Living A Healthy Life

lose 30 poundsLife is long. You want to spend as much of yours as you can, as healthy as possible. When you’re healthy, everything in life is more enjoyable. In recent years, living healthily has become a multi-million dollar industry. Every year, a typical American will spend hundreds–thousands, even–of dollars on expensive newfangled exercise machines, fad diets, and pricy diet pills. For ancient humans, obesity was virtually nonexistent. This wasn’t because they were all using some miracle treadmill, or abstaining from gluten, or popping green tea extract pills. They weren’t obese simply because they moved their bodies frequently, and ate simple, unaltered, ancient foods.

One of these very old foods, which many believe to be the secret to the long life expectancies of many ancient people in Southeast Asia, is the mangosteen fruit. First brought to American markets in a pure juice form by the company Xango, in the form of their flagship product, Xango Juice, it’s believed to have innumerable health benefits. Among them: enhancing the immune system by ridding the body of free radicals, encouraging cardiovascular health, enhancing intestinal function, and supporting the health of your joints, bones, and cartilage.

Mangosteen fruit contains contains an incredibly variety and quantity of xanthones, or antioxidants found naturally in plants. Antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals, an increasingly prevalent kind of toxin that inhibits healthy cell growth and replenishment. People who consume large amounts of antioxidants have been shown to have, in turn, far higher white blood cell counts than those who don’t. More white blood cells means a healthier immune system, means a less chance of contracting sickness and disease.

It also works to encourage heart health. The number one cause of heart disease is obesity. Mangosteen has been proven in clinical trials to make weight loss dramatically easier. When losing weight is easier, you’re more likely to lose it, and more likely then to have a healthy heart.

Mangosteen juice has been thought to slightly alter the pH of the upper digestive tract. This slight modification, (towards a more palatable kind of acidity) is known to encourage the growth of beneficial bacterial colonies (intestinal probiotics) that can aid in the digestion of your food.

Surprisingly, your skeletal system might also benefit from consuming mangosteen. In several clinical studies, mangosteen juice has shown to have positive effects in lessening and slowing the loss of bone density in post-menopausal women.

“Living healthily” is largely contingent on the health of these individual systems and areas of your body. With mangosteen being thought or proven to better so many of them, is could be the key to making you healthy, and keeping you that way, long into old age.

Reducing Back Pain

back_painBack pain can be one of the most difficult areas of the body to deal with when it comes to pain. When the back is injured it can lead to a whole host of difficulties and other ailments in the body. That is because the back supports the entire skeletal frame of the body. When this part of the body is sore, then it can effect many other parts of the body as well. When such an injury is in its peak phase it can lead people to be debilitated from functioning on a normal basis.

The truth is that back pain often resonates and affects a hole slew of other body parts and functions. In fact, back pain can affect posture, the neck, legs, shoulders, hips and feet. Back trauma can also affect the body in many other functions. It can hinder weight loss and disrupt digestion, it can throw off equilibrium as well as concentration. Because these symptoms are so invasive the ramifications of back pain can be complicated and intricate. Often back pain can radiate to other body areas, and can adversely affect many physical activities. This can lead to people having more restricted lives. That is why it is always recommended and important to address any back pain or back injury as soon as it surfaces so that the situation does not expand and worsen.

Once back pain is properly diagnosed, there are tangible ways to decrease back pain and increase back function. However, the most important part of dealing with any back pain and injury is addressing the root problem. This starts with proper diagnosis, so that the treatment ordered is appropriate and effective. Proper diagnosis is a critical part of the healing and treatment process. It should be noted that even with proper diagnosis, not all injuries respond to treatment in the same way. That is why treatments are personalized on a case by case basis. In addition to skeletal issues, the back is a complicated blend of tendons, muscles, pressure points and nerves. This can make proper diagnosis complicated. Part of this is because often one area of trauma and pain to the back can effect other sensitive areas in the region as well as other adjoining spinal areas.

It should be noted that is not advisable to attempt to remedy any back pain or trauma until some basic stabilization has occurred. Often right after an injury to the muscles, tendons, or pressure points of the back occurs, icing is recommended. However, after the initial time period, heat and stimulation is often applied. One quite successful areas of treatment include spinal adjustments that can be quite helpful in stabilizing back pain. These adjustments are performed by license chiropractors and can ease the tension and strain in certain areas of the skeletal spine. The adjustments are a form of realigning the spine to its original position and can offer great relief to patients who are suffering from some spinal ailments. Adjust4Life is a professional chiropractic center that specializes in helping patients who suffer from spinal ailments that hinder their lives.

Strengthening Your Lower Back

lower back 3Lower back pain is probably the most common, non-specific discomfort within the entire repertoire of human complaints. Possibly the reason dogs don’t complain of lower back pain is because they don’t stand upright. In fact, stress to the lower back can have several triggers, all due to the fact that the human body needs to hold itself parallel to the ground.

Three Common Causes:

Obesity. An enlarged abdomen puts strain on the back. Extra pounds put undue pressure on all muscles and joints.

Strain. Overuse of muscles, ligaments and joints in the back can cause significant discomfort. If lifting is done improperly, the entire load is taken by the lower back and stiffness or pain results.

Osteoarthritis. This often comes from just getting older. If the arthritis begins in the hips or knees, compensation posture from the pain could cause back discomfort as well.

What can be done about it? Do I just have to live with back pain?
Perhaps, to a certain extent. But simple strengthening of the lower back can give great relief. Try this!

1. Do you sit at work? Constant sitting has been know to reduce the lifespan of human beings, as well as causing atrophy of the back muscles. Make it a habit to rise from your desk and move briskly every two hours. You may be surprised at how little you actually move during the day. Find out the facts! Purchase a pedometer and try to log 10,000 steps per day.

2. Chronic back pain often responds to correct physical therapy. The therapist can prescribe specific exercises that will strengthen the back. Make these exercises a part of daily routine, like brushing teeth. In time, the back may improve significantly.

3. Swim 30 minutes, three times per week. Swimming strengthens back muscles, as well as arms and legs.

4. Start a walking routine. At first, there may be more back discomfort, as the body is not accustomed to walking any distance. Don’t overdo, but set reasonable goals and seek to achieve them. If walking is quite uncomfortable, try walking or jogging in water. This has the disadvantage of looking a bit weird, and goals of a certain number of feet will need to be set to achieve results. However, a significant lowering of back pain will compensate for any questioning glances you may endure.

Often, improved physical fitness is the simple answer to many vague discomforts, as well as back pain. Becoming physically fit takes time management, endurance and appetite control. Keep in mind that the ultimate goal is a strong back and body. Don’t quit!

Jump Start Ways to Lose Weight

working-outLately, you might have been looking at yourself in the mirror and getting shocked by what you see. It appears like you have gained some weight. This can be a source of discomfort not forgetting that it is also unhealthy. If you have been trying to get into some weight loss routines and still find it difficult to do so, the following tips will get you back on track.

Get rid of tempting cravings

You could be one of those people who cannot do without candy, junk food and baked products. This can frustrate your efforts to lose weight. Every day you keep promising yourself that you are eating these unhealthy foods for the last time. A few months later, you realize that you haven’t stopped craving for them. Put a stop to this by avoiding refined foods containing white sugar or white flour. In their place, go for whole grains, fruits, beans and vegetables. Food processing removes the nutritious part leaving you with products that are full of starch.

Make exercising part of your daily routine

Whatever you do, make sure that you are involved in some form of exercise. Set aside 15-20 minutes per day for some exercise. If you are operating on a tight schedule, create some time for exercise. For those who can afford the membership fees and other costs, joining a gym is always a good bet. The instructors put you on a routine program that will see you shedding off the extra kilos. By exercising on a regular basis, your body’s metabolism rate increases. This in turn leads to weight loss and elimination of stress.

Note any bad habits and eradicate them

Take stock of what is frustrating your effort. Probably, you do not get sufficient sleep or are facing stressful situations. These two contribute to your gaining weight. You could also be a person who watches TV or movies all weekend. These are just but a few examples of bad habits. Aim to shut-down all electronics i.e. the television, smartphone, computer or laptop at least one hour before bedtime. You can make use of an alarm that will trigger you into action.

Seek for help and support

Activities such as weight loss become successful only when one has support from friends and family members. Notify them of your initiative and the fact that you need to stick to a certain diet as well as take some exercises. Request for their input on what you are not doing right. Get a friend who is also pursuing the same goals. You can then motivate one another and exchange ideas. You could also enroll for weight loss camps for adults. Anything that can help you attain your goal is worthwhile.

Lose Weight Without Even Dieting

Measuring Tape Wrapped Around ForkAnyone who is anyone loses weight by dieting, right?  Wrong.  Dieting isn’t the only way to lose weight.  There are many health habits that impact weight gain and so it follows that there are multiple ways in which you can lose weight.  The following are several different options that can contribute to weight loss without dieting.

Drinking water – Water consumption is a great way to lose weight.  You should drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each and every day.  Drinking enough water (not just liquid – specifically water) helps to move toxins through and out of the body.  Toxins stored in the body can contribute to a huge amount of weight gain.

Juicing – Juice cleanses are all the rage right now, but you don’t have to completely give up your diet to lose some weight through juicing.  Try adding a juice every day.  You can buy a juicer and create your own fresh juices or else purchase ones that have superfruits in them, like Xango.  Juicing works much like water in that it flushes out bad toxins, juicing also adds nutrients though.  By drinking juices daily you will be able to flush those toxins out quickly.

Exercise – Exercise not only helps you to burn calories, which gets rid of fat, but it also causes you to sweat which releases toxins through your pores. When adding exercise, be sure to get enough water so that you don’t get dehydrated this water working with the exercise will get rid of a lot of toxins and fat.

Essential oils – Essential oils can break down fat stores and toxins and help flush them out of the body.  They can also help you to feel more motivated to do what you need to do to lose the weight.  They can impact emotions, which often weigh us down figuratively as well as literally.

When we talk about releasing toxins from the body and how that relates to weight we are talking about huge amounts of weight that can be stored in the body.  It is not uncommon for people to have around 20 pounds of toxins store in their colon – yes poop.  When you first start “detoxing” through water, juicing, exercise, or essential oil usage you may notice that you are going to the bathroom more, numbers 1 and 2, but this is a good thing and you should not be discouraged by it.  This means that you are dropping weight and eliminating toxins at the same time.  You will begin to feel fresh and clean and light in no time.

You may want to add diet changes along the way, but you don’t have to make a 180 in regards to your diet to start to lose weight.  Often the emotional repercussions of dieting are much harder than anticipated.  As we release toxins through these other methods we can begin to come to a clearer state of mind that will allow us to add additional diet changes that we feel necessary for our health as time progresses.