3 Health Tips That Will Change Your Life

Healthy living is necessary for longevity because it can help fend off diseases. Below, find 3 health tips that will change your life for the better and they do not even include huge lifestyle changes. Basically, anyone can, and should, follow the valuable information provided.

1. Up the Antioxidants

Feeling a little sluggish? Antioxidant rich foods may help that. Antioxidants such as berries, green tea, and even dark chocolate help one feel better. Here is a list of good antioxidant rich foods:

Dried fruits rich in antioxidants:
* Pears
* Apples
* Dates
* Figs,
* Raisins
* Peaches
* Prunes

The best fresh fruits rich in antioxidants:
* Cranberries
* Blueberries
* Blackberries
* Raspberries
* Strawberries
* Blackcurrants
* Plums
* Cherries
* Apples
* All other deeply pigmented fruits

Vegetables rich in antioxidants:
* Artichokes
* Asparagus
* Avocados
* Beetroot
* Broccoli
* Spinach
* Tomatoes (increased levels when cooked)

Legumes:
* Small Red Beans
* Red kidney bean
* Pinto bean
* Black beans

Nuts:
* Pecans

2. Get Moving

Change your life with exercise. Be sure to find something you love to do and do it often. Just get off the couch. Exercise increases oxygen levels in the body, making you feel better and healthier. This will help you to better focus and will have a positive impact on your skin, too.

Exercise also helps increase muscle and decrease fat, so you will look better and fit in your clothes better. This can lead to better self confidence. Get your exercise whenever you can: walk or cycle rather than drive; take the stairs instead of the elevator; do some push ups while warming up dinner in the microwave; do some leg lifts while watching TV; etc.

3. Drink More Water

Drinking more than 8 glasses of water a day helps flush out the toxins in the body, leaving you with clearer skin and a clearer mind, as well. Ice cold water also helps burn calories and wakes your system up when you just wake up or are in an afternoon slump. It is a great boost with zero calories. Water helps regulate the body and decreases bloating and swelling. Try drinking more water early on in the day to avoid having to wake up to go to the bathroom at night.

While healthy eating and an increased intake of foods rich in antioxidants is a step in the right direction, people must understand that cooking methods will alter the foods and their antioxidant content. The more vegetables are cooked, the less the antioxidant, except for tomatoes where the reverse occurs.

Prostate Natural Health Tips Any Man Can Do

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Natural Prostate Health Tips:

You may think that it’s kind of weird for a female naturopath to be discussing prostate issues, but I had a partner die of colon cancer and the cancer spread to his prostate. I miss him.

He had no clue that there were actually alternative treatments that he could do for his cancer. He knew something was wrong, but when he went to his doctor, they couldn’t find anything. He happened to be a veterinarian who worked in a teaching hospital, so he went to the horse barn, pulled out the ultrasound machine and did an ultrasound on the place on his body that hurt. He saw what he thought was a lump, so he took a videotape of the procedure, took it to his doctor who looked at the tape and said, “Gosh! I think you are right!” So, he was scheduled for surgery, but when they opened him up, the cancer had advanced too far. They closed him up without doing anything and sent him home to die. Which he did.

I made up my mind that if I could help anyone develop lifestyle changes that helped them overcome or prevent cancer of any kind that I would do just that–and there are some basic things that every person can do to prevent and overcome cancer. It just so happens that there are some specific things men can do for their prostate health so I’m sharing them.

Prostate Disease Statistics:

  • Prostate disorders usually begin after age 35
  • By age 50, over 25{2479c14e69e3b4d63c9118fd01e756283498a709935cc12513b7b4a1b0945c67} of all men have an enlarged prostate
  • By age 70, that increased to over 50{2479c14e69e3b4d63c9118fd01e756283498a709935cc12513b7b4a1b0945c67} and by age 80 it’s 80{2479c14e69e3b4d63c9118fd01e756283498a709935cc12513b7b4a1b0945c67}

Signs of prostate dysfunction include many bladder outlet obstruction symptoms such as:

  • Getting up to pee more than normal for the amount of fluids you ingest
  • Can’t empty your bladder all the way or sensations of incomplete emptying
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Smaller stream of urine–takes a long time to empty bladder
  • Foam in the urine- sign of protein in the urine (a sign of kidney disease)
  • Hesitancy with intermittency and decreased flow of urine
  • Terminal dribbling or urinary incontinence
  • Pain during intercourse, burning sensations when urinating, tugging sensation around the base of the penis, low back pain, blood in the urine or an orange staining in the underwear may have a different cause than Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH)

Products that can keep the prostate healthy and decrease the PSA scores:

Saw Palmetto is the herb of choice for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) because it tones the prostate, affects the hormones in a positive way and is also a urinary remedy. Tonic value: Strengthens and builds body tissues and encourages muscle mass. Anabolic. Hormonal: Estrogenic actions good for impotence, reduced or absent sex drive, testicular atrophy, premature ejaculation (in women it has been used for breast enlargement) Urinary remedy: Saw Palmetto is nicknamed the “plant catheter” because it strengthens the neck of the bladder and helps reduce enlarged prostate glands. It is used as a diuretic to improve urine flow (raw parsley is excellent for this as well) and it acts as a urinary antiseptic in cystitis. Take up to 3 capsules daily.

Raw Hulled Pumpkin seeds (Food of choice for BPH) Dose: 4 teaspoons/day raw and hulled. Sources: Huckleberries, Local Co-ops, Winco (about $1.75/pound) and Health Food Stores

Foods are the strongest medicines we use but, “If a little is good a lot ain’t necessarily better.”Eating a BUNCH of them can give you diarrhea. All you need is a couple tablespoons/day maximum.

How to use pumpkin seeds:

  • Put them in a bowl next to the stove and eat a small handful once a day
  • Put them in sandwiches if you like crunch
  • Put them in omelets and salads
  • Put them in stir fry or on top of steamed vegetables
  • Add them to cookie recipes

Raw Fruits: 1 to 2 cups/day

Raw Vegetables: 1 to 2 cups/day. If you can’t chew them, juice them!

Power Foods For Prostate Health Include:

  • Wheat Germ oil— (high in zinc and opens up the seminal vesicles- great for infertility) Dose: 1/3 tea/day or 3 capsules/day.
  • Oatmeal (Aveno sativa)— Great zinc source and fiber even for blood type O. Dose: about cup cooked oatmeal per day or 3 cups/week.
  • Parsley— awesome source of minerals and highly recommended for most health problems. Dose: 2 tablespoons/day chopped.
  • Zucchini— I think there’s a reason why God made an excess of zucchini. Dose: 5 cups cooked or raw per week.
  • Yellow dock tea— Dose: 1 cup/day max. Do not use if you have sensitive teeth or gouty arthritis.
  • Watermelon is a great diuretic and good for the kidneys as well as the prostate. Dose: 3 cups/day in season.
  • Unsweetened Cranberry Concentrate: For urinary tract infections you will want to add unsweetened cranberry concentrate to your diet for a couple of weeks. That is NOT cranberry juice off the shelf with all the sugar in it. You can get this product at the Co-op or at Huckleberries. It comes in an 8oz. bottle and costs about $8. Dose: Take 2 Tablespoons/day. Chase it with water and it will taste sweeter. Cranberry causes a tightening of the bladder sphincter muscles and causes the inside of the bladder to be slicker so bacteria cannot stick to it. Good brands are Knudson’s or Tree of Life.

Techniques to Help the Prostate:

  • Inguinal massage technique–Move that lymph for about 3 minutes/day. Lying down on the bed, face up, massage from where your legs attach to your body up towards the heart. Pay special attention to the lower abdomen just above the base of the penis. Be gentle. It should not hurt, but you should feel pressure.
  • Total Body Massage–Once a week is best, but every other week is the very least you should shoot for.
  • Reflexology points–Achilles tendon and heel area. Massage each leg about 5 minutes/day.
  • Exercise: Dead Lifts to increase circulation in the pelvis area. Start light. Breathe in as you lift the weights. Breathe out as you set them down. Bend at the knees. Squeeze your buttocks, throw your shoulders back and stick your chest out. Do about 2 sets of 10/day and work up from there. Don’t overdo it. Repetitions are much better for your body than the amount of weight you lift.

The Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test. What is it? How often? How is it scored?

The PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) is a protein produced only by the prostate gland. The current recommendation is to get a PSA test done once a year beginning at age 50. Other doctors recommend less frequent testing. I am a proponent of getting that base level test done so that if there is a problem in the future, there is something to compare to. Some men have a predisposition to prostate cancer or have had cancer. For this group of people the PSA test is recommended more frequently.

PSA Tests Can Be Elevated For Several Reasons Including:

  • Cancer
  • Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPE)
  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • Age or Race (Blacks have higher PSA. Indians have the lowest amount of PSA)

PSA Scoring:

  • 0-4 nanograms/milliliter is normal
  • 4-10 ng/ml is slightly elevated
  • 10-20 ng/ml is moderately elevated
  • >20 is considered elevated

There are two types of PSA–Free and Attached.

The Free fraction is elevated with Benign Prostate Enlargement and the Attached fraction elevates with tumor involvement. Since there are both false positive and false negative tests, scientists are still studying various aspects of the Prostate Specific Antigen.

Important Travel Health Tips To Keep In Mind

While going to different places, is always a fun experience, traveling can also be tiring and stressful at times, especially when there are cases of lost baggage, delayed flights, or accidents along the way. The nature of traveling can sometimes take a toll on a person’s health, weakening his/her immune system, and making him/her susceptible to different kinds of viruses and illnesses. Because this possible risk, it is important that one should prioritize his/her health and safety while traveling. Keep these travel health tips in mind so you can enjoy your vacation without having to worry about your health.

Be fit and healthy

Before the trip, make yourself fit and healthy by getting regular exercise. Even if your work is up to your eyeball, you do not have any excuses not to exercise simply because working out can be done without having to hit the gym. You can incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Instead of riding the car to work, ride a bike or walk. Instead of using the elevator, climb the stairs. Instead of discussing work plans with your officemate over online chat, walk up to him or her. Instead of hitting the showers the first thing in the morning, do a couple of sit-ups and jogging in place first. Not only that, you should also have a well balanced meal packed with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Go for foods that are low in fat but high in fiber and nutrients. Be sure to get enough sleep as well. You would not want to be lethargic and sluggish during your trip.

Take it slow

Do not sweat the small things. Stress over planning and preparations can get the better of you that you would not have sufficient energy to enjoy the trip. Get help from other people for things like packing, buying airline tickets, and so on. During the trip, do not cram all the things to see in one day. Make sure you pace yourself the right way so you do not consume all your energy on your first day. Remember, it’s not about the quantity but the quality of the vacation. Try to relax your mind and calm your nerves by engaging in fun and laidback activities. After all, going on a vacation is about relaxation.

Get travel health insurance

Do not leave home without the right international health insurance. Some insurance companies offer services online so you do not have to worry about visiting their offices physically to get visitors insurance. USA, Europe, Asia, and many parts of the world, are covered mostly in these policies. Make sure that you check to see what locations the policy covers and what inclusions are there in the policy so you know you are getting the right one.

Visit the doctor

Before you leave for your trip, go to the doctor for a complete medical checkup. This way, you would know if you are fit enough for the trip. The doctor will also advise if you need to bring any medication for your trip. Moreover, you would also be able to get the necessary immunizations that you need, particularly if you are traveling to remote or exotic destinations.