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Stress Kills: Is Yours Out Of Control?

Stress is one of the most silent killers on the planet. This is because people don’t realize something is going wrong, or they refuse to act on it.

But why does stress contribute to so many aspects ill health, leading to death?

It is because often it is untraceable. You may not realize you are suffering from stress overload.

Interested to know if your stress is becoming out of control? Look for the following tell-tale signs:

Unexplained Aches And Pain About The Body
A little pain here and there is normal and should be nothing to get worried over. But it can spell a worrying trend when it occurs too often. And this is the case with continual stress all the time.

Muscular pains occur around the back, neck or shoulder areas. They are often caused by poor sleep patterns, although it is not always the case. Medication to treat the pain many only yield temporary relief and not as a long term solution.

Frequent Colds And Infections
One thing associated with high-stress levels is the negative …

Making Good Carb Choices - Eat Your Veggies

Low carb diets have been around for a very long time. Some people have success with them, while others tend to cave in and go back to eating carbs. And there’s even some that this eating plan doesn’t work for at all.

When it comes to any diet, whether a new diet plan or trend, the best possible eating plan is a lifestyle eating plan.

Your diet should contain protein, carbohydrates, and fats. One of the main key points is to figure out which combination your body works with the best. Truth is, you can’t cut out either of those
completely and expect to have good health. Proteins are the building blocks of muscle and bone. Carbohydrates are your main energy source and fats help regulate and fuel a whole lot of things.

Carbohydrates are one area that people definitely need to control. Cutting out processed carbs will help you over the long haul. You’ll feel better and be in better control of your weight management.

Processed carbs consist of baked goods like cookies and cakes. It includes frie…

Diet Pills: Friends Or Foes?

There are times when a doctor will prescribe diet pills for certain patients. This is a temporary measure and regulated with a short-term goal in sight.

For most people, diet pills are not a solution and may actually cause more harm than good. Losing weight is a process. To sustain it, profound habit changes must happen that will propel long-term success.

But, many people don’t understand this. 
They want to shed all their excessive weight in the shortest amount of time. So, instead of maintaining a healthy diet and exercising, they turn to diet pills.

Committing to an active lifestyle or staying away from junk food is difficult. So for some diet pills may look like a magical solution. Yet, even if they do help you lose weight, they are still bad for you.

Various Products On The Market
There are many diet pills on the market and many companies manufacture them. There is a reason why so many companies make and sell them. They don’t need to get approval from the Food and Drug Administrat…

Here’s Why You’re Gaining Weight Even Though You Exercise

It is frustrating when you are trying so hard to lose weight, but see no loss on your scale. In fact, it shows you have gained a pound or two.

Why does that happen?

Believe it or not, this is usually a good weight gain. Of course, if you are eating more then this could be the cause. But if not, you can expect the weight to come off over time, so be patient and stay the course.

When first starting an exercise program, your body goes through many changes. One of them is adaptation. You have gone from a sedentary lifestyle to an active one. Now that you are exercising, your body might be storing more glycogen which it uses as energy to fuel your cells.
Glycogen is glucose and water. In fact, one-part glucose and three parts water. So what effect can this have on your weight? The average person carries about 15 grams of glycogen per kg of body weight. If we do the math, we see that a 200-pound person would carry about three pounds of glycogen.

But, when you bring exercising into the mix…

A Balanced Diet - Back to Basics For Better Health

With so many different diets and this diet approaches, it’s often hard to decide which to consider. Some diets count calories, others count fat or carbs. What’s the best diet solution when everything is so confusing?

The best plan is to get back to basics and eat a balanced meal plan. The truth is, your body has to have protein, carbs, and fat to be healthy. Cutting any one of them out can lead to poor health down the road. You may feel better, in the early stages. As your body tries to function over time without the necessary nutrients it needs. Soon, you will start to feel bad again.

Let’s break down what each component does for your body and then cover some basic tips for eating better. I will not get all scientific in the descriptions. I will keep it simple.


Protein is in every cell of your body. Not some cells, but in all cells. It is necessary for your bones, muscles, skin, hair and nails. Animal proteins are a complete protein. A complete protein means they supply the amin…

5 nutritionist tips to start eating and living healthier

When you need to fix your car, learn the latest tech or finish a major home improvement, what do you do?

You turn to the experts. Those with in-depth knowledge on how to do these tasks in the most efficient and effective way. You're looking to improve your health by focusing on improving your diet. Then it's also time to turn to the experts.

Nutritionists and registered dietitians are the thought leaders for improving your eating habits. We asked dietitian and nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner how to improve nutrition. Because we want to know how to start living a healthier life today.

She offers this advice:

Get organized.
Your environment can work for you or against you. Having an organized refrigerator can be the key to success on the journey to weight loss. Keep produce where it is visible and accessible. Healthy foods like hard-boiled eggs, chicken breasts, and vegetables store at eye-level. This helps to make smarter meal choices. Clear food containers help to keep alre…

Assessing Your Need For Relaxation: Are You On The Verge Of Burnout

It obvious once you have hit burnout. You feel the exhaustion, lack of motivation, and poor efficacy. Even overwhelming doubts of whether you should even be at your job are hard to miss. But, if you are not there yet the symptoms aren’t as obvious. 
So what is burnout?
Burnout is the result of too much stress either from your job, a life situation, or even your personality. In the simplest of terms, burnout is absolute exhaustion, physical, mental, and emotional.

It is a combination of symptoms that cause you to be much less effective at work and less happy at home. If left unchecked could cause your serious health complications.

Burnout can leave you anxious, depressed, unmotivated, and ineffective. The list of symptoms can be vague and sound like the way life goes, but life isn’t supposed to feel like burnout.

The first things you will notice looking for burnout are the causes.You will experience poor work-life balancePoor job fitMismatched valuesLack of controlOr a dysfunctional wor…

How to Wake Up Earlier in the Morning

There may be many reasons why you want to wake up earlier. You’re a not a morning person but need to be for work. You love that feeling of getting stuff done while everyone else is still asleep. Or you need some extra time to exercise before work.  Whatever the reason or your current routine, it is possible to change things.

Getting to bed earlier is one easy way to wake up earlier in the morning. 
You already know that. 
This way, you can still get a full 7 or 8 hours of healthy rest each night. Then wake up refreshed and energetic in the early morning hours.

Another trick for getting up earlier, and staying up, is to place a noisy alarm clock across the room from your bed. Set the alarm for whatever early morning hours you desire to rise. Then you have to get out of bed, orientate yourself, and walk across the room. This gives you a better chance at staying up rather than crawling back under your cozy covers.

Some people have reset their mental morning clock by taking gradual steps. I…

Cholesterol Numbers - The Meaning and How Can You Improve?

Cholesterol is a fatty substance. It doesn’t sound like something you would want in your body, but you do need some. It plays a role in the production of many things your body needs, which I’ll cover later.

The problem lies in having too much of the bad fatty substance. Too much can lead to clogged arteries cutting off blood flow throughout your body. Cutting off blood flow is bad especially to your brain.

You have good cholesterol and bad cholesterol.
Your goal is to raise the good and lower the bad. 
First, you need to understand what the cholesterol numbers mean.
Lab technicians measure cholesterol in 4 ways;
Total cholesterol Good cholesterolBad cholesterol Triglycerides.  When the doctor does a blood test and sends you the results, it will be a measure of the numbers above. 
Here’s a breakdown of what those cholesterol test numbers state.Total cholesterol measures the amounts of LDL and HDL levels in the blood. It’s a count of the total amounts of cholesterol--good and bad.

LDL or …

Men Over 50 Should Know The Heartburn, Cancer Connection

CBS Pittsburgh’s senior weather anchor, Jon Burnett, has spent over three decades forecasting storms, and knows all too well in some cases there is a calm before a storm — some hit without warning.

This is his health journey.
What started off as his usual annual endoscopy routine took a turn — one he’d thought about but didn’t see coming as he sat dumbfounded while his doctor uttered the words "You have Barrett’s esophagus." Barrett’s esophagus is a primary risk factor for esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC), a type of esophageal cancer.1-5 It is part of a progressive sequence that usually starts as chronic heartburn, also referred to as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), progresses to Barrett’s esophagus, and ultimately to EAC.

Not only had Jon lost his maternal grandfather and paternal uncle to EAC, but 10 years ago his mother underwent a surgical procedure to help reduce the likelihood of developing the disease as well. Knowing the severity of this disease, as well as hi…

Banish Mosquito Biting Season

Tips for eliminating backyard pests

(Family Features) As the weather gets warmer, mosquitoes can prevent homeowners from reaping the benefits of living life outside.

According to a Harris Poll conducted on behalf of TruGreen, 85 percent of Americans say that mosquitoes limit their family’s outdoor activities during the months they’re most active. The same survey also found that nearly two-thirds of Americans are concerned about protecting themselves and their family from Zika or other mosquito-borne illnesses.

A majority of respondents reported using bug spray on themselves and their family members to combat mosquitoes outdoors at home. Although it’s the leading preventative measure, still only half say it is most effective at preventing mosquitoes from biting.

Depending on where you live, the mosquito biting season lasts 5-7 months. If a spray isn’t adequate to combat the mosquitoes at your home, it may be necessary to take additional measures.

These tips from the Centers for Diseas…

Boomers: Giving to the Next Generation

From self-expression to self-direction, there are countless ways to age out loud.
Looking for rewarding ways to live out loud.

Try passing on experiences, wisdom, and skills to others. Everyone has something to share. These ideas from the Administration of Community Living can help you get started.
Mentor someone younger Use professional or personal experiences to guide a child, young adult or peer.

Visit Senior Corps at to learn about becoming a foster grandparent.

Volunteer to help those in need
Put skills to use while giving back to your community.

Sign up to collect food or clothing donationsServe meals at a local soup kitchen Help older adults with daily tasks at home, such as paying bills. Teach your skills to others
Impart expertise via formal or informal education and tutoring opportunities. Example:
Check with local schools that may need reading, math or science tutors.

Be speaker or storyteller Sign up for speaking engagements, paid …

How did health insurance get so complicated?

Here are some answers
The Republicans’ health care act. The House of Representatives seems to say making a plan to insure Americans wasn’t all that hard after all. 
It took a bit more of a subsidy. US$8 billion to be precise. For sick people to make Congress comfortable with the plan.
Being a professor of health finance and a former insurance CEO. I understand it is more difficult than this to keep all the insurers competing in the market. To keep all the providers focused on high quality. And have all the patients make wise choices among their options for coverage and care.

One of the biggest underlying problems is confusion over what we are buying. As well as, what incentives are necessary to get everyone to behave.
What is it we are buying anyway?

The first confusion is about the very nature of health insurance. The discussion often reveals an assumption that we are buying a service. And we are paying for it much as we finance a new car.

So why should I pay more in financing costs…

Which Is Best Fresh Or Frozen Fruits And Veggies?

When you are shopping for juicy strawberries or fresh greens, you may not stop at the frozen food aisle. Frozen fruit and vegetables often don’t look the part once defrosted. 
You may think that the freezing process depletes them of some nutritious value. 
Nothing is as good for you as fresh – right? 
But, frozen is often cheaper and is there all year round. And fresh is a relative term; fruit and vegetables can be in transit, sit in stores or wait in your fridge for some weeks. 
But can you get the same nutritional enjoyment your frozen five a day?
The solution
Many tried perfecting the freezing process. But ClareBirdseye came up with “quick-frozen” technology in the early 1920s. He copied Inuits in Alaska, who preserved their fish by freezing quickly. The large ice crystals didn’t form to damage cells and destroy the taste of the food. Fruit and vegetables are between 70% and 90% water. Once harvested, lose moisture, are attacked by microbes and degraded by enzymes.
Today, we use ne…
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