Here’s how to keep your skin healthy

Because of some pretty aggressive marketing campaigns over the last 20 years or so people have been led to believe that you need all kinds of gloop and glop to smooth out your complexion and heal your skin when nothing could be further from the truth.

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In fact, a lot of the chemical cocktails out there designed to help people improve their complexion are short-term fixes at best and long-term ticking time bombs at worse. That’s why you’re going to want to avoid those over-the-counter solutions and instead choose to take advantage of a much smarter and more efficient approach to keeping your skin happy and healthy.

Here are some tips and tricks to help you do exactly that!

Get more sleep, drink more water, and take your multivitamin

The most beneficial thing you can do to dramatically improve your overall skin health is to simply:

  • Get more sleep every night (and a higher quality sleep at that)
  • Drink a lot more water than you probably are today and
  • Take advantage of a reliable multivitamin that will be rapidly absorbed into your body

Because we are all living such pressure packed lives and because we are really struggling to unwind and relax in an ever connected world our skin is really paying the price. Get better sleep, hydrate much more than you likely are, and pack your body full of all the vitamins and nutrients your skin needs to thrive and you’ll look – and feel – much longer almost overnight.

Fall in love with a simple skincare routine

There are quite a few “close to all-natural” skincare products available on the market today that are designed to help resolve pretty much any complexion issue you may be dealing with.

These are the kinds of products you’re going to want to pursue.

Look for skincare solutions that open it a lot of the chemical cocktails that other companies are pumping into their products and instead invest in as close to all-natural solutions as possible. Your skin will thank you, but you’ll also be able to stick to a single brand and a single set of products on a day in and day out basis without having to switch things up every now and again.

This routine and repetition will allow you to really master just how much and just how often you need to use these products. You’ll be able to really find a customized solution that works for you!

 

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Don’t be so quick to go under the knife to fix your knees

Knee surgery procedures have come a long way in just the last 30 years or so.

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Surgeons are able to take advantage of incredibly advanced medical tools, diagnostics solutions, and advanced surgical procedures to create modern medical miracles that simply weren’t possible just a few decades ago – but surgery is still surgery and you are still talking about another human poking around, slicing, and otherwise reconfiguring the inside of the human body.

There are all kinds of things that can go wrong during a knee surgery procedure, and a whole host of other issues that can spiral out of control afterwards even if the surgery goes picture-perfect.

For these reasons (and a whole host of others) you should really think long and hard about moving forward with a knee surgery. Obviously, surgery itself isn’t ever and effortless decision that you’ll want to make all on your own, but instead you’ll want to get your surgeon involved in the process to really determine whether or not this is the best course of action.

For an ACL injury, for example, you’re obviously going to have to go under the knife as there is simply no other solution. But for a whole host of other knee problems you may not want to go with surgery but instead will want to choose a rest and rehabilitation protocol that can provide safer (if slower) results.

Meniscus tears may not need to be surgically repaired

A 2014 study conducted by Oxford determined that a meniscus tear surgical procedure is almost always detrimental for patients over the age of 50. Not only is it unwise because of the risk of infection, but it also accelerates joint degeneration, speeds up the rate of lost cartilage, and brings on early onset arthritis.

Trimming to warn or aging knee cartilage away

Once thought to be a tremendously beneficial arthrosis copy surgical procedure, after nine different health organizations all over the world conducted individual studies and came to the same conclusion – that the surgery is not only unnecessary but it also provides very few benefits if any with a tremendous amount of potential risk involved – most surgeons won’t even move forward with the process unless there’s a no other option.

Knee debridement and lavage

An arthroscopic procedure like the one above that was designed to clean up arthritic tissue that had built up in the knee was debunked as a completely sham procedure in 2002. Most reputable surgeons won’t even come close to recommending this surgery, but will instead prescribed prescription painkillers and a physical therapy routine that provides much more significant benefits with next to no health risks.

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Never again wake up with a stiff neck

A lot of people will realize that they are getting older when they find themselves hurting bright and early in the morning after doing absolutely nothing other than getting in a solid eight hours of sleep or so.

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You know your body isn’t quite as resilient as it was in your early teens and 20s when you were getting hurt while you are asleep!

At the same time, the overwhelming majority of people waking up with stiff backs and stiff necks can completely eliminate this problem from their lives forever just by changing up the way that they laid down when they go to sleep.

Most people with these kinds of issues are sleeping sort of “funny” to begin with, and if you make a couple of simple changes to your sleeping habits you’ll be able to say goodbye to these pains once and for all.

Understanding how the spine works in the first-place

Before we dive right into the sleep changes you want to make, it’s important that you understand how the spine is composed in the first place.

You’re basically looking at three sections – the lumbar, the thorax, and the cervical areas of your spine. Your cervical spine is at the top (basically your neck), and that’s where you’re going to want to focus on making changes.

You see, when you sleep, the weight of your head at rest can end up relaxing into a pretty awkward position that aggravates the cervical spine.

If these joints are aggravated they are going to become inflamed, and pretty soon you’re going to be inviting a number of muscle spasms to hit the area really hard – though it’s usually not hard enough to cause you to wake up from a dead slumber.

Get rid of neck pain by changing the way you sleep

This means that the simplest way to alleviate these spasms and the inflammation that causes them is to readjust and realign your spine (your cervical spine) so that you don’t get locked into fees frustratingly awkward positions in the first place.

Folks that like to sleep on their stomach have to turn their head to the side (which almost always causes a stiff neck), but even side sleepers can deal with these issues at all. You want to keep your spine and your neck as neutral as possible, and that means sleeping on your back if at all possible.

A quality memory fall mattress and memory foam pillow will help you realign your spine while sleeping, but if that isn’t enough to get the job done you want to be sure that you stretch for about five minutes immediately after waking. That’ll work out all the kinks for sure!

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Healthy Grocery Shopping Is Not Impossible

Embracing healthier lifestyle choices is a great idea. Putting these ideas into action is the sort of thing that can prove to be easier said than done. However, you have to start somewhere. A lot of people will tell you that the best place to start is at your grocery store. The next time you go grocery shopping, there are a number of things you can do to fill your home with the healthiest food possible.

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More to the point, you will also fill your home with things you are actually going to want to eat.

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Staying healthy is easier when you remove temptation. A good way to remove temptation is to get the prepacked, processed garbage as far away from your fridge, freezer, and pantry as humanly possible. Another good way is to fill those spaces with foods that you are going to enjoy preparing and/or eating.

Look for products that feature short ingredient lists. While a lot of the additives and chemicals found in food are not going to actively harm you, they aren’t going to give you much in the way of nutrition and other essential benefits either. This is perhaps the main reason why you should try to focus on natural foods and products.

Don’t get suckered in by something that claims to be organic either. For example, 100% organic is something entirely different from something that is simply listed as organic. This can be anywhere between ninety-five and ninety-nine percent organic (yes, that 1% can make a difference!), and something that is “made with organic ingredients” can be anywhere between ninety-four and seventy-four percent organic!

Planning ahead can also be a good idea. If you have the time, come up with a list of meals you can prepare and enjoy across the week. Focus on making your purchases around those meals, using the freshest ingredients you can afford. Coupons are still around to help you save money, and you definitely want to avoid grocery shopping on an empty stomach. That’s how bad decisions are often made.

Don’t be afraid to be a little adventurous. A good way to accomplish this is to try a new fruit and/or vegetable every week. You never know what you are going to find, and you really don’t know for sure if something is going to become a new favorite or not. Focus on fresh produce, whole grains, and pastas. There are so many possibilities out there.

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Determining just how dangerous a new pandemic actually is

In just the last 10 years people all over the world have had to worry about:

  • The ebola virus
  • The bird flu
  • The swine flu
  • SARS

… And that’s just the tip of the iceberg as far as health pandemics are concerned!

You’ve likely noticed a major influx in news articles and coverage recently regarding the Zika virus that is sweeping through South America (and threatening the safety and security of the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro), and it’s difficult to tell whether or not this is a legitimate health scare that could threaten the global population the way that pundits claim it could or if it is another red herring.

Most of the time they you have people sitting securely in two opposite spectrums when it comes to the danger and severity of these “global health concerns”:

  • You have folks on one side of the fence believing that this is the sign of the upcoming apocalypse and the end of the world as we know it and
  • You have folks on the other side of the fence believing that this is just another example of the media’s tendency to over sensationalize are much any and every minor concern just to move merchandise, sell advertising, and influence the population at large

Like pretty much everything else the reality of these pandemic situations lies somewhere between these two extremes, but that doesn’t mean that you can afford to dismiss these concerns out of hand or that you should prepare yourself against every form of germ unimaginable.

Here are some tricks to help you determine just how dangerous and upcoming pandemic actually is!

Breaking down the difference between “pandemic” and “epidemic”

Pandemic issues are global in nature which means that a health threat can and usually already is spreading quickly across the global population.

Epidemic issues, on the other hand, are more centrally located and likely won’t jump from one geographical location to another anytime soon.

Listen to the government and not the media

Media sources are always looking for new ways to sensationalize of events in order to “scoop” they are competitors, whereas the government is usually going to be most interested in keeping the citizenry safe.

Pay attention to governmental organizations that monitor world health conditions, but if you don’t trust the local government agencies see what the UN or the World Health Organization has to say about potential pandemic and epidemic conditions.

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Diabetes may not always be chronic – Here’s how to fight it and when!

Type II diabetes is one of the most insidious medical conditions that millions and millions of people all over the world have to contend with.

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According to information published by the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization, billions of people (yes, billions of people) all over the world wake up at each and every year in a prediabetic or diabetic stage.

Worse than that though is the fact that many of these people don’t even realize that they are prediabetic or already facing down the risk factors caused by type II diabetes in the first place.

Diabetes (especially Type II diabetes) was once believed to be chronic, but that may no longer be the case

Type II diabetes is far and away the most common type of diabetes that an individual may be diagnosed with. This is the kind of diabetes that is going to impact your body because of dietary and lifestyle decisions, the type of diabetes that you aren’t born with but the one that is commonly referred to as “adult onset diabetes”.

Get medical researchers all over the world once believed that once you were diagnosed with Type II diabetes you were going to have to contend with a diabetic condition for the rest of your life. Sure, you’d be able to eliminate many of the symptoms of type II diabetes by choosing to move forward with a healthy diet and exercise routine – but one slip up and you’d be right back into all the trouble that type II diabetes causes.

Interesting new research by medical doctors at the Newcastle University disagree with this contention

Though the study is still quite new and more testing is obviously necessary, the information coming out of the medical research team at Newcastle University is very, very exciting.

Taking a number of different test subjects always Type II diabetes and researching how they are body responded to an ultra-low calorie diet over a six month block of time, the researchers here were able to discover that more than half of the individuals in the test were able to reverse that they are Type II diabetic condition completely over two months just by consuming 700 cal daily.

Individuals were then able to readjust to a more “traditional” dietary plan after those two months of severe calorie restriction and were monitored for six months on after that – and all of the test subjects were able to report significantly improved health and a diabetes free lifestyle.

Ultra-low calorie diets for short periods of time may be the key to unlocking the cure for diabetes!

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