Water retention and its subsequent weight gain is a particularly bothersome issue for women of all ages, let’s learn all about it.
Understanding water retention
Water or fluid retention is also referred to as edema. It occurs in the circulatory system and may cause bloating, and swelling in the extremities, such as the legs, feet, and ankles.
People who lead extremely sedentary lifestyles with little exercise or those who are bedridden are susceptible to this condition.
Edema can also be indicative of kidney disease or heart failure, so if you have a severe case of it, or a severe sudden onset, get emergency medical care.
For the non-severe varieties, that cause Continue reading
New Year’s Resolutions are famously difficult to keep. Every year thousands of people promise themselves that they are going to give up smoking, get in better shape or finally get around to going on a diet and every year thousands of people fail to follow through. Well this year you are going to have some help.
We are giving you five tips to ensure that no matter what health-related New Year’s resolution you make you will have the greatest possible chance of seeing it through. But be warned, some of these tips are Continue reading
A person’s existence has a huge impact on their brain health. How a person manages stress, how well they socialize, how well they sleep, how much they exercise, and what they drink and eat all are crucial to brain health.
So how does one achieve a good state of mental health? Here are the seven pillars of ‘brain health’ that can help you achieve optimal mental health well Continue reading
Lowering the casket into the grave was not the easiest of things to do. Being there in the first place was an admission of defeat in itself. We had said that he must change, but he did not listen.
Every choice you make has consequences, good or bad. Perhaps you absolutely love Continue reading
From diabetes to cancer, the over consumption of fat in the average western diet has been linked to various chronic diseases. However, since the 1960s there has been a recognition that not all fats are bad for you.
In fact, eating unsaturated fats is highly beneficial to remain healthy.
We need healthy forms of fat in our diets for many reasons. They help Continue reading
Three weeks ago I stood in front of the full length mirror. It was not a pretty sight. It was just after a shower and when I dropped the towel nothing was left to the imagination.
That was the start in reality. My brain kicked into gear and the work began. This evening I recreated the scene. It was a very different story. Three short weeks is all it took. What a difference it has made to me. What can three weeks do for you?
The problem is that Continue reading
It seems that carbohydrates are the new evil food item. It used to be that fat was the nutritional villain in our lives. This led to the “fat-free” food craze that ironically has made so many people fat. In place of fat, sugar, MSG and other fat building chemicals were added to foods. We now know that fats don’t make you fat, sugar does.
Recently, low-carb diets like the Caveman Diet and the Keto Diet are all the rage. They limit carbohydrates from processed foods, and carbohydrates in general. They focus on eating healthier foods like fruits and vegetables, nuts and berries, wild caught fish and grass fed beef. Is this low-carb attitude the best nutritional approach? Let’s take a look at Continue reading
Before we talk about how exercising helps relieve stress, let’s first talk about what causes stress. The stress we feel – tightness in the neck and between the shoulder blades, rapid pulse, sweaty palms along with increased breathing – are all responses by our body to a “fight or flight” situation. When faced with perceived danger, the body’s normal response is to flood the bloodstream with adrenaline and cortisol. If we truly were in a fight or flight situation, the increased levels of these hormone would be needed to help us “escape”. It is the increased levels of these two hormones that Continue reading
Vegetables play a vital role in proper nutrition. Along with a diet rich in whole grains and fruits, veggies can deliver all of the essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals you need for excellent health. Unfortunately, today’s Standard American Diet (its acronym is ‘SAD’ for a reason) is lacking in healthy vegetables. This is the same basic processed and sugar-filled diet that is prevalent in most modern societies and cultures.
There wouldn’t be a problem if processed and fast foods delivered nutrition. However, Continue reading
New Year’s resolutions – you have to love them. At the beginning of each year one-third of us resolve to do something different that year. However after only one week into the New Year, 25% of us have thrown that idea away like a worn shoe. Only 46% of us will have stuck to our goal by the time we are half way through the year.
If you are one of the third of people that makes a New Year’s resolution, here are five of the more common health-related ones that will give you a healthier lifestyle:
1) Lose weight
After all of the holiday meals, parties and office celebrations, many of us are ready to lose the holiday pounds that found us and refuse to leave. Patience is the name of the game when trying to lose weight. Keep in mind the weight you are trying to take off didn’t come on overnight, so don’t expect to lose it as fast. A safe weight loss recommended by healthcare professionals is about 1 to 1 ½ pounds per week.
Weight loss works by burning more calories than you consume. A deficit of 3,500 calories per week will result in losing Continue reading