There are lots of causes of death and injury for women in North America. Many are easily controlled through good exercise and nutrition. However the facts show that women’s health is much worse today than 10 years ago.
It is imperative that you know your risks for major health issues today, so you can start to do something about it.
Unfortunately, most American’s eating habits are far from ideal. Many people may think that their diet is nutritious; the studies are showing that this is not the case.
Studies are finding that women are not eating foods that contain enough vitamins and minerals which are vital in maintaining good, natural health.
My goal is to provide to you the information you need to understand the risks of an unhealthy lifestyle and how changing some basic habits can prevent disease.
Avoiding The Major Risk Factors
Heart disease and diabetes are running rampant in the population today. These 2 diseases are the #1 cause of illness and death in the world. Most of the risk factors associated with these diseases are completely avoidable.
Many of the deaths related to heart disease and type 2 diabetes can be avoided. In order to avoid the issues caused by these diseases you must know the cause of the disease and how to change your lifestyle to avoid it.
You need to take ownership of your health. You cannot rely on your doctor to guard you from these diseases. The health care system has too many patients with the same disorder. You are the only one that can change the direction of your health.
Historically, the direction that the heath community has taken is to recommend a patient with Heart Disease and Diabetes to go on a low-fat and low cholesterol diet. Clearly this approach has not worked because the rate of heart disease and diabetes has skyrocketed in spite of the low-fat craze.
For the majority of people cutting dietary fats and cholesterol does nothing to lower your risks of getting heart disease. What is more important to your diet is to eliminate the fake fats from your diet. The trans-fats are the problem not fats found in nature.
Eliminate anything that has the word hydrogenated in the ingredient list. Hydrogenated fats are vegetable oils that have been processed to be solid at room temperature. As everyone knows oils like olive oil are liquid at room temperature. It is the processing of the oil that makes them so deadly to us.
You need to concentrate on eliminating as much processed food from your diet. Most processed foods contain many chemicals that hurt our health. They also contain the trans-fats that are so bad for us. Look for natural alternatives for your fats.
Use butter, olive oil, coconut oil, organic lard and tallow for your cooking instead of the margarine and shortening. Your body knows how to deal with the natural fats; in contrast, it does not know what to do with the trans-fats.
Studies have shown that a low-fat diet can lower the good HDL cholesterol levels while leaving the bad LDL cholesterol levels the same. This causes the cholesterol imbalances in the body to get worse, not better resulting in a worsening of the disease.
Start adding a good source of Omega 3 fats in to your diet. Wild salmon is a very good natural source. Add organic ground flax seed or oil on to you salad for added omega 3 fat.
Use organic extra virgin olive oil, organic coconut oil, and butter in your cooking. Add as much fresh garlic to you meals as possible. Garlic has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol.
My basic philosophy is that if it comes from nature it is far better for you health than if it comes from a manufacturing company. Your body knows what to do with natural substances. We get ourselves in to problems when we introduce unnatural foods in to our diet.
Nature is what my site is all about and my approach to health.
Strong Core Muscles
Strong, Core Muscles: Is It Worth the Effort?
No matter your current perspectives on working out and fitness, seldom can you find a downside to being in shape. For women specifically, achieving and maintaining this state of physical harmony and tone means more than simply being able to endure tests of endurance and strength; it means an even healthier inside, too.
One complaint I hear quite often from women is their failure to lose weight. They say they’ve tried it all: counting calories, low fat diets, low carb diets and exercising every day, but they hardly, if ever, see results. First things first, you need to be far more specific about your fitness goals than just proclaiming you wish to lose weight.
When a strong abdomen, healthy quadriceps, and firm hips work together, they help stimulate and progress the work that your internal organs do every moment of every day. This includes digesting food, passing nutrients to the blood, and pumping that blood to all parts of your body, fighting disease, and so much more. These muscles in turn, will receive the same amount of nutrition and care back from these organs that they’re helping out.
You can think of your body as one, large cycle: you can carbs-load before a run, go for that run, expend energy and nutrients, get back from the run, and relax. During the workout, your body is working harder than ever to keep itself energized and fed especially the muscles being used. After the workout, your body replenishes itself and rebuilds, repairing torn muscle fibers and distributing the necessary vitamins and chemicals throughout.
The answer to the question is yes it is worth the effort to keep a strong and healthy midsection. You’ll find the rewards of staying in shape to be plentiful and rich.
You need to have some ab workouts for women that will strengthen the core. There are many different exercises out there to do just this. Crunches are probably the one exercise that everyone has heard about. Crunches are good at targeting 1 set of core muscles but you will need to work on more than just the one if you are to strengthen the entire core.
Below is a video with some good basic core exercises that I like.
Autoimmune Diseases are becoming an epidemic in America. These diseases start when your immune system, which is supposed to protect your body from bacteria and viruses, instead attacks your own tissues. As a result the organs, muscles and joints of the body are destroyed. The different types of diseases will attack different body parts. For example Rheumatoid Arthritis attacks the joints of the body. According to studies there are over 80 types of diseases that are classified as Autoimmune. Many of these have very similar symptoms, which makes it difficult for the doctors to tell which type you have. Add to this the fact that you can have multiple disorders at the same time. The disorders will have times that there are very few symptoms, which is known as remission. While other times there can be multiple symptoms, which are called flare-ups. There is no definitive cause for these disorders but there are theories. Some studies seem to indicate that there may be a hereditary link. Other studies indicate that there may be external causes like a bacteria, virus, drug use, chemical or environmental irritants. More study is needed to narrow down the cause. Some common types are:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): The joints are affected causing inflammation and damage.
- Type 1 Diabetes: The pancreas is affected resulting in the organ not producing insulin.
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS): The brain and nerves are affected
- Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD): The connective tissues are affected
- Lupus: The skin, organs, and joints are affected
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS): The small and large intestines are affected
- Psoriasis: The skin is affected
- Hashimoto’s Disease: The thyroid gland is affected
- Addison’s Disease: The adrenal gland is affected
As you can see there are many types of Autoimmune diseases. Many of the disorders cause significant pain which is treated by a number of pain medications. A holistic lifestyle with nutritional food, moderate exercise, meditation, and good sleep can help with the symptoms. If you want to know more about these disorders visit the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association website. Below is an interesting video I found on the topic.