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.

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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.

5 Tips For Seasonal Depression Treatment

It is good to have on hand some knowledge about  seasonal depression treatment.

Many people experience seasonalI depression, commonly known as seasonal  affective disorder (SAD) that causes depressive episodes during different seasons.

5 Tips to Beat Seasonal Depression

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) says that around 4 to 10 percent of people in the United States suffer from SAD. This is probably similar in other countries as well.

However, some studies suggest that nearly 20 percent of people may be affected by this disorder. Though more people are affected by SAD during the winter season, one can exhibit depressive symptoms even during the summer season.

When summer is marked by rainy days, things tend to worsen.  Rainy days mean less light, which makes a person sleepy and gloomy with the body signaling that it is time to rest.

If you do not like summer and feel that depression engulfs you in this weather, here are five summer depression busters that you can adopt:

    1. Plan something to lift the mood:5 Tips to Beat Seasonal Depression

To beat the summer blues, one does not have to plan an exotic holiday that might create a hole in the pocket. Going to a quiet café for lunch with a friend, or going on a long drive might just help beat the low mood.

Planning something interesting throughout the entire summer can boost the mood and cut down depressive episodes.

        2. Don’t dehydrate:

Summer is the time when dehydration can catch you unawares. Have adequate water, citrus fruits, or refreshing juices to keep yourself hydrated

. According to studies conducted by the University of Connecticut’s Human Performance Laboratory, even mild dehydration can significantly alter a person’s mood, energy levels and his ability to think clearly.

5 Tips to Beat Seasonal DepressionResearchers recommend that individuals should drink eight, 8 ounce gasses or  water a day, which is approximately equivalent to about 2 liters.

          3. Be near people:

Being in isolation can make one more depressed than ever. One of the best things to do when depressed is to catch hold of a few friends and spend time with them.

One can chat near a pool or just watch TV together. Even picking up a phone and calling up someone can help beat summer blues.

          4. Involve yourself in something new:

Summer is a great time to take part in new activities.

Break the monotony and try new things. For example, getting up early in the morning and taking a jog at a park will refresh the mind.

Learning a new sport can also help better the mood and distract from depressive thoughts.

          5. Eat foods that help boost moods:

When depressed, a person is prone to eating more.  Moreover, during the summers, diet soda, ice cream, sweets, etc., usually become an integral part of our daily food.

It must be remembered,however, that sugar can aggravate depressive symptoms.  Once the sugary flavor wears out, one might just feel worse than ever.

Thus, it is recommended to consume healthful foods that boost the moods, like walnuts, blueberries, yogurt, chocolates, turkey, greasy fish, etc.

5 Tips to Beat Seasonal Depression

            Battling summer depression

Just when beating the heat was a task in itself, depression stepped in to add to the problems.

However, with little efforts from our own self, we can fight depression this summer and feel new and refreshed.

But if depression persists and there is no relief from the terrible mood swings, opt for a depression help.

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Why Are Pets Good For Your Health?

Much has been written and spoken about the value of having pets in the home.  So why are pets good for your health?

For example, in some cases having a pet in the home can actually help a child from developing some allergies and develop stronger immune systems.

How Having a Pet Benefits Your Health

When a child is brought up with pets, it is less likely they will develop allergies to animals. As they grow up they will have more self-confidence and a better self-image because of the responsibilities they are given with feeding, caring for and playing with their pets. They will be a more compassionate and caring person.

A pet can help improve your socialization skills as you meet and interact with other pet owners. You may meet others at training classes where others are trying to train their pet with the same parenting skills or you may interact with others at a dog park.

Pet owners enjoy sharing information about their pets good or bad. So if you are shy, share your pets stories with others and you will find how other pet owners or lover of pets will listen and begin a conversation sharing their information that may be similar or even more hilarious than yours.

How Having a Pet Benefits Your Health

This is also a good way to meet others of the opposite sex.

The National institute of Health has conducted heart-related studies and the findings show that pet owners had decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels which can minimize the risk of a heart attack.

Hugging an animal and even petting them helps calm you. They are warm, soft and responds to your affection which calms your nerves and makes you feel relaxed.

How Having a Pet Benefits Your Health

Watch fish in an aquarium and you will find peace and serenity as the fish swim silently back and forth up and down. Your anxieties developed during your difficult and busy day will be lessened and you’ll enjoy your evening better with your loved ones and friends.

Dog owners are able to walk, run, jog, bike, hike with their canine friend which are exercises that can help you stay fit. It’s so much better exercising with a friend as a dog or as some people do with their pig, or cat.

How Having a Pet Benefits Your Health

Have you seen people train their pets to ride on their motorcycle or even train them on surfboards?  What fine companions,  and it makes exercising more fun. The time will go by much quicker.

When you are feeling depressed or lonely, a pet may give you that feeling of joy and happiness, especially if you are sick and elderly. Pets sometimes do funny antics and you’ll have someone to talk to instead of being home alone.

You can complain and curse and they won’t walk away from you and tell you to stop complaining. They sit and listen and don’t judge what you are saying. They take away that loneliness because they are faithful and loyal to you always there.

Dogs and even some cats are good at keeping you safe as they warn you of intruders and even dangers in the house. Best of all you don’t even have to live in a house and they will still love you.

How Having a Pet Benefits Your Health

There are so many reasons pets are useful animals in helping humans remain healthy. So if a person is not already allergic to the pet fur and does not have a pet, go out and adopt a cat, dog, fish, rabbit or whatever animal that may appeal to you.

Out there is an animal that may help make you live longer, feel euphoric, and become a better person.

How Having a Pet Benefits Your Health

There are many animals in the animal shelters that are waiting to be adopted who can help you solve some of your health problems. Go out there today and make a pet happy and yourself healthier.

Tell us about how your pet or pets help you.

How To Gain Control of Your Emotions

The following is a good example of how to gain control of your emotions:

If you drop by a fire station on any given Monday, there is a good chance there will be something interesting to see.

Most likely you will arrive to see a crew of firefighters intently going through compartments on the fire truck. They will be pulling out metal toolboxes and large bulky bags and packs.

How To Gain Control of Emotions

If you watch a little longer you will see the crews going through the bags, pulling out all kinds of equipment such as hand tools, power tools, and specialty tools alike, and checking them over like concerned mother ducks.

It’s “Monday Jobs” day,  and the crews are beginning their routines of maintaining and running all the pieces of equipment that are carried on the fire truck.  After all, they must be ready with fueled saws, gas blowers, hydraulic rescue tools, working axes, pike poles,  and ceiling pullers, used for ventilation operations, rescue, or forcible entry.

You might see hundreds of feet of different colored rope, for high angle rescue, being pulled out of bright orange bags and given the once over.

You might see a flash of silver as carabineers and pulleys are double and triple checked.  You might jump with a start as the growl of a gas blower, or the scream of a chainsaw, hits your ear drums.

Items that are broken and worn get fixed or replaced.

It is a big part of the job to go through the many packs on the truck and maintain the  tools and equipment so that the firemen  may be ready at a moment’s notice for whatever comes next.

The Forgotten Backpack

For all of their careful preparation and maintenance, however, there is one backpack that firefighters often forget to check.  This one is the one for which no daily, weekly, or monthly check off list exists, the one bag  not required to check, but which may be the one that needs the most attention and maintenance of all.

For in this backpack, carried invisibly on each firefighter’s back, sit the calls, the thousands of emergency calls, the really bad ones especially, and the multitude of stuffed feelings that may accompany them.

Firefighters see bad things. It is part of their job and it is what they signed up to do.  And while they may be good at handling the emergency scene, many times their feelings become an after thought, something they have to try to push away after an especially difficult emergency.

Of course, firefighters are, by far, not the only ones who see difficult things in the world. Yes, feelings of pain and suffering are most definitely a universal part of our human experience.

So here is the thing.

We ALL carry our own invisible emotional backpacks on our backs, and it would serve us well to check them regularly. 

Empty Your Emotional Backpack

In our personal backpacks we carry those things that weigh on our shoulders and our minds, many of them unexpressed thoughts and feelings, that we have hurriedly stuffed away, even years ago, because they felt uncomfortable and messy.

Your Feelings Are Part of Your Humaneness

The assortment of feelings may include all the big ones, such as guilt, shame, anger, fear, and despair.  For many of us, dealing with feelings is a challenge.  Has it become a habit to avoid your feelings or avoid expressing them authentically? There are many reasons why it can be hard to express how we are really feeling.

We may have learned in our impressionable youth that it was not okay to show feelings–the “children should be seen not heard” syndrome.  Maybe when we were young and we did show our feelings, we were judged somehow. “Man up”‘ or even a benign sounding “Don’t cry,” are instant ways to shut down someone’s true expression.

Empty Your Emotional Backpack

We might worry about what others will think, if we show our feelings. “Can’t let them see me angry or sad. I want to appear in control.” Maybe we listen to our internal judge, “Oh I shouldn’t let myself get upset about that.”

For some of us, even feelings of joy might be hard for us to express. “I wouldn’t want to look silly or undignified,” our mind might chatter. Firefighters may think,”I do not want to burden my loved ones with my feelings.”

Our reasons are many, for hiding our true feelings.  But whatever the case, it serves us enormously to realize that feelings are natural to have and express. They are an integral part of our human experience. They are what make us uniquely human!

Express Yourself

When we stuff our feelings away and hide them in our backpacks, we set ourselves up for problems in our future.  Do we explode one day, all those feelings coming out all over the place with a messy bang?

Or do those unexpressed emotions start to eat away at our insides literally,  causing physical ailment, illness, or dis-ease.

When our personal backpacks become too full and overloaded, they spill out, usually in messy ways.

When our feelings run amok at the slightest event at work or home, we know that our backpack has become too full. It serves us well to be aware of the weight of our backpacks.

Good fire organizations encourage their firefighters to attend critical incident stress debriefings after an especially bad call. This is the time for crews to check through their backpacks, and see what it is that  can be acknowledged, felt, and expressed.

Just as we take care of ourselves by staying physically fit and knowing our jobs, I believe it is just as vital to maintain and take care of our emotional well-being too.

There are many ways we all can choose to empty our overflowing backpacks.  A conversation with a mentor may give us relief.  We may seek out professional therapies or our closest friends for support.

Empty Your Emotional Backpack

. Processing our feelings through art, dance, and creativity may feel right. Whatever the way we choose to affirm and honor our feelings, we will begin to feel relief when we release the weight of old thought patterns and stuffed feelings.

So today, friends, let us remember to:

Give yourself permission to feel your natural human feelings.

Especially give yourself permission to feel the ones that get the bad rap. Let yourself feel jealous, intolerant, impatient, angry, sad and fearful.

Practice feeling your feelings fully.

It is OK if this takes time.  Some of our feelings are buried deep. If it is sadness, feel it fully, let the tears flow. If it is anger, feel it, scream it, write about it, run it out, dance it through.  Let it out!

Empty Your Emotional Backpack

Resolve to maintain and empty your backpack.

Frequently. You will feel lighter and freer as you authentically express your feelings on your journey.

It takes courage to be human. It takes courage to be authentic in our humaneness.  And it takes great courage to feel our feelings fully and then express them.

Let’s remember to take care of ourselves. We can gently remind one another.

Let us lighten our load and empty our backpacks.

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Natural Ways To Relieve Pain

We need to know natural ways to relieve pain, because pain causes so much discomfort in the body, and it may cause one to lose normal function of the body part for some time.

Know The Natural Ways That Can Help Relieve Body Pain

Whether you have a headache, earache, or whatever kind of pain, the first thing most people do is reach out for that painkiller. While this may be useful in relieving pain, taking too many painkillers may cause one to have a dependency syndrome where he or she cannot do without the painkillers.

That is why it is good to have natural ways, such as the use of best organic supplements to relieve pain.

There are various natural ways that you can use to relieve, manage or cope with pain and these include:

1. Soaking in warm water

This will help alleviate any form of muscle spasms and muscle pain, especially in arthritis. Warm water makes the joints loose and makes one feel at ease as it reduces the gravity force that compresses the joints and it offers a 360 degree support for sore limbs. Soak for about 20 minutes so that there is a prolonged effect after you are done.

One may add essential oils which are the best organic supplements as they will help relax the muscles, hence making stretching exercises more tolerable and beneficial.

2. Heat therapy

When you apply some form of heat, it will ease the pain. You can use a hot water bottle, or a heating pad or a hot bath. The heat increases the flow of nutrients and healing oxygen to the area that has pain, and it suppresses the pain which helps in repairing the damaged tissues.

The sensory receptors in the skin are stimulated by heat, which decreases the pain transmission to the brain and relieves discomfort.

3. MassageKnow The Natural Ways That Can Help Relieve Body Pain

Massage make the body feel great and reduces pain on the back, osteoarthritis, neck pain, and surgery related pain.

Massage therapy boosts endorphin and serotonin levels which are natural body pain killers and also reduces the stress levels. Massage also relieves discomfort after one has done intense exercises which make the muscles sore.

4. Taking herbal supplements

The best organic supplements have anti-inflammatory properties in them so they can treat the inflammation and reduce pain.

Other herbs play a critical role in ensuring that the muscles relax, there is good blood and oxygen flow to the joints and muscles hence reducing pain. These herbs can be in the form of capsules or liquids, or they can be brewed in tea.

5. Acupuncture

Know The Natural Ways That Can Help Relieve Body Pain

This is an ancient pain relieving method that was used by the Chinese and it involves inserting tiny needles into specific points in the body. The needles, then cause an incomplete imbalance of energy and also affect the adenosine activity in the body, hence it eases the pain after an injury.

Acupuncture also improves the nervous and musculoskeletal system functions which often cause pain.

6. Yoga and meditation

Yoga has been found to relieve pain and also reduce stress levels. It enhances the stress coping mechanisms hence lessen the amount of stress, which may intensify the pain.

Yoga is used in most places to treat lower back pain. Meditation involves relaxing and having simple breathing exercises.

7. Exercises

Pain can be caused by stiff muscles or tension in the muscles. When you exercise, you strengthen and stretch the affected muscles, hence reducing the inflammation and pain.

Know The Natural Ways That Can Help Relieve Body Pain

Exercises also make muscles and joints much stronger hence one has fewer chances of getting injuries.

When you are obese or overweight, you are causing too much pressure on the joints which in turn become painful. Exercising helps one reduce the weight and then it reduces the chances of degeneration of bone diseases such as osteoporosis which is painful.

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6 Tips To Lose Weight Fast in 30 Days, Including Busy Ones

We have all had those hectic days when it seems like the to-do list is just never going to come to an end. However, no matter how busy we get in our lives it is  still important, if we are going to lose weight fast, to stick to our long-term goals like losing a bit of weight every day

You see losing weight is much like an airplane taking off – it doesn’t work if it slows down at the end of the runway !

At the same time though, eating healthy for weight loss doesn’t have to be complicated as long as we make sure to plan ahead and anticipate the hectic days in our schedule.

One convenient trick I have always used is to keep convenient healthy snacks with me! This way I never feel the urge to binge on unnecessary excess calories.

Here are 6 tips for healthy meals on busy days:

Family time6 Tips for Burning Fat on Busy Days

Always make sure that you have at least one meal of the day with your family that isn’t rushed. This promotes family bonding and let’s be honest, when you are not rushed to get to your next appointment it is easier to have a healthy meal!

A family meal can be any meal of the day, not necessarily just dinner. Just be sure to be flexible with what time the meal starts as not everyone will have the same schedule every day!

Be prepared

In order to save time, cook ahead. Cook several meals in advance and keep them in the freezer until you need them! For example you can always cook pasta one night and have only a portion of it warm leaving the rest over for the next day as pasta salad.

Keep ingredients that make simple meals.

By keeping it simple when you don’t have time, you won’t have the urge to buy unhealthy junk food from a takeout joint! Here are some ingredients that make simple meals:

• 100 Percent whole-wheat bread (Unless you are gluten intolerant)

• Lean deli meats, salsa

• Canned dried beans

• Low-fat or fat-free yogurt and cheese.

• Whole-wheat pasta6 Tips for Burning Fat on Busy Days

• Fresh and frozen vegetables

• Fresh and canned fruits

Convenience and health

There is such a massive health drive these days, that convenient snacks that used to be packed with calories are now being replaced with healthier alternatives!

For example if you are feeling hungry you can always pick up a protein bar at the shops that doesn’t contain any unhealthful ingredients!

Simplify your life

Save time during meal preparations by keeping pre-cut fruit and veg in the fridge.

Fresh fruit will always be the best option but, canned fruit will work just as well! Just make sure that the canned fruit is not the sugary syrup kind, and wash the fruit before you consume it in order to reduce the sodium content.

Keep a menu of simple meals

These meals should take 20 minutes or less to prepare. This is a really handy idea when you don’t have any time during your hectic busy days!

6 Tips for Burning Fat on Busy Days

Loosing weight isn’t something that you do only when you feel like it! It is something that you do every day, whether you feel like it or not! It is simple, set your self up for success by planning ahead and you will be on the correct path to lose that stubborn excess body fat, even within 30 days.

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Best Personal Fitness Tracker

 

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.

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.

There are multiple reasons why you should own and use a fitness tracker.   If you are seriously into keeping fit, it is an indispensable tool especially when you have lots of things to do with your time.

fitness tracker can be used: as a motivating partner, to set and reach your fitness goals, and 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 suits you best.

Why You Should Get a Fitness Tracker

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 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 divingWhy 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 accomplish more out of your fitness program since you are able to get data on your fitness stat while on land and in water.

In addition, 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 include 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 exhaustion and proper tissue building and repair.

As always, feel free to leave your comments or questions.

 

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