How Probiotics Can Help You Fight Anxiety

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By Emily Turk

saladheartProbiotics have long been known as one of the best food for digestion. But a new study shows that probiotics help in so many other ways, not just by improving digestion. Studies show that there is a link between gut bacteria and the human brain, which is how probiotics help with mood swings, depression, and anxiety. Now, most of these studies have been done on animals.

However, there is new research, done by the Oxford University that shows a deeper connection between mental health and gut bacteria. The study, conducted by Dr. Phillip Burnet and his team, found out that supplements that boost good bacteria in the gut can have an anti-anxiety effect. The team experimented with prebiotics, which are basically carbs that act as a nourishment for the strains of good bacteria, or probiotics. There is a link between prebiotics and probiotics.

Dr. Burnet said that “prebiotics are food for good bacteria already present in the gut. Taking prebiotics therefore increases the number of all species of good bacteria in the gut, which will theoretically have greater beneficial effects than a single species.

What was the study?

Dr. Phillip Burnet and his team asked 45 healthy adults to take either a prebiotic or a placebo. All of the adults in the study were between age 18 and 45. They took a prebiotic or a placebo each day for three weeks. After the trial period, researchers did tests to assess the results of the study. Their goal was to check for link between emotional information and gut bacteria, specifically how the participants “processed emotional information”.

According to the results, participants taking prebiotics paid less attention to negative information. In addition, they paid more attention to positive information when compared to the placebo group. The result shows that consuming prebiotics results in less anxiety when confronted with negative stimuli. Even more important, the results show that the effect is similar to the effect of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication.

Another thing that Dr. Burnet found is that people taking prebiotics have lower lever of cortisol in their saliva. This is a stress hormone previously linked with depression and anxiety.

How to promote healthy gut bacteria?

The result of the findings suggests that you should increase the consumption of prebiotics and probiotics.

That means that for prebiotic power foods, you should consume more almonds, asparagus, bananas, garlic, leafy greens, kiwi, legumes, mushrooms, oats, and onions. Probiotic foods include kimchi, carrots, green beans, beets, miso, natto, tempeh, chickpea, kefir, yogurt, and kombucha.

Other benefits of consuming probiotics

In addition to improving your gut health and helping with anxiety, probiotics bring a whole other set of benefits to the table.

For example, consuming probiotics reduces the blood pressure of people with high blood pressure. These foods also help keep your teeth intact by killing bacteria that causes tooth decay. Simply put, you will have a great smile just by consuming probiotics. They also help with skin problems like eczema. A study found out that allergy-prone mothers with eczema can reduce the risk of babies developing the skin issue. Women should consume probiotics for other reasons as well. They help with bacteria like yeast infection, urinary tract infection, and bacterial vaginosis.

Exercise US

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exerciseuslogoThe official date has been set regarding the ninth annual Exercise US program which is now scheduled for September 28, 2017. Due to many requests, the event has been moved from October to September in honor on National Childhood Obesity Awareness month. Feedback from around the country has been outstanding, as the schools and organizations involved loved the concept. We hope that year nine of the event will be just as successful! Thank you to all schools and organizations involved in the Exercise US program during the first eight years, as your support made the program a big hit. If you are new to the program this year, visit this link.

How To Keep Your Medical Practice Free Of Infectious Pathogens

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By Veselina Dzhingarova

didyouknow?Maintain a state of the art waiting area for your patients featuring chairs with non-porous surfaces and plenty of trash receptacles to keep your office cleaner. Instruct your workers to wipe down all areas with antibacterial wipes to help prevent germs from replicating and spreading to other areas. Unfortunately, some illnesses spread quickly, even in the cleanest of medical facilities. Working with an infection control consultant will aid you in identifying potential hazards within your workplace as well as managing outbreaks before they become detrimental to your business. Remember that hiring a team of healthcare professionals who know how to treat patients is one thing but keeping your medical practice free of pathogens requires a different type of expert.

Analyzing the Risk of an Outbreak

Your medical practice may have signs posted to help inform patients and staff of their duty to clean up after themselves, but it only takes one person being infected for an outbreak to emerge. Consider how quickly pathogens can spread after someone uses the facilities and fails to wash their hands. Those germs can be spread to the furniture and even your examination rooms over the course of just one or two hours. Infection control consultants can help you in identifying how bad a potential outbreak would be at your medical facility given your current practices. That information can also be used to prevent future contamination and the spread of dangerous pathogens.

Preventing Contamination

Installing equipment such as touch-less paper towel dispensers and toilets that automatically flush could be the key to stopping contaminants from being spread at your medical facilities. The suggestions that are given to you by an infection control consultant will be personalized and based on the size and specific structure of your practice. Medical facilities that are used to treat and care for pregnant women or the elderly, for example, may be urged to take additional precautions as the people they serve are more at risk.

Monitoring the Cleanliness of Your Facilities

After getting an assessment, you will need to have your facility checked to ensure that there is little risk of a serious outbreak. Cultures may be taken from various surfaces to check for pathogens and your staff may even be surveyed on the level of cleanliness at your business. Whether assessments are continuous or infrequent, it is vital that your medical facility is looked after by someone who specializes in infectious disease risk factors. One particularly bad flu season could lead to an outbreak in your practice, sickening your staff and causing you to temporarily shut down. Whenever you have questions about pathogens and infectious diseases you should go to a consulting firm that can give you specialized advice.

No amount of hand sanitizer is going to rid your medical facilities of all germs and pathogens, but you can still keep the risk of outbreak very low. Keep up to date on the spread of diseases in your region so that you can act fast before a crisis develops. Most importantly, maintain good cleaning habits that are streamlined to work with your particular medical specialty.

Common Caregiver Injuries And How To Prevent Them

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By Monica Mendoza

grandparentchildCaregivers come from all walks of life. There are professional caregivers and family caregivers. They work hard to care for those who cannot care for themselves. And yet, too often, it is the caregivers themselves who forget their own well-being. Some caregivers even find themselves encumbered with their own health issues and injuries.

Studies show that in 2015, over 170,000 incidents of documented illness or injury happened in the private nursing and caregiver industry. This translates to roughly 6.8 incidents per 100 workers. Clearly, caregiver injuries have become common and affect a significant percentage of healthcare workers. The most common injuries recorded are sprains and strains, cuts and punctures, fractures, soreness or pain, bruises, and multiple trauma.

These injuries are classified as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). They affect the body’s joints, muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons, particularly the bone structures that support limbs, which are the back and the neck. In order to address these injuries, The Hospital Patient and Healthcare Worker Injury Protection Act was created. It requires healthcare facilities to adopt practices that will reduce the injuries of healthcare workers, especially for those who have to move and lift patients.

Employers of healthcare workers need to make sure that they create measures to avoid injuries. These are some of the activities and situations caregivers should try to steer clear from:

1. Doing Heavy Lifting

Caregivers need to support heavy weights whenever transferring supplies or moving a resident. MSDs occur when caregivers pull or strain their muscles or injure their tendons, ligaments, cartilage, or joints. Employers should make sure that caregivers are equipped with proper gear, like a back brace or weight belt to assist them with the load. Often, healthcare workers are discouraged from wearing these items because putting them on and taking them off can take up a bit of time and effort. However, employers can reinforce this policy to make sure that caregivers follow this rule. Employers can also provide the facility with patient lifts and slings to help lessen the impact of transferring patients or changing their position.

Another precaution that can be employed is to give caregivers the proper training and techniques for lifting. If the caregiver needs to bend down to assist a senior when eating or bathing, advise them to place themselves in a more comfortable position, such as squatting or sitting. They can also be taught to stretch every day to relieve muscle tightness and to make them more flexible.

2. Contact with Illness

Those that need care are often sick or weak. Caregivers often risk constant exposure to bacteria and viruses that may make them more susceptible to contracting illnesses. Also, exposure to blood and other bodily fluids increases a caregiver’s risk of getting sick.

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of diseases is to practice frequent hand washing. Microbes and bacteria may be minimized, if not eliminated, through proper hand hygiene practices such as washing with water and soap and using hand sanitizer. Also, to prevent viruses from entering their bodies, workers may be required to wear surgical masks. Make sure that all staff are vaccinated regularly. And see to it that they get shots for common illnesses such as flu to prevent the occurrence of these diseases.

3. Overworking

It is a reality that communities or homes that provide care may be understaffed due to limited budget. This means caregivers are often overworked — a state that could lead to health issues and illnesses caused by stress. These issues can take a toll on the employees’ physical and mental health, which could then result to lack of sleep, poor eating habits, and increased vulnerability to illnesses.

If it is not at all possible to increase the number of caregivers, one way to avoid overworking the employees is to provide them with regular breaks to rejuvenate themselves. They should be working regular shifts of 8 to 10 hours, and should not be required to be on call outside of the residence. If the caregiver works for over 10 hours, they may make more mistakes since they are too tired. When this happens, employees and residents become susceptible to injury or harm. Make sure that the caregivers are well-rested and ready for their shift.

Choosing a career in the healthcare industry may entail health risks. However, issues that come from heavy lifting, exposure to illnesses, and understaffing can be addressed to prevent further complications and burn outs. Policy enforcement, proper training and equipment, and care for caregivers can go a long way in preventing these common injuries.

3 Basic Ways To Be A Healthier Mom

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By Carolette Alcoran

active familyBecoming a parent would mean that you have to care not only for yourself but you have to give your whole life to your children as well. But before being able to do so you have to know if you are healthy enough to do it. It’s the same as saying “Help yourself first, before you can help others”. Becoming healthy won’t be in an instant, especially now that you are a parent. Staying healthy is a bigger challenge. The thought of trying to be healthy is a constant addiction.

The moment somebody tries to spill something of the word “healthy” a person would immediately react to the stimuli of asking oneself, if they are. It makes you think about your preferences on being healthy. Thousands of internet articles might say you might not be in the socially accepted level of being healthy, but you yourself should say otherwise. Being healthy should boil down to you saying that “you are”. Being a mother would require you to look through a lot of things, being in a stable happy life while being in healthy should be one of them. You should take your pick on how to be one.

Stay on the right diet

It is often a sight to see, people who become parents are usually going on top of the weighing scale and it is normal thing. Sure, it must’ve been fun going on the “I can get this and eat that attitude” when you were pregnant that sent your husband running from places to places just to please your appetite. But you are a mother now and considering a healthy diet should be a priority.

Cut off the sugar intake and lessen on foods with preservatives. There is no mistaking that you cannot totally avoid consuming all products that would make you go on an unhealthy diet, but making sure you lessen this is your choice. Go for more fruits and vegetables and remember to be eating on time. What you do serves as an example for your children, if you’re healthy then they should be too.

Downing the weighing scale

If you happen to be one of those parents who are consciously looking at themselves in the mirror after a few years of being a parent and seeing the weight gain they have, make sure you spend time on staying fit. Now, fit is a broad term and is almost the same thing as saying healthy. Being fit would make you as you are if you think that you are. Getting to exercise more often should make you feel less stressed about your life. Of course, it is a challenge looking after your children and it is enormously stressful. But if the price of being healthy would make you a better parent then you should consider it. Spend time on short breaks for exercise and don’t broaden the word, just do what you can as it will help you relieve yourself, mentally and create a better vibe for your family. You could also try doing yoga. Study says that it exercises you both physical, mentally and spiritually, you might consider going with a yoga teacher training. If it makes you healthier you should go with the question “why not”?

Get your happy hour

A mother typically carries the most stressful baggage in the family because she is the one who mostly likely considers everything from her children to her husband to everything in household. Could you remember a time that you stumbled? What was the first word you uttered? “Mom”!

Being a mother, you should make time for yourself and take some time off. Of course, being a parent is forever but considering the load you are carrying all the time you wouldn’t be doing any good if you are always stressed. Get a book, watch a movie, a date with your husband or a night out with your friends. You can always ask your husband to look for your baby or better hire a good tutor, which would benefit your child too. It should get you going with a positive vibe and be a better parent for your children and a loving wife for your husband.

Settle with everything on your own pace. Being a parent is not an easy task, you should consider creating your own set of rules that would supply your happiness. If you are already stable in your decisions, then you are all set in becoming a healthy individual for all the roles that you are acting as.

– Carolette Alcoran is a Content Writer from the Philippines. She has rendered services accurately and is flexible in writing various topics. She writes promotional advertisements, issues concerning both virtual and reality, lifestyle tips, marketing trends and also media’s effectiveness.

5 Benefits Of Energy Healing

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By Veselina Dzhingarova

mansmileAn energy healer is someone who brings positive energies to those individuals who need help to re-balance their own energies or release the negative energies within them. Often, people that seek the help of an energy healer are struggling with grief, addiction, stress, depression or other mental health problems. They can feel like they are being consumed with negative energy and that they cannot find positivity on their own. An energy healer will help them to re-balance their energies and go forward, tackling their issues head on with renewed strength and love.

Energy healing can help anyone. It isn’t just about targeting specific issues. Here are just five ways consulting an energy healer in NYC could help you.

Stress Management

Stress is a huge problem in modern society. We’re all busy, always rushing, constantly on our phones, in demand and feeling like we’re not quite good enough. An abundance of negative energy can make it easy to get trapped in a cycle of stress. Going backward and forward stressing about different problems, never quite reaching any resolutions or feeling at peace. An energy healer could help you find ways to manage your stress through positivity, instead of getting sucked into negative thought processes.

Healthier Relationships

Building and maintaining positive relationships can be tough. Our relationships are influenced by how we interpret each other’s words and actions. Which is often prejudiced by how we feel about ourselves and the events and relationships of our past. Letting go of these negative energies can make it much easier to enjoy and appreciate our current and future relationships.

Productivity

One reason people struggle with productivity is a lack of self-confidence and self-belief. If we think we can’t do something, or that we’re not good enough or fast enough, this negativity holds us back. We procrastinate out of a fear of failure, we don’t give it our all and we struggle with our creative flow. An energy healer can help you to put all these negative feelings behind you. Instead, you will be able to think positively about your own abilities, focusing on what you are good at and seeking ways to improve where you aren’t as good. Progressing without fear will help you to become more productive and creative in your work.

Happiness

thumbsupUltimately, we’re all striving for happiness in all walks of life. But, many of us are stopping ourselves from achieving it by looking for the negatives in all situations. Energy healing can help you to cut out this habit and instead look for happiness and love in whatever you do.

Spiritual Growth

Clearing your mind and soul of negativity can help you to embrace your own spirituality. No longer held back by negative forces you could become a much calmer, more spiritual person, in tune with nature, your body and whatever power you believe in.

Put simply, energy healing uses positive energies to break through any internal barriers in the way of your happiness. Doing this allows your body to heal itself and your mind to grow. If you’ve never tried energy healing, why not give it a go?

Health, Happiness And Well-being

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By Mandy Kester

joggersWhat Does it Mean to be Well or Healthy?

It would seem that well-being or wellness are the latest buzzwords when it comes to talking about our health and lifestyle. Such terms refer to a general reference for the positive condition of an individual or group.

However, well-being and wellness are not the same thing. Well-being refers to a more holistic whole-of-life experience, whereas wellness refers just to physical health. This can also be applied to different areas of life, such as general health, psychological and emotional aspects. According to Naci and Ioannidis, wellness refers to diverse and interconnected dimensions of physical, mental, and social well-being that extend beyond the traditional definition of health. It primarily includes lifestyle choices and activities aimed at achieving our physical pinnacle, mental alertness, social integration and a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction tied to personal fulfillment. A large part of achieving and reaching a positive sense of well-being is the pursuit of happiness and being happy. How do you obtain such a lofty goal? Easier said than done we know but, it is possible.

The Pursuit of Happiness

Everyone wants to be happy and yet very few people are truly happy. Why is that? What does happiness entail? According to psychologist Martin Seligman, the proponent of Positive Psychology, happiness is not the result of good genes or luck. Rather, real, lasting and meaningful happiness results from focusing on your own strengths and not on your weaknesses. By doing so, you will improve all aspects of your own life. Again, easier said than done.

Achieving happiness can also be as easy as trying or learning a new thing. For example, a new hobby, learning a foreign language, trying an exotic food, traveling, etc. You get the picture.

Happiness is always tied to health. It is interchangeable. If you are unhealthy, you will likely be unhappy. So, it makes sense that working on your health is key to achieving real, lasting and meaningful happiness.

Health and Well-being

healthyheartWe all have a different understanding and notion of what health is. Health means a lot of things. It could mean being able to walk a mile, not to feel aches and pains, to feel energized. In short, the list is endless. The World Health Organization defines health as a “state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease”. Our health is affected by many factors such as the environment, the existence or absence of a support network (like family or friends), where we live (city vs. countryside), our finances or lack of them, as well as, our lifestyle. Some of our lifestyle choices can lead to good or bad physical health.

Some of these may include but are not limited to:

* Level of activity/exercise we choose (ranging from light walking to hardcore aerobics or bodybuilding)

* Diet (whether it is balanced full of vegetables, fruits, grains, proteins and carbs or full of junk food)

* Sleep (not only the amount but the quality is important)

* Alcohol consumption (this pertains to the quantity and frequency and whether or not it is abused)

* Smoking (this should be avoided as much as possible)

* Knowledge (being informed is crucial in today’s health conscious world. Sites like Reviewy are full of comprehensive health articles and reviews)

Final Thoughts

So, how do you achieve well-being? Is it via achieving happiness? Through being healthy? Or all of the above? The combination and method is up to you. The important thing to remember is that you need to work from within to better yourself and your outlook on life. Everything else will fall into place.

Workout For A Healthy Weight Loss

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By Le Trong Tuan (Robert)

girljogAre you are craving for a fit and lean body while remaining healthy at the same time? Then, it is high time for you to skip all those tempting unhealthy junk food filled with carbohydrates. But you should also remember that the solution is not in artificial weight loss methods.

Today, you find a lot of methods available but we recommend the all-time best method for losing weight. Workout. Workout. Workout every day. But that alone isn’t enough! Here’s a guide to properly lose weight and stay fit.

How exercise helps you lose weight?

As long as you know that your calories are burning, you know you are healthy. If you do regular workouts, you don’t have to reduce your food intake that much. If a person is more prone to physical activity, it will cause the heart to pump blood much faster and thereby begin to burn calories. So, get into simple aerobic activities every day like a casual walk, a brisk run or a regular exercise plan. Simple things like taking the stairs instead of a lift, a little bit of gardening every day can be counted as workouts too. You don’t always have to go for a gym to lose weight. Plan out and exercise for at least thirty minutes every day. This way, you know that you are healthy and remaining fit.

Why are workouts healthy?

As we pointed out workout burn excess calories and fat layers formed in your body. This also improves your blood circulation and muscle flexibility. According to specialists, regular workouts prevent high blood pressure, lethargy, cancer, obesity, diabetes and many other diseases. Also, you will feel a lot better and less stresses after a brisk run every day. This means exercise boosts your mental health too.

Stay away from harmful weight loss diets

Today you will find a range of weight loss programs and products promising you a beautiful body. But you should watch out and keep yourself away from harmful products. These will make you slim in no time due to the chemicals in them but they contain a lot of side effects. These can even lead to fatal diseases and sicknesses. So, leave no regrets in your life and work out towards a healthier life.

The gym is good to keep count

If you fancy going to a gym and having a fitness coach by your side, it is perfectly okay. Sometimes it is important that your exercise is monitored so that you know how far is the goal to be fit and lean. A gym will make you workout regularly and vigorously. The coach will encourage you to lose weight. Then, you are all set even if you are living a busy life. But make sure to attend gym classes regularly and take the maximum use of everything.

You also need a fitness tracker to track: how much calories you burnt, how your heart rate changes with each exercise level.

Follow a proper diet

It is true that workout means that you don’t have to be very picky about food. But, workouts will be useless, if you keep on increasing your intake of junk food. So, while you are exercising and building the body you want, remember to eat healthy. Green vegetables, fruits, and protein will strengthen and build muscles. This doesn’t mean you will be fat, but very fit and attractive. After all who doesn’t want to be?

Conclusion

Make workouts or regular exercises your best friend. The road to a healthy weight loss is not that easy. You need to be constantly motivated dedicated to your fitness routine. So, make sure you stick to workouts no matter how hard it is. This will improve your physical and mental well being too. The results of weight loss workouts are very positive and beautiful. At the end of the day, you will be staring at a fit and lean version of yourself. You will be much healthier and energetic than before.

About the Author

Robert- Keens on investigating in healthcare issues, regarding weight loss tactics. Healthy lifestyle and workout routine. His website – thefitnesstracker.com – is a great digital for those who are concerning about fitness tracker – a healthcare gadget for making a better life.

Hearing Loss In Musicians, Not Just Rock And Rollers

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Submitted by the Baylor College of Medicine, please share your thoughts below…..

humanearPicture a rock and roll concert, with music blaring out of giant speakers on stage. Now imagine a sophisticated symphony performance. Which group of musicians would be more likely to suffer hearing loss? Surprisingly, it’s classical musicians who may be most at risk, according to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine.

“We don’t generally think of musicians as being at risk for hearing loss,” said Dr. Ross Tonini, an audiologist at Baylor. “Generally, it’s assumed that rock and rollers are at greater risk for hearing loss, but it’s actually classical musicians that have higher rates of noise-induced hearing loss.”

Whether they are in a symphonic orchestra or a marching band, trained musicians over time may begin to suffer from noise-induced hearing loss caused by close proximity to loud instruments. Loud music from almost any part of the orchestra or brass band can cause hearing loss. Increased tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, which may be associated with hearing loss, is reported as a significant occupational hazard for professional musicians, Tonini said.

“The thing that destroys our hearing is prolonged exposure to loud sound,” said Tonini. “As musicians, if we can separate our loud, bring-down-the-house music and intersperse it with softer music in rehearsals, we can give our ears a rest.”

Hearing protection such as ear plugs specially made for musicians are recommended for those who participate in a band or symphony. “These ear plugs filter sound so that musicians are able to hear their music without damage,” said Tonini. “They protect their ears and make the music a little softer so that they can get their ears out of that danger zone, down to a level that is safer for their ears.”

Hearing loss can start in musicians in middle-school and high school who participate in band or orchestra. Tonini suggests that directors and teaching professionals should be more aware of their musicians’ hearing risks and have their musician’s hearing screened.

“From an audiology point of view, we need to be more involved in working with the public schools to provide awareness, and musicians must be mindful that they are at risk for hearing loss,” said Tonini. “Noise induced hearing loss from music is something that is completely preventable. No musician wants to lose their ability to make music because they have lost the ability to hear the music.”

Flex Belt

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Review coming soon about the Flex Belt! I have been asked to give this device a try to review it….so keep posted for further updates.

Flex BeltThe Flex Belt Ab Belt Workout – FDA Cleared to Tone, Firm and Strengthen the Abdominal Muscles.

How Does the Flex Belt Work?

Here’s how it works: The unique construction of the Flex Belt features three pre-positioned, medical-grade GelPads, covering the central abdominal muscles and external obliques.

Signals from the ab belt reach out to nerves where they are most concentrated.

These nerves branch out to reach all the abdominal muscles (not just those under the pads) causing them to relax and contract naturally, working all the muscles at the same time.

To learn more about the Flex Belt, please click here.