promotes and inspires.

N (NECESSARY) – We need to exercise prudence if we want to speak with an impact. There are people who say a lot,
but doesn’t really say anything at all. And then there are some, who speaks just a single word, and yet they know it is the
word that is needed the most.

K (KIND) – Kind words today are like precious gold. They are not easily given, and they are not easily received. Resolve
to be kind in the way you speak. You may not realize it however, but the truth is that a person can forget what you’ve
said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.

Takeaway:
The words we speak is a revelation of our heart. That is why it is important to guard our hearts. THINK before you speak!

 

About The Author

Manuel is a guy who loves books. He enjoys reading and does it whenever he can. If he’s not reading, he spends time with his family and also ministers to teenagers in a local church. He does public speaking and talks about issues concerning the youth and young professionals. An Oleia topical oil user and content contributor.