Anti Aging Secrets From Hollywood Starlets

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Anti Aging Secrets From Hollywood Starlets

OK, you’re pushing 30 . . . don’t panic! Even if you were a complete anti aging recluse in your 20s, there is still time to enter the next decade with endless grace and fewer wrinkles. And who better to steal skin care secrets from than the actresses who remain looking forever young? These Hollywood starlets may be in their 30s, but there’s nary a dark spot in sight. Their beauty favorites range from drugstore classics to cult luxury elixirs and even a DIY recipe. With this shopping list under your belt, you can celebrate your 30s without a worry line in sight.

 

Emily Blunt, 31

When you get on the other side of 30, it’s customary to up your makeup game. But Emily’s makeup artist, Jenn Streicher, will tell you skin care is still important, too. She uses Kate Somerville Hydrating Quench Serum ($65) on Emily before applying foundation for a dewy glow.]

 

Kate Bosworth, 31

Yes, the megamodel is pretty much flawless on the red carpet, and it’s hard not to swoon over her dewy skin. You can curb your jealousy by grabbing her go-to face savior, the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask ($90) — Katie Holmes and Cate Blanchett are also fans. Kate keeps her refrigerator stocked with these cloth masks to keep from looking tired after jetting across continents.

 

Jessica Biel, 32

Jessica is a known fan of the Éminence Organics skin care products, and like any porcelain-skinned actress, she swears by daily SPF. Try Éminence Tropical Vanilla Sun Cream SPF 32 ($68). The beauty lesson here: a strict sunscreen regimen equals fewer wrinkles at 40.

 

Jessica Alba, 32

Should you start using retinol now that you’re in your 30s? Jessica does! This gorgeous actress keeps her skin looking fresh by using Shani Darden Retinol Reform Serum ($95) every night. She’s also a fan of the Koh Gen Do makeup line. We can’t promise amazing skin like hers, but it’s worth a try.

 

Michelle Williams, 33

Michelle counts on star facialist Joanna Vargas to keep her complexion clear before big red carpets. But in case you aren’t in NYC to make an appointment, you can get a similar glow using Joanna Vargas Daily Serum ($85), aka immaculate skin in a bottle.

 

Kate Hudson, 34

One thing we know for sure is that we are deeply jealous of Kate’s skin. But luckily we don’t have to go that far because she’s open about her skin care favorites. The actress swears by Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream ($37).

She also has a love of DIY recipes. So if you can’t get your hands on her product pick, try whipping up her favorite brightening mask recipe of strawberries and lemon juice.

 

Jaime King, 34

Don’t worry about asking for an in-depth microdermabrasion treatment for your 30th birthday. Instead, gift yourself a tube of Skinceuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub ($30). It’s one of Jaime’s antiaging favorites. We’re also stealing her daring makeup and hair manifesto — like that time she sported blue hair.

 

Kerry Washington, 37

Remember back in your 20s when you fell asleep in last night’s eyeliner? Two words: crow’s feet! Take a page from Kerry’s skin care guidebook and remove your makeup before bed. She uses Neutrogena Makeup Removal Wipes ($6) every night. Being that she’s a busy mom-to-be and award-winning actress, you have no excuse!

 

Drew Barrymore, 39

Even pregnant with her second child, Drew shows no signs of losing her flawless complexion. She credits her glow and pimple-free skin to Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Oil-Controlling Towelettes ($7), which you can buy at any drugstore along with her affordable makeup line, Flower. Drew also doesn’t leave home without her Aquaphor Healing Ointment ($7) to moisturize dry lips and hands.

 

Amy Adams, 39

This award season, Amy swept the red carpets by storm. And based on her radiance, you would never guess that this talented redhead is pushing 40. Amy relies on a few prestige beauty products including Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil ($48) and La Mer Cream ($155) to mask her age. Forty who?

Source: MSN

Great Home Remedies to Boost Energy

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Great Home Remedies to Boost Energy

Feeling sluggish? Ditching these energy-sapping behaviors will help. Lack of sleep isn’t the only thing sapping your energy. Little things you do (and don’t do) can exhaust you both mentally and physically, which can make getting through your day a chore. Here, experts reveal common bad habits that can make you feel tired, plus simple lifestyle tweaks that will put the pep back in your step.

 

Skip exercise when you’re tired

Skipping your workout to save energy actually works against you. In a University of Georgia study, sedentary but otherwise healthy adults who began exercising lightly three days a week for as little as 20 minutes at a time reported feeling less fatigued and more energized after six weeks. Regular exercise boosts strength and endurance, helps make your cardiovascular system run more efficiently, and delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. So next time you’re tempted to crash on the couch, at least go for a brisk walk—you won’t regret it.

 

You don’t drink enough water

Being even slightly dehydrated—as little as 2% of normal fluid loss—takes a toll on energy levels, says Amy Goodson, RD, a dietitian for Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine. Dehydration causes a reduction in blood volume, explains Goodson, which makes the blood thicker. This requires your heart to pump less efficiently, reducing the speed at which oxygen and nutrients reach your muscles and organs. To calculate your normal fluid needs, take your weight in pounds, divide in half and drink that number of ounces of fluid a day, Goodson recommends.

 

You’re not consuming enough iron

An iron deficiency can leave you feeling sluggish, irritable, weak, and unable to focus. “It makes you tired because less oxygen travels to the muscles and cells,” says Goodson. Boost your iron intake to reduce your risk of anemia: load up on lean beef, kidney beans, tofu, eggs (including the yolk), dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, and peanut butter, and pair them with foods high in vitamin C (vitamin C improves iron absorption when eaten together), suggests Goodson. Note: an iron deficiency may be due to an underlying health problem, so if you’re experiencing symptoms, you should visit your doc.

 

You’re a perfectionist

Striving to be perfect—which, let’s face it, is impossible—makes you work much harder and longer than necessary, says Irene S. Levine, PhD, professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine. “You set goals that are so unrealistic that they are difficult or impossible to achieve, and in the end, there is no sense of self-satisfaction.” Levine recommends setting a time limit for yourself on your projects, and taking care to obey it. In time, you’ll realize that the extra time you were taking wasn’t actually improving your work.

 

You make mountains out of molehills

If you assume that you’re about to get fired when your boss calls you into an unexpected meeting, or you’re too afraid to ride your bike because you worry you’ll get into an accident, then you’re guilty of “catastrophizing,” or expecting that the worst-case scenario will always occur. This anxiety can paralyze you and make you mentally exhausted, says Levine. When you catch yourself having these thoughts, take a deep breath and ask yourself how likely it is that the worst really will happen. Getting outdoors, meditating, exercising, or sharing your concerns with a friend may help you better cope and become more realistic.

 

You skip breakfast

The food you eat fuels your body, and when you sleep, your body continues using what you consumed at dinner the night before to keep your blood pumping and oxygen flowing. So, when you wake up in the morning, you need to refuel with breakfast. Skip it, and you’ll feel sluggish. “Eating breakfast is like starting a fire in your body by kickstarting your metabolism, Goodson says. Goodson recommends a breakfast that includes whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fat. Good examples include oatmeal with protein powder and a dab of peanut butter; a smoothie made with fruit, protein powder, low-fat milk, and almond butter; or eggs with two slices of whole-wheat toast and low-fat Greek yogurt.

 

You live on junk food

Foods loaded with sugar and simple carbs (like the ones you’ll find in a box or at the drive-thru window) rank high on the glycemic index (GI), an indicator of how rapidly carbohydrates increase blood sugar. Constant blood sugar spikes followed by sharp drops cause fatigue over the course of the day, says Goodson. Keep blood sugar steady by having a lean protein along with a whole grain at every meal, says Goodson. Good choices include chicken (baked, not fried) and brown rice, salmon and sweet potato, or salad with chicken and fruit.

 

You have trouble saying no

People-pleasing often comes at the expense of your own energy and happiness. To make matters worse, it can make you resentful and angry over time. So whether it’s your kid’s coach asking you to bake cookies for her soccer team or your boss seeing if you can work on a Saturday, you don’t have to say yes. Train yourself to say ‘no’ out loud, suggests Susan Albers, a licensed clinical psychologist with Cleveland Clinic and author of Eat.Q.: Unlock the Weight-Loss Power of Emotional Intelligence. “Try it alone in your car,” she says. “Hearing yourself say the word aloud makes it easier to say it when the next opportunity calls for it.”

 

You have a messy office

A cluttered desk mentally exhausts you by restricting your ability to focus and limits your brain’s ability to process information, according to a Princeton University study. “At the end of each day, make sure your work and personal items are organized and put away,” suggests Lombardo. “It will help you have a positive start to your day the next morning.” If your office needs major reorganizing, avoid becoming totally overwhelmed by taking it one step at a time: start by tidying what you can see, then move through your desk and cabinets drawer by drawer.

 

You work through vacation

Checking your email when you should be relaxing by the pool puts you at risk of burnout, says Lombardo. Unplugging and allowing yourself to truly unwind allows your mind and body to rejuvenate and return to the office stronger. “When you truly take breaks, you will be more creative, productive, and effective when you return,” says Lombardo.

 

You have a glass of wine (or two) before bed

A nightcap sounds like a good way to unwind before falling asleep, but it can easily backfire. Alcohol initially depresses the central nervous system, producing a sedative effect, says Allen Towfigh, MD, medical director of New York Neurology & Sleep Medicine, P.C., in New York City. “But it ultimately sabotages sleep maintenance.” Alcohol creates a rebound effect as it’s metabolized, which creates an abrupt surge in the adrenaline system, he says. This is why you’re more likely to wake up in the middle of the night after you’ve been drinking. Dr. Towfigh recommends stopping all alcohol three to four hours before bedtime.

 

You check email at bedtime

The glaring light of a tablet, smartphone, or your computer’s backlit screen can throw off your body’s natural circadian rhythm by suppressing melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep and wake cycles, says Dr. Towfigh. Sensitivity to the digital glow of tech toys can vary from person to person, but in general it’s a good idea to avoid all technology for one to two hours before bedtime, he says. Can’t avoid checking your device before your head hits the pillow? Then hold it at least 14 inches away from your face to reduce the risk of sleep interference.

 

You rely on caffeine to get through the day

Starting your morning with a java jolt is no big deal—in fact, studies show that up to three daily cups of coffee is good for you—but using caffeine improperly can seriously disrupt your sleep-wake cycle, says Dr. Towfigh. Caffeine blocks adenosine, the byproduct of active cells that drives you to sleep as it accumulates, he explains. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine revealed that consuming caffeine even six hours prior to bedtime affects sleep, so cut yourself off by mid-afternoon.

 

You stay up late on weekends

Burning the midnight oil on Saturday night and then sleeping in Sunday morning leads to difficulty falling asleep Sunday night—and a sleep-deprived Monday morning, says Dr. Towfigh. Since staying in can cramp your social life, try to wake up close to your normal time the following morning, and then take a power nap in the afternoon. “Napping for 20 minutes or so allows the body to recharge without entering the deeper stages of sleep, which can cause you to wake up more tired,” he says.

Source: MSN

Amazing Health Tips You Need To Know!

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Amazing Health Tips You Need To Know!

My patients are among my best teachers. They’ve taught me how to communicate clearly—and how to live a better life. On The Dr. Oz Show, I’ve seen that once people are emotionally involved, change happens quickly, especially if they feel that their behavior is letting loved ones down. Large-scale change seems daunting. We want simple routines that we can automatically follow. Adopt some of the steps here, which anyone can do, and you will like your life more in just a couple of weeks. And you’ll live longer. Try them—they work for me.

Laugh More
Laughing not only eases stress, promotes social bonding, and lowers blood pressure, it may also boost your immune system. So bring some humor into your life, whether it’s through friends or even a new TV show (preferably mine).

Don’t Skip Breakfast
Fiber in the morning means less hunger late in the afternoon, when you’re most likely to feel tired and gorge yourself on sugar. My morning dose comes from steel-cut oatmeal, usually mixed with raisins, walnuts, and flaxseed oil. An early start on eating also keeps your metabolism more active throughout the day; breakfast eaters are thinner than people who just rush out the door.

Hit the Sack
Conan and Dave are funny, but they’re not worth the strain on your system. Seven hours of sleep a night not only helps you live longer, but also lowers your stress, sharpens your memory, and reduces cravings for pants-splitting foods. Set a bedtime and stick to it. My target is 10:30 p.m. I record the late shows and then watch them the next day as I pedal a stationary bike.

Admire Your Work
Don’t be so trigger-happy with the flusher. Turn around and take a look at your poop, which speaks volumes about your gut and overall health. Poop should be smooth and S-shaped, like your colon. If it comes out too lumpy, or drops into the bowl like marbles, you’re constipated. Increase your fiber and water intake. This happens to me when I travel, so I fiber-load before a trip to avoid getting irritable.

Don’t Pamper Your Bad Back
Even if you’re hunched over in agony, taking to your bed will only make a bad back worse. The latest research shows that bed rest weakens back muscles and prolongs the suffering. Married men may suffer more than single men because of all the pampering. I used to love milking the care from Lisa, but the best solution is to get up and exercise daily.

Taste the Colors
Foods with bright, rich colors are more than just nice to look at. They’re also packed with flavonoids and carotenoids, powerful compounds that bind the damaging free radicals in your body, lowering inflammation. (Sadly, skittles do not count.) Eat nine fistfuls of colorful fruits and vegetables each day and you’ll reap the benefits without having to give up other foods. Whenever I shop the produce aisle, I’m reminded that these foods are often more powerful than the drugs sold in pharmacies. My favorites are arugula and blueberries.

Brushing is Not Enough
If you plan to spend your later years eating more than yogurt and applesauce, invest in some floss. No matter how thoroughly or long you brush your teeth, you’re missing a good portion of their total surface. That’s like washing one armpit after a workout. But the dangers of skipping floss go beyond hygiene: The bacteria that linger can increase your risk of heart disease. I use Reach Ultraclean floss, which stretches to glide between teeth.

Join a Yoga Class
Yoga is the most important exercise of my daily routine. Being surrounded by beautiful women in spandex should be reason enough for you to join a class, but if you need more motivation, consider this: Yoga eases stress, lowers blood pressure, slows heart rates, and increases flexibility. And there’s nothing mystical about it. Loosening your muscles will make them more adaptable, so you may be less likely to injure yourself playing sports. Sure, some of the poses may look ridiculous, but that’s for a reason you’ll learn quickly enough. Yoga can reach and work muscles that are ignored during routine sports and daily life. My favorite maneuver is the sun salutation.

Take a Deep Belly Breath
Do this anywhere, anytime. Push out your bellows and suck air through your nose until your lungs are full. They’ll fill with nitric oxide, a chemical found in the back of your nose that opens up blood vessels. The dose of oxygen will make you feel happier and more alert. This is my secret technique for calming down before a show or a tough stitch in the OR.

Don’t Be an Island
Ever wonder why women live longer than men do? One major reason: You form tight networks and actually talk about your problems. If you face life’s stresses alone, you will make yourself older. Bankruptcy, for example, causes enough stress to wreak havoc on your body. With another person’s love and support, that inner aging can be reduced. Don’t forget to reach out to your friends when you need them.

Avoid Fad Diets
The secret to weight loss is not to avoid carbs, fats, yellow foods, solid foods, or foods that start with the letter G. The real trick is to lower your daily intake by about 100 calories. You’ll hardly notice, but it’ll add up to a loss of about 10 pounds in a year. Calorie restriction has been shown to lengthen life (in rats and monkeys). I cut back once a year to reset my appetite and tastebuds. Healthy food tastes great afterward. Frankly, any food would.

Lose the Belly
Grab a tape measure and put it around your body at the level of your belly button. That number should be less than half your height. So for my 6’1″ frame, I need to keep my waist under 36.5″. Just think—you’ll be avoiding heart attacks and diabetes as well as looking hot in your bikini. That’s a win win win.

Be a Smart Patient
Your doctor can help keep you in good health, but the responsibility ultimately falls on you. Seek a second opinion before undergoing any procedure, because 30 percent of the time, that opinion will change the diagnosis or plan. Keep a written medical history, and educate yourself about any family problems, even if that means calling your creepy uncle. You might even consider signing onto Microsoft HealthVault or Google Health, so your files are accessible in case you find yourself in trouble away from home.

Go Green
I drink green tea three times a day. It’s packed with heart-boosting and cancer-stopping polyphenols that black tea doesn’t offer. (These beneficial chemicals are lost when it’s fermented.) Green tea also delivers a boost of alertness, but from a smaller dose of caffeine than black tea. Green tea can even fight dandruff, although only if you pour it directly onto your scalp. (It’s probably a good idea to let it cool down first.)

Sweat Till You’re Wet
If you can work up a sweat for just 1 hour a week, you’ll enjoy a range of benefits: reduced risk of heart attack, better mood, and lower blood pressure. I like interval training on the elliptical, with 15 pullups and 15 dips every 10 minutes. Your muscles will become more efficient, so you’ll have more stamina for more enjoyable activities that also work up a sweat.

Have as Much Sex as Possible
If a 50-something woman could have sex 700 times a year, the exercise and stress reduction would make her look and feel years younger. I wouldn’t recommend quitting your day job in order to hit that number—but what’s the harm in trying? The next time you don’t feel particularly in the mood, remind yourself that not having sex is literally killing you. It works for me.

Put It in the Bank
Most people rank personal finance as their number one stressor, usually because they feel powerless. Stress not only shortens lives, it also drives people to habits like smoking, drinking, or bingeing on food. Keep some money in a special bank account, safe from your lust for a new television, and you’ll establish an emotional comfort zone with major health benefits.

Know Your Numbers, Then Aim Lower
Take the part of your brain dedicated to your nail salon’s phone number and reassign it to your heart’s vital signs. These include blood pressure (which ideally should be below 115 over 75), LDL cholesterol (under 100), resting heart rate (under 70), and fasting blood sugar (under 100). If your numbers aren’t ideal, change your diet until they improve.

Add Some Weights
Just 30 minutes twice a week spent lifting weights can build significant muscle mass. What’s more, working all that muscle burns tons of calories, making it a great way to lose your gut, too. Don’t have weights? Try lifting yourself: Pullups are the most valuable muscle-building exercises I do. Oprah’s trainer, Bob Greene, pointed out to me that pullups work the back, pecs, arms, and belly all at once. And since you’re lifting yourself, you’ll think twice before eating that doughnut, because you’ll just have to lift it later.

Grab Some Nuts
Nuts are among the best sources of healthful fats and protein around. I keep a bag of walnuts in my fridge and use their massive dose of omega-3 fatty acids to boost my brainpower while I see patients. Half of a handful eaten about 30 minutes before a meal will temper your appetite and help you avoid the drive-thru.

Hit the Dance Floor
Crosswords and card games aren’t the only way to keep your brain razor sharp. It turns out that any kind of dancing with complex moves is stimulating enough to give your neurons a workout. Even the simplest moves provide some physical exercise. So don’t be such a wallflower on your next night out.

Learn to Cook
Think you know how much butter goes into those mashed potatoes at a restaurant? You’re probably off by half. If you can cook, you not only save money but also gain control over what goes into your meals. Plus, cooking is sexy. I have trouble boiling water. Thankfully, I’m already married.

Some Pills Should Be Popped
The indoor life gives us protection from the elements and the ability to watch Gossip Girl in private. Unfortunately, roughly half of us are deficient in vitamin D which the sun is a major source. This crucial vitamin may aid in fighting cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. I take a 1,000 IU supplement each morning.

Source: Womens Health – Dr. Oz

 

The Best Fruit For Cleansing & Weight Loss

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The Best Fruit For Cleansing & Weight Loss

I must say how excited I ‘am to know just how much nutritional Watermelon is for us. Do you remember how much you enjoyed eating watermelon as a child? I do, and I still love to eat it every summer and even all year round. Watermelons are great for hydrating your body in the hot sun. That’s why watermelon is more than just refreshing and tasty. Watermelon is great for cleansing, weight loss and your health. Don’t let its lightness fool you; it’s packed with nutrition. Watermelon is an inexpensive way to help you cleanse your body and lose weight. A one cup serving of watermelon is only 47 calories. Yes, watermelon is 92 percent water but that other 8 percent is filled with good nutrition and amazing health benefits. Watermelon is recommended by the American Council on Exercise as a good choice of diet food.

 

How Watermelon Helps with Cleansing, Weight Loss & Health

1. Extremely alkaline-forming in the body
Fat cells contain toxicity and acid. Your body will not let go of fat cells while you are still acidic.

2. High amount of citrulline
It creates a diuretic effect (lots of peeing) as the toxins leave your body. Citrulline makes arginine which removes ammonia and other toxins from the body. Also, arginine boosts nitric oxide, which improves blood flow. This is why a watermelon detox works so well.

3. High in dietary fiber that helps keep the colon clean, helping cleanse your body.

4. Contains glutathione that helps improve liver function.
Your body needs this to begin to detox body toxins. Glutathione is the body’s most powerful antioxidant and detoxifying agent, but outside the science community, few people have even heard of it.

5. Good source of potassium
This balances the high amounts of sodium in our diets which supports your kidneys and is great when cleansing.

6.  Prevents Wrinkles
Watermelon is high is lycopene. Lycopene helps slow down the effect of aging caused by the oxidation in your body that causes wrinkles and blemishes. 

7. Reduces inflammation
Inflammation contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer and arthritis. Less inflammation means lower toxic load in the body.


 

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Kim Kardashian has Watermelon in her diet. Kim said, it really helps keeping my skin glowing and weight under control and it’s always helped my potassium during my pregnancy. She went on a diet after the birth of her baby North West, and Watermelon was on the list of her favs. Delicious and loves it on her salads.

Caution:  There are many good medicinal reasons to consume watermelon, but remember not to over-consume it.

 


My Watermelon Story

When I was disabled for ten years, with a partly functioning digestive system and could only eat 12 foods, watermelon was a lifesaver for me. I eat half of a big watermelon daily. I am grateful for watermelons helping me on my journey back to health.

Watermelon to Cleanse Your Body

  • If you are looking for a way to cleanse your body of toxins try a watermelon cleanse.
  • A watermelon detox helps cleanse your body by removing body toxins that are slowing down your metabolism. Ridding your body of toxins helps boost your metabolism.
  • When wastes build up in your body, skin conditions like cellulite occur. It’s best to do preventative detoxes to get rid of toxins before this happens.

Replace 1 Meal A Day with Watermelon.

Some people try to eat only watermelon for a week or longer. This is too unbalanced, too cleansing and too restrictive for most bodies. It’s healthy and safe to replace a single daily meal with a serving of watermelon.

Bonus Benefit: Watermelon also has Viagra-like properties.

Source: Care2

5 Great Anti-Aging Tips

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5 Great Anti-Aging Tips

If you’re looking to live in your 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond, you’re going to need to know anti-aging solutions to practice from this point forward. You want to learn anti-aging tips that focus on the body, mind and spirit. Science has proven the benefits of combining all three and the healthy aspects that this combination promotes to healthy living. Although we can’t help whom are parents are, we can start today by using these anti-aging solutions and incorporating them in your life.

Bonus. Before we get started, I want to talk about AnteageMD serums. This is by far the best anti-aging serum I’ve tried and suggested to patients. It works wonders for your skin and appearance. Science has proved this product helping you look younger within the first week! Pretty impressive and trust me, the price point will only go up. This anti-aging serum is that powerful, so be sure to check it out.

1. Challenge your brain. Studies and science has proven the benefits of stimulating the brain. You need to stay sharp and precise, one way to do this is through stimulation. We all know that knowledge is power, strive to continue to learn new things. Continue to challenge yourself. There’s a variety of healthy ways to do this. Have you heard of the television show Brain Games? We want to use this same concept. You want to think outside of work, you can try reading a book, a challenging puzzle or learning a new language. Studies have proven that high brain stimulation does have the capability to reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

2. Eating healthy is very important. We already know that eating healthy plays a big part in healthy living and a healthy lifestyle. Make sure you have your 5 servings of vegetables and fruits. Make sure your drinking your 8 cups of water. Be sure that your getting the proper vitamins and nutrients that you need for living a long life. There’s a lot of great healthy food out there and if you never explore them, you’ll never know. Just because food is healthy doesn’t mean that it doesn’t taste good. Strawberries, blueberries, grapes, white rice, just make sure your exploring all your options.

3. Mind, body and soul. The mind is a powerful thing as well as the soul. Studies have shown that stress can take away time from your life. It’s very unhealthy to be stressed. I know that we all have stress, we can’t hide from it. Even so, we can learn how to cope with stress in a healthy manner. Channel your stress and energy in healthy ways. Yoga is a perfect example of controlling stress and promoting healthy living through the mind, body and soul. Meditation is another option that you have. When you have stressful situations in your life, learn how to manage them. Avoiding years of stress can add years to your life.

4. Daily exercise is a key. You already know that exercise is important to your health. Balanced with healthy eating, the combination can ensure that you live a long life. Exercise is a powerful anti-aging solution that can slow the aging process. The proof is all around. If you’re wondering how a 60 year old can look like a 35 year old, it is the combination of eating healthy and regular exercise. I know that this can be hard for you. With all the pressure of life in general, it can be tough finding time to exercise. If you want to live longer, you have to find the time to exercise.

5. Get your 8 hours of sleep. Just like exercise, many people find it hard to get 8 hours of sleep. At this day and age, it’s tough, I know. We know that the body needs sleep to reboot. We know that sleep is healthy but we just can’t find the time to get a full 8 hours in. I’m guilty on this one. I work all day long, 7 days a week and I can feel it. If you never get 8 hours of sleep and you feel bad, this could be the reason why. You have to make the effort to get your sleep. Again, easier said then done but you have to try. If you want to live a longer life, you’re going to need your straight 8.

5 Great Tips For Natural Pain Relief

Natural Pain RelieversAt Doctor’s Pain Relief Systems, we’re always looking for ways to help you with your pain. Dr. Jason Hurst went to a great seminar recently about natural pain relievers. “I learned a lot of great things about natural pain relievers,” Dr. Hurst applied. “It’s surprising the effort and focus that our researchers and developers go through in their studies. I have to commend them all for their efforts, the seminar was unbelievable and so helpful.”

Today, we’re going to learn about natural pain relievers and how they can help you get natural pain relief.

1. Get out in the sun. By just spending 15-20 minutes outside in the sunlight, you can reduce your pain. The sun helps the body produce Vitamin D and studies have shown the Vitamin D can reduce pain. If you have back pain or neck pain, take the time to go lay out in the sun. If your sensitive to sunlight, don’t lay out for 20 minutes. You should have an idea of the amount of sun needed, get out there and enjoy it.

2. Meditate at least twice a day. Meditation can also help reduce your depression, anxiety, stress and sleeping problems that often come with chronic pain. Make sure your open minded about alternative healing before starting. This can really be a huge benefit for you. I will admit, when I first heard about this, I was like “whatever.” If you keep an open mind, this can be a huge benefit for you, it works ladies and gentlemen.

3. Get enough sleep. How many of us our working over 12 hours a day, another 8 hours a day in our routine and the next thing we know we have 4 hours to sleep? How do you feel when you wake up? If your like me, you feel like you’ve been struck by a train. Getting a full 8 hours of sleep is so critical for reliving pain and the healing process. I know it’s hard and perhaps impossible but you have to try. Make an effort to get 8 hours of sleep and let me know how you feel when you wake up, I bet you feel a lot better.

4. Go for a massage. This is my personal favorite. A great massage can work wonders for your body. If you’re looking for natural pain relievers to instantly take your pain away, this is it. Hopefully, you have a spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend to help you. If you don’t, there is a number of different machines out there to help you. If you have back pain, they have the chair you sit in. So, you do have options.

5. The value of stretching daily. How long has it been since you spent 20 minutes stretching? If it has been a long time, this natural pain reliever works like a charm. I recommend that you stretch at least 2 times a day for 20 minutes a session. Please note, it can take weeks for you to get your body and back fully stretched. Don’t give up after a few days. Your going to be sore but this only means that it is working. Within a few weeks, you’ll feel a lot better and you’ll have less pain.

 

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How To Get Bigger Biceps

Mens Health-Biceps And How To Get Them Bigger

Biceps are relatively small as muscles go, but they’re important. “Any time you pull, grab, hug, grapple, carry, or lift something, your biceps are working,” says BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S., creator of Men’s Health StreamFIT and author of Your Body Is Your Barbell. Find out how your “guns” compare to the average guy’s below. If you don’t measure up or if you just want to grow bigger, keep reading for the best ways to work one of your favorite muscles.

THE AVERAGE GUY’S GUNS
Let your arm hang by your side. Grab a tape measure and have a friend or trainer record the circumference of your bicep. Don’t flex.

Age    Inches
20-29    13.1″
30-39    13.7″
40-49    13.7″
50-59    13.6″
(Source: The Centers for Disease Control)

Go Beyond Average
“In order to make your biceps grow to their max potential, you’ll need the right combination of exercise volume, intensity, and time under tension,” says Gaddour. If you want to hit your biceps from every angle, add these four techniques from Gaddour to your workout routine. Are you ready for sleeve-busting muscle?

Close-Grip Negative Chinup: Stand on a box or bench beneath a chinup bar. Grab the bar with your palms facing you and your hands only two to four inches apart. Jump up, pulling your chest to the bar. Hold the top position for 2 seconds, and then take 3 to 5 seconds to lower yourself until your feet touch the box. That’s one rep. Do 3 sets of 3 to 5 reps. Take 2 minutes rest between sets. Increase the difficulty over time by adding a weight vest, chains, or a dip belt.

Isometric Chinups: Follow your negative chinups with two isometric versions. First, hold the top position of the chinup—when your chest is close to the bar and your arms are flexed—for as long as you can. Rest for 2 minutes, and then hang from the bar with your arms at a 90-degree angle. Hold this position for as long as you can.

Dumbbell Curl and Eccentric Curl: Select a weight you can typically curl for 10 to 15 reps.  Stand, letting the weights hang next to your side. Turn your arms so that your palms face forward. Without moving your upper arms, bend your elbows and curl the dumbbells as close to your shoulders as you can. Pause, and slowly lower the weight back to the starting position. When you can’t do anymore reps of the classic curl, start curls where you focus on the lowering portion of the move only. Thrust your hips forward to power the weights back up to your chest. Lower the weight, but take at least 5 seconds to do so. Complete as many reps as you can, trying to match the same number of classic curls. Rest for 2 minutes and repeat.

The Biceps Finisher: Stop at the middle position of a curl with your arms bent at 90-degree angles. Hold this for 30 seconds, and then immediately perform as many full-range curls as you can. When you can’t do any more, let the weights hang at your sides and walk for as long as you can. Keep your core braced and your shoulders pulled down and away from your ears the entire time.

Source: Mens Health

Bicep Exercises For Men

8 Great Tips To Get Healthy

great tips to get healthy

8 Great Tips To Get Healthy

There’s a lot of different great ways to stay healthy and live a life of longevity and vitality. I’m sure you’ve seen a thousand articles on the topic online and probably even more in magazines and books. We don’t think about when we’re younger and we think we can do anything with our body. Unfortunately, we find out years later that our body must be taken care of in order to feel good. If you’re wondering why you don’t feel good, feel tired all the time or hurt, in many cases, it can point back to your lifestyle. In a age where technology gives us comfort and ease, we’re seeing obesity at a younger age and it’s alarming. So today, we’re going to share some great tips on staying healthy.

1. Educate yourself at a young age. Ever wish you would have took better care of your body when you were younger? Same here. Why didn’t we? Did your parents talk about health when you were younger? Did your teacher teach you the importance of fitness? More then likely, you’ve heard it from somewhere. The problem, kids just don’t listen. You have to embed the importance of a healthy lifestyle time and time again. Education and learning is power. Teach your children or grandchildren at an early age. Make sure they eat good. For those of you that are older, it’s never too late to start getting healthy.

2. Make sure you exercise daily. Studies are showing that we don’t exercise anymore, kids are not exercising. Technology is one of the concerns for the issue. If you have children, make them go outside and play daily. At the very least, they should be active for an hour a day. That is the bottom line. Same for you mom and dad, exercise should be part of your normal daily routine. Daily exercise has a variety of different benefits. As you age, the need for daily exercise arises. Even if it’s just walking, get out there and do it. Although you should be active for an hour at the very least too, any type of exercise will be helpful to you. I know it’s tough finding time to exercise with work and kids. However, your body needs it.

3. All about eating healthy foods. A lot of men and women believe that exercise is all you need to lose weight or to be healthy. That statement is completely false. Not true at all. You can actually lose more weight eating healthy then exercising. The combination of both is what helps you get the best results though. I just don’t want you to eat healthy here and there. Eating healthy should be a part of your daily routine, breakfast, lunch, afternoon and dinner.

4. Get your full 8 hours in. Time is money and money is time, right? Yes, that may be true but sleep is so important to feeling great and living healthy. I know for many for many of you, 8 hours a sleep will never happen. You may have a demanding job, possibly two jobs. You could have children or a busy schedule. I know it can be tough. You still need to try to get your 8 hours of sleep in every night. Your body is a biological clock. If you’re getting proper sleep, you likely wake up and sleep around the same time everyday. If your not on a routine, your likely up at a variety of different times. Try your best to make an effort to get a full 8 hours of sleep. At the least, try to get an extra hour or two then you normally do. You’ll be surprised how much better you feel. Sleep is a great healthy living tip.

5. Drink water everyday. A lot of people do drink water according to studies and that is great. Are they drinking 8 cups a day? Most people are not. If your drinking water daily though, good for you. Our body is made up of water and needs water on a daily basis. Yes, it is recommended that you have 8 cups of water a day. This may seem like a lot but it really isn’t. If you’re not drinking water at all, you need to start immediately. I know men and women that started drinking water daily and felt much better within a few short days. Make water part of your game plan today.

6. Stay away from soda and pop. We go through a lot of soda and pop ladies and gentlemen. Soda and pop is very bad for you. The best outcome is to replace your soda with water. The high amounts of sugars and caffeine are dangerous and very unhealthy. I know a lot of different patients paying for it now. Again, you have to make an effort if you want to change. You want to wing yourself off the pop, don’t just quit cold turkey. Don’t be surprised if you don’t feel good or you get headaches during the process. After years and decades of drinking pop, it can be tough to quit. If your sides or lower back is hurting, it may be caused by the soda.

7. Have a want to feel better. In order to get healthy and live healthy, you have to want to get better. You have to want this for yourself. If you don’t have that motivation, you need too. You may have found this article and your in a life/death situation. If you don’t get healthy, you can die. If you’re in that situation, take these steps to heart. Your doctor told you to get healthy for a reason. To get healthy, lose weight and feel better, you have to have a drive and passion to succeed.

8. You can’t get healthy in one day. You can’t do it all in one day. Getting to where you need to be will take time. Living your life in this situation can have long-lasting results mentally, physically and emotionally. If you’re willing to put the time and effort in to get healthy, I promise you will get there. Take the time and write your new schedule down. If you don’t have time, make time. If you follow these 8 healthy tips, I promise you will get there.

New Chronic Pain Treatments-Your Road To Pain Relief

Chronic Pain

New Chronic Pain Treatments-Your Road To Pain Relief

New chronic pain treatments have made it possible to find pain relief for chronic conditions. Remember how you were treated for chronic pain a few years ago? Just a few short years ago, chronic pain was thought to be a “all in your head” condition. For decades, those who suffered from chronic pain didn’t have many options. Often, you were treated poorly if treated at all. If you were lucky, you’d find a compassionate doctor that would prescribe pain medication or some type of effective physical therapy without making the pain worse. The good news, chronic pain is now viewed as a condition that needs treated. Chronic pain patients no longer have to suffer from conditions such as degenerative disc disease, sciatica, pinched nerves or osteoarthritis.

Chronic pain treatments have made big leaps in the past few years and it’s your right to know that you have options. It’s true that we do offer our own chronic pain treatment. We also take the time to evaluate chronic pain treatments and test them to ensure that anything we offer you is effective and trust worthy. It took us over 4 months but we’ve come up with a list of great chronic pain treatments that could benefit your life greatly. Not only that, these chronic pain treatments have been proven to be effective at helping chronic pain. We understand that a proven track record is important to you as a consumer.

We have several chronic pain treatments that can help you relieve and end your back pain. One good chronic pain treatment is the Doctor’s Back Pain Systems. This back pain treatment was developed by Dr. Jason Hurst. This natural pain system has already helped thousands of men and women relieve and end their back pain. This is the exact same back pain treatment that Dr. Hurst used to end his own chronic back pain. It consist of a series of specific exercises and stretches that will finally help you end your back pain. Dr. Hurst invites you to watch his free webinar explaining the power and techniques of this back pain system that has been praised by medical professionals around the country. This treatment can also help with neck pain and hip pain.

Another popular back pain treatment is Nubax Trio. Nubax Trio has also helped thousands of men and women relieve their back pain. This back pain treatment can help you maintain a healthy and flexible back. By suspending your body over a common pivot point, whilst being held symmetrically at either end of the back, a stretch is created as gravity gradually forces the waist and the shoulders apart. Rather than hanging upside down in an unnatural and potentially dangerous position as with using inversion therapy, the Nubax Trio provides a patented lever action that stretches the lower and mid back to relieve disc pressure and promote self-healing in a horizontal position, rather than vertically.

One natural back pain system that’s received high praise is Teeter Hang Ups. Teeter Hang Ups have several great benefits. Most importantly, it’s going to help you relieve your chronic back pain. This back pain system relaxes muscles, rehydrates discs realigns and reduces pressure. This back pain treatment has helped millions, yes, millions of men and women that suffer from back pain just like you. Teeter Hang Ups can relieve your back pain within seconds. We also see that Teeter Hang Ups also help with chronic pain in the shoulders, hips, neck and knees.

Another chronic pain treatment that we highly recommend is Doctors Orthotics. As one of the nations leading orthotic laboratories for the manufacture of running, walking, sports, and dress orthotics, we have helped thousands of people with their foot problems to achieve their maximum endurance in standing, walking, and running. Although we didn’t invent foot supports we have developed a unique system that will enable you to have the benefits of custom orthotics at a fraction of the cost. Physicians have prescribed orthotics for many years and patients routinely paid $400, to $500, to $600 or more for the examination, fitting, and the actual orthotics themselves. But now Doctors’ Orthotics makes it possible for you to buy factory direct and save hundreds of dollars.

This treatment can be effective for chronic pain and many other conditions. I want to recommend The Tapping Solution. The Tapping Solution is all about living a healthy life, one without stress and anxiety. Why would you offer this as a chronic pain treatment Dr. Hurst? Don’t forget, I suffered from chronic back pain for more then a decade. I know from experience that chronic pain can lead to depression. The Tapping Solution is self-healing and I’m not asking you to believe in anything. I only ask for you to try it and experience the positive elements it will bring in your life. At the least, read up on it and see what others are saying.

Bodylastics is not specific to chronic pain but studies have shown that exercise can be very beneficial to relieving chronic pain. Bodylastics offers resistance band gym systems that can stand toe to toe with the large bulky home gym machines. Resistance bands systems can help you to make amazing changes to your body. Bodylastics can help you strengthen your back, shoulders, neck, arms and legs. All of these are common areas for chronic pain. This unique system is both affordable and effective.

You have to be open minded with chronic pain and chronic pain treatments. If you’re one-sided, you won’t receive the full benefits. The media has taught us that you can get better without medication and that can be further then the truth. Studies and test have proven that alternative medicine works and can be very effective. All of these chronic pain treatments have been proven to be effective at reliving chronic pain. If you keep an open mind and you give them a try, I guarantee that these treatments will help your pain.

Back Pain Caused By Sciatica

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As we take a closer look at the causes of back pain, we find that sciatica is one of the leading causes of lower back pain and is one of the most common diagnosis. What is sciatica? What causes sciatica?

To answer your questions, sciatica is pain,  numbness or tingling produced by an irritation of the nerve roots that lead to the sciatica nerve. Your sciatica nerve is formed by nerve roots that leave the spinal cord and enter your lower back. These nerves run down the buttocks and down the back of the legs. From both legs, the nerve extends all the way down to both feet and ankles as you can see in the chart. If you experience pain in this area, you may have sciatica. For now, you can read on to determine if your symptoms relate to sciatica. For proper diagnosis of sciatica, you’ll have to see your doctor.

Sciatica Symptoms

What are the symptoms of sciatica? Sciatica pain, what does it feel like? Sciatica pain will usually start in your lower back. Gradually, your lower back pain will begin to run down your buttocks and down the back of the legs. You may feel numbness, tingling or weakness. You could be walking normally and one of your legs give out for a moment. Your feet may feel weird, almost like a tired feeling which relates to weakness.

If you have a job that requires you to stand for long periods at a time, your pain can get worse. The same can be said about jobs that require you to sit for long durations. Sciatica treatments can help you get pain relief by decompressing the spine and relieving the pressure on the nerve roots. Any type of movement has the ability to cause you pain, some more then others. You should stop what you’re doing because you could make your injury worse.

What Causes Sciatica 

Sciatica can be caused by a variety of different things. One of the most common causes of sciatica is herniated disc. Also known as bulging and ruptured disc, herniated disc can put pressure on the nerves leading to your sciatica nerve. If this occurs, you’re going to experience pain in the lower back, buttocks and the back legs. Sciatica pain can be severe or it can be minor, pain affects us all differently.

What else can cause sciatica? Another cause of sciatica can be spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing in your spinal cord. When your spinal canal narrows, pressure is placed on your nerve roots. If spinal stenosis occurs in the nerve roots leading to the sciatica nerve, it will cause sciatica. Any type of injury or trauma can be the cause of sciatica also. Inflamed joints in your back can also lead to sciatica.

Sciatica Diagnosis

If you feel that you may have sciatica, in order to confirm, you’ll need to visit your doctor. Your doctor will likely do a medical history and physical exam on your body. Explaining where you hurt and what type of pain you’re feeling will help your doctor determine the cause of treatment and a proper diagnosis. Additional text such as X-rays or a MRI may be needed to determine the source of your sciatica.

Medical technology has come a long way in recent decades and we now have the equipment to pin point where pressure is being applied to your nerve roots. Hopefully, you have medical insurance because sciatica testing can become quite expensive. At anytime, if your conditions get worse, you should seek medical help immediately.

Sciatica Treatments

Sciatica can be treated in a variety of different ways. Since we all respond to treatment differently, you’ll have to find what treatment brings you relief from your sciatica pain. Easier said then done. The Doctor’s Back Pain Systems has been extremely effective for sciatica. This back pain system uses specific exercises, stretches and techniques that decompress the spine. As this pain system decompresses the spine, pressure is taken off the nerves. In turn, you get immediate relief from sciatica.

Back exercises and massages have been used as sciatica treatments. You would want to use back exercises that work with sciatica. You want to concentrate on making your lower back stronger. The key is the decompression state of the spine. This is how you get pain relief from the most common cause of sciatica. I would recommend being careful. The Doctor’s Back Pain Systems comes with a blueprint of the specific exercises you need for sciatica. Some back exercises can cause your pain to get worse, you have to be careful.

Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen may be used. If you’re seeing your doctor, he may even prescribe narcotics to battle the pain. Heat is another common treatment for sciatica and lower back pain in general. Steroid injections could be another course of treatment. You do have options out there, the key is finding out what works and what doesn’t.