What Your Hands and Fingers Say About Your Health

Did you know that your hands can say a lot about your overall health? Certain diseases have signs and symptoms which manifest in fingers and hands. If you’re clueless about what your fingers’ and hands’ appearances are telling you, read the rest of this post for some insights.

Swollen fingers – Swollen fingers can be a sign of PMS or bloatness because of too much salt intake. They can also signal hypothyroidism. This is a condition where your thyroid gland is not producing the right amount of hormones that regulates metabolism and keeps your body functioning properly.

Red palms – Red palms are signs of  eczema – a chronic skin disorder that which worsens when you’re under a lot of stress. The extent of its irritation can be limited with the use of soapless cleansers and wearing of gloves when cleaning, gardening or doing other activities that involve your hands.

Pale nails – If your nails appear pale or white most of the time, you could be suffering from anemia or low iron. Iron deficiency can lead to fatigue or heart problems. To solve this, fill up on iron-rich food. Take vitamin C-rich food as well for they aid iron absorption.

Numb and blue fingertips  – These are symptoms of Raynaud’s disease, a temporary blood vessel spasm that constricts blood flow to the fingers. This disease is more common in women and this is typically triggered by cool temperatures or stress. If you’re a smoker and a coffee addict, cut them out your lifetyle because they both constrict blood vessels. Hit the gym regularly to keep your blood pumping.

Are you experiencing limited hand mobility? You might want to read the hand exercises and tips here: http://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/5-exercises-to-improve-hand-mobility-and-reduce-pain.

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Stay Full While Working at Your Desk with These Healthy Snacks

Finishing a lot of work on your desk? Yes? This can make you feel hungry and exhausted especially when you’re still working after the office lights have already been turned off. Beat hunger and stay on top of your tasks with these healthy snacks which you can eat at your desk while pulling an all nighter or working during lunch break.

Hard-boiled eggs – A hard boiled egg has around 70 calories and it is packed with five to six grams of protein. Doctors say it’s safe a couple to three eggs a day.

Peanut butter and apples – This is the best snack to eat if you want increase levels of fiber, protein and healthy fat in your body.

String Cheese – Look for an organic variety of string cheese to snack on. This snack is high in protein and it offers a bit of fat at only 80 calories per serving.

Almonds – You will have 184 calories from an ounce or 12 almond nuts. Almonds are rich in omega-9 fatty acid – the kind of fat you’ll need to have a healthy heart.

Sweet potatoes – You can bake them in advance and  store them in your fridge. Bring them to work with a can of tuna in water. This snack combination is easy to eat while you’re working.

Celery sticks and hummus – Hummus is packed with nutrients and beneficial fibers called lignans that improve blood profiles, normalize blood pressure and enhance vitamin E absorption. Celery, on the other hand, helps clear your body of toxins.

Tomato Slices with olive oil – If you want to increase the anti-oxidant levels on your body, much on tomatoes in olive oil. You need not worry about getting fat as tomatoes are low in calories.

Beat Lung Cancer with These Home Remedies

More often than not, the symptoms of lung cancer appear in its advanced stage. Therefore, you will definitely need to take medications and undergo treatments as soon as you’re diagnosed of the disease. Here are some home remedies which can help alleviate the production of cancer cells in your lungs. They won’t counter the positive benefits of the medications that you might be taking. So consider trying them.

Avoid worrying and stay relaxed. Yes, being diagnosed with this disease is definitely overwhelming and scary. You will have a hard time breathing properly if you don’t relax and think positively. Divert your attention and focus on getting soon by doing something you enjoy or something that can keep you calm like saying a prayer, gardening or watching a feel good movie.Do not worry

Stay nourished. It’s challenging to eat when you have lung cancer. This may be caused by the pain from the disease itself or the pain from its treatment. Nevertheless, don’t allow yourself to lose too much weight. Stay healthy by eating small meals often all through out the day.

Save your energy. Let go of the tasks that make you feel physically tired easily. Ask a family member or a friend to accomplish these responsibilities on your behalf. Make sure to stay rested until you’re strong enough to get back on track.

Have a body massage. A body massage can alleviate the body pains you’re experiencing. Ask a family member or friend to massage your hands and legs or rub your shoulders and back. Just remind them to avoid the areas where you may have visible tumors or deep vein thrombosis.

The Many Benefits of Meditation to Your Health

Advancements in technology and constant turmoils in the environment can cause the mind to be easily clouded. Oftentimes, a clouded  mind is the root of illnesses, failures and unrest in the lives of many. Are you one of those who suffer from the negative effects of a fast-phased and demanding lifestyle in the city? Why don’t you incorporate meditation in your lifestyle to clear your mind and lead a victorious life? Here are some reasons which might encourage you to engage in meditation ASAP.

Mind and Body

> Meditation increases immune function.
> Meditation decreases pain.
> Meditation decreases Inflammation at the cellular level.
> Meditation increases the grey matter.
> Meditation increases volume in areas related to emotion regulation, positive emotions & self-control.
> Meditation increases cortical thickness in areas related to paying attention.

Work and Productivity 

> Meditation increases your focus & attention.
> Meditation improves your ability to multitask.
> Meditation improves your memory.
> Meditation improves your ability to be creative & think outside the box.
> Meditation improves your wisdom level.

Emotions and Psychological Make-up.
> Meditation cultivates positive emotion.
> Meditation alleviates depression.
> Meditation decreases anxiety levels.
> Meditation decreases stress levels.
> Meditation increases social connection & emotional intelligence.
> Meditation makes you more compassionate.
> Meditation boosts Your self-control.
> Meditation improves your ability to regulate your emotions or quiet your mind.
> Meditation improves your ability to introspect.

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Anger Management: Saving Your Heart from Getting Hurt

Anger is a normal emotion which is usually caused by a few good reasons. While you can avoid getting angry for your health’s sake, you can always change the way you handle anger. Cardiologists worldwide agree that a destructive reaction to anger is the typical cause of heart attacks. Anger causes most people to fume, behave rashly and perform violent acts which they soon regret. Hence, expressing your anger appropriately can save from harming yourself and other people.

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Anger together with hostility, worry and extreme sadness is an emotion which fires up the “fight or flight” response of the body. In this situation, your heart  rate and breathing speed up because of the increased production of stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol. Simultaneously, your blood vessels tighten and your energy and blood pressure levels up. All these damage the artery wall especially when they occur quite regularly.

Unless you want to die early, here are some things you must observe when circumstances push you to be angry.

  1. Blaming those who caused the problem or the difficult situation you’re in wouldn’t solve anything.
  2. Would this issue matter months  or years from now? Should I be angry about it or should I just let it go?
  3. I will wait until tomorrow to check if this issue or person is worthy of my anger and emotions.
  4. Anger is and will never be an expression of care and love.

In Focus: Classical Music and Your Health

Music is powerful. It can move you from within and cause your eyes to well up with tears or push yourself to your limits. Since music – specifically classical music – can influence humans greatly, it has been used to treat different kinds of problems for many years now. Specialists call this music therapy.

Classical music helps you sort out your emotions and problems.  There are symphonies which will make you cry as soon as you hear their firs notes played. Crying provides a great way to release your unexpressed feelings and to experience healing. If you’re going through a lot and you don’t want to confide to anyone, listen to the masterpieces of Vivaldi or Debussy.

Classical music affects your breathing. Music in general can affect the speed of your heart beat. Certain classical pieces can slow down your breathing. This is a good thing especially when you’re hyperventilating or working on your anxiety or panic attacks.  Studies show that slow and meditative tempo has a relaxing effect that slows down your heart rate and clears your mind of negative thoughts.

Classical music can reduce blood pressure.  According to the American Society of Hypertension, researches show that listening to classical music, Celtic or reggae for about 30 minutes per day can lower your blood pressure. Dr. Peter Sleight at the University of Oxford, furthered explained that “music can alleviate stress, improve athletic performance, improve movement in neurologically impaired patients with stroke or Parkinson’s disease, and even boost milk production in cattle.”

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What Are the Risks of Eating GMOs?

Have you heard of GMOs? Genetically modified organisms or GMOs are living things that has had its genetic material altered in some way through human scientific interference. A GMO undergoes has its segments of DNA are spliced, rearranged or removed altogether under lab conditions. This process which a GMO undergoes is different from selective breeding where certain animals or plants are bred in a way to obtain improved or special features.

Nowadays, many consumers are wary of consuming GMOs because of the risks they might impose on one’s health. While some haven’t encountered any problems from eating them, some have experienced a few concerns which could lead to serious health problems.

Allergies – Studies show that GMOs can create new allergens to the food supply. Generally, proteins bring about allergic reactions. The transfer of genetic material from one host into a new one results in the creation of novel proteins. Also, genetic engineering can create other elements which could qualify as allergens other than proteins.

Antibiotic Resistance – Genetic engineering incorporates the heavy use of antibiotics so that they can introduce to the host cell a new gene or trait which they need the end product to emulate. The end product then becomes antibiotic resistant with so called ‘superbugs”. The latter is considered very harmful by some specialists.

Pesticide Exposure –  Products of genetic engineering are also created to be pesticide-resistant. Pesticide-immune crops usually acquire a great amount of it specifically when pesticides are used to kill the weeds surrounding them. Ingesting pesticides can cause birth defects, reproductive damage, cancer and endocrine disruption.

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