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Reverse Diabetes Naturally

There are lots of stories that can be found online of people stating that they have changed their lives and improved their health for the better because they have discovered ways to reverse diabetes naturally, but is this actually possible? When talking about reversing diabetes, it actually means that the person suffering is not as dependable on diabetes medication anymore and some people find that they don’t need to take their medication anymore. However, diabetes is a serious illness and all care should be taken seriously, so it is very important to speak your doctor before coming off any medication or changing your lifestyle in an endeavour to reverse diabetes.

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Diabetes is a serious and life changing diseases. A diabetic person has high blood glucose, also known as hyperglycemia. After eating a meal, your body breaks down the food and turns it into glucose, a sugar form. Your body will then turn this into energy with the help of insulin. If you body doesn’t produce this insulin that is when diabetes becomes a problem.

Now it’s important to know that there are two types of diabetes.

  • Type 1 – an autoimmune condition.
  • Type 2 – stems from lifestyle choices.

There is no way to reverse type 1 diabetes, but maybe with a few lifestyle changes it may be possible to reverse diabetes type 2.

So what changes to your lifestyle can you possibly make to reverse diabetes type 2?

 

1. Firstly, cut out refined sugars.

Fruit juices and sugary pops enter the bloodstream quickly, causing a spike in blood glucose. It’s best to avoid these sugary drinks to not increase glucose. It’s also a good idea to cut out sugary snacks like sweets, lollipops and chocolate. Also, processed foods contain more sugar, salt, and artificial chemicals that are not good for a person without diabetes let alone with it. Cutting these out of your diet and eating wisely by replacing them with organic, homemade meals is a good way to cut out extra sugars, salts and fats from your diet.

 

2. Avoid alcohol intake.

Alcohol increases blood sugar, which like refined sugars, is also very dangerous. Cutting out alcohol or limiting your intake is a good lifestyle choice to make when suffering with diabetes.

 

3. Introduce Omega-3 fats to your diet.

You can find omega-3 in Krill oil, Mackerel, Kippers and Smoked Salmon.

 

4. More fibre!

Introduce more fibre to your diet as foods high in fibre such as oats, lentils and beans slow down the release of glucose, so you won’t have a quick peak of glucose, which is dangerous to a diabetic.

 

5.Control your weight

A very important thing to consider when reversing your diabetes is your weight. Type 2 diabetes is linked with your weight, so keeping a healthy weight and maintaining it is very important. This is a challenge, especially when insulin can cause you to gain weight, but losing weight can reduce the symptoms of diabetes.

 

6. Get a decent amount of sleep.

Lack of sleep can raise stress levels, anxiety levels and blood sugar. This will encourage insulin resistance and you might start to find that you put on weight.

 

Of course, it’s very important to remember that your doctor can give you the best advice on how to reverse or at least ease your symptoms of diabetes, but changing your lifestyle could possibly be the answer.

Keep a check on your blood sugar/glucose levels and as you make these easy lifestyle choices, see if they make a difference. Hopefully you will see your glucose levels drop.

 

CONCLUSION

Ask yourself some important questions: “Am I eating the right things?” “Am I exercising enough?” “Am I getting enough sleep?” These are important questions not just for a diabetic, but for everybody. Diabetes is not a disease you are born with, but Type 2 begins because of your lifestyle choices. So if possible, it’s a great idea to find ways to prevent it from happening to you or your children.

James Kelly

http://www.learnhandyhealthandwellnesstips.com

High Wycombe, Western Australia, 6057

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Lose Weight Without Dieting

Why do we believe that to lose weight we have to limit the amount of food we put in our body? This isn’t true and quite frankly, it’s not that healthy. Many people seek fad diets, new diets and old diets that worked for their good friend to lose a few pounds, and sadly, some even cut out food completely. When you stop eating or decrease the amount of food you eat, you’re not actually losing fat but muscle.

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If you want to lose weight then there is a much healthier way to do it. Not one of those diets where you only eat cabbage soup or eat a ridiculously low amount of calories one day and not the next. Your body doesn’t need that, it doesn’t want that and it certainly won’t miss it if you try something different.

Before anything else is said, eating healthily isn’t just to help you lose weight but it can also prevent serious health problems such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

Here are some lose weight tips:-

1. Avoid processed foods

One big change you can make to your diet to help you on your mission to lose weight is to stop eating processed foods and go organic. Processed foods tend to have more sugar, more fats and artificial chemicals, all of which do not provide your body with any benefits. Go organic and eat natural produce – produce that you make at home. Although this will take up more of your time, at least you won’t be adding extra sugar and salt, which is healthier and will help you lose weight without cutting out your favourite foods.

2. Include more fruit and veg into your diet.

Fruit and yogurt is a great breakfast because it’s healthy and it won’t cause you to put on the weight that you are trying to lose. A quick stir-fry in the evening with peppers, beans, onions and spinach is a healthy and tasty dinner. You’ll be getting a good amount of your five a day and your body will appreciate the food. Throw in some chicken or salmon for protein if you feel like your dish needs some meat and control your portion. Don’t overfill your plate. If you have made lots of food, store it away for lunch the next day. It doesn’t have to be used in one go. Just indulge on veggies!

3. Eat more fibre.

Studies have shown that increasing fibre in your diet can aid weight loss or at least control it. Foods like apples, potato, strawberries, and chickpeas are all high in fibre. These foods not only give you energy, they aid in weight loss because they make you feel full and satisfied. Drink lots of water as well, as this helps the fibre to pass through your body.

4. Pack your lunches with chopped up vegetables and humous.

It’s common to snack. If you’re hungry and the closest food to you is a bag of crisps or a chocolate bar from the vending machine, you’re more than likely go and snack on that. If you pack up a small snack box before work, at least you will have some healthy food to pick at as you go through your day. Chopped up vegetables and dip, fruit segments, dried fruits, raisins and nuts are healthy little snacks that will give you that full feeling but won’t leave you with those extra pounds.

5. Eat healthy fats and protein

Avocados are not only full of fibre and protein, but they also have healthy fats in them. Oleic Acid, found in monounsaturated fats, which are found in avocados are known to make you feel less hungry. Salmon is a great form of protein, which again will make you feel fuller quicker and can be ate at any time of day. Do some research into different types of foods and you will see that they are tasty, healthy, and they will help you lose weight. You’ll be surprised at how many of your favourite foods are actually great for you and not to be avoided.

CONCLUSION

Whether you want to control your weight, maintain it or lose it, cutting out meals and following fad diet plans is not the way to go. You can still enjoy your favourite dishes, still eat out and still treat yourself to a bar of chocolate. By eating healthily and eating the right things, you can lose that weight in a healthy and tasty way. If you still need help to lose weight without dieting there are some great books that you can read which show you how you can achieve your weight loss goals by eating healthily. One that I recommend has the title of ‘Eat-Weight-Off‘. Check it out if you are interested

James Kelly

http://www.learnhandyhealthandwellnesstips.com

High Wycombe, Western Australia, 6057

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Extreme Workout Fatigue: Dry Eyes

Many people worldwide suffer from the condition called dry eyes. It is a syndrome which occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears or simply when the tears evaporate too fast. This usually causes the eyes to dry out completely and become swollen, irritated and that is the moment when the discomfort hits, followed by pain and occasional blurry vision. It is like something is stuck in your eye all the time, every day. If you are a person who enjoys running or cycling, this syndrome can cause severe problems for you. Luckily, there is a way of preventing dry eyes. But let us get a bit more familiar with the topic.

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Exercising and dry eyes symptoms

If you are among those people who exercise on a regular basis, then you have higher chances of getting this syndrome. Some of the most basic symptoms are blurred vision, watering, dry eyes, sore eyes, burning feeling in your eyes and the feeling of something being stuck in your eyes. But, how is this connected to exercising? To start off, one has to know that the climate is one of the factors which affect the eyes, and working under hot or windy climate can affect your eyes and provoke the condition. Also, there are many more things which can cause dry eyes, and are listed in the paragraph below.

Hygiene

After an exercise, your body tends to sweat a lot. Usually athletes and those who exercise regularly tend to use specially designed t-shirts which cause less sweating and absorb most of it. Every once in a while someone uses his sleeves to wipe his eyes from the sweat. When this action is repeated over and over again, every next time after the first wiping you increase your chances of catching an eye disease, among which is the condition called dry eyes. Also, if you use your towel to clean your face from sweat, always clean the face first, then the rest of your body. By avoiding to do so, you bring all the bacteria and dirty substances to your face which can end up close or in your eyes. Again, this can cause many eye diseases, including dry eyes. Some of the common dry eyes causes include hormonal changes, wearing contact lenses and immune system-related problems, but usually one gets this syndrome by not taking care of personal hygiene. So make sure to take a good care of your hygiene and try to avoid touching or brushing your eyes while at the gym or any other place. In order to keep the eyes safe, one should never touch them with his fingers.

How to treat this syndrome

First of all, if you have this symptom there is no need to panic, since it is not that severe condition. There are many available treatments which can relieve the symptoms of dry eyes. Some of them are using eye drops to lubricate the eyes, medications to reduce inflammation and soreness, and in the worst case scenario – a surgery to prevent the eyes from completely draining away. Make sure you visit your doctor for a closer control and for best advices on how to treat the condition. Also, if the dry eyes syndrome is causes by some underlying conditions, treating them will definitely relieve the symptoms.

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Take good care of your eyes

If you want to have a clear and accurate vision, you have to take care of your eyes. They are irreplaceable, and should be handled with extreme care. Start by keeping your eyes and eyelids clean and protect them from dusty and smoky areas, windy and dry environments. When working with your computer or laptop, make sure to do some eye exercises every once in a while in order for the eye to blink regularly. If you air is to dry, make sure you use an air humidifier to moisten it. Last but not least is the diet; getting tons of Omega 3 acids will definitely improve your vision, so make sure you eat tons of carrots for starters. As long as your lifestyle and body are healthy, so will your eyes be.

People do not realize how important eyes are, and how easy it is to injure them. Taking good care of your health will lead to stronger immune system and therefore even protect your eyes in the process. It is always easier to protect them while you can, than to treat them later.

Guest Author’s Bio

Peter Minkoff is a lifestyle writer for HighStyleLife magazine living in Brisbane, Australia. He is dedicated to healthy living, exercising and spending time outdoors as much as possible. A firm believer in healthy diet, natural smoothies and energy healthy drinks for overall health benefits, Peter is powered by true motivation in all aspects of yoga and fitness-ing. He hopes to run his own yoga and fitness center someday. You can follow Peter on Twitter.

Arthritis Relief Naturally

It’s a common misconception that it’s only older people who get arthritis. It’s a disease that we think granddad or grandma have, but that’s not true. People of any age and any gender can get a form of arthritis. From a toddler to a 90 year old, having arthritis is possible it’s very painful and the sufferers long for arthritis relief.

It’s the name ‘arthritis’ that makes people think of the older generation, but arthritis is just joint inflammation, which is something anybody and everybody can get. Arthritis is the joint name for many different forms of this disease. There is osteoarthritis (where bone rubs against bone as cartilage has worn away), which is the most common form and there are other forms such as infectious arthritis, inflammatory arthritis and metabolic arthritis.

There are certain treatments available for people who are suffering and in pain, such as drugs and therapies, but there are some natural remedies to help in your arthritis relief. Be sure to note, however, that if you are in pain or think you have arthritis it is important to go speak to your doctor before doing anything else.

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Here are a few ways that you might find will help in your arthritis relief, be you 19 or 80.

Weight Control:

Arthritis causes swelling, pain and stiffness so it’s important to help your body in any way that you can to ease the pain. One way of doing this is by controlling your weight. Too much weight puts more pressure on your joints, especially your knees. So, if possible, losing weight will remove this extra pressure and hopefully ease you of pain to assist in arthritis relief.

Exercise:

Exercise is good for people who suffer with arthritis, but don’t go too hard on the workout or that could make it worse. Take it easy, take it slow, and do what you can do without pushing yourself too much. Doing an extra bit of exercise will not only help you control your weight, but it will help strengthen your muscles, help your joints move, and you’ll find that you’re not as stiff as you were beforehand. Again, it is important to ask your doctor first, but don’t be afraid of taking up a bit of exercise if you struggle with arthritis.

Hot & Cold Therapies:

A mixture of hot and cold can work wonders for arthritic pain. A hot water bottle or a hot bath can help relax tense muscles and reduce painful stiffness. It increases your blood flow and helps relieve any mental stress. The cold, such as ice wrapped in a towel, is great to reduce inflammation and swelling, which is what causes the pain with arthritis.

Massage:

Feeling stiff and unable to move is common among people who suffer with arthritis. Not only is this annoying but it’s uncomfortable and painful. By getting a massage, professionally or self-given, your muscles will relax and so will your body. Although this might only be a temporary solution to a long-term problem, it will help you move your body more freely for the time being and give you some arthritis relief.

Rest:

Although exercise is important for strengthening your muscles, you need to rest your body as well. It can’t be pushed too much or the pain will get worse and your muscles will end up very tense and you will end up feeling stiff. Getting adequate rest allows your body to heal itself, your muscles and the rest of your body to relax. This is just as important as taking up an exercise.

CONCLUSION

There are plenty of natural ways to help ease the symptoms and the pain from arthritis, but it is important to talk to your doctor or a health professional first.

Find your own way to ease your arthritis; meditation, acupuncture, diet and therapy are all other ways to get arthritis relief. Reading some good internet publications such as The Arthritis Step By Step Strategy may also be beneficial to you

You don’t have to live in pain and remember, it’s not just grandma that can suffer with a form of arthritis.

James Kelly

http://www.learnhandyhealthandwellnesstips.com

High Wycombe, Western Australia, 6057

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Improve Mental Health and Wellbeing

One in four people will suffer with a mental health problem in their lifetime. Rates of anxiety and depression are rising, especially amongst young adults and teenagers. It’s a sad fact that so many people are suffering and not getting the support they need or know other ways of supporting their mental health and wellbeing themselves.

There are lots of ways to help your mental health, lift your mood, overcome the symptoms of anxiety and depression, and get back to feeling like yourself again. With a bit of TLC, motivation and dedication, you can find natural ways of getting yourself back on track.

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Here are some top tips to helping your mental health and wellbeing.

1. Exercise

It’s hard when you’re feeling low or anxious to leave the comfort of your home or your safety zone, but going for a brisk walk, a run or heading to the gym is a great way of helping your mental wellbeing. When you exercise, chemicals in your brain (such as serotonin) are released and these chemicals greatly improve your mental wellbeing. Even if you don’t feel like going for a run, moving around the house, dancing to your favourite song or even just running up and down the stairs a few times will make a difference.

2. Meditate

Meditation is one of the best ways to improve your mental wellbeing. Panic attacks are worsened by a change in breathing patterns. Sometimes it may feel like you can’t breathe or your finding it difficult to breathe in deeply, but meditation helps you to correct your breathing, thus reducing the panic attack. Mindfulness meditation is also a great way of reminding yourself to live in the present and not worry about what has happened or what one day might happen. If you can’t afford to go to a professional class, YouTube has many great mediation videos and phone apps such as Mind Space are great forms of free/cheap meditation.

3. Reduce Coffee Consumption

Yes, coffee is great in the morning! The caffeine gets you up and it gets you moving, however, it also increases anxiety. Caffeine is a very strong stimulant and the side effects of drinking too much coffee are very similar of those to anxiety. It can increase nervousness, make you jittery, keep you awake and can even cause paranoia. If you are anxious it’s best to avoid caffeine in any shape or form, be it coffee or coke. If you do want a good cup of steaming coffee then get a decaf, it tastes just as good but it spares you the anxiety attack.

4. Positivity Notes

It’s so much easier to focus on the negative things in your life, but this is a quick fire way to ruining your day. Get a big pad of colourful sticky notes and write down lots of positive notes. “I have a wonderful family”, “I am beautiful”, “I am healthy”, “I am going to have a wonderful day!” Writing positive confirmations and placing them on household items you use the most – the fridge, your box of tea bags, your jewellery box, your mirror – is a good little reminder and pick-me-up for when you are feeling a little down.

5. Journal

Journalizing your feelings is a great, cathartic remedy to helping your mental wellbeing. If you feel like you can’t talk about how you are feeling, writing it down can help you get all your feelings out and into the open. It’s important to express your emotions and not hold them in. If you are anxious about something in particular, write it down in your journal, go away for an hour and focus on something else. After an hour has passed, re-read what you wrote in your journal and a lot of the time, you will realize that what your worried about isn’t worth ruining your day

6. Talking Therapy

Mental health isn’t something everybody loves talking about because, sadly, a lot of people are embarrassed or ashamed of it, but this shouldn’t be the case. It’s important to talk to your family or a close friend and explain how you’re feeling. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel afterwards. You might even find that the person you talk to has been there as well.

7. Acceptance

This is probably the most important tip on mental health that this article has to offer, but it is also the hardest self-help technique. Accepting that you are anxious and not fighting a panic attack, accepting that you are depressed and not letting it consume you, accepting that your mental health isn’t where you want it to be is the best thing you could do. Life becomes a lot better when you accept who you are instead of being ashamed or embarrassed. Love yourself, no matter what you struggle with.

Conclusion

Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean that your mental wellbeing isn’t as important as your physical wellbeing. Your body is a machine, if one cog isn’t functioning well the rest falls behind, too. Remember – mental health isn’t something to be embarrassed about. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

James Kelly

http://www.learnhandyhealthandwellnesstips.com

High Wycombe, Western Australia, 6057

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