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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Stay Spritely To A Ripe Old Age

The good news is that we’re all living longer than we were twenty years ago. But thanks to our advancing years, we’re also developing more chronic diseases. More than 133 million Americans have one form of chronic health condition or another, nearly half of the total population, according to the Centers for Disease Control.


With such high rates of chronic illness, you might just think that it’s all a part of ageing. But according to the latest science, that isn’t the case at all. It turns out that the way we live our lives has a much bigger impact on our health than simply getting older. Not only will adopting better lifestyle habits help you stay out of the nursing home, but you’ll also feel healthier and happier. Here are some tips from scientists for how to remain spritely into a ripe old age.


It’s Never Too Late


Most people get to retirement age and think to themselves, “it’s too late. I can’t change anything now”, and so they never bother changing their health habits. But the truth is that it’s never too late to change your lifestyle and improve your health, even if you’re in your 90s. The reason for this has to do with the body’s uncanny ability to repair itself. When you change your lifestyle, you literally shock your genes into expressing themselves in a different way. One minute they’re expressing themselves in a way that gives you disease, the next they’re acting differently and making you healthy again.

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Perhaps the most obvious example of this weird phenomenon in action is what happens to varicose veins when people change their lifestyle. It used to be thought that varicose veins were just a sign of wear and tear. Doctors assumed that the valves at the top of the legs failed, thanks to old age, and that’s what caused blood to accumulate in the blood vessels in the lower leg, causing them to swell up and go hard.


But then some researchers decided to go back to the problem and think about it a little differently. What if lifestyle factors flicked a genetic switch that causes the valve to fail, leading to the varicose veins? Then the problem wouldn’t be mechanical and irreversible, but genetic and potentially reversible.


The researchers put a small group of people on a healthy lifestyle and diet to try to get their genes to express themselves in a healthy way again. After a few weeks, their varicose veins on their legs started getting softer and less protrusive. Soon it became clear that the lifestyle medicine had worked, and that it had flicked a genetic switch, causing the valve at the top of the leg to start working again.


It’s not the first place, of course, where reversal has occurred, even after the disease has begun. Back at the beginning of the 1990s, Dean Ornish, a doctor for the US, set out to prove that lifestyle intervention could reverse heart disease, even in people who had already had heart attacks. Participants ate a mainly vegetable diet, and within a few months, their arteries started opening up again. It seemed like magic, but again it was more evidence that the body’s genetics express themselves differently, depending on the kind of environment we are in. If we eat a high-calorie, junk food diet, our genes express themselves in an unhealthy way. And if we eat a low fat, vegetable diet, our genes express themselves in a healthier way. The bottom line is that it is never too late to change one’s approach to health.


Improve Your Fitness


If you’ve been following the latest news on anti-aging research, you’ll have come across a new form of exercise that is supposed to slow the rate of aging, and even reverse it.

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For many years, people in the fitness community have extolled the virtues of a type of training called interval training. Essentially, it means exercising as hard as you can for a short period of time, followed by a rest, and then repeating the process. Most people do hard physical activity for about 30 seconds and then rest for a minute.


What was interesting about this exercise was its effect on older folk. The researchers found that when people over the age of 50 did interval training, their mitochondria - the little energy factories in their cells - behaved as if they were twenty years younger. The reason scientists got so excited about this is because mitochondrial aging has long been considered the human aging master clock. Thus, anything that can reverse it can potentially extend life.


In the short term, there are benefits to intense exercise too. Not only does it only take around ten minutes for a full session, but it also improves many biomarkers associated with the diseases of old age. For instance, it’s excellent at reducing blood sugar levels, inflammation, and blood pressure.


The bottom line is that there is no need to join a gym. All you have to do is find a flat piece of ground or use a stationary bike and exercise as hard as you can. Then take a rest and repeat the process about six to eight times. That’s it.


Stay Flexible

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Fitness experts like to split fitness up into three categories: strength, conditioning, and flexibility. The first two get a lot of attention in the medical sector. But the role of flexibility in helping in old age is often overlooked. According to research by the Oregon Health and Science University, regular daily stretching can help to relieve chronic conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia. Activities such as yoga also help to maintain balance, something that also deteriorates with old age.


Keep Your Weight Low


For decades, scientists have been doing experiments on animals to see whether they can control their lifespan by feeding them less. The answer is that they can. Mice, rats, fish - even monkeys - that eat less food live longer. The mechanisms for this aren’t entirely clear, but it’s believed to be something that is related to our evolutionary past. When food was scarce, it made sense to slow down the aging process so that animals would have more time to reproduce once food was abundant again.

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Cultures that eat the least food today are also those that eat the longest. The Okinawans, for instance, eat mainly beans and sweet potatoes, and until recently, had the highest proportion of people over the age of 100 on Earth. The Okinawans practiced eating until they were about 80 percent full and then leaving the rest for the next day.


Eating whole foods is the best way to reduce calories and lose weight since these are the most filling. Things like beans, vegetables, and soups will keep you full and away from the ice cream in the freezer.


Be Optimistic And Spiritual


Being religious and having a sunny outlook on life can help you to live longer, according to research. The reason for this is apparently reduced stress levels experienced by people who are optimistic and who are part of close-knit communities. It’s not clear whether belief in religion itself is the fundamental driver, or whether it's the other benefits that religion brings, but it does appear to help.


Optimism is a big factor too. In 2004, a study of more than a thousand people found that those who described themselves as optimistic had a 55 percent lower chance of dying during the nine-year study than those who didn’t. To put that in perspective, if cancer were to disappear tomorrow, life expectancy would rise by about 4.5 years.

Getting Boys To Care About Their Appearance


OK, so being a mom of boys isn't exactly the easiest job in the world. There are so many challenges, as well as wonderful times, and it can all seem a bit much sometimes. In particular, it can be an uphill struggle to get you boys to ‘give a fig’ about their appearance. But there are some tips and tricks that you can use to help in out in this area. Read on to find out what they are.

Get them into a routine

One of the biggest things can be successful in getting the boys to care about their appearance, and look smart is getting them into a routine.

That means going to bed at a certain time of night, and before that always doing the same things. Such as having a wash, laying out their clothes for the next day, combing their hair, and brushing their teeth. The same goes for the mornings, minus the laying out the clothes part.

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OK, so they might not love it at the beginning, but you can soften the blow by allowing the to listen to their own music, or audiobooks while they do these jobs. Then after a while, they will get into the swing of things, which will make looking after their appearance much easier.

Add some smart pieces to their wardrobe

Another way of getting boys to care about their appearance is to make sure that their wardrobe doesn't only contain causal pieces of clothing. Yes, I know that it's practical for when they are running about at home, and getting into all sort of scrapes. But it can really help to have a few smarter options in there for them to choose from.

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An option like this smart shirt, some khaki pants, and a jumper or two can help them to start to develop the instinct of matching their outfit to the occasion. With a little guide from you of course.

Allow them some freedom

Something else that is essential, if you are trying to get your male children, to take better care of their appearance is allowing them some freedom in what they are wearing.

If you dictate what they need to wear all the time, this is the quickest route to them rebelling and looking scruffy. So allow them to be a part of the shopping process, and to choose some items that they like the look of.

This Is also important when buying accessories, and jewelry like the items available at https://www.frostnyc.com. As given them free reign in this can help your boys customize their outfits, and really take ownership of how they dress.

Teach them how to care for their clothes

Lastly, when they are old enough, it's a great idea to show them how to wash and iron their own clothes. Use this simple guide to help you: http://teachmama.com.

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Not only will this give them a renewed appreciation for all the hard work that you do for them. But it will also encourage them to treat the items with respect, and not ball them all up on the floor of their room, as soon as they have come off the laundry pile!


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Swap Fad Diets For These Safe Diet Tips

If you have ever been interested in weight loss and fitness, you will certainly come face to face with various diet fads. You know the kind of diets I’m talking about; they are the ones that become so popular all of a sudden, such as the cabbage soup diet (yuk!) and the paleo diet. If you have ever thought that these diets sound too good to be true, it’s probably because they are. Sure, they can help some people lose weight, but as the diets are so restrictive, the weight normally piles back on as soon as someone stops following the diet plan.

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Rather than following these unhealthy diets, you should simply adjust your diet so that you safely reduce your calorie intake. Here are some safe tips that can help you do just that.

Keep A Food Journal

Lots of people find that keeping a food journal helps them lose weight. That’s because it gives them the chance to see exactly what they eat every day, and can see where they can cut back. Keeping a journal also helps you stay on track. You won’t forget what you have already eaten, and this can help you stay within your recommended daily calorie intake.

Only Use Certified Diet Pills And Appetite Suppressants

Doctors are able to prescribe diet pills and appetite suppressants to obese patients who are finding it incredibly difficult to lose weight. Unfortunately, these trusted pills aren’t available to everyone. However, there are lots of over-the-counter diet pills that you can take to help you shed the extra pounds. But, if you are interested in these, you need to make sure that you buy certified and reputable brands, such as ones from EPIX Weight Loss Solutions. These have been tested to ensure that they are safe, and won’t harm you in any way if taken responsibly.

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Cut Down On Meat

Meat is a great source of protein. However, red meats such as lamb and beef are very fatty and contain a lot of calories. People find that cutting these out of their diet, or going completely vegan, is an easy way to lower their daily calorie intake. Don’t worry about losing out on all that protein. You can actually find lots of protein from plant sources, especially in leafy greens and soy products.

Don’t Forget About Exercise

You won't be able to slim down just with a healthy diet. Sure, that is half the battle, but you also need to increase your activity. After all, if you aren’t burning off any calories, you just won’t be losing weight! So think about your weekly exercise plan. You should factor in some cardio workouts so that you are burning fat, and it’s also a good idea to add in some strength training so that you increase muscle mass and tone up.

Losing weight doesn’t have to be dangerous. Following the above tips can really make a difference, without putting your health in any danger! Good luck with your new healthy lifestyle!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Uses For Turmeric



  When I first started taking Turmeric over 2 years ago, it was for pain and inflammation. I had an ankle/heel injury that caused me pain and swelling. There was nothing broken and the doctors labeled it tendonitis. So to help with the pain, I wanted something natural as regular pain relievers can upset the stomach. I think the turmeric that I took was in pill form. I did see some relief from pain when I took the turmeric supplement. That injury has healed and I no longer needed a turmeric supplement, so I thought.....

Turmeric has been used for centuries, dating back at least 4,000 years. Modern medicine has begun to recognize its importance as well — as indicated by the over 3,000 studies dealing with turmeric that have been published within the last 25 years. Turmeric continues to garner attention from the health community, thanks to its antioxidant properties and potential to help support cardiovascular health, provide natural pain relief and promote healthy joints.

   I recently discovered that turmeric has many other benefits beyond pain and inflammation so I decided to start taking this natural supplement again. One of the main reasons I take turmeric is for healthy joints. I am a runner and I would like to be a runner for a long time. Too many of my friends have to stop running because of pain in the knees and joints. Most of these friends are younger than me and suffer from joint pain. I enjoy running so I want to keep my joints healthy and when I learned that turmeric can help, I decided that I needed to add this natural supplement back into my diet. I started with the turmeric pills but I am now taking my turmeric in a liquid form. When SBRNutrition asked me to try their Turmeric Curcumin, I decided to give it a chance as they told me a liquid form would be better absorbed by my body. I thought that a liquid form of turmeric would taste bad, but I was wrong. This liquid turmeric had a mild flavor so I could easily take the 2 droppers every day. I could also add the droppers to my smoothie. Since turmeric is made from a natural herb, I don't have to worry about any side effects. I can use this supplement to keep my joints healthy and maybe I will still be able to run when I am 90 years old!



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A Pain In The Neck: Alleviating Back & Neck Pain For Good!

Did you know that back and neck pain is one of the most common complaints that doctors see patients for? The fact is that at one point or another, most of us will develop back and neck pain. Sometimes the cause of this pain is an accident or injury, other times it’s due to an underlying illness or condition, such as arthritis or osteoporosis, then there’s pain that’s associated with environmental factors, such as your job sat at a computer all day.

More severe back and neck pain requires medical attention, especially if it’s being going on for a long time and the pain is becoming more severe. However, in the first instance when back and neck pain occurs, the best thing to do is to try and alleviate it yourself by working out what the cause is and how to fix the problem and prevent the pain returning. Although you could opt to see a doctor, if there’s no obvious cause of your pain, the chances are that they’ll just send you home again with painkillers, so it’s best to attempt to deal with the problem yourself first.

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To get rid of pesky back and neck pain for good, you need to determine what the cause is and then work out the best method of treating it. To make the process easier, below are some tips and pieces of useful advice.

What causes back and neck pain?

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Poor posture: One of the most common causes of upper back and neck pain is poor posture. If you’re not holding yourself right, it can have an impact on the health of your back and neck, causing pain and discomfort.  How you hold yourself impacts the amount of pressure on different areas of your spine, from your tailbone to your neck, which means if you don’t hold yourself correctly you can end up with back and neck pain.

An unsupportive mattress: Another cause of back and neck pain (back pain more than neck pain) is a mattress that doesn’t offer the right level of support. The fact is that we spend half of our lives asleep, which means that you need to have somewhere comfortable to rest on, else it will cause you pain and discomfort. If your bed is too hard or too soft and doesn’t provide the right level of support for your spine, it can lead to all sorts of back and neck problems.

The wrong pillows: When it comes to neck pain, one of the most common causes is sleeping in an uncomfortable position. This normally relates to the pillows that you’re sleeping on, with neck pain being caused because your pillows aren’t the right size or angle for your neck to rest comfortably on. They may also be too soft or too hard.

Working on a computer: A lot of people who spend the majority of their time at work on a computer end up suffering from back and neck problems because of the way that they slouch over their computer screen when working. This can lead to muscular problems, disk problems, and issues with the curvature of the spine and neck, leading to lasting pain and discomfort.

How can you treat back and neck pain?

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By correcting your posture: An easy fix for preventing back and neck pain is correcting your posture so that you hold yourself better. One of the best ways to do this is to take up yoga or pilates, as both of which help to strengthen the back and neck, naturally improving how you hold yourself. A lot of people report sitting straighter and standing taller after starting yoga or pilates, leading to less back pain and discomfort. There are also special devices that you can wear that will tell you when you’re starting to slouch, reminding you to sit up or stand up a little straighter.

Updating your mattress and pillows: If your back and neck pain is linked to where and how you sleep, it could be worth replacing your old mattress and pillows. When it comes to choosing a new mattress, take the time to do your research to ensure that you pick the perfect mattress for your needs - ideally, you want something that’s firm and supportive but also comfortable. As for how to choose a comfortable down pillow to replace your old one, it’s best to read up about the different sizes and levels of softness that they provide, so that you can make an informed choice.

Having a massage: A lot of back and neck pain specialists recommend getting regular massages to help with any pain and discomfort that you’re feeling in your back or neck. Massages can help to reduce the pain that you’re in as they can relax the muscles, creating less tension. Another benefit of massage is that it increases the endorphins going around your body that act as a natural painkiller, helping to reduce the pain or discomfort that you’re feeling. Not sure if a message will work for you? Book an appointment and see what you think - the chances are that you’ll feel much more comfortable after a professional back and neck massage.

Getting acupuncture: This ancient Chinese treatment method for all manner of problems, from skin problems to muscular issues, is now being recommended by doctors for back and neck pain. Acupuncture can effectively help to reduce the amount of back and neck pain that you’re feeling, helping to make living with the discomfort more doable. Some doctors now offer acupuncture, but if yours doesn’t, then you will need to find a specialist who works in alternative therapies.

Back and neck pain can be totally and completely deliberating and can have a big impact on your day to day life. However, the good news is that as you can see from the tips and advice above, there are plenty of treatment routes to go down when it comes to suffering from this kind of pain and discomfort. So it is possible to get your life back on track and to stop letting your back and neck pain control your life.





Give Up Smoking Tips That Actually Work

For decades the world smoke cigarettes without a care in the world. Even doctors were roped into posing for adverts by big tobacco, in order to convince the public that smoking was healthy.


By the end of the 1960s, nearly 60 percent of adults smoked, taking a terrible toll on the nation’s health. But in 1969 the Surgeon General released a report on the damaging effects of smoking, and ever since then, the appeal of lighting up has been on the decline. Now a little under 20 percent of people call themselves regular smokers.


What’s more, the vast majority of those people want to quit the habit before it gives them some awful disease. But how? The advice out there is so generic and never seems to work. Here are some unusual ways to give up smoking that actually work.


Measure Victory In Small Increments

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When you want to change a habit, try not to think in terms of “forever.” For instance, imagine if you were trying to improve your diet. It would be psychologically much harder to say to yourself “I’m never going to eat meat again” than it would be to say “I’m going to try a vegan diet for three weeks to see if I like it.”


When it comes to smoking, try the same tactic. Instead of telling yourself that you’re going to give up smoking forever, tell yourself that you’re going to try out going smoke-free for three weeks. There’s a good chance that once the three weeks are up, you’ll have broken the habit and won’t want to go back to cigarettes.


Use Aversion Therapy


If you’re struggling to give up smoking, consider aversion therapy to help. Aversion therapy has been shown to be an effective way to change your habits, no matter how ingrained you may think they are. The therapy uses techniques that help patients feel less averse to something in their lives - in this case, giving up smoking. It’s a type of therapy that combines chemical with sensory stimuli to try to change the patient’s perceptions.


Keep Track Of Time Distortion


When a smoker gives up smoking, the cravings can be tough to overcome through sheer willpower alone. One of the reasons for this is because when the brain is craving stimuli, our experience of time passing slows down. We may only be craving another cigarette for a few minutes in real time, but for us, it can feel more like hours. A good piece of advice, therefore, is to keep a watch nearby so that you can track how long your cravings really last.


Avoid Crutches


Quitting smoking is difficult and so many people rely on crutches to get them through. The only problem is that these crutches can end up replacing the first addiction with something else, leaving you no better off.


Beware of alcohol when you’re coming off cigarettes. Many people turn to alcohol to help themselves get rid of their cigarette cravings. But alcohol itself can have very damaging effects on your body and your overall life.

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