My 4 Month Transformation by B. Smith II

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From the second week of July (2015) until (11-14-2015), I have been on a very special food diet that completely changed the way I look at dieting. I am 42 years old, 6’4, and weighed in at 256.6 pounds on average. In this four month experiment, I noticed some astounding changes. I went from 256.6 pounds to 230.0 pounds. I am back to a size 34 from size 36-38. I am healthier than I have ever been. I do not get the acid reflux at all anymore. My skin has never looked better. I am not plagued with headaches like I used to be. My body is no longer in the “Acidic” stage and has moved into the “Alkaline” stage (More on that later). I do not feel tired and run down halfway through the day anymore. Even my teeth are a lot whiter. On the day of this writing (11-29-2015), I am 225.4 pounds from the original 256.6 pounds when I started. That is a total loss of 31.2 pounds in this time frame.

So, you want to know what my secret is? It’s nothing new really. I experimented with all the research I had done over that last few years dealing with health, nutrition, nutrients, vitamins, minerals, diet, etc. and put together a little regimen that anyone can do if they want to get healthier and stay that way. Are you ready… Here it goes: Continue reading

Hydration: Why It’s So Important? by: familydoctor.org editorial staff

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Why is it so important to stay hydrated?

Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work correctly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints. Water is needed for good health.

How does my body lose water?

Water makes up more than half of your body weight. You lose water each day when you go to the bathroom, sweat, and even when you breathe. You lose water even faster when the weather is really hot, when you are physically active, or if you have a fever. Vomiting and diarrhea can also lead to rapid water loss. If you don’t replace the water you lose, you can become dehydrated.

How do I know if I’m dehydrated?

Symptoms of dehydration include the following:

Little or no urine, or urine that is darker than usual
Dry mouth
Sleepiness or fatigue
Extreme thirst
Headache
Confusion
Dizziness or lightheaded feeling
No tears when crying

Don’t wait until you notice symptoms of dehydration to take action. Actively prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water. Continue reading

Why Does Your Knee Snap and Pop? by: Howard J. Luks, MD

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Why Does Your Knee Snap and Pop?

Snapping and popping knees bring many patients in the door. Some patients have painful snapping of their knee and some simply have snapping with no pain. Some patients note a history of trauma, some do not recall any injury. While not all cases of knee popping require treatment, some do. Let’s explore what are some of the more common reasons that our knees will snap and pop.

What Makes Our Knees Snap and Pop?

Our knee joint is composed of three bones — the end of the femur or thigh bone; the top of the tibia or shin bone, and the patella, or kneecap. The knee is supported or held together by a number of ligaments. The knee moves because of a number of large strong muscles and tendons. The force across the knee is borne by the medial and lateral menisci, which are two cartilage discs that protect the cartilage surfaces of our knees.

All of these structures can be damaged by activity, trauma, injury or simple degeneration. Many injuries to the knee structures mentioned above can causes snapping and popping of your knee.

Most common reasons your knees pop or snap:

Chondromalacia
Meniscus tears
Cartilage Defects
Patella Instability
Osteoarthritis Continue reading

Healthy Eating for the Family by: Peter Young

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There are a lot of things you can do to keep your children and family healthy, safe, and happy but none are likely to have a greater impact on a daily basis than the careful selection of the food they eat. While it remains bizarre how it became common place to consume processed, chemical laden foods with a list of ingredients that reads like a high school chemistry test, it takes little more than common sense to decide that they may not be the best choice when it comes to eating healthy foods.

Informed Shoppers Are Healthier Shoppers

Choosing to eat and live in a healthier more natural way is as simple as learning to read labels and see past advertising hype to get to the truth. If there was an accurate description of the way foods were grown, processed, and delivered to the grocery store or your table. There is little doubt most would choose the natural and organic methods automatically. Unfortunately, after years of overlooking labelling requirements people have learnt to not ask questions about foods. Now we simply consume them without thought. Healthier living starts with learning to ask questions again. Continue reading

Foods That Are GMO’s by: Michael Edwards

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It’s really awesome to see a growing concern over genetically modified foods. People seem to be waking up to this issue. They don’t want genetically modified foods in their diets. And for good reason!

Are GMOs Safe?

While many studies claim no correlation to any health issues with GMO consumption, there are a number of studies that do show frightening correlations including multi-organ damage and reproductive disruption. The serious health risks are becoming harder to dismiss. Continue reading

Macronutrients: Protein, Carbs and Fats, the Basic Facts for Fitness

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Every day we shift around these essential nutrients, protein, carbohydrates, and fats in our diets. Some of us do it mindlessly, while others count every kilocalorie derived from these macronutrients. For those of us who are on a weight loss program, into body-building, or who simply want to pursue a healthy lifestyle, pay a little more attention to the ratio of these nutrients in the diet.

To be clear on what macronutrients are, these are substances obtained from 3 primary sources:

Carbohydrate (carbs)

Protein

Fats Continue reading

Teen Boys: The Eating Machines

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Teen Boys are eating machines.  They can eat 2000 calories for lunch and not gain an ounce of fat.  Teen boys use the calories for height and muscle mass and may seem like bottomless pits.  They need a well balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, calcium, and protein for strong bones and muscles. Fruits and veggies are the two groups that would be lacking most in a teen’s diet.  Snacks are important to the teen’s diet and make up a quarter of the kcals for the typical teen.
Teens boys need to consume 10 ounces of whole grain, 4 cups of vegetable, 2½ cups fruit, 3 cups low/fat free milk, and 7 ounces of meat and beans everyday.

Eat these amounts from each food group daily.  This plan is a 3200 calorie food pattern.  It is based on average needs for A 16 year old male, 6 feet 1 inches tall, 189 pounds, and physically active more than 60 minutes a day.  His food needs also depend on his rate of growth and other factors.  See a health care provider who can track height and weight over time to identify specific needs. Continue reading

Good Health Tips

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Maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle with bring a lot of good fortune in the future. People that stick to strict healthy lifestyles end up looking younger than they normally are and remain healthy and active many years after. It can be tricky for younger folks to stay motivated in being healthy because many people already feel healthy and just want to do what they are most comfortable in doing. But slowly applying some of the small tips for good health doesn’t hurt.

In fact, some health tips are actually easy to implement than others and once the benefits of these small health tips surface, people will be far more interested in trying out more methods to live even healthier. Here are some of the basic tips for good health that everyone can try out without much difficulty.

Keep the Exercising Flowing

Exercising is at the top of this list because it can serve as a nice counter for not having those perfect diets. It also happens to be one of the health tips that often get neglected because of the amount of work that is required. But the truth is, there are so many forms of exercise and it does not always have to involve strenuous activities like weightlifting or doing hundreds of sit-ups. Continue reading

Rescue Me… From Gout

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“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”  We have all heard this statement throughout our lives.  Did you know that an apple a day can keep gout away?  Gout is a buildup of crystals in the joints caused by excess uric acid in the blood and is very painful.  High levels of this acid can be caused by dehydration, improper kidney function, and poor diet.  If left untreated or treated improperly, the gout can spread to other joints.

Cherries are another excellent way to prevent and cure gout. 15 to 16 tart cherries a day can prevent gout from even occurring.  The acid and Vitamin C in these fruits have been proven to both prevent and cure gout by reducing the uric acid in the blood without the harmful side effects of prescription drugs. Continue reading

Massage Your Way to A Healthier You

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The benefits of massage are extensive. Massage therapy treatments will have a therapeutic affect and improve health by acting directly on the muscular, nervous, circulatory and lymphatic (immune) systems.

Massage treatments aim to:

 

• Develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function – Massage therapy has become a staple of many professional athletes’ training regimens. But not just athletes. Lifestyle factors, such as long work hours or physically taxing tasks, lead many members of the workforce to seek the assistance of a massage therapist. A seemingly minor injury can have a profound impact on a person’s ability to stay physically active, participate fully in life, or even make a living if it becomes chronic. Massage therapy can be one of the ways of preventing that kind of outcome.

 

• Relieve or prevent physical dysfunction and pain – Some massage therapy techniques are specifically recommended for sore muscle tissues. An overly sore muscle cannot function properly. By alleviating or preventing pain, dysfunction can be combated. Continue reading