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  • 06 Dec 2017
    Running is in itself one of the very best things you can possibly do to improve your health and it has numerous highly beneficial effects on the body. These range from increasing muscle mass in the legs, to lowering your heartrate to helping you to burn more calories. But while all this is true, it’s not just the running that is so good for you. Equally important is the simple fact that you’re outdoors, which actually has incredible benefits all on its own. Read on and we’ll examine some of these benefits. Sunlight The first big benefit of being outdoors comes from the sun. When you run, you expose yourself to the sun’s rays. While these can be harmful in high doses, they’re also critical for our health in many other ways. For starters, they encourage the production of vitamin D. This not only helps to strengthen your bones but also improves sleep and testosterone production. The sun also gives us a healthy, natural glow that comes from being tanned. Earthing Nobody is entirely sure if ‘Earthing’ is definitely beneficial but it’s something that a lot of people claim is. Essentially, the idea is that by coming into direct contact with the ground when you sit on it or touch it, you can actually help to restore the body’s correct charge, potentially combating inflammation. Some studies back this up but they aren’t particularly rigorous in their methodology. Either way, it certainly doesn’t hurt anyone! Fresh Air Fresh air is also highly beneficial for our health. For starters, it has been shown to significantly improve our circulation and also to improve our breathing in generally. It aids with sleep and it boosts the immune system too! Nature Believe it or not, just being in nature can also be very good for us. This is because it has a profound effect on us psychologically – basking in nature helps to encourage the release of ‘feel good hormones’ and to lower stress levels. It has even been shown to increase creativity, which is one reason that you often come up with your best ideas while going for walks. Weather And even the weather can be good for you! Contrary to popular belief, getting some exposure to cold air is actually a good thing. That’s because it gently taxes your immune system, acting as a kind of ‘training’ for it and thereby strengthening it in the long run. Additonally, running is one of the absolute best ways to burn calories, build muscle in your legs and also improve your overall health and fitness. Human beings evolved to be runners and so it should come as no surprise that we are much happier and healthier when this is something we do regularly. But of course running is not going to be for everyone. Some people will naturally take to running more than others and if you don’t find that it’s your cup of tea, you may want to look for an alternative. Or perhaps you find that running is hard on your knees? Or that you don’t have anywhere scenic to try it? Read on and we’ll look at some of the best alternatives you can try instead… Roller Skating Roller skating is an interesting alternative to running and one that a lot of people don’t consider. While it’s not quite as much of a ‘transferrable skill’, it’s low impact and a lot of people love the feeling of going at such high speeds! The same goes for skateboarding or even using scooters and the like! Swimming Swimming is once again a low impact alternative to running. At the same time, it has the distinct advantage of being a fantastic full-body workout that will be particularly effective at building up the lats and the trap – as well as the legs! Trail Running Trail running is a form of running that involves running ‘off road’. Normally, this means running through forests and across beaches. Not only does this often increase the challenge, thereby enabling you to build more muscle strength and endurance in your legs but it also makes the run more interesting in many cases! Battle Ropes Here’s something pretty different… Battle ropes essentially involves standing at the end of two long, heavy ropes and then beating them against the ground in a rhythmical motion. This requires a lot of exertion and challenges your coordination, power and cardiovascular endurance! Cycling Another low impact alternative to running. This might mean cycling on a treadmill, or it might mean cycling outdoors. Of course the latter is better for you but the former has the advantage of allowing you to watch TV or otherwise catch up with your reading. Skipping Jumping rope is one of the preferred cardio workouts for boxers. It’s a great way to get as cut and lean as Rocky Balboa!
    General Health 542 Posted by Adam Carson United States Cardiovascular Disease
  • Running is in itself one of the very best things you can possibly do to improve your health and it has numerous highly beneficial effects on the body. These range from increasing muscle mass in the legs, to lowering your heartrate to helping you to burn more calories. But while all this is true, it’s not just the running that is so good for you. Equally important is the simple fact that you’re outdoors, which actually has incredible benefits all on its own. Read on and we’ll examine some of these benefits. Sunlight The first big benefit of being outdoors comes from the sun. When you run, you expose yourself to the sun’s rays. While these can be harmful in high doses, they’re also critical for our health in many other ways. For starters, they encourage the production of vitamin D. This not only helps to strengthen your bones but also improves sleep and testosterone production. The sun also gives us a healthy, natural glow that comes from being tanned. Earthing Nobody is entirely sure if ‘Earthing’ is definitely beneficial but it’s something that a lot of people claim is. Essentially, the idea is that by coming into direct contact with the ground when you sit on it or touch it, you can actually help to restore the body’s correct charge, potentially combating inflammation. Some studies back this up but they aren’t particularly rigorous in their methodology. Either way, it certainly doesn’t hurt anyone! Fresh Air Fresh air is also highly beneficial for our health. For starters, it has been shown to significantly improve our circulation and also to improve our breathing in generally. It aids with sleep and it boosts the immune system too! Nature Believe it or not, just being in nature can also be very good for us. This is because it has a profound effect on us psychologically – basking in nature helps to encourage the release of ‘feel good hormones’ and to lower stress levels. It has even been shown to increase creativity, which is one reason that you often come up with your best ideas while going for walks. Weather And even the weather can be good for you! Contrary to popular belief, getting some exposure to cold air is actually a good thing. That’s because it gently taxes your immune system, acting as a kind of ‘training’ for it and thereby strengthening it in the long run. Additonally, running is one of the absolute best ways to burn calories, build muscle in your legs and also improve your overall health and fitness. Human beings evolved to be runners and so it should come as no surprise that we are much happier and healthier when this is something we do regularly. But of course running is not going to be for everyone. Some people will naturally take to running more than others and if you don’t find that it’s your cup of tea, you may want to look for an alternative. Or perhaps you find that running is hard on your knees? Or that you don’t have anywhere scenic to try it? Read on and we’ll look at some of the best alternatives you can try instead… Roller Skating Roller skating is an interesting alternative to running and one that a lot of people don’t consider. While it’s not quite as much of a ‘transferrable skill’, it’s low impact and a lot of people love the feeling of going at such high speeds! The same goes for skateboarding or even using scooters and the like! Swimming Swimming is once again a low impact alternative to running. At the same time, it has the distinct advantage of being a fantastic full-body workout that will be particularly effective at building up the lats and the trap – as well as the legs! Trail Running Trail running is a form of running that involves running ‘off road’. Normally, this means running through forests and across beaches. Not only does this often increase the challenge, thereby enabling you to build more muscle strength and endurance in your legs but it also makes the run more interesting in many cases! Battle Ropes Here’s something pretty different… Battle ropes essentially involves standing at the end of two long, heavy ropes and then beating them against the ground in a rhythmical motion. This requires a lot of exertion and challenges your coordination, power and cardiovascular endurance! Cycling Another low impact alternative to running. This might mean cycling on a treadmill, or it might mean cycling outdoors. Of course the latter is better for you but the former has the advantage of allowing you to watch TV or otherwise catch up with your reading. Skipping Jumping rope is one of the preferred cardio workouts for boxers. It’s a great way to get as cut and lean as Rocky Balboa!
    General Health Dec 06, 2017 542 United States Cardiovascular Disease
  • 30 Aug 2017
    Arthritis Add turmeric to as many meals as you can. It’s a great way to help your joints since it’s an anti-inflammatory. For good joint health, keep moving. The more you move the less stiffness your joints will feel. When you exercise, keep it low impact. Activities that don’t pound your joints are best for arthritis. Try swimming, biking or strength training. Keep your bones strong by taking a calcium supplement and vitamin D. Safety is a concern when you have arthritis so use padding when you do things like skating or wearing braces when you play golf or tennis. If you have a little extra weight, consider losing some. Extra weight puts a strain on your back, knee and hip joints. Build strong muscles to support your joints. Weight training exercises are a good way to do this. Don’t slouch. Slouching is hard on your joints. If you’re having joint swelling and pain, apply ice to the sore joint for 20 minutes or less. Eating a healthy diet helps build strong bones and muscles which help joints stay strong.
    General Health 529 Posted by Adam Carson United States Healthmace Members
  • Arthritis Add turmeric to as many meals as you can. It’s a great way to help your joints since it’s an anti-inflammatory. For good joint health, keep moving. The more you move the less stiffness your joints will feel. When you exercise, keep it low impact. Activities that don’t pound your joints are best for arthritis. Try swimming, biking or strength training. Keep your bones strong by taking a calcium supplement and vitamin D. Safety is a concern when you have arthritis so use padding when you do things like skating or wearing braces when you play golf or tennis. If you have a little extra weight, consider losing some. Extra weight puts a strain on your back, knee and hip joints. Build strong muscles to support your joints. Weight training exercises are a good way to do this. Don’t slouch. Slouching is hard on your joints. If you’re having joint swelling and pain, apply ice to the sore joint for 20 minutes or less. Eating a healthy diet helps build strong bones and muscles which help joints stay strong.
    General Health Aug 30, 2017 529 United States Healthmace Members
  • 16 Feb 2017
    How to Spot and Prevent Deep Vein ThrombosisWhen the Clot Thickens Lots of things can cause pain and swelling in your leg. But if your symptoms stem from a blood clot deep in your leg, it can be dangerous. Blood clots can happen to anyone, anytime. But some people are at increased risk. Taking steps to reduce your chances of a blood clot forming in your veins can help you avoid potentially serious problems. Blood clots can arise anywhere in your body. They develop when blood thickens and clumps together. When a clot forms in a vein deep in the body, it’s called deep vein thrombosis. Deep vein blood clots typically occur in the lower leg or thigh. “Deep vein thrombosis has classic symptoms—for example swelling, pain, warmth, and redness on the leg,” says Dr. Andrei Kindzelski, an NIH blood disease expert. “But about 30–40% of cases go unnoticed, since they don’t have typical symptoms.” In fact, some people don’t realize they have a deep vein clot until it causes a more serious condition. Deep vein clots—especially those in the thigh—can break off and travel through the bloodstream. If a clot lodges in an artery in the lungs, it can block blood flow and lead to a sometimes-deadly condition called pulmonary embolism. This disorder can damage the lungs and reduce blood oxygen levels, which can harm other organs as well. Some people are more at risk for deep vein thrombosis than others. “Usually people who develop deep vein thrombosis have some level of thrombophilia, which means their blood clots more rapidly or easily,” Kindzelski says. Getting a blood clot is usually the first sign of this condition because it’s hard to notice otherwise. In these cases, lifestyle can contribute to a blood clot forming—if you don’t move enough, for example. Your risk is higher if you’ve recently had surgery or broken a bone, if you’re ill and in bed for a long time, or if you’re traveling for a long time (such as during long car or airplane rides). Having other diseases or conditions can also raise your chances of a blood clot. These include a stroke, paralysis (an inability to move), chronic heart disease, high blood pressure, surgical procedure, or having been recently treated for cancer. Women who take hormone therapy pills or birth control pills, are pregnant, or within the first 6 weeks after giving birth are also at higher risk. So are those who smoke or who are older than 60. But deep vein thrombosis can happen at any age. You can take simple steps to lower your chances for a blood clot. Exercise your lower leg muscles if you’re sitting for a long time while traveling. Get out of bed and move around as soon as you’re able after having surgery or being ill. The more active you are, the better your chance of avoiding a blood clot. Take any medicines your doctor prescribes to prevent clots after some types of surgery. A prompt diagnosis and proper treatment can help prevent the complications of blood clots. See your doctor immediately if you have any signs or symptoms of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism (see the Wise Choices box). A physical exam and other tests can help doctors determine whether you’ve got a blood clot. There are many ways to treat deep vein thrombosis. Therapies aim to stop the blood clot from getting bigger, prevent the clot from breaking off and moving to your lungs, or reduce your chance of having another blood clot. NIH scientists continue to research new medicines and better treatment options. If you think you may be at risk for deep vein thrombosis, talk with your doctor.    Source: NIH News in Health, Jan 2017 - Editor: Harrison Wein, Ph.D. - Managing Editor: Vicki Contie - Contributors: Vicki Contie, Alan Defibaugh (illustrations), Tianna Hicklin, Bonnie Tabasko, and Carol Torgan.
    General Health 83 Posted by Adam Carson United States Healthmace Members
  • How to Spot and Prevent Deep Vein ThrombosisWhen the Clot Thickens Lots of things can cause pain and swelling in your leg. But if your symptoms stem from a blood clot deep in your leg, it can be dangerous. Blood clots can happen to anyone, anytime. But some people are at increased risk. Taking steps to reduce your chances of a blood clot forming in your veins can help you avoid potentially serious problems. Blood clots can arise anywhere in your body. They develop when blood thickens and clumps together. When a clot forms in a vein deep in the body, it’s called deep vein thrombosis. Deep vein blood clots typically occur in the lower leg or thigh. “Deep vein thrombosis has classic symptoms—for example swelling, pain, warmth, and redness on the leg,” says Dr. Andrei Kindzelski, an NIH blood disease expert. “But about 30–40% of cases go unnoticed, since they don’t have typical symptoms.” In fact, some people don’t realize they have a deep vein clot until it causes a more serious condition. Deep vein clots—especially those in the thigh—can break off and travel through the bloodstream. If a clot lodges in an artery in the lungs, it can block blood flow and lead to a sometimes-deadly condition called pulmonary embolism. This disorder can damage the lungs and reduce blood oxygen levels, which can harm other organs as well. Some people are more at risk for deep vein thrombosis than others. “Usually people who develop deep vein thrombosis have some level of thrombophilia, which means their blood clots more rapidly or easily,” Kindzelski says. Getting a blood clot is usually the first sign of this condition because it’s hard to notice otherwise. In these cases, lifestyle can contribute to a blood clot forming—if you don’t move enough, for example. Your risk is higher if you’ve recently had surgery or broken a bone, if you’re ill and in bed for a long time, or if you’re traveling for a long time (such as during long car or airplane rides). Having other diseases or conditions can also raise your chances of a blood clot. These include a stroke, paralysis (an inability to move), chronic heart disease, high blood pressure, surgical procedure, or having been recently treated for cancer. Women who take hormone therapy pills or birth control pills, are pregnant, or within the first 6 weeks after giving birth are also at higher risk. So are those who smoke or who are older than 60. But deep vein thrombosis can happen at any age. You can take simple steps to lower your chances for a blood clot. Exercise your lower leg muscles if you’re sitting for a long time while traveling. Get out of bed and move around as soon as you’re able after having surgery or being ill. The more active you are, the better your chance of avoiding a blood clot. Take any medicines your doctor prescribes to prevent clots after some types of surgery. A prompt diagnosis and proper treatment can help prevent the complications of blood clots. See your doctor immediately if you have any signs or symptoms of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism (see the Wise Choices box). A physical exam and other tests can help doctors determine whether you’ve got a blood clot. There are many ways to treat deep vein thrombosis. Therapies aim to stop the blood clot from getting bigger, prevent the clot from breaking off and moving to your lungs, or reduce your chance of having another blood clot. NIH scientists continue to research new medicines and better treatment options. If you think you may be at risk for deep vein thrombosis, talk with your doctor.    Source: NIH News in Health, Jan 2017 - Editor: Harrison Wein, Ph.D. - Managing Editor: Vicki Contie - Contributors: Vicki Contie, Alan Defibaugh (illustrations), Tianna Hicklin, Bonnie Tabasko, and Carol Torgan.
    General Health Feb 16, 2017 83 United States Healthmace Members
  • 11 Feb 2017
    Regular health checkup can play the vital role to maintain the quality of life. Both- the young and the elderly should prioritize health test as it helps to find the problem before it gets started. In fact, the research gives evidence that regular health checkup saves the life, adds liveliness, maintains psychological well-being, keeps healthy and more. Surveys have shown that people who go for regular health test are likely to be more fit and happy than people who do not go. So, if you have not made the mind, it is time to take charge of the health! Schedule an appointment with a professional health care provider; discuss the screenings you require and the right time to go. By getting the right health services, you get sure about healthy and longer life. Your healthcare provider may also tell you that how often you need a checkup to keep yourself fit.  It Is Important To Visit A Doctor Regularly Nowadays, heart problems are becoming increasingly popular among all age of men and women nationwide. A report of heart diseases statists of American College of Cardiology claims that heart diseases caused 25% of deaths in the United States during 2008. However, the risks of heart problems in women are dramatically higher than women. Every two in five persons in the world develop risks of heart problems. Is it not enough to get you concerned about cardiovascular health? Will you still be ignoring health diagnosis which brings a clear picture of entire body system? No, then get an appointment and go for the health checkup. Factors responsible for heart-related problems Before you go for the checkup, you may have questions about the causes related to the heart issues. A variety of causes may be answerable to poor cardiovascular health. Our heart is the center of the cardiovascular system and also responsible for inside activities. You may know- high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, high sugar level- that influences cardiovascular health. These problems can also be the symptoms of cardiovascular issues and cause permanent damage to the arteries. You may get heart stroke or heart attack without knowing that the risk factors you already had. Apart from these physical causes, stress, depression, mental disorder and other psychological issues can be responsible for the condition. Lack of physical activities, lack of nutrition in diet and lack of sleep include other reasons for higher risks of heart problems.  From transportation of oxygen to the immune system, the heart remains an important player. The heart is a key component of the body and brings an accurate picture of our health. Therefore, to know more about cardiovascular health can help you living a great life. Your doctor during the session may tell you some crucial guidelines needed for a healthy heart and enhanced quality of life.  © 2017 Health & Wellness Section, Healthmace Publication Magazine. Copyright claimed in chapters 7-10, exclusive of U.S. government maps. Healthmace Technologies Inc.
    General Health 160 Posted by Adam Carson United States Healthmace Members
  • Regular health checkup can play the vital role to maintain the quality of life. Both- the young and the elderly should prioritize health test as it helps to find the problem before it gets started. In fact, the research gives evidence that regular health checkup saves the life, adds liveliness, maintains psychological well-being, keeps healthy and more. Surveys have shown that people who go for regular health test are likely to be more fit and happy than people who do not go. So, if you have not made the mind, it is time to take charge of the health! Schedule an appointment with a professional health care provider; discuss the screenings you require and the right time to go. By getting the right health services, you get sure about healthy and longer life. Your healthcare provider may also tell you that how often you need a checkup to keep yourself fit.  It Is Important To Visit A Doctor Regularly Nowadays, heart problems are becoming increasingly popular among all age of men and women nationwide. A report of heart diseases statists of American College of Cardiology claims that heart diseases caused 25% of deaths in the United States during 2008. However, the risks of heart problems in women are dramatically higher than women. Every two in five persons in the world develop risks of heart problems. Is it not enough to get you concerned about cardiovascular health? Will you still be ignoring health diagnosis which brings a clear picture of entire body system? No, then get an appointment and go for the health checkup. Factors responsible for heart-related problems Before you go for the checkup, you may have questions about the causes related to the heart issues. A variety of causes may be answerable to poor cardiovascular health. Our heart is the center of the cardiovascular system and also responsible for inside activities. You may know- high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, high sugar level- that influences cardiovascular health. These problems can also be the symptoms of cardiovascular issues and cause permanent damage to the arteries. You may get heart stroke or heart attack without knowing that the risk factors you already had. Apart from these physical causes, stress, depression, mental disorder and other psychological issues can be responsible for the condition. Lack of physical activities, lack of nutrition in diet and lack of sleep include other reasons for higher risks of heart problems.  From transportation of oxygen to the immune system, the heart remains an important player. The heart is a key component of the body and brings an accurate picture of our health. Therefore, to know more about cardiovascular health can help you living a great life. Your doctor during the session may tell you some crucial guidelines needed for a healthy heart and enhanced quality of life.  © 2017 Health & Wellness Section, Healthmace Publication Magazine. Copyright claimed in chapters 7-10, exclusive of U.S. government maps. Healthmace Technologies Inc.
    General Health Feb 11, 2017 160 United States Healthmace Members
  • 14 Jan 2017
    Photo: mediterranean_garden16 on Instagram If you have yet to take advantage of the plenitude of fresh pomegranates in your local supermarket, perhaps it’s time you reconsidered. It’s true that pomegranates are notoriously difficult to manage, considering the tedious seeding and peeling the fruit require. Yet the pomegranate seed holds a number of health benefits that are simply too good to pass up. Late October to February is typically the in-season period for pomegranate, making this the perfect time to adopt this powerhouse fruit into your diet. Here are five reasons why. Improve Heart Health: Pomegranates are known to lower cholesterol and high blood pressure by helping the body to maintain a healthy blood flow. Additionally, the antioxidants in the seeds are said to lessen the risk of clots in the arteries.  Pomegranate juice is known to reduce atherosclerosis, which is one of the leading causes of heart disease. Weight Loss: Although tiny, these seeds are packed with a surprising amount of fiber. High-fiber foods are essential in those attempting to lose weight as they can keep you full longer and thus make you less likely to snack or overeat later that day. Lessen Arthritis Join Pain: Pomegranates are widely known as a natural treatment for arthritis as the fruit is packed with flavonol antioxidants, which helps to combat the inflammation associated with arthritis. Anti-tumor effects: Pomegranate juice has the ability to remove free radicals from the body and inhibit the development of cancer, among other diseases. Their anti-angiogenic properties mean that they can prevent tumor growth. Fight Memory Loss: Pomegranates are filled with polyphenols, which are known for their neuroprotective benefits. Its cognitive effects so considered to be so great, in fact, that a study conducted by Loma Linda University advocated for the daily intake of pomegranate juice in treating Alzheimer’s disease.
    General Health 63 Posted by Adam Carson United States Healthmace Members
  • Photo: mediterranean_garden16 on Instagram If you have yet to take advantage of the plenitude of fresh pomegranates in your local supermarket, perhaps it’s time you reconsidered. It’s true that pomegranates are notoriously difficult to manage, considering the tedious seeding and peeling the fruit require. Yet the pomegranate seed holds a number of health benefits that are simply too good to pass up. Late October to February is typically the in-season period for pomegranate, making this the perfect time to adopt this powerhouse fruit into your diet. Here are five reasons why. Improve Heart Health: Pomegranates are known to lower cholesterol and high blood pressure by helping the body to maintain a healthy blood flow. Additionally, the antioxidants in the seeds are said to lessen the risk of clots in the arteries.  Pomegranate juice is known to reduce atherosclerosis, which is one of the leading causes of heart disease. Weight Loss: Although tiny, these seeds are packed with a surprising amount of fiber. High-fiber foods are essential in those attempting to lose weight as they can keep you full longer and thus make you less likely to snack or overeat later that day. Lessen Arthritis Join Pain: Pomegranates are widely known as a natural treatment for arthritis as the fruit is packed with flavonol antioxidants, which helps to combat the inflammation associated with arthritis. Anti-tumor effects: Pomegranate juice has the ability to remove free radicals from the body and inhibit the development of cancer, among other diseases. Their anti-angiogenic properties mean that they can prevent tumor growth. Fight Memory Loss: Pomegranates are filled with polyphenols, which are known for their neuroprotective benefits. Its cognitive effects so considered to be so great, in fact, that a study conducted by Loma Linda University advocated for the daily intake of pomegranate juice in treating Alzheimer’s disease.
    General Health Jan 14, 2017 63 United States Healthmace Members
  • 14 Jan 2017
    As work deadlines and holiday preparations loom ahead, it can be difficult to take the time to properly look after your health. Yet as temperatures continue to drop, contracting the flu is a serious worry at this time of the year. While the flu vaccine is often touted as an effective way to combat the virus, there are also a number of at-home methods to help prevent the flu. Take these healthy habits into consideration this season, as you aim to keep flu germs at bay and stay in good health once the weather changes.  Photo: seattleurbanfarmco on Instagram Washing hands frequently Many specialists cite washing hands as one of the top ways to prevent the flu. That’s because the most common way to contract the flu is through the germs on communal objects like doorknobs and telephones that regularly come into contact with our hands. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention cites water and soap as the most effective way to lather up. If you’re not near a sink, however, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is the next best thing. Garlic This powerful superfood doesn’t just scare off vampires. Garlic contains allion and allicin, both of which contain antiviral effects,which help to combat the development of the flu. If the taste of raw garlic is unappealing, mix in a few extra cloves into your meal for a more subtle flavour that possesses immune boosting proprieties. Garlic is also known to help minimize and even eradicate symptoms after a flu has already been contracted. Vigorous exercise No one would dispute that regular exercise is important in maintaining one’s health. But fewer people realize the direct correlation between exercise and the prevention of the flu. Exercise increases your body’s circulation and blood flow, meaning that the immune system has a greater chance at stopping an illness before it spreads. However, not all workouts are created equal. In a study run by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, participants who took part in regular high intensity exercise cut down their chances of developing the flu. In comparison, those who took part in regular moderate exercise did not reap the protective benefits. Drink water It’s a known fact that fluids are essential for treating the flu. But drinking water is also a key way to prevent the flu as well. A study conducted by Dr. David Lewis found that people who drank eight glasses of water a day were five times less likely to suffer from a blocked nose and sore throat than those who drank three glasses. Dr. Lewis credits the importance of water to its ability to keep the lining of the nose moist, as “the first line of the defense is the mucous membrane in the nose.”
    General Health 67 Posted by Adam Carson United States Healthmace Members
  • As work deadlines and holiday preparations loom ahead, it can be difficult to take the time to properly look after your health. Yet as temperatures continue to drop, contracting the flu is a serious worry at this time of the year. While the flu vaccine is often touted as an effective way to combat the virus, there are also a number of at-home methods to help prevent the flu. Take these healthy habits into consideration this season, as you aim to keep flu germs at bay and stay in good health once the weather changes.  Photo: seattleurbanfarmco on Instagram Washing hands frequently Many specialists cite washing hands as one of the top ways to prevent the flu. That’s because the most common way to contract the flu is through the germs on communal objects like doorknobs and telephones that regularly come into contact with our hands. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention cites water and soap as the most effective way to lather up. If you’re not near a sink, however, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is the next best thing. Garlic This powerful superfood doesn’t just scare off vampires. Garlic contains allion and allicin, both of which contain antiviral effects,which help to combat the development of the flu. If the taste of raw garlic is unappealing, mix in a few extra cloves into your meal for a more subtle flavour that possesses immune boosting proprieties. Garlic is also known to help minimize and even eradicate symptoms after a flu has already been contracted. Vigorous exercise No one would dispute that regular exercise is important in maintaining one’s health. But fewer people realize the direct correlation between exercise and the prevention of the flu. Exercise increases your body’s circulation and blood flow, meaning that the immune system has a greater chance at stopping an illness before it spreads. However, not all workouts are created equal. In a study run by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, participants who took part in regular high intensity exercise cut down their chances of developing the flu. In comparison, those who took part in regular moderate exercise did not reap the protective benefits. Drink water It’s a known fact that fluids are essential for treating the flu. But drinking water is also a key way to prevent the flu as well. A study conducted by Dr. David Lewis found that people who drank eight glasses of water a day were five times less likely to suffer from a blocked nose and sore throat than those who drank three glasses. Dr. Lewis credits the importance of water to its ability to keep the lining of the nose moist, as “the first line of the defense is the mucous membrane in the nose.”
    General Health Jan 14, 2017 67 United States Healthmace Members
  • 14 Jan 2017
    Photo: teklapoem on Instagram What is it? Developed by researchers at Rush University Medical Center, the MIND diet refers to a pattern of eating that is said to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 53 percent. MIND stands for Mediterranean / Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay, combining the two diets to create one all-encompassing nutrition plan. The diet breaks food into ten “brain healthy food groups,” and five “unhealthy food groups.” While the diet focuses primarily on improving brain health, the emphasis on healthy foods is also said to lead to weight loss. What does this diet offer? The MIND Diet includes foods that offer high levels of anti-oxidants and nutrients, which can aid in protection of the brain and the body. The diet suggests limiting – but not necessarily eliminating – the intake of all of the usual bad guys: red meat, pastries, cheese, butter, and fried food. Instead, dieters should focus on the designated brain healthy foods: leafy greens, vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, olive oil, and wine (in moderation). Menu ideas For those following the MIND diet, a typical morning can start with an omelette mixed with leafy greens and a cup of berries. At lunch, try a bean salad with cooked vegetables and topped with olive oil. For a filling yet MIND approved dinner, go for grilled salmon with brown rice and steamed broccoli. Should you try it? Reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s is certainly a bonus, and can therefore be considered by anyone concerned with improving their brain health. The MIND Diet is rather inclusive and doesn’t attempt to drastically limit your food intake, which may make it easier to follow than other diets out there. It’s important to note that many neurologists cite exercise as a key in reducing your risk of developing Alzheimer’s, meaning focusing on diet alone isn’t the best way to improve brain health. Before starting any diet, we recommend consulting a dietitian to ensure it’s right for you.
    General Health 65 Posted by Adam Carson United States Healthmace Members
  • Photo: teklapoem on Instagram What is it? Developed by researchers at Rush University Medical Center, the MIND diet refers to a pattern of eating that is said to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 53 percent. MIND stands for Mediterranean / Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay, combining the two diets to create one all-encompassing nutrition plan. The diet breaks food into ten “brain healthy food groups,” and five “unhealthy food groups.” While the diet focuses primarily on improving brain health, the emphasis on healthy foods is also said to lead to weight loss. What does this diet offer? The MIND Diet includes foods that offer high levels of anti-oxidants and nutrients, which can aid in protection of the brain and the body. The diet suggests limiting – but not necessarily eliminating – the intake of all of the usual bad guys: red meat, pastries, cheese, butter, and fried food. Instead, dieters should focus on the designated brain healthy foods: leafy greens, vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, olive oil, and wine (in moderation). Menu ideas For those following the MIND diet, a typical morning can start with an omelette mixed with leafy greens and a cup of berries. At lunch, try a bean salad with cooked vegetables and topped with olive oil. For a filling yet MIND approved dinner, go for grilled salmon with brown rice and steamed broccoli. Should you try it? Reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s is certainly a bonus, and can therefore be considered by anyone concerned with improving their brain health. The MIND Diet is rather inclusive and doesn’t attempt to drastically limit your food intake, which may make it easier to follow than other diets out there. It’s important to note that many neurologists cite exercise as a key in reducing your risk of developing Alzheimer’s, meaning focusing on diet alone isn’t the best way to improve brain health. Before starting any diet, we recommend consulting a dietitian to ensure it’s right for you.
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  • 14 Jan 2017
    (Photo by vickievideo on Instagram) What is it? Developed by holistic medical practioner Raphael Kellman, the Microbiome Diet claims to improve the bacterial health in our bodies. The microbiome refers to the collection of bacteria that lives in our digestive tracts, or more simply, our guts. A healthy microbiome leads to better digestion, appetite control and a regulated metabolism. These bacteria also play a huge role in our moods and immune systems. The Microbiome Diet refers to a pattern of eating that promotes the health of the microbiome. What does this diet offer? The Microbiome Diet requires the removal of all sugar and processed foods from your diet. Other off-limit foods include gluten, dairy, yeast, dried fruits, and fungus. Instead, the diet promotes the inclusion of vegetables and fermented foods like pickles and yogurt. Meats are permitted as long as they’re not processed. Bonus: the Microbiome Diet allows the user to drink coffee, wine and beer (within moderation). To supplement your diet, a probiotic is recommended to support your daily vitamin intake. Menu Ideas If you’re beginning the Microbiome Diet, start your day off with a Strawberry-Banana smoothie. Swap regular cow’s milk for a dairy-free alternative, like almond milk. For lunch, try a kale salad mixed with assorted veggies. Finish off the day with grass-fed chicken and broccoli cooked in coconut oil for dinner. Should you try it? If you’re suffering from acne, fatigue, or inflammation, the Microbiome Diet could be the trick to kicking these unpleasant symptoms of an unhealthy microbiome. When followed carefully, this diet claims to have the ability to heal your gut and reset your metabolism. Before starting any diet, be sure to consult with a dietitian to make sure it’s appropriate for your dietary needs.
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  • (Photo by vickievideo on Instagram) What is it? Developed by holistic medical practioner Raphael Kellman, the Microbiome Diet claims to improve the bacterial health in our bodies. The microbiome refers to the collection of bacteria that lives in our digestive tracts, or more simply, our guts. A healthy microbiome leads to better digestion, appetite control and a regulated metabolism. These bacteria also play a huge role in our moods and immune systems. The Microbiome Diet refers to a pattern of eating that promotes the health of the microbiome. What does this diet offer? The Microbiome Diet requires the removal of all sugar and processed foods from your diet. Other off-limit foods include gluten, dairy, yeast, dried fruits, and fungus. Instead, the diet promotes the inclusion of vegetables and fermented foods like pickles and yogurt. Meats are permitted as long as they’re not processed. Bonus: the Microbiome Diet allows the user to drink coffee, wine and beer (within moderation). To supplement your diet, a probiotic is recommended to support your daily vitamin intake. Menu Ideas If you’re beginning the Microbiome Diet, start your day off with a Strawberry-Banana smoothie. Swap regular cow’s milk for a dairy-free alternative, like almond milk. For lunch, try a kale salad mixed with assorted veggies. Finish off the day with grass-fed chicken and broccoli cooked in coconut oil for dinner. Should you try it? If you’re suffering from acne, fatigue, or inflammation, the Microbiome Diet could be the trick to kicking these unpleasant symptoms of an unhealthy microbiome. When followed carefully, this diet claims to have the ability to heal your gut and reset your metabolism. Before starting any diet, be sure to consult with a dietitian to make sure it’s appropriate for your dietary needs.
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  • 14 Jan 2017
    Cracking feet as the name suggests is a condition of the feet, in which fissures are formed on the surface of the heel. These fissures may be shallow or deep in nature. Usually only the upper layer of the skin cracks and forms fissures. This is usually not very painful and the person is able to carry out daily routine activities easily. However, in certain cases these fissures may reach the lower skin surface and may be a cause of great pain.   The cracking of the feet usually occurs due to excessive pressure on the feet and dry skin. Sometimes cracking feet are also caused due to mineral and vitamin deficiency. Some of the very common symptoms of cracking feet are discussed below. Cracking Feet Symptoms Redness The first and foremost symptom of cracked feet is redness of the affected area. The heels or feet become cracked and the skin appears red.   This redness is due to the inflammation of the tissues of the feet. Flaky Patches The people suffering from cracked feet often experience dry patches of skin on the surface and sole of the feet. These dry patches of skin are often flaky in nature and often cause pain.   These flaky patches of the feet are especially very painful when they come in contact and rub against other clothing like bed sheets, socks etc. Peeling Skin Peeling of skin is yet another symptom which follows the red and flaky skin in case of cracked feet. The dead skin tissues often peel off from the surface of the heel or sole. One must not try to pulling or peeling the tissue of skin as it may harm the other attached tissues of the skin. This may be a cause of great pain to the person suffering from cracked feet. It is recommended to use scissors to slowly cut of the peeling edges of the skin to reduce it being scratched and rubbed against other surfaces or clothing. Cracks Appearance of cracks on the surface of heels is another very common symptom of cracking feet. Cracks formed maybe few or many depending upon the condition of the feet. These cracks are usually very rough in texture and covered with peeling skin. This can sometimes be a very painful condition and person may experience difficulty in walking. Also Read Effective Home Remedies for Cracked Heels 7 Natural Foot Scrubs For Your Nimble Feet Natural Treatments For Cracked Feet 10 Natural Tips For Cracked Heals Remedies For Cracked Heels Itching The person suffering from cracked feet often experience mild to sever itchiness of the feet. This itchiness is caused due to dryness of the skin. The skin tissues shrink abnormally resulting in stretching of the skin below, thus resulting in general discomfort and itchy skin. People often apply oil or an oil based cream on the cracked skin area to provide temporary relief from the itchiness caused due to cracked feet. Bleeding People affected with cracked feet condition, in some cases may experience bleeding from the cracks on the feet. This is a very painful condition and should be immediately shown to the doctor for treatment. Sometimes people observe a liquid discharge from these cracks also. If such a condition arises, one should immediately seek medical help as it may be an indication of a fungal or yeast infection. Keeping the cracked feet clean and wearing comfortable open slippers may help in the spread of such infections.    
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  • Cracking feet as the name suggests is a condition of the feet, in which fissures are formed on the surface of the heel. These fissures may be shallow or deep in nature. Usually only the upper layer of the skin cracks and forms fissures. This is usually not very painful and the person is able to carry out daily routine activities easily. However, in certain cases these fissures may reach the lower skin surface and may be a cause of great pain.   The cracking of the feet usually occurs due to excessive pressure on the feet and dry skin. Sometimes cracking feet are also caused due to mineral and vitamin deficiency. Some of the very common symptoms of cracking feet are discussed below. Cracking Feet Symptoms Redness The first and foremost symptom of cracked feet is redness of the affected area. The heels or feet become cracked and the skin appears red.   This redness is due to the inflammation of the tissues of the feet. Flaky Patches The people suffering from cracked feet often experience dry patches of skin on the surface and sole of the feet. These dry patches of skin are often flaky in nature and often cause pain.   These flaky patches of the feet are especially very painful when they come in contact and rub against other clothing like bed sheets, socks etc. Peeling Skin Peeling of skin is yet another symptom which follows the red and flaky skin in case of cracked feet. The dead skin tissues often peel off from the surface of the heel or sole. One must not try to pulling or peeling the tissue of skin as it may harm the other attached tissues of the skin. This may be a cause of great pain to the person suffering from cracked feet. It is recommended to use scissors to slowly cut of the peeling edges of the skin to reduce it being scratched and rubbed against other surfaces or clothing. Cracks Appearance of cracks on the surface of heels is another very common symptom of cracking feet. Cracks formed maybe few or many depending upon the condition of the feet. These cracks are usually very rough in texture and covered with peeling skin. This can sometimes be a very painful condition and person may experience difficulty in walking. Also Read Effective Home Remedies for Cracked Heels 7 Natural Foot Scrubs For Your Nimble Feet Natural Treatments For Cracked Feet 10 Natural Tips For Cracked Heals Remedies For Cracked Heels Itching The person suffering from cracked feet often experience mild to sever itchiness of the feet. This itchiness is caused due to dryness of the skin. The skin tissues shrink abnormally resulting in stretching of the skin below, thus resulting in general discomfort and itchy skin. People often apply oil or an oil based cream on the cracked skin area to provide temporary relief from the itchiness caused due to cracked feet. Bleeding People affected with cracked feet condition, in some cases may experience bleeding from the cracks on the feet. This is a very painful condition and should be immediately shown to the doctor for treatment. Sometimes people observe a liquid discharge from these cracks also. If such a condition arises, one should immediately seek medical help as it may be an indication of a fungal or yeast infection. Keeping the cracked feet clean and wearing comfortable open slippers may help in the spread of such infections.    
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  • 14 Jan 2017
    A very common term that we use when we experience muscle stiffness or pain is that of body aches. It is quite a prevalent issue that is experienced by innumerable people around the globe with different reasons attached to it. No matter what the cause, the problem brings along discomfort and pain and inflammation in many cases. Body aches can be experienced in any part of the body and even at two different places together. Before you adhere to the treatments, try and get to the roots of the crisis. It is very important to understand the causes behind frequent body aches. This will not only broaden your horizons but also help you with ideal cures depending upon your cause. This health guide below is to help you out in this regard and give an overview of all the reasons of body aches under the same roof.   Body Aches Causes Strain and Stress Usually if you workout more than the body can take or else pick up heavy objects, it leads to strain or stress on the muscles and thus causes the aches. It is quite a prevalent cause and can happen anytime even during the regular and usual physical activities of the daily routine. Injuries   Any kind of injuries due to accidents or any other workouts and exercises can be one of the significant causes attached with the onset of body ache. This is also one of the most common reasons why you experience the pain in different parts or a specific area of the body. Over Use of the Muscles Using the muscles more than the stamina is has is another of the causes why you will go through body aches. Usually it happens when you exercise or carry on some sport activities more than the recommended time. It can also lead to wastage of the muscles and permanent body aches in certain areas.   Hormonal Imbalance Thyroid and diabetes that are caused due to imbalance in the hormones are some of the reasons for body aches as well. Also Read Natural Remedies For Back Pain Natural Cures for Back Pain Back Pain and Pregnancy Imbalance of Electrolytes When the levels of potassium, sodium and calcium lower in the body to a great extent it can lead to muscles pains and body aches almost instantly. According to researchers, this is a common cause and can be avoided with a healthy and nutritious diet each day. Obesity Overweight leads to lot of pressure on the different muscles and joints of the body. This is turn results in body aches on quite a regular basis. Obesity is one of the widespread problems around the globe today. Some Form of Infections Infections and diseases of the body can be a good cause for body aches. This however is temporary and will subside when the infection is completely cured. Some of the infections that are known to be the cause for aches include malaria, influenza, polio, Lyme disease, roundworm, muscle abscess and more. Over Resting A lot of times taking rest more than the body requires can cause muscle stiffness and aches in the different parts of the body. This is something that can be easily avoided.    
    General Health 42 Posted by Adam Carson United States Healthmace Members
  • A very common term that we use when we experience muscle stiffness or pain is that of body aches. It is quite a prevalent issue that is experienced by innumerable people around the globe with different reasons attached to it. No matter what the cause, the problem brings along discomfort and pain and inflammation in many cases. Body aches can be experienced in any part of the body and even at two different places together. Before you adhere to the treatments, try and get to the roots of the crisis. It is very important to understand the causes behind frequent body aches. This will not only broaden your horizons but also help you with ideal cures depending upon your cause. This health guide below is to help you out in this regard and give an overview of all the reasons of body aches under the same roof.   Body Aches Causes Strain and Stress Usually if you workout more than the body can take or else pick up heavy objects, it leads to strain or stress on the muscles and thus causes the aches. It is quite a prevalent cause and can happen anytime even during the regular and usual physical activities of the daily routine. Injuries   Any kind of injuries due to accidents or any other workouts and exercises can be one of the significant causes attached with the onset of body ache. This is also one of the most common reasons why you experience the pain in different parts or a specific area of the body. Over Use of the Muscles Using the muscles more than the stamina is has is another of the causes why you will go through body aches. Usually it happens when you exercise or carry on some sport activities more than the recommended time. It can also lead to wastage of the muscles and permanent body aches in certain areas.   Hormonal Imbalance Thyroid and diabetes that are caused due to imbalance in the hormones are some of the reasons for body aches as well. Also Read Natural Remedies For Back Pain Natural Cures for Back Pain Back Pain and Pregnancy Imbalance of Electrolytes When the levels of potassium, sodium and calcium lower in the body to a great extent it can lead to muscles pains and body aches almost instantly. According to researchers, this is a common cause and can be avoided with a healthy and nutritious diet each day. Obesity Overweight leads to lot of pressure on the different muscles and joints of the body. This is turn results in body aches on quite a regular basis. Obesity is one of the widespread problems around the globe today. Some Form of Infections Infections and diseases of the body can be a good cause for body aches. This however is temporary and will subside when the infection is completely cured. Some of the infections that are known to be the cause for aches include malaria, influenza, polio, Lyme disease, roundworm, muscle abscess and more. Over Resting A lot of times taking rest more than the body requires can cause muscle stiffness and aches in the different parts of the body. This is something that can be easily avoided.    
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