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Could You Have Sleep Apnea?

Many people all over the world have sleep apnea. There are many symptoms in which people with sleep apnea might have. Some of these symptoms may include snoring or restlessness while they sleep. Sufferers of sleep apnea might also have have insomnia or they might gasp for breath while sleeping. The person who is suffering from sleep apnea may not even realize that they are suffering from these symptoms until they have been tested. However, they may still have some problems related to sleep apnea during the day that will affect their daily life such as chronic tiredness or fatigue, poor memory or trouble concentrating. One cause of sleep apnea is when an issue with the brain in which breathing muscles are not properly triggered to work during the sleep cycle. Another common cause is airway constriction which generally occurs when a person is overweight. There are several ways in which one can remedy the suffering related to sleep apnea. The most common remedy is to wear a CPap mask while sleeping. The mask forces air into persons airway ensuring that they do not stop breathing during their sleep cycle. It is imperative that one get treated for sleep apnea immediately as it can lead to serious health problems.

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Health Tip: Help a Broken Toe Heal

Nobody likes having a broken toe.   We count on our feet all day long to help us function.  Simple things like even trying to walk will be a challenge. Though there are many suggestions for how to combat a broken toe, a few specific steps should be undertaken to help minimize the issue and provide as much comfort as possible.  According to The American Podiatric Medical Association, one should consider some of the following things to help assist efforts.

As a first step, it’s always good to apply something cool like ice to the impacted area. Ice will help keep the swelling down and can also act as natural pain barrier. You are essentially restricting blood flow and providing some very welcome relief.

In addition, you can also help restrict this blood flow by keeping your toe elevated above your heart.  So lie down if possible and get that foot up on a pillow.

It should go without saying, limit standing on the foot or applying pressure on the toe from anything like shoes or blankets.  You don’t want to cause further damage.

Finally, compressing the impacted area with a soft bandage can help provide some stability as well as reduce swelling again. Don’t make your bandage to tight.  Following these steps and you will be back on your feet in no time.

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Five Supplements Even CrossFitters Should Love

There are many preconceived notions about taking supplements. Oftentimes CrossFitters are anti-supplement, but there are supplements that are not directed to “meatheads” and have health benefits. Bodybuilding and its marketing and stigma has made negative stereotypes pertaining to supplements.

CoQ10, also known as Ubiquinol, is a natural enzyme throughout our bodies, which means that when using this type of supplement you are not putting a foreign supplement in your body. Many benefits from this supplement include good circulation for the heart, rids and prevents headaches and/or migraines. Ubiquinol has been approved to treat Japanese patients with heart disease for numerous decades without negative consequences.

Magnesium is another supplement that is often recommended for sleep or to increase muscle mass and capacity, however, there are additional benefits as well! If a person is lacking magnesium, there is a higher chance of them developing the onset of diabetes, as opposed to its sugar levels being consistent.

Phosphatidylserine is an important supplement because it contributes to brain health. This supplement refuels the brain after the stressors of physical activity wear down a person mentally. Athletes often take this supplement to increase brain activity.

Vitamin D is a supplement that we can get from the sun or milk, but low Vitamin D levels also have a direct correlation with low testosterone levels.

Lastly, don’t forget to get adequate amounts of protein.

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High Fat Diet Linked to Lower Risk of Death than Diet High in Carbs

A ten-year study of 135,000 people spanning the globe has found evidence that diets high in carbohydrates are more dangerous to your health than diets high in fats. The study, known as the Prospective Rural Epidemiology (or PURE) study looked at the risk of death in subjects between the ages of 36 and 70 and found that those who ate high carb diets (where carbs represented more than 60% of energy intake) had a higher risk of death than those who ate a high fat diet (where fats represented more than 35% of energy intake). Diets with very low intake of fats were also linked to higher risk of death.

These results represent a sharp departure from conventional nutritional guidelines which are based on studies in higher-income countries in Europe and North America. Current guidelines call for 50-65% of daily calories to come from carbs and less than 10% from fats. The authors of the study recommend shifting these guidelines, particularly for lower income countries whose residents are more likely to eat diets high in carbohydrates. However, they caution that there is no evidence to support health benefits of very low carbohydrate diets–rather they encourage people to strive to get 50-55% of their daily calories from energy.

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Your Mummy Tummy Is Something Serious — But You Can Fix It

A lot of women have a mom pooch that they misunderstand to be a cosmetic issue, along with lower back pain. They also don’t know that it is not a cosmetic issue, but something that really can be fixed in as little as 12 weeks. Personal trainer, Leah Keller created the exercise called the Dia Method that can be done 10 minutes a day and will have long-lasting effects on the condition of your mummy tummy.

Make no mistake, the 10 minutes that it will take will be intense. It involves abdominal exercises that work those muscles from different angles. Not only should the exercise be hard, but if it is not, it means that you are exerting enough tight squeezing pressure. The key to the exercise is to squeeze tightly and tensely, breathe, and follow the muscle activation sequence.

Most people think that the mummy tummy is more of a cosmetic issue, not understanding that it actually is a health concern. The medical problem that contributes to the mummy tummy is called diastasis recti, which is when the abdominal muscles stretch to the side, overstretching the middle connective tissue of the torso, and causing the bulge. What we see is a weak muscle trying to support our body from the front, which is in most cases, is the result of pregnancy. The mummy tummy is not only something that may be uncomfortable for a woman, but it also makes them vulnerable for having the connective tissue tear, which would expose organs and pose a serious health issue.

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Iron Infusion: Uses, Benefits, and What to Expect

 Adequate iron is important to your body.  Your body uses iron to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the part of your red blood cells that carries oxygen around the body.  This is an important function.

Signs of an iron deficiency include:  feeling tired all the time, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing.

Often an iron supplement can take care of an iron deficiency.  If an iron supplement does not raise your level of iron adequately you may need an iron infusion.  An iron infusion is when iron is delivered via an intravenous line straight into the body.

People at risk for a deficiency include: those with cancers, have heavy periods, take certain medications (read side effects on medications you are taking), or are experiencing kidney failure or even pregnancy.

An infusion can quickly affect your iron levels.  After an infusion you may experience a headache, joint pain, or a metal taste in your mouth.  One treatment may not be enough.

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A Decline in Navigational Skills Could Predict Neurodegenerative Disease

Is it possible to predict if someone will have Alzheimer’s disease or not? Researchers have been studying the link between navigational skills and neurodegenerative disease to enhance our understanding and ability to treat the disease. Alzheimer’s gets diagnosed based on medical history, genetic risk factors, and how well the person does on tests that measure language, memory and reasoning. However, navigation performance is not among the tested skills, but is now being recognized as one of the early signs of Alzheimer’s. If Alzheimer’s could be diagnosed and treated earlier, patients would benefit greatly. Using navigation-based tests is still being held back by a few obstacles, one of which is the fact there are no current standard tests. Thanks to advances in virtual reality technology, navigational testing is able to continue to progress. Researchers are also looking at tracking a person’s navigational abilities long-term, in order to see how it changes with age. Technology such as GPS help us in our everyday lives, but researchers point out that it does not force us to use the navigational skills part of our brain as often as we should. Even this is being evaluated to see if it is contributing to neurodegenerative conditions.

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Sleepless Tech Users Sacrifice Sleep Health

Sleepless tech users have sacrificed their sleep health. The National Sleep Foundation has had a Sleep Health Index and the index found very significant associations between technology use in bed and the overall sleep health of people. 48 percent of American adults reported that they used some kind of electronic device in bed. Whether it is a computer, or tablet, or smartphone, people are plugged in a lot more before they go to bed. People who refrain from technology use in bed have a better night sleep. There is a more alarming stat out there and it is that 21 percent of American adults reported waking up and using an electronic device before going back to bed. They did it at least once in a seven day period. A lot of people also admitted to sending a text message or email right after they woke up. 9 percent of adults use technology when they wake up in the middle of the night, instead of going back to sleep. It is clear that bedtime electronics is a problem for people. But, it is clear that if you are having problems sleeping, then you should steer clear of using technology in bed.

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Empowering Patients to Take Control of Their Health Care

The ever increasing number of technological avenues patients have to access and work with their medical health records allows an ease of access to information that patients did not previously have. Now, more than ever, we can establish what is essentially a direct line to our doctors and health records. How?

For use at home, people have the ability to manage their health records using patient portals, which are websites linked to the individual’s healthcare provider. Using the portals, people can communicate directly with their doctor’s office, access medical records, and seek out advice on additional healthcare services, such as telehealth services. In the absence of a healthcare portal that allows access to medical records, the American Health Information Management Association offers on its website an opportunity to build and retain individual medical records outside of the scope of the healthcare provider.

Telehealth is a system through which medical care providers can remotely treat and offer advice to patients. No telehealth? Well, mobile apps are now available to assist with that need. Apparently, some medical insurance companies will even reimburse patients for the use of telehealth services that aren’t necessarily directly linked to their health care plans.

Additional technological advances include hardware, such as fitness trackers and remote office visits, which seem to be similar to the telehealth platforms.

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How I Fail at Being Disabled | Susan Robinson

Born with a genetic visual impairment, Susan Roberson is legally blind or as she prefers, “partially sighted.” She introduces herself with a humorous introduction of an Asian man as her mother. She has disdain for the term “disabled” because it forms a mindset of “less than” rather than recognizing a person’s potential. It brings about bias that is sometimes hidden but invariably leads others to look at the negative implications of what cannot be done rather than what can. She humorously notes that one should fail at being disabled. She gives five tips for doing this.

Tip 1 is knowing one’s superpowers to emphasize strengths as opposed to inability.

Tip 2 is to be supremely skilled at getting it wrong even if it involves fakery. That is, have fun with one’s mistakes and move on.

Tip 3 is to know that everyone is disabled in some way. Use your own strengths to know that others have much the same problems.

Tip 4 is to point out the disabilities in others so as to lend help and to know it’s commonplace. The powers she perfected over the years have made her more perceptive than many.

Tip 5 is to purse audacious goals and do the unexpected. That is to say, take on goals that will astound others.

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