Healthy Food For Optimal Health

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When I learned I had breast cancer, I decided that I needed to find out as much as I could about how my diet might impact my health. I absorbed everything I would get my hands on that discussed the importance of nutrition in regaining health and preventing a recurrence of cancer. Shortly after I learned I had cancer, I also found out that I am allergic to dairy and eggs. I needed to make changes to my lifestyle – fast.

The first thing to go was dairy. All of the years that I was consuming massive amounts of cheese was taking a toll on my health. Almost immediately upon giving it up, the majority of my migraine headaches disappeared. Another astonishing revelation was when, just as quickly, I no longer needed the Afrin nasal spray I had come to depend on to clear my sinuses for 35 years! I couldn’t leave the house without it. Now my need for it had disappeared. I had no idea that all of these issues were being caused by dairy.

Suddenly it was obvious, but for years I went along consuming dairy and suffering side effects without ever putting the two together. To improve my health on all counts, I realized that I needed to get back to basic, simple foods. No more processed junk foods, no more saturated fats, and no more refined white flours and sugars. So, along with dairy, I cut them out of my life. I now eat a mostly plant-based diet that is rich in nutrients and full of vitamins.

I buy organic when possible to avoid the pesticide and herbicide residues that are so prevalent in conventionally grown produce. I cook my meals from scratch. No more cans, packages or boxes (with a few exceptions). I now use my creativity and Google savvy to put together healthy meal ideas that work for my family. I noticed an immediate improvement to my health. I not only started to lose weight, and ultimately slowly and steadily lost 50 pounds, but I started to feel like my younger self again. More energetic, less achy, clearer skin.

I found that by merging elements from a vegan diet and a raw food lifestyle I could satisfy my family’s needs of eating healthy. The elements that I incorporated from the raw food diet is not only eating more vegetables in their raw state, but also eating foods that are “pure”. In other words, foods that are not processed or otherwise adulterated. They don’t contain chemicals or additives as they are mostly freshly made and consumed. However, it was not feasible to prepare only non-cooked foods 100% or the time. Although, I do try to eat at least 50% raw each day.

I needed to include hot healthy foods into my diet as well. In the northeast the winters are cold and it is just not possible for me to cut out all warm food. As far as veganism, I have eliminated all animal …

Type 2 Diabetes – Do You Take Care of Your Body?

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It is a travesty, so many people neglect their health and well-being because caring is inconvenient. Managing one’s health requires work and attention, the same effort often given to other areas of a person’s life.

Your job, relationships, and the activities you engage in are undoubtedly important to you. But do you give the same amount of attention and effort to your health? Most people do not, and this is one reason why preventable diseases like Type 2 diabetes and obesity are rampant in our society.

You ought to take care of your body. If avoiding diseases or complications is overshadowed by other priorities, then care for your body for no reason other than to live a better life…

  • investing in your body is investing in your health.
  • investing in your health is investing in your future.

Isn’t this the reason why so many people work hard? Money can be made with an exchange of effort and time. If your health is at risk, your ability to work is compromised, and your life expectancy may be affected. Type 2 diabetes on its own reduces the average life expectancy by up to 10 years. Other complications can suddenly arise and threaten a person’s well-being with more immediate consequences.

The point is there is no more precious resource than your health. Once you realize this, you should stop making excuses for not taking care of your body. Moreover, taking care of your body also implies taking care of your appearance.

While your physique is a component, it is not a vital factor. Weight loss is relevant for many trying to improve their health, but there are often more benefits beneath the surface. Internal health is measured by more than just body weight, even if high body fat is indicative of poor inner well-being. Two individuals may have the same body composition, but one may be healthy while the other is ill. This is why nutrition is so important…

  • healthy eating is number one on the list of priorities when it comes to taking care of your health.
  • weight loss is relevant, but particularly for those who are overweight.

In regards to physical activity, it is essential for everyone to the same degree. There is no avoiding exercise. However, it has so many benefits you should not be avoiding it anyway.

There are other things to keep in mind when taking care of your body, such as…

  • avoiding stress,
  • limiting alcohol, and
  • improving the quality of your sleep.

But you cannot go wrong by starting with healthy eating and making positive changes to your diet plan…

  • create a weight loss plan if it’s relevant for you.
  • start exercising or make a greater commitment to physical activity if you are insufficiently active.

Do it for your body, for your health, and ultimately for your future…

Getting Infertility Insurance

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As you begin to consider all of the options and treatments, you must also consider the costs. You will want to consider the cash paying options and the insurance options that you have. Although health insurance may pay for some or even all it is not clear as to exactly what is covered and what is not covered. There is a phone number you can contact for help in reading your insurance policies to figure out what is covered and what is not covered. Fertility Lifelines can help you at 1-866-LETS-TRY (1-866-538-7879). They can help you decipher what your plan covers. If you are not covered by an insurance plan, there are other options to help you pay.

How to Pay When Not Covered By Insurance

A new program called FertilityAssist can increase your chances for success by making treatment more affordable. If eligible, you can even get your meds through Freedom Fertility Pharmacy. In some places, there are insurance advocates that can help you find the information you need to get the help you are looking for. There are insurance specialists that you can talk to and counselors that will help you. Take advantage of all the help options that are available. There are steps that have to be followed and some times these steps can be overwhelming. Get help when you are confused and make sure you ask questions.

Ways To Find The Help You Need

Along with talking to information lines and insurance advocates, you can also go online to talk to some specialists in your community. The clinic or hospital may also be able to help you. Mayo Clinic is well known for their reputation and help; you may want to talk to them. You will go through counseling before taking the steps so be sure you voice your concerns about how to pay for such a procedure. Remember there are loopholes to every thing and if you do your research and find someone who knows about these you may find a loophole that will help you pay for all of the treatment.

Finding the right infertility insurance [http://www.infertilitytreatmentoptions.com/Infertility_Egg_Donation/] will lift massive amounts of stress off of you during a delicate life changing process. If you are lucky enough to have insurance then a big part of your battle has already been won. If you are still searching and still not sure how you are going to pay there are financial aids available to you. Keep searching and something good will happen.…

Three Minutes a Day to a Better Life

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Would you like a restful night of sleep? I mean sleeping like a baby, no insomnia, or waking up in the middle of the night. What about mood elevation, reduced feelings of depression, and stress reduction? What if I told you, that you can reduce chronic pain without medication? A holistic approach to a better quality of life, feel good look good kind of thing. The treatment I am talking about is called Whole Body Cryotherapy.

Cryotherapy is the practice of using cold temperatures to promote natural healing and wellness that dates back to ancient civilizations. Reaching temperatures as low as -120 Celsius (-184ºF), whole body cryotherapy is a fast and effective alternative to traditional ice baths. The treatment has been used for over thirty years in Europe and has made its way to the USA. Athletes use it for faster recovery, muscle soreness alleviation, and overall better performance. Celebrities use it for weight loss and for younger looking skin, due to the increased collagen production after regular use of Cryotherapy.

Allow me to tell you my story how I came across cryotherapy. I have been a fitness trainer for the past ten years. I lift weights regularly and live an active lifestyle. The heavy lifting took a toll on my body and I started suffering from lower back pain. At times, I could hardly bend and performing daily activities became a struggle for me. My sleep was interrupted each time I change a position, and I would feel a sudden lower back spasm. I had to learn how to sleep on my back. I did not like living a limited life, and I went to see a medical doctor. She assured me that it’s just inflammation and prescribed anti-inflammatory medication and muscle relaxers for the course of one month. As I was taking the medication, my pain gradually decreased, and I started feeling normal again. Woohoo, no pain! I was so delighted, but not for long. After some time, the back pain returned. I wasn’t happy. Overly I am a healthy person. I take care of myself by eating wholesome organic diet, I practice mindfulness, do yoga, all the things a health conscientious person does to keep herself at the top performance. Therefore, taking medication for the rest of my life to relieve my lower back pain was not a good solution for me. So, I started researching non traditional ways of alleviating my pain. That’s when I came across an article in a health magazine about cryotherapy. The author was pouring about the benefits of cryotherapy and one of them was inflammation reduction! Inflammation! That is what I have, an inflammation!! Being curious and would try anything at least once, kind of person, I dived into the idea. The closest cryotherapy spa to me was 30 min away. The next day I found myself driving there. I have to be honest, the unknown gets me a little nervous, and the thought of me being in such cold temperatures …

Resveratrol Health Benefits – What Are They? Is Resveratrol Really Worth Taking?

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There has been a lot of talk slowly about Resveratrol and it's health benefits. We've all heard the about the studies claiming that red wine is actually good for us and beneficial to our health. In this article, I will describe the known benefits of Resveratrol that I have uncovered after my research and use of the supplement.

Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes. The purpose of this antioxidant is to protect the core of the grape from possible damage caused by the environment and several other factors. It turns out that this anti oxidant reacts the same way to the cells of our bodies as it does the core of the grape.

When the cells in our bodies are covered with this antioxidant, it takes the much less effort to have the same results.

Weight Loss.

When we eat a heavy meal, usually what happens is that our body does not have enough energy to process all the food in the time we would like. So what usually happens is that our body will store the excess of calories instead of processing them. This is when we gain weight.

Increased Energy.

As soon as the body has time to get back to work processing those unwanted calories, it does. This is the most common reason for a lack of energy.

Reduced Risk Of Disease.

The body is self healing. If we get cut or bruised, the body heals itself. The same thing happens when we get a disease or sickness. The only reason these things do not heal themselves is because the body cells are not strong enough.

These are the most commonly talked about Resveratrol health benefits. …

Mexican Dentists Pros and Cons

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When an American citizen has a toothache and can’t afford traditional dentists, crossing the border is one option. Our neighboring country of Mexico offers less costly prescription drugs and other medical services including dentistry. Many U.S. residents would not be able to afford certain types of health care without this less expensive option. But is it a good idea? There are pros and cons to leaving the country for dental work.

Some of the positive aspects include:

Less costly: If a person doesn’t have a hefty bank account balance or insurance coverage, American dental work can be out of their price range. A crown, which may cost up to $4,000 in the states may cost less than $1,000 across the border. That’s a huge savings!

Same day service: Mexican clinics are usually able to see patients right away. The labs are quicker to make crowns and other items than our country’s labs. In the United States, the wait for a porcelain crown may be a couple of weeks, but Mexican crowns may be ready by the next day.

Vacation at the same time: Many oral health care practices in our sister country are located close to the beach. What better place to wait for your appointment time to arrive? Some patients are combining a waterfront vacation at the same time as accomplishing their oral health care goals. With all the money saved on the less expensive services, why not?

Technology and training has improved: Initially, the dental and medical communities across borders were substantially inferior to the rigid standards set in the states. This has been changing over time and the foreign countries’ practices have greatly improved, especially in major cities.

Some of the negative aspects include:

Drug Traffic Criminals: Unfortunately, drug trafficking has reached an all time high which has caused more crime to occur. Some innocent by-standers have been caught in the crossfire of these unsavory criminal activities.

Not all practitioners are well qualified: A citizen needs to thoroughly check out their prospective dental health care workers. This is true in all countries, but the U.S. has stricter regulatory practices that promote a broader range of safety standards and well as trained, high quality practitioners.

Far away if anything goes wrong: The unfortunate side of traveling to a far-away locale to have any type of medical service performed is the fact that it IS far away. Should something go wrong while you’re outside your home nation, your own docs are unavailable. If something goes wrong after you’re back home, it’s a long way to travel to have the problem remedied. An ill-fitting crown or botched root canal can become a serious issue that will need to be tended to by a local doctor. Trying to save money can sometimes cost a lot more in the long run.

Are dentists in Tijuana or Chihuahua a good idea? This is an individual decision every person must make for themselves. Weighing the pros and cons as well as talking to friends …

Six Ways to Get Your Energy Back

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So, there you are, dragging your patooty through one gray day after another, wondering where your brain went, why your body aches and if you'll ever feel good again.

Even if your doctor checked for thyroid problems, and the flaky blood tests actually found the problem, you probably ended up on the ineffective medication Synthroid or its generic equivalent. It helps almost nobody.

But you do not have to be hypothyroid to lack energy and joy. Perhaps your thyroid's in a world of hurt because of what you've been doing to it, but it'll work if you let it.

Either way, here are six tips to stop beating up on your thyroid and get a power boost.

• Do not eat bread, cookies, cakes, etc-at least, not any you buy. And not because of calories. Commercial bakeries started using bromine, a fire retardant, as a dough conditioner in the 1980s, and bromine is death on the thyroid, which just happens to control our metabolism and energy.

Here's how it goes. Our thyroid hormone needs iodine to work Bromine is chemically very similar to iodine, and when it gets into our bodies, it pushes iodine out of the way and hijacks our thyroid hormone. Well, bogus thyroid can not cut the mustard, so you're toast. You're pumping out hormone with no power. Zilch, zero, nada.

But here's the kicker: Blood tests can not tell real thyroid from bogus thyroid. You may be dragging bottom, but the test says you're good to go. Even if you're verging on comatose. The blood test has spoken.

• And everything I said about bromine goes for fluoride-in spades. Do not drink fluoridated water. Do not use fluoridated toothpaste. Do not bathe in fluoridated water. Do not take fluoride-based antibiotics. No fluoride; No way, no how.

Fluoride's murder. And, no, it does not help anyone's teeth; Fluoride has mottled and weakened the teeth of nearly half the kids in the US There's nothing good to say about fluoride.

• Eat plenty of protein, including red meat at least every other day. Our thyroid glands, as part of the endocrine system, thrive on protein. They live for protein. They can not make it without protein. And red meat has micronutrients we need and can not get anywhere else.

But (and why is there always a 'but'?) Do not eat just any protein. Beef from factory farms contains hormones, antibiotics and, because of the cow's unnatural diet of grains, a whole lot of disease-causing Omega 6.

Gotta get grass fed, grass finished beef-and milk, butter and cheese-with no hormones and no antibiotics, just a bunch of omega 3 to bless your socks off.

• You do not want to cut off the fat, either. Our bodies make their hormones from saturated fat. Our brains need fat to function. And we need to eat saturated fat to absorb nutrition from our food. No fat means no nutrition.

• And for pity's sake, I'm begging you, do not eat soy. …

Tomato – The God Food for Nutrition and Human Health

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A recent study conducted at Ohio State University in the US reported that the dietary carotenoids, that gives tomatoes their colour, will protect the skin from ultraviolet (UV) light damage. With the number of people being diagnosed with skin cancer increases with each passing year, it’s a good news that the daily consumption of tomato may cut the chances of skin cancer.

This small, round, sweet, juicy, delicious red fruit is one of the largest consuming vegetables in the world, not only because of its culinary purpose but also due to its numerous health benefits and nutrition. Tomato for skin cancer was just the latest example for its infinite fitness blessings.

From the time immemorial, there exists a long love affair between man and tomato due to its capacity for better acclimatization to various environment. Today, it comes in a vast array of varieties differing in colour, size, shape and taste. Now tomato has emerged as one of the most desired vegetables in the world due to its unique taste and nutritional qualities. More than 100 new tomato varieties are being made available in the world market with each passing year.

The health benefits of tomatoes gave it the title “God food” and forms an integral part of cuisines all over the world. Tomato is also a good source of potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous and copper. Organic compounds like lycopene also attribute to the health benefits. The criteria for selection of tomato varies with country and the culture. Asian markets for tomatoes are particular about lighter colours while in European markets, small shapes of tomatoes are preferred.

So how the “God food” dominate the seed market? A report by Market Intelligence, a market research firm, states, ‘The Tomato Seed Market revenue covers a whopping 829.8 Million USD of the 7.8 Billion USD revenue of Vegetable Seed Market’. The numerical figure clearly depicts the dominance of seed market by tomatoes.

Tomato is the most widely grown and consumed vegetable globally. China is the largest producer of tomatoes followed by India, United States, Turkey and Egypt. The food processing market occupies 30% of the destination market for tomato while 70% of it is consumed as fresh produce.

Nowadays, the main focus of leading seed companies all over the globe is to improve the yield, adaptability to various climatic conditions and developing varieties with disease and pest tolerance. High emphasis has been laid to developing disease resistance tomatoes because tomato is attacked by more than 200 diseases and pests. Some of the important diseases of tomatoes are bacterial wilt, Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus (TYLCV), Groundnut Bud Necrosis Virus (GBNV), etc. Breeders from companies are also working on developing flavours for the final taste of tomatoes. The growth of tomato seed is heavily credited to the use of hybrid seeds and usage of high-value experimental varieties in developed economies. Although the investment in this industry is high, the return on investment is dramatically encouraging farmers globally to adopt hybrid tomato seeds for its …

Stop Getting Sick

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Healthy body is the most important treasure you have in life. What will you do with thousands or even millions of money if you are always in the hospital because of a weak body? You will not be able to enjoy other things in life if you are always in the hospital getting treatment. So while you are still young you should pay special attention to your health. Here are some ways to stop getting sick and being hospitalized.

1. Eat healthy foods – we are what we eat. If we are eating junk foods all the time then it is not surprising that our health is getting into waste as well but if we are eating healthy foods then we can as well live a healthy life. It is advisable to eat fruits and vegetables to get all the nutrients and vitamins our body need. Fruits and green leafy vegetables are also good for the body resistance that fight germs and bacteria that cause people get sick. It would be great to also have a balanced diet not only to get sexy body but also healthy body. Do you think skipping meals is great for you? Well you must think again. If you want to lose weight then skipping meals is not the answer to this. You could come up with balanced and healthy diet without skipping important meals like breakfast, lunch and dinner. You might not see the negative results immediately but as days passed by you will see your body suffer. You do not want this to be a reason for you getting hospitalized so please be careful with the foods you eat and the way you eat while you are still young.

2. Have regular exercise – many people are too lazy to commit themselves to regular exercise in the gym. Although it would be ideal if you will enroll in a gym and get a trainer to get proper training and enough motivation to do the best you can, it is also enough that you have a discipline to run or stretch every morning or every night before you sleep . If you have sports then make this as your exercise. However, if you are not the athletic type and you are not comfortable running or jumping around then you could have other alternatives like yoga. This is great for your body and also for your mind. Yoga will help you find the inner peace and relaxation that you need to be able to continue in life. If you want to learn how to practice yoga, you could enroll to various yoga classes or you could also read about this.

3. Get enough sleep – sometimes, when we are still young we tend to overwork, we are abusing our body by not having sleep. However, this is not healthy at all. If you really can not avoid staying up late because of work or your studies then make sure to get enough sleep during weekends. …

How to Easily Afford Dental Implants

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The way most people ask about how much dental implants cost sound very much the way they would ask how much a car costs and with good reason. As with cars, the cost of which will depend on what type and model of car you require, the cost you pay for implants depends on how many implants you need and why you need them.

On a good day, patients can expect to pay anywhere between the amounts of $1,200 to $3,000, not including any of the fixtures above it or anything else to hold your teeth in. If you’re going to pay for the implant, the piece that goes into it, the crown on top of that and grafting materials, this could set you back about $3,500 to $4,000 for that type of implant. OK, so it is actually closer to purchasing a new car but the thing is, dental implants last longer and well, even if you have the flashiest car around, if you mumble or slur your words because of ill-fitting dentures or bridges, then the car may actually be a better investment.

The good news is, you can actually find dental implants that won’t break the bank. Dental implants that are affordable don’t easily come by but with a lot of patience you may be able to find one at about half of the total cost and maybe even ones for free. All you need to know is where to look.

The first thing you need to do is discuss your options with your dentist. He or she may be able to come up with affordable payment plans or allow you to pay for your implants in installments. He or she may even suggest that you get dental discount cards that they participate in, ones that offer at least 30%-50% on dental procedures and are usually valid for a year.

Another way to afford your dental implants is to shop around for dental insurance policies that cover a substantial part, if not the full price for dental implant procedures. While most dental insurance policies won’t cover dental implants because it is considered cosmetic procedure, it is better to have at least a part of it covered than having to pay for it all when your budget clearly doesn’t allow it even if you need it.

You can also try to browse for cosmetic dental clinics online that offer payment plans for their patients to get dental implants. Find sites that accept Hicaps and most reputable health cards, as well as credit through any financing institutions. Sites that allow you extended payment options ensures you get the treatment when you want it and when you need it without worrying about how to pay for it.

It is also recommended that you take advantage of your benefits package at work if you have any. Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) allow you to contribute money from every pay period before they are taxed, and this is the same money you can …