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Varicose Veins and How You Can Prevent Them

There are two common types of varicose veins that people are generally concerned about.

The first is the bulging veins that can be seen along the back of one’s legs. The often forgotten varicose veins are hemorrhoids of the rectum. Both examples of varicose veins point to weakened veins, walls or valves.

Risk factors:

  • Aging
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Constipation (for hemorrhoids)
  • Family history
  • Prolonged sitting without getting up every 30 minutes
  • Sitting on the toilet for more than 3 minutes per occurrence

When managing risk factors, aging and family history aren’t options, yet there are things you can do.

Here are 6 proactive steps you can take immediately:

  • Walk and engage in moderate exercise to improve circulation
  • Weight management
  • Consume sufficient daily fiber (ground flaxseeds are recommended)
  • Avoid wearing high heels
  • Give your legs a rest, and elevate them to decrease pressure on veins and valves
  • Don’t sit for long periods of time and never sit on the toilet for more than a few minutes
  • Supplemental help can include taking horse chestnut extract, vitamin C and bioflavonoids

 

8 Ways to Protect and Prevent Memory Loss

Many people consider memory as part of the normal aging process. Memory loss is not a mandatory step of getting older. There are individuals that are well into their 80s and older that have retained their full brain power, living lives that are as intellectually engaging as those half their age. There is a big difference between “biological age” and “chronological age.” In short, chronological age is reflected in one’s date of birth. However, biological age is actually how old the person is at a cellular level, as a result of genetics, diet and lifestyle.

Around the world, nearly 36 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s or a related dementia (Alzheimers.net). In the United States and many westernized countries, dementia (memory impairment) and overt Alzheimer’s disease are at epidemic levels. Alzheimer’s disease is the leading form of dementia in the United States and actually kills more people than diabetes. So, what is a person to do in order to protect their brains and the brains of their loved ones? Here are some simple steps that everyone can take:

  1. Exercise- A single hour a week of exercise can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by nearly fifty percent. There is also new evidence that if a person does not get a minimal level of exercise, such as walking at a moderate pace for 30 minutes (5 times a week), their risk can go up as much as 82% for developing dementia.
  2. Controlling elevated blood sugars, such as those found in diabetes is essential. There is a strong correlation between higher blood sugars and Alzheimer’s disease. Many experts now call Alzheimer’s disease “Diabetes Type III,” emphasizing the strong correlation.
  3. Lose weight- If you are more than 20 pounds overweight, over the course of time these extra pounds can lead to elevated levels of inflammation. Increased levels of inflammatory markers found in the blood are called C-Reactive Protein, Interleukin-6 and Sedimentation Rate. Getting these levels measured and keeping them under control is absolutely essential to help protect the brain from inflammatory damage that accelerates memory loss.
  4. Minimize exposure to dangerous metals- These include lead, mercury, fluoride, aluminum and similar dangerous metals. You can test for heavy metals via blood, hair analysis, urine and stool analysis. Avoid eating tuna fish, use dental mercury fillings and minimize aluminum in cooking and vaccine exposure.
  5. Eliminate unnecessary toxins, such as phthalates, parabens and petroleum byproducts, that have an impact on both male and female hormonal health and full body wellness.
  6. Stop smoking- Exposure to cigarette smoke impacts not only the smoker, but also those exposed to both second and third hand smoke. Third hand smoke represents the toxins found on bedding, clothes of smokers, in cars of smokers, etc.
  7. Control blood pressure- uncontrolled high blood pressure literally strains the brain. There is up to a 61% increase risk of slowly but surely losing one’s mental capacity with high blood pressure.
  8. Work your brain- It is essential to use it so that you don’t lose it. Use websites such as www.lumosity.com to train your brain. Reading, starting new hobbies and engaging your brain with mind puzzles are all essential.

Summary:

All of these simple steps are good for your brain and also for your longevity. It is all about improved quality and quantity of life. One without the other makes living life suboptimal. Don’t settle for merely surviving, it is time to thrive.

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Health Tips On the Go!

Improve Posture

  • 1.Avoid slouching. Be aware of your posture as you walk, sit, and drive, keep shoulders squared and head pulled back and up.

  • 2.Imagine a thread pulling the top of your head toward the ceiling. Visualization can help improve your sense of position.

  • 3.If your job requires you to sit for long periods, take frequent breaks to stand, stretch and shake it out.

  • 4.Maintain a strong core to help support proper posture. Add core-training exercises to your daily routine.

  • 5.A firm mattress and ergonomic pillow help achieve proper back support while you sleep, so you'll stand straighter in the a.m.

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