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Think You Look Like Your Mom?

Author: Cynthia Rowlandbulldoggy-main_Full

Maybe when you look in the mirror you see a resemblance of your Mom looking back at you.  You probably see more than just sagging or fullness under your eyes; you most likely see jowls, pouches, a downturned mouth, spongy skin, the dreaded wattle, sagging cheeks and more in the mirror.

These conditions – sagging facial features – make us look old and tired.

It is not unusual that a family resemblance is apparent because when aging strikes our faces we definitely have a tendency to remark that this must be hereditary because our Moms or even our Great Aunt Hilda wore the same look when they were a certain age.

Aging in our faces is sneaky; it seems that wrinkles, sags and bags can appear almost overnight.  It is true.  It is not uncommon for a wrinkle to seemingly appear out of thin air.

Seeing a new wrinkle upon arising may be a result of improper sleeping.  These wrinkles that look so cute on a four year old when they awaken from a nap are surely disastrous when they are on the face of a forty year old.  The realization that you have created this hideous crinkle may have you feeling hopeless and ready to succumb to the surgeon’s knife.

Do not despair as there are natural remedies for aging that will not require recuperation or spending your children’s inheritance.

Sleeping on a flat, mushy pillow can wreak havoc on your face, especially if you have a tendency to sleep mostly on your side.  Same goes for those of you who sleep on your stomach.  If you want to enjoy a wrinkle free face without under eye bags and sags, you might want to elevate the head of your bed by placing one inch thick books under the legs of your headboard while sleeping on a large, thick buckwheat pillow.

Bags and puffiness under your eyes can also indicate that you are using too much salt in your diet.  Sodium seems to be hidden in many pre-packaged foods so if you awaken in the morning seeing puffiness you may have consumed salt laden goodies or eaten Chinese food or enjoyed certain vegetable beverages that are well known for their high sodium content.

Drinking water seems to have a positive effect on your face and especially your brain.  Drinking purified water is a real boon to better health.  According to the Mayo Clinic, water is a vital component to flush toxins, carry nutrients to our organs and provide needed energy to enjoy life.  If you are short on water, your brain may act sluggish due to dehydration, you may feel dizzy and experience chills and even vomiting.

Exercise is another positive step that keeps you looking younger.  The choices are wide and varied:  walking, bicycling, Pilates, karate, Kung Fu, tennis, softball, volleyball, surfing, jogging, kick boxing, Jazzercise, weight training.  According to Jackie Silver, author of ‘Aging Backwards’, “Exercise is the fountain of youth!”  It is likely you agree.

Our bodies appreciate the rush of endorphins when we complete a strenuous workout.  The sense of completion and satisfaction usually shows up on our faces as a beaming, broad smile.  We feel euphoric…vital…young…until we look in the mirror and wish that our faces looked as young as we felt right now.

Alas, your face needs exercise just like your body does.  Without it, the once vibrant muscles, the youthful, unlined facial skin is unavailable to you.

Even when you are meticulous and extremely careful about your face, including using the finest skin care, it is inevitable that your face will appear tired and elongated as your skin loses its firmness and its youthful contour.  Exercise from the neck down isn’t enough to sustain or maintain a youthful face.

A pro-active approach to a younger face is not about having surgery or injections; rather, a younger face is possible when you use facial exercise to stop the sagging and to maintain the uniqueness of your face.

Just as exercise changes the shape and contour of the body, specialized facial exercises, using your thumbs and fingers, will gently begin to soften stressed faces while lifting and toning the hidden muscles that support the skin.  If the facial muscles are not exercised, the skin is continuously dragged downward by the elongation of the muscles.

This downward slide is what makes faces look old and that is when you see the resemblance of your mother, your aunts and others who are older than you.

If you are serious about learning the secret to a youthful face, begin a facial exercise program in earnest to lift, tone and tighten those sagging facial muscles.

Why Stress Causes Obesity?

Author: Albert Leestress-relief-collage

Obesity today is so common that young people are also suffering from this kind of disease. Normally, obesity is diagnosed during middle age. However today, you will normally hear that young people in their 20’s are now suffering from this kind of disease.

The main cause of obesity is overeating. However, not many people know the causes of overeating. And, the answer to this question is stress. Many people today, especially young people, are now living a hectic and stressful lifestyle. Because they live this kind of life, they tend to eat comfort foods to get rid of stress.

Stress can make you feel hungry even though you just ate. Because of this reason, you will tend to eat more portions and fast food chains are serving food portions that are high in fat, sugar and salt 700 percent larger than what is recommended by dietitians and nutritionists.

Over the past two decades, stress has increased in an alarming rate. Studies also found that along with the increase of stress, obesity also followed closely. Try and ask yourself about being stressed. After eating a hearty breakfast, you set off for work. On your way to work, you experience being stuck in a traffic jam. You will see that it will stress you out and it will also make you hungry an crave for food even though you just ate a big breakfast just less than an hour ago.

As you can see, stress is a large contributor to obesity. Because of this, it is very important for you to live a stress free lifestyle as much as you can. You can consider exercising as it can reduce stress or you can also try to meditate.

There is so much you have to change in your life today in order to avoid experiencing stress and at the same time, avoid gaining weight until you become obese. Through exercise and by eating only when you need to, you will decrease stress plus it can also decrease your risk on becoming obese.

Remember this and you will live a happier and healthier life. Defeat obesity by first defeating stress.

Stress Management – 3 Steps to Eliminate Holiday Stress

Author: Linda Hamptoncoping-with-holiday-stress.s600x600

Much of our holiday stress is self induced. We all love the holidays and want to them to be a truly enjoyable and rewarding experience. We tend to spend a great deal of time and effort engaging in various activities trying to make the time period extra special. Our desire to have the best holidays possible often delivers an ironic just like O’Henry’s Gift of the Magi. Instead of enjoying the holiday season, we spend our holiday season stressed and worried about how to make our holidays perfect.

One of the chief causes of holiday stress is that gnawing feeling that the things you must do are going to outstrip your available time. Shopping, cooking, packing, wrapping and decorating suddenly fill what used to be your free time.

There are a few basic steps you can take to make your to-do list seem more manageable and to reduce your stress level.

1. Adjust Your Expectations

An often overlooked way to deal with holiday stress is simply readjusting your expectations of the holidays. The media and advertising industries lead us to believe that any holiday celebration that doesn’t end up resembling a Norman Rockwell print is a failure. This of course, is not the case. It’s fine to strive for a wonderful holiday season, but it’s not necessary to create the Perfect Holiday nor is it possible. Instead of concerning yourself with every detail, you can reduce your stress level by focusing on the parts of the holidays that are most meaningful and important to you and placing less emphasis on other aspects of the season.

2. Start Early

Here’s a rule about holiday stress we shouldn’t break – start early. We often laugh at the fact Christmas decorations tend to go up in shopping malls right after Halloween decorations disappear. Although we don’t necessarily need to take the not-so-subtle message of holiday commercialization to heart, we can learn quite bit from the early decoration trend. By starting our holiday preparations early, you can reduce the amount of pressure and stress you experience during the season.

3. Follow Santa’s Lead

Santa Claus, the song tells us, makes a list and checks it twice. If he left delivery of millions of toys up to his memory, he would probably be the North Pole’s most stressed resident. You can learn an important lesson from Santa Claus and can create your own organized list of holiday tasks and chores. By carefully assessing your holiday needs and expectations, starting early on the holidays and keeping an organized to-do list, you can make your holidays a pleasure!

Eating Disorders: A Disease Of Perceptions

Author: Gabriel Adamseatingdisorder

Body image is something that young women in America often struggle with on a daily basis. Their minds are flooded with images of rail thin models and celebrities who run the “it” crowd. Unfortunately, this is where many women become obsessed with weight and looks in hopes of making themselves perfect.  Although there is no clear cut cause for an eating disorder, people with a family history of depression or anxiety, obesity, and even social factors are listed as very possible perpetrators for such syndromes.  There are two well known types of eating disorders, Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.

Anorexia is most likely the more well-known eating disorder in America today. Women with Anorexia will have what is called body-image distortion. This means because their views of what is attractive have become so distorted and skewed, what they see in the mirror isn’t necessarily what they actually look like.

So while you may see an attractive and healthy or sometimes underweight and malnourished individual, they will see nothing but flaws that need to be fixed typically their weight.  Some tendencies include; using laxatives or enemas inappropriately, vomiting or excessive exercise routines. This can differ in several ways from the other common eating disorder called Bulimia Nervosa.

Bulimics have similar symptoms, but show different tendencies in their quest for the “perfect” body. While it is still classified as psychological condition dealing with body image this
condition causes the person to binge or overeat greatly on high fat or high calorie foods, and then purge most commonly with laxatives or vomiting. Although both of these disorders are generally categorized as psychological or sociological issues, new studies have shown that some sufferers of Bulimia could have hormonal imbalances specifically testosterone.

Body image matters have really evolved over time and have risen to staggering new heights in America over the last decade. Many will attribute this in large part to the fashion industry and endless media coverage on celebrities. While there is no “cure” for these disorders, anyone who has Anorexia or Bulimia needs treatment. It’s been shown that people who receive treatment at earlier stages have a vastly higher chance of keeping a healthy body and mind.

It is important to be educated about the signs and symptoms of these disorders. If you or anyone close to you is more than moderately underweight, show obsessive or irrational fears of food or gaining weight seek help immediately. These are life threatening diseases, and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Arthritis, Nutrition and You!

Author: Chuck Arnonesalmon

Although progress in the field of arthritis and nutrition is slow, we fully expect to see further justification of these theories as medical science progresses.Here is a brief look at the ongoing research of arthritis and nutrition. There has been a lot of research that identifies the relationship between arthritis and nutrition.

Arthritis means inflammation of a joint or joints.  Arthritis is usually caused by what people eat and drink and is becoming very common in people of all ages which will probably affect 90% of people by the age of 60.  Arthritis is a poorly understood condition but some scientists believe that rheumatoid arthritis is the result of a micro-organism or other foreign substance in the body.  Arthritis is the general name for a group of more than 100 diseases and becomes more prevalent as we age.  Arthritis is one of the most common chronic degenerative conditions today, affecting as many as 100 million people worldwide.  Can the foods you eat cause or affect your arthritis?  Diet is a major role player in the onset of arthritis.  There are some scientific reasons to think that the foods you eat could affect certain kinds of arthritis.

Evidence shows that excessive weight and the type of diet you follow may influence symptoms of certain types of arthritis and related conditions.  Research has shown several connections between food, nutritional supplements (vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids) and certain forms of arthritis or related conditions, such as gout, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, and reactive arthritis.  Healthcare professionals strongly recommend that people with arthritis follow a diet based on variety, balance and moderation.  The treatment for arthritis usually focuses on medications that reduce inflammation, which decreases pain and increases mobility.

Advancements have shown to be extremely effective in both preventing and managing many forms of arthritis by all natural nutritional supplements.  Nutrition and exercise are beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers in additional to medical therapy.  To give the body proper nutrition, a person has to eat and drink enough of the foods that contain key nutrients.  It is almost impossible to get a daily balanced diet so the logical answer is to allocate a portion of your food budget to include a nutritional supplement product that supplies the recommended daily minimums. It is best for overall health when that can be attained through improved nutrition instead of toxic drugs.  But then again, a lack of evidence doesn’t rule out the power of good nutrition–researchers could find no explicit link between red meat and RA either.  Emphasis on nutrition is a meaningful choice and can give you control over your arthritis.  While conventional medicine often helps to ease the symptoms, nutritional supplements can also have powerful effect in assisting keeping this debilitating condition in check.

It seems like we hear conflicting news about what we should and shouldn’t eat at every turn, but experts have pinpointed specific foods and supplements that can actually decrease the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis when combined with regular exercise.  Other supplements that have been in the news a lot lately – glucosamine and chondriton – help the body repair damaged tissue, slow down joint degeneration and improve joint function and mobility.  Give some of our suggestions a try: Exercise at least 3 times a week and watch your weight. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains and adhere to a low saturated fat and low cholesterol diet. Moderate your sugar intake, consider using sugar substitutes if you drink alcoholic beverages, drink in moderation and avoid tobacco use. Take recommended supplements with your doctor’s approval. Drink eight glasses of water per day and get 8 hours of sleep each night.In addition, changes to diet and the use of certain nutritional supplements may also help to relieve symptoms.  Liquid dietary supplements have several advantages over tablets and capsules. Liquid vitamins and mineral supplements have a greater absorption rate than any other form of supplementation.  The effective use of nutritional supplements and natural diet saves money, pain and lives.

The first step is to insure you get the basic nutrition through proper diet and exercise.  Just as it is for people without arthritis, maintaining a balance in the foods you choose is important. While exercise is important for overall health, for people with stiff joints and decreased mobility, it can really help offset the consequences of this condition.  Begin your exercise program and take it slow and easy.  Too much exercise, especially jogging, or anything that is hard on the joints, is not helpful and can cause traumatic arthritis.  However, some mild daily exercise such as walking is generally best and does not stress the joints as does any vigorous exercise.

Studies have shown a connection between foods, vitamin supplementation, and fish oil (omega 3 fatty acids) can only help certain types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Oily fish such as wild Alaskan salmon, walnuts, freshly ground flaxseed or a good omega-3 supplement may help reduce the inflammation and pain of arthritis.  Research also suggests that a diet rich in Omega 3 EPA may help reduce the pain of inflammation associated with some forms of joint pain.  For example, Omega-3 fatty acids from plant foods such as flaxseed and oil, nuts and seeds, avocados, olive and canola oils (just to name a few) is renown for preventing and even reversing osteoarthritis.

Exercise is needed and more of it working up to an hour a day. The benefits will far outweigh the consequences of being unfit, sick and  eating away at your savings from medical expenses!

If You Want To Prevent Arthritis, Exercise!

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Author: John Hilaire

The causes of arthritis vary, but most researchers agree that one huge factor affecting the likelihood of developing arthritis is exercise and weight.  Prevention of arthritis could be as simple as increasing the amount of regular activity you do.  Exercise not only prevents arthritis from developing, but it can prevent the further decay of bones already affected by arthritis.

Many people are hesitant about arthritis exercise, however, especially if they already have arthritis.  Some think that exercise might worsen their symptoms; however, on the contrary, exercise has been shown to reduce arthritis symptoms.  The key to arthritis exercise is knowing what type of exercise to do then, you can begin steps toward prevention!

How Does Exercise Prevent Arthritis?

Exercise is a great way to prevent the development of arthritis.  Exercise accomplishes three main goals which can help to prevent arthritis: weight control, strengthening of muscles, and injury prevention.

People who are obese or overweight are more at risk for developing arthritis.  This is because excess weight puts additional stress on joints.  By losing a little weight, you  can reduce your chances of developing the disease by as much as 30%!

Strengthening muscles is another way exercise helps to prevent arthritis.  By strengthening your muscles, you are providing greater support for your joints, thus decreasing your risk.

Finally, exercise has been shown to reduce the likelihood of injuries, which is one of the main causes of arthritis.  By decreasing your risk of having a bone fracture of a torn ligament, you are also reducing your risk of developing arthritis.

What Type Of Arthritis Exercise Should You Do?

In order to prevent arthritis, the exercise you should focus on is both strength training and aerobic exercise.  Strength training, which uses tools such as plastic bands, can help to build muscle and decrease your risk of arthritis development.

Aerobic exercise, such as swimming and walking, can contribute to weight loss, which can also reduce arthritis risk.  While many might think that these activities would only worsen the effects of arthritis, no research has ever supported these conclusions.  Water aerobics are a great way to prevent the further effects of arthritis, because it provides aerobic exercise that is low impact.

Other activities, such as range of motion exercises and agility exercises, can help to prevent arthritis by keeping the joints limber.

A Healthy Life Style

While arthritis prevention isn’t the only reason you should exercise, it certainly is one of the most important.  Remember, exercise is good for you no matter what your condition, so begin reaping the many benefits of exercise today!

Types of Arthritis – Three Most Common Types and Other Types of Arthritis

Author: Dr John Annearthritis hands

Arthritis  covers a broad spectrum of disease. To many, the term arthritis means pain and  inflammation of the joints – but, arthritis is a much more complex medical  condition. The term arthritis comes from the Latin phrase, “arth” meaning joint  and “it is” meaning inflammation. There are over 100 illnesses associated with  the term arthritis. Arthritis can range from something as simple as tendonitis  to something as chronic as  rheumatoid  arthritis .

Three Most Common Types of Arthritis

Osteoarthritis  – the most common  type of  arthritis . This degenerative joint disease affects over 16 million  Americans. This form of arthritis is caused when the cartilage surrounding the  ends of the bones begins to degenerate and the joints are no longer cushioned.  This caused the joints to rub together and in severe cases, you can hear the  bones grating against one another. At the onset of osteoarthritis, the symptoms  are usually mild and consist of pain and stiffness of the joints. As the  disease progresses, inflammation and loss of motion can occur. In some severe  cases, deformity can occur if the grinding joints wear one side of the joint  more than the other.

Rheumatoid arthritis  – This is the  second most common  type of arthritis  and the most severe. Symptoms  usually begin appearing between the ages of 25 and 50 – however, children and  senior citizens can experience the onset of this disease. Rheumatoid arthritis  is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is  considered an autoimmune disease because factors other than wear and tear of  cartilage can cause the disease and the disease can affect other organs, such  as the eyes, lungs, and heart.

Rheumatoid arthritis usually affects the joints on both sides of the  body – for instance, both hands will be affected, both wrists will be affected,  and both legs will be affected. The most common symptoms of rheumatoid  arthritis are pain, stiffness, swelling, redness of the skin, fatigue, weight  loss, and low-grade fever. Not only affecting the joints, rheumatoid arthritis  can give you an overall feeling of sickness. Rheumatoid arthritis can be a  debilitating disease, however patients can experience periods of remission in  which the symptoms disappear and they can lead a normal life.

Fibromyalgia  – This is a  type of arthritis  that does not directly affect the joints. Rather, the inflammation and pain  affect the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and soft tissues under the skin. Many  patients have tender spots under the skin that are painful when any type of  pressure is applied. The symptoms for Fibromyalgia include deep muscle pain,  fatigue, sleeplessness, and depression. Symptoms may come and go, but the  disease is long term and chronic.

Other Types of Arthritis

Anklyosing Spondylitis  – a chronic,  inflammatory disease that affects the spine. The common symptoms include lower  back pain and stiffness that lasts for more than a period of three months,  difficulty sleeping, fatigue, weight loss, and low-grade fever.

Gout  – this disease usually affects the  joints of the big toe, but can extend to the ankles, heels, knees, wrists,  fingers, and elbow. The common symptoms are tenderness, pain, redness, warmth,  and swelling of the affected joint.

Infectious Arthritis  – this type of  arthritis is caused by an infection, and can be caused by both bacterial and  viral infections. The onset of infectious arthritis is sudden and the symptoms  include swelling of the joint, soreness, warmth, leakage of tissue fluid,  fever, and chills.

Cervical arthritis  – this type of arthritis affects  the upper back and can cause pain in the neck and arms. Cervical arthritis is  caused when the cartilage protecting the discs that support the neck  deteriorate. The most common symptom of cervical arthritis is chronic neck  pain, but can include loss of balance, headaches, muscle weakness, and  stiffness.

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis  – this  inflammatory arthritis affects children. The most common symptoms of Juvenile  Rheumatoid Arthritis are swelling, pain, and stiffness in joints. The symptoms  are usually worse in children upon waking in the morning and after a nap. There  is no known reason for the onset of arthritis in children and, unlike  rheumatoid arthritis in adults, children sometimes outgrow the disease and the  symptoms disappear.

These are just  some of the many  types of arthritis . In general terms, arthritis is any  disease that involves inflammation – swelling and pain of the joints or  muscles. If you suspect that you suffer from arthritis, you should consult your  physician to determine the  type of arthritis  and learn what treatments  are available.