There’s Always Hope Being and Staying Healthy

With only a limited time on this earth, I want to make every second count. This also means that I want to be able to live as long as I can without concern for the typical ailments which are associated with aging. Of course, this means that I must remain on constant guard over my health. I’m willing to do anything it takes to ensure that I’m a healthy individual through my life, even if that means taking plenty of vitamins and supplements, like the CQ10 Vitamin which is good for the heart, and eating as healthy as humanly possible. Continue reading “There’s Always Hope Being and Staying Healthy”

Drinking coffee daily may improve survival in colon cancer patients

imagesccRegular consumption of caffeinated coffee may help prevent the return of colon cancer after treatment and improve the chances of a cure, according to a new, large study from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute that reported this striking association for the first time.
The patients, all of them treated with surgery and chemotherapy for stage III colon cancer, had the greatest benefit from consuming four or more cups of coffee a day (about 460 milligrams of caffeine), according to the study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. These patients were 42 percent less likely to have their cancer return than non-coffee drinkers, and were 33 percent less likely to die from cancer or any other cause.
Two to three cups of coffee daily had a more modest benefit, while little protection was associated with one cup or less, reported the researchers, led by Charles Fuchs, MD, MPH, director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Center at Dana-Farber. First author is Brendan J. Guercio, MD, also of Dana-Farber.
The study included nearly 1,000 patients who filled out dietary pattern questionnaires early in the study, during chemotherapy and again about a year later. This

High-salt diet could protect against invading microbes

indexdddMost people consume more salt than they need and therefore have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, which are the two leading causes of death worldwide. But a study published by Cell Press March 3rd in Cell Metabolism reveals that dietary salt could have a biological advantage: defending the body against invading microbes. A high-salt diet increased sodium accumulation in the skin of mice, thereby boosting their immune response to a skin-infecting parasite. The findings suggest that dietary salt could have therapeutic potential to promote host defense against microbial infections.
“Up to now, salt has been regarded as a detrimental dietary factor; it is clearly known to be detrimental for cardiovascular diseases, and recent studies have implicated a role in worsening autoimmune diseases,” says first study author Jonathan Jantsch, a microbiologist at Univ Regensburg and Univ Regensburg. “Our current study challenges this one-sided view and suggests that increasing salt accumulation at the site of infections might be an ancient strategy to ward off infections, long before antibiotics were invented.”
Large amounts of sodium stored in the skin, especially in older individuals, can lead to high blood pressure

Why does running make us happy?

indexzzThe joy of running. That sense of well-being, freedom and extra energy that runners often experience is not just a matter of endorphins. A study at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) shows that the “runner’s high” phenomenon is also caused by dopamine, an important neurotransmitter for motivation.
“We discovered that the rewarding effects of endurance activity are modulated by leptin, a key hormone in metabolism. Leptin inhibits physical activity through dopamine neurons in the brain,” said Stephanie Fulton, a researcher at the CRCHUM and lead author of an article published in the journal Cell Metabolism.
Secreted by adipose tissue, leptin helps control the feeling of satiety. This hormone also influences physical activity. “The more fat there is, the more leptin there is and and the less we feel like eating. Our findings now show that this hormone also plays a vital role in motivation to run, which may be related to searching for food,” explained Stephanie Fulton, who is also a professor at Université de Montréal’s Department of Nutrition.
Hormone signals that modulate feeding and exercise are in fact believed to be closely linked. Endurance running

Why Is A Faith-Based Recovery Program Important?

There are many types of drug and alcohol treatment programs available to help people recover from crippling addictions. One of the most requested types of programs focuses on a faith based recovery program. Because addicts are seeking guidance in their lives, including a faith-based element to recovery allows for people to have a positive outlet for all of their struggles and hardships in life, rather than turning to their former outlet of drugs or alcohol.

Adding a faith-based element also allows former addicts to take advantage of greater community resources. Once a person transitions from a recovery center to their community, he or she can utilize faith-based, community resources to continue on the path of recovery; which often time involves support groups at local churches or places of worship. Once welcomed in the community, he or she will also have the confidence to give back to others and give testimony regarding his or her experience with addition and how he or she overcame it.

Security is another reason why people choose faith-based programs. Because programs and staff are non-judgmental and understand how powerful the addiction process is, it is more of a family and community atmosphere while in treatment. Faith

How Preventative Care Can Lower Healthcare Costs

One of the most valuable aspects of being treated by a Nurse Practitioner is his or her views on preventative medicine and how educating patients on making healthier living choices, participating in wellness visits, and learning about stress management, can lead to better overall long-term care and increased physical and mental well-being. This is accomplished at a family heathcare clinic by treating all members of a family, both children and adults, and guiding them on a path of health promotion and disease prevention.

In return, once healthy lifestyle habits are adopted, the holistic wellness approach has benefits. Patients are better educated with respect to diet and exercise choices, stress reduction techniques, and preventative care. By maintaining one’s body and health, this lowers the chances of developing chronic conditions such as obesity, substance abuse, high blood pressure, stroke, and Type 2 Diabetes. Furthermore, if a patient is genetically predisposed to any one of these conditions, wellness visits help to monitor patients to ensure they are within recommended weight, blood pressure, blood sugar levels and other established guidelines.

Best of all, when needing any x-rays or laboratory tests, having x-ray capabilities and a lab on premises allows for patients to conveniently receive

Combat Stress and Anxiety With Aromatherapy

Hectic modern lifestyle is the main cause of many lifestyle disorders like anxiety and stress. Most of these health issues have temporary solutions, as pills can only give short-term relief. You cannot leave everything and shift to countryside for getting relief from stress and anxiety and those expensive counselling sessions and medications can rip apart your whole budget. This is certainly not how you should spend your hard earned money. In case, you are tired of eating those pills and attending counseling sessions then you can try some natural treatments. Natural treatments like aromatherapy can offer significant relief within few days and even scientistific studies have approved the effectiveness of aromatherapy. So, if you are suffering from lifestyle disorders like anxiety and stress then do try aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy has been used for healing many types of disorders, for a long time. In early times, this therapy was popular and people of almost every culture across the globe used aromatherapy for medicinal purpose. However, as new medicinal inventions came into existence, allopathic medicines became more popular and people forgot about these highly effectual natural treatments. These natural treatments are not just effective but are also safe, as they do not have any

Benefits of Ayurvedic Medicines and Products

Since ancient times, mankind has been using nature as a source to cure various diseases and illness. Even Ramayana , Indian ancient epic ,has a chapter where “Sanjivani herb” is mentioned as a life saving medicine to cure Laxmana, younger brother of Lord Rama.. Ayurveda is an ancient practice of health improvement and care. It is based on the concept of achieving a balance in our body by considering three aspects – diet, treatments using natural herbs and yoga practices. There are numerous practices which are being followed for the well-being of humans all across the globe, but Ayurveda is considered to be amongst the best. As only natural ingredients are used in treatment, it does not have any side effects.

Though there are numerous benefits of Ayurvedic medicines, a few are listed below:

Prevents Diabetes

Today’s lifestyle has led to many life threatening diseases. One of serious ailment is Diabetes. It can lead to heart attacks, brain strokes, damage to the eyes and even failure of kidneys. In a nutshell, almost all critical body organs are badly affected. A balanced diet, regular exercise and proper use of Ayurvedic medicines can help control and even prevent it to a large extent.

Remedies for Skin