Some People Can Live A Pain-free Life – Can You?

DID YOU KNOW SOME PEOPLE ARE INCAPABLE OF FEELING PAIN?

  • Called congenital analgesia, these people have a genetic mutation where they cannot feel pain.
  • They do have the feeling of touch, not always temperature.
  • Some people can feel pain, but lack an appropriate response (ie: flinch, withdraw).

THIS IS REALLY DANGEROUS FOR THE ATHLETE

  • People cannot feel the body’s clues to slow down or stop.
  • Injuries cannot be felt, and are often not noticed in a timely matter.
  • They still develop ailments like arthritis.
  • But, while they don’t feel pain, they do experience difficulty with movement.

 

 

SHOCKER: Meet The Suit That Can Make You Walk

THE UNPLUGGED POWER SUIT (UPS)

Scientists at Hiroshima University have built an amazing pneumatic outfit that can aid both the elderly and athletes.

It facilitates hip movement.

It consists of 3 parts.

  • pipework (transmission)
  • pump (air pressure for flexing artificial muscle)
  • PGM (drive part)

PNEUMATIC POWER

Lightweight, this is the power of using air pressure to move or work.

There are no electrical devices or tanks.

The pump is in the sole  and human body weight provides the driving force.

BENEFITS

  • Inexpensive
  • Simple structure
  • Easy maintenance

GOAL

It’s goal is to support human motion when and where needed.

 

Can You Believe The Chinese Have Started This Exercise Trend?

I’LL MEET YOU IN THE PARK

Young and old alike are meeting in the park.

Then, they start start crawling on “all 4’s.”

That’s right.

There’s a real crawling craze going on in China.

DATES BACK NEARLY 2,000 YEARS

Some believe this activity dates back as far as the Han Dynasty.

It was considered part of an ancient Chinese medicine practice.

HOW IT HELPS

Current followers swear it’s great for the back and spine.

It’s considered “light” exercise.

But, make sure you bring your gloves.

VARIETIES

To be accurate, cralking is walking on all 4’s.

Crunning is running on all 4’s.

 

Bringing Out The Inner Animal

Chinese forms of exercise are as old as their culture.

 Their “physical culture” is often based on the observation of animal movements.

Both qigong (breath-based energy cultivation exercises) and martial arts (self-defense systems) are based on these movements.

KUNG-FU

Actually defined as any study or practice that requires patience, energy and time to complete.

In the West, it’s often referred as Chinese martial arts.

There is a different physical structure, energy movement, and spirit associated with each movement.

  • Tiger / crane system
  • White crane system
  • Monkey / dog system
  • Snake fist
  • Eagle claw

Qigong

One of the oldest wellness exercises is known as the “Five Animal Frolics.”

  • Dragon
  • Tiger
  • Intestines
  • Leopard
  • Snake
  • CraneEach group of exercises represent different body systems.

    For example, the dragon exercise helps the lungs.

It’s Apple Picking Season!

Not sure what to do this weekend?

Why not go apple picking?

This fun filled activity is great for your health.

Reaching up and down and bending as well, your body will appreciate it.

Once you get home, you’ll be able to make some healthy and delicious snacks as well!

 

Fight Fat With Mushrooms

Traditional Asian medicine have used the EXTRACT from mushrooms for over 2,000 years.

It’s currently being tested on obese mice.

What can mushrooms do for you?

  • PROTECT the body from extreme weight gain.
  • CORRECT metabolic dysfunction.

How well do you know mushrooms?

    • The oldest living mushrooms are found around the famed Stonehenge ruins in England.
    • They are called fairy rings.
    • Many mushrooms, like many plants, grow toward the light.
    • But, scientists do not know HOW they use it.
    • You can make dye by boiling wild mushrooms and dipping cloth in the resulting broth.
    • Mushrooms are beginning to be used to absorb and digest dangerous oils and pesticides.
    • This is called bioremediation.
    • Be careful if you go mushroom hunting.
    • The wrong mushroom can kill you.

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Do You Exercise Your Child’s Brain?

IF YOU’VE EVER TAKEN CARE OF A CHILD, YOU KNOW THIS

Children are easily influenced. They pick up on things readily apparent, and some not so easily identified.

You know it’s important to exercise their bodies.

BUT, DID YOU KNOW KNOW YOU MUST ACTIVELY EXERCISE THEIR MINDS AS WELL?

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement specifically about this. They feel that literacy promotion should begin at birth. That means, parents should read to their children, no matter how young.

IT SHOWS IN THE TESTS

Researchers performed functional MRI’s in children listening to age appropriate stories. Those who were read to at home were found to have significant higher levels of brain activation. Most notably, this was in the area where sounds and sights integrated.

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How To Beat That Post Thanksgiving Coma

Feeling a bit full after this past Thanksgiving?

You’re not the only one.

Fortunately, here’s some ways to get rid of that post holiday bloat!

WATER, WATER, WATER

Drinking water will flush out the nasty toxins you took in while gorging yourself.

It will not add water weight.

When tired of drinking, eat celery or cucumbers.

These veggies are high in water content.

SAY NO TO SUGAR

Not only does it add weight, but makes your blood sugar spike leading to headaches and a feeling of hunger.

ALCOHOL IS A NO-NO

Your liver is busy enough with all the food you ate over the holiday.

Give it a break.

AVOID SALT

Chances are, a great many of the foods you ate were packed with salt.

Avoid foods that contain salt.

Consider using natural diuretics, such as, asparagus to help you get rid of that extra water.

 

USE PROBIOTICS

Help get your gut back to a healthy place.

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FAT BURNING: What’s Better …. Cardio or Resistance Training?

The goal of RESISTANCE training is to build muscle and endurance. You do this by using weights, weight machines or resistance bands.

CARDIO training, on the other hand, aims to increase your heart rate. Each person has their own targeted heart rate, the result is to burn calories and and fat. This is done by some sort of rhythmic exercise.

Let’s look at how many calories are burned in a 60 minute period.

  • You’ll burn more calories during 60 minutes with cardio.
  • With weight lifting, you’ll burn less in that 60 minutes but continue to burn calories after the 60 minutes is up.

Weight lifting will also build muscle.

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Does Intermittent Fasting Really Work?

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF THIS …

Intermittent fasting restricts your eating time period to 8 hours, over a 24 hour period. Forget the blending, chopped and liquid alternatives. Forget about the 6 small meals a day. This may be the diet of the future.

WHY IT MAY WORK

It may be how our body reacts well to the “feast or famine” cycle. It’s in our evolutionary code.

WHAT IT MAY DO

  • Increase insulin sensitivity and energy efficiency.
  • Reduce stress caused by oxidative radicals in the cellular level.
  • Increase the capacity to resist stress, disease and aging.

WHAT THIS CAN TRANSLATE TO

  • Improved circulation including reducing blood pressure, glucose and lipid levels.
  • Improve pancreatic function improving insulin levels.
  • Protect against cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

CAN I STILL EXERCISE?

Of course! Some feel you burn more fat if you do not already have the glucose from a recent meal already in your system.
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