8 Steps To Healthy Living

download-8Take these eight steps to heart and live longer, enjoy life more, and feel good in your body and mind all of the time.

Routine screening

You cannot know what the solution is unless you know the problem. Routine screening for cancer, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and diabetes can prevent complications that are costly to your health and your wallet. Set up a schedule of routine screening with your physician or take advantage of the free ones offered by many hospitals.

Weight

One-third of the world is considered to be overweight or obese. Being overweight can lead to stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease. Weight can be controlled and reduced. You do not have to spend a fortune on programs to lower your weight if you need to.

Activity

Your body wants you to exercise. Physical activity produces a cascade of chemicals in the body that not only make you feel good physically but also make your mood better. Physical activity is more important as you age. You cannot grow lost muscle after you are 50 but activity will allow you to

Tips to Keep Cool This Summer

download-7Summer is a great season to get a good tan, go to the beach and have your fill of activities. However, it can get really hot sometimes, especially when you’re in places like Qatar and the Middle East. Unfortunately, you can’t just stay in your air-conditioned room all day like a hermit, right? So don’t let the heat put you down. You can still have fun, get fit and keep the summer heat away by using some clever tricks. Check out these tips to keep you cool this summer.

Level up your water
There’s nothing like drinking a cold glass of water to quench your thirst. Add some ice, and it’s like Antarctica just visited your mouth for a few seconds. Of course, you want the cool feeling to linger, right? But ice cubes melt and even the warmth of your hand can easily temper a cold glass. Here’s a neat trick: place mint sprigs on you glass or a pitcher of water. Mint has menthol, a natural chemical, which tricks the brain into perceiving its cold and helps prolong the cold effects of foods, even though in reality

The Walk-In Clinic: Changing the Face of Medicine

download-6“Walk-in clinic” is a loosely defined term that can encompass some non-traditional medical care facilities. The common thread, as the name suggests, is the fact that these institutions accept people who come in without an appointment. They can be urgent care facilities that treat immediate medical needs that don’t quite warrant a trip to the emergency room. Or, the term can refer to convenient care kiosks or departments housed within pre-existing businesses. An example would be a pharmacy, supermarket, shopping mall, or drug store that also provides health screening, preventive care, vaccinations, and other services. Depending on how you categorize it, community health centers may also fall within the umbrella definition of a walk-in clinic.

No matter how exactly you define it, one thing is clear: the walk-in clinic is changing the way people in the United States receive medical care and the way they interact with the medical profession. In 1995, there were less than 1,000 medical centers in the United States that didn’t require an appointment. Twenty years later, in 2015, there were nearly 11,000 such facilities. The rapid

Sports Medicine Tips: When To Use Hot And Cold Therapy

Sports medicine professionals see all types of injuries, and orthopedic ones are particularly common. In many instances, these types of injuries are treated with either hot or cold therapy. There are important differences between hot and cold therapy, and it is crucial to know which ailments require these treatments. For those who are treating their own orthopedic sports-related injuries, it is important to keep the following considerations in mind:

What is Cold Therapy?

Cold therapy simply refers to applying a cold compress to an injury. Sports medicine professionals use this process, sometimes called “cryotherapy,” to constrict the blood vessels to encourage healing. After getting hurt, the body naturally tries to begin healing itself. In order to accomplish this, it will rush blood to the area and provide additional oxygen and other nutrients to heal the wound. This process also activates the immune system by rushing white blood cells to fight the injury. The downside to this process is that it causes swelling, which can lead to pain and the inability to move the injured area. Applying a cold compress to these areas can slow the swelling and decrease pain.

Cold therapy should be used to

What Do You Need to Know About Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is the most popular non invasive and non surgical treatment process used to treat chronic back pain. You may be surprised to know that medications and surgery are often not successful in treating chronic back pain and many people tend to suffer in silence.

The conventional treatment processes do not treat the causes and end up treating only the symptoms providing only temporary relief. The spine supports the upper body and any damage or deterioration to it due to accidents, injuries or the aging process can cause pain.

Although some people may be skeptical about using this treatment you need to know that this therapy actually works and you may be able to experience relief from your chronic back pain after a few sessions. A thorough assessment needs to be done to determine whether this treatment process is suitable for your condition.

The treatment process is done by an experienced chiropractor after identifying the problem areas of the spine. As there are different types of spinal injuries it is important that the chiropractor that you choose has the necessary experience and skills to treat it successfully.

How does the spinal decompression

Prince Made Us Dance & It’s Healthy

There has been a lot of dancing in the streets and reflections on music as a backdrop to life experiences. In musing over the changes that occur when the music from a legendary artist stops, we don’t think about the importance of music in helping us stay healthy.

Moving more and eating less means fitting exercise of some type into your daily routine. It is recommended that you get in at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. Can you imagine the challenge of fitting exercise into your schedule sans the music? Some of my clients choose stepping out to walk a mile or two, others sign up for the nearest organized fitness class and others enjoy sliding into dancing shoes to Step, Salsa or Electric Slide. Though it is not a scientific observation, I’ve been known to drop or reschedule an aerobics class when the playlist from the instructor is not tracking to a beat that motivates me.

There have been a number of studies exploring music as medicine. Music has positive effects on reducing stress and anxiety, lowering blood pressure, aiding in pain management and encouraging rhythmic movement. In addition to music’s positive

How to Boost Your Energy Easily and Naturally

Despite all these healthy options, it is almost too easy to rely on sugar and caffeine to boost us when we are feeling down or lethargic. Instead, here are some healthier energy booster ways which will sustain better energy levels over the long term as well as in the short term. Furthermore, these will improve overall health rather than providing a quick fix which can be instead detrimental to health.

The first recommended natural energy booster is getting more sleep. This can seem a very difficult thing to do when we are excessively busy, but this does not stop it from being one of the healthiest habits that you can get into that will not only give you greater mental and physical energy, but will also help heal your tired body.

The body repairs and restores itself at night, and sleep is also necessary for our minds to process what we have been doing throughout the day. Therefore, a good, long sleep every night will leave us brighter, less stressed, and with our body performing at its best.

Of course, this can be difficult to achieve if we have very busy, demanding lives. For this

The Importance of Regular Physicals – Stay Healthy and Happy

Many often know they are due for a physical, but find themselves wondering, “Where can I get a physical exam near me?” There are likely many options, and a great place to start is with an online web search or by stopping into a local doctor’s office. Typically, the professionals there will be more than happy to help, or direct elsewhere depending on one’s specific needs.

Whether one thinks a yearly checkup is necessary or not, they can’t make things worse. This is especially true for those that consider themselves to be in good health and find no need to see a doctor. Sadly, about a third of American people who are living with a chronic disease were or are unaware of their health condition. It’s true that a chronic disease causes a large percentage of deaths that could have been avoided. The best prevention is to get a regular checkup.

Preventive care to avoid a chronic disease doesn’t only happen in the doctor’s office. In life, individuals should watch how they live, learn, exercise and work. Taking control of health care is only one step. Getting that yearly physical exam is crucial to staying in

Improve Your Health by Avoiding These Favorite American Foods and Drinks

I have noticed such an improvement in my health by following an individualized diet, that I began to share health and cooking tips with others. “Eat Right for Your Type,” by Dr. Peter D’Adamo, has helped me achieve a natural health rhythm in my body by eating food that agrees with my blood type. Eating the wrong food can cause harmful chemical reactions and I wondered what foods were wrong for everyone regardless of blood type. Dr. D’Adamo ranked food items into three categories according to blood type compatible:

  1. Highly beneficial – a food that acts like a medicine
  2. Neutral – a food that acts like a food
  3. Avoid – a food that acts like a poison

Food ranked as highly beneficial should be the highlight of your diet. Food in the neutral category can be enjoyed as part of a nutritious diet and do not contain proteins that are harmful for your blood type. Food in the avoid category act like a poison causing harmful reactions with your body’s chemistry. Here is a list of common American foods and drinks everyone should avoid:

Pork, Bacon, Ham, and Goose

  • Pork, bacon, and ham are processed and

5 Tips to Maintain Your Health for Long

Health is something that will be with you for long only if you take care of it. Never neglect your health because it can determine your productivity and efficiency. With improvements in medicine, it is important to pay enough attention to health as well. Otherwise there will not be any use of this technological improvement. Below are 5 tips that can help you to safeguard your health for a long period of time.

1. Get plenty of restful and quality sleep

A minimum of 7 to 8 hours of sleep is required for every adult. While some might require 6 hours, for others even 9 hours of sleep might not suffice. It is recommended to sleep before 12 midnight for sufficient rest as it is better than sleeping after 12.

2. Drink clean water in plenty

Water is extremely critical for your healthy functioning as it is involved with all your organs. Without sufficient water, our bodies will become a bit sluggish and also slow both on the outside as well as inside. Thus you must aim for at least 10 full glasses of water.

3. Engage in movement activity and exercise

Human Health, Its Importance and Contributing Factors

A close look at news headlines around the world throw up some very interesting observations.

“For some U.K. teens, sun doesn’t provide enough vitamin D.”

“Air pollution tied to high blood pressure risk.”

The underlying theme that connects these headlines is the impact they have on human health.

In the first instance, a bacterial outbreak of the E. coli strain has severely affected 38 people in 20 US states between December 2015 and May 2016. The deadly E. coli can cause dehydration and bloody diarrhea and the most affected are the elderly, infants and those with weak immune systems.

The second headline causes great concern among scientists and researchers because the study showed that nearly 80 percent of UK teens had insufficient Vitamin D levels even at the peak of summer. What is even more alarming is that the surveyed children were mostly white-skinned; as we know white skin is most sensitive to the sun’s ultraviolet B rays and need minimum sunlight exposure to produce required amounts of Vitamin D. The participants were exposed to sufficient amounts of sunlight every day and their diet included supplements and Vitamin-D fortified foods like butter, cheese,

6 Tips That Can Help You to Maintain Good Health

Maintaining good health is easy at times, but more often than not, there is a chance that you will end up failing this process. This is because, maintenance of health requires an extremely good amount of care. There is no denying the fact that health is wealth and paying attention to your health means that you are bound for success. Thus some important tips have been briefly explained below.

1. Quit habits like smoking and drinking

Drinking and smoking are two common habits that can hinder your lifestyle and put your overall health at risk. Thus it is important that you avoid these habits and if you are a current smoker, make sure that you kick the butt as soon as possible. This will increase your life span also by a significant margin.

2. Get yourself checked up regularly

Always think of your doctor as he is your ally and he can keep you in good shape and health and not just any person who treats you when you are sick. Regular screenings and checkups are extremely vital especially if your family members or forefathers have a history of deadly diseases.

3. Watch

Where to Start Your Health and Fitness Lifestyle Journey

Once we have noticed a problem in our lives or maybe something just missing and we come to the decision that the problem is that we are not living our lives quite as well or as fully as we should be living it, many of us have to step back a second and come to the realization that we do not know where to start. What changes should we make? Should I just dive right in fully submerged in this new lifestyle? How often and long should I be working out? These are all questions I am going to answer and more with specific instructions along with experiences of my own.

The first thing that you must do is decide on a goal for yourself. Do you want to lose weight? Do you just want to be living better? Both will lead to the same lifestyle later but if you are trying to lose weight your diet and exercise will need to be stricter. You should, also, not shy away from setting specific goals; goals that include time frames and are measurable and most importantly realistic and possible to be done in a healthy manner.

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Health – Some Startling Facts Revealed

Human health has long been an issue of great interest and curiosity besides the subject of vast research and studies. What makes us tick?

The human body is like a well-oiled machine and functions well when all the systems are carrying out their ‘duties’ properly in conjunction with each other. But the larger ‘duty’ of managing the body well rests with us. Health is the vast sum of all functions that humans have to exercise in order to survive in a given situation or environment, the diverse the environment the greater the emphasis on health and its importance. But the irony is that besides illnesses and diseases that are the leading causes of deaths globally, factors like air pollution, water pollution, exposure to chemicals and pesticides also cause millions of deaths each year.

Let’s get in detail some information on this as well as other health related issues from around the world.

Risk factors

Health studies and medical data provide the startling fact that air pollution from industry and vehicle exhaust lead to the premature death of over 3.5 million people each year. When you find that that number is more than the combined

Proper Care for Prosthetics

Building the perfect prosthetic takes hard work. Proper limb care and skin care is essential to your health and mobility. To avoid swelling, discomfort, abrasions, trapped sweat, bacterial and fungal infections, here are some tips on how to take care of your extremity and skin. These tips are helpful in preventing or avoiding any further damage.

How to take care of your artificial limb:

• Your limb tends to swell in hot water as it dangles when you when you sit or stand in the shower. This will make it difficult to put on your prosthetic. That is why taking a shower at night will help to avoid swelling by raising the limb.

• If you have a prosthetic which is placed below the knee. It is vital never to sleep or sit with a pillow under the knee. This will lead to an inability to straighten the knee.

• For an artificial limb which is placed above the knee, it is important not to sleep with it on. When the limb is resting on a pillow, this promotes hip flexion or inability to straighten the hip. The best way is to place a

5 Basic Tips on Working Out

When it comes to working out, the “right” way to work out varies from person to person. However there are a few basic tips that most people who work out follow. I will list out 5 basic tips that are used as common guidelines when starting to workout.

Safety First – Safety being probably the most obvious is also probably the most important. When you are a beginner to lifting it is crucial you learn the proper technique and the correct weight your body can handle. Many people who have looked past safety when lifting cannot lift properly now due to an injury in the past from not lifting smart.

Nutrition – Eating properly is crucial when it comes to getting the results you want from working out. Some even say nutrition is more than 50% of the battle when it comes down to getting results. So make sure your feeling your body the right way!

Sleep – Sleep is extremely overlooked when it comes to fitness. It is very important that you are logging in around 8 hours of sleep per night to let your body recover from intense training. Less sleep results in

Finances, Relationships, and Health

Three life areas are critical to building success: Finances, relationships, and health. Following are ideas concerning building success in these critical areas.

Finances: Put aside ten percent of your monthly income into a savings account. This will help you manage the finances part of finances, relationships, and health. Set up a special account for the purchase of your next car. Once a car is paid off, put the amount that you paid monthly on that car in your account. Don’t wait until the end of the month to save that ten percent. Saving at the beginning of the month will force you to cut back on spending.

Relationships; Learn to incorporate active listening in your relationships. Exercise the value of compassion and empathy. Finances, relationships, and health can all be sources of great happiness or great stress. Success can be impeded when money is scarce, when relationships are strained, and when health is poor. learn to incorporate active listening in your relationships. There’s a great deal of validation when one’s views are heard.

Health: Take time for daily exercise. Be sure to have a diet that is rich in alkalizing foods. Take probiotics daily and

5 Simple Tips For Faster Leg Surgery Recovery

Foot surgeries can be daunting with feelings of not being able to get around and feelings of dependence on other people in cases where you should be going around your daily life in a productive way.

Here are 5 simple tips to help you recover faster from your leg surgery and get you going and back on your feet faster than you thought possible.

1. Your doctor is your best friend

Listen to everything your doctor says! This looks like a simple and straight forward advice but in actual fact, it can get tough to follow this advice where your movement and ability to get around is hampered.

However, in other for you to get back up fast and start getting around quickly, you must listen to your doctor because right now, your doctor is your best friend.

You must take your meds at the prescribed time, take rests, do your physical therapies in the recommended doses and at the recommended time to ensure the fastest possible recovery time.

2. Pay attention

Mostly, after leg surgery, surgeons will want to take weight off the foot or limit weight bearing to the

Preventing Dehydration in Kids

All human bodies are made up of water, and this is why staying properly hydrated is so important. This is especially true for kids. With the heat of the summer upon us, hydration is essential for good health and well-being. This article will examine some of the causes of dehydration, why it is important to hydrate the body, and what you can do as a parent to avoid dehydration in your kids.

Causes of Dehydration

Quite simply, dehydration occurs when there isn’t enough water in the body. Sweat is what our bodies use to cool us down, and sweat is made up not only of salt and microscopic toxins that our body is trying to release, but a majority of sweat comes out as water.

One of the main causes is because of viral infections, with symptoms that include a high fever and diarrhea. It is especially important to remember that infants and young children depend upon others to provide them with water and proper nutrition. Babies cannot tell an adult when they are uncomfortable or if they are thirsty, but they will fuss, cry, become listless and in severe cases may become very hot

Building Health

It’s difficult to build success when health is an issue. Building health is a prerequisite for building success. I would like to pass along the health secrets I have learned over my seventy-two years.

Diet: Foods to eat in abundance:

Vegetables: Eat kale, mustard greens, bok choy, and spinach. All four are alkalizing to the body. An alkaline body cannot harbor infections. All four should be a big part of your health building routine. The taste buds can be re-educated to include the savory flavors of vegetables. I used to be partial to anything sweet. Now I lean toward the veggies when it comes to taste.

Make at least fifty percent of your food raw. Raw foods contain all the enzymes we need to digest foods properly. Some practitioners recommend an all raw food diet. I tried this for four years with disastrous results. All raw foods can be extremely hard on the digestive tract. It’s better to lightly steam your foods.

Proteins: Protein servings should be no greater than the palm of your hand. Vegetable servings should be two palm servings. Carbohydrates should consist of one palm serving. So use your had to