5 Great Tips For A Healthy Heart

Great Tips For A Healthy HeartI don’t have to preach to you on how important your heart is. We all know the value of the heart and the fact that we can’t live without it. The heart is an amazing creation, perfectly designed to give us all life. The heart pumps blood to the entire body and pumps between 4.7-5.7 liters of blood per minute. If we are lucky to live to old age, our heart will have beat millions of time. Without the heart, life is not possible. Just like our need of air, we need the heart in order to live.

Since the heart is so important, all of us should have a need to protect the heart from harm. The heart is vulnerable to disease just like the rest of our organs. These events can happen naturally or we can actually create them. In this article, we’re going to explore the best 5 tips for a healthy heart. Let’s get started!

Exercise

Exercise has so many great benefits, we had to list it as our top heart healthy tip. Not only is exercise good for the heart, specific types of exercises are good for different parts of our heart. Let’s take dance for an example. Although dance isn’t technically exercise, it really is. Dancing will increase your heart rate and it can help you burn calories. Both are great for you. What about Yoga? Technically again, you may feel Yoga is or not exercise. Either way, Yoga is great for the heart because it reduces stress. Yoga is also good for your heart rate variability or known as (HRV). Running is a great workout for the heart. It increase blood pressure and your heart rate, not to mention all the other benefits to your body. If you want a healthy heart, exercise is crucial. Exercise benefits the heart and the entire body, make it a part of your normal routine.

Watching Your Levels

How long has it been since you have your last checkup with your doctor? If it’s been a year or more, you may want to schedule that checkup. Look, the heart isn’t to play with, you should be focused on knowing your blood pressure, blood sugars, cholesterol and triglycerides. If you haven’t been monitoring all of them, you need to start. Medical technology has come a long way and all of these can be controlled. You can live a healthy life and help your heart be healthy. I know a lot of my patients wait weeks and even months to see a doctor. If you’re having chest pains, especially prolong chest pains, get to the doctor. The longer left untreated, you can cause your heart to damage or worse. You know how important your heart is, treat it that way and keep up with watching your levels.

Eat Plenty Of Nuts

Are you nuts? Eating nuts of course. Nuts actually have several great benefits to the body and many of them are associated to the heart. Studies and test have proven that nuts can lower the risk for cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease. Nuts can also help you lower your bad cholesterol. Some feel that nuts can also lower the risk for cancer. Walnuts, pecans, almonds and cashews are all great for you. Almonds are great for those who have bad blood sugar and it drops LDL cholesterol, which is bad cholesterol. Cashews are great for thinking and your brain. Their also rich in iron and zinc, both needed in your body. Pecans are great for heart health. It’s possible that they prevent plaque. Macadamia nuts are lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure. If nuts are not part of your normal diet, be sure to make get them in your diet.

Cut The Fats

You probably already know that fats are bad for you. If you’re not keeping an eye on your fat intake, it’s time to start doing so. Saturated fats is one of the worse fats you can intake. For years, it was believed that cutting saturated fats was all that you needed. When we think of saturated fats, we’re thinking of butter, red meats and cheese. Saturated fats cause our arteries to clog and causes heart attacks. With medical advancements, we know that cholesterol plays a big role in this also. There’s good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. The big issue is the fact that bad cholesterol greatly outweighs good cholesterol. Here’s a great study on fats that you should read. They ran several different studies and the results are trust worthy.

Reducing Stress

As medical testing and technology has grew, we now see how dangerous stress is to the heart. Even so, at this day and age, many people don’t realize the power of living a stress free life. Is it even possible to live stress free? I truly doubt it but it’s not impossible. Just having the ability to reduce your stress by a few percent can help you live a longer life and keep your heart healthy. We all have problems, granted some more then others. Everyone has different ways to release stress, some good healthy manners and others not so much. You have to find healthy ways to reduce your stress. It could be a walk, running, driving the long way home or playing basketball. Personally, I prefer Yoga. Here’s a great Yoga video to help you get started.

More Heart Healthy Tips

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and you should be concentrating on a heart healthy breakfast. Whole grains and fruits are a great heart healthy breakfast. Hard boiled eggs and egg whites are also good for you. Start learning what foods are good for you and mix it up throughout the day. Your body and heart will thank you for it.

Be sure to make time for fitness and stretching. Even if you’re not a fitness guru, you should allow a few minutes each day for fitness. I know you can set aside 10-20 minutes a day. I know your life is busy and then you have all the stress that goes along with it. High stress is unhealthy for your heart, you just learned that. Exercise is good for the heart, you read that too. Take the time to add a little fitness to your life.

You can’t go wrong with tea. Tea has several great benefits that help varies areas of the body, including the heart. Studies have shown that tea can improve arterial health. Tea can also be used for weight loss. Specific types of tea can provide you with many benefits, take the time to learn which teas do what. Here’s a great article on the benefits of tea with weight loss.

Speaking of weight loss, your weight can have affects on your heart. Obesity can lead to heart disease and a number of other medical conditions bad for your body. Most of these heart healthy tips can also help you lose weight. Again, exercise alone isn’t enough. Weight loss occurs with a healthy balance of exercise and eating right. Start counting your calories, learn which foods are heart healthy and which foods you need to stay away from. Begin making it a part of your normal routine and it will come naturally to you.

Walking Makes Back Pain Worse!

Yes, walking can make your back pain worse.  Many doctors will recommend that you walk regularly to alleviate your back pain, but for certain conditions walking will only hurt you more.  Let me explain…

If you’re experiencing Sciatica then every time you step forward with the affected leg, you’re stretching the sciatic nerve which will only inflame your condition.  Walking will get the muscles to loosen up some, but after you are finished with your exercise then the inflammation sets in and you’ll feel worse later in the day.

The same thing goes for a herniated or bulging disc.  The compression of your spinal bones on the disc actually pushes harder on the disc inflaming the surrounding joints and nerves.

 

So when can you begin walking?

That depends on many factors.  If your pain is isolated to your low back only then walking short distances is O.K. as long as you don’t normally have pain when you’re standing or walking short distances.  However, if you have pain in your lower back when you stand, then you should refrain from walking until you correct the muscular and postural imbalances around your spine.

You see, any activity can flare up your low back pain if you have muscular imbalances in your body.  If you continue to ignore these issues, then over time your condition will get worse… to the point that a spinal surgery is your only option.

I know that some people hate exercise so much that they would rather just have the surgery instead.  Unfortunately, the reason that surgery fails so frequently is that the surgeons never addressed the postural and muscular imbalances in the first place… and now after your surgery, you have even more instability in your spine than before.  YES… even after a spinal fusion, your low back is more unstable than before.  That’s why the surgeons even tell you prior to the surgery that it’s likely that the discs above and below the fusion will get bad within the next few years.  And guess where they send you next?

To the physical therapist!

So this person had the surgery to avoid exercising and fixing the problem on their own, and then they still have to go to physical therapy afterwards… often for months!

 

So how can you fix these imbalances on your own?

These are just a few of the things that can be going wrong…

  • You may have over pronated feet
  • You may have foot flare from tight external rotators of the hips
  • You may have tight hamstrings
  • You may have weak quadriceps
  • You may have tight calves
  • You may have tight iliopsoas
  • You may have weak abdominals
  • You may have tight low back erectors
  • You may have weak gluteal muscles
  • You may have tight piriformis muscles

Now if you have no clue how to identify any of these problems, then how are you going to correct them?  Well, using the Doctor’s Back Pain System is the number one method available that addresses each of these issues.  There are audios, videos, and manuals with pictures included that help you identify your own personal imbalances so you can fix them without spending months going through physical therapy.  There are basically 3 different types of muscular imbalances.  Once I help you identify your specific pattern, then all you have to do is follow the recommended action plan that’s included in the system.  All 3 patterns are included so there is nothing more that you’ll need.

Now… If you think your pain isn’t that bad and you’re ready for walking then the best thing you can do is to walk on a treadmill.  This decreases the impact on your feet and legs… But not everybody has access to a treadmill.  So the next best thing is to walk outside near your house.

The biggest mistake my patients have made in the past is that they walk too far away from their home.  What happens if you walk a half mile in one direction from your house and then the pain sets in?  How will you get back home without making your symptoms worse?

I always tell my patients to only walk around one block in their neighborhood.  Keep the distance from your home very short so if you get in trouble with pain, you won’t have far to get back home.  Now if you get back to your house and you’re feeling great, then walk around the block again… and again if you can.

If you live out on a country road, then walk 1/8 or 1/4 mile in one direction… turn around, and walk back to your house.  Then go 1/8 to 1/4 mile in the other direction.  Just keep going back and forth in front of your house, again so you won’t be stuck too far away from home if you all of a sudden experience pain.

My best advice to you about walking is… Take is slow!!!

The conveniences in life have made it far too easy on us to the point that we don’t even realize how easy we have it.

Let me explain…

We never have to walk a distance that allows pain to flare up.  Think about this for a minute… you walk from your bed to the bathroom, to the kitchen, to the couch, back to the kitchen, back to the bathroom, back to the couch.

What about when you’re running errands?  You walk from the house to the car, from the car to the store, from the store back to the car, and from the car back to the house… And the entire time you’re walking on concrete, pavement, carpet or some other flat flooring.  You never have to walk very far and you never have to walk on an unstable surface.

That’s why so many people injure, or re-injure their back when they are at the airport.  Unless you get carted around in a wheel chair, you may have to walk up to a mile or more just going from the parking garage to the terminals.

So just because you think you’re ready for walking long distances, doesn’t mean you are ready.  And that’s why I’m telling you that WALKING MAKES BACK PAIN WORSE… If not done carefully, and at the right time.

Don’t forget, almost every one of us has muscle imbalances in our bodies.  When these imbalances become chronic over time then the question isn’t “if your in pain,” it’s “when will you be in pain?”  It’s a guarantee that pain will hit you again down the road if you don’t address the cause of your problems first.

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How Alcohol Affects Your Weight

We’ve all heard the cautionary tales about alcohol, weight loss, and how the two don’t mix.

As it turns out, this is good advice. There are some very sound reasons to avoid alcohol when you’re trying to lose weight. There are also plenty of healthier options for dieters who like a little drink now and then.

Here is a list of the reasons why alcohol can slow your weight loss and affect your weight.

 

Alcohol is high in empty calories.

Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram. By way of comparison, protein and carbohydrates contain 4 calories per gram, and fat contains 9 calories per gram.

The difference is that proteins, carbohydrates, and fats pack nutrition into their calories. Calories from alcohol do not provide nutrition, and will not satisfy your hunger. This makes it easy to keep drinking – and racking up a high calorie count.

 

Alcohol delays the fat-burning process.

According to Dr. Robert Atkins, the human body burns alcohol before any other fuel source. That means your body will burn off all the alcohol you’ve consumed before turning to its store of carbohydrates and fat. This can delay your weight-loss efforts, especially if you drink
frequently.

If you can’t bring yourself to abstain from alcohol, try sipping wine instead of beer or cocktails. Dr. Atkins considered the most diet-friendly drinks to be wine, hard liquor, or either of the above mixed with seltzer, tonic water, or diet soda.

 

Excessive alcohol consumption is linked to higher BMIs.

There is a direct correlation between the amount of alcoholic drinks a person consumes during a day, and that person’s Body Mass Index (BMI).

According to a study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), study participants with the lowest BMIs drank three to seven times a week, but had only one drink during those days.

Participants with the highest BMIs drank alcohol less frequently, but consumed several drinks at a time.

As with any food, alcohol isn’t disastrous in small quantities. The real danger lies in overindulgence.

 

Alcohol ads are misleading.

The latest alcohol marketing campaigns refer to certain alcoholic beverages as “low-carb” or “zero-carb”. These campaigns are obviously targeting dieters, who have long avoided alcohol in their quest to shed pounds.

While it is technically true that straight liquors are distilled and therefore contain no carbs, they still contain plenty of calories and no nutritional value.

Beer and wine do contain carbohydrates, which can lead to cravings and bloating. Mixed drinks are the worst of the lot, as they contain all sorts of added sugar and calories.

 

Alcohol lowers inhibitions.

When we drink alcohol, our inhibitions go down. This can cause us to make decisions we would never consider while sober. When a dieter’s inhibitions are lowered, they may find it difficult to say no to overeating or eating rich foods that are high in calories.

Intoxicated dieters might be susceptible to friends’ urges to try “just one bite”, or their insistence that “just one time won’t hurt”. Mindless snacking is also common while drunk.

While the occasional planned splurge can actually help you stay on track to lose weight, alcohol can lead to an unplanned splurge followed by guilt and discouragement.

It’s up to you. The bottom line is that any diet boils down to how many calories you consume versus how many you burn.

In small quantities, alcohol can be an occasional part of your weight loss plan. Just tread carefully, save the harder drinks for special occasions, and factor the extra calories into your daily total.

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Weight Loss Tips for Over 50’s

Looking for some great weight loss tips for over 50? Has the dreaded “middle age spread” added inches to your waistline? If so, you’re not alone. Sedentary jobs and slowing metabolisms cause many middle-aged individuals to gain weight. It can be discouraging to find that the foods you ate in your youth without a second thought are now making the scale creep higher and higher. But you don’t have to take it sitting down! Here are some effective weight loss tips for people over the age of 50.

 

1. Skip the crash diets.

When you were younger, your hormones did a lot to keep you healthy. After the age of 50, you will need to focus on good nutrition to get the same effect. Avoid starving yourself or limiting your diet too strictly.

You need vitamins and minerals now more than ever. Eat a variety of colorful vegetables, fruits, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products.

Increase your fiber intake to at least 30 grams a day for optimal digestive health. Dehydration can lead to stiff joints, aches and pains, so make sure you’re drinking 64 oz of water each day as well.

 

2. Protect your bones.

Calcium deficiency can lead to a loss of bone density and full-blown osteoporosis. Men over 50 need 1,500 mg of calcium each day. Women over 50 and men over 65 require 1,500 mg of calcium daily to stave off the loss of bone density.

Vitamin D is crucial for calcium absorption. Men over 50 and postmenopausal women require 400-800 i.u. of vitamin D every day. At the age of 65, this requirement increases to 600 – 800 i.u. per day.

 

3. Combine cardio exercise with strength training.

Cardio exercise will strengthen your heart and lungs and keep your joints supple. Strength training exercises counteract muscle and bone deterioration, and can prevent fractures at vulnerable sites like the wrists and hips.

Ideally, adults over 50 should engage in weight-bearing cardio exercises, such as walking or dancing, for 20 – 30 minutes, 4 – 5 times a week. They should also do strength-training exercises 3 times a week.

The appropriate amount of exercise varies according to each individual’s level of wellness and fitness.

If you’ve been diagnosed with low bone mass (osteopenia), get your doctor’s approval before doing exercises that require you to bend or twist your spine.

 

4. Take injuries seriously.

Injuries can affect anyone at any age, but older adults need to take steps to ensure that a simple strain doesn’t turn into something more serious.

Exercise is an important part of a healthy weight loss routine, so you don’t want an injury to keep you on the sidelines.

If you experience acute pain during or after a workout, take a break and assess the injury. A strained muscle might require a few days of rest, massage, gentle stretching, and an anti-inflammatory supplement like Zyflamend.

Sore joints might need rest, anti-inflammatory medicines, and a joint supplement. Any bone injury should be looked at by a doctor.

Also, if you have a disease that decreases your body’s healing abilities or weakens your immune system, play it safe and go to your doctor for advice.

 

5. Get plenty of rest.

Adequate sleep is important for many reasons. It allows your body to rest and renew itself, keeps stress hormones at a minimal level, and helps your muscles and joints recover after a workout.

While insomnia is a common complaint among older people, it’s not a normal part of the aging process.

If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, adding regular exercise to your daily routine can help. Daily exposure to sunlight has also been linked to improved sleep quality.

If you think you might need a sleep aid, ask your doctor to recommend one that won’t leave you groggy the next morning.

 

6. Set realistic goals.

Weight loss is possible for people young and old, but the sad truth is that it might not happen as fast as you’d like once you reach a certain age.

Don’t expect a rapid reduction in weight. Instead, set a goal of 1 pound per week. Keep a food and exercise journal to track the number of calories you consume and burn each day.

If you’re doing everything right and still not losing weight, talk to your doctor to find out if underlying health problems or medications could be interfering with your weight loss.

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3 Fantastic Smoothie Recipes

Do you want to look sexier and slimmer? Are you sick of being given advice that just doesn’t work? 

Smoothies recipes have been all the rage for quite some time, but are they really beneficial to dieters? Yes!

Smoothies help dieters maintain hydration, provide more fiber and vitamins than most foods, and provide plenty of natural fructose, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

All of this comes in an easily-digestible form that delivers the nutrients quickly and efficiently.

Here are three delicious smoothie recipes that will help you start your morning with a burst of energy and keep feeling good all day long:

 

The Ultimate Green Smoothie

Green smoothies are packed with rejuvenating chlorophyll and antioxidants that kick the immune system into high gear.

This one delivers several servings of dark green veggies along with sweet-tasting fruits to please the palate.

It also contains just enough healthy fat to help your body absorb and use the smoothie’s many vitamins.

What You’ll Need:

4 leaves of kale, de-stemmed
4 leaves of chard, de-stemmed
1/2 bunch of parsley
1 large aloe vera leaf
1/2 bunch of dandelion greens
3 pears
1 ripe banana, peeled
1 avocado, peeled
3 cups of water

Directions:

Remove stems from kale and chard leaves. Peel banana and avocado. Remove seed from avocado.

Place ingredients in blender. Add 2 1/2 cups water.  Blend for approximately two minutes, or until completely smooth. Drink and enjoy!

 

The Vitamin C Monster Smoothie

This yummy recipe is a favorite during cold and flu season. It’s packed with vitamin C to help your body fight off illnesses.

The antioxidants also help rid your body of free radicals that can lead to disease.

What You’ll Need:

1 package fresh strawberries, leaves removed
2 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
1 orange, peeled
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1 cup cantaloupe, cubed
2 ice cubes, crushed

Directions:

Peel all fruits and slice as directed. Crush the ice cubes.

Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high power for two minutes, or until completely smooth and frothy.

Add a little honey for more sweetness, if desired.  Serve or drink immediately.

 

The Quick Morning Hunger-Buster Smoothie

This is an easy recipe that can be made in minutes, but it will satisfy you for hours to come. It serves up a whopping 6 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber per cup!

Silken tofu adds a smooth texture and plenty of hunger-fighting protein, while the fiber from the apples and berries will keep your digestive system in top form.

The yogurt adds more protein, plus calcium

What You’ll Need:

1 cup frozen mixed berries
1/2 banana
2 sweet apples, cored and sliced
1/2 cup silken tofu
1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt

Directions:

Combine berries, banana, apples, yogurt and tofu in blender.

Blend on high speed for two minutes or until smooth.  This smoothie can be placed in a covered container and stored in the fridge for 3-4 days.

 

Bonus: Build Your Own Smoothie

You can create a custom smoothie recipe that perfectly suits your taste. Here’s how:

Custom green smoothies can be made by taking your favorite dark leafy green vegetables (such as spinach, kale, or arugula) and combining them with your favorite sweet-tasting fruits (such as bananas, pears, or apples).

Add a fruit or vegetable with high water content (such as cucumber or melon) for added hydration. Blend on high speed until smooth.

Hunger-busting smoothies can be created by mixing a few of your favorite fruits with a protein source (such as yogurt or silken tofu). Experiment until you find the mix that works best for you!

Remember: You can add powdered supplements to any smoothie recipe for an extra dose of protein or fiber.
Bye for now,

Dr Jason Hurst, DC, CCSP, CSCS

P.S.  If you read my other post on smoothies you’ll remember that I mentioned using the NutriBullet Smoothie Maker for quick smoothies with little clean up required.  You will simply need to use smaller portions of the ingredients to fit into the NutriBullet Smoothie Maker.

P.P.S. If you have an awesome smoothie recipe that you would love to share, please comment below.

How to Get Rid of Love Handles

“Love handles” is a cute name for a serious problem: fatty deposits on the back and sides of the waist. They’re not just unsightly, they’re unhealthy, too. Fortunately, you can get rid of love handles once and for all by making some small changes to your lifestyle.

 

Lose Fat All Over

Love handles are a sign of excess abdominal fat. This is a stubborn and dangerous type of fat that can lead to metabolic disorders and even serious heart disease. Reducing the fat around your waistline can decrease your chance of becoming diabetic or suffering a heart attack.

If you’ve considered targeting your abdominal fat and nothing else, don’t bother; there’s no such thing as spot reduction. If there were, none of us would have problem areas and we would all be perfectly proportioned! But in reality, if you want to get rid of love handles, you have to get rid of fat everywhere else, too.

Cardio exercise will help you burn fat faster. Strength training will increase your lean muscle mass, which in turn will make you burn calories faster. Eating at a slight calorie deficit will keep you from storing extra calories as fat. The best way to get rid of love handles is to do all three.

 

Build Stronger Obliques

The obliques are the muscles that run down both sides of your abdomen. They frame the group of muscles commonly called the 6-pack. Obliques give us the strength to twist and turn when we need to. Unfortunately, they are sometimes hidden by love handles.

Building stronger obliques will help you burn more calories, and will give you tight abdominal muscles to show off after the love handles are gone.

You can get rid of love handles faster by doing exercises that were found by the American Council on Exercise to be the very best ones for working your obliques: Bicycle crunches, captain’s chair leg raises, and vertical leg crunches.

Bicycle crunches involve lying down on your back and doing crunch-twists while pedaling your legs as if you were riding a bicycle. Captain’s chair leg raises require the use of a captain’s chair, which is a common fixture in most gyms. Vertical leg crunches are performed like regular crunches, but with your legs raised perpendicular to the ground.

 

Eat Fat-Burning Foods

Some foods, especially those high in sugar and sodium, add inches to the waistline. To get rid of love handles, you’ll need to eat more foods that fight belly fat. Doctors recommend heart-healthy fats, like those found in olive oil, nuts, and salmon; 3 servings of calcium from green, leafy vegetables or dairy products; and plenty of fiber from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

These foods are digested slowly, so they leave you feeling satisfied longer. Add some green tea to your diet for an extra fat-burning boost. Three cups a day will speed up your metabolism and ward off diseases.

 

Check Your Clothes

One last quick and dirty trick to get rid of love handles: Make sure your clothes fit properly. Tight clothing can create the illusion of love handles, even on thin folks. If you’ve worked hard to lose your love handles, don’t ruin the effect by squeezing into jeans that leave you overflowing!

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Are Smoothies Stupid?

Many people have mocked the Smoothie Movement as being unhealthy, lame to do, and they don’t taste good either.  However, these same people have never had a REAL smoothie with fresh organic fruits, vegetables and greens.

You see, if you’re buying a smoothie at a restaurant, you’re basically buying chemicals in a cup.  Dyes, High Fructose Corn Syrup, added sugars, “natural” flavorings, preservatives and many other chemicals that you can’t even pronounce.  Even the “Healthy” smoothie restaurants have some hidden secrets about their ingredients.  So the best solution is, make your own smoothies at home.

I drink smoothies every single morning.  I use fresh fruit when it’s in season, and I mix it with frozen fruits as well.  I also add chia seeds, flax seeds, protein powder, low glycemic meal replacement powders and stevia if needed to sweeten it up a bit.

Go Green

I always recommend to only use fruits and fresh, organic milk or water when beginning with smoothies.

However, if you’re ready to take your smoothie making to the next level then I definitely suggest making Green Smoothies.  Start by adding organic kale, spinach, collard greens, parsley or swiss chard.  You can also add romaine lettuce, bok choy, mustard greens, turnip greens, and green/red leaf lettuce.

One of the best investments I’ve ever made was buying the NutriBullet.  This thing is fast, easy to use and easy to clean up.  It’s not as bulky as a larger blender and has fewer parts to clean.  It’s the perfect size to make a large enough smoothie for anybody.  I would definitely recommend looking into this purchase.  You can buy it online for a very reasonable price.

Here’s the link that I used to purchase my own NutriBullet…

NutriBullet Smoothie Maker

Before I purchased the NutriBullet, I only made smoothies 3-5 times a week because it was so inconvenient.  (I have one of those high end blenders but the clean up was ridiculous.)

But now I drink up to 2-4 smoothies a DAY!  Every single day of the week!  Once you figure out how easy it can be, and how healthy it is for you, then it almost becomes an addiction.  A healthy addiction!

Your digestion will be unbelievable!  Your skin will clear up… You’ll have less headaches because you’re body is functioning better…

You’ll absolutely love the new you.

Not only that… You’ll actually want to be creative and try new things with it.  (Different Recipes)

So, are smoothies stupid?  

Absolutely not!  You can get a tremendous amount of nutrition from each smoothie and you’ll even find that your digestion will improve, and you’ll lose weight.

Get “Uncle Arthur” Out Of Your Life! Treating Arthritis

How To Prevent and Treat Arthritic Pain

Over 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from Arthritis!

That’s approximately 1 in 7 Americans afflicted with this potentially crippling disease… and nearly all Americans over the age of 50 show varying degrees of Arthritis symptoms.  Doesn’t that sound alarming?

So… What is Arthritis?

Well, Arthritis comes from the Greek word “arthro” meaning joint and “itis” meaning inflammation.  To break it down even better, that means “inflammation of the joints.”

Here are some of the warning signs:

  • Joint pain not due to an injury
  • Your skin around your joints may appear red, swollen and even very warm to the touch.
  • Pain that occurs during or after movement or after extended periods of inactivity.
  • Joints may feel stiff and difficult to move.
  • Grinding or popping when you move your body
  • Deformity of your joints

Now, the most common form of arthritis is Osteoarthritis.  It involves the breakdown of the cartilage and bone at the joints, causing some or all of the aforementioned warning signs.

It can be broken down into 2 types:  Primary and Secondary

Primary osteoarthritis is the most common form.    It’s a slow, progressive condition that usually strikes after age 45. (However, in my office, patients today are complaining of Arthritis pain before the age of 30!)

The most common areas Osteoarthritis:

  • Knees
  • Hips
  • Lower back
  • Neck
  • Fingers

Primary Osteoarthritis begins to develop when excessive or repetitive stress is put on ordinary, healthy joint tissues, or when normal amounts of stress are applied to an already weakened joint.  Studies have shown that obesity and a family history of Arthritis can put a person at greater risk for Primary Osteoarthritis.

Secondary Osteoarthritis usually strikes a person before the age of 40, and is known to be primarily caused by trauma to the joint.  This trauma can be received from a sudden injury, such as a car accident, a fall, degeneration after a surgery, repetitive sports injuries, or it can be caused by many small injuries to a joint over time.

Now, beyond Osteoarthritis there are rheumatic diseases that cause different forms of Arthritis with symptoms ranging from inflammation in one or more joints, to inflammation spreading to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, internal organs, and even the skin.  Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease brought on when the immune system attacks the body’s own tissue in the joints as if it were a foreign material.  Rheumatoid Arthritis affects more than 2 million people in the US, and women are 3 times as likely to get it as men.  It usually sets in between the ages of 20 and 40, but does not discriminate against older people or children.  However…one can take steps to prevent all forms of Arthritis and protect oneself from further joint damage.

There are four warning signs of potential Arthritic development.

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Restrictive range of motion
  • Poor posture

Poor posture and restricted motion are an indication of improper structural alignment of the body.

These physical problems often respond best to a physical form of treatment (such as Doctors Pain Relief Systems.)  Normal range of motion is necessary for proper circulation and repair of joints.  Restricted motion can come from a joint being out of its normal position, or from local tight or spastic muscles.

Prevention of arthritis would include:

  • Increasing range of motion and balancing posture
  • Getting better nutrition through better food choices
  • Exercise
  • Taking specific vitamin and mineral supplements

Supplements that have been shown to help are:

  • Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate repairs and rebuilds the protective cartilage in the joints
  • Vitamins A, C, E, and the mineral Selenium help to reduce “free-radicals” that can damage joint tissue
  • Omega-3 fatty acids can help the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Proper eating can also have a hand in the prevention of, or relief from Arthritis pain.  Studies have shown that overweight people are more likely to develop Osteoarthritis.  For those people who are overweight, diet is a critical part of a complete program to become healthier.

Exercise also helps relieve Arthritic symptoms as it…

  • strengthens bones, muscles and joints
  • increases flexibility
  • prevents joint deformities
  • improves the immune system
  • reduces stress

Forms of exercise that have been shown to prevent or improve arthritis are:

  • walking
  • swimming
  • bicycling
  • water aerobics
  • strength training
  • stretching

In order to prevent, or reduce the pain of Arthritis, it is important to make sure that joints can properly function.

If you are ready to get control of your Arthritic pain before it totally consumes your life, then you’ve got to look into Doctor’s Pain Relief Systems.  This program is designed specifically for Arthritic conditions.  There are specific stretches and exercises within the system that can help you reduce your pain almost immediately.  I have also included many free bonuses as well.  Sign up for my free webinar to learn all about the system, and how the traditional ways of treatment just aren’t cutting it anymore.  Aren’t you tired of living on OTC medicines and prescription medicines?  Take back control of your body and your life!  Go to www.DoctorsPainReliefSystems.com right now and sign up for my free webinar!

 

To Your Health,

Dr Jason Hurst, DC, CCSP, CSCS

 

 

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  • Ibid.
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