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January 30, 2017

12 Commitment Quotes To Keep You Committed To Achieving Excellence, Happiness, And Success

It can be hard to get excited about dedicating yourself to something worthy of dedication. Why? Because change is hard. It can be a mental and physical struggle to implement change into your life, and that struggle can make commitment look less than appealing. That’s why you need to read the following commitment quotes. They will help you remember why commitment is so important. These commitment quotes will get you excited about committing to certain things in your life, so make sure to read them all if you are tired of a mediocre life and feel ready to go after excellence, happiness, and success in all areas of your life.

1. The Bottom Line About Commitment

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This is what it all boils down to. If you want things to happen in your life, you need to be committed.

With commitment, you can change your life. You can change your relationships, health, happiness, awareness, and lifestyle. And if you are willing to be committed to an action, habit, or process, then you can progress towards more success and financial abundance.

But, if you are not willing to stay dedicated and loyal to the thing(s), person or people, or action that is needed, then nothing will ever change in your life. Things will happen, but they will be the same things have happened to you before. Why? Because if you are doing the same things, then you are getting the same results.

2. Permanent Change Requires Permanent Commitment

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Sometimes you can stay committed to an action, habit, or person for a while, but partial commitment will get you partial results. To permanently change and get new results, you need to be permanently committed.

This is why diets don’t work. People stay committed to a diet until they reach a certain weight, and when they hit that weight, their commitment fades and they go back to doing the same things they did before. That’s when they start to gain the weight back and soon they are at the same place they were before they put in all the hard work towards their diet! Being committed to a new lifestyle is what causes permanent change in weight, not commitment to a diet for a few weeks or months.

3. Your Relationships With Anything Or Anyone Require Commitment

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I could create a whole article with commitment quotes from T.D. Jakes because he has some powerful insights into commitment. I wanted to include this one because I see so many people failing with their relationships in life and they can’t understand why.

True commitment is being dedicated to someone or something. While this can be applied to personal relationships, it also works for any relationship you want to form or benefit from. You cannot have any type of relationship without committing to a positive type of exchange.

For instance, if you are working, you have a relationship with work. You are connected to work. But are you committed? Are you giving as much as you are getting?

T.D. Jakes made a simple observation that most people don’t commit to their work. They go there to get a paycheck – they go there to take – but they are not giving as much as they take. They may come late, slack off, leave early, but they still demand that they get a full paycheck with benefits and extras for their lack of commitment. Eventually, they will lose their job by being fired or by quitting because the commitment is not there.

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January 30, 2017

10 Quotes To Strengthen Your Committment To Live A Happy And Full Life

A lot of people find that as they get older, their desire to stay committed to living a happy and full life starts to dwindle away. They become more bitter, angry, and hopeless as they deal with unhappy people and find themselves in the middle of unhappy situations. It can become hard to want to live a happy and full life, never mind actually live it. If you are struggling to remember why living a happy and full life is so important, then I’m hoping at least one of these 10 quotes will help strengthen your commitment to living the happiest and fullest life you can.

1. You Teach Others How To Be Happy And Make The Most Out Of Their Life

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I think a lot of us feel overwhelmed with the many people who are not happy or fulfilled in this world. We see their words all over the Internet describing their pain, unhappiness, lack of purpose, and so on.

Often times, people who aren’t feeling truly happy or fulfilled, try to convince others that there is something better out there, but the people listening aren’t buying it. Why? Maybe because the people trying to convince them aren’t able to express their viewpoints with actual experiences and knowledge about what a happy and fulfilling life is.

This is one of my favorite quotes of this article. As someone who writes a lot, the quote reminds me that I can’t write about things I have no experience with. And, as I read ignorant comments that are meant to spread hate and fear, I remind myself that many of these people have not stood up to live and are speaking from their chair – where they have been all of their life.

The bottom line is that when you get up and experience life, you start to gather more insight and knowledge about life. If you’re committed to living a happy and full life, then you gather knowledge on how to do that and why you should do that, and THEN you can sit down and help other people understand why they should do the same.

Knowing that you have the potential to help other people live a happier life will actually boost your happiness and fulfilment in life. So, it’s a win-win!

2. You Stop Worrying About Things That Are Out Of Your Control

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For many people, life is full of worry. Every day there is something else to worry about. Will this happen? Will he be OK? Will she do this? Will it all work out in the end? These are all questions that we ask ourselves when we are not focused on living a happy and fulfilling life.

But, when your commitment is focused on being happy and fulfilled, you start to take control of your life. You start to get up and mold your life into the life you want. And you start to realize that while many things are out of your control, it doesn’t matter in the end because your reaction to things that happen, and how you move forward from them, is completely in your control.

In other words, if something bad happens or if someone doesn’t follow through with what they said, your commitment to being happy and fulfilled will help you choose a positive reaction to those situations and then move forward in a way that is best for you.

Things won’t come crashing down. Your life won’t be worse off because of it. Regardless of what happens, you will have control moving forward – and you will choose to bring positive things into your life thanks to your positive commitment.

3. It Feels Good To Wake Up In The Morning

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If you ever want to pull the covers back over your head in the morning because you don’t want to face the day, then you need to strengthen your commitment to a happy and full life. Why? Because when you are living for happiness and positive experiences, you get excited about your day. You start to realize that today is the only moment you have for living a happy and fulfilled life, so you don’t wake up dreading the day… you wake up excited for what you can do with the day.

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January 19, 2017

14 Chinese Proverbs, Sayings And Quotes You Should Know And Live By

Chinese proverbs, sayings and quotes are some of the wisest pieces of information out there. Chinese philosophers and teachers have always had a way of expressing bits of knowledge in short but concise sayings which we all have the attention span to hear. For instance, Confucius, a Chinese philosopher, created a well-known rule that is taught to kids and adults alike – the Golden Rule. And sometimes those bits of wisdom are compiled into a book like Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, which is one of the most read books by people who want to be more successful and wise in business and in life.

I believe that the following 14 Chinese proverbs, sayings and quotes are all important to know, and once you understand them, you will have a better understanding of how to apply to them to your life – or even how life works at a fundamental level.

1. Always Look For The Lessons In Your Relationships

1There is a rule of thumb that you are a sum of your closest friends, but this quote from Confucius makes it clear that no matter who your closest friends are, there will be one or more of them that have something to teach you.

Personally, I think all three friends will have something to teach you. They may teach you more about who you are, what you like, what you don’t like, what beliefs you want to hold, how to be humble, how to stand up for yourself, and the lessons go on and on.

Every relationship, good or bad, gives you an opportunity to learn something because you are interacting with someone who is different than you and knows things that you don’t or sees the world in a way that you don’t.

The only way to learn is to move outside your scope of vision and peek into someone else’s. So, if you are friends with three people, make sure you look to see what at least one of them (or in my opinion all three) have to teach you!

2. Embrace New Experiences

2Are you looking for a new habit for your daily routine? Or are you actively looking for and embracing new experiences into your life? You should be!

Yes, doing something new means moving out of your comfort zone and doing something that takes some effort and strength – both in body and mind. But think of the rewards you will get!

As this Chinese proverb says, if you don’t experience stuff, you can’t learn stuff. Experiences are where you understand things better, learn more about yourself, have epiphanies about life, and realize what you really want. So, make sure to constantly look for and embrace experiences into your life.

3. Stop Blaming Other People For Your Ugliness

3If you don’t like the person you see in the mirror, then you have nobody to blame but yourself. This Chinese proverb can be extended to every area of life.

For instance, if you are unhappy in your relationship, you can’t blame your partner. You are the one who is allowing the unhappiness to continue in one way or the other. Maybe you are choosing to stay despite your better judgment or maybe you are not trying to make the relationship better.
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January 18, 2017

Vaginal Yeast Infection

Some of the top women’s health issues include cardiovascular diseases, sexual and reproductive health, mental health illnesses and bone density vulnerabilities. Even though men and women have similar risk factors females tend to be at a higher risk due to their anatomy and physiology. Infections and endocrine influence on a woman’s reproductive system is one such distinction between the sexes. The vagina is predominantly an internal structure which is warm and moist. This makes it more susceptible to opportunistic infections. Vaginal yeast is one of the many infections which can colonize the vagina.

Another name for vaginal yeast is Candidiasis. This is a fungal infection caused by yeasts that belong to the genus Candida. We have identified over 20 species of Candida yeasts that can cause infection in humans. Candida albicans is by far the most common species. It is important to note that Candida yeasts normally reside in the intestinal tract and can be found on mucous membranes and skin without causing infection. Whenever there is an excessive growth of colonies of this fungus then there are symptoms of infection if not treated very early may result in significant discomfort.

Symptoms of candidiasis vary depending on the area of the body that is infected:

  1. Oropharyngeal candidiasis occurs in the mouth or throat. It is commonly called thrush.
  2. Vaginal candidiasis occurs on the external and internal areas of the vulvo, vagina and cervix.
  3. Invasive candidiasis describes a systemic infection when candida enters the blood stream. This is an extremely serious condition which is life-threatening.

© Iryna Timonina | Dreamstime Stock PhotosVaginal Yeast Infection

The human body has a built-in mechanism to prevent overgrowth of organisms which are disease forming. The vagina produces a normal discharge which keeps the passage moist and “clean”. This body fluid has antimicrobial property. It is important to note that the amount and consistency of normal discharge varies during a woman’s menstrual cycle. During sexual excitation and sexual intercourse more vaginal discharge is produce to lubricate the vaginal vault.

Common symptoms include:

  • intense itching
  • swelling
  • irritation
  • urinary symptoms
  • vaginal discharge (thin, watery or thick and white)
  • an unpleasant smell (yeast-like)

The itchy tends to be worse at nights. Sexual intercourse at this time tends to be uncomfortable and even painful. There are women who may have no symptoms at all and the diagnosis is incidental on a pap smear report.

According to the Mayo Clinic, 3 out of 4 women will experience a yeast infection at one point in their lives. Once you get a yeast infection, you’re more likely to get another one.

Vaginal yeast infections can be spread by sexual contact, but in general they aren’t considered a sexually transmitted infection. Treatment for yeast infections is relatively simple, depending on their severity.

Other types of Vaginitis

Other organisms and conditions can cause the swelling, irritation and a vaginal discharge. Many clinicians refer to these infection or inflammation of the vagina as “vaginitis”. The most common kinds are:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Reactions or allergies (non-infectious vaginitis)
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Viral vaginitis

It is possible to have more than one type of vaginitis but it is important to differentiate as each type has a specific course of treatment. Diagnosis can be confirmed by the microbiologist who cultures a sample of the discharge for specie identification.

What predisposes a woman to vaginal yeast infections?

The “good bacteria” called lactobacillus helps to keep candida in check in the GI tract, on the skin and in the vaginal vault. However, any condition which disturbs the growth of the lactobacillus will lead to an overgrowth of yeast, which causes the symptoms of vaginal yeast infections.

The imbalance that allows the overgrowth of yeast to happen can be due to:

  • Antibiotics over use or abuse lower the amount of lactobacillus, or good bacteria, in the vagina)
  • Pregnancy changes the balance (pH) of the vaginal fluids
  • uncontrolled diabetes predisposes to fungal infections
  • weak immune system decreases the body’s ability to respond to infections
  • poor diets, including high sugar intake predisposes to fungal overgrowth
  • hormonal imbalance associated with the menstrual cycle
  • stress depresses the body’s natural defense
  • lack of sleep also interferes with the optimal function of the immune response

What are the symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection?

Vaginal yeast infections have a common set of symptoms. Usually the length of time your yeast infection is left untreated has a direct impact on how severe your symptoms are. Frequent symptoms include:

  • itching
  • burning
  • large or small amounts of vaginal discharge, often whitish gray and thick (although there are also times the discharge can be watery)
  • pain during sex
  • soreness
  • rash


How are vaginal yeast infections diagnosed?

A history of the symptoms is sometimes enough to diagnose a vaginal yeast infection. The doctor will ask about the color, appearance and odor of the vaginal discharge. He or she will explore whether or not you have had prior yeast infections or a sexually transmitted infection.

The pelvic examination is then performed. Your doctor will examine the vagina and the surrounding area to see if there are external signs of infection. Using an instrument called a speculum and special lighting the doctor will also examine your vaginal vault and cervix. Depending on what your doctor discovers, they will take a vaginal sample to send to the lab for confirmation. Tests are usually ordered only for women that have yeast infections on a regular basis or for recurrent infections.

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January 8, 2017

Stomach Ulcers

An ulcer is a sore a broken exposed area of the skin or internal lining (mucous membrane) which is slow healing or fails to heal at all. Some common sites for ulcers are mouth, stomach, small intestines and legs.

What is a stomach ulcer?

Ulcers of the gastro-intestinal tract are called peptic ulcers. These peptic ulcers develop on the inside lining of your stomach (Gastric ulcer) and the upper portion of the small intestine (Duodenal ulcer). Stomach pain is the predominant symptom.

 

What causes stomach ulcers?

Peptic ulcers occur when acid in the digestive tract eats away at the inner surface of the stomach or small intestine. The acid can create a painful open sore that may bleed.

The digestive tract is protected from the gastric acid by a coating of mucous membrane. Two conditions can weaken this barrier: 1) an increase in the amount of acid or a decrease in the layer of mucus membrane. Either condition lends itself to the development of an ulcer.

Common causes include:

  • The Helicobacter pylori bacteria which commonly live in the mucous layer that covers and protects tissues that line the stomach and small intestine. Often, the H. pylori bacterium causes no problems, but it can cause inflammation of the stomach’s inner layer, producing an ulcer.

H. pylori may be transmitted from person to person by close contact, such as kissing. People may also contract H. pylori through food and water.

  • Ongoing use or abuse of certain analgesics (pain relievers).
    • Aspirin (ASA)
    • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
      • Ibuprofen
      • Advil
      • Aleve
      • Motrin
      • Naproxen sodium (such as Aleve, Anaprox)

These drugs can irritate or inflame the lining of your stomach and small intestine.  It is therefore not surprising that peptic ulcers are more common in the elderly who take these pain medications frequently or in people who take these medications for osteoarthritis.

There are other medications which when taken with NSAIDs can increase the risk of developing peptic ulcers. They are:

  • steroids
  • anticoagulants
  • low-dose aspirin
  • selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Fosamax (alendronate)
  • Actonel (risedronate)

Risk factors for Peptic Ulcers

There are lifestyle habits which may increase the risk of peptic ulcers if you are also taking medication for pain:

  • Smoking may increase the risk of peptic ulcers in people who are infected with H. pylori.
  • Alcohol can irritate and erode the mucous lining of your stomach, and it increases the amount of stomach acid that’s produced.
  • Sustained mental and physical stress.
  • Spicy foods which irritate the gut.

Alone, these factors do not cause ulcers, but they can make them worse and more difficult to heal.

Complications

There are serious complications which could occur from having an untreated pepti ulcers. Here are a few:

  • Internal bleeding. Bleeding can occur as slow blood loss that leads to anemia or as severe blood loss that may require hospitalization or a blood transfusion. Severe blood loss may cause black or bloody vomit or black or bloody stools.
  • Infection. Peptic ulcers can eat a hole through (perforate) the wall of your stomach or small intestine, putting you at risk of serious infection of your abdominal cavity (peritonitis).
  • Obstruction. Peptic ulcers can lead to swelling, inflammation or scarring that may block passage of food through the digestive tract. A blockage may make you become full easily, vomit and lose weight.

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