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Effective Arthritis Supplements

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

arthritis-supplements-natural-careNatural MSM and Glucosamine Are Effective for Arthritis

Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease that causes a breakdown of cartilage in the joints. It causes chronic joint pain, swelling, and reduced motion, and usually affects the hands, knees, hips, neck or back.

Two recent landmark research studies have been done that tested natural sulfur-containing remedies for osteoarthritis joint relief, which is the most common form of arthritis.

Sulfur-containing compounds such as glucosamine sulfate and MSM hold great promise for people with joint-cartilage problems. They have been shown in studies to remedy arthritis and provide relief. Sulfur is particularly concentrated in the joints, nails, skin, hair and connective tissues and deficiencies in sulfur may lead to arthritis symptoms.

arthritis-reliefCartilage is the tough, elastic connective tissue that coats the ends of the bones inside the joints. When cartilage deteriorates, the bones can begin to grind together, causing pain and limitations in movement and flexibility. Up until now,anti-inflammatory drugs have been the most common treatment for arthritis symptoms, but they can have major side effects.

MSM sulfur is a white, water-soluble element found in nature and in foods such as milk, fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood and meat. Food processing methods such as heating, washing and freezing, all deplete MSM in foods, making regular replenishment beneficial.


Anti-Aging Tips for Seniors

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

elderly-couple-kissingAnti-Aging Tips – The Key Is Staying Active

Nobody wants to get old, we all want to stay young forever. After our youthful years, comes the period when our body began to show the signs of aging. In our hearts, we wish we could wave a magic wand, and banish these signs.

Surround yourself with positive things. Socialize frequently with family and friends.

Make it your mission to spend quality time doing things you enjoy.

If you love having animals around, adopt one, if you don’t already own a pet. Fill your life with positive people and things that matters the most to you.

anti-aging-exercisesDaily Exercises for Anti-aging

Aerobics is crucial for a healthy heart. Exercises will help your body perform at its highest level. Maintain your ideal body weight by losing excess body weight. You can incorporate physical activities into your daily routine to help your body stays fit and youthful. Constantly moving around will help keep the years away. Do things that will help to preserve your physique as you get older.

Exercises will not only help to slow down the aging process, it improves your balance and stamina. Medical research has shown that extra-curricular activities will strengthen your muscle. It will also help to increase your bone density. Aerobics blended with other weight programs will help to preserve your youthfulness well beyond your 80’s.


Physical Therapy Helps the Elderly with Symptoms of Aging

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

How Physical Therapy Helps Elderly People With Diseases

As we age, our bodies lose their ability to function as well as they used to when we were younger. After living a full life, our muscles, joints, and bones wear down, and we need extra help to stabilize our health and wellness. Physical therapy is a great service for the elderly, especially those who are suffering from diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, and multiple sclerosis. Here are some of the ways that physical therapy helps elderly patients to cope with these debilitating diseases.

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects a person’s movement. Parkinson’s is often seen as hand tremors and slurred speech, and commonly causes stiffness and the slowing of the body’s movements.

senior-care-therapyPhysical therapy helps those with Parkinson’s by developing aerobic exercise routines for them, which can help reduce stiffness and improve the body’s mobility, balance, and posture. Those who suffer from this illness also experience varying degrees of depression, and regular exercise can also help with those symptoms.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with a patient’s memory, thinking, and behavior. The condition normally worsens over time and makes it difficult for the patient to even perform daily tasks. Physical therapists help those with Alzheimer’s by designing exercise routines for them. Studies have shown that exercise can improve memory, delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia, and delay the decline in the ability to perform daily tasks in those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Those who are suffering from this illness also are prone to falls and breaking bones, which physical therapists can also treat when necessary.


Thyroid Health and Weight Gain

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

weight-gain-thyroidWeight Gain May Have To Do With the Health of Your Thyroid

Many women have read or been told that their unexpected weight gain may have something to do with their thyroid health. It is not always the case, but it is certainly a possible factor.

Our thyroid gland is one of the major key players of how our body regulates our metabolism and how it uses the nutrients from the foods we eat.

Studies also show that even the slightest changes that occur with our thyroid gland can have an impact on our weight.

Sudden weight gain and hypothyroidism

Although not everyone can blame their thyroid for unexpected weight gain there are others who have found their difficulty in losing weight can be attributed to hypothyroidism.

If a person has hypothyroidism, it means their thyroid gland is functioning in a sluggish manner. This sluggishness leads to an impaired ability of the gland to produce the right hormones. As a result, the ability to use the nutrients provided by food in a properly functioning manner will also slow down.

The reason more women are prone to having issues with their thyroid health and weight gain is because the thyroid glands are linked to other systems in their body. Some of the key systems which impact on thyroid function are the neurotransmitters, adrenal glands and reproductive hormones.

healthy-food-dietHow can you avoid weight gain and thyroid problems?

One obvious answer to this question is to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. When it comes to nutrition, consistency is very important.

If you are diagnosed with hypothyroidism it is very important that you are consistently only eating healthy foods all the time, not just when the urge takes you.

It is an all-too-common scenario to embark on a healthy food program only to relapse, then repeat the cycle.

This yo-yo dieting can adversely affect metabolic rate, weight gain and overall health.


Improve Your Posture with Yoga

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

basic-yoga-pose5 Yoga Poses to Improve Your Posture

Posture can be genetic, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything you can do about. Tightening and strengthening your core, as well as loosening the muscles that keep your spine in alignment, can have tremendous effects on how you sit at a desk, stand, or even walk. Here are some poses from the ancient tradition of yoga that will put you on your way to sitting, standing, and walking pain-free.

Child’s Pose

This is one of the simplest poses in yoga; it is where many classes will begin. The final position has your knees under your belly, your head facing the ground, and your arms stretched out and touching the floor. Be sure to breath evenly and deeply as you achieve this pose. It works to lengthen your spine, relieving compression in the neck and shoulders.

yoga-postureMountain Pose

Mountain is also very easy; it is a modified form of standing. Your feet are on the ground, and your hands are at your sides, a few inches from your hips. The trick is in rolling your shoulder blades back. This pushes your chest to move forward and allows you to reach full lung capacity. This can help alleviate stress on your lower back from hours spent sitting.

Standing Forward Bend

Standing forward begins in mountain pose. From that position, bend forward and allow your arms to fall to the floor. Then, grab your elbows with opposite hands, and breathe. You should feel your upper body slowly drop as your trapezius and erector muscles begin to stretch. This one helps to relieve compression in the shoulders and upper back caused by tightness in the shoulders.


Aromatherapy Benefits for the Winter Season

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

sad-winter-depressionBeneficial Essential Oils for Fall and Winter

Spice and citrus are some of the best essential oils to use during the season of fall. The weather is getting colder, darker and shorter. Spice and citrus scents are comforting; almost as comforting as warm apple pie.

Aromatherapy and essential oils are a great way to boost your immunity and help with the symptoms of colds, coughs and the flu.

Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg and Cardamom oils are all comforting, warming and energizing. We recommend you use these oils with a diffuser or by diluting them with a carrier oil (such as grape seed, almond or jojoba carrier ). It is not suggested to put spice oils directly on the skin, as the oils are very concentrated and may irritate some skin types.

cinnamon-essential-oilMix some spice and citrus oils together; they work well together.Orange works particularly well with Cinnamon, Clove and Nutmeg oils.

Sandalwood and Frankincense are also earthy oils that are suited to the Fall Season. Blending them with citrus oils also works well.

If you are feeling cold, achy and tired, you would do well with ginger essential oil. Ginger oil also helps with nausea.

Try putting a few drops into hot water and put a towel over your head and the bowl of hot water and breathe in deep breaths. This will help with chest congestion. It is also beneficial to release mucus. Make sure you have a tissue handy.


Holiday Weight Loss Tips

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

holiday-weight-lossHow Holiday Weight Loss Is Possible

Losing weight over the holidays can seem like a pipe dream. Yet, every year, I coach people through holiday weight loss.

The holidays are really no different than any other time of the year. We are always busy, always eating, always running around.

It’s just during the holidays we are more aware of the stresses placed on us. And most people just give up trying to battle the bulge.

In a recent overview of various records, researchers found that people spend the same amount of time watching TV, shopping (both online and off), eating (via food purchases), and running around (based on gas purchases) during the time from Thanksgiving to New Years.

christmas-gingerbreadYet, people put on weight during this time of year.

So, how do we make holiday weight loss a reality?

Actively choose healthier foods – People get many more presents of sugary foods and then eat them from October through December. Sugar is the #1 cause of weight gain and diabetes.

Keep up with eating fruits and vegetables – In many areas of the country, farmer’s markets have closed up. Only the larger ones have farmers that have the ability to store produce. Get to know these farmers and learn how to eat seasonally. No, strawberries in January are not natural, but cabbage and onion are. Learn how to preserve produce through canning, freezing, and fermenting. You can have good foods all year round.


Physical Therapy and Rehabilitative Exercise

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

injury-physical-therapyExercise and Rehabilitation, and Rehabilitative Exercise

Generally speaking, the more fit our bodies are, the less prone to injury we will be. Now, this depends on a lot of different factors, and given those factors, also affects recovery and rehabilitation after an injury.

Height and Weight Ratio

Depending on your height, your weight can indicate that you are underweight, of average weight, overweight, obese, or morbidly obese. There are many health issues that can compound the matter of weight, but the bottom line from a musculoskeletal standpoint is that an overweight body puts extra pressure on our joints and can cause cartilage to wear away much faster as we age. Cartilage is important because it helps cushion our joints (especially in the knees) and the vertebrae in the spine. Extra strain on the joints as well as the muscles can inhibit movement and increase the likelihood of osteoarthritis.

Keeping active is essential to maintaining a strong musculoskeletal structure (including proper bone density).

NOTE: The reason people say that muscle weighs more than fat is because muscle is more dense. If an increase in muscle mass corresponds with a decrease in body fat, you could very well see your weight go up, even if you’re in better shape.


We cannot stress enough how important flexibility is to the body. You don’t have to be a yogi or a contortionist, but keeping your body flexible decreases your chance of injury and can increase speed of recovery. Your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and ultimately your skeleton all need to move with you, not fight your movement. This is within reason, of course. If you’ve never done a back bend in your life, doing one on a whim will likely cause both pain and injury. Baby steps. Strong ligaments can mitigate the effects of sprains as well.

Muscles and Bone Density

In some cases, swimmers who rarely did workouts outside of the water developed arthritis at a very young age. Swimming is a very low impact (if no impact) physical activity, and while it is truly one of the best forms of exercise you can do, it should not be the only one. In fact, swimming is a great rehabilitative activity because of its low-impact nature.


Tips to Lower High Blood Pressure

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

high-blood-pressure-monitorEight Natural Remedies Tips To Lower High Blood Pressure

by Edward Lee

When most people are diagnosed with hypertension, their doctors will prescribe some form of remedies, in terms of medication. However, medication is not the only option that can keep your heart healthy and your blood pressure down.

Below are eight tips that you should probably consider adding to your routine, if you do suffer from hypertension:

quit-smoking-for-healthQuit smoking! This is one of the first thing, outside of prescribed medication, that anyone diagnosed with hypertension should consider. Smoking narrows and hardens arteries and veins, and makes your heart work harder – none of which are good things.

Another good idea is to start exercising. A little bit of moderate exercise is great for your heart, and can help to lower blood pressure significantly. Just do not overdo it, and make sure you clear your exercise plans with your doctor first!

    meditation-relaxationLearn stress management techniques. None of the remedies out there, even medication, will help much if you are stressed!

Losing weight is another easy way. If you are carrying extra weight, your heart is working harder, and that means that your blood pressure will be higher.

Consider your diet too. Something as simple as cutting salt out of your diet can be one of the most effective way to lower hypertension, and if you also cut out saturated fat, and eat a well balanced diet, you will do yourself a world of good!


Main Reasons Why People See a Chiropractor

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

back-adjustment-activator-dr-lindaSix Reasons Why People See A Chiropractor

by Abigail Aronson

According to new Medicare data, Americans spend about half a billion dollars each year on chiropractic care. Although back pain is the most common reason to visit a chiropractor, it certainly isn’t the only one. Here are a handful of issues they deal with on a regular basis.

1. Neck Pain

About half of all Americans will experience troubling neck pain at some point. Treatment options range from prescription pills to physical therapy to surgery. But according to a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, chiropractic adjustments provide the most reliable relief for patients.

2. Tingling, Numbness, Or Pain In An Extremity

Medical conditions like sciatica (in the legs and feet) and cervical radiculopathy (in the arms and hands) can cause discomfort and pain in the extremities. Because these issues may not respond too well to pharmaceuticals or physical therapy, patients often turn to a chiropractor for treatment. If successful, the healthcare professional can remove some of the pressure on the affected nerves, which should alleviate the symptoms of these disorders. In some cases, patients respond so well that they do not require drugs or surgery.