We typically don't think about breathing unless we can't catch our breath, and then it's quite frightening.
Research is showing there are tremendous benefits following the practice of deep breathing. Are any of these worth you making this a daily habit?
Deep Breathing may be able to:
Reduce stress and blood pressure
Strengthen abdominal and intestinal muscles
Relieve aches & pains
Promote better blood flow
Help promote better sleep
Release toxins from the body
Sometimes in the midst of a problem, we can be overwhelmed and wonder why God placed us there. He knows exactly what He’s doing. We’ve each been given a place in life and each one looks different. Unfortunately, we’re often looking at the other person’s life thinking that they got the better deal. We’ve all heard that “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade” but how many of us do that?
In San Francisco, Lombard Street is called “the windiest street in the world”. It’s on a
Pride is a dangerous thing. It leads to destruction, and God hates and detests it. Some may wonder, "Shouldn't we be proud of what we've accomplished?" I think the issue is who gets the credit for our accomplishments. Now you might think "Wasn't it me who worked hard and made the dream come to life?"
I'm reminded of the story of the Potter and the clay in the Bible. We're the lump of clay--lifeless and useless. God is the Potter. It's not until the Potter molds and makes us
Your mother probably told you to eat your fruits and vegetables. She was right. Well, it's not that easy anymore. Much of our produce is now sprayed with chemicals. In order to avoid this dilemma, I try to buy organic. However, it's not only impossible sometimes, but it can also be out of your budget.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) puts out two lists they call the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen. Items on the list vary from year to year based on farming practices.
1. Get a good night's sleep. Though every body is different, it is recommended that adults get 7-9 hours of good sleep in order to wake refreshed. During sleep, your body releases hormones that regulate functions like metabolism, appetite control, how you'll handle stress, and more.
2. Diet is crucial. Take out (or at least reduce) the processed foods, unhealthy fats (like vegetable oil and margarine), sweet foods and drinks, and caffeine. These foods throw the hormones o