Why Gyms Can Be Better Than Solo Workouts.

Over the years, there has been a lot of debate over how helpful gyms really are. People who are overweight often find themselves uncomfortable working out in a gym or class because they feel like they are being stared at. Even people who are just trying to get fit may feel self conscious in the wrong setting. Large gyms with hundreds or thousands of members, crowded workout floors and large classes can make for an intimidating situation. However, for gyms that offer a wide range of options, that are more exclusive in their membership, and are staffed with encouraging and helpful people, the gym is an ideal setting for most people.

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Why It Is Better

One reason that most workout plans fall through is a lack in motivation. People may be discouraged quickly or find it hard to stick with a plan. Being part of a quality and supportive gym can help most people not only find the motivation to keep at it, they have a larger than at home variety of ways to workout. It is also more effective to use a gym than try to build a personal one at home. Most gyms also offer personal trainer classes like these, which are cost effective, put you own a schedule and force you to make healthy decisions.

For people with limited floor space to work with, the idea of trying to have their own exercising equipment is an impossibility. With a gym, people can have access to different machines and classes that can help motivate and encourage exercising. A gym that encourages a friendly atmosphere and engages with its members can not only ensure they return, but also that they meet their fitness goals. When people start working out alone, aside from often loosing motivation, they also run a higher risk of injury from not doing a move, or using a machine, properly.

Attending a class to learn how to properly perform moves, or have an attendee explain the equipment, can be critically important and make all the difference in the world when it comes to keeping up with exercising.


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The Power of Nature and Science Combined

When it comes to medicine, there has long been a rift between the communities that support modern medicine and herbal medicine. Many doctors scoff at patients who ask or suggest herbal remedies and chalk them up as nothing more than snake oil. However, in more recent years, there has been a slow change in how herbal medicine and modern medicine are regarded as separate.

The increasing number of clinical and documented trials and studies conducted to ascertain old world claims regarding several herbals remedies has been shedding some rather clear lighting. As more studies conclude and become published, herbal medicine and natural health products have become increasingly more accepted in modern medicine circles. The only lingering warning that will always ring true until corrected, is that herbal medicine is often unregulated, which mean buyers should always beware.

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Finding A Company To Trust

With scientifically backed research and proof, herbal medicines have gained popularity. But in this rise, there is also the unfortunate market for the unreliable. Herbal remedied and supplements may be found validation, but without regulation, it can be a difficult market for the consumer. Fly by night companies that sell products under false claims of purity and content are sadly rather frequent. With this being the case, many consumers ask, “How do I find an herbal supplement that is legitimate?” To that the answer is also dependent upon another trait of the modern times.

Using the internet consumers can find out a lot more about companies and people than every before. Instead of wondering if a product is as valid as their website claims, they can look up outside consumer reviews. Reputable herbal health companies like Omega Herbal Products have proven that with a reliable and trustworthy track record, companies in this industry can have access. They can also directly speak to company representatives and ask if they can provide proof for their claims. Companies with high reputations and responsive representatives that are helpful are great indicators you can trust their products.


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How To Help Kids Adjust To A Big Move

stress kidsSome children enjoy moving, but most have some difficulties. Usually the child’s age, social standing, and level of friends has a big impact on how they will react to moving. The further away the move, the more difficult it can be for them to cope. The following are some general tips courtesy of Christos Moving in Florida for helping kids cope with a big move, which can help relieve some of the stress that comes with it.

Give Fair Notice

For kids that are really connected with their peers and community, it is important that they are given adequate time to say goodbye and prepare mentally for the loss of being able to hang out with their friends. A new place will carry with it the fear of the unknown, which can make some kids very nervous and rebellious of the move. As soon as the decision to move has been made, kids should be informed and given the chance to work through their emotions. It is less traumatic for kids to know that a move is coming as soon as possible.

Get Them Involved

While which home is purchased is ultimately the decision of the parents, kids should still be allowed to fell they are involved. When possible, letting them come along on tours or look at pictures of properties online can help them to feel involved in the decision and ease their feeling of helplessness that moving can invoke in some.

Be Positive

Above all else, when it comes to easing the fears and anxiety in children regarding a big move, being positive and supportive are essential. It is important to discuss why the move is being done and highlight the benefits it will have. Finding the positive points and understanding that even if it very beneficial to the family, it can be upsetting, are keys to supporting children when preparing to move.


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Evaluating Your Healthcare Options

painWhen pain is distracting you, and you are unable to function normally, waiting for an appointment with your physician may not be an option. Even if your healthcare provider can offer same-day appointments, immediate care may be necessary to avoid costly sick days and missed pay if you fall ill after business hours.

If you are like many, when you need medical care quickly you will look for the nearest emergency room. Visits to the ER are at an all-time high, but this is often an unnecessary visit. Wait times can be excessive, and unless you have a true medical emergency, you can receive adequate care elsewhere. Other options are often cheaper, quicker, and more appropriate for average medical needs.

So, what are these other care settings, and how do you determine which is best?

Options Beyond ER Care

Unless you have a true medical emergency, you will get quicker service and possibly more attention in another setting, such as an urgent care center, walk-in doctor’s office, or health clinic. These options often have longer hours, holiday hours, and relatively low wait times. In addition, they often cost about the same as a traditional doctor’s visit, unlike the emergency room, which can cost about five times more.

• Urgent care center: These clinics can handle problems that need immediate attention, such as sprains or x-rays, but do not require true emergency care. A poplar urgent care center franchise called Doctors Express (find them here) are opening up across the county with rave reviews.

• Walk-in doctor’s office: A standard office setting with no appointment necessary; this is a good option if you need simple attention for colds or asthma quickly.

• Retail health clinic: Walk-in clinics that are located at major pharmacies and retail chains. Great for routine care, such as flu shots and care for colds and minor ailments.

If you have a health plan, they may have a 24/7 line available to help you determine what kind of care you need to receive.

Where Should I Go?

Of course, the desire to circumvent the emergency room waiting time is foolish if you have an actual emergency. Avoidance of the expensive emergency room should never stop you from seeking the appropriate medical care. But, how can you know when to visit an ER and when to seek other options? Although this is ultimately a personal decision, there are a few guidelines to keep in mind when deciding what care to seek.

Visit an Emergency Room if:
• Signs of a heart attack or stroke
• High fever with stiff neck, disorientation, or fainting
• High-impact collisions
• Fall from more than five feet
• Wounds that bleed excessively and/or complete or partial amputations
• Coughing up or vomiting blood
• Head trauma
• Sudden and severe abdominal pain

Choose an Urgent Care Center for:
• Stitches
• X-rays
• Strains or sprains
• Eye irritation or swelling
• Minor headaches, nausea, vomiting/diarrhea, general malaise
• Minor allergic reactions and asthma attacks
• Ear or sinus pain
• Vaccinations

Plan Ahead

Review this information with your primary care physician and discuss options in your area for urgent medical care. You should also check to see which care options are covered under your healthcare plan.


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Pain management: Natural ways to deal with pain

Millions of people suffer with back, neck, shoulder, leg, and other types of pain each day. This pain may be the result of age, a disorder, a chronic pain condition, or an accident. Of course, no matter how the pain developed, it can alter their life. Unfortunately, most of these people utilize prescription medications to treat or ease their pain.

While prescribed by their doctors, these medications cause more harm than good. With numerous side effects that can be addictive and hazardous, finding natural ways to deal with pain is smart. If you are experiencing pain, consider these natural options available at compounding clinics like Trinity Pharmacy to ease your discomfort. 

Hydrotherapy

While not a popular option, hydrotherapy is growing in popularity due to its enormous benefits and ease of use. Using various forms of hot, cold, or frozen water, the therapy helps boost the endorphins in your body to ease your pain. In addition, hydrotherapy soothes joints, muscles, or bones that are affected by your pain condition.

If you are interested in hydrotherapy, consider the following options:

  • Swimming in a pool, lake, or ocean
  • Soaking in a hot tub or Jacuzzi
  • Soaking in an ice bath
  • Warm, hot, or cold compresses
  • Hot or cold shower
  • Hot or cold bath

For some people, the thought of climbing into a tub or using energy in a pool is not possible. Fortunately, other hydrotherapy techniques such as compresses or showers are effective options for pain relief. 


Massage
Visiting a massage therapist is also a natural ways to relieve pain. Therapists will center their massage on the specific area of your body experiencing pain. For example, if you have lower back pain, your therapist will use gentle, yet firm motions to massage discomfort and tension out of your lower back.

Massage therapy is an effective option for injuries, chronic pain disorders, and arthritis. 

Acupuncture
For a truly unique experience, consider acupuncture for your pain. Thin needles are inserted into various “points” of your body to stimulate the body’s natural release of endorphins. Once your body releases these chemicals, your pain will be decreased and your overall level of stress will improve. 

Although not scientifically proven to relieve pain in all patients, acupuncture is growing in popularity due to its instant boost in a person’s mood. 

Herbal Supplements
Diet and exercise do help many people recover from painful conditions, but if you are suffering with a chronic disorder, consider adding one or more of these herbal supplements. Although not normally found in your medicine cabinet or kitchen pantry, they can be purchased from local health food stores or vitamin shops.

Ginger – The phytochemicals in ginger reduces inflammation in your body. If you are dealing with joint or muscle pain, add a ginger supplement to your vitamin or supplement routine.

Tumeric – Tumeric was a popular treatment for arthritis years ago and is still effective today. It offers amazing anti-inflammatory properties to reduce pain and swelling in the body.

St. John’s Wart – If you have arthritic or neuropathic pain or are suffering with sciatica, take St. John’s Wart for effective relief. 

Living with pain does not have to be an option. However, if experiencing pain or discomfort, it is best to consult your doctor before using any natural treatments. Using this guide, you can manage your pain in a safe, natural manner.


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When You Should Visit A Urologist

Quite a number of people have been hesitant about seeing a urologist for a number of reasons. First, one may not experience any signs and symptoms that warrant seeing an urologist. For instance, the Mayo Clinic notes that urinary tract infections do not always show signs and symptoms.

Second, some individuals may have negligence and procrastination about their medical condition or conditions. Such individuals visit a specialist only when the condition becomes serious. Lastly, some primary care doctors are under pressure from insurance companies to limit referrals to specialists.

Urologists diagnose, treat, and monitor disorders related to the external genital organ and the urinary tract. These include the ureter, urethra, kidney, and bladder. In addition, they conduct related surgeries like surgical procedures on adrenal glands; having said that, the individual should be well informed so as to know when to see an urologist.

When You Should See an Urologist

To start with, a small percentage of male infertility is caused by testicular cancer. This is often overlooked by primary care doctors and also missed by fertility doctors. Second, blood in the urine (whether visible or seen under a microscope) is not normal and should be referred to an urologist. It can be an early warning sign of kidney or bladder cancer.

The urologist, like those at The Urology Partners, will carry out urine tests, x-ray, and may examine the bladder by using fiberoptic scope. Third, urine incontinence warrants seeing a doctor. This refers to the inappropriate leakage of urine. Women are particularly vulnerable to this condition. The advantage of seeing a urologist first before any lifestyle change in the management of incontinence is that a thorough workup can pinpoint the cause of incontinence.

Fourth, one can see an urologist for the purpose of pediatric urinary care. In most cases, this deals with urination problems among the children. It could be due to bed-wetting or Vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) – a condition where urine goes backward from the bladder to the kidney. If there is unsuccessful treatment of VUR, it could lead to kidney scarring.

Fifth, cases of both male and female sexual dysfunction may warrant seeing an urologist. Urologists have traditionally treated erectile dysfunction. They find the cause of sexual dysfunction through medical examination as well as medical history. Other evaluation tools include the laboratory, high frequency sound waves, and carrying out tests on the arteries of the penis.

Treatment options include oral medication, hormonal treatment, vacuum erectile devices, injections, and the surgical option. Sixth, a sharp pain in the back could be a symptom of kidney stones and one should see a urologist. This can be removed through high frequency wave sounds or through surgery.

Lastly, the color of the urine as well as your urination behavior may warrant seeing an urologist. These include the desire to empty your bladder often, feeling a burning when urinating, and only passing a few drops. In addition, the urine may have an unpleasant smell or may be cloudy.

The Urology Care Foundation notes that health conditions related to urine are a common problem to both men and women. In particular, women are more vulnerable to such problems than men. In case of such problems, one should see an urologist for proper diagnosis and eventual treatment. It should be noted that urology also has its own subspecialties.

Therefore, you should not be surprised if an urologist sends you to another urologist. Similarly, an urologist may need to work with another medical practitioner from a different specialty for optimal medical response to your problem. Urinary infections need to be treated as soon as possible. Failure to do so may result in life-threatening conditions. Overall, seeing an urologist and promptly for that matter is good for your health.


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Exploring Surgery For Your Eye

Eye Surgery

There are a number of eye conditions that call for eye surgery. Some are necessary for saving your vision while others are for cosmetic changes. Today’s advancements in eye surgery technology enable surgeons like Dr. Ahad Mahootchi to perform complicated procedures that can tackle almost any condition that affect the eyes.

Types of Eye Surgery

The following are the types of eye surgery that are available today:

  • Corrective Laser Surgery:

This is the most popular eye surgery in today’s world. The two most popular methods of corrective surgery are LASIK and PRK. LASIK stands for Laser- Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, while PRK stands for Photorefractive Keratectomy. Laser eye surgery can correct hyperopia, myopia, as well as astigmatism. This helps eliminate an individual’s need to depend on corrective lenses.

Lasik, which is the more popular procedure, uses a precision laser to remove cornea tissue in order to reshape it and therefore change its level of focus.

On the other hand, PRK is recommended for people with thin corneas where creating a flap is usually more difficult.

  • Cataract Surgery

Cataracts mostly affect both eyes and are usually found in more than half of adults who are more than 60 years old. The surgical procedure of removing cataracts (seen here) is usually very safe and successful. It is mostly recommended for people who have vision loss that is having a negative impact on their lives. The original lens is replaced with an artificial one in order to restore vision.

There are three different types of cataract surgery which are as follows:

Phacoemulsification: This is the most common type. It is performed using local anesthesia only. It uses ultrasonic vibrations to dissolve the cloudy lens through an inserted probe.

Extracapsular cataract surgery: This is the type of surgery that is performed where the lens has become too dense for phacoemulsification. The procedure requires sutures and it needs more recovery time.

Intracapsular cataract surgery: This procedure requires a larger incision because the entire lens as well as the surrounding capsule has to be removed. It is a very rare procedure and it is only performed when the existing eye trauma makes it the only possible option.

  • Glaucoma Surgery

This type of surgery is used to reduce the intraocular pressure in the eyes when medications have failed to work. Glaucoma surgery cannot reverse vision loss as a result of glaucoma. They are two types of Glaucoma surgery:

Laser Surgery: This procedure uses a laser to make a small opening in the drainage system of the eye to enhancer fluid drainage out of the eye.

Conventional Surgery: This procedure involves creating a new drainage canal which allows intraocular fluid to flow out of the eye.

Other eye surgery procedures

  • Lid Repair Surgery:

This type of surgery is mostly used to treat droopy eyelids. It is usually done for cosmetic reasons.

Orbital Surgery:

This type of surgery is used to treat eye conditions including evisceration, anopthalmia, and enucleation. It is also recommended for people with congenital eye defects leading to large eye tumors and other serious conditions

Choosing a good Eye Surgeon

A good eye surgeon should possess the following qualities:

-Licensing: Licensing boards can validate a surgeon’s credentials.

– Board Certification: Enquire whether your surgeon is board certified.

-Through Advertisements: Many eye surgeons advertise their services in newspapers, on radio, the internet, or television.

-Referrals: You can ask for referrals from your regular eye doctor. He can direct you to a reputable eye surgeon.

-Recommendations from friends and family.

-Professional Organizations: The websites of organizations such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology offer ways to find local eye surgeons.


How to Find The Right Family Health Insurance

Family health insurance is now more important than ever before. Put simply, if you don’t get the right amount of coverage then you could be putting everyones health at risk in the event of illness or injury. Don’t take a chance. Make sure you get the right family health insurance before it’s too late.

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Many people are under the impression that family health insurance is too expensive, but this just isn’t true. Sure, if you follow the “mainstream” way of getting insurance then you end up paying over the top premiums, but when you follow the advice below then you can expect to find family health insurance that is both cheap and affordable.

Keen to find out more? Let’s get right into the information…

Contact companies directly

One of the most straight forward ways of finding health insurance for your family is to contact insurance companies directly. However, most people get this completely wrong, as they typically end up choosing the first quote they come across.

Don’t make this mistake. Instead, actually spend the time contacting a few different companies so you can get a wide variety of quotes. This allows you to choose the best one for your needs and get a much better deal that 90% of the American population.

Use a comparison website

Thanks to advances in the internet over the past 10 years, using a comparison website to find the best health insurance for your family is now a reality.

In a nutshell, all you have to do is fill in your details once and then click “compare.” In no time at all you will be greeted with many different quotes from multiple insurance companies, and it is then a simple process of choosing the best deal on offer.

A good tip is to visit a few different comparison websites so you can be absolutely sure you are getting the lowest quotes.

Be specific

In order to get the right family health insurance quote, it’s essential that you can be as specific as possible about your medical history.

For example, if you are a smoker then don’t be tempted to bend the truth and claim that you are not. Many people do this in a bid to lower their health insurance premiums, but when it comes time to make a claim if you haven’t been telling the truth then your policy could become null and void.

Also, make sure you are as specific as possible about any past illnesses or injuries, as well as your exercise habits and any medications that are currently being taken.

Know what you want

Finding the right family health insurance plans is all about knowing what you want. As an example, do you require dental insurance added into the mix? Or how about maternity coverage in the next 10 years?

This is why you should research the available options available so you are able to narrow down exactly what you need. Don’t make the mistake of adding on things that are not suitable for your situation, as this means you end up paying over the odds for you and your family.


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Improve Your Family Health in 4 Simple Steps

Perhaps you have become lazy and unmotivated as a family, and because of this, your family health has started to suffer? If this is the case then you should be aware that you are definitely not alone. Recent statistics have shown that almost 64% of American families are considered to be unhealthy, which means there is a lot to be done until the nation becomes healthy once again.

Luckily, you have the power to change your own situation, which is why you should pay very special attention to the 4 simple steps below. Let’s get straight to it…

Step 1 – Participate in family activities

The absolute best way to improve your family health is to participate in activities together. This means doing fun things such as swimming, playing in the park, playing sports like tennis, and even visiting a gym.

Basically, you need to break the habit of sitting on the couch and watching TV or playing video games. Sure, these kind of activities are okay now and again, but the main bulk of your time as a family should be spent being active.

Step 2 – Prepare family meals from scratch

A major reason why many families are now in a health crisis is because their diets are poor. Instead of eating natural and nutritious food that contains vitamins and minerals, they instead opt for “junk food” from the local takeaway or supermarket. This kind of food might be quick, but in the long run it will affect the health of you and your family.

This is why it’s such a good idea to start preparing the family meals from scratch. Not only will this allow you to know exactly what is going in them, but you can also start to learn the art of cooking tasty meals with all natural ingredients.

Step 3 – Stop smoking as soon as possible

There are many different reasons why you should stop smoking as soon as possible. For example, not only does it ruin your health but it could also end up ruining the health of your children through passive smoking.

Also, let’s not forget that you are setting an extremely bad example when your kids see you smoking, which ultimately means they have a higher chance of taking up the habit when they are in their teens and early adulthood.

Fortunately, there are a number of programs designed to help you quit smoking with the least amount of willpower possible. You can try things like nicotine patches, nicotine chewing gum, and even nicotine tablets to help you kick the habit for good.

Step 4 – Get good health insurance

Another way to improve your family health is to get good health insurance. This ensures that everybody has the right treatment in the quickest amount of time possible when they are ill or injured, which means there is less chance of long term problems.

Unfortunately, many Americans don’t take health insurance seriously, and this is why they end up struggling to get the treatment they need.


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