Categories
all positive experiences guest blogs happiness Inspiration

How To Keep A Positive Mindset

How To Keep A Positive Mindset

Commitments, responsibilities, hectic work schedules: do these sound familiar? Very often our daily routine leaves us very little time for ourselves and our needs. Yet this is extremely important for our health and happiness, and in order to keep our mind, body, and soul in a balanced and positive state, we must make sure that we create room for self-care.

So start now! You are the most important part of your life, so make your happiness a priority. However, there is a fine line between wanting to make changes and often pushing ourselves too far. Small steps are the key to terrific triumphs.

So how do we go about this? Read on for the lowdown…

Daily Affirmations

Waking up with a positive mindset is the key to carrying this energy with you throughout your day. You will be surprised how this will enhance your work productivity, projects, how you interact with colleagues and how you treat yourself.

Start by creating your very own affirmation, it can be whatever you want, perhaps something that you need to believe more about yourself. For instance ‘I am confident’ or ‘I am loved’. Whatever you choose, try repeating it to yourself whilst brushing your teeth, or in the shower, even better, if you can say it whilst looking in the mirror with conviction and a smile to yourself. Incorporating this mantra into your daily routine will boost your self-belief and a positive mindset.

Happy Hobbies

Try something new, this summer. Is there something that you have always wanted to start but ‘never had enough time’ or ‘you didn’t think you would be good enough’ shoo away that self-doubt, this is your chance to get away from every day for an hour or two, and totally focus on you. Perhaps an art therapy class might take your fancy, or a cooking course may tickle your pickle. Maybe you have always thought about joining a book group, or even a running club.

Tai Chi is an excellent way to connect to the mind, body, and soul. Also known as ‘meditation in motion’, it provides an outlet for releasing stress and tension, furthermore its slow movements promote calm and are beneficial for muscle health. Why not try a class and see how you feel?

A Helping Hand

There is no shame in wanting guidance or a safe space to share your feelings. If you are suffering from depression and anxiety, then seeking help from a therapist is definitely an option to consider. Alternatively, if you have tried this and are looking for alternative treatment, revolutionary TMS therapy is a safe, non-invasive, magnetic therapy offering many advantages for patients.

Turn Off Your Technology

We all get extremely caught up on work emails, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and our various social media apps, finding ourselves distracted by what others are doing instead of focusing on what is important. Try turning your phone off when you get home from work, even if it is just whilst making your dinner, or eating your freshly prepared meal, in order to fully focus on being mindful of the moment.

guest blog
Categories
Fitness guest blogs weight loss

Stay Healthy, Do CrossFit

Stay Healthy, Do CrossFit

CrossFit is a workout regime that incorporates elements of Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, high-intensity interval training, plyometrics, calisthenics, powerlifting and other exercises. It uses constantly varied functional movements performed at a high intensity. CrossFit sessions usually last an hour and include a warm-up, skill development, high-intensity workout of the day and stretching. Taking from multiple disciplines, the goal of CrossFit is to improve fitness. It is a fitness program that has caught on like wildfire, especially in the United States. The CrossFit methodology is used in thousands of private affiliated gyms, police agencies, military organizations, fire departments, high schools and homes.

crossfit

History

CrossFit was developed by Greg Glassman over several years. Glassman defined fitness as increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains. He designed the program that later became CrossFit around this definition and as a way to improve fitness and health. Workouts are based on functional movements, the movements of life. He found that this approach using functional movements constantly varied and performed at high intensities lead to dramatic, measurable gains in fitness. CrossFit was born.

Although CrossFit style workouts can be performed at home, this training tends to promote community. It is one of its many draws. This “sport of fitness” harnesses the natural camaraderie of competition and fun of sport or game. It is both a physical exercise philosophy and competitive fitness sport. It is a specialty of not specializing. In this way, in draws many different individuals. When you become part of CrossFit, you become part of a community that expands beyond your own gym or favorite workout locale.

Methodology

Glassman took the time to define fitness and has written many articles on the topic. According to him, there are ten recognized general physical skills: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, strength, power, agility, balance, stamina, accuracy, speed, coordination and flexibility. Fitness is developed to the extent that it improves each of these skills. The CrossFit methodology supports the Paleo diet, which promotes the consumption of meat, vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. It pulls from many different physical disciplines. It draws upon nearly every effective training methodology and discipline in an attempt to create a complete training system.

CrossFit sets out to mold women and men that are equal parts Olympic weightlifter, gymnast and sprint-athlete. By not focusing on one thing, you become good at everything. Athletes develop a high degree of general fitness as opposed to a high level of skill in one area. This lack of specialty doesn’t mean that CrossFit athletes are not good at anything. Learning and perfecting fundamentals is emphasized at all reputable gyms.

Community

Community and support are at the heart of CrossFit. The atmosphere at most CrossFit gyms is one of encouragement, acceptance with a dedication to excellence. As people get sucked into the community, they soon learn that CrossFit has a language of its own. Here are some lingo basics.

Box – A box is a CrossFit gym. It may look bare bones to some, but they have all the equipment necessary for the range of WODs performed by CrossFitters.

WOD – Each day the gym will have its “workout of the day” or WOD. Some WODS have their own special names while others are a list of exercises with time constraints and a number of reps to be performed.

AMRAP – “As Man Reps/Rounds as Possible” in a given time period. AMRAPs often last 10, 20 or 30 minutes. They challenge athletes to perform as many rounds of a series of movements in the allotted time.

Affiliate – These affiliate gyms or boxes are officially affiliated with the CrossFit brand. This requires that gyms have CrossFit-certified trainers and staff.

Community isn’t just about what you say, it is also about what you wear. Although all forms of workout wear are welcome, you will notice a trend among members. Booty shorts, tanks and tall socks abound among the ladies while the men sport athletic shorts, tanks and minimalist shoes. It is not all about fashion. WODs are intense and you need clothes that move with you.

Training

CrossFit workouts are not for the faint of heart. They are high-intensity workouts that will have you wondering how this seemingly cardio-less workout has your heart rate so high. You will often be doing workouts for time or score. Many WODs are done for time which means you measure the time it takes to finish the prescribed workout. Your score is derived from the total number of reps completed during a given workout. This makes for fun competition. Many CrossFitters keep a journal to record their times and scores to measure against future workouts.

CrossFit uses many movements and exercises that might not be familiar to your run of the mill gym-goer. Here is a run-down of some of the movements and workouts you might encounter.

Burpees – These make up the cornerstone of CrossFit. Athletes start from standing, bend down and plant their hands, kick back into plank an do a push-up. Then, jump the feet back towards the hands and then explode up into a jump while clapping hands together overhead.

Double Under – Jumping rope is also big around the box. Double unders are when the rope passes under the athlete’s feet twice in one jump.

Kipping – Kippings are a type of pull-up. They are speed pull-ups that incorporate a rhythm to a swinging motion. The horizontal motion is transferred to vertical force allowing for a quicker pull-up.

Hero WODs – These very difficult workouts are named after military servicemen, police or firefighters who have died in the line of duty. They provide an extra challenge and reminder of sacrifice.

Fran – Fran is one of CrossFit’s most famous workouts. It is a 21-15-9 scheme of thrusters and pull-ups with a prescribed lifting weight for men and women.

CrossFit is a fitness regime dreamed up by Greg Glassman and subscribed to by many around the world. It is a tough training style that focuses on fundamentals and pulls from many different disciplines. A unique community has formed around this sport of fitness that has its own language and style.

guest blog
Categories
guest blogs weight loss

5 Reasons to Get in Shape This Spring

5 Reasons to Get in Shape This Spring

Is that itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny, yellow polka-dot bikini taunting you from your closet? You are not alone. This is the time of year that many of us realize that we’ve perhaps let our nutritious diet and faithful exercise program fall by the wayside. That’s okay, though, as it’s more than possible to get back on track. And there are plenty of motivators to help you kick it into high gear for bathing suit season. Looking for five reasons to get in shape this spring? Read on.

5 Reasons to Get in Shape This Spring

1. The Season of Little Clothing Approaches

As we mentioned, there’s not much of a better motivator to get in shape than to think about hitting the sand with love handles. Of course, you don’t have to have the perfect body to feel confident in a bathing suit but it helps to be healthy and fit. Perhaps you’ve got a tropical vacation planned and don’t want to feel self-conscious when you take off your cover-up. That’s as good a reason as any to take your workout routine up a notch. And don’t forget—beach towels are always a great idea for any beach destination.

2. It’ll Up Your Energy Level

It might sound counterproductive but an intense sweat session on a regular basis will increase your energy level. “A lot of times when people are fatigued, the last thing they want to do is exercise,” notes researcher and co-director of the University of Georgia exercise psychology laboratory Patrick O’Connor, PhD. “But if you’re physically inactive and fatigued, being just a bit more active will help.” If you’re not up for a super intense sweat sesh, consider going for a walk. This will renew your energy and improve your outlook on the day without leaving you feeling completely wiped.

3. Getting in Shape Will Pay Off in the Bedroom

It’s science, yo, and we’re not even kidding. When you exercise, your brain produces endorphins that release sex hormones that are similar to the hormones released during intercourse. The more you produce these endorphins, the more likely you are to become aroused. Of course, there is also the fact that we tend to feel better about our bodies and ourselves when we exercise, which makes it more likely that we will initiate sex. Too much exercise, however, can have the opposite effect, so remember that when you head into that second hour at the gym. Less can sometimes indeed be more.

4. You’ll Set a Good Example

If you live in an area that has been getting hit hard with cold weather, spring is an ideal time to shake out those cobwebs. This is particularly true if you’ve got kids and, whether you realize it or not, little eyes are always watching. Perhaps you’ve gotten a bit too lenient on how much screen, tablet, or video game time you’ve allowed them. Set the good example. Strap on those running shoes. Hop on that bike. Take that scenic hike you’ve had on your radar for months now. Either take the kids with you or do it yourself. Either way, you’re showing them that a healthy lifestyle is important and that you want to be around for them for a long time.

5. It’ll Round Out Your Healthy Lifestyle

Spring is naturally a time we tend to evaluate our eating habits. The warmer temperatures typically mean less appetite anyway so perhaps it’s time to go for that home detox you’ve wanted to try. If you’re not into Detoxes, spring is simply a good time to assess how many refined sugars and other items void of nutrition we are putting into our body. Pair these tweaks with regular exercise and you’ll feel unstoppable before you know it.

Looking for a bit of motivation this spring? Think of these reasons the next time you think of indulging your inner couch potato and maybe—just maybe—you’ll take that walk instead.

guest blog
Categories
guest blogs health weight loss

How To Safeguard Your Health In Extreme Environments You Might Face

How To Safeguard Your Health In Extreme Environments You Might Face

If you exercise on a regular basis and eat good food it’s easy to stay healthy. Unfortunately the world is a nasty place and it’s still possible to end up in trouble. This usually happens when you find yourself in environments you’re not used to.

Throughout the course of your lifetime it will happen more regularly than you think. It’s too hard to avoid all those environments because they’re everywhere, but you should be prepared for them. Here are some different ways you can safeguard your health when necessary.

Safeguard Your Health In Extreme Environments

Dehydrated Skin In Cold Conditions

The winter weather is terrible for dehydrating your skin and can cause a lot of problems. What would you do if you loved skiing and lived in Whistler? It would be a good idea to acquire skin care supplies online in Canada.

If you had a skin barrier cream you could apply it to your face every time you went outside to hit the slopes. Even though it’s not going to produce miracles, it will help to keep all your moisture locked in.

Wear Something On Your Feet

One weird place where you can get really sick is the beach, but you won’t be prepared for anything bad to happen. If you’re on holiday for a long time and walk on the beach a lot your feet could get cut up.

Under normal circumstances, you would heal up and you’d be fine. If you ignore the problem you could end up with an infection, so if you are on the sand a lot don’t walk barefoot the entire time you’re away.

Always Carry Waterproof Clothes

Imagine what would happen if you fell into the water while you were out sailing. Due to the fact heat from your body leaves 25x quicker you could be dead within a few hours because of hypothermia. Maybe you’ll never find yourself on a boat.

It’s more likely you’ll go hiking or camping some day and the same kind of thing applies. Your health will deteriorate rapidly when you’re wet, so never leave home without waterproof clothes as you can’t predict the weather.

Drinking Plenty Of Water

Even if you’re not in a desert climate and it’s only slightly warm you need sunscreen. Everyone wants to avoid skin cancer, so it feels like it’s been drummed into us from a young age. It’s why nobody forgets to apply it to their skin.

They do forget something bigger, which is the importance of drinking plenty of water. Even if you think you’ve had enough you need to keep drinking. A lack of hydration will cause health issues long before skin cancer.

Covering Your Face A Dust Mask

If you worked in a harsh environment with lots of fumes in the air you would get respirator masks online. It’s weird how people don’t feel the same way when they visit cities so smoggy you can’t see the sky.

Why do you think locals in Shanghai and Jakarta are always walking around with dust masks on? If you’re on a foreign adventure in certain countries you’ll want one too, because you don’t want air pollution hurting your lungs and other parts of your body.

More Than How Much You Weigh

A lot of people associate good health with the gym and salads, but there is more to maintaining a good quality of life. It’s entirely possible you’ll never find yourself in any of the environments we’ve discussed, but you’ll have a good idea of how to protect yourself if you do.

guest blog
Categories
guest blogs weight loss

HELP! How do I Lose Extra Tummy Weight?

The birth of a child is a joyous and emotional time, full of surprises as you get to know your new bundle of joy. However, there is one very unhappy surprise that mothers aren’t always prepared for. Though they may have been a healthy weight before they became pregnant, they won’t be afterward. Pregnancy weight does not disappear with the birth of your child.

HELP! How do I Lose Extra Tummy Weight

In fact, if a woman is of a normal weight before she gets pregnant, the likelihood is that she will only lose 80% of the weight she gained. If she is overweight before becoming pregnant, she is likely to only lose 60% of that weight.

Excess weight negatively affects your health. It can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, and a variety of other complications. Beyond that, it can really make you feel crummy about yourself in a time when you should be happy.

There are many factors that can lead to postpartum weight problems. When you have chronic stress during pregnancy your body makes a chemical called cortisol. This is the stress hormone, and it makes you store energy for flight or fight circumstances. Fat stores, of course, are your body’s long-term energy reserves. Unfortunately, the increase of cortisol along with the changes to your metabolism caused by sleep deprivation and rampant snacking can make losing weight feel impossible.

However, there is hope! If you want to lose that pregnancy tummy naturally and safely, just read on. I have some tips to help you do just that. However, there is one thing to keep in mind as you read. You will not lose the pregnancy weight in a few days or weeks. As long as you are losing a pound or two a week, you’re doing well. It can take up to a year to reach your goal.

Decide If You’re Physically Ready

This one may seem like a no-brainer. However, it’s not as simple as just deciding that now you’re going to lose weight. You need to figure out if your body is physically ready. Generally, your uterus takes from six to eight weeks to shrink back down to its pre-pregnancy size, but that is not the only change your body underwent while you were pregnant. Organs shifted around, your skin stretched, and your pelvis expanded. Your body needs time to heal and rearrange.

It is also a good idea not to focus on regaining the shape of your pre-pregnancy body. The main goal is to lose the remaining baby weight for your health. So, when you go for that six to eight weeks checkup after everything is healed, it’s time to talk to your doctor.

HELP! HOW DO I LOSE EXTRA TUMMY WEIGHT?

Why Talking To Your Doctor Is Important

Your doctor should be an important player in your weight loss journey. They know your medical history and any unforeseen problems with weight loss you might not have considered.

Furthermore, your medical professional can help you set a healthy, reasonable goal weight. If you were not overweight before the baby, you can use your pre-pregnancy weight as a goal. If you were overweight, you can ask your doctor what a healthy goal for you would be. They will likely use a measure called the BMI (Body mass index) to figure that out. This invaluable tool will help determine the percentage of fat in your body and then where you fall on the BMI scale.

Count Your Calories

It’s important to remain aware of a number of calories you’re consuming in a day, especially if you’re breastfeeding. Breastfeeding burns a lot of calories. For that reason, you need to eat a lot of food to make sure there’s enough nutrition for both you and your baby. Anywhere between 2,000 and 2,400 calories per day should be sufficient. However, if you are feeding your child formula, you don’t need the increased nutrients. For that reason, women who aren’t breastfeeding need to eat 1,600-1,800 calories a day.

Eat Nutritious Food

As tempting as it may be to just live on TV dinners and takeout until you feel better, this won’t help your body recover from the stress of delivering a child and definitely won’t help you lose weight. You need to eat as organically as possible. Look carefully at nutrition labels. If the food contains ingredients whose names you can’t pronounce, you should find another option.

Though cooking your own organic foods may not always be an option, there are still things you can do. If you like orange juice for breakfast, why not invest in a juicer and make some yourself? Just remember that not all oranges are equal and you need to choose a suitable variety that has enough juice to make the project worthwhile. Egg white omelets and steel-cut oats are also good choices.  For lunch, try whole-grain wraps that feature baked chicken or seafood. Fill half your plate with lean vegetables, use a fourth for lean protein and the other fourth for a whole grain. That way you can be sure you’re eating a balanced meal.

Don’t forget to Snack

When you’re a new mother, snacking is very important. After all, several small snacks throughout the day will really help you keep your energy up. Just remember to make sure that your snacks are healthy. Homemade kale chips and popcorn are great snacks. However, remember to limit the butter on the popcorn.

Exercise is Important

I know it might seem like the last thing you have time for when you have a new baby is remaining physically active. However, incorporating some exercise into your day is necessary for weight loss. You can even do some exercises with your baby. This type of physical activity helps with their neuromuscular development, though please check with your pediatrician first.

Even if you don’t exercise with your baby, it’s still okay for you to move around. Put the baby in a high-quality baby swing so that you have both hands free. Then you can lift weights or do crunches.

It is also okay, after the first couple of weeks or so, to take your little one outside. Make sure they are dressed warmly and that it’s a mild day. Then put them in a sturdy backpack carrier or stroller and take them for a walk. A lot of babies actually find walking to be quite soothing, and it is a common remedy if they have the colic. Beyond that, getting some fresh air and a brisk walk will improve your mental and physical health. Walking is an excellent way to lose that postpartum tummy.

Conclusion

Losing extra baby weight is important. However, do not try to regain your pre-pregnancy shape.

Do not be encouraged if it takes up to a year or longer to get the pounds off. This is normal. Try for only a pound or a pound and a half a week. If you lose more than that, increase your caloric intake.

Don’t forget to grab some gentle exercise, with or without the baby. If you follow these tips, you will soon be a much happier, healthier new mother.

guest blog
Categories
Body Image Facts weight loss

What’s the Difference Between White Fat and Brown Fat?

Most people who struggle with weight loss constantly look for information relating to fats. The purpose of this article is to find a fact about white fat and brown fat as a physical entity. It doesn’t mention why some people are slim, overweight, or obese. Let’s have a look at some fat facts you probably don’t know about.

What's the Difference Between White Fat and Brown Fat.

1. Brown Fat

This type of fat is made of small droplets of lipid (fat) and many mitochondria that contain iron. The brownish appearance of brown fat comes from the iron and lots of blood tiny vessels. Brown fat is commonly found in the front of the back of upper back and the neck.

Brown fat is intended to burn calories to produce heat. It is the reason why brown fat is commonly known as the “good” fat. Other than storing calories, the brown fat helps to burn. Brown fat comes from muscle tissue and found mostly in newborns and hibernating animals. As kids grow older, the amount of brown fat decreases considerably. Adults with comparatively more brown fat are usually younger and slim. They also have normal blood sugar levels.

Brown fat is generated when you exercise. Your body converts white-yellow fat to brown fat which is more metabolically active. Getting adequate high-quality sleep every night also generates brown fat. This is because an increase in melatonin production promotes the production of brown fat. Exposing your body to the cold, like when working out in cold weather, sponsors the production of brown fat.   Consider lowering the temperature in your working spaces or living room. Your body deserves as much of this type of fat as possible.

Related link: The 9 Fats You Need to Lose Weight

2. White Fat

This type of fat consists of a single lipid layer and has fewer mitochondria and blood vessels. That’s why it is white or yellowish in appearance. White fat is the most dominant type of fat in the body. It usually originates from the connective tissues.

White fat plays many roles. It acts as the largest energy reserve in your body. It also serves as a thermal insulator and cushions internal organs when exercising. White fat is also a major endocrine organ that produces one form of estrogen and leptin, a hormone that controls appetite and hunger. Additionally, it acts as the receptor for growth hormone, insulin, and cortisol (stress hormone). Most people think that white fat sits all day and night without doing anything.

In young women, white fat is commonly found in the buttocks, hips, thighs, and breast. After menopause, the fat may get redistributed in the abdomen. On the other hand, men accumulate white fat mostly in the belly region.

Visceral fat (accumulation of white fat in the belly) is connected to metabolic syndrome. This refers to a number of symptoms that puts you at an increased risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Where your white fat occupies matters a lot! If white fat is found throughout your body, chances of developing cancer. These include breast, esophageal, colon, gallbladder, and pancreatic cancer. Sleep apnea and physical disabilities like knee arthritis are also associated with accumulation of white fat throughout the body.

Fat and Figures

Let’s have a look at how much a “normal-weight” person can handle for a lifetime. Men usually carry around 15% to 25%. Women carry about 15% to 30%.  A generic person weighing about 154 pounds would carry about 20 pounds of white fat.  One pond of stored fat in the body contains approximately 4,000 calories. That means if you have 20 pounds, you have 80,000 calories of energy storage. Your body usually requires about 2,000 calories per day for your survival. 20 pounds of stored fat in the body can help you to survive for 40 days without taking calories. Although these figures are not accurate, they are meant to give a general idea.

Generally, your body generates white fat when you consume many calories and spending fewer calories.

White fat plays important role in our survival. What counts most is the amount and where it is located in your body. If you want to control your visceral fat level, you are supposed to maintain your waist circumference to less than 35 inches if you are a woman. On the other hand, men should keep it less than 40 inches. It is also important to maintain your total body fat within the normal ranges.

Interaction between White Fat and Brown Fat

You are probably wondering if there is an interaction between white fat and brown fat. A recent research found out that people who overeat increase their total amount of white fat. However, overeating results in their brown fat becoming less efficient which also affect their ability to burn calories.

The Bottom Line

You are now aware of some facts about fat. Starting from today, you should try to achieve the following goals. First, optimize your brown fat function and control the production of white fat. This is very simple. Stay active, eat whole foods in moderation, overcome stress, and live a responsible lifestyle. It is the only way to keep those mitochondria active while your health improves.

Categories
Obesity weight loss

How Coconut Oil Affects your Cholesterol Level and Weight Loss

How Coconut Oil Affects your Cholesterol Level and Weight Loss

How Coconut Oil Affects your Cholesterol Level and Weight Loss

Researchers have discovered that coconut oil dietary supplementation can help in weight reduction particularly along the waistline and Cholesterol level. It also comes with other health benefits, making it the most suitable oil that you should us all the time.

In the double-blind study, 40 women were divided into two groups. Participants in the first group were given a dietary supplement of soybean. The other group was given an equal amount of coconut oil. The groups were requested to walk for 50 minutes a day and consume a balanced hypocaloric diet.

 

The Study Findings

After only one week, participants who received coconut oil supplementation demonstrated a reduction in waist circumference. However, the other group exhibited an increase in total LDL (bad) cholesterol while the HDL (good) cholesterol declined. No such observations were made in the participants who received dietary coconut oil supplementation. The researchers noted that it appears dietary supplementation with coconut oil promote a reduction of abdominal obesity and does not trigger dyslipidemia.

 High Cholesterol and Heart Disease

This serves a good example of how many nutritional theories are critically thought to be untrue. For over the past 60 years, most people have been thinking that saturated fat causes high cholesterol and heart disease, while the discussion has been the reality.

Currently, most people try to replace saturated fats such as coconut oil with polyunsaturated vegetable oils like soybean oil. This misguided advice is currently reflected in the statistics for heart disease. Before 1920, coronary artery disease was rare. The rates began to rise as people continued to use hydrogenated vegetable oils (trans fat) in an attempt to switch from saturated fat like lard and butter.

As we speak, 68% of vegetable oils and fats that Americans consume come from soybean oil.

Double-Blind Clinical Trial Compares Soybean Oil and Coconut Oil

For 12 weeks, researchers examined the biochemical effects of coconut oil and soybean oil on 40 obese women aged between 20 and 40. Belly fat is also known as visceral fat. It has been linked to many chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke just to name a few.

Related link: Optimize Your Feminine Hygiene and Eliminate Yeast Infections With Coconut Oil

Participants in each group were given 30 ml (approximately two tablespoons) of either soybean oil or coconut oil. They were also advised to follow a low-calorie diet and take a 50-minute walk every day. Here are the findings:

Coconut Oil Group

  • Increased levels of the good cholesterol (HDL)
  • Decreased LDL/HDL ratio
  • Reduction in waist circumference, also known as abdominal obesity.

Soybean Oil Group

  • An increase in total cholesterol
  • Increased bad cholesterol (LDL)
  • Increased LDL/HDL ratio
  • Decreased good cholesterol (HDL)
  • No change in abdominal obesity/waist circumference

Soybean Oils Facts

Polyunsaturated fats from vegetable oils and soybean become oxidized when processing and cooking. As a result, free radicals are formed which can destroy a number of body organs. Free radicals attack cell membranes and damage DNA/RNA strands. When the damage occurs in your blood vessels, it marks the beginning of cardiovascular and heart disease.

Studies have also found that people who ingest a lot of polyunsaturated fats are at a higher risk of the following conditions:

  • Dysfunction of the immune system
  • Increased risk of cancer
  • Lung and liver damage
  • Damage to the reproductive organs
  • Stunted growth
  • Thyroid function disorders
  • Weight gain
  • Severed learning ability
  • Digestive system disorders
  • Increased risk of bone damage and arthritis

Fermented Soy

Many Asians populations consume soy without apparent health issues. This is mainly because they usually take fermented soy products. Fermenting degrades phytic acid although it doesn’t eliminate isoflavones. If you are going to take soy, select the fermented products and take in small amounts.

Reduction Of Trans Fat

A couple of years back, the food industry started switching from ‘low linolenic soybeans’ to modified version of soybean oil in an attempt to reduce trans fats in food. Trans fats labeling on food packs even became mandatory. The low-linolenic oil doesn’t necessarily require hydrogenation. This is the process that enhances stability, durability, and flavor. However, it triggers the formation of trans fats. Most food companies can’t tell their customers the amount of low-linolenic oil from soybean in their products. But definitely, it appears that the content can be quite high.

Invalid Claims

Some manufacturers claim that their products contain “healthier” vegetable oils. Nevertheless, these oils can still be disastrous to some people. Food companies can drastically adjust the sensitive omega-6/omega-3 ratio that regulates many biochemical pathways in the body. This can potentially cause an increase your chances of developing many chronic degenerative conditions. Apart from low-linolenic soybean oil claims, over 90% of canola, corn, and soy oils are sourced from genetically modified seeds. The main aim is to help them endure the lethal doses of pesticides and herbicides in the farm. This is another reason you should, by all means, avoid the use of these the dangerous and harmful vegetable oils.

Unhealthy GM Foods

In reference to Dr. Joseph Hibbeln from the National Institute of Health, the human health is in jeopardy from the use of genetically modified (GM) foods. Shockingly, it is estimated that every American gets 10% of their calories in the form of oil every day which has been sourced from soybean. This is double tragedy because apart from being sourced from genetically modified seeds, it is also unhealthy in relation to the above study. This is irrespective of whether it is organic.

What Makes Coconut Oil Unique?

Coconut oil happens to be the best when it comes to saturated fats and comes with many health benefits.

  • Reduced Cardiovascular Disease

In multiple studies on Pacific Island, it has been demonstrated that people who receive 30-60% of their daily calories from saturated coconut oil rarely get cardiovascular disease. For nursing mothers, pregnant women, the elderly, and athletes, coconut oil can help in enhancing their overall wellbeing.

  • Lauric Acid

One of the many reasons that make coconut oil to be useful in improving health is that it is rich in lauric acid. It converts the body into a monolaurin. This compound which enhances immunity is commonly found in breast milk. Its medium chain triglycerides (MCT) or fatty acids also have some other health benefits, such as increasing your body metabolic rate and fighting viruses, fungi, and bacteria among other pathogens.

  • Capric Acid

Additionally, coconut oil contains smaller amounts of capric acid, which is a fatty acid that has antimicrobial properties.

  • Improved Brain Function

Coconut can also improve your thyroid function. In addition, a recent discovery found out that coconut oil can work as a natural treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. This is because it medium chain triglycerides produces ketone bodies which fuel the brain and can also prevent it against from atrophy which is linked to dementia.

  • Promotes Fat Loss

Apart from the featured study, several studies in the past have shown that coconut oil can help in weight loss. This is due to its medium fatty acids which also helps in removing the adipose fat in cells. In one study, it was found that rats which were fed long chain fatty acids (commonly found in vegetables) stored body fat. On the other hand, rats fed on medium chain triglycerides (like in coconut oil) reduced body fat. The researchers also noted improved glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity in the latter. In particular, the expression of adipogenic genes was kept under control by the medium chain triglycerides.

Another Previous Study

In a different study in 2003, medium chain triglycerides were shown to boost energy expenditure and decrease adiposity in men who were overweight. In this study, 24 men who were overweight took diets rich in MCT or LCT (long chain triglycerides) for 28 days. Participants who took MCTs lost significant weight and had more energy than their counterparts who took LCT. However, LCT was sourced from olive oil as opposed to soybean oil.

Related Link: 20 Clever Coconut Oil Uses for Everyday Life

Coconut Oil Benefits On Cholesterol

Currently, conventional advice relating to coconut oil and cholesterol are not only untrue but also deceiving. Several studies have shown the many benefits of coconut oil on cholesterol and cardiovascular health. According to researchers, it has been demonstrated for a long time that suppression of thyroid triggers an increase in serum cholesterol. This puts you at a higher risk of cancer, infections, and heart disease. However, bringing cholesterol level down to normal can be achieved if your thyroid hormone is restored. As previously stated, coconut oil helps to balance your thyroid and normalize your cholesterol levels. When added regularly to a balanced diet, coconut oil lowers cholesterol by promoting its conversion into pregnenolone. Populations who regularly eat coconuts have lower cholesterol than people living in the United States.

Other Benefits of Coconut Oil

When used topically, coconut oil can help protect hair against damage. It also acts as a sunscreen and keeps your skin moisturized. In reference to a study which was published in the medical journal Food and Function, coconut oil enhances antioxidant levels and can slow aging. It reduces stress on the liver and lowers oxidative stress. Because of how it works with the liver, coconut oil may also support detoxification process. Thanks to its strong antimicrobial properties, you can use coconut oil as a mouthwash in a process known as oil pulling. It eliminates bacteria, improves dental health and reduces bad breath. Coconut oil prevents osteoporosis by fighting free radicals while promoting absorption of calcium along the digestive tract. Studies in patients with osteoporosis have shown that coconut oil not only increases bone volume and structure but also prevents bone loss.

Changing Your Diet

In general, some of the foods that are rich in trans fats include:

  • Processed foods and fast foods
  • Baked foods including cakes and sandwiches
  • Snacks such as ice cream, biscuits, popcorns, and sweet rolls.
  • Deep-fried foods including French fries

Other than soybean oil, you should avoid other varieties such as canola oil and corn oil. Therefore, it is important to check the labels carefully when shopping. If your goal is to eliminate these dangerous fats in your diet, avoid processed foods by all means. Then, you should use the following tips to ensure that you are consuming the right fats that won’t compromise your health:

  • Incorporate organic coconut oil to all your cooking preparations. It comes with many health benefits and is superior to all the other cooking oils. Ensure that your coconut oil is organic, unrefined, unbleached, processed without heating, and is free from GM ingredients.
  • Regularly take a coconut to reap all of its health benefits. Coconuts have an extended shelf life and can easily be found in most food stores.
  • Instead of margarine and vegetable oil spreads, use organic butter, preferably from raw milk.
  • Incorporate raw fats to your diet. You can get these from raw dairy products, avocados, and olive oil. If you want an animal-based omega-3 fat, ensure it is high-quality. Krill oil is a good example.
  • When using coconut oil, ensure that all the ingredients are at room temperature. This is because coconut oil solidifies when added to cold ingredients like eggs and milk.

The Bottom Line

This study has shed more light on the health benefits associated with the use of organic coconut oil. The findings should change our conventional thinking about the use of vegetable and other types of cooking oils. If participants who received coconut oil supplementation started to see the results in just one week, what could be the benefits in the long run? However, it is imperative to make healthy lifestyle choices even if you resort to the use of coconut oil to improve your health. Eliminate junk and processed foods in your diet and incorporate more healthy whole foods. Most importantly, ensure that you are using coconut oil that is organic and unrefined. It should also not contain any GM ingredients.

Categories
Body Image weight loss

Visceral Fat Versus Subcutaneous Fat: Understanding The Differences And Its Implications For You

Weight loss is something that everyone is concerned about at one point in their lives since we all have that innate desire to look our best. Most people know that visceral fat is unhealthy in many ways. Not only does body fat make you more self-conscious of your body when you go out in public but it can be a contributing factor to a wide range of unwanted health conditions.

However, even though you may have a healthy body weight, you can still suffer from an excessive amount of visceral fat. Dangerous visceral fat can influence the overall health of your body while depleting nutrients and preventing normal biological and metabolic processes throughout the body. Moreover, internal body fat can pose a risk to your health even if you are slim and not overweight.

Visceral Fat Versus Subcutaneous Fat Understanding The Differences And Its Implications For You

What is Visceral Fat?

There are two types of body fat that are quite different from each other – visceral fat and subcutaneous fat. Subcutaneous fat is that type of fat that can be found directly under the skin and is common in the stomach, thighs, hips, and even the buttocks. On the other hand, visceral fat is “deep” fat that is stored further underneath the skin and forms a gel-like fat that wraps around major organs.

Related link: Get Rid of Fat Belly FAST By Drinking THIS Homemade Weight-Loss Drink Every Morning

Visceral fat can be found in essential organs like the heart, intestines, liver, lungs, pancreas and the kidneys and may pose a health risk if not managed correctly. Generally, visceral fat located deep within the midsection may not be as pronounced or easy to identify as subcutaneous fat that causes annoying and unwanted signs of obesity. These types of fat cells don’t just accumulate in your body but have the potential to alter the way your body functions and reacts.

Essentially, the presence of visceral fat can leave you vulnerable to many different health conditions. This type of fat is actually linked to diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, and insulin sensitivity. With that being said, the more of this type of fat is present near your internal organs, the more at risk you are for health complications including:

• Arthritis
• Cancer(s)
• Diabetes (Type 2)
• Dementia
• Heart disease
• High cholesterol
• Metabolic symptoms
• Obesity
• Stroke

How Visceral Fat Effects Your Cells

According to research conducted by scientists at the Harvard Medical School, fat can be thought of as an endocrine organ or gland that produces hormones and other substances that influence the health of the body. They have discovered that excessive body fat disrupts the normal balance and functioning of hormones throughout the body and that visceral fat causes the immune system to produce chemicals called cytokines. These cytokines are proteins that have a direct effect on the interaction between cells in the body.

The accumulation of these proteins increase the risk of dangerous health conditions that mainly effect the circulatory system that pumps oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Scientifically speaking, these biologically active cells have damaging effects on other cells and may interfere with signals sent to the endocrine system influencing insulin, blood pressure, and even the blood clotting process. These fat cells can lead to an increased amount of cellular inflammation that can trigger metabolic diseases.

The two most common causes of an excessive amount of body fat is an unhealthy diet consisting of sugars, carbohydrates, and processed foods as well as lack of healthy levels of physical activity. While subcutaneous fat can be easy to work off, visceral fat may be harder to work off. The gel-like substance prevents healthy blood flow and the detoxification of toxins in the body.

Identifying Visceral Fat

Since visceral fat is located underneath your muscles, it can be hard to identify and therefore harder to manage than subcutaneous fat. Generally, if you suffer from excessive subcutaneous fat, you may be more pear-shaped while excessive amounts of visceral fat will cause more of round apple-shape. Two methods that can be used to see how much visceral body fat an individual has is through a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or a CT scan, which shows just how much visceral fat there is around certain organs.

Doctors may perform a variety of tests to get a better idea of your genetic makeup, as genes contribute to a percentage of visceral body fat in your body. To get a better idea of how much visceral fat you are carrying, you can take a circumference measurement of your midsection. In order to see how much of your fat is visceral compared to subcutaneous, measure your stomach once while standing up and then once while laying down as the subcutaneous fat falls to your side and the visceral fat will remain exactly where it is.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), there are certain cut-off levels for both men and women to identify risks for obesity due to visceral body fat cells. In women, a waist circumference of over 88 centimeters (or 35 inches) may indicate a high amount of these fatty cells. In men, a waist circumference of over 102 centimeters (or 40 inches) may indicate a high level of visceral fatty cells.

Managing Unwanted Visceral Fat

It is true that the food that you consume on a daily basis can influence everything from your energy levels and metabolic rate to how your body breaks down foods. It is important for your cells to be nourished with ingredients that can produce the cellular energy needed to burn undesirable body fat. The American Diabetes Association recommends that you not consume more than 30% of your daily calories and keep saturated fats (like oils, animals fats, and desserts) to a minimum of at least 7% while eating plenty of healthy fats to influence your HDL, or “good” fats.

In addition to a strict diet plan, it is important to increase the intensity of daily workouts to manage the amounts of fatty cells in the body. Any type of high-intensity exercises that raises your heart rate for at least thirty minutes a day can drastically influence the amount of visceral fat in the body. Accordingly, monitoring your levels of sleep can help weight loss as an adequate amount of sleep regulates the amounts of hormones and biochemical circulated throughout your body.

Although visceral fat can often go undetected, it is not impossible to manage on a daily basis. If you show symptoms of excessive subcutaneous and visceral fat, you may need to visit your doctor to fully understand how it is influencing the rest of your organ systems. If visceral fat is untreated and accumulates over time, it can prove dangerous to your overall health and well-being.

Categories
guest blogs weight loss weight loss

Health Consequences Of Anabolic Steroid Abuse

Often, people’s thought processes are filled with “What’s the best steroid to take?”, “How can I get massive fast?” or “Where’s the best place to buy steroids when it comes to anabolic compounds, but barely anyone thinks about the safety aspects.

Typically, any would-be user spends hours and hours trying to find the most appropriate, highest strength compound to suit their needs with little concern for any other element of taking anabolic agents in general.

Health Consequences Of Anabolic Steroid Abuse

One of the major problems with using these compounds doesn’t actually lie with the items themselves, but instead the “bigger, stronger faster and harder” culture that surrounds their use.

There are infinite resources online to help guide any novice or even experienced user towards safe usage, yet locker room talk often prevails and users simply decide to ignore rationality in the face of trying to create the swift “evolution” of their physique.

What’s actually going to happen if you simply decide to take “whatever” your friend tells you to in “any” dose you choose though?

Let’s take a look…

The Very Real Effects Of Steroid Abuse

Basically, how badly you’re going to be affected depends on several factors including but not limited to:

• Your individual genetics
• How much experience you have with anabolic substances in general
• How much of a substance you have taken
• How much (if any) cycle support has been used
• How long you have been using the substance for and in what capacity

At the simple end of the scale, those taking orals without liver support stand to induce toxicity within the liver itself and should this continue unchecked, you could face severe, if not fatal internal issues.

Then you have other side effects like raised negative cholesterol levels – initially, you could face discomfort such as dizziness, nausea and general fatigue when suffering from this adverse element but in a severe scenario cardiac arrest and strokes may manifest.

A “deceleration” of natural testosterone production is likely when taking androgenic compounds and if this goes untreated, you’re going to suffer from everything from a lack of growth hormone release to a severely reduced sex drive.

Many people associate “roid” abuse with violent mood swings  and a lack of emotional control in general, but interestingly – these negative elements probably have more to do with the individual temperament of the user in question as opposed to the compound being taken.

Make no mistake, these agents certainly alter your hormone levels, but ultimately, how the user reacts to these hormonal differences depends on their emotional stability.

What it’s incredibly important to note at this point in time is that EVERY anabolic agent carries with it negative elements, there are no exceptions to this rule and there’s certainly no such thing as an entirely “safe” steroid.

The same thing can be said for over the counter pharmaceuticals too though – anyone using them has to assume there is a risk associated with them. Anything you take of an external fashion can and may lead to unwanted issues arising – this trait is in no way exclusive to steroids.

What is a dead cert though, is that if you take ANY pharmaceutical grade compound according to the EXACT dosage guidelines whilst supplementing with any and every item you are advised to to ensure your safety, then your chances of having a risk free time are without doubt going to be very high.

Simply put – if you just do as you are told and ignore the “broscience” like advice your friends are likely to give you, you’re more than likely going to be absolutely fine.

Keep the above elements in mind at all times and instead of just thinking about where you can find peptides for sale (for example), consider how you’re actually supposed to take them too.


 
Disclosure Policy:

This blog is a collaborative blog written by a group of individuals. This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post may not always be identified as paid or sponsored content. The owner(s) of this blog is compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner(s) of this blog receives compensation for our posts or advertisements, we always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers’ own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question. This blog does contain content which might present a conflict of interest. This content will always be identified.

Categories
guest blogs weight loss

Secret to Real Weight Loss – How to Attain a Flattened Belly

Do you feel like you need a boost which can motivate you to bring good results to your health? If answered yes, you should know that this is the perfect time to take stock of your health and carry on those overdue changes which can take you closer to the real-life goals that you’d been planning since the last few New Years. But the saddest thing is that adjusting your exercise and eating habits can often become a daunting and intimidating task and this is the main reason why we can’t make it past the first day. Then what it is that you should do in order to achieve real results to your workout goals?

Secret to Real Weight Loss – How to Attain a Flattened Belly

The surefire way of succeeding with your health goals is making small changes to your daily routine. There are many small steps that you can take in order to bring about big changes to your health. If you’re not aware of the steps that you should take, here are some to help you out.

• Make sure you eat enough in a day

If you had been eating 1500 calories in a day, you should start eating 1700 calories if your style workouts were so intense. Only when you do that, you can start losing weight as you need the right amount of food in order to lose the right amount of weight.

• Instead of stress-eating, opt for stress-reducing workouts

Are you someone who has the habit of eating and snacking around when you’re stressed out? If answered yes, immediately change this habit to doing some activities and workout in order to eliminate your stress. As it is, stress slows down your fat-burning process and hence if you take too much stress, you should make good use of it and make it work for your goal of achieving a healthier body.

• Know the difference between cravings and hunger

When you’re hungry, it means it’s time to fuel the body but when you crave for something, it means what you want to fuel the body. Whenever you start off with a new regimen, you cut down too much on the size of your meal portion but with time you may forget to snack and drink enough water in between meals. This will leave you with stomach grumbles and your stomach will make sounds. Hence, you should try to learn the difference between cravings and hunger.

• Don’t deprive yourself of everything and know how to create balance

Being on a weight loss regime doesn’t mean that you can’t take your steak burger once in a while. It’s not about depriving yourself of everything that you love but it’s about striking the right balance between how much you’re eating and how much you’re burning. You can munch on your favorite burger once in a while but at the same time, don’t forget your health goals.

So, if you want to get real results from your weight loss regime, make sure you follow the above mentioned tips and strategies. Stay fit and stay strong.

Categories
weight loss

Use This Mixture To Cure Nosebleed, Sore Throat And Asthma Attack In No Time

Use This Mixture To Cure Nosebleed, Sore Throat And Asthma Attack In No Time

Use This Mixture To Cure Nosebleed, Sore Throat And Asthma Attack In No Time

Let’s be honest; lemon, salt and pepper make everything taste better, and these wonderful natural ingredients are present in the healthy Mediterranean diet. What’s fascinating is the triple goodness these food items can bring to the human body. Scientific research shows us that lemon, salt and pepper can cure common ailments. You’ll be blown away at how effective our natural triplet can perform.

 

1. Weight Loss

We all want to drop pounds without working incredibly hard at it. Drink this cocktail to speed up metabolism.

Combine ¼ teaspoon of ground pepper, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of honey in warm water.

The NCBI says that polyphenols present in lemons help lower blood sugar levels and prevent fat storage.

2. Nosebleed

When it comes to nosebleeds, you might be suffering from dry membranes, etc. Try tilting your head back and inserting a cotton ball dipped in lemon juice into the nostril.

3. Asthma Attack

Loosen inflamed mucous during an asthma attack. In a pot of boiling water, add two clove buds, 10 pepper grains and 15 basil leaves. Simmer for 15 minutes and strain. Pour it in a jar and add 2 tablespoons of honey. Cover and cool it down.

4. Sore Throat

A sore throat can make swallowing difficult. Try this gargle mix. Combine 1 tablespoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and ½ teaspoon of black pepper in a glass of water.

Related Link: 9 Home Remedies for Sore Throats

5. Gallbladder Issues

Gallstone removal can be an expensive hospital stay. These painful deposits can cause food absorption problems.

Try this simple remedy from GoodHealthTalk. This cocktail can zap stones. Mix 3 parts olive oil and 1 part lemon and 1 part pepper.

6. Cold and Flu

This drinkable remedy works fast. Squeeze half a lemon in a large cup of boiled water. Steep the peel/pulp for 10 minutes. Remove the lemon and add a spoonful of organic honey.

7. Canker Sores

To bring quick healing to mouth/cheek sores, mix 1 tablespoon of Himalayan pink salt in warm water and gargle. This soothing method kills bacteria.

8. Nausea

Feeling sick to your stomach? Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of pepper in warm water. Drink slowly.

9. Tooth Pain

Cure your ouch in the mouth instantly. Combine ½ teaspoon of ground pepper and clove oil. Apply ointment on the aching tooth.

Old-fashioned natural lemon, salt and pepper are an inexpensive trio to have on hand. They really “do a body good.”

Categories
guest blogs weight loss

The Easiest and Most Effective Diets to Follow

This article discusses some of the easiest diets to embark on, depending on personal preference.

What is the easiest diet to follow? Well, the answer truly depends on personal preference. It’s important for individuals to research their options and look into healthy diet ideas that carry a menu full of food items that they particularly enjoy. Before making a commitment, dieters should always do their homework first.

The Easiest and Most Effective Diets to Follow

Most Popular Diets to Go On

Everyone is different and while one particular diet may be the perfect choice for one person, it may be all wrong for another. It’s best for individuals to choose a complete weight loss plan that contains a menu full of food items that best suit their personal likes.

All weight loss plans should include more than just a change in food intake and choice of foods. It’s essential that individuals include an exercise plan as well. Individuals can start out slow and go at their own pace. The exercise plan can be increased overtime, once the body adjusts. People can choose to go walking, take on a new sport or join the gym. Writing down a plan of action can help them stay focused when making life changes and working towards a healthier lifestyle.

The Low Carb Weight Loss Menu is One of the Top Diets

A low carb diet menu involves cutting all carbohydrates. Individuals must stay clear of eating pastas, bread, rice and alcohol. Individuals often choose to eat unlimited amounts of meat cheese and butter. For those who love meat, this would be considered one of the easiest diets to go on. The low carb weight loss plan is also referred to as the Atkins diet.

Many people choose the Atkins diet because the types of food on the menu are often enjoyable. When on this type of weight loss plan, individuals should plan a menu of meat, poultry, fish, eggs and vegetables without starch.

A Fat-Free Diet Can be One of the Easiest to Follow 

A fat-free diet menu should consist of fresh vegetables and fruits. The ideal goal would be to consume a total of five servings of fruits and vegetables per each day. The meals should consist of whole grain cereals and breads, low-fat or fat-free yogurts, fish, seafood and low-fat poultry.

Eating several small meals and snacks per day is the best way to follow a low fat diet plan. It’s also suggested that individuals eat slowly and take time to enjoy their meals, as this will help them to feel full and satisfied. For those who don’t crave so many meats in their meals, a fat-free weight loss plan may be one of the easiest diets to follow.

Healthy Weight Loss Ideas That Make Sense

Once dieters choose a weight loss plan that best suits their personal needs, the chances of success are much greater, as they are choosing something that works for them. Everyone should do research and learn what choices he or she has before making a life changing commitment. Losing weight and choosing to engage in a healthier lifestyle is never easy, but with options, success can be reached.

About the Author:
Helen Lyle West is a dietitian living in the Birmingham,UK. She is passionate about food and nutrition, keen to explore how it affects the health of individuals and population groups. Helen has also had a lifelong interest in Holistic, Alternative, and complementary medicine.

Categories
guest blogs weight loss

How You Can Use Coconut Water in your Weight Loss Regimen

There’s no denying that a majority of the population today desire to shed a few pounds but fail to act upon or do so halfheartedly. Then there is that lot that put so much focus on hitting the gym that they are oblivious of the many other simple and practical weight loss methods. Sure enough, the gym does play its part but you need to follow it up with other regimens to make the process fully effective.

How You Can Use Coconut Water in your Weight Loss Regimen

Enter Coconut Water

For many years, people living in the tropical regions have been aware of the numerous health benefits that come with the water from young green coconuts. Coconut water is packed with a wide range of nutrients ranging from antioxidants to B-complex vitamins, potassium, amino acids, manganese, zinc, calcium, vitamin C, enzymes, and iron just to mention a few.

The Health Benefits of Coconut Water

Coconut water can be added to a fruity smoothie or drunk directly from the coconut to boost your weight journey. Apart from the bioactive enzymes that boost fast digestion, coconut water is also low on calories thereby making it an effective refreshment with nutrients for people willing to lose weight.

Related link:This Is What Happens When You Drink Coconut Water For 7 Days

Coconut water is also used to treat headaches. It provides electrolytes to the body and boosts hydration thus aiding in relieving migraines and other headaches. Most headaches are caused by dehydration and coconut water is good for hydrating your body. Coconut water also contains magnesium, a nutrient that lacks in people who often experience migraine attacks and uncontrollable headaches.It is also good for controlling high blood pressure. It does so with the help of the potassium nutrients in it, which help balance negative effects created by sodium, effectively lowering your blood pressure. It also helps control hypertension, for best results drink two cups of coconut water daily.

Another health benefit of coconut water is perhaps the most obvious one – hydration. It is so good at rehydrating the body that back in 2012 researchers deemed it a better way to rehydrate after an exercise than sports water. The electrolytes in coconut water make it ideal for rehydration in the event of fluid loss either through too much sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting.

What’s more, it is also easy on your tummy and can help with gastroenteritis, indigestion, and acid reflux. Compared to other weight loss shakes, coconut water has an upper hand. Not to say weight loss shakes are not effective, here are the reasons why.

Coconut Water Vs. Weight Loss Shakes

As much as coconuts water has its unique innumerable benefits, the nuts are not always readily available to many people living outside the tropics. And if you have to import this from a distant supplier, you will soon find out that it is much more practical and convenient to order Weight Loss Shakes online than shipping a few perishable nuts.

Another difference is appetite. In addition to acting as meal supplements, Weight Loss Shakes also employ hunger blockers as one of their ingredients. So it is much easier to regulate your unchecked appetite while relying on Weight Loss Shakes than solely on coconut water. The better if you can pair up the two as coconut water has the nutrients that help break food down faster

Despite the differences, both coconut water and Weight Loss Shakes have a lot of base nutrients in common. Also, they also help to achieve the overall goal, which is weight loss. However, it is worth noting that you can take coconut water every day for the rest of your life without any negative effects on your health. On the flip side, you can only use Weight Loss Shakes for 90 days at most, concurrently.

Coconut Water and Weight Loss

According to leading nutritionists, the presence of excess sodium in the body is one of the main causes of unexplained weight gain. Apparently, excess sodium causes water retention thus leading to a sporadic increase in an individual’s water weight. On the other hand, coconut water contains potassium, which helps to balance out the sodium and effectively flushes out all the toxins and excess water in your body. It also aids in digestion and boosting your fat metabolism – two things that greatly help with weight loss.

Your Recommended Coconut Water Regimen

Drink 8 ounces of coconut water three or four times a week to facilitate not only weight loss but improve your general health as well. Remember, the best coconut water is in the green coconuts. For best results, pick the fruit over the bottled water every day if you can.

Categories
Fitness weight loss

Some Basic Chest Exercises that might be Beneficial

The pectoral or chest muscle is actually a single large muscle, and not two different muscles as thought of before. There are different parts in this muscle and each part has a special name, but all of them form one single large muscle. If you are someone who wants huge chest muscles or pectoral muscles, then you should definitely read what we have said about chest exercises and workout sessions in this article. So read on to find out more.

Some Basic Chest Exercises that might be Beneficial

Any kind of chest exercise you take part in or perform is sure to put pressure and stress on your pectoral muscles, which helps them to grow and expand. These exercises exert pressure from different angles, which makes the results even more impressive. Lifting free weights and dumb bells instead of using resistance machines at the gym is a much better option if you want the best possible results. Machines usually come with the drawback of a limited range amount, which ultimately leads to disappointing results and serious injuries. Although the best possible and accurate lifting technique is required when you are lifting free weights, they are still a much better option than machines. You must always remember that for the purpose of adequately applying stress and pressure on your pectoral muscles, isolating your workout regime to flys and bench presses with free weights. There are other things to do as well. Let’s find out about them.

The exercises we will talk about today, require one thing from you – that you make it a point to work on the complete motion range, and squeeze your pectoral muscles purposely during every action or movement, as well as lower the weights you are lifting to increase the level of resistance that promotes growth of the fibers in the muscles in the chest. You must always remember to work with a spotter as you will be lifting heavy weights for proper muscle development and you will require some form of assistance. Doing 8 repetitions of 3 to 4 sets will make sure that you get the best possible results.

When you work on a flat bench, you will be putting more emphasis on your lower chest, whereas when you work on an inclined bench, your upper chest will be affected and growth will be induced. In case of dumbbell flys, you must work with a dumbbell set and a flat bench to get the best possible results. You need to sit right at the edge of the flat bench, carrying one dumbbell in each hand. Then you need to lie down with your face up, keep the dumbbells close to your chest and extend your arms to life the dumbbells. Make sure to raise your arms in an angle which separates them, so as to put the maximum amount of pressure on your chest or pectoral muscles. Do this up down motion with dumbbells at least 8 times in each set, and at least three to four sets on a daily basis.

Categories
Marriage Relationship weight loss

10 Ways to Help Your Wife Feel Better About Her Body

According to the National Eating Disorder Association, 80% of women are unhappy with their body weight. Nearly three-quarters of women who have been featured on the web are underweight. This twist in our culture is making the majority of women feel unattractive. Is this the case with your wife? You should counteract our culture as a caring and loving husband. Here are 10 ways that can help your wife feel confident about her body image.

10 Ways to Help Your Wife Feel Better About Her Body

Don’t Compare Her

Comparing your wife to other women can make her feel miserable and unappreciated. Tell her she looks amazing right away even if you feel she needs to improve. The last thing you should try is to tell her that she should lose some pounds to look like a certain person.

Tell Her Directly

There are plenty of ways you can tell your wife how beautiful she is. You don’t have to wait until when she needs to hear the nice words. You should let her know when she is least expecting it. Try it in the first thing in the morning or just before bedtime.

Let Her Catch Your Stare

Your wife’s perception about you is made on minute details. Look at her eyes, say a word, raise your eyebrows, and smile at her. This will make her sense adored and feel much better about her body.

Compliment Her Frequently

Do you remember how it felt when your parents or caretaker complimented you for achieving something when young? This should be the same feeling you ignite when you commend your wife in front of your kids. Let your children know how their mother is special and lovely. They will repackage your sentiments and the truth will eventually reveal.

Surprise Her With Presents/Treats

Shower her with presents and offer special treats to communicate how important and valuable she is in your life and family. Issuing tokens at the least expected moments does magic like generous, spontaneous, and unconditional love.

Keep Her Picture Beside You

Prominently place her picture on your desk and carry a snap in your wallet. You can use her image as the screensaver on your phone or computer. Make a point of introducing her to your friends as, “My lovely, awesome wife.” Put differently, create and nurture a culture of positive regard for your wife in all circumstances. And there is no harm in flirting with her when in the company of your friends.

Avoid “Girlie” Magazines and Porn

You better drop the habit of watching pornography or perusing “girlie” magazines because you will be sending the wrong message. You will appear to be interested in other women and make your wife feel devastated by your self-esteem.

Stay Consciously Romantic

You are the person who worked so hard to win the heart of your wife before you were married. Remember how funny, passionate, romantic, and vigilant you were and try to relive the memories. That’s a secret that will make your wife feel better about her body image.

Treat Your Own Body With Respect

By demonstrating how you respect your body and health, you are sending a message of relevance to your entire family. Personal respect is a virtue that replicates in the family. “I will be at my best because my wife deserves the best.”

Listen to Her

In most cases, men are always after fixing problems that arise in their families. Sometimes, all your wife wants you to do is to lend an ear. Don’t interrupt her when she’s talking. Listening keenly will make her feel like she’s the most treasured woman in the world.

Conclusion

It’s heart-wrecking to discover the percentage of women who are unhappy with their physiques. Despite endless efforts in trying to stay attractive all the time, women are faced with immense day-to-day challenges. It’s your role as a man to always let your wife feel appreciated. If you don’t make your wife feel better about her body, who else do you expect?

Categories
health Liver weight loss weight loss

8 Liver Cleanse Drinks To Promote Weight Loss Naturally

When it comes to losing weight and keeping it off, there are natural liver cleanse options to choose from. The liver plays an extraordinary part in weight loss and all around health through aiding in the digestive process. A healthy liver can be attained with liver cleanse drinks that are easy to make and have no side effects. Different weight loss drinks stimulate liver cleansing and fat burning that leads to low cholesterol levels. In Traditional Chinese medicine, the liver and gall bladder function optimally between 11:00 P.M. and 3:00 A.M. Accordingly, to get the best effects of liver cleanse drinks, it is best to take them at night before bed.

8 Liver Cleanse Drinks To Promote Weight Loss Naturally

8. Deep Green Liver Detox

To detoxify your liver, there is nothing more efficient than herbs to stimulate liver detoxification. Leafy greens and herbs are full of phytonutrients and antioxidants that boost the strength of your immune system. Using a blender, many superfoods can be combined into a smoothie through blending them together. Each herb or vegetable works in synergy with the other ingredients to promote weight loss and a gentle liver cleanse. This healthy green liver detox recipe contains certain ingredients that promote cleansing, such as:

• 1/2 a cup of cucumber
• 2 cups of kale
• 1 peeled lemon and lime
• 1 cup swiss chard

7. The Herbal Detox Tea

There are certain herbs, referred to as lipotropic herbs, that are efficient in flushing fatty deposits from the liver. When herbs are combined with hot water, draw out the natural nutrients that are effective in cleansing and detoxification. Herbs that are ideal for a liver cleanse are dandelion, parsley root, urva ursi, burdock, ginger, cloves, and juniper berries.

How to harvest, prepare, and use dandelion leaf and root for beauty and health

How to Make Burdock Tea

How to Make Ginger Tea

How to Make Clove Tea

Juniper Berries for Urinary Health

6. Grapefruit Water

Grapefruit is rich in a specific protein that helps your body use up sugar, which boosts metabolism. With a faster metabolism, the body is able to burn off calories and promote weight loss at a quicker pace. This fruit is high in vitamin C and when combined with water, it has potential to strengthen the immune system. It is known as one of the world’s healthiest fruits because it contains fiber, potassium, and choline to promote digestion.

Please note that some medications should not be used with grapefruit. Here’s the list of drugs that interact with grapefruit.

5. Cranberry Juice Concoction

Cranberries are known as a diuretic, which are ingredients that stimulate urination. They key factor of any liver cleanse is to detoxify the liver from the inside out. In order to make a cranberry juice drink to promote weight loss, boil cranberry juice with water and healing spices. To start, combine eight ounces of organic cranberry juice with fifty six ounces of water. Next, boil half a teaspoon of cinnamon, a quarter teaspoon of ginger, and a quarter teaspoon of nutmeg.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

According to a 2009 medical study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Japanese researchers observed acetic acid. Acetic acid is the main component of apple cider vinegar and has been linked to weight loss and maintenance. It has the potential to lower bad cholesterol levels in the body that lead to disease. Consuming two tablespoons of this ingredient suppresses appetite and enhances digestion and detoxification. Most importantly, this substance actually reduces water retention and purifies the blood to assist in cellular cleansing throughout the body.

3. Lemon and Cayenne Pepper

This liver cleanse solution consists of lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper. When these three ingredients are mixed together, the drink induces a detoxification reaction in your liver. Lemons are well-known for high amounts of vitamin A, C, E, B6, antioxidizing ingredients, and essential proteins. Coincidentally, cayenne pepper also contains vitamins A, C, and B6 as well as potassium and other minerals and phytonutrients. This powerful blend of ingredients acts as a cleansing agent throughout your liver and effecting the rest of your body.

Dr Robert Cassar talks about Lemon Cayenne Detox Water

2. Aloe Vera Gel

The aloe vera plant is well received in the medical community for its many health benefits that promote healing. It is a popular short-stemmed plant that has leaves containing gel high in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. When aloe is combined with water, it can be consumed as a detoxification drink to promote cellular cleansing. It has a mild laxative effect and can cleanse the liver of toxins that are unhealthy. This plant is particularly high in amino acids and fatty acids that break down fatty molecules in the body.

How to make Aloe Vera gel?

1. Fennel Tea

Fennel, also known as Foeniculum vulgare, is a hyper-effective herb that directly influences the digestive system to promote cleansing. It is in the same family as carrots and is a diuretic that increases urine flow and promotes blood cleansing. For this reason, it is a powerful liver cleanser that contains vitamins A, B, C, D, and different healing minerals. This herb induces digestive cleansing since it contains estrogen that inhibits muscle spasms to aid digestion and detoxification. Through alleviating and balancing acid levels in the stomach, it works to eliminate toxins that leads to weight gain.

Benefits of Fennel Tea and How To Make It

Enhancing Weight Loss With Natural Ingredients

The best part of consuming herbs, vegetables, fruits, and spices for detoxification is that it doesn’t cause side effects. Accordingly, after consumption of any one of these liver cleanse drinks, you may experience some changes in your body. While going through with the liver cleansing process, you may experience certain symptoms, which are completely normal. Due to changes in metabolism and energy exerted to cleanse the body, you may experience symptoms like fatigue and dizziness. When it comes to losing weight, natural drinks can work to gently cleanse the liver quickly and instantaneously.

Categories
weight loss weight loss surgery

Comparing Weight Loss Surgery Procedures

Are you planning to undergo a weight loss surgery? As you research to find if it’s a good option for you, it’s paramount to understand the types of procedures involved. The best will be determined by your current health, weight loss goals, and surgeon’s recommendation. It’s important to discuss details with your doctor before reaching a verdict. Physicians only recommend surgery if you understand the risks involved and all other weight loss procedures proved futile. Here are details on all weight loss surgery procedures you should get familiar with:

Main Categories of Weight Loss Surgery

Malabsorption: Surgery bypasses or shortens the small intestines, reducing absorption of nutrients and calories in the body.

Restrictive:

Surgery confines the amount of food that the stomach can hold, making you eat less and feel satiated.

Related Link : Melt The Pounds Away Using The Japanese Weight Loss Method

Common Types of Weight Loss Surgeries

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass involves the creation of a small pouch on the upper side of the stomach. Food can only be received in this pouch which significantly reduces the amount you can take per serving.
The surgeon then incises the small intestines below the main stomach and connects it with the upper pouch. The main stomach still continues to produce digestive juices. The section of the small intestines attached to the upper pouch is then connected to the main stomach. This ensures digestive juices continue flowing to the small intestines. Fewer calories and nutrients are absorbed because food bypasses a portion of the small intestines.

Pros:

Rapid and impressive weight loss. About 50% occurs within the first 6 months and continues for up to 2 years after the surgery.
Conditions triggered by obesity, including heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, and high cholesterol improves fast due to rapid weight loss.
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass results are long term. Research shows that the majority of people keep off the extra pounds for up to 10 years or more.

Cons:

Food absorption is affected which in turn impinges the flow of nutrients into the body. Reduction of calcium and iron absorption makes you susceptible to osteoporosis and anemia. This means supplementation should continue for life.
Increased risk of dumping syndrome, where food is deposited into the small intestines before it is properly digested in the stomach.
Gastric bypass surgery is considered irreversible. Only in rare cases has it been reversed.
Increased risk of infection because the procedure is complicated.

Bariatric Surgery

This covers a variety of procedures that helps in weight loss by altering the digestive system in different ways. There are four types of bariatric surgery but only three are commonly used. They include laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy or gastric sleeve surgery, and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch.
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band (LAGB)
Commonly referred to as gastric band surgery, LAGB involves insertion of a ring with an inflatable band on the upper part of a patient’s stomach to make a small pouch. It helps in reducing the size of the stomach, which limits food consumption. A balloon is filled with a saline solution inside the band. A surgeon can adjust the size of the balloon by injecting or removing the solution.

Related Link: 7 Body Parts You Can Live Without

Pros:
Doesn’t interfere with the intestines.
The band can be adjusted.
No risk of nutrient and mineral deficiencies.
It is less complicated and reversible.
In reference to a recent journal published by University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, patients who undergo this surgery experience:
Fewer wound complications like a hernia or infection.
Less pain after surgery.
Easier lung function and breathing.
Quicker return to pre-surgical levels of activity

Cons:
Weigh loss is gradual and not effective like with other types of surgery.
Frequent visits to the hospital for band adjustment and follow-up.
In time, you have to remove or replace the band.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery, which is commonly known as sleeve gastrectomy, involves surgical procedures where most of the stomach is removed. This makes you feel satiated after eating small portions. The surgeon leaves only a banana-sized stomach after the operation.

Pros:
Rapid weight loss.
Doesn’t interfere with the intestines.
Doesn’t introduce foreign objects into the body.
The process is brief and less complicated.

Cons:
It’s complicated and irreversible.
Increased risk of surgery-related complications.
Requires medical follow-ups.
Mineral and vitamin deficiencies can occur which requires lifetime supplementation. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, nutritional deficiencies are common after bariatric surgery. This is mainly due to impaired absorption and decreased oral intake

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Also called Roux-en-Y, gastric bypass surgery is a complicated process which reduces the size of the stomach and reroutes digestion. In this procedure, a surgeon staples the stomach to create a small pouch on the upper segment. This limits your food intake and makes you feel satiated quickly.
After that, the surgeon will cut the small intestine and link it directly to the small pouch. Once you eat, the food will skip most of your stomach and the small intestines. Fewer calories and nutrients are absorbed into your body because it is digesting less.

Pros:
Limits the amount of food your stomach can handle
Rapid weight loss than the gastric band.
No introduction of foreign objects into the body.
Creates changes in the stomach for hormones that reduce appetite, suppress hunger, and improve satiety.
Involves short stay in the hospital.

Cons:
Increased risk of nutrient and mineral deficiencies.
Higher risk of surgery-related complications than the gastric band.
It is difficult to reverse.

Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch

This is a complicated procedure where the surgeon removes about 80% of your stomach. Only the valve that releases food into the intestines is left and a section of the small intestines. A long section of the intestine is bypassed. Only a small portion of the small intestines connects your stomach with the large intestines. This surgery limits the amount of food you can eat and reduces absorption of calories and nutrients. Though very effective, doctors usually recommend this weight loss surgery to patients with a body mass index of 50 or higher.

Pros:
Results in rapid weight loss
No foreign objects are introduced in the body.
Weight loss is long term.

Cons:
Increased risk of nutrient and mineral deficiencies.
It cannot be reversed.
Surgery-related complication risks are higher.

vBloc Therapy

With vBloc Therapy, a device is implanted to periodically block the vagal nerve and stop it from sending hunger signals to your brain. This makes you feel satisfied after taking only a small serving and between meals. The vBloc Therapy is inserted under your rib cage just below the skin. The device is then attached to the vagal nerve, located just above the stomach, through wires. The entire procedure takes less than 90 minutes.

Pros:
The procedure is less complicated and doesn’t interfere with your digestive system.
No mineral and nutrient deficiencies.
Short stay at the hospital.
The device can be removed.

Cons:
Not very effective and weight loss is gradual.
In introduces foreign objects to the body.
Higher risk of surgery-related complications.
AspireAssit
This involves implantation of a tube similar to a feeding tube into the stomach. It is then attached to an external port. A device is attached to this port to drain food before digestion begins.

Insertion Procedure:

A surgeon inserts an endoscope in your mouth and passes it through to your stomach.
An incision is made in your abdomen and a wire inserted.
Using the endoscope, the surgeon grabs the wire and pulls both back out of your mouth.
The A-Tube is attached to the wire and the two are pulled back into your stomach until the tip of the tube exits your incision.
Once the incision is completely healed, you are supposed to go back to your doctor for a Skin-Port to be attached.

Pros:
Rapid weight loss. In a U.S. clinical trial, participants using AspireAssist lost 3 times as much weight as those who received diet and exercise therapy.
The procedure is simple and less complicated.
It is reversible.
No need to make lifestyle or dietary changes.
Not as expensive as bariatric surgery.

Cons:
Increased risk of mineral and nutrient deficiencies.
Introduces foreign objects into your body.
Increased risk of surgery-related complications.
Frequently visit to the hospital for follow-up.

Conclusion

If you are preparing for a weight loss surgery, discuss it with your surgeon for the least invasive procedure possible. It’s worth noting that all use the same techniques and results are varied in terms of weight loss. Weigh the benefits and risks involved with every procedure and you are better placed to decide the one that matches your needs.

Categories
all positive experiences Health News

Baby Girl Woke Up from Coma Defying All Medical Expectations

[nextpage title=”…”]

Imagine the trauma of having your 1-year-old daughter struggle against a deadly virus. The germ can potentially destroy her nervous system. The stress escalates when doctors advise putting her into a comatose state. You reluctantly consent, hoping the drastic measure will save her life.

Two months later, your baby is still unresponsive. Now, you’re told to just pull the plug on her life support. The doctors have given up hope for her recovery. What would you do?

This was the horrific decision facing the parents of Marwa, living in France. Meanwhile, her twin sister needed their care. Two months of hospitalization had drained the family’s finances.

Marwa appeared to be brain dead. Hospitals aren’t legally required to keep brain dead patients on life support. The staff at La Timone Hospital in Marseille was following protocol.

Baby Girl Woke Up from Coma Defying All Medical Expectations

Medically-Induced Coma

According to the American Society of Anesthesiologists, a medically-induced coma is a procedure rendering a state of unconsciousness. The patient receives a controlled amount of anesthetic to protect their brain from swelling. The drug reduces blood flow to the brain, along with its active function.

Meanwhile, physicians constantly monitor the rest of the person’s vital systems. Additional drugs control breathing, heart rhythm, and blood pressure. Someone in this condition cannot respond to external stimuli.

Last Resort

When brain tissue drastically expands, it impairs the supply of blood and oxygen, putting additional cells at risk for death. The condition becomes life-threatening. Doctors only perform a medically-induced coma when brain swelling doesn’t respond to other treatments. With a patient unconscious, their brain can rest, allowing swelling to decrease. By reducing brain pressure, the damage is less likely. However, being comatose for more than two weeks can permanently injure the nervous system.

[/nextpage][nextpage title=”…”]

Poor Prognosis

Marwa’s doctors feared that continuing the coma would render her nonfunctional if she did wake up. Called a persistent vegetative state, this status results from brain injury. The chance of recovering after three months of coma is highly unlikely. A person can remain in a vegetative condition for weeks, months, or years.

Marwa’s brain wasn’t responding to the coma intervention. Her doctors believed she’d suffered severe brain damage and would never be able to breathe, walk, or eat independently. The poor prognosis prompted them to advise stopping life support.

Powerful Petition

Still, it is possible for comatose patients to have their brain function restored. Marwa’s parents clung to this shred of hope. However, they needed the backing of others who shared their viewpoints. Alone, they lacked substantial clout. Would post on Facebook help?

Dad decided to write a petition, asking the hospital to grant his daughter more time. He named the online campaign, “Not Without My Marwa.” His post called upon Facebook members for prayer, signatures, and donations. Much to the family’s surprise, the petition drew 115,000+ supporters!

Court Response

Court officials ruled in Marwa’s favor, granting the family a 2-month extension of her care on life support. Just 10 days later, the baby awoke! On November 22, 2016, dad posted a Facebook video, documenting the miraculous moment. Look at this precious face.

Defying the Odds

Dad reports that Marwa’s progress continues on a daily basis. The baby responds to Papa’s voice, sometimes sweetly smiling. Mama has stated on Facebook that all her child’s organs are functioning normally. Can you imagine the joy!

New Research

[/nextpage][nextpage title=”…”]

Marwa’s recovery, along with that of other comatose patients, validates recent groundbreaking news! A 2015 study proves that hearing a loved one’s voice rouses the unconscious brain and can expedite restored function.

At Hines VA Medical Center in Illinois, neuroscientist Theresa Pape and her staff enrolled 15 comatose patients in an experiment. Relatives were asked to record stories from their shared past on a CD. Hospital staff played the recordings for patients over headphones. Each patient listened to the 10-minute stories four times a day for six weeks.

MRI images showed the subjects’ brains lighting up in response. Red and yellow patterns on the films represented increased neural activity. The activated regions involved language and memory processing, showing higher oxygen levels. Though the patients outwardly appeared brain dead, they were alive! Here’s a video clip of the extraordinary outcome of one study participant.

Exciting Conclusions

Comatose patients hearing loved ones’ stories awaken faster than those without this point of contact. They also have better outcomes. Listening to relatives’ voices stimulates brain circuits that store long-term memories. Consequently, patients become conscious of their environment and start speaking. They achieve the first step of recovery!

Dr. Pape reports that after “voice treatments,” patients progress to participating in speech, physical, and occupational therapy. Such intervention is vital to restoring physical function. Voice treatments also benefit families who otherwise feel helpless. Making the recordings involves them in their loved one’s recovery. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair published the brain study in its January 22, 2015 issue.

Revamping Rehab

In the US, traumatic brain injury (TBI) befalls one person every five seconds. A devastating event, it’s a common consequence of motor vehicle accidents, violent assaults, and bomb traumas during military service. The VA study is revolutionizing the medical approach used for TBI patients.

You Can Help

Since this diagnosis is increasing in frequency, you’re likely to encounter someone who’s suffered a blow to the head. Here’s how you can aid an affected family.

Save this article to your computer, and print it for those involved in the patient’s medical care.
Advise the patient’s family to contact the hospital’s physical therapy department. Therapy professionals can help families construct voice treatments and oversee their implementation.
Tell family members to review their photo albums and past events shared with their loved one. If you know the patient personally, recount your favorite times together. Then, record a narration of meaningful moments, such as when you both attended a wedding, party, or vacation. Infuse the stories with what you each saw, felt, smelled, touched, or tasted. Involving the senses brings memories to life.
For example, you might recall a day at the beach, soaking up the sun’s warmth, inhaling the salty air, jumping over waves, hitting a volleyball, and relishing an egg salad sandwich. Write down at least eight stories, and practice reciting them until they sound natural. Then record them, using the patient’s nickname if they have one.
Bright Hope

TBI and coma don’t constitute a death sentence. Marwa’s story is a poignant testimony. The human brain is a mystery whose shadows are coming to light. Be a ray of hope for a person with TBI.

[/nextpage]