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Category Archives: Health

Heart Healthy

1. Don’t smoke

2. Lose weight (if overweight)

3. Get regular exercise

4. Eat vegetables.

Heart failure is a chronic condition where the heart muscle grows weaker until it is no longer able to pump enough blood to meet body needs. With organs not getting the blood they need, fluid builds in places it shouldn’t, the lungs, the gastrointestinal tract, the liver and even the arms and legs.

The symptoms often appear slowly, at first only when you’re very active, though over time you might feel breathing problems and some other symptoms even when you’re resting. At age 40 your chance of heart problems at some point during your lifetime is almost one in five.

For the current lifestyle and heart failure study, 38,075 subjects in Finland were examined to compare the chances of heart failure between men and women. After a follow up of 14 years, 638 of the men and 445 of the women had been diagnosed with heart failure.

Even after accounting for risk factors we know impact heart failure (high blood pressure, heart attack history, diabetes), healthy lifestyle choices brought a lower likelihood of disease.

– Those who smoke had an 86% increased chance of heart failure, however women smokers especially saw a 109% increase in risk.

– Men who were considered obese had a 75% higher risk; obese women had a 106% higher risk.

– Men who did regular, moderately intense exercise had a 21% reduced risk; women who exercised at the same level were found to have a 13% reduced risk. More intense types of exercise increased the benefit, by 33% in the males, 39% in the female subjects.

– Everyone who ate veggies 3-6 times a week showed a 26% for men, 27% for women reduced risk of heart failure when compared to those subjects who only ate vegetables on less than one occasion per week.

Researchers suggest that any lifestyle changes you make to stay healthy are beneficial. Theoretically, almost half of heart failure cases that happen in the general population could be prevented if people followed at least three of the four healthy behaviors.

Brain Healthy for Elders

1. What you eat: A lot of really medical solid research in recent years has shown that “we are what we eat” at every age. Older adults will benefit from a diet heavily populated with protein, antioxidants-folic acid is a concentrated source, omega-3 fatty acids-in fish, fruits and vegetables and vitamin B. It is important to stay light on the carbs and trans fats as well.

2. Active is more than sports: We all appreciate that a person who physically works out typically will have a healthier, robust physique. The same is true of the brain. If an older adult does not engage in stimulating games, conversation or other activities, the brain can get the neural equivalent of flabby. Give the brain a work out daily.

3. Be sociable: Pity the older adult who retires and just sits at home in front of a television all day. Socializing keeps the brain active along what the rest of the body. It also reduces the stress we all can accumulate, old and young alike. And one of the great benefits of sociability is the chance to share a good laugh… it is great medicine.

4. If you Snooze you win: It is ironic that one of the best things to do for an older brain also can be one of the hardest to find. Getting a good night’s sleep allows all the parts of the body to repair themselves. The opposite is true also… poor or less sleep negative impact the brain.

5. Don’t stress: Stress is not just hard on the cardiovascular system of an older adult. It also accumulates chemicals in the brain than may damage brain cells and interfere with an older person’s ability to think clearly and effectively. So don’t just get sleep, unload the stressors every day.

Foreclosure Prevention

The first and foremost tip is not to procrastinate. You should never wait until you meet with a devastating effect. Start negotiating with the lenders as early as possible. You can device an emergency exit plan according to your financial status. Do not wait and watch.

The earlier you start to the lenders, the more time you would have to bargain and come up with a viable solution. It is highly recommended to work with a reputed credit counseling group that will help you in foreclosure prevention.

If you had missed any previous payments, do not make it as a habit. Try to clear of all your payments and stay up-to-date. There is always a greater probability to restore mortgage loans by paying the outstanding amount.

If your lender accepts for a change in the terms and conditions, make sure you get it written. All the verbal promises should be taken in written format so as to avoid problems in future. It is important to send mails using certified email delivery services during the time of payments.

This is a time to buckle down, face the facts, and make some serious decisions. A foreclosure history will stay on your record for several years, where a negotiated agreement can stop the negative reporting and you can recover your credit score in the future.

You may have to get a second or a third part time job. Other family members can also pitch in and help with some extra income. This is a crisis that you can overcome with enough thought and hard work.

Foreclosure prevention is of course a tedious task. However, you can easily win over this battle with little financial discipline. It is up to you to save your home and live with respect.

Deal With Stress

Diet, diet, diet. Food can make or break a good mood. Unhealthy foods can make you feel aggravated, tense, ill, fatigued and cranky. These are foods that are high in sugar, high in caffeine, or outright junk food. In fact, modern scientific studies are examining to the rise in depression and violence with the rise in unhealthy food consumption as well as lack of proper nutrition.

You can take charge of your health by eating a healthy diet. Keep in mind that nutrition is imperative for healthy brain function; this includes mood. Essential Fatty Acids, especially Omega-3’s, are seriously lacking in the average diet; and EFA’s are necessary for your brain. Help your brain function by eating more fish, nuts, and avocados. Take an EFA supplement. If you are worried about a fishy aftertaste, opt for the kind that have lemon oil added to counteract.

Eliminate junk food as much as possible from your diet. Foods such as chips, soda, donuts, or hamburgers from a fast food restaurant do not contain enough nutrients that your body can use. Your nervous system and your brain depend on all types of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other compounds for health. You can only get these by eating whole foods that contain whole nutrition such as; whole grains, unprocessed meats and proteins, whole and fresh fruits and vegetables.

On the other hand, according to the studies in Orthomolecular Medicine, chemicals like those used in food manufacturing, can interfere with the delicate brain chemicals and chemical reactions that control your body. An unhealthy diet can be linked to depression, an inability to deal with stress, mood swings and inability to concentrate. To be on the safe side, try to cut way down on highly processed foods while replacing them with whole foods and let your body eliminate any built up toxins over time. Changing your diet for the better may not only help your mood, but can help ward of disease and other health issues.

Exercise to balance your mood, deal with stress and, hopefully, reduce depression. Exercise helps bring oxygen all through your body. It gets your blood flowing so nutrients are carried throughout your entire body to all your organs, including your brain. It also stimulates the manufacturing of serotonin, the “feel good” hormone. All of this happens naturally while you get more fit and healthy in the process.

Practice relaxation on a daily basis. It is a fact that relaxing takes practice. Dealing with any given situation can be a habit; like getting angry, sad, upset or seeing a negative situation as a challenge instead of stressful. All of this can take years of work, therapy, or counseling.

Healthy Tips For Teens

1. Eat breakfast… you may not think it is cool, you may not think you are hungry, but your brain and your heart think otherwise. Feed your body with good healthy food in the morning and it WILL make a difference in your energy levels during the day. Choose foods like fruit, cheese, eggs, or cereal. Avoid high sugar foods because those will give you a drop in energy half way through your morning.

2. Eat lunch… your friends may not think it is cool and you may think socializing at noon is more fun, but your organs and your bones don’t agree. Your body needs food halfway though your day and that means milk, protein, and healthy carbohydrates. Your afternoon will go better for you at school if you have had a healthy lunch. And if you are into sports, lunch is a must to provide your bones and muscles with the energy they need to perform at practice or the all important game. Sports drinks are okay too but look at the caffeine and the sugar levels. Sports drinks should supply you with the vitamins and minerals you need to supplement the loss you have during exercise.

3. Don’t skip dinner… teens need a balanced meal at the end of the school day to replenish your body with the nutrients for growth and muscle development. You need dinner, and the family time wouldn’t hurt either. If family dinners are not something common at your house, make yourself a good dinner, just don’t skip this meal.

4. Get enough sleep… another thing your peers may poke fun at. Teens need 8-12 hours of sleep a night to grow, learn, and feel good. A late night on the computer and text messaging your friends does nothing for your health. Don’t be ashamed to go to bed early a few nights a week. Your health may depend on it.

Lose Potbelly Fast

Instead, do the following. These 3 simple and healthy tips will increase metabolism naturally, and help lose your potbelly fast.

  1. Everyday, eat 4-6 healthy meals with equal intervals. This increases your metabolism which in turn makes you lose weight faster. Counter intuitive? Yes, but true!
  2. Make an effort to switch to unprocessed or slightly processed lean proteins like turkey breast, chicken and fish. Eating these types of foods increases your metabolic rate as the body is forced to burn more fat to digest them.
  3. Rev up your metabolism even faster by exercising. To lose 5-10 pounds, perform regular to moderate exercise like brisk walking and swimming, a minimum of 3 times a week, at least 30 minutes a day. But if you need to lose a whole lot more weight, high intensity exercises will do the trick.

How did you end up with a potbelly anyway?

Let’s face it: We have become a country of couch potatoes (aka sofa spuds). We would rather watch TV than workout. We prefer to spend time nurturing a relationship with the Blackberry, iPhone or iPad than exercise. Poor diet, fast food, ineffective weight control, stress, genes, age and a sedentary lifestyle… they are all big contributors to the obesity problem.

Lose Weight With Quick Healthy

1. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables daily.
2. Consider eating several smaller meals throughout the day. This helps build your metabolism and reduces hunger. Eat healthy snacks such a fruit and yogurt as well as salads and protein for the three main meals.
3. Drink water frequently. It is healthy and helps you feel full, which might curb your hunger.
4. Go for a walk daily. Vary during your outing with some power walking, taking a brisker pace.
5. Take the next step by walking on an incline such as on a treadmill or up a hill. Do this at least twice a week.
6. Go dancing on a regular basis. It will be a fun form of exercise.
7. Try doing a variety of aerobic exercises, such as bicycling. Resistance training is beneficial to muscle toning as well.
8. Get enough rest. It is important to rest your body not only with sleep, but give your body a break between exercise routines. Rest allows you the maximum benefit when burning calories.
9. Don’t give up. You might not see results right away, but it will happen. Besides you are creating a healthy lifestyle for yourself that will lead into a routine.
10. Find a program you enjoy. This will help keep you working out. You might want to recruit a friend to add to the fun as well as helping a friend.

Healthy Liver

1. Too excessive diet
2. consuming too much medication
3. waking too late and sleeping up too late
4. do not breakfast
5. too much cooking oil
6. consuming raw
7. Consumption of additives, preservatives, artificial sweeteners and dyes.

Those are the main causes of Liver cancer. You can prevent the cancer by avoiding those materials, activity and eating healthy foods. You should start to choose your daily consumption. Make sure the things that you eat are healthy. You need to eat vegetables and fruits.

You need to take a rest at night start from 9 up to 11 PM. At this time, liver tries to dispose toxic in our body. You can relax or listening music. If you keep doing your daily activity such as washes dishes, working. You may harm your own health.

You need to have a sleep during 11PM to 1 AM. This is the de-toxification process in liver. You should continue your sleeping till 3AM to help the de-toxification process in the gall. At 3AM to 5PM, de-toxification process is held in the lungs. You may have cough but you don’t have to take cough medicine since this process is natural. The process will be continued in the colon. During this stage, you may need to use your rest room.

Pulse Oximetry

Your organs need oxygen to work properly. Without oxygen, your body cells will not be able to function properly and you will die soon. As a matter of fact, cell death may cause a lot of symptoms and the organ may fail before long.

Actually, your body supplies oxygen to your organs once the oxygen has been filtered via the lungs. Then the lungs provide oxygen with your blood through the hemoglobin proteins found in your red blood cells.

What pulse oximetry does is measure how much oxygen is in the hemoglobin proteins. This is known as oxygen saturation, which shows how much oxygen your organs are getting. Normally, it is between 95 and 100 percent. Moreover, if this level falls below 90%, you should get medical assistance as soon as possible.

Actually, these devices can be attached to a foot, wrist, finger or other devices for measuring the oxygen saturation. Oxygen saturation may fall below the minimum level due to many reasons, such as drowning, choking, infections, and suffocation, just to name a few.

These devices shine a light through some transparent area of your skin and then the light shines through to the powerful sensor fitted on the other side of the wrist. Now, the amount of light that your blood absorbs shows the oxygen saturation. Actually, this device doesn’t get the measurement directly. Actually, it makes use of a complex equation for estimating the exact level.

Pulse oximeters are a great choice for those with certain conditions that may reduce the oxygen saturation. If you have such a condition, your doctor may recommend a good device so you can keep an eye on your oxygen saturation levels at all times.

With this device, you can also find out more about how effective your breathing interventions like ventilators and oxygen therapy are. Moreover, some doctors recommend their patients to use this device especially patients that have cardiac or respiratory conditions.

Children Eating Healthy

Injecting the fun factor into the food is a good way to make your children enjoy eating healthy foods. Our food preference must not be tied in our experience we had with these foods in the past. Exposing them to different kind of healthy foods daily will make your young ones to be more comfortable with these kinds of foods. Give them the credit for their effort in eating the food, punishing them for not liking it on the other hand will only makes them more reluctant to explore new things. Parents must posses that virtue of patience because it will take some time for these children to like these foods.

Getting them involved in meal preparation will make them appreciate the food that they will eat, let them know about the different ingredients of the food and educate them the importance of it in their bodies. Healthy foods must not end inside your house, when you are eating outside, go for the restaurant that serves healthy cuisines instead going to regular fast food chain. Engage your children in different kind of sports and exercises. These exercise swill make them realize the importance of taking care of their bodies. To make these children eating healthy tips to be more successful, parents must have the sheer determination to implement it in their children.

Imposing these healthy eating habits for your children is not that easy, especially if your children are already at the stage of being a picky-eater. But being a responsible parent to your children, it is not late to save your children from their bad eating habits. The power is in your hands to change things around. Do not let your children dictate you what food they will eat, it is you who will make the rules about meals and snacks-which is the healthy types of foods. You must set the example; children will emulate what their parents are doing, that is a tested theory proven time and time again. With the knowledge of these children eating healthy tips in your hand, along with your determination, your children bad eating habits will come to its end.