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Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins are a very common condition in the U.S. affecting approximately 15 percent of men and approximately 25 percent of women. More than just a cosmetic concern, varicose veins cause aching pain and discomfort and may lead to serious problems if not treated. Moreover, varicose veins may also indicate a higher risk of other circulatory system disorders. Varicose veins occur when veins do not correctly return blood from the lower leg to the heart. Valves in the veins can fail to function properly allowing blood to leak through and flow down the leg in the wrong direction. The blood overfills and distends the superficial veins under the skin, resulting in the bulging seen in varicose veins. It also results in feelings of discomfort and heaviness.

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Posted by admin on February 17th, 2010 2,582 Comments

Black Tea Fights Diabetes

Black tea, long known for its antioxidants, immune boosting and antihypertensive properties, could have another health benefit. Researchers studied the palysaccharide levels of green, oolong, and black teas and whether they could be used to treat diabetes.

Polysaccharides, a type of carbohydrate that includes starch and cellulose, may benefit people with diabetes because they help retard absorption of glucose. The reseachers found that of the three teas, the  polysaccharides in black tea had the most glucose-inhibiting properties. The black tea polysaccharides also showe the highest scavenging effect on free radicals,which are involved inthe onset of diseases suchas cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.

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Posted by admin on December 29th, 2009 3,161 Comments

Sea Buckthorn

Sea Buckhorn berries are packed with nutrients, antioxidents, and the fatty acids Omega 3, 6, 9, and the elusive Omega-7 that helps to keep skin soft and healthy and make you more comfortable in your own skin.

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Posted by admin on December 29th, 2009 2,164 Comments

Live to 100

Your run for 40 minutes a day: Mddle-Ages eople who run for a total of about 5 hoursper week lived longer and funcioned better physically and cognitivity as they got older. The didn’t just get less heart disease- they also developed fewer cases of cancer, neurogical diseases, and infections.

You feel 13 years youger than you are: Feeling youthful is linked to better ealth and a longer life. It can improve optimism and motivation to overcome challenges, which helps reduce stress and boost your immune system and ultimately lowers your risk of disease.

You make every calorie count: Men and women who limit their daily calories to 1,400 to 2,000 were literally young at heart- their hearts functioned like those of people 15 years younger.

You had a baby later in life: If you got pregnant naturally after age 44 you’re about 15 percent less likely to die during any year after age 50. If your ovaries are healthy and you are capable of having children at that age, thats marker that you have genes operating that will help you live longer.

Your pulse beats 15 times in 15 seconds: That equals to 60 beats per minute- or how many times a healthy heart beats at rest. Most people have resting rates between 60 and 100 bpm, and the closer to the lower end of the spectrum, the healthier. A slower pulse means your heart doesn’t have to work as hard and could last longer.

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Posted by admin on November 8th, 2009 3,041 Comments

The Laws of Cancer prevention

About one of every three Americans will face some form of cancer during his or her lifetime. You can help beat these grim statistics by taking steps to protect yourself right now. In fact, up to 75 percent of cancer deaths in the U.S. can be prevented, reports the April 2009 issue of Harvard Men’s Health Watch.

  • Eat Right. Reduce you consumption of saturated fat and red meat. Limit your intake of charbroiled foods, and avoid deep-fried foods. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. And don’t forget to eat fish two to three times a week.
  • Excercise Regulary. Physical activity has been linked to a reduced risk of colon, prostate, breast, and reproductive cancers.
  • Limit alcohol consumption. Excess alcohol increases the risk of cancers of the mouth, larynx, esophagues, liver and colon; it also increaes a woman’s risk of breast cancer. If you choose to drink alcohol, the limit should be one to two drink a day for men, no more than one a day for women.
  • Consider taking low-dose aspirin. Men who take aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may have a lower risk of colon and prostate cancers.
  • Get enough vitamin D. Taking 800 to 1,000 internatioal units (UI) daily may help reduce the risk of prostate and colon cancers.
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Posted by admin on September 18th, 2009 11,032 Comments

Go out and Play

Play is important no matter what your age. A lot of play involves exercise, which is a good thing in and of itself. Play relieves stress and releases a whole range of feel-good chemicals in our brain, which not only makes play fun but relieves tension across the whole of your body. Play is good for your brain, too. Play lights up the entire right side of your brain, creating a state of hyper creativity that literally changes the way you see the world. Play unites your mind and body. In play, the gap between physical sensation and mental sensation is bridged.Play creates a social bond.

Spending some profoundly non-serious time with yourself or with others may well make you feel better, be more relaxed, and enjoy more creativity.

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Posted by admin on September 18th, 2009 13,629 Comments

At home eye treatment

You’re eyes will feel like they’ve had a fancy spa treatment. Bonus: cucumber slices not required.

1. Stay well watered. Your tear ducts- those tiny tubes that keep your eyes moist and lubricate- need ample H2O to do their job. So help them stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

2. Get between the sheets. Adequate pillow time is key for reviving tired eyes. Your retinal membranes-like the rest of your body- need the night hours to recharge.

3. Quit the staring contests. With your computer, that is. Let the machine win. Too much screen time makes eyes tired and achy. Take at least one 10-minute break every two hours.

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Posted by admin on August 6th, 2009 2,514 Comments

Get Your Daily Dose of Sunshine

Medical researchers are growing increasingly excited about a wonder drug that may significantly reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and many other diseases- sunshine. A recent study found that men who are deficient in vitamin D, which your body produces in response to sunlight, have more than double the normal risk of suffering a heart attack.

In fact, men with vitamin D levels below 15 nanograms per milliliter had two and a half times the risk of having a heart attack or dying- even after controlling for all other possible risk factors such as hypertension, obesity, and high lipid levels. Another study found that low levels of vitamin D increased the risk of diabetes, and yet another linked vitamin D deficiencies to an increased risk of dying from breast cancer.

These findings all join a growing body of evidence indicating that an adequate level of the vitamin, which many people can get from 20 minutes in the sun each day, is crucial to maintaining good health.

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Posted by admin on June 12th, 2009 15,422 Comments

Laugh It Up!

Giggle, snort, and laugh until it hurts. You- and everyone around you- will be healthier.

In a recent study, sounds of laughter or cheering triggered strong brain activity in listeners, particularly the brain areas that control the muscles of the face- which means listeners were primed to smile or laugh, too. The response was automatic-and contagious.

Laughter is good for both body and soul. It can thwart stress, boost the immune system, and help protect against the flu or even cancer. In a study, men who watched a favorite funny video had lower levels of stress hormones and higher amounts of growth hormone, both of which bolster the immune response. And study participants had more of the natural killer cells that target tumors and viruses. Just anticipating a chuckle or guffaw can keep you healthy and reduce stress. In another study, people who knew in advance that they would be watching a funny movie had elevated levels of growth hormone and more betaendorphines (feel-good brain chemicals that block pain and help you relax). And those levels held steady throughout the hour of viewing as well as afterwards, for up to 24 hours. A mere 30 minutes of comic relief may be all you need for similar health benefits.

So go ahead, laugh often and out loud. It’s your best medicine. z

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Posted by admin on April 8th, 2009 3,943 Comments

Nuts to Cancer

If your’e not already snacking on a handful of nuts daily to help protect your heart, here’s a reason that might sway you: walnuts, almonds, and pistachios contain a potent substance that may thwart cancerous tumors. Legumes are similarly loaded with the mighty compound, so there’s not reason to leave those peanuts at the bottom of the can of mixed nuts.

A key enzyme involved in cancer growth may inhibit by- you ready for this? - inositol pantakisphosphate. Luckily, you don’t need to know how to say it to benefit from it! Just know that it’s good for you and found in abundance in nuts, wheat bran, and most legumes. Apparently, the compound is so powerful it could hold promise for future cancer treatments. And a non-toxic way to kill cancer cells would surely be welcome.

Nuts are chock-full for good-for-you vitamis, nutrients, and phytochemicals, along with healthy monounsaturated fats that help keep cholesteral down and arteries clear. But stick to about an ounce a day so you don’t overload on calories.

Go nuts! Keep an airtight jar full of bulk mixed nuts on hand. The tight seal will keep the inositol pentakisphosphate intact, so each handful delivers cancer-fighting crunch.

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Posted by admin on April 8th, 2009 7,581 Comments