Exercise Helps Your Immune System Protect Against Future Cancers

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If you are like most people, when you think of reducing your risk of cancer, exercise probably isn’t at the top of your list. However, there is compelling evidence that exercise can not only help slash your risk of cancer, but can also help cancer patients get well sooner, and help prevent cancer recurrence.

Research has also shown it may help minimize the side effects of conventional cancer treatment. Continue reading

Ideal Exercise Details Finally Revealed

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The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans detail the types and amounts of physical activity needed for maintenance of good health. A new paper has broken them down into what we all need to know about exercise:

— Adults should do at least 150 minutes a week of moderate- intensity exercise, 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise, or a combination of both. For greater health benefits, increase levels to Continue reading

Fixing Vision Could Prevent Hip Fractures

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It goes without saying that strong vision would help prevent falls that lead to broken bones when you are older. Well, a new study confirmed that notion in a health breakthrough chronicled in the “Journal of the American Medical Association.” It seems that surgery to fix cataracts helps prevent hip fractures.

The study found that Continue reading

How to Improve Your Exercise Endurance

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Exercise is a very popular topic in medical circles. It’s indisputable that exercise contributes to all sorts of important health benefits. Exercise gets your heart working more efficiently, pumps extra blood to your organs and tissues, improves balance and mobility, strengthens your immune system so that it can better fight disease, and triggers protective effects Continue reading

The Alexander Technique

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Did You Know…

… that a unique and practical method of moment called the Alexander Technique has been shown to help alleviate tension headaches naturally, as well as ease back pain, tennis elbow—and even asthma, sleep disorders and lethargy?

If you watch toddlers playing, you will notice that they move with ease: spines straight, joints free and large heads balanced easily on their small necks.  It doesn’t take long, however, before unawareness settles in, and the body’s innate ability to move Continue reading

Use Flower Remedies to Harmonize the Body, Mind and Spirit

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Dr. Edward Bach noticed that people with similar attitudes often had similar complaints. He concluded that mood and a negative outlook on life predisposed people toward ill-health and that illness is a manifestation of a deeper mental or emotional health imbalance. Flower essences are said to contain the life forces of the flowers used to make them. They work by relieving negative feelings, and they encourage the healing process by balancing energy in the body Continue reading

How Yoga Can Improve Your Sleep

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Yoga has been around for over 5,000 years, originating in India. As a spiritual system, it focuses on obtaining a higher state of consciousness while releasing your spirit from suffering. As is the case in most religious practices, there are differences in the belief systems, but mainly yoga is an ascetic philosophy in which people achieve purity by withdrawing from the world. Continue reading

How to Protect Yourself from Hip Fractures

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In a single year, as many as 350,000 Americans may find themselves suffering from a broken hip. It is estimated that, 90% of the time, these fractures are due to a fall. Residents in nursing homes seem particularly vulnerable. Up to 50% of residents fall each year(!).

In the past decade, companies have developed pads that can be worn on the hip. It was thought that these pads would offer enough cushioning to the hip to prevent a fracture. But, according to a new study performed at the Rehabilitation Studies Unit, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, the latest health news is that hip protectors don’t necessarily work.

The research team conducted a randomized, controlled trial with 234 participants.  Continue reading

Simple Dietary Changes Dramatically Slow down the Biological Clock

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In a nation obsessed with youthfulness, it is perplexing to find such a large percentage of the population needlessly succumbing to chronic inflammation – a condition known to age the body prematurely. Although willing to spend a great deal of money to artificially and temporarily mask the signs of aging, many seem reluctant to make substantive changes necessary to quell the flames within. These flames can affect all organ systems of the body. In truth, a few simple dietary and lifestyle changes could seriously slow down the biological clock.

The bigger question is this: Why are we all so inflamed?

The surprising thing about inflammation is that it is at the core of virtually every disease. In fact, if you were to look to medical journals in just about any medical specialty you would find Continue reading

Ayurvedic Detoxification and Rejuvenation Also Known as Pancha Karma

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Pancha Karma is the cornerstone to Ayurvedic management of disease. Whereas diet, lifestyle and herbal supplements play key roles in creating and maintaining health; Pancha Karma is the process which gets to the root cause of the problem and corrects the essential balance of mind, body, and emotions.

Pancha Karma is not only good for alleviating disease but is also a useful tool in maintaining excellent health. Ayurveda advises undergoing Pancha Karma at the seasonal changes to both keep the metabolism strong and keep toxins from accumulating in the Mind/Body. Using Pancha Karma prior to any rejuvenation treatment (herbal tonics and foods) greatly enhances the beneficial effects; for it cleanses the body, improves the digestion  Continue reading

Chinese Tonic Herbs

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– Chinese tonic herbs are  useful for improving and tonifying your well being. If you are feeling tired and fatigued most of the time, then there is something that needs to be fine tuned with your immune system. Low energy in the body is attributed to insufficient flow of energy in your system. Chinese tonic herbs help you to improve your immune system dramatically .

Alternative medicine has been used for thousands of years to ward off illness. There are numerous herbs in the Chinese medicine and several of them are superior tonic herbs. Chinese tonic herbs in particular are used to improve overall immunity. These herbs maintain the flow of Yin and Yang in the body, thus ensuring that your life system is completely balanced.

According to ancient Chinese medicine, the superior tonic herbs are called as the rulers. These herbs deal with balance of Chi, Jing, Yin, Yang, Shen, heat, moisture and blood in the body. This way, maintenance of life is improved by these herbs. Chinese tonic herbs are not meant to treat any disease or disorder. If you are suffering from several common problems like sore knees, low sexual energy, blood pressure, obesity, cholesterol, general weakness and others, you can use the herbal extracts to improve your bodily functions.

The three essential treasures of the human body such as Chi, Jing and Shen are rejuvenated and balanced by Chinese tonic herbs.

While buying Chinese tonic herbs and herbal extracts, you have to ensure that the place where you source is providing legitimate herbs.

Astragalus extract is useful to overcome weakness. It tonifies lungs and spleen, thereby raising yang. Excretion of water and edema is supported by this herb. Those who are in dire need of abundant amount of energy can take advantage of this super herb. People who work in outdoors tend to take these herbal extracts on a larger scale as the herb develops musculature and keeps you warm. For older people, Astragalus extract is used to prevent their organs from sinking.

Reishi extract from Reishi mushroom is one of the age old Chinese tonic herbs. Emperors and empresses in the East have always preferred this herb and it is called as mushroom of immortality. Reishi extract replenishes energy in the body and it results in extending life. This herbal extract has a regulatory function on the immune system improving immunity.

Those who suffer from chronic allergies can continue to take this herb to get desired results.

Ho Shou Wu is a longevity herb that increases lifespan. It has anti-aging properties and continuous consumption of this herb will help you stay youthful. It is a blood tonic and it is a typical Yin essence tonic that replenishes body cells through kidney systems. Premature aging is effectively put to stop by this herb. Ho Shou Wu extract also works on the central nervous system leading to a calm and smooth mind.

Mucuna extract is the best herb to release human growth hormones that is essential to keep your body strong and youthful. Pituitary gland is influenced by this herb and it promotes production of hormones that enhance your lifespan. Other youth hormones are also stimulated by Mucuna extract and it results in improved libido, muscle mass and fertility. This herb effectively fights the aging process.

Cordyceps extract is the star of Chinese tonic herbs. Cordyceps is a precious an rare herb that strengthens body and mind. Primary motive force for life activities are said to be improved by this herbal extract. It rejuvenates body cells and postpones aging. Primal kidney functions, healing ability, sexual functions and respiratory functions are improved by this extract.

Continuous intake of Chinese tonic herbs will help your body develop resistance. You will find more energy for your day-to-day activities and you will also find your body adapting itself to the environment you live in more easily. Illnesses are fought effectively by the herbal extracts and there is no need to bring about a big change in your lifestyle when you take these herbs. Just follow what your medical practitioner has told and include consumption of Chinese tonic herbs everyday to see results.

Everyone knows that Chinese tonic herbs are good for health, but most of the people don’t know where to buy them. The herbal extracts must be made from pure herbs and the extracts must be available as is. You don’t want to be ripped off in the name of ancient Chinese medicine.

Home Remedies Series – Dizziness

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Dizziness is commonly described as a feeling of light-headedness, unsteadiness and the feeling that you are about to faint. Dizziness is also commonly associated with the feeling that you or your surroundings seem to rotate endlessly. Such type of dizziness is medically referred to as ‘vertigo’. Dizziness essentially shakes the balance of the individual. The sense of balance depends on a variety of information processed by the brain after receiving inputs from eyes, inner ears and the nervous system.

Loss of balance or feeling dizzy is experienced in the event of signals sent to the brain not being processed due to contradiction in messages or mal- function in sensory systems. Dizziness is among the most common complaints after backache to be experienced by a large majority of people especially older adults. There are various causes that lead to dizziness. Dizziness can be a single short experience or lead to occasional or frequent spells. Though it is not a serious disorder it is important to diagnose the cause and eliminate the reason.

Symptoms of Dizziness

The common symptoms experienced during a spell of dizziness

– Loss of balance

– Light headedness

– Feeling of fainting

– Weakness

– Feeling of continuous rotation of self or surroundings

– Blurring of vision as head spins

– Nausea

Causes of Dizziness

The key causes that lead to dizziness

– Sudden drop in blood pressure or dehydration may inhibit blood to the brain causing lightheadedness.

– Dizziness may be accompanied by various disorders such as: allergies, hypoglycemia, common cold, fever, diarrhea, vomiting or flu.

– Loss of balance or spinning sensation may be related to a malfunction in at least two of three main organs that contribute to our sense of balance: inner ears, eyes or the nervous system.

– Serious disorders that may cause dizziness are: stroke, heart attack, severe drop in blood pressure.

Common home remedies to treat dizziness

– Enhance maintaining balance by learning exercises from a trained physiotherapist

– Reduce stress

– Practice Aerobic exercises

– Develop a regular sleep pattern

– Treat the disorder which is causing dizziness

Diet for Dizziness

People prone to dizziness are advised to avoid foods/ drinks such as

– Iced Tea

– Pina Coladas

– Diet Drinks/ Artificial Sweetener

– Caffeine

– Alcohol

– Tobacco

– Eating sweet and salty foods together

It is important to drink ample water, a minimum of 8-12 glasses of water to ensure blood pressure doesn’t drop due to exercise, high stress activities or due to a hot climate.

Other suggestions and Tips

– It is advisable to sit immediately when you feel dizzy to avoid any possible injuries

– Avoid taking on high stress or concentration requiring activities such as driving a car or operating machinery if you experience frequent dizziness spells

– Rise slowly from bed or spend a few minutes in bed before waking up this helps normalize blood pressure

– Dizziness could be an outcome of side effects caused by intake of certain drugs such as antihistamines and blood pressure medications. Check with the doctor before continuing the dosage

Chinese Martial Arts Tai Chi Offers Effective Treatment for Dizziness, Balance Disorders

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SAN DIEGO –  A form of Chinese martial arts called Tai Chi may prove an effective treatment for patients who suffer from dizziness and balance disorders, also known as vestibular disorders.

In a study presented at the 2009 American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) Annual Meeting and OTO EXPO in San Diego, a team of researchers evaluated the utility of Tai Chi in managing patients with vestibular symptoms who have failed conventional vestibular therapy.

It could include individualized physical therapy or different sets of physical maneuvers that a doctor performs on a patient.

As part of the study, the researchers conducted a survey from April 2008 to March 2009 at an outpatient rehabilitation program, utilizing the activities-specific balance confidence scale and dynamic gait index survey, both prior to therapy and at the conclusion of an eight-week course.

A total of 21 patients (18 females, 3 males) completed the study to date.

According to the researchers, patients reported subjective improvements in their vestibular symptoms.

Based on their observations, the researchers came to the conclusion that the technique might be effective because Tai Chi promotes coordination through relaxation, rather than muscular coordination.