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Things To Do Before Knee Replacement Surgery

 If you or a loved one are planning to have a  knee replacement surgery,  there are some things to do before knee replacement surgery, as well as after knee replacement surgery, to aid in a quick recovery, better pain management and improved mobility.  

Do Before Knee Replacement Surgery

What Does Really Work?

Like anything in life, proper preparation guarantees the best outcome and for knee replacement proper preparation is the difference between recovering in days, or spending months in painful after surgery follow ups and corrective procedures.

Here are five things you can do to get the best results when it comes to knee surgery:

1. Check Out the Surgeon!

All orthopedic surgeons are not created equal.  Choose an orthopedic surgeon with a proven record in knee replacement surgery. 

If you Google “orthopedic surgeon rating”, you will find very many  opportunities to check on how orthopedic surgeons in your area of the world are rated against their peers.

After you are referred by your Primary Care Physician(PCP) to a surgeon, my advice is that you run their name through Google and you will find yourself much more informed about the surgeon.

Remember your PCP might be referring you to a friend or a colleague, with whom he or she has had a long standing relationship, which could affect their judgement.  Even if their recommendation is on point, validating their referral will put you at ease about the surgery.

Do Before Knee Replacement Surgery

 

2. Ask Questions!

Once you settle on a surgeon, set an appointment for initial assessment.  While the job of the surgeon is to review your medical condition and asses your medical needs, your focus should be on interviewing them.

Remember you are hiring them and not the other way around, so don’t be intimidated, and prepare a list of questions to ask.

It’s important that you engage the surgeon and have at least a pre-written 10-15 questions that you need answers for.

If you are a smoker for example or a diabetic, ask them what extra steps or precautions you need to be aware of, to guarantee the best outcome.

Giving them your past medical history, is not enough, so make sure you get your questions answered by the surgeon, in person and verbatim.

3. Exercise is King! I mean that!

Now that you have chosen the right surgeon for the job, you need to comply fully with their orders. One of those orders will be a list of pre-surgery exercises you will need to follow, on a daily basis prior to the surgery. 

Do Before Knee Replacement Surgery

These exercises are essential to your recovery as they can help strengthen your knee, improve flexibility, and help you recover faster.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to follow these exercises, to have the best outcomes.   

4. Tweak your home for (surgery) success!

To make your home safer and easier to navigate during recovery, Mayo Clinic recommends that you consider making the following improvements to your home prior to going in for the surgery:

• Create a total living space on one floor since climbing stairs can be difficult.

• Install safety bars or a secure handrail in your shower or bath.

• Secure stairway handrails.

• Get a stable chair with a firm seat cushion and back, and a footstool to elevate your leg.

• Arrange for a toilet-seat riser with arms if you have a low toilet.

• Try a stable bench or chair for your shower.

• Remove loose rugs and cords.

 

5. Accept and Avoid Rule!

Accept Physical Therapy!

Depending on your medical condition, the surgeon will recommend either home health therapy after the surgery, outpatient therapy or both (usually in succession). 

 Again do your homework and chose your providers based on their past performance.  Once again you are hiring so choose wisely.

Do Before Knee Replacement Surgery

As with choosing your surgeon Goggle again is a great tool that you can use to rate a home care agency or outpatient physical  therapist  based on their health care outcomes, as well as their patient satisfaction rating.

 Avoid Infections!

Finally let’s address the 800-pound Gorilla in the room! Knee Infection!

Nothing hampers your recovery like a nasty infection.  In knee replacement, they are very easy to avoid, yet they are the number one reason why rather a smooth ride to recovery town, becomes very bumpy all of a sudden.

To avoid post-surgery infections, include an infection plan in your pre-surgery planning.  Infections after a knee replacement are not common, but are nightmarish when they occur so avoid them at all cost.

Make sure one of the questions you ask your surgeon during the interview is, ” What systems do you have in place to make sure I don’t get knee infection after the surgery?”

Any good surgeon will walk you through their infection control plan which should include: pre, during and post-surgery plans.

There are a number of prominent  orthopedic surgeons who have videos on YouTube regarding knee replacement, if anyone want to research further.

Does anyone have comments or observations to add?

 

Best Buy In Fitness Trackers

 In order to increase our level of fitness and make our lives better, we must own a fitness tracker that keeps track of how healthy and fit our body is at any point in time.  So what then, you well may ask, is the best buy in fitness trackers?

Another possible question could be, “Why are fitness trackers important at all?”

First of all, it is very important to stay physically fit, to be able to do everyday jobs effectively and efficiently during the course of our life. 

Besides this, there are several other reasons why one should own and use a fitness tracker.

This is a great tool, especially when you have lots of things to do in a limited time period.  So, it’s time to get a fitness tracker that suits your budget and fitness purpose.

Remember that you need a fitness tracker which suits your requirements the best.

Following are five aspects to consider: 

 1.  A Motivator

A fitness tracker is not just a gadget, but it is more of a fitness friend and a motivator partner.  The main purpose of this watch is to keep track of a person’s fitness routine and motivate him/her to stay fit.

This device allows one to view the information regarding all the activities performed by the wearer, so that one can know where the efforts have been spent all the day long.

2.   Fitness Objectives

A fitness watch is a help for one to set future goals.  By offering a visual impression of the improvements and progress one makes, this device allows one to meet goals smartly and set better goals based on what one has already accomplished.

But before setting up better goals, one should first note down the purpose of the tracker, whether it is losing weight, building body, tracking sleep or serving any other purpose.

3.  Monitoring the Heart Rate

Another benefit of this device is that it keeps monitoring the heart rate, whether one is working out or taking rest. This would help one single out the activities that overload during exercises. It’s a great way of monitoring heart rate.

4.  Tracking Sleep

A fitness watch has a role in every activity that one performs, be it exercising or even sleeping. Getting good quality sleep is also a very important factor in one’s lifestyle so this device is capable of recording both deep and light sleep.

Moreover it also optimizes the rate of success in one’s fitness schedule.  One’s body must get enough sleep to make up for all the daily exhaustion and proper tissue repairing and building.

5.  Swimming and Diving

Regular swimmers must get a water proof fitness tracker. With this device, they can get more out of their swimming program, as they continuously receive the data of their fitness schedule, even in the water.

 Fitness is certainly important; however it is more important to keep  track of the fitness.

This should help one make better goals and increase efficiency.  So, one should definitely buy a fitness tracker which makes it possible to know whether he/she is progressing in the right direction or not.

When I first investigated fitness trackers some time ago, I looked for the best buy I could find.   Basically, one that would meet all of the above requirements.   As a result I . ended up with this one.   I have worn it 24/7 now for a few months and I can tell you that you would have a hard time taking it from me!

It is a great help and very well worth the price!

Even on this Black Friday, a lot  of the sales in the stores are asking at least one hundred dollars more than mine sells for on Amazon.

Any comments of observations?

What Is Super Woman Syndrome?

Have you heard anyone ask the question, “What is super woman syndrome”?

Superwoman Syndrome is exactly what it says it is, a person who tries to do everything and be all things to everyone, all at the same time.

What Is Super Woman Syndrome?

There are many women (and men) today who are struggling to juggle, family, career, home and social activities.

Are you one of them?  If you are, most likely you are feeling over committed, overworked, overwhelmed, guilty, and too exhausted to do justice to anyone or anything.

Did you ever hear the old song “I’m a Woman” written by songwriters Leiber and Stoller and sung by Peggy Lee? How many of today’s women  are still trying to be the “super” woman she sang about back in the 1960s?

I’m a W- O-M-A N

I can rub & scrub this old house till it’s shinin’ like a dime

Feed my baby, grease the car, and powder my face at the

same time

Get all dressed up, go out and swing til 4 a.m. and then

Lay down at 5, jump up at 6, and start all over again

‘Cause I’m a woman! W-O-M-A-N, I’ll say it again…

The term superwoman was created by author, Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz who wrote the book,The Superwoman Syndrome, published in 1984 “for women trying to do it all.”

What Is Super Woman Syndrome?

Superwomen always put others first and tend to set standards that are far beyond reasonable.

They measure their self-worth entirely in terms of their tangible accomplishments and how productive they are. They keep adding more responsibilities and roles as if “more” somehow makes them better.

On the other hand, there are women who are only handling one role but are obsessed with doing it perfectly.

Either way, these Superwomen are stressing themselves unnecessarily and have lost touch with the joys of living. Those who are setting and relentlessly pursuing impossible goals are inevitably headed toward undermining both their physical and mental health.

Who are the Superwomen?

Superwoman Syndrome can affect anybody.

What Is Super Woman Syndrome?

Although varying in intensity, it affects women at different ages, at different career stages, and at different economic levels. They are mothers, working professionals, educators, college students, community organizers, activists, volunteers and socialites.

Young girls and college-aged women are becoming more and more susceptible because they are increasingly pressured to excel in school, sports, looks and relationships. Some reports show that girls as young as 13 suffer from Superwoman Syndrome.

Super women are good people. In fact  they are highly responsible, duty-oriented, and have a strong desire to give to others and to do what is right.

Even though they willingly carry giant loads, they are generally unhappy about their situation and how they are living their lives.

Not only are they feeling burned out and exhausted much of the time, many of them must also cope with the unrelenting demands of insensitive employers, grueling deadlines, lack of inadequate childcare resources and non-supportive spouses.

What Is Super Woman Syndrome?

Not seeing any way to lighten their loads, they often feel trapped and resent others who have been able to escape from the relentless demands being made on them.

Recovering from Super Woman Syndrome

For over-committed, over burdened people, living a simpler life seems like an impossible goal.  But regardless of how easy as it was to become a Superwoman, it is just as easy to stop being one. 

It starts with a conscious choice to get off the treadmill.

The following are a few questions you need to ask yourself.

• Why am I unable to say no to others?

• Who put me in charge of the world?

• What is taking on more and more duties and responsibilities doing for me?

• Are there other people who can share some of these responsibilities with me and am I willing to ask them?

• What am I truly willing to let go of and delegate?

If you are truly to overcome the “I am responsible for everything” attitude, it is imperative to examine and re-define what you are truly responsible for and what you are not.

There are other steps to be taken as well.

Give Up Perfectionism. 

Unless you are Martha Stewart or are planning to entertain the Queen, your house does not have to be spiffy and neat 24 hours a day. 

Neither do all your meals have to be perfectly balanced among the four main food groups.  An occasional pizza or bag of burgers is not going to cause malnutrition.

What Is Super Woman Syndrome?

Learn to express yourself. 

 It is important to be able to voice your thoughts, feelings and beliefs without anger, feeling defensive, or being disrespectful of the rights or opinions of others.

By being more assertive you will find it easier to say “no” and to stand up against those who pressure you into doing what serves them and not you.  If you find this difficult or impossible to do, consider taking an Assertiveness Training course.

Build a Support System

Having a network of understanding and supportive people is particularly important.

Surround yourself with positive people and as much as possible, avoid the advice givers, those who use guilt to control you, and those who think you should solve all their problems.

Brainstorm Your Options.

Even if you think you have run out of options and there is no way out or any way you can think of to lighten your load, the truth is there are always possibilities.

Are you absolutely certain you have thought of everything? Two heads are better than one, and several heads are even better at solving problems and generating ideas.

 

What Is Super Woman Syndrome?

 

 

Seek out others in similar situations who are managing to live their lives well and ask how they are doing it. They may offer solutions you have never considered or resources you never even knew about.

Let Go of Problems That Are Beyond Your Control.

 When our world is spinning out of control our natural inclination is to hang on tighter.  Some things are simply going to be out of your hands no matter what you do, so stay focused on what you can control, not what you can’t.

Most important of all, allow yourself some down time. Get your hair done, schedule a massage, go shopping and treat yourself to something you really want.  Have coffee or lunch with friends.  Read a good book.

The mental rejuvenation you feel is worth far more than any time you think you may have lost.

Your comments and/or observations are always welcome.

Trauma Recovery Treatment

When it comes to recovering from trauma there are many people out there looking for trauma recovery treatment.

Trauma Recovery Treatment

Trauma is one of those emotional health areas that can impact our lives unexpectedly. Many who have been in the armed forces and experienced active service  may have witnessed or been subject to an act of violence.

Some people  may live (or have lived) with ongoing emotional abuse within a significant relationship.

Whatever the issue, the effects of trauma can present in many ways. Here are some examples:

  • anxiety and panic attacks
  • hyper vigilance (where you pay attention to your surroundings at an exhausting level of awareness)
  • eczema and other skin complaints
  • breathing difficulties
  • challenges with meaningful relationships
  • outbursts of anger (recognised as too big for the incident that’s just occurred)
  • difficulty sleeping (tired and irritable each day)

This above list would be traditionally treated in 2 ways.

Firstly you may be offered medication (sleeping pills, emotion suppressants, anti depressants) to manage some of the physical symptoms.

Trauma Recovery Treatment

Secondly you may be offered a series of counselling sessions to talk through your trauma experience and to try to make more sense of it (which is good, assuming it doesn’t require you to re-live those past experiences).

In psychotherapy the  approach is usually simple and it’s also 2-fold:

A couple of forms of psychotherapy may include:

  1. De-sensitise the trauma so that a client is no longer hijacked by their past experiences impacting their present reality.
  2. Re-equip the client to move on positively with their life. Here it may be necessary  for 2 or 3 further sessions reviewing the parts of their life they’d now like to rebuild and move forward with, – relationships, career, fitness, etc., and get on with designing and practicing some practical strategies to support that.

Traumatic events are experienced by millions of people every year.

Some may be fully aware of it, and some may be blocking it out of their mind for reasons of emotional, (and sometimes physical) survival.

In most cases a dramatic experience can’t be kept in check forever, so if you, or someone you know, is experiencing increasing difficulty in thinking clearly, managing overwhelm, or has unexpected outbursts of anger, it’s worth having a first conversation with a psychotherapist to explore whether a recent or old traumatic event might be the reason.

Often  the more simple a process is, the more we can trust it.  Like:

  • Food: fruit, vegetables, meat (or not) & carbs in their natural form (if you’re reading dozen’s of ingredients its probably not a great choice) – keep it simple
  • Fitness: run, swim, walk, dance, move, enjoy. Step out of your house and get your heart rate up for 20 minutes. That’s it – keep it simple
  • Friendships: If this feels good do more of it,  but if it feels like a chore do less of it.    Keep it simple!

Trauma Recovery Treatment

Simplicity is the hallmark that a product or service can be accessed by many…. a ‘more for all, less to none’ approach.

With trauma recovery, there is now enough scientific evidence to show that psychotherapy is the simplest, fastest solution for those who want relief from their trauma experiences. 

Our success comes from living happy, fulfilling, motivated lives in as  short a time frame as possible.

 Any comments or observations?

Natural Ways To Treat High Blood Pressure

An important part of safeguarding our health is to practice some natural ways to treat high blood pressure.

Natural Ways To Treat High Blood Pressure

A large percentage of us are afflicted by high blood pressure, ( hypertension), and it is a condition which calls for attention.  Even while one has no symptom of hypertension, if one is ailing from the condition, it can lead to or aggravate secondary disorders, like heart attack and stroke.

Some other health conditions which can be attributed to hypertension include aneurysms and kidney failure.

Nearly 3 in 10  North Americans suffer from hypertension, but do not know it. So it’s always recommended to have your blood pressure checked, at least once every two years, no matter what your age.

Many people take medications for hypertension, but one can first try out some basic lifestyle changes that really work, and can help you go a long way toward keeping a check on high blood pressure.

Some of these ways include making sure that one eats healthy, keeps one’s weight at healthy levels, gets some regular exercise and limits consumption of alcohol.

1. Go For A Healthier Diet

Natural Ways To Treat High Blood Pressure

 

Natural Ways To Treat High Blood Pressure

One could make a start by going for some very simple changes in one’s everyday diet. Since salt has been claimed by some to increase blood pressure, one should try and make sure that consumption of salt is in controlled limits.

One can use less salt while cooking, and maybe reduce consumption of chips and fries.

Then, one should consume a diet that is low fat and is high on fiber.  A diet high in fruits and vegetables also helps keep the blood pressure under check, because fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber.

In particular, one should try to go for fruits and vegetables that are rich in potassium. One should ideally have 2000 – 4000 mg of potassium daily in their diet.

Some of the foods high in potassium are potatoes, tomatoes, bananas, peas, kidney beans and honeydew melons.

2. Keep Alcohol Consumption In Check

Natural Ways To Treat High Blood Pressure

If one consumes alcohol, one must make sure that the consumption is within the recommendable limits, and this would greatly reduce chances of developing hypertension.

Preferably, men must not have more than three to four units of alcohol a day, and women must not have more than two to three units a day.

Another reason why it is recommendable to avoid alcohol is because alcohol is high in calories, so one could gain weight, and correspondingly, that could work towards increasing blood pressure.

3. Maintain A Healthy Weight

For keeping blood pressure under check or for avoiding hypertension altogether, one of the best ways to go about the same is to avoid being overweight and maintaining a healthy weight.

When one is a little overweight, the heart is required to work harder, and that can increase your blood pressure.

But for a healthier heart, one does not need to lose a lot of weight; even a slight weight loss can work wonders for not just one’s cardiovascular heath, but also one’s everyday health and well being.

This could start with something as simple as avoiding fizzy drinks and sodas, making sure you have a healthy breakfast everyday and replacing your favorite snack for something healthier.

4. Be Active And Get Some Regular Exercise

Natural Ways To Treat High Blood Pressure

For regulating hypertension, regular exercise and some everyday activity are equally important.

Regular workouts or just being active keeps the heart and blood vessels in a good condition, and so it allows one to keep a check on hypertension.

Moreover, regular exercise also helps one lose weight, and the same can work very effectively for anyone who may be suffering from hypertension.

As a rule, adults must try to make sure that they get around 150 minutes of physical activity every week, and the workout should be of a moderate intensity, such as fast walking or cycling.

It is a more effective exercise if the workout makes you feel slightly out of breath, but one should check with a medical professional before taking up any intense activity.

5. Switch Over To Decaffeinated Coffee

To reduce the risk of hypertension or any of the related disorders, one should make sure to keep his or her caffeine intake in check. For example,  if one likes to have four cups of coffee a day, it’s a great idea to reduce the intake or make a switch over to decaffeinated coffee.

6. Go For Green Tea, A Great Choice For An Improved Cardiovascular Health

Natural Ways To Treat High Blood Pressure

As an alternative, one may choose to take up green tea, which works very effectively towards normalizing blood pressure.

When one has green tea for three months, the blood pressure, both systolic and diastolic are usually  reduced by a little more than 2 mmHg for anyone suffering from hypertension. This can reduce chances of occurrence of a stroke by as much as 5%.

Green tea also helps prevent hypo tension.  Medical professionals often recommend having 3-4 cups of green tea a day, for the numerous health benefits it offers.

If you have comments or observations please feel free to state them here.

Best Detox Weight Loss

In this article we will be investigating a subject that is on the minds of many people worldwide.  Namely, what is the best detox weight loss?

Best Detox Weight Loss

If you are in excellent health your body will do a relatively good job of getting rid of any toxins that you may have encountered.

For many people, however, toxins can be a serious problem. That’s why detoxification is important for almost everybody.

Technically, detoxification means cleaning your blood, but it is frequently taken to also mean cleaning, nourishing, and resting your overall body, and for the purpose of this article we will assume this latter definition.

Many in the medical community do not recognize it, assuming that the various organs of your body clean your blood, and there is little you can do to make it more efficient.  Nevertheless, the procedure is now becoming more and more accepted.

Who should detox?

How do you know if you should detox? There are, indeed, many symptoms that tell you that your body has a buildup of toxins.  Fatigue is one of the major ones, but feeling bloated, headaches and feeling despondent are others.

Best Detox Weight Loss

You have to be careful, though, and make sure the symptoms are not from another source.  In general, however, almost everyone can benefit from detoxification.

Most detoxifications last from one to two weeks, and they typically consist of several days of fasting, followed by a diet consisting mainly of raw vegetables and fruit.

They may also emphasize colon flushing and various types of herbs, or pills.

In considering a typical detoxification diet or procedure  it’s important to remember that the body detoxes itself quite efficiently, and all you can really do is help.  And you do this by keeping the organs that perform the detoxification in top shape.

The main detoxifier is your liver, and there are many things you can do to keep it healthy.  Other detox organs are your kidneys, intestines, lymph, lungs and your skin.  All of them work together to flush your body of toxins.

What are the major toxins? They are poisons, pollutants, and various types of molecules and heavy metals that get into your body in the food you eat, the water you drink, and the air you breathe.

Best Detox Weight Loss

Gases from cars, factories, and various types of machinery contribute to common toxins, and it’s important that you flush all of them out of your body as quickly as possible.

The program I am going to suggest consists of a short, concentrated, week or two, coupled with an extended program over the rest of the year.

Of particular importance, any detox program should be coupled with a healthy overall lifestyle, and this is what I emphasize.

Major aim of the program

Any detoxification program should do several things. They include:

1. Strengthening and revitalizing the liver. The reason for this is that the liver is the major detoxifier in the body.

2. Strengthening other detox organs such as your kidneys, intestines, lymph glands, lungs, and your skin.

3. Resting all the major organs of your body (including the above) by short- term fasting. This re-energizes them.

4. Improving the circulation of your blood. This is done mostly by exercise.

5. Refueling your body with healthy nutrients.

The Program

The program I’m suggesting consists of the following twelve things, each of which help eliminate toxins.

1. Eat as many super foods as possible.  Some of the better ones are: broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, blueberries, spinach, apples, oranges, strawberries, oats, and beans.

Also include foods high in Omega-3: salmon, tuna, nuts of seeds, avocado. Finally, delete bad saturated fats, and as much sugar and fried foods as possible from your diet.

2. An occasional fast is very helpful.  A complete fast is not needed; you merely need to cut back to 500 calories per day.  Two days a week is suggested, and it is usually easiest to do them on the weekends.

3. Eat plenty of fiber, particularly from broccoli, cabbage, beets, and whole grains. Take a fiber supplement if needed.

Best Detox Weight Loss

4. Drink plenty of water. It’s important to remember that two-thirds of your body is made up of water, and water plays a large role in your body.  Also, water flushes out toxins. So drink at least eight glasses a day.

5. Most experts say that the best thing you can do to detox is exercise. This creates sweat and toxins pass out of your body in your sweat.  If possible, try to exercise an hour a day six days a week.

6. Sufficient sleep is also critical.  One of the major reasons is that sleep recharges your liver. For most people seven to eight hours is sufficient.

7. Stress inhibits the release of toxins so it is important to reduce your stress. You can do this in several ways. The main thing you have to do is relax and let yourself go. Meditation is also helpful.

8. Avoid obvious toxins. Toxins are all around you. Some of the major ones are smog, poor air quality, second-hand smoke, and fumes from nearby factories. If you can smell the air, in most cases that is not good for you.

9. Breathe fresh air deeply.  Clean out and refresh your lungs by taking several deep breaths. Hold it for a few seconds then release.

10. Hydrotherapy is very helpful.  Soaking in a hot tub, or relaxing in a sauna helps you relax and it also helps release toxins.  If you don’t have access to them, a hot shower is helpful (many people like to finish it off with a cold shower).

11. Massage is also a good way for releasing toxins.  Make sure, however, that it is from an expert masseur.

12. Get enough probiotics.  It’s important to get rid of any bad bacteria in your gut, intestines and so on. In the process make sure you replace them with good bacteria. Two the best sources of good bacteria are yogurt and kefir.

Summary

Your overall program should consist of the above in two forms: a short, one or two- week, program that is concentrated and intense, and a longer (all year) program that still emphasizes the above steps.

Best Detox Weight Loss

 

In particular, fasting, drinking plenty of water, avoiding stress, deep breathing, and hydrotherapy should be emphasized and adhered to rigidly during the shorter program. The shorter program should be performed every few months

Are there any questions or comments?

Best Cardio Fitness Equipment

In this article we take a look at some of the best cardio fitness equipmentA Discussion on Different Types of Cardio Fitness Equipment

As per doctors & physical trainers, exercise is considered as very important.

With the change in the lifestyle, various diseases have cropped up that are ruining the lives of millions of people. One such disease that is considered as very harmful is the cardio-vascular disease. This disease, of course, is related to the functioning of the heart.

Any such disease can adversely affect the performance of the heart, causing a tremendous decrease in the health standard of an individual.

The main function of the heart is to pump the blood throughout the body. This helps in providing oxygen & nourishment to different body tissues.  Moreover, the proper heart rate is required for the well-being of an individual. 

In order to do exercise, the comprehensive range of fitness equipment are available in the market. Some of these are specially developed to improve the performance of the heart.  These are popularly known as cardio fitness equipment.

Some of the most important equipment are discussed here.

Treadmill

A Discussion on Different Types of Cardio Fitness Equipment

It is basically a machine on which you can easily run. The running is considered as the best exercise to combat cardiovascular problems.

This exercise is very effective in reducing obesity which is considered as the most potential reason for various heart problems. This equipment can be installed at the gym or at home.

Now, the question comes why running on a treadmill is better than running on the road.

The answer is simple. If you go to the gym daily then running comes in the category of warm-up exercises. Another thing is that running can be performed in the inclined plane using this equipment which is not possible in case of the plain road.

The StairMaster

This equipment is developed in the shape of the stairs. This is an excellent workout that perfectly combats excessive fat.

It is very useful in controlling the cholesterol level inside the body, thus making your cardiovascular system healthy & strong.

 By moving on the provided staircase a person will improve the blood circulation in the body. More importantly, this also helps in burning excessive calories from the body.

Mini Gym

A Discussion on Different Types of Cardio Fitness Equipment

This is a very useful piece of cardiovascular equipment that can be used to do different exercises. It is used to perform a variety of exercises.

This exercise directly influences the muscles of the heart. The expansion & compression of the heart muscles during the exercise helps in boosting the strength of the heart.

There are several cardiovascular equipment manufacturers that are offering their products. They have specially manufactured their products as per the recommendations of the physical trainers in order to provide exceptional health benefits to an individual.

These are specially designed while keeping in mind the compact structure of the heart so that you receive several health benefits.

As always, feel free to leave your comments.

The Chemistry of Allergies

 

The chemistry of allergies is as follows:

An allergy is characterized as an immune reaction to the presence of certain substances in one’s body.

Allergies occur when the immune system mistakes a harmless substance for a pathogen. The immunoglobulin responsible for allergies is the IgE immunoglobulin.

The Chemistry of Allergies

Humans are not born with IgE antibodies in their body. The IgE develops 10 days after the first exposure to allergens.

Therefore, it takes repeated exposure to an allergen, to develop an allergy.  Allergies are often not formed upon first exposure.

Have you ever wondered why people have specific allergies?  This is because IgE immunoglobulins have a single protein structure and a set of molecules that all have a slightly different structure.

The IgE, for example that reacts with pollen, is not the same IgE that will react with dust. People who have allergic reactions, also have more IgE present in their bodies than the average, non-allergy containing person.

For example: people with hay fever have about 14 times as much IgE as those who do not.

There are four basic ways that allergens can enter human bodies:

  • inhaling,
  • touching,
  • ingestion 
  • by injection.

There are also two basic types of allergic reactions known as:

  • immediate 
  • delayed

In an immediate reaction, symptoms usually appear only minutes after exposure.

In a delayed allergic reaction, symptoms usually appear about 4 hours, to a few days after exposure to an allergen.

The Chemistry of Allergies

The chemical that is associated with the symptoms of allergy such as itching or swelling, is called Histamine. 

Histamine is the main chemical involved in allergies. Histamine is formed from the breakdown of histidine, which is an amino acid. 

Histamine causes many things that lead to the symptoms experienced during an allergic reaction.  Histamine, for example, can cause contraction or swelling of certain muscles, or stimulate the production of tears or saliva.

It can also cause blood vessels to become dilated, which leads to swelling. The most severe reaction relating to histamine is known as anaphylactic shock. This occurs when an allergy causes a significant drop in blood pressure, and can result in death.

There are chemical treatments that are used to treat allergies. A couple  of these treatments include:

  • antihistamines
  • steroids 

Antihistamines are the most commonly distributed chemical treatment for allergies.  Antihistamines simply block histamines from certain sites on cells, which prevents the allergic reaction caused by histamines from occurring.

There are very many antihistamine medications that affect people in different ways. That is why it is best to consult a doctor about the one best suited to your specific body type and allergy.

The Chemistry of Allergies

Steroids work to relieve swelling, itching and redness that occurs as a result of an allergic reaction. Therefore, steroids are often used on allergy symptoms such as hives or eczema.

For those interested in natural substances for dealing with allergies, they are available for those who wish to pursue that avenue, and can be easily researched on the Internet, by “Googling” under “Natural cures for allergies.”

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Cure For Ringing In The Ears

Have you by chance been looking for a cure for ringing in the ears?  You are not alone because many people are.

11 Proven Ways To Stop Ringing In The Ears

Tinnitus (the medical term for ringing in the ears) is the result of prolonged exposure to loud sound, middle ear infections, ear wax build up and/or damages to the nerve endings.

The sufferer hears sounds that are not present in his or her immediate surroundings.  The type of sound (hissing, clicking, whistling, buzzing etc. ), the pitch and the volume level varies from person to person.

The symptoms must be addressed at the earliest because it interferes with day-to-day activities and also impairs hearing in the long run.

Many debate that there is no cure for ringing in the ears, but it is not true. There a several holistic treatments and home remedies to relieve the symptoms, making life easier for you.

11 Proven Ways To Stop Ringing In The Ears

Here are some of the proven ways to get rid of ringing in the ears.

1. Start by monitoring your blood pressure. Ringing in the ears might develop as a temporary symptom of high blood pressure. So, do take it into consideration.

2. Reduce your intake of salt by 10% of your daily consumption.

3. Quit drinking alcohol and cut back on beverages such as tea and coffee as they contain caffeine, a substance that dehydrates the body.

4. If you use aspirin or medications that have aspirin as one of the main components, try to limit its use. However, you should do so only after consulting your doctor if you are on an aspirin regimen.

5. Ringing in the earss can also be caused by poor blood flow to the structures of the ear. The nicotine present in cigarettes and other tobacco products impedes proper blood flow and hence should be avoided.

6. Exposing yourself to loud noise after you already suffer symptoms of tinnitus tends to aggravate the condition. Protect your ears with ear muffs or ear plugs every time you are visiting a high-noise area.

7. The clicking,  buzzing,  hissing sounds a tinnitus sufferer hears becomes more clear and distracting when the external environment is silent.

11 Proven Ways To Stop Ringing In The Ears

The use of white noise is considered a great coping mechanism because it masks the sound you hear with another louder sound. You can play soft music in the background or concentrate on the sounds produced by the fan or humidifier in the room to dim the other sounds.

8. Whenever the sounds start to echo in your ears, try distracting the mind by doing something else. This way it becomes more manageable.

9. Trying to stop the ringing in the ears is also about controlling stress as too much  stress will worsen it. Take rest whenever possible, and use meditation and yoga to provide an outlet for your stress.

10. Exercise to improve blood circulation in the body.

11. The herbal supplement gingko biloba has also been found to be effective in treating tinnitus . It improves blood circulation and heals inflamed blood vessels.

If the ringing in ears persists despite taking precautions and using all these home remedies, you should fix an appointment with your ENT (ear nose & throat) specialist.  It might hint at a more serious health condition.

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Most Effective Antiaging Skin Care

Let’s check in on what is probably some of the most effective antiaging skin care.

Most Effective Antiaging Skin Care

Although there are obvious causes of premature aging, there are also many ordinary things that are less obvious, which over time can take a toll on the skin and add years to your face.

While many of these tips might seem like common sense, following them will help your skin stay younger, for longer. 

It’s never too soon to start looking after your skin.

Wear sun cream

Exposure to the sun is the number one reason for skin aging.

Over time it damages the skin, causing wrinkles, loss of elasticity, visible blood vessels, hyper-pigmentation and even skin cancer. 

Not wearing sun cream can result in:

  • The loss of elasticity in the skin.
  • Translucent, thinner looking skin.
  • Wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Leathery, dryer, rough skin.
  • Liver spots on the face, back of hands, arms and body.
  • Broken veins and capillaries on the face.
  • Skin cancer.

Most Effective Antiaging Skin Care

Don’t pick your spots!

Given the amount of germs and bacteria that’s under the nails and on your hands, it’s just not sanitary to touch and pick at your pimples. Picking at them can cause breakouts and even make existing spots worse.

You shouldn’t pick at your spots, ingrown hairs, blackheads or anything else on your face.  It can have permanent effects and even leave scars.

Antiaging skin care

Cleanse: 

Gently wash your face both morning and night, but avoid cleansers that have high alcohol content and other drying agents.

Exfoliate:

As dead cells accumulate, the complexion becomes dull and uneven. Make sure you exfoliate your skin weekly, using a gentle facial scrub which will keep the skin smooth, healthy and fresh.

Moisturize:

Apply moisturizer over your face twice a day, not forgetting to treat the neck and the backs of your hands.  Dry, aging skin loses its elasticity, and this is when wrinkles begin to form.

Don’t sleep with your makeup on!

It’s said that a third of women at least twice a week, go to bed without removing their makeup.

Make-up becomes clogged in the pores, making them look larger and resulting in a decline in the collagen, making the skin less supple.

Leaving makeup on through the night results in an overgrowth of bacteria on your face, causing acne and giving the skin an unhealthy look.

Do not share makeup

Sharing makeup is not a good idea, as you risk catching infections when sharing someone else’s cosmetics.

Most Effective Antiaging Skin Care

Sharing mascara brushes can pass on eye infections, and using second hand lipstick and chap sticks can spread viruses, like cold sores.

Cosmetic clinics offer non-surgical cosmetic treatments for the face.

A reputable practitioner knows that the point of a good cosmetic procedure isn’t to make you look totally different, but to make subtle changes.

This in turn will make you look fresher, giving you clearer, younger looking skin and leaving you feeling confident and happy with your appearance.

There are many cosmetic procedures for the face, such as Botox, to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, lip augmentation and fillers to plump up your lips 

Also laser treatment to remove blemishes, moles and thread veins and chemical peels to smooth the surface of your skin.

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How to Remove Nasal Polyps

Many people who suffer from them  would like to know how to remove nasal polyps.

How to Remove Nasal Polyps

Nasal polyps are tear drop shaped growths that form inside the nose. They can cause breathing problems, sinus irritation, snoring, loss of taste, loss of smell and even sleep apnea, a more serious condition.

These growths are often brown or yellowish in color and can range in size from very small, to the size of a grape.

The polyps can be soothed with a couple of natural treatment methods that actually work very well.  And you can  use both of these methods.

 What Are the Natural Treatment Options?

The first method to ease the irritation and even help prevent growths in your sinuses is by simply rinsing your nasal passages frequently. 

Using a daily rinse with a saline solution will clear your nose, make breathing easier and can help sooth nasal polyps.

And again, keeping the nose clean can help prevent the polyps from forming in the first place because some evidence suggests that people with sinusitis are actually more prone to developing polyps in their noses than others.

The second method to ease the irritation that comes with nasal polyps is through the use of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is used for so many ailments.

Not only does it smell great, but because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it can help reduce the inflammation and swelling of nasal polyps.

These two options are great for obvious reasons. They involve absolutely no medications and no invasive medical procedures.

What Are My Treatment Options If The Natural Methods Don’t Work?

How to Remove Nasal Polyps

Other nasal polyp removal options include medications. Often someone who is suffering from nasal polyps may be prescribed steroids like prednisone, nasal sprays and drops for their nose. 

It could even be a combination of all of these.  And yes, sometimes medications don’t even fully get the job done!

That’s when things can get really frustrating for a person with polyps.

Surgery

If you have tried virtually every option other than surgery to alleviate the polyps in your nose, and your quality of life is still not where you want it to be, you may want to consider talking with your doctor about surgery.

How to Remove Nasal Polyps

It is true that surgery can indeed set you back a few days, but most of these surgeries are outpatient procedures.

Of course the downside to surgery is that 75% of patients who do have the surgery actually experience regrowth of the polyps within 4 years.

Always consult your doctor before trying any supplement or treatment option of your own, especially if you have a health condition or are on any medication(s).

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Fitness Goal Tracker

When it comes to setting fitness goals for ourselves these days it has become more and more popular to do it with the aid of a fitness goal tracker.

Why You Should Get a Fitness Tracker

We have been working hard to keep ourselves fit since the industrial revolution. This shows how important it is for our bodies to be able to function effectively and efficiently during the course of our lifestyles.

One advantage that we have today is that we can increase our level of fitness and make our lives better by using a fitness tracker.

There are multiple reasons why you should own and use one. For anyone who is seriously into keeping fit, this is an indispensable tool, especially when you have lots of things to do with your time.

A fitness tracker can be used: as a motivating partner, to set and reach your fitness goals, or to monitor your heart rate, You can use it even under water, and also track your sleep.

It’s time to get yourself a fitness tracker that suits your fitness purpose and your budget.  Remember that the quality and the functions of a workout watch should determine which one suit you best.

1. A motivating partner

A fitness tracker is more of a fitness friend and a strict coach, than just a gadget.  Its major functions are the standard of measurement and motivation.

It lets you view all your activities in the form of information, through which you can see how you did and where you spread your efforts during the workout routine.

This information will later help you to set smarter goals.

2. Fitness goals

Since detailed orientation and clarity are high in priority when setting your fitness goals, a visual impression of your improvements will give you a great sense of accomplishment.

Knowing what you have accomplished and what is yet to be accomplished is the main ingredient for setting better fitness goals

. First, you need to write down the purpose of your tracker; whether it is losing weight, building you body, tracking your sleep or any purpose you have.

3. Monitoring your heart rate

It is important to monitor your heart rate especially but not exclusively during your workout sessions.

A fitness tracker will keep collecting data during your workout and even as you rest. This makes it convenient for you to single out the activities that overload you during exercises.

4. Swimming and diving

Why You Should Get a Fitness Tracker

If you are a regular swimmer or diver, you can get a fitness tracker that is water-resistant. With this, you will get  more out of your fitness program since you are able to get data on you fitness stat while on land or in water.

In addition, in some cases you can even get information of the number of strokes you make as you swim, your swimming efficiency, and your swimming pace.

5. Tracking your sleep

A fitness tracker has a role in every activity within the course of your lifestyle. This includes  when you are resting or sleeping.

Getting good quality sleep optimizes your rate of success in your fitness program. The whole of your body should be relaxed for you to make up for all exhaustion and proper tissue building and repair.

If you are interested in knowing what I have personally done regarding  a fitness tracker you may refer back to an article I wrote previously by clicking here.

Also, your comments  or experience with a fitness tracker are welcome below.

 

Ways to Fight The Common Cold

One of the most common health ailments known to mankind is the common cold.  In this article we will look at some of the ways to fight the common cold.

Home Health Care - Eat To Beat The Common Cold

If a viral infection of your upper respiratory tract has taken you out, chances are the last thing you feel like doing is eating. 

Your appetite is down, your throat is scratchy, and if you have a stuffed up nose, then eating means that the only way you have of breathing  is now blocked temporarily.

It’s not a pleasant experience at all. That said, if you want to make a speedy recovery, eating will be a big part of the plan.

Certain foods give your body the fuel it needs to fight off the viral infection, getting you on the road to recovery.

A few foods in particular can help cure a common cold faster than others.  Let’s look at the best foods to be eating if you want to beat that infection:

1. Garlic.

While not classed as food, if you add garlic to as many dishes as you do eat, you will be much better off.  Garlic is a potent immune booster and can also help kill unwanted infections in your body as well.

Garlic kills unwanted viruses and bacteria thanks to the level of allicin it contains.  Allicin is an active component that contains antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.

2. Sweet Potatoes.

Home Health Care - Eat To Beat The Common Cold

To help give you an energizing boost, sweet potatoes should be  added to your diet. You do need to eat some carbs while trying to beat a cold even if you aren’t very active right now.  It’s these carbs that will give you the energy you need to fight the infection.

Sweet potatoes are great because not only will they help to keep your blood sugar levels stable, but also they are a very rich source of vitamin A, which is essential for maintaining your mucosal surfaces.

Since these mucosal surfaces are your first defense against infection, they’ll help prevent any further unwanted viruses or bacteria from entering your body.

3. Kale.

Preparing yourself a kale salad is another excellent idea when you are down with the common cold. Kale is very rich in vitamin C content, which plays a crucial role in restoring a healthy immune system.

A high intake of vitamin C while you are suffering from a cold can help you lower the overall duration of your cold, helping you get back to feeling better soon.

4. Chicken Noodle Soup.

Home Health Care - Eat To Beat The Common Cold

Finally, the old saying is true: “chicken noodle soup can cure a cold.”The hot liquid will help soothe your sore throat as well as clear up some of the congestion.

The recovery is thanks to the fact the hot liquid will raise your internal body temperature which helps loosen mucus secretions in your airways.  Plus, it’s easier to drink soup with a painful throat.

So there you have the top foods to eat next time you feel under the weather with the common cold. Serve these foods and you’ll be back to your usual healthy self in no time.

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Points To Consider When Buying Second Hand Gym Equipment

The following article provides tips that should help in making an informed decision when buying second hand  gym equipment.

Points To Consider When Buying Used Gym Equipment

If you are on a tight budget, purchasing used gym equipment can be a smart decision .  However, the used equipment that you select should be in good condition. 

Buying Tip

Irrespective of the equipment that you have selected to buy, it would be wise to find  a reliable and trustworthy seller with a reputation for delivering quality products that are priced reasonably.

When selecting the right equipment, you need to keep certain things in mind so that the purchased equipment does not falter when used later on.

Check for Functionality

Buying used gym equipment should not be at the cost of compromising on the durability.  Ensure that the equipment is working completely fine.

Examine the different features of the machine and find out the presence of any damage. Try the machine and verify if its features are working fine and safe.

Check for Maintenance

Take time to inspect and find out if the gym equipment is maintained well. It is important that no damages have been done to the vital components of the equipment so that it is safe when working with the equipment.

Points To Consider When Buying Used Gym Equipment

The presence of cracks and tears in the parts are the results of poor maintenance.

Check for Comfort Level

It is important that you feel comfortable while using the equipment. Otherwise, there are chances of sustaining injury and health issues while using it.

So don’t buy equipment simply because the deal appears lucrative.

Choose from Reputed Brands

See to it that the maker of the used fitness equipment is a reliable and reputed manufacturer and provides a warranty on the parts.  Usually, going for quality brands ensures the durability of the equipment.

Check for Warranty

 Used fitness machines usually do not  come with a warranty, but in certain cases, the seller might provide a warranty of up to one year.

Check with the manufacturer to find out if they provide after-sales service.

Go Through Customer Reviews

It makes sense to buy gym equipment that has a considerable number of testimonials to its credit.

Searching online or reading fitness magazines about customer reviews of the equipment will help to judge the reliability of the equipment.

Points To Consider When Buying Used Gym Equipment

Buy at the Right Price

Before buying used equipment, find out the retail price of the machine.  For this, you could go through the classified ads as given for the local area or browse the websites and compare prices to find the best deals available that meet your budget.

Once the actual market value is discovered, it would be much easier for you to bargain with the seller for the used fitness equipment.

Before inking the deal, verify if any additional expenses like installation cost, delivery charges, and servicing costs need to be paid.

On the whole, it would be beneficial to do one’s own research before purchasing used gym equipment.

Purchasing in haste could mean regret later. On the whole, an impulsive buy is not recommended when buying used gym equipment.

If after all of your investigations into used gym equipment you are still finding it to be beyond your budget, you might want to refer back to  former articles of mine where,after considerable research, I was able  to locate a good  NEW popular brand machine from a reliable supplier and at a reasonable price.

OR, if you want to bypass my former articles and go directly to the machine I recommend, click here.

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