Best Fitness Tracker Review

On June  6th  of  this  year,  I published  an  article  regarding  the  value  of  using  a fitness  tracker.

After much  research,  I was comfortable recommending one particular tracker called Kungix  Activity Tracker,  which has a lot of features and is available for purchase on Amazon at a very low price of only $39.99 CAD with free delivery.

It also comes in a choice of colors and is waterproof.

Why You Should Get a Fitness Tracker

The tracker links with any iPhone iOS 8.0 & above OR Android 4 & above using the very popular VeryFitPro app, which is available for free from the Internet app stores.

In fact, I was so impressed with the apparent value of this tracker that I decided to order one for myself to try.

I have now used it for only a few weeks but can honestly say that I am very impressed, not only with the quality but with  all it can do, and do with accuracy.

The multi features of the Kungix  Activity Tracker,along with the many favorable user reviews are noted on the order site in Amazon and do not require repeating here.

The reviewers did rate the product over four stars on an average, and most seem to be impressed with the fact that the tracker  can track heart  rate as well as  sleep time and quality of sleep

Many also liked the fact that it charges quickly and will keep a charge for up to a week. 

 By coincidence, just yesterday I received an email from someone wanting to send me a new fitness tracker free of charge, provided I would pay the S&H of just under $30 USD.     He said that  the value of the tracker was $250,  but I noted that it was not even waterproof.

What was ironic about that, even if I did not already have one and had gone for the offer, was that after paying the  S&H in Canadian dollars, it would have cost me more than I already paid to Amazon for the fitness tracker that I have.

It is not even necessary to join Amazon Prime to get free shipping on this item!   

Why You Should Get a Fitness TrackerThings that  my new fitness tracker has already taught me are:

  •  I need to get more quality sleep at night.
  • Because it  records and averages bpm both day and night, I can see that I am doing well in that department.

As an encouragement to give this fitness tracker a try for yourself or as a gift to a friend or relative, if you order one here I would like to add a little bonus for you. 

If you will email me at my contact email found in the “Contact” tab of my site menu bar, when you get your receipt from Amazon, I would like to send you a brief article I posted years ago on this blog site, entitled ‘Top 6 Fitness Tips To Get You In Perfect Shape”

To this day I still consider it to be one of my favorite articles, and I would like for you to have it.

Please feel free to comment or ask questions

 

What Causes Snoring When You Sleep? (Can It Be Prevented?)

Do you snore? Or do you sleep with someone who does? If  either is true you have probably often wondered what causes snoring when you sleep and if it can be prevented.

Not only does snoring make you sound as though you’re cutting wood with a chainsaw – hence the term “sawing logs” – but it can also be dangerous.

What Causes Snoring (And Can It Be Prevented)?

 Whether you snore or you know someone who does, here are some of the possible causes of snoring and a few solutions so that you can alleviate the problem for good.

What Causes Snoring?

In many cases snoring is caused by one or more of the following problems:

• An anatomical defect, such as a narrow breathing passage

• A tongue or jaw that is positioned too far back and closes off the airway

• Larger than average tonsils

• A bulky uvula (the part that hangs down in the back of your throat)

• Too much fat tissue blocking your airway

Other causes of snoring include being overweight, allergies or deformities of the cartilage of the nose.

In addition to biological factors, there are a few lifestyle choices that can also contribute to snoring.

Smoking, drinking alcohol and taking certain medications can cause a person to snore, even if they weren’t prone to otherwise.  Even if these causes were not harmful in themselves, it’s still annoying for anyone sleeping near you.

There is one cause of snoring that isn’t so harmless, and that’s when you suffer from sleep apnea.

What is Sleep Apnea?  What Causes Snoring (And Can It Be Prevented)?

Some people who experience sleep apnea  quit breathing for only  a second or two.

But then there are those cases where people stop breathing for several long minutes. That’s when things can take a turn for the worse.

What is really frightening is that some sufferers of the condition experience traumatic sleep disturbance several times during the night, sometimes over 30 times an hour.

Sleep apnea not only keeps you from resting properly, but it can wreak havoc on your entire day. You’ll wake up groggy, and you may find yourself falling asleep at odd times during your daylight hours.

It increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes and many other illnesses.

If you have a job, like construction, truck driver or pilot, you will certainly want to get tested for sleep apnea right away so that you don’t put yourself or anyone else in danger.

What Causes Snoring (And Can It Be Prevented)?

Unfortunately, many people who suffer from sleep apnea are never diagnosed.

But what if you want to get diagnosed?  What can you do?

How Do You Know If You Have Sleep Apnea?

If you are wondering if someone you know is suffering from the condition, listen carefully as he or she sleeps. You’ll hear the person wake up suddenly with a loud snort or inhale as they struggle to breathe.

If you fear that you might be suffering from the condition, have someone listen to you while you sleep to see if you do the same thing.

Of course, there are more scientific ways of finding out if you are suffering from this debilitating disorder.

Testing for Sleep Apnea

What Causes Snoring (And Can It Be Prevented)?

To get to the bottom of your snoring condition and to test for sleep apnea, you might want to ask your physician to refer you to a sleep clinic.

An alternative is to ask your dental professional about a home test.

The Medibyte Machine

The Medibyte is a portable polysomnography (PSG) machine that can test for sleep apnea.

You will be given the machine to take home with you. While you sleep, the machine will test for things like apneic events, pulse rate, oxygen levels, sleeping positions and your snoring volume.

Many people prefer this because they can sleep in the comfort and privacy of their own bed and home. However, only a physician can diagnose sleep apnea but a dentist can use a portable PSG device to establish a baseline of their sleep behavior so treatment can be adjusted and verified.

Oral appliances made by a dentist are a great way to treat snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. They can be adjusted as needed and are a wonderful alternative to a CPAP machine.

How to Alleviate Snoring

If you snore, or you suspect that you do  (others have told you), you can try to diminish the problem by:

• Losing weight

• Avoiding cigarettes and alcohol before bed

• Trying to rest on your side as opposed to your back to prevent your tongue from blocking your airway.

You can also get fitted for a custom oral appliance that can be made to hold the lower jaw forward so that your tongue can’t block your airway.

Many patients prefer this type of appliance because it feels much more comfortable than the traditional CPAP machine, which has long been used to treat patients with sleep apnea.

If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, take a sleep apnea questionnaire, then make an appointment with a dentist.

What Causes Snoring (And Can It Be Prevented)?

By eliminating snoring and by getting help with your sleep apnea, you’ll successfully restore your sleep and improve the quality of your life.

Any comments or questions?

Medications For Pain Relief Is Not The Solution — What Are The Alternatives?

There is a countless number of people suffering from pain, which has also a negative impact on the quality of life. So the question is what to do about this nagging pain that just never goes away.  What is the medical solution for pain?   Do we turn to medications for pain relief? 

Medication For Pain Is Not The Solution - What Are The Alternatives?

So if you do go to see a doctor, he/she will more than likely subscribe some pain-killing medication, which is not a cure but may only take away the symptom.

Prescription pain pills have a track record of causing serious health complications and even death if taken over a long period of time, especially by older people.

Studies have shown that long-term and strong dosage of products like naproxen, ibuprofen and even aspirin can have side effects including liver and kidney damage, ulcers, increased heart attack risk, to name just some of them.

There is not much available in pain management.  People who suffer severe pain are effectively convinced that their only option is to take a dangerous pain killing medication for as long as it takes.

Not so long ago a painkiller vioxx was being approved as safe by the authorities,  but actually, over time, claimed thousands of lives before being removed from the market.  Or more politely put on a voluntary withdrawal from the market due to safety.

There are many dark sides of pain-killing medications and we will never know the full consequences of them.

One of the most common of the pain related illnesses is inflammation.  Signs include joint pain, lower back pain, swelling, heat etc. 

Arthritis related conditions are also mainly disorders of the muscles and joints that cause pain and stiffness in the arms, neck and shoulders.

For children and teens it is not uncommon to suffer from  heat related illness and pain.  Heat cramps is a heat related illness that results in painful muscles.

Heat exhaustion is often more severe than heat cramps. This can be caused by strong sport activities and over exhaustion.

Marijuana is already legalized in some places. This type of drug is becoming more popular as time goes on.

Medication For Pain Is Not The Solution - What Are The Alternatives?The marijuana plant has chemicals that can help to treat a range of illnesses.  It is already being used to decrease pain, inflammation and many muscle problems.

  It has been used very successfully for the treatment of epileptic seizures, with great relief for so many sufferers.

Medical marijuana overall has shown to have many health benefits.  According to surveys and research, marijuana is less dangerous, and not as addictive, as are many other prescription drugs on the market.

Of course there will always be some who will choose for a variety of reasons not to become in any way involved with marijuana in any form.

To reduce pain with carotenoids you can eat dark green vegetables, such as spinach, kale, mustard greens, or turnip, squash, carrots, sweet potato, just to mention a few.

Using strong antioxidants such as astaxathin is a natural carotenoid which is a potent inflammation and pain fighter.  Increase the intake of astaxathin as in salmon, red trout, red sea bream, lobster, shrimp, crab,etc.  These are just some to choose from.

Medication For Pain Is Not The Solution - What Are The Alternatives?The omega 3 fats found in krill oil are extremely effective at combating joint pain and inflammation.  Omega 3 from krill oil absorbs faster than those found in fish oil and is by far more potent.

Natural pain solutions can really work. There are constant remarkable discoveries about natural ways to lessen or reduce pain.

This goes far beyond what any other prescription pain-killer drug can do.  With natural pain solutions there are no negative side effects, with the exception that they will take longer to produce any effect than pain-killers.

Because there is no immediate improvement people often think that these natural pain solutions are not working and give up.

Yes the natural healing process takes longer, like a cut on a finger or hand, it will take its time to be healed by the body.

Healing time for pain is similar.  It becomes a healing process, unlike pain-killers which only suppress the symptom but do not heal the core problem.

Generally speaking,  people are becoming more aware all the time about the health risks of medications for pain.  But, because pain can sometimes be impossible to tolerate, we tend to seek relief as quick as possible with a pill.

Medication For Pain Is Not The Solution - What Are The Alternatives?

As a short-term solution there may not be much harm done but we know most pain will persist, therefore it is most crucial to change to an alternative solution for a proper long term healing process.

Your comments or experiences regarding this are welcome here.

 

The Difference Between Headache and Migraine

Headaches and migraines can vary greatly in severity, and each can create debilitating problems for the sufferer.  The major difference between headache and migraine are the causes, symptoms experienced, and the different ways that they are treated.

Although it is not uncommon for people to refer to a severe headache as a migraine, a migraine presents with much different symptoms than does a run of the mill headache.

The Difference Between Headaches and Migraines

A headache is simply a pain located in any area of the head or upper neck. More often than not, the pain experienced during a headache is not very severe and does not interrupt one’s daily routine.

There can be a few warning signs that a headache is coming on, including; a tingling sensation or pain in the area of the eye(s), tingling of the scalp, neck pain, and a throbbing without pain in the head.

Headaches can be caused by a variety of factors, and symptoms can vary greatly from one person to another. Following is a list of some common headache causing factors:

  • Stress
  • Tension
  • Hunger
  • Alcohol
  • Dehydration
  • Erratic sleep patterns
  • Preservatives and other food additives

Although these may be some of the common causes of headaches, illness and medications can also be a contributing factor.

Migraine headaches are much different than everyday headaches, and they can come on suddenly and seemingly without any reason at all. They have been described as an intense pulsating or throbbing sensation in one particular area of the head that comes and goes with repeat episodes, or attacks.

They can also  be accompanied by an extreme sensitivity to light and nausea and/or vomiting, and each episode can last up to several hours or even several days.

 

 

Migraine attacks can be so debilitating that the sufferer may only gain relief by finding a dark, quiet place in which to lie down and rest.

Other common migraine symptoms include:

  • Neck Pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Pain in the temples
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Seeing flashes of light or auras
  • Tingling sensations in the extremities, even numbness

The exact causes of migraine headaches are still not very well understood, but it is believed that genetics and environmental factors may play a significant role.

The Difference Between Headaches and Migraines

Regardless of the exact mechanism of migraines, there do seem to be some common migraine triggers, including:

  • Stress
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Smoking
  • Allergies
  • Bright lights
  • Certain smells
  • Skipping meals
  • Menstrual cycles
  • Physical exertion
  • Environmental changes
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Bright lights and sun glare
  • Hormonal changes in women
  • Certain foods and/or food additives
  • Medications (such as oral contraceptives)

There are many treatments and drugs available to headache and migraine sufferers, but some of the most effective are to be found among the list of natural remedies for headaches, including:

  • Acupuncture
  • Scalp massage
  • Regular exercise
  • Dietary regulation
  • Proper sleeping position
  • Regulation of sleep schedule
  • Reading under sufficient lighting
  • Vitamin and mineral supplements
  • Chinese herbal formulations and teas
  • Abstinence from unhealthy lifestyle habits
  • Acupressure & Tui na Chinese medical massage

If you are experiencing frequent headaches , migraines, or any other chronic and/or severe pain, you could try consulting your local acupuncturist.

Do you have any comments or observations you would like to add?

 

How To Reduce The Risk Of Heart Disease

Especially as we age the question becomes more prevalent as to how to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Do YOU know?   Most people do not have any idea that the common things we use in our daily life can also do heart disease prevention.

Heart disease is one of the diseases which can endanger a person’s life all of a sudden as in  a heart attack or heart failure. There are hundreds of reasons for a sudden heart failure in people no matter what age they are.

Chocolate!

Chocolate Can Do Wonders to Reduce Heart Disease

It may come as a surprise that one of the most commonly used benefit is the delicious chocolate used by almost every  human being at least once in a month in one form or another.  If people realized about  how important this  ingredient really was they would definitely increase its usage.

Doctors have been known to recommend people to consume chocolate on a daily basis in any form to prevent cardiac diseases.

Dark Chocolate is recommended,  since it contains large amount of nutrients which are good for a person’s health.  It contains antioxidants which help reduce heart diseases.  It also has abundance of fiber, magnesium, iron and potassium, all of which can contribute to heart disease prevention.

Knowing about this is very important these days, since heart disease is widespread throughout almost every country in the world.

Chocolate maintains a good blood flow

One of the most important reasons for using chocolate for heart problem prevention is its ability to aid  blood flow in a person’s body. In aiding the blood flow, it also lowers blood pressure. High blood pressure can, or course, become one of the main causes of  a heart attack.

Chocolate Can Do Wonders to Reduce Heart Disease

The anti-oxidation elements in Cocoa restricts cholesterol from  accumulating in the arteries, which can also become  another big cause of  a heart attack.

In this modern world, cocoa is considered as a medicine, to ensure better cardiovascular health.  It does not only have a magnificent taste but it has large health benefits for the human body.

People should use a  diet  which reduces heart disease risk and contributes to heart disease prevention and treatment. People should always follow heart disease prevention tips to avoid cardiovascular mishaps in their body.

Other ways to reduce risk

The smooth functioning of a human body is essential for a health filled life,and smooth blood circulation  is a sign of a smoothly functioning heart.

Reduce heart disease through intake of healthy foods

Being over weight does not help to reduce heart problems, but on the contrary, may contribute to them.  People who are overweight are more prone to experience  heart disease, which can become deadly if not taken care of properly through right heart disease prevention tips.

In most of the cases, a doctors’ recommendations will include the reduction of weight in the heart disease treatment along with the following recommendations.:

• The patients with heart diseases should follow a healthy diet including rich amounts of whole grains such as found in brown rice and bread.

• Olive Oil should be made a significant ingredient of the food.

• He/she should eat sea food on a regular basis instead of only red meat which is not so healthy for humans if consumed in abundance.

• There are many brands available which offer low fat or fat-free dairy products.  One should make the low fat eatables an important food on a regular basis.

• Large amounts of sodium in food should be avoided.

• Fruits should be taken in abundance.

• Fried food should be avoided where possible, and preferably grilled or steamed food should be eaten instead.

Exercise contributes to a healthy life!

Chocolate Can Do Wonders to Reduce Heart Disease

Not only healthy foods but there are many exercises which a person can do to help. Doing exercise on a daily basis, keeping your body fit and used to stressful activity can help a lot in dealing with cardiac diseases and coping with them on a long term basis.

What is a  heart made up of? It is made up of muscles which need to stretch and exercise all the time. When a person exercises, his/her heart has to increase  blood flow to all parts of the body which in turn causes it to  start functioning with greater efficiency. This in turn will cause the heart  to live longer.

Exercise on a regular basis is very important for burning calories and decreasing the amount of accumulated cholesterol.  Also, exercise keeps the heart flexible in it’s job of pumping blood and helps to keep the blood pressure normal.

Doctors recommend that every person should exercise for at least 30 minutes daily to keep the body fit and healthy. Yoga and jogging at an appropriate rate of running is considered good for heart disease prevention as well as treatment.

A healthy heart burns off your stress and makes you sleep better which ultimately results in a healthy and fit life.

These heart disease prevention tips should be adopted in everyone’s life in order to live longer.

Please leave your questions or comments.

Body Cleansing Detoxification

In this article we will attempt to give an unbiased presentation of  the various views regarding  body cleansing detoxification. The purpose of this alternative medical technique is to rid your body of toxins.

The theory behind this is that toxins accumulate in your body from things such as overly processed food and pollution. Those who support this treatment claim that using body cleansing detoxification on your body is like what an oil change is to your car.

Body Cleansing Detoxification

The scientific  community does not generally support body detoxification even though there are many testimonies that can be found by satisfied people who have detoxed their body.

It is also not supported by mainstream medicine because they say that your body will naturally detoxify itself using your liver and kidneys.  They  may maintain that any other  toxins have not been proven to cause harm or to even exist.

The supporters of detoxification believe that this toxic build-up is the primary cause of many common medical symptoms such as gas, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome.

Other medical conditions such as skin problems, mood swings, and fatigue has also been reportedly helped or cured by body cleansing detoxification.

Some even feel that cancer may come from the toxins that are left in your body for months, even years and  that the toxins that are out there in our present world contribute to a much higher level of toxicity than what was once experienced.

Body Cleansing Detoxification

The origin of this type of detoxification began in Greece and Egypt. They believed that when they ingested food it became trapped in certain parts of their body. They believed that the trapped food then began to rot and become toxic.

There is a variety of detoxification methods that a person can use. Some are directed toward a specific organ such as the liver cleanse or colon cleanse. Others are aimed at ridding your body of specific toxins like a mercury detox or heavy metal detox.

There are many products available that require assistance from a trained physician or you can do at home.

It is often recommended that in order to prevent any complications, a body cleanse detoxification procedure should be supervised by a consultation with your physician.

There is a detoxification diets that you can do at home and two of the more common types are the elimination and fasting diets.

The theory behind these detoxification diets is that your body will be forced to burn any excess fat, which is a popular storage space for any toxins.

Body Cleansing Detoxification

Once all the excessive fat is burned these toxins will be released into your blood stream. They will then go out of your body via the lungs, colon, or bladder.

When doing a colon cleansing you can have it done at your physician’s office or at home.

The type of body cleanse detoxification that is said to detoxify your liver and kidneys along with the colon is an enema.

You can also detoxify your colon by using herbal supplements. These herbal supplements are supposed to scrape your intestinal lining clean of any fecal matter that has built up.  We may address these more fully next week.

You are welcome to share your thoughts on any of these points of view, or to share your own experience.

6 Alarming Signs of Heart Disease

Modern lifestyle and day to day stress has made heart diseases one of the leading health risks people face today. This article will outline just some of the signs of heart disease.

In addition, heart disease  can comprise of:

  • Arrhythmia
  • Angina
  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Heart failure
  • Infections related to heart

Most people think that the symptoms of heart disease are obvious, such as a sudden crushing feeling in the chest and shooting pains down the arms, followed by a fall to the floor.

6 Alarming Signs of Heart Disease

But you may develop heart disease without even knowing it, as some heart symptoms don't even happen in your chest.

Knowing the hidden signs of heart disease is crucial to get early treatment and prevent more serious health issues.

Thus, we have put together this quick guide to six of the most alarming hidden signs with their medical reasons which signifies that all is not well with your ticker.

  1. Light headedness and dizziness

Random dizziness or feeling faint can signpost the problems like an irregular heart rhythm or even a heart attack

Medical Reason- Drop in Blood pressure or an abnormal heart rate can cause reduced blood supply to the brain.

  1. Reduced tolerance to exercise

Struggling with physical activities that you previously found easy could be an indication that your heart is struggling.

Medical Reason- When your heart becomes unhealthy, it is less effective at pumping oxygen-rich blood to your muscles, and so physical activity becomes harder.

  1. Spontaneous sweating

6 Alarming Signs of Heart DiseasePerspiring at random moments, like while sitting or relaxing, could be an indication of heart disease.

Medical Reason- Heart problem can result in over-activation of the sympathetic nervous system which can make you sweat at unexpected times.

  1. Memory Loss

Memory loss and befuddled thinking is an understated sign, might first be noticed by friends or family before you do.

Medical Reason- Heart problem may cause restricted blood flow to the brain leading to injury to the brain cells resulting in memory loss.

  1. Swelling in feet

Your feet might feel sore and visibly swollen with no obvious explanation. This may go together with sudden weight gain.

Medical Reason- If your heart is not pumping well, the blood returning to the heart gets backed up causing the fluid to accumulate in the tissues of your legs, ankles and feet.

  1. Non-chest pain6 Alarming Signs of Heart Disease

Chest pain is not the only sign of a heart problem. The pain can also be felt in shoulders, arms, elbows, jaw or neck.

Medical Reason-It is termed "referred pain", i.e. a person feels pain in an area away from the actual source of the pain. This can occur when strong pain stimulus running along nerves overpower nearby nerves, causing pain to be felt elsewhere.

Prevention remains the best cure, whether you have symptoms or not. So, follow simple rules like no smoking, eat good, do exercise, stay healthy and your heart will remain healthy.

Please leave comments or questions below.

Body Cleanse Detox Naturally

For anyone new to cleansing even the thought of a body cleanse detox naturally can seem a little scary.

And yet, when the season shifts to lighter mornings and warmer days (not that we have had much of those lately), you may start thinking about some sort of cleansing, whether it’s for your home or your cars.

So how about your body?

5 Steps to a Mini Summer Detox

There is definitely something positive about moving from the heaviness of comforting heavy foods to lighter cleansing nourishing foods.  Not only that, there is more to choose from because the onset of summer means more ripe produce.

To kick-start the cleansing process, it’s always a good idea to start lightening up your diet.  As well as fruit and vegetables, add lots of dark green leafy vegetation.

The best way to eat these is in the form of fresh vegetable juices and smoothies, particularly if you are not used to eating fruit and vegetables.  Most people enjoy smoothies and juices.

Ease up on processed foods, sugar, caffeine and alcohol.

When you start eating lighter, you will feel the difference. Other bonuses include clear skin, much less bloating, better sleep and far more energy than you know what to do with!

Your challenge for the next seven days:

Swap your usual breakfast for a freshly made smoothie.

5 Steps to a Mini Summer Detox

You can either make it yourself, which in that case, use 60% greens such as spinach and 40% fruit. Use no more than two fruits. Blend with a little water or 50% water and 50% pure fresh juice, if you prefer it a little sweeter. Coconut water is wonderful too.

Alternatively, your local juice bar can make you one fresh. Ensure you ask the server to add greens if they have some available. Green smoothies may look weird, but the greens will not affect the taste.

Cut back or cut out tea and coffee and opt for herbal teas, pure water or alternative coffees such as barley, dandelion or chicory.Try something different each time until you find something you really like.

Tip: Get samples where possible!

Check out how you look and feel at the end of the week.

Watch out for headaches and feeling generally unwell.  Believe it or not, this is a good sign. Of course, if you feel really unwell, it could be a sign that you are either really toxic or the detox has brought out something that was already there. If that is the case, stop everything.

With the general yucky feeling, don’t give up.  Rest assured these feelings will not last very long.  Just know it can happen. It’s called a healing crisis. You may have heard of it before.  It is true despite reservations from medical doctors.

5 Steps to a Mini Summer Detox

Your body has to push out the toxins via the cells, so yes, it is possible to feel bad before you feel good. If it does happen, you will feel terrific when you come out the other side.

Anyone have any  questions or comment?

Does Stress Affect Your Health?

The question is,”Does stress affect your health”?   If you have elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure and or belly fat you need to read this article.

It will help you understand why taking medication is not the only answer or choice to reducing cholesterol.  I will share with you a general understanding of how stress drives up cholesterol, blood pressure and belly fat.

How Stress Drives Up Cholesterol, BP and Belly Fat - What to Do About It - It's Not Drugs

Elevated cholesterol is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and a big concern for many. The first question to ask is ” where does cholesterol come from”?

Research shows, 15-30% of the total blood cholesterol comes from your diet depending on what you eat.

Over the last 25 years or so there has been a huge public awareness campaign for people to stop eating cholesterol.  So we see food packages with a “no cholesterol” label.

And here is a key finding… many have actually reduced their cholesterol intake yet they may still have elevated cholesterol in their blood. How is this happening?

Your body makes cholesterol in the liver and this may account for some 70-85% of the total cholesterol in your blood.

So even if you eat zero cholesterol your body would make all it needs in the liver.How Stress Drives Up Cholesterol, BP and Belly Fat - What to Do About It - It's Not Drugs

A smart question to ask is “why is my body making cholesterol”?

What is stimulating it to produce it and an even better question would be “how can I slow it down”?   What is becoming very clear in the research is that one of the strongest stimuli on the liver to produce cholesterol is… insulin!

Yes that’s the hormone involved in blood sugar management.

Insulin is a very powerful stimulus that tells the body to store energy and produce cholesterol. In the liver it turns on enzymes that produce cholesterol. Insulin also stimulates the liver to make more LDL the “bad” cholesterol.

Now you are probable asking, “what makes my insulin levels go up”?

Great question. One of the biggest components is your diet and specifically your intake of the sugar spiking foods. We call these the High Glycemic foods.

It can also be the excessive intake of carbohydrates which as a society we take in way too many.

Nutrient insufficiencies can also contribute to “insulin resistance”.

This means the insulin receptors that help bring down blood sugar don’t work quite right, so the body compensates and produces more insulin to get the job done, and to drive the sugar into the cells.

There are also other factors at play that alter your physiology to increase insulin.

One very key player is lack of sleep.

Reducing your sleep from 8 hours to just 6 hours a night for 7 days can greatly increase your insulin production. (It will also increase hormones that make you eat more as well, and reduce your satiety so you don’t feel full and keep eating.)

And finally the elevated stress hormone, which is called cortisol, also drives up insulin in turn driving up cholesterol production.

Cortisol elevates blood sugar and insulin reduces it, thus they work in opposition. Chronic stress drives up insulin, which in turn drives up cholesterol production.

It is also interesting to note that lack of sleep also greatly drives up cortisol levels and feeds forward this cycle. Cortisol also directly acts directly on the liver to increase cholesterol production.

How Stress Drives Up Cholesterol, BP and Belly Fat - What to Do About It - It's Not Drugs

The story doesn’t stop here.

It has been know for a long time that elevated blood pressure is part of the “ticking time bomb” of cardiovascular disease.

It is not uncommon for many to have elevated cholesterol and elevated blood pressure and maybe even belly fat at the same time.

Insulin also working through multiple mechanisms contributes to “vascular inflammation” which is what drives up blood pressure (BP). And chronic stress also causes elevated blood pressure directly.

Earlier it was stated that insulin promotes storage of fat.

It does this everywhere on the body including the belly area. The fat tissue around your organs is unique in that it has high levels of cortisol receptors. What this means to you is…

when you are chronically stressed, your fat cells are continually getting the signal to “store fat”.

The external “symptom” is that you gain belly fat. It is a sign that your physiology is out of balance and has been for a while.  Simply cutting calories is not the answer to reducing belly fat.

It is vital to understand that belly fat sits in you not on you.

It sits deep within your abdominal area around your organs where it causes damage. It is the most dangerous type of fat.

There is a condition called Metabolic Syndrome which to simplify we could say is kind of like “pre-diabetes”.

Some of the “symptoms” include elevated blood pressure and or cholesterol, and or elevated LDL and low HDL and belly fat.  Can you see how these pieces of the puzzle work together to give or take away your health?

Elevated cholesterol is not your problem.

Your out of balance physiology which is driving up cholesterol production is.  And that’s most likely due to your lifestyle.

You have complete control over these factors! As a matter of fact, believe it or not, the major governing bodies that recommend treatment to doctors recommend diet and lifestyle before medications!

Now, you could use medications (statin drugs) to bring down your cholesterol.

And they can do that, but they do have some negative effects associated with them, including muscle pain and fatigue.

Or you could work “upstream” and take actions which give you direct control and which directly target the root cause of your elevated cholesterol (and other risk factors!). What’s your choice?

Some key solutions include:

Improving the amount of your sleep to the recommended eight hours per night.

Focus on reducing stress in all the different areas of your life (workplace, home life, life purpose, mission, direction, reducing sources of inflammation, financial stress, etc) .

How Stress Drives Up Cholesterol, BP and Belly Fat - What to Do About It - It's Not Drugs

And also key is reducing your intake of high glycemic carbohydrates.

It is important to reduce intake of “liquid candy” and boost your diet with key nutrients to overcome any shortfalls (multi vitamin-mineral).

Increasing both soluble and insoluble fibers: 

This will help to stabilize blood sugar, reduce insulin as well as bind cholesterol before it enters your blood which all bring cholesterol down.

I can also strongly recommend and encourage you to move more.

Can you move more for fun, joy purpose and socialization?  Of course you can.

Exercise helps tire one out so we sleep better.  It works better than any medication to improve insulin resistance and lower insulin levels.

It also  helps “burn” stress and fat and it gives our bodies muscle tone which is sexy! NICE. We did it as kids and we can do it as adults.

I hope this article serves you well and shows you how stress drives up your cholesterol, BP and belly fat. I also hope it empowers you to take control of your health.

Please feel free to comment or ask questions.

Natural Sound Sleep!

Natural sound sleep is something we all need, but are you one who easily gets to sleep, then you wake up at some point and cannot get back to sleep?

Or do you struggle to fall asleep, staying awake late into the night?

We take sleep for granted, assuming it will just happen… until it doesn’t.

The frustration of feeling tired more often than energetic is a growing problem that requires attention beyond medication.

Sound Sleep!

If you are ready to improve your sleep then consider implementing the following five steps.

 

  1.  Create a dark sleeping space.

Add room darkening curtains and remove any visible light from clocks or electronics.

You might also consider adding smart technology with LEDs for your bedside lamp that transition from energizing white light in the morning to calming, subdued orange light before bedtime.

 

2.  Establish a bedtime routine.

At least 30 minutes or more before sleeping, turn off all electronic devices: computer, TV, e-readers (Kindle, Nook or other), cell phone or any other device you use to “fall asleep” – the blue light emitted from each of these is actually stimulating brain waves to keep active.

Even if you fall asleep, your brain activity does not support a sound sleep, only a restless one. Turn it all off; anything truly important will be there tomorrow when you have more energy to be more efficient.

 

3.  Drink water.

Sound Sleep!

Optimal hydration is required for your body to help you sleep soundly!

Fatigue, headache, and food cravings are often a signal of dehydration, so drink more water. However, the water your body requires needs to be ingested during the activity of your day. Stop drinking any water or other beverage at least 1 hour before sleeping.

Do not keep a glass of water available to drink during the night. When you drink anything before bed or during the night you give your body permission to wake you up to use the bathroom.

Create a water intake habit that is met during waking hours. Aim to drink a minimum of 60+ ounces of water daily, or up to half your total body weight in ounces.

 

4.  Eat more vegetables.

Nutrition is a primary tool for getting your body to sleep more soundly.

Increased sugar or caffeine during the day will deplete nutritional reserves needed for digestive activity and sound sleep. Your body needs you to eat more vegetables and leafy greens rich in fiber and antioxidants.

These critical nutrients support your physical body to optimize your body’s metabolism.  All the colors of vegetables support digestive processes that reduce inflammation, improve nutrient absorption, and deliver more hours of restful sleep, greater energy during your waking hours.

Eat a minimum of 4 fist-sized servings of vegetables daily.

 

5.  Practice gratitude, mindfulness.

The purpose of all of these previous suggestions is to teach your body to let go of accumulated stress.

Consider breathing techniques or practice mindfulness options as a way to train your mind to embrace a still point for helping you to relax muscles and quiet unrelenting energy related to thinking or worrying.

There are true emergencies (or small children) that need attention regardless of sleep, but many of the stressors we reflect on are chronic issues, accumulating tension. They will be there tomorrow – let yourself sleep tonight.

Pray, breathe deep and slow, create thoughts of gratitude, sleep.

Commit to do these steps for 6 weeks by making just one change each week.

Sound Sleep!

Chart the hours you sleep each night and  create a total at the end of each week. Observe how your body responds to slow and steady changes.

The key to these steps is to add each one as a daily habit.

Transforming restless or interrupted sleep into sound sleep requires you to re frame existing habits. The profound benefit is a more energized, happy life.

If sleep is still elusive after 6 weeks of making changes, you may need the support of a nutritionist to evaluate any nutritional deficiency, dig a little deeper into your unique physiology or add supplemental support to reduce other factors known to interfere with sleep.

I am here to support you.  Feel free to ask questions or make comments.

Smart Ways That Technology Has Improved Dental Care

General dentistry services are instrumental in promoting oral health.  In this blog we will look at some of the smart ways that technology has improved dental care.

Smart Ways That Technology Has Revolutionized Provision of General Dentistry Services

The facilities that offer these services are keen on ensuring that they provide high-quality services to their customers. They do this by investing in advanced equipment and technologies.

Instant Results

Patients suffering from missing, damaged, or broken teeth used to have to make countless trips to the dentist and suffer through numerous painful injections. The recovery period after treatment was long and unpleasant.

With new technologies, such as crown printing and 3D imaging, dentists are now able to perform same-day procedures.

Some of the facilities have invested in computer-aided design and computer aided manufacturing technology (CAD-CAM) that captures and reproduces a 3D image of the damaged tooth and prints a perfect match in minutes.

Smart Ways That Technology Has Revolutionized Provision of General Dentistry Services

Messy impressions and temporary crowns are being phased out as a result of this technology.

Interactive Treatment Options

Using an advanced intra-oral camera, patients are able to see everything that the doctor is doing during the procedure. This small device also enables dentists to examine teeth in detail to recommend the most appropriate treatment.

In addition, the camera pinpoints the specific areas one should focus on when brushing, thereby promoting overall oral hygiene.

No More Pain

Many people fear going for checkups due to anticipated pain. Laser procedures have changed that fear by allowing personnel to conduct procedures, such as tooth extraction, painlessly.

For example, the CO2 dental laser equipment allows experts in this field to work on soft and hard tissues without exposing the patients to excruciating pain.

Safer and Faster Diagnoses

X-rays are used to diagnose various oral health conditions, especially conditions that affect the gums. Unfortunately, research studies have proven that traditional x-rays expose individuals to high levels of radiation, which can lead to other complications.

Smart Ways That Technology Has Revolutionized Provision of General Dentistry Services

On the flip side, modern digital x-rays machines have made the diagnostic process easier and safer. These images are transferred to a computer system for analyses in minutes, thereby enabling the expert to offer comprehensive treatment.

Concisely, digital x-rays provide more comfort and reduce a patient’s exposure to radiation by up to 90 percent.

Increase Profits and Reduce Overhead Costs

By investing in a modern practice management system, health care facilities save money and time, which was previously used to call patients to remind them of their upcoming appointments.

New programs also allow an office to capture and update a patient’s information and records automatically.

New management systems streamline these processes, thereby reducing overhead costs and increasing profits.

How about comments or questions?

How to Detoxify Your Life Naturally

How to detoxify your life and even how to do it naturally has become one of life’s greatest challenges.

In today’s chemically polluted world, the need to detoxify one’s life is so essential that it is more important than ever before.

How to Detoxify Your Life Naturally

For most of the world’s population, daily human activities characterized mostly by a constant fight for survival have contributed to increasing different forms of pollution.  Pollution entails toxicity that affects the body, mind, relationships and the environment.

Any type of pollution can endanger health to various degrees, not just for humans, but also for animals.

Toxins that stress the body, mind, and soul come in varied forms . For instance poisons from pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, drugs, and metabolic processes can directly compromise the integrity of living cells.

Toxins cause vulnerability to diseases and basically impair cellular function.

How to Detoxify Your Life Naturally

As physical toxins affect the human body, other toxins such as negative thoughts, beliefs and behaviors poison mental health, thereby creating unhappiness and an unhealthy state of mind.

It is important to note that a toxic body affects one’s mental state just as a distressed state of mind adversely affects one’s physical health.

Total well-being is intrinsically related to one’s health conditions and that of the environment.

The way to approach personal wellness is to vigilantly ensure environmental wellness, an approach that entails drastically reducing one’s carbon footprint.

Overall wellness includes working on living in harmony with the Earth. To reach such harmony, one must first start by understanding the impact of human interaction on the environment.

How to Detoxify Your Life Naturally

Taking action to protect the environment and all that relates to it is absolutely primordial.

Many thousands of health-compromising toxins have contaminated our air, water, and food supply.  Practically speaking it is impossible to avoid toxins in our modern world, but individuals employ certain strategies that can limit their exposure to toxins both indoors and outdoors.

Toxins largely affect the human population and as all types of new diseases are on the rise, it is important to connect the dots and be aware that every cause has an effect.

Additionally, treating effects while ignoring the causes is simply counterproductive, and leads to perpetual management of the effects while the causes remain unaddressed but actively malignant.

A detoxified environment contributes to a healthy population. We all have an important part to play in minimizing an escalating problem with pollution and toxicity.

From a personal to a global level, it is crucial to work on reducing toxicity in order to achieve a healthier environment therefore a healthier population. Global survival largely depends on detoxification.

When we make a commitment to develop eco-friendly habits that are consistent with a more wholesome lifestyle, we end up less toxic and de-humanized.

Even small changes can translate into a big difference over time. Every conscious effort made towards a clean and green environment is an essential key to a healthy habitat for humans, animals, and minerals.

With proper self-detoxification, it is quite possible to avoid, reduce, and eliminate certain health problems, such as obesity and excess body weight.

Regular self-detoxification is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. When it becomes a routine, then lots of health issues eventually find resolution on their own.

It is a well-known fact that toxic people cause more chaos and emotional pain to others than non-toxic ones. Unfortunately, toxic people also have blinders that prevent them from knowing how chaotic they are to themselves and others.

The problem does not stop with others as it also extends itself to every aspect of life.How to Detoxify Your Life Naturally

Learning how to manage toxicity to create a healthier personal and general environment is a critical endeavor if the next generations have to use planet Earth as a habitat. Anyone with a sincere desire to make the world a better place can have a positive impact on the Earth and its life forms.

All one has to do is take the initiative to detoxify oneself and the environment.  By reducing toxic emissions, toxic chemicals, and the amount of industrial packaging we generate to use only once then throw away, we can eventually minimize our carbon footprint.

Doing so can help control the levels of toxicity that affect physical health and also one’s states of mind due to negative interactions with the environment.

The book, HOW TO DETOXIFY YOUR LIFE NATURALLY, is a practical guide to the complete detoxification of the body, mind, personal relationships, and the environment.

The book is a textbook grade type of manual that shows how to get a toxic life under control with simple and easy solutions to the pollution issue, whether it is self-pollution or environmental pollution. HOW TO DETOXIFY YOUR LIFE NATURALLY creates awareness on a better way of life.

Available now at Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, and all quality bookstores in the world, HOW TO DETOXIFY YOUR LIFE NATURALLY is a must-read!

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7 Quick Weight Loss Tips To Speed Up Metabolism

If you need to lose weight, these weight loss tips might help you lose those extra pounds by showing you how to  speed up your metabolism.

These seven quick weight loss tips will likewise assist you, if you are currently in outstanding physical condition, to form your body to an even higher degree.

Any weight reduction tips to help speed up  metabolism will do just that. They assist you only. You still should have your basic fitness and nutrition practices in line with the goals you wish to achieve.

You have to be focused on each component of your strategy. If you prepare for making use of these quick weight decline tips, however, do not work out and then proceed to watching  television while consuming a bag of chips every night.  That will only defeat your purpose.

Are you all set to add these fast weight decreasing tips to your way of life?

To get rid of any quantity of excess weight, you must accelerate your metabolism. Your metabolism is a biochemical action that takes place in your body.

7 Quick Weight Loss Tips To Speed Up Metabolism

Your metabolism assists to break down nutrients in your blood stream. This supports you by adding more lean muscle, leading to a higher expenditure of energy, suggesting you’ll get rid of more fat.

If you are active, you have billions of cells in your body that can make use of  an enormous amount of enegy. The quick weight reduction tips noted below will assist you to do this.

Nevertheless, if you aren’t active, they will not burn up much at all, suggesting you’ll tend to remain fat.

The good news is, making use of the fast weight-loss tips in a blend with your healthy and active lifestyle  means you can accelerate your metabolism quite significantly.

Quick weight decrease tip: #1.

Take in particular foods.  Some food ingredients, like spices, can assist to accelerate your metabolism by developing a thermodynamic burn that should last for hours after you take them in.

Quick weight decrease tip: #2.

The bulk of your calories ought to be consumed early in the day. Your meals should consist of less total calories as the day goes on.

Quick weight-loss tip: #3.

Make sure you take in enough food. When trying to minimize weight if you do not take in enough, it will be one of the biggest mistakes you can make.

That is because if you do not take in enough calories, you will make your body think that it is in survival mode. That means that your body will conserve energy, and store as much fat as possible.

You need to exercise to burn more calories than you take in. When it comes to calorie intake, small amounts at a time are the secret.

Quick weight-loss tip: #4.

Increase your everyday activities, which will stop fat storage..

7 Quick Weight Loss Tips To Speed Up Metabolism

These activities need to consist of weightlifting and cardiovascular training. The more calories you burn, the faster you will lower your weight.

It is also a good plan to work out very first thing in the morning.   A research study has indicated that you can significantly increase your weight-loss capability if you work out after the night of fasting,. suggesting just after you wake up.

Quick weight loss tip: #5.

Cardiovascular wok before weightlifting can be beneficial.

In your exercising it is good  to carry out 5 – 10 minutes of cardio before your weight lifting because it will warm up your muscles, and you will thus obtain  the energy in your muscles for weight-lifting.

By the time your weightlifting session is finished, you will have utilized  all your preferred energy sources.  This means that you will be burning fat cells throughout your cardio and weight lifting sessions in an efficient manner.

You also need  the ability to increase your lean muscle, if you choose to lose your excess weight.

Quick weight reduction tip: #6.

7 Quick Weight Loss Tips To Speed Up Metabolism

Change your exercise routine regularly.   For a lot of reasons, you ought to change some components of your exercise every two to three weeks at a minimum. This can be anything from the variety of partners or sets per workout.   I alternate four different routines every time I work out.

If you do the very same thing week after week, month after month your body will begin to get used to exactly what you’re doing to it and will eventually stop making modifications. You will likewise stop adding  any more lean muscle.

The more muscle you have, the more calories, you will burn even when at rest.

Quick weight-loss tip: #7.

Consider meal mixes.  Routinely take in protein/carbohydrate meals earlier in the day. Take in protein/ fat mix meals (little to no carbs) in the late afternoon and night.

The only exception is if you frequently work out during  the evening. in which case your first meal after your workout ought to consist of protein and carbohydrates.

With these seven quick weight decrease tips, you will accelerate metabolism and burn excess body fat at a much faster rate.

Try these fast weight-loss tips out for a while.  It may take a few weeks but you will see a difference.

Any comments or questions?

Causes of Night Leg Cramps

The causes of night leg cramps have long been debated, but following are some of the possibilities, and most likely causes and remedies:

Nocturnal leg cramps are agonies that happen in the legs during the night. As a rule they cause arousal from rest, but they might likewise happen while conscious, during the evening amid times of dormancy.

Things to Know About Nocturnal Leg Cramps

These cramps are usually in the calf muscles but can likewise happen in the thighs or feet.

Nocturnal leg issues are very excruciating and cause the influenced muscles to feel tight or hitched. Pain might last from a few seconds up to a few minutes. There might likewise be muscle soreness after the issue leaves.

Cramps are more normal in grown-ups over age 50.  However, they   can happen in more youthful grown-ups and youngsters.  Both men and ladies appear to be similarly affected.

What causes Nocturnal leg spasms?

The reason for leg issues is in many cases obscure, yet a few cases have been connected to:

 .   Sitting for drawn out periods of time

 Over-use of the muscles

 Standing or playing sports on solid floors

.   Sitting in odd positions

Things to Know About Nocturnal Leg Cramps

Nocturnal leg issues have likewise been connected to certain other conditions . These include:

Pregnancy

Alcoholism

Dehydration/electrolyte uneven characters

Parkinson’s  disease

 Endocrine disarrangement (diabetes, hypothyroidism)

 Who gets Nocturnal foot spasms?

Anybody can get these sorts of spasms. On the other hand, they have a tendency to occur more frequently in individuals who are middle aged or more advanced in age..

Do I need any testing done to assess my leg issues?

On the off chance that leg issues are continuous and extreme, your specialist might arrange lab work to guarantee that there is no electrolyte lopsided characteristics.

What would I be able to do to keep these issues from happening?

Things to Know About Nocturnal Leg Cramps

  1.  Make sure, beyond any doubt, that you stay hydrated.  In other words, make sure that you drink at least six to eight glasses of water every day.

2.  Wear appropriately fitted shoes while still up .

3.  Gently extend your leg muscles before you go to rest.

4.  Spend a couple of minutes riding a stationary bike before going to bed.

5.  Keep covers and sheets free around your feet so toes are not twisted.

What would I be able to do to make nighttime leg issues leave in the event that they happen?

Immediately extending the affected muscle is generally the best approach to soothing the issue. You may have the capacity to ease the spasm by strolling around, shaking your leg, or rubbing the leg.

Even just putting weight on your feet may do the trick.  On the other hand, applying ice has additionally demonstrated some advantage.

Are nocturnal foot issues the same as eager legs disorder?

No. While both sorts of foot aggravations have a tendency to happen during the evening, or when you are very still, eager leg disorder does not bring about torment or cramping.

Eager leg disorder is to a greater extent a distress, or a creeping sensation, which culminates in a craving to move the legs. While moving, the anxiety is alleviated, yet the uneasiness returns when movement stops.

This does not happen with cramps where the fixed muscle should be effectively extended for alleviation.

Is there any prevention for leg issues?

Things to Know About Nocturnal Leg Cramps

If  known, dependable attempts to treat the basic cause first fail, then Vitamin E supplements or Vitamin B complex might be useful.

Magnesium supplements have likewise demonstrated some advantage, for the most part in pregnant ladies.

Quinine used to be utilized for the treatment of leg spasms, but because of its potential for genuine and life-undermining unfavorable impacts (heart arrhythmias, thrombocytopenia, and excessive touchiness responses), it is no longer recommended as a treatment option.

As always, your comments or questions are welcome.

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