Listen To What Your Body Is Trying To Tell You
One of the wonderful things that our body can do is to heal itself. Of cause, we require treatment from time to time, but the body when treated right has the capability to fix itself. Usually, all it takes is to pay attention to exactly what the body is informing us.
Normally, there is not a lot that we can do when our body is in pain and we need a convenience area for relieve or the belly is grumbling for the next meal. However, often when there is discomfort, like a headache, the normal course of action is to take some pain medicine to mask the discomfort so we can function more normal.
Paying attention to what our body is informing us would certainly protect against a whole lot of ailments from getting even worse. Taking pain killers is a short-lived yet comfort remedy, but keep in mind that if the pain persists the best way to keep it under control in the future is to understand exactly, the what and the why of the cause. Unfortunately, when the reason for the discomfort cant be determined and it still persists after several hours it will make us take more painkillers. However, one very important thing to be aware here is the amount of chemical deposits that will settle in the liver from taking medicines and overtime time these chemicals will start to bleach into the colon disrupting its function and generating many more significant health problems. Learning how to pay attention and understand the messages that our body is telling us is crucial.
Understanding sensations and feelings
Dont ignore the signals that our body is trying to tell us that something is not right, like:
lethargic or sluggish,
sudden weight gain or sudden weight loss,
change in body temperature,
blood stress and
These are among the few that can be observed and could be measured with certainty. When you feel these signals the body is telling us that something is not working well.
Taking energy drinks, resting, relaxing, taking antacids are some of the things that we normally do, but all these have temporary effects. When the feeling of sluggishness or drowsiness for example persists, there is no amount of energy drink that could restore the body to normal function. All the soothing actions taken are temporary solutions, but will not cure the illnesses. It only masks the effects temporarily and masking the effects in some cases could be terribly dangerous.
Identify the cause
Lets make this clear, what eventually cures the illness is the identification of the cause of the pain or discomfort. Once the cause is identified, the solution to treat it (unless its a serious ailment) can be easier and will avoid repeating the same pain or discomfort to happen again. Try to make a conscious effort to sit back, think a while, and decide on matters that will work best for you and those that will not. Dont get caught taking temporary measures and becoming dependent on them; it will make matters worse.
The important message here is to live the best healthy life one can and learn to listen to what the body is telling us. Our dependence on costly temporary cover-ups and help from health care professionals will be minimal and thus lessening the intake of chemicals into our body.
In the first part of our series, we talked about some expert methods of dehydrating food so that you will get consistent results when you fire up your dryer or oven. A great skill to have in case of an emergency.
In todays post, which will wrap up our series on food preservation through dehydration, I am going to share with you some more excellent techniques so that you can get the most out of your oven or food drier.
How can you get great results with an oven?
Ovens are a logical choice for many people because theyre easy to use and an oven delivers consistent heat for many, many hours. To get the most of this method of drying food, keep these tips in mind:
1. Dont Overload Overloading your oven will cause hard case issues with your food and will delay your success in completely dehydrating food for long-term storage.
Ideally, you should only dry 3 to 6 pounds of food at a time. Having an ideal amount of food in the oven will speed up the drying process and will ensure a continuous stream of adequately dehydrated food.
2. Be Wary of Temperature Spikes Ovens are designed to generate tremendous amounts of heat for roasting and baking food. An oven is designed to amplify and trap heat, too.
With these facts in mind you should be vigilant in monitoring the air temperature inside the oven while you are drying your food. Your target temperature range is 60-70 degrees Celsius only. Any more than this and your fruits/vegetables will begin to cook!
You need to check your dehydrating food once every hour to ensure that the inside of the oven isnt getting too hot or too cool.
When preheating your oven, be sure to use only the lowest possible setting. It takes longer to reach your target temperature, but this is an ideal practice that will reduce the incidence of overheating your oven.
Most modern ovens are equipped with a broiler element, located on top. Do not use this feature as it will cause the top of your food to dry out too quickly, which would then result in hard casing.
If the outer layer of food is dried out too quickly, the moisture at the core will not be able to escape, leading to partially dried food that can spoil just as easily as fresh food.
3. Arrange the Food Properly Avoid overcrowding your trays as this will prevent the food from drying properly. There should sufficient space in between the pieces (at least half an inch) so that air can circulate properly.
To improve air circulation and prevent humidity issues in the oven, block the oven door with a piece of wood so that there will be a small gap. This small gap will help improve air circulation inside the oven as the food is drying up.
How can you become a rock star with commercial food dryers?
Commercial food dryers have a much higher capacity than ovens; you can load more than 10 pounds of fresh food at a time and still get great results.
If you have never used a commercial food dryer before, follow these simple tips to get you started on the right track:
1. Be Patient Food dryers are more economical but they do require more time to complete the task. Many commercial driers only operate at a maximal air temperature of 50 degrees Celsius.
This temperature can still dry food, but its going to take longer to fully dehydrate large batches of fruits or vegetables. The effort will definitely be worth it because you will be able to dehydrate large batches of food every time you decide to fire up your food dryer.
2. Preheat for Best Results Like ovens, commercial food dryers need to be preheated in order to generate sufficient heat to initiate the drying process. Set the food dryer to its highest possible setting (this varies from dryer to dryer) and measure the air temperature every few minutes.
When the air temperature reaches 50 degrees Celsius, slide the temperature control back 10-15 degrees and begin loading your food inside.
There are some heavy duty food dryers that can generate up to 65 degrees Celsius after preheating. Try to reach this temperature if you purchased an expensive dryer as your model is probably equipped with a larger and more powerful heating element.
The average time needed to completely dehydrate large batches of food is 10-12 hours. Dont forget to shift the trays so that each one will be exposed to the heating element equally. If you are only dehydrating a small batch of fruits/vegetables, 4-5 hours should be sufficient.
Watching your blood pressure regularly is key, if you want to lead a healthy lifestyle. To measure your BP, you basically have two options.You can either go for checkup at your local clinic, or purchase a monitoring device, then conduct the tests by yourself at the comfort of your home. Most people opt for devices that can measure blood pressure at home. They simply do so because it's both a cheap and convenient option that won't hurt the pocket .The following article summarizes a few tips to help you select the right blood pressure monitoring device.
Choose an Approved BP Monitoring Device
Ensure that you choose a good device for monitoring bp that has been approved by your doctor. Your doctor will recommend a device based on your current health status. For instance, the device used by a pregnant woman could be totally different from one used by a child, or an elderly person. Therefore, it is crucial that you find out whether a device fits your profile or not.
Types of BP Monitors
Generally, there are two types of BP monitoring devices in the marketplace today. You can either buy aneroid monitors, or go for digital monitors. Most physicians recommend that you choose digital monitoring devices, because they are easy to read and understand. Because they display digital numbers in an easy format, finding your diastolic and systolic rate has never been easier. Additionally, there are many advanced BP monitoring devices that most physicians use to measure hypertension. One of the popular device adopted by many doctors is called HEM. This device measures a person's blood pressure three times, then recalculate the average BP to produce a more accurate reading.
BP Monitor Device Options
Blood pressure monitors come in many shapes and sizes. You can choose an upper arm device, finger monitor or wrist-based monitor. The monitors that you cuff around your upper arm are the most recommended, followed by those that are cuffed on your wrist. Finger-based monitors are not recommended due to their readings being inaccurate. There are plenty firms making BP monitoring devices around. But the leading brands that you can trust in term of quality include: Omron, Panasonic, Lifesource and Home medic.
Ultimately, choosing the right BP monitoring device requires that you first consult your doctor. Secondly, knowing the kind of device that fits your body is essential. You can either choose devices that are cuffed around the arm, or those that are cuffed on your wrist. Both options can produce accurate results that can help you manage your health better.
Women, girls, teens are well known for obsessing over their bodies. They fuss unnecessarily over their bodies and the flaws that they perceive that they have. They try to use all the ways to achieve an unrealistic goal which can not only be physically damaging but can wreak havoc to their mental health. This syndrome which had affected a lot of young women in the late nineties and early millennium has been termed as Body Fascism.
Surprisingly, today even men have become a victim of this syndrome. Latest numbers indicate that men also in increasing numbers are more and more worried about their appearance. The survey quoted that 81% of men get anxiety flushes at least four or five times a day thinking about their bodily flaws or even when someone directly or indirectly refers to that imperfection and not necessarily towards him. The same survey pegged the percentage of women who do damaging body talk at 75 percent only.
A lot of medical practitioners today report that most patients who come to them are always worried about the size of their reproductive organ than about anything else. They are always unhappy about their size and try to draw a connection between the small size of their member and their poor performance in the bedroom. Even psychologists are seeing fresh cases almost every day of patients who seem to be depressed about the fact that they are not good enough.
There is a syndrome which is being documented and research on it is underway. It is called the Small Penis Syndrome. The patients come to the doctor with an average sized organ claiming that they are either too small or that they need to immediately almost compulsively go in for enhancement surgery in order to overcome the mental stress.
The fact is that there is no connection between the length of the penis and the gratification that it can give a sexual partner. Women even concede to the fact that it is not so much the length but the girth of the organ that guarantees them orgasm.
Here are the three reasons doctors attribute to the fact as to why the size is always up on a mans mind. Excessive exposure to pornography: the actors in these films are picked because they are well-endowed and porn is not an authentic representation of sexual intercourse. IT is an exaggeration, and yet it seems to affect men more than it should! However it this impacts you and your quality of life and you want to know how to make your penis bigger there are safe and effective ways to do just that.
Gratification very early in life: the average male loses his virginity as early as twelve or thirteen years of age and with passage of time, his orgasmic levels heighten.
Easy option in surgery: it is easiest to try the treatment for enhancement of size and even easier to go under the cosmetic surgeons knife. This prompts them to explore the option.
Many times, people go through different types of hardships, tests and trials. It could be a sudden death in the family, the onset of an illness, or even the loss of a job. Every experience may be brutal and can often take an individual off guard. One may soon question how to discover peace of mind in the midst of difficult situations.
Sometimes, when people go through difficult situations, they learn how to press, and come out stronger as a person then they were when they first began. They come out wiser, and usually have a greater respect and understanding of life.
One thing that an individual must learn how to do is to trust themselves. Believing that things are not as bad as one thinks and that time will allow one to heal as well as work out, is a mindset that an individual has to have. It needs to be repeated every morning. A regular meditation practice or routine of affirmations can help create this new perspective. Know that things do work out in the end. Learning to put trust in oneself and following one's own intuition will be a step in the right direction. It builds faith and confidence for what the future holds.
When one is persistent and commits to working hard, they rarely end up in the wrong direction. A person should have faith in their own abilities to the point that they follow the path that they believe is right for them. Channeling ones passion into action will help to obtain a breakthrough. Learning how to trust oneself will teach an individual how to grow and how to heal.
Learning how to focus on what one learns is also important. Remember that setbacks and mistakes are simply practice. Anyone who has gone down a road that is free of hurdles and bumps, has quickly found that it may be the wrong way. Every bump that comes in the road is to teach an individual what they need to know for the future. Perhaps, things go wrong in order for them to become right later on down the road.
The road is not suppose to be easy and no one ever said that it would be. The journey is suppose to be difficult so that one can learn from it. Any place worth going does not have a smooth road. It is sometimes very difficult to travel. On that note, one should ease their expectations. Life does not owe an individual anything, and is under no obligation to give a person what they want. Make sure not to focus on getting a gold lining when a silver one is right in ones midst. Learning how to accept things as they are instead of what they could or should have been, can get one a lot further in life. Take each day as a new beginning. It is the opportunity to start again and forget about the past.
Many times when people go through hardships, they think they are alone. Most of the time, someone is going through a similar situation or has already experienced it. Talk to someone without the intention of them becoming a problem solver, but as someone who will offer support. They are not the ones designated to pull anyone out of darkness, but may be a light in the midst of a dark time.
Make friends with hope, it is a great catalyst to dreams coming true. Learn to live inside of the hope which pushes one to work for those things in which they are in expectation. Learn to get involved with things that can help one move towards their dream. Don't despair. Being positive brings life where negativity is the killer of dreams. It also helps to bring the peace of mind that everything is going to be okay.
Meditation itself is an individual path where we look inward. It is a path to our true nature or self and it does not exclude the world and other people. We are all made of the same substance, in other words, I am not better than you, and you are not better than me. When one develops compassion towards others, one sees oneself in others and others in oneself, too.
Our individual journeys we begin alone, but our goal is to bring peace to the world. We know that under the turmoil of transient thoughts and material things the intrinsic peace always resides in.
At the beginning, meditating alone helps us to make it a regular practice. The best way in making it regular is doing it when we are alert and relaxed. Regularity in meditation is important without any force, attachment, expectations of benefits and results.
As we progress in meditation, we can meditate alone in the office, underground railway, park, while we walk, make dinner or wash clothes. The possibilities are limitless. Any activity can be turned into some sort of meditation and we wont feel alone in a much deeper sense of meaning. In fact, we will feel more connected to the world around us. The world we share together.
On the other hand, meditating in a group is also uplifting and inspiring. As we we live in a busy world, sometimes going to the meditation center can be difficult to achieve. But, practicing meditation in a group helps us in making it a daily practice as well. More people means more energy. We can feel the collective energy effect when we meditate in a group of like-minded people. We can get support and encouragement. We are the part of a much bigger picture when we meditate with other souls.
Very often, it is not easy to follow the instructions from the video or book. Our awareness and experience are different from other meditators. Meditation is not what we see or read about it, it is an experience we go through in our own unique way. Of course, the more experienced meditators can give us some valuable advice. Teachers can give us the feedback or show us the misconceptions we may have at the beginning. But, our inward journey is beyond attachments, desires, needs, internal and external expectations, results.
The insights we gain through our meditation journey alone or in a group are both valuable and precious. The balanced combination of meditating in the mentioned ways can be a considerable choice for anyone.
Health and wellness do not have to slow when a person reaches an advanced age. In fact, many researchers have found that seniors who stay active and live healthy are most likely to live longer and keep in shape. In assisted living Scottsdale facilities, staff members and the seniors themselves come up with many different ways to stay active.
Some facilities have various ways to keep the seniors entertained and physically fit, so that they dont have to spend their days sitting idle. Since some of the seniors live alone in their designated rooms or houses, they may spend their time just doing crossword puzzles or reading. While these activities could maintain brain power, they may not realize that their bodies could deteriorate with inactivity.
Some of the ways through which seniors living in assisted living Scottsdale facilities keep active is by walking or jogging around, visiting cafes or entertainment centers with their friends or visiting family members, and keeping short low impact exercise regimens. Some facilities even have swimming pools or gyms for their residents. Staff members are always around to keep watch and help out if any senior has any difficulties using the equipment. Exercise is known to be beneficial to a senior persons health, especially if he has cardiovascular ailments.
Other ways through which seniors could stay active while in assisted living Scottsdale facilities are:
* Social events some staff members arrange social events so that seniors could mingle and make friends with their fellow residents. Having people to socialize with improves a seniors mood and prevents him from feeling lonely or depressed.
* Learning new things seniors in assisted living Scottsdale facilities sometimes take up a new hobby to occupy themselves. Despite their advanced age, some devote their time to learning a new language, playing an instrument, or continuing to study.
* Playing games or sports coupled with social events, some seniors stay active by playing games such as cards, golf, and board games. These help with communication skills and also keep the brain active. Others take up sports to keep themselves physically fit such as tennis or soccer. Some take it a step further and take up Yoga and Tai Chi.
The most important thing to stay focused on being physically fit and active is for a senior to be devoted to a healthy lifestyle. This means also having a healthy diet. Assisted living Scottsdale facilities provide food and everything else a senior person needs to enjoy life even in his advance years.
Such discomfort can be so much of a problem that people begin to be sure it begins deep in their bones. However the real cause of stiffness and also soreness exists not in the joints or bones, based on research at the Johns Hopkins Medical, but in the muscular tissues and connective tissues that help move and stabilize the joints.
Flexibility is the medical term used to describe the range of a joint's motion from full motion in one direction to full movement in the other. The greater the range of motion, the more flexible the joint.
If you bend forward at the hips and touch your toes with your fingertips, you have good flexibility, or excellent movement of the hip joints. But can you bend over easily with a very little expense of power and force? The exertion needed to flex a joint is equally as crucial as its range of motion.
Various aspects limit the flexibility and ease of movement in different joints as well as muscles. In the elbow joint and also knee, the bony structure itself establishes a definite limit. In various other joints, such as the ankle, hip, and back, the soft tissue-- muscle and ligamants and fascia-- limit the motion possible.
Think of an old and rusty gate. It is hard to open, it takes lots of force to push the gate open because of rusted and stiff hinges. It creaks, groans, sqweeks, squawks, screeches, and makes all sorts of sounds because it is tight and stiff and the parts do not glide smoothly because of the friction caused by the rust.
The same is true for our joints if we let them degenerate. That loss of motion causes snap, crackle and pop sounds every time the joint is moved. Not only that, but we have loss of movement and pain if we try to move beyond the restricted limit.
The use it or lose it principle is at play here. With reduced use comes a constriction of movement dur to biochemical changes in the soft tissue. Normal flexible tissue is replaced with scar tissue. Scar tissue is less flexible and more painful. Once scar tissue sets in, it does not go away. It stays permanently.
Pain in muscles come about these ways it is believed by medical scientists.
1. Too much exercise
Have you always believed on the saying, No pain, no gain? If you do, then, it is not so surprising if you have already experienced sore muscles.
The problem with most people is that they exercise too much thinking that it is the fastest and the surest way to lose weight. Until they ache, they tend to ignore their muscles and connective tissue, even though they are what quite literally holds the body together.
2. Aging and inactivity
Connective tissue binds muscle to bone by tendons, binds bone to bone by ligaments, and covers and unites muscles with sheaths called fasciae. With age, the tendons, ligaments, and fasciae become less extensible. The tendons, with their densely packed fibers, are the most difficult to stretch. The easiest are the fasciae. But if they are not stretched to improve joint mobility, the fasciae shorten, placing undue pressure on the nerve pathways in the muscle fasciae. Many aches and pains are the result of nerve impulses traveling along these pressured pathways.
Sore muscles or muscle pain can be excruciating, owing to the bodys reaction to a cramp or ache. In this reaction, called the splinting reflex, the body automatically immobilizes a sore muscle by making it contract. Thus, a sore muscle can set off a vicious cycle pain.
First, an unused muscle becomes sore from exercise or being held in an unusual position. The body then responds with the splinting reflex, shortening the connective tissue around the muscle. This cause more pain, and eventually the whole area is aching. One of the most common sites for this problem is the lower back.
4. Spasm theory
In the medical physiology laboratory at the University of Southern California, researchers have set out to learn more about this cycle of pain and spasm.
Using precise medical instruments, they measured electrical activity in the muscles. The researchers knew that normal, well-relaxed muscles produce no electrical activity, whereas, muscles that are not fully relaxed show considerable activity. The amount of electrical activity at rest is important. Normal muscle are quiet electrically. Irritated muscles are firing off electrical impulses at random.
In one experiment, the researchers measured these electrical signals in the muscles of persons with athletic injuries, first with the muscle immobilized, and then, after the muscle had been stretched.
In almost every case, exercises that stretched or lengthened the muscle diminished electrical activity and relieved pain, either totally or partially.
These experiments led to the spasm theory, an explanation of the development and persistence of muscle pain in the absence of any obvious cause, such as traumatic injury.
According to this theory, a muscle that is overworked or used in a strange position becomes fatigued and as a result, sore muscles.
Hence, it is extremely important to know the limitations and capacity of the muscles in order to avoid sore muscles. This goes to show that there is no truth in the saying, No pain, no gain. Take your workout slowly at first to avoid injury. Increase the intensity step by step and get supervsion from an expert. This will make it less likely to suffer injury.
DISCLAIMER: Nothing in this article is intended to be used as a substitute for advice of a physician. Do not modify your diet, exercises, or medications without first seeking the advice of a physician. Information on this site is for information purposes only. No claims have been approved by the FDA unless otherwise indicated.
It is time you woke up in the morning, you felt good and expected a day of plentiful energy and vigor.
None of us actually intends to be sick, live in pain or be endlessly tired, yet this is exactly what makes the medical industry so rich as well as the big agri-businesses healthy, they're all in the sickness business.
The Sickness Business--An Odd Term
Think about for a moment what would happen to all the huge pharmaceutical and manufactured food corporations profits if the vast majority of people stopped needed their medicines as well as refused the highly processed foods because we found a better way to actually get and stay healthy and balanced. We wouldn't need their products!
Consider the last time you took a seat to watch a favored television program. Chances are you saw a pharmaceutical company promoting a new wonder drug (with not to several negative effects) and all you needed to do was go ask your medical professional if you needed for a prescription for that wonderful drug!
Exactly what's wrong with this picture? Medicine businesses are asking us to see a physician to acquire their items. The advertising and marketing gurus try to hide it, but many people ultimately discover many of the medications are created to simplt to cover or suppress the symptoms, not cure the underlying causes. This produces a damaging cycle of gobs of tablets for chronic health problems without any end in sight.
There is less profit in a cure than there is in temporary symptom relief.
To be fair and balanced here, there are some remarkable medicines offered today that provide extraordinary advantages to people needing crucial life assistance as well as care. That is true for a tiny percentage of the populace who undergoing life saving procedures, dealing with severe genetic disorders or fighting life threatening disease or injury. Modern medicines in this situation can be life savers.
It is also true for other types of health care providers like the chiropractor in College Station, who offers safe and effective care for fatigue and poor health.
Individuals with life threatening problems as a rule did not choose their situation, they are victims of it. On the other hand, poor food choices by numerous "healthy and balanced" individuals is having a dangerous and also enduring adverse effect on western populace. Our health system is flooded with sick people, and also we have actually all heard the facts that it is getting worse. Healthcare prices are shooting up.
We have to take control of out own health. Big Pharma continues see in the news of their previous safe and effective products being recalled from the marketplace as a result of unforeseen and major side-effects in a considerable variety of users.
One of the greatest blunders we can make when buying a medicine product is to look at the immedicate benefits, without considering the adverse effects of the product; side effects that can have lasting implications.Many of the popular prescription and also OTC drugs could harm your digestive system, liver as well as kidneys, and also can also trigger internal bleeding. Exactly what's even worse, many non-prescription (OTC) remedies merely mask the symptoms and could really slow cells recovery and also repair over time. So you're slowing your body's ability to regenerate itself, you have actually invested plenty of dollars on a monthly basis on products that didn't help, and also you still experience the exhaustion as well as discomfort anyway.
Think about the knowledge of those that have preceded us.
The true principles of health date back many hundreds of years and also there are constant examples in past history of people that have acknowledged and also sought nutrition as a key active ingredient of wellness.
So What Has Changed?
At the beginning of the 20th century, people began a shift in eating behavior. Eating out one was rare is now very common. Food was local and now it is shipped from all over the world. Cheap manufactured food that has been stripped of nutrients to make it profitable to ship and store is what we have now.
Today our foods are mainly grown or cultivated in nutritionally deficient soils helped by agri-chemistry as well as are very refined and processed with additives such as nufactured mfats, added sugars and sodium. Certain those very fine-tuned products tastes excellent, however at what expense? Our health that what.
The unfortunate result of food today is that most individuals are gradually starving on a bountiful supply of highly processed nutrient deficient food!
As an example, the nutrition density of food is decreased by the processes used to make it to the store shelf. There are countless various kinds of chemicals, additives, chemicals, colourings in foods which our physical body does not acknowledge as food.
As well as just what took place to the nutrients in our fresh produce?
Our bodies are based on a biological system established several countless years ago when we were primarily nomads with diets confined to fruits and berries as well as the periodic wild game. High fat was rare in the diet. When fatty food was discovered, it was extremely valued, and with time the human brain grew to recognize as well as search out these fats, sugar and also salt loaded foods.
Today, these 3 active ingredients, fat, sugar and also salt are so bountiful, and help making processed foods taste so great, that we are slowly shedding our capacity to value normal food, foods that should nourish us.
FACT: Great nourishment is basic to healthiness and also wellness.
Actually, from my personal encounter, my education and learning as well as the results of my hundreds of customers, all have enhanced their health and wellness as well as health through the basics of a fresh food diet regimen low in processed foods of any kind.
Everyone can benefit from imple food choices as well as first class quality dietary supplementation.
DISCLAIMER: Nothing in this article is intended to be used as a substitute for advice of a physician. Do not modify your diet, exercises, or medications without first seeking the advice of a physician. Information on this site is for information purposes only. No claims have been approved by the FDA unless otherwise indicated.