According to the North American Spine Society, approximately 80% of Americans will experience some kind of back pain in their lives. However, 90% of those folks will likely get better without treatment or by using conservative treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications, exercise and physical therapy.
Most of us are aware of the dangers of excessive sugar such as weight gain and type 2 diabetes. We have cut down on obvious culprits like gooey desserts and sugar-laden sodas. However, you might be surprised to learn this ubiquitous ingredient (under sneaky pseudonyms) can be found in a host of ‘healthy’ foods.
Depending on which part of the country you reside, this winter has been a cold one and you may be faced with itchy, dry winter skin. It stands to reason that with less moisture in the air, there is less moisture in your skin. And where do you go when it’s cold? Inside… where the heat can be just as dehydrating!
It’s winter again and with that comes the annual host of coughing, sneezing, sniffling, aching and copious amounts of tissues. Besides committing yourself to total isolation, what can you do to avoid this season’s flu and cold du jour?
Here’s some interesting information from a doctor who believes those with type 2 diabetes should ignore American Diabetes Association’s dietary advice and opt for a healthy low carb, high fat diet. Dr. Sarah Hallberg’s evidence comes from a study her clinic performed, where 50 people with type 2 diabetes were treated with her recommended low-carb high-fat diet. She treated another 50 patients with ADA guidelines. After six months, the study concluded that the patients treated with Hallberg’s recommended diet were able to decrease their insulin by nearly 500 units a day, on average. Those in the ADA group, however, had to boost their insulin by an average of 350 units a day.
Research suggests that sleep plays an important role in memory; both before and after learning a new task. What’s more, poor sleep affects mood, motivation, and our perception of events. Healthy sleep is essential for optimal learning and memory function.
Doctors are learning that one of the best ways to quell inflammation lies not in the medicine cabinet, but in the refrigerator. We all know that chronic inflammation is bad. But do you know exactly why it is unhealthy and how you can protect yourself from its effects? (Hint: the remedy may be found in the fridge instead of the medicine cabinet) Inflammation 101 Your trusty immune system is hardwired to attack anything in your body that it sees as foreign—such as an invading bacteria, germ, or chemical. The process is called inflammation and it means well. In fact, occasional bouts of inflammation protect you against threatening, health robbing invaders However, when inflammation is a constant visitor it’s bad news. You see, when there is no foreign invader to be found, chronic inflammation becomes your enemy. Many major diseases that plague us—including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer’s—have been linked to chronic inflammation. Eat This Not That According to a Harvard Medical School publication, one of the most powerful tools to combat inflammation comes not from the pharmacy, but from the grocery store. Experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects. Simply …
Sparked by an age-old quest for the most efficient exercise regime comes new research that indicates that your workout may require less time than previously thought. Swallow your too-busy-for-exercise excuses and read up on some research that supports the benefits of high intensity interval training (HIIT).
A woman’s complexion is linked with her feelings of self-confidence and it’s the “face” she shows to the world. It’s no wonder women spend so much money on beauty products and make-up that promise ageless skin. But like the old adage reminds us, beauty is not just skin deep. Women “in the know” understand that they must look beyond the surface if they want to enjoy beautiful, healthy skin. The anatomy of skin is linked to all our major functions – immune, respiratory, circulatory, lymph and neurotransmitter systems. In a nutshell, this means that improving your health will ultimately improve your skin. Here are five keys to unlocking your most beautiful skin … and not one of them involves spending a penny on expensive lotions, creams or serums! If you smoke, stop! Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, which displaces the oxygen in your skin, and nicotine, which reduces blood flow, leaving skin dry and discolored. Cigarette smoking also depletes many nutrients, including vitamin C, which helps protect and repair skin damage. Stress Less When you live in a chronic state of stress, you are constantly producing the hormone cortisol, which is responsible for weight gain, high blood pressure and collagen …
Can eating the right foods make you smarter? Researchers say yes! In fact, recent studies prove that what you eat is one of the most powerful influences on day-to-day brain skills. Experts say the key is to fill your meals with essential nutrients to keep brain cells healthy and prevent inflammation that can cause damage to the brain. Here are four of our favorite brain-healthy foods.