Back Surgery Alternatives

Suffering from back pain and wondering if surgery is the way to go? Well here is the cold hard truth.  Back surgery should not be your first or only option. You should first check out your back surgery alternatives.

There are many types of surgery for the back.  Here are a few: Spinal Fusion, Laminectomy, Foraminotomy, Discectomy, Disc Replacement and Interlaminar. The type of surgery obviously depends on your specific symptoms.

Along with these types of operations, advances in surgical techniques has made operations less invasive, resulting in less risk, speedier recovery and shorter hospital stays.  Also all this means a better chance of a successful operation and elimination of your back / spinal problems.Back Surgery: The Cold, Hard Truth

This is all great news and certainly surgery is a very viable option. But there are also risks involved in any surgical procedure, e.g.. blood clots, infections, reactions to medications and anesthesia and nerve damage.

Many times the surgery is successful, but the pain continues. There is even a term to describe this. It is called “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome”. Some statistics claim that the failure rate is as high as seventy-four percent!

The biggest reason is the fact that back pain is very hard to identify.

Back Surgery: The Cold, Hard Truth

The back and spine is a very complex system of nerves, muscles, bones and ligaments. Even with the best diagnostic tools it is very hard to pin point the problem. Also many times the muscles and nerves have been inflamed for so long that recovery is very slow if at all.

I also think that too many patients, and for that matter doctors, see surgery as the only solution.  Back pain sufferers believe that all they have to do is have an operation and presto the pain is gone.

While that is true for some, for many the pain is still there.

I know people who have  had back pain and surgery.  Based on their experiences, here are my suggestions.  Now I am no expert, so take these ideas as based on one person’s observation and research.

However many studies have concluded that anyone suffering from back pain should consider the following suggestions before resorting to surgery.

  1. Rest: Many times simply resting for a few day and taking over the counter painkillers will alleviate the problem.
  2. Lose weight: The amount of stress a few extra pounds of weight places on the back is enormous, and although this is a long term solution, and results will not be felt for some time.  It is definitely a good course of action.
  3. Exercise: Again, like losing weight, this will take time, but again the results are worth it. Walking is probably the best single thing you can do for a bad back. There are also specific exercises for your particular back problem.
  4. Avoidance: Learn what types of activities cause the back pain and avoid them. Sounds easy I know, but hard to do in practice. For me shoveling snow can set off my back. So if I have to shovel I use an ergonomic shovel, take smaller scoops and rest frequently.  Of course moving further South would solve this problem!

Back Surgery: The Cold, Hard Truth

So the cold hard truth is surgery is a viable option.  But in my opinion taking an alternative approach and exploring these non- surgical options first is the way to go.

Your comments or questions below are always welcome.

Protein Marker May Help in Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder

Diagnosing one of the most complex psychological problems, bipolar disorder, is a daunting task and a wrong treatment can exacerbate the condition.

Doctors, psychiatrists, and researchers have long been trying to fathom it and invent an elixir for it, but to no avail.  However, a recent study has unraveled a protein that might help detect the disorder.

Living with bipolar is an uphill task because of unpredictable mood upheavals, sometimes high and at times dismally low. It is even marked by depression, racing thoughts, delusions of grandeur and thoughts of inconceivable miseries.Life gets jeopardized as bipolar affects every aspect of one’s life, be it the job or relationship with family members and society.

Diagnosis of bipolar

The current bipolar diagnosis does not have a foolproof system in place and draws most of its inferences from questionnaires, brain scans or blood tests, that also just to rule out other potential conditions.

Apart from these, there are no other procedures which can help in the diagnosis. But the latest study comes as a respite and offers some hope to the cause of bipolar treatment.

A study by the Mayo Clinic tried to identify a marker in the blood for bipolar,  and analyzed 272 different proteins in blood samples of 288 patients. The researchers said, “It is one of the first studies to assess the feasibility of high throughput multiplexed immunoassay technology (272 proteins) trying to distinguish different types of mood disorders.”

The group of participants was divided into four recognized clinical subsections of the disease – bipolar I disorder (46), bipolar II disorder (49), unipolar depression (52) and 141 individuals without mood disorders, to act as controls.

Of the 272 different proteins, the researchers found that 73 proteins differed between the four study groups and six were found to significantly differ between bipolar I disorder and the control group.

The findings, though in the initial stage, lay the foundation for further research and give a new hope to those battling the debilitating condition.

Understanding bipolar disorder

Protein Marker May Help in Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), categorizes bipolar into four recognized clinical subsections:

Bipolar I disorder: It is characterized by manic episodes that last at least for a week. The attacks could be so intense that the individual might need immediate hospitalization. Depressive episodes are also seen here.

Bipolar II disorder: It is marked by depressive episodes and hypomanic (less serious than manic) episodes, but no full manic episodes.

Bipolar disorder not normally specified (BP-NOS): In this case, though bipolar symptoms can be seen, they do not fit the criteria for types I or II.

Cyclothymic disorder (Cyclothymia): It is characterized by episodes of hypomania and mild depression for at least two years, but does not meet the diagnostic requirements of the bipolar types mentioned above.

Available treatment options

Though not curable, it can be treated and contained to a large extent. A proper diagnosis is important for that and at the right juncture. But a proper diagnosis is the biggest challenge in the treatment of bipolar.

If you have any things you wish to contribute to this subject  or questions to ask,  please feel free to leave them here.

 

Get the Motivation to Lose Weight: Can You Lose Weight?

The motivation to lose weight can be very hard to find, particularly when you’ve often tried and failed before.  Or when you’ve tried, done it… and then put it all back on again!

There comes a point when you just give up, accept that you are the weight and size you are,  and that you’re stuck with it.

But the truth is that this is the best time to understand why it is that you can’t lose weight, or keep it off when you have.

In this article, we’re going to look at several things that affect your weight and are totally out of your control. These include:

  • Hormones
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Medication
  • Metabolism

After we’ve looked at the above, we’ll look at how to prepare your body to find the motivation to lose weight.

Hormones and weight loss

When you say “it’s my hormones”, people smile and give you knowing looks. But your hormones have a huge effect on your motivation, metabolism and mood.

If you’re under long term stress at work or at home, your body releases a type of adrenalin called cortisol, a hormone that affects your body shape.

And the problem is abdominal fat tends to stick around even if the original stress has passed.  Why?  Because by that time, your stress is about your body shape, but your hormones can’t tell the difference between the original stress and the stress about weight gain, so it just keeps pumping out the cortisol.

Stress and weight loss

A study of 6,700 nurses published in the International Journal of Obesity by Overgaard et al (2004) indicated that stress and its accompanying hormone changes – due to workload in the case of those nurses – is a major contributor to weight gain, particularly around the abdomen.

Anxiety and weight loss

Anxiety, a close relative of stress, also affects hormones.

Stress and anxiety tend to go together and as a result your body shape changes over time. The more anxious you are, the more it affects your hormones.

Weirdly, anxiety can also result in weight loss. Ever heard the expression “she lives on her nerves” about a very thin woman? That’s the anxiety, and that’s not healthy either.

Medication and weight loss

Sometimes it feels like you just can’t win.

Many people do not understand that when you say “my medication makes me fat”, you are telling the unvarnished truth.

But when you have a life threatening condition like diabetes, auto inflammatory disease, heart disease or epilepsy, your doctor will probably  convince you that it’s important that you keep taking the medications to keep you alive.

Anti depressants, birth control pills and antibiotics are also prescribed for your health in certain circumstances

Unfortunately, those same medications can make you really hungry a lot of  the time.

The reason farmers fill their animals with antibiotics?  It makes them gain weight.  It also makes you gain weight.

And there’s nothing like having a baby to make you gain weight.

Metabolism and weight loss

Some are born with a slow metabolism.

Some have slow metabolism thrust upon them.

Some people just have slower metabolisms than others. They are born that way, which means that the “average” calorie intake for an adult tends to put weight on them.

Alternatively, those who originally had average metabolisms and gained weight, lost it, gained it back again (and more) – known as yoyo dieting – tend to develop slower metabolisms through dieting.

A recent study from the National Institutes of Health on contestants from “The Biggest Loser” program indicated that those who lose a lot of weight are more likely to gain most of it back and can even put on more weight than before they lost it.

Their bodies went into famine mode and never came out again.

What’s the answer?  How to lose weight

The answer lies in preparing your body through addressing your stress, balancing your gut and letting your body know that this is not a famine.

Stress can be reduced through gentle movement or stretching like yoga, Tai Chi or Chi Gung.  Meditation can also help.

You can begin to balance your gut through adding a probiotic to your diet.  Make sure you choose one with many strains, rather than just one.  Care needs to be exercised here because many strains do not work well.  If anyone wants to contact me at fabulou4@fabuloushealthnews.com, I can give you some personal advice on that.

Living food can also help: bio active yoghurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir are some examples of living food.

Add a fresh juice or smoothie to your diet. Not bought from a store, but made at home in your own juicer or blender. Fresh fruit and vegetables are incredibly nourishing. Nourishment tends to reduce hunger.

Do you have questions or observations from your own experience?  We would love to hear from you.

Treatment For Plantar Fasciitis Pain

You know something just isn’t right when you wake up every morning dreading those first steps getting out of your bed.

The pain is sharp. The pain is real. The pain is instant. Slowly, as you take a few more steps you find some relief only to go through it all again each and every time you get up from a sitting position.

You’ve got plantar fasciitis and it is not fun. Plantar fasciitis heel brings over one million people per year to a doctor or chiropractor for relief.

While it is often associated with certain sports, plantar fasciitis heel pain is not influenced by gender, nor is it exclusively an athlete’s problem. Sedentary folks find themselves with plantar fasciitis as well.

So, to help, here are 5 easy things you can do right now to help relieve the heel pain that comes from plantar fasciitis.

    1. Walk. Yes those initial steps are going to be painful. Sometimes they are very painful, but as you slowly walk you’ll find the pain subside quite a bit with each and every step. Take it slow but keep going.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2.  Roll. Get a tennis ball or child’s play ball, or even a golf ball            and gently roll the bottom of your foot from just behind th         ball of the foot to the heel on the ball.                                                                                                                                                                                                     Start by doing this while you’re sitting and then slowly                   increase the pressure to roll while standing. Do not put                 your full weight into the ball

        3. Stretch. Believe it or not, the pain you feel in your heel from                     plantar fasciitis is associated with your calf muscle. You need                   to stretch those muscles.

One way to do this is to take a towel and roll it into a log                             shape.  Place the ball of your foot on the top of the rolled up                     towel and   drop your heel to the ground to stretch the calf.                       Hold the  stretch for 60 seconds and then switch to the other                 foot.

         4.  Soak. Soak your feet in a warm epsom salt bath. For even                           more benefit, add a few marbles to the water and roll your                       feet on the marbles while you soak. Add some essential oils                     too to help relax or invigorate you.

         5.  Massage. After your foot soak, warm some coconut or olive                     oil between your hands and gently massage the bottom of                         your feet starting with the ball of your foot down through the                 arch to the heel.

Many people find permanent relief following these simple 5 steps on a regular basis. Other helpful tips include reducing the heel height of your shoes, walking barefoot occasionally and losing weight.

If the above methods fail to help, you might want to check out my previous blog on shoe insoles.

Please feel free as always to leave you comments or ask questions.

Good Feet Insole Prices — Review

Walking or standing for a prolonged period can cause health problems that you might not be aware of while you are still young. However, as we grow old, the stress that we put on our joints can cause not only joint pains but other health issues as well.

One way to help relieve our joints is to use insoles. Insoles are basically removable pads that are placed inside one’s footwear to provide comfort and support to the person as well as stability for some patients that are diagnosed with plantar fasciitis.

Insole Types:

When purchasing your insoles, there are 3 kinds that you will encounter – comfort, support and custom orthotics.

  1.  Comfort type

These are basically sold in a health store,  department store or box  store, as one does not need a prescription or a podiatrist’s advice to get them.

These soles are made with gel or foam and are commonly called the insole that is “one size fits all”.  They are also lightweight and easy to slip on.  For people who have to stand for a prolonged period of time, wearing these would not only improve shock absorption but also provide comfort.

2.  Support type

Arch support is the most common support type and often used in sports to provide players with flexibility and shock absorption especially for heavy sports activities.

Because I have fallen arches and require support, years ago I had to invest in several pairs of insoles to support my arches..  I added them to all my shoes and slippers, and from that time, I have no longer had to walk with pain in the arches of my feet. .  I am very happy and even though they cost a lot of money at the time, they were well worth it.

I just wish I had known then that I could buy good quality insoles on line for less money.  To check out the kind I used at a price less than I paid click here.

3.  CustoImized insoles

These are made from molds of the patient’s feet to correct any problems.  Some patients also use these insoles to help ease pain and speed up recovery time by alleviating the pressure on the body.

Purchasing Insoles 

When purchasing insoles, fit is important.. Try standing on one and balance yourself with the other foot. If you feel wobbly or your heels are overlapping the heel cup then you might want a different size.

Remember that it will take some getting used to and it might be difficult at first.  However, once you use the insoles every day, you will notice a difference in your health.  Insoles should last for years if cleaned and dried out properly.

Please tell us about your experience with insoles or ask questions, if  you like.

Detox Cleanse & Weight Loss Made Easy: Five Program Essentials

Natural cleansing detox:

1. Remove Toxic Exposure:

Avoid out-gassing, perfumes and lotions. The molecules you smell are dissolved in the nasal sinus and received by “taste buds”  in your nose. While minute, you essentially consume what you smell.

If you happen to work in an environment involving chemicals you should wear protection from the fumes.

Check the ingredients of anything you put on your skin.  How would you feel about eating it?  As a side-note, dry skin is often due to dehydration – try drinking more water.

Cut out all sugar and processed foods.  Basically, anything that has a shelf-life. These “foods” survive on the shelf for long periods of time because even microbes have the good sense NOT to eat them. This is the most difficult tenet because the modern lifestyle often requires food on demand.

You will need to plan quick, easily prepared, nutritious meals IN ADVANCE – especially if your schedule requires you to eat on the run. No bread, pasta, or wheat. Try lettuce wraps instead of sandwiches.

No Fatty foods, red meat, or dairy allowed.  No caffeine, alcohol, corn, soy, nuts, seeds or strong spices. These foods are harder to digest and add to overall toxic load.

2. Replace Essential Nutrients:Get your vitamins and minerals by eating organic vegetables. The more colorful the better!    Use moderation with sweet and starchy vegetables like potatoes and beets.  Fruit is acceptable for some, but not all.

Cook your green veggies to the point they turn vibrant spring green, but not beyond.  Overcooked vegetables are disgustingly mushy and taste bad because all the nutritional enzymes were destroyed!

Get protein from fresh, wild-caught, sustainable fish.  Fowl and eggs may be tolerated by some in moderation. Make sure that no antibiotics were used, and the chicken is free-range, organic, etc.

Again, having professional oversight can save you time and frustration. Simple deficiencies and digestive aids, probiotics, etc. can help.  It is costly and unwise to take a ton of supplements unless a true need is determined.

3. Exercise!

We excrete toxins through our skin, so you need to sweat! Moderate, but regular cardiovascular exercise in the proper heart rate zone is critical to success.

Walking or jogging is a great way to do this.  Again, specifics vary according to the individual, so a professional can diagnose specific needs. Too much, too little, or the wrong type may sabotage your efforts!

4. Identify Stressors and Remove Emotional Baggage:We can’t avoid stress entirely, but we can manage it better with prayer, meditation, or simply making goals.  By identifying the triggers that make us crave “comfort foods” we can avoid them, eliminate them, or transcend them.

5. Get Adequate Sleep!

Restructure your schedule so that you keep active during the day and sleep when it gets dark.  Bright lights fool the brain into thinking it is daytime. Try a television or computer “diet” and you may be surprised by the natural rhythm your body acquires.

The first three days are the hardest.  It takes three weeks to form habits.  After three months, if planned and executed properly, you’ll forget the unhealthy habits of the past and achieve a better, brighter, healthier you!

Comments or questions?

Cardio Vs Weight Lifting For Fat Burning Workout

When it comes to burning fat everyone wants to know one thing, what is the best way to do it?  Losing that extra stubborn body fat will help in one of two ways, to either turn your lifestyle around or to prepare your body for the beach this summer.

However, besides just to look good, losing that stubborn body fat also has heart health benefits such as preventing heart disease!

I’ve been there myself and I know what it feels like, it can seem like an impossible task at first, to burn that weight off!  But believe me when I say that you can do it, because there are so many ways in which you can burn fat, like running, swimming and even by lifting weights.

Losing weight boils down to one thing, i.e. burning more calories than you consume.  And yes, some ways are more effective than others, but which is better for losing weight, cardio or weight lifting?

CardioCardio Vs Weight Lifting For Fat Burning

There are many forms of cardio out there, but as I’m sure you know the most popular form of cardio is jogging. Jogging is a great way to get the blood pumping as it has the ability to increase your lung capacity and the health of your heart!

On average, a 15 minute jog will burn about 220 calories; however I do realize that it isn’t the most exciting form of exercise out there.

If you are like me and you get bored quickly, the best thing that you can do is mix it up with a bit of interval training.  Interval training is simply mixing standard cardio with short interval of high intensity bursts!  So next time you are out jogging, try adding a few sprints to your routine.

Weight lifting

Now don’t worry, when I say weight lifting, I don’t necessarily mean that you have to be Mr. Muscle in order to burn a few calories!

Weight lifting can be used for many long-term and short-term goals like losing weight.  A weight lifting session can burn about 200 Calories an hour depending on the intensity of your work out.

Of course, if you have access to gym equipment that can also substitute for free weight lifting.

It’s no secret, muscle helps to burn extra body fat! It’s not the only reason, but is why a lot of people fall into a ‘plateau’ because they focus only on their diets and neglect exercise altogether!

The best way to start weight lifting is to start slowly and build your way up to heavier weights.  A good rule of thumb is when you are ready to move on, increase you weights by about 10% at a time!

Conclusions?

So which is better for weight loss, cardio or weight lifting? Here is the answer: the one that you enjoy the most!  After all you aren’t going to see any results if you give up after one week because you didn’t enjoy the activity.

Both cardio and weight lifting burn similar amounts of calories if you are using the most efficient version of each.  Also there is nothing that says you can’t do both!

So if you want to keep your exercise routine exciting, try switching it up by doing both cardio and weight lifting. Just remember to give yourself at least one rest day a week!

Please feel free to share with us what it is that you do, whether you use one or the other, or both.

Home Gym Vs Health Club – What Is Your Pick?

Are you in confusion whether to join a Health Club or buy a Home Gym?  Both these options come with their own share of advantages and disadvantages.

A Health Club provides its members with a wide selection of exercise equipment that makes it easier to get a full-body workout using all the latest equipment.  Moreover, you do your exercises without getting bored because you will be working out with other physical fitness enthusiasts.

There are personal trainers at these gyms who can guide you on the right way to use the equipment, which is quite helpful, especially for the newly joined enthusiasts.

However, the cost of memberships at these Health Clubs could be a deterring factor, given the continual rise in membership fees.  Many gyms require its members to get their membership for a minimum of one year, and that can become a financial burden in itself.  For some people, paying the high cost of membership is simply unaffordable.

Another reason for people not joining a Health Club is the fact that is spite of the high motivation existing in the beginning, the interest may keep on going down, and going to the gym itself becomes a difficult proposition. People start coming up with excuses for not going to the gym, like the faraway location of the Health Club, or time constraint that is stopping them from attending the gym regularly.

These Health Clubs also tend to be frequented by people at around the same time daily, mostly in the morning or evening hours. This could lead to crowding of the gym with difficulty in getting access to equipment or finding parking space for your car.

Advantages of Home Gyms

One of the best reasons for having a home gym is the possibility of exercising whenever you feel like doing it and not according to the working time of Health Clubs. You can also play your choice of songs and music and listen to it as loudly as you prefer.

However, the downside of exercising at your own place is loneliness that you feel at times because the camaraderie that a health club offers is missing at your own gym.

But for some, the mere thought of showing their bodies while exercising is simply a no-no and instead, they would love the privacy of the home gym.  Moreover, many people find it a squeamish experience of getting a whiff of a stranger’s body odor.

Although the initial cost of investment for having a home gym is quite a huge sum, it will be far less when compared to the total money that is spent in gym membership over time.

Another benefit of having your home gym is that they exist at your home and that makes it easier to fit your workouts into your daily schedule.

In addition, when the weather is bad, you can keep doing your exercise at your home gym.

For people in rural areas, home gyms are the best choice because of the non-availability of health clubs nearby.

Disadvantages of Home Gyms

There are certain disadvantages to having your home gym.

Many people, while exercising at their own gym find their everyday life getting in the way while working out. This distraction is not there when exercising at a health club, because there you do your physical exercises along with others. Working out at a health club is quite motivating as well, as the area is filled with people who are also there to get good body workouts.

Another reason that makes the home gym a prohibitive idea is that a lot of space is taken up by the equipment. For those having tight living space would find it difficult to have all the required equipment in place.

Choosing Between a Home Gym and a Health Club

It is seen that those having a home gym stick to their fitness regime longer and are likely to achieve their fitness goals earlier than those having gym memberships.

However, there are people who prefer to own a gym and also keep a gym membership, so that they can get the best experience of both the worlds by mixing things.

I personally have a gym membership and go three times a week, but there are times when it would be handy to have a home gym also.  As a result I have spent considerable time researching to find the best home gym on the market today at the lowest possible price.  This one wins hands down !

However they do also have other home gyms if you are a serious body builder.

Please leave your comments or questions if you have any.  Which form of exercise do you use, or do you do both?

How Cardiac Symptoms Are Different for Women

Most people think of heart disease as the list of symptoms they’ve grown up with, like discomfort in the center of the chest, squeezing in the chest, pressure, fullness, pain that goes away but then comes back. Those are the symptoms of men’s heart disease. Symptoms of  heart disease for women go barely noticed and it has become the number one killer disease of women because of that fact.The first difference between men and women is that women don’t usually get the chest pain that men do. In fact, lack of pain is the significant difference; one that also has women not bringing up the subject because they  feel  only a slight discomfort and don’t want to be a bother to anyone.

Even their doctors may misdiagnose it to be more anxiety than illness. So women chalk it up to getting the flu, acid reflux or just aging.

Another difference is how women feel angina pain. In men a squeezing in the chest is felt with great pain. Women experience it as a hot, burning sensation and not in the chest, but in shoulders, back, or jaw.

Women having heart attacks vomit or have dry heaves. They experience shortness of breath, nausea, acid reflux, or extreme, sudden fatigue. Or even NO symptoms at all. Men usually have chest pain and clutch at their chest.

Women minimize their symptoms and unless they go out of their way to get the attention of a doctor, most doctors will not investigate further due to over demand on their own time and resources.

Many times a woman only knows she has had a heart attack is when a doctor examines a woman’s heart and sees damage from a “silent heart attack”, meaning a heart attack that went untreated because the woman had little to no pain. A great deal of damage can happen this way and weaken the heart.

Seek immediate medical help or call 911 if you feel any of the following, even one of them:

Shortness of breath lasting more than 10 minutes

Sudden sweating for no reason

Sudden feelings of doom in a panicky way (this is a real symptom)

Loss of consciousness or fainting

Sudden severe vomiting or indigestion

Sudden severe fatigue

Women must start feeling that it is not alright to quietly suffer in silence. Get attention and seek help. Don’t put it off, or it can have far reaching implications to your family and you.

If you are a woman who has survived a heart attack, please share what were your symptoms in the comment section here.  Thank you in advance.

Why Is Water Good For Your Health?

Have you ever thought why water is so important to our body?  Right from school days we have been hearing our teachers say that drinking water is very important and that we must drink at least 10 glasses of water a day.

Water consumption has various health benefits.  A lot of people do not take their health seriously.  It is important to have a change in the attitude and slowly bring about positive lifestyle change.

There are thousands of people out there who are free from various health issues. They just increased the intake of water, and as a result, they got rid of a lot of health issues.

Here are some benefits of drinking water:

Helps with Digestion – Drinking a lot of water can help one prevent constipation and it helps in digestion as well.

I am sure you must have come across a lot of people who advise you to drink more water. This is because water can do more good to your body than any other food or drink out there.  That is how important water is for human beings.

Fights and Treats Migraines – If you experience a headache or migraine, the first thing that you can do is drink plenty of water. Most often headaches and migraines are caused by dehydration.

Keeps you hydrated – Less water in the body often results in dehydration. Never let your bodies go into this stage.   Ensure that you drink an ample amount of water, so that your body is always hydrated .

Dehydration will make you feel tired. It can impact your health in a negative way. Therefore, drink a lot of water.

Helps In Losing Weight – Drinking lots of water a day can help you lose weight.  Drink a glass of water prior to every meal.  This suppresses appetite and hence supports your weight loss efforts.

Flushes Out Toxins –  I have been taught that we need to drink half of our weight in ounces of water every day.  (e.g.  Someone weighing 140 lbs, needs to drink at least 70 oz. of water every day).   Then you will for sure to be free from all the crazy health issues.

Water helps in elimination of fat cells – It is a  great detoxifier as it helps in flushing out toxins from your body and gets rid of waste primarily through sweat and urine.

These are some of the benefits of drinking water. Start increasing the intake of water every day and you will definitely notice the difference. It will make you a much healthier person.

It is very important to have a good Health and Fitness regimen to live a happy life.

Please give me your comments or questions, or both.

Heart Problem Symptoms With One Idea That Can Save a Life!

Today I’m going to share with you some common heart problem symptoms with an idea that can save a life.

In America there is one disease that tops the charts when it comes to killing people and do you know what it is?  It is heart disease!

Just like an automobile has a check engine light, your body will usually let you know if there is a problem, by providing you with symptoms.

By knowing the symptoms it can be a wake up call to change a few things and thus save a person’s life. The first warning signal, which is almost universal for a lot of health problems is pain.  Pain lets you know that something isn’t working right or there is a problem.

Signs that I had when I experienced a minor heart attack over 20 years ago was an almost constant  pain between my shoulder blades.  At the time I was vacationing out of country.

It was not until I returned home that I suffered the follow up, which included all of the classic symptoms.  Fortunately, in my case, I was lucky and my heart repaired itself.

With heart problems the pain is usually felt in the chest area. Some people describe this pain as if something heavy was sitting on their chest. It could be a feeling of pressure as well as a squeezing sensation.

It’s also important to know that chest pain could be something besides heart problems, such as heartburn. Heartburn takes place when stomach acid splashes up into the esophagus and the pain is near the heart.  That is a different health problem altogether.

Another warning sign is an irregular heart beat, especially if someone experiences shortness of breath, dizziness or weakness with the irregular heart beat. These are all signs of a heart problem, and that not enough blood is getting to locations that need it.  For example if not enough blood is reaching the brain a person can feel a little dizzy.

When a person has a heart problem the heart has a more challenging time pumping blood to locations that need it.  Another thing that happens is that blood can back up in the cardiovascular system. This can cause fluid to leak into the lungs resulting in breathing problems, such as shortness of breath.

Next up, when something is in the lungs, such as fluid or mucus, what other symptom do you think this produces?  Yes, someone will probably cough to eliminate what is in their lungs. When a person has heart disease they might cough up a bloody mucus substance.

The first thing someone can do if they experience any of these symptoms is to take something that thins blood. Thin blood can help blood move and not get clogged up in the cardiovascular system.

An example of this would be Aspirin, (usually two 81 mg Aspirins are recommended, chewed before swallowing), which according to WebMd slows blood clotting and decreases the size of blood clots that have been formed.

If taken daily, however, Aspirin can have a negative effect and that is it can harm the stomach.  It was recently on TV that Aspirin should not be take regularly by those over 70 years of age unless especially prescribed.

To sum everything up, the leading heart problem symptoms include pain in the chest area, an irregular heart beat, dizziness, shortness of breath, coughing, or even nausea.

A person could take aspirin at the first sign of a heart problem and this could save their life.

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Zero Medication Tips to Stop Heart Disease

In this changing world, we just can’t stop all the factors that contribute to heart disease. We allow these processes to take place believing that they are inevitable and necessary in supporting our survival. In effect, the body suffers. Here are some tips to stop heart disease without the help of any medications.

Say No to Smoking

The primary risk factor of acquiring heart diseases can be attributed to smoking. Ironically, some people believe that in order to prevent stress, using tobacco products is the best solution. Well, there is just no amount of tobacco that the body can tolerate.

Containing more than four thousand toxic chemicals, tobacco smoke can damage the heart and its blood vessels. In effect, the more complex structure of arteries narrows down. When it clogs up, the heart stops pumping blood.

In order for the heart to transport life to other parts of the body, it needs oxygen. Smoking impairs this process by replacing the oxygen with carbon monoxide.

Move it, move it!

In order for the body to remain warm, certain process needs to keep taking place – metabolism. It is the process of burning food energy known as calories. With the decreased ability to burn calories, the body is unlikely to prevent the generation of fats.

Too much fats in the body is not good for the heart. Therefore, to keep the heart functioning properly, ideal weight must be maintained. Regular exercise is the key in making this happen.

Weigh Healthy

One of the key requirements in maintaining a healthy heart is maintaining a healthy weight. It can be achieved by eating the right food and doing the right things.

A good diet should include fruits and vegetables. Although there are some nutrients that the body need from meat, vegetables and fruits do not contain fats.

Physical activities should not be limited to regular exercise. Time is not always a luxury. Keeping your body physically active will compensate for the lack of regular exercise. These activities will help you maintain appropriate weight therefore reducing your chances of getting heart diseases.

Weighing healthy is achievable provided that all the necessary requirements are met. It is crucial to understand that reducing weight is slower than gaining it. Hence, all the hard work needs to be done double time.

While there are many resources available today suggesting various methods of weight reduction, keeping these fundamentals in mind can help you achieve your goals.

As always, your comments or questions are welcome.

Weight Loss Mistakes You Should Avoid Making

When you are slim you are better looking. You also tend to live a long, healthy life. Since many people know this, most of them rush to losing weight. Unfortunately, many of them make plenty of costly mistakes.

To help you out, here are some of the mistakes and how to avoid making them:

Taking the wrong diet

There are many weight loss diets in the market that promise to help you lose weight in the shortest time possible. While some of the diets work, others don’t. To be safe and also lose weight the right way, you need to be cautious of the diet you take.

Before you start taking any diet take your time to research about it. You should research its contents, the duration you should take it, and many other things.  As a rule of thumb, you should never take a diet blindly, as there are some diets that will cause more harm than good.

When you are doing your research, you should stay away from diets that completely eliminate carbohydrates, proteins or other nutrients as they will be harmful to you.

Diets aren’t bad as long as you take the right ones and take them correctly. For ideal results, you should use a diet that contains all the necessary nutrients.

Engaging in intense exercises too early

When people make a resolution to lose weight, they want to lose as much as they can within the shortest time possible. To make this possible, they engage in intense exercises. As much as you would want your body to shed as much weight as possible, it won’t as it isn’t programmed to work that way.

According to studies, when you expose your body to a lot of strenuous exercises, the body stops working. Due to this, you feel too tired and you might give up. To be on the safe side you should begin with basic exercises and slowly progress to the tough ones.

Exercising without a plan

There is a difference between exercising for fun and doing it to lose weight. It’s good to know that you won’t head anywhere if you exercise to lose weight the same way you do when you are looking to have fun.

When you are looking to lose weight, you need to have a weight loss plan. I see many people looking to lose weight and yet they exercise when the mood strikes. This is wrong. For you to be successful you need to have a plan and strictly stick to it. You should set the time and days you will be exercising and stick with them.

For you to lose weight, you need to exercise different muscles in your body. This calls for you to engage in different types of exercises. You should remember that there is no way you will get slim if you   exercise only one set of muscles.

Your exercise should be all round. In summary, you should come up with a plan of the exercises that you will be engaging in and follow through.

Conclusion

These are some of the mistakes you should avoid making when you are looking to be slim. To have an easy ride, you should work closely with a professional trainer.

Please feel free to add your own comments or ask questions.

Drinking Alkaline Water Benefits

Lately, there has been a lot of buzz about alkaline water. A lot of celebs, including Miranda Kerr, have promoted the health perks, but what’s the noise all about?

In this particular post, we will decode the basics of the concept and how you can choose to make the most of it.

1. Acidic vs alkalinic.  On the pH scale, anything with a pH of 7 or more is considered to be alkaline in nature, anything below is acidic.

It is believed the high pH of the foods and beverages we drink can help in neutralizing acid levels in the body, offering a wide range of benefits.  Alkaline water and its benefits also come with similar results.

2. The whole concept of high pH water started with the alkaline diet, which propagates a healthy way of living, cutting down meat and dairy from the diet.  Of course, most people found the idea tough for daily food requirements, and hence, to gain the benefits and see results, they started switching to high pH water.

Followers of the diet believe that alkaline water is good enough to reap limited benefits of the diet.

3. High quality alkaline water has a pH level of 8 or more. Naturally, the water around streams and waterfalls are known to have better pH, owing to the presence of mineral-containing rocks.  However, since most people won’t have access to fresh spring water, people now use packaged water, which is manufactured artificially.

4. The benefits related to the concept are many.  Right from the positive impact on acid reflux to other aspects, such as detoxification and relief from joint pain.  Many users have claimed great things.

I personally purchased a very expensive machine years ago that produces 9.5pH water on a continuing basis.  I consider it well worth the cost.

It is also believed that alkaline water can impact the metabolism of the body and help people dealing with weight loss concerns. It can also contribute to regulating the blood sugar levels, which is an added advantage for diabetic patients.

5. The research and studies related to alkaline water are pretty limited, but the general results are known to be positive. The benefits will vary from person to person, but most of the regular customers have claimed significant outcomes.

Apart from the pluses mentioned above, alkaline water is also known to be great for the skin and ensures better hydration. Some of the leading brands are now adding essential minerals, vitamins and electrolytes for better benefits for the human body.

What Else to Know?

There are no major known side effects of alkaline water, as of now, and therefore, if you are considering a switch from regular tap water to bottled options with better pH, you are probably on the right track. However, it is a good idea to do your research and start reading in detail.

A lot of published articles in different science and health magazines have talked about the great benefits of alkaline water, which clearly is a good indicator. When you choose between brands, it is a good idea to carefully read the labels and check the added nutrient.

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