SUFFERING WITH ASTHMA? DO NOT PANIC

Suffering with Asthma every day is like having an extra job trying to control the symptoms. Most people got asthma when they were a child and knew about it as adults. If you have asthma, then a cold can be cause for serious concern. It only takes one day when the air pollution is higher than normal causing you to wheeze so bad you can’t make it into work. The cold air hitting your lungs causes you to have an asthma attack so you stay home more than going out. Asthma occurs when the airways or bronchi develop inflammation. Bronchus is shaped like a small tube is used to carry air in and out of the lungs. Bronchial asthma patients are generally more sensitive than others and more easily develop inflammation.

According to The Mayo Clinic research the cause of asthma is genetic and environmental. This means it is passed on through families and triggered by environmental exposure. Of course, there are cases that are purely hereditary and cases that are purely environmental. Everything that can irritate the airways, leads to the emergence of symptoms of asthma. A common cause of asthma is different for each person. There are several things that can be a common cause of asthma, such as animal fur, cold air, dust mites, cigarette smoke, pollen, and lung infections. Some specific activities such work may also aggravate asthma. This is termed as ‘occupational asthma’ or work-related asthma. For examples a construction worker who had asthma as a result of frequent exposure to dust or sand.

TREATMENT

There are a number of steps that can be implemented to help control asthma. This treatment is based on two important objectives, to relieve symptoms and prevent asthma attacks.

  • Recognizing and avoiding the triggers.
  • Following asthma treatment plan you made with your medical consultant
  • Recognizing and treating an asthma attack as soon as possible.
  • Monitor your breath.
  • It is advisable to conduct influenza and pneumonia vaccinations to prevent the emergence of complications from asthma attacks.
  • If you use your reliever nebulizer are increasing, immediately consult a doctor so that your asthma treatment plan readjusted.

Others you can try are this natural remedy tries the following: Slowly inhale a deep breath, hold for a few seconds and then release. You may notice the breath, which is the life force; touch your bones and bone marrow.

Cancer: What You Should Know

You never think cancer will touch your life, till it does. You will probably be asking yourself questions like: “how did this happen?”, “what does this mean?”, “am I going to die?” and the most difficult question is: “what should I do?” A cancer diagnosis can leave you shocked, in denial, resentful, angry and overwhelmed. Given your stressful circumstances, complex medical system and advice flowing at you from all directions, it can be very difficult to make a choice about the best approach to deal with your disease.

The cause of cancer usually cannot be known with certainty, because it is a combination of a host of factors, both genetic and environmental. When a cell in the human body is aging or damaged, they die and are replaced by new cells. Next the genetic material (DNA) of a cell can be damaged or changed, producing mutations that affect normal cell growth and division. When this happens, the cells did not die at the time they die, and new cells were created when the body does not need. These extra cells then form a mass called a tumor. Not all mushrooms have cancer properties; tumors can be docile or ferocious. Benign tumors are not cancerous. They can be removed, and they generally do not grow back. Cells in benign tumors do not spread to other parts of the body. Malignant tumor may have cancer by nature. Such cells within tumors can invade nearby tissues and spread throughout the body. The spread of cancer from one limb to the other parts of the body is called metastasis.

Most naming of cancer associated with early organ or cell type they grow. For example, cancer that starts from the stomach is called stomach cancer. Some cancers do not form tumors. For example leukemia, is a cancer of the bone marrow and blood.

If the cancer is still in early stages it will have a greater percentage of healing compared with next stadium cancer. Therefore, the introduction of the symptoms of cancer needs to be considered earlier by oneself. The best treatment for cancer is the finished evacuation of the tumor with no harm to other parts of the body. Accomplishing such sort of cure with close to zero unfavorable impacts is conceivable with surgery. However, there is dependably a chance that the growth attacks the contiguous tissues or it could likewise spread to distant sites in the body. Cancer can be said to be a lifestyle disease because it can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle and stay away from cancer risk factors.

Three Effective Ways to Manage Obesity

Obesity is constantly increasing among youth, children and adults reaching epidemic proportions. In 2002, WHO described obesity as an epidemic. Studies based on obesity have shown that overweight or obese individuals have higher risks of developing harmful diseases such as stroke, diabetes, arthritis, respiratory problems, pregnancy complications, hypertension, heart problems and some forms of cancer. To avoid these life threatening diseases, the following are three effective ways to manage obesity if you are overweight or obese.

Have an idea of your Body Mass Index

Body Mass Index (BMI) is used to determine one’s body weight. It is calculated metrically and measured in weight divided by height squared. As an overweight or obese person, it is very important you have an idea of your BMI so as to work towards getting a desirable weight. The following are norms of interpreting the values of your BMI.

Less than 18.5 = underweight

18.5-24.9 = normal

25-29.5 =overweight

30+ = obese

The higher or greater your BMI, the greater the risk of developing serious health complications.

Eat low fatty diets

The most effective and common treatment for obesity is eating nutritionally balanced and low fatty diets. Most health-care professionals recommend diets containing 1200 to 1500 calories per day. Avoid foods that contain high levels of sugar and let your meals be balanced with 60 percent carbohydrate, 30 percent fat and 10 percent protein.

Also note that, eating heavy meals late in the night is not a good practice, it is important to eat on time. Additionally, avoid drinks with high level sugar or caffeine as they can increase the levels of calories in your body, and as much as possible, stay away from alcoholic drinks as they can have serious health treats.

Exercise regularly

Finally, one other effective way to manage obesity is regular exercise. Eating low fatty diets alone may not help you to reduce your body weight. Regular exercise will help burn the excess fat in your body. Not only will it burn fats but it also helps reduce serious health complications associated with obesity. If you are a sedentary worker or an office worker, here are some tips for you; when you want to go up a storey building or come down, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Because walking down or up the stairs exercises your body.

When working in the office and you need to get a file, document or anything, do not send your secretary but rather walk and go get it yourself. Aside these, take time off during weekends and visit the gym or do a walk around. Also join keep fit clubs and participate in every activity.

By following these three basic ways, your goal of reducing weight will be accomplished successfully.

Acid Reflux and the Phrenic Nerve

“Doc! Since you started adjusting me I haven’t had any acid reflux!” I hear this almost every day. It’s either heartburn, acid reflux, tightness in the chest or whatever. This even happens in cases that have persisted for years.

Recently, one patient happily informed their medical doctor about the abrupt stop to 15 years of heartburn problems after starting chiropractic care, to which the family physician responded that there is no connection between the spine and acid reflux, so that’s impossible. I was surprised with that response. Perhaps the patient misunderstood the doctor, or simply the doctor wasn’t sharp on their anatomy.

The explanation is actually quite simple, and is the reason that so many people over the past century have seen this same result after chiropractic care.

As a matter of fact, here’s a quote from a paper written over 50 years ago on the topic:

“Many a patient has presented to the doctor of chiropractic in a state of desperation, having already spent thousands of dollars on cardiac and gastrointestinal testing that proved negative. Their elusive symptoms included tightness in the chest, restricted breathing, heartburn, acid reflux and a bounding pulse in the abdomen. Not only were they miserable, but frightened at the lack of a diagnosis. The chiropractor’s unique and hands- on examination found pressure, irritation and tenderness along the patient’s neck at the level of cervical vertebrae 3, 4 or 5. Following the chiropractic analysis and adjustment of the misaligned spine, the symptoms subsided, often readily.”

So what’s the connection between the neck and acid reflux disease? The phrenic nerve.

The phrenic nerve passes from the cervical spine, levels C3, C4 and C5, down through the lungs to the diaphragm. In school, the saying “C3, 4 and 5 keep the diaphragm alive!” was used to help remember the details about the phrenic nerve.

This nerve controls the diaphragm, a thick sheet of muscle that forms a floor beneath the lungs and heart. In order for food to get to your stomach, it has to pass through the diaphragm to get there.

It is commonly understood that the spine can pinch a nerve and cause a spasmed neck or back, tingling or burning arm or leg. When it pinches or irritates the phrenic nerve; the diaphragm, being a muscle, it is subject to tension and spasm. This restricts breathing, and if spasm of the diaphragm is pronounced, the opening through which food passes is altered, causing acid reflux from the stomach and possibly what is called a hiatal hernia. Likewise, the same muscle tension can close upon the aorta and vena cava, causing a throbbing heartbeat.

Asthma, heartburn, or tightness and aching under the ribs are often the result of a diaphragm under tension because of spinal pressure on the phrenic nerves.

Chiropractic is the logical first step in resolving any of these problems, or to prevent them so that one can do as the music professor instructed- “use your diaphragm!”

4 Reasons You Aren’t Losing Weight

It’s the dream of every person interested in losing weight to lose as much weight as possible within a short period of time. While some people attain their target weights within the set time, the majority of them don’t. Have been exercising, dieting and doing all the right things and still can’t lose weight? I understand that it can be very frustrating. If you are one of these people, here are some of the major reasons why you aren’t losing weight:

You Have Hit A Plateau

Ask anyone who has tried losing weight and he/she will tell you that he/she has hit a plateau at a certain time. There are many factors that can result to you hitting a plateau. One of the reasons is engaging in the same workouts over and over again. Remember that your body needs to be challenged for it to progress. To avoid the plateau, you should change your program after very 4-6 weeks.

Another reason for the plateau is if you aren’t eating enough calories. Research studies show that if you don’t have enough fuel to sustain your level of activity, you will definitely stop losing weight.

Although, it’s recommended that you exercise for you to lose weight, overtraining has been linked with a plateau. When you over train, you overwork your body and the body responds by decreasing the amount of calories that you burn.

You Avoid Proteins

Proteins are not only important in building muscles, they also enhance the feeling of satiety. They also prevent you from losing muscle. The best way of taking proteins is taking them in your breakfast. Great sources of proteins include: lean poultry, fish, black beans and lentils.

You Are Inconsistent

For you to be successful in anything in life, you need to be consistent. There is no way you will exercise one day and then relax the other-you need to be consistent. To lose weight you need to engage in both cardio and strength training exercise.

When it comes to cardio exercises, you should engage in interval training for 2-3 days a week. To burn more fat you should alternate between high intensity and low intensity exercises while leaving enough recovery time.

Strength training exercises are aimed at helping you to build muscle. To make the exercises exciting you should engage in circuit training. This is where you do one exercise after another. In addition to building muscle, you increase your heart rate and burn a lot of calories.

To build muscles fast you should regularly challenge yourself. This calls for you to always lift weights that are enough for you.

You Have A Medical Condition

Medication conditions such as thyroid diseases will prevent you from losing weight. Thyroid deficiency will cause a reduction in the rate of metabolism which will result to weight gain. If you have a medical condition, you should visit your medical doctor to have it rectified.

Conclusion

These are some of the reasons why you aren’t losing weight. To continue losing the weight you need to identify what is deterring you from doing it and fix it.

How to Choose the Best Diets to Lose Weight

Are there best diets to lose weight, or does it depend on every person’s specific needs and condition? Perhaps, you have heard celebrities or TV personalities talk about the latest fad diet or some pill they take to shed some pounds.

They may sound too convinced about these products, and you are probably intrigued to try these yourself. However, how can you tell which diet works for you when it comes to losing weight?

Below are some tips to help you determine if a weight loss diet is worth your time, or if you are better off doing something else.

Free from Chemicals

Since chemicals in supplements or weight loss products do nothing but harm to your health, then the best diets to lose weight include all-natural techniques that are safe, risk-free and effective, at the same time.

Whether it is a diet pill, smoothie mix, or an energy bar, products that are advertised to go along with a weight loss regimen should be made of natural ingredients.

What’s more, it is best if you are required to increase your intake of wholefoods throughout the diet.

Not only are fresh fruits and vegetables lower in calories, but these are also higher in nutritive content and satisfying.

Shedding some pounds is only one effect of a weight loss technique, but ultimately, your main goal is to improve your health and you can achieve this by choosing natural and chemical free supplements.

Suitable to Your Own Needs and Health

There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all diet. Considering the fact that people have varied body shapes and sizes, then it only follows that the diet should be customized according to your particular needs.

If you are suffering from a medical condition or have a history of serious ailments, then it is best that you discuss with your doctor or dietitian all about these diseases.

By doing so, the recommended diet will address your problem areas and prevent any side effects.

Tried and Tested

You would not want to treat yourself as a lab rat and go on a trial and error technique when it comes to choosing the best diets to lose weight.

The most practical thing to do is to look into different weight loss diets and techniques available, then study the pros and cons of each, including how effective these are.

Do your homework as you evaluate the diet types endorsed by public figures, your friends or family members, then determine the positive outcomes and limitations that come with these diets.

Recommended by Your Doctor

The main thing to keep in mind when choosing the right diet you need to lose weight is to consult your doctor first.

While there may be numerous options when it comes to weight loss diets, your healthcare provider can give you sound advice on what you should do to slim down safely and efficiently.

Furthermore, any existing ailments or health history will be taken into consideration to determine what you should and you should not include in your diet, as well as suggested workouts ideal for you.

Slim down quickly and safely by selecting the best diet to lose weight that works perfectly for your particular needs and goals.

Knowing how to choose the perfect diet and lifestyle suitable just for you can make the difference between true healthy slimming and short-term weight loss with negative side effects.

The Effect of Chiropractic on the Brain

A study performed in 2011 by 8 PhD’s and one chiropractor studied the impact of one adjustment in the TONE of the nerve system. The tone of the nerve system refers to the STABILITY of system under stress.

They used a PET scanner – a powerful neuro imaging technique to measure neuronal activity in the brain. Literally they measured the METABOLIC ACTIVITY OF THE BRAIN and the changes post-adjustment. (Cerebral metabolic changes in men after chiropractic adjustment, Alt Ther Health med 2011 Nov-Dec; 17(6):12-17)

The results were astonishing!

First of all, in order for someone to receive a chiropractic adjustment, they must first have a subluxation. A subluxation is a misalignment in the spine that interferes with the normal transmission of nerve impulses throughout the body. Of course, since the nerve system controls and regulates all function, healing and development in the body, as subluxation is very detrimental to the health of the individual.

This PET scan study evaluated some of the systemic changes that happened once the subluxation was corrected with an adjustment.

What they found was that the SYMPATHETIC (STRESS) tone of the nerve system was inhibited, salivary amylase was decreased, regional improvement in brain metabolism, and muscle tone and pain intensity decreased.

Here’s why this is important:

It proves, again, that a subluxation creates abnormal proprioception into the brain (specifically the hypothalamus) leading to increased sympathetic tone.
That means that when you are subluxated, it is as if your body and brain is MASSIVELY and CHRONICALLY in a state of STRESS. Not OK!

Why is that so bad?

Well, increased sympathetic (STRESS) tone always increases stress hormones – which have been linked, through research, to all kinds of disease such as cancer, glaucoma, bi-polar disorder, type I and II diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disease, osteoarthritis, excessive body weight, hypertension, asthma, and immune system disorders. (Autonomic and Autocoid Pharmacology, 2009)

Are you starting to see how big of a deal the chiropractic adjustment is?

Subluxation = chronic stress = massive release of stress hormones = disease

Adjustment = decreased stress in the body = health

How is that possible?

There is a particular part of the spinal cord known as LAMINA 7, and it links the spinal cord directly to the HYPOTHALAMUS – the main co-ordinator of all hormones in the body. In fact, the spine has the ONLY direct link to the hypothalamus (and thus hormones) in the entire body!

An adjustment will affect this entire system, bringing the body as a whole back to a state of ease.

Dental Implants And Other Dental Solutions

Cosmetic dentistry usually focuses on boosting the appearance of a person’s teeth, mouth, and smile. Also, it provides restorative benefits.

For many people, dental health is very important. And so, as much as possible, they avoid certain practices that may affect the healthy and appearance of their teeth. They resort to different dental solutions such as teeth whitening, veneers, fillings and implants. Know more about these dental solutions below.

Dental Implants. These are artificial root replacements which are used as a part of prosthetic dentistry so as to compensate for lost tooth or teeth. The result of such treatment is an enhanced smile and a more youthful appearance.

Teeth Whitening. This is one of the most popular dental solutions and perhaps the most recommended one. Due to smoking, poor oral hygiene, and some foods and drinks, your teeth may be stained. Thus, to enhance the appearance of your smile, consider undergoing teeth whitening procedure.

And of course, because Invisalign is virtually invisible, people will not be able to tell that a patient is undergoing teeth alignment procedures. A patient can stay confident because his or her appearance isn’t altered by the aligners.

A good cosmetic dentist can be the best person to help you attain that bright, perfect smile that you’ve admired in other people for so long. With modern technology and top-notch service, dental experts have you covered.

In the world of dentistry, there are quite a lot of development and advancements already. We are no longer in the age when burnt bread is used to clean our teeth. We now have a lot of new products that are effective in cleaning and maintaining the health of our teeth. We are now using commercial products such toothpaste, toothbrush, floss and mouth wash. However, when it comes to dental problems such as crooked teeth, overbite teeth and tooth loss, we need to visit out dentist.

The latest dental news according to dental experts and researchers is the evolution of tooth replacement technique. Before, dentists only recommend dentures, implants and bridges to their patients. But now, a new development has taken place. It is called the biological tooth replacement.

This new technique of teeth replacement was introduced by Professor Paul Sharpe who conducted research about bioengineering teeth. He uses a combination of human tissues and tissue of a mouse to develop and grow more to form a new tooth. Though this development is still under continuous process, researchers are positive that in no time, they will soon learn how to culture the growing of teeth and transplant them to dental patients.

Your Job Provides A Healthy Living Opportunity

Even though it was a bit sad when my summer vacation recently came to an end, I was actually looking forward to getting back into my healthy work routine. Sure waking up at 5am is not the most enjoyable things to do in the world, and the potential hour-long commute is another part of the routine that I really did not miss these past ten weeks. But aside from a few annoyances, sticking with my work routine really helps keep me focused on healthy living habits which in turn translates into weight loss.

This past summer was jam-packed with what seemed like one event after another. When there wasn’t some type of mini excursion going on, I was dealing with unexpected family issues that needed to be taken care of. As innocent as those scenarios may sound, in all actuality each one provided instances where sticking with an appropriate portion size of food and calorie count for the day became incredibly difficult, and exercise unfortunately was thrown completely out the window.

Often times I had to come to terms with the fact that sticking with 1,800 calories for the day was just not going to happen which meant that I was gaining weight each time that occurred.

Now with summer vacation behind me and a new school year beginning, my wonderful routine that I have actually missed is back on the table.

For those of you who have the pleasure of going to a “typical” job five days, forty hours per week, if you haven’t started already here’s an opportunity to develop a healthy living routine you can adhere to everyday. Not only is this a chance to eat in a much healthier manner but you can also motivate yourself to get some type of cardio workout in to help you shed even more weight.

Just yesterday I made it a point to go to the market after work and with my grocery list in hand I was able to stock my refrigerator with a whole assortment of healthy options. Later that night I quickly whipped together a roast with potatoes and carrots, tossed in the oven and 90 minutes later I was able to get 7 meal portions that I quickly packed away into plastic travel containers.

Now I have lunch meals to take with me to work for the entire week, but best yet that meal I cooked only cost about $14 total to make, yet with 7 meal sized portions that means I only paid $2 per meal. Where on earth would you be able to go out and eat for only $2 per plate? Healthier food for much less that you’d pay going out to eat fast food junk.

I also made it a point to purchase a 36 plastic water bottle package to keep stored in my closet at work so I will always have water at hand throughout the day. The perfect 0 calorie nourishing beverage.

These are just two examples of how work can potentially keep you focused on your health and nutrition if you make it a point to create a plan and stick with it. Think of it this way, you have to be at work for a certain number of hours anyways, why not let all those hours be healthy living ones as opposed to detrimental hours contributing to more and more weight gain?

The Best Nutrition Plan for Fat Loss

What’s the Best Nutrition Plan for Fat Loss?

As you may or may not know (if you don’t know, this article is exactly what you need), the majority of fat loss happens in the kitchen. You’re welcome to run and run and run until you can’t run anymore (this post explains why that isn’t efficient though), but if you’re not eating correctly, you won’t see the fat loss results you want to see. Even if you’re eating all healthy foods, you STILL might not be seeing the fat loss you want to see. Why is this? It has to do with macronutrients. While eating healthy foods is a good start, at some point, you’ll have to move to a more precise diet to really get the level of definition you might want. This article will explain in detail why fat loss occurs and the nutrition plan you should follow to achieve it.

A Quick Overview of Fat

Fat serves many purposes in the body, but the main function of fat is as an energy reserve. Fat is an efficient source of energy because it stores over two times the calories per gram that carbohydrates and protein do (9 cal vs 4 cal, respectively). The average lean adult stores enough fat to sustain life for over two months.

Why Does Fat Loss Occur?

Fat is primarily stored in adipocytes, which can take up or store fat depending on energy levels. Energy levels are determined primarily by food intake. When energy levels are high, fat tends to stay inside the adipocytes. When energy levels are low, such as when fasting or during exercise, insulin levels drop, and epinephrine levels increase. Epinephrine causes the fatty acid to be released from the adipocyte.

The resulting fatty acid then goes through a long journey throughout the body through various processes and cells. If you’re interested in learning more about the details of that, check out “The Physiology of Fat Loss” by Dr. Len Kravitz on Google. If you’re more interested in how nutrition leads to fat loss, continue reading.

The Fat Loss Nutrition Plan

There is a lot of debate about the right nutrition plan for fat loss. The hard part about it is that it varies from person to person because there are so many variables involved. Your exercise, daily activity level, age, and gender all play a part in how you should structure your fat loss nutrition plan. The most important thing to remember is that no calculator or formula will give you exactly what you need. Your body is unique and every formula will require some tweaking. This is something only you will be able to figure out. Luckily, I’ll provide a great place to start right now.

In my personal experience, with clients and with my own body, I’ve found a lot of success with a macronutrient ratio of 40% Fat: 40% Protein: 20% Carbs. I’ll go into a little more detail in a second, but I want to reiterate that this should be used as a starting point. It’s likely you’ll have to adjust the ratio to find one that works for your body.

When it comes to the 40% Fat, I make sure to incorporate a lot of mono- and saturated fats because these have been found to increase testosterone. I also include polyunsaturated fat. If you’re a woman, this is obviously less important for you, so you can stick to leaner meats with less saturated fat. Trans fat should be avoided at all costs.

The 40% protein can be basically any kind of protein your body can tolerate. Whey protein is my preferred option. For some people, Whey concentrate can be harder on the stomach, so Whey isolate should be substituted. If you’re trying to avoid dairy, Egg or pea protein is a great option. I would strongly recommend investing in protein powder, as getting 40% of your total calories strictly through food will be a challenge (plus it’s expensive!). Protein powder is cheap, effective and makes reaching your protein goals simple.

The 20% carbs are the smallest part of your diet, but the most complicated part to deal with. When it comes to fat loss, keeping your blood sugar stabilized is super important, but having enough energy to get a killer workout and recover is also important. I avoid starchy carbs like sugar (including fruit) unless it’s before or immediately after my workout. Starchy carbs spike blood sugar levels, which is helpful for energy and recovery. If you eat a lot of starchy carbs, then do nothing, it’s likely your body will store the glucose as fat. Pre- and post- workout I eat starchy carbs, the rest of the day I stick to non-starchy carbs like veggies and other high-fiber foods. A good rule of thumb that I follow is to stick to foods that have a starch:fiber ratio of 3:1 or less. For example, a serving of broccoli has 6g carbs and 2g of fiber. This is a 3:1 ratio, which would be acceptable to eat any time during the day.

What To Do If This Ratio Doesn’t work?

There’s a pretty good chance that this ratio will stop working for you at one point or another. Like I said earlier, a lot of things go into finding the right ratio of macronutrients. If you begin to feel like you don’t have enough energy to get a good workout, you may need more carbs. If you don’t feel like you’re progressing because you aren’t recovering quickly enough, you may need more carbs. I wouldn’t lower your carb intake any less than 20% as this could lead to hormonal imbalance and a screeching halt in your fat loss.

When it comes to changing your ratio, make small changes. Don’t adjust any greater than 5% at a time. For starters, if you increase your carb intake by 5%, lower your fat intake by 5%. Monitor your progress for a couple weeks, if you see success just stick with it. If you still don’t see progress, make another small adjustment.