What Is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is the term given to bone loss, a disease which results in an increased risk of bone fractures. The statistics of the impact of osteoporosis are alarmingly high. For example, hip fractures caused by osteoporosis are very common, and in fact, they necessitate more use of hospital beds and care than that of strokes, diabetes and heart-attack combined.
Osteoporosis is likely to be the cause of 80% of the 30,000 hip fractures that occur annually in Canada alone.

Unfortunately osteoporosis is becoming more common in both men and women. Particularly men and women over the age of 50 are at risk of developing osteoporosis, and therefore more likely to experience bone fractures in their later years.

It is important to have an understanding as to how to keep our bones healthy so that we can be proactive in preventing bone density loss. Unfortunately drug companies would have us believe that the only way to prevent or maintain the disease is to take drugs. On the contrary, a knowledge about bone health, and creating a lifestyle that keeps bones healthy using diet and exercise can prevent bone loss and reduce the risk factors for osteoporosis in your later years. Continue..

Back Pain And Yoga

As a mild sufferer of lower back pain over the last few years I’ve been trying to find natural cures for back pain rather than relying on medication. Initially when the pain started it was a case of taking pain killers and anti inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen but despite the fact that they worked for a time I found that my body became more resistant and the strength of painkillers that I was taking started to increase.

Over the long-term this is not what I want for my body hence my research and why not share it with the wider  fellow sufferers?
A recent university study has concluded that Yoga could be more effective than the traditional healthcare approach to provide pain relief for long-term lower back pain sufferers. So could this be a possible solution for many of us?

Yoga can be best described as a combination of breathing exercises, physical postures, and meditation and whilst not having roots in traditional medicine it has been practised for more than 5,000 years claiming many beneficial effects. Continue..

Cataracts And Diabetes

A cataract is a clouding in the lens of the eye, making it difficult to see as it prevents light from entering. If the cataract is not removed, it can cause blindness. Cataracts are common in non-diabetics with aging, but they tend to form in diabetics earlier in life and their development is often accelerated due to poor blood sugar control.
Cataracts cause loss of vision insidiously. At first, slight loss of vision can be compensated for with the use of bright light and reading glasses. Later surgery often becomes necessary. The procedure has a high rate of success, but preventing the condition is clearly preferable.
Antioxidants are molecules found to a high degree in many fruits and vegetables. They clean up free radicals: molecules that can damage the body and cause premature aging.
Researchers at the University of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo looked at antioxidant-rich foods in the diet of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. It was an attempt to determine whether those foods could have a protective effect against cataracts.
This study was published in June 2012 in the International Journal of General Medicine, and included 244 adults with a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. The diabetics who ate red beans and those who ate at least three servings per day of antioxidant-rich vegetables, had a lower risk of developing cataracts than those who did not eat red beans or vegetables high in antioxidants.

Foods To Prevent Cataracts

It was then concluded eating vegetables rich in oxidants… and red beans, should be encouraged.
Red beans have slightly more antioxidants per serving size than wild blueberries. Other vegetables high in antioxidants include:
russet potatoes,
red kidney beans,
black beans, and
Fruits high in antioxidants include:
blueberries and cranberries,
blackberries and raspberries,
plums, and apples.
Pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts are also good sources, as well as cloves, cinnamon, and oregano.
Beans: Make a three bean salad with red beans, green beans, and garbanzo beans. Flavor your beans with a mixture of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and oregano. Let the salad sit in the refrigerator for at least two hours before eating, so the beans can absorb the flavors.
Red beans also go well with rice: as in Cajun and West Indian recipes. The website VegetarianAbout suggests a recipe for red beans and rice with garlic, olive oil, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and tomato. It is best to use brown rice.
Berries: Try seeing how many berries you can get into one fruit salad. Place your berries into half a cantaloupe with a light sprinkling of walnuts for a tasty light lunch.
Artichokes: Saute artichoke hearts in olive oil and onions. Flavor your artichoke hearts with oregano, lemon juice, and lemon rind.
Do whatever you can to lower and stabilize your blood sugar and avoid your risk for cataracts.

Shin Splints Prevention

It can take months or years to recover from shin splints and even after making a full recovery, if you have had shin splints you are at greater risk of redeveloping this painful lower leg condition later in life. Spending a little time and effort to avoid shin splints is definitely worth it, as the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Preventative measures should focus on decreasing the impact forces acting on your shins. While each solution for preventing shin splints is beneficial in its own right, a combination of the following options can be more effective. While it can be hard to tell if the methods you select are going to work for your own condition, all have their merits and have proven to be effective in their own right. The combination which works the best for each individual can involve a little trial and error.
Stretching should be a part of everyone’s daily routine, regardless of anticipated or actual activity level for the day. Many people only stretch the calves and hamstrings and neglect to stretch the smaller muscles and tendons of the shins and feet. Stretching both the front and back of the legs, as well as the feet will help to prevent many overuse type aches and pains as well as improve your gait (how you walk or run). To stretch your shins, kneel down on a padded mat, with your feet flat against the floor, and your buttocks resting on your heels. You should feel the stretch in your shins. Hold for 30 seconds minimum and then stretch out.
Strength training in addition to your other activities is another important method for reducing shin pain. This is especially true if you usually focus on one type of activity. For example, a runner uses her legs the same way day after day, and while some of the muscles such as the quadriceps get a great workout with each run, other muscles such as the tibialis tendons at the front of the shin are neglected and can atrophy, or get overworked. To strengthen underused muscles in your legs and to build up stamina, try cross-training with different activities such as swimming, hiking, or ice skating or rollerblading thrown into the mix. You can try variants on your current activity such as walking backwards or going up and down inclines such as hills or stairs. To strengthen the tibialis, stand with both feet planted on the ground and flex your toes and raise up, hold this position for ten seconds, relax for ten seconds and repeat until your shins feel fatigued. You can also strap weight belts around your ankles to increase the resistance.
Proper footwear is essential, especially during high-impact activities. The arches of your feet provide impact absorption for every step. It is important to protect this function by wearing shoes with good arch support or arch support insoles inserted. Shoes are also designed to absorb the impact of walking, running, or jumping, but shoes wear out every 500 to 800 miles, so don’t forget to replace older shoes and if you really clock up the miles running each day, work out how frequently you need to change your shoes, you may need to change them every 10 weeks.
Finally, the most important step you can take to prevent shin splints is to listen to your body. If your legs or feet are tired, give them a rest. If you start feeling pain, stop and take care of it immediately. Shin splints is not the type of injury you can just run off.

Allergic Rhinitis

It isn’t a common problem; but for those who have to always carry a packet of tissues around because of an endlessly runny nose, it can be a source of serious annoyance. It’s not like they actually have a cold all the time. Why on earth does this happen? One of the most common reasons why, is a condition known as perennial rhinitis. It’s actually quite related to another kind of annoyance that some people put up with, that’s called seasonal rhinitis, which doesn’t last all the time. That one is an allergic problem that is kicked up by pollen or other allergenic substances floating about in the air. People with perennial rhinitis unfortunately, are allergic to things that are around them all year round – stuff like dander, dust or mold.
You could at least conceive of how people could put up with this if a runny nose was all it was. The problem is, a runny nose that comes about for reasons of rhinitis has plenty of other maddening symptoms coming along for the ride as they do for many kinds of allergy – an itch that is on the inside of your throat that you can never get at, or an itch in the eyes and the nose. You can’t stay indoors to protect yourself from whatever causes your allergy because most of the allergens are inside. You can’t go outside, because most of these allergens happen to be present outside, save for moldy air. It’s just an embarrassing and deeply troublesome personal problem.
So what you do to fix a problem like this? Any time you have to deal with an allergy, you know that you’re in for the long haul. You have to go to your allergy expert and get tested to discover what allergen it is that you are sensitive to. It might take you a while (and lots of pinpricks) to identify what exactly causes your allergies. Once you do have the triggers identified, usually, your runny nose problem can be reduced to a good deal of spring cleaning around the house and the installation of HEPA filters. If for instance, you discover that dust mites are what were causing your problem, you’ll be able to narrow your problem down to the carpets, the mattresses and the sofa cushions – the places dust mites love to call home. You’ll probably need to get sofa covers and bedcovers made of very tightly woven fabric. There’s pretty much nothing you can do about the carpeting though other than to get it shampooed. You’ll also need to clean your house inside and out, wiping all surfaces down, and washing everything well, regularly.
If this doesn’t seem to work for you, a runny nose is easily taken care of with a steroidal spray. For a perennial runny nose problem though, a steroidal spray may not entirely be appropriate. Steroids can’t be used for too long without running into some side effects. There have been some developments in this area. Immunotherapy is one of those developments. Your doctor will expose you to small quantities of whatever it is that triggers your runny nose problem. Your body is then able to produce the right kinds this antibodies for it.With some people, there are a few natural foods and remedies that work. A certain flavonol found in pineapple, apples and onions is known to help. Taking vitamin C supplements can help too. But you can’t just go ahead and diagnose yourself with perennial rhinitis just because you have a runny nose. Sometimes, it could be something that has a more definite cure – it could be a minor tumor in your nasal cavity, or it could be an anatomical problem with your nasal cavity that can be fixed with minor surgery.

The Function of the Digestive System

The digestive system consists of a number of organs that each have their own function – the mouth for chewing food, esophagus, stomach for production of gastric acid, pancreas, gallbladder, liver, small and large intestine for expelling waste along with colon and the rectum. The primary functions of our digestive systems are to break down and resolve the food we take in into smaller pieces that the body is able to absorb and use. The digestive regime of the body has a whole array of functions in order to accomplish the optimal nutritional value for our bodies to use. As a person eats, the food moves from the mouth down to the digestive tract where it gets processed. You can imagine your digestive system as a long, flexible tube that runs from your mouth to anus, with each of the walls of the different organs using muscles that help to move food and liquid through the system, thus getting processed.

The Production and Absorption Of Nutrients

The digestive tract consists of different glands that produce enzymes to help improve digestion. Salivary glands in the mouth produce saliva that already begins to break down food into smaller bits. The stomach produces gastric acid whose function is to break down proteins. Once the food reaches the small intestine, a variety of digestive juices produced by the pancreas and liver allow for the breakdown of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. The absorption of nutrients takes place in the small intestine, by using small finger-like projections called villi. Their presence allows for more nutrients to be absorbed into the body.

The stomach and small intestine also produce hormones that control the functions of the digestive system. Gastrin triggers the production of gastric acid and is necessary for the growth of cells in the lining of the small intestine, stomach, and colon. Secretin communicates with the pancreas in order to send digestive juices with bicarbonate to the stomach (this helps to neutralize acid in the stomach). Additional hormones produced by the digestive system are cholecystokinin, ghrelin, and peptide. Continue..

Healthy Living With Yoghurt

Many people know  about the healthy benefits of yogurt, but then we often don’t take advantage of this incredibly versatile food item. Sure, by all means, you can consume it during breakfast and take it like that, but you can actually put it to use in many other ways also. As I perform my supermarket shop, I look at all of the different types of yogurt customers are usually choosing. Most of them select the flavored ones. However their interest usually comes to an end there, Sadly, most of the time the natural unsweetened yogurts are typically on a sale because they actually have never been purchased, and moreover the delicious Greek yogurts also never get bought. It’s about time we finally discover the countless outstanding ways that we can use yogurt in our very own cooking.

Fruit Yogurt

All yogurts do naturally provide some form of probiotic content. You may be aware that the more probiotics  we can use in our food, the better for our digestive health and in general, there are many easy ways to achieve this. Are you aware that you can even utilize fruit yogurt to incorporate in your desserts? Other yogurts are typically relatively low in sugar content and then have a high-level fruit content. In essence, this actually makes them sweeter and more healthy. One way to make the most of the fruity yogurt is definitely to add it to your cake as you bake it.

Through this, you can actually eliminate some sugar and probably get some more added health-related rewards from consuming the cake. It’s very simple to add yogurt to your cake. The only thing that you will have to do is just to lessen any liquid ingredients such as water and/or milk products and then replace these things with yogurt. Usually, this is a very trouble-free way to get a sponge cake that actually tastes like fruit.  You will also reduce some of the fat content of the cake. Continue..

Clear Acne Scars

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It is not easy to clear acne scars. In fact, acne scars can be just as difficult to get rid of as wrinkles and fine lines. Oddly enough, there are not as many products out there for acne scars as there are anti aging products. So what can you do?

Your mother probably told you not to pick at your pimples or else they would scar. Well, she was partly right. You shouldn’t pick at your pimples because they can scar and they can also lead to infection. However, scarring can occur even without picking at them – especially in cases of cystic acne.

Laser resurfacing has become very popular for people who want to clear acne scars. However, it can also have some serious side effects. Although these can typically be easily treated, they are very annoying and might not be worth it. Continue..

Healthy Eating Plans

healthy-eatingPlease don’t tell me you had McDonalds for lunch. This is the prime reason our nation is in the bad shape they currently complain about. Fast food, fast food, fast food! We’ve got to learn to avoid all that fast food. Don’t buy into the commercials that act like you will have a wonderful and healthy day if you scarf down a value meal. In reality this is completely bogus. The truth is in the fat and calories. When you consume that Big Mac and large fries, your body is overwhelmed with fat and cholesterol. Not only does this clog your arteries and cause you to pack on the pounds, but it also makes you fatigued. Have you noticed your lack of energy? Meals that are high in fat will have that effect on you. They basically weigh you down, and make you tired. This is not a good thing. What you want is to feel energetic and ready to go do anything. You want to tackle your life properly, but need healthy eating plans to do so.

Have you adopted healthy eating plans for you and your family? When I say healthy eating plans, I mean meals that lack fats, salts, sugars, and cholesterol, but thrive with water, vitamins, and minerals. These are nutrients you can acquire from fresh organic fruits, vegetables, and meats. You need all of these for truly healthy eating plans. In addition, you need to avoid processed foods such as chips, cookies, and crackers. All of which commonly contain preservatives, and additives harmful to our bodies. I will admit that it took my family quite a while to really look into healthy eating plans. We all loved junk food just like anyone else. Now, it’s not that you can’t enjoy and ice cream cone, or chocolate brownie once in a while, but you really have to consume in moderation. For example, those fatty, sugar infused foods will hurt you if gobbled down on a daily basis. It is easy to get addicted to sugar and our kids are certainly the first generation who are bombarded with sugary breakfast foods and fizzy soda. That sugar addiction is hard to crack so you need to be vigilant and take a good look at the packaging if you have to buy ready meals. Fast food is just that, fast and there is merit in the recent slow eating movement. If we concentrate a little more on what we put in our mouths, our bellies might begin to slim down a little and the nations health will improve dramatically.

Are you currently researching healthy eating plans? I will give you the heads-up that the World-Wide-Web is a wonderful place to start. You can get nutrition advice regarding virtually anything and everything you wish. Check out the value of a carrot, or get the scoop on what all is in a Whopper. It’s truly all at your fingertips. This is the age of knowledge, folks. Don’t get duped by ads. Investigate on your own. It’s high-time to acquire those healthy eating plans and appreciate the body and life you’ve been given.

Look Younger Tips


When we grow old, everyone likes to look younger. Due to this reason, there is a market for the people who want to look younger. This market has a lot of products and services at the disposal of the people who do many things for looking younger. Since many of us try to look younger, let’s have a look at a few tips on the same line.

Now, there are some anti wrinkle creams available and it has to be said that the technology behind some of the more modern ones is fantastic with ingredients that are cutting edge in the fight against age. It is certainly worth taking a look at some of those and looking at the reviews to see what you make of them. They should be taken seriously particularly the more recent entrants to the market. Continue..