How Stress Affects Your Heart

Written by Charlie on October 1, 2014
Stress is all around us, a normal part of our daily lives. There isn't much we can do about external factors that bring about stress, but there is a lot we can do to manage stress levels in a healthy way. This is important because stress, while emotional and mental in most respects, can have adverse effects on our physical health.

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Even more crucial is the fact that stress affects your heart. There is even a theory that suggests that stress may cause heart attacks. While further studies are needed to confirm this, there are also other studies that show an increase in the risk for heart disease due to different kinds of stress - work-related stress, financial stress, caregiver stress, and disaster-related stress.

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How to Stay Healthy While Exploring New Cities

Written by Charlie on September 26, 2014

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The last thing you want on vacation is a terrible bout with seasickness or outright flu. Staying healthy on vacation takes conscious thought about your every move. New places offer exciting retreats, but also germs you aren't accustomed to fighting. Infections quickly occur if you aren't careful about hygiene and food intake. Some simple steps help you feel great while exploring a city.

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Consider a First-Class Accredited Medical School Outside the U.S.

Written by Charlie on September 26, 2014

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If you would like to go attend medical school, but may not have met the requirements for admission to a medical school in the United States, you still have excellent options outside the country that are fully accredited by standards in the U.S. There are several medical schools, especially in the Caribbean, that offer top facilities, excellent professors and give you the skills you need to pass United States Medical Licensure Examinations (USMLE).

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All About Acupuncture

Written by Zoe on September 23, 2014
Originating in China, acupuncture aims to improve the overall wellbeing and health of a person. Traditional Chinese medicine renders the belief that the mind and body should be in perfect balance.

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What is it? Acupuncture uses very fine, thin needles which are gently inserted into the skin at certain points. These points can be found all over the body, including the lower arms and legs and are generally found where a nerve enters a muscle. Acupuncture is believed to influence energy flow and help unblock or balance your ‘chi’. Chinese medicine suggests that ‘chi’ is energy that’s flows through pathways called meridians around your body. Before you begin your first session of acupuncture, the practitioner will ask about your overall health and conditions that need treatment. It is likely that your pulse on both wrists and your tongue will be examined ...

What Lifestyle Changes are Needed to Combat Arthritis

Written by dave on July 31, 2014
Arthritis Arthritis is a disease of the joints that strikes adults particularly those in their golden years. This condition, however, has been observed to strike the younger ones in recent years. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis affecting millions of people worldwide. It affects the protective cartilage located on the ends of bones particularly in the hands, neck, lower back, knees and hips. A study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that in 2005, 13.9 percent of adults aged more than 25 years and 33.6 percent of people more than 65 years old suffered from osteoarthritis. While there's no cure for this condition, there are treatments available that help slow the progression of the disease and relieve pain. Thanks to various supplements available on the market today, people suffering from arthritis are given hope and relief of their joint pain. One of them is Finitro Forte Plus, a nutritional supplement especially developed for people with joint problems. A representative for Finitro said "We want nothing more than for science to be able to say 'we've done it, we've cured this problem for everyone, now and going forward,' but the reality is that medicine is not there yet. The whole reason we exist to try and give people a means to manage their pain until a permanent solution is found." "In the meantime, studies like the one done by the EULAR are good, because they provide science with the steps needed to keep working for a cure, and they provide those suffering with simple, safe advice on the best way to mitigate their pain. Until we have a definite, solid answer to this ailment, the more eyes on it, and the more safe suggestions for its treatment, the better," the Finitro representative added. A major international study published in the Eular Congress News that covered 23 countries and more than 3,500 rheumatoid patients pointed out the need for physicians to consider the effects of obesity on rheumatoid arthritis when creating development management plans for their patients. The study found that an increase in body mass index (BMI) was closely linked to increased disease activity. For this reason, the researchers encouraged physicians to give lifestyle and weight loss advice to their obese patients particularly during the consultation stage.

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How Taking Vacations Can Help Us Live Longer

Written by Teresa Te on July 15, 2014
vacations_live_longer “Google 'vacation research', and you’ll find all sorts of studies about how important time away is for your happiness, stress levels, and job performance,” says Cathy Wunder, Vice President at Global Discovery Vacations, a leading travel club based in Overland Park, Kansas. “We believe you have to disconnect in order to recharge. I see it in my own employees' performances. When they are given the chance to unwind, they come back with renewed energy and come up with even more ideas to make our members' vacations better.” Does this proposition hold water at all? Let’s check by looking into the possible benefits that vacations offer for our personal well-being.

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Promoting Health Within the Home

Written by Charlie on July 10, 2014

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Most people spend the vast majority of their time in the home, so it should always be the place with the greatest focus on health and wellness. Small changes that are made inside your house or to your daily routine can have a huge impact on your overall health going forward, and these things cannot be ignored. Often, the small adjustments do not change how you live very drastically, despite the positive results, so it is worth your time to do your research and make as many changes as you can.

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One thing that you can do is to work on getting more sunlight in the home. People who do not get enough natural light often suffer from ailments like depression. In fact, this is known as SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder. The disorder puts people into depression in a cyclical pattern, and it most often sets in during the winter, when the days are short and people may not get outside at all. Simply opening your curtains or spending more time in rooms with many windows can help, and you should also consider getting a sun lamp, which produces a more natural light than many traditional lamps.

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Diseases That Can Be Linked to Family History

Written by Charlie on July 10, 2014

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Sometimes there’s very little you can do to avoid illness or disease. Your family background comes into play, sometimes outweighing all of your healthy habits, such as eating farm-to-table organic, and exercising on a regular basis.

Just because your mother or grandfather had a certain disease doesn’t mean you’re doomed, however. It does give you extra information so you can head off disease before it gets out of control; it also lets you know the red flags to watch out for.

In other words, you might have a stronger chance of developing certain diseases compared to someone with no family history of them. The closer you are to someone on your family tree with a certain disease, the more likely you are to develop it.

Likewise, the more people in your family who had the disease, the more likely you are to develop it. That’s why knowing your genealogy and family tree can play a crucial role in taking care of your health.

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What’s All the Buzz about Argan Oil?

Written by Charlie on July 10, 2014

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Argan oil has gained a lot of popularity in the past few years. Touted as a miracle cure, it can slow the aging process, reverse environmental damage, and regenerate the hair. Its health benefits are tremendous, ranging from a younger skin to weight loss, reduced cholesterol levels, better digestion, and whole-body nourishment. This rare and expensive oil can be used for preparing various recipes, applied to the skin, or used as a hair treatment.

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Supplements You Might Be Overlooking

Written by Charlie on April 17, 2014

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Whether you’re of the Paleo, carb cycling, or old-fashioned “just eat healthy and move” persuasion, none of them is going to be perfect. There’s simply no nutritional plan that can provide 100 percent of all the nutrients, minerals, and vitamins you need on a regular basis.

Even if there were, that would leave zero room for indulgences and cheat meals; you’d turn into a machine that consumes food solely to optimize your health … and that’s no fun. The good news is that many all-natural supplements can help you to maximize your health while letting you actually enjoy those healthy meals.

A multi-vitamin alone won’t do it; if it did, it’d be the size of a baseball! So make sure you’re getting the most out of your supplement regimen.

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