What your urine color means

Color of urine indicates your healthy living habits

Why Is My Urine Bright Yellow? Colors Changes and Causes

 

“Why is my urine bright yellow?” is a question that can be answered if the meaning of bright yellow is clear.

This page will explain the full range of possible colors of urine and why they change. If bright yellow means neon yellow, this has a specific cause.

Why does urine turn bright yellow?

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If anyone has concerns about urine, it is recommended that they visit a doctor.

To answer the question of bright yellow urine color, it may help to cover what it means when urine is really fluorescent bright.

Neon yellow urine color signals too much intake of vitamin B, although this is harmless.

What is the normal color for urine?

Urine color is normally pale yellow, but the depth of yellowness can vary healthily.

The yellow color gets darker as the concentration of the urine gets higher. Concentration means the proportion of waste products to water in the urine.

The proportion of waste products to water increases and the urine darkens, as less fluid is taken in. This also happens if more fluid is lost by other means such as sweating.

What gives urine its healthy yellow color?

The yellow color in normal urine comes from a substance known as urochrome. Urochrome is also known as urobilin and is the result of hemoglobin breakdown.

Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that enables oxygen to be taken around the body. Red blood cells are renewed in their millions every day, so old ones must be broken down. The urochrome by-product of this process ends up in the urine as a yellow color.

Urine color indicates hydration level

The yellow color in the urine has long been known to indicate the balance of fluids in the body. It has been only recently that urine color has been proven as a reliable way to monitor hydration during exercise.

People can look at the color of their urine and use it to work out if they have taken in enough fluids or not. Darker shades of yellow suggest that the person may be dehydrated and need water.

Abnormal urine colors and their causes

A range of colors can appear in the urine, and some signal a medical problem. Many of the possible causes are below, but it is not a complete list. There may be other causes of color changes in the urine. It is best for people to take any concerns about urine to a doctor.

Orange urine

Orange urine can be caused by drugs. Examples include the antibiotic rifampicin and the pain-relief drug phenazopyridine, used for urinary bladder pain. Some laxatives and chemotherapy agents can also color the urine orange.

Diet factors behind orange urine include a high intake of carrots, because of a substance called carotene that these vegetables contain. Vitamin C, blackberries, beetroot, or rhubarb can also have an effect.

Red urine

A red color in the urine has a number of causes.

Blood in the urine is one cause, and a reason to see a doctor. Blood in the urine is known as hematuria.

A blood-related condition known as hemoglobinuria can also cause red urine, as can myoglobinuria, which is to do with muscles.

Harmless causes of redness in the urine include beetroot or blackberries in the diet.

Brown urine

Medicines that alter the color of urine to brown include:

  • Antipsychotic drugs such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine) and thioridazine (Mellaril)
  • Antibiotics such as metronidazole (e.g. Flagyl) and nitrofurantoin (e.g. Furadantin)
  • An epilepsy drug called phenytoin (e.g. Dilantin)
  • Sennoside laxatives (Senna-Lax, Senokot)

Deep purple urine

A condition called porphyria causes urine to appear deep purple. Porphyria is a rare metabolic disorder.

Green urine

The urine can turn green because of the following:

  • Drugs and other compounds containing phenol, such as promethazine used for allergy and nausea, and propofol, a drug used in anesthetics
  • Other drugs, including the antidepressant amitriptyline, cimetidine, which reduces stomach acid, and the painkiller indomethacin
  • Dyes, including indigo-blue, indigo carmine used in kidney tests, carbolic acid, and flavin derivatives
  • Biliverdin, a bile pigment
  • Infection with Pseudomonas bacteria

Methylene blue, a dye that has also been used as a drug, can produce a blue-green color to the urine.

Medical journals often publish case reports. These tend to describe unusual cases seen by doctors. One published in 1999 in the journal Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation was entitled, A case of ‘green urine.’

The patient’s green urine was thought to have been caused by a bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. The authors wrote that the illness meant a food color that cannot usually be absorbed was absorbed across the patient’s diseased gut lining.

Other signs to look out for in the urine

Urine can indicate changes in the body in other ways aside from color. How it smells is one way it can change, as is how clear it is.

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Cloudy urine

Cloudy urine can signal a number of possible problems. For women, it could be due to vaginal discharge. Other changes that may cause cloudiness include:

White or milky-looking urine can also be caused by infection. Another cause of this is too much of minerals such as calcium, or too much protein in the urine.

Kidney problems and excess protein can also make the urine foamy. Temporary foaminess is usually a result of an unsteady urine flow. If cloudiness in the urine lasts for more than a few days, a doctor should investigate the cause.

Urine odor

The smell of urine can change. Some changes are harmless, while others are a sign of disease:

  • Eating a lot of asparagus can make the urine smell like rotting cabbage
  • Urinary tract infections can cause the urine to have a foul smell
  • Urine that smells sweet could be a sign of diabetes

When to see a doctor about urine changes

Many of the changes to urine color are temporary or reversed when a certain product or food is no longer used. Most changes are harmless.

It is important to get medical help whenever dehydration is caused by illness, or the person is unable to take in fluids. This is especially important if there is no explanation for the dehydration or it is severe.

Dehydration can be dangerous for anyone, but especially vulnerable people like the very young or old.

A clear flag for getting medical help is red-colored urine. If there is any doubt about what is causing a change in the urine, people should see a doctor.

Some problems that change urine color are rare but serious. A tumor in the urinary tract is one example of a rare cause that needs an urgent diagnosis.

Seeing a doctor is also important if any changes last longer than 2 or 3 days. Further symptoms that cause any concern should also be looked at.

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It is an essential thing for all of us to have knowledge about what the color of our urine means due to the fact that if it indicates a problem we can address it as soon as possible. Our bodies always gives us signs for what is happening to our body whether it is pain or pleasure we just have to look carefully for the signs. These colors are one of the indications our bodies gives us for telling us what we need to check up on.

Benefits of making your own soda water

Did you know how easy and how  important it is to make your own soft drink?

With so many healthy destroying substances, in many things we eat and drink at this age, it is more than vital to ensure you look at alternatives that will not harm your body. One such step is to decrease the buying and intake of soft drinks in store but rather make your own. This will not only make your health better but lessen the blow on your pocket this tough economic times.

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Cancer deaths are seeming to be linked to smoking

Healthy living requires acquiring good habits to increase your lifespan on earth!!

A study from the JAMA internal Medicine reveals that about 28%  of cancer related deaths in US are due ,in large, to smoking. This study was based on people aged above 35 years and older.  The findings also revealed that men had higher percentage of these cancer-smoking related cases.

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It is vital to ensure you know disease related deaths as this knowledge can help you know what to avoid to help minimize the potential life loss through a condition you have. This research looks at the impact one bad habit (smoking) has on a major disease (Cancer) that one has and relates the death to that bad habit. Most major disease are not really a huge problem it is the bad habit that generally amplifies the problem as the study points. We should always remember that good habits are essential for a healthy life.

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Some treatments are not necessary

Healthy living also includes proper treatment analysis

Doctors name treatments that bring little or no benefit

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Women over 45 do not need a blood test to diagnose the menopause and X-rays are no real help to those with lower back pain, doctors have said.

The advice, drawn up by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, features on a list of 40 treatments that bring little or no benefit to patients.

The list is part of a campaign to reduce the number of unnecessary medical treatments.

Patients are also encouraged to ask more questions about procedures.

Medical experts from 11 different specialties were asked to identify five treatments or procedures commonly used in their field that were not always necessary or valuable.

These have been used as part of the Choose Wisely campaign to highlight the need for patients and doctors to talk frankly about how health issues should be treated.

The advice includes:

  • Tap water is just as good for cleaning cuts and grazes as saline solution
  • Small wrist fractures in children do not normally need a plaster cast, and will heal just as quickly with a removable splint
  • Children with bronchiolitis, or breathing problems, usually get better without treatment
  • Electronic monitoring of a baby’s heart is only needed during labour if the mother has a higher-than-normal risk of complications
  • Chemotherapy may be used to relieve symptoms of terminal cancer but it cannot cure the disease and may well bring further distress in the final months of life
  • Routine screening for prostate conditions using a test known as a Prostate Specific Antigen, or PSA test, does not lead to longer life and can bring unnecessary anxiety

The current list of treatments will be added to every year.

The academy says there is evidence that patients often pressure doctors into prescribing or carrying out unnecessary treatments and the NHS is also coming under increasing pressure to reduce over-medicalisation – in other words the medicines and treatments it prescribes.

For some time now, GPs have been advised to cut back on prescribing antibiotics to patients.

The academy says patients should always ask five key questions when seeking treatment.

  1. Do I really need this test, treatment or procedure?
  2. What are the risks or downsides?
  3. What are the possible side-effects?
  4. Are there simpler, safer options?
  5. What will happen if I do nothing?

Prof Dame Sue Bailey, chairwoman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, told the BBC: “Some of these treatments can be quite invasive, time-consuming; there are simpler and as-safe options, so why wouldn’t you?

“Because I think what we’ve got is a culture of ‘we can do something, therefore we should do something’ and we need to stop and reflect and decide what is the best option for the patient in their individual circumstances.”

 

Author’s opinion

This article reveals that the patients has also the full right to take over decisions about his or her body so as to get bad service. This also highlights that the majority of problems ,even high bills, are due to patients actually forcing medical practitioners to do more than their normal treatment.

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Prenatal curing of mental illness

Can Mental Illness Be Prevented In The Womb?

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Every day in the United States, millions of expectant mothers take a prenatal vitamin on the advice of their doctor.

The counsel typically comes with physical health in mind: folic acid to help avoid fetal spinal cord problems; iodine to spur healthy brain development; calcium to be bound like molecular Legos into diminutive baby bones.

But what about a child’s future mental health? Questions about whether ADHD might arise a few years down the road or whether schizophrenia could crop up in young adulthood tend to be overshadowed by more immediate parental anxieties. As a friend with a newborn daughter recently fretted over lunch, “I’m just trying not to drop her!”

Yet much as pediatricians administer childhood vaccines to guard against future infections, some psychiatrists now are thinking about how to shift their treatment-centric discipline toward one that also deals in early prevention.

In 2013, University of Colorado psychiatrist Robert Freedman and colleagues recruited 100 healthy, pregnant women from greater Denver to study whether giving the B vitamin choline during pregnancy would enhance brain growth in the developing fetus.

The moms-to-be were randomly given either a placebo or a form of choline called phosphatidylcholine. Choline itself is broken down by bacteria in the gut; by giving it in this related form the supplement can more effectively be absorbed into the bloodstream.

Those in the treatment group received 3,600 milligrams of phosphatidylcholine in the morning and 2,700 milligrams at night. Since phosphatidylcholine is roughly 13-15 percent choline, the amount the women received was about 900 milligrams of choline a day, twice that recommended by the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies (and about the same amount contained in three large eggs).

After birth, infants were given either 100 milligrams of liquid phosphatidylcholine or placebo once a day for approximately three months. Given that both groups were also getting choline from regular feeding, the dose ensured that those supplemented received well over the Institute of Medicine’s guideline that infants receive at least 125 milligrams a day.

At 5 weeks old, the children were exposed to a series of clicking sounds in the lab while their brain activity was monitored by electroencephalogram, or EEG, a method for recording electrical brain activity via electrodes placed on the scalp. Normally, when exposed to the same sound successively, both infant and adult brains will exhibit “inhibition,” or a far weaker pulse of activity in response to the second sound. We realize that the now familiar tone is insignificant; our brains are unmoved.

However, in some kids this inhibition doesn’t occur — a finding linked with an increased risk for attention problems, social withdrawal and, later in life, schizophrenia.

The results published in 2013 in the American Journal of Psychiatry by Freedman’s group show that 76 percent of newborns whose mothers received choline supplements had normal inhibition to the sound stimuli. The proportion fell to 43 percent in those born to mothers who didn’t get them. It appeared that choline might steer the infant brain away from a developmental course that predicted mental health problems.

A follow-up study at 40 months found that the children who had received choline supplements in utero and after birth had fewer attention problems and less social withdrawal.

Excessive choline consumption — or that over 7,500 milligrams a day — has been associated with drops in blood pressure, sweating, gastrointestinal side effects and a “fishy” body odor. But most diets contain adequate choline, and supplementation to optimal levels poses no known side effects or risk to fetal development, Freedman says.

A genetic theory

One of the first genes to be linked to schizophrenia goes by the catchy name “CHRNA7.” Normally it encodes for a receptor on neurons in the brain that respond to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine as well as nicotine, a transmission essential to normal brain function and cognition. Genetic mutations in the CHRNA7 gene cause decreased levels of the neuronal receptor to be produced in people with schizophrenia.

A light bulb glowed for Freedman.

And the idea, he admits, is rather simple when you think about it: Choline is known to be essential to brain development and function and is also frequently deficient in pregnant women.

Couple these facts with animal and human research by Freedman and his colleagues showing that choline in the amniotic fluid also activates the CHRNA7 receptor in the developing fetal brain.

“It occurred to us that just as folic acid can help overcome defects in brain and spinal cord development, perhaps supplementing mothers with choline could help prevent mental illness,” Freedman recalls. “And now that the children in our study are over 4 years old, we can see that those given the supplement appear to be on a different developmental track, one with fewer mental problems.”

Moreover, though experimental psychosis treatments targeting the CHRNA7 gene and the receptor it codes for are being explored by other researchers, Freedman explains that levels of the receptor peak in the fetal brain and diminish after birth. “We realized the optimal time to try this intervention is during pregnancy,” he says.

Though choline is available in a number of foods — eggs, seafood and liver are particularly rich in the nutrient — Freedman’s work suggests that for many women, dietary sources may be inadequate during pregnancy. Also, prenatal supplements tend not to include it.

In general, evidence-based interventions during pregnancy and early childhood to prevent mental illness are scant. Yet there are some modifiable risk factors that might make a difference, many of which focus on improving maternal wellbeing.

Monk’s own research explores on the impact of an expecting mother’s emotional state on the developing fetus. She and others have shown that stress, depression and anxiety during pregnancy increase a child’s risk for ADHD, conduct disorders and depression later in life. At Columbia, Monk and her colleagues employ a program Practical Resources for Effective Postpartum Parenting, or PREPP, in which pregnant women who are distressed and at high-risk for postpartum depression are counseled and taught coping skills to make pregnancy and parenting more manageable emotionally.

Optimal nutrition, including choline and adequate amounts of zinc and omega-3 fatty acids, may also have developmental and mental health benefits as might avoiding smoking.

The future of funding

Despite incomplete data on choline supplementation, Freedman’s research colleague Dr. Camille Hoffman-Shuler, an obstetrician, sees it as a promising intervention that should continue to be explored.

“Obstetricians and midwives are not widely aware of choline supplementation,” she says. “But I do recommend it to pregnant women, especially if they have other mental health vulnerabilities. And I’d personally want it with a future pregnancy based on existing data.”

Both Freedman and Hoffman-Shuler hope to continue choline research, yet decry the obstacles to securing the money to do it.

“The NIH is currently funding no trials of any intervention in humans during pregnancy to prevent mental illness,” says Freedman, “yet ideally we’d follow these children for another 20 to 25 years to see if they develop mental illness. This is beyond the scope of most imaginable — and fundable — experiments.”

Hoffman-Shuler is prepared to do what it takes. “The hardest part is getting this across to the funding agencies and the public,” she says. But this is a serious public health issue in which prevention during pregnancy is far more preferable to the loss of health and consequences that come with mental illness!”

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Animal to cure our diseases

The creatures could be our only hope for curing some incurable diseases

Tasmanian devil milk fights superbugs

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Milk from Tasmanian devils could offer up a useful weapon against antibiotic-resistant superbugs, according to Australian researchers.

The marsupial’s milk contains important peptides that appear to be able to kill hard-to-treat infections, including MRSA, say the Sydney University team.

Experts believe devils evolved this cocktail to help their young grow stronger.

The scientists are looking to make new treatments that mimic the peptides.

They have scanned the devil’s genetic code to find and recreate the infection-fighting compounds, called cathelicidins.

PhD student Emma Peel, who worked on the research which is published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, said they had found six important peptides.

These appear to be similar to peptides in the milk of other marsupials, which means these animals are worth studying too.

“Tammar wallabies have eight of these peptides and opossums have 12,” she said, adding that studies into koala’s milk had now started.

Dirty devils

Experts believe marsupials are good to study because their babies have to thrive in a relatively dirty environment.

Tasmanian devil mothers give birth after only a few weeks of pregnancy. The tiny offspring then spend the next four months maturing in their mother’s pouch.

The Sydney team recreated the six devil peptides that they found and tested them on 25 types of bacteria and six types of fungi.

One of the synthetic peptides – Saha-CATH5 – appeared to be particularly effective at killing the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA.

 

MRSA

 

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Many people carry MRSA on their skin and inside the nose and throat.

Most of the time, the infection is harmless.

But if it enters the body through an open wound for example, it may cause problems, which is why people staying in hospital are at a higher risk.

MRSA is treatable, but only with a combination of antibiotics that can get round the resistance problem.

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It also appeared to kill another resistant bug, called Vancomycin-resistant enterococcus, as well as fungi, called Candida, which are commonly involved in skin infections.

Experts agree that we urgently need new drugs to fight treatment-resistant infections.

A recent review warned that by 2050, superbugs could kill one person every three seconds across the world unless urgent action was taken.

Dr Richard Stabler, Associate Professor in Molecular Bacteriology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: “We need to do this hunting in unusual places for new antibiotics. People are beginning to explore and find new molecules.”

 

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New science into finding out the functioning of our brains in stressful situations

Army and Tufts study how people think, respond to stress

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The U.S. Army and Tufts University are working together to learn more about how people think and respond under stress.

Their new cognitive sciences center officially opened Tuesday in Medford, Massachusetts. The research aims to help soldiers and civilian first responders, such as firefighters.

Scientists and engineers are figuring out how to measure, predict and enhance people’s cognitive capabilities, so they can better solve problems and remember information in high-stakes environments.

The Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences was jointly founded by the Army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center and Tufts. It’s part of the Tufts School of Engineering.

The center features an immersive virtual reality lab where an individual’s or a team’s neurological, psychological and behavioral responses can be monitored.

A team of soldiers can be placed in a large city environment and told to navigate their way to a meeting point while researchers track how they communicate with one another and distinguish between friends and foes, for example, said Caroline Mahoney, a cognitive science expert for the Army and co-director of the center. Firefighters and SWAT teams will use the lab too.

Mahoney said the center is an innovative collaboration because it brings together military and academic researchers from many different disciplines, from engineering and neuroscience to psychology and robotics.

“People are coming to the table with different backgrounds and expertise to drive innovation,” she said.

Researchers are working with paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division to improve their memory and learning under stress. Holly Taylor, of Tufts, is looking at developing wearable devices that help people learn how they’re oriented in the world, so they’ll navigate better when they take the device off. Taylor, also a co-director of the center, said some people are over-reliant on GPS devices, which can fail or send them into a lake.

Both Taylor and Mahoney said the center’s research could influence the design of equipment and technologies for soldiers and first responders.

Taylor sees broad applications since the work could potentially be useful for anyone in a stressful situation.

 

Author’s opinion

It is evident that research is getting closer and closer in understanding how our brains function. I believe research like this will assist in the understanding the ways the human function as a whole thereby ensuring the better equipping our our brains in industries that require a huge precision to be done like Air traffic control, Pilots and the like. In so doing this will enable us to develop more safer technologies in the coming future. This also brings up the fact that our most important organ that will develop a great future is the one between our ears.

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Vital exercises for healthy living in old people

Older hearts benefit from exercise that is frequent and varied but not intense

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Researchers, who analyzed data from a heart-health study of stroke-free older Americans, conclude that frequent and varied physical activity appears to protect against premature death. However, they found a higher risk of heart-related death among seniors who undertook frequent bouts of high intensity exercise.

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Ying Kuen Cheung, a professor in biostatistics at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York, NY, and colleagues report their findings in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

The team hopes the study will help healthcare providers give better, more specific advice to their older patients on how to stay active and healthy.

According to the American Heart Association, regular exercise has many health benefits for older people.

For example, it can help prevent bone loss and thus reduce the chances of fracture, and it lessens the risk of many aging-related diseases.

Regular exercise also increases muscle strength and can improve balance and coordination, which in turn reduces the risk of falls. It can help older people get up from a chair, do household chores, go out shopping, carry their bags, and generally maintain quality of life and independence.

For their study, Prof. Cheung and colleagues analyzed data on 3,298 stroke-free people from different ethnic groups who took part in the population-based Northern Manhattan Study (NOMAS).

Study looked at dimensions of physical activity

The team wanted to identify which dimensions of leisure-time physical activity might be linked to heart-related premature deaths in older people.

The authors note that previous studies have mostly used overall measures – such as total energy counts – and not looked at specific dimensions of physical activity, such as frequency, variety, and intensity of exercise.

The NOMAS data includes information that helps to evaluate medical, socioeconomic and other risk factors relevant to heart health in a group of people with no history of stroke.

The average age of the participants when they signed up to the study during 1993-2001 was 69 years.

After enrollment, they took part in yearly telephone interviews. The median follow-up was 17 years.

Every year, the participants answered questions about general health, plus frequency, intensity, and types of leisure time physical activity.

Examples of activity included walking, jogging, cycling, gardening, yard work, aerobics, water sports, tennis, golf, and squash.

Frequent, varied, but not intense

From the data, the researchers were able to assess frequency, variety, and intensity of physical activity, and compare them with heart-related and non-specific deaths. For exercise intensity, they used a measure called energy-to-duration ratio (EDR).

The analysis found that higher frequency of activity was linked to reduced rates of heart-related deaths, but it showed no link to non-heart-related deaths.

It also showed higher variety of activity (high number of activity types) appeared to be beneficial in protecting against death from any cause.

However, the team found a high EDR – frequent bouts of high intensity exercise – was linked to higher risk of heart-related deaths.

“Performing frequent and diverse exercise without high intensity in an elderly population such as ours is achievable and can reduce the risk of death,” says Prof. Cheung.

He says taking part in a large number of different activities can be more strongly linked to cardio-respiratory fitness. This could explain why they found variety of exercise appeared to have a protective effect across the board.

“Our findings thus suggest that high frequency of high intensity exercise may undo the benefits of frequent exercise in terms of cardiovascular mortality. Given the ease of participating in low intensity but daily leisure time physical activity, our findings suggest that this can be incorporated in current recommendations provided to older people.”

Prof. Ying Kuen Cheung

Author’s opinion

It is clear why the article points intense/high frequency causes death this is due largely to the fact that the old heart will, all of a sudden, be exposed to high exercise without prior exercises. The varied exercises will be better due to the fact that the heart is use to frequency. This concept is the same as lighting weights, One cannot just immediately lift large weights however they merely have to  first get use to the small weights for the muscles to develop. If the muscle is exposed to large weights the muscle could be damaged. The heart muscle works exactly like that.

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Lead your life with positive thoughts

The importance of positive thinking in leading healthy life

35 Affirmations That Will Change Your Life

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If you believe the phrase you are what you think, then life truly stems from your thoughts. But we cannot rely purely on thoughts; we must translate thoughts into words and eventually into actions in order to manifest our intentions. This means we have to be very careful with our words, choosing to speak only those which work towards our benefit and cultivate our highest good. Affirmations help purify our thoughts and restructure the dynamic of our brains so that we truly begin to think nothing is impossible. The word affirmation comes from the Latin affirmare, originally meaning “to make steady, strengthen.”

Affirmations do indeed strengthen us by helping us believe in the potential of an action we desire to manifest. When we verbally affirm our dreams and ambitions, we are instantly empowered with a deep sense of reassurance that our wishful words will become reality.

Affirmations are proven methods of self-improvement because of their ability to rewire our brains. Much like exercise, they raise the level of feel-good hormones and push our brains to form new clusters of “positive thought” neurons(http://www.arlenetaylor.org/brain-care/953-affirmation). In the sequence of thought-speech-action, affirmations play an integral role by breaking patterns of negative thoughts, negative speech, and, in turn, negative actions.

The art of the spoken word is critical in crafting our futures. As a teacher of spirituality, it is my firm belief that we influence the universe word by word. If we dictate to it our wishes, it will respond. When we utter a sound, we emit a sound wave into the universe. This sound wave pierces through the air and becomes a real object. It therefore exists in our world, intangible and invisible. No words are empty words, as every syllable we speak engages energy towards or against us. If you constantly say “I can’t,” the energy of your words will repel the universal force against you. But if you say “I can!” the universe will endow you with the abilities to do just that. So speak away; relinquish your fears and purge your anger, predict your own future and live up to your potential with the 35 affirmations that will change your life:

1.) I am the architect of my life; I build its foundation and choose its contents.

2.) Today, I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy.

3.) My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant; my soul is tranquil.

4.) I am superior to negative thoughts and low actions.

5.) I have been given endless talents which I begin to utilize today.

6.) I forgive those who have harmed me in my past and peacefully detach from them.

7.) A river of compassion washes away my anger and replaces it with love.

8.) I am guided in my every step by Spirit who leads me towards what I must know and do.

9.) (If you’re married) My marriage is becoming stronger, deeper, and more stable each day.

10.) I possess the qualities needed to be extremely successful.

11.) (For business owners) My business is growing, expanding, and thriving.

12.) Creative energy surges through me and leads me to new and brilliant ideas.

13.) Happiness is a choice. I base my happiness on my own accomplishments and the blessings I’ve been given.

14.) My ability to conquer my challenges is limitless; my potential to succeed is infinite.

15.) (For those who are unemployed) I deserve to be employed and paid well for my time, efforts, and ideas. Each day, I am closer to finding the perfect job for me.

16.) I am courageous and I stand up for myself.

17.) My thoughts are filled with positivity and my life is plentiful with prosperity.

18.) Today, I abandon my old habits and take up new, more positive ones.

19.) Many people look up to me and recognize my worth; I am admired.

20.) I am blessed with an incredible family and wonderful friends.

21.) I acknowledge my own self-worth; my confidence is soaring.

22.) Everything that is happening now is happening for my ultimate good.

23.) I am a powerhouse; I am indestructible.

24.) Though these times are difficult, they are only a short phase of life.

25.) My future is an ideal projection of what I envision now.

26.) My efforts are being supported by the universe; my dreams manifest into reality before my eyes.

27.) (For those who are single) The perfect partner for me is coming into my life sooner than I expect.

28.) I radiate beauty, charm, and grace.

29.) I am conquering my illness; I am defeating it steadily each day.

30.) My obstacles are moving out of my way; my path is carved towards greatness.

31.) I wake up today with strength in my heart and clarity in my mind.

32.) My fears of tomorrow are simply melting away.

33.) I am at peace with all that has happened, is happening, and will happen.

34.) My nature is Divine; I am a spiritual being.

35.) My life is just beginning.

You can utilize any of these affirmations alone or create your own unique combination based on your personal wishes and needs. What is most important is to establish a profound communication with the universe — so say it with conviction, say it in your own unique voice, and make it happen in the real world.

Affirming my love,
Dr. Carmen Harra

Author’s opinion

Affirmations are a great way to ensure your life is filled with positivity. However the affirmations will never work for you if you firstly do not persist and doing them on a regular basis and secondly if you do not follow up the affirmations with action. What I have found is that affirmation work well if you align them with daily action plans that are aligned with those particular words. Most people may say affirmations do not work, This is because most people have an attitude of giving up too early and they do not believe in the words they are speaking out. Émile Coué, the French physholgist andt pharmacist introduced a optimistic autosuggestion  to help heal people of their problems many were healed and also many were not, why? It all boils down to belief. Remember belief in your thoughts and word constanly and putting action are essentials that is important to make your life change.

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