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7 Benefits of Yoga

7 benefits of yoga.

by James Arthur Warren.

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise originating in India. Daily yoga practice has many benefits, balance, flexibility and strength. Before starting any exercise regime it is important to be checked by a doctor. There are many Youtube videos on yoga but for beginners I recommend starting Yoga under the guidance of a teacher. A good teacher is important because they can correct your body position in the different yoga poses and help prevent injury.

Once you have taken some classes, yoga is a convenient set of exercises that you can do in the privacy of your own home. I have found that yoga provides me with an improved standard of living and I recommend making it a part of your daily routine of good habits.

Here are the 7 of the many benefits of yoga.

  1. Yoga improves your flexibility. With regular practice you will be able to touch your toes and have less aches and pains when moving.
  2. Yoga improves your balance. Yoga postures need attention to balance and with regular practice your balance improves.
  3. Yoga improves your focus. Yoga requires focus on body position, breathing, stretching and balance. Yoga is like meditation and a great way to destress and unwind from daily pressures and achieve quietness of mind.
  4. Yoga improves your strength. Yoga won’t make you look like a bodybuilder but it will improve your strength.
  5. Yoga gives you better circulation. Yoga gets the blood flowing better right throughout your body. It is especially beneficial to the fine capillaries in the extremities of your fingers and toes.
  6. Yoga helps you breathe better. Yoga requires focus on your breath and improves your lung capacity.
  7. Yoga makes you look better. Daily yoga will make you look fitter, helps people lose weight and results in improved posture.

Check out this Youtube video on the 7 benefits of yoga.

Bonus Benefit: Yoga gives you more energy. It gets the prana or chi flowing which gives you more energy in the day and also helps you sleep better.

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7 Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water Daily

The 7 benefits of lemon water. 7 reasons why drinking lemon water every morning is good for your health.

by James Arthur Warren

Lemons are a healthy fruit. Lemons originated from the middle east at the base of the Himalayas and spread around the world as one of the most widely consumed tropical fruits. Lemons contain many bioactive compounds, vitamins and essential mineral that assist in maintaining healthy body function. These include ascorbic acid, vitamin C, thiamin, pantothenic acid, iron, riboflavin, fibre, vitamin B6, copper, folate, potassium, beta-carotenes, lutein, vitamin A, zeaxanthin. All of these compounds have many health benefits. [1]

Water is life for without water we can not live.

Lemon water is simple to make. Take a large glass of water and squeeze half a lemon into it. It is a great refreshing way to begin every morning when you first wake up and a healthy habit to get into.

  1. Lemon water hydrates your body. Water is an essential element to human survival. It is necessary for cell function and without water you would only survive for 3 to 5 days. After sleeping all night the body is dehydrated from respiration and drinking water rehydrates the body in order for it to work efficiently. There is evidence “that water plays an important role in both the specificity and affinity of protein-DNA interactions” [2]
  2. Lemons contain Vitamin C. Lemons are high in ascorbic acid, vitamin C which has numerous benefits. These include: fighting infections, repairing the skin and promoting healing.
  3. Lemon water helps you lose weight. There are benefits to drinking water that include weight loss [3]. However Lemons contain pectin which is a soluble fibre. Pectin helps prevent hunger cravings.
  4. Helps detox. [4] Firstly, you increase the amount of urine when you increase your water intake. This helps to eliminate toxins. However lemons contain citric acid which is known to inhibit toxins and also enhances the ability of your body to flush out toxins naturally. [5] [6]
  5. Lemon Water Aids Digestion. One of the components of lemons are citric flavonoids which aid in lipid (fat) metabolism.[7]
  6. Immune system boost. Lemons contain Vitamin C which is an immune system booster. Vitamin C is also good for relieving stress.
  7. Energy. Yes drinking lemon water gives you energy.

Check out this video for more infomation on the benefits of drinking lemon water.

Bonus Benefit: Drinking lemon water helps to give you fresh breath.

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[1] http://foodfacts.mercola.com/lemon.html
[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9032063
[3] http://www.webmd.com/diet/20040105/drinking-water-may-speed-weight-loss
[4] http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/nutrition/nutrition+tips/kick+start+your+day+with+lemon+and+water,23007
[5] http://rootandsprouts.com/benefits-of-lemon-water-according-to-science/

[6] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2637791/
[7] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23254473

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