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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Combine Foods For Optimal Nutrition

Tomato and Avocado

Taking tomato and avocado together, either as a salad or sandwich, will boost the nutrients intake of your body. Tomatoes contain antioxidants known as carotenoids and these antioxidants are easily absorbed into the body when used with safe fats. Researchers discovered that the combination of tomato and avocado has the ability to boost the absorption of antioxidants in tomato by 15 times more than when the tomato is taken alone. If you don’t like avocados, you can make use of other safe fats like flaxseed oil or olive oil.

Onion and Whole Grains

Your body needs zinc, a vital trace mineral that helps in appropriate growth as well as sustenance of your body and its immune system. Whole grains are good sources of zinc and boosting your whole grain sandwich with sliced onion will ensure that sulfurous compounds are introduced which help in increasing the uptake of zinc by the body.

Banana and Yogurt

Have you ever taken banana and yogurt together before? If you have not, you better try them. The combination is great for your body after a workout. The banana provides the carbohydrate that your body needs while the yogurt provides the protein that will repair your worn out cells. The protein in this blend reduces the absorption of liquid carbohydrate which in turn leads to the reduction of your post-meal rapid blood glucose rise. In addition, when these two foods get into your stomach, the nutrients from banana will feed the good bacteria you drank in the yogurt in order to enhance your immunity.

Get Rid of Bunions

There are a variety of symptoms that are associated with bunions. The most obvious symptom is the bulging bump that can be found outside the base of your big toe. You may also have swelling, redness, and sensitivity at the joint of your big toe. You may notice the skin at the base of your big toe thickening. Other symptoms include: corns or calluses developing where the two toes overlap, pain that is either persistent or intermittent, and your big toe having restrictive movement.

Generally bunions do not require medical attention, but there are some signs that mean you should visit your doctor or a specialized foot doctor to assist you. One sign is if you notice a lot of pain in your big toe or foot that is persistent. Another sign includes having a visible bump that is located on your big toe joint. You may also want to see a doctor if you have decreased movement in your foot or big toe, as well as having difficulty finding shoes that fit properly because of the bunion.

There are also some complications that may happen as a result of bunions. Bursitis is a painful condition that happens when the bursae, the small fluid-filled pads that cushion bones, tendons, and muscles, start to become inflamed. Another condition is “hammertoe”, where an abnormal bend happens in the middle joint of the toe and causes pain. This usually occurs in the toe next to the big toe. Metatarsalgia is a final complication as a result of bunions. This is a condition where a person will have pain and inflammation located in the ball of their foot.

Male Snoring

When a person breathes, the air moves through the mouth or nose to the pharynx (part of the throat that sits behind the mouth and nasal cavity) and larynx (part of the throat that stops food and drink from blocking the airway). The air then moves to the trachea (windpipe), through to the bronchi (air passageway to the lungs) and then finally enters the lungs.

When a person is awake, their pharynx and larynx muscles are always engaged. However, during sleep these muscles relax, which causes the airways to be partially blocked by the over relaxed muscle tissue. With the air not completely getting through to the lungs, the pressure in the airways increases and causes a vibration in the soft issues of the respiratory tract. The sound this vibration makes is snoring. The degree of air obstructed determines the severity of the snoring. In most cases, the narrower the airways, the louder the snoring.

What Causes Snoring in Males?

The main reasons why men snore are:

  1. The accumulated fat in the neck region squeezes the walls of the larynx, narrowing the airway passage. A 20% increase in the ideal weight of a male could lead to snoring, however for women, a 30-40% increase in ideal weight is usually needed to cause snoring.
  2. Use of sleeping pills, alcohol, or smoking lead to the relaxation of the pharynx and larynx muscles, which could cause periodic or continuous snoring. In general, men tend to consume more alcohol and smoke more than women.
  3. Nasal septum deviation occurs when there is an over growth of bone and cartilage tissues inside the nasal cavity. Nasal injuries could also cause a deviated nasal septum. It is common for males to get more nasal injuries than women due to rough contact sport or other activities.
  4. Polyps in the nose cause snoring, which occur more often in men than in women.

Is Snoring Dangerous?

If the walls of the throat are narrowed or completely closed, the air struggles to reach the lungs, which causes episodes of apnea (the lack of breathing during a period of sleep). If breathing stops for more than 10 seconds, it is diagnosed as Complicated Snoring. In severe cases, the period of apnea can last up to 3 minutes!

With prolonged and regular stops of breath during the night, the organs start to suffer from oxygen deprivation known as Hypoxia. In men, this disorder greatly increases arterial pressure during sleep and immediately after waking. The Hypoxia wakes the brain to command the body to breathe, which interrupts normal sleep. As a result, during the day, a person feels tired, has a reduced intellectual capacity and deterioration of attention and memory. Snoring can also cause erectile dysfunction in men.

Wrist Pain

What I’m going to show you is some easy breaks you can do to get the pain to subside dramatically. However, remember that this is a symptomatic view, not a systematic view. During the symptomatic view, you’ll get guaranteed short-term gain. Some of the trigger points can refer to different places but we are only going to be looking at it in specific areas. I’m going to give you a visual of the muscle tissue. So when you’re looking at anything that I refer to regarding on trigger point work, it is about the general area. It will never refer to that one point, because you’re never going to find that one point in the plethora of fibers that you have. You want to think about it in terms of muscle groups that are causing pain in that general area.

So if you have a trigger finger, we will be looking at the muscle group that runs along the forearm. Whatever happens at the top is also happening in the flexors, at the bottom, as well. So the top of your forearm can mirror the part underneath your forearm. You will be trigger-pointing both sides of your forearm, for wrist pain. I’m only going to show you a couple of muscles on one side and you’re just going to mirror it to the other side.

Within your extensors, you want to realize that the pain in the elbow refers down to the hand and it’s not always right around where the real problem is. It’s important to remember your pain is always someplace else. There’s always something driving it someplace else.

One area in your extensors is very close to the elbow and you then have to work your way down. Another area is the thinner muscle you feel when you rotate your forearm slightly. This muscle on the outside refers pain exactly in the center. This muscle is always going to be inflamed and irritated. The next area to look at is the outside of the forearm itself. So, from the top view, you’re looking at the forearm at three different areas: you’re going to be focusing on the middle, the inside, and outside. Once you do that, then your body is going to really start moving.

Please be mindful of what’s happening because as you change things at the top, the bottom will also change. In carpal tunnel syndrome, there is a small, inflamed hole that holds all the tendons around your wrist. This inflammation now starts to crush the tendon, which causes the entire wrist to get tighter.