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Dangers of Stress – And How to Avoid Them
Jul
10
2014

Stress is a major cause for mental but also for physical illnesses. Stress is part of our daily lives. Per se stress is not always harmful. Stress also can have a motivating effect and in a time when men were still hunter-gatherers, stress was often enough life sustaining. Today, however, stress for most people has become a health-threatening condition which almost always is the fault of others and not the one of oneself although everyone is responsible for oneself to avoid stress. But how, you might think. The boss applies pressure, so does the partner, children, leisure activities, friends, and you yourself as well because there are enough things you want to achieve and do beside the things others want from you. The simplest remedy for stress is not to allow yourself to be stressed. That means to do things in their own pace and not let others impose the pace of things being done on you.

Stress leads to obesity because it stimulates the appetite for fatty and sugary foods. In addition, there is a tendency to resort to caffeine or alcohol to cope with stress better. This leads to periods of increased activity, which are alternated by significant energy crashes. The result is that modern day stress makes you fat. "Stress Fat" gathers at the waist and causes a pot belly. Responsible for this is the hormone cortisol, which is produced when stressed. The belly fat, which is caused by stress, is the most dangerous fat of all. It can cause insulin resistance (and ultimately type 2 diabetes), heart diseases and circulatory problems. However, due to cardio exercise you can work off the pot belly. Far better it is not to give into stress that much that you feel the urge to get at it with unhealthy things.

Besides heart and circulation problems chronic stress can lead to depression and problems with the stomach and the intestine. Also, as a result of stress irritability, back pain and insomnia can occur. But how we deal with stress is very individual. Stress occurs when you feel overwhelmed and are afraid not to be able to cope with a task. Then you start to think, and if you are not in a position to assess the situation at rest and calmly find a step by step solution, then the stress is there. How to cope with stress, you can learn. With this a good friend, a coach or even a psychotherapist can be of help. You can also write down your thoughts and feelings. This can solve the knot that blocks a solution. Also meditation or systematic relaxation exercises, music, sports, peace and distance to the problems help.

Jun
17
2014

When going to the gym to do some weights I always joke about going in the corner with the weights to join the guys feeding on iron. I am not the beefy guy who thinks loads of muscles are good for anything. But I think that strength is very important for an upright, healthy body, especially when you have a desk job.

Jun
6
2014

Movement is a basic requirement for a healthy lifestyle. The more regular the better. The best is regular exercise. The simplest method is running, that why it is promoted over and over again – even by us. To start running you do not need that much. The most important and the largest financial items are good shoes. But models from last season you should get for around 50 to 60 euros. For pants and t-shirt old or cheaply bought clothes are sufficient – at least until you know whether you want to keep it up. The running track is already at your doorstep and with any luck, there's even a park or forest nearby.

May
30
2014

If one is a little peeved or feels a strain or prick somewhere in the body, most people think: This will be over in no time! Hardly anyone runs to the doctor immediately and many avoid to go to see a doctor as long as possible to. Often enough, the discomfort disappears quickly, but what if not? Just because it takes time to make a doctor's appointment and you usually have to wait a few days until you get one, you should not wait until you fall over and possibly end up with irreparable damages.

Here are a few symptoms that you should take seriously:

May
22
2014

Finally David Bowie is back to Berlin for a while where he lived from 1976 until 1978. Not in person unfortunately and not as a resident but with a startling exhibition about his person and his art, in which the curators are able to transcend the extraordinary artistic power of David Bowie, who influenced so many other artists, who, in his active carrier, was one of the most innovative and progressive rock stars whatsoever. “David Bowie is the soundtrack of our lives”, the director of the Victoria & Albert museum in London, Martin Roth, said during the press conference preceding the opening of the exhibition.

May
8
2014

Common sense would clearly deny that alcohol and sports can go together. However, it is not unusual to have alcoholic beverages to fight thirst when one reaches the final beer garden at one's destination after a cycling or hiking tour. In Germany we have a beverage that is half beer and half lemonade that is honors this and is called 'Radler' which literally means 'Biker'. But a Radler is not the recommended beverage if you are thirsty – that is and will always be water!

Apr
29
2014

When a heart attack occurs – like a heart attack – it is imperative to recognize the symptoms quickly and to call an ambulance immediately. The faster the doctor arrives, the more likely it is that drastic and irreversible damages can be prevented. So how do you recognize a stroke? Since it occurs suddenly and then disappears, you should take the symptoms very seriously indeed and not accept a "I am okay". A stroke is caused by narrowed blood vessels and affects people of all ages. In the elderly, however, it occurs more frequently. Risk factors favoring strokes, are obesity, diabetes, physical inactivity, high alcohol consumption, high blood pressure and elevated blood lipids. Does anyone have this predisposition, the suspicion that it is a stroke is extremely high if the person shows the following symptoms:

Apr
25
2014

The best way to experience and get around in Berlin is by bike. The city has almost no hills, which makes it a cyclist's paradise in which plenty of bike tours are offered and bikes can be rented almost on any corner. Within the inner city a bike makes you more flexible and faster compared to public transportation and walking and it allows you to use paths in parks and short cuts unavailable for cars.

Mar
28
2014

Especially good for the thyroid is supposedly salt that has been fortified with iodine. It is true that the thyroid needs iodine to function smoothly. But it is also in bread, milk products and fish. If you have a balanced diet, you do not need iodized salt.

Mar
20
2014

„Berlin is Over. What’s Next?“ the not to be taken seriously website gawker.com titled last month. The headline caused severe shock waves in Berlin's media and a South German newspaper took the occasion to take a closer look on Berlin's to tourism.

Mar
14
2014

Traditional home remedies are amongst the most effective health tips. Most of them help against colds, running noses, tensions or minor injuries. However, there are always health tips that just belong into the realm of legends. Almost all tips that have to do with enjoyment are part of this.

Up front is the popular digestif.