A migraine headache can be extremely painful. Migraines are caused by a number of reasons, and there never seems to be a single remedy that works for everyone. However, you may be able to find you ideal cure buy considering some of these natural remedies for migraines.
According to certain studies, upward of 80% of migraine sufferers find relief with a chiropractic adjustment. It is a natural method that should be done by an experienced chiropractor. It involves correcting spinal problems to reduce the severity and frequency of migraine attacks.
Migraines often result of extremely tight and tensed muscles of the neck. Biofeedback provides the ability to relax these muscles and thereby reducing pain. Biofeedback is a program supervised by trained practitioners and enables migraine sufferers to control involuntary responses to stress.
Tension relief can be achieved through natural methods like taking hot baths or showers, application of cold packs on the back of the neck, or simply getting a massage.
Most people instinctively retreat to a dark and quiet room when they feel a migraine attack coming on. This is because migraines make them very sensitive to light and noise. Lessen the tension and promote an environment that offers a calming peace of mind.
Allergies and sensitivities to certain foods are major, yet unforeseen causes of migraines. Common culprits include certain forms of nuts, beans, caffeine, chocolates and alcohol. Monosodium glutamate which is often used in Chinese foods is a notorious migraine trigger, especially when taken in large amounts. Excessive consumption of salt can likewise cause migraines.
To pinpoint the exact foods that cause your migraine headaches, try starting a food diary in which you can take note of everything that you eat. After a few weeks, you'll be able to see a pattern that will give a good idea on what foods to avoid.
Millions suffer from migraine headaches, and if you're one of them, there are natural ways for relief without relying on medications. All of these natural remedies except biofeedback and tension relief methods address the root of the problem. It is possible that by applying some of these methods, you'll be able to eradicate migraine headaches out of your life.continue...
Gaining weight during the holidays is an expected seasonal hazard for many individuals. Holiday indulgences are everywhere, and fending off the temptations can be a serious discipline.
The countless rounds of holiday parties make weight maintenance at this time of year a must. Take in the following 8 strategies to greet the New Year without an expanded waistline.
1. Plan Eating and Exercise
Experts suggest creating a plan for eating and exercise, as well as a reminder system to ensure that you follow through. Put notes or pictures in strategic places where you'll be sure to see them.
2. Small Servings
You need not be deprived of the holiday treats that you're sure to be bombarded with during the holidays. The trick is to have just a little of everything. Portion control is key to minimize weight gain during the holidays.
3. Choose Your Treats
Before partying, plan ahead which holiday food you're going to indulge in. There'll be a lot of temptations like rich dishes, sweet treats, and extra drinks. Just choose wisely and enjoy it.
4. Get Moving
Lack of activity and rich holiday food make the perfect combination for weight gain. Short 10 to 15 minute sessions of activity, like walking, shoveling snow, or lifting weights, three times a day works just as well as a 45 minute workout. Think of these as a way to combat holiday stress and to make up for the extra calories you consumed.
5. Take Control
You certainly cannot control the type of food at any event, but you can bring your discipline to the table. To fend off those urges and temptations, try these tips:
6. Be Prepared
Don't go to an event hungry, thirsty, or tired. It sets you up for over-indulgence and poor judgment. Eat a healthy snack like whole grains, fresh fruit or low fat yogurt before hitting the event. In addition, thirst is often confused with hunger, so stay hydrated.
7. Avoid Grazing
Often, we think that food eaten standing up or picked out from a tray doesn’t count, but it does. It is best to sit down and savor the food you've decided to enjoy rather than grazing continuously the whole time. Use a smaller plate if you want to control portions better.
8. Limit Alcohol
Liquid calories are still calories. Besides, alcohol reduces willpower and can later stimulate appetite. Establish your limits and make you can stick with it.
You can avoid holiday weight gain if you really put your mind to it. Enjoy the delights of the season but stay committed to your weight maintenance plan.continue...
It’s that time of the year when you want a break from your routines. You are in a festive mood, and with a little vacation time, it’s difficult to maintain discipline. And with all the holiday temptations, finding time to exercise is even more essential.
How can you make the most of your healthy endeavors during the busy holiday season?
It is important to understand and accept that the holiday season makes it hard to stick to healthy food and a regular exercise program. While it is hard, it is definitely not impossible to find discipline and techniques to stay in shape and choose healthy food options wherever possible.
The busy holiday season is bound to be fought with temptations. There may be a slip between the lip and the mind, but don’t beat yourself up over it. It is alright to allow yourself to ‘cheat’ at times when you get a little slack. However what is most important is to have the right attitude towards your health, your diet, and your exercise program.
Do not give up if you falter on your diet or exercise temporarily. Stay positive. Be aware that if you do fall off the exercise bandwagon, there's no reason not to climb back aboard once your holidays are over.continue...
The raw food diet has become an increasingly popular choice for many people seeking a more healthy and nutritious way to eat. Those that follow a raw food diet usually consume no less than 75% of their diet from uncooked and unprocessed plant-based foods, which typically consist of fresh fruits, whole grains, fresh vegetables, nuts and seeds.
Raw food theorists believe that cooking food over 118 degrees Fahrenheit actually destroys key natural enzymes that our body needs. The enzymes found in food can aid with the digestion, absorption, and processing of essential nutrients. However, without proper absorption of nutrients, a person's health can degrade while toxins begin to build up.
Eating a diet consisting of raw foods can greatly increase the quantity of enzymes necessary for proper digestion, while enabling more vitamins and minerals to be available for absorption. The higher concentration of nutrients that come from natural raw foods is believed to prevent disease, increase energy, slow the process of aging, and promote optimal health.
Following a raw food diet has distinctive benefits that can now be supported by scientific research. According to a study in The Journal of Nutrition, eating a raw food diet long-term can significantly lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood cholesterol, and triglycerides. The study also revealed that people who follow a raw food diet usually have a low body mass index (BMI), low levels of C-reactive protein, and high Vitamin D levels.
C-reactive protein is known as an inflammatory molecule that has been linked with the high risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic diseases. This means having lower levels of this protein can significantly reduce these risks. Additionally, higher Vitamin D levels are important, because it assists in strengthening bones as well as influences our mood and emotions.
Cooking food at high Fahrenheit levels can be extremely carcinogenic. Overtime, eating highly cooked and processed foods can lead to deficiencies of key nutrients, which usually results in major health issues like heart disease, cancer, and degenerative diseases.
If you eat too much over-cooked, microwaved, and processed foods, the colon faces excess strain resulting in a great risk of colon cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and many other degenerative diseases. Cooking food does alter the natural composition of substance (and thus making it more palatable in some cases,) but also destroys its essential nutritional value.
When starting a raw food diet you may experience a few side effects. For some people, these side effects can deter an individual from continuing the diet. However with patience, these side effects will definitely subside and the feeling of optimal health will soon set in. The most common side effects experienced from a raw food diet are:
You may feel extremely tired and worn out. As your body adapts to the diet this does go away.
Many of the toxins that you ingest are very addictive. Flushing these toxins out can cause the body to go into a minor form of withdrawal, which often causes irritability.
Headaches are most common to occur during the first week of a raw food diet. This is the brain’s way of coping with the detoxifying process.
When you are flushing toxins from your body, the toxins may release themselves in the way of a running nose or gas. These side effects do fade with time.
A raw food diet can be a very effective way to detoxify the body, by assisting it to get rid of harmful toxins that can accumulate from a diet high of processed foods. Eating food in a healthy and nutritious way with the aid of a raw food diet will certainly continue to attract health-conscious people throughout the world.continue...
There is an abundance of information available on the Web about the nutrition facts of certain foods. But when it comes to finding correct nutritional information on the Internet, finding a trusted source is key.
One place to find accurate and insightful information about food and nutrition is NutritionData.self.com. Here you can find a wealth of information about almost any type of food as well as a number of tools to help you hone in our diet and overall consumption needs.
After being acquired by the Self magazine (or Self.com) in 2010, NutritionData.com became NutritionData.Self.com. The website has retained the same features as before, however now the site provides resources that anyone health-conscious can appreciate.
One of the greatest features of the website is its database of food profiles. For example, we searched the site for “blueberries,” and not only did we receive results on simply raw blueberries, but also nutrition data on 48 other forms of blueberries, including frozen blueberries, canned blueberries in heavy syrup, and blueberry baby food.
Even more interesting about NutritionData.Self.com are the tools available on each food profile page. Users are shown a standardized “Nutrition Facts” box that contains all the information on a typical product label.
In addition, each profile has a “Nutritional Target Map” that shows the fullness factor and rating of nutrition for a given food. Also shown is a “Caloric Ratio Pyramid” that offers a visual perspective of the types of calories in the food. These tools are highly advantageous for those looking to fine-tune their diet or simply learn the composition of certain foods.
The “Daily Needs Calculator” on NutritionData.Self.com offers an estimate of how many calories an individual needs in a day based on their physical composition and lifestyle. In short, the estimate given by the calculator helps dieters determine how many calories they need to cut to start losing weight.
The Daily Needs Calculator takes into account an individual's BMI (Body Mass Index) to estimate his or her daily caloric needs. Because BMI is simply a calculation of one’s height and weight, it doesn’t take into account metabolism or other internal factors that influence calorie burn. As a result, the “Daily Needs Calculator” should be used a general insight and not so much as a specific benchmark to fend off weight gain.
There are many other features available at NutritionData.Self.com to help you stay on track with your diet. The site offers a tool to analyze recipes based on ingredients as well as resources to find foods that promote better health for certain ailments.
Whether searching for dieting insights or researching the composition of certain foods, we hope you appreciate NutritionData.Self.com as much as we do here at the Health n’ Wellness Blog.continue...
There is a famous saying that "you are what you eat." This is particularly true with respect to diseases that are attributed to unhealthy eating habits.
So if you want to get on the health track to eating a better diet, here is the list of 10 super foods that are great for your health.
Garlic contains sulphur compounds that are known to prevent heart diseases and certain types of cancers. It is also known to lower blood pressure.
Including garlic in your daily diet, whether by cooking or taking supplements, can maximize its overall health benefits.
Green tea has polyphenols that lowers your risk of developing heart diseases and certain cancers. Green tea, as well as other forms of tea, are known to fend-off hunger cravings and help in losing weight.
Green tea one of the top super foods that boost the immune system, making you more resistant to sicknesses and infections.
Fish, such as wild-caught Salmon, has natural omega 3 fatty acids, which are known as the "good cholesterol." These fatty acids aid the body in preventing strokes and other related heart diseases. Make sure that you eat only fresh fish, such as wild-caught fish, to ensure that it's not contaminated with mercury.
Blueberries, raspberries, and cranberries alike all have high antioxidant properties which make berries a must-eat super food for better health. Cranberries are also known to help fight infections, especially in the urinary tract.
Research shows that olive oils have high antioxidant levels, and also benefit in preventing cardiovascular diseases. Olive oil is one of the best choices for cooking, compared to butter and other common oils
Almonds are known to help prevent inflammation and heart disease. Eating nuts regularly will help you lower your cholesterol level as much as 4 percent. Because nuts are high in fat (good fat,) moderation is key while eating these types of super foods.
Examples of whole grains are barley, whole wheat, and oats. Whole grain is a very good source of fiber that is essential in ridding the body of unwanted fats. Whole grains are also rich in vitamins and minerals, which is good for overall health and wellness of the body.
Red grapes have high vitamin C, B6, and B1 content. They are proven to reduce the risk of developing heart diseases and certain types of cancer.
Dark chocolate is one of the best tasting super foods there is. Not all chocolates are good for your health. The best chocolates to eat are dark chocolates which are high in cacao. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and flavonols. And the best part about eating dark chocolates is that the feeling of happiness it induces, which can ward-off depression.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that is activated when cooked. It is known to help in preventing certain cancers especially prostate cancer and is also known to help prevent heart diseases.
So there you have it: 10 super foods that are very good for your overall health and wellness. Thanks for visiting the Health n' Wellness Blog!continue...
Tim Ferriss is the esteemed author of the wonderful health read: The 4 Hour Body. Prior to writing this book, Ferris published bestseller “The 4-Hour Workweek,” which was also a hit.
The unique aspect of the 4 Hour Body book is that everything relates specifically to how the human body manages certain foods. Ferriss includes "rules" that are specified in the Slow Carb diet as well as the Paleo diet. Additionally, the book offers five tips for reducing fat:
As long as readers keep their diet simple and healthy, they can opt to eat as much as they want based from the foods that are listed in the book.
The book specifies a six month time in which readers are promised to be taught how to attain their genetic potential, how to perform better with just two hours of sleep everyday, and how excessive fat can be lost by certain eating habits.
Ferriss spent almost a decade worth of research consulting professional athletes, medical doctors and using his own personal experiments to serve as a base for the book, rather than writing based on merely a theory.
Both men and women can seek assistance from everything that is mentioned in the book. Apart from covering various subjects, Ferriss also claims that everything mentioned in his book actually works. In fact, substantial results are guaranteed by Ferriss, in addition to being statistically proven by research.
The fact of the matter is that over 50 diverse topics are covered in the book, and all can be appreciated for greater health and wellness.continue...
CSA has become a buzzword amongst healthy living circles. But do you know what a CSA is, or how one works?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. In essence, a CSA is a farm-based food co-op that is sustained by the investment and help local residents.
To prepare for the growing season, a farm (often family run) will sell shares of their harvest in advance. This allows the farm to have a surplus of funds to purchase seed, farming equipment, and provide employees with their pay. In return, members of the CSA will receive the bounty of the harvest throughout the high yield season, usually from spanning from Spring into late Fall.
As a member of a CSA, you can take advantage of many benefits. The greatest benefit is receiving an array of fresh fruits and vegetables on regular basis, often times weekly. Most CSA's put everything they have available during the time of season and present each member with their share of the harvest in large crates, bins, or boxes.
In addition to reaping the benefits of having fresh produce at your disposal (from a local farmer,) many CSA's encourage members to participate in events and or "harvest gatherings." During these gatherings, both members and farmers put some work into the farm, and often enjoy a bountiful, yet healthy meal together.
As a CSA member, you will most likely being eating more fruits and vegetables, and a greater, seasonal variety from each harvest. This alone offers amazing health benefits, for most CSA's advocate organic growing practices and offer an extensive supply of foods in which some individuals are not accustomed to consuming.
The wealth of having a substantial supply of locally grown produce automatically promotes healthier eating. CSA members will most likely be introduced to new produce, which can mean experimenting with new recipes and flavors. In addition, members can often save money because the investment provides an incredible supply of food that greatly exceeds what one would spend over time at super market.
CSA patronage supports local business and provides you with a wonderful supply of healthier foods. As an added bonus, you can experience the community aspect of joining Community Supported Agriculture, and meet new, like-minded people.
To learn more about the advantages of Community Supported Agriculture and to find a CSA near you, visit localharvest.org.continue...
To say there is a health problem epidemic in the United States is a mild understatement. The obesity problem is significant and becoming all the more so each day as Americans continue to eat poorly. Unfortunately, this problem is also growing at an alarming rate amongst our kids. Since you control what they eat, implementing the following healthy snacking tips for kids can make a huge difference in their health today and in the future.
The first thing to understand is snacking is natural for both kids and adults. It also happens to be good for the human body because it tends to keep blood sugar levels balanced throughout the day. The issue is not whether a child snacks, but what they eat when the do. Encourage your kids to snack. Just make sure they are eating healthy things.
All of us wander into the kitchen sooner or later to look for something to snack on. If you want your kids to eat healthy, you need to control the food that is available to them. If the pantry is packed with bags of chips, they are going to eat them. If there is no junk food in the kitchen, but plenty of healthy snack foods like baby carrots, they will learn to eat the healthy foods. While you can't control what your kids eat outside of the house, training them to enjoy vegetables and other healthy foods while at home will go a long way to maintaining a good weight and keeping them healthy.
Take a moment and really think about what you snack on and why. Most people snack on foods not for their taste, but because of the taste of the dressings or spices used on them. Consider tortilla chips. Unsalted chips taste like cardboard. Seriously. Try one! Ah, but put some salt on them and suddenly you are stuffing them down your mouth and can't stop. Add salsa to the mix and you will eat even more.
One of the best healthy snacking tips for kids is to give them healthy dressings. For example, you might give them celery with peanut butter as a dip. Fresh fruit and yogurt is a great match as well. You can even mix and freeze them for a great cool treat during the hot summer. Baby carrots and mustard are a good spicy treat as well. There are plenty of options out there, if you just look.
Baby carrots are very health, but even vegans can only eat them for so long before groaning. If you want your kids to eat healthy, get creative with their treats. One great source for ideas is the raw food industry. "Raw foodies" believe the most nutritional food is uncooked, organic food. While probably a bit extreme for you and your kids, buy a raw food recipe book is a smart move. You can find everything from "pizza" to "cakes" that taste great, but are incredibly healthy. You can use the recipes to create constant variation, which can help get your kids hooked on eating healthy.
The food industry is a bit devious in the marketing claims they make on their products. They healthy proclamations you will see often don't actually mean the product is good for you. Many "fat free" products, for instance, are packed with so much sugar that the fat-free version is actually worse for you. Teaching your kids how to read nutrition labels early on sets them up for a life of health. If they start doing it automatically when they are young, it is a habit that will follow them throughout life to their ultimate benefit.
Label reading is not exactly the most exciting task, so you need to get creative. Instead of lording over them in the grocery store and screaming about the horrors of high fructose corn syrup, turn the process into a game. If they can find certain bad ingredients in labels, reward them with something such as staying up later. The point is to make it fun so that they happily do it. If you can achieve that, they will get in the habit of learning to avoid products that are not good for them.
Of all the healthy snaking tips for kids, one is undoubtedly the most important – your conduct. You must practice what you preach. If you try to teach your kids to eat healthy, but they see you devouring a bag of chips or pint of Ben & Jerry's, the message is going to fail. It is that simple, so show the discipline and commitment that you want your kids to exemplify.
Teaching your kids to eat right at a young age is the key to creating a healthy life for them in both the short and long term. Implementing the above healthy snack tips for kids is a good way to get started with that process.continue...
If you’re taking an interest in endurance sports, but dread the monotony of performing the same arduous activity day in and day out, the multi-sport of triathlon be your niche.
Many people, whether to lose weight or improve cardiovascular health, jump right into sports like running and cycling, only to drop out after a month of growing boredom. There is no doubt that doing the same sport on consistent basis can get a little old. However with triathlon, there are three sports in which you can enjoy and get better at.
But what’s more than just getting in shape via swimming, biking, and running, is the outcome and personal development you can gain from triathlon. Taking on three sports takes dedication, preparation, and effort. Triathletes are often health-minded and highly-driven individuals, and those characteristics often reflect their complete lifestyle.
Participating in swimming, biking, and running can surely get you into top shape. All three sports work various muscle groups and all require a fair degree of strength and cardiovascular effort. Furthermore, each sport offers its own advantages compared to the others.
Some triathletes are prone to impact activities, such as running. Although they will still run on occasion (such as during races or during training periods,) this breed will typically focus more on swimming and biking, which are low impact sports. Conversely, some individuals don’t have access to a pool or lake. These triathletes will often emphasize their training around the biking and running aspects of the sport.
The flexibility of triathlon gives health-minded individuals the opportunity to mix up their training regime. This can help ward off boredom from doing the same exercises and activity over and over. Regardless of whether or not you planning to do a race, involving yourself in the three disciplines of triathlon can help you become a greater individual.
The sport of triathlon also contributes to great sense of well-being, both mentally and physically. The physical aspects are obvious, for the three sports of triathlon involve a great deal of coordination and energy expenditure. An often overlooked benefit of the multi-sport is the mental health benefits.
Triathlon, particular for those involved with racing, requires a significant amount of organization and preparation. From building training schedule to planning out meals and nutrition, the indirect aspects of the sport are major factors to being mentally healthy. The typical triathlete is usually a very conscious person, in that he or she is usually well aware of one’s diet, feelings and emotions, and overall lifestyle choices.
Endurance sports naturally make humans feel good. The endorphin release during and after a solid work-out promotes optimism and greater sense of presence. These emotions reflect the rest of the day, and thus can enhance our way of life.continue...
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