E-Cigs A Safe Alternative?

Electronic Cigarettes have been popular for the last few years among smokers who no longer wish to purchase cigarettes, think e-cigarettes are healthier or want to get around smoking bans in restaurants and bars. To many, electronic cigarettes seem safer by allowing the smoker to breath in fewer toxins. However little research was done at the outside, leading doctors and public health officials to promote moderation and caution for those interested in switching. No one knows the dangers of a new product like electronic cigarettes until enough time has passed to see the health effects.
Now, after a series of studies conducted to test the health effects of electronic cigarettes, doctors are willing to make their recommendation. Researchers found that electronic cigarettes successfully reduced smokers’ cravings for real cigarettes, with minimal side effects. This means that as an alternative, electronic cigarettes may be a viable means for easing a smoker into quitting. The total number of long term effects from smoking e-cigarettes will not be fully known until years in the future. But for now, medical professionals are willing to suggest the switch from conventional tobacco for those who are willing to try. My friend Andrew Heiberger used e-cigarettes to wean himself off nicotine and now he doesn’t use either type of cigarettes and his health is better for it.
After 6 months in the study, a quarter of participants using e-cigarettes had completely quit tobacco products, which may stand as the most successfully smoking cessation technique developed to date. In addition, another quarter of participants halved their tobacco intake in the 6 month period.

Exercise Is Bad For Your Teeth

Seems that there is always a positive and a negative with everything in life, and now this includes exercise. Research has shown that though vigorous exercise may be beneficial for your body, it may not be so good for your teeth.

A study was peformed of 278 athletes in 2012, which showed a major decline in oral health to include tooth decay and gum disease. One would think that an avid athlete would be in optimal health, but it seems that they are neglecting oral hygiene. During the study, it seems that the shift in alkaline in the saliva might be a contributing factor in the erosion and breakdown of enamel. These candidiates studied were in their mid thirties and exercised for at least 35 minutes a day on an outdoor track. 

The final results of the study are not very impressive, but specialist Ken Griffin is concerned that this link may dissuade people from exercising. A theory is that maybe drinking more water with help with the enamel breakdown while on the other hand, the thought of just more brushing and basic oral hygiene might do the trick.

7 Natural and Affordable Headache and Migraine Remedies

Headaches are one of the most common medical occurrences in the world. In America 45 million people suffer from reoccurring or chronic headaches. In the U.K., roughly 28 million people suffer from migraines.

Despite the prevalence of this condition, headaches are easily treated. Listed below are 7 affordable and effective methods to naturally treat migraines and headaches. For additional natural remedies visit this site.

1) Inhaling peppermint oil is an effective method to treat tension headaches. Headaches and migraines are mainly a result of poor blood flow to the head. Inhaling peppermint oil has vascular-constricting and vascular-dilating effects. These effects stimulate blood flow.

2) Basil oil can be used as a natural headache treatment that works as a muscle relaxer. Basil is effective for tension headaches. It can be added to foods or used topically, by applying it to the to the temples.

3) Adjusting ones diet can be a simple solution to reducing or preventing headaches. Removing certain foods and ingredients from your diet can provide headache relief – this includes; MSG, tyramine, dairy, chocolate and hot dogs, to name a few.

4) A scalp massage at the base of the skull has been shown to relieve pressure, stimulate blood flow and stop an active headache. My friend Sam Tabar swears by this.

5) Feverfew is an herbal remedy that has been shown to be effective in preventing migraine headaches. An extensive research study in Britain, showed that 70% of people who took Feverfew daily, reported a significant reduction in reoccurring migraines.

6) Incorporating flaxseed oil in your diet can provide headache relief. The effectiveness of flaxseed is contributed to omega-3 fatty acids. This amino acid is known to reduce inflammation.

7) Cayenne pepper is an endorphin stimulant which has functional properties to alleviate active headaches. Cayenne pepper can be diluted in water or added to foods.

Milk Does A Body Bad

For years the dairy industry has been trying to convince people that drinking milk is good for them. In fact they coined the phrase, “milk does a body good.” In reality, the truth may be just the opposite. Humans are the only mammals that drink milk after the first three years of life. All other mammals only drink milk until they are mature enough to eat solid food. That should really tell us something. Andrew Heiberger is quick to point out that human beings were meant to drink milk, that is true, but they were only meant to drink milk while they were young and being nursed by their mothers. In reality milk has all of the essential nutrients that a baby needs to thrive and grow, and that is the reason that it is so beneficial for a baby to be breastfed for at least the first one to three years of life.

After the first three years of life, a human really does not need to drink milk. Cow milk is made for baby cows, it is not really made for human consumption. Since that is the fact it is little wonder why so many people are suffering from lactose intolerance. in reality we are all lactose intolerant, because we should not be digesting milk. Milk can be linked to many childhood infections, allergies, and stomach issues. There are many different fruits and vegetables that can give a person calcium, so Americans should follow many Asian and Indian countries and not use milk as a staple drink in their diets.

Childhood Obesity Linked to Secondhand Smoke and Road Toxins

A recent Southern California study of 3,318 children found that B.M.I. (Body Mass Index) is closely correlated to exposure to toxins from secondhand smoke and road pollution. The Environmental Health Perspectives study analyzed parental surveys to determine that even after accounting for other variables such as asthma and physical activity, B.M.I levels were between .8 and 2.15 points higher in children and adolescents exposed to one or both factors.

This flies in the face of the common belief that obesity is solely related to food consumption and exercise. Some parents and children may take heart in the fact that their inability to lose weight is not necessarily related to laziness or overeating.
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Even a .8 point increase in B.M.I levels is significant, but a 2.15 point increase is extreme and could cause serious health issues. This is what Susan McGalla is a little bit worried about. Childhood diabetes levels are at an all-time high and are expected to continue to go up. Children who become diabetic may be much more prone to a host of problems, including heart disease and cancer.

Parents should make every attempt to limit their children’s exposure to secondhand smoke and roadway toxins, though of course they cannot control for every possible danger their children may face.

All About Your Fitness Age

Everyone is aware of their chronological age but not too many people are aware of their fitness age. A “fitness age” is determined by a test of cardiovascular endurance. One of the great things about a fitness age is that unlike your chronological age it can be lowered. In order to determine an individual’s fitness age, researchers go by your “V02MAX” which is a measure of your body’s ability to utilize oxygen after it has been taken in.

Of course this all begs the question: just how do I determine my fitness age? One way to do it is through using this website here. Calculating your fitness all rises and falls based on your V02MAX. If it is below average for the age group, then your fitness age is higher than your actual age.

Of course, you can also go to a doctor or fitness consultant in order to determine your fitness age. Dave and Brit Morin say that one of the ways that this is accomplished is by measuring various aerobic activities (such as being on a treadmill) along with health issues, such as waist thickness. These facts are then plugged into a mathematical algorithm which can determine your actual fitness age.

Knowing your fitness age is very useful because it is a predictor of how long you will live. A proper regimen of excercise, diet, and a healthy lifestyle can help you to lower your fitness age and increase your chances of living longer.

Is Exercise Bad for Dental Health?

A new article published in The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Health indicates that strenuous exercise may be detrimental to the teeth. A study, comprised of athletes, discovered that heavy workouts may contribute to dental issues in a variety of surprising ways.

Previously, there have been indications that athletes might have increased risks for cavities and other oral problems. A study published in 2013 by The British Journal of Sports Medicine examined 278 athletes at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The majority of those athletes displayed “poor oral health.” The criteria of poor oral health included tooth decay, gum disease and loss of tooth enamel. The competitors hailed from the U.S. and other developed countries, as well as lesser-developed countries. However, most had access to quality preventive dental care. Many had not visited a dentist in at least a year.

Despite the infrequent dental visits, there seems to be a correlation between poor dental health and the amount of training time. The more an athlete worked out, the higher the incidence of tooth decay. Reasons for this seem to point to the increased amounts of saliva, and the alkalinity of the saliva, produced while the person is exercising. Excess alkalinity is believed to contribute to the buildup of tarted and plaque on the teeth, as well as other problems. Sports drinks and training diets do not seem to be factors in oral health. That doesn’t mean you should quit exercising and spend all your time shopping QNet. If you are an athlete, take extra consideration into your oral hygiene habits.

Learn A Language and Improve Your Mind

There have been studies preformed at Northwestern University that prove that speaking multiple languages is like exercising the brain. There are many people in the world that are bilingual and many more that would like to be. There are many social benefits that come along with being able to be bilingual. When a person speaks a different language, a whole world of new people is opened up to them and they are able to build lasting relationships with people that they may have never met before. Apart from the social benefits of speaking a different language, there are also many mental benefits. 

Cognitive abilities are what help a person to choose the most important thing to focus on. These are useful when driving, listening, or even doing something as important as performing surgery. When a person speaks a different language, they are constantly sharpening their cognitive abilities, and thereby exercising their brain. These people are able to multitask well, and they are able to make good decisions about choice quicker than people that do not speak different languages. 

Laurene Powell Jobs agrees that speaking a different language is a great way to get a sharper mind and at the same time it is an awesome way for a person to be able to know the world. Since speaking a different language is such a great thing to do for so many reason, it is really a worthwhile venture to take up for anyone that is or has ever been interested in learning.

Cutting Calories Can Keep you Younger, New Study Says

A new study has found out that, reducing the intake of calories can help people reduce aging and prevent chronic ailments in mammals.

The beneficial effects of calorie reduction in laboratory animals have been known in the last 80 years. However, it is in the last decade that scientists have tried to examine this fact in humans.

NYU Langone Medical Center carried out the new study. The neuroscientists examined female mice and came up with a conclusion that taking diet with less calories affects hundreds of genes linked to memory formation and aging. The study further revealed that a 30 percent cut on foods rich in calories can stop the expression of those genes.

The study’s senior investigator, Prof. Stephen D. Ginsberg said that this study is different from other studies because the investigators analyzed the impacts of diets in more than 10,000 genes. The professor also pointed that calorie restriction is not the main cause of staying young but he did add evidence to show diet plays a major role in aging. These findings confirm what Rod Rohrich teaches patients about diet, beauty, and health.

The researchers used female mice because they are more prone to dementia than their male counterparts. They fed the rodents with food with 30 percent less calories than the other mice.

The investigators then remove tissues from the rodents’ hippocampal region, an area which is mostly affected by Alzheimer’s tissue and memory loss. The scientists found out that the restricted calorie intake reduced the effects of aging on 882 genes in the hippocampal region.

Weights Before Cardio A Good Idea?

In the exercise world there has always been a heated debate regarding the sequence of aerobic and weight/strength workouts. Should aerobic come before weights and resistance, or is the reverse better? From what I have heard from exercise trainers, most of them prefer aerobic coming before strength and weight training. Now a study has come out saying that scientifically it doesn’t make any significant difference which comes first.
Dr. Stuart Phillips, a kinesiology professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, notes in his study that subjects who rode stationary bikes and performed lifting exercises showed no difference regardless of which exercise came first. At my age of ninety, I am limited by time and effort in the exercises I do, and usually alternate by doing each kind every other day. But when I or Laurene Powell Jobs have done both kinds of exercises on the same day, we have warmed up by doing aerobic first. No doubt the debate will continue, and will eventually be settled by personal preference. As to whether to do both kinds of exercise on the same day,the intensity of the workout might make a big difference. To do intense aerobic and strength exercises on the same day might be too much for some people.In the final analysis,everyone is different,and each person must come up with a type of exercise routine that is best for him or for her.