Showing posts with label Natural Medicine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Natural Medicine. Show all posts

Sunday 5 June 2022

Losing Weight After 50

As you get older, you may notice that it is increasingly difficult to lose weight. This is especially true after you pass the milestone 50th birthday. Don’t fret though, as there are many tips you can use to help you to effectively lose weight after you turn 50. 


Why Is It So Hard To Lose Weight After 50?


You may be wondering why turning 50 is so hard on your body. And honestly, a lot of it has to do with your lifestyle slowing down. Chances are you are no longer as active as you were before, spending more time sedentary than in your previous decades. And according to Healthline, 50 is also when you experience metabolic changes that also contribute to having less energy and weight gain. 


Your social life is also probably slowing down at this time as well. If you have kids, they no longer need the constant chasing they needed when they were young, and your friends are probably no longer inviting you for jogs in the park. You are also more comfortable and established at your job, no longer working a side hustle to make ends meet. All of this adds up to a life that is generally much less active overall. 


How Do You Remedy This?


Although you are probably receiving less invitations to do active things with friends, this doesn’t mean that you can’t invite them to do something active with you! Next time you find yourself with a free afternoon, invite a friend for a walk around the park. This way you will be doing something active that is good for your body while also being social.


And if you haven’t already, it’s probably time to switch out your diet for something a little bit healthier. Back in the day, it was easy to work off any excess calories you may have consumed. But now it takes more exercise than ever to burn off extra calories, so it’s better to just stick to a healthy diet. If your life is especially sedentary, it may be time to cut back on your portion sizes as well.


Shift From Cardio To Strength Training


Besides just eating right and trying to stay active, as you grow older it’s also critical that you swap your exercises from cardio based to more strength training. This is because your muscles and bones are more likely to be injured now than ever before, and with proper strength training you can prepare your body properly for exercise and mitigate injuries. 


This doesn’t mean you have to stop all cardio however, and if you are an avid athlete like a runner or biker—keep on doing what you are doing! But be aware that you need to schedule ample time for strength training in order to retain your muscle strength, as this decreases after 50 even with a cardio routine. 


In one article on Healthline, it is mentioned that strength training also helps to boost your metabolism, which will help you to have more energy. And when you have more energy for your workout, this will keep you on track for your weight loss goals. Just make sure you develop a regular workout routine and stick to it. 


Losing weight after 50 can be a challenge. This is because once you hit the milestone birthday, your metabolism starts to slow and your life becomes more sedentary. Combat this by keeping yourself social, eating a healthy diet, and active, while shifting your focus towards strength training. This way you will be able to work out in a way that is beneficial for your body and lose weight as you enter a new phase of your life. 


Saturday 4 June 2022

11 Ways To Avoid Weight Gain During The Holidays

Chances are you read that title and chuckled. You’re probably thinking to yourself, “That’s as doable as Santa going down millions of chimneys on Christmas Eve.”

But what if we told you it can be done? What if you had some science-backed techniques to help you? Then, would you believe us?


What have you got to lose? Read the 10 top ways to avoid gaining weight during the holidays.


Let’s get started!


Be Realistic


You know that the holidays are all about great parties and delicious food. So, pretending that you’re going to eat only one Christmas cookie is the exact opposite of realistic.


Instead of going extreme, try to be honest with yourself. Acknowledge that you’re going to eat more than you normally do and that you need to set some boundaries.


Impartial goals are hard, if not impossible, to accomplish. The best gift you can give yourself is improving your relationship with food.


Write down attainable goals and post them on your dresser or fridge. Seeing them each day will give you the power and confidence you need to apply your goals.


Make Smart Choices


An hour before heading out to a party or event, snack on some high-fiber foods, veggies, and proteins. All these will keep you feeling full for longer.


Then, once you’re at the event, use smaller plates. You’ll be forced to eat smaller portions.


Another smart choice is to chew slowly. We know that parties aren’t the best place to savor each bite. Yet, if you give it a try, you’ll notice how delicious everything is and you’ll feel full quicker.


Give Out Parting Gifts


Did you throw a party and now you’ve got piles of leftovers in the kitchen? Instead of getting stuck with the leftovers, why not pass them out as parting gifts?


You can invest in some disposable food containers, fill them up, and hand them out as your guests are leaving. Even better, pick containers with a holiday theme to earn extra hostess points.


Go Easy On The Alcohol


When you consume alcoholic beverages, you’re loading up on extra calories without even realizing it. For example, a regular beer has about 153 calories, while a glass of wine has about 133 calories.


Not only that, but excessive drinking makes you act irresponsibly, especially around food. So, let’s say you’d normally eat just a couple of snacks here and there.


When you’re inebriated, however, you’re more likely to throw caution to the wind. You may very well end up gobbling a plate full of cookies, rather than just a couple as you normally would.


Freeze Leftovers


If you don’t feel right about giving your guests leftovers, you can keep the extras. But don’t keep them in the fridge. Freeze them instead.


You’ll be less likely to reach for second helpings. Plus, you’ll have a ready-to-serve dinner all set for a later date.


Drink Water


Water is a bit under-appreciated, don’t you think? Sure, it’s colorless and odorless. But it provides us with so many health benefits, it’s hard to know where to start.


Since we’re focusing on avoiding weight gain today, let’s start with that. Drinking water regularly throughout the day will help you lose weight. It makes you feel satisfied, so you don’t eat as much.


More importantly, it’s not filled with artificial sugars that increase your caloric intake. Limit yourself to one glass of soda, juice, or wine each day.


Then, for the rest of the day, stick to water. You’ll start to feel less on edge and worn out because water washed out toxins from your body.


Chew Gum


Can chewing gum actually curb your appetite? The jury’s still out on that one.


But it’s a good way to distract yourself. Your mouth is already busy chewing one thing, so you’ll be less likely to help yourself to seconds.


If you prefer hard candy to chewing gum, that’s okay too. Just remember to get the sugar-free kind so you’re not harming your teeth.


Turn Off the TV


Eating while you’re watching TV has been linked to overeating and making poor food choices. You get sucked into whatever you’re watching. Then, before you know it, that newly opened bag of chips is now a loose pile of crumbs.


It’s not only mindless watching that gets you. It’s also all those commercials for processed snacks and sugary drinks that increase our cravings for low-nutrient junk foods.


Get Your Steps In


Not all of us can go to the gym three days a week during the holidays. There’s too much on our plates as it is!


So, to make up for it, you have to make a conscious decision to stay active. Why not use the stairs instead of the elevator? How about parking far from the mall entrance so you have to walk a few more steps than normal?


It’ll help burn off those extra calories. Plus, any type of physical exercise reduces stress and pent-up tension you may be feeling due to all the hustle and bustle of the holidays.




The holiday season is merry and bright. It’s also full of stress and anxiety.


The problem is that too much stress usually triggers cravings and overeating. And what’s the first thing you’re going to reach for when you’re anxious and tense? Sugary snacks packed with carbs, of course.


Studies show that there’s a direct link between stress-related eating and obesity. So, instead of letting the holiday strain get to you, try some de-stressors. This can be as simple as five minutes of doing mindful meditation or reading your favorite book.


If you prefer something more hands-on, why not treat yourself to a facial. You can even get a mani-pedi while you’re at it. After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. You deserve it!


6 Signs You Are Aging Well

How old are you? Your chronological age or the number of birthdays you’ve had tells you how old you are. But are you aging well? Your physical, mental, and emotional health determine if you are aging well. Medical experts have identified these six signs that you are aging well.


1. Height and Weight


As people age, they normally lose a small amount of height. According to a study in Economics and Human Biology, people lose height at an annual rate between 0.08% and 0.10% for males and 0.12% and 0.14% for females. 


At that rate, you will lose between 2cm to 4cm over the course of your life. According to the University of Arkansas Medical Center, the cartilage between bone joints wears down over time, slightly decreasing a person’s height. If your height loss is within that range, it is a sign you are aging well.


Your weight also plays a role in how well you are aging. Doctors classify weight based on Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is a calculation of body fat based on your height and weight. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), different BMI levels indicate a person’s weight status. 


The levels are:


BMI                           Weight Status

Below 18.5                Underweight

18.5—24.9                Normal

25.0—29.9                Overweight

30.0 and Above        Obese


Scientists have determined that a BMI of 25 or more is a risk for chronic disease and poor health. According to a study in Research on Aging, obesity is a health risk at any age, including as you get older.


2. Activity Level


Your activity level is also a sign of how well you are aging. When considering your activity level, think about your:


  • Posture
  • Exercise
  • Stamina
  • Independence


How well you carry yourself or your posture and how much exercise and physical activity you do reflect how much stamina you have throughout the day. Just as people normally lose some height, they also lose some muscle mass. 


According to the Harvard Medical School, after age 30, people lose 3% to 5% of their muscle mass each decade. This normal age-related muscle mass loss is known as sarcopenia. Less muscle mass means more weakness and less mobility. 


Sarcopenia also puts you at a greater risk for damaging falls. An American Society for Bone and Mineral Research found that people with sarcopenia have a 2.3 higher risk of breaking a bone if they fall.


Your activity level determines how independent you are. While it may take a little longer to do some activities, a sign you are aging well is how physically independent you are. 


3. Grip Strength


Another sign of aging well is your grip strength. According to a study in Clinical Interventions in Aging, grip strength is an independent sign of aging that reflects a person’s:


  • Overall Strength
  • Upper Limb Function
  • Bone Mineral Density
  • Falls and Fractures
  • Malnutrition
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Depression
  • Sleep Problems
  • Diabetes
  • Quality of Life


All of these health-related problems are signs you are not aging well. Good grip strength is a sign you are healthy and physically independent, signs of aging well.


4. Cognitive Ability


According to a study in Seminars in Hearing, your brain undergoes functional and structural changes as you age. These normal changes may lead to a decline in how fast a person processes information. Researchers have found that a healthy lifestyle reduces the risk for diseases that increase cognitive decline. Aging well lowers your risk for dementia and other cognitive issues.


5. Socialization


Humans are social creatures. A study in the Animal Science Journal showed that rats kept in isolation became more aggressive and had decreased cognitive function. Social scientists have found the same results in people who do not socialize with others. During lockdown for the COVID pandemic, four in ten people reported mental health issues. Before that, one in ten people reported mental health concerns. People who age well have a strong social connection to friends and family. 


6. Quality of Life


Regardless of how good or bad your physical and mental health are, your quality of life depends on your emotional health. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines actively aging well as the process of maximizing opportunities for health, participation, and security to enhance a person’s quality of life. Your mindset and outlook tell you if you feel you are aging well.

5 Habits Key To Maintaining A Healthy Weight

The Top Activities You Can Start Today


Trying to maintain a healthy weight can be challenging. With fast food restaurants readily available, busy schedules, and family, eating a solid, nutritional meal goes by the wayside. 


Alarmingly, the World Health Organization stated the following findings as of 2019:

  • 37 percent of American have cardiovascular disease.
  • 34 percent of U.S. adults have hypertension, a major risk factor for stroke and heart disease.
  • 36 percent of Americans have prehypertension, higher than normal blood pressure.


So, what does one do to start getting back on track? Start from the beginning. The following activities are readily available to you to maintaining a healthy weight:

Put away the electronics

In today’s society, almost everyone has a cell phone or computer. With busy schedules, often we check our phones when we eat. Justifying our behavior by doing two things at once. However, we are being destructive to our health. 

The reported in a recent article, “Eating while watching an electronic like the television, can lead to overeating or undereating. The brain becomes distracted by the program, and you can lose track of your calorie intake.”

Instead, use your mealtime as a break, both physically and mentally. Allow your mind to catch up with all the information it has received. Find a park bench where you can breathe in the fresh air and digest your meal properly before returning to work. 

Start first thing in the morning

Breakfast is one of the most skipped meals among American adults. As life has progressively gotten faster every day, eating is often skipped to get on with the day. Yet, as children, we are taught to always eat our breakfast before we go to school. Coffee is great, but we need more.

If you are jump up and run kind of person, keep a loaf of bread or bagels besides your toaster with some soft butter or sugar free jam. While you are putting on your shoes, toast your bread, put your topping on, and head out. If you are looking for something heartier, make breakfast burritos. Include veggies and eggs for added protein. This is also a great activity to do with the children. Create an assembly line and make enough for the week. Now the kids can tell their friends they made their own breakfast. It is a win-win. 

Do not fall back to old habits on your days off

When we do have a chance to relax and sleep in, old habits tend to creep up. This is the best time to check your diet. Use this time to try new healthy recipes and incorporate it into your weekly meals. This is also a good time to pack snacks when on the go. 

Treat yourself to a well-balanced meal a few times a week. Salmon and asparagus are great on the BBQ. For indoor meals try using your crockpot. A hearty stew with lots of vegetables is always a welcome meal. 

Use smaller plates

When plating your food, put it on a salad plate as opposed to a dinner plate. This convinces the brain that there is more food on the smaller plate, causing you to think your full when finished. This is called the Delboeuf illusion. It is the illusion our brains tell our hunger levels. When the same amount of food on large and small plates, is presented to the consumer, the consumer inevitably chooses the smaller plate believing they are getting more food. 

Next time you are having a healthy dinner at home, use the smaller plate for your main course and the larger plate for salad or vegetables. When dining out, ask for a side plate for your meal. If you are still hungry later, you will have leftovers to reach for. 

Go after the rainbow

This idea works great on salads and for snacks. The Centers for Disease Control recommend, “…federal guidelines recommend that adults eat at least 1.5 to 2 cups per day of fruit and 2 to 3 cups per day of vegetables.”

When making your next salad, add some red peppers and mushrooms for added protein. When craving something sweet, make yourself a fruit bar. Add fresh sliced strawberries, blueberries, and bananas to a Greek yogurt. For added crunch add some low-fat granola. Each week try something new and begin enjoying eating fruits and vegetables again. 


In Conclusion 


Make sure you check in with your body when changing your diet. The idea is to change your habits, and way of thinking about food. Before long, you will enjoy the idea of cooking good food and eating healthier. As French Author Francois de La Rochefoucauld once quoted, “To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.”


Tuesday 10 May 2022

Idiopathic Craniofacial Erythema (Excessive Facial Blushing) - What Is It?

Idiopathic Craniofacial Erythema can be characterized as uncontrollable, unprovoked and severe facial blushing. This blushing occurs mainly when one comes into contact with other people, especially when one talks with others. One may notice some kind of redness on sufferer’s face when he interacts in the society. This redness shows his anxiety as well as embarrassment. The sufferers of this problem often avoid being social and building relationships. 


Symptoms of Idiopathic Craniofacial Erythema


•           Extreme blushing that too without any evident reason.

•           Heat sensation on the face.

•           Humiliation and shame.

•           Minimum eye contact.

•           Minimum social activities such as meeting people, friends and relatives.

•           Sweating on feet, palms and under arms.


Idiopathic Craniofacial Erythema is quite severe and requires time for treatment. Sometimes a person may blush even in a simple group conversation without any reason which is not a good sign. This makes that person feel very uncomfortable in social as well as professional interactions that leads to social phobia. Sufferer of Idiopathic Craniofacial Erythema hesitates to get social as he thinks that someone may notice his anxiety and embarrassment. As the time passes, the sufferer starts losing his confidence thus he may suffer failure in both personal and professional life. Thus, immediate treatment is always advised to treat Idiopathic Craniofacial Erythema. 




Nowadays as science has reached the level of excellence, there are hundreds of treatments that are available for Idiopathic Craniofacial Erythema. The most popular and successful treatment is CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) that helps sufferer to pull off the extra anxiety and embarrassment. In some cases when extra treatment is required ETS (Endoscopic Transthoractic Sympathicotomy) is very helpful. This treatment is advised only if the sufferer is going through extreme case and the treatments that were previously opted proved to be ineffective. 


Social Anxiety and Facial Blushing - Are The Two Related?

Social anxiety and facial blushing are deeply correlated to each other. It is not necessary that people who blush are prone to social anxiety and people who are prone to social anxiety always blush. According to some studies and professionals’ social anxiety may be one cause behind facial blushing. The symptoms are feeling embarrassed and anxious in the society, losing confidence while talking to friends, inferiority complex, being unsuccessful, excessive sweating, avoiding eye contact in a group and feeling of humiliation. All these factors reduce one’s self esteem and it ultimately lowers his morale.


Facial blushing and social anxiety are related in a number of ways. It is the fear of blushing that stops one from getting involved with people due to the feeling of embarrassment. As the time passes, one starts blushing even more and this makes the person even more nervous and he gradually loses confidence in himself. Social anxiety and facial blushing causes feeling of discomfort, worthlessness and insecurity in the minds of people suffering from it. Sometimes these disorders may also lead to frustration and then to depression thus the only way to get rid of it is proper treatment.


To get rid of the problem of facial blushing and social anxiety one needs to undergo certain treatments. Sufferers must try to think positive and they should never under-estimate themselves. They must interact with as much people as possible to gain confidence and ultimately, they will find that their excessive facial blushing has stopped. Some medical treatments include social anxiety disorder treatment, Antiperspirants, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), medication, Botox injections and related surgeries. The type of treatment as prescribed by the doctor depends upon the severity of the problem.


One must have clear understanding of both the terms social anxiety and facial blushing to go for a right treatment. 


Why Do Some People Blush Too Much?

Blushing means displaying of redness over one’s face and this redness is a result of some strong emotions like embarrassment, anxiety or love. Excessive blushing may be termed as a medical condition that is called as Idiopathic craniofacial Erythema. 


There are some people who blush too much and this can be medically explained. Medically too much blushing is caused due to following reasons:


Embarrassment - Some people feel really embarrassed interacting socially due to many reasons such as lack of confidence, lack of forgiveness and lack of integrity. 


Social anxiety - Some people get over excited while communicating with their friends, family or relatives. This may also cause too much blushing as blood circulates very fast in the vessels when anyone feels excited. 


Frustration - This is caused due to tension and stress leading to high blood pressure thus causes blushing. 


Happiness - Sometimes uncontrolled laughter may cause people to blush because while laughing people loses their self-control. This consumes more energy and physical movements resulting in blush. 


Spicy food - Some people are habitual of eating spicy food and their face shows this through blushing. They blush more than those people eat less spicy food. 


Too much blushing sometimes may be an indication of physical and psychological disorders. Nowadays blushing is common among people due to some or the other reasons especially certain social situations. 


As there are many causes behind one’s blushing face, some people blush more whereas some blush less. There are many treatments available to treat excessive blushing disorders such as surgeries, drug treatment, psychological treatment to minimize social anxiety and cognitive behavioral therapy. One must make sure that, a well-qualified and experienced doctor must be considered otherwise minor problem may grow to a major one with serious complications. Determine the exact cause behind it to treat it well.