Yes, There is a Need to Take Care of Our Veins

by Head Health Nutter on September 25, 2016

As a server in a restaurant for many years now, I’m well-aware of the changes in the veins in my legs. But, honestly, I haven’t really paid much attention to them because they don’t cause me pain. I’m happy to present today’s article by guest blogger, Mason Brown, who shares with us some information about our veins and their care.

Veins play a crucial part of our body as they are blood vessels that carry our blood towards the heart. Without them, our body will not be able to operate. It is very important that we take good care of our veins to avoid circulatory problems, pain, cardiovascular conditions and swelling. We need to be familiarized with different type of veins for us to be able to take care of it.

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Types of vein problems: Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

Varicose veins are veins under your skin that have become swollen, enlarged and twisted which often appear as red or blue in color. They are popularly known as appearing in the legs, but they can also occur in other parts of the body. They are more common on women than men, and mainly do not cause problems for most people except for being a cosmetic problem. Spider Veins on the other hand, are common among children and pregnant women and they are usually smaller, appear to be red, blue, and purple that also twist and turn.

They get their name from the red or blue veins which form a web which often starts to spread across your legs as we age.

Causes of varicose and spider veins

Varicose veins are often caused by standing for long periods of time, menopause, pregnancy, pressure on the midsection of the body, congenital chronic heart valve conditions, and obesity which adds more weight to the body and increases the pressure on your legs. Spider veins which are also called as telangiectasias are caused by increased pressure in the veins. They are more of a hereditary and more common as we age.

Symptoms of vein problems

Visible signs that you have a vein problem is that you will see veins which are dark purple or blue in color on your skin, popularly on your legs and appear twisted and bulging. You may also feel an achy or heavy feeling on your legs, intense pain after long hours of standing or sitting down, muscle cramping and swelling, itching around one or more of your veins. Some serious form of vascular disease that requires medical attention would show as a change in color, inflammation of the skin near your ankle and hardening of the vein.

Home treatment for varicose veins

To avoid or lessen the possibility of getting this, you may do some exercise, watch your diet and your weight, avoid high heels which could give discomfort and pressure on your feet, elevate your legs when you get home to help the circulation of the blood, avoid long periods of standing or sitting. You do not have to spend a fortune for the cure of varicose veins as there are a lot home remedies that you can use for your treatment. A gentle massage with upward strokes can help smooth out veins that have become twisted and accelerate the blood flow.

Applying a mud pack to the affected area can also help reduce the swelling. You can also try to apply horse chestnut, grape seed extract, cayenne pepper and apple cider vinegar as they are known to remedy varicose veins.

New treatment to get rid of pain in vein

If you have sever varicose vein problems and home remedies don’t provide a desired resolution, you can opt for some medical procedures. One of the new treatments being used is sclerotherapy where it wipes out 80% of treated veins. Before you go through the treatment, thorough evaluation is done to make sure that you avoid any side effects. This treatment can be highly expensive since they require a high degree of technical skill and special training to perform this treatment. Just because you have vein finders in your home does not mean that you can perform the treatment yourself.

Taking care of our veins should mostly rely on our lifestyle. Prevention is always better than cure so make sure that you watch what you eat and be conscious of your daily activity.

About the Author

Mason Brown is a writer for www.aimvein.com. It is an authorized company that provides high quality product “Vein Finder” which detects subcutaneous veins through patented infrared light technology.

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Five Easy Ways to Improve Your Eye Sight Naturally

by Head Health Nutter on September 22, 2016

One of the most over-looked aspects of our health are our eye care. Keep reading today’s article by guest blogger, Tara Heath, to find out what we can be doing to take better care of our eyes.

Your sight is one of your most valuable senses. From reading to driving, and everything in between, you use your vision on a constant basis, which is why it is so important to maintain healthy eyes.

However, with excessive use of electronics, eye health is becoming a major problem for a lot of people. Constant staring at computer, cell phone and tablet screens can cause eye strain, which can lead to double-vision, eye fatigue and headaches, and can speed up the development of age-related eye health issues.

For this reason, it is exceptionally important to take proper care of your eyes and make efforts to ensure your eyes remain healthy. Here are five effective and simple ways that you can keep the future of your eye health bright.

improve-eyesight-naturally1. Eat Right

You probably remember your mother telling you how important eating fruits and veggies are for your health, and she was absolutely right!

Fruits and vegetables are loaded with nutrients that are vital for your overall health, as well as the health of your eyes. Foods that are high in vitamins A, C and E are especially important for your vision. Carrots, oranges and broccoli, for example, are excellent foods for your eyes.

2. Practice the 20-20-20 Rule

The 20-20-20 rule was developed to reduce the development of eye strain, which often occurs as a result of excessive technology use. While using your computer, smartphone or tablet, look at something that is 20 feet away, for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes. Doing so will allow you to relax yours eyes and avoid straining them.

3. Get Plenty of Sleep

Sleep is so important for the health of your eyes. Ever notice how puffy, sleepy and drained your eyes feel when you haven’t gotten enough sleep?

If possible, get 8 hours of sleep every night. Also, make sure that you are sleeping in optimal conditions to get a really rejuvenating rest. For instance, turn off the television, make sure the room is dark and cool, and that you are sleeping on a surface that provides proper support.

4. Do Eye Exercises

Exercise for your eyes? Yes! There are several exercises that you can practice that will improve the health of your eyes, including:

  • Eye rolling. Look up and slowly circle your eyes 10 times clockwise and 10 times counterclockwise
  • Focus. Hold a pencil, pen or another object an arm’s length away. Focus your eyes on the object, slowly bring the pen closer to your face until it is about 6 inches from your nose, and then slowly move it back, keeping your eyes focused on the object. Repeat this exercise 10 times.
  • Close your eyes. Lean your head back, close your eyes and relax for a few minutes, not focusing on anything.

Do these exercises as soon as you wake up, in the middle of the day, and before you go to bed to achieve optimal results.

5. Have Regular Eye Exams

Having a professional eye exam is such an important key for maintaining good vision. This is particularly true if you wear corrective lenses, but it also applies if you don’t wear contact lenses or glasses. During an eye exam, your doctor will assess the health of your eyes, determining if any issues are developing. If a condition is noted, you can receive proper treatment to correct or improve it.

By following these five tips, you can ensure your vision will stay in tip-top condition for a long, long time.

About the Author

Tara Heath is a 37 year old health professional and works as a freelancer writer in the evenings. Her writing focuses mainly on health, such as skincare and how to live a healthy lifestyle overall. She lives in Burbank, Ca. with her husband and two beautiful daughters ages eight and twelve.

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How to Navigate Race Expos at Large or Small Races

by Head Health Nutter on September 19, 2016

What the heck are race expos? Here today to tell us, along with suggestions in how get the most out of them if you do venture to one, is guest blogger, Dan Chabert. Keep reading to see if a race expo is for you!

Races have become no longer exclusively about the actual footrace that runners will cover; instead, many races have morphed into a weekend-long party, replete with the pre-race expo that pumps up runners and gets them ready for their race as well as a post-race party that lets runners celebrate their accomplishments.

It can be tricky to figure out how to manage the pre-race expo because while you probably want to partake in all the pre-race excitement, you also probably don’t want to leave feeling completely drained – financially or physically.

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It’s important to note, too, that races of various lengths now feature their own expos. It’s not something reserved exclusively for the longest of endurance runs, such as ultramarathons or marathons. In fact, these days it’s fairly commonplace for half marathons and even 15ks (and some 5ks or 8ks) to have their own pre-race expos.

With how accessible running has become in recent years – that is to say, with how many more of “the masses" have begun to flock to running – it makes sense that the most popular races would also follow suit and give their participants the opportunity to participate in the pre-race festivities.

Come race weekend, if you find yourself about to navigate through a race expo for the first time – or for the first time in a long time – consider the tips below to get you through the race expo experience without too much financial or physical strain.

Come with a plan. Sometimes, but not always, race organizers will list the vendors who will be attending the expo on the race website. You can minimize the time-suck that you may experience otherwise at a race expo by coming in with a plan, such as knowing which vendor(s) you want to visit. Coming in with a plan can be especially helpful if you’re trying to avoid spending too much money – you can’t be tempted to spend any money if you don’t give yourself the opportunity to “just look around" – and if you’re crunched for time and want to get in and out of the expo as quickly as possible.

Do your research. Closely related to coming in to the race expo with a plan, it can be very helpful to you to do your research ahead of time about what (or who) will or will not be at the expo. Again, you’re at the mercy of the race organizers and what information they post online in advance of the race expo weekend, but the more you know, the more you can plan to allocate your time and money accordingly. Doing your research ahead of time will also minimize the time-suck because you’ll know exactly where the expo is located, where you need to park (if applicable), the expo’s hours, and the like.

Go with a friend. Race weekends are usually a lot more fun when you experience it with friends or family members, so consider bringing someone along for the ride with you. The caveat here is that it’s likely that you will spend more time – and perhaps more money – by having someone attend the expo with you than if you went by yourself, but the flip side is that you will also probably have more fun attending, too. It’s common for expos to have fun activities for children to play, so if you have young kids, consider bringing them out to experience the atmosphere (and perhaps win some goodies).

Use the expo as a back-up plan. Runners are often Type A people who are incredibly organized, and perhaps even a bit anal retentive about details, and many times, we leave nothing to chance. However, it can be all-too-tempting to rely on a race expo to fill-in a gap for something for you for race weekend: for example, not buying your preferred energy gels/chews ahead of time because you think the race expo will have them available. Relying on the race expo for your race essentials can be a huge gamble to take because you probably don’t know what they’ll have available – or if they’ll sell out – so if there’s something you know you’ll absolutely need for race weekend, don’t leave it to chance. Purchase it ahead of time. The flip-side here is that oftentimes race expos have great sales on racing essentials, so you could always use the expo as an opportunity to stock-up on racing goods at prices that you can’t get anywhere else.

Take some samples, but consider testing them after your race. Expos are great places to get samples of the latest and greatest in performance nutrition. However, the adage “nothing new on race day" holds meaning for a reason. It can be tempting to want to taste-test every new bite, chew, energy bar, and electrolyte drink at the expo, but keep in mind that if you’re tasting everything for the first time, a) you don’t know how your body will react immediately thereafter, b) you don’t know how it’ll sit in your stomach overnight (and if it’ll show-up come race morning!), and finally, c) you don’t know how it’ll sit in your stomach when combined with all of your other race expo eats and drinks you’ve consumed. With all of this in mind, then, consider taking as many samples as you’re interested in from the race expo but not testing them until after your race is over, when the stakes are much lower, should you suffer from any GI-related malady. It’s far better to find out during a practice run that your stomach doesn’t respond well to a particular ingredient than to find out during a pivotal point in your race.

Remember: strolling through an expo = time on your feet! It can be all-too-easy to casually stroll through every aisle and visit every vendor at the expo, and before you know it, you’ll have been walking through the expo hall for a solid hour-plus. Being on your feet for prolonged periods of time in the day(s) preceding your race can adversely affect your race performance, making you come into the race feeling more fatigued than refreshed. If you do plan to casually take in the sights and sounds of the race expo, be cognizant of how much time on your feet you’re spending. You might even want to consider giving yourself a set time frame – such as 45 minutes – to get in, shop, and get out. Giving yourself a timeline will also help you save your money by minimizing the amount of time available to shop – in theory, anyway.

Many large and small races feature their own race expos, and by doing so, they give their participants even more opportunities to get pumped for their upcoming races and to get excited about running. Expos can be a great source of motivation and inspiration, as well as places to buy the latest and greatest in performance nutrition and apparel, yet if runners aren’t careful about how they spend their time and energy there, they may show up on race morning feeling fatigued, flat, or mentally/physically (or even financially!) exhausted.

Like with racing, learning how to navigate race expos takes time and practice, and eventually, you’ll learn what works best for you and what leaves you feeling energized and ready to take on the challenge of race day.

About the Author

Writing from Copenhagen, Denmark, Dan Chabert is an entrepreneur, husband and ultramarathon distance runner. He spends most of his time on runnerclick.com and he has been featured on runnerblogs all over the world.

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What You Can Do To Help Your Community Pursue a Healthy Lifestyle

by Head Health Nutter on September 16, 2016

When you’re convinced that a healthy lifestyle is the only way to go to enjoy life now and later, you start to make more healthier choices. How do you share this knowledge and inspire those you care about to do the same so you all live happier, longer lives? Keep reading today’s article by Anita, to find out how!

Living a healthy life entails living in a healthy community. As an individual, you have much to offer to your community to fire them up to a healthy lifestyle. Whether directly or indirectly, your lifestyle significantly influences the society with or without your knowledge. This post points out to various actions that can help your community pursue a healthy way of life.

What You Can Do To Help Your Community Pursue A Healthy LifestyleHealthy Eating Projects
You can initiate projects aimed at creating awareness on healthy eating and its benefits. Raise the awareness of vegetables and fruits by pointing out the five portions of intake recommended for them. This way, you will support and promote your local fresh fruit and vegetable suppliers as well. You may also consider starting an allotment/gardening club and sell the produce to your community. Encourage neighbors to start their own gardens and provide information on how to cook meals with homegrown produce.

Advocate Engagement
Engagement is an exercise by itself. Make your community understand the importance of engaging in activities out of their routine. Besides, teach the community the importance and benefits of volunteering. People who volunteer usually have their well-being at higher levels as well as life satisfaction compared to non-volunteers. Volunteering and other forms of social and civic engagement help in the maintenance of good health later in life. [click to continue…]

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10 Ways To Cut Back On Sugar

by Head Health Nutter on September 14, 2016

We all know how dangerous sugar is to our health. It’s especially so for diabetics. Keep reading today’s article by Thomas Boston for a variety of ways to reduce your sugar intake – whether you’re a diabetic or not.

When you have diabetes, diet is a huge part of managing your blood glucose levels. Even if you take insulin or other medications, altering your diet can help to keep your blood sugar within a reasonable range. This may allow you to reduce your dependence on insulin to regulate blood sugar.

Sometimes, however, following a healthy diet for diabetes is easier said than done. Adopt some of these creative ways to cut back on sugar to ensure you remain healthy and your diabetes is appropriately managed.

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1. Read Nutrition Labels Carefully

The first step in cutting back on sugar is to know what you are putting into your body. Read the nutrition labels of your favorite foods to see how many carbohydrates they provide and how many of those carbs are simple sugars (versus complex carbohydrates, as found in whole grain foods). The American Diabetes Association recommends aiming for 45 to 60 grams of carbs in a meal.

2. Track Glycemic Index

Glycemic index refers to the amount that a given food will impact your blood sugar. High glycemic index foods tend to cause blood sugar to spike due to the rapid availability of simple carbs. Low glycemic index foods, on the other hand, cause much less change to blood sugar levels. Whenever possible, choose low glycemic index foods — such as whole vegetables, non-starchy fruits, whole grains and protein-rich foods. Testing your blood sugar frequently can help you understand the impact of specific foods on blood glucose.

3. Watch What You Drink [click to continue…]

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9 Healing Benefits of Volunteering!

by Head Health Nutter on September 12, 2016

Why might you want to volunteer? Today’s guest blogger, Jessica Barden, is here to share with us the many benefits of volunteering your time to a worthy cause.

You might not get any monetary compensation for your voluntary acts, but there is more meaning to work voluntarily for others than a paid job. As a volunteer, you will find a purpose in your life that is worth more than any monetary benefits.

Apart from giving you a purpose in life, volunteering also improves your emotional health and well-being. It is a kind of spiritual work. For all of you who want to lend a helping hand to the underprivileged, we list here benefits of volunteering and how it improves your health:

volunteering1. It Can Lower Your Blood Pressure

Just be lending your hand for the greater good, you can do your body a great amount of good. For starters, it can help lower your blood pressure. Older volunteers find it easier to do everyday tasks.

2. It Makes You Emotionally Stable

Working for others exposes you to the sufferings of people and you begin to value life more. In other words, it gives you a way to become content and grateful for all those little blessings of God that you take for granted.

Adopting an attitude of contentment keeps us away from developing stress and anxiety that come as a result of life pressures. The gratitude in our being makes us more thankful to God and we detach ourselves from negatives of life and its residual effects that come in the form of jealousy, greed, and insecurities. [click to continue…]

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6 Healthy Foods to Have Flawless Skin

by Head Health Nutter on September 10, 2016

If you’re interested in being beautiful starting from the inside-out, then it’s good to know (and eat!) the healthiest foods. Keep reading today’s article by guest blogger, Joel Cordle, to find out the 10 most beneficial foods to help create healthy skin!

If you say that beauty is only skin-deep and physical appearance does not matter, then you must have spent your entire life in the four corners of your room with no access to television, magazines and social-media. We live in a highly commercialized world where being beautiful is defined as having a svelte body, perfectly coiffured hair and perfectly flawless skin.

Most women and men alike spend a lot of money getting treatments just to achieve and maintain that flawless complexion. They don’t mind paying large bills for treatments such as diamond-peeling, skin needling, anti-aging facials and the likes, just to meet society’s demand of walking down the street with that glowing and flawless skin.

healthy-foods-to-have-flawless-skinSo how about those that are in the middle class that can’t afford those extravagant treatments? Are we just going to say goodbye to having that clear and flawless skin?

Don’t you know that you can incorporate a healthy diet to your daily regimen and VOILA!, a perfectly flawless you is staring back in the mirror. The benefits of having a healthy diet go way beyond achieving that life-long dream of having ethereal skin. It also increases your productivity, improves your mood, helps you manage your weight, and increase your life expectancy.

Head to the nearest supermarket and stock your kitchen with the wonder foods below: [click to continue…]

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3 Health Areas We Tend to Ignore – How to Fix Bad Habits

by Head Health Nutter on September 8, 2016

Healthy living is all about habits – healthy ones, of course. That’s why I’m pleased to present today’s article by Ethel Huizar who helps draw our attention to three often overlooked habits we need to incorporate into our lives to live healthier.

While we all know we should follow a balanced diet, introduce some workout sessions in our weekly routine, sleep well and see a doctor regularly, we tend to ignore many of our body parts which also need care and proper maintenance. Some of them make the pillars of our health, life and well-being, but we may take them for granted.

Not so long ago some valid points have been made concerning three healthy habits to introduce to our daily schedules for long-term benefits. Today we will take a closer look at three health areas (and their supporting body parts) we usually ignore. Moreover, we will present you with some tips and tricks to follow and good habits to easily introduce in your daily routine to fully enjoy a healthy life.

healthy dental care1. Neglecting Our Teeth

When it comes to dental hygiene and oral care, things get tricky. We all know we should brush our teeth at least two times a day, floss properly and use mouthwash. We also know that we should see our dentist at least two times a year for prevention and care.

However, such good habits are just the tip of the iceberg, as we subject our teeth, tongue, gums and mouth to incredible stress and plenty of risk factors. Poor tooth health can lead to diabetes, systemic infections, ear and throat infections, heart disease and other life threatening diseases. [click to continue…]

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Easy Smoothie Recipes for a Healthy Fall

by Head Health Nutter on September 6, 2016

Who doesn’t love smoothies!? Now, what about smoothies for your moods and needs? Guest blogger, Joy Billings, shares with us this fun infographic of 10 smoothie recipes that we can whip up depending on our day.

With summer holidays over, the cooler, crisp air and the kids going back to school, the fall season has the power of awaking our mind and spirit. It is also a perfect time of the year to start thinking about breaking bad habits, improving our diet and living a healthier life all together.

Contrary to common opinion, living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t necessarily have to take up too much time or resources. There are some easy, DIY solutions for developing healthy habits and reinvigorating our daily routine. When talking about healthy diet, one such handy tip lies in the widely popular smoothie beverages.

The cool thing about smoothies is that they are easily prepared and still allow the intake of a variety of food choices that otherwise would require long and more complicated preparation. That is why they make a great meal option for situations when time is not working in our favor. Furthermore, if prepared by adequate recipes, the smoothies’ benefits to the health and different areas of human body and mind can be fascinating. [click to continue…]

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8 Ways to Increase Your Weight Loss Resolve

by Head Health Nutter on September 4, 2016

This is a superb article written by guest blogger and certified personal trainer, Thomas Jought. Fully loaded with citations, let’s find out Thomas’ 8 ways to improve our success with weight-loss!

Weight loss sounds easy at first; simply eat less energy than the body expends. This would be easy if it wasn’t for fat’s little friend … hunger! Hunger controls how much we eat. It urges us to eat, and in its absence, we feel full. Controlling your hunger is the key to increasing your weight loss resolve and sticking to that diet.

Read on as we reveal the 8 evidence-based ways to keep hunger at bay.

weight_loss_resolveEat More Protein

Foods that contain protein have shown to have more of a filling effect than foods that do not contain protein (1). Recently, studies have revealed protein’s suppressing mechanism in the body. In particular, when protein is digested, it stimulates the Mu-Opioid Receptors (MORs). These receptors send messages to the brain, telling it to reduce hunger (2). Interestingly, studies have also revealed protein to be the most filling macro-nutrient, outperforming both fat and carbohydrate (1).

Add Some Spice

Spicy foods have been linked to an increase in satiety (fullness feeling). Spices such as hot sauce, capsaicin, wasabi, and cayenne pepper are known for increasing the metabolism and reducing hunger (3, 4, 5). Researchers at Purdue University found that adding hot peppers to a diet reduced the participant’s appetite for foods high in salt, sugar, and fat (6).

Drink More Green Tea and Decaffeinated Coffee [click to continue…]

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