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How Doing Housework is Good For You

Here I am once again here at this Health blog, looking at the things that are both good and bad for your health and some of the ways in which you can right the wrongs that you’re currently doing to yourself to give you the chance to get healthy and really enjoy a happy, healthy lifestyle. In this post, I want to look at how doing housework is good for you and your health.

That might at first sound a strange thing to say. After all, isn’t doing housework more like a chore than a healthy pursuit? Well, it all depends on how you look at it. Sure, if you believe its just a nasty chore that has to be endured, then that’s what it’ll be for you.

But if you turn it around and use a little clever psychology on yourself by telling yourself (and believing in it) that housework is really a great opportunity to get in some worthwhile healthy exercise, then it suddenly becomes a thing that you can almost look forward to as a part of a healthier day. Ok, granted it may take a good deal of convincing yourself of its benefits at first, but it’ll come if you want it to and here’s some ideas that’ll help you get into the mood of things.

First, its a known fact that an activity that gets you to breathe harder, raises your heart rate and makes you break out into a sweat is not only doing you good, but its making your body burn calories. The harder you make your muscles work and for longer, the more calories you’ll burn. And any dieter or slimmer will tell you that when you burn calories you are setting in motion the process of weight loss.

If you are a little (or a lot) overweight, then when you start losing weight, you start to feel better, your health improves and you start enjoying life more because you feel like you have more energy. When you start burning calories, you are going to start losing weight as long as you don’t blow it by gorging yourself on a load of high calorie food!

So what does doing the housework make you do?

Well, when I do the housework (and I do it every day), I certainly feel my heart rate increase, my breathing gets harder and I break out in a sweat. Sweeping and mopping floors is actually a surprisingly good exercise workout for burning those excess calories! But you have to get the motivation flowing as its no good limply moving a broom around the floor, you have to make it into a real workout by making each stroke of the broom a deliberate and strong movement that makes the muscles in your arms work. Try it! You’ll feel the difference.

Put on some rousing music with a good beat, like dance music if you like it, or rock n roll, anything that has a good bouncy beat that makes you want to dance. Then go at that broom once again and feel the difference!

Got to scrub floors? Does anyone still do that? Well, if you have to do it, really make a meal out of each thrust with that scrubbing brush! make it an exercise and feel the burn! Ok, maybe not the burn, but you’ll burn a good few calories doing it. Cleaning windows? Now there’s a good arm exercise to get rid of those bingo wings! Run up and down those stairs, don’t just amble! That’s a free step machine-like workout that you can do anytime.

So you see, doing housework is good for you when you make it into a real workout session and then you’ve killed two birds with the one stone by getting the housework done while doing your daily exercise routine all rolled into one! How bad is that?


Stinging Nettle Remedy Tips

When you are thinking about some of the things that grow in the garden but you wondered what they might be used for, take a closer look at that patch of weeds called stinging nettles. Stinging nettle remedy tips abound, because this common weed is actually a source of natural goodness and health benefits. I want to look at some of those benefits this humble plant possesses in this post.

Many gardeners tend go to great lengths to get rid of this weed from their gardens. Well, if this is you, think again. That pernicious weed you’re trying to eradicate will actually do you, your family and also your garden a load of good if you leave it to grow.

The stinging nettle is packed with vitamins and minerals that ought to be placed on the list of superfoods alongside broccoli, cranberries and garlic. First off, lets look at how to use this great example of natures food and health storehouse.

Only pick the nettle tops, which are the top three sets of leaves on the plant’s stalk. This is where most of the beneficial stores of vitamins and minerals are to be found and is also the easiest digested part of the plant. Pick them in May before it flowers. Wear gloves as the plant carries nasty stingers.

Cook in boiling in water or dry the nettles to render the stingers inactive. They are then safe to touch and eat. Stinging nettles are great in soups, stews and teas or tissanes.

Lets take a look at some of the health benefits.

Packed with vitamins including A and C as well as iron and other essential vitamins and minerals, nettles can be used both internally externally.

Nettles are perfect when used as an internal tonic, drunk as a healthy natural tea.

It acts as an anti-dandruff rinse when used after washing your hair.

As an external skin tonic to help treat eczema, neuralgia and sciatica as well as dry, flaky skin.

To treat arthritis and rheumatism, flay the skin in the affected area with raw sprigs of nettles. This increase blood flow to the affected area and brings relief from the pain.

For get more information about stinging nettles, here is a great article on the alternative cures website which talks about stinging nettle remedies in more detail at

Next time you find a patch of stinging nettles in your garden, don’t remove them, instead let them grow so you can toast your good health with a drink of healthy, tonic nettle tea!

Why is Green Tea Good for You?

One aspect of human health that can easily be improved by taking some simple measures is the immune system. Here, we’ll look at one of the ways in which to do this, which is by getting into the habit of drinking green tea!

So why is green tea good for you? Well, for many reasons, not least of those being that it contains a large proportion of antioxidants, which are the compounds that mop up free radicals inside the body. Free radicals can do a lot of cell damage in the body and research has shown that they are responsible for the formation of cancer cells.

So by consuming food and drinks that contain antioxidants, we keep levels of free radicals in the body down to the basest minimum where they can’t do much damage. Incidentally, they are also responsible for speeding up the aging process, so if you want to live longer and maintain good health, make sure you get plenty of antioxidant rich foods in your diet!

As I was saying, green tea contains lots of antioxidants and by drinking two or three cups a day, you will be doing your health a great service indeed, as well as contributing to a longer life.

Of course, drinking green tea alone will not save you if you still smoke, drink too much alcohol, or breathe in too many pollutants that are found in many large overcrowded cities. But its a step in the right direction.

Green tea has also been shown to reduce levels of bad LDL cholesterol in the bloodstream, helping to reduce blood clots, the risk of strokes and heart attacks. Similarly, green tea has been found to suppress the levels of insulin released into the blood stream after eating fatty or high sugar foods or carbohydrates of the high glycemic index variety.

This means that by drinking a cup of green tea shortly after eating these foods, you will reduce the amount of insulin that gets released and that means a lower amount of those sugars get converted to fat for storage, hence making the benefits of green tea for weight loss (see here: for more info) an even better proposition.

Heart disease is also catered for by drinking green tea as it contains compounds known as EGCG, which has been found, in a 1997 research in the university of Kansas to be is twice as powerful as the resveratrol contained in red wine.

Drinking green tea can also kill the bacteria found in the mouth that causes dental plaque, so helping to keep your teeth and gums healthy and longer lasting.

If you want to lose some weight, this can also help. In 1999, researchers discovered, during a study undertaken at Switzerland’s University of Geneva that a group of men who took a combination of caffeine and green tea extract were burning more calories than the group of men given only caffeine or the control group who took just a placebo.

So now you know why green tea is good for you in more ways than just as a refreshing, great tasting beverage!