When Dieting And Losing Weight May Be As Simple As What And When You Eat

First of all, I would like to thank you for taking the time out of your day or evening to read what may be a major life-altering learning experience for you. I discovered holistic medicine. Many people have been awakened to the many options that holistic medicine provides. Alternative healers make it possible for people all over the world know that there are medical options available to them by way of alternative medicine.

Many doctors and nurses feel that conventional medicine is the only way to heal a person. Other doctors feel that holistic and conventional medicine can complement one another. It has been proven time and time again that conventional medicine can be what causes severe trauma to a patient and in other cases, conventional medicine can help relieve the pain and suffering that a patient is experiencing.

Cultures from all over the world have been curing patients of illnesses for thousands of years without any side-effects while being treated for their illnesses, unlike many conventional medicines that can cause severe trauma and in many cases cause death.

Many people from around the world have thanked alternative healers for aiding them in their times of need. Holistic practitioners have helped people just like you and I lose weight or gain weight when needed with no side-effects whatsoever. They have done this by educating their patients about diet. Many people are lied to on a daily basis about dieting. This allowed practice should be discontinued. One of the biggest lies told to mankind in regards to dieting and weight loss would be that a person has to go to a gym and/or exercise to lose weight. This is false. You do not have to walk, jog, swim, lift weights, or ride bikes to lose weight. Someone came up with this lie to extract cash from you and your loved ones. As a matter of fact, a few months under a holistic practitioner’s guidance you will lose weight and feel better than you have ever felt in your entire life and in many cases, they can cure you of obesity, acne, and uncontrollable weight gain. Have I peaked your interest yet? Is this something that would interest you?

I am sure you are wondering what does all of have to do with learning the importance of what to eat and what time to eat. Well, it has a lot to do with it. Your body is a 24/7 processing plant that never stops separating and processing what it has taken in all day. What your body does not burn and process, it stores away for later use. Did you catch what I just stated? Your body stores away what it does not use presently. So, what you eat and what time you eat it has to do with you gaining and losing weight and most of all being healthy.

Fruits That Enhance Hair Growth

Your hair forms an important part of your appearance and can either make or break your impression upon the other person. Hair needs proper care and nutrition to look beautiful and lustrous. Eating right is important to get the proper supplements of nutrition that will enhance hair growth and reduce hair fall. Below is a list of a few you can eat to keep hair fall at bay and get beautiful hair that you desire:

1. Strawberries: This fruit has many benefits. Strawberries are loaded with silica, integral to prevent baldness and improve hair growth. But strawberries are seasonal fruits and are best eaten between December and March.

2. Apples: An apple a day not only keeps the doctor away but also keeps hair fall away. It has soluble fiber, antioxidants and vitamins that help make the hair smooth. Apples, if taken regularly can greatly benefit hair health as well as overall health. Apple juice if applied to the scalp also prevents dandruff. It makes the hair shiny and acts as a conditioner.

3. Bananas: Bananas are loaded with potassium, magnesium, Vitamin B and fiber. It has everything that is required to enhance hair health. Eating bananas everyday ensures that your hair remains thick as it prevents hair fall. It also repairs the damaged skin on the scalp and gives amazing results if taken everyday.

4. Grapes: Grape seed oil is known for its hair loss prevention properties. Grapes are equally effective as they are filled with antioxidants, natural sugars, and vitamins and are high in water content. Grapes act as a cleanser as they clean out the system and a clean system means healthier hair.

5. Oranges and Lemons: These fruits are rich in vitamin C and are loaded with antioxidants. They are rich in magnesium and fiber. These fruits have many health benefits and promise to deliver amazing hair results. Lemon, if rubbed on the scalp can prevent dandruff. It also softens the scalp by removing dead and dry skin.

6. Avocado: Avocados are excellent when it comes to getting healthy hair. Avocados have high quantities of beta-carotene, vitamins B and C, all of which are essential for hair growth. It is also rich in vitamin E that ensures the cells get the oxygen that they need. Avocado paste can be applied to hair and it acts as an excellent conditioner.

7. Pumpkins: They contain beta-carotene that converts vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A produces oils that are essential for a healthy scalp as a dry scalp can result in itchiness and dandruff.

So, it is as easy as eating healthy food. These fruits will give you healthy hair that you desire, reduce hair fall and enhance the beauty of your hair.

Why Put Up With Back Pain? Visit a Chiropractor!

If you’ve ever pulled a muscle in your back, or put a rib out of place, you’ll know how irritating and painful it can be. But did you know that, if left untreated, a back injury can cause permanent damage?

Often, when someone pulls a muscle or injures their back in some way, they will go to the drugstore or the doctor and pick up some medication. Now, there may not be anything wrong with taking medication to help numb the pain, but medication on its own will not fix the problem. That’s why, on the back of the bottle, it will say, “Take no more than 4 or 6 pills in a 24-hour period”; because the pharmaceutical company knows the medication will wear off and you will need to take more! The best thing to do when you have injured your back is to make an appointment with a chiropractor.

Many people are intimidated by chiropractors because they don’t know what chiropractors do. Chiropractors are back doctors: they have studied everything there is to know about your back, and they will be able to give you the best advice and treatment for back injuries. There are various treatments a chiropractor may give you, including adjusting your back by applying pressure, using acupuncture or laser acupuncture, and applying heat or cold to the injured area.

The next time you injure your back, by pulling a muscle for example, think about what damage that injury might do if you cover it up with medication. The irritated area will cause muscles surrounding it to tighten and to work harder to make up for the injury. Over time, this can cause damage to a larger part of your back, putting you in more pain than you were in before.

Take the time to look up the phone number of a local chiropractor, either in the phone book or on the Internet. Or, ask one of your friends to recommend a chiropractor. After you have attended your first appointment, you will realize how helpful the chiropractor is, and how he or she will take the time to discuss your situation personally and design the best healing plan for you. It’s worth it to make this effort; you will save yourself pain and will give your back the care it needs.

Silicone Breast Implants

First used in the 1960’s, silicone breast implants provide what millions of women have desired throughout history; a fuller and shapelier chest. Prior attempts to change the size of breasts included fat transplants, paraffin implants and even direct injection of silicone. All of those attempts had fairly predictable results, but the new surgical silicone implant offered both safety (relative) and acceptable results.

Silicone is made by man and has had many uses including lubricants, adhesive sealants, silly putty and gaskets. When used in a breast implant silicone resembles the natural look and feel of real breast tissue. It was an obvious choice when the first breast implants were created.

However, problems with silicone breast implants began to appear in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Thousands of lawsuits left several chemical companies bankrupt and left millions of women reeling from debilitating conditions caused by the silicone. Even though studies failed to show a link between silicone implants and negative health conditions, the FDA banned the use of silicone implants.

Today the United States only allows silicone implants as part of a breast reconstruction or replacement procedure. The FDA is currently testing a new wave of silicone implants but results of the test are still years away. Outside of the US 90% of all breast augmentation surgeries performed still use silicone implants.

Seven Tips for Coping with Hot Flashes

What do you do when you suffer hot flashes? Ask most women and they will agree that the most common and irritable symptom of menopause are hot flashes. Some women refer to it as a “flash” because women report a flushed feeling about the face and neck. Those feeling usually came together with sweats.

Current theory proposes that certain brain chemicals called catecholamines and opiates may mediate hot flashes. It’s now believed that the hypothalamus, one of the glands affected by estradiol withdrawal, somehow releases a trigger substance that results in thermoregulatory instability. The body’s signals get mixed, triggering a warming and sweating sequence, in an effort to stabilize what it perceives as a change in body temperature.

To help you with that situation, here are 7 tips to cope with hot flashes which you might need.

1. Dress in layered clothing, preferably cotton, since natural fibers allow your skin to breathe. Then when you feel a flash coming on, you can simply shed layers to cool off. Since some flashes are followed by chills, it can be helpful to have a sweater to put back on.

2. Limit or eliminate altogether substances that may act as triggers: caffeine; alcohol; hot, spicy foods; diet pills; hot tubs; stress.

3. Drink plenty of water. Keeping well hydrated can help modulate your body temperature.

4. Keep a supply of ice water nearby – even at night beside your bed.

5. Use lighter blankets or a fan near your bed to deal with hot flashes at night.

6. Limit your intake of red wine, chocolate, and aged cheeses, which contain a chemical that can affect your body’s thermostat and trigger a hot flash.

7. Make use of other coping behaviors. Psychological or behavioral coping techniques are getting more attention from the scientific community. For example, a small study conducted by a professor of psychiatry, Robert R. Freedman, Ph.D., at the Lafayette Clinic and Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit found that regular, practiced breathing reduced hot flashes by 50 percent in the study’s 33 participants.

Other self-help behavioral methods include practicing self-acceptance (remind yourself, out loud if necessary, that this is a temporary symptom of menopause and perfectly normal), tracking the emotions and situations that precede a flash (thus putting some degree of self-control back into the equation), and trying to keep a sense of humor (share funny moments with friends who are also going through the transition).

Back Pain Diminished With Inversion Therapy

Back pain is as old as the Greeks, 400 BC, likely older, and the Greeks had a good idea as to how to make the back be better.

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, hoisted a patient upside down on a ladder with knees and ankles bound securely and created the first spinal traction.

Today the same idea works for diminishing lower back pain and sometimes upper back pain as well, but it’s much easier to do. It’s called inversion therapy.

There are even inversion tables where you can safely secure your ankles, while you lose your back pain in much more safety and comfort than with Hippocrates.

Simply inverting as little as 25 degrees allows for decompressing the spinal pressure that has been causing your back to hurt so bad. When does spinal pressure occur? When doesn’t it?

Certainly, when standing, riding in a vehicle, sitting at a computer keyboard and especially picking up the adorable children or grandchildren.

Inversion therapy to reduce lower back pain also accomplishes other great things for the body:

helps the care of your spinal discs, the body’s shock absorbers

relieves muscle tension and stress by elongating the spine

takes pressure off the ligaments and nerve roots

enhances the flow of lymphatic fluid

generally relaxes body and mind as the spine decompresses from all the daily stress and strain our lives put on our backs.

You don’t have to go to a doc or physical therapist for inversion therapy, although some offer it. Inversion tables are for sale in many back stores throughout the U.S. and some other countries.

Once you try inversion therapy, you’ll know quickly if it works for you, as it does for most people. You may want an inversion table for your home and should use it, usually twice a day during periods of back pain indicating serious muscle stress. Perhaps, less often as back pain subsides, but you should still decompress your spine regularly.

Inversion therapy has been working since Hippocrates and the Greeks’ beginning of medicine, and it will work for you today in your own home.

Is Modern Life Hurting Your Health?

How often have you said to yourself, “I wish things would slow down”? “I wish life was simpler!”

Modern life can be taxing. Today we live faster, work more, and have less free time than ever before. In addition, our ‘conveniences’ often come at the expense of the purity of our environment.

It’s no wonder we are the ‘stress generation’. Did you know that you hear more news in one DAY that your great-grandparents heard in an entire year? One day!

Combine the stress caused by too much information with the changes in our environment and the food we eat and you end up with a losing combination.

What can we do to fight back against the unseen environmental factors that rob us of our health and peace of mind?

Plenty!

Here are the top three environmental factors that have a negative impact on your life and what you can do about each.

1. Air pollution

This problem can sneak into your home or office without you even noticing. And the problem is very real. From airborne pollutants to toxic mold, our breathing is under attack.

Many cities now routinely warn citizens to stay indoors during certain parts of the day, particularly in the summer, due to elevated ozone levels. Of course, summer is the time when our children and we often want to be outdoors.

The good news is that this is a problem with several solutions. Today we have a wide variety of air filters from which to choose. Ranging from those that simply filter our air to more expensive models that ‘treat’ the air, be sure you get a filter that traps super-small particles and defends against ozone as well. And change your filter often. Experts now recommend changing filters up to once a week.

You may not be able to change the air outside but you can make a difference in the air your family breaths when they are in your home.

2. Water pollution.

If you remember high-school science, you will remember that there is no new water. That’s right, the water you drank today is completely re-circulated from the clouds above. Makes air pollution take on a completely new meaning, doesn’t it?

Water is essential to life. When NASA speaks about the possibility of life existing on Mars or any other planet, what they look for is whether that planet has or has ever had water. The majority of the human body is made of water. We cannot live without it.

Like our air, our water is polluted with chemicals and toxins from various sources in the environment.

Thankfully, water filtration is sophisticated. Having an effective home water filtration system is within the reach of virtually everyone.

Whether you choose a ‘whole house’ filter or one that runs from the faucet, be sure that the particle size that it filters is sufficiently small. Look specifically to see that your filter will remove contaminants like lead, mercury, and asbestos.

3. Chemical Residue

If our air and water are both polluted, where does that leave our homes? By cleaning up the air we breath and the water we drink, we are on the road to providing a safer environment for our families. However, we’re not there yet.

Every surface in our home collects dust, dirt, germs, and grease that need cleaning regularly. That’s no problem, you say! You can just pick up your handy dandy bottle of all-purpose chemical cleaner and begin, wait, did you say chemical cleaner?

We filter chemicals out of our air and water and then put them right back into our home environment by cleaning every surface in our home with chemical cleaners, exposing our families to their vapors in the process.

Modern advancements come to the rescue in the area of cleaning as well. For the first time, we have easy access to methods of cleaning that will do a great job without bringing us the chemicals and toxins that we don’t want.

In each area of household cleaning you undertake, be sure to choose products that won’t leave a chemical residue or strong chemical odors in the air. Your health and your lungs will thank you.

By making a few simple changes, you can have a permanent impact on your life and the lives of your family members. Why not start today? Take back your peace of mind and begin the journey to happier and healthier lives.

Massage For Sports Injuries and The Rehabilitation

Sports Massage has become an integral part of the new athletic regimen. It is believed that massage can provide an extra edge to the athletes who take part in high performance sports. Massage has now become a necessary ingredient for a complete workout. A complete workout routine includes not only the exercise, but also caring for the wear-and-tear and minor injuries that naturally occur with strenuous movement. Sports massage is gradually becoming a popular form of treatment for soft tissue injuries. Apart from injuries a regular sports massage is also being used as an injury prevention tactic.

Regular exercise increases muscular endurance and strength, improves flexibility and respiratory function and enhances heart efficiency. The body adapts gradually to the demand of physical activities. The physiological and psychological benefits of massage make it an ideal complement to a total conditioning program.

This training and conditioning of a body is covered in three phases: the first is the tearing down phase where the body is pushed to its limit, the body ache most of us feel after we have just started any form of exercise or physical activity; the recovery phase where the body rebuilds itself, when we repeat the activity over and over with less and less restraints; and, finally, the build-up phase where the body accepts the new standards of physical demands.

Massage for sports injuries is a particularly effective way of dealing with the injuries that occur in the tearing down phase. A lot of approaches and tactics are applied to take care of a particular injury. People have acquired expertise on many sports injuries over the years.

Recovering from any injury is a long and a tiring process. While the main aim of physical rehabilitation is to increase strength and flexibility, the process is often limited to the injured body part being restored to its original state.

Massage can be a major complement to normal injury remedy procedures. By encouraging circulatory movement and relaxing muscles, massage helps the body pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. This allows the rehabilitating injured area to become more flexible and heal at an accelerated rate.

Massage has multi fold benefits apart from the physical comfort it provides. It manifests its effects in three ways; namely physical, physiological and mental.

It can help maintain the body condition, prevent injuries, cure and restore mobility to injured muscle tissue, boost performance and extend the overall life of the sporting career. Increased tissue permeability – Deep massage causes the pores in tissue membranes to open, enabling fluids and nutrients to pass through. This helps remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourage the muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients which help them recover quicker.

Massage can stretch tissues that could not be stretched in the usual methods. Bundles of muscle fibers are stretched lengthwise as well as sideways. Massage can also stretch the sheath or fascia that surrounds the muscle, so releasing any tension or pressure build up. Break down scar tissue – Scar tissue is the result of previous injuries or trauma and can affect muscle, tendons and ligaments. Hard training can make tissues hard and inelastic. Massage helps turn this around by stretching the tissues. Massage same as exercise, increases the blood flow to tissues. Massage opens or dilates the blood vessels and by stretching them, this enables nutrients to pass through more easily.

As for the Physiological effects, massage helps in pain reduction. Tension and waste products in muscles often cause pain. Massage helps reduce this in many ways including releasing the endorphins. Muscles relax through heat generated, circulation and stretching. Mechanoreceptors which sense touch, pressure, tissue length and warmth are stimulated causing a reflex relaxation. For psychological effects; massage helps with anxiety reduction through relaxation.

Tips For Better Dental Care

What is the first thing you notice when you talk to someone?

Answer is simple “smile”, beautiful smile is something which we all desire. It embarks our personality, gives us confidence and helps in other fields as well, for e.g. job interviews, in get together parties etc.

Though they are very important to us, but the unfortunate part is that nowadays people care less about their teeth and more about their comfort and this is the reason why today, majority of the people around the globe are suffering from various dental problems.

According to the reports of World Health Organisation (WHO), almost 95% of the children and 100% of the adults are facing some form of dental diseases.

Such is a scenario that one cannot find a single house, where at least one member of a family is not suffering from any oral diseases. Above all, tooth ache and cavities are no longer considered as a problem.

This situation is really alarming and the large part of this should be blamed to us. Yes this is true, as mentioned earlier; our bad habits always get better of us. So to have a better oral health, one must follow some basic dental care tips.

Before going through these recommendations, we want to make it clear that these tips are not something that we haven’t heard before; these are some basic rules that we all are supposed to follow. So let’s start:

1) Brush your teeth daily: Since from our childhood, the most basic thing we have been taught is brushing our teeth twice daily. It is basically the first thing we all should do in the morning.

But how many of us follow that?

Answer is quite simple, “Very few”.

It is a matter of utter shame that we cannot follow this simple rule, just because we are too lazy to this. And in a long run, this laziness costs us dearly. Earlier this problem was mostly contained to children only but now it has spread to everyone irrespective of the age group. So we are repeating again, perhaps for the Nth time, brush your teeth daily.

2) Picking up the right toothbrush: When we talk about brushing daily, we tend to forget the most integral part “toothbrush”. There’s a common perception that toothbrush should be used until it get bruised and all its bristles fall off which is completely wrong. Always change your brush in every 3 months. Make sure that you choose a toothbrush whose head and bristles can reach inside the cervices of your molars.

3) Avoid being dry mouth: A dry mouth causes many diseases. For the protection of tooth decay, saliva must past through your mouth regularly, one it stopped, you are all set to face number of dental diseases. The best way to maintain the saliva inside your mouth is to drink plenty of water. You may also consider having medicines, but that don’t always work actually.

4) Avoid junk foods and harmful products: Our oral health largely depends upon what we eat. A normal human being tends to go after various junk foods and that’s where the problems arise. Having excess amount of these food items take heavy toll on our teeth that result in tooth ache, pale and yellow teeth and even cavities. Always try to prefer only the home made foods and brush/floss properly after having that.

5) Visit your dentist: Out of all the tips, this may be the most difficult one for those who just hate visiting dentist. You may don’t like your dentist, but trust us, visiting them at a regular interval is the wisest thing you could do. You dentist knows everything about your teeth, in routine check-ups, he examine them properly and may suggest you some medicines properly. In short, we can say that for healthy and bright teeth, you must visit your dentist.

The above mentioned tips are known to all of us; it is just that we follow them. After all, our teeth are like our life line; treat them properly to have a happy life.

Natural Progesterone and Estrogen as an Alternative to HRT

A Dec. 30, 2003 Associated Press article stated that about one quarter of women who stopped taking hormone replacement therapy because of its risks wind up resuming HRT because of menopause misery.

This article verifies what we have been saying all along; “No treatment is NOT an option.” Women need an alternative treatment to hormone replacement therapy. Otherwise, their lives can be quite miserable.

Almost daily we receive an email, phone call or forum post from a cranky, depressed, sleep-deprived and/or over-heated woman in a desperate search for something – anything – that will put the brakes on menopause symptoms without the use of synthetic hormone replacement therapy.

We not only advocate staying away from synthetic hormone replacement therapy, we advocate finding healthy, effective alternative treatment options to hormone replacement therapy. We advocate bringing your hormones in balance by using estrogen-building nutritional support and progesterone cream treatment as an alternative for hormone replacement therapy. In this newsletter we provide a step-by-step guide to getting off hormone replacement therapy without making your life miserable. This plan as outlined is near foolproof. Of course, you should discuss medication alternatives with your regular health care provider.

In the first month you will begin to slowly wean yourself off synthetic hormones while introducing the hormone replacement therapy replacements. The purpose behind slowly tapering off hormone replacement therapy is two-fold. First, you can avoid drug withdraw by taking the slow approach. Second, slowly weaning yourself off hormone replacement therapy provides the necessary time for the alternatives to take hold. It typically takes a month or two for the natural alternative elements to solidly work through your body.

Below the following schedule is a description of each product listed:

Month 1:

  • Decrease your dose of hormone replacement therapy by half. You can do this by requesting a new prescription from your physician or by physically cutting the pills in half.
  • Begin using an organic, natural, USP progesterone cream like Return to Eden progesterone cream.
  • Begin using a nutritional menopause support product like Preserve.

Month 2:

  • Decrease your dose of hormone replacement therapy by half again. Again, you can either request a new prescription or cut the pills in half yourself.
  • Continue your new regime of menopause nutritional support products and progesterone cream.

Month 3:

  • Decrease your dose of hormone replacement therapy by half again or stop altogether.
  • Continue taking menopause nutritional suport products and natural progesterone cream.

Month 4:

  • If you still experience menopause symptoms, begin taking the Return to Eden estrogen cream. Although most women find that their menopause symptoms are adequately addressed with progesterone cream and nutritional support, this option usually knocks out any remaining menopause symptoms in women who do need supplemental estrogen. Using a natural estrogen cream like Return to Eden’s Triest cream is safe and effective because the estrogen is bioidentical to what a woman’s body naturally makes. You will use the estrogen alongside the progesterone for balance and to avoid estrogen dominance.

For an in-depth view of the benefits of natural progesterone, read “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause: The Breakthrough Book on Natural Progesterone” by the late John R. Lee, M.D., an international authority and pioneer in the use of natural progesterone cream and natural hormone balance.

Diet and exercise also play an incredible crucial role in how well your body fares through the changes of menopause.

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