Monthly Archives: October 2013

High Blood pressure/Hypertension

Hypertension is considered to be a “silent killer” because it often has no symptoms. Hypertension raises the risk for heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. The following is a trio of natural remedies found to be particularly effective, with complementary benefits.

Magnesium. it is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and is essential to over 300 biochemical reactions in our bodies. Only 1 percent exists in the blood and it is critical to keep this level to avoid hypertension, or high blood pressure. You can eat foods that are high in magnesium and also take supplements as necessary to maintain your blood levels of magnesium.

Hawthorne improves circulation. Several studies have shown Hawthorne to lower blood pressure and improve circulation. Taking Hawthorne as a supplement is considered to be a long tern therapy and might not produce the desired effects for two or more weeks. Even better results can be seen after 2 or more months of ingestion.

Garlic is the bodies FRIEND! Garlic reduces plaque deposits and supports overall heart health. In studies garlic has also been shown to reduce blood pressure levels by about 5-10 percent. This might not seem like a large reduction but over time the reduction from chronic pressure damage is significant.

All three can be taken in supplement form either tablets or capsules. As always consult your physician prior to adding any supplements to your daily diet.

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Gesundheit!

Slightly over half of all Americans have allergies. For any of you that suffer from them you know they can be murder. The most common symptom is rhinitis which is nasal itching, congestion, runny nose and sneezing. This can be triggered from grasses, tree pollen, mold spores, dust and pet dander. Inflammation and the release of histamine accounts for the uncomfortable symptoms associated with allergies.

One great way to combat allergies is to eat foods that can help to combat inflammation. Omega 3 fats are great inflammation fighters and can be found in cold water fish such as salmon, and grass fed, free range meats. Wild salmon is better than farm raised of course.

Vegetables…eat plenty of fresh veggies that are high in fiber and non-starchy. Dark leafy salad greens, spinach, tomatoes, broccoli, etc.

Eat lots of fruits..also high fiber, non-starchy such as berries, kiwi, etc.

Food allergies and sensitives can aggravate seasonal allergies. The most common include dairy, wheat, corn and soy. Keep your eye on this intake of foods if your allergies get worse and see your physician to evaluate your particular allergic symptoms.

Wait until we get our first frost…….which will be soon I hope.  That can tend to kill/reduce the mold spores and other allergens floating around outside!

Wanna live to be 100?

EXERCISE….that’s the key to a healthy, long life;  One of the keys at least!

What’s the golden ticket to living well into your golden years? A lifelong exercise program, says Pamela Peeke, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Specifically, a program that adapts to your physiological needs as you age. “Exercise is age-specific,” says Peeke, author of Fit to Live and Body-for-LIFE for Women. “And you want to start as young as possible.”

Start with a simple, well-rounded fitness plan now, and modest upkeep can take you spryly into your 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond. All you have to do is stay consistent. “I’ve seen 100-year-olds who are more active than some 20-year-olds,” Peeke says. However, most people neglect their fitness regimens as they get older: Only 30 percent of people ages 45 to 64, 25 percent of 65- to 74-year-olds, and 11 percent of people 85 and older say they exercise regularly, according to a recent study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

20s: Build your fitness base. Your 20s may seem like a “freebie” decade when you can skip exercise without significant weight gain. But it’s really the perfect time to start building your fitness foundation.

30s: Diversify. If you focused on one sport or activity throughout your 20s, now is the time to round out your exercise program.  Swimmers who “just swim,” for example, can run into posture troubles down the road, such as hunching over due to chronically tight neck, chest, and shoulder muscles.

40s: Preserve strength, fight belly fat. Done raising young kids and settled into jobs with extended desk time, many 40-somethings stop lifting weights (or kids) just when it should be the opposite.  At 40, a man’s testosterone starts to drop, and with it roughly 5 to 8 percent of his muscle mass per decade. Women also begin losing muscle more rapidly in their 40s. To keep your metabolic rate high and continue burning calories optimally, you need to work to preserve that lean muscle mass.

50s: Protect your heart and core. No matter how active you’ve been, aches and pains will start to crop up now and you’ll have to adapt your exercise regimen around them. Sore knees? Stop running and find a pool.  Yoga and pilates are superior for strengthening your abs and back, or “core.” And don’t slouch while you’re walking—extend your body. This simple change can make a big difference in your spinal alignment.  The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends 30 minutes of aerobic activity five times per week to preserve heart health as you age.

60s: Focus on prevention. Are you exercising regularly? Good—you’re less likely to die prematurely from a chronic condition such as diabetes or heart disease, the AHA says. Staying strong through your 60s will also improve your odds of surviving a fall, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pegs as a high risk once you hit 65.  Join a group fitness class; many gyms and community centers offer a variety of group classes geared toward seniors, such as Zumba and water aerobics. The supervision makes it safe and you may find working out with others more enjoyable.

70s+: Sustain strength and flexibility. Walking isn’t the only activity that’s safe for seniors 70 and up. To continue performing daily functions independently you must also continue to work on strength, flexibility, and balance.  You’re never too old to reap benefits from exercise, according the NIH. The key to exercising safely is easing into your workouts.  You can avoid clicking and clunking—not to mention cracking—by taking inventory during your warm-up to see how you feel. If you’re tired, take it slowly. If you experience pain (different from discomfort), check that you’re using correct form in your movements.   If the pain persists, stop and consult your doctor to determine how to proceed with your exercise regimen.

If a lifetime of exercise sounds overwhelming, remember that the most important aspect of your exercise regimen at any age is not a particular fitness benefit—it’s fun! Health has to be carried on, on a daily basis, for a lifetime…..the best way to keep your drive to exercise from burning out is to find the activities you love enough to do every day.

Don’t forget…exercise can also help prevent the onset of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a major cause of disability in older women. A bone-weakening disorder, osteoporosis often results in fractures in the hip and spine — which can severely impair your mobility and independence.  How can you reduce your risk of these life-altering injuries? Exercise can help.  Certain types of exercise may strengthen muscles and bones, while other types of exercises are designed to improve your balance — which can help prevent falls.

Get going with the exercise regimen and reap the benefits immediately.  Don’t forget…with regular exercise regular massage can improve your workouts and the way you feel while exercising.

I’m on pins and needles……

Have you tried Acupuncture? If not you should! It is an ancient Chinese alternative medicine that treats patients by manipulating thin solid needles into acupuncture points in the skin according to the body’s energy (chi) points/meridians. The effect is to balance the body’s energy so that it can heal itself and rid the patient of disease.

Acupuncture has been found to be effective for some people in treating a wide variety of issues and ailments; General fatigue, depression, insomnia,weight loss, headache and migraine,colds and flu, high blood pressure, allergies, fibromyalgia, diabetes, addiction gastrointestinal issues, pain and injury, fertility and many many others. If you are curious please call and book an initial consult with our wonderful Flyura!