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Home Remedies for Knee Pain

With passage of time, many of us do not realize the amount of wear and tear our body goes through. Did you ever imagine getting up from a sitting position could be a bone wrenching experience? When joint and knee pains are ignored continually over a period of time, it can impair your life to a great extent. Immediate attention can clear this problem in no time.

Home Remedial Treatment

Lose that excess weight. Join a gym; prevent your knees from crashing under your excess weight. Apply wintergreen lotion; it produces heat which helps in relieving pain. If that does not suffice, after applying the lotion wrap the area with plastic to maintain the increase in temperature. Be careful to avoid any burns and skin irritation.

Exercise the joints to strengthen the muscles supporting the joints. This will help in the process of pain alleviation. Stronger muscles mean stronger joints. Some of the most common exercises you can do are swimming, biking or rowing. These are useful for your health without straining your knees.

Buy a good pair of shoes that give support and absorb impact well. You can use ice compress over the sore knee for not more than 20 minutes for every hour. You can use Bromelain, made from pineapple, a natural anti-inflammatory to speed up healing. For the pain to subdue take three tablets a day till you have recovered. Bromelain can cause dermatitis in some people, if the itching begins stop the dosage.

Nutritional supplements like glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate, niacinamide (vitamin B3), S-adenosyl-methionine (SAMe), and vitamin E may also be useful in treating knee pain due to osteoarthritis.

All About Protein

Proteins are very important to our bodies. It isn’t just for bodybuilders who use them to gain muscle mass. Those who are sick use them to rebuild damaged tissue and even in normal states, our body uses protein for many different tasks.

Proteins are made of amino acids that are folded together. There are essential amino acids – those that our body cannot make, and non-essential amino acids – those that our body can make. Proteins that are made up of all the essential amino acids are said to be complete while those that lack in one or more essential amino acid are incomplete. Complete proteins come from sources such as meat, eggs, cheese, dairy and soy. Incomplete proteins come mainly from vegetable sources with the one exception being soy.

The ideal source should be complete proteins. For most people that isn’t a problem. If you are worried about fat intake, try lean cuts of beef, chicken and turkey. For vegetarians whose main source comes from incomplete proteins, getting a variety of vegetables and whole grains throughout the day will ensure that all essential amino acids are consumed. Also, using soy protein (which is the only complete vegetable source of protein) is very beneficial.

New Technology for Chronic Pain Relief

When we experience pain in any part of our bodies, it is usually an indication that something is wrong. The intensity of pain can range from mild and occasional to severe and constant. A sudden and sharp pain is called acute pain. It may either be mild that lasts for a short while, or may be severe that lasts for weeks or even months. Acute pain usually disappears as soon as the underlying cause of pain is treated or healed. However, when acute pain persists, it may lead to chronic pain. Even when an injury has healed, chronic pain continues to remain active for weeks, or months, even years. While some chronic pain may have been caused by an initial trauma or infection, some people may suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or illness.

For people suffering in pain problems, modern advances in medicine provide new methods for chronic pain relief. Over the years, chronic pain had been dismissed as something that is just “in the head”. However, modern technology has developed ways to understand how the sensation of pain occurs. It has gained greater understanding of how the nervous system, including the spinal cord, interacts with the brain to create such sensation of pain.

New insights into the brain’s neurotransmitter system have paved the way for new techniques in chronic pain relief. Recently, scientists have discovered ways how to maneuver those chemical messengers to change the way they interact with the brain.

Advances in MRI imaging have allowed researchers to clearly demonstrate how real the changes in the brain are. It exactly shows where the sensation of pain is occurring in the brain upon activation by a stimuli. The effects of pain on emotion can be seen, and vice versa.

According to Dr. Kwai-Tung Chan, a pain specialist and professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, there’s a new understanding of a process called central sensitization. He said that if the initial pain from an injury is not adequately treated, those pain signals are sent repeatedly — which leads to changes in the central nervous system, making it more and more sensitive. Over time, even the gentlest touch can become very painful.

Pain specialists are banking on these new insights to prescribe new treatments that attack moderate-to-severe chronic pain from different angles. There is also a growing evidence that the use of psychotherapy, relaxation techniques and alternative methods can induce chronic pain relief through mind-body connection.

Research has done a great deal in developing new treatment options in pain management. However, people should realize that there are medical doctors who specialize in pain management. Most often, patients consult medical experts when in the later stages of chronic pain when it is already quite difficult to treat. The earlier the condition is treated, the better chances for treatments to be effective.

Our center offers an innovative treatment which has been very successful with hundreds of patients. Ask our doctors about our Pain Management Program

Stress Management Therapy: Key to a Better Life

When a person is a little stressed, his body reacts and responds in situations instinctively and efficiently. But this can only be true to small dose of stress. When the dose arises, stress becomes unhealthy. It inhibits the person to perform well. With little stress, the body is pushed to work hard. This is in a positive way. While when the body is over stressed, the response is negative.

A person who is stressed out can’t perform normally. His body reacts differently in situations. Stress can even lead to body disorders and illnesses. Because the normal functioning of the body is affected, the person isn’t able to use his natural instincts when facing a situation. He becomes less creative and less efficient.

Battling Stress

Stress can make your life miserable so before it gets worse, you must battle it. The best way to combat stress is the use of stress management therapy. What is a Stress Management Therapy? This refers to the various strategies used by stress specialists and doctors to help people who are stressed out. The goal of stress management therapy is to help a person live life healthfully and stress free.

Why do you need to combat stress? Stress affects the whole personality of a person. It affects a person’s mental ability and sound judgement. It puts his social, emotional, spiritual and physical life in jeopardy. Worst, it can lead to serious health problems like phobias, heart problems and high blood pressure.

Stress management therapy makes sure that you don’t get these negative effects of stress. Generally, stress management therapy involves relaxation, counselling, exercises, yoga, meditation, and time management therapies. The key to combat stress is to manage it. If you can balance your needs and your abilities, there will be less room for stress.

Identification Of Stress

Before you can even start managing stress, you should first identify the factors that trigger stress. The stress management therapy will be based on your stress factor. The therapy will be designed according to your own needs.

Once the stress triggering factors are identified, measures will be taken to help the individual in facing the same circumstances. The stress management therapy may totally eliminate the factor that causes stress or if not, reduce it to a more tolerable level.

Stress management therapy is vital especially today where everywhere there seems to be a tough competition. This makes us want to get the best and thus, we become stressed. Through a stress management therapy, you will be able to enjoy life the stress free way!

Hypothyroidism (Low Thyroid)

Hypothyroidism (low thyroid)is a hormone imbalance caused when the thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormone.

What are the Symptoms of Hypothyroid? The most common are fatigue and intolerance to cold. If everybody is wearing short sleeves and you are wearing a jacket, you most likely have a hypothyroid issue. Other common symptoms are mental instability or depression, muscle weakness and fatigue, poor memory, lethargy and headaches. Still other symptoms are deep slow speech, loss of hair, cold hands and feet, constipation, pale thick skin, brittle nails, and swelling of the face and eyelids. And finally… excessive and painful menstrual flow, nervousness and palpitations.

How to Know for Sure?

You can ask your doctor to perform a thyroid test and/or conduct the following simple self-test at home:

You must first sleep through a full night. (The test will not work if you have gotten up or gone to the bathroom.) When you are awake but still in bed, take your temperature in your armpit. Do this and record the temperatures 3 days in a row. A normal reading would be between 97.8 – 98.2 Fahrenheit. A reading below 97.8 would indicate hypothyroid activity. (Above 98.2 would indicate hyperthyroid activity.) If you are menstruating, take your temperature on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th day of the period.

Causative Influences

Influences which can contribute to Hypothryroidism are malnourishment, and thyroid and pituitary exhaustion due to excessive caffeine, sugar, alcohol and other stimulants. Malnourishment, of course, does not mean lack of food, but rather, a diet of processed, unnatural foods that are not nourishing. Other environmental factors include the consumption of fluoridated water, and pesticides and radiation.

Women Take Note

One out of eight women will develop hypothyroid problems in their life. The condition often manifests between 30 and 50, along with the hormonal changes taking place then. As soon as you enter this age range, it pays to stay alert to this issue. By “nipping it in the bud’ you can spare yourself unnecessary suffering. This is why the regular use of a natural progesterone hormone cream like Prosperin can be very helpful.

Helpful Supplements

  1. 2000 – 3000 mg. of kelp each day (kelp is rich in iodine, vitamin B and folic acid.) and/or
  2. L tyrosine, 500 mg. twice daily, taken on an empty stomach, and not with milk.
  3. Raw thyroid glandular – available from your physician.
  4. Prosperine for women, Prosperon for men. To learn the value of natural progesterone creams.
  5. 2000 mg. vitamin C, to support the adrenal glands

And as always, avoid stress, rest, enjoy your life, eat a healthy diet, and do all your disciplines with joy, every moment.

Tips To Make Sure Your Losing Weight Safely

If you need or want to lose weight, you should make every effort to ensure that you’re losing weight safely.  Of course, most people intend to do this.  It seems silly to think anyone would set out to lose weight any other way than safely, but it does happen.  Unsafe and even deadly methods of weight loss are everywhere you look.  Many people just see the results and figure the worst consequences of what they’re doing won’t happen to them.  But sometimes they do.

Look at models, for instance. While there’s no doubt that some eat a healthy diet, if a small one, others who became models weren’t so concerned with staying thin in a reasonable way.  For them, if they gained a pound all thoughts of losing weight safely were gone.  The only thing that mattered was dropping that pound and fitting perfectly into those designer clothes they had to model. The rate of bulimics among models and other professions, like jockeys for instance, where people have to stay small and thin is amazingly high.

Bulimia is a disorder in which a person eats normally or overeats and then makes themselves throw the food back up. People with bulimia stay thin because they throw the food up before they can absorb many calories from it.  Unfortunately, they can’t absorb the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that they’re bodies need either. It’s extremely unhealthy and can do lots of physical damage. Bulimia can kill people, and it has killed many.  But despite knowing this, some people still use it as a way to lose weight or keep it off.  Losing weight safely won’t be anything like this.

If a diet plan you’re following makes you feel bad, you’ll want to consider a different way of eating to make sure you’re losing weight safely. Though it’s true that almost any big change to how you eat might make feel a little “off” for a few days. If you’re used to having a lot of caffeine and sugar in soda and you give it up or drastically cut back, for instance, you might have headaches or even feel nauseous a little in the beginning.  But if a diet restricts something like vegetables and insists you eat foods that you might have before considered unhealthy, you may start to feel bad because you’re not getting the right nutrition and your body is rebelling a bit.

For losing weight safely, you have to be very aware of the things you do, too.  If you haven’t exercised in a while, spending an hour on an exercise bike might not be the best idea.  First, you could injure yourself by overdoing it.  And even if you don’t hurt yourself, you’re bound to be incredibly sore. And if you’re in much pain, you’re more likely to quit. If you’re in doubt about a diet or exercise plan, then ask your doctor’s opinion.  You’ll be losing weight safely if you listen to your body and use your good common sense.

Choosing The Right Exercise For You

The type of exercise you do all depends on you and

what you like to do.  What you hate doing, paying

membership fees, and whether or not to buy equipment

are all things you need to consider as well as

answer.

 

If you choose something that you don’t like to do,

you aren’t going to keep doing it for a long period

of time.  Give it some thought – if you don’t like

jogging, you aren’t going to get up at 6 AM and go

running.  If you can’t find something you like to

do, choose something you hate the least, which will

normally be walking.

 

Walking is great exercise, as it suits all levels

of fitness.  Anyone can start a walking program at

any time, it’s normally the intensity and duration

that differs.  Walking is also a social exercise,

as it isn’t difficult to find a training partner

to chat with while you exercise.  Walking with a

partner will also make time go by faster.

 

No matter what exercise you choose, you should

start at a low level of intensity and build it up

over a period of weeks, which is essential to the

longevity of your exercise program.  If you start

off too hard, you could end up with an injury

which will require time off to get over.

 

If you are really in bad shape, you should start

off by walking for 10 minutes each day.  Then,

increase it by 5 minutes every 2 weeks.  To make

things more interesting, you should try walking

a different course every few days.  You can also

roster a different friend to walk with you each

day of the week.

 

If walking isn’t your thing, then you may want

to try a fitness center.  They have loads of

variety and normally have trainers on hand to

answer any questions you may have.  When you

choose a fitness center, make sure that they give

good service.

 

If they aren’t willing to treat you well before

you join, then they certainly won’t after you

join.  You should also make sure that the equipment

they use is well taken care of.  It’s easy to

find out, as all you have to do is listen to the

machines.  If they squeak a lot or make noise,

then chances are they aren’t being taken care of.

 

If you still aren’t sure what you should do, then

you should look into golf or tennis.  Both are

good social activities in most areas, and you can

even meet new friends.  Tennis is great for fitness

although it isn’t for someone who is just starting

out.  If you haven’t exercised in a long time,

then golf may be the best activity for you.

 

Alcohol And Exercise

On Friday afternoon after you leave work, you probably

think about going out and having a few drinks with

friends to relax and wind down.  Even though you

may think you deserve to go out and have a few drinks,

there are some things that you should certainly keep

in mind.

 

Like any other day, tomorrow is going to be a day

for exercise, and since you are exercising on a

regular basis, a few drinks of alcohol won’t really

hurt anything, right?  Before you decide to rush out

to the local bar, there are a few things below that

you should think about before you make your choice

about going out to drink some alcohol.

 

Research has proven that even small amounts of

alcohol with increase muscular endurance and the output

of strength, although these types of benefits are

very short lived.  After 20 minutes or so, the

problems will begin to surface.  All of the negative

side effects associated with alcohol will easily

outweigh any possible benefits that it can have.

No matter how you look at it, alcohol is a poison

that can really harm your body if you aren’t careful.

 

The negative side of alcohol can reduce your

strength, endurance, aerobic capability, recovery

time, ability to metabolize fat, and even your

muscle growth as well.  Alcohol will also have an

effect on your nervous system and brain.  If you

use it long term, you can cause severe deterioration

of your central nervous system.   Even with short

term use, nerve muscle interaction can be reduced

which will result in a loss of strength.

 

Once alcohol reaches the blood cells, it can and

probably will damage them.  With alcohol users,

inflammation of the muscle cells is a very common

thing.  Over periods of time, some of these cells

that have been damaged can die which will result

in less functional muscle contractions.  Drinking

alcohol will also leave you with more soreness of

your muscles after you exercise, which means that

it will take you a lot longer to recuperate.

 

Alcohol will also have many different effects on

your heart and circulatory system as well.  When

you drink any type of alcohol, you may begin to

see a reduction in your endurance capabilities.

Anytime you drink, your heat loss will increase,

due to the alcohol simulating your blood vessels

to dilate.  The loss in heat can cause your

muscles to become quite cold, therefore become

slower and weaker during your muscle contractions.

 

Drinking alcohol can also lead to digestive and

nutrition problems as well.  Alcohol cause a

release of insulin that will increase the metabolism

of glycogen, which spares fat and makes the loss

of fat very hard.  Due to alcohol interfering

with the absorption of several key nutrients, you

can also become anemic and deficient with B type

vitamins.

 

Because your liver is the organ that detoxifies

alcohol, the more you drink, the harder your liver

has to work.  The extra stress alcohol places on

your liver can cause serious damage and even

destroy some of your liver cells.

 

Since alcohol is diuretic, drinking large amounts

can put a lot of stress on your kidneys as well.

During diuretic action, the hormones are secreted.

This can lead to heightened water retention and no

one who exercises will want this to happen.

 

If you must drink alcohol, you should do it in

moderation and never drink before you exercise, as

this will impair your balance, coordination, and

also your judgement.  Think about your health and

how you exercise – and you may begin to look at

things from a whole new prospective.

Yoga for Back Pain Relief

The back is a well-designed body part that is made up of bones, muscles, nerves, and soft body tissues. It is a very important part of the human body because the bones of the back acts as a supporting frame for the back and the whole body. The back muscles work with abdominal muscles to keep the body upright and mobile. However, because of the stress of everyday life, many individuals tend to overwork or overuse their back muscles, which then leads to back pain. This condition may hamper performance and affect every day. Common symptoms of back pain may include spasms, stiffness, pain, numbness, and sometimes pain in the leg area and depends on the cause of pain and its severity. Back pain is one the most frequent health complaints that are received by doctors in the United States. However, individuals experiencing back pain should not despair because of the availability of many methods and medication that may give back pain relief.  One of the most popular alternative back pain treatments is the ancient Indian meditative exercise called yoga.

 

Not long ago, the primary treatment for chronic back pain was sufficient rest and the use of painkillers. Nowadays, doctors are encouraging their patients to manage pain and illness by engaging in activities like yoga. Many medical researchers suggest that yoga is one of the most effective treatments for body pain. Yoga has gone from a spiritual discipline practiced by many in the Far East into a mainstream exercise routine that is taught in many fitness gyms around the world. Other than back pain relief, many medical researchers also show that yoga helps strengthen one’s bones and muscles, reduce stress, and promote moments of relaxation. Yoga works by building strength, improving flexibility, and reducing joint and muscle pain.

Other proven benefits of yoga include:

Increases muscle strength, endurance, and stamina;

Develops muscles in the abdomen, legs, and arms;

Release of physical tension;

Helps maintain good and proper posture;

Serves as a good warm up for athletes; and

Improves an individual’s overall performance

However, not all forms of yoga can be used for back pain relief. When the back is injured or hurting, slow-paced and gentle stretches and poses should be practiced. Some yoga poses and stretches may aggravate back pain and lead to serious injuries. A type of yoga called Viniyoga is adapted from yoga that gives emphasis on precise deep breathing and slow stretches. Another type of yoga called Iyengar yoga, focuses on accurate bodily alignment. Students of this practice use different props like straps, blocks, blankets, and many more. This type of yoga works best with individuals who have little mobility and need some support.

Individuals who want to engage in physical activities like yoga should consult doctors and other health professionals before taking yoga classes. Certain injuries to the wrist, back, and ankles may prevent some individuals from practicing yoga postures and positions. Furthermore, yoga should be practiced with care and precaution. Some people have reported injuries that were acquired by executing yoga postures without focus, or by attempting difficult positions without working on them gradually or by not having proper supervision. Oftentimes, beginners complain of muscle soreness and fatigue after engaging in yoga. These effects may disappear with continuous practice. Yoga is a great way to strengthen the body and improve overall health.

Lose Weight With These Tips

It is time to get this weight thing under control once and for all, and this article is about to arm you with some serious arsenal to help you in the battle. Even if you have struggled in the past, it is time to start fresh. Use the information here to help motivate you, because this thing can be done!

Don’t forget to commit yourself to a long-term outcome. Do the kinds of activities and exercises that you enjoy so that you will continue to do them for a long time. Shortcuts and easy fixes will only get in the way of what should be a lifelong commitment to your health.

We all know that vitamin C benefits our bodies in many ways. But it also helps those trying to lose weight in that it converts glucose in to energy. You will enjoy many foods that are rich in vitamin C. The list includes: broccoli, green peppers, kiwi fruit, lemons, oranges and even cabbage. There are thousands of others!

One way to help with weight loss is to brush your teeth right after eating dinner. This tells your body you are done with food for the night. The minty clean feeling discourages snacking or drinking high calorie liquids. A minty mouth and greasy potato chips, for example, do not go well together.

Make it a point not to deprive yourself. If you are used to eating a lot of things that are not healthy for you, it is better for you to cut them out of your diet gradually. Eliminating too many things too fast will most likely lead to binge eating later.

One helpful tip for losing weight is to eat soups, especially for the evening meal. Soups can vary a lot in body and texture, but all are comforting and filling. The high amount of liquid fills you up, and they can be quite nutritious with the addition of beans, whole grain pasta, brown rice, vegetables, and lean meats. You can consume a great deal of soup compared to the volume of solid food you would be able to eat containing the same calories, and walk away feeling much more satisfied.

Turn small tasks and activities into exercises that you can complete anywhere. There are several things you do each day, that while not significant, pose a great chance to get an extra exercise in here and there. Whether you are brushing your teeth and doing crunches at the same time, or cooking and running in place, there are many great exercises that could easily take up down time.

Sign up with an online community that focuses on weight loss. Not only will you get valuable information, but you will be in a support group that will keep you motivated in your endeavor. This is also a good support system for people who are too self-conscious to join a group in person.

Choosing fish instead of meat, can help you to lose weight. You will still feel full, but at the same time, decrease your calorie intake. Seafood products are often lighter, with less fat, while still providing protein along with an array of intriguing tastes and textures. By eating less red meat (even less white meat) and choosing fish, you give your diet a much-needed boost.

Now that you are well armed, it is time to get to work and drop the pounds for good. Even if weight has always been an issue, you can use the information here to go into this thing informed and ready. It is time to show those love handles who is boss!

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