Author: Yanette Redmouth

Summer Foods

Yogurt – For those who are fine with the dairy products intake, yogurt is the best option to get the high proteins and burn the fat better. Blend your fruits and veggies with plain yogurt to make delicious colorful smoothies or simply get the dose of protein from the frozen variety topped with fresh fruits instead of flavored ones.

Watermelon – This summer staple is the savior to treat your sweet tongue and hydrate those dry out beauties. Basically, it curbs down the cravings for a dessert and saves you from gulping down hundreds of calories. Melons are loaded with the high water content, which keeps you hydrated on the sun scorching days and increases the overall calories expenditure. Bonus, it has fewer calories than other summer fruits.

Iced Green Tea – In a truly genius move, sipping up this sassy sugar-free iced tea instead of a glass of wine at any time of the day saves you from alcohol consumption as well as high calories content. It strokes your appetite and gives you chills down to the nerves. Green tea promotes weight loss and it is super easy to combine minty flavors with the hydrating drink free from the fizz.

Cucumbers – You must have heard about the benefits of eating the refreshing vegetable in summers. All of them are so true as it keeps the body hydrated and gives you healthy glowing skin in no time. Another reason to eat this veggie is our salad platter is incomplete without it. So whenever you think of salad don’t forget to add cucumbers for its reaping benefits.

Benefits of Dry Fruits

Potassium

Dry prunes and apricots contain a lot of potassium and sodium. Both of these play a great role in balancing the water levels in your body. The fact of the matter is that potassium helps your body maintain blood pressure.

Fiber

For better digestion, your body needs adequate amount of fiber. Actually, fruits, such as fig and cherry contain a lot of fiber. So, they should be part of your healthy diet. Moreover, cherries are on the list of fruits that contain a lot of antioxidants.

Iron

As far as iron goes, dry apricots and prunes are your best choice. They help you prevent anemia. Apart from this, you can opt for raisins as they are heavy with iron, phosphorous, magnesium, and potassium, to name a few. Eating them on a regular basis keeps your blood circulation in check.

Dry fruits have zero fat

These fruits don’t contain fat and are rich in calories. If you are trying to lose weight, you may want to eat dry fruits on a regular basis. Since they are heavy with fiber, you will feel full throughout the day.

Cholesterol level

As far as protein goes, nuts are on top of the list. The reason is that they are rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients and fiber. Moreover, they contain good fats that help you control your cholesterol level

Migraine relief

If you or your loved ones want relief from migraine, eating cashews is a good idea. Actually, cashew nuts contain a lot of magnesium that helps you control your blood pressure, migraine headaches, fatigue and muscle spasms. Apart from this, magnesium works with calcium in order to make your bones and muscle stronger.

Caregivers Supporting Stroke Recovery

Educate Yourself

The more you know about strokes and stroke recovery the more confident you will be and the better you will be able to take care of your loved one. Take advantage of every opportunity to learn about your loved one’s specific condition and prognosis. Take part in support groups or programs that are offered by the hospital. Talk with health care staffers about what the stroke recovery process will be.

Participate in Stroke Rehabilitation

It’s not unusual for caregivers to attend some therapy sessions so that you can support your loved one. This gives you the opportunity to personally encourage the stroke survivor to practice new skills. Be supportive but don’t always jump in to help. Allow survivors to do things for themselves. The idea is for them to feel self-reliant and confident.

Take Care of You

Caregiving is similar to becoming a parent for the first time and having a huge learning curve. It is important to take care of your needs as you take care of your loved one. Caregivers have been known to experience anxiety, guilt, depression, fear and resentment that they are giving up their life. Be patient with yourself, don’t lose your own life, focus on your physical and emotional health, and remember to laugh.

Get Support

Find a support group by calling your local hospital or through an online search for caregiver support. Talking to other caregivers can help you feel less alone and provide an opportunity to share resources and caregiving tips.

Learning A New Sport or Activity

One of the best ways to keep your exercise commitment running full steam ahead is to diversify your activities. When you have 3-4 different exercises, activities, or sports, not only will your mind enjoy the change in the routine but your body, more particularly your muscles, will be getting a different workout. That’s why it can be a thrill learning a new sport or activity.

Sure running around the neighborhood is a healthy activity, but what about the muscles on your arms, chest, or back? They want some attention too. Think of it this way too, do you just want to have strong legs but stuck with flabby arms or an under developed back and shoulders?

Just one additional reason why it’s helpful to have a variety of workouts and sports at your disposal. Different activities workout different muscle groups. For instance, running for the most part works out your legs in one direction (forward) but playing an organized basketball game you also run but in a variety of directions – forward, backwards, side to side. Along with that you do a lot of squatting and jumping, so properly playing basketball gives your legs a more complete workout.

However herein lies the issue. The majority of us do not like change. Let’s face it, change can be uncomfortable. This is especially true if we are going to change by learning a new sport.

Getting over the hurdle of being a beginner or novice can be the frustrating part. However, once the learning curve is over, you will be completely proficient in a new activity and now have another delightful exercise you can partake in regularly.

If you are really interested in learning a new sport or activity, first and foremost you should look into getting proper instruction from a qualified teacher. It’s important to learn correct form and technique from someone who is a professional, or at least someone who is experienced enough to provide proper guidance and direction.

Put the Internet to work for you. Websites such as Groupon, LivingSocial, Meetup, and even Craigslist have quite a number of outdoor activities, classes, and sports at decent prices. You can always bring a friend with you the first time to make you feel more at ease with the whole new experience.

Just keep in mind the sport or activity you choose to learn, how will you be able to continue once the instruction is over? Is it a team activity such as basketball or soccer? With these sports, once you learn how to play you likely will need to join a league where you will have regular games on a certain schedule.

This as opposed to something independent such as surfing, golf, or rollerblading. These sports/activities can be done by yourself not needing any additional people to complete. Be sure to take this into account when planning out which sport or activity you want to learn for it may make all the difference in the world.

About Stress and Synergy Disruptors

If Carly had undergone just a single week of synergy disruptors, her otherwise healthy body would have quickly recovered, and I would never have seen her as a patient. In fact, like many of my patients, Carly frequently skipped meals, ate an imbalanced ratio of carbs and protein, and skimped on sleep. Over time, these synergy disruptors took their toll, and so when Carly came to my office, she reported a whole host of symptoms: acne, PMS, some unusually intense menstrual cramps, fatigue, a lack of sexual energy, recurrent urinary tract infections, constipation, and an extra 10 pounds that she just couldn’t seem to shed.

I am struck by how many people-both patients and colleagues-underestimate the potentially serious consequences of these seemingly minor synergy disruptors. Not giving our bodies the sleep and nutrition that they need can stress our adrenals, unbalance our carbohydrate metabolism, and set us up for an immune/digestive condition known as leaky gut, in which partially digested food leaks through intestinal walls.

As a result, we put ourselves at risk for adrenal dysfunction, blood sugar imbalance, and inflammation, an overreaction of the immune system that has been associated with many health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

I define as a synergy disruptor anything that interferes with the body’s complex system of synergies and causes some portion of the body to compensate.

All of these synergy disruptors stress our adrenals and alter our cortisol levels either directly or indirectly, by causing leaky gut and/or unbalancing our carbohydrate metabolism. When we discount their importance, we miss a crucial aspect of stress-and we miss a crucial opportunity to support our bodies.

Synergy disruptors can do damage both by themselves and through magnifying other life stressors. Understanding how they work, how we can avoid them, and how we can reverse their effects is a significant aspect of optimizing our health.

Eat Organic Food

Taste

Organic food simply tastes so much better than “normal” food. Carrots that actually taste of carrots, apples that go zing in your mouth and really chickeny chicken. Why not see for yourself at the Organic Food Fair – see opposite for more details.

GM foods

You can be safe knowing that you won’t be eating genetically modified (GM) food. Intensively farmed animals are often fed on GM soya and much of the world’s production of cotton and rice are now GM. You can register your protest by buying organic produce.

Cost

While organic food may cost slightly more on the supermarket shelves, the true cost of conventional food is much higher. The BSE crisis cost nearly £4 billion and we support the conventional farming industry through our taxes. The Soil Association say that it costs £120 million a year to remove chemicals from drinking water, most of which are pesticides used in farming.

The countryside

Intensive farming methods can lead to soil erosion, the destruction of ancient hedgerows and the extinction or near-extinction of hundreds of our natural animals, birds and plants.

The Soil Association believes that organic farming is the best way to reverse the decline in wildlife by:

Crop rotation so the soil is kept fertile and avoid the use of chemical fertilisers

Mixed farming where different crops are planted together

Encouraging natural predators so there is no need to use pesticides

Animal welfare

The Soil Association insists on stringent animal welfare standards. Animals must have access to fields and are fed mainly on clover and herb rich grass, just as they would in the wild. They are given comfortable bedding and more space when they are housed and are often treated with herbal or homeopathic drugs when ill.

Diuretic And Anti-Inflammatory Pill

Ingredients

The pill contains different ingredients that work together in ensuring that you heal from the disease that you are suffering from. The most unique thing about the pill is it contains varying amounts of Chinese active ingredients.

Some of the most important ingredients are: Plantago seed, Dianthus superbus, talcum, Houttuynia cordata, Polygonum aviculare, herba laminariae, pangolin, saffron, semen persicae, honeysuckle, lignum aquilariae, etc

Formulas

There are many active ingredients in the pill. The most common ones are:

Plantain seed: it’s sweet in flavor and easily enters the kidney, bladder, lungs, and liver. The herb is used in alleviating water retention, improving eyesight, clearing away heat, and eliminating phlegm.

It’s usually recommended when you are suffering from hematuria, urinary stoppage, morbid leucorrhea, damp diseases, phlegmatic cough, conjuctival congestion and arthritis.

Pink herb: this one is bitter and easily enters the heart, small intestine, kidney, and urinary bladder. It’s used in removing blood stasis, alleviating water retention, and dredging meridian. It’s recommended in treating gonorrhea, edema, swelling, acute eczema, corneal opacity, and conjuctival congestion.

Peach seed: it has a bitter taste and just like the other herbs, it easily enters the heart, liver and large intestine. It’s used in expelling stasis, activating blood stagnation, and moisturizing pathogenic dryness.

It’s usually indicated in amenorrhea, wandering arthritis, traumatic injuries, blood stasis, febrile diseases, and blood dryness.

Chinese angelica: it has a sweet but pungent flavor and easily enters the heart, liver, and spleen meridian. It’s used in regulating menstruation, relieving pain, nourishing blood, moisturizing pathogenic dryness, and adjusting spirit.

It’s usually prescribed when you are suffering from vertigo, intensive dryness, dysentery, tenesmus, carbuncle, furuncle, and hemastasthenic headache.

Cowherb seed: it’s bitter in flavor and enters the liver and stomach meridians. It’s used in promoting blood circulation, lactation, and astringing sores. It’s prescribed when you are suffering from dystocia, swelling, amenorrhea or lactation disturbance.

About Clearing Up The Metabolic Syndrome

Our lifestyle is largely to blame for this kind of dysfunctional metabolism that can turn life-threatening. Indeed, it is the combination of unhealthy food habits, a sedentary lifestyle, excessive stress and dependence on comfort foods that play havoc with the system and drive it out of gear.

Now there are metabolic syndrome diet options and people are largely aware of what they need to do to get their body back on track. Losing weight is definitely critical. Eating the right foods, being more active and managing the stress levels is equally essential for managing the metabolic syndrome and also keeping such conditions at bay.

However, how many people actually make the required changes in their lifestyle and stick to healthier options is another question altogether. For instance, the intake of processed foods, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, sugar, refined carbohydrates and trans-fatty acids needs to be strictly moderated. Along with shifting to a plant-based diet, regular exercise and fitness is also important.

Knowing what to do and actually doing it are not synonymous. This is where a certified health coach can help you reverse the symptoms of metabolic syndrome.

Health coaches do not tell you to just follow a metabolic syndrome diet, lose weight or exercise regularly. They concentrate on building a deep awareness of the healthier habits and how they can help you. You will be advised on the specific types of exercises that improve blood glucose sensitivity and reduce elevated insulin levels. You become conscious of the types of food items that improve your cholesterol function and how to incorporate them in your daily life. Apart from the special meal plans, you also learn how to shop right and keep the temptations under control.

Instead of dramatic changes, health coaches set small goals that are more realistic and achievable. Even the small steps help boost the metabolism and minor changes in weight, sugar levels and triglyceride start showing up. The coach keeps you motivated and buoyant throughout with pep talks and constructive encouragements. You become aware of the undue stress levels and how to make the triggers more manageable. The lifestyle changes slowly and it is sustainable as well.

Drinking Water Facts

  1. Our bodies are made up of more than 70% water. In fact, brain tissues are 80% water! Oddly enough, the same amount of H2O can be found in trees.
  2. Most of our body weight is contributed to water; but don’t quit drinking water to lose weight! That would actually have the opposite effect! If you want to lose weight, increase metabolism, and burn calories faster, drink more H2O!
  3. Our organs, tissues, and more are all made up of mostly water, and our bodies need water to function and thrive. Men require an average of 13 cups of H2O per day, while women require an average of 9 cups per day.
  4. Good hydration can prevent, or alleviate the severity of, arthritis. Water helps arthritis sufferers because good hydration reduces friction between joints.
  5. Drinking water also helps your teeth. It can reduce serious dental issues like cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay, as well as, minor conditions like teeth discoloration and bad breath.
  6. When you feel thirsty, your body has lost at least 1 percent of its total water. So don’t wait to drink water until your thirsty; keep your beak wet all day long.
  7. Drinking enough H2O can help reduce the chances of heart disease and cancer. It flushes toxins out of your body, which reduces the frequency of toxins coming into contact with vital organs and tissues in your body. This is why drinking water can also reduce or prevent hang overs!
  8. Drinking too much H2O can pose a particular danger. Too much in too little time can cause water intoxication. This happens because water dilutes the sodium levels in a person’s bloodstream, which causes an imbalance of water in the brain. It is common among athletes.
  9. The United States of America uses an average of 346,000 million gallons of water every day! The average person uses 80 gallons of water each day. This includes brushing teeth, bathing, laundry, toilet flushes, watering the lawn, cooking, and more.
  10. On average, a person could go an entire month without food and still survive. But a person could only survive one week with drinking H2O. That is how essential water is to the human life!

Carbs to Lose Weight

Most bodybuilders that I have studied consume a 40, 40, 20 split of carbs, protein, and fat. 40% carbs, 40% protein, and 20% fat. This split really works, and I say that from experience. This is usually the split that I do when trying to have a lean look. To figure out your 40, 40, 20 split you first have to figure out how many calories you should be having a day. Then take that number and take 40, 40, 20 percent from that number respectively. Afterwards you divide the number you get for carbs by 4 because there are 4 calories in every gram of carbs.

It is important to exercise if you want to be able to eat more carbs without hitting spillover. Spillover is a big no no when trying to lose weight with carbs. It occurs when you’re body’s carb “gas tank” is full and stores any extra carbs as fat. By exercising your body demands more carbs to be used in the muscles.

When asking how many carbs to lose weight per day we want to really make sure that we are more focused on the quality of the carbs. Try to go for slow digesting carbs like brown rice and quinoa throughout the day. Also do not eat the carbs too late at night. Try to stop eating carbs after 6 pm. White rice and simple carbs are only to be eaten before or after a workout.

Do not listen to the experts that tell you to stuff yourself with fruit. I’ve seen many clients really back track by doing this. Fruit will be converted to sugar and give you a big insulin spike. You can get just as fat from fruit as you can from candy if you eat too much of it. Green veggies are your best friend to chow down.