Chronic lung diseases– Maintaining Good health

Chronic lung diseases

I worked as a  CNA for a number of years before retirement and during my time working in the field, I have come across a number of elderly people suffering from different types of chronic lung disease.

It was very painful for me to watch them laboring to breathe  even with the aid of oxygen in some cases it was still very difficult,

So I think we should look at some of these chronic lung diseases and their causes and what we could do to prevent them in our effort in maintaining good health.

The lungs and its functions

The lungs are a pair of spongy, air-filled organs located on either of the chests. The windpipe which is the trachea takes inhaled air into the lungs through its tubular branches, called the bronchi then divide into smaller and smaller branches (known as bronchioles), finally becoming microscopic.

The bronchioles eventually end in clusters of microscopic air sacs called alveoli.  In the alveoli, oxygen from the air is absorbed into the blood Carbon dioxide, a waste product of metabolism travels from the blood to the alveoli, where it can be exhaled.

Between the alveoli is a thin layer of cells called the interstitium, these cells contain blood vessels that support the alveoli.

The lungs are covered by a thin tissue called pleura.  The chest cavity is also lined with this tissue called the pleura.  A thin layer of fluid acts as a lubricant allowing the lungs to slip smoothly as they expand and contract with each breath.

Lung diseases affecting the Airways

Asthma

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Chronic Bronchitis: A form of COPD

Emphysema: Also a form of COPD

Acute bronchitis

Cystic fibrosis

Asthma.

The traits of asthma are wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and tightness in the chest.

Coughs are usually none productive because it is hard to produce sputum.

The symptoms are usually worse at night and in the early morning or cold air or any form of exertion like exercise.

A Number of other health conditions are usually seen more frequently in those who have asthma these conditions includes GERDE( gastro-reflux) rhinosinusitis obstructive sleep apnea anxiety disorder and mood disorders.

 

Asthma can be genetic or can be caused by many environmental conditions.

Smoking during pregnancy and after giving birth is associated with a greater risk of asthma-like symptoms. Low-quality air from traffic and factory pollution.

Exposure to pollutants like dust mites cockroaches animal dander (fragments of fur or feathers) and mold.

Perfumes are a common cause of acute attacks on women and children. Both viral and bacterial infections of the upper respiratory tract can worsen the disease.

Asthma is the result of chronic inflammation of the conducting zone of the airways (especially the bronchi and bronchioles), which results in increased contractility of the surrounding muscles.

This among other factors leads to bouts of narrowing the airways and this is what causes the wheezing associated with asthma.

COPD Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a respiratory disease that constricts breathing due to progressive lung damage Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are two common forms of COPD. and many sufferers develop both diseases.

COPD usually develops when the cellular walls in the respiratory system become inflamed or deteriorated. It can also develop when the airways and air sacs lose their elasticity or become blocked from excessive mucus production.

Causes:

Smoking and secondhand smoke are the greatest risk factors for COPD, especially if a person already has asthma. Air pollution breathing in chemical fumes dust or toxic substances can also cause COPD.

Symptoms of COPD include wheezing, shortness of, breath mucus build up, chronic coughing, lack of energy, and chest tightness.

There are four stages of COPD common symptoms include increasing shortness of breath, wheezing, chronic cough, fatigue and respiratory infection. These symptoms usually increase in severity as the disease progress.

As the stages of COPD progress the symptoms may change or increase in severity Stage one are often mild shortness of breath usually resulting in a grade of 80 percent or better on the pulmonary function test.

Stage two symptoms can be increased shortness of breath, accompanied by a cough and phlegm and pulmonary function test results range from 50 to 80.

Stage three begins with severe symptoms, much more noticeable difficulty in breathing, chronic cough and or phlegm and an onset of fatigue.

The severity of stage three symptoms can begin to noticeably affect the quality of life, leading pulmonary function test results as low as 30 percent.

Stage four brings a potentially life-threatening level of breathing difficulties as the symptoms become more severe.at this stage, the pulmonary function test drops to below 30. There is no known cure for COPD but the disease can be managed.

Chronic Bronchitis: A form of COPD

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes. These are the tubes that carry air to and from your lungs. People who have bronchitis often have a persistent cough that brings up thickened, discolored mucus. They may also experience wheezing, chest pain, and shortness of breath.

Bronchitis may be either acute or chronic. Acute bronchitis develops from a cold or other respiratory infection and often improves within a few days without lasting effects.

Chronic bronchitis is a more serious condition that develops over time rather than striking suddenly. It’s characterized by recurrent episodes of bronchitis that last for several months or years.

The constant inflammation in the lining of the bronchial tubes causes excessive amounts of sticky mucus to build up in the airways. This restricts the amount of airflow going into and out of the lungs.

The blockage in airflow gets worse over time, resulting in breathing difficulties and increased mucus production in the lungs.

Many people who have chronic bronchitis eventually develop emphysema, which is a type of lung disease. Together, the two conditions are referred to as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD. The majority of COPD symptoms take a while to develop, so people often mistakenly believe that the condition isn’t life-threatening and ignore the symptoms until the condition has progressed to a more advanced stage. Although the condition can’t be cured, the symptoms can be managed with treatment once a diagnosis is made.

After a long period of inflammation and irritation in the bronchial tubes, chronic bronchitis can result in several symptoms, including a persistent, heavy cough that brings up mucus from the lungs. The mucus may be yellow, green, or white.

As time passes, the amount of mucus gradually increases due to the increased production of mucus in the lungs. The mucus eventually builds up in the bronchial tubes and restricts airflow, causing breathing to become increasingly difficult. This shortness of breath may be accompanied by wheezing that gets worse during any type of physical activity.

Other symptoms of chronic bronchitis may include:

  • fatigue
  • chest discomfort
  • sinus congestion
  • fever/chills

In the later stages of chronic bronchitis, the skin and lips may develop a bluish color due to a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream. Decreased levels of oxygen in the blood can also lead to peripheral edema or swelling in the legs and ankles.

As chronic bronchitis progresses, the symptoms can also vary in severity and frequency. For example, a cough may disappear temporarily, only to be followed by a period of more intense coughing. More severe episodes may be triggered by various factors, including:

  • respiratory tract infections, such as the cold or flu
  • infections elsewhere in the body
  • exposure to environmental irritants, such as air pollution or dust
  • heart conditions

Causes

Chronic bronchitis occurs when the lining of the bronchial tubes repeatedly becomes irritated and inflamed.

The continuous irritation and swelling can damage the airways and cause a buildup of sticky mucus, making it difficult for air to move through the lungs. This leads to breathing difficulties that gradually get worse.

The inflammation can also damage the cilia, which are the hair-like structures that help to keep the air passages free of germs and other irritants.

When the cilia don’t work properly, the airways often become a breeding ground for bacterial and viral infections.

Chronic bronchitis, however, is most commonly caused by cigarette smoking. In fact, over 90 percent of those with the disease have a history of smoking. Inhaling cigarette smoke temporarily paralyzes the cilia, so frequent smoking over an extended period can severely damage the cilia. Chronic bronchitis may develop over time due to this damage.

Secondhand smoke can also contribute to the development of chronic bronchitis.

Other possible causes include extended exposure to air pollution, industrial or chemical fumes, and toxic gases.

Repeated lung infections may also cause further damage to the lungs and make chronic bronchitis symptoms worse.

bronchitis greatly increases your risk of severe lung damage, which can lead to respiratory problems or heart failure. While there is no cure for Chronic Bronchitis the disease can be managed.

Emphysema: Also a form of COPD

Emphysema is a lung condition that causes shortness of breath. In people with emphysema, the air sacs in the lungs (alveoli) are damaged.

Over time, the inner walls of the air sacs weaken and rupture — creating larger air spaces instead of many small ones.

This reduces the surface area of the lungs and, in turn, the amount of oxygen that reaches your bloodstream.

When you exhale, the damaged alveoli don’t work properly and the old air becomes trapped, leaving no room for fresh, oxygen-rich air to enter.

Most people with emphysema also have chronic bronchitis. Chronic bronchitis is inflammation of the tubes that carry air to your lungs (bronchial tubes), which leads to a persistent cough.

Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are two conditions that make up chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Smoking is the leading cause of COPD. Treatment may slow the progression of COPD, but it can’t reverse the damage.

Symptoms

You can have emphysema for many years without noticing any signs or symptoms. The main symptom of emphysema is shortness of breath, which usually begins gradually.

You may start avoiding activities that cause you to be short of breath, so the symptom doesn’t become a problem until it starts interfering with daily activities.

The main causes of these lung diseases are:-

Cigarette smoke (second-hand smoke )

Air pollution

Chemical fumes and dust

Causes.

Factors that increase your risk of developing emphysema include:

  • Smoking. Emphysema is most likely to develop in cigarette smokers, but cigar and pipe smokers also are susceptible. The risk for all types of smokers increases with the number of years and amount of tobacco smoked.
  • Age. people between the ages of 40-60
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke.  Being around secondhand smoke increases your risk of emphysema.
  • Occupational exposure to fumes or dust. This risk is even greater if you smoke.
  • Exposure to indoor and outdoor pollution. Breathing indoor pollutants, such as fumes from heating fuel, as well as outdoor pollutants — car exhaust, for instance — increases your risk of emphysema.

People who have emphysema are also more likely to develop:

  • Collapsed lung (pneumothorax). A collapsed lung can be life-threatening in people who have severe emphysema because the function of their lungs is already so compromised.
  • This is uncommon but serious when it occurs.
  • Heart problems. Emphysema can increase the pressure in the arteries that connect the heart and lungs. This can cause a condition called cor pulmonale, in which a section of the heart expands and weakens.
  • Large holes in the lungs (bullae).
  • Some people with emphysema develop empty spaces in the lungs called bullae. They can be as large as half the lung. In addition to reducing the amount of space available for the lung to expand, giant bullae can increase

Cystic Fibrosis


Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disease of the mucus and sweat glands. It affects mostly your lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, sinuses, and sex organs. CF causes your mucus to be thick and sticky. The mucus clogs the lungs, causing breathing problems and making it easy for bacteria to grow. This can lead to repeated lung infections and lung damage.

The symptoms and severity of CF can vary. Some people have serious problems from birth. Others have a milder version of the disease that doesn’t show up until they are teens or young adults. Sometimes you will have few symptoms, but later you may have more symptoms.

CF is diagnosed through various tests, such as the gene, blood, and sweat tests. There is no cure for CF, but treatments have improved greatly in recent years. In the past, most deaths from CF were in children and teenagers.

Today, with improved treatments, some people who have CF are living into their forties, fifties, or older. Treatments may include chest physical therapy, nutritional and respiratory therapies, medicines, and exercise.

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The Cuisinart MSC-600- Slower cooker review

 

The Cuisinart MSC-600-Slower cooker review

The slow cooker also known as a crock pot is a countertop electrical appliance used to simmer at a lower temperature than other cooking methods, such as baking boiling and frying.

Because of this, there is no need to constantly attending to this pot.

The crockpot is used to cook a variety of dishes soups, stews, pot roast beverages, desserts, and dips.

Because of the method cooking is more healthy there are no needs to use oils and fats you can also use cheaper cuts of meat and because it is cooked slowly it comes out tender.

There is no need to be constantly attending the pot so you can actually do other things in the meantime.

There are different features of different brands of the crock pot, and we will be looking on one of them.

There are certain features that I look for in a slow cooker

  • Glass cover (to see in the pot without lifting the cover) tempered proof glass that will not overheat.
  • High handle to hold so fingers will not get burnt
  • Ceramic or some such like material that can be easily cleaned
  • Can be used to braise meat so everything can be done in 1 pot
  • Must be able to steam vegetables
  • Have the feature to keep contents warm

Can store leftovers in the container

The Cuisinart MSC-600-3-in 1-cook central multi cooker slow cooker Brown/saute steamer has most of these features and we will be looking at these.

1Cuisinart MSC-600 3-In-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-Cooker: Slow Cooker, Brown/Saute, Steamer touch switches modes when a recipe calls for combination cooking This slow cooker is very versatile it is multi-functional.

It has a  glass cover with an archangel which enables the lifting of the cover without getting burnt.

It also has a steaming rack which has 2 height either very low or with a little height.

The cooking pot is removable it is non stick for easy cleaner dishwasher safe 6-quart capacity can hold enough for a large family.

There is also 2 sturdy side handles and stainless housing for easy cleaning

Extra-large blue backlit LCD display with easy-to-read time and temperature settings

There are 3 fully programmable cooking functions Slow Cook on high, low, simmer or warm for up to 24 hours, includes automatic Keep Warm feature

There is a Brown/Saute for brazing so there is no need for using more than one pot the temperature can be set from 150deg.to 450

This crock can be used for almost anything from teaming vegetable, fish or even custard.

This slow cooker is very reasonably priced at Amazon for $129.00 there is also 3 years warranty available.

Having a crock pot will aid in the  lifestyle of eating healthy

And there will be time available to do other things. This cooker can be set on slow for up to 24 hrs and automatically goes to keep warm,  the food will be kept warm even if we are not there.

 

Amazon has this crockpot on sale and there is 3 years warranty 

 

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Herbs for health and healing — maintaining Good Health and Wellness.

Herbs for health and healing

 

 

In my search for maintaining good health naturally, I found information on herbs that is good for not only maintaining good health but also for healing.

There are so many herbs for health and healing and in this post, we will be looking at some of these herbs.

Some of them are common and some not so common but the good thing is there are supplements if we cannot the get herbs itself.

White Willow Bark

Most willows are found in temperate and arctic zones but willows can be found in all continents except Antarctica and Australia.

White willow bark has some useful benefits. It is said to have the ability to reduce fevers and eliminate pain, lower inflammation, treat migraines Csoothe stomach, heal skin rashes.

The white willow bark has been used as medicine for over 1000 years The benefits of the white willow bark are numerous.

It can be consumed as a tea by  steeping pieces of chopped bark in hot water or be taken in capsule

White willow bark is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties and because of this it helps in relieving inflammation in the respiratory tracts, irritable syndrome, arthritis pain and reduces fever.

For many women who have abnormally heavy periods and or severe menstrual symptoms can get help by taking a small glass of willow bark tea.  Not only will it help in stopping the period pain and cramping but it helps in mood swings. It helps you to relax and balance the hormones in a woman’s body.

White willow also helps the skin as the high content of antioxidant compounds found in it increases the blood flow to the skin reducing the appearance of wrinkles and age spots.

White willow help in treating migraines by lowering the blood pressure in the capillaries and blood vessels in the head relieving those painful and debilitating symptoms.

So while white willow is good for health and healing there could be some side effects especially if you are allergic to aspirin or have blood or kidney disorders. There is no need to take white willow on a regular basis.

It is advisable to consult your physician before adding white willow to your health care regime

Green Tea Extract

Green tea is made from Camellia leaves that have not undergone the withering and oxidation process . Green tea originated in China, but its production and manufacture has spread to many other countries is Asia.

Green tea extra was used in Chinese and Indian medicine for different uses. The tea leaves are first processed by soaking in an alcohol solution and are further concentrated on various levels. The byproducts of the process are also packaged and used

Extracts can be had in liquid, powder tablet or capsule. Decaffeinated versions are also available.

Green Tea Extract is said to be able to cure many diseases. Because it is rich in antioxidants called catechins which are shown to  increase antioxidant capacity and protect against oxidative stress and may promote heart health, lower blood pressure and enhances weight loss,

Celery

Celery is a plant native to Europe but it is now grown all over the world. Celery is high in minerals, including sodium and chlorine but  is a poor source of vitamins

Celery is used to treat arthritis, nervousness, the juice has been shown to effectively lower blood pressure

Evening primrose

Evening Primrose is said to contain the pain-relieving compound phenylalanine and is increasingly being used to treat chronic headaches.It has many preventive and therapeutic qualities and many herbalists are recommending evening primrose for preventing disease like aging problems acne, heart disease, symptoms of

weight control obesity and PMS.

Health benefits

Evening primrose oil contains a high concentration of fatty acid called GLA and it is this fatty acid that is largely responsible for the remarkable healing properties of the oil help improve nerve function aiding in problems ranging from PMS to headaches.

Ease the joint pain and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis

Supplements containing evening primrose oil has been shown to lessen joint pain and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.

Prevent Diabetes-associated nerve damage

The GLA in evening primrose can help prevent, and in some cases reverse neuropathy seen in some cases with diabetes

Evening primrose also helps in treating acne by reducing the risk of clog pores reducing the risk of inflammation itching and flaking associated with acne

Evening Primrose is associated with the treatment of Alzheimer’s related memory deficiencies by boosting the transmission of the nerve impulses

Cat’s Claw

Cat’s claw has been used by the indigenous tribes of Peru to treat asthma, inflammations of the urinary tract, arthritis, rheumatism and bone pain

Cat’s claw has been used in Peru and Europe since early 1990 for diseases that target the immune system such as cancer and AIDS

  • The  uses for cat’s claw are many but the main ones are as an immune stimulant and adjunctive therapy for cancer ( it reduces the side effects of chemotherapy and protect cells)
  • Bowel cleanser and anti-inflammatory for Crohn’s colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and other bowel problems.
  • An anti-inflammatory for arthritis, and muscle pains, strains, and injury.
  • As a general daily tonic to tone, balance and strength all body functions
  • For stomach ulcers and ulcerative colitis and as an ulcer preventative stomach and bowel protector.

EASY EXERCISE

We will need a resistance band for his one  tie a knot at one end of the band and put it in the door and close the door wrap the other end around either leg the one farthest from the door keep your leg straight try not to bend the knee pull your leg across your body into hip adduction  .

Then, turn away from the door and kick forward into hip flexion. Next, turn with your leg away from the door and kick out to the side into hip abduction. Lastly, turn towards the door and kick behind you into hip extension. If you don’t want to use the band, you can do them without and try not holding on to make it more difficult and challenge your balance.  Remember Boomers we need to move and stretch

 

 

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Bennifits of Taking Supplements- Maintaining Good Health




We are looking into supplements’ and their benefits to our overall health and well-being<script async
According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, the definition of supplements is;- A product is taken orally that contain one or more ingredients (such as vitamins or amino acids) that are intended to supplement one’s diet and are not considered food.

 

Sometimes our diet is deficient in our daily requirements of certain vitamins and minerals and this can lead to chronic conditions It is therefore very beneficial to take supplements’.

 

When we take supplements’ we fill the gap between the different vitamins and nutrients that are missing or is in inadequate.

 

A pregnant woman, for example, would need to take supplements’ of folic acid which reduces the risk of the development of certain birth defects.

People suffering from heart disease should take supplements’ of fish oil which contain Omega 3 fatty acids

 

Popular supplements’ include products that are the source of enzymes, herbal and amino acids along with vitamins and minerals.

 

Supplements contribute to our overall health and well-being. These supplements’ come in the different forms for your continence.

They can be had in powered, capsules, energy bars and tablets, So we have no excuse to be deficient in our essential vitamins or minerals.

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Purchase Premier Turmeric Supplements

 

 


 

 

 

 

Purchase Premier Turmeric

Turmeric which is known for its properties curcumin and is very beneficial to arthritis suffers is available now in tablet form can be purchased now at Pure formulas fo$14.95 for 60 tablets.

 

I have been taking Premier Turmeric for over one month and I have noticed a significant improvement   in  my arthritic pain level

 

Premier Turmeric supplement contains pure Indian turmeric, I have seen other turmeric supplement costing as much as $35.oo for 60 tablets

 

I use to take one naproxen 100mg 1 or 2 times daily now I take 1 tablet 2 or 3 times per week I would recommend this supplement along with some easy exercise and stretches I have seen a big improvement in my pain management and Premier Turmeric also has a 5-star rating.

 

Premier Turmeric can be purchased now for $14.95 at Pure formulas free 2-day shipping.

 

 

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Spices for good health- Maintaining good health

 

There are certain herbs and spices that are not only excellent for bones and joints but are good for our overall health.  We will be looking at some of these today.   There are herbs  and spices that will minimize inflammation it the joints that cause pain

These supplements come in different forms, some come in powder, capsules or the leaves of the herbs itself.

SPICES:-

Basil, cinnamon, cayenne, cloves, cumin, turmeric, ginger, oregano, thyme, garlic, rosemary

Turmeric and curcumin – Turmeric’s yellow-orange pigment, curcumin, is the main active ingredient in this super spice. Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory benefits are actually comparable to prescribed drugs as well as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines like Advil and Motrin. But, unlike the drugs, curcumin is not toxic at all.

In researching for this post I have found out that Curcumin decreases inflammation and oxidation in the brain. This spice also speeds up the recovery time from strokes as well.

Turmeric and its active ingredient, curcumin, are also highly effective against diseases like irritable bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, and arthritis. Turmeric also improves liver function, lowers homocysteine and prevents heart disease.

It is said that Curcumin is more effective in slowing down the development of Alzheimer’s disease than many medications because it decreases inflammation and oxidation in the brain.

Curcumin is said to also speed up the recovery time from strokes as well. Most importantly, turmeric is said to be one of the most potent anti-cancer spices that helps protect you. Turmeric and its derivatives are currently being studied in alternative cancer treatments.

BASIL

BASIL:-Basil is a very effective anti-inflammatory herb with extraordinary healing benefits that work for arthritis, allergies, and inflammatory bowel conditions, to name a just a few. In addition, basil helps kill harmful bacteria that cause food poisoning including Listeria, and Staph

Basil is also an excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that prevents free radical damage. Free radical damage is the primary cause of heart disease, cancer, and many other serious health conditions, as well as aging. Because of its dark green colour, it is an excellent source of vitamin K, calcium and magnesium, which is good for the bones. It is also a great source of iron, manganese, vitamin C and potassium. Use both fresh basil and dried basil generously in your foods to maximize its benefits.

GINGER:-

Ginger is VERY powerful for your health! Ginger contains over 25 different antioxidants, which makes it extremely effective at fighting free radicals in many body systems.

Ginger is best known for its ability to reduce nausea and vomiting, as well as motion sickness.

And because ginger does not have harmful side effects like many drugs, it is very good for nausea from pregnancy.

It is noted that studies actually show that just 1 gram of ginger before surgery is more effective than the standard anti-nausea medication given for post-surgical nausea and vomiting.

Ginger is also a soothing remedy for sore throats from colds and flu because of its antiviral properties. Ginger also helps coughs and is an effective expectorant.

Because ginger is such a strong anti-inflammatory, it helps reduce the pain and swelling of arthritis, and muscle ache

It is suggested that ginger also fights cancer, reduces cholesterol, and prevents blood clots that lead to strokes or heart disease.

CINNAMON:

This ancient spice has one of the highest antioxidant levels of any spice.

Cinnamon is highly effective at helping to stabilize blood sugar levels, making it very effective for those with diabetes (type 1 and type 2). In one study of people with type 2 diabetes,

It is suggested that just two teaspoons a day reduced blood sugar as much as 20-30%, as well as lowering LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Cinnamon also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and helps relieve pain and stiffness in muscles and joints, including arthritis.

Cinnamon has a positive effect on brain function, and smelling cinnamon, or chewing cinnamon flavored gum, can help improve memory and attention.

Cinnamon also reduces inflammation in blood vessels that leads to atherosclerosis and heart disease, as well as having antifungal and antibacterial properties.

CLOVES:-

Cloves have a unique sweet and spicy flavor but also contain powerful natural medicine. Cloves have strong antiseptic and germicidal ingredients that help fight infections, relieve digestive problems, and arthritis pain. One of the cloves’ best-known uses is its ability to relieve tooth and gum pain.

The oil in cloves kills bacteria and is very effective when applied to scrapes, cuts, fungal infections, itchy rashes, bites, burns, or bruises.

Cloves also help digestive problems like gas, indigestion, nausea, and vomiting, and eliminate harmful parasites, bacteria and fungus in the digestive system.

GARLIC:-   

Garlic has been used throughout recorded history for both medicinal and culinary purposes. The garlic bulb is divided into sections called cloves.

Garlic is one of the most valuable and versatile foods on the planet. Garlic belongs to the Allium family of vegetables which also includes onions, chives, shallots, and leeks.

Garlic promotes the well-being of the heart and immune systems with antioxidant properties and helps maintain healthy blood circulation. One of garlic’s most potent health benefits includes the ability to enhance the body’s immune cell activity.

Garlic has germanium in it. Germanium is an anti-cancer agent, and garlic has more of it than any other herb.

In lab tests, mice fed garlic showed no cancer development, whereas mice that weren’t fed garlic showed at least some. In fact, garlic has been shown to retard tumor growth in human subjects in some parts of the world.

Another benefit of garlic is it helps regulate the body’s blood pressure. So whether you have problems with low or high blood pressure, garlic can help equalize it.

Garlic helps strengthen your body’s defenses against allergies; helps loosen plaque from the artery walls; helps regulate your blood sugar levels; and is the best choice for killing and expelling parasites such as pinworms from the human body

n addition to all these health benefits, garlic is packed with vitamins and nutrients. Some of these include protein, potassium, Vitamins A, B, B2 and C, Calcium, Zinc and many others. (helps to promote healthy bones

Cayenne:-

This hot spice not only heats up your dishes, it heats up your body and raises your metabolism, helping you burn fat faster.

Cayenne reduces LDL blood cholesterol, triglyceride levels, and decreases the formation of harmful blood clots, all of which prevent heart attacks and strokes.

And, cayenne is a very effective anti-inflammatory and pain remedy for everything from headaches to arthritis and sore muscles, as well as clearing nasal congestion and boosting immunity.

 

Rosemary:-

Rosemary contains active ingredients that are potent antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory agents.

Rosemary is highly effective for respiratory problems including asthma, chest congestion, and respiratory infections.

EASY EXERCISE:-

 

 

 

 

Stand tall with your feet together, and brace your core. From here—– holding on a wall, counter or sturdy chair for balance if necessary, step one foot in front of you so that your front foot’s heel is against your back foot’s toe.
Your feet should be in a straight line. Imagine you are standing on a tightrope or balance beam. Hold this position for 30 seconds or as long as you can, then switch position of your feet and repeat. Remember everything in moderation.

 

Conclusion:-

 

So we see the benefits that can be obtained by adding these spices to our daily diet. We can use these spices in our meals or they can be taken as a supplement in tablets or as a tea.

 

Spices can be easily obtained from your grocery stores or in case of tablets from your local pharmacy or health store.

 

Information for this post was taken from websites:-Disable World.

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Naturally increase bone density- Maintaining bones and Joint health.

The focus for us today is keeping our bones healthy. I have found out that as early as age 25, we can start to lose more bone that we build, leading to progressively thinner and weaker bones as we grow older and raising our risk for osteoporosis (literally “porous bones) or debilitating fractures and breaks.

 

Bones play many roles in the body — providing structure, protecting organs, anchoring muscles and storing calcium.

 

So it is very important that we include in our diet the right foods that will help to increase bone density. Foods that are rich in calcium, vitamins, minerals, and proteins along with exercise we will be able to increase bone density thus maintaining bone and joint health.

 

Proteins –

Definition of Protein

 

Proteins are organic compounds made up of building blocks called “amino acids.” There are about 20 common amino acids. Nine of them are considered “essential” because the body cannot make them, and therefore, they must be supplied by eating healthy.

 

The body uses protein to make enzymes, hormones and other chemicals that allow the body to function well. It assists in building bones, muscle, cartilage, skin, and blood. The body requires a lot of protein to function properly as it doesn’t store it. This is why it’s important to eat the right amount of protein daily. There are plenty of good proteins that offer other health benefits along with necessary fat to ensure a healthy body

Complete and Incomplete

 

Foods that contain all the essential amino acids are called “complete proteins.” These complete protein foods are generally animal foods.

 

Plant foods do not, as a rule, have complete proteins, but by eating combinations of plant foods, called “complementary proteins,” you can obtain a complete protein.

 

Without protein, the body would not be able to function properly. Various conditions could develop such as anemia and hypertension. Problems with circulation and healing from an injury would also occur. Because protein helps muscle, without it muscle mass may decrease and weakness can occur.

 

Some foods contain complete proteins are:-

  • Beef (lean cuts )

  • Chicken (Breast) and eggs

  • Salmon( which also is a rich source of Omega 3)

    Turkey Breast

  • Canned Tuna Fish

Some foods that are considered Incomplete proteins are:-

  • Nuts

    Rich in proteins and minerals
  • Beans

  • Pease

  • Dairy

  • Grains

The incomplete proteins should be eaten another food to make them complete example :-

  • Dairy/ grains

  • Grains with Dairy

    Beans and Peas with Grains

  • Nuts with Dairy

VITAMINS.

Vitamins C, D, and K are important in keeping our bones strong they work together to strengthen our bones and to help them developed properly.

 

Our body needs Vitamin K for two important reasons: to help wounds heal properly;y, by making sure our blood clots, and to keep our bones strong and healthy.

 

We get vitamin K from leafy green vegetables like kale, chard and spinach, eggs and some meats.

Spinach _Salad _with Rasberry
Spinach_Salad_with_Raspberries. Vitamin K and C

Vitamin C: We get Vitamin C from food such as red peppers, green peppers, oranges, grapefruits, broccoli, strawberries, Brussels sprouts,

 

Vitamin D: has several important functions. Perhaps the most vital are regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus and facilitating normal immune system function. Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance to certain diseases.

 

If your body doesn’t get enough vitamin D, you’re at risk of developing bone abnormalities such as soft bones (osteomalacia) or fragile bones (osteoporosis).

Your body produces vitamin D naturally when it’s directly exposed to sunlight. You can also get it through certain foods and supplements to ensure adequate levels of the vitamin in your blood.

 

Other sources of vitamin D is fish which is high in fat such as salmon, trout, mackerel, tuna can be a fantastic source of vitamin D.

Calcium.

 

Calcium is the most predominant mineral in bone and greatly contributes to its structure and strength, but calcium is also vital for muscle contraction and nerve transmission, among other rolesntent goes here. Eating calcium-rich foods such as dairy products, nuts, and broccoli doesn’t actually stimulate bone growth,

 

Magnesium:

 

Magnesium is needed for bone structure and strength, but it also protects bone density and cardiovascular health by directing calcium toward bone and away from blood and tissues where it could cause hardening of the arteries, Magnesium-rich foods include beans, seeds, nuts, fish, spinach, and broccoli.

 

We also need some smaller amounts of minerals or (Trace Minerals) these are silicon, strontium, vanadium, phosphorus zinc copper and Boron.

 

 

These trace minerals help to maintain a balance between bone resorption and formation, the two key processes of bone remodeling. Strontium and vanadium help to support normal bone formation, strength, and mineralization, and decrease the risk of bone fractures.

 

Boron also reduces the risk of fractures because it helps harden bone. Boron also promotes bone growth, protects vitamin D levels and contributes to calcium absorption.

 

 

Some foods that these minerals may be found are:-

  • Nuts (Almonds)

  • Dried herbs (colander, sage, or Basil

  • Dark Chocolate

    Dark Chocolate source of minerals
  • whole Grain

  • Bean and lentils

  • Avocados

  • Dairy

    Exercise

 

 

Walking is a great way to get some exercise its free, no special skill needed no equipment all needed is a good pair of walking shoe and socks.

 

There are many benefits of walking, it reduces blood pressure and improves cardiovascular functions (improve heart health) walking also helps in weight loss and helps to build muscle strength, endurance and maintain healthy bones and joints.

 

There will be fewer aches and pains You will notice that your stress level will go down you will have renewed energy.

 

Conclusion:

 

In conclusion, we see if we boomers want to stay independent in our activities of daily living it is important that we eat healthy stay stress-free as much as possible and at all cost keep moving.

 

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Foods For Healthy Joints – Maintaining Healthy Bones andJoints

knee joint
knee joint

 

In maintaining healthy joints it is important to consume the type of foods that will promote healthy joints. Unfortunately for us,our busy lifestyles do not afford us the time to eat properly so instead we just grab some fast food which in most cases does not contain the vitamins or minerals that our joints and bones need to be strong and remain flexible.

I have done some research and while not finding any particular diet that is good for the arthritic pain I have found some foods that we can add to our diet and some we can avoid, in doing so will help us keep our joints and bones healthy.

Foods to add to our balance diet

  • Nuts, Especially almonds and sunflower seeds These are the best source of vitamin E which can help protect the outer membrane of joint cells. Vitamin E also defends against free radicals which cause joint inflammation and cell damage.
  • Citrus and berries. Oranges juice which is a rich source of calcium, which grows and strengthen your bones. It also contains vitamin D which helps our body to absorb calcium and keep joint tissue healthy. Berries are a great source of vitamin C.

    Have more of Nuts fruits and vegetables
  • Apples are high in quercetin, which is an antioxidant that helps build collagen. Collagen helps make up cartilage which acts as a shock absorber in your joints and help prevent arthritis.
  • Salmon and other fatty fish that contain a high amount of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 helps decrease the production of chemicals which spread inflammation to the joints. Also, other sources of omega 3 are olive oil and coconut oil.
  • Cherries contain anthocyanin which has natural, anti-inflammatory properties. Anthocyanins in cherries also help to maintain healthy levels of uric acid ( which in excess can be damaging to the body)

So while there is no special diet for joint health, it would be wise to add these foods to our balanced diet. I think that most fruit and vegetables are a good source of vitamins and minerals that will help in keeping our body healthy.

Foods to avoid in maintain healthy joints

  • Sugars. Sugar does nothing for our health they are just empty calories that increase our blood sugar levels. One can also become addicted to sugar. Sugar also causes inflammation development and has a bad impact on our over health.
  • Saturated and trans fats which are common in processed foods and some fast foods. These fats can cause high cholesterol which can lead to high blood pressure and heart attack.
    Pasrty
    Eat less  Pastry and bread.

Saturated Fat is generally considered to be bad for health because it raises the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in the blood. LDL is a type of cholesterol that can clog the arteries and increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

  • Trans fat is found in most processed foods containing partially hydrogenated oil, such as crackers, cookies, cakes, pies and snack foods. Stick margarine, shortening, coffee creamer, fast food, frozen pizza So stay away from these foods as much as possible.
  • Red meat and Dairy Even though red meat is a good source of Iron and vitamin B and dairy which is rich in calcium it is said an excessive consumption of red meat and dairy can cause an inflammatory reaction. So it would be wise to limit our consumption.
  • Salts and sodium. This can be tricky to avoid that’s why it is so important to read labels and watch out for the salty snacks. Not only is salt not good for healthy joints but too much salt can lead to high blood pressure and that can lead to heart attack.
  • Cigarette and alcoholic beverages. These are not good for anything, they do not have any health benefits just the opposite they cause cancer and damage our liver. So try to stay away from these as much as possible.

    Alcohokic drink
    Keep away from Alcoholic drinks and cigarettes.

 

Lifestyle Changes

Following an anti-inflammatory diet which includes the foods listed above and any other nuts, and fresh vegetables, and fresh fruits and avoiding the foods that can cause inflammation.

Also, being overweight and obese is not good, it would be good for us to try to lose some weight. Arthritis pain can be intensified by excess weight, which can put substantial added stress on already overworked joints. Keeping our body weight within a healthy range can go far in providing joint pain relief.

Stress reduction both physical and emotional stress are linked to increasing physiological inflammation throughout the body.

So it is good for us to engage in some stress-reducing activities such as gardening or taking an easy walk or stretching these simply activities will not only bring down our stress level but also increase our daily physical activity, it can also help to bring down chronic levels of inflammation and ease pain or discomfort which is linked to irregular sleep a major source of physiological stress.
We can also add some easy exercise to our daily activities without adding extra time. Example while standing at our desk, table or kitchen counter, stand on the leg without holding on for a count of 30 ( but make sure something is within reach in case we lose our balance) then change legs do as many reps as you can.

We can also use leg weights, walk around with them on for about 15-20 minutes.
When sitting try to stand without aid (holding on to something example chair arms)stretch your arms out in front of you or hug yourself these two exercise helps to strengthen your legs.

Conclusion

Our bones and joints support our every move, and it is easy to take them for granted Our skeleton is a living tissue and needs a constant supply of vitamins and nutrients. And as we age we sometimes suffer from bone loss joint pain and inflammation. It is therefore very important that our bodies are receiving the proper nutrients that are needed to strengthen our bones and joints

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