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Monday, September 6th, 2010

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Tips To Stretch Your Back, Hip And Leg Flexibility

Friday, December 25th, 2009

How much time should you spend stretching? This is up to you. To do all the repetitions of all exercises in the following would take at least 30 minutes. It is encouraged to try all the stretches and then decide what works best for you. You may choose to do only a few exercises that seem most helpful for your back condition. Or you may decide to do fewer repetitions of each exercise. Or you may do everything. You are the best person to decide what works for you. The exercises do not all have to be done at once. You can do a little here and there over the course of your day. Here are some of the tips that you can consider to adopt.

1. Trunk Rotation

Lie on your back with your arms out to your sides. Bend your knees and either place your feet flat on the floor or pull your knees up toward your chest. Roll your legs to one side and then the other. Experiment with leg positions to find the one that is most comfortable for you. Move from side to side 20 times. Hold the last stretch to each side for 20 seconds while you relax and breathe easily.

2. Knees To Chest

While lying on your back, pull one leg at a time up to your chest. Then raise your knees and pull both toward your chest at the same time. Do 20 repetitions of each motion, holding the last repetition for 20 seconds.

3. Hamstring Stretch

Lie flat on your back in the neutral position. Keeping your left leg straight, bend your right leg, at a 90-degree angle so that the lower right leg is parallel to the ground. Clasp your hands behind your right knee, and begin to straighten your right leg. Do a gradual stretch three to five times, holding it for 20 to 30 seconds. Repeat the stretch with the opposite leg.

4. Hip Flexor Stretch

Kneel down on your right knee. Make sure that your upper body is straight and that your left leg is bent a 90-degree angle. Keeping your hips square and your upper body perpendicular to the ground, drive your hips forward. As you move forward, you should feel the stretch in your right hip. Hold the stretch for 20 to 30 seconds and repeat three to five times. Repeat with the other leg.

5. Quadriceps Stretch

While standing, reach back and grab your right foot or ankle with your right hand. Pull your foot up toward your buttock to stretch the muscles on the front of your thigh. Keep your knee pointing down and next to the other knee. Be sure to stand up straight and avoid twisting. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds and repeat three to five times. Repeat with the opposite leg.

6. Calf Stretch

Stand with one foot in front of the other or with your feet together. Keep your toes pointing forward and your heels on the floor. Lean forward to feel a stretch at the back of your ankle and calf. Hold it for 20 to 30 seconds. Relax and repeat three to five times.

7. Gluteal Stretch

Lie on your back with both legs flat on the floor. Grab your knee and ankle with your hands and pull it toward the opposite shoulder. Hold it for 20 to 30 seconds and repeat three to five times. Repeat with the other leg.

How do you look after your bones?

Friday, December 25th, 2009

How do you look after your bones? Is one of the most important questions you can ask yourself!

Bone is living tissue; it is made and replenished every day. The peak age for bone mass is 20 years old. If your bone density is high at this age it will give you a greater protection of Osteoporosis in later life. As you age you will need to maintain your bone density and slow any loss with diet and exercises.

Developing healthy eating and getting adequate exercise early in life will ensure that your bone mass is maintained longer. Supplements of multivitamins, fresh juice of vegetables and fruits in season, eating plenty of fruit and vegetables and include fish, nuts and dairy products such as yogurt, buttermilk, and goat’s milk.

Osteoporosis means brittle bones. It is when calcium is leached from the bones without any symptoms. Many people do not know that they have Osteoporosis until a fall or other accident causes a broken bone or bones. This accident would not result in any broken bones in younger people.

Osteoporosis can be very restrictive for the body. The figures show that 50% of women and 33% of men get broken bones due to falls or accidents. Men need to build strong bones as well, early in life. Women who take oestrogen before menopause will limit the loss of calcium from their bones. In both men and women the aging process will see a reduction of calcium. Therefore, the bones will become thinner with the possibility of Osteoporosis occurring when the bones become brittle.

What Are Some Of The Risk Factors?


Cigarette smoking

Inadequate calcium intake

Alcohol-more than two standard drinks a day

Physical inactivity


Vitamin D deficiency

Increasing age

Prolong absence of menstrual periods

Menopause before the age of 45

Family history

How to Strengthen Your Bones:

*Get sunlight as this provides the body with vitamin D

*Eat fish, egg yolks, yogurt, canned fish and nuts

*Do 30 minutes of exercise per day

*Include strength training

*Stop Smoking

*Limit caffeine and alcohol

By following an exercise plan and eating correctly you can slow down Osteoporosis as you age. It is most important to start this diet and exercise program early in life as this will strengthen and prolong the onset of thinning of the bones as much as possible. So looking after your bones will be taken care of.

Heart Failure And Prevention

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Heart failure can be deadly when complicated by such heart irritants as obesity, arterial plaque, overworked hearts, stress, lack of exercise, smoking, and old age. In cases in which there is a family history of heart failure, one’s heart will have thinner muscle walls than is normal; it is usually complicated by one of the irritants listed above. Plaque lines the walls of the arteries that supply the heart with blood, resulting in a lack of blood getting to the heart. The heart then has to go in to overdrive in order to get blood through its thinner systemic arteries.

Some specific disorders categorized under heart failure include:

• dropsy

• left-side (systolic) heart failure – lower amounts of blood are pumped out of the heart. People who have left-side failure inevitably will have right-side failure.

• right-side (diastolic) heart failure – this affects the heart’s capacity to fill with blood and pump blood to the lungs. Some symptoms of RSHF include shortness of breath, fatigue, and fluid build-up in the feet, legs, liver, abdomen, and sometimes in the veins of the neck.

Diseases that can cause heart failure include:

• Coronary heart disease (CAD): plaque that builds up in blood vessels as a result of damage caused by eating high-fat and high-salt foods, thus compromising blood flow and oxygen transport – this can eventually lead to a heart attack.

• High blood pressure: when the force of blood against the artery walls stays at or above 140/90 mmHG over time, this stresses the blood vessels and the heart which causes damage

• Diabetes: when the body is unable to make insulin, a hormone that converts the sugars in food to energy, higher amounts of sugar in the blood can cause more damage to blood vessels.

• Heart muscle or valve disease /arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats): defect of the heart itself arising from birth defect, infection, or damage from heart disease.

• Congenital heart defects: these present at birth

• Cancer and associated treatment

• Thyroid disorders

• Alcohol abuse


Prevention of Heart Failure

It is important that senior citizens stay proactive about their health and preventing heart failure. Seniors should work with those assisting with their eldercare and other health care professionals use the steps that you can take in advance to prevent heart failure:

For people with healthy hearts:

• Follow a healthy eating plan

• Do not smoke or avoid second-hand smoke

• Maintain a healthy weight for you

• Participate in healthy amounts of physical activity

• Do not use or abuse illicit drugs

When the symptoms of heart failure are severe, patients are advised to rest in bed. When the symptoms are only mild or moderate, then they are recommended to engage in light physical activity. Losing weight is also advisable for obese sufferers of heart failure. Excessive salt intake has been found to exacerbate heart failure; thus, salt free diets are often prescribed to patients suffering from this condition. Individuals afflicted with heart failure tend to have a diminished ability to excrete free water.

How to Enhance Your Disease Fighting Mechanism

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

When do you turn fragile and weak? When your body has poor immune system and is unable to fight against the disease causing bacteria. The foreign body which enters your system has overpowered your immune system. With this, your body loses the capacity to fight and thus welcomes all kinds of bacteria which affect your health. You become susceptible to cold, allergies, fever and other kinds of diseases.

What can you do about it? Boost up your immune system?

You must learn how to naturally enhance your immune system in order to enjoy the benefits of it. It is a protective mechanism that acts as a shield against all kinds of foreign bodies and bacteria. You will soon become resistant to flu, fever, cold and other forms of allergies. No more fear going to public places, you will not be susceptible to any diseases that easily.

Gooseberry: Eat gooseberry every day to build up your defense mechanism. It acts as a protective shield against all kinds of diseases. It is also rich in Vitamin C essential for your body. Vitamin C is also found in abundance in other citrus fruit.

Mushroom: Vegetable such as mushroom has beta glucan that stimulates the immune system. It is also helpful to kill cancerous cells, due to the presence of a protein known as Lectin.

Garlic: Some of the spices may be pungent but they have a host of health benefits. Garlic is one such spice used commonly in your kitchen. If it is eaten raw it helps fight BP and also common cold allergies and clears your nasal passage. It also reduces the symptom of heart disease and cancer too.

Holy basil leaves: Juice extract of 4-5 basil or holy leaves along with honey will boost your disease fighting mechanism. Nothing can work better than holy basil leaves. If you don’t have this plant, you must sow their seeds and reap host of benefits.

Goldenseal root: This is a natural herb which helps boost your resistance to diseases.

With all these you can remain healthy and prevent infections as long as you have them. The immune system attacks organisms and substances that invade your systems and cause disease. The immune system is made up of a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body. This is why it is essential to enhance them naturally! Eat right and promote good health naturally!