Earthing Shoes Nothing To Flashy- Just Pure Information Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:40:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 100722634 What is Candida? Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:53:49 +0000 Candida is a family of yeasts. It occurs within different species and is generally harmless in its normal state. The human body contains a small amount of candida which is innocent unless it grows at alarming rates. It then can cause disease and infections within the body.

Healthy Candida States

Healthy levels of candida are found upon the surface of the skin. It is also found in the body within the intestines and genital tracts. Candida albicans are also found within the mucosal lining of the respiratory tract. When the amount of candida is kept to a minimum in the body, it is healthy and no health concern is warranted.

Unhealthy Candida in Action

Normal amounts of candida that rapidly over grow become evident in unhealthy states. This can be seen in a variety of situations. Denture wearers in elderly patients can develop thrush which a type of the disease. Babies and infants can also develop thrush within the oral cavities during their younger years.

Superficial infections can occur in men and women who have taken antibiotic therapy for long periods of time. Vaginal candidiasis frequently occurs with women around the world. Men are just as susceptible to developing unhealthy candida levels.

Unfortunately, patients with immune issues can develop very serious implications from the overgrowth of candida. The result can be increased risk for developing systemic disease processes. Infections of the heart and lung tissues can occur as well as persistent eye infections. Inflammation of the blood vessels can give way to blood clots occurring in the body.

Individuals with HIV are at higher risk of developing candida infections. Their immune systems do not function well and are more susceptible. Those with diabetes are also at higher risk for the development.

How Can I Safeguard Myself from Developing Unhealthy Candida?

It is important to take natural efforts to help the body stay in balance. Taking antioxidants and eating a healthy diet will give your body a head start on the road to maintaining your health.

If you develop symptoms of candida, be aware of dietary changes that need to be made. Make every effort to assist the body in keeping a natural candida balance. Many individuals go unaware of misbalance within the body. They are tired all the time and have infections that do not seem to clear up.

Following a candida diet is one of the best things you can do to maintain your health. It will allow the body to stay in check and function at much healthier levels. Pairing this with exercise and plenty of rest will give the body the best chance to stay healthy.

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Turmeric for Even Better Health Sat, 18 Jun 2016 11:17:24 +0000

Turmeric is a spice they have been using in India, SE Asia, and the Middle East for over 100 years. It’s probably more like 1000 years but I know I read things that say 100+ years… It’s active ingredient is something called curcumin. This actually gives it that bright yellow like pigment. It’s this bright coloring that lends it very useful as a food coloring or dye.

Black pepper increases the absorption. I’ve mentioned, in the past, how I like it with milk, so it’s a great idea to put some black pepper in to. I like to add some red pepper too (dried), to give it a little spice. Most Indian food will have many different spices, so chances are that it has turmeric and black pepper in it.

To make your turmeric milk: Put 1 cup of milk on the stove-top in a stainless steel pan. Add a half teaspoon of turmeric. Stir and bring to a boil. It’s ready to drink…

I actually like to whisk it. Not only does it help disperse the turmeric but it froths up the milk.

*Of note: do not let your milk overflow the pan. It makes for a nasty, stinky mess, that’s a pain to clean up. I know because I’ve done it a couple times – my recommendation is to not leave it unattended. When the milk comes to a boil, remove it from the hot burner. You will see the milk going down immediately.

Have there been any studies on the health benefits of Turmeric?

Yes, indeed there have! Studies have shown that it has been beneficial in heart health by improving electrical conductivity and reducing lipid plaque build up in the arteries.

A double blind study for 8 months of 100 subjects, ages 45-64, showed improved arthritis symptoms. Another study with 107 subjects that have knee arthritis, it was shown to have equal effects of ibuprofen. It was shown on another study to have pain relief capabilities comparable to acetaminophen.

Studies also sowed a reduction of inflammation with supplementation. Not to mention an association with reduced prostate cancer, ulcerative colitis, and increased vascular function. A double blind, placebo controlled study, showed it helped type II diabetic neuropathy.

Getting as many nutrients from whole foods is always best, but sometimes it’s just not possible, or you just don’t have the opportunities to have food with turmeric in it. Nothing to fear – they now have turmeric/curcumin in capsules.

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Yoga for Your Body and Mind Tue, 12 Apr 2016 11:41:49 +0000

This is a post from my Mom 🙂

Four months ago I began babysitting my granddaughter three days a week while her parents headed to work. Both physical therapists, my daughter and son-in-law have great jobs, ones for which they are well trained and that they enjoy. Fortunately, as a retiree though also a volunteer to vast entities, I knew I could scramble up the free time to accept this wonderful prospect: bonding with my little sweetheart.

I am willing to sacrifice many items when it comes to helping others, but exercise is not one of them. Yes, I would probably give it up a little if I could not otherwise care for my granddaughter, but… Having started running in college, 45 years later it is a vital part of life, along with swimming, walking, and gardening. Oh, yes, there is all of the other “stuff” I do as well like playing the piano and writing, but a day without exercise is stifling, non-productive, and exhausting.

So right before I began my babysitting stint I checked out the local running trails and paths and was pleased to find a terrific variety just steps from the kids’ front door. However, knowing that during the winter roads might be slick and that darkness might force cancellation, I headed toward a local fitness club to check out the facilities.

Friendly staff immediately led me on an extensive tour of the fitness equipment, swimming pools, and other predominant features of the gym and then they handed me a list of classes also available. I scanned the list when my eyes lit on “Yoga”. Two of my sisters swear by their yoga sessions, always encouraging me to give it a whirl. But time and other obligations have prevented me taking them up on this idea. Until now, that is. Opportunity and timing are in synch and so mornings include rigorous activity and also a smattering of yoga.

My first day in yoga class I was completely lost. I didn’t know a thing about mats and blocks let alone any of the movements or their names. Luckily, a gentleman led me to the equipment area and made recommendations. I then proceeded with my bundle to a dark, unobtrusive corner of the room, hoping to become invisible as I learned the ropes of my new endeavor.

Knowing that I had to leave class a little early so that I could be home to assume Grandma duties, I did not want to interrupt, if possible, during my exit. Soon our instructor strode into the room, greeting familiar faces and smiling at the newbie. Following the rest of the class, I folded myself into sitting position and then mimicked the group as we moved through a number of positions. I found it very interesting and I was also shocked to realize how stiff and rigid some parts of my body had become. But I survived, and returned the next morning.

Yoga is slow, sustained movement with lots of stretching and re-positioning back and arms and legs and necks and every other vital body part. The biggest problem I encountered was the slow part. After all, I am a runner and a swimmer. Can you fathom what it is like to move in a sloth-like format for 60 minutes? You who are of the pent-up energy type will understand my frustration and edginess. But I was committed to improving posture and flexibility and so I returned week after week, glimpsing progress with each session. I was moving better. However, I would not say that I was happy or content. Just dedicated.

And then the day finally arrived. It was a week when I had been able to attend four sessions and by the third day I was getting into the groove. Our class of 30-35 was only about 15 that day so our instructor had us get belts to hook onto the wall, then wrap the belt around our waists. Next we slung one leg over the belt and twisted forward, securely held and thus prevented from unwanted face-plants, we began to glide.

We swept up with hands waving above our heads then swooshed downward with fingers touching our toes. Up and down and up and down again and again. The exercise was invigorating yet peaceful, empowering and inducing a sense of free-floating freedom. What had appeared impossible at first glance was terrific. The bird-like me emerged and joy filled my body and mind. Perseverance and the perfect movement combined and changed a floundering yoga student into a determined believer. What fun!

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Ayurveda – A Way of Life – Create a Holistic, Balanced and Healthy Life Mon, 28 Dec 2015 14:05:21 +0000 It is believed that Ayurveda, an ancient technique of medicine originated and evolved in the Indian sub-continent. Charak an ancient renowned Ayurvedacharya (practitioner of Ayurvedic medicines) wrote ”Charak Samhita” and Sushruta another practitioner of this ancient medicine wrote ”Sushruta Samhita”. They have assimilated the medicinal value of many herbs and till date these books are followed as bibles in Ayurvedic practices.

The base of Ayurvedic treatments

Every human body has three elements kapha (mucous), vaat (wind inside the body) and pitta (bile). If there is any imbalance in any of these three elements, various ailments occur and make the body sick. The herbs and massage therapies used in Ayurveda are aimed at correcting this imbalance and curing the ailment from its root.

Ways of diagnosis in Ayurveda

Nadi parikshan means checking the pulse. It is believed that good ayurvedacharyas can touch the pulse and gauge the imbalance and problems in various organs of the body. There are seven other ways of diagnosing illnesses in Ayurveda-Aakruti (appearance), Shabda (speech), Sparsha (touch),Druk (vision), Mootra (urine), Mala (stool) and Jihva (tongue).

Ayurvedacharyas do not treat the symptoms alone and they believe that the physical existence, mental existence, and personality complete a human being. Hence to lead a healthy life one needs to establish a harmony among them.

Once the ayurcvedacharya has diagnosed the issue s/he starts the upakarma (treatment). This includes langhana (depletion), sodhana (purification), samana (pacifying) and brimhana (nourishing).

Eight Components of Ayurvedic Treatment

Ayurveda looks at the prevention and cure of any ailment and treats a patient holistically. It even looks at the environment where the patient stays and the impact of it on his/her well-being. There are eight components in ayurvedic treatment known as chikitsayam ashtaangayam and these can be categorized as follows:

  • Kayachikitsa – Treatment of the body and using different medicinal herbs to treat the body- general medicine like triphala, Haridra, brahmi etc are used during this phase of treatment. It also includes the panchakarma ayurvedic massages which are known to relieve chronic aches and pains.
  • Kaumara bhrtya – Paediatrics or the treatment of children. Child psychotherapy too is a part of this where the children and adolescents who are experiencing behavioral, psychological and emotional difficulties are treated and they are put in the normal trajectory of physical and mental growth.
  • Salya-tantra or Shalya Chikitsa – Surgery. Treatment where the body is perforated, cut and the affected organs, foreign particles are removed.
  • Salakya-tantra- Surgery of ears, eyes, nose and mouth (ENT).
  • Bhutavidya- If it is believed that the body is possessed by spirits, then removal of those spirits and nullifying the ill-effects caused by them comes under this form of treatment.
  • Agadatantra- Toxicology using vamana (emesis), virechana (purgation), vasti (enema), nasya (nasal emission), raktamoksha (blood purification).
  • Rasayantantra- Administering tonics for rejuvenation and increasing lifespan, reversing the effects of age, increasing intellect, stamina and strength.
  • Vajikarantantra- Helping to increase the libido in men and women and improving sexual prowess. Aphrodisiacs are used in this treatment to improve the quality of sperms in men and ovum in women. Salep Orchid / Salabmisri (Orchis mascula) is a very effective medicinal herb for men and Asparagus /(Asparagus Racemosus) for women.
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How to Make Kombucha Easily Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:20:30 +0000

Kombucha is a fermented drink that includes beneficial bacteria and yeasts for your digestive health! (Yep, I’m still working on my gut flora – LOL).

The gut is ground zero for autoimmune disorders and is the seat of our immune system. How well we digest our food, how much of the nutrients from our food get absorbed, and many other important things for optimal health are dictated by the health of our gut.

So – I decided to add Kombucha into my diet. I would buy a bottle here and there, sometimes I liked the flavor, other times I felt it had fermented too long and didn’t taste so good anymore! One of them I had purchased literally tasted like beer! (I don’t personally like the flavor of beer, so for me this wasn’t a good thing). Since you can never be truly sure how the flavor will come out when you open a store-bought bottle, I decided to make my own.

I seem to have issues with Camellia sinensis, which is the botanical name for the plant used to make Oolong, Black Tea, Green Tea, White Tea and Pu’erh teas. So, while the majority of Kombucha recipes you find online tell you to brew a black, green, white or oolong tea to make your Kombucha, this isn’t an option for me.

The reasoning behind the tea, other than flavor, is that it is slightly acidic. This can help avoid the growth of bacteria or yeasts you don’t want to have in your drink. In place of the tea, I used a little extra Apple Cider Vinegar.

Kombucha Made Easy

First, I needed a SCOBY. SCOBY stands for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast. They look like a flat whitish colored jellyfish type substance with little stringers coming off the bottom of them and can also be referred to as “the Mother”.

So, I took the bottle of Kombucha I had purchased that tasted more like beer and put it into a glass canning jar. I dissolved about 1/4 cup honey in a cup or two of water and once that was at room temperature I put it into the glass canning jar (gotta feed the SCOBY and they like to eat sugars!). I then secured a paper towel with a rubberband to the top of the jar (SCOBY needs to breathe, plus they can create a carbonation effect in your drink which can build up enough force to break the glass, so don’t seal it off). After a week I had a nice small SCOBY! YAY!

Now that I had a SCOBY, I wanted a bigger jar that had a spout at the bottom so I don’t have to disturb my SCOBY whenever I want a drink.

It turned out to be a gallon jar, so I put 6 cups of filtered water and one cup of honey in a big pot and started dissolving the honey into the water.

I then rinsed out the new jar with water, and took apple cider vinegar and splashed it around all over the inside of the jar. You don’t want to clean anything with soap that you are using for brewing your Kombucha as the soap could kill the very microorganisms you’re trying to breed! Once it was well rinsed, I put 2 cups of apple cider vinegar into the jar. I prefer to use Bragg’s because it contains “the Mother” which helps the SCOBY to grow.

Once my honey was dissolved into the water, and allowed to cool to room temperature, I poured it all into the big jar.

I then added 2 more cups of filtered water

I rinsed my hands well with Apple Cider Vinegar, and took down my little jar, removed the paper towel, and carefully lifted out the little SCOBY that had been growing on top. I used a spoon to scoop out some of the liquid and double check flavor (being the original product tasted like beer) and to my surprise it was much better. So I poured the liquid from the small jar into the big jar and then gently set the SCOBY on top. It looks tiny in its new home!

I added the paper towel held on with a rubber band and placed the new jar of Kombucha in its permanent home. All done! Now I wait a week and see if it’s ready to drink!

Kombucha Tips

  • Kombucha done this way, without tea, should taste similar to a sweet vinegar. It is good to taste test it regularly as it does eat the sugars from the honey. If it is tasting too strongly of vinegar for your liking, make some more honey water to add. If it is too sweet, add more apple cider vinegar, or let it sit longer to eat the sugars.
  • Your SCOBY is a living organism. It cannot handle direct sunlight, being sealed away from air, or soap on your hands or utensils you are using in its home. It cannot handle extreme heat or cold temperatures, so make sure you bring your dissolved honey water to room temperature before adding it to your jar, and don’t brew it in the refrigerator. Heat can damage and kill the beneficial microorganisms. Cold puts them into a dormant state but they will wake up and get active again once they warm back up.
  • Your SCOBY may decide to float at the top of your jar, or somewhere in the middle, or even hang out down at the bottom of the jar. These are all perfectly acceptable locations for your SCOBY to be.
  • Your SCOBY can be white or off white/gray, but if it starts going black or green and smelling “off” then it very well might be time to get a new SCOBY as it might have been contaminated with something that is not beneficial for you!

Enjoying Your Kombucha

OK – so you’ve made this lovely drink of living organisms sitting beautifully on your counter top.
Now what?

  • Since we didn’t use any tea, our Kombucha isn’t already flavored.
  • And since we used a jar with a spout, we do not need to disturb our SCOBY to drink some!

These are both beneficial, because now you can get any drink you want (provided it isn’t piping hot as that will kill the beneficial microorganisms) and add some Kombucha from the tap right to your drink! Try different juices and cold teas

Want more “carbonation” in your drink?

  • Put your juice and Kombucha into a glass bottle with a tight fitting lid.
  • Keep it at room temperature (the warmer the temperature the faster the process works, so summertime will be a much shorter brew than winter) and wait. Sometimes a few hours is enough, other times you might want a week.
  • You can bottle a bunch at one time this way and once it hits the right level of carbonation put it in the refrigerator to keep it from carbonating further.

Be careful though, because the pressure builds as the carbonation grows, and can actually explode the bottle! Some people like to have a plastic tester bottle on the counter next to their glass bottled Kombucha. Once the plastic bottle feels like the pressure has built up enough (it gets more firm due to the pressure) you know it’s time to put your glass bottles in the fridge.

TIP: use a thicker glass for your Kombucha bottles so it can hold up to more pressure. I use the bottles from my store bought Kombucha, rinse them well with water and apple cider vinegar, and they’re ready for re-use!

Happy Brewing!

Do you have a favorite recipe for your Kombucha? Please feel free to share!

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How Anti Aging Supplements Can Slow Down The Clock Fri, 11 Dec 2015 11:50:25 +0000

It’s no surprise that a lot of people want to look and feel younger than their age. So many anti aging products promise to make people look youthful. However, most of these products are for external use only, thus you only get limited benefits.

In order to truly slow down the biological clock, you need to be healthy from within. For this reason, anti aging supplements such as Resveratrol Ultima are produced. Continue reading to find out how herbal supplements can make you look younger than your age.

Fight signs of aging

As we grow older, we tend to show signs of aging such as sagging skin, thin hair and overall body weakness. However, with the right herbal preparation, we can help to delay these signs significantly in a safe and natural way. No need to go for expensive procedures to delay aging. Instead, focus on helping your body stay strong from within with herbs.

Clean and detoxify

As time goes on, many toxic elements accumulate in our body. They can come from food, pollution around us as well as from the body’s inability to get rid of waste properly. If we allow these harmful things to stay in our bodies then we can become sick.

Products such as Resveratrol Ultima help to clean and detoxify our bodies. With regular detoxification, our bodies are able to fight diseases better and become more stronger.

Provide energy

As we grow older, we tend to feel more weak and this can affect our daily lives significantly. However, herbal supplements can provide the necessary energy boost that we need to be able to go about our daily routine.

Quick results

With the right product, you can notice positive results in a short time. This is because the potent ingredients in herbal supplements work quickly and effectively. If you purchase authentic products then you can easily reap big health benefits.

Lose weight

Apart from all the above benefits, Resveratrol Ultima also aids in weight loss. As you age, it becomes more and more easy to gain pounds. Also, vigorous workouts become difficult due to the increasing weakness in the body.

However, instead of allowing your waistline to expand, you can do something about it. Herbal supplements can help you shed weight in a safe and natural way without any side effects unlike other weight loss products.

No effect on hormones

Most anti aging supplements contain ingredients that can affect your hormones. This can cause more harm than good in most cases. This is because hormonal balance is crucial for the wellbeing of humans. A sudden increase or decrease in hormonal levels can have serious effects in some cases.

Therefore, you want to make sure that any product you take will not affect your hormones.

Improve the condition of your skin

As you start to age, your skin gets affected in the process. It loses elasticity and starts to sag. With the right herbal product, you can easily delay the onset of wrinkles and help replace old skin cells effectively. Once your skin’s texture is improved, you will automatically appear more young. Therefore, apart from inner benefits, herbs can also improve your outer appearance.

With all the above anti aging benefits of herbal supplements such as Resveratrol Ultima, there is little reason why you should not go ahead and try them for yourself. Just make sure that you purchase from reliable places so that you can be assured of only authentic products.

Only genuine supplements will provide you with all the benefits mentioned above. So keep that in mind when making a purchase. Afterall, your health is precious.

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What Causes Sciatic Pain? Can Exercises For Sciatica Help? Sat, 05 Dec 2015 00:08:08 +0000

Sciatica is the name that is given to a common type of pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve, a large nerve that runs down the back of the leg. This article will help to explain what causes sciatic pain, and which exercises for sciatica may be of benefit.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is not a medical diagnosis as such, but rather a way to describe a particular set of symptoms that can occur due to an underlying medical condition that causes compression of the sciatic nerve.

These symptoms of sciatica are usually only on one side, and may be one of, or a combination of:

  • Pain that runs from the lower back down the back of the leg or buttock. The pain can vary from a mild ache to a sharp, burning or shooting pain that can become debilitating.
  • Pain that is worse when sitting.
  • You may experience numbness, tingling or weakness in the affected leg.
  • The pain can be made worse by coughing or sneezing.
  • Sharp pain that can make it difficult to walk.

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and is about the diameter of your thumb. It runs from the lower back all the way down your leg and as well as being the biggest, it is also the longest nerve in the body. It is derived from the spinal nerves that exit the spine from L4 through to S3 joining together.

The symptoms of sciatica occur when the any one of these nerve roots that form the sciatica nerve is being compressed or irritated in the lumbar spine. This is what people classically think of as a ‘pinched’ nerve. It is not usually the result of a single injury, but an accumulation over time.

Most cases of sciatica will do away over time. How ever you should seek urgent medical attention if the pain has a sudden onset, is the result of a bad injury such as a car accident, it is not getting better after a week, or if you ever have trouble controlling your bowel or bladder.

What Causes Sciatica?

Compression of the sciatic nerve is most commonly caused by a herniated disc at the L5-S1 spinal level.

Other causes of sciatica are:

  • Degenerative disc disease (breaking down of the spinal discs.)
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal nerve canals in the lumbar spine, usually as a result of calcification/bone spurs.)
  • Spondylolysthesis (a condition where one vertebra slips forward on the vertebra below.)
  • Piriformis Syndrome (a muscle in the buttock that can compress the sciatic nerve if it spasms.)
  • Sacro-iliitis (Dysfunction of the sacro-iliac joint can irritate the L5 nerve root)
  • Rarer causes of sciatica may include pregnancy, spinal tumour, scar tissue, or infection.

Exercises For Sciatica

It is important to obtain an accurate diagnosis from your health care professional before starting any exercises, particularly if you are suffering with sciatica. There is not much point in stretching your Piriformis muscle if you have a disc herniation! And this is exactly why you have to be very careful before attempting any exercise regime. There is a real possibility that you could aggravate your condition if you do the wrong thing.

Below are some exercises that will help to relieve sciatica, relevant to the cause. Try to start exercising as soon as possible, within a few days of the sciatica flaring up. The longer you leave it the worse the condition becomes.

Sciatica Exercises for Piriformis Syndrome.

If the piriformis muscle, which is located in your buttock, is to tight or spasming, it can compress the sciatic nerve causing sciatica like symptoms.

Piriformis Stretch

By stretching the piriformis you can help to relieve this nerve pressure and get some relief.

Lie on your back with your legs stretched out flat. Cross the foot on the affected side over the other knee, then pull the unaffected leg towards your chest. Hold for 10-30 seconds then relax back down. You will feel a stretch, but it should not be painful, if it is then just back off a bit.

Sciatica Exercises for a Herniated Disc.

Often relief from sciatica that is caused by a herniated disc can be achieved by extending or arching the spine.

First off, try this in a standing position with your hands on your hips, and just gently arch backwards over your hands.

If you have any pain aggravation then do not do this exercise. If it is okay, after doing this for 2-3 days you can progress to doing extension exercises on the floor.

Back Extensions

Lie on your tummy, and gently lift your head and shoulders off the floor using your back muscles and propping your self up on your elbows for 10 seconds.

Begin this one very carefully and slowly as it can be quite painful at the start.

For some people, raising their painful leg is beneficial.

Lying flat on your back, slowly attempt to raise the affected leg 6 to 12 inches off the floor and hold there for 10 seconds.

This is also good to strengthen the abdominal muscles, which are important spinal stabilisers.

Sciatica Exercises for Degenerative Disc Disease.

The best exercises for DDD are stretching exercises to help to improve spinal flexibility.

Low Back Stretch

Start in a kneeling position, then sit back onto you feet.

Stretch your arms out in front of you along the floor.

Feel the stretch in your low back and hold for 10 seconds.

Move back onto your hands and knees, then gently lift one leg behind you as far as you comfortably can.

Kneeling Leg Raise

Hold for 10 seconds then do the same on the other side.

All the previous exercises are also helpful for Degenerative Disc Disease, as is walking.

Sciatica Exercises for Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is often a result of degenerative changes in the spine, so all the above exercises can be of benefit.

Try them all, you should find that some feel good and some feel bad. Simply, don’t do the bad ones, and do the good ones! Everybody is different, so try them for yourself.

Sciatica Exercises for Spondylolisthesis.

The idea of these exercises for spondylolisthesis is to teach the spine to be more stable in flexion and extension movements (backwards and forwards). Abdominal strength is key!

Leg Raise

Start lying flat on your back, slowly attempt to raise the affected leg 6 to 12 inches off the floor and hold there for 10 seconds.

Repeat with the other leg.

Tummy Sucks

Lie flat on your back with your knees bent. Notice that your lower back is arched up off the floor slightly.

Suck your tummy in, and press your lower back onto the floor and hold for 10 seconds.

Sit-ups are great for really getting your abs strong.

Lying on the floor as above, lift your upper body (head and shoulders) off the floor by curling up.

Don’t try to lift to high, just enough to get your shoulders slightly off the floor. Repeat 10 times.

You can do more sets of 10 as you get better!

Sciatica Exercises for Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction.

Inflammation of the Sacro-iliac joint can cause sciatica like symptoms. This is usually the result of abnormal joint movement and can be assisted by stretching.

Lie on your back with your knees bent. Pull the knee on the affected side up to your chest as far as you can, then hold for 10 seconds.

You can also pull the knee across your body towards the opposite shoulder to amplify the stretch.

Before beginning any exercise program, particularly exercises for sciatica, you should see a health professional to get a correct diagnosis for your pain to rule out any potentially serious problems.

The proper exercises differ based on the underlying condition that is causing the sciatic pain, so patients should not try to self-treat their sciatica before consulting a health professional.

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7 Tips to Stay Healthy This Winter Fri, 13 Nov 2015 18:38:52 +0000 Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet

As well as your mental well-being, eating a healthy diet is important to provide your body with the essential nutrients it needs to fight off disease. Stick to healthy whole foods, raw foods, fruit and vegetables and try to load up on superfoods for an extra boost that these can offer. Keeping your body hydrated is essential for good health and fighting off illness, so drink plenty of water during the winter time.

Try Techniques to Reduce Stress

Studies consistently shows that high levels of stress can make people more likely to become ill and contract cold and flu. Make sure you have a proper work-life balance, spend plenty of time with friends and family. There are many techniques you can use to help reduce stress and ensure your body gets the time it needs to recover from the daily stress of living. Such stress-reducing activities include yoga and meditation.

Avoid Smoking

It has been well-established for many years that smoking compromises the immune system. If you are a smoker, then giving-up smoking this winter will significantly improve your overall health and well-being.

Plenty of Exercise

Regular exercise is important to keep your body fit and healthy, you don’t need to go to the gym, just 15 minutes of exercise a day is sufficient. Try walking the last half-mile to work, or do some light exercise at home. During exercise your body is flooded with endorphins which give you a feeling of euphoria, which can help to reduce stress too!

Make Sure You Get Enough Sleep

If your body does not get enough sleep then it will soon begin to tire and your immune system will suffer, leaving you vulnerable to illness and disease. Keep your body fit and running like clockwork by ensuing that you get enough sleep. The average person needs at least 6-8 hours per night.

Reduce Sugar in Your Diet

Your immune system can be affected negatively by excessive sugar in your body. Reduce your intake and try to consume a maximum of 9 teaspoons of sugar a day. Remember that many other foods such as pasta and bread are broken down into sugar inside your body, so bear this is mind; it’s not just cakes and soda which contain sugar.

Wash your Hands with Soap and Water

Did you know that there are some viruses and bacteria which are not killed off with alcohol cleansers? Many experts recommend simple soap and hot water as the best ways to wash your hands. Wash them regularly throughout the day to prevent the spread of bacteria and to reduce your chances to becoming ill.

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Vegetables And Fruits That Help Boost Immunity Wed, 11 Nov 2015 12:15:46 +0000

Whatever the season or time of the year, your immunity should be in the best possible shape to keep you protected from avoidable infections and illnesses. It is possible to keep immunity in top shape through exercises, enough sleep and keeping stress levels down, but your diet plays a huge role in just how healthy you remain. Fortunately, there are so many vegetables and fruits you can include in your diet to boost your immunity levels because they have all the right properties. When looking at the vegetables and the fruits the richer and deeper the color the higher the antioxidants hence the more beneficial the fruit or vegetable.

Sweet potatoes – Sweet potatoes that have an orange hue are high in beta carotene. This is an antioxidant that gets converted into Vitamin A by the body and it is an essential disease fighting nutrient. Sweet potatoes are some of the best fresh sources when looking for immunity boosting properties.

Garlic – It has been in use for years as a remedy for a wide range of diseases. It is can actually help fight and prevent cold symptoms and it is also used as a remedy for high blood pressure thanks to the natural properties it has. Eating garlic raw is most beneficial even though you would have to put up with the pungent smell and taste. If you cannot handle chewing a clove every day, then consider adding it freshly minced to your food. You can also cook using it to reap the benefits.

Kiwi – It is not a very popular fruit, but it is a good natural vitamin E source. The vitamin is an essential nutrient for the immune system because it helps in protecting the body from bacterial and viral infections. This fruit also contains plenty of Vitamin C which is a healthy nutrient.

Spinach – This vegetable is very popular because it is loaded with Vitamin E, vitamins A, K and C, folate and beta carotene. It also has minerals like iron and copper and they are all vital nutrients in maintaining an immune system that is healthy. Choose the deep green leafy spinach to reap all the health benefits.

Berries – The most common are blueberries, raspberries and strawberries but even less common types such as goji and acai can be just as beneficial to your immune system. They are packed with Vitamin E and C and you can enjoy them with your yoghurt which is another food that is great in boosting the immunity.

Carrots – The vegetable helps in warding off flu and colds and the best is that it can be enjoyed raw because it is very sweet. Carrots have beta carotene, which is essential in immunity boosting. Eat them raw as much as you can for better results.

Mushrooms – Not many people love mushrooms, but they are great at fighting and preventing diseases. They help the white blood cell maturation which results in better fighting of diseases. Find delicious recipes to enjoy the mushrooms and at the same time enjoy the immunity boosting properties.

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