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Foods to Avoid to Prevent Nail Fungus

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

hands careWhy is nail fungus such a nuisance to get rid of? Some fungal infections could take up to a year to go away. Often painful, nail fungus affects nearly half of all men over the age of 40. It’s prevalence among the elderly is staggering, particularly with respect to those who contend with autoimmune disorders like HIV, AIDS and diabetes, though  HIV and AIDS are particularly rare among the elderly, whereas diabetes is quite common.

Affording the Best Treatments Through Binary Options Trading

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

Alternative medicine can be very effective. In fact, it was even able to address my health needs that conventional medicine was not able to take care of. Through alternative medicine, I was able to recover from my condition. Of course, this is not to say that alternative medicine is always the best option. I believe that my treatment wouldn’t have been effective if alternative medicine hadn’t been combined with conventional medicine. This is why I tell my readers, if you want to get the best treatment, you must make sure that you make the most of both western medicine and alternative treatments.

Of course, it goes without saying that undergoing both conventional and alternative treatments can prove to be very costly for the average person. For this reason, I am writing this post. I am actually going to focus on one way many people today fund their treatment: binary options trading. By doing binary options trading, you can build a fund for your treatments in no time.

If you have been using the internet for at least a few years, you probably have heard of binary options trading. Binary options trading is a form of online that has consistently grown in popularity over the past few years. There are many reasons as to why so many people from all over the world do binary options trading, one of them being the fact that it is both very easy to do and profit from. To earn money from binary options trading, people just have to choose correctly between putting or calling on an option. Regardless of the value the asset an option is for gains or loses, one will gain a fixed amount of money by making the correct choice.

The best part is that there are some binary options trading brokerages that make it a point to have binary option trading explained to their clients (e.g. Banc de Binary Europe). By working with such brokerages, even those who are pressed for time can easily learn how to do binary options trading effectively, thus letting them make profits from it fast. I, for one, know many people who used to have serious conditions who benefited greatly by working with legitimate brokerages. Even though their schedules were hectic, balancing their treatments with home/work life, they were still able to make a great profit from binary options trading due to the fact that the brokerage they worked with made it so easy for them. These people ended up building a fund that was enough for their treatments.

Hopefully, this post of mine will give people, especially those who are suffering from serious conditions or have a loved one who is, an idea on how they can avail of both the best alternative and medical treatments. It doesn’t matter whether they build their fund through binary options trading or not, what’s important is that they realize that it is very much possible. Gone are the days when the best treatments could only be availed of by the rich.

I’m Eating More Fish, I’m Taking a Fish Oil Supplement and I’m Doing My Own Cooking

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

I’ve recently discovered the importance of keeping up your intake of fish oil. I’m a huge convert to natural methods of staying healthy and I’m starting to realise that fish should be a big part of my diet.

I’ve been reading a lot lately about the importance of omega 3. Omega 3 is a fat which is found in fish, and which is supposed to be very good for you.

I’d heard about omega 3 fish oil before, but it’s really only since I began reading about it that I began to fully appreciate the importance of fish oil in your diet.

Good health is about good diet

Of course good health is all about diet, I don’t think you can go past the old adage that what you eat determines how healthy you are. No matter how much you go to the doctor if you don’t eat well then you won’t be likely to be healthy, or certainly not as healthy as you could be if you do eat well.

Apparently they started to research the importance of fish oil in the diet in the last century. Someone other discovered that groups of people that ate lots of fish seemed to be healthier than lots of people who don’t eat fish, and in particular seemed to have much lower rates of some lifestyle diseases such as cardiovascular disease.

People like the Eskimos, who pretty much live on fish and other types of seafood are healthier than most of the rest of this on a Western diet, or at least they don’t suffer from a number of different lifestyle diseases that so many of the rest of us suffer from. Heart disease is only one, a number of cancers are also included.

And gradually through research scientists began to discover that fish contained a particular form of fish oil which was called omega3, and the high intake of omega three, from eating fish, began to explain why these groups of people seemed to be much healthier.

It makes sense to me so I’ve included more fish in my diet. Sadly I’m finding fish very expensive and for this reason I tend to take a fish oil supplement every day, I can’t afford lots of fish. I did little research on how to find the best fish oil supplement, on websites like this one.

And I’m doing my own cooking

The other thing I’m doing to stay healthy is more of my own cooking. If you cook food from original ingredients then it’s much healthier than eating food which is manufactured. Manufactured food, it seems from my research, tends to have a lot of nasty ingredients. One of the worst is trans fats and it looks like from recent research that these are really bad for you.

So I tend to cook with olive oil which seems to be much healthier.

There’s lots of skills involved with cooking and preparing food. I invested in a quality kitchen knife, which I love, and I’m currently learning how to sharpen a knife. It’s not as easy as you might think. I found out about how to find the best knife sharpener for your needs here, bought myself this sharpener, and have spent lots of time practising on my new kitchen knife.

However I’m not so sure of quite got the hang of it yet, I think I’ve got plenty more practice to go.

So that’s what I’ve been doing lately to stay healthy. I’m doing my own cooking, I’m including lots of fish in my diet, and on days when I can’t afford fish I’m taking my fish oil supplement.

Hopefully, with all of this, I’m getting healthy and I won’t need to spend any more money going to the doctor.

Lifestyle Changes for Naturally Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is an autoimmune disease that afflicts millions of people today. As the type of the disease suggests, it is a form of ailment where the body destroys itself. As such, it can be debilitating and very destructive to health. According to statistics, fifty to seventy percent of RA sufferers experience some form of disability within five years after being diagnosed. Moreover, around fifty percent will be unable to work after ten years. Considering this bleak prognosis for the disease, it is imperative for those with RA to treat it at the soonest possible time.

Conventionally, rheumatoid arthritis is treated with steroids and NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Although such treatments are effective in dealing with pain and inflammation on the short-term, these drugs have negative side effects to the health. Fortunately, there are natural and drug-free means by which symptoms can be minimized or eliminated; and these involve lifestyle changes for the RA sufferer.

The best foods for treating RA are vegetables. In every meal, try filling half of your plate with vegetables. Eating a fresh salad would be ideal, composed mostly of leafy greens. Healthy fat is also advisable, which you can get from nuts, olive oil, avocados and organic butter. If you don’t like eating raw, you can steam your vegetables, although certain enzymes might be lost in the cooking process. Some of the recommended vegetables include red beets, kale, broccoli, zucchini and Swiss chard.

Limit your intake of sugar because it is known to cause inflammation. In addition to its caloric load, sugar raises your body’s insulin level, which is a root cause for most chronic diseases. It can also wreak havoc on your digestive system. If you find it difficult to eliminate sugar altogether, you can do it in phases. Eliminating soda drinks from your diet would be a good start.

Stress is a condition that affects the emotional and physical well-being of a person. It is an experience that everyone goes through sometimes but it becomes harmful when you are under stress constantly. For RA sufferers, who need to be at the peak of health, chronic stress can be detrimental. Hence, it is important to seek ways to deal with stress. You can engage is physical exercises such as swimming or yoga, activities which are gentle on the joints.

Alternatively, you can engage in a hobby or craft. Doing something you really love can do wonders for stress relief. A friend of mine who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis finds relaxation in sketching and designing dresses for little girls. Her designs have not only been a stress reliever, they have also been a source of additional income for her, as she sells them to clothes manufacturers. The cute and feminine styles of the discount flower girl dresses found on http://www.girlsee.com remind me so much of her sketches.

Additionally, RA sufferers should ensure that they get adequate sunlight. This is not for darkening the skin but for the Vitamin D that you can get when you expose yourself to the sun. This particular vitamin has been found to be beneficial for those who have rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a serious ailment that requires immediate attention to prevent it from further harming the body. Luckily, with self-discipline and determination in implementing changes to your lifestyle, you can treat it naturally.

Moving Towards A Natural Approach To Health Care

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

If someone asked me for the biggest take away from my journey from diseases back to health I would not have to think hard about it. There are some moments in life that really hammer home a lesson that you were not expecting.

During my recovery it occurred to me one day that we are now raised on the idea that western medicine and all that comes with it is the pinnacle of health management. There are so many situations that we just revert to a pill in lieu of actually figuring out what the root cause is and dealing with that first.

Got a headache? Pop a pill and get on with the day – even though I forgot breakfast and fueled up some soda and a muffin for lunch.

Sound familiar?

It’s this attitude that we have nowadays that I realized during my recovery was becoming an alien concept to me. It started to become obvious that the path we take sometimes is so far away from where we should be.

Now I am not going to talk banishing western medicine forever, but we do need to lower our reliance on it. Hey if it was so fantastic why are we a country of sick people?

We can easily integrate more natural and holistic methods of health management in the US if we just accepted that popping a pill is not an accepted notion when there are natural ways to deal with the problem.

There’s not a day goes by without a news story about the damaging effects of prescription drugs. Just the known side effects of these drugs kill thousands a year. We could even say doctors are killing thousands a year just by prescribing these meds.

We medicate our children to such a degree that they are essentially addicts before they are 10. Addicted to psychostimulants that probably cause many more problems than they solve.

It’s not just drugs that are a concern when it comes to damaging side effects. There are plenty of cosmetics on the market that can be damaging to our bodies.

Unfortunately in this day and age the attitude of the majority is that they want what they deem to be attractive and they want it now.

Just last week I was talking a dear friend about health matters. During our conversation it turns out that she has started using a skin whitening cream. I was completely shocked by this and to be honest I found it hard to keep my opinion to myself.

It seems that she is using it to lighten her skin tone all over her body. Now I can understand when there are actual visible skin pigmentation issues that can be embarrassing for someone that they would want to do something about it.

When I asked what it was that she was using I made a note to check up on it when I got home. It turns out that the cream contains a number of suspect ingredients, but the one that popped out was hydroquinone.
This is a very well-known chemical that is known to be unsafe. It’s been restricted for cosmetic use in many countries, but is still available in the US.

I did some extra research and called her back to tell her about this. She seemed fairly unconcerned, so I went ahead and recommended some other products that are known to be safe (here and here). I just hope she realizes the risk she is putting herself at and can make a conscious change to something that is less risky.

I think this attitude is what annoys me the most. It’s a lack of education and interest in what they are doing to their bodies in favor of quick results and ignorance.

I can honestly say that my journey has been tough but I have come out of it more enlightened about myself and my body’s needs. I can only hope that the general population can somehow get to this point one day too.

Are you ageing well?

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

Just because we are getting older, does that mean we have to become sedentary, or can we stave off the effects of aging and still be healthy as we cruise into our senior years? As the population gets older and the age of mortality inches higher, there is a need for continued exercise and increased senior physical fitness.

It is a natural downward spiral that occurs as we age and it begins as we stop doing the things we find difficult. For some this starts in the 30s and 40s and for others it’s much later but there does come a time when walking or standing for long periods of time becomes difficult so we start to stop. Once that happens we don’t want to go to parks or malls or possibly family events in the event that there might be too much walking. Eventually, you find yourself sitting more than standing and that leads to another slew of problems. The less the legs are used, the more feeble the muscles become, the more feeble the muscles become the less stability and balance they have, the less stability and balance you have the greater the risk of falling as you walk through your home. This can lead to bone breakages which, in the elderly, do not heal well or quickly leaving you with complications such as depression, poor circulation and pneumonia. Talk about a downwards spiral! One way to combat this is to use a recumbent fitness bicycle which works great because you can use them while still doing other things such as watching TV or reading.

Your attitude today is a good indicator of how well you will age. Do you believe in yourself and your ability to age gracefully and in a healthful manner, or do you figure that you will deteriorate with age so there’s no point avoiding it? A few examples of a wonderful attitude towards aging are: “I will stop exercising when I die!”, “I do not want to ever be old!” or “I will have to remain young at heart to keep up with the grandkids!”.

Jack Lalanne has just turned 93 years of age and he still uses his rowing machine two hours a day! He says, “You have to work at living, period. You’ve got to train like you are training for an athletic event. Most older people just give up. They think, “I’m too old for that,” because they have an ache here or a pain there. Life is a pain in the butt; you’ve got to work at it.”

Senior fitness exercises don’t have to be any different from what you have been doing all your life either. There is no reason to change what you have been doing, you simply might have to modify the intensity and weight. Obviously a 20 year old can lift more weight than an 80 year old but an 80 year old can still do push ups and perform squats as long as it has been a life habit.

A Harvard study says that it’s amazing how many longevity predictors are actually within your control. The following is a list of such variables you can control that will help you to start today to prepare to live well into your 80′s, 90′s and who knows, you may even make a centenarian!

* Avoiding cigarettes
* Good coping or adjustment skills (cup half full)
* Avoiding being overweight
* Exercising regularly
* Keeping strong relationships in social life and marriage
* Pursuing education

Keeping Your Back in Check and Your Productivity High

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

We know that one of the most fulfilling lives a human can live is a life full of giving back to the human race and the environment in which we live.

Oftentimes, our effectiveness is equal to the amount of willpower we possess, but unfortunately, some people don’t know that you can strengthen your willpower and increase its limits. Why do this? It will help you be more productive and effective with your time.

For years, I have always had a nagging pain in my back and neck, which prevented me from doing anything more than 3 hours of labor intensive work per day. Although my mind wanted to do more, my body couldn’t. As I talked to my friends and family about my issue, they recommended that I see a chiropractor in order for a professional to check on what was going on.

I really didn’t think I needed a chiropractor and I really didn’t believe anything they could do would help besides undergoing surgery. The pain came from bending down too much and after the three hour mark of doing this continuously, the pain would be so severe that all I could do was lay down. It took me two months to finally go and see a chiropractor to find out if they really could help me or not.

I ended up meeting with a local chiropractor, Dr. Vas of Next Level Wellness, and in minutes had me doing some specialized stretches while he was feeling and massaging my back and neck. Although the positions were straining, it actually did feel good to stretch that part of my body. After 30 minutes with Dr. Vas, I couldn’t say I felt any better and in reality I was actually quite sore after his treatment. He did tell me that after the pain subsides, I should already feel some sort of improvement and he recommended that I do come back once a week for two months to keep doing stretches and different ART techniques.

It’s been two months since I’ve been going to see Dr. Vas and I really do feel better; actually I feel amazing. I can work twice as long before my back and neck start to hurt and I am continuing sessions with him to relieve me of this pain for good. Now I can spend more time of my day working than I could before. In the end, this allows me to spend less days of my week working and I can enjoy my weekends now.

If you are struggling with any pains in your joints or back, I would definitely recommend seeing a chiropractor to find out if they can help. Just pay for the first session and see what they say. If you are having problems with your body that are preventing you from doing meaningful work, seeing a chiropractor is a worthy investment. I wanted to share this story with you today, because I know that I’m not the only one struggling with this. Don’t be stubborn, see a professional, and work better and smarter.

Beauty Products That Negatively Affect Our Health

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

productsHealth products may appear harmless when they are displayed in racks and shelves in supermarkets. However, we should always be cautious of what we’re applying to our skin, hair and even our nails. The FDA or Food and Drug Administration is responsible for banning any products that they think are not safe for public usage, but they obviously cannot ensure that 100% of harmful products are banned. There are still destructive products that gain access to supermarket shelves and worse, into our homes. So how do you know which products to purchase ad which you should avoid? Check out the ingredients and be sure it doesn’t acquire too much of the listed ones below.

Isopropyl alcohol SD-40

Too much alcohol dries the skin. If we use alcohol occasionally, that’s fine. But if too much of this is included in our everyday skin regime like lotions then that’s a whole new story. It will only dry your skin instead of moisturize it. Plus, alcohol will also weaken your skin’s vitamins and nutrients, allowing bacteria to easily penetrate. Most products that include too much of this are fragrance products like perfume and cologne. Antibacterial hand wash may also include isopropyl alcohol. In fact, alcohol may also be present in hair products, which means the best curling iron, found at  http://www.woocurls.com, is way better than purchasing chemical-based products.

Parabens

There are many ingredients that include parabens which you can easily identify through the name. Examples include butylparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben, ptopylparaben and more. Oftentimes, such ingredients are included in moisturizers, makeup and shampoos. If not regulated correctly, this may cause massive health problems. If you’re not sure of the product you’re purchasing and you saw many ingredients which include parabens, better steer away and simply look for other similar but safer products. But items with too much parabens cause problem with your hormone function. Some health experts also link this ingredient to breast cancer. They work great as makeup preservatives but they may not be that friendly to your health. This means it’s better to look for the best curling iron for thick hair rather than hair coloring treatments which can be very risky.

Formaldehyde preservatives

When you found makeup products that include hydantoin, urea, DMDM, methenamine, imidazolidinyl urea, or perhaps quarternium-15, you might want to reconsider before purchasing. This product can be very harmful especially that many experts believe it can cause cancer. Similar to parabens, most formaldehyde preservatives or any related ingredients are found in hair products and moisturizers. It is also used as preservatives to such beauty products but it may not be able to preserve our desired beauty.

Polyethylene glycols

Last on the list would be polyethylene glycols or commonly known as PEGs. This ingredient is usually present in deodorants and some skin moisturizers and lotions also include it. While there’s nothing wrong with PEGs, there have been many instances when it was found to b contaminated with 1,4-dioxane now this is where the problem begins as it can serve as human carcinogen or commonly referred to as cancer cells.

Making Your Home “Healthy”

Posted by on Mar 8, 2014 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

I used to suffer from a serious autoimmune disease. Despite the fact that I consulted so many medical doctors when I first had it, they didn’t make me undergo a single effective treatment. The problem with the doctors I consulted was that they were more focused on treating my symptoms rather than the cause of my condition. Luckily, after years of suffering from my disease, I met an osteopathic doctor who was able to cure me. Of course, he did it with the help of alternative medicine practitioners. Apparently, a few significant modifications to my lifestyle a few medical and natural treatments were all that was needed for me to get better.

I started this blog to educate people about how they can deal effectively deal with their condition through natural and medical methods which target the very cause of whatever it is they are suffering from. In this post, I am going to talk about the important of natural lifestyle modifications that can actually prevent the development of diseases. Hopefully, what I write here will prove helpful to many of my readers.

Natural treatments go hand-in-hand with natural lifestyle modifications. These lifestyle modifications may be too much of an effort or a little costly, but they can go a long way in preventing diseases. One of the ways one modify their lifestyle so that it becomes healthier is by keeping their house hygienic. Most people don’t realize this, but living in a house that’s even a little bit unhygienic can greatly increase their chances of developing diseases. For example, a house that has rooms that are constantly wet can become conducive for mold growth – the growth of mold may end up causing severe allergies and asthma attacks in those who live in the house. Homeowners need to make sure that they deal with such things. If the wetness is caused by leaks in pipes, they should immediately call a plumber Toronto citizens trust to fix their plumbing problem. Unless they are experts in plumbing, it is best to leave such work to professionals. This is because a bad job can worsen plumbing problems and contribute to the quick, larger growth of harmful organisms in one’s house. Through the help of a trusted plumber, any homeowner can make sure that their plumbing is kept 100% functional and safe for their family’s health.

When it comes to plumbing services Toronto plumbers can really help families have homes that are more hygienic and healthy. Of course, this is not to say that fixing one’s home’s plumbing is the only thing one has to do to keep one’s home healthy. A homeowner also needs to make sure that their home is free from pests and is not built with materials that may be harmful to human health, too, among other things. Making sure that one’s home is healthy might prove very taxing and costly, but in can go a long way in keeping your family healthy. Also, when one thinks about it, your chances of dealing with huge medical expenses that may result from sickness become much lower when you keep your home healthy – this justifies that cost of your efforts.

Natural Remedies To Cure Stress Incontinence

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

Millions of women are forced to deal with health problems that stem from an overactive bladder; these women often refrain from daily activities due to the constant fear of having an accident. Incontinence can be caused by sudden movements, coughing and sneezing; basically, anything that puts stress on your bladder can cause leakage.

There are lots of things that can cause stress incontinence; weak muscles in the pelvis and sphincter problems are usually the culprit. Smoking, obesity and chronic coughing can also aggravate the symptoms of incontinence.

Follow these tips to cure your condition naturally:

Balance Your Fluid Intake

When women have urinary incontinence, they often stop drinking water in hopes that their condition will go away. This doesn’t work; if you starve your body of something as vital as water, you’re just going to end up getting dehydrated, tired and sick. Everyone needs water to survive; if you stop drinking it, you throw your body out of whack so much that your incontinence gets worse.

If you stop drinking water, your urine becomes concentrated and acidic; acidic urine does a number on your bladder. Dehydration causes your irritated bladder to consistently leak; it does this because inflammation stops it from functioning properly. If you want to stop incontinence, you need to drink fluids until you aren’t thirsty anymore.

Pelvic Exercise

Pelvic exercises help strengthen the muscles around your bladder; this benefits women who suffer from incontinence due to muscle weakness. The most common pelvic exercise is called a Kegel. To do a Kegel, squeeze and release your pelvic muscles a couple of times a day; engage the same muscle that you use when you stop urinating.

If you do this a few times a day, you will notice that your incontinence slowly starts to disappear; as you strengthen the muscles that support your bladder, you stop leakage and feelings of urgency.

Use Meditation To Train Your Bladder

The body has an amazing ability to heal itself; if you can tap into your subconscious, you can train your bladder to stave off incontinence. This process takes patience, but it is extremely effective. Next time you feel the need to rush off to the bathroom, try to concentrate on how your body feels. While you are concentrating on your body, try to hold off going to the bathroom for a couple of minutes. Over time, you will be able to hold off for longer and longer.

This process works because you put yourself into a meditative state. When you’re in this state, you hold off on going to the bathroom. Avoiding the bathroom strengthens your bladder; it’s just like lifting weights to strengthen your muscles. As you train and strengthen your bladder, stress incontinence starts to disappear.

Take Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential nutrient that helps your muscles and nerves function correctly; it’s also great for preventing and curing incontinence. Magnesium helps incontinence by reducing the spasms that happen in your bladder. When people get an adequate amount of magnesium, their bladder tends to empty completely when they go to the bathroom. If you combine this with decreased spasms, urinary incontinence doesn’t stand a chance.

It’s easy to cure incontinence without taking unnatural medications. Your body is a temple; you really don’t want to disrespect it with unneeded medications or surgeries. If you take steps to stay healthy, your body can naturally take care of incontinence on its own.

The Best Way to Treat Autoimmune Disease

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

I used to suffer from a debilitating autoimmune disease. Due to my condition, I wasn’t able to enjoy my life fully for three years. Doctors addressed my problem by giving me anti-inflammatory medication – while this certainly helped, it never really addressed the cause of my condition and thus cure me. Unfortunately for me, my doctor didn’t know that the best way to treat autoimmune disease is to actually address its cause rather than just treat its symptoms. Thankfully, someone referred me to a physician who focused more on “functional medicine” (functional medicine focuses more on treating causes than symptoms). Thanks to the treatment regimen he prescribed me, I was able to fully recover from my condition. Now, I am proud to say that I am very fit. The reason why I am actually writing this post is to talk about one of the things my doctor told me to do in order to deal with my condition, and that is get help from mold removal contractors. Currently, mold removal in Toronto focuses on making homes greener and much healthier – through the help of mold removal contractors, persons can avoid factors that contribute to the development of severe medical conditions.

Most people don’t realize this, but the presence of allergens can actually contribute to the development of autoimmune disease. Also, some people are, unfortunately, more susceptible to the harmful effects of these allergens. I happen to be one of them. Although my home only had a fair bit of mold, its presence aggravated my condition. The worst part was that I was unaware of this. For three years, my doctors only treated my symptoms without trying to figure out what exactly was causing my condition. Thanks to functional medicine doctors, though, I was able to address one of the primary causes of my condition. When I was told by my functional medicine doctors to hire a Toronto mold removal company to improve my condition, I initially expressed disbelief. I was so used to the conventional thinking of most doctors that I ended up expecting to just get treated with conventional western medicine.

Thanks to my functional medicine doctor, I was able to recover in a natural way that actually proved much cheaper than my older treatments. In addition to this, I was able to make my home healthier not just for me, but also for my family. Due to my home not having a significant amount of mold anymore, my kids became less sickly and more active both in school and in sports.

Hopefully, what I have written here will get more people who are in the situation I once was to seek help from a doctor who practices functional medicine. By doing so, they will surely save themselves the hassle of having to pay so much money for ineffective treatments. The practice of functional medicine only started gaining ground in the past decade but I believe it’s going to become the future of medicine. It’s unique approach of combining both conventional medicine and natural methods of healing will surely end up helping more people who think their case is hopeless.

Yoga: The Ultimate Reset Button For Autoimmune Diseases

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

Everyone has their own methods to relax, release and recover. Some enjoy meditating, others walking, maybe diving into a good book does it for you – my personal preference is yoga.

I was introduced to yoga several years ago and long before it was trendy. I’ve had an on again, off again relationship with Yoga. I would do it routinely for about six months and then drop it for several months instead opting for other forms of exercise.

Right now I’m in one of those phases, some days I practice several times. Every morning I get up and do a short eight minute to ten minute routine based loosely on a routine a friend sent me from The Feel Good Lifestyle. I follow this up by lying on a Trigger Point foam roller for 6 or 7 minutes to relax. I place the roller parallel with my spine and gently roll back and forth.

This does a number of things, firstly it mentally wakes me up. If I’m groggy, after breathes of fire (more on that later) I am ready to take on the day!

It also puts me in an incredible state of mind to take on the day. If I had negative thoughts when I first woke up those are usually long gone and I’m ready to sit at my keyboard and write.

Finally, it keeps me healthy and strong. That’s 70 minutes a week of additional exercise that I’m getting just by starting my day off with a simple 10 minute routine. Think about that. There were probably weeks in your life where you didn’t get 70 minutes of exercise all week! I know I’ve been guilty of that at times in my life. Remember to find balance.

The Ultimate Morning Energizer

Okay so let’s say you don’t have ten minutes to do a quick yoga session. The office is calling, you’re already late and you barely have time to eat breakfast let alone do yoga.

The solution?

Breathes of Fire. It sounds like a cheesy move out of a bad martial arts movie. Truthfully, if that’s what you thought you’re pretty close.

At the 1:00 mark of this video (the same one I referenced before) you’ll see Phil performing huge amounts of Fire breathing. He’s got more moxy than I do. I do it in the privacy in my living room, with the blinds shut. He’s on a beach where you actually see a few folks walking by at one point!

Performing 5-6 breathes of fire in the left stance and the right stance will do wonders to get your day kicked off! It looks ridiculous but don’t knock it until you try it. It feels like someone has pumped air into my lungs and that air kicks me in the butt to get my day started on a positive note.

So what’s your morning routine? This is a small portion of mine, other parts include drinking lemon water and using a foam roller to stretch. Everyone I know has a morning routine, so hopefully this has given you a few ideas on how to set yours up for success.

Here today, gone tomorrow.

Posted by on Feb 8, 2014 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

There are many reasons for one to get dark patches on one’s skin, and this can be a self-image that you do not necessarily want. The reasons for getting these dark patches are simple,
• Heredity factors
• Malnutrition or lack of certain vitamins, minerals and nutrients
• Hormonal changes (pregnancy or menopause)
• Addison’s disease
• Autoimmune diseases (Lupus)
• Hemochromatosis
• Liver-related diseases and disorders (cirrhosis).

A very laudable reason for getting dark spots is due to an autoimmune disease, this is when the disease is developing and the immune system will start to attack and destroy its own tissues and organs thinking it is a virus. There are many parts of the body that can be attacked by autoimmune diseases, such as the red blood cells, the muscles, the joints, the nerves and the skin. One needs to remember that the autoimmune disease has many factors that contribute to it, such as environmental factors that can weaken the immune system.

There are also many types of autoimmune diseases that one can get, these are namely; Rheumatoid arthritis, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, Psoriasis, Scleroderma and Guillain-Barre syndrome. Each one can have different side-effects.

The symptoms of autoimmune diseases definitely vary from person to person, with each case and disease acting differently. There are different forms and extremes ranging from mild to extremely debilitating, in all the cases the immune system malfunctions. Symptoms can change and some of the similar symptoms one can get are; uneven light brown or dark brown colored patches on the skin, blemishes, differences of skin tone, on the face, neck, throat, elbows or knees, fainting, pain in the stomach, lack of an appetite or even digestive disorders.

Once you have been diagnosed with this illness, there are some medications that the doctor can prescribe you, however there are natural methods as well. These methods will help you to remove your dark spots and help you to feel healthier. The Dark Spot Remover methods, as we call it, have many different home remedies and each one comes with a different promise. The first remedy is Mint. Mint helps to lighten the skin tone, and all you have to do is ground mint leaves and apply it to the skin for 20 minutes and then rinse it off. This will work over time.

The second remedy that you could look into is to eat healthier and avoid any foods that are heavy, oily or even spicy. This can affect your skin tone as the food is difficult to digest, thus leaving the body filled with waste. Others foods you need to stay away from are chocolates, coffee and alcoholic beverages. This leaves you with eating foods that are high in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients which help your skin. You should also eat lots of fruit, vegetables, lean meat, dairy products, nuts and seeds, whole grains and cereals.

This can be very scary but you cannot be sure that you have any of these symptoms until a doctor has checked you out thoroughly. Read through different online remedies for more information.