Month: November 2018

Predictors of Healthy Aging

Intellectual Predictors of Healthy Aging

Healthy aging requires keeping our minds active before and especially after retirement, regularly learning something new and participating in new activities, maintaining an interest in and passion for reading and current events, and often reflecting on the good things in life.

Emotional Predictors of Healthy Aging

Emotionally healthy people are optimistic, generally happy with life, rarely hostile, recover quickly from angry episodes, and tend to live longer. They cope well with stress, maintaining a good sense of humor and a positive attitude, regardless of how the circumstances in their life unfold, and they continue to develop many outlets for recreation and relaxation.

Relational Predictors of Healthy Aging

Those who remain healthy as they age tend to feel supported by a large social network of family and friends. They tend to frequently help others, have many younger friends, remain in successful marriages or enjoy a full single life, attending social functions and sharing happy events with others.

Spiritual Predictors of Healthy Aging

Spiritually connected people tend to fare better as they age. Spiritual commitments and practices, such as daily prayer, meditation, or regular church attendance, help them to maintain a strong sense of personal purpose and meaning in life as well as ongoing appreciation of the beauty and power of nature and its natural rhythms and cycles.

Sexual Predictors of Healthy Aging

Those who age successfully continue to feel joyful and passionate about life. They tend to continue to derive sensual and sexual pleasure, within their own body, in physical and emotional contact with others, and in connection with the natural environment.

Stop Smoking Unconsciously

All of which is unnecessary.

If you smoke and want to quit, you’ve probably tried patches or gum. Or maybe you kept it simple and quit cold turkey. Both strategies have similar succeed rates, which is a polite way of saying they don’t work. Nicotine supplements assume the problem is chemical. It’s not.

As for relying on willpower…

Well, what makes quitting cold turkey so hard? If you don’t want to smoke, then stop. If you have cravings, ignore them. It’s not this easy – otherwise you would have quit years ago. But why isn’t it this easy?

Smoking is an unconscious problem. This is why hypnosis will help you to stop smoking. Knowing that you should quit is a conscious solution. In other words, they don’t match. And what happens when the conscious and unconscious minds disagree?

It’s the same as any dieter who promises to skip dessert, but caves at the sight of cake. Or the person who swears to get on better with the mother-in-law but rises to her challenge. Or the entrepreneur who can’t switch off the TV and get to work.

You can’t fight your unconscious.

But you can reason with it.

If your unconscious mind wants you to smoke, then there’s nothing you can do about that. Here’s the good news: that’s not what your unconscious wants. It knows as well as you do that smoking kills your wallet, body and attractiveness. It gives you the urge to smoke anyway because it wants something else.

Your unconscious mind thinks that smoking adds value. What that supposed value is varies from person to person, but you can find the answer with a little introspection. Think back to when you started smoking and you’ll probably find the answer.

For example, maybe you smoked as a teenager because you thought it made you cool. Hey, maybe it did, maybe it didn’t. As an adult, it doesn’t make you cool. People think you reek and have poor self-control. Your unconscious is working off old information. It wants you to be popular. A noble goal, terribly executed.

Regenerative Medicine

Thymus proteins are produced naturally by the thymus gland early in life, with most production ceasing before the onset of puberty. Also referred to as Tβ4, they exhibit a myriad of cellular functions that assist the repair and recovery of wounded tissue. These include the enhancement of new blood vessel formation (angiogenesis), cell migration, stem cell differentiation, and gene expression. When the body suffers a physical injury (for example, a torn quadriceps), these proteins are found in greater concentrations near the wounded area, where they facilitate healing through the aforementioned mechanisms. Clinical studies have shown them to consistently facilitate the healing and recovery of damaged bodily tissue.

For instance, a 1999 study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that the thymus gland accelerates wound healing through the process of angiogenesis. Researchers observed that treated subjects’ wounds contracted by a minimum of 11% more than control subjects’ wounds by the one week mark. Though the study was conducted on rats, the researchers concluded that the thymus gland was a wound healing factor with multiple activities.

Further, a study in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research showed that the thymus gland was able to enhance bone fracture healing in mice test subjects. The study found that treated mice had a 41% increase in peak force to failure and had up to 26% more new mineralized tissue than the control group. Importantly, researchers noted that the findings of their study indicated that thymus proteins played a key role in the healing of bone fractures.

Moreover, additional studies have demonstrated that thymus proteins have potent anti-inflammatory effects as well. A 1999 study published in Nature Medicine sought to explore the action mechanisms of Tβ4 as anti-inflammatory agents. After the study’s conclusion, researchers noted that the thymus may have far-reaching effects on the body’s inflammatory processes.

Niacin Rush

Niacin, also known as nicotinic acid is very necessary for your body. Niacin is needed at the cellular level. It is an important nutrient in cellular processes that create the ultimate energy currency of your body – ATP or Adenosine Triphosphate.

A deficiency in niacin can lead to pellagra, which has a number of manifestations. An inflamed tongue and irritated gastric track and colon as well as depression and hard rough skin are just some of the symptoms of this deficiency disease.

Anxiety and hallucinations are also possible symptoms of pellagra. Wide spread pellagra is no longer seen in the United States, though individual cases can still occur.

Dermatitis, dementia and diarrhea are considered the 3 Ds or the classic symptoms of pellagra.

Diets rich in meats, eggs and milk provide adequate amounts of niacin to the body. Alcoholics and diabetics are at greater risk for being deficient in niacin.

Niacin is a vitamin, it is necessary to the body for cellular processes.

Oral supplementation can reverse the less severe cases of deficiency. In severe cases there may be permanent consequences.

Benefits of Eating Raw Food

Raw food contains micronutrients like phytochemicals, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and macronutrients like carbohydrates, proteins, essential fatty acids and fiber. Since it’s uncooked, all the nutrients, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in the food are preserved. All these are required to enable the body to function at an optimal level. Raw food enhances the immune system, aids in weight loss, increases energy, improves memory, detoxification, digestion and elimination.

Eating food that consists predominantly of raw vegetables, greens, fruit, nuts, seeds and some cooked/steamed food is the best way to provide optimal nourishment for your body. This helps decrease the risk of diseases like cancer, heart disease, stroke etc.

These are the amazing benefits of eating raw food on a daily basis:

Weight loss: Fresh greens and vegetables are very low in calories so it’s possible to lose weight when incorporating fresh produce in your diet.

Immune system enhancement: Enzymes, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids essential fatty acids present in vegetables, greens, fruits enable the body to prevent and fight diseases.

Detoxification: Raw fresh living vegetables and fruit enhance the detoxification of toxins from the body.

Anti-inflammation: There are an abundant amount of antioxidants in raw fruits and vegetables that destroy free radicals which lead to inflammation in the body.

Anti-microbial function: Raw food such as raw coconut meat and garlic have antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Alkalinity: Most raw fruits and vegetables are alkaline in nature while animal products such as meat and eggs become acidic when metabolized. The alkalinity from the fruits and vegetables helps to aid the body in maintaining a healthy acid alkaline balance.

Improved digestion and elimination: Raw fruits and vegetables contain a lot of water and fiber. This enhances elimination of toxic substances in the form of waste.

Mental clarity and memory improvement: Intuition becomes sharper and memory is improved with the raw diet because a high level of antioxidants, enzymes and nutrients are ingested daily.

Increased Energy and Vitality: A high amount of enzymes and nutrients are made available to the body through raw food which helps to increase energy in the body and allow the body to heal.

Better Sleep: Raw food contains unaltered proteins that enhance sleep and mood.The protein is broken down into amino acids which form neurotransmitters that are used in the brain to that help to regulate mood and promote sleep.

Trap Of Chronic Dieting

What happens is when you first begin a diet plan, the calorie intake you use – a modest calorie deficit – starts producing results. GREAT! Then, however, your metabolic rate begins to adapt and slow down. Your body gets used to that amount of food, and sooner or later, the food selection is no longer producing the weight loss results you desire…

  • you decrease your intake further. It is your only option to keep losing weight. You drop it again, and weight loss picks up.
  • a few weeks later, weight loss is slowing. Now you have a choice, lower your calorie intake again or come off the diet.

Many people will continue to lower their calorie intake further until they can no longer drop anymore. Now at this point, they are simply maintaining their weight as weight loss has stopped. Because they are managing their weight, they are now afraid to take in higher calorie food: they believe it will lead to weight gain. This is a big problem because they are now mainly surviving on far fewer calories than they should be and weight loss will have become virtually impossible.

The Impacts of Chronic Dieting. So what impacts do you need to know about? The typical signs and side effects include…

  • the fear of eating too many calories: for example going out for dinner or introducing new foods into the diet plan.
  • ongoing fatigue – never feeling energized.
  • suffering from injuries that don’t heal.
  • having difficulty sleeping.
  • always feeling hungry.

If you feel like you are trapped in your diet plan, you are a victim of chronic dieting.

Getting Help. How can you get help? How can you get past this? The main thing you need to remember is change is in order. Unless you want to continue living on so few calories for the rest of your life, you need to be willing to make some adjustments. This means increasing your calorie intake and accepting what may be a temporary fat gain.

Yes, you may gain weight when you do this, and your metabolic rate adjusts. But, by raising your metabolic rate, you make it possible for you to lose fat when you lower your calorie intake again. Consider the alternative. Chances are you couldn’t even drop fat right now if you tried.

Don’t be afraid of taking this step. Sometimes increasing your calorie intake is what you need to get weight loss happening again. Think of it as one step back for two steps forward.

Miracle Of Breath

As a child we breathe easily and deeply, as an adult many things change the way we breathe.

Our posture, our stress, and of course smoking. Breathing is the only automatic process that we can control or override.

A child can hold their breath to get something they want. We can stop breathing to swim underwater, and we can breathe slowly and deeply to relax and release stress.

Breathing is certainly a big part of the miracle of living, but smoking interferes with that miracle 24 hours a day. As a smoker every breathe is slightly labored, causing your heart to work a little harder to supply your muscles and brain with enough oxygen to move and think.

But under load such as climbing stairs or exercising that heart stress is more noticeable as you struggle to suck in enough oxygen and many people find themselves puffing on exertion.

An average persons heart will beat 115,200 times per day. If your breathing is just restricted by 5% that means an extra 5760 beats per day. 2,102,400 per year or 42,048,000 over 20 years which is the average time a person smokes.

And it does all of this to not even give you the same energy as a non-smoker.

Your heart is not a super human machine, it will feel the strain, and between the impact of reduced circulation in your arteries and a stressed heart it is little surprise that smoking causes heart disease and heart attacks.

Unless you have been on another planet for your smoking life you would already know this, but have you ever stopped to think about exactly how it affects your heart, and do you care?

The figures above are based on a 5% reduction but it could easily be much more. I see clients who are breathing hard from just walking a short distance from their car to my clinic.

I notice that even after sitting in a chair for more than 30 minutes their breathing remains a little strained. This is a hard way to live, when you reach this stage your life becomes restricted, you have little energy for life and even your sleep will be compromised.

Alternative Home Medical Supply

In the recent years, there has been tremendous advancement in the field of nursing and home medical supplies. This has given a comfortable life to the patients and treating complex medical problems have been simpler at home. There are many people, who have realized the fact that aged people have refused to move to the hospital for a nursing facility. The older generation found it difficult to adjust in a hospital or a nursing home, where the environment is completely new. The atmosphere changes and adjustment in such a situation becomes a tough job for them.

The situation was not easy to accept. Often they need to share a room with people with whom they have nothing in common. The noise level is also high and patients find it difficult to adjust as they lose their mental peace. The noise level often goes high and it is too difficult to bear. Sound sleep is also affected and the patients fail to have enough rest. That is why many people consider that hospitals are dangerous places to stay during sickness. There is also immense exposure to different types of germs that extends the duration of a certain disease.

Today, the quality of life has changed for the patients, who stay at home. The patient can enjoy the benefits of the hospital by staying in the home itself. The concept is widely accepted and many families prefer this modern way of recovering the patients. Nursing care at home has become common that ensures quicker recovery of the patients.

The advent of alternative medical supply has improved the quality of life of the patients. They get the appropriate care and the correct supplies that is required to recover soon. There is also good scope to interact with the members of the family and remain cheerful. At times, they may not feel that they are ill and time passing is too easy in a homely environment.

Innovative Medical Careers

Physician Assistants and the Nurse Practitioners provide similar services. The only dissimilarity would be that Nurse Practitioners are registered nurses and have to undergo extensive training, more than the PA’s, and they have to obtain a Master’s Degree in nursing. They are also known as APC’s or Advanced Practice Clinicians or MLP’s or Mid-Level Practitioners.

Medical Assistants perform routine clerical and clinical tasks at any physician’s clinic. A Medical Assistant is a multifaceted healthcare practitioner, who is capable of performing a variety of laboratory and clinical procedures, along with certain administrative responsibilities. They are multi-skilled and versatile professionals. Their formal education takes place in community colleges, junior colleges, vocational or technical institutes or proprietary schools. The curriculum has to be accredited, if graduates plan on getting registered or certified. Accreditation requires that the school curriculum should offer classroom lectures and well equipped laboratories.

Today, many of the health care placements focus on healthcare services and almost 15% of all healthcare jobs available have increased. The factors that contribute towards the growth of jobs in this industry include the growing and aging population that demands additional medical services and of course the use of innovative medical technology for treatment and intensive diagnosis.

Benefits of Walnuts

  • Prevention and control of diabetes: A study has been reported and published that “consumption of walnuts is inversely proportional to the chances of having type 2 diabetes“. The nuts have been shown to enhance the parameter of metabolism in type 2 diabetic people. The high amount of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats contained in walnuts have been shown to help people with diabetes without presumed weight gain by reducing insulin level.
  • Glowing skin and anti-aging: Walnuts are equipped with minerals and vitamins to help skin glowing and younger. This is the reason why walnut oil is recommended for the ageless and flawless skin as antioxidants contained in walnuts are helpful in fighting wrinkles to promote healthy skin. Walnuts are also found to cure skin problem such as psoriasis by applying it topically or use its oil directly on the body.
  • Effective weight management: Research has established that a number of calories, fats, and carbohydrate found in walnuts (believed to cause weight gain) have been found to promote ideal weight. Walnuts fats and calories nutrients are discovered to be healthier than any other nuts in the family.
  • Healthy male reproduction: Walnuts contain medicinal properties to improve reproductive health in men. It has been found to have significant effects on male fertility such as sperm quality, motility, morphology, and sperm vitality. Consumption of Western-style diet containing 75 grams of walnuts daily has been studied to help erectile dysfunction in men.
  • Healthy heart function: The omeg-3 contained in walnuts is a great source of monounsaturated fatty acids similar to oleic acid in other substances which enhances healthy heart. The nuts are also rich in essential fatty acids like linoleic acid, arachidonic acids, and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) to aid coronary cardiovascular disease prevention through the supply of healthy lipid. The intake of 25 grams of walnuts daily is enough for daily recommended essential fatty acids which minimize the chances of heart diseases as well as high blood pressure.
  • Prevent cancer: Some of the nutrients such as antioxidants and phenolic compound contained in walnuts have been researched by Carvalho et al. (2010), to help control cancer cells growth in the body. A study also proved that walnuts are capable of reducing the risk of prostate cancer as well as breast cancer by 30 – 40%.
  • Promote healthy bone: Walnuts are rich in calcium and essential fatty acids (EFAs) to help secure the bone health by optimum deposition and absorption of calcium and control excretion of calcium urinary.
  • Body inflammation reduction: Inflammation is not good for the body; however, an experiment conducted by Papoutsi and co., confirmed that walnuts are equipped with a phytochemical and polyphenolic compound to lower the effects of inflammation in the body.
  • Sleep and relaxation enhancement: Walnuts has a bio-available sleep inducing hormone called melatonin to regulate and induce quality sleep and relaxation. Adding walnuts to your diet at dinner is a great option for good rest.
  • Mood enhancement: A study has revealed that omega-3 fatty acids contained in walnuts reduce tantrum, irritability, and hyperactivity. This has been found helpful in children’s diet as it makes up the deficiency of essential fatty acids to boosts their moods. Supplementing the diet of people with stress and depression with walnuts also help their condition in boosting their moods.