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Four Fruits for Better Health

    Friday, May 27th, 2011No Commented
    Categorized Under: General Health

    Ever wonder how apples became such a popular fruit? There’s definitely a reason! This little round snack is more than just a quick treat after a long day at work; instead, it is a powerful tool that can give your body the boost it needs. Even if apples aren’t your favorite snack, there are plenty of other fruits which can benefit your health while curbing your hunger. Listed below are four of the best fruits that you can eat along with an explanation of what they can do to help you.

    1. Apples. As I already mentioned, apples are one of the best things that you can put into your body. This magical fruit can do more for you than a whole drug store of pills. Apples help to protect bones in post-menopausal women, lower asthma symptoms in children, lower cholesterol, help manage diabetes, and aid people in shedding pounds. In addition to all of this, apples have also been proven to prevent Alzheimer’s while also lowering your risks of developing lung, colon, liver, and breast cancer.

    Kiwi2. Kiwi. Often overlooked, kiwis are a wonderful fruit if you are looking for a good snack. Not only do they taste delicious, but they also have health benefits galore. While oranges may get the attention for containing vitamin C, kiwi actually has more of this much-needed vitamin, and also has as much potassium as a banana. Kiwi have been shown to aid children with respiratory problems such as asthma, protect one’s eyes from age-related macular degeneration, reduce cholesterol, keep the colon healthy, and provide the body with plenty of antioxidants.

    3. Pineapple. This tropical fruit may remind you of your last vacation, but it should also make you think of good health. Pineapples have been proven to be a great thing to consume if you want your body to be in top shape. Pineapples are high in antioxidants, so they help to protect you from disease, infection, and cancer. Pineapples are also beneficial for those who have arthritis and can also help to lower blood pressure, treat intestinal parasites, relieve nausea, and fight infections.

    4. Prunes, which are dried plums, are higher in potassium, protein, vitamin E, calcium, and iron than many other fruits. While they have developed a stigma of being something that only the elderly consume, everyone should learn to enjoy this amazing fruit. Prunes can help to keep your heart functioning properly, are essential in weight loss, can regulate blood sugar, can slow aging of both the mind and body, and prevent cancer.

    The next time you feel yourself coming down with a cold or ailment, consider bypassing the over-the-counter pain medicines, and instead up your daily dose of fruit. Nature’s own natural products can often do us more good than we ever imagined possible.

    Dangers of Caffeine

      Friday, May 20th, 2011No Commented
      Categorized Under: General Health

      From coffee to soda pop, caffeine is a substance that most of us consume on a daily, or even hourly, basis. While caffeine is very popular and a household family friend, there are many things about this substance which may make it dangerous or even fatal to those who use it. Below you will find out the truth about caffeine and what it can do to your body.

      Caffeine

      Just Like Any Other Drug
      While we do not think of it as a drug, caffeine certainly is one. Called a psychoactive stimulant, caffeine has the ability to greatly change how our body functions and our mind works. Caffeine has the ability to increase the user’s alertness and temporarily ward off drowsiness, making it a favorite among tired students, workers, and travelers.

      Addiction
      Caffeine is actually a very addictive substance. Those who consume it on a regular basis will find that, if they go without caffeine for a longer period of time than usual, they will suffer from headaches, trouble sleeping or staying awake, irritability, body aches, and the inability to concentrate. Some people may find that they have strong urges to consume caffeine.

      Psychological Dangers
      When caffeine is overused, it has the ability to affect one’s psychological well-being. Some people who consume large amounts of caffeine find that they become nervous, anxious, and irritable. Others may also experience extreme mental problems called “caffeine jitters” which includes euphoria, hallucinations, and psychosis.

      Physical Dangers
      Aside from psychological changes, those who are addicted to or overuse caffeine may also have problems sleeping, changes in heart rhythm, muscle twitching, headaches, and respiratory issues. Over long periods of time, caffeine can also increase one’s risk of developing ulcers and gastro-esophageal reflux disease.

      Caffeine Overdose
      While it is relatively hard to overdose on the amount of caffeine contained in coffee or soft drinks, some people have experienced an overdose after taking caffeine pills. These overdoses often result in hospitalization and can even prove to be fatal.

      You wouldn’t allow your children to use illegal drugs, so why let them use a legal drug which has exactly the same effect on their bodies and minds? If you enjoy drinking sodas or coffee on a regular basis, then you should look into buying de-caffeinated, or learn to cut down on your intake. While caffeine can prove beneficial at times, it is also a highly dangerous substance which may pose a severe threat to your health.

      Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

        Wednesday, May 11th, 2011No Commented
        Categorized Under: Joint Pain

        For those of us who spend countless hours working on the computer each day, the word “carpal tunnel syndrome” sends a shudder through our frames. While it is impossible to completely prevent this painful and life-altering condition, this blog post will focus on some of the ways that you can reduce your risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.

        Carpel Tunnel

        Do Away With Repetitive Movements
        While this may be impossible for those of us who are slaves to typing, it’s important to avoid repetitive movements. Find ways to put the least amount of stress on your hands when doing every day things such as using the computer or talking on the phone.

        Take Breaks
        To allow good blood flow and relieve stress, take frequent breaks when you do things such as work at the computer. There are also some wrist exercises which can be beneficial before and after you hit the keyboard.

        Re-situate the Desk
        To best prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, you may need to re-arrange your office or work place. Research shows that it is important that you keep your computer level with your elbows, putting less pressure on your wrists. This may be the perfect excuse to go buy that new desk you were looking at.

        Improve that Posture
        When your mother complained about you slouching, her advice truly was worth listening to. Having poor posture can increase your chances of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. So, start paying attention to your mom and stand up straight.

        Stay Healthy Overall
        While it sounds strange, some well-known conditions such as diabetes and arthritis can make you a more likely candidate for carpal tunnel syndrome. Smoking also adds to your risk. To best prevent the condition, it is important to stay healthy by maintaining a good weight, exercising, eating right, and drinking plenty of water. To make sure your body is in the best condition and to control diabetes and arthritis, you can look into natural, low-risk health solutions.

        Watch for the Warning Signs
        If you start to experience tingling, numbness, or pain in your wrists than you may be experiencing the warning signs of carpal tunnel syndrome. You should see a doctor as soon as possible or take even more measures to prevent putting stress on your wrists.

        When you work to change your lifestyle, your chances of developing carpal tunnel syndrome are significantly reduced. Don’t allow yourself to become a slave to this condition; start improving the way you live right now before the problem has a chance to develop.