Health

Forget the Surgeon’s Knife: Slow down the Aging Process with Exercise!

How do you view the aging process? Do you view being tired and having body aches and pains as something that is just inevitable? Do you think people should start slowing down once they reach middle-age? Do you think becoming elderly means becoming sedentary? Fatigue and poor health as you get older Many people are surprised to learn that the decline in health and stamina that can begin to rear its head around middle age is not just a result of the normal aging process. A decline in your health and fitness levels is often a result of your lifestyle habits. While there is no magic pill that can reverse the aging process, research has shown that exercise is one of the most effective ways to reverse the aging process and lengthen life. The U.S. National Center for Health Statistics reports tha...

Fighting Fat with Fruit: These Fruits Will Help Destroy Your Body Fat

Contrary to what many people believe, you can fight fat with fruit! To be honest, many people do not know or care about all of the health benefits they receive from eating fruit. However, most people do know that the calories in fruit are much less than the calories in other foods. Boosting your fruit intake can not only improve your health, but it can help you lose weight. Anyone who is watching their weight by consuming fruit not only reaps the reward of consuming fewer calories, they are also supplying their body with many vitamins and minerals. How to add fruit to your diet It is not hard to add fruit to your diet. Nothing is easier than putting an apple, orange or banana in a purse or briefcase for an afternoon pick-me-up. If you don’t have time to munch, simply add fruit powder to yo...

Manual Treadmills: A Cheaper Option but Are They Effective?

If you are in the market for a treadmill you should bypass the manual treadmills all together. While they are a lot cheaper than electric treadmills, they are not a good investment. In fact, your workout goals can be hampered by a manual treadmill. The purpose behind buying exercise equipment is so that it will assist you in reaching your fitness goals and help you get the best results possible from your workouts. Manual treadmills really do neither. Manual treadmills should be looked at as the grandfather to the motorized treadmill. Why are manual treadmills so cheap? The reason that manual treadmills are so cheap is they have no motor. YOU will be the motor. While this may sound like a good thing, it is not. It is downright hard to bring a manual treadmill up to a good, consistent speed,...

Understanding Carbohydrates and Learning Which Ones You Can Eat

Carbohydrates have gained a bad reputation over the past decade because many of the latest fad diets are low carbohydrate focused. The truth is that all carbohydrates aren’t bad and it’s not wise to lump all carbohydrates into the bad category. There are good carbohydrates which promote health. It’s the bad carbohydrates that you want to avoid – they can make you overweight. The difference between good and bad carbohydrates Whether you eat good or bad carbohydrates, your body breaks them down in much the same way and uses them as energy. That is why most people feel more alert and awake after eating carbohydrates. Carbohydrates can be found in many different types of food such as corn, beans, and other vegetables. They are also in fruit, rice, milk, cookies, pies, popcorn, pasta, and...

How to Cope When Friends, Family, and Society Ignores Your Grief

If you are grieving a death and society does not view it as a genuine personal loss to you, the grieving process can be very challenging. With no one there to support you, grieving can be very scary. On top of the lack of sympathy and acknowledgment, if there are no bereavement ceremonies or rituals that you can participate in, such as a funeral or burial, you may have trouble putting closure on the relationship with the deceased. Stillbirth and miscarriage The first case of grief that society lacks skill in recognizing is stillbirth and miscarriage. Unfortunately, society in general is ignorant to the magnitude of grief that parents of stillborn or miscarried children face. Many mothers and fathers who have lost a child through a miscarriage or stillbirth are comforted briefly, and then s...

Why You Can’t Lose Weight Even When You’re Doing Everything Right

The markers of diet products would have everyone believe that anyone can lose weight easily. When you couple these types of claims with the advice and comments about weight loss that many high-metabolism, stick-thin people are quick to give, you may be wondering if something is wrong with you. Why can’t you seem to lose weight? After all, you eat less than your skinny peers, you’ve purchased the equipment, read the books, popped the diet pills and nothing is melting away. Is it even possible to lose weight? The truth is losing weight can be done, but it is not as easy as people would have you believe. Society has programmed our minds to believe that pills, products, equipment and starving ourselves is the answer to melting fat – and the majority of us believe it. That is why billions...

Juice Fasting: Learn the Basics and Discover If It’s Right for You

There are many reasons why someone may go on a juice fast. Some people do it to address a health condition, others do it for religious reasons, and some people will go on a juice fast simply because they want to detoxify their bodies. Whatever the reason you are considering a juice fast, know that it will be a few things. First, it will eliminate toxins from your body. Second, it will flood your body with vital nutrients. Third, it will make you lose weight. Going on a juice fast isn’t easy and it’s important that you arm yourself with all the information you need so you’ll know what to expect. Health professionals generally recommend that you only do a juice fast for three days. If you plan to fast for longer than three days you should consult with your doctor. What is a juice fast? A jui...

These Are the Women’s Health Exams That Truly Are Vital

As women, we are busy people. Most of us wear many hats and we generally put the wants and needs of others in front of our own. While this is kind of an acceptable thing to do, one area that women should never ignore or put on the backburner is their health. Women have the power to stay healthy by acknowledging the diseases that afflict them and learning how to keep their bodies free of them. There are yearly health exams that every woman needs, and these exams can be beneficial in identifying serious problems. Pelvic exams and pap tests If you are a female and you are over the age of 21, have you been to the gynecologist and had a Pap test and pelvic exam? If you answered no, you should pick up your phone and schedule an appointment today. If you answered yes, when was the last time you h...

How to Burn Calories Doing Day-to-Day Activities

If exercise and burning calories has never been a part of your life, yet you’d like to start doing something about your health and appearance, there is good news. There are some things that you can do on a daily/weekly basis that will burn calories. Following these tips can help you get your stamina and endurance levels up without making you feel that you are actually working out: The easiest ways to burn calories If you hire someone to come into your home to clean or to take care of your lawn, interior painting and so on, opt to do it yourself. You’d be surprised at how many calories you can burn simply by doing household and lawn and garden chores. Granted, it may take you longer to complete them than a professional, but you’ll be burning calories and you’ll also be able to look back at ...

How to Eat What Everyone Else Eats and Still Lose Weight

If you have ever tried to lose weight and you have tried to restrict your diet to certain types of food, such as low-carb foods or one of those soup or vegetable diets, you know that it is not very enjoyable. After the first day or two of dieting, it gets very difficult. There is good news for dieters, though. Here is a list of food and products that dieters can consume that will help them reach their weight-loss goals – while still letting them feel they are eating like everyone else. Foods you can eat and still lose weight Prepackaged snacks Calorie-controlled prepackaged snacks are very popular with dieters. These 100-calorie bags of goodies enable people to feed their sweet or salty craving without going berserk and overeating. While these snacks are not considered very nutritiou...

LASIK Surgery: The Screening Process and the Procedure

If you are considering LASIK surgery, you are probably wondering if you are a good candidate. As you know, there is a screening process for the procedure and a doctor won’t perform the surgery if you don’t pass the screening process. Here are some general guidelines that can help you determine if you will be a good candidate for the procedure. Are you old enough for LASIK surgery? The reason that age is taken into account during the LASIK surgery screening process is it shouldn’t be done on individuals whose eyes haven’t fully matured. Just as the body continues to grow, so does the shape of the eye. If a youth has LASIK surgery and the shape of their eye changes, their vision will be affected. Some surgeons won’t perform the procedure on anyone under 25 years of age. Is your prescription ...

Emotional Eating: The Triggers of Emotional Eating and How to Stop

If you find yourself continually gaining weight and you are putting food in your mouth when you are experiencing strong emotions, you may be an emotional eater. Emotional eating occurs in response to feelings, not hunger. Professionals estimate that 75% of overeating that is done is caused by emotions. It is a way to soothe and self-medicate. After all, food brings short-term comfort. Unfortunately, many of us turn to food all too often when our emotions need healing. Unless you have a very high metabolism, emotional eating will usually result in weight gain. It can also result in low self esteem, depression, stress, frustration, anger and more. All of these are heavy emotions—which in turn can make us turn back to food. Emotional eating is a cycle. To identify and stop emotional eating, y...