January 2019 Horoscope

1ARIES (MARCH 21–APRIL 19)

Work is huge for you this month, Aries—especially during the first three weeks, thanks to a solar eclipse going down in your career sector. You’ve got serious go-getter energy, making this the time to really dive into work.

That project you’ve been pushing off? Do it already. It’s not all work and no play, though. You’ll develop a better understanding of how to carve out your work and play time. And, once the workday is done, you’re ready to peace out and have some fun.

2TAURUS (APRIL 20–MAY 20)

You’re all about learning new things and focusing on your career this month, Taurus. Take a beat to think about where you want to head with work, and what you need to get there.

Maybe there’s a class or new certification that could finally score you that promotion you’ve been lusting over. Just know that it may not happen overnight. A little patience can go a long way toward helping you reach your goals.

3GEMINI (MAY 21–JUNE 20)

Collaboration is key this month, Gemini. You’ll be all about connecting with other people and being able to bounce ideas off of them. Maybe it’s a new partnership or team project at work, or maybe you’re joining forces with a friend to tackle a new exercise class you’ve been meaning to try.

Whatever it is, having a partner in crime will help you go even further than you thought. You’ll also find some opportunities to travel and meet new people—don’t say no to any interesting offers. They could open your eyes in more ways than you’d think.

4CANCER (JUNE 21–JULY 22)

Don’t be too cautious or reluctant to speak up for yourself at work, Cancer. Your energy is pushing you to move forward by being more assertive than usual and taking a leadership role. All you have to do is act on your instincts.

BTW, a friend might not respect your boundaries this month. If you just can’t with them anymore, don’t be afraid to cut them loose. You’ll be surprised—a truer friend will come to take their place before you realize.

5LEO (JULY 23–AUGUST 22)

You’re all about being healthy this month, Leo. And, oh hey, there’s a solar eclipse going down in a sector of your chart about health and well-being, making it the perfect time for you to get in amazing shape.

Keep in mind that healthy extends to your mental well-being, too. Maybe now is the time to start up that daily meditation you’ve been mulling over. You’ll also find the freedom to just be yourself this month. So, don’t be afraid to do you. It’ll take you much further than you realize.

6VIRGO (AUGUST 23–SEPTEMBER 22)

Here’s the deal, Virgo: You’re going to spend a lot of time on your daily routine and work this month. You’ll be all about finding a balance between high-energy things in your life and finding time for yourself, but it’s not all intense.

The lunar eclipse energy toward the end of the month will make you ready for some serious QT. Don’t be afraid to take a step back from your hectic day-to-day life and just breathe. If a weekend trip happens to come up during this time, jump at the chance to get away.

7LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 23–OCTOBER 22)

It’s a new year, Libra, and you really feel it deep down thanks to the solar eclipse going down in a sector of your chart that represents new beginnings. Last year was last year, and now it’s time for something new and fresh. So take that yoga teacher training class you’ve been thinking about since forever, or finally start doing pottery lessons. As long as it’s new to you, you’ll thrive.

You’ll also feel an internal struggle between wanting to go out a lot and just wanting to chill in your sweats at home. Try to find a balance between your inner couch potato and your social butterfly. And hey, there’s nothing wrong with having friends over for movie night.

8SCORPIO (OCTOBER 23–NOVEMBER 21)

You have gifts to give to the world, Scorpio—don’t write them off. Value your talents and actually do something about them. Take your gorgeous photos and put them in an exhibit, or start doing an open mic night to showcase your guitar skills. Whatever it is, don’t be afraid to show it off.

When Venus moves into a sector of your chart about finances, you’ll find a ton of great bargains. Don’t be afraid to indulge—Santa can’t bring you everything you want.

9SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 22–DECEMBER 21)

You’re all about money this month, Sag, and there’s no shame in that game. The solar eclipse on the 5th is happening in your money house, making you ready to set some financial goals for the year that may or may not include asking for a raise at work.

You’ll also dream up some new and awesome ideas for expanding your finances this year—go get ‘em. Keep in mind that you might have to rethink the way you communicate to other people. Not everyone can catch your drift on the first take—sometimes you’ve just got to say things in a slightly different way to make people understand you.

10CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 22–JANUARY 19)

The solar eclipse on the 5th is hitting you deep, Capricorn. You’ll have a strong sense that it’s going to be your year—and you’re just going to go for what you want as a result. You’ll push past your typical insecurities to ask for what you want in life. You’ll be surprised at how often you get it when you speak up.

Try making a personal vow to do things you’re a little scared of, like talking to a stranger at a party or dancing like no one’s watching, and see how amazing that feels. You’re not about to live with regrets—not this year, at least.

11AQUARIUS (JANUARY 20–FEBRUARY 18)

The holidays are intense, and no one is blaming you for needing a little time to recoup from all that. Take some time for yourself to relax and reflect—when you can get it, at least.

Your schedule is going to be packed with parties, making downtime especially important. Don’t be afraid to branch out and meet new people while you’re out socializing. Some new friends you meet will open your eyes to seeing the world in a new way.

12PISCES (FEBRUARY 19–MARCH 20)

Work is huge for you this month, Pisces, so don’t be afraid to go all in. When an opportunity comes up for you, jump on it—now is your time. A big life-changing event is coming up for a friend. Just a heads up now that they may need extra support around this time.

When the lunar eclipse goes down on the 21st, you’ll get a reminder that you still need to find a balance between things that need to get done and taking care of yourself. Don’t be afraid to throw more than a little “me time” into the mix. You deserve it.

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Probiotics Should Be a Regular Part of Your Diet

Probiotics. Everyone is saying you need them, and guess what? They’re right. But before you can figure out what works best for your body, you have to know what exactly probiotics are and the role they play in your health.

Simply put, probiotics are live microorganisms that live in your gut, reports the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health(NCCIH). And while a lot of people think that microorganisms — especially the bacteria variety — are harmful to your health, probiotics are actually there to provide health benefits.

But sometimes you need a little help from outside sources in order to secure those benefits, which is why a lot of experts recommend getting an extra hit of probiotics through food. Fermented options — think keffir, sauerkraut, and kimchi — are a great place to start, says the International Scientific Association of Probiotics and Prebiotics, as are these other surprising foods with probiotics.

If that’s not enough, your doctor may also suggest a probiotic supplement. But don’t go and grab just anything off the pharmacy shelf. Probiotic supplements are not all the same, and they often contain different strains to serve different needs.

probiotics can help maintain good health in a variety of ways.

1.THEY RESTORE GOOD BACTERIA.

2.THEY PREVENT URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS.

3.THEY BOLSTER IMMUNITY.

4.THEY IMPROVE FERTILITY.

5.THEY PREVENT TRAVELER’S DIARRHEA.

6.THEY TREAT VAGINAL INFECTIONS.

How loud noises can affect your heart

We know that high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and smoking aren’t good for the heart. Well, it turns out loud noise is another risk factor your doctor may not want to keep quiet about.

That noisy little headline comes from researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital. They studied 499 people with an average age of 56.

At the beginning of the study period, all of them were free of cardiovascular disease. Over time, they tracked how many of the test subjects got heart attacks and strokes. The researchers used the home addresses of study participants to estimate the level of ambient noise where they resided.

Compared to people who lived with lower levels of noise, those with the highest levels of chronic noise exposure were three times more likely to have a heart attack, a stroke or other major cardiovascular event.

The study’s authors said typical sources of heavy chronic noise exposure include close proximity to a highway, a major airport or a busy traffic zone.

Commercial aircraft on takeoff produce noise levels above 120 decibels. A telephone ring produces about 80 decibels and a jackhammer about 100. Highway traffic noise ranges from 70 to 80 decibels at a distance of 15 metres from the highway.

The researchers found that people with the highest levels of noise exposure had higher levels of brain activity inside the amygdala.

The test subjects with higher activity inside the amygdala also had greater amounts of inflammation in their arteries inside the heart and the brain. Doctors know from other studies that inflammation of the arteries is necessary for the development of heart disease and strokes.

In the current study, the researchers found that high levels of activity inside the amygdala actually increased the level of inflammation inside the coronary arteries.

Air pollution, smoking and diabetes are other known factors that cause inflammation of the arteries.

In this study, when the researchers took those factors into account, noise still turned out to be a major contributor to inflammation and therefore to the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Rising rates of noise are happening everywhere. Anyone who lives in a city anywhere on the planet should be concerned about the health impact of exposure to excessive noise.

Until now, we’ve chalked up rising levels of noise from busy highways, traffic zones and airports to progress and prosperity. Now, we see that there’s a hidden danger to our health.

And it’s something your body won’t let you escape. You may be able to tune the noise out of your conscious mind, but your brain and your heart do not develop tolerance to noise. If anything, your arteries may become even more prone over time to damage caused by noise.

Does obesity increase risk of childhood asthma?

Rates of asthma are on the rise in children, and doctors have struggled to figure out why.

The researchers found that the chance that a child was diagnosed with asthma was significantly greater if the child was obese. They found that 23 to 27 per cent of new cases of asthma in the children were directly attributable to obesity.

They also found a link between being overweight and having asthma. However, the link between overweight and asthma was not as strong as was the link to asthma in kids with obesity.

The connection is not well understood, but there are some theories. One is that carrying extra weight around the chest might predispose children to asthma by narrowing the airways or restricting the chest to shallow breaths. Studies have shown that obesity reduces the volume of air that can be inspired into the lungs.

Another hypothesis is that adipose or fatty tissue releases chemicals called adipokines that increase inflammation inside the body. The “excess” inflammation caused by adipokines makes the airways more sensitive to environmental triggers like cat and dog dander that can set off asthma attacks.

Another theory is that obesity triggers a third condition such as acid reflux and obstructive sleep apnea that in turn trigger asthma. None of these have been proven.

Some researchers believe the connection between obesity and asthma is just a coincidence of two common conditions. Some believe asthma is the result of obesity rather than the cause.

Currently, there are few known prevention factors that can be used to reduce childhood asthma. Reducing obesity would be good for children. It would also reduce significantly the burden of asthma and obesity on the health-care system.

The obvious recommendation is weight loss. Studies have shown that overweight and obese adults with asthma who lose weight have significant improvements in asthma control.

Best Fat-Burning Foods Of All Time

Nuts and nut butters

“Nuts have healthy fat, fiber, and protein, which is a great combo to keep you energized and satisfied.”

Eggs

Another great source of protein (six grams) and healthy fats (five grams), Cording says eggs help keep you satisfied and energized so you can maintain muscle while you’re burning fat.

Milk

Milk offers tons of bone-building calcium (300 mg in one cup) and animal protein (eight grams)–and you don’t have to choose the low-fat varieties to enjoy those benefits.

Yogurt

The probiotics in yogurt can support a healthy gut and your overall wellness. “When your immune system is working well, your gut and brain talk to each other. If you struggle a lot with stress eating, maintaining good digestive health helps nourish a healthy gut so you feel calmer and avoid stress eating.”

Berries

Because they’re loaded with fiber, these sweet treats help improve satiety and reduce cravings as you’re burning fat. In one cup of blueberries, for example, you get fewer calories (about 84) and more grams of filling fiber (3.6) than in one large banana.

“Berries take up lots of space on a plate, so they’re visually satisfying.”

Olive oil

All cooking oils (with the exception of coconut oil) are chock full of monounsaturated fats, at about 14 grams per tablespoon, to promote fullness and keep you from mindlessly snacking. But olive oil is Cording’s all-around favorite option.

Avocados

“Avocados are a really great combination of monounsaturated fats plus tons of fiber, which helps you to stay satisfied.” They’re also an excellent source of potassium, which helps reduce water retention and bloat—always a welcome effect when you’re trying to burn fat.

Grapefruit

“Grapefruit is a very low-calorie density food, so people feel they can fill up on one as an appropriate snack” . It’s also high in antioxidants including vitamin C and beta-carotene to support healthy immune system function. Plus, it has a ton of fiber at three grams per fruit.

Green tea

While you can’t simply sip on green tea and expect the pounds to fall off, there is actually quite a bit of research showing that this elixir can help fire up your body’s fat-burning capabilities.

Chili peppers and cayenne

Capsaicin, the compound that makes chili peppers hot may mildly increase metabolic rate, research shows, which is of course welcome when you’re trying to burn fat.

Beans and legumes

Beans and legumes are a great source of protein (seven grams in half a cup of black beans) to help build muscle, burn fat, and keep you satisfied. A massive dose of both soluble and insoluble fiber (seven grams total) also helps prevent blood sugar spikes for a slower, steadier energy burn.

Whey protein

“Whey protein has been shown to support muscle repair, building, and retention,” And since muscle burns more calories than fat, it helps support an efficient metabolism.

Turmeric

Another fat-fighting hero: “Turmeric, which helps to lower inflammation and may prevent growth of fat tissue.”

Sprinkle a little bit of the spice on your dinner to help give it a major flavor boost.

How to tackle dry skin in winter

Wrap up against the cold

Colder, drier air during the winter months means the water in your skin evaporates faster. Scientists have estimated that your skin loses more than 25% of its ability to hold moisture in winter, making it feel drier and tighter. You can reduce this by shielding your skin with protective clothing such as gloves and scarves while outdoors.

Use a humidifier

Spending more time indoors with the heating on also dries out your skin. Running a humidifier in the most commonly used living areas in your home can help replenish moisture in the air that has been sucked out by the dry indoor heat. Setting a humidifier to around 60% is thought to be sufficient to help replenish the skin’s oily surface layers.

Avoid overly hot showers

Piping hot showers may be tempting, but the higher temperatures dry out skin by stripping away its surface oils: keeping the water lukewarm is actually much healthier. Try to limit showers to no more than 10 minutes and avoid using bath sponges or scrubbing brushes that can damage and irritate the skin. When towelling dry, pat the skin rather than rubbing vigorously.

Moisturise

Regular moisturising is the most effective way of tackling dry skin, but some products are better than others. Look for moisturising creams containing lactic acid or ammonium lactate as these ingredients help seal moisture within your skin. The best moment to apply moisturiser is within three to five minutes of showering, while your skin is still damp.

Swap your soap

One of the most common causes of dry skin is harsh soaps, particularly those that promise lots of exfoliation. Soap is an emulsifier, meaning it strips away the moisture within your skin. Definitely avoid deodorant or perfumed soaps or soaps that contain alcohol – instead, try soap-free cleansing products such as Cetaphil or Aquanil, which contain added moisturiser.

Avoid woollen clothing

Scratchy fibres such as wool can aggravate dry, sensitive skin, causing it to become itchy. If you are prone to dry skin, you may be better off sticking to softer, smoother fabrics that allow your skin to breathe, such as cotton.

Stay hydrated

We tend not to be as thirsty during the winter, compared with the hot summer months, but your body actually loses water through the skin all year round, especially when you spend most of the day in a warm indoor environment. This makes it easy to become dehydrated without realising, which can contribute to dry skin. Drink regularly even if you don’t feel thirsty, and avoid caffeinated drinks, which will dehydrate you even more.

Side effect-free ways to reduce depression

Depression is a debilitating mental condition of overwhelming sadness and disinterest in activity. The victim may feel hopeless, tearfulness, lack of energy to engage in even the smallest tasks, worthlessness, anxiety, anger, restlessness, and have trouble focusing and may even have frequent thoughts of suicide.

If one has been in a traumatic event, depression often accompanies Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It can also be understood as one of the symptoms of PTSD.

Without support, each episode of depression may be a painful, prolonged and possibly life-threatening time.

For Michael Phelps, depression is both a problem that many athletes face and also a personal challenge. Despite being the world’s most decorated swimmer and the Olympian with the most medals of all time, with 28 Olympic medals (23 gold), he has faced depression over and over.

In 2004 Phelps got his first DUI (arrest for Driving Under the Influence); in 2008 Phelps is photographed taking a bong hit; and in 2014 Phelps received a second DUI. The days following his second DUI were the lowest point in his life. Phelps explained that he was on the brink of ending his life in those days between his arrest and court date. “I’m somebody who’s gone through at least three or four major depression spells after [Olympic] Games that, you know, I’ve put my life in danger,” .

Psychopharmacology is commonly used, but may produce unwanted side effects. It is often ineffective in not only solving one’s original depression or in preventing the next depression. And with extended long-term use, the side effects may have devastating health effects.

Complementary medicine may make mental health care more accessible, without risk of severe side effects. It includes such approaches as taking herbs (e.g. St. John’sWort, Valerian, or S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine (SAMe)), improving sleep, diet, exercise and adding yogic postures, as well as effective, evidence-based meditation, among many possibilities.

One highly effective, evidence-based meditation is Transcendental Meditation (TM). Ten scientific studies show that TM produces systematic reduction in depression and even PTSD-related depression. ( TM.org section on depression relief)

With TM, practiced twice a day every day, the brain chemistry improves and EEG shows a regular rise in brain coherence. In addition, TM helps improve sleep. With improved rest from sleep, people tend to feel less impulsive and eat in a more balanced way. Because they feel more settled, they can plan for their future and implement daily exercise regimes. So TM acts as a basis for a life shift towards more inner balance and stability, away from causes of depression.

TM can be used along with the standard treatments to accelerate the return to happy life, or may be used on its own.

If you or loved ones are suffering from depression or PTSD-based depression, you may wish to consider adopting an integrated, complementary approach to reduce both short and long-term depression with the support of a clinician. By making lifestyle changes such as these and by regularly practicing Transcendental Meditation you may begin to live life with fewer or no bouts of debilitating depression. Michael Phelps, Dwayne Johnson, and many other famous people, have called out for help. Here is an effective strategy to help them and millions of other people around the world, to enjoy happiness, success and progress.